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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

Elmer Orellana headshot with quote from blog post

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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Jennifer Agor, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center

Elana Lyn Gross wrote this article for Skill Crush, I’ve excerpted it and added some Duke- specific thoughts on the dream job search. Gross has great advice on how to explore careers, talk to people to find out about the day-to-day of an industry, and know that it’s totally normal not to have a clear cut path to retirement right now.

How to Find Your Dream Job (When You Don’t Know What You Want)

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Parent and Family Programs

Duke University hosted almost 1,200 families for Family Weekend 2019 on October 25-27. The event formally kicked off Friday morning with a welcome from Vice Provost/Vice President for Student Affairs Mary Pat McMahon and other student affairs administrators in Penn Pavilion. Mary Pat introduced herself, talked about her plan for stepping into her new role, and highlighted what she has loved about Duke so far in her first three months. 

Afterwards, events occurred across campus from academic lectures to student performances, identity center open houses to participant-centered wellness events like yoga and indoor rock-climbing. Families could attend almost 100 events throughout the weekend. Parent and Family Programs staff witnessed the exciting buzz and helped families navigate picking which sessions to attend. 

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Isabella Wang
Mexico Map

The Flag of the Week this week is inspired by Hector Hernandez, the Project Manager at Duke’s Facilities Management Department. When he was 13 years old, Hernandez moved from Torréon, northern Mexico to the suburbs of Chicago.

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Christina Zhang & Kacia Anderson

 

Listen to the Parent and Family Programs podcast or read the transcript below.

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Narrator: You are listening to the Duke University Parent and Family Programs Podcast.

Maggie: Hello! This is Maggie Peterson from the Office of Parent and Family Programs at Duke University. We are here today with Christina Zhang and Kacia Anderson from Duke University Union Duke@Nite. Thank you for being here today to chat with us! Could you please start by telling us your names, your hometowns, your majors, and your class years at Duke? 

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Sue Wasiolek

This year, it is estimated that over 46 million turkeys will be consumed in this country on November 28, Thanksgiving Day.  With mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving not only provides Duke students with a chance to visit with family and friends and take a well-deserved break from campus life, but it also gives all of us an opportunity to acknowledge and express our gratitude for the many things that make our lives meaningful and fun. 

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