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Student Health Closed on 9/1

The Student Health Center will be closed on Monday, 9/1, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

We will re-open with normal operating hours on Tuesday, 9/2, at 8:30am.

For after-hours care and nurse advice, please call 919-681-9355.


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How To: Adding A Shared Mailbox - Office365

  • Head over to http://mail.duke.edu/
  • Log in to Office365
  • On the left navigation panel, "RIGHT Click" your name, then select "add shared folder"

  • You will then be prompted to enter the address of the shared folder, Student Affairs ITS will provide you with this information when notifying your shared mailbox has been provisioned.

  • You will then see it populate underneath your personal mailbox, if you have multiple folders currently expanded you may need to scroll down to see it. 

  • Once selected, the shared mailbox can be used to read/reply/ or compose messages in parallel with any others your department to avoid duplicate responses to the same emails.


  • To take advantage of sending on behalf of the mailbox's address instead of your personal email address:
  • Compose a new email, select the ellipsis as shown below, then select "Show From" a new field will now show up with your email address populated.

  • Remove your address by right clicking it, then enter the address you used in step 4 that was provided to you by Student Affairs ITS, you can now send on behalf of the shared mailbox and reply's will go back to the box as well.

Note: Mailing lists are not synonymous with Shared Mailboxes.  Mailing lists are used as a distribution method for communication between individuals where the original sender's identity is beneficial, much like a thread with multiple recipients
carbon copied.  Shared Mailboxes are a repository for collaborative communication between a department and a target individual or population such as a email note to a large number of students. If you would like to discuss if a existing mailing list or could benefit from turning into a shared mailbox or the creation of either, contact Student Affairs ITS for consultation on your process by emailing service@studentaffairs.duke.edu

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Greetings Duke community,

I’m Ross Wade, a new assistant director at the Career Center; my portfolio area is media, arts and entertainment, and I’m so excited to join such an excellent team of career professionals!

I’m a Bull City native, and I love all things Durham!  Prior to becoming a career counselor I lived in Chicago, New York City, and Raleigh where I worked in a variety of media industries including documentary, television, digital media, and strategic communications. You may have seen me on Law and Order…okay, probably not…I was just a production assistant asked to step in as “atmosphere” (an extra) for a single episode (I played a hobo)…but I rocked it!

For more information about my professional background, check me out on LinkedIn. When I’m not working with students, I enjoy documenting Durham via Instagram and writing/blogging on career development issues for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) blog and for my personal blog. Did I mention I’m a social media geek?

(Downtown Durham – Ross Wade)

I thought I’d share with all of you some of my favorite art/media/nerd-out!/career-related resources (blogs, videos, etc.), so y’all can get a better idea of my career counseling philosophy and point of view  - maybe some of you will enjoy and/or find meaning in these resources as well.

#1 – Ira Glass on storytelling. This is a short, two-minute, video of Ira Glass discussing the process of beginning a creative career (or anything creative). It is inspiring and reminds us that it takes time and persistence to grow a skill. Check out the video here.

#2 – Brain Pickings Blog. This is my favorite blog. If you are unfamiliar with this blog and Maria Popova you are in for a treat! Popova describes her blog as “a cross-disciplinary LEGO treasure chest, full of pieces spanning art, design, science, technology, philosophy, history, politics, psychology, sociology, ecology, anthropology, and more; pieces that enrich your mental pool of resources and empower combinatorial ideas that are stronger, smarter, richer, deeper and more impactful.” Check it out here.

#3 – Everything is a Remix. Kirby Ferguson’s website is fantastic with a video series on how life and innovation is nothing but a series of remixes. The remix formula? Copy + transform + combine. I love this idea because it reflects the importance of a liberal arts education and learning through experience (like internships!). Learn (college), then practice (experiential learning), then create and innovate (make your mark on the world!). Check out Ferguson’s website here.

#4 – 99U. Based on Thomas Edison’s quote, “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” 99U posts content to provide the “missing curriculum” to make ideas happen. Interested in career issues, innovation, achievement, and dealing with failure, along with a gazillion other interesting topics? Check out this killer website.

As you can probably tell, I’m big on interdisciplinary learning - just like Duke University (e.g. Duke STEAM Challenge, Bass Connections).

My favorite career advice? I read it on Brain Pickings; Hunter S. Thompson’s thoughts on purpose and living a meaningful life “…look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living within that way of life.”

I’m looking forward to seeing you at various Duke arts/media/entertainment activities, AND at the Career Center. To schedule an appointment with me, or any of the other career counselors, call the Career Center front desk at 919-660-1050.

Tags: careercenter,arts,entertainment,careeradvisor,duke,durham,media,sports,international,


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Duke (Mu) chapter of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity honored with multiple awards!

Pictured are Duke Pi Kappa Phi members Micheal Washington and Ian McKiernan.  Congratulations to the entire Mu chapter!

Champion Master Chapter Award:
At their 54th Supreme Chapter, the Duke Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi was recognized as a Champion Master Chapter for overall excellence. The Champion Master Chapter Award distinguishes the top Pi Kappa Phi chapters in the country who achieved the highest composite score in the Seven Objectives of Chapter Excellence.

W.E. Edington Award:
The Duke chapter of Pi Kappa Phi also received the W.E. Edington award recognizing the chapter with the highest cumulative GPA. The award is given in honor of Pi Kappa Phi brother Edington (Illinois) who served as chairman of the national scholarship committee and played a pivotal role raising the fraternity men average GPA.

Commitment to Continued Growth Award:
The Mu Chapter was recognized with a Commitment to Continued Growth Award for meeting annual recruitment goals for a two-year period.

Retention Excellence Award:
The Mu Chapter was recognized with a Retention Excellence Award for a new member retention rate of 100%.


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Scholarship Cup Award Winner

Duke's (Alpha Alpha) chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity was recently honored with their organization's Scholarship Cup.

This award is given to the Pi Kappa Alpha chapter with the highest cumulative GPA over the past school year.  Join us in congratulating the Alpha Alpha chapter on their achievement!  Pictured: Alpha Alpha chapter president, Matt Ostrowski.



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Flag of the Week - Lithuania

Lithuania, officially the Republic of Lithuania, is a country in Northern Europe, one of the three Baltic states. It is situated along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, to the east of Sweden and Denmark. It borders Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east and south, Poland to the south, and Kaliningrad Oblast to the southwest. Lithuania has an estimated population of 3 million as of 2013, and its capital and largest city is Vilnius. Lithuanians are a Baltic people. The official language, Lithuanian, and Latvian are the only two living languages in the Baltic branch of the Indo-European language family.

Lithuania is a member of the European Union, the Council of Europe, a full member of the Schengen Agreement and NATO. It is also a member of the Nordic Investment Bank, and part of Nordic-Baltic cooperation of Northern European countries. The United Nations Human Development Index lists Lithuania as a "very high human development" country. Lithuania has been among the fastest growing economies in the European Union and is ranked 17th in the world in the Ease of Doing Business Index.


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To all new international students - From an alum

Welcome to a new and exciting life of being a blue devil. My name is Leonard Ng’eno and I am a software developer at Duke. Just like you, I once was a first year international student at Duke from Kenya. I too felt some of the feelings that you are currently going through: the excitement of starting college abroad, the fear of being in a new country and school, the prospect of meeting people from other cultures, the homesickness and the longing to be in the comfort of family members, among others. However, you should be happy in the knowledge that you have arrived at a place that will not only serve as a fountain of knowledge for the next four years of your life, but will also become your home away from home. The friendships and connections that you will make here will be a big part of your life from now onwards.

One of the hardest things you will have to deal with as a first year international student is not knowing what to do in certain circumstances. Each and everyone of you was good at something in your previous schools. Now you are in a different country with its own norms and an environment where everyone is as good as you. When faced with such as a situation, don’t think your world is coming to an end. You just have to work a little bit more to find your place in this new environment. This is where your residential assistant, academic advisor, people from the International House and other students from your country/region become very important. So talk to them and they’ll guide you on what to do. They too had to deal with the same situations as you.

As you begin your academic journey at Duke, you should always keep in mind that you are in one of the best universities in the US. You therefore have to take the most advantage of the opportunities that Duke avails to you. Duke has great professors and you should learn from them both in the classroom and outside. I know from experience that some of them might be very intimidating inside of the lecture hall, but once you actually get to know them outside of class, you’ll know that all that is for show. So don’t let the theatrics stop you from getting to know them if you have an interest in their areas of research. I come from a culture where the words of the teacher in the classroom is the law and the incontestable truth. If you also come from the same background as me, be assured that you are now in a school that encourages open discussions in the classroom and should therefore come out of your comfort zone and voice your thoughts.  

Duke has a lot of research programs, and getting involved in them will go a long way in shaping your future. Duke also has a wonderful liberal education system that you should take full advantage of. Like I once was, I am sure some of you have misgivings about taking courses in fields that are not related to your areas of study. You come from different education systems, but the fact that you chose to come to Duke means that you are willing to give a chance to the education system that exists here. So take those T-req courses with gusto, you might just find your calling in one of them. You are now studying abroad, but Duke also offers undergraduate students a chance to study in other countries for a semester. I know that this might not sound like a good idea, especially after going through the culture shock that some of you will experience during your first year here, but it is a chance worth exploring. At this stage in your life, you should be open to new opportunities and cultures.

Being a Duke student also means engaging with the community in which you live and the society at large. So join student groups that have interests in community engagement and go out into Durham. You will get a chance to learn about and experience the lives of common Americans, something that you might never get if you just stay within the Duke confines. Before I came here, I had my own thoughts of what America might be like. When I came to Duke, I saw a part of it. When I participated in Project Change, a service-oriented pre-orientation program, I got a chance to experience the side of America that is not defined by Duke. The families of your friends from Duke will also show you their version of America. So if you happen to be invited to their homes for thanksgiving or winter break, accept their invitation and tag along.  

Above all, I urge you to have fun and enjoy your experience here to the fullest. If you are a sports fan, then you have come to the right school. Duke has a phenomenal school spirit. I remember going for my F-1 visa interview at the American Consulate in Nairobi and the interviewer asked me about the basketball rivalry between Duke and UNC and I had no clue what he was talking about, let alone why he was so excited about it. As a freshman, I remember wondering why any sane person would camp out in K-ville in the middle of the winter just so they can get to go to one basketball game. But I eventually became a die-hard blue devil, and all that seemed crazy before now makes a lot of sense. However, if you are not a big sports fan, don’t feel left out, there are many other campus communities that you can join. They are all out there waiting for you to discover and be a part of them.

Part of what makes Duke unique is that the students are very passionate about the things that they care about. You are now part of that culture by virtue of having chosen to pursue your studies here. If you have a cause that you are really passionate about, now is your time to press for that cause. All the good things that currently exist at Duke did not just happen to come by, it is because previous students set the course for what they are now. Now is your chance to do the same. At some point, you will have to stop being a visitor and start feeling at home.

I wish you all the best as you begin your journey at Duke. Thank you.  



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Imam Adeel Zeb has been named Duke University's new Muslim chaplain and director for the Center for Muslim Life, beginning September 20.

He succeeds Imam Abdullah Antepli, who is taking on a new role with the university.

"I am thrilled to be able to make this important announcement," said Zoila Airall, associate vice president of campus life. "We have made significant strides in serving our growing Muslim student population over the past few years. I have great confidence that Adeel is the right person to continue this growth and serve our Muslim community."

Zeb said he is committed to building what he calls "interfaith, intrafaith and inter-university bridges" to create opportunities for productive dialogues. He has led interfaith immersion trips and spiritual retreats to Trinidad and Saudi Arabia, and hopes to continue such work with students and colleagues at Duke.

"The students at Duke exude ambition and seem ready to make authentic and positive change globally, starting of course locally here at Duke University," Zeb said. "The Duke community is full of energy, intelligence, and passion. These three components seem to be a common thread in the framework of this exemplary institution. With the current setup of three Muslims in distinct leadership positions across campus, Duke’s Muslim Life has the opportunity to be the gold standard in America, and that’s my hope and vision for the near future."

Zeb is coming to Duke from Trinity College and Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and prior to that served the Muslim community at American University. In those positions, he designed and delivered successful programming and outreach that met varied Muslim student needs. His academic research has focused on Jewish and Muslim chaplaincies on college campuses.

"Imam Zeb brings with him a unique combination of knowledge about Islam as well as skills in counseling and student development," said Li-Chen Chin, director of intercultural programs for Student Affairs at Duke. "His rich and diverse life experience -- for example, initially wanting to be pre-med as an undergraduate, then finding his calling after a visit to Mecca -- will serve as an inspiration to all students."

Zeb is a graduate of the Master’s in Islamic Chaplaincy program at Hartford Seminary. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Baylor University, and a bachelor’s of science degree in Islamic studies from Arees University. He has earned multiple certifications in interfaith conflict management, conflict analysis, and negotiation from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). He was the first Muslim Chaplain student at Children’s Medical Center’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program in Dallas.

Zeb has spoken at Islamic centers, universities, hospitals and Muslim conferences throughout the United States and has delivered Friday Khutbah prayer on Capitol Hill. He has published works in the Washington Post, and Temple University’s Journal for Ecumenical Studies.

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How to Eat Like a Healthy Devil

Welcome to Duke!

Whether you are a first year student away from home for the first time, or returning as an upperclassman and ready to explore your dining options on West, you might want some tips about how to eat well on campus. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Think of healthy eating as having three components, timing, balance and mindfulness.

1.       Timing. Remember to eat regularly throughout the day; you can’t expect to get through your busy days if you don’t have energy (and food is energy!). A common mistake many students make is skipping meals or going too many hours without eating. If you have the First Year Board plan don’t forget to eat a small meal or snack to keep you going between meals.  

If you are too hungry and faced with an “all you care to eat” meal option at dinner, you are likely to overeat. You might think you are getting your money’s worth, but your body will pay the price.


Think you are too busy to stop and eat? There are many options for grab and go meals and snacks on West campus or Trinity Café on East.

If you have time for a sit down meal midday that’s even better.  Check out your options here.


2.       Balance. Make sure to include some lean protein, veggies and/or fruit and whole grains at most meals. Balancing Your Plate will keep you on the right track to healthy eating, sustained energy and weight management.


3.       Mindfulness. Above all remember to eat when you are hungry and stop when you are comfortably full. Eating too little or too much will keep you thinking about food instead of focused on all the other things you want to do at Duke.

Eat what you like, get enough of it and get on with your day!


Have a great year!


Additional Resources:

Healthy Eating at Duke- it’s “Devilishly” Easy

Smart Snacking

Duke Student Health Nutrition

For more information on eating well at Duke meet with a Student Health Nutritionist



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Zoila Airall talks Title IX to Parents During Orientation

Zoila Airall, Ph.D., is Assistant Vice President of Campus Life for Student Affairs. She gave these remarks during an evening session for parents of arriving first-year Duke students.

As many of you may be aware, we sent every member of this year’s incoming first-year class two on-line trainings--Alcohol Edu and Haven. Haven is higher education’s first compliance-based program for primary sexual assault prevention. We carefully monitored student participation this summer because it is important to us that each member of this class understand definitions of sexual misconduct, the effects of alcohol on relationships and the ethics of relationships.

We also sent the two trainings to all parents. I will not ask for a show of hands about how many of you actually took the training or how many of you who took the training engaged your son or daughter in a conversation on the topic of sexual misconduct. If you did, you receive a BLUE STAR, because at Duke we do everything in blue and not gold!
But if you did not, there is time before you leave to have a conversation with your son or daughter.

Let me tell you why this is critical. Sexual misconduct is no longer misbehavior that remains silent on college campuses. In March 2013, the Sexual Violence Elimination Act--known as the Campus SaVE Act--was signed into law, requiring that college campuses provide transparency, accountability and education on the topic of sexual misconduct. And the Office of Civil Rights developed Title IX compliance guidelines for colleges and universities across the country.

There has been a national dialogue among government officials, scholars, educators and activists. This summer, Dean Sue, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students and I attended a national Sexual Assault Summit at Dartmouth with 300 colleagues from colleges and universities across the country to address best practices in prevention and intervention efforts.

Be assured that at Duke every undergraduate and graduate student, faculty and staff member will receive ongoing training and education during their tenure at this institution. We are encouraging open dialogue on the topic of sexual misconduct because students need to understand the range of sexual misconduct behavior, their rights and options, and the expectation to report all acts of sexual misconduct. Our sexual misconduct policy may be found on-line and in every Duke Community Standard Guide Book.  My colleagues in the Women’s Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Duke Wellness Center, and Student Conduct are prepared to work closely with victims and perpetrators of sexual misconduct violations.

It is not my intention to frighten you. It is my intention to assure you that at Duke we take this issue seriously. We are committed to providing the best prevention and intervention practices and procedures because we care about all of our students.

And because we care, it is our expectation that as parents, you understand the important role you have in joining us in this national movement to address sexual misconduct on college campuses. 

We welcome this partnership.

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Greek News

Duke's Panhellenic Association has been selected as a recipient of the National Panhellenic Conference College Panhellenic Achievement Award.  Read more here:



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Welcome to 2014-15! "DCS Guide" updated

Welcome to a new academic year! Over the summer we updated The Duke Community Standard in Practice: A Guide for Undergraduates, which outlines behavioral expectations for undergraduates.  A summary of policy and procedure changes from last academic year are available here.  Questions?  Email us at conduct@duke.edu or call us at (919) 684-6938. 



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Alumni News

Duke Alum named West Virginia State Director for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.:

The Nu Omicron Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated is proud to announce that chapter member and Duke University alumna Kristeena Ray has been appointed to the position of West Virginia Sate Director. Ms. Ray has served the sisterhood well throughout her Zeta lifespan including active participation in the Nu Omicron chapter and NPHC while at Duke and as Secretary of the West Virginia Executive Board. There is no doubt that the State of West Virginia will continue to prosper under Ray’s leadership. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Ray in her new role as she continues to Build On the Principles of Zeta While Blazing New Paths.


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How to Not be a Stress Zombie

Stress Zombies—we’ve all seen them. They can be easily recognized by the bags under their eyes and their beaten coffee cups. They shuffle across campus with a dazed look in their eyes, thinking about the endless list of tasks that they must complete. The mountains of books and articles surrounding a stress zombie can make it difficult to see one in its natural habitat. The most commonly seen stress zombies are usually spotted coming out of Perkins holding a warm, just-completed paper. Almost every Duke student can attest to having been a stress zombie at some point in his or her academic career. Here are some ways that you can avoid being a stress zombie:

1. Get some sleep. I know that sleep sounds like a four letter word when the assignments are piling up and you don’t how you’re ever going to pass Orgo, but I promise that you’re going to be more productive after some rest than you are when you are falling asleep on your keyboard.

2. Schedule your study time. List your assignments in order of importance, length, and due date. Prioritize which assignments you should do first and which ones are going to require the most time. This should keep you from being up all night before a paper is due.

3. Make time for friends. If you’re going for days without talking to your friends and only doing work, you’re going to get stressed. You need your support system to keep you on track.

4. Find your stress relief method. Everyone has something that helps to relieve stress. It could be the gym, a walk, listening to your favorite song, playing a game, or anything else. Make time to do whatever it is that helps you to unwind.

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True Blue Academics

In my opinion, one of the more difficult aspects of the transition to college has to do with academics.  Being one of the top universities in the country, Duke’s courses are likely more difficult and demanding than what you experienced in high school.

By no means am I saying that classes at Duke are impossible to do well in, but there are simple steps you can take to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the papers, midterms, quizzes, and textbook readings Duke will throw at you. 

Time management is the key term here.  In college your focus may be drawn to countless different things: friends, sports, boyfriends/girlfriends, clubs, video games, Netflix, but it is important to keep in mind that you are here to learn.  Those things are all great, but schoolwork should be your primary objective; you will have to learn to balance fun with work and responsibility.

However, if you do find yourself struggling with a certain class, you may be able to get a student tutor through the university free of charge.  At the Academic Resource Center (ARC) located behind the marketplace on East Campus, students can apply for one tutor per semester.  Last semester, I got a tutor for my multivariable calculus class, and it definitely me helped a lot.  Unfortunately, there are not tutors available for every class taught at Duke, but the peer tutors at the ARC do cover most of the large lecture classes such as chemistry, econ, and physics.  For a full list, check out their website http://duke.edu/arc/peer_tutoring/index.php. 

Another great resource to consult about classes at Duke is the upperclassmen.  Don’t be hesitant to ask your older friends for advice on which classes to take, or even for help in a subject they are majoring in.  We love to help you guys out in whatever ways we can!

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Finding your place

It is up to you to define your college experience. Do not depend on anyone else to do that for you. Whether you chose to become a part of Greek life, SLGs, or staying independent, that is strictly your decision.

Freshman year was definitely an interesting time when it came to making friends.  I remember making so many new friends during O-Week and then suddenly seeing them disappear as time went on. This sort of thing happens throughout the year. You see your circle of friends constantly growing and shrinking. Come spring semester, a lot of your friends will be rushing fraternities, sororities, and SLGs- you may find yourself rushing too.

I ended up rushing a SLG my freshmen year and I do not regret it. I found the environment of a SLG more fitting for me than that of a fraternity.  Everyone I met during the process was welcoming and enthusiastic to meet me. I do not regret my decision of joining the Round Table community. I made so many great memories and built strong relationships. I have found my family at Duke.

I believe that my experience with finding my place at Duke was due to the fact that I was not pressured to join a specific group or organization. Everything that I did was done at my own will. I tested the waters with several things: DSG, Crew, and other clubs. Freshman year is definitely the best to time explore your options because all of your peers are also scrambling around trying to find their niche. It gets a little more difficult as the years go by as people already have established themselves in a particular group, but it is not impossible to do.

If you are willing to put in the effort, then you will get a great college experience in return. Do not sweat the small stuff. Just be yourself and have fun.

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Sweet Life Illuminated

Portland-based artist Carter Hubbard installed Sweet Life Illuminated in the Bryan Center this Monday. The visually striking and colorful "spoondelier", comprised of more than 9,000 discarded ice cream spoons from a local business, hangs just to the left of the main entrance to the Bryan Center.

"I'm very interested in processes, and how cognizant people are of their actions. I want them to do their research," said Hubbard. "I seek to know better the underlying, fundamental systems and their inherent motivations and effects, beneficial and detrimental."

Watching these spoons go quickly into the recycling bin as people tasted and ate flavors of ice cream, Hubbard knew there was an artistic opportunity here to create something beautiful and make a statement.

A collector at heart, Hubbard convinced the business to allow her to gather, sanitize and organize more than 38,000 discarded spoons over the course of a year. "I considered several ideas for what to do with the spoons, and this is the one that really made sense."

The final product combines multiple colors of spoons that not only catch the eye, but also start a conversation about the "opulence of our culture, and what it really takes" to create the ease we experience every day.

Hubbard plans to use the remaining spoons to create jewelry, and even has an idea for a dress decorated with spoons.

Read more about the artist: http://carterhubbard.com/

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Student Health Closed until 11 AM

The Student Health Center will be closed until 11 am today, Wednesday, 8/13. For nurse advice or healthcare options, please call us at 919-681-9355.


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Convocation - Parent Accommodations

New Student Convocation - Parent and Family Viewing

Wednesday, August 20th, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cameron Indoor Stadium

Thank you for joining us as we celebrate your student’s special moment.  Parent and family members will be able to watch via live stream New Student Convocation in Cameron Indoor Stadium. For individuals with accessibility limitations, arrangements are in place to accommodate your needs.

  • Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
  • Guests with mobility limitations may be dropped off at the south end of Cameron on Whitford Drive.
  • Floor seating at the south entrance of the court will be available for guests who are physically unable to climb stairs.
  • An American Sign Language Interpreter will be located at the south entrance of the court (floor level) for guests with hearing impairments.
  • If you have questions about accommodations for guests with disabilities, please contact Megan Hohenstein in the Office of Special Events and University Ceremonies at megan.hohenstein@duke.edu.

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Parents & Families: Message from the President

Dear families,

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Duke University, I am pleased to welcome you to the Duke family.  We are thrilled that your students will be joining our campus community, and we share your anticipation in imagining all the ways they will grow and develop over the next four years. 

Here at Duke, we take seriously our responsibility to foster an environment that is optimally engineered to support that growth.  Duke offers an ever-expanding wonderland of opportunities; we’re also working to renovate some of our historic buildings to provide modern, inviting spaces for students to interact and connect.  But your student has a responsibility, too:  a responsibility to engage with these opportunities.  It will no longer be enough to do the reading, complete the problem set, and show up to class.  That would be a poor shadow of  a college education; that would be sleepwalking through Duke.  We ask our students to do more.  That means not just doing the reading before class, but doing the thinking before class.  It means arriving prepared to ask questions and tie new ideas to the broader aims of the course.  It means seeking out professors in office hours, or extending an invitation to lunch (we give each student a fund to do so).  It means taking intellectual risks by enrolling in courses that are new or unfamiliar.  It means auditioning for the fall musical, or taking up rowing for the first time, or volunteering to build a website for the residence hall council. 

I’m describing ways for your students to stretch themselves.  We know that stretching is not always a comfortable experience, and it’s not always easy for a student who has excelled in one environment to make a transition to another.  The skills that enabled your student to sail through high school may seem suddenly inadequate.  But please help your student to remember, at moments of challenge that may feel frustrating or dispiriting, that Duke does not admit students solely based on what they achieved in high school.  We invite students to join our community also because of their potential—what we know they can achieve.  And if your students need help unlocking that potential, Duke has support of all kinds to help them stretch to surmount the challenge, increase their confidence, and grow to meet the next hurdle. 

Thank you for your role in our partnership to help your student grow in many dimensions.  I look forward to the privilege of getting to know Duke’s newest class and watching their growth in the coming years. 

Richard H. Brodhead



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