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Duke Student Affairs

November 24, 2020

A split video screen with Gary Bennett at left and Mary Pat McMahon at right.

We did it — together

To celebrate the end of the fall semester during this week of gratitude, we decided to do something a bit different and send you an end-of-semester video greeting.

We've been so impressed with all the ways that you have shown gratitude during this remarkably atypical semester. We hope you continue to use this time over Winter Break to reflect, and of course, to continue to keep yourselves, your family and friends, and all those you encounter as safe as possible. 

Be safe, be well, and have a restorative break.

Go Duke, 
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs 
Gary Bennett, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education  
Photo of 4 students in mid-jump in front of the Duke chapel

Stay well over break!

Continue to follow all the safety practices you've been so diligent about this fall, and keep yourself, your family, and all those around you safer. 
Remember, just because you're on break doesn't mean all of the amazing safety habits you've developed this semester can be on a break too. The CDC continues to release studies that support the wearing of multi-layered cloth masks to prevent the spread of COVID. Going for a post-Thanksgiving meal walk? Wear a mask. Caroling in your neighborhood with a few close friends in your bubble? Mask up.
green leafy background. winter break 2020. let your dorm hibernate this winter break in white handwritten font. sustainable duke logo

Tip of the week:

Give your dorm a break!

Help Sustainable Duke and HRL give your dorm a break! Duke students can reduce energy use and help their dorms hibernate this winter break by following these energy efficiency tips!
student sitting in the grass working on her homework

Resource Highlight: Blue Devils Care

Stress and anxiety can show up anytime. That’s why Blue Devils Care is available 24/7 to provide Talk Now and Scheduled Counseling services.  You'll be able to discuss anything from general anxiety to loss of a family member to a critical situation. When you log into Blue Devils Care, just click TalkNow, and you'll be connected to a professional to get the help and advice you need.
To get started, visit
Blue Devils Care will also be hosting virtual guided meditations during break! Visit DukeGroups to view the schedule and sign up.

Winter Breakaway Spotlight: Design Your Duke Journey

Don't forget: you have until December 1 to register for Duke's Winter Breakaway! We'd like to highlight one that will help you apply strategies to explore college life experiences that are meaningful to you and build the core competencies and career readiness that employers look for. The Design Your Duke Journey program is led by Greg Victory, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Fannie Mitchell Executive Director of Duke's Career Center.

Winter Breakaway is free and open to all Duke students, and programs will be offered virtually, both synchronously and asynchronously, so you can participate from wherever you are! Visit to view program offerings and to register.

Involvement Opportunity: FAC Board

The purpose of the First-Year Advisory Counselor (FAC) Program is to transition incoming first-year students to college life in order to maximize their experience as a Duke University student and community member. The FAC Board represents an incredible way to impact future generations of students at Duke.
FAC Board applications are open through Wednesday, November 25. Apply here and email with any questions.
Dean Deb handing out coffee coupons to compliant students on east campus

Spotted: Keeping the community safe 

Shout out to Dean Deb (pictured above) and all the members of C-Team, for being our secret weapon around the clock on campus this semester.   
Thanks for keeping our community safe!