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Blue Devil Days

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Remember: Be sure to use your application email address and full first name (not nickname) when registering for Blue Devil Days. If you have difficulty with registration, please email us at bluedevildays@duke.edu. You can also call the Admissions Office at 919-684-3214.

Welcome, Future Blue Devil!

Congratulations on your acceptance! Since receiving your letter, we hope you've taken time to learn more about Duke and we hope were able to join us for Blue Devil Days, a series of two-day programs exclusively for admitted students.  To visit--or revisit--Blue Devil Days virtually, we welcome you to browse the program schedules and read about some of our featured speakers below.

Schedule of Events

You can see a general overview of what Blue Devil Days offers by viewing the invitation here, and the detailed schedules for each program are available below. Each program followed the same format with minor variations from date to date. The April 21-22 program featured a "Spotlight on the Arts" reception for students interested in the humanities and fine arts.

April 6-7 Blue Devil Days schedule
April 17-18 Blue Devil Days schedule
April 21-22 Blue Devil Days schedule

Featured Addresses

Student Speakers

Cameron Kim, Pratt ‘14
Cameron Kim is a senior studying biomedical engineering and mathematics and is also earning the certificate in Genome Sciences & Policy. He is a Pratt Research Fellow in Dr. Charles Gersbach's lab studying applications of synthetic biology to muscular regenerative medicine, and he serves as an undergraduate teaching assistant for the first-year engineering course. Cameron's goal when he arrived at Duke was to take advantage of every opportunity available to him, and he did. Early in his Duke career, he joined the Duke Quidditch team, started the International Quidditch Association's referee development team, and now serves as the head coach for the Duke team. He studied abroad at Oxford, taking a Shakespeare class. Immediately upon returning he caught the acting bug and has performed in two shows and served as a director. In his spare time, Cameron enjoys baking and has become a curler in the Triangle area, with the lofty goal of attending the Winter Olympics in 2022. You might have seen Cameron on Jeopardy!’s College Championship this past February representing Duke University. A member of Tau Beta Pi, he will be graduating with distinction from the Pratt School of Engineering this year and will attend Stanford University in the fall to pursue his PhD in bioengineering.

Valentine Esposito, Trinity ‘14
Valentine Esposito is a senior from Long Island, New York.  She is pursuing an Evolutionary Anthropology major with a minor in Biology. Valentine has served as co-chair of the First-Year Advisory Counselor Program, as Crew Chief for Duke Emergency Medical Service, and as a senior leader in Duke’s Collegiate Athlete Pre-Medical Experience (CAPE) program. Valentine is a proud member of the Baldwin Scholars Program and proclaims herself Duke Football’s number-one fan. Upon graduation, Valentine will attend the Duke School of Medicine.

Lizete Dos Santos, Trinity ‘15
Lizete Dos Santos is a junior from Mbabane, Swaziland. Lizete is public policy major with a French minor and Policy Journalism and Media Certificate. As the co-chair of the First-Year Advisory Counselor Program, she works directly with many prospective students and helps organize Orientation Week. Lizete studied abroad in Paris in the summer of 2013. This summer she will be interning at ABC 11 News in Durham. At Duke, Lizete also serves as student manager for the women’s basketball team.

Alumni Speakers

Kara Medoff Barnett ‘00
Kara Medoff Barnett joined Lincoln Center in 2007 and was named the first Managing Director of Lincoln Center Global in 2012. Under Barnett’s leadership, Lincoln Center Global draws on Lincoln Center’s experience as the world’s leading performing arts center to increase international cultural exchange and advise cultural organizations, leaders, and philanthropists worldwide. Barnett previously served as Senior Director of the Capital Campaign, an ambitious fundraising initiative charged with securing nearly $800,000,000 for Lincoln Center’s campus-wide renovation and endowment. She also founded and managed Lincoln Center’s Strategy Group, an internal consulting team with a diverse portfolio of projects. Prior to joining Lincoln Center Barnett produced theater on and off Broadway and received a 2003 Tony Award as a producer of Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Best Revival of a Play). She currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the American Theatre Wing, the Wing’s National Theatre Company Grants Committee, and the Tony Administration Committee. She was just named as one of Crain’s New York Business 2014 “40 Under 40.” Barnett is a summa cum laude graduate of Duke University and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.

Brian McGinn ‘07
Brian McGinn is a comedy and documentary film director based in Los Angeles. Last year his film The Record Breaker, about Ashrita Furman, the man with the most Guinness World Records of all time, won the Audience Award at Durham's Full Frame Documentary Film Festival as well as Jury Awards at the Palm Springs ShortsFest, New Orleans Film Festival and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. In 2011, he co-directed American Teacher, which was narrated by Matt Damon. He also directs viral comedy for Funny or Die, including the popular “You’re So Hot” series starring Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. He is currently directing and producing three television series as well as a new feature film.

Laura Suchoski ‘09
Laura Suchoski is a social media and creative marketing professional, currently social media manager at the advertising agency McKinney in Durham, North Carolina.  Prior to joining McKinney in 2014, Laura managed social media for four years at ESPN and espnW, the company’s business dedicated to female fans and athletes.  Laura became the first four-time field hockey All-American at Duke University, a two-time captain, All-Academic honoree, and Athlete of the Decade.  She competed with the U.S. Field Hockey National Team program for seven years, before choosing to pursue a career that she loves in creative marketing.  Laura is originally from northeast Pennsylvania and graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in sociology and a certificate in policy journalism and media studies.

Parenting from a Distance

Gary Glass
Regardless of how near or far your son or daughter goes to attend college, the transition can be as significant for a parent as for a student  Gary Glass, Ph.D., Associate Director for Outreach and Developmental Programming at Duke Counseling and Psychological Services, offered advice to parents of college-bound sons and daughters in his Supporting from a Distance talk.

Other Opportunities to Experience Duke

For students unable to attend Blue Devil Days,  Friday, April 25 (view schedule of events) also offered opportunities for admitted students beyond our standard information sessions and campus tours

If none of the above dates work for your schedule and you plan to visit another day in April as you make your final decision, please contact Elizabeth Harlow '11, Admissions Officer, at elizabeth.harlow@duke.edu, 919-684-0176. She will make plans to greet you and your family, share information about visiting classes, and answer any questions you may have.

If you wish to tour Duke's Lemur Center, one of the most unique facilities, on campus, please call 919-401-7240 to make advance reservations. Cost is $7 per person plus tax.  Read more about Lemurs Live at lemur.duke.edu/visit/tours/.

Even if you're not able to visit campus in person, you'll be able to get a feel for the Duke experience by reading current students' blogs, watching videos on our YouTube channel, and exploring our searchable map. You should contact your admission officer by email or phone if you have any questions. Our Duke student admission interns also welcome your questions via email.

We hope to hear from you soon and see you in the fall!