Thursday, March 31, 2011

Another Four Diamond Property in Durham, NC

Durham's The King's Daughters Inn, awarded the Green Plus Sustainable Enterprise of the Year award in 2010, was just named a four diamond property by AAA. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

NCCU Jazz Ensemble Earns Six Wins

The NCCU Jazz Ensemble won six awards at the Villanova Jazz Festival Collegiate Competition; Best Saxophone Section, Best Rhythm Section, Best Trumpet Section, Best Soloist, First Place Combo and First Place Big Band.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Duke is the Favorite US Men's College Basketball Team

The Duke University Blue Devils are the favorite US men’s college basketball team for the second straight year, according to results of a new poll by Harris Interactive.  The Duke women’s basketball team ranked 6th most favorite in the same poll.

Duke University Medical Center Ranks at the Top

Duke University Medical Center was ranked first for best hospitals in metro area rankings according to the U.S. News and World Report’s best hospitals edition. Durham Regional Hospital was also ranked fourth.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Two Duke Athletes Win NCAA Titles

Duke sophomore Nick McCrory won his second straight national title in platform diving, setting a championship record with 548.90 points.

Blue Devils junior Becca Ward won her second national championship in fencing by claiming the women's saber crown.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Smith Named All-American

Duke's Nolan Smith was named to the Associated Press All-American Team. Smith is the fifth Devil to be named an All-American since 2000.

Friday, March 25, 2011

NCCU's Law School Most Popular

NCCU's law school ranks ninth on U.S. News & World Report's list of the 10 Most Popular Law Schools which evaluates schools on the percentage of students admitted who choose to enroll.

Nnenna Freelon Honored with Arts Award

Nnenna Freelon, Durham resident, singer, arranger, producer and six-time Grammy Award nominee, will be the recipient of the first Arts Day Artist Award presented by Secretary of Cultural Resources Linda A. Carlisle at the Arts Day Legislative Training.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Smith a Finalist for Naismith Honor

Duke senior guard Nolan Smith was announced as one of four finalists for the 2011 Naismith Men's College Player of the Year.

Duke Women's Basketball a "Pack the House" Winner

Duke University has been named one of 33 winners in the NCAA Division I “Pack the House” Challenge. NCAA Division I women’s basketball marketing staffs selected a home game and designated that date as a “Pack the House” game with the goal of setting an attendance record.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mike Krzyzewski Achieves 900th Career Win

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski achieved his 900th career win and the Devils will play in the Sweet 16 as the NCAA Tournament continues.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Serious Eats Picks Scratch's Pie on Pi Day

The Peanut Pie from Scratch Bakery was named the #7 best pie on Serious Eats' list of their Favorite Pies in America.

Durham, NC MSA Third Healthiest Housing Market

The Durham, NC MSA was named the number three healthiest housing market in the nation for 2011, according to Hanley Wood Market Intelligence.

Duke University Ranks High with U.S. News & World Report

Duke University’s graduate and professional schools continue to rank among the top institutions in their disciplines, according to the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report:

Duke’s medical school tied for fifth for research; the nursing school tied for seventh, its highest ranking ever; the law school remained 11th; and the Fuqua School of Business rose two places to 12th.

The Pratt School of Engineering tied for 31st.

Medical school deans and faculty selected the best medical specialty programs, and Duke was recognized in geriatrics (fourth), internal medicine (fourth), women’s health (fifth), AIDS (eighth) and family medicine (10th). It tied for 41st in primary care.

Duke’s physician assistant program was rated first. The School of Nursing’s pediatric nurse practitioner program was rated fifth, its adult nurse practitioner and gerontological nurse practitioner programs were each ranked 10th, and its nursing-anesthesia program was tied for 11th.

Within the business school ratings, Duke was ranked third in marketing, fourth for executive MBA program, fourth in international, ninth in management and 12th in finance.

Within engineering, Duke ranked fourth for biomedical and bioengineering, 21st for environment/environmental health, 24th for mechanical engineering, 28th for computer engineering and 31st for electrical/electronic communications.

In a new category, U.S. News asked the people who do the hiring at the nation’s top law firms to rate the academic quality of each law school, and Duke finished in a tie for eighth. Within the law school rankings, Duke was rated 11th for intellectual property law.

Monday, March 14, 2011

ACC Champions and #1 Seed

The Duke University Men's Basketball team defended their ACC Tournament Championship and secured a #1 seed for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Scratch Bakery Racks Up National Attention

Scratch Bakery was featured on the Cooking Channel for its delicious baked goods.

Appia Makes Wall Street Journal's Exclusive List

Appia, the Durham company that helps mobile-phone companies build online "apps stores" is the only local firm on the Wall Street Journal's 2011 list of the top 50 venture-funded companies.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Smith Named ACC Player of the Year

Duke University men's basketball player Nolan Smith was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year.

Two Outlets Name Nolan Smith National Player of the Year and released their postseason honors with Duke senior guard Nolan Smith being named the National Player of the Year by both national media outlets.

Duke Seniors Selected for First-Team All-ACC

Duke senior Nolan Smith was the only unanimous pick for first-team All ACC and teammate Kyle Singler was also selected for the first team. It was the second straight year Singler made the first team, and he is just the fourth Blue Devil to be a four-time All-ACC pick as he was also on the second team (2009) and third team (2008).

Durham, NC MSA Third Healthiest Housing Market

The Durham, NC MSA ranked the third healthiest on Builder Magazine's list of the 100 largest U.S. housing markets.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Duke Women's Basketball Reigns

The Duke University Women's Basketball team successfully defended their ACC Regular Season and ACC Tournament Championships and will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

NCSSM Break World Record

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics have officially broken the world record for the amount of nonperishable food collected in one day at one location by collecting 540,508 pounds of food.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hope Valley Country Club Chef Honored

Clyde "Jay" Christmas, executive chef of the Hope Valley Country Club, was one of three chefs awarded the American Culinary Federation, Inc. Cutting Edge Award at the 2011 ACF Southeast Regional Conference.