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Announcement of Nominees and Recipients

Congratulations to the following students, organizations, faculty and staff, who have been recognized for their leadership and service!
Mark your calendar: award recipients and nominees will be celebrated at IN THE SPOTLIGHT on April 16, 2015, at 4 pm at the Arts Annex. The event is open to the Duke community.

Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Awards
Recipients:

Trish Ike
Laxmi Rajak
Nominees:
Jamie Bergstrom
Emma DeVries
Trish Ike
Rosie Nowhitney
Anthony Olawo
Laxmi Rajak
Lauren Taylor

Baldwin Scholars Unsung Heroine Award
Recipient:

Dr. Suzanne Shanahan
Nominees:
Jessica Alvarez
Hope Arcuri
Zeena Bhakta
Nourhan Elsayed
Jaclyn Grace
Farzain Rahman
Dr. Suzanne Shanahan
Gloria Tomlinson

Lars Lyon Volunteer Service Award
Recipient:

Ileana Astorga
Nominees:
Ileana Astorga
Jennifer Garand
Quinn Holmquist
Quang Nguyen
Alice Reed
Corey Vernot

Student Org Line-Up
Recipients:

Headliners
Black Student Alliance 
Environmental Alliance
Muslim Student Association

Up & Comers
Black Women's Association
Blue Devils United
Camp Kesem of North Carolina
Duke International Relations Association
International Association
Le Bump
Sigma Gamma Rho
Students of the Caribbean Association

Star Advisor Award
Recipients:

J'nai Adams
Alec Greenwald
Mehdi Emamian
Kearsley Stewart
Nominees:
Tearria Beck-Scott
LB Bergene
Joan Clifford
Liraz Cohen
Leslie Digby
Courtnry Fauntleroy
Peter Feaver
Deona Hatley
Debbie Lo Biondo
Sean Palmer
John Rawls
Kathy Shipp
Allison Shumar
Adam Tomasiello
Xiao-fan Wang
Marianne Wardle
Jerrica Washington
Kristin Wright
Bin Yin

Julie Anne Levey Memorial Leadership Award
Recipients:

Luke Duchemin
Aishu Ramamurthi
Priya Sarkar
Amir Williams
Nominees:
Drake Breeding
Luke Duchemin
Kimberly Eddleman
Chinmay Pandit
Aishwarya Ramamurthi
Riley Rearson
Priya Sarkar
Sarah Turner
Shadman Uddin
Moses Wayne
Amir Williams

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award 
Recipient:

Rasheed Alhadi
Nominees:
Rasheed Alhadi
Emily Du
Leena El-Sadek
Thomas Fitzpatrick
Lucas Metropulos
Simardeep Nagyal
Bailey Sincox

Class of 2018 Awards
Recipients:

Advocacy Award
Tionne Barmer
Olivia Bowles
Taylor Jones
Chandler Phillips

Innovation Award
Canyon Dell'Omo

Raul Buelvas Award
Andrea Lin

Service Award
Michaela Stith

Spirit Award
Jonathan Osei

William J. Griffith University Service Award

Outstanding Contributions to the Duke Community
Recipients:
Jonathan Hill-Rorie
Jennifer Moreno
Lauren Reuter
Nominees:
Elisa Berson
Jaclyn Grace
Jonathan Hill Rorie
Tiffany Lieu
Jennifer Moreno
Lauren Reuter
David Robertson

Outstanding Contributions to the Durham and Local Community
Recipients:

Catherine Blebea
Cecelia Mercer
Nominees:
Catherine Blebea
Raisa Chowdhury
Joshua Latner
Cecelia Mercer
Amy Trey

Outstanding Contributions to the Global Community
Recipients:

Lucas Metropulos
Titilayo Shodiya

Student Affairs Distinguished Leadership and Service Award

Building Alliances through Collective Engagement
Recipient:

Jaclyn Grace
Nominees:
Jaclyn Grace
Stefanie Engert

Commitment to Diversity
Recipients:

Daniel Kort
Karina Santellano
Nominees:
Zeena Bhakta
Charlotte Ke
Daniel Kort
Jennifer Moreno
Karina Santellano

Respect for Community
Recipient:

Lizete Dos Santos
Nominees:
Catherine Blebea
Lizete Dos Santos
Jenna Lanz
Lucas Metropulos

Expanding the Boundaries of Learning
Recipient:

James Tian


#GotCaughtLeading
Recipients:

Umer Ahmed
Rasheed Alhadi
Abena Ansah-Yeboah
Anika Ayyar
Sebastian Baquerizo
Elizabeth Barahona
Evan Bell
Zeena Bhakta
Eeshan Bhatt
Erin Butrico
Nur Cardakli
Leah Catotti
Pim Chuaylua
James de Giorgio
Anita Desai
Stephen DiMaria
Rinzin Dorjee
Leena El-Sadek
Noura Elsayed
Mina Ezikpe
Nicolena Farias-Eisner
Jeff Feng
Riyanka Ganguly
Gabriela Gomez
Yossra Hamid
Katie Hammond
Jonathan Hill-Rorie
Samantha Holmes
Rebecca Holmes
Kathy Hong
Trish Ike
Sydney Jeffs
Teresa Ju
Safa Kaleem
Anna Kaul
Joe Kreitz
Michael Laskowitz
Anna Li
Lin Liao
Grace Lim
Leo Lou
Yvonne Lu
Chloe McLain
Jackson Moore
Eliza Moreno
Manish Nair
Brittany Nanan
Lauren Nathan
Quang Nguyen
Cam-Ha Nguyen
Vinai Oddiraju
Ogechi Onyeka
Chandler Phillips
Sania Rahim
Martin Ramirez
Shruti Rao
Dana Raphael
Zalika Sankara
Karina Santellano
Jordan Schermerhorn
Mali Shimojo
Sammi Siegel
Elliott Smith
Sri Sridharan
Sean Sweat
Carine Torres
Amir Williams
Jessica Witchger

WomC’s
Recipient:

Duke Support
Nominees:
WomC Campus Impact Award
Betsy Alden
Jessica Alvarez
Savanna Hershman
Shajuti Hossain
Eliza Moreno
Sania Rahim
Duke Support
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

WomC Community Impact Award
Recipient:

Imari Smith
Nominees:
Imari Smith
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

WomC State Impact Award
Recipient:

WomenNC 

WomC National Impact Award
Recipient:

Alissa Anderegg
Nominees:
Alissa Anderegg
Janie Long
Dana Raphael

WomC Global Impact Award
Recipient:

Korrine Cook

Nominees:
Korrine Cook
Kendall Covington
Risa Pieters

For more details, visit
http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/ucae/leadership/leadership-service-awards


 

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Looking for a job for the fall? Work for UCAE!

Work with UCAE!

Opportunities at the Arts Annex 
Position: Front Desk Operations
Support the daily operation of the Arts Annex and the vibrant arts community that calls the Arts Annex home.
If you want a fun, open, creative environment to work in please email Wlm5@duke.edu

Position: Arts Annex Marketing Assistant
Support the Arts Annex marketing plan, social media content creation, graphic design, and the Arts Annex monthly newsletter.
Experience in marketing and design is extremely encouraged.
For more information email Wlm5@duke.edu

Opportunities with Launch
Position: Launch Agent
As a Launch agent, you can expand your skill set in advising, project planning, and leadership!
Here's a clip to see more of what Launch does: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=286TgwrrxGA
A commitment of 2 consecutive semesters is required as well as 8 work hours per week including a weekly meeting on Wednesdays from 3-5pm.
Apply at tinyurl.com/applytolaunch by April 3rd or email dukelaunch@gmail.com

Opportunities with The Source
Position: Source Expert
The Source needs more awesome team members!
Find out more information here via Duke List (
https://dukelist.duke.edu/posting/show/52204), or email Ali Shumar at allison.shumar@duke.edu

Opportunities with the UCAE Front Desk
Position: Front Desk Operations
Assist with the daily front desk reception duties each week. This is a unique opportunity to support the UCAE staff, while gaining first-hand experience in Student Affairs.
If you are interested in this position, please send an email to Allyson Hemric detailing: Your qualifications, experience with UCAE, why you are interested in the position, and hours of availability.Contact Allyson Hemric in UCAE: Allyson.hemric@duke.edu, 919-684-4741.

Opportunities with the Center for Leadership Development and Social Action
Postion: Work creatively, gain social media skills and real world office experience. Apply to be on the UCAE Center for Leadership Development and Social Action's Operations or Creative Team.
Apply on Duke List
Creative Team:
https://dukelist.duke.edu/posting/show/51911
Operations Team:
https://dukelist.duke.edu/posting/show/51901

Opportunities with DIDA
Position: Show off your marketing skills and help the Duke community effectively communicate via graphic design, photography, videography, web design, social media strategy, copy writing, and marketing consulting.
Apply via Duke List

https://dukelist.duke.edu/posting/show/38601

 

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Student Events Calendar for March 2015, provided by the Student Organization Resource Center

Each month the UCAE Student Organization Resource Center provides a promotional calendar of upcoming student organization events. All published events have been registered via DukeGroups Event Registration for greater than 30 days. 

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What I Learned from the SNAP Challenge

Four dollars.  On Duke’s campus, that could get you a single bowl of soup at the Loop.  Most of us spend far more than four dollars on each meal we eat, with Duke’s minimum meal plan allotting $20 per day.  However, for a great number of North Carolinians, four dollars is all they have to feed themselves each and every day.  Four dollars is the daily allowance given by North Carolina’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, also formerly known as Food Stamps.  In the month of October in Durham County alone, over 44,000 individuals were utilizing SNAP.  Hunger and concern for where one’s next meal will come from is a daily reality for too many. 

 

To shed light on how challenging it can be to eat on so restricted a budget, I chose to participate in the Duke SNAP Challenge, hosted this past Wednesday through Friday by UCAE.  Armed with my $12, I started my challenge at Harris Teeter, knowing there’d be no way to feed myself on food points with so little.  Despite not having much to spend, that trip to the grocery store was one of the longest I’ve taken in a while.  Instead of mindlessly browsing the aisles, sipping my Starbucks and throwing whatever looked good into my cart, I spent over an hour scouring the weekly coupon flyer and scanning the shelves for special savings offers.  I stood in front of the canned goods for over five minutes, adding together different totals in my head to find the best deal.  I circled through the store at least twice, having to take some things back out of my basket to stay under budget and sadly avoiding the fresh produce section in favor of the quantity I could purchase in boxes and cans.  At the register, I ended up with a large container of oatmeal, two bags of frozen vegetables, three bananas, two large cans of chicken, a jar of applesauce, two boxes of rice and beans mix, and 70 cents left over.  For the three days of the challenge, my single bag of groceries allowed me a banana and a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast each morning and a serving of veggies with a bowl of beans, rice, and chicken for each lunch and dinner.  In between meals, I snacked occasionally out of my applesauce jar. 

 

By Friday evening I was in no way starving, but after three days of eating the same three, simple meals, I couldn’t help but think of the variety I would be able to indulge in over the weekend after the challenge was over.  I quickly caught myself though as I remembered that what I was treating as a 72-hour “challenge” is a reality that over 1.5 million North Carolinians face 365 days out of the year.  While I pile up my veggies in the salad bar line at Penn and swipe my DukeCard at the register without even asking about my total, thousands of families are struggling to put a meal on the table for dinner, let alone three daily nutritious and balanced ones.  It’s so easy to fall into the habits of mindless consumption and instant gratification, taking for granted the convenience and variety of food we have surrounding us at Duke.  We are quick to grumble about the ABP sandwich line but we fail to recognize that it’s a privilege just to be able to satisfy an afternoon snack craving, that the latte so many of us have consumed before 9am costs more than what a fellow Durhamite might be able to spend on food all day.  We’re constantly complaining to one another about how much stress we’re under with all of our exams and final papers, but imagine adding to that the stress of meticulously pinching every penny just to afford lunch, of getting nervous every time you approach the register because maybe you’ll have to leave the line to put something back, of not being able to focus on your work because your stomach is growling but eating is not an option. 

 

I’ll be the first to shamefully admit that I fall into these habits and make these complaints all too regularly.  I also know my mere participation in the SNAP challenge does nothing to change the face of hunger in North Carolina or the daily lived realities of SNAP enrollees.  It’s what happens now that the challenge is over that matters – approaching my meals with more mindfulness and gratitude, trying harder to eliminate my food waste, spending my food points more sparingly so I can also buy food to donate to Durham’s local food pantries and soup kitchens.  As we approach the holiday season, a time that too often celebrates consumption over concern for others, I would invite all of you to do your own SNAP challenge.  Or even better, volunteer to take action against hunger in Durham or your hometown.  At the very least, challenge yourself to be more mindful and thankful – so when you go to post that foodstagram of your Thanksgiving plate with your #blessed caption, think twice about how fortunate we truly are.  

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Service Information for Alexander Rickabaugh and Kaila Brown

Student Affairs will be arranging transportation to the funeral and memorial services of Alexander Rickabaugh. We hope to accommodate all students who would like to attend these services via chartered bus.  In order to meet transportation demands please complete the following questions to reserve a spot:
https://duke.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dhBDLU8uCZJY9KJ

We are working out options for food on the bus for the way out and back, but if you have specific dietary needs, please bring food with you.

Services will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Details below.

Friday, September 26th:
The funeral service will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem (646 W. 5th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101). The family will receive friends following the service.

The schedule will be as follows:

  • Bus staged at 4:00pm
  • Bus departure time from the West Campus Bus Stop at 4:45pm
  • Funeral at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem at 7:00pm
  • Bus leaves from Winston-Salem at approximately 9:00pm
  • Bus returns after the funeral to the West Campus Bus Stop at approximately 10:30pm

Saturday, September 27th:
Memorial program at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, NC
If you would like to attend this memorial program please note the following. Bus transportation will be provided for students interested in attending, leaving from the West Campus Bus Stop at 8:00am.

The schedule will be as follows:

  • Bus staged at 7:30am
  • Bus leaves at 8:00am
  • Memorial Service at Forsyth Country Day (5501 Shallowford Rd., Lewisville, NC 27023) 10:00am
  • Bus leaves from Forsyth Country Day at 11:30am
  • Bus arrives back on West Campus at approximately 1:30pm

Sunday, September 28:
Additionally, On Sunday morning at the start of the 11am worship service in Duke Chapel there will be a silent procession of roses for Alex and Kaila. This is a way of remembering them, honoring their lives and providing a space for community grief in the midst of Duke’s weekly Chapel service.

We have not yet heard anything more about memorial plans for Kaila Brown. I'll be sure to let you know if we do.

We will continue to do all we can to offer support and comfort to all. I urge each of you to take advantage of all opportunities for care should you or anyone you know be in distress. All students can contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 919-660-1000 and in an emergency, please call Duke Police at 919-684-2444 or by dialing 911.

You can also contact DukeReach (http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/dukereach1) at 919-681-2455 or at dukereach@duke.edu.

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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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