On any given day, Urban Ministries of Durham may provide about 600 meals between breakfast, lunch and dinner. Thanks to a partnership between Duke Dining and Urban Ministries of Durham, some of those meals are easier to plan, prepare and provide to people in need. Last week, Duke handed over between 50 to 75 pounds of food to the local shelter that will use it to feed local residents. Read full article here.


Blog Author:
Elizabeth Hoyler, '16

Well there it is. I’m done. It’s been a semester with many late nights, some tears and some laughs—and now that my work is done, I’m hoping not to let all the things I’ve learned be defined by my GPA. Because really, when I think about all the experiences I’ve had these past few months, it’s wrong to quantify my “performance” so narrowly. There is very little I would actually change about my sophomore year so far. Maybe I would have done better on my statistics project, or been a little more adept at some botched flirtations…but all in all, I feel very lucky.

Blog Author:
Toni Ann Apadula, RD

You did it, finals are over and it is time for a month away from the books. Whether you are working, taking it easy, or have a great trip lined up, chances are you will be traveling at some point during the winter break.  Let’s face it when traveling there isn’t an abundance of appetizing and energizing snack options, also eating on the road can be a budget buster. With a little advanced planning you can satisfy your taste buds and save yourself some time and money.


Student Health East is closed through the end of the Spring 2014 semester. We are available to address your health concerns at the main Student Health Center on West Campus, located on Flowers Drive across from Duke Gardens. Please call us at 919-681-9355, or you may schedule an appointment online:

In the event of an emergency or life-threatening illness, please call 911.

Blog Author:
Chris Heltne, Director of Communications for Student Affairs

Duke University Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek announced today that Dr. Wanda Collins has been hired as the new director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Duke. Collins, currently the director of the Counseling Center at American University in Washington, D.C., will start March 3, 2014, in this critical campus role.

Why just celebrate World AIDS Day on December 1st?!

Celebrate World AIDS Week (Small Steps with Big Impact) with us by attending any of the events listed below or stop by the display outside of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity to pledge your small step towards fighting the stigma, building community and decreasing your risk. Please share with your students and colleagues.

Blog Author:
Grady Lenkin, '14

Nobody ever told me that sometimes Duke was going to suck.  Nobody told me that I would study night and day for two weeks for a single exam only to get my first C. Nobody told me that after weeks of trying to find a group of friends I would still feel like an outsider. I missed the memo saying that I would feel like I didn’t deserve to be at Duke because while it seemed that everyone around me was curing cancer, feeding the hungry and playing three club sports on the side, I wasn’t involved in a single extracurricular.  There are times when being a Duke student feels like punishment.

Blog Author:
Franca Alphin, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN

I can’t take credit for the quote but boy did this resonate with me. It would appear that we have moved in a direction where we use numbers to validate everything about us:  BMI and weight speaks to our appearance,  grams of protein, fat, and carbohydrate tell us how “healthy” we are, body fat analysis speaks to our leanness, grades speak to our intelligence, and bank statements touch on our wealth.   I can’t help but wonder if this “numeric trend” isn’t having a negative impact on life satisfaction, but particularly on how we feel about our food and dining experiences – it has certainly lead to a lot of confusion about what to eat. Daily, I meet with people that tell me they eat “healthy” but then go on to say they’re not satisfied, or worse yet, don’t like what they’re eating—how healthy is that? Eating was never intended to be a numbers game, food is not a number.


The Student Health Center will be closed from Thursday, November 28th, through Sunday, December 1st, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will re-open with normal operating hours on Monday, December 2nd, at 8:30am.

The East Campus Clinic will be closed from Wednesday, November 27th, through Sunday, December 1st, and will re-open with normal operating hours on Monday, December 2nd, at 8:30am.

During Closed Hours: For nurse advice or heatlhcare options, please call 919-681-9355.