Div School dean appointed to 3rd term
L. Gregory Jones has been appointed to a third five-year terms as dean of the Divinity School, Provost Peter Lange announced Thursday.
Jones' reappointment is pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees at its February meeting.
Since taking the position of dean in 1997, Jones has overseen the development of Divinity School's faculty, facilities and various programs. He helped start the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life in 2000 and played a major role in the planning of the 53,000 square-foot addition to and renovation of the school.
Jones also led the school through a $102-million fundraising effort that was a component of the Campaign for Duke.
In his third term, Jones will continue to promote issues and programs related to end-of-life care, Christian ministry, pastoral leadership and peacemaking.
"We have an outstanding community of faculty, staff and students, and we have strong momentum for our mission-at the intersection of the church, the academy and the world," Jones said in a statement.
"I look forward to continuing to strengthen the quality of Christian ministry through our education and formation, our programmatic initiatives and our intellectual leadership in theological education."
A respected scholar and church leader, Jones serves on the board of trustees of the Center of Theological Inquiry and is the president of the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools. He is also a member of the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.
Marathon could break b-ball record
Students from Duke and the University of North Carolina will come together this weekend for the Duke-Carolina Basketball Marathon, a charity event that will raise money for Hoop Dreams Basketball Academy, which works with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
The event will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday Jan. 14 in Fetzer Gym at UNC, and participants plan to continue until 6 p.m. Monday Jan. 16.-a span of time that would break the Guinness World Record of 30 hours and 12 minutes for the longest basketball game on record. Former N.C. senator and vice presidential hopeful John Edwards is scheduled to toss the game's tip-off.
The event is sponsored by Spalding, the largest basketball equipment brand. A Spalding ball will be used throughout the game. There will be air mattresses courtside for players who want to sleep when they are not playing.
Devoted alumnus dies at 83
Frederick Frostick, former president of the Duke University General Alumni Association and past chair of the Duke University National Council, passed away Dec. 24 in Charleston, West Virginia. He was 83.
Frostick, a Maxton, N.C. native, graduated from Duke with a bachelor's degree and Ph.D. in organic chemistry. He held 25 U.S. patents and was the author of numerous articles. He served in the Navy during World War II. Frostick later became a member of the West Virginia Selective Service Advisory Board for scientific and engineering personnel.
Frostick was a trustee of the Charleston Area Medical Center and the director of Carelink, Inc. He was also a director of the West Virginia Building and Loan Association, director of grants for the National Railway Historical Society and a member of the Confederate Stamp Alliance.
Surviving Frostick are his wife, Florence; sons Robert and Charles and his wife Ann and their daughter Claire Elise; sister, Helen Warren; and brother, William.
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