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This Week (8/26-9/01)

1. FOREVER DUKE Block Party

2. Events Pavilion & Bryan Center Grand Opening

3. FREE Durham Bulls Game

4. Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators: Informational Sessions

5. Education and Your Taxes

6. Duke Dance Council Showcase and Reception

7. Triangle Area Philosophy Symposium

8. Duke Bike Program BIKE SALE

9. Football Tailgate (Duke vs NCCU)

10. Salsa on the Steps

11. Food Truck Rodeo

Next Week (9/02-9/08)

12. Duke Hospital Courtyard Concert

13. Global Health Scavenger Hunt: win an iPad Mini!

14. Maximizing LinkedIn: Creating a Strong Profile & Connecting Professionally for Graduate Students

15. The Academic Application Process for STEM Graduate Students & Postdocs

16. Career Fair Prep for Graduate Students

17. First Thursday Gallery Talk

18. Race Speaks: En/Countering Racism Series

19. Free Film at the Nasher

20. Resume Reviews on West Campus for Graduate Students

21. 2013 Duke Rec Cornhole Tournament

22. JOIN the Libraries Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board

Ongoing Events, Opportunities and more
Duke Medicine Orchestra

MEDMentors at the Durham County Youth Home

Duke Campus Farm: Community Workdays

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A message from the GPSC President
Dear friends,
On behalf of the GPSC executive board, I welcome all new and returning graduate and professional students to a wonderful year ahead. As the chief spokesperson of the council and official liaison between the council and Duke administration, it is my honor as well as pleasure to represent you on campus. We have a great year planned ahead to help you strike the right balance of work and fun during your academic endeavors.
With our first General Assembly (GA) meeting only a week away, we look forward to working with all of you. Some of you will get elected as representatives for your program or department. Some of you will serve on various important university committees, while some of you will attend our social and community service events. We can assure you that, the greater your involvement in all that GPSC does, the better your graduate or professional student life will be.
I encourage you all to get involved in making decisions with GPSC either directly or through your elected representatives and stay informed about topics discussed in the GA. Let’s create a dynamic and proactive graduate and professional student voice on campus.
GPSC President,
Amol Yadav (@DukeGPSCPres)

Fall 2013 GPSC Funding Applications are OPEN!
When: deadline is Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at 10:00AM
Application: HERE
Informational YouTube Video: available HERE
Funding Guidelines: available HERE
Please contact the GPSC Student Groups Liaison, Abigail Labella, or GPSC Treasurer, Eden Ellis, if you have any questions. Office hours at the Perk (Perkins Library Cafe): from 11:30AM-1:00PM on Fri, August 30th, Mon, September 2nd, Thurs, September 5th, and Mon, September 9th.

2013 Basketball Campout
When: Campout is September 6-8, 2013!
Please See Below for New Announcements:
- All students must register: HERE
- Register for Community Service: HERE
- Campout Check-In has Changed: Rolling Check-in will occur on Friday September 6th. Campers MUST check in, drop off their canned good, and pay the campout fee anytime between 11-1pm and 4-8pm (Location Announced Next Week). Campers must then be at the campsite by 10pm for the start of Campout.
- Post Campout Tijuana Flats: Score your season tickets at this year’s Campout event and head over to the After Party at Tijuana Flats! Sunday, September 8th, enjoy $2 Tacos with your wristband. Limit two tacos per person. [$0.50 extra per taco for steak and carnitas. Excludes specialty tacos. Not valid with any other offer. Only valid September 8th at 703 Ninth Street N. 919.973.6170.]

This Week (8/26-9/01)

1. FOREVER DUKE Block Party
When: Mon, August 26th: 6:00-8:00PM
Location: Forlines House
Cost: FREE for Duke Students
Contact: Grace Kohut
The Duke Alumni Association invites you to kick the year off right! The Forever Duke Block Party is a university wide party to welcome you to campus: there will be live music and free food, all surrounded by an unbeatable block party atmosphere to make the First Day of Classes something to look forward to. All students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends are invited! Check out the fresh GRAD AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL GIVEAWAY: Forever DUKE Sunglasses

2. Events Pavilion & Bryan Center Grand Opening
When: Mon, August 26th: 10:00AM-4:00PM
Location: Bryan Center Plaza
Cost: FREE for Duke Students
Contact: Kirsten Marinko
Please join us for the Events Pavilion & Bryan Center Grand Opening Event on Monday, 8/26! Enjoy food samplings and prize give-a-ways and drawings from the following vendors: Events Pavilion, McDonald's, Joe Van Gogh, The Loop, Au Bon Pain, Red Mango & Panda Express. Meet celebrity Chef James Oseland at lunch and dinner at the events Pavilion. We will be serving dishes from his new book!

3. Durham Bulls Game
When: Tues, August 27th: starting at 7:05PM
Location: Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Registration: Not required
Cost: $5.99 plus $1.75 in fees if purchased online; go to or call 919-956-BULL
Contact: Tiffany Wilson
The free GPSC seats have been claimed, but as of Friday there were still nearly 100 seats available in Section 130, where our seats are located. At $6, it's still a great deal, and Tuesday's game is the last home game of the regular season, so come join us if you can! [If you have registred for the free GPSC tickets you should have already gotten an email to confirm you are coming to the game! See you there!]

4. Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators (DISI): Information Session
When: Weds, August 28th: 6:00-7:00PM
Location: Fuqua Lilly Classroom
Registration: email
Contact: Jen and Danny (Co-Presidents)
DISI provides pro-bono consulting and technology services for social organizations, and is currently recruiting graduate and professional students across campus to join. We use a unique method of matching interdisciplinary teams of talented Duke graduate students to real-world projects with a social mission. We have 17 interdisciplinary projects coming up in the Fall, including projects that involve integrating social media campaigns, conduct impact evaluations, and design nonprofit strategic plans. Deadlines to become: Project Manager is August 30th and a Project Innovator is September 2nd: Apply now to be on a Project Team!

5. Education and Your Taxes
When: Weds, August 28th: 4:30-5:30PM
Location: McClendon Commons
Cost: FREE!
Register: HERE
Contact: Sherrie Clayton
Are you confused about whether or how to file taxes for this year, or if you should set up withholding or file quarterly estimated taxes? Come to this informative seminar, presented by a local CPA and tailored to G&P students, to learn how to calculate your reportable income. During this seminar you will learn about the different tax credits you may be eligible for as well as the difference between taxable versus non-taxable income and qualified versus non-qualified expenses. Registration is required.

6. Duke Dance Council Showcase and Reception
When: Thurs, August 29th: 8:00-11:00PM
Location: Page Auditorium
Cost: FREE!
Contact: Duke Dance Council
The Dance Council Fall Showcase is an annual Duke tradition that highlights the many talents and abilities of Duke's dance community. From Bhangra to Ballet, fourteen talented groups of dancers will be showcasing their unique style. Whether or not you hope to learn more about how to get involved with dance at Duke, we hope to spread our passion and appreciation for dance with a spectacular performance you won't want to miss! Don't forget to join us on the Chapel Quad after the show for an ice cream social reception! There will be food, music, a chance to talk to dance group representatives, friends, and of course, dancing!

7. Triange Area Philosophy Symposium (TAPS)
When: Fri, August 30th and Sat, August 31st
Location: West Duke 202
Contact: Faisal Khan
The Triangle Area Philosophy Symposium (TAPS) brings together primarily Research Triangle-based philosophers to talk about their current work on a theme. The theme changes from year to year. All from the Triangle and beyond are welcome to attend.

8. Duke Bike Program BIKE SALE
When: Fri, August 30th: 10:00AM-4:00PM
Location: Duke Arts Annex
Cost: All bikes $100 or less
Contact: Watts Mangum (919-613-0348)
Duke Bikes is being dismantled and all our bikes must go. Mountain Bikes, Hybrid bikes, and Cargo bikes available for purchase to the Faulty, Staff, Students, Families and the Duke community. All bikes $100.00 or less and new in the box helmets for sale. We have random parts and tools available for sale also. Bikes are priced and sold "as is" and there will be no refunds or exchanges. Cash or Flex payment only. First come first serve.

9. Football Tailgate (Duke vs NCCU)
When: Sat, August 31st: starting at 1:00PM
Location: Whitford Drive (on the right at the top of the hill)
Cost: FREE with your Duke Grad/Prof Student ID
Registration: No RSVP required
Contact: Tiffany Wilson
Duke Blue Devils Football starts on Saturday, August 31st with the Bull City Gridiron Classic at Wallace Wade Stadium against Durham rival North Carolina Central University. Get ready for the game by joining your fellow graduate and professional students for cornhole, food, and beer starting three hours before the game. We'll be set up at the top of Whitford Drive in the grassy area near the basketball courts. Go Duke!

10. Salsa on the Steps
When: Sat, August 31st: starting at 8:30PM
Location: Duke Chapel's steps
Cost: FREE
Contact: Guy Lipworth
Get ready for Sabrosura's yearly event: SALSA ON THE STEPS. Come for a night full of fun, laughter, and, of course, SALSA, as the members of Sabrosura dedicate a whole night to salsa dancing. The night will feature a performance by the group, a lesson for beginners, and then hours of dancing! No experience necessary! Additionally, food and drinks will be provided.

11. Food Truck Rodeo
When: Sun, September 1st: 12:30-4:30PM
Location: Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street
Cost: FREE with Duke Graduate/Professional Student ID
Contact: Tiffany Wilson
If you've never been to a Food Truck Rodeo, you're in for a treat! The fall edition of the Durham Food Truck Rodeo at Durham Central Park boasts over 60 trucks! Look for me near The Leaf to pick up a voucher for a dish from a local food truck. Join the GPSC Student Life Facebook group and check out the event page (link above) for the latest on which trucks will be featured! Vouchers will be limited, so make sure you arrive on time!

Next Week (9/02-9/08)

12. Duke Hospital Courtyard Concert
When: Tues, September 3rd: 12:00-1:30PM
Location: Duke North Hospital Courtyard
Cost: FREE
Contact: Chaunesti Webb
Come enjoy your lunch while listening to Jo Gore & Bo Lankenau on vocals & guitar. Courtyard Concerts are hosted by Arts & Health, which provides literary, performing and visual arts programming for Duke Hospital patients and those who care for them.

13. Global Health Scavenger Hunt: win an iPad Mini!
When: Wednesday September 4th to Friday September 6th
Location: Duke campus – location to be disclosed on each day of the contest
Contact: Agata Rocka Stadiem
Attention Duke Students: participate in the Global Health Scavenger Hunt September 4-6 for a chance to win an iPad Mini! All Duke students are eligible. Follow DGHI on social media - Facebook, Instagram (DukeGHI) or Twitter (@DGHInsider #GHscavenger) - to get the clues. Ready... Set... Hunt!

14. Maximizing LinkedIn: Creating a Strong Profile & Connecting Professionally for Graduate Students
When: Weds, September 4th: 1:30-3:00PM
Location: Duke Engage Classroom in Smith Warehouse, Bay 8, 2nd floor
Register: HERE
Contact: Career Center
Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Do you actually use it or fully understand all of LinkedIn's capabilities? If not, attend this "LinkedIn 101" workshop, and learn how to create a meaningful profile and connect with professionals and companies as you network and conduct your job search.

15. Behind the Scenes with the Search Committee: The Academic Application Process for STEM Graduate Students & Postdocs
When: Thurs, September 4th: 9:00-10:30AM
Location: Jones Building Room 143
Register: HERE
Contact: Molly Starback
In this session, a faculty panel in the sciences and engineering will discuss the faculty recruitment process from the search committee's perspective. Topics include what the search committee looks for in application documents (CV, cover letter, research/teaching statements), the screening process, and selecting candidates to interview. PANELISTS: Patrick Charbonneau, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Computational Biology & Bioinformatics; Anne West, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurobiology; Jennifer West, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

16. Career Fair Prep for Graduate Students
When: Thurs, September 5th: 12:00-1:30PM
Location: French Science, Room 2237
Register: HERE
Contact: Career Center
Join us for this workshop where you will learn how to best prepare for the Fall Career Fair event by targeting the most relevant companies for your discipline, communicate and match your skills to the organization in a short time frame, and understand the lay out and expectations of employers at the fair.

17. First Thursday Gallery Talk: Bridget Booher, Doris Duke Researcher
When: Thurs, September 5th: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Nasher Museum of Art
Cost: FREE
Contact: Wendy Hower Livingston
Bridget Booher, Doris Duke researcher, gives talk in conjunction with Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art. Cash bar opens at 5:30 PM. Gallery talk begins at 6 PM.

18. Race Speaks: En/Countering Racism Series
When: Thurs, September 5th: 6:00-7:00PM
Location: Bryan Center Multicultural Center
Cost: FREE
Contact: Center for Multicultural Affairs
En/Countering Racism is a dialogue series that is a part of the Race Speaks! Initiative. It is designed to provide a safe and supportive environment for students to explore the intricacies of race, racism, race relations, racial identity, etc... in our community. Come share your perspective and be supported in an open and comfortable environment. En/Countering Racism takes place in the Center for Multicultural Affairs on West Campus in the lower level of the Bryan Center.

19. Free Film at the Nasher Museum of Art
When: Thurs, September 5th: 7:00-9:00PM
Location: Nasher Museum of Art
Cost: FREE
Contact: Wendy Hower Livingston
Free film. Gabbeh (Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1996, 75 minutes, Iran, in Persian with English subtitles).

20. Resume Reviews on West Campus for Graduate Students
When: Fri, September 6th: 11:30AM-1:30PM
Location: Bryan Center, UCAE Conference Room, middle level
Contact: Career Center
Drop by for 15-minutes with a Graduate Student Career Advisor to have you resume, CV or cover letter reviewed. No appointment necessary.

21. 2013 Duke Rec Cornhole Tournament
When: Sat, September 7th: 12:00-5:00PM
Location: Wilson Recreation Center
Cost: $5 per participant
Register: HERE
Contact: Alexander Marse
Join us on K-Ville Lawn for the Inaugural @DukeRec Cornhole Tournament presented by Vineyard Vines. Benefitting the Duke Cancer Institute. The event will take place on Saturday, September 7 at noon. The tournament will be capped at 64 teams of 3 (2 players, 1 sub - if needed). A $5 donation per participant is required. Winner gets their very own Duke Champions Cornhole Set! Vineyard Vines giveaways include croakies, koozies, and stickers!

22. Join the the Libraries Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board! (Lunch Provided)
When: Applications due Sun, September 8
Contact: Emily Daly
The Duke University Libraries invite students to apply to serve on the Libraries’ Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board (GPSAB) during the 2013-2014 academic year. The board’s goals are to improve the learning and research environment for graduate and professional students by advising library staff on resources, services and facilities. The board’s focus is Perkins & Bostock, Lilly, Music and Rubenstein. GPSAB meets approximately 4 times per semester for an hour on a weekday in Perkins Library, with lunch provided. Students interested in serving on this advisory board are invited to complete this online form by Sept 8, 2013. Members will be selected and notified by mid-September, and the group will begin meeting soon thereafter.

Ongoing Events, Opportunities and more

Duke Medicine Orchestra
When: Rehearsals are on Sundays: 6:00-8:30PM
Location: Bone Hall (Biddle Music Building, East Campus)
Contact: Verena Mosenbichler-Bryant
The Duke Medicine Orchestra strives to unite members of the Duke healthcare system and broader community in the pursuit of musical excellence and cultural enrichment, to inspire and renew its audiences and members. The orchestra provides an opportunity for musicians affiliated with Duke Medicine to come together to play substantial pieces from the classical repertoire. More than 50 orchestra members represent 26 departments across the Duke Medicine community. Public concerts are held at the end of the fall and spring school semesters. If you are interested in joining the Orchestra or have any questions, please contact the Artistic Director/Conductor, Verena Mosenbichler-Bryant. For more information check out these articles on WRAL and the News and Observer.

MEDMentors at the Durham County Youth Home: TUESDAYS
When: Every Tuesday: 6:00-7:00PM and 7:00-8:00PM
Location: Durham County Youth Home
Contact: MEDMentors
MEDMentors is an all volunteer, student led service organization founded by Duke University School of Medicine that aims to promote the long-term health and rehabilitation of adolescents at Durham's juvenile detention facility by providing health education, one-on-one tutoring, literacy classes, and job skills training several times a week. MEDMentors involves students from many different Duke graduate and professional schools. We're always open to volunteers from within the greater Duke Graduate School Community and would LOVE to add new members. A criminal background check and some simple paperwork is required before you volunteer.

Community Workdays at the Duke Campus Farm: THURSDAYS and SUNDAYS
When: Every Thursday and Sunday: 6:00-8:00PM
Location: Duke Campus Farm
Contact: Emily Sloss
Head to the Duke Campus Farm this summer for public workdays every Thursday and Sunday from 6-8pm. Throughout the summer, volunteers will be planting, harvesting, weeding and working on small construction projects. Everyone is welcome, including children and those without any background in farming or gardening. It's a great opportunity to learn how food is grown, meet others from the Duke community who are interested in food, and spend some time outside. Meals or snacks from the farm will be provided. Be sure to check our Facebook for workday updates in case of bad weather before heading to the farm. Carpooling is available, please email to request a ride.

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