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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.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality launched "The Youth Sustainability Challenge: Creating an America Built to Last" this week.

Residence Life and Duke Recycling are working together to gather those unwanted, end of year items that students no longer need but still have use to others.

Arwen Buchholz of Duke Recycle said that multiple bins will be set up in residence halls throughout campus, and collection pickups are made regularly. The contents are going to support three different local organizations. Durham Rescue Mission is collecting materials from West Campus; the Salvation Army is collecting from East Campus; and Goodwill is collecting from Central Campus.

Non-perishable items donated by students include clothing, shoes, office supplies, kitchen items, area rugs, and other items, Buchholz said, adding that one of the oddest donations they ever received was 10 pairs of size 18 shoes from Duke Athletics.

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Thumbnail On April 18, more than 60 students, faculty, staff, and alumni were recognized at the annual Duke University Student Leadership and Service Awards, the university’s most prestigious awards for leadership and engagement, recognizing individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact at Duke and beyond.