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Live Jazz at the Mary Lou

Weekly Jazz Wednesdays add music to study sessions and coworker meetups

John Brown perched on a stool, his fingers flying across the thick strings of his bass. He closed his eyes as the drums, piano and trumpet conversed with each other, taking turns carrying the melody.

Across the room at Duke’s Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, students studied notes on laptops and visitors watched the jazz ensemble, bobbing their heads to the beat.  The tradition of “Jazz @ the Mary Lou” is 10 years old, and Brown, director of the Duke Jazz Program, brings different musicians to the center every Wednesday evening, from professional performers to up-and-coming high school students.

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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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