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2023 Graduate Professional Student Appreciation Week

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Graduate Professional Student Appreciation Week (GPSAW) events at Duke are an excellent opportunity for students to come together and engage in activities that promote social connections, foster a sense of belonging, and provide opportunities for personal and professional growth. We recognize and appreciate the hard work and contributions of our Duke graduate and professional students and encourage students to engage in the events/initiatives designed specifically for you.

All events are open to any Graduate or Professional student at Duke – we can’t wait to see you there!

All Week

Sunday, March 26

Out of the Darkness campus walk organized by the Fuqua School of Business

  • Walk begins at 11am on Duke’s East Campus
  • Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Monday, March 27

Transportation to Social Security Office hosted by the Duke International Student Center (DISC)

  • Arrive by 9am to Smith Warehouse Bay 5 South, Floor 2 (DISC office)
  • DISC will provide drop-off only transportation to the Social Security Office

Professional Headshot Photos hosted by the Duke Career Center

  • 4:30 – 5:30pm at Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center
  • Photos will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis

Karsh Conversation: Graduate and Professional School Edition hosted by Duke’s Office of Alumni Development and Engagement

  • 6:00 – 7:30pm at Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center
  • Registration and Information

Tuesday, March 28

Professional Headshot Photos hosted by the Duke Career Center

  • 12:00 – 2:00pm at the Duke Career Center (lower level of Bryan Center)
  • Photos will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis

Presidents’ Roundtable Discussion hosted by Student Involvement and Leadership

  • 4:00 – 5:00pm at Brodhead Room 248

Hollywood-Production Your Self-Introduction hosted by Duke International Student Center

  • 8:30-9:30pm virtual
  • Have you wondered how to introduce yourself at networking events, coffee chats, and job interviews? After analyzing 1,000+ talk show appearances, Claire Li (Fuqua Alum) has discovered 7 unique ways to stand out and have them at ‘Hello’.

Wednesday, March 29

Grad/Prof Lunch with Vice President of Duke Student Affairs, Mary Pat McMahon

  • 12:15 – 1:15pm at the Duke Student Wellness building
  • Lunch and conversation with your community

11th Annual Gradx Talk hosted by The Graduate School, School of Medicine, and Society of Duke Fellows

  • 4:00 – 6:00pm in Perkins Library Room 217 and Hybrid
  • Graduate students will share their research in a fast-paced and engaging format inspired by TED and TEDx talks (5-7 minutes)

WindDown Wednesday hosted by the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

  • 5:00 – 7:00pm in Bryan Center Room 109
  • Calling all graduate & professional students to have the Mary Lou Williams Center celebrate you! Enjoy making essential oils room sprays, adult coloring books, and making Mandela art as a mid-week reset.

Thursday, March 30

Saving and Investing 101 hosted by Personal Finance @ Duke

  • 12:00 – 1:00pm on zoom
  • It’s no secret that putting money away and planning for the future is an important part of your personal finance journey, but knowing what to consider when saving and investing or even the best way to get started isn’t always as straightforward. Join our webinar to learn more!

Dinner & Wellness hosted by the Duke International Student Center & DuWell

  • 5:30 – 8:00pm at Lancaster Commons Apartment Complex
  • Join us to learn relaxation techniques that can re-energize your thinking and help alleviate stress and anxiety; and aromatherapy room spray creations. Afterward, enjoy dinner with your peers.

2023 WomC Awards hosted by the Women’s Center

  • 6:00 – 8:00pm at President’s Suite in the Wallace Wade Stadium
  • The WomC Award ceremony recognizes individuals and campus organizations making an impact at Duke and beyond with 5 award categories to honor the amazing contributions of women and femme-identified folks on campus, locally, state-wide, and nationally.

Graduate Professional Student Government Spring Social hosted by GPSG

  • 7:00 – 10:00pm at West End Billiards
  • It’s Graduate Professional Student Appreciation Week! Treat yourself to a night off with good company and a chill environment.

Friday, March 31

Grad/Prof Lunch with Assistant Vice President of Duke Student Affairs, Clay Adams

  • 12:00 – 1:15pm at Brodhead Center Room 241
  • Lunch and conversation with your community

Duke Baseball Tailgate and Game

  • Tailgate opens at 4:30pm; Game starts at 6pm at Jack Coombs Field
  • Join for a unique game day experience before cheering on your Duke Athletics teams. In addition to free food and beverages, you’ll receive a voucher to redeem for a t-shirt at the end of the game.

Graduate and Professional Student Shabbat

  • 6pm at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life
  • Join us for a special Shabbat to celebrate you! Jewish Life at Duke and the Jewish Business Association (JBA) will host Shabbat services and dinner. Dinner will be kosher and free, and all are welcome to come for some or all of the evening!
  • Text “Shabbat” to: (984) 333-5603 to RSVP for dinner by Friday at noon.

Queer Prom hosted by the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

  • 8:00pm – 1:00am at The Fruit
  • Open to LGBTQ+ graduate and professional students and their guests. All attendees MUST RSVP to be admitted to the event.

Local apartment complexes are celebrating too! Student residents should check with their apartment community offices for more information.

  • Berkshire Ninth Street – Wednesday 7pm – Residents can arrive at the Dog Park to meet their neighbors and their furry friends (drinks and snacks for all)
  • Belmont Apartments – Friday at 4:30pm – Residents invited to wear Duke Blue for a Duke Blue themed cupcake and drinks event