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Happy LDOC, Dukies!

You did it! One more hurdle to go - FINALS - then, a well-deserved winter break. Looking for places and spaces to unwind while studying for finals? We've got you covered with our comprehensive list of study breaks happening around campus.

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Isabella Wang
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Siddharth Kawadiya is a PhD student studying Environmental Engineering. Following a suggestion from his advisor in India, he decided to come to the U.S. in pursuit of more opportunities in his field. Siddharth has been working with Professor Marc Deshusses in the Pratt School of Engineering’s Sanitation Solutions Department. He started off with only a year-long thesis back in 2015, but ended up enjoying his time here and chose to extend it. Now, he is in his fourth year at Duke!

 

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Enter the Career Center at any day of the week recently, and you will find hordes of students dressed in suits, ties, blazers, and maybe even a briefcase or two. You may ask yourself: Why are all my peers dressed so professionally? Did I time-travel ten years into the future? Does Drop-In Career Advising have a business attire requirement that I’m unaware of?

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Isabella Wang
Madagascar Flag

This week, we’re going to the southeast coast of Africa to celebrate Madagascar, the island that took humans 300,000 years to discover. It was colonized by settlers in 500 AD, 300,000 years after the first appearance of humans in Africa. The island’s secluded coves were historically safe havens for many pirates. Ile Sainte-Marie, four miles off the east coast, was known as “the island of pirates” on maps in the 1600’s.

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A new menu has popped up at The Chef's Kitchen! The new Duke Diner menu offers a "Build-It Bar" and your favorite diner specialties. Find out what's on the menu below:

Duke Diner Menu

 

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Lily Koning
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Today, we celebrate Turkey in honor of the many global scholars and spouses from Turkey. A few weeks ago, Merve Falan gave a fantastic presentation about her home country. She shared about the country’s history and culture and even provided Turkish treats for everyone to try. Merve shared that “Istanbul is a magical city that tells you about everything. The city is a storyteller.” By the end of her presentation, most of the audience was ready to pack their bags and travel to Turkey.

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Campus Life Staff
Marca Cassity walking through a field with their guitar

Our music for November comes from singer & songwriter Marca Cassity.  Their journey as a two-spirit, gender queer artist has led them through experiences as an emergency room nurse, a rescuer at the Oklahoma City bombing, and a trauma therapist, battles with PTSD, and travel around the world to study with spiritual teachers and musicians.  Learn more about Marca 

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Eulena Jonsson, Associate Director of Assessment for Campus Life

Who's Who? Assessment offices across Duke

Assessment offices at Duke tend to be difficult to unearth and connect with unless you are already aware of them and their functions. I see them as hidden treasure, being not biased at all… but their value is to us is muted when they remain unknown. I’m going to share briefly what I know of the assessment shops at Duke, including the Institutional Research office as well, and initial information about opportunities each set of colleagues provides.

There is not one consistent assessment structure across universities in the US, and they tend to evolve sometimes organically to meet needs. The main Duke offices that have assessment and institutional function, if we are considering undergraduate Duke students, are visualized below:

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Joyce Gordon, Director, Jewish Life at Duke

Shabbat Squad

students sitting in a circle with sheet music, one student with a guitar, with the jewish life at duke logo on the wall behind them

Shabbat arrives every Friday night at sundown.

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Lisa Giragosian, Director, International House

2020...a year of assessment

Last year I was leafing through the International Educator, my professional association’s monthly magazine. My eye gravitated toward an article titled, “Supporting International Students on U.S. Campuses.” Upon reading the article I thought it did not provide much new information. Most of what was shared was known to me. But upon second read, I realized that there was a lot to be gained from the piece. And I was too quick to rush to judgment.

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