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Duke Student Affairs

April 6, 2022

Dear students,
April brings brings all kinds of decision points and end-of-year events for students. As you all are simultaneously wrapping up projects and papers for your courses and thinking ahead for the summer and fall, we hope you find time to note the growth you're experiencing and develop insight from what aspects of this semester are most engaging and rewarding for you. 

Below you'll find info on a special inaugural event for sophomores celebrating the halfway point in their time at Duke (no promises on a Bon Jovi appearance) and ways to get involved in Quad identity projects and welcome events for the class of 2026. 

Good luck as you navigate the weeks ahead and go Duke,
Gary Bennett, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education     
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs

WOAHHH, you're halfway there...

Calling all sophomores! YOU are invited to a very special, sophomores-only event on April 14 to recognize your accomplishments and take a moment to celebrate being HALFWAY through your time at Duke! Come celebrate with us on Abele Quad. The first 500 sophomores who come get a branded picnic blanket! 

Quad Welcome Parties were a success!

Thank you to the wonderful newly elected Quad Councils and their RCs for putting on the first-ever Quad Welcome Parties! From food trucks to games, from crafting to swag, they looked like a blast and we hope you were able to meet new friends in your Quad family.

Enter: the Quad Identity Project.

Teams of students in each Quad will work with campus experts on Duke history, architecture, landscape, and community to design an official Quad crest. Each element of a Quad's crest will have a connection to Duke's past, present, and future and will be chosen with inclusion and longevity in mind.

To learn more and indicate interest, sign up here.

Alcohol & Other Drugs Policy Updates

As you hopefully read in last week's Student Conduct update, there have been some significant updates to the Alcohol & Other Drugs Policy, which seeks to foster a social atmosphere at Duke that supports students’ ability to connect with one another in holistic, safer, and more intentional ways. Read more in the email update, or on the OSCCS website in the A-Z Student Policies.

Academic Resource Center and Thompson Writing Center

Need a little extra support in this season of final examinations, projects, and end-of-year assessments? If you are experiencing challenges in your coursework, we encourage you to reach out to your faculty member to seek assistance and support. There are also additional campus resources, such as the Academic Resource Center and the Thompson Writing Center, that can help through tutoring, time management, and developing skills and strategies for writing essays and papers.

Affinity Group Graduation Celebrations!

Calling all graduating seniors and FRIENDS/FAM of graduating seniors! We'd love your participation in any of the many ways to celebrate the Class of 2022 this spring. Some celebrations start THIS WEEK (!!) and go through the beginning of May. Check the CSGD, CMA, and Mary Lou Williams Center websites and social media channels for details on Lavender Graduation, A/API Graduation, Latinx Graduation, Final Honors, and Native American & Indigenous Graduation celebrations coming up soon. 🎉

Bryan Center Space Survey: Next Steps

So much has been happening with the Space Survey of the Bryan Center and the Residential Common Spaces! 

Since December stakeholder meetings, surveys and preliminary planning sessions have occurred and now you are invited to participate in the next phase of the process.  Please stop by the upper landing (next to the Griffith Board Room) in the Bryan Center on Thursday, April 7 any time between 1-2:30 PM to see future options for the Bryan Center and leave your feedback through some interactive tools that will be available.

Check out new university course on climate change!

Duke is adding to its offering of university courses for Fall '22 with "UNIV 102: Let's Talk About Climate Change." The course is now available for registration in DukeHub. "UNIV 101: Let's Talk About Race" will also be offered this fall.
Fill out this form to stay updated on new information regarding registration and co-curricular events this fall.

Winding Down!

As the semester winds down, you'll find students at the Women's Center for Wind Down Wednesdays. Join them for crafts and conversations.
PC: Michelle Kwan