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Blog Author:
Larry Moneta, Ed.D. Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear students,

With Spring Break (for those of you who get the time off) about a week away, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you well with the rest of the semester and offer a few thoughts about current events and their implications for many of you. It is not my intent to make this a political commentary, but I want to be sure to express my concerns for the many of you who might be feeling insecure or vulnerable right now as things rapidly change in the national scene. Here’s what I want to say:

Blog Author:
Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Faculty and Friends,

The new year has begun and its been a mad rush to the finish/start line! When I wrote to you over the summer, we were in the midst of an array of construction projects with extremely tight timelines. Fortunately, with the help of many people, we accomplished all our objectives and opened with wonderful new facilities for the Duke community. I hope you'll wander over the the Bryan Center to see how we've transformed that building. We welcome to the BC our new Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (formerly the LGBT Center), new food venues (Red Mango and The Loop), new offices for University Center Activities and Events, The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Center for Multicultural Affairs as well as new offices for me and my colleagues in Student Affairs. Check it out and stop by to say hi!

Dear faculty and friends,



The theme of this month's newsletter is 'leadership'. To suggest that Duke students engage in leadership sounds like professing that they breathe...leadership is central to the Duke experience and seems to be in the DNA of nearly every entering student! This is true at the graduate and professional student as well as among undergraduates, at least based on my own anecdotal encounter with students across the campus.

Dear Faculty and friends,

The theme for this month is "Student Engagement". That's a pretty broad concept and one that means very different things to different people. Most simply for us in Student Affairs, it refers to the multiple ways we invite and encourage students to be proactive about their Duke experiences. With hundreds of clubs, organizations and opportunities, ranging from the arts to community service, from politics to entrepreneurship, from literary expression to fraternal life, Duke students have no shortage of ways to connect, engage and lead.

Thumbnail John Vaughn has been named the new Director of Student Health for Duke University. Dr. Vaughn will begin his new role July 1.

Thumbnail 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.

by Nadine Goldberg

New Blue Devils: let me be the millionth person to congratulate you on your admission to the Duke University Class of 2017. Welcome to the Duke family!

As an early decision applicant to Duke’s Class of 2016, I will never forget the whirlwind leading up to December 14, 2011 – checking (and re-checking) the Duke Undergraduate Admissions Facebook page like it was my job, having to excuse myself from a meeting because I was so excited by the announcement that our admissions decisions would be released a day early, and racing to my computer when a call from a friend informed me that the site had gone live before 6 PM. I don’t think I have ever run so fast.

But above all else, it was the first line of my acceptance letter that left an indelible imprint on my mind.

by Larry Moneta

I’m writing this in Chicago awaiting my return flight to RDU. Just got off the nearly 14 hour flight from Shanghai and am very happy to be back in the US. Looking forward to being home later tonight.

My visit to Kunshan and to the DKU campus was terrific. The drive with lots of traffic was just over an hour from the opposite side of downtown Shanghai, so an easy trip back and forth for students, faculty and others. The bullet train is 19 minutes from Shanghai to Kunshan! I definitely want to train there next time I visit.

by Larry Moneta

Thumbnail Seems like ages since I last wrote, but only two days. But these were quite busy and interesting days.