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Blog Author:
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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Blog Author:
Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Duke Families,

As I look out my office window, I have the privilege of seeing our students walking (and rushing) by between classes, meals, meetings and study venues. So many things are apparent on the rare occasion that I get to just pause and admire the passersby. I notice that many seem either immune to the winter chill or in denial about the need to wear warmer clothes! I notice that rarely is anyone walking alone. Students travel in pairs, groups and masses! I notice that some kind of technological device is apparently welded to their ears or their palms (hopefully talking or texting with you). But, I also notice how remarkably different they are, reflecting the substantial and wonderful diversity within the Duke student body.

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.

by Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs

When we first formed the Duke Parents Advisory Council (DPAC), we had modest goals and expectations. We hoped for a bit of advice, expected each parent/family to advocate only for their own kids' needs and assumed only nominal investment by the parents. We couldn't have been more wrong!

Blue Devil Days -- Save the Date Info

Registration doesn't open until late March, but if you want to make travel plans now, the 2013 programs for both Pratt and Trinity students will take place on:    

  • Mon. & Tues., Apr. 8-9 --  includes Spotlight on the Arts
  • Thurs. & Fri. Apr. 18-19
  • Sun. & Mon. Apr. 21-22

Other Dates You've Asked About:

  • Tues., Aug. 20 – Orientation begins for new students
  • Mon., Aug. 26 – Fall semester classes begin
  • Mon., Sept. 2 – Labor Day; classes in session

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Todd Adams, senior associate dean in the Dean of Students office, will be leaving Duke this January to become assistant vice president and dean of students for Student Affairs at Northwestern University.

Many folks around the nation have embraced the “Eat Local” movement, in regard to meat, produce and dairy, but not much attention has been paid to fish. EAT LOCAL FISH DAY on Tuesday, 9/25 will introduce you to sustainable seafood.

Please join Duke Dining and Bon Appetit Management Company at the Marketplace on East Campus on Tuesday, 9/25 at lunchtime, for the Eat Local Fish Challenge. Helpful apps, recipes and extensive research will be available to all and sustainable fish populations will be highlighted.

The Summer Reading Series is a long-standing tradition at Duke, building a community of conversation for first-year students around a common reading. Now, campus-wide, Duke is joining our newest class, taking new looks at Anne Patchett's A State of Wonder. From the visual arts, to expert academic analysis, to the new DukeReads program, everyone is invited to engage in the discussion.

From Book to Art Exhibit:
A new art exhibition at Duke's Nasher Museum of Art
takes its inspiration from the freshman class summer reading book.