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.

Blog Author:
SangHee Jeong, Program Coordinator at International House

Hello everyone! How is your summer going? I am sure it is going well, but here is an idea to make it even more flavorful! IHouse Summer Social with Music in the Gardens Concert Series kicked off last Wednesday, June 5. It was a perfect evening for an outdoor concert – the weather was very pleasant, and the rain was courteous enough not to come down in Durham in that evening so we could enjoy the concert happy and dry.


Blog Author:
from the Chronicle of Higher Education

American students who interact more with their classmates from abroad don't just gain greater cultural awareness but also develop skills that benefit them after graduation, according to a new study by researchers at Duke University.

The study, which is described in an article published in the Journal of International Students, draws on data from comprehensive alumni surveys of some 5,675 former students from the 1985, 1995, and 2000 graduating classes of four highly selective private research universities. The surveys were administered in 2005, approximately five, 10, and 20 years after those classes graduated. (The institutions are part of a pre-existing research consortium and agreed to share survey data.)

by Monika Jingchen Hu

Last weekend, a friend of mine from college, N, visited me here at Durham. He’s American and we got to know each other while he was studying abroad in Hong Kong, which was about 3 years ago. The fall semester before that I studied in Syracuse University in the US as an exchange student and I enjoyed it a lot, so I was very much in the mood of making friends with foreign students studying abroad in Hong Kong. I felt good serving the role as a Chinese from Mainland China studying in Hong Kong and had some living experience in the West, as to better introduce Chinese culture and discuss differences between China and America.

Seated in groups of three or four, about 10 Duke community members held sheets in front of them as they phonetically recited words from the pages.

"Nin hao! Jin tian nin yao zhao shen me yi fu ya?" said SangHee Jeong, program coordinator with the International House who is from South Korea and is working to improve her Chinese conversational skills. She was asking a student partner, "Hello! What clothes are you looking for today?"

"wo jiu sui bian kan kan," the student partner replied. "I'll have a look."

Submitted by Monika Jingchen Hu

The International House organizes GLS workshop series and today’s topic is “Eating Healthy on a Budget”, presented by Nutritionist Toni Ann Apadula (RD, LDN). Here is some advice that I think will be beneficial for many of us.