November 30, 2007
- William M. LeFevre has been appointed the first full-time executive director of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, effective October 1. He replaces former director Richard A. White, University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of biology, who retired in June. LeFevre, a horticulturalist, previously served as executive director of the John Bartram Association in Philadelphia, overseeing Bartram's Garden, the oldest existing botanical garden in North America.
- On the occasion of his ninetieth birthday, composer Robert Ward, professor emeritus of music, received the Old North State Award for excellence and for dedication and service beyond expectation from North Carolina Governor Mike Easley. 1n 1962, The Crucible, Ward's opera based on the play by Arthur Miller, received the Pulitzer Prize for Music and the New York Critics' Circle Award. He joined the Duke faculty in 1979.
- Four men's lacrosse players who graduated this past spring have taken advantage of an extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA to make up for the team's canceled 2006 season. The players—captain and reigning National Player of the Year Matt Danowski, goaltender Dan Loftus, and defensemen Tony McDevitt and Nick O'Hara—have enrolled in graduate programs at Duke and will remain on the roster for the upcoming season.
- The East Campus building that formerly served as the Duke University Museum of Art—rendered obsolete by the Nasher Museum of Art—has been renovated to include classroom and office space. It now houses the cultural anthropology and African & African American studies departments and the program in literature. The red-brick building opposite Carr Building was originally constructed as a home for the sciences. It became Duke's first art museum in 1969.
- This semester a new "soft quota" went into effect for students printing documents in public computer labs. Representatives of Duke Student Government, which endorsed the quota in March, hope that it will lead to more environmentally conscious paper use. Each student will be allocated an initial quota of 1,800 single-sided sheets of paper, or 3,600 double-sided sheets, per semester. But beyond that students can request additional free allocations in 500-page increments. Students will only be charged —at two cents per page—if their quota runs out and they do not request an increase. Quotas are common at other universities.