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SA ITS How To: Add your office phone for Multi Factor Authentication













  • Click on "Multi-factor authentication" on the right panel

Select "Register here"

  • select "Use multi-factor authentication for all NetID-Protected websites"
  • click "Add a basic cell phone or home/office phone"

  • Select "Home/office phone" from the drop down menu of what type of device you would like to register

  • Fill out your DIRECT office phone line.
  • Nickname your device "Office Phone" for convience

  • Henceforth all sites that require a netID authentication will require you to choose click on the "choose one option" and you will need to select "Call my Office Phone".  A automated system will then call your office line and require you to press any number on your phone to authenticate.  The system will then hang up the call.  You can now select "Enter"
  • The process can be repeated if you would like to use your personal cell phone to authenticate in case you are away from the office and require access to a Duke website that requires your NetID.


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New Years Resolution: Be a Little Braver

I recently read the book by Daniel Bergner, “What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire.” After my initial eye rolling “who but a guy can talk about female sexuality?” thoughts, I opened my mind and read.  Then I heard him in an interview say the following beautiful words.  I was so moved that I pulled over to the side of the road in order to fully attend to what he was saying.

“I sometimes think we have to be a little braver about just caring more. Caring, and being open about caring about sex, with one’s partner sounds like it should be easy, but I think often it’s not because you can fail and you can feel hurt. And so I think that candor and caring are important and might well be the root to maintaining passion.”

Indeed.  How brave it is to just care more?  Care for self, for our bodies, for our sweethearts and our sexual partners, for the earth and for one another and dare I say it, for our own and the other person’s sexual fulfillment and needs getting met.  In the era of the college “hook up,” (whatever that means), how brave is this concept of caring.  And how connected to desire caring is for all of us, female, male and the rest of us in between.

I recently had a conversation with a friend when I expressed my confusion as to why he was not dating.  By conventional standards, he fit all the requirements: successful, good looking, educated.  He could, I told him, afford to be picky.  “Why am I not dating?”  He asked.  “Because I feel like the whole model is just not real.”  He went on to question if people are really honest with themselves and with the other person in those first several coffee/dinner get to know you conversations.  Not that people intend to be dishonest, perhaps, but it is our nature to put our best face forward.  “Shouldn’t we all,” he conjectured, “show up to that first date with the list of our failures and our fears and hopes and needs and see if my list meshes well with your baggage?”  Perhaps it’s no more complex than the Galway Kinnell poem, “Why Regret?”  Kinnell writes beautifully about monarch butterflies and the miracle of their migration back to the same place in Mexico, even the same tree where they hatched and their ancestors hatched for generations.  Yes, why regret indeed?  Kinnell says, in essence, afterall, “Doesn't it outdo the pleasure of the brilliant concert to wake in the night and find ourselves holding hands in our sleep?”

Imagine, the simple act of waking up holding hands with your beloved is as miraculous as the monarch migration.  For this new year, I wonder, what would it take for all of us to be brave and just care more and be more open about our needs and our desires? Mr. Bergner, what do women want?  Perhaps for an end to the need for hand wringing books being written about the mysteries of female sexuality because we are caring more and we are being more open.  And then we watch the desire come naturally from that place, beautiful, colorful, multi faceted, like the wings of the Monarch butterfly.


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The Great Calzone Cookoff

Congratulations to the Queen and Princess of Calzones-Connie & Jean! In the great Calzone Cookoff @ Penn Pavilion Connie was voted by YOU as your Queen w/ Jean coming in a close second as Princess! As Connie was crowned with her tiara, held her bouquet of roses and wore her bejeweled sash she thanked Duke Dining and all of the students for "making this moment possible!" THANKS FOR VOTING!


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BigFix and You

With the continued and exciting growth of our division, Student Affairs Information Technology Services (SA-ITS) has introduced BigFix, just one of our new enterprise tools that will be assisting on our mission to provide individual level attention and support even on a large scale.  SA-ITS is confident that this tool will reduce the need for service requests that involve minor plug in updates and allow for less downtime sifting through the dozens of updates that come out on a weekly basis from software vendors.  BigFix will also allow for increased transparency to Student Employees that may use multiple workstations in multiple division departments being that all updates on all workstations will be standardized.

The BigFix platform allows SA-ITS to take a unified approach to managing hot fixes and updates to all of our Student Affairs workstations.  In addition,these updates will run silently as a background process without prompting that anything is being installed.  This avoids workflow interruption versus having to contact the helpdesk to remote in to install the update for you for.  Users will only be aware of the BigFix application when  prompted to save their work and restart the computer (more on that later).  
Workstations with our BigFix agent will constantly be checking-in to the campus shared masthead server regardless of your location in the world.  The agent queries relevant updates based for your individual computer and ignoring non-relevant updates that you already have or do not need.  These updates can range from common plug-ins such as Adobe Flash Player and Java Runtime Environment that we have all seen before; to more custom SA-ITS packages for example: a blocker that prevents the new version Internet Explorer from updating to Version 10 which is not yet compatible with many Duke University/Duke Medicine online resources.  We can later apply a reverse action script once the platform is more stable.

If new updates have been applied to your workstation, you will notice the following prompt:

At this time you have the option to take the action (in this case the action is to restart your workstation) or you can delay the action for a specific amount of time of your choosing.

In the scenario that 24 hours past after the initial prompt without a action taken on your part, the request will lock to the top layer of your desktop until you take the action to ensure that workstations are receiving their updates in a timely manner.

SA-ITS is still adjusting the frequency of required restarts after updates have been installed (currently once per week).  If you have any suggestions feel free to leave us a comment below!




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Feminism: Our Past, Present and Future

For this blog post, some of the interns at the Women’s Center decided to share our personal history with feminism. We have all had different experiences and there isn’t a singular theme among our stories, but we hope that our experiences encourage others in the Duke community to explore what feminism means to them.


From Colleen O’Connor (Community Building and Organizing Intern): `


From a very young age, I was aware of gender dynamics.  My first ‘feminist puzzle piece,’ so to speak, came when I was in preschool and I approached my friend Pablo playing blocks alone.  As I went over to join him, Pablo pushed me away and told me that I was not allowed to play with the blocks because I was a girl and blocks were for boys.  At the time, I recognized how unfair it was that I was excluded from doing something because I was a girl.  I received a similar reaction, although without physical pushing, when I told my peers and adults that I wanted to be the first woman president.  Oftentimes, the reaction was one of “Hmm. Girls can’t be presidents though” or “I don’t think you want to get involved in politics, honey.” I realized that my friends and family were making judgment calls about what I could and could not do and it just felt wrong.  

Fast-forward a few years to when I arrived at Duke. My first year seminar was Gender and Sports with Professor Donna Lisker, and she challenged me to think about my gender and how I live it out in my everyday life. During this semester, I collected many puzzle pieces, questioning why there are only male priests in Church and why in my social life I felt as though I was in a bind where neither sexual activity nor sexual inactivity was right.

It was not until the fall of my sophomore year, though, that I began to think about power and privilege dynamics beyond my gender. That semester, I took Feminist Art in the 1970s, a course on the exhibit The Deconstructive Impulse, and I participated on Common Ground. I began to realize that feminism is much bigger than gender issues, but really focuses on systemic oppression.  I became conscious of the privilege I have in being white and suddenly noticed the extreme heteronormativity in my daily life. It was like wearing glasses for the first time. For me, feminist activism became a strong desire to create change in something bigger than myself, focusing on the intersectionalities of oppression.

I declared a Women’s Studies major, participated in The Moxie Project, and began to engage in activism on campus. I became more confident in myself and felt comfortable opening up a dialogue when I heard sexist, homophobic, or racist language. I have come to realize that I have been a girl activist all along, and I can effectively make change in our community.  Like a puzzle, there are still many pieces that are yet to be found. Yet piece-by-piece, the whole picture is coming into view.


From McCall Hollie (Gender Equity and Leadership Intern):


I used to shy away from the term "feminist" as one with which to describe myself. I saw it as the inaccurate stigma I fear many misinterpret it to be: man-hating, bra-burning (did you know that never actually happened? Bras are too expensive to burn, anyway), preachy, angry, and unreceptive to modern culture. Where these confusing stereotypes came from I don't think I could tell you, but I can say with confidence I no longer associate feminism with aforementioned negatively-connoted ideas. Being a Duke student, and one affiliated with the Women's Center, has enabled me to develop a far more accurate and positive image of feminism that I now strongly identify with. Being a feminist means believing in equality--for everyone. Feminists fight not only for the rights of women but also for marginalized populations such as racial minorities or LGBTQIA community, among many others. As a feminist, I actively make an effort in my daily life to make the world around me a welcoming and accepting place for all. I don't hate men, I don't burn my bras, I do not preach my ideas, nor am I unreceptive to those of others. I'm also not angry, but instead I am empowered and motivated to make positive change.




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Friendly Food

“There are three activities that are absolutely vital in the creation of community. The first is eating together. The second is praying together. And the third is celebrating together.”  Duke Professor of Theological Ethics Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche, wrote this in their book “Living Gently in a Violent World.  These simple practices are alive in Duke’s Divinity Refectory and its vendor, CORE Catering.

CORE Catering’s owner Pat Eder began what she calls a “ministry of hospitality to people and planet”.  Eder had relationships with Duke Dining Services, local growers and community members dating back to the early 80’s. As an employee of former Divinity school eatery vendor Bon Vivant she supported them with her knowledge and values of sustainable, nutritious meals “that celebrate the restoration of community, earth, and spirit.”  

When Duke Dining Services selected CORE Catering as the new vendor for The Refectory at Duke Divinity School in 2012, Eder was committed to continuing that ministry as she provided a unique dining experience at the popular campus eatery. CORE Catering’s mission is not limited to feeding hungry students, faculty and staff from across campus at the long, narrow “refectory tables” in the Divinity School, but extends throughout the Durham community.   

Every Friday evening, volunteers from the Durham Friends Meeting pick up “Friendly Food” donated by Eder and her staff at the Divinity Refectory and deliver the meals to Durham families who are grieving the violent death of a loved one.  The meals are a vital means of connecting with these families, says Marcia Owen, executive director of the Religious Coalition for a Non-violent Durham (RCND). The meals become an extension of the bonds formed through Coalition-sponsored candlelight vigils as a community response to violence.

Glenda Fowler whose son Kareem was fatally shot in 2010 describes her experience of “Friendly Food” visits as “overwhelming compassion.“I am indescribably appreciative of Friendly Food folks taking the time to remember my family as we continue to cope with the grief and loss of Kareem. The food is very, very good!”

Duke History professor Simon Partner has volunteered since “Friendly Food” deliveries began in early 2013. “The deliveries allow me an opportunity to reach out and connect with families who have suffered the worst imaginable loss through the gift of one of the fundamental things that people share: food. Many of these families are in dire economic straits and the recipients are also often lonely and isolated. Delivering the food gives me a chance to talk and to listen, and I think the conversation and communication are as important as the food itself." Partner says the food is important, but may not be the most important part of Friendly Food. “The recipients always appreciate that this is gourmet food beautifully prepared and packaged. I can't overstate the generosity and caring of Pat and Blake Eder.   One of the nicest things about Friendly Food is meeting Pat and Blake on Friday afternoon and seeing their warm smiles as they donate meals lovingly prepared in their kitchen.”

Harold Wright, whose wife was fatally shot in 2012, says he values the visits as much as the meals. “Everyone is so caring and nice. They radiate with love.”

Volunteer David Bridge of Durham Friends Meeting believes that violence harms many more than the actual victim. “Healing becomes an eternal journey.  I deliver meals to the families of victims because it is a simple act of providing nourishment to folks who are on that journey and to let them know that the community cares.”

CORE Catering also prepares the communal meals for the Coalition’s “Circles of Hope and Healing.” These bi-weekly gatherings for individuals and families suffering the isolation of traumatic grief are supported by Duke University’s “Doing Good in the Neighborhood” fund.

In partnership with Reality Ministries, CORE Catering has created a "Dine Out" experience at the Divinity Refectory that creates space for friendship and mutual growth-in-Christ between folks with and without disabilities. “Friendships were nurtured and honored because of The Divinity Refectory's contribution to this dinner,” says Greg Little of Reality Ministries. “They hosted the event and provided food and staffing, as well as remained attentive to detailed concerns throughout the preparation and event. It was a gift to share food together and celebrate one another in this way, and we look forward to further fostering this partnership through individual relationships and larger gatherings.”

CORE Catering’s support to the Duke and Durham community also extends to Durham Congregations In Action’s “Year of Opportunity for Durham Youth – YO:Durham.” "Every summer the YO:Durham program hosts a mock networking event where our youth can meet with local professionals and volunteer,” says staff member Eric Olson-Getty. “We are grateful to CORE Catering for its partnership with our program and we hope to continue working with them for future events."

The Divinity Refectory recognizes that the creation of community is sustained by the bounty of our earth. Their reliance on local food and support of sustainable food production are central to the goodness of their meals.

In his sermon “Food is Politics”, former Dean of Duke Chapel Sam Wells asked "If worship is food, could it be that food is worship?  Could we imagine how good eating might become a sacrament of reconciliation between human beings and our planet?" CORE Catering’s answer is a resounding, “Yes!”


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Welcome Back!!

(Written by Women's Center Student Staff)
The Women's Center has always had a welcome back party, but there was something special about the one this year. It was the first time that the student staff (all of the interns and PACT trainers) came together and independently planned the party, it was the Women's Center's first big event of the year, but really we think it was the number of students, faculty, and other Duke community members that came to the party that made it so special. In years past, there have always been individuals who were strongly associated with the Center who came to the party. This year we had a record number of first-year students and other new faces come and share. It really showed us how the Women's Center has grown, and the party set a great tone for year to come.
We planned for this event at the Women's Center retreat! We divided up the work by breaking up into different teams which included a Marketing Team, a Refreshment Team, and a Poster Team. The marketing team came up with some cool advertisements to put up on Facebook, the refreshments team coordinated getting the italian ice and the other snacks, and the poster team came up with the posters that were going to go in the lower lounge. The day of the party grew closer and closer, and we all looked forward to it with excitement. Finally, it was Friday; with the advertisements up on Facebook and the refreshments on the way, everything was looking great. Of course SOMETHING always has to go wrong when EVERYTHING is going right.  When the intern who was taking care of printing all the posters, showed up without any, we were all very surprised. We thought he had left the posters in his house or someone was bringing them later, but it turned out the poster printer had broken! We were left without any of the posters, so we decided to convert the lower lounge to a hangout space. Thankfully we were able to do this and waited for the party to finally start.
Once the clock hit four, the Women’s Center was already buzzing with both new and old faces. Newcomers were welcomed with plenty of food to eat, people to meet, and activities to do. Most people made a beeline for the free Rita’s Italian Ice when they first arrived but stayed to chat with the staff and interns about all of the resources the Women's Center has to offer. Interns encouraged party-goers to find their place at the Women's Center by checking out all of the awesome programs and groups offered, such as the Women’s Collective, FEMCAMP, WHO Speaks, Develle Dish and more. The party ended with a fun game of picking provocative questions out of a fishbowl. We (student and senior staff) all agreed that the party was a huge success!

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Tabula Duke: SA September 2013 Newsletter

Dear Faculty and Friends,

The new year has begun and its been a mad rush to the finish/start line! When I wrote to you over the summer, we were in the midst of an array of construction projects with extremely tight timelines. Fortunately, with the help of many people, we accomplished all our objectives and opened with wonderful new facilities for the Duke community. I hope you'll wander over the the Bryan Center to see how we've transformed that building. We welcome to the BC our new Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (formerly the LGBT Center), new food venues (Red Mango and The Loop), new offices for University Center Activities and Events, The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Center for Multicultural Affairs as well as new offices for me and my colleagues in Student Affairs. Check it out and stop by to say hi!

We also opened our new Events Pavilion, now named the Penn Pavilion thanks to a wonderful gift from Duke alumnus and trustee, Robert Penn (today.duke.edu/2013/08/pennrelease). I hope you'll come by and enjoy a fantastic meal in the Penn Pavilion which will serve as our temporary dining facility while we renovate West Union, which, by the way, is now officially closed through the renovation and construction period. Soon, we'll update the West Union renovations website with the latest design and schedule information which you can follow at: sites.duke.edu/westunion.

We have many new faces in Student Affairs and many are introduced below. I hope you'll have opportunities to meet them and the many other people in Student Affairs. If there's anything we can do to assist you in your teaching, research and service roles, you need only ask.

Finally, I want to remind you about our DukeReach program (studentaffairs.duke.edu/dos/dukereach). Should you encounter any student whose behavior concerns you, feel free to contact us via that website or by calling Duke Police. We'll follow up and ensure that appropriate care is offered. I also want to remind you about Duke's Mandatory Reporting Policy should you hear of any sexual misconduct involving any Duke student. More information can be found here: today.duke.edu/2011/11/sexualmisconduct. Again, if you have questions about any of these issues or others, feel free to email me at lmoneta@duke.edu or refer to our website at studentaffairs.duke.edu for information.

Have a great semester and we'll be back in touch next month with our next newsletter.



Penn Pavilion
Larry Moneta called Penn Pavilion "a wonderful addition to the Duke landscape," adding, "Penn Pavilion will be a fantastic space to host career fairs, performances, banquets and more."

Read more about the Penn's generous gift.

West Union Renovations update
The cornerstone of the West Union Building was placed in 1928. Since that time, the university has literally grown up around this beautiful structure. Once the center of student activity, the role it has played in student life has changed as the university has grown.

The current renovation of the West Union Building, made possible through a a generous gift from The Duke Endowment, will restore the facility to prominence as Duke’s student living room, premier dining facility and lively center of student engagement and activity.

Read more, and view the most recent drawings.

Recommended Blog Series' to Follow
--Great SEXpectations: Ever had those burning (no pun intended) questions about sex and relationships but were just too embarrassed to ask?! Well look no further!
--Write(H)ers: "I've been challenged to think creatively about how to encourage other writers and lead the charge to succeed within the feminist media landscape."
--A Student's Perspective: Throughout the semester, students bloggers will share their thoughts, insights, etc. about life at Duke and more.
--WHO SPEAKS: The WHO SPEAKS campaign seeks to reflect upon and question the pressures women face about body image. Have you heard these words too? What are your experiences?

Rosh Hashanah with Jewish Life
The Jewish new year is a time of introspection and celebration. We focus on the most important things in life: people, ideals and our world and consider how we can better serve them.

Read more.

New Student Affairs Staff
Every year there are new faces on the team. Here are a few people you may interact with durign the year.

  • Dr. John Vaughn, Director of Student Health Services
  • Clay Adams, Associate Dean of Students
  • Nick Antonicci, Assistant Director, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
  • India Pierce, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
  • Dan Perry, Alcohol & Drug Senior Program Coordinator, Duke Student Wellness Center
  • Jordan Hale, New Student Programs, HDRL
  • Mathavi Jothimurugesan, New Student Programs, HDRL
  • Andy Beville, Director of Facilities, HDRL
  • Jerry Connolly, Director of Finance, HDRL
  • J'nai Adams, Center for Multicultural Affairs
  • Jen Handel, Jewish Life at Duke

Top Recent Entries from our SA Blog

10 Things to Remember for a Successful Experience, by Stephen Bryan
We want to help you avoid decisions that could lead to future anxiety as a consequence of regretted choices.

New Hiring Model, by Annie Maxfield, former Assistant Director, Graduate Student Career Services
How employers are finding talent through experience based interviews

Thin Places, by Sheila Broderick
It really is true what they say about being a parent. One day their little chubby hand in yours crossing the street, telling you they want to live with you forever. And the next, packing up and going to college. I have come to understand that these are the thin places, where the sacred meets the profane.

True Blue: Meet Gabby Sawyer, by Gabby Sawyer, '16
Your next four years at Duke will be amazing, but also full of emotional stresses and pressures.

Does Sex Get Better? by The SHAC
Among the top 3 sex questions I get asked is “does it get better?”

Read Dean Sue's complete Peru trip, by Dean Sue
She may be exhausted, but she had a blast.

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