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Duke Student Affairs

January 25, 2022

Dear students,
We hope you were able to enjoy the snowy scene on campus last weekend, and we hope you're finding your groove in all of your spring courses at this point. Thanks for staying attentive to all university COVID-19 guidance and policies, including wearing your KN95s in classroom settings.  
Lots of opportunities to expand your horizons, engage ideas, and develop skills are coming up very soon. We encourage you to explore the events listed here. 
Go Duke,    
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs 
Gary Bennett, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education     

COVID Updates

Get your Booster!

The deadline to receive your COVID booster is 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, or within 28 days of your eligibility under CDC and state guidelines, whichever date is later.
Still need your booster? Schedule your booster online, or call Student Health at 919-681-9355, Option 1. 
Already gotten your booster? If you received your booster outside of Duke, submit your vaccination documentation online (scroll down to "outside vaccination reporting"). If you received your COVID booster at one of Duke's on-campus locations, Student Health already has your vaccination record.

All undergraduates should have received their KN95 mask. If you have not: on-campus residents should speak with their RC or RA, and off-campus residents can pick up a mask at the Washington Duke or Bryan Center Landing surveillance testing sites. See the Tip of the Week below for more information on proper use of your KN95! 

Sophomore Spark Summit

What do DJs, superpowers, employers, and intellectual curiousity have in common? They'll all be part of the first official Sophomore Spark event—the Sophomore Spark Summit, an immersive conference experience with engaging panels, hands-on activities, and one-on-one connections with peers and alumni. Come for the shared experience and resources but stay for the door prizes, food, and swag! Register now for this one-of-a-kind experience to unveil your superhuman abilities.
Sophomore Spark: Ignite your personal, professional and intellectual growth.
January 29, 2022, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Rubenstein Arts Center.
Register on Handshake!

Inaugural Leadership Week

We hope you're already participating in this week's leadership activities—we saw many of you on the Plaza yesterday! This week will allow the Duke community to reimagine leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-driven process toward social change.
For more details, click the image below, and follow Duke Student Engagement on social media @dukestudentengagement
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A Week-Long Celebration of Research at Duke

Join us virtually for this week-long celebration of research including an exciting array of faculty lectures and panel discussions; graduate student, trainee, and postdoctoral fellow flash talks; and special guest speakers presenting the Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, Distinguished Lecture and Daubechies Lecture 2022. Learn more at

Mental Health Resource Guide: made by students, for students.

If you haven't already, please check out Duke's Mental Health Resource Guide, put together by Duke Student Government. In the guide, you'll find resources for survivors of sexual assault, students with eating disorders, LGBTQIA+ students, BIPOC students, maintaining wellness during COVID-19, and more.
Remember to prioritize your mental health, and remember that we are here to support you. You are not alone.

KN95 masks are more effective than cloth masks!

KN95 masks can be an effective method of protection against COVID-19 when worn properly, and can provide an additional level of protection against Omicron vs. cloth masks. And did you know KN95s can be used multiple times? 
Though KN95 masks aren't machine washable and as reusable as cloth masks, you can follow these tips to make them last (and know when to dispose).

Spotted: Blue Devil Snow Angels

Thanks to Valerie Tan, Ruby Wang, Jordan Viars, Naisla Manrique, Duke Softball, and others for submitting their snow day photos!