Welcome to this year’s Chron15.
This past year, Duke has experienced what seems like change after change. The implementation of a new housing system. A new football program. The launch of a new University-wide commitment to tackling climate change. Long-standing, beloved dining locations shutting down.
From our office in Flowers, we’ve covered these changes over the past year. Chron15 hopes to celebrate the icons, leaders and pioneers that have been so instrumental in making the University a place we’ll be proud of in the future, but also those who have made Duke the place we know and love today.
From faculty who find innovative ways to help us learn to those who have made the University feel like home for years, this year’s Chron15 list seeks to highlight the contributions of members of the Duke community who make us all proud to call ourselves Blue Devils.
Nominated by readers of The Chronicle and chosen by a special committee of staff, the members of this year’s Chron15 list are individuals and organizations that have worked tirelessly to improve the University’s academic programs. They are people who have played and coached their hearts out in athletic competitions. They are people who lend a listening ear when you need it most. They are people who, simply put, make our campus a better place to live.
The members of this year’s Chron15 are what makes Duke, Duke. But more importantly, they are the people who teach your T-req classes, keep you fed even when you’re in a rush or stand next to you in Cameron Indoor Stadium. They are Blue Devils just like you and me, and a reminder of the potential of what passion with a purpose can accomplish.
As you read the profiles of these fifteen outstanding people and organizations, we hope that you will take the time to think about not only their achievements and contributions but also those of the many people that didn’t make the list. The Chronicle names 15 winners each year, but our readers can thank countless more community members for all they do.
Adway Wadekar and Kathryn Thomas chaired this year’s Chron15 committee. Wadekar is a Trinity junior and the Vol. 119 news editor. Thomas is a Trinity senior and the Vol. 118 news editor.
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Adway S. Wadekar is a Trinity junior and news editor of The Chronicle's 119th volume.