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Shortly after the World Trade Center complex was completed, acrobat Philippe Petit tight-roped across the gap between the two buildings, a quarter mile above the New York City streets.

The Summer Reading Program is designed to give incoming students a shared intellectual experience with other members of their class. The Duke Summer Reading selection committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students.

The book is used as a part of the orientation welcome week activities, which will include small group discussions and a visit from the author. In addition to being readable, enjoyable and engaging, the Summer Reading selections must:

  • Enrich the intellectual life of students.
  • Promote a shared/common experience among first-year students.
  • Prompt stimulating debate and lively discussion outside of the classroom.
  • Foster interaction between and among peers.

Make Your Summer Reading Nominations Here.

Hey all!  My name is Jeff Day and I am a rising Sophomore here at Duke University who is an Electrical and Computer Engineering major with a possible Math double major or minor.  First of all I would like to welcome the Class of 2016 to Duke!  You are truly in for the ride of your life and I hope you come to appreciate this unique place as much as I have over the past year.  Although I am a very recent addition to the True Blue cast (found out I was going to be in it about two weeks ago) I was really excited to be able to go back to Duke early to be a meaningful part of O-week.  I just finishe </body></html>

Hi! My name is Ayan and I am a rising senior. I am pre-law and majoring in Psychology and minoring in International Comparative studies with a focus on the Middle East. I was lucky enough to participate in the first ever Duke in the Arab World program and got to travel to Doha, Qatar and Cairo, Egypt this summer. It was HOT but I loved every second of my time abroad.

Hello Class of 2016! Congratulations on getting into Duke! I hope you are excited to starting school this fall because you have no idea what is coming your way! I realize that each school says their college offers a unique experience, but here, in the small town of Durham you will be living out the unique Duke experience, seriously. In the first month at Duke you will know what I am talking about.

Many clubs, activities, and opportunities await you at Duke. You can be involved with research, volunteering in the Durham community, participate in an organization that mirrors your passion, whatever it is you want to do, you can start here. Freshman year is a new beginning! With so many activities along with the school workload it can be easy to forget about your health.

My Blue Right of Passage

Hello my name is Jessie Lu, and I am a junior from Guangzhou, China. I major in Public Policy, minor in Psychology and have a Market Management Study Certificate.

Hi Class of 2016! My name is Krystina Quow and I’m a rising SENIOR. Not too long ago I was anxious and excited freshmen who couldn’t wait to start my Duke experience.  Before I came to Duke, I made a college checklist for orientation week:

My name is Jason and I am a rising junior who is a Neuroscience major and Chemistry minor, but have always had a passion for wellness and healthy living, especially in the Duke community. This fall, I will once again be a part of the True Blue cast, though I am currently in Beirut, Lebanon with DukeEngage accomplishing some great strides in tobacco regulation and smoking cessation in the Middle East. The city here is absolutely beautiful and the food is delicious! I encourage all of you to apply to DukeEngage in the future; it’s a very enlightening, challenging, and eye-opening experience.

Residence Life and Duke Recycling are working together to gather those unwanted, end of year items that students no longer need but still have use to others.

Arwen Buchholz of Duke Recycle said that multiple bins will be set up in residence halls throughout campus, and collection pickups are made regularly. The contents are going to support three different local organizations. Durham Rescue Mission is collecting materials from West Campus; the Salvation Army is collecting from East Campus; and Goodwill is collecting from Central Campus.

Non-perishable items donated by students include clothing, shoes, office supplies, kitchen items, area rugs, and other items, Buchholz said, adding that one of the oddest donations they ever received was 10 pairs of size 18 shoes from Duke Athletics.

Download donation locations here: