Around the World in 38 Ways

March 31, 2005

 

Duke alumni have a growing international presence, which has led to the creation of thirty-eight Duke alumni clubs outside the continental U.S. Here are some examples of recent club events planned for Blue Devils abroad.

MEXICO CITY Club president Paul Lagunes '03 and his family were hosts on November 4 for a reception in Mexico City for Sue Wasiolek '76, M.H.A. '78, LL.M. '93, assistant vice president for student affairs at Duke. On November 30, the club held its first hoops-watch party when the Duke-Michigan State game was televised.

MUNICH For the ultimate "Kegs" off campus, go to Munich in late September for the club's always-popular, annual Oktoberfest event. (And for pictures, go to www.dukealumni.com/germany.) For a more discriminating palate, the club held its first wine-tasting event, led by Gisela Rose-Shortridge '76. Club presidents are Sibylle Gierschmann LL.M. '99 and Markus Nauheim LL.M. '96.

PARIS Club presidents Joe Smallhoover '75 and Elizabeth Buckley '83 were hosts at a cocktail reception for deans William Chafe and Karla Holloway in May, and the club participated in the annual Thanksgiving dinner held by the American University Clubs of France on November 24.

LONDON The club, whose president is Robin Buck '94, gathered for barbecue in December at Bodean's in Soho and for an alumni Happy Hour in January.

HONG KONG The club, whose president is Danal Blessis B.S.E. '82, was host for a university admissions forum for American universities and for the fourth annual Duke M.B.A. International Retreat.

TORONTO In March 2004, the Duke club arranged hoops-watch events in four separate provinces when Duke played UNC. The club's president is Christopher Holt M.B.A. '96.

If you live abroad and are interested in getting involved, please contact George Dorfman '85, A.M. '01, director of the clubs program, at george.dorfman@daa.duke.edu. If you would like to interview prospective students in your country, please contact Carole Thompson LeVine '86, who oversees Alumni Admissions Advisory Committees, at carole.levine@daa.duke.edu.