August 2012

Helping You to Imagine the Career Possibilities: Uncovering what Drives You

We've all had moments in life when we've felt completely immersed. You know the feeling… time flies, you push through obstacles, your eyes light up, challenges become fun, you're energized! An important component of imagining career possibilities and making confident career decisions includes uncovering what drives you through a process of self-inquiry. 

Benefits of Self-Inquiry:

  • gain insight into your values, interests, skills, personality, and what you have learned from unique experiences
  • make well-informed decisions to set yourself up for the outcomes that matter to you throughout your career
  • better articulate your strengths and interests to others who can offer valuable guidance, connections, and opportunities

Self-inquiry is not a one-time event. It is the best way to start thinking about your career and a place to return when contemplating transitions and significant decisions about your career. As you grow and change with new experiences and exposure to new ideas, you will return to this process many times. The more aligned your career decisions are with who you know yourself to be, the more likely you will feel fulfilled and successful.

Values, skills, interests, and personality are lenses through which you can look at your life experience. Each is a different view into you. Use these viewpoints to identify patterns that naturally emerge through the choices you make.

Over the next weeks, we'll post a series of exercises to help you get started.  A career counselor can help you to further interpret and learn from your responses.


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News from Student Affairs

Dear faculty and staff colleagues,

You’ve may have heard about (or read in the Chronicle) the work of Student Affairs at Duke but probably don’t quite know what we do. In the past few years, our partnerships with faculty and staff throughout Duke have grown extensively and we anticipate considerable expansion of our collaborative work with all of Duke’s schools, colleges, centers and institutes in the years ahead. Thus, it occurred to us that you might find value in occasional correspondence where we would share pertinent and timely news and information.

My plan is to distribute a monthly electronic newsletter with commentary on a timely issue and featuring a number of other ‘bulleted’ topics with brief annotation. Each item will be hyperlinked to more detail so that you can review those that are of particular interest to you. Through these links, you can access various student blogs, social media and more, but if you just want to read the ‘headlines’, that’s ok, too.

Here are a few items you may find of interest to start. I’m also on Twitter (#DukeStuAff) at On our website, you’ll find numerous social media feeds you’re welcome to join ( I welcome your comments and suggestions and look forward to hearing from you at

Have a great year!

Larry Moneta, Ed.D
Vice President for Student Affairs


Programs and Resources

  • DukeReach: We will soon deliver a stack of DukeReach folders to each department. These folders provide succinct information on identifying and helping students in distress, and resources you can contact to get these students the help they need. You may also visit the DukeReach website at any time. We're here to help.
  • Leadership Framework: In partnership with colleagues across campus, the University Center Activities & Events has developed and is implementing the Duke University Leadership Framework, based on Character, Collaboration and Citizenship leading to Change for a Common Good.
  • West Union Renovations: Get information and follow the progress of the renovation projects related to the West Union renovation at, including the new Pavilion, the Bryan Center, and the Union itself.
  • Arts Annex: This new arts facility located along Campus Drive features a dance studio, theater studio, art studio stocked with materials, and lounge space as you wait for your turn on the space or wind down from the activity. Check out this video.
  • 2012-13 DCS Guide Published: The updated Duke Community Standard Guide is available online.
  • 2012-13 Clinic Hours: Student Health is available to students for their health needs. There is more here than just clinic hours.
  • Meet the New Career Center Staff: The Career Center is growing and changing. Meet the new staff who can help you talk to students about careers.
  • Au Bon Pain Arrives on Campus: One of several new dining options for you to try.

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Duke’s copyright infringement policy

email to all students, August 29, 2012

Dear Students:

We would like to remind you about Duke’s copyright infringement policy, in accordance with provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA).

Peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing programs (e.g. BitTorrent) are very popular for sharing large files across the Internet.  While file sharing is not illegal, you should be aware that there are two problems with these popular programs:

1) If the files being shared are protected by copyright (as the vast majority of songs, movies, books, and software are), sharing them is a violation of federal law, according to section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code) and can result in criminal and/or civil penalties.

2) They consume excessive amounts of Duke's available bandwidth, resulting in slower network speeds and interfering with other uses of the network.

When Duke receives a takedown notice from a copyright holder, we are obligated to pass the notification along to the individual associated with the IP address at the time of the infringement.  In the past, college students have been the targets of lawsuits by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and others for copyright violation, and many have paid large fees to settle those lawsuits and avoid going to court.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties, ranging from “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed.  For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed and can also impose criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.  Earlier this week a judge upheld a $675,000 judgment against a Boston University student for sharing two-dozen songs.

For detailed information about legal sources of online content, including Duke's procedures for copyright infringement complaints and other legal and related notices, see:

Complying with copyright law is an essential part of the Duke Community Standard and of being a Duke student. It is also the right thing to do as a member of an intellectual community.

Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs
Tracy Futhey, Vice President for Information Technology

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The Women's Center, in conjunction with the Baldwin Scholars Program, is offering the opportunity for students to travel with us to Apopka, Florida to participate in an incredible exchange of learning, activism, advocacy and awareness with the Hope CommUnity Center.  With issues around immigration all over the news these days, there are many questions that don't always get addressed. A few of these questions are: What about women?  How do they experience immigration?  What are the narratives of struggle and strength of women in immigrant communities? How do these struggles affect entire families?  In particular, how are children impacted by the reality in these narratives?  How do those experiences connect to women students at Duke?  Join us for 5 interactive days of exploring immigration & gender.  It will change and expand your world view.

We hope to see you at our Information Session on September 4, 2012 at the Women's Center (7PM).  We will answer questions and offer more in depth information to assist you in preparing for this trip.  Applications are due no later than Friday, September 7, 2012.  LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!  Remember, there are only 10 slots available, so please submit your application today! 


To apply for this opportunity, please click on the below link:

Contact Kim McCrae with any questions/concerns.  (919)684-3775 or


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Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat by the Door

RALEIGH, NC–The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded North Carolina State University’s African American Cultural Center and the Africana Studies Program a grant to present a film and humanities discussion of the documentary, Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat by the Door (2011). This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat by the Door is an independent documentary on the controversial 1973 film, The Spook Who Sat by the Door. The film, based on Sam Greenlee’s breakthrough novel, The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1969), is widely hailed as a cult classic and one of the most important black productions of the era. The story focuses on a black man who was trained as a CIA agent. Greenlee used the word “spook” as a double entendre; the word was slang for “spy” and a term used to refer to Black Americans. The “Spook,” though trained as a government operative, eventually uses the racist perception of Black inferiority and successfully challenges the oppressive forces in his community. Greenlee wrote a screenplay based on his novel and worked with actor, director and producer, Ivan Dixon, to produce the film. Dixon, who graduated from Lincoln Academy in Gaston County, NC and from North Carolina Central University in 1954, directed the film.

Infiltrating Hollywood focuses on how Greenlee and Dixon used the film industry’s biased expectations of black-themed films in the 1970s by cutting their dailies to look like a Blaxploitation in order to obtain from a major distributor to finish the film. United Artists took the bait and was dismayed at the final production of the film; however, the company was bound by contract to release the film. Instead of images of pimps and prostitutes perpetuated by Hollywood during the 1970s, the film portrayed black people who were willing to fight for their beliefs to achieve freedom from oppression.

The North Carolina Humanities Council grant is a part of a unique Triangle and Triad consortium -- the Southern Black Film and Media Consortium -- involving the NCSU African American Cultural Center; the NCSU Africana Studies Program; the UNC Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History; the Mary Lou Williams Black Cultural Center at Duke University; film/media/Africana Studies programs at Bennett College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Shaw University, St. Augustine’s University, and North Carolina Central University; and the Hayti Heritage Center. The program is scheduled for September 29th, at 5:00PM at the Hayti Heritage Center and will feature the author, Sam Greenlee, as well as Dr. Joseph Jordan, Dir. Sonja Stone Center, Dr. Charlene Register (UNC), Dr. Yvonne Welbon (Bennett College), Dante James, Asst. Director of the African American Cultural Center, and Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy the director of the African American cultural center (both of NC State).

The screening and discussion is the first event organized by Southern Black Film & Media Consortium (SBFMC). The SBFMC welcomes individuals, organizations, and institutions who are interested and/or engaged in the study, craft, production, critique, and distribution of film and media focused on African, African-American and African diaspora cultures and experience. The SBFMC also welcomes film enthusiasts and those interested in the aesthetics of film and media.

The screening and humanities discussion of, Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat by the Door is free to the public. The Hayti Heritage center is located at 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, and NC.

For more information call the Hayti Heritage center at 919-683-1709 or the NCSU African American cultural center at 919-515-1451.

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Just In Time Fair Leads to Hires

Kymanox first met our students through the Career Center's Just In Time Fair, a sign of how important that fair can be for recruiters.

Kymanox President and CEO, Stephen M. Perry, says, “We are excited to make these important additions to our team and to continue our trend this year of hiring one person per month. We are committed to rapidly developing our entry-level resources into senior-type contributors. Duke has been a great partner for us; they are attracting top-notch individuals into their MEM program and have an ideal rubric for ensuring workplace success.”

Read more.

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Duke Dining Selected to Pilot Nutrition Program


Duke Dining is committed to fulfilling many goals, one of which is providing access to nutritional data. To help achieve that goal Duke Dining has been selected as one of a few universities to pilot a nutrition program at Marketplace and the West Union. Please bear with us as with any new program there are a few bugs to be worked out and please let us know how the new nutrition program is working for you. 

If you have any questions or comments please contact Duke Dining at 919-660-3900 or


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Arts Annex Grand Opening

Whether you are an established member of an arts organization or just discovering your passion for the arts, the new Arts Annex is perfect for you!  Opening this fall, the Arts Annex houses new rehearsal, studio, and programming spaces for student artists and organizations and is also the new location for the Duke Bikes Program.  Mark your calendars for September 4th from 4-7pm for theArts Annex Grand Opening.  It’ll be your first chance to tour the new facility and you’ll enjoy free food, giveaways, arts activities and performances by Duke’s student arts organizations.

The Arts Annex was designed by students and for students as a home for the Duke arts community so be sure to come to the Grand Opening to discover all of the new resources available for student artists!

Arts Annex Grand Opening
September 4, 2012
4pm – 7pm
Arts Annex (just off the C-1 and C-2 bus routes)

We hope to see you there!

Want more information?  Watch our virtual tour of the space or check out our website (

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Meet the True Blue Cast: JEFF DAY

Hey all!  My name is Jeff Day and I am a rising Sophomore here at Duke University who is an Electrical and Computer Engineering major with a possible Math double major or minor.  First of all I would like to welcome the Class of 2016 to Duke!  You are truly in for the ride of your life and I hope you come to appreciate this unique place as much as I have over the past year.  Although I am a very recent addition to the True Blue cast (found out I was going to be in it about two weeks ago) I was really excited to be able to go back to Duke early to be a meaningful part of O-week.  I just finished up my internship at Department of Homeland Security here in Washington DC learning about the intricacies of government managed engineering ventures.

I believe that every single Duke student gets something different out of True Blue.  For some it can be deciding to avoid some of the “hazardous” aspects of Duke life, such as excessive amounts of alcohol and spending half of your free time at Shooters.  For others it can mean dedicating themselves to the gym to relieve stress and stay in shape.  What I believe is one of the key aspects of True Blue is balance.  A balanced college life is key to staying happy and well.  With so many different things to choose to commit your time to (schoolwork, extracurriculars, greek life, work study, research opportunities, and sleeping), managing your time and keeping your priorities straight can be a bit of a challenge.  I have seen many of my peers become so involved in extracurriculars while simultaneously trying to keep their grades up that their sleep schedule allowed them about 3 hours of sleep a night.  Probably not the greatest idea for paying attention in class the next morning.  Although many of these lessons have to be learned through simple experience, in my eyes True Blue epitomizes the balance of keeping healthy in ALL aspects of one’s life, whether it be social, intellectual, or spiritual health.  So I really hope that our performance you paid at least some attention to the messages that we were trying to send, because they could truly help you during your first couple weeks at Duke.

I hope that you all get as much out of True Blue as I have!

--Jeff Day

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