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Sophomore Convocation planned

Washington, D.C., Deputy Mayor John Koskinen, Trinity '61 and former chair of the Board of Trustees, will be the keynote speaker Aug. 27 at the "Sophomore Celebration," the first in a series of events designed to welcome sophomores to West Campus.

Koskinen will be joined in Page Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. by William Chafe, vice provost for undergraduate education and dean of the faculty of arts and sciences, and by Van Williamson, the sophomore class president, for the hour-long kick-off discussion. A barbecue for the Class of 2005 will follow.

The year-long effort, entitled "Sophomore Experience 2002... beginning a new tradition," will also include a sophomore majors fair Sept. 24, a distinguished lecture series, "Five for Five: 2005," and Sunday evening "Quad Dinners in the Great Hall."

Directors' Education Institute announced

In response to corporate scandals and subsequent regulatory initiatives designed to prevent recurrences, the University's Global Capital Markets Center announced this week that it will launch the Directors' Education Institute Oct. 21 to 23.

The program is the first in a series of conferences that will bring academic experts from both the School of Law and the Fuqua School of Business together with policymakers, corporate executives and representatives from the legal and financial services industries.

The keynote speakers are Dick Grasso, chair and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange; Harvey Pitt, chair of the United States Securities & Exchange Commission; Leo O'Neill, president of Standard & Poor's Corp.; and Leo Strine Jr., vice chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. The program fee is $3,250 per registrant.

Robertson Scholars bus continues

The Robertson Scholars Program, a joint initiative between Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, resumed its second year of free bus service between the two campuses Monday. All members of both campus communities may use the bus.

Buses will run between the West Campus bus stop at the Duke Chapel and UNC's Morehead Planetarium parking lot. Hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Divinity School launches Carolina program

Duke University Divinity School has created a new program designed to foster health ministries in communities throughout the Carolinas, Dean Gregory Jones announced this week.

The program, "Caring Communities: Health Ministries and the Practice of Faithful Caring," will develop a resource center to provide interdisciplinary training in health ministry for health care providers, clergy, lay leaders, policy makers and community leaders. The four-year project, part of the Theology and Medicine Program at the Divinity School, is underwritten by the Duke Endowment. Funding for the first year is $600,000.


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