July 2012


On behalf of the Duke Wellness Center


Welcome to Duke!

We are busily preparing for your arrival and looking forward to the contributions that you and the entire Class of 2016 will bring to the campus community.  As you anticipate your Duke experience, you probably have many ideas about what the university will be like, both in the classroom and socially.

As a member of the Class of 2016, we expect you to complete AlcoholEdu for College, an online, science-based course used on over 500 campuses nationwide, before you arrive at Duke.  AlcoholEdu provides detailed information about alcohol and its effects on the body and mind.  Whether you drink or not, the goals of the course are to help you make well-informed decisions about alcohol and address the drinking behavior of your peers.
Members of the incoming class will complete the majority of this online, science-based course before arriving on campus for orientation. Approximately 45 days after passing the course exam, students are required to complete the brief final chapter and follow-up survey.

Students are encouraged to speak with their families about AlcoholEdu® and how they will handle situations involving alcohol while at Duke.

Please note all survey responses are strictly confidential. The course includes three surveys that measure students' alcohol-related attitudes and behaviors. The school will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see individual students answers. You can feel confident that providing truthful answers--no matter what they are--will not put you at any risk for repercussions.

We also encourage you to bookmark the DUWELL website as a source of alcohol use and wellness information throughout your first year at Duke.

Two sections to be completed to fulfill the requirement
Part I of the course takes roughly 1 hour to complete. This section includes:

  • Pre-test
  • Chapters 1 thru 3
  • Post-test
  • Survey 2 (Students must earn a grade of 85 or higher to pass part I)
Part II occurs 45 days after you complete the Exam and Survey 2. Students will receive an email asking them to complete
  • Chapter 4
  • Final Exam

Due dates for students to complete AlcoholEDU® for the Class of 2016:

**Deadline to complete PART I – August 18, 2012**

**Deadline to complete PART II – October 20, 2012**
It is required that each incoming freshman at Duke University complete AlcoholEdu® by October 20, 2012. AlcoholEdu® is considered complete after the FINAL EXAM is finished. You must earn a score of 80 or higher to pass.
Log-on Instructions
Part One
To take AlcoholEdu® for College, you will need a computer with Internet access and audio capabilities. If you do not have access to the internet then please use public access for example: Town library, Kinko’s, or a cyber café.
  1. Go to: http://college.alcoholedu.com/
  2. Under New User, copy and paste the following Log-in ID: C198419A
  3. Click "Sign Up"
  4. On the registration page you will have the opportunity to create your AlcoholEdu® for College account using your e-mail address and a password of your choice. At this time, you will also need to enter your Duke unique ID, which you can access through your ACES account. If you do not enter your official unique ID, you will not receive credit for taking this course.
  5. You may log in and out of the course at the end of each section. Section ends are marked with a "Next" button. DO NOT log out until you click the "Next" button or you will have to repeat the section you have just gone through.

Part Two
If you haven't already, bookmark the DUWELL website as a source of campus wellness information throughout the year.  Then, go to: http://college.alcoholedu.com/.

Log in as a Returning User and enter the same e-mail address and password you created when you first logged into the course.
Need Technical Support?
Should you experience any difficulties or require support, the AlcoholEdu® Online Technical Support Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply click on the "Help" button located in the upper right-hand corner of every AlcoholEdu® screen. You do not need to be logged into the course to access the Help Site. You may also call the AlcoholEdu® Help Desk at 1-866-384-9062 and a support representative will be happy to assist you.
We look forward to seeing you on campus. Thank you, and enjoy the course!

If you have questions, please contact: alcoholedu@studentaffairs.duke.edu


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Meet the True Blue Cast: JESSIE LU

My Blue Right of Passage

Hello my name is Jessie Lu, and I am a junior from Guangzhou, China. I major in Public Policy, minor in Psychology and have a Market Management Study Certificate.

I am writing this blog post in Nebaj, Guatemala during my Duke Engage experience. Two years ago at this time I was prodding my head up trying to finish AlcoholEdu at the last minute. I was wondering at that time, why on earth would anyone drink at the risk of breaking the law (In China we don’t have drinking age so I didn’t quite get the complexity of underage drinking). I would soon realize how much I had underestimated the role alcohol plays in everyday college life and how essential it is to understand how much booze is in each drink. This learning curve at Duke starts at orientation week, or even before that.

Now that half of my Duke journey is in the past, it is time to embrace the fact that that Class of 2016 is really coming and I am old enough to give out advice (finally!).
Well, for me, to say that freshman year was tough would be an understatement. As a FOB Chinese high school graduate, I had to learn about life from scratch: how do drive-throughs work, how to respond to “sup y’all”, what is March Madness, what is hook-up culture…  

Luckily I was not alone in my transformation to a true Blue Devil. Whenever I felt stuck/lost/stressed out, I could easily find assistance from the various campus organizations. And DUWELL is definitely one of my favorite resorts. The tranquilizing corner in The Oasis, the massage services during final week, and the interesting wellness workshops have helped me cope with stress and colliding due-dates towards final weeks.

During orientation week you will have the opportunity to learn about all the amazing resources DUWELL provides and receive guidance for some of the most common college problems (use your imagination). You will never know how your True Blue experience during O-week will come in handy later in your Duke years. Even though things don’t often get nearly as dramatic as helping your overdosed friend get EMS at 5am (well, it happened), a little precaution can never hurt.  Also with our super talented and exciting True Blue cast this year, you are guaranteed a fun time with us. So get excited and stay tuned! Class of 2016 I can’t wait to meet you all soon! Go Blue Devils!  

--Jessie Lu

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Duke Dining announced today that Pat Eder, Owner of Core Catering Inc., will take over operations of the Divinity Refectory beginning this July 30. Eder and partners, Monica Vaughan and Core’s Executive Chef Danielle Mitchell have over 7 years of combined experience at the Refectory.

“We’re thrilled to be back,” said owner Pat Eder. “We are dedicated to providing the best foods to our customers, the best recipes, along with stellar service. From my previous experience here, I understand the clientele. From the experiences I’ve gained in my years away, I’ll be able to add a lot of hands on knowledge to how we manage the products that go into our recipes.”

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Sheila Broderick receives the Coveted Badge Award

Submitted by Dr. Zoila Airall, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for Campus Life
Blogging towards cultivating consciousness

I am very happy to share with you that last Monday, Sheila Broderick received the Coveted Badge Award from the Duke University Police Department at their annual Department ceremony.  As the only award recipient outside the Police Department, Sheila was honored for her work as counselor/advocate and educator.  Her nominee, Lt. Stotsenberg wrote the following:  Sheila as a victim's advocate and counselor at the Duke Women's Center works with countless victims of sexual and domestic violence.  She has put heart and head on the line in supporting these victims, often coming into the Emergency Department at late hours and just sitting with the victim as s/he goes through heart wrenching process of a SANE examination.  Sheila is always excellent at coordinating with Duke Police CID.  The relationship between the Women's Center and Duke Police's Investigations section has seen some of the first successful prosecution in the very difficult cases of acquaintance rape.

Sheila was received with a rousing applause from Lit John Daley and DUPD.  

Sheila Broderick, our Gender Violence and Prevention Intervention Coordinator describes her work in the Women’s Center as one of making connections and told me, “Zoila, I feel privileged to be part of their journey.”  Sheila is referring to the students with whom she meets and counsels on a range of gender violence crisis situations.  Young adults, Sheila explains typically are struggling with issues of forgiveness, responsibility, finding their place in the world, forming relationships and knowing how to talk to parents.  She finds hope in her work with victims because of the resiliency of the human spirit.

I asked Sheila how she creates balance in her life.  She chuckled and shared that at her core, she is very shy but loves connecting with all types of people to hear their stories and how they cope through life’s challenges. And no, she does not find this draining.  For self-care, Sheila loves to try new restaurants and music that are both local and not big labels.  She also rides her bike to work, takes yoga lessons, runs/walks the Al Buehler Trail and with a broad smile, assured me that she does not do marathons, team, or group competitions.  But my biggest surprise was hearing about Sheila’s penchant for pets.  Not only does she have a dog, Sheila raises chickens because they errate the soil and provide fresh eggs and most surprising, she has become a keeper of bees because they are a slow dying breed and we need them to pollinate our food.  Who knew this about Sheila?

This shy, but devoted advocate’s experience with gender violence and prevention intervention has caused her to think seriously about how we can be more effective on topics such as misogyny and male privilege. Sheila said, “I can’t keep bees from dying but I can do my part and keep bees.”  Her other deliberate decision in life was to not participate in what she refers to as adults’ choice to withhold information from youth.  She is a strong advocate of parents talking to kids about sex.  “I didn’t want to do it, but I did it with my kids.  It is a matter of life or death.”

Finally, Sheila believes she has one of the best jobs at Duke because of the many colleagues who care for her.  “It is the connection to a variety of people and relationships that I have at this University that keeps me coming back every day.  Everyone from the IT guys like Dan Harder telling me, I appreciate what you do, Sheila.”  

We all appreciate what you do, Sheila. Congratulations and well deserved.

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Greetings from the International AIDS Conference!

Greetings all!!  I'm a Program Coordinator at the Duke Student Wellness Center, and I have the privilege on reporting from an incredibly exciting event!

2012 marks a very important year for the United States...30 years of HIV/AIDS and 20 years since the International AIDS Conference will be held in this country (http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-10-30-hiv-entry-ban_N.htm).  I am lucky to have been chosen to attend the conference and serve as a Latina Ambassador!  I will be part of a group of people dedicated to sharing the happenings of the conference using social media, including blogging.  Follow me throughout the week as I interview students, health workers, and professionals on the state the healthcare system, access to care in the United states, and current HIV/AIDS policies.  Some of the topics I will address include privilege, education, social entrepreneurship and social justice, and advocacy.

Want to learn more about the international AIDS Conference?

You can also keep checking this blog or DUWELL's other social media outlets for posts from me throughout the week!

Let's Turn the Tide Together!

--Maralis Mercado

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Meet the True Blue Cast: KRYSTINA QUOW

Hi Class of 2016! My name is Krystina Quow and I’m a rising SENIOR. Not too long ago I was anxious and excited freshmen who couldn’t wait to start my Duke experience.  Before I came to Duke, I made a college checklist for orientation week:

  • Say goodbye to your family
  • Meet lots of new friends
  • Explore the Duke Campus
  • Attend orientation events

Coming from a small all-girls Catholic high school and conservative family, I was excited for the newfound freedom of college.  But what to do with that freedom?
Homework? Eventually. Sleeping?? Always. Parties? Of course!

Like many freshmen, I made it a point to attend social events as well as all orientation events. What I came to realize is that the parties in college are much different from the in the gym events I was used to in high school. I was introduced to the “pregame” and the red solo cup.  Looking back as a senior, I have come to appreciate my experiences with True Blue as I started socializing on campus. True Blue not only taught me valuable information about Duke Life but  also the information that all students need to know, but are often afraid to ask. For example, students explore how to drink responsibly and how to solve the mystery of this infamous solo cup when pouring out a drink.  Really- who knew those lines meant something???

My little brother, like you, will also be a freshman in college this year.  While he is excited to live the young, wild, and free Wiz Khalifa lifestyle, I like to remind him that while it might sound fun to follow in the example of “sometimes we get drunk, sometimes we smoke weed,” alcohol poisoning and being arrested are very real risks if you’re not being safe.

At True Blue, I learned about the alcohol and consent policies on campus, how to tell if a friend has had a little too much to drink, and where to find safe contraceptive methods. Although a rumored “sex/alcohol/drugs” talk, to me True Blue has taught me so much more. It is a space where students can feel comfortable asking those tough questions and learning in a fun, parent-free environment.  At its core it’s about staying true to yourself and remembering the values that you started with. Everyone feels anxious and overwhelmed coming into their first year of college that comes with the responsibility to make your own decisions. But understanding that no one should feel pressured to do anything that they do not agree with is the take home message that I feel every Duke student should hear their freshmen year.

So my advice to the freshmen class of 2016: Remember, college is the opportune time to learn who you are as a person- get excited for what will prove to be the best four years of your life!


--Krystina Quow

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Call to Action TODAY for survivors of gender violence!!!

My name is Jaimie Woo and I am an intern at the Duke Women’s Center. This summer, I’m interning at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and our organization is partnering with the National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence Against Women on a campaign to push Congress to pass the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA- S. 1925) before the August recess. This week, we are focusing on the prevalence of violence and sexual assault on college campuses. In fact, 1 in 5 college women report experiencing sexual assault. We know that there are many more who never come forward, and also that victims are not always women.

As an institution that strives to protect women and provide resources to those who have experienced campus violence or sexual assault, Duke was the first college I thought of that could help. I hope you will participate in our advocacy efforts! Our organizations is inviting college women who have been victims of sexual violence to sign this letter (anonymously is an option) to demonstrate the groundswell of support for all survivors to have access to resources and protection from abuse. Please forward the information about this letter to your networks through whatever means possible (email, Facebook, Twitter). Additional information from Break the Cycle, and the text of the letter are below. We are hoping to have all signatures in by midnight TONIGHT. For more information about how your school can get involved in this week’s focus on campus violence and our ongoing VAWA advocacy efforts, please contact us me at woo@civilrights.org.

Thank you for your support!
Jaimie Woo, Duke ‘13

Sign The Letter, Make a Difference
We are inviting survivors of dating violence, sexual assault and stalking on campus to sign. The letter will be delivered to EVERY Senator and Congressperson in Washington and made publicly available on Wednesday, July 18th. View the letter and sign on! Here's your chance to change the world!


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Meet the True Blue Cast: JASMINE CROSS

“Oh, you go to DUKE!?!”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this remark since making the decision to spend four years of my life wandering around the Gothic Wonderland. Now, 3 years later and only two semesters away from joining all of the other “grown-ups” in the “real world,” I’m sitting on my bed, in a campus apartment, thinking about those hectic months leading up to my arrival on campus and the beginning of a new chapter in my life as I write this blog entry.

To say that I was nervous and scared out of my mind is an understatement. I was about to join the likes of some of the world’s most academically and athletically gifted individuals at this [inter]nationally top-ranked university. I found this to be quite intimidating.  Not to mention the fact that I had never stayed away from my mom for more than 2 weeks. Added to this stress was a nagging fear about how well I’d adjust to living on my own, meeting new people and making friends, how I would be perceived by my peers, if I would still thrive in the classroom (after all, we were all the “big fish” at our respective high schools, but this wouldn’t necessarily be the case in college), and most importantly, would I wake up on time for class (I’m so serious…I absolutely, positively do NOT get along with alarm clocks). And I’d be remiss to not mention the struggle of PACKING, trying to balance everything from my “old life” and all of the new things that the “new me” - the college student - would need. I’m sure my list of worries was much longer, but you get the point.  My hall-mates and I my first year at Duke.

I remember my emotions running the gamut: from excitement about finally being in college and gaining some independence, to sad about leaving behind the familiar lifestyle and people I know and love, to nervous about beginning this new chapter of my life and not knowing what to expect. It was all pretty overwhelming for me. But, once I came to Duke, I realized that I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. EVERYONE did. This was a different experience for all of us ….

“US” being me, a black girl from a small town in South Carolina, the tall Brazilian girl across the hall who I learned was a world traveller, the athletic-looking chick next door to me who quickly became (and still is) my best friend, the girl who lived one floor above me who struggled with bulimia, the boy who had a Porsche parked outside of our dorm, my very-Irish neighbor with the huge personality, and every other person on this campus who knew firsthand the hard work that was required of the select individuals who would (& will) eventually earn  college degrees that proudly boast Duke University across the top of it.

….. and we were in it together.

So to answer the question that strangers love to ask…

YES! I am a Blue Devil.  You are a Blue Devil. And WE ARE DUKE. We are each unique in our own way, with different backgrounds, races, experiences, sexual orientations, beliefs, socioeconomic statuses, interests, goals, strengths/weaknesses, dreams, and fears; however, we ALL bleed the same shade of blue. And THAT is the thread that unifies us all.  This is what True Blue is all about.

MY True Blue: I am a pre-med senior who loves mint chocolate chip ice-cream. I’m also slightly obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. I procrastinate wayyyy too much, but luckily, I’m a night owl and do my best work during the wee hours of the morning. I’m entering my senior year of college and I still have no idea who I really am, but I’m learning more and more about myself with each new day. Sure, I’m a small town southern girl, but I have big dreams and a lot of motivation.


Now that you know a little about me, Who are you? What are you about? What’s your True Blue????

 Welcome to your new home-away-from-home, Class of 2016!

Oh yeah, Go to Hell Carolina!

--Jasmine Cross

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Meet the True Blue Cast: JASON NI

My name is Jason and I am a rising junior who is a Neuroscience major and Chemistry minor, but have always had a passion for wellness and healthy living, especially in the Duke community. This fall, I will once again be a part of the True Blue cast, though I am currently in Beirut, Lebanon with DukeEngage accomplishing some great strides in tobacco regulation and smoking cessation in the Middle East. The city here is absolutely beautiful and the food is delicious! I encourage all of you to apply to DukeEngage in the future; it’s a very enlightening, challenging, and eye-opening experience.

I became involved with True Blue because I feel as if individuals at Duke often neglect their own well being in keeping up with the Duke society and lifestyle. True Blue has meant a lot to me these past two years as the situations that we represent on stage are actual situations that I have encountered at Duke on a regular basis. In seeing this, I feel that True Blue is actually a very useful tool in exposing and educating freshman into a completely new society, i.e. college. Even though I am part of True Blue now and believe it’s impact is very strong, as a freshman I couldn’t care less about what the actors said on stage.  I was just too excited to be at Duke! But now, I feel for an individual to be truly successful at college he/she must approach all situations with an open mind. In this regard, individuals are able to learn more initially and then respond much better in future encounters and experiences, thus I ask all freshmen to take what we True Blue actors represent on stage to heart and remember that your body and mind are your most valuable assets and you need to take care of them as much as possible.

From the stage to the campus, I am available in any medium for communication and would love to talk to any and all individuals about academics, wellness, soccer, or anything else!


--Jason Ni

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Mindfulness is more than stress management

At the university counseling center where I work, the students are limp with relief when the semester finally grinds to an end and summer arrives. For college students and graduate students around the country, summer brings a much-needed break from the pressures of the academic year. However, academic pressures are not the only challenges facing emerging adults, young people between the ages of 19-29. They are typically dealing with a wide range of challenges and stressors that are related to their stage of life; they are in the midst of a developmental process that can take quite a bit of fortitude to resolve.

What exactly does it look like to develop an “adult identity”? Basically, it looks like a young person starting to make decisions based on his or her own unique preferences and perspectives.

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