Plus, info about becoming an ExO Leader (and more)
Plus, info about becoming an ExO Leader (and more)

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February 21, 2023
Photo of Mary Pat McMahon and Candis Watts Smith
Dear students,
First things first: Duke women's basketball plays UNC at Cameron this Sunday. If we win, we're having a bonfire on Abele Quad! (More on that under "Pro Tip of the Week.")
We hope your semester is going well, especially with spring break only a few weeks away. If you need a pick-me-up, stop by Penn Pavilion tonight! Student Affairs, OUE, and Duke Arts have teamed up for a Mardi Gras celebration full of live music and delicious food, starting at 8 PM. Trust us: you don't want to miss out on the beignets.
Scroll down for information about becoming an orientation leader, joining the Duke Student Alumni Board, and other ways you can get involved across campus right now. We also encourage you to attend one of our Black History Month events before February draws to a close.
If you have questions about a specific application, group, or event, don't hesitate to reach out to them. You can also contact our offices if you're not sure where to go. Remember, we're here to help you find community on campus. We love to see students find where they thrive!
Thank you for taking care of each other. We're proud to be part of the Blue Devil family with you.
Go Duke,
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs
Candis Watts Smith, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
QuadEx Updates

Apply to be an Orientation Leader for ExO '23!

As an Orientation Leader, you can become new students’ first impression of Duke University. Orientation Leaders get to fully participate in their project, including all field trips, adventures, small groups, activities and more. All OLs can expect to grow and develop as a leader as they lead a small cohort of new Duke students.
Apply today! Applications will be open until March 10. Please contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs ( with any questions!
Engagement Opportunities

Apply for Summer 2023 Research Projects on Muser

Muser is a centralized, university-wide database of undergraduate research opportunities posted by Duke faculty/campus researchers. Students can apply for Summer 2023 research projects through Sunday, February 26 at 11:59 PM.
Have questions? Attend the Muser Mixer event tomorrow night (Feb. 22 from 6-7 PM) at the LINK Classroom 2! Muser T-shirts will be provided.

Nominate a First-Year Student for the Julie Ann Levey Memorial Leadership Award

The Julie Anne Levey Memorial Leadership Award is presented to emerging student leaders in the first-year class who have demonstrated a dedication to the first-year residential experience and the Duke University community as a whole, through leadership in co-curricular activities. To nominate a first-year student for the $2500 award, please submit your nomination letter by 5 PM on March 3!

The Connection Project Mini Retreat (for First Years)

Are you a first-year student interested in connecting with new people or strengthening your existing relationships? The Connection Project wants to invite you to a half-day retreat at the East Campus Coffeehouse on Saturday, March 4 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Come join us for student-led games and other connection-themed activities as we reflect on the year so far and look toward the future! Please RSVP on DukeGroups (not required, but appreciated!).

Join the Duke Student Alumni Board (DSAB)

The Duke Student Alumni Board (DSAB) – an advisory and community group housed in Duke Alumni Engagement and Development (AED) – works to foster communication and collaboration between students and alumni. Board members are chosen from across the entire student body population of Duke to reflect the diversity of the student experience.
Deadline for applications is March 6. Learn more and apply here!

Chanticleer Self-Submissions are Open

Have photos that document your favorite Duke experiences? Club group photos, candids, research, memes, study away, accomplishments, etc. – all are welcome!
Submit to the Chanticleer for consideration by emailing with this email heading format: "Yearbook submission [first and last name]_Celebrate Mardi Gras tonight!". Mobile phone photos are fine, but high-resolution is preferred!
If you're a senior and you still need to order your yearbook, do so before the prices go up!
Pro Tip of the Week
Duke University Bonfire Regulations

Bonfires are back!

Celebrating Duke Basketball home victories with a bonfire is a beloved Blue Devil tradition, and we're so glad to bring it back. Ahead of Sunday's bonfire (pending a victory over UNC), here's what you need to know:
– The bonfire is in front of Dollard House (Kilgo) on Abele Quad.
– Approved benches are the only fuel. Staff on scene will identify which benches we're burning.
– No glass is allowed on Abele Quad. No fire accelerant is allowed either, obviously.
– Don't sit on building roofs, balconies, or window sills.
– Our permit allows two hours of burn time. Any other bonfire is illegal.

Updates from the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards

Last week, OSCCS shared information about joining the Student Conduct Board and applying to the Community Conduct Intern Program. If you're passionate about making Duke a safe, welcoming campus for everyone, consider engaging with OSCCS! Their recent newsletter has all the information you need.

Keep up with Duke's Climate Commitment 

The Duke Climate Commitment has launched a campus newsletter to inform and involve members of the Duke community with updates, events, and research relevant to the Commitment. All current students, staff, and faculty can subscribe.
Resource Highlights

If you're experiencing food insecurity...

We're committed to supporting students both inside and outside the classroom. If you or other students are struggling with food insecurity, please contact DukeReach or use any of the following campus resources:
GPSG Food Pantry:  Students may access non-perishable foods, baby and childcare items (food, diapers, wipes), personal and feminine hygiene products, and gently used professional clothing and household items from the Community Pantry free of charge. There is also a prepared meal program that offers vegan and vegetarian options. In person shopping is available on Saturdays from 12-2. For more information, please visit their website:
Feed Every Devil:  Students are able to donate and request Food Points using the Feed Every Devil app/website. Once a request is fulfilled, the food points are available to use in Duke Dining locations right away.
If you have more complex or long-term needs, you can reach out to the following campus resources:
Financial Aid:  Students can look up their financial aid counselor's contact information in DukeHub or they can email the Financial Support Office at Website:
Office of Personal Finance:
Spotted on Campus

Earthquake Relief Fundraising Run

Thank you to everyone who showed up to support Stanley Borden's 7.8-kilometer run for earthquake relief in Turkey and Syria! Together, you raised over $8500 for AKUT Search and Rescue Association.
We're so proud to be part of a community that comes together in times of crisis and steps up to help. Check out our video recap of the event here.
Video for the Earthquake Relief Fundraising Run
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