Blog Author:
Betty Chen T'17

Dear second-semester Betty (and any others who might be listening in):

Congratulations!  You made it through your first semester at Duke.  You figured out the shortcut to get from Physics to the bus stop; found the best coffee on campus and then promptly spent all your food points; and cleaned your room for the first time since move-in.  Take a moment, and celebrate yourself.

When second semester starts, it’s going to be a little overwhelming.  There are calendars and schedules for classes you aren’t fully familiar with yet, and then SLG rush and club meetings every evening, and then you spend the weekends in recruitment or catching up with friends.


And then:

Blog Author:
Vivian Tan

Welcome back to the spring semester! The International House kicked off the new year with its first Connect, Learn and Grow (CLG) workshop series on January 14th, 2016. In this week’s CLG workshop, we welcomed about 30 participants to join our guest speaker, Margaret Swezey, Associate Director at Duke’s Writing Studio to discuss and learn about the email etiquette in the United States.

Blog Author:
Photo: Jen Herz

Tell us a little about yourself, Jen.
I am a sophomore from Roslyn, New York. I intend on majoring in political science and global health. I am super interested in global issues and human rights conflict.
What is the Coalition for Preserving Memory (CPM)?
Coalition for Preserving Memory is a student-run organization that works to commemorate and honor the victims of the six UN-recognized genocides as well as the Armenian Genocide. The Coalition for Preserving Memory is unique in that we do not focus on a particular genocide, but instead recognize that all human rights atrocities must be remembered in order to prevent these horrors from occurring once again.
What made you want to get involved in CPM?

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Laura Roberts and Jay Ruckelshaus are the 44th and 45th Duke students to win scholarship

DURHAM, NC - Duke University seniors Laura Roberts of Dallas and John “Jay” Ruckelshaus of Indianapolis were among the 32 recipients selected this weekend for prestigious Rhodes Scholarships.

Read more.

Blog Author:
Duke Student Wellness

Sometimes as a Duke student, things can get a little hectic:

Okay maybe extremely hectic:

But, never fear! There’s a quick and easy way to relieve some of that stress:

Yep, that’s right. Hugs! 

Blog Author:
Duke Student Health

1.  Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. As creatures of habit, people have a hard time adjusting to changes in sleep patterns. Sleeping later on weekends won’t fully make up for a lack of sleep during the week and will make it harder to wake up early on Monday morning. 


2.  Exercise! Try to exercise 20 to 30 minutes a day. Daily exercise often helps people sleep, although a workout soon before bedtime may interfere with sleep. For maximum benefit, try to get your exercise about 5 to 6 hours before going to bed. 


Blog Author:
Duke Student Health Nutrition Staff

You may remember when we blogged about the benefits of including more foods with anti-inflammatory properties in your diet Inflammation Where’s the Fire. I thought we might continue with these recommendations since it is National Hot tea Month (and it’s finally getting cold) let’s talk about the anti-inflammatory benefits of our favorite hot beverage, tea.

Blog Author:
Sally Kornbluth, Provost, Duke University

Dear Parents,

As I begin my third semester as Provost, we are hard at work on a new academic strategic plan for the university, a document that will guide the academic life at Duke for the next five years. Over the past year, a faculty strategic planning steering committee, chaired by Professor Susan Lozier, has hosted dozens of gatherings with faculty, staff and students to hear the priorities of all constituencies, tap into the collective creativity of the community, and together, chart a course for the coming years. Based on all of this critical input, we have crafted a strategic planning framework that will be filled in over the next year, with the goal of delivering a complete plan by 2016.

Blog Author:
Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life

media:document:f10de899-3f4c-4e71-a0af-581e4d5ba436 Interested in what Duke NPHC has been up to during the past semester?  Check out the Fall 2015 NPHC Newsletter below.


Blog Author:
Duke Student Health Nutrition

Exams are almost over – chances are you’ve adapted pretty well to your school eating routines by now – whether it’s eating with friends or grabbing a bite on the way to the next class or meeting. But wouldn’t you know it, the holidays are just around the corner and everything is about to change again.  The holidays can be a wonderful time of year, but they are usually associated with a lot of food and eating: for some this can be challenging. Consider using some of the following tips to stay well and focused during this time.