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Founders’ Day to honor faculty, alumni

The 103rd annual Founders’ Day Convocation will take place this Saturday at 4 p.m. The University will honor distinguished faculty with awards for teaching, scholarship, mentoring and meritorious service. The Distinguished Alumni Award will be given to trustee emeritus Raymond Nasher, Trinity ’43, the major benefactor for Duke’s new art museum. The celebration will be the first at which President Richard Brodhead will preside. The service will also recognize various groups of scholars, including the Angier B. Duke Scholars, Benjamin N. Duke Scholars and University Scholars.


Sedaris tickets go on sale

Tickets for the Oct. 22 speech and reading by humorist David Sedaris went on sale Tuesday to Duke students. Tickets will be $5 for Duke students, and will sell for $20 to the general public Oct. 13. Sedaris, a North Carolina native, is the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and Barrel Fever, and the recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He is also a frequent commentator on National Public Radio. All tickets for the 8 p.m. show in Page Auditorium are general admission.


Medical Center wins Consumer Choice award

Duke University Medical Center was awarded the Consumer Choice award from the National Research Corporation. The award comes after a national survey of the consumer attitudes of almost 140,000 households named Duke the most preferred hospital in Durham and Raleigh. DUMC and the 153 other winners were named in the most recent issue of Modern Health magazine.


DukePass adds “academic dashboard”

The academic Internet portal DukePass, which combines ACES and Blackboard information with individualized library and DukeCard status, has added a new component allowing students to access germane information about class meeting times and syllabi. The new “academic dashboard” will also allow students to create links to course websites and to read updates on their courses without logging directly into Blackboard.


HAND announces poetry contest

The Health Arts Network at Duke has put out a call for submissions to its seventh annual poetry contest. The contest is open to the entire Duke community, including students, faculty, current and former staff members, volunteers and patients and their families. HAND is seeking poems from the heart or about the heart as they relate to medical practice, experiences in illness, health and healing in the Duke University Health System environment. Entrants can register at The deadline for submissions is Dec. 1.


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