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The 2016 Fall semester has officially concluded at Duke and here at the Freeman Center, we saw firsthand just how hard our students work on their academics. As per usual during finals week, we witnessed students camping out in the building until the wee hours of the morning, cramming for exams, putting finishing touches on final papers, and enjoying plenty of free snacks in the lounge (and yes, sometimes they also indulged in a nap or two on one of our couches). We’re always glad to see our students working hard and finding themselves at home in the Freeman Center during the often stressful end of semester stretch.

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Sam is from Armonk, NY. He is currently a third-year student studying Evolutionary Anthropology on a pre-med track. After graduation, he hopes to go to medical school and become a pediatrician. 

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Jack O. Bovender, Jr. T’67, G’69 Vice Chair, Duke University Board of Trustees

Duke Parents Newsletter- December 2016
Statement from Jack Bovender, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee

I have been a loyal Blue Devil since I first came to Duke as a freshman in the fall of 1963.  One of the great honors of my life has been being invited to serve on the university’s Board of Trustees, and to play a small part in Duke’s continuing ascent.

The most important job a board performs is the selection of a president, so when David Rubenstein, chair of the Board of Trustees, asked me to lead the search for Dick Brodhead’s successor, I was deeply honored, of course, but also very aware that it had to be done right in order to achieve the best outcome. For me, doing it right involved several key steps.

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Parents & Family Programs

465 miles away. 9 hours and 30 minutes away by bus. 7 hours and 45 minutes away by car. 1 hour and 30 minutes away by plane. 

As we waved goodbye to our son on his first day of college, these numbers consumed our thoughts. They imposed a physical boundary on our relationship with our son, transforming months of excitement into miles of separation. Whereas these numbers had simply troubled our minds, however, the unfamiliar emptiness of our home had truly crushed our hearts. With our son at Duke, the dinner table now had one less plate, the study table one less book, and his bedroom one less snore. 

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Thumbnail With great sadness, we share that Savannah Goodman, T '18, passed away this morning, December 19th, after complications from a bone marrow transplant.  She was diagnosed with an immune deficiency disorder at Duke Hospital at age 6 and was fulfilling her lifelong dream of studying Pre-Med at Duke so that she could become a pediatric immunologist to treat children much like herself.  Savannah was active with Jewish Life at Duke, the Duke Student Wellness Center, was a tour guide for Duke Admissions, and loved Duke Basketball. 

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Jack O. Bovender, Jr. T’67, G’69, Vice Chair, Duke University Board of Trustees

I have been a loyal Blue Devil since I first came to Duke as a freshman in the fall of 1963.  One of the great honors of my life has been being invited to serve on the university’s Board of Trustees, and to play a small part in Duke’s continuing ascent.

The most important job a board performs is the selection of a president, so when David Rubenstein, chair of the Board of Trustees, asked me to lead the search for Dick Brodhead’s successor, I was deeply honored, of course, but also very aware that it had to be done right in order to achieve the best outcome. For me, doing it right involved several key steps.

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Seema Sanjeev Podar, mother of Duke student Akshat Pordar

465 miles away. 9 hours and 30 minutes away by bus. 7 hours and 45 minutes away by car. 1 hour and 30 minutes away by plane.

As we waved goodbye to our son on his first day of college, these numbers consumed our thoughts. They imposed a physical boundary on our relationship with our son, transforming months of excitement into miles of separation. Whereas these numbers had simply troubled our minds, however, the unfamiliar emptiness of our home had truly crushed our hearts. With our son at Duke, the dinner table now had one less plate, the study table one less book, and his bedroom one less snore.

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Jewish Life at Duke

Jewish Life at Duke appreciates and encourages the diversity of our student population. Accordingly, we value a space that allows for any and all affiliations, including those who identify as LGBTQ. Our community promotes an environment where students are free to fully participate in all aspects of Judaism.

For on campus resources, contact Jewish Life at Duke or visit the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, located in the Bryan Center.

We’re also proud to provide these Jewish LGBTQ resources:

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We’re Moving!

Thumbnail This January, the new Duke Student Wellness Center will open on West Campus. The Student Wellness Center will, for the first time, create a centralized facility capable of supporting broad and varied student needs, promoting self-care and providing students access to a comprehensive, integrated, simplified array of wellness options.

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By P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.D., from Thrive Global Journal

In the rancorous debate over Obamacare, Americans often forget that our healthcare system ranks at the bottom of most developed countries when it comes to money spent and benefits gained on well-being. Are there lessons we can learn from other cultures when it comes to boosting health? Here are seven tips that you don’t need a passport for.

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