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2024 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.

Monday – FridayAll DayDrawing for Free Durham Restaurant MealEnter for a chance to win a free meal at a downtown Durham restaurant of your choice. We will draw one name each day of Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week.Off Campus & Community Life
Monday – FridayAll DayStudent Health Nutrition Services appointmentRemember to book your appointment with Nutrition Services by April 22nd in order to be seen by the end of the semesterDuke Student Health
Monday – Friday2-3pmDuke Puppy Kindergarten Drop by to pet and play with Duke’s Puppy Kindergarten class! Duke Canine Cognition Center
Monday – ThursdayAll DayOSA Eggs-travaganzaEggs will hidden throughout the law school April 1-4. Find an egg, stop by the Office of Student Affairs in Room 3208 to claim your prize! This event is limited to law students.Duke Law School
Monday, April 110am – 1pmKid’s Easter Egg Hunt & Tie DyeGrad/Prof parents and their kids are invited for a fun egg hunt on Duke’s East CampusDuke International Student Center (DISC)
Monday, April 111:45 – 12:45pmPop On Over! “Pop On Over” and take a break to enjoy a snack and a chat with the graduate and professional community at Pratt where we will be serving a variety of different popcorn flavors. Popcorn available while supplies last!Pratt School of Engineering
Monday, April 16-7pmMoments of Mindfulness: Restorative YogaThis wellness experience will allow you to focus on your mind-body connection through restful poses, controlled breathing, and relaxation that will help you manage stress and anxiety. Families welcome! DuWell
Tuesday, April 210am – 12:30pmDuke Rec & PE merch tableStop by our lobby table, say hello and pick up Duke Rec & PE merch! Duke Recreation and Physical Education
Tuesday, April 21-3pmGPSG’s Terrarium Tuesday @ NSOEDrop in any time and create a terrarium with Zen Succulent. GPSG
Tuesday, April 24 – 5:45pmProfessional HeadshotsStop by the Karsh Alumni Center and receive a professional headshot. No sign up necessary. Photos will be taken near the main lobby, just outside on a covered walkway. Duke Career Center
Tuesday, April 26:00pmScreen PrintingIn this workshop, participants will learn the basics of putting images on screens with photo emulsion, ink mixing, and how to effectively use a squeegee to put ink through the screen and print an image. Everyone will get many chances to print, and at the end of the event you’ll have a deluxe, one-of-a-kind, 2-color poster to take home!Duke Arts
Tuesday, April 26:00pmKarsh Conversations: Transferable Skills: How to Use Them Post-DukeKarsh Conversations: Transferable Skills: How to Use Them Post-DukeAlumni Engagement & Development
Tuesday, April 26:30 – 10:30pmDurham Bulls baseball game & picnicJoin your peers for a downtown Durham baseball game and reserved pavilion with food! Space is limited! Graduate Professional Student Services
Tuesday, April 27-8pmDuke StoriesDuke Stories is a space to reflect, journal, and share your personal experiences and lessons through the format of letter writing. We are in partnership with IfYou’reReadingThis, a national nonprofit dedicated to destigmatizing mental health and building a community of support through publishing personal letters online. Families welcome! DuWell
Wednesday, April 35-7pmDuke Arts Grad MixerYou are invited for a casual night of art making and music with free drinks and food! Meet other grad students from across campus to bond over art, enjoy music and enter a raffle to win free Duke Art Performance tickets!Duke Arts & GPSG sponsored tickets
Wednesday, April 35:00pmStress Free SingingWe will try an assortment of songs, from simple warm-ups to karaoke style sing-alongs. Meant to be fun and low stakes, we will enjoy the practice of using our voices and appreciating the ways that singing can both build confidence and be physically centering.Duke Arts
Wednesday, April 36:30 7:30pmDrum CircleRelax, restore, and energize your physical and mental well-being by coming together to create rhythm, a universal language that allows us to connect with ourselves and others. Through this experience you will begin to encounter how drumming induces relaxation and feelings of well-being, while releasing stress. Families welcome!DuWell
Wednesday, April 37:30pmSongs in FlightIn 2019, Cornell University started “Freedom on the Move,” a database of “runaway ads” from the United States’ early newspapers—names, dates, descriptions, rewards. Songs in Flight is a living monument to these people and the history exposed in “Freedom on the Move” with song, text, poems, and music.Duke Arts
Thursday, April 49-11amOff Campus Housing Fair (virtual)Learn about off campus housing options in Durham from over 25 property managers.Off Campus and Community Life
Thursday, April 410am – 1pmCSGD’s Appreciation SucculentsThe Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity wants to show appreciation for Graduate and Professional Students with a Pride succulent! Stop by the CSGD and receive yours while supplies last.Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD)
Thursday, April 412 – 1:15pmLunch with Vice President, Mary Pat McMahonEnjoy conversation and community with peers from across Duke and Student Affairs Vice President, Mary Pat McMahonGraduate Professional Student Services
Thursday, April 41:00 – 1:30pmFuqua’s MQM Duke TriviaJoin Fuqua’s MQM program with some lunchtime Zoom trivia about Duke University! Compete individually or in teams. The winning team will receive a prize from the Duke Store.Fuqua MQM
Thursday, April 43:30 – 5:30pm12th Annual Gradx TalkGraduate students share their research in a fast-paced and engaging format inspired by TEDx Talks (5-7 minutes)The Graduate School and Society of Duke Fellows
Thursday, April 44-5pmCrafting in the Wellness CenterGive yourself the time to embark on a crafting project that allows you to be creative! This session invites you to make something that you can take with you as an ongoing reminder of how important it is to lean into your imagination. Materials will be provided, no experience necessary! Families welcome!DuWell
Thursday, April 44-6pmBlue Devil MarketThe Blue Devil Market is an initiative funded by the Heaton-Blackshear Innovation Grant. The Blue Devil Market is a program that brings inclusive, fresh, and local produce to the Duke University community. Stop by Abel Quad and pick up fresh food to enjoy! Housing & Resident Life and The Women’s Center
Thursday, April 45-7pmMLW Paint & SipCome to enjoy meeting other Grad/Professional students while painting, eating good food and enjoying adult beverages at the newly re-opened Mary Lou Williams Center in the Flowers Building.Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture
Friday, April 55:00pmDuke vs UNC Softball – GPSG TailgateCome support your Blue Devil Softball team and enjoy free food and Duke hats from GPSG! GPSG (Grad Prof Student Government)
Friday, April 5Services at 6pm and Dinner at 7pmShabbat with Jewish Life at DukeJoin Jewish Life at Duke for pluralistic Shabbat services and free, kosher dinner at 7pm at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life. Stop by with your fellow grad students, roommates, or partners; all are welcome!Freeman Center for Jewish Life
Friday, April 58:00pmResonanceResonance is a musical collision of cultures from around the globe. Together, French classical violinist Gabriel Richard and Senegalese songwriter Felwine Sarr juxtapose the sung repertoire of West African classical music, Afrobeat and Baroque European music with electrifying results.Duke Arts
Sunday, April 711am Movie ManiaJoin GPSG for a private showing of Dune: Two, complete with a free drink and snack!GPSG (Grad Prof Student Government)
Blue Devil wearing a headband that says "GPSAW 2024"