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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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Elmer Orellana

Assessment Thoughts

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Assessment is a three-syllable word that can evoke strong visceral reactions in Student Affairs. Some people dread the assessment process while others have a found an appreciation for it. Like many of my peers, I used to be the person who dreaded assessment because I felt the process was daunting and time consuming.

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Updates

From UCAE: Dear Campus Life Colleagues - Space reservations opened on October 1st for the new conference room (Bryan Center 109).  The space can accommodate 18 and has integrated AV.  Please visit https://eventservices.duke.edu/  to book the room. 

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Eulena Jonsson
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Hey, nice to meet you!  Didn’t quite catch your name – who are you?

Call me ASCL! Sounds like Axel.  My full name is Assessment in Campus Life.

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Tearria Beck-Scott
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As we start a new year and the student engagement team builds a new staff, I am thinking a lot about transition.  Transition is a positive thing, it means that we are bringing new energy and new ideas into our staff.  It’s scary, because leaders & friends on the team have transitioned out, and new ones are coming, but when I think a little deeper about this, I get excited because we will

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Brian Njoroge

“If you do not take random naps, you are not living life” - despondent pre-med student after coming from a chemistry lab.

As finals season approaches, most of us find ourselves running low on sleep. CAPS recommends 6-8 hours of sleep to maximize productivity. Although napping daily isn’t advised (sad, right?), such times call for dire measures- in this case should suffice. No one wants to take the bus back to East or Central Campus or walk down the countless steps to your room in Edens (you might as well just go to Wilson if you needed to work out) just to take a nap.  I asked a couple of students- whose napping habits are questionable- for the perfect napping spots around the Campus Center. 

This list is in no preferential order.