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Duke Student Affairs

February 11, 2022

Dear students,
As we begin week two of the shortest month of the year, we can't help but be reminded that also means Spring Break and even Commencement are just around the corner. 
One of the many benefits of being in Durham is that we are not known for our drawn-out winters, but rather beautiful springs with the opportunity for lots of outdoor activities. Please continue to make the most of your time here at Duke and do so with an appreciation for one another and the many resources available to you.
Better together, 
Gary Bennett, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education     
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs 

QuadEx Updates

sophomore spark summit

On Saturday, January 28, the Career Center and Office of Undergraduate Education hosted the inaugural Sophomore Spark Summit at the Rubenstein Arts Center. Check out the recap from @DukeStudentAffairs and @DukeCareers on Instagram
Sophomores, stay tuned for more Spark events coming your way soon! 
First Years! Apply for Quad Councils
We are already thinking about Quad Councils on West Campus for next year! Your connected quad on West Campus will soon hold elections for 6 leadership positions. These positions will include:
  • Co-President (rising Junior/Senior)
  • Co-President (rising Sophomore)
  • Vice President (will include budgetary responsibilities)
  • Social Chair
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Academic Chair
Have questions? Contact Dani Harmston, West Campus Dean for Housing and Residence Life. 

Timeline for Quad Council elections:
Wednesday, February 16: Intent to run for Quad Council positions due
Friday, February 18: Election statements for candidate due 
Wednesday, February 23 – Monday, February 28: Elections on DukeGroups
Thursday, March 1: Election results announced

Decompress @ Duke Campus Farm

No Zoom link. No agenda. Just permission to unprogram your afternoon.
Visit Duke Campus Farm on Fridays from 3-6 and stroll the fields, sip tea with a friend, share a poem with the birds, study, doodle, stretch, meditate. DCF provides tea (BYO mug if you can), some craft supplies, and a welcoming, calming atmosphere. Remember to wear close-toed shoes and layers!
Sign up in advance if possible. More info on the Sustainable Duke website.

Discover Black Pioneers in Science & Medicine, and celebrate Black History Month

If you're not already, it's time to follow the Mary Lou Center for Black Culture on Instagram. This Black History Month, they are spotlighting Black pioneers in science and medicine, like Mary Eliza Mahoney, the first African American registered nurse, and Dr. Robert Tanner Freeman, the first African American to receive a degree in dentistry.
Other ways to celebrate Black History Month 2022:

Housing Applications Open for '22-23

Housing applications for fall 2022 are open NOW through February 14. Miss the info sessions? View them, and get all of your questions answered here—HRL FAQs.
Ready to fill out your application? Apply now!

Spotted: Campus Sunsets Like No Other

It's hard to beat Duke sunsets!
Photos: Valerie Tan, '25 and Ruby Wang, '24