Friday, March 30, 2012

Duke Accepts 3,105 Out of Record-Setting Number of Applicants

Duke University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions accepted 3,105 applicants to the class of 2016, bringing the regular decision acceptance rate to 11 percent. Admissions selected these students from a record number of applicants totaling 31,600 applicants across the early and regular decision cycles—6 percent more than last year.

Duke Recognized as a 'Bicycle Friendly University'

Duke University has been recognized as a "Bicycle Friendly University" by the League of American Bicyclists. The program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus for students, employees and visitors.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Durham Selected for IBM Smarter Cities Challenge

Durham was one of 33 cities worldwide selected to receive a 2012 IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant worth for $400,000 of consulting services from IBM. The Smarter Cities Challenge, launched in 2011, is a competitive grant program awarding IBM expertise to address the wide range of challenges facing cities today.

R.N. Harris Elementary Recognized with National Award

R.N. Harris Elementary School is one of 14 schools nationwide to be awarded the 2012 National Excellence in Urban Education Award. The award, presented by the National Center for Urban School Transformation, recognizes and rewards exceptional urban school educators and students; provides a benchmark of excellence that motivates reform efforts; and expands the knowledge base of best practices for promoting urban school transformation.

Overall Satisfaction Among Durham Residents On the Rise

The City of Durham’s recent resident satisfaction survey indicates an increase in overall satisfaction from 2009, with 82 percent of residents rating the city as an “excellent” or “good” place to live and 77 percent rating the city as an “excellent” or “good” place to work. These ratings are up from the 2009 survey, which were 78 percent and 75 percent respectively.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pratt School Ranked the Country's 28th Best Engineering Program

U.S. News & World Report listed Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering as the 28th best engineering school in the country. The ranking marks a three spot jump from the 2011 rankings.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

ESPN Names Blue Devils Rookie "National Freshmand of the Year"

ESPN has named Blue Devil rookie Elizabeth Williams its National Freshman of the Year. The 6'3" center has also been recognized as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, ACC Rookie of the Year and was named to the All-ACC First Team.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Duke Lauded as 'College Campus with Most School Spirit'

Duke University was named first among Inside College's list of the "23 College Campuses with the Most School Spirit." The ranking is accompanied by a photo of Blue Devils fans waiting in line at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Thorb Named NCRLA's 2012 Lodging Employee of the Year

Teresa Thorb, Front Office Manager of the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, was named the 2012 Lodging Employee of the Year by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA).  Teresa was honored for her professionalism, guest service initiatives, and for initiating a community service program of hotel associates in partnership with the North Carolina US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

Duke Named a Tree Campus USA for the 4th Consecutive Year

The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Duke University as a "Tree Campus USA" site for the fourth consecutive year. The distinction honors the tree-friendliest campuses in the country; the honor was first awarded  in 2008.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bull Durham Ranks 4th Best Sports Flick in LA Times Survey

Bull Durham ranked fourth a Los Angeles Times's reader survey of the "10 Best Sports Movies of All Time" with 557 first-place votes or 33,872 points.