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Sarabesh Natarajan & New Student and Family Programs

Sarabesh Natarajan is a senior studying chemistry in the Trinity College of Arts and Science from Charlotte, North Carolina. He has served as a Resident Assistant (RA) on East Campus for three years. Sarabesh provided New Student and Family Programs with some insight on a day in the life of an RA: 

Q: In what ways do you intentionally make efforts to support student success through your role as a Resident Advisor (RA)?  
A: As a senior, I’m in a position where I can reflect on my time at Duke and give advice to my freshman residents on how to have a successful and fun college career. And that’s what I do! I try to make myself available to foster these conversations, whether it be through reminding them that I’m here for them or through hosting casual events in the dorm that bring me and them together.

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Debbie Hughes, Senior Academic Guide

Introduced in Fall 2020, the Academic Guides program is a Duke Endowment funded initiative of the Office of Undergraduate Education. Members of this team create evidence-based, holistic approaches to student engagement that support students’ academic and emotional well-being and build resilience. By placing the Academic Guides’ offices in the residence halls on West Campus, the program seeks to normalize help-seeking and expand access to available academic services. 

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Greetings Duke Families!

My name is Jordan Hale, and I am honored to serve as Director of New Student and Family Programs for Duke University. As I step into this role, I have a lot of people to thank. I want to start by thanking Clay Adams who has been promoted to Vice Dean of Students. Do not worry, Clay has not gone far (he still oversees our entire unit), and I am grateful he entrusts our team to serve new students and all our families. I’d also like to thank our amazing team, Grace Sullivan Zirkle and Carina Carpenter, for their work. Since this summer, Grace and Carina have stepped into their roles and done incredible work to welcome students and families to Duke. Finally, as always, I have to thank members of the DPAC, specifically or emeritus parents Dana Dudley, Penny Fleming, and Beth Gabay. Thank you all for the insight and trust to work on this amazing team.

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Mary Pat McMahon & Gary Bennett

 

New Student & Family Programs sat down with Vice Provost of Student Affairs Mary Pat McMahon and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Gary Bennett at the beginning of the school year to ask them about the semester ahead and what students and families can anticipate. Read their interview below.

 

What are you personally most excited about this fall semester?

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S. Clay Adams

Duke Families,

Welcome to the Duke community! We are incredibly excited for the incoming transfer class and to have you as part of our community. Each year we are thrilled to welcome your students to Duke University; their energy and passion inspire our community. Much of our newsletter information will be shared on our social media platforms; however, we do encourage you to read each edition for additional insights, context, and official University response.

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S. Clay Adams

Duke Families,

Welcome to the Duke community! We are incredibly excited for the incoming Class of 2025 and to have you as part of our community. Each year we are thrilled to welcome your students to Duke University; their energy and passion inspire our community. Much of our newsletter information will be shared on our social media platforms; however, we do encourage you to read each edition for additional insights, context, and official University response.

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Jewish Life at Duke
From funny, personal stories of his mother’s reaction to his research awards – “that’s very nice, Bobby, but it’s not the Nobel” – to wise advice about mentorship and persistence, Dr. Robert Lefkowitz delighted over 200 viewers who tuned in to his virtual interview at Jewish Life at Duke with former Blue Devil David M. Rubenstein ’70 earlier this week. The conversation, introduced by Emma Mehlhop ‘21, a Jewish senior studying Economics and Global Health, was an entertaining and insightful peek inside the life and work of the cardiologist turned legendary scientist whom the Swedish press corps dubbed “the happiest Laureate.” Lefkowitz shared stories of his career path, family and personal life, and how his Jewish values shaped his life.
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Parent and Family Programs

This has certainly been a challenging week on campus. With students in quarantine and isolation (Q/I) having recently reached an all-time high at Duke, we thought it would be valuable to share more information about campus testing and quarantine/isolation, answer common questions, and reinforce the supports your students will receive should they be required to quarantine or isolate.

We know that no one would choose to be in Q/I if it was not necessary, and we recognize how hard it is to have your loved one far away under these conditions. Even if your student has to be in their room without others during Q/I, they are never alone. There are so many people, offices, and structures in place here at Duke to make sure your student is supported and cared for.

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Molly Weeks, Ph.D.

No matter where college students are living and learning, the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted daily life. As a result, the well-being and mental health of students is of keen interest to parents, families, and universities worldwide. Between November 1 and 16, 2020, the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) Research team invited all Duke undergraduates to share their experiences with academics, social relationships, stress, mental health, and well-being during the fall semester, and 1,015 students responded (15.4% response rate). To provide context and a point of comparison for student responses during COVID-19, we drew on data from previous research conducted at Duke during more typical times[1].

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Shrey Majmudar & Grace Sullivan

 

Listen to the full Parent and Family Programs podcast here.

 

Narrator: You are listening to the Duke University Parent and Family Programs Podcast

Grace Sullivan: Hello, this is Grace Sullivan from the Office of Parent and Family Programs at Duke University. We're here today with Duke student, Shrey Majmudar. Thank you for joining us today.

Shrey Majmudar: Thank you so much for having me. I'm super excited to be on.

Grace Sullivan: Shrey could you just start by introducing yourself. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

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