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N EWS YO U CA N U S E :: Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 3 :: May 2006


A s Duke grappled with issues arising

from accusations that members of the
men’s lacrosse team sexually assaulted a Duke Response
Investigation of men’s lacrosse. The committee will not be looking into
woman, President Richard H. Brodhead con-

the criminal allegations against the team, but will investigate reports of
vened several groups to investigate the social

misconduct by other relevant student groups to see if the players’ conduct

issues raised by the allegations.
Over the past month, reporters and satellite
media trucks have descended on Duke’s campus to “stands out.” Report due by May 1.
cover the evolving story and the controversy that Examination of Student Judicial Process and Practices. The Academic
tapped into broader social issues of race, gender Council’s Student Affairs Committee will examine the way Duke deals with

and class, and the relationship between Duke and problems of student behavior. It will review the existing judicial system for
Durham. students and make recommendations for change to faculty. Report due by
Consider: A web search in mid-April for “Duke May 1.
lacrosse” produced more than 12.1 million hits.
Investigation of Duke Administration Response. This committee will
“The issues surrounding this situation reach
examine the administration’s performance in responding to the allegations

far beyond the behavior of a few lacrosse players,”

involving the team. Specifically, the committee will address the perception
said Tallman Trask, executive vice president for
that the university did not respond as quickly as it should have and point
Duke University. “They hold broader implications
to lessons the episode can teach. Report due by May 15.
for our campus and our city. Duke and Durham
are part of the same community. The majority of Campus Culture Initiative. This initiative will be a rigorous self-examina-
tion to evaluate and suggest improvements in the ways Duke educates stu-

the people who work here also call Durham home.

Together, we’ve invested much time and energy dents in the values of personal responsibility, consideration for others, and
over the years to improve our shared community. mutual respect in the face of difference and disagreement. Progress report
Now, we must be willing to confront some due at the end of this term and again in the fall.
unpleasant issues so not to undermine the progress In addition to the above steps, President Brodhead convened a “Presidential
we’ve made.” Council.” This council will scrutinize Duke’s responses to the lacrosse team

On April 5, President Brodhead announced incident; advise the president on best practices in other university settings; and
five steps (see sidebar) Duke will take to address consider ways that Duke can promote these values. The first meeting will be
the issues raised from the allegations against the held this spring.
men’s lacrosse team. Below are excerpts from his
e-mail letter to the Duke community:
CONTROVERSY ~ continued on page 2

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post-consumer fiber.
LOOKING Newsbriefs
AHEAD U.S. News ranks Duke graduate programs
Duke University’s School of Medicine, School of Law and Fuqua School
Children of
Campus Services
of Business all rank among the top dozen institutions in their disci- staff attend camp
plines, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of at Duke
the best graduate and professional schools in the country. The medical They toured the
school ranked sixth for research and tied for sixth in primary care. The Primate Center. They
MAY 8 : : Financial
law school ranked as 11th, and the business school tied for 11th place. In visited the chemistry
Fitness Week, budgeting
and retirement workshops, rankings of doctoral programs, Duke is tied for 12th for doctoral pro- lab and got a back- grams in the sciences, ranked fifth in ecology and evolutionary biology, stage tour of the Reynolds Theatre. During spring break from March 27
financialfitness/. tied for 21st in mathematics, tied for 25th in computer science, tied for through March 31, 15 children of Campus Services employees attended
29th in physics and ranked 38th for chemistry. The Pratt School of a free camp at Duke. “Spring Fling,” a pilot program this year, was
MAY 14 : : Duke 2006 Engineering was ranked 30th, and the biomedical engineering program sponsored by Campus Services of which Kemel Dawkins is vice presi-
Commencement, 10 a.m., Wallace ranked fifth in the nation. dent. The Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership assisted with the
Wade Stadium. John Hope
program. The children, who were in grades three to five, ate breakfast
Franklin, distinguished scholar
Don’t chuck it; DukeSwap it and lunch, exercised and enjoyed educational programs. “They experi-
and James B. Duke Professor
Do you have something – maybe an enced Duke like few others - visiting the 3D virtual reality lab, navigat-
Emeritus of History, delivers
old couch, computer or bicy- ing through the Sanford Institute's stairway maze, and making
commencement address.
cle – that you do not need a silent movie in the new Warehouse art studios,” said David Stein,
MAY 20 : : Bird Walk, anymore but feel educational partnership coordinator at Duke. Next year, organizers
8 a.m., Duke Gardens, guilty about throw- hope to expand the program.
Doris Duke Center. Free. ing away?
DukeSwap it! Special enrollment opportunity for disability benefit
The free program The rates for Duke’s voluntary short and long term disability plans
makes it easy to are being reduced, and employees can enroll at lower rates through
get used items to the end of May. The short and long term disability income program
people who need them pays a portion of a person’s income in the event of an illness or acci-
instead of sending them dent until age 65.
to the landfill. To get Employees who work at least 20 hours per week are eligible to
involved, join the DukeSwap Yahoo apply for coverage and need to demonstrate insurability by answering
Group. Visit a few health questions. Information about the special enrollment
To swap something, send an announcement email to period has been mailed to eligible employees. In order to obtain the and wait for someone to express interest. reduced rate coverage, enrollment forms must be submitted by May 31.
For more events, check the Or, read previous posts to see if someone has requested Visit the Duke Voluntary Disability Web site at
university’s online calendar an item. To get an item, post a “wanted” ad for whatever you need. fits/disability/voluntary.html or contact Duke Benefits at (919) 684-
The last step is to arrange a time to deliver or pick up the item. 5600 for more information.

CONTROVERSY ~ continued from page 1

“Allegations against members of the Duke lacrosse events have brought to light and address them in a positive,
team stemming from the party on the evening of March 13 substantive, and ongoing way.
have deeply troubled me and everyone else at this univer- The university is guided by the principles of openness,
Updates Available sity and our surrounding city. If the allegations are verified, inclusiveness, mutual toleration, and mutual respect.
at Special Web Site what happened would be a deep violation of fundamental Everything that furthers these causes advances our ability
ethical principles and among the most serious crimes to work together toward the truth no individual or group
Duke has established a spe- known to the legal system. Such conduct is completely can reach alone. Everything that hinders these causes
unacceptable both within the university and in our society retards the search for wisdom and knowledge. The univer-
cial Web site that provides
at large. sity is also founded on the principle that we have an obliga-
updates and information
This university has cooperated and will continue to tion to seek the truth, and that truth is established through
on the situation involving
cooperate to the fullest to speed the ongoing investigation evidence and disciplined inquiry. Reaching certainty with-
members of the Duke men’s

by the police, and I pledge that Duke will respond with out evidence or process is a double wrong in a university
lacrosse team.

appropriate seriousness when the truth is established. But because it opens the door to injustice and violates our
it is clear that the acts the police are investigating are only commitment to the truth.
The site includes state-
ments from Duke adminis-
trators, answers to common part of the problem. This episode has touched off angers, Durham is a proud city with a rich history and a
questions, sample media fears, resentments, and suspicions that range far beyond diverse population that responds to the challenges of the
coverage, opinions and this immediate cause. It has done so because the episode day better than many other cities in this country. I’m
other related materials. has brought to glaring visibility underlying issues that have resolved to seize the moment to do what I can to
been of concern on this campus and in this town for some strengthen what is in many aspects, but surely not all, a
You may access the Web time—issues that are not unique to Duke or Durham but positive relationship between our university and city.
that have been brought to the fore in our midst. Nobody wishes trouble on one’s house and I regret the
site through Duke Today
They include concerns about the survival of the legacy trouble that this incident has brought to Duke and Durham.
at <>
of racism, the most hateful feature American history has But when trouble arrives, it’s the test of a community and its
or visit the site directly at
produced. Compounding and intensifying these issues of leaders to deal with it honestly, act accordingly and learn

race and gender, they include concerns about the deep from it. This is a deeply emotional time as well as a rare

structures of inequality in our society—inequalities of opportunity for education – for our students, faculty, admin-

wealth, privilege, and opportunity (including educational istrators, and members of our community. Let’s move for-
opportunity), and the attitudes of superiority those ward with a serious commitment to make progress on the
inequalities breed. many complex issues that confront us now.”
To get the good of the current situation, we all need
to face up to the profoundly serious issues that recent
-- Richard H. Brodhead
Duke University


hree weeks to plant more than 30,000 flowers.

T That is the challenge for six Duke employees who

will pull up 30,000 pansies and 12,000 tulips and re-
plant as many begonias, petunias and other flowers to paint
the campus in hues of blue, purple, yellow and pink for
spring and summer. And Duke’s Accent Team will do it all
by hand, one plant at a time.
The twice a year flower rotation began immediately
after alumni reunion weekend in April. Between reunions,
the NC Festival of the Book and commencement on May
14, Duke expects about 30,000 visitors on campus, and the
Accent Team will complete the bulk of the flower rotation
before commencement weekend.
“We will have a bunch of people on campus,” said
Joe Jackson, assistant director for Grounds and Sanitation
Services. “We want to put our best foot forward.”
The Accent Team, one of seven teams in the Facilities
Management Department’s Grounds and Sanitation Services
Unit, is responsible for helping make Duke’s campus look
its best throughout the year. The team was organized about
10 years ago when Tallman Trask III, who had recently
become Duke’s executive vice president, asked why there
weren’t more flowers on campus.
Jackson, a former landscape planner for the City of
Winston-Salem, created a plan and a group dedicated to
just that.
▲ Mona McAdams, a four-year
Our job is to enhance outside the entrance to Duke Clinic to appeal to cancer

Duke employee tends to

patients and others who visit for comfort and reflection.

flowers outside the School

She credited her team members for the extra effort

of Nursing.
the experience of those
who come to Duke.” and care they put into their work to make the campus
shine – people like Wade Tilly, who has been with the
group since its inception. He received the Meritorious
— Jenny Gordon

The Accent Team is led by Jenny Gordon, who has a Service Award from the president this year.
master’s degree in biology. She develops the overall designs On a recent morning, Tilly explained some of the
and selects the plants for nearly 75 flower beds on Duke’s unique challenges they face as he weeded a flower bed
West, Central, East and Medical Center campuses. The outside the School of Nursing.
beds’ sizes range from the dimensions of a typical desk “A couple of weeks ago, this bed wasn’t doing so well
to the traffic circle on Chapel Drive. because we had a squirrel that was eating all the buds off
Over the years, Gordon has compiled an alphabetical, the flowers,” Tilly said. “The squirrel got run over one day,
three-page list of the different types of blue flowers that and now we have lots of blossoms.”
Did You Know?
have been planted on campus – from the Agapanthus While most people appreciate the beauty of the flowers, p Some items found in Duke’s flower
African Lily to Veronica Sunny Border Blue. not everyone understands the process to keep them in bloom.
“I was pulling up some pansies one day as part of our
beds: pipe, token for a carrousel ride,
“Our job is to enhance the experience of those who lug nut, and scattering of cremated
come to Duke, including students, employees, visitors and spring rotation, and a woman walking by called me a flower ashes.

patients,” Gordon said. “We pay special attention to areas killer,” said seven-year Duke employee Herbert Williams, as
where patients visit.” he laughed. “She just didn’t understand that we have to do
p The Accent Team is one of seven teams
Gordon said she uses a host of butterfly plants and this each year to prepare for the next season.”
for Grounds and Sanitation, which is

fragrance flowers in areas such as the Tranquility Garden The flowers also play a role in a much bigger plan –
within the Facilities Management

Duke’s Master Plan. University Architect John Pearce helped


create this plan, which guides the development of buildings p Water truck holds 500 gallons. It can
and landscape across Duke to preserve and enhance the be refilled up to five times in a day to

university’s uniquely historic and dynamic campus.

water flower beds.

“Most universities develop budgets to build buildings,” p Facilities Management received the
Pearce said. “But you have to plan for the spaces between
buildings as well.”
Professional Grounds Management

While Pearce helps ensure that development projects

Grand Award in 2001 from the
Professional Grounds Management
remain consistent with the principles of the Master Plan, Society and Landscape Management
people on the ground bring the plan to life, he said.

“It’s about taking ownership,” Pearce said. “I met with p After alumni reunion weekend, the
a group in Facilities recently and told them that this is really
your university. You’re the people who really make the uni-
West Quad is reseeded, watered and

versity look good.”

repaired in preparation for commence-
ment in May.
For Terrence Williams, a member of the Accent Team
for five years, it is a matter of pride. “It’s a lot of work, but
you get to see how beautiful it is when we’re done. You get
to see what a difference you make.”
—By Paul Grantham
Director, Office of Communication Services

The Accent Team’s six members include Wade Tilley, left, Rhonda Goolsby,
Terrence Williams, Jenny Gordon, and Mona McAdams. 3
A Tradition of Saying Thanks

njoy carnival rides and bingo tents on Duke’s campus. week to recognize faculty and staff for their contributions
and commitment to the university and health system.
E Run a 5K. Or dine on barbecue as you listen to live
music on the quad.
These activities are some highlights of this year’s Duke
Over the years, Duke has acknowledged the dedication
and commitment of faculty and staff through career serv-
ice banquets and gatherings on the quad, but attendance
Appreciation Week, which begins May 20 and ends May 25
with a Durham Bulls baseball game honoring employees at these events was often low. With the founding of Duke
celebrating a career service milestone of 10 years or more. University Health System in 1998, Duke’s workforce was
“This is Duke’s opportunity to stop and say thank you growing and changing, and Kornberg said that it was a
to the outstanding faculty and staff at Duke,” said Mindy good time to reconsider the way Duke showed apprecia-
Kornberg, assistant vice president of Human Resources, tion to all of its employees. In 1999, the celebration was
which organizes the event. “The success of the institution transformed into a full week of events such as the ones
is a direct result of the time and dedication of those who offered now.
work here. Employees should be recognized for their indi- “As part of the changes, we also wanted to incorporate
vidual achievements throughout the year, but Duke more opportunities to show appreciation for the family
Appreciation Week is the time we bring the entire Duke members of faculty and staff,” Kornberg said. “Our fami-
community together to celebrate our accomplishments and lies support us so we can do our jobs well, and we wanted
enjoy each other’s company.” to include them in this celebration as part of our extended
Kornberg said Duke's reputation as a premier institu- Duke family.”
tion in the nation for education, research and patient The events of Duke Appreciation Week (see calendar of
care is dependent on the people who invest events on opposite page) are free and open to eligible Duke
their careers here. Each year, faculty and staff. Family members are invited to attend the
Duke dedicates a Duke Family Fun Run/Walk and Family Fun Day which
kicks off the week of events on Saturday, May 20.
TRADITION ~ continued on page 5

2005 Highlights
February 2005: The Duke-Durham
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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 20
9 a.m.
Duke Family Fun Run/Walk,
Toddler Trot and Baby Run
Fun begins at 9 a.m. with the 5K
Run/Walk on the Al Buehler Trail
circling the Washington Duke Golf
Course. After the Run/Walk, children
have their own fun in the Baby Run
(ages 2 and under) and Toddler Trot
TRADITION ~ continued from page 4 (ages 3 to 8). To register, visit

Yolanda Gaskins, project manager for renovations in gives us a chance to get to know more about each other’s

Facilities Management, has attended Duke Appreciation lives outside of work. Duke Appreciation Week not only
lyrun.html or call (919) 684-3136

Week since she started working for Duke in 2002. She demonstrates Duke’s appreciation for my efforts, but it
enjoys all of the activities held throughout the week. shows they care about my family as well.”
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Duke Children’s Classic—
Duke’s effort to include her family in the festivities is what Kornberg hopes faculty and staff come out and enjoy
Duke University Golf Club

makes her feel good about working here. the festivities with colleagues and family.
Make plans now to stop at the Duke

“Family Fun Day is a great opportunity to spend time “The events are about fellowship and conversation,”
Children’s Classic, a celebrity golf
tournament to benefit Duke Children’s

with other employees and our families in a fun atmos- she said. “It takes all of us to drive the success of Duke”
Hospital & Health Center. Enjoy

phere,” Gaskins said. “While we are at work, our focus is

watching celebrities golf, have fun in

on our job responsibilities. But Duke Appreciation Week

the Kidzone, get a few autographs
—By Jen Mathot
and support a good cause. Admission
Senior Communications Specialist, Human Resources
is free. For more information, visit

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Family Fun Day—
Wannamaker Field
Enjoy traditional North Carolina
barbecue and other picnic foods,
including heart healthy choices,

spotlight throughout the afternoon. Play

carnival games, take a spin on
the rides, and enjoy music.
Duke ID required.
As part of annual Duke Appreciation Week, Duke pays special tribute
to faculty and staff celebrating career service milestones of 10 years or more at the Night Sunday, May 21
11 a.m.
of Duke Stars, an invitation-only event. There are more than 1,800 staff members Duke Chapel Service
celebrating a milestone this year, including six people who have worked The morning service at Duke Chapel
will be dedicated in honor of Duke
at Duke for 45 years. Below is one example of the many roles and contributions employees.
that help make Duke the special place it is today. To all, we say, “Thank you.”
Monday, May 22
Pursuing the power of art to change lives 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on the Quad—

minivan launched Beverly Meek’s career in the per-

West Campus

A forming arts in the 1980s. Meek, who, at the time,

Join fellow faculty and staff for lunch
on the West Campus Quad. Chicken,

directed a community center in upstate New York,

salads, pork barbecue, and all the fixings

was suddenly directing hospitality for visiting performers.

will be served under the big tent.

After all, she and her husband and their four young chil-
dren had one of the few minivans in town.
11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Third Shift Celebration—
So when the female a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey
Duke Hospital Cafeteria

in the Rock, needed a ride for a sound check, Meek deliv-

Duke University Hospital third-shift

ered the singers to the hall at Cornell University in her

employees can enjoy chicken, salad,
pork barbecue, and all the fixings.

Dodge Voyager and listened to the practice session. She

found the camaraderie and intimacy with the vocalists
Wednesday, May 24
better than the performance.
5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“I remember thinking, ‘I’ve got to find a way that I

Duke Night Out
Beverly Meek, assistant director of Duke Performances, has worked at
at Local Restaurants
can always do this,’ ” said Meek, who is 55.
Duke for 10 years.
Join colleagues and bring family to

She did, and now she is at Duke. Meek left Georgia for Ithaca, N.Y., where she and her
one of the participating restaurants

Meek, assistant director of Duke Performances, has husband attended Cornell and raised a family. In 1985, she
where you can buy a meal and get the
second one for half price. Participating

worked at the university for 10 years. “I enjoy Duke followed her husband’s career to North Carolina, where she
restaurants are George’s Garage,

because I can pursue my belief in the power of art to first worked for the Durham Arts Council, later for Chuck
Parizäde, Spice Street and Carolina

change lives and make a better future,” she said. Davis’ African American Dance Ensemble and then man-
Ale House (Durham location only).
Reservations encouraged.

Though her responsibilities involve more of market- aged grants for presenters and visiting artists for the state.
Duke ID required.

ing now, she still ensures performers get what they need She missed the college atmosphere, so Meek applied to Thursday, May 25
– including a sizeable audience. She also gets the word Duke and was hired for a marketing position in University Night of Duke Stars
out about performances – theatre, world music, chamber, Life, later the Institute Of The Arts, and now Duke At this invitation-only event at the

classical, dance, and children’s performances in Duke Performances.

Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Duke

Gardens. Her most interesting career story came in January

honors the service of faculty and
staff celebrating career service
“I am proud to help bring the wonder of creation to 2005. She left her office at noon to pick up Taiwanese- milestones of 10 years or more.

be experienced by others,” Meek said. “I admire artists American violinist Cho-Liang Lin from the airport, but
for sharing their lives and work with others and feel very snow and ice snarled traffic. It took nearly eight hours
fortunate to be able to do work I love.” to get to Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The
Meek’s respect for the arts came during long drives symphony reordered the program, and Meek delivered
with her mother, who took Meek and her brothers from the violinist to the concert hall in time for him to per-
During Duke

their farm in Curryville, Ga., to piano and drum lessons form his solos.
Week, employees receive

in Rome, 30 miles away. “No two days are ever the same,” she said.
a 20 percent discount at

“This was in the 1950s and early ’60s,” Meek said.

Duke University Stores.

“For her to leave our farm and drive that far to a segregated
—By Nancy Oates
Working@Duke correspondent
town was a real commitment. I knew this was important.” 5
For more information about the week’s events, please visit
Did You Know?
:: Duke received the Quality in
So you want to be a supervisor?
Human Resource Practice Award
from the College and University
Professional Association (CUPA)
hen Duke’s Professional Development Institute “It can be easy to focus in on your own tasks and depart-
ment day in and day out,” Hendrix said. “We can simply lose
in 2005 for PDI.

:: 96 percent graduation rate W announced a new program to help develop and

train first-time supervisors, 65 people submitted
applications for 20 openings.
sight of the fact that, as part of the university and the health
system, we are part of something far greater than what is
accomplished in our own offices or departments.”
The year-long program has been so popular that a sec-
for PDI participants in the Office

ond class is already planned. Among other criteria, staff interested in applying for the
Staff Development Program. The

“It really shows an identifiable need at Duke, as well as class must receive a recommendation and full endorsement
average for vocational programs

the support managers give their staff,” said Sally Allison, a from their current manager. Staff must also agree to remain
nationally is 45 percent, according

manager of the Professional Development Institute (PDI). with Duke for two years after completing the programas as
to the U.S. Department of Labor.

“Managers want their staff to advance and develop, and part of a $2,300 investment Duke makes per participant for
they view this program as an excellent way to support staff.” the program.
:: 88 percent of graduates from

The inaugural class of the First Time Supervisor During the program, class participants are assigned
PDI have secured promotions.

Program started in January and will graduate in December. a mentor and attend up to two days of classroom training
a month. They complete an assessment of strengths and
:: Participants in the First Time
Nominations for the next class will be in spring 2007.
developmental needs before they begin courses in such
Supervisor program represent 20
The program aims to develop, prepare and retain a
topics as managing difficult work relationships, project
departments from the university
diverse mix of high-performing Duke staff for manage-
management and financial management. They work with
and health system.
ment opportunities at Duke.
“One of the goals is to their managers on “stretch assignments” – projects beyond
retain good people by creating their regular duties – and also work on team projects.
an environment that supports Allison, the PDI manager, said communication is a key
their development,” Allison component of the curriculum. Class members study busi-
said. “We’re also looking at it ness writing and learn how to engage people in effective
from a diversity standpoint. communication.
All of our classes include a “Everybody brings different talents and history,”
diverse group of staff. We Allison said, “and we help people understand how to
want to promote and enhance respect and use their unique backgrounds to be effective
diversity up the ladder.” supervisors.”
Morgan Hendrix, admis- —By Eddy Landreth
sions services coordinator for Duke Divinity School, is a
Some members of Duke’s inaugural First
Time Supervisor program include staff
Working@Duke correspondent

member of the inaugural class. Her favorite aspect of the

members Tracey Perry, left, Tara

program has been meeting and working closely with diverse

Robinson, Meha Ballard, Chris Nooney,

members of the Duke community.

Peggy McCauley and Corey Lyon.


Visit or call PDI, (919) 684-5406

FLEX your
Spending Account
BY THE NUMBERS When Alvin Puett gets a hankering for a Diet Coke,
he pays for it with plastic.
Not his ATM card, but his every day DukeCard.
Puett, who manages the Lobby Shop, the Duke con-
venience store in the Bryan Center, uses his DukeCard
:: Number of faculty and

because he has a pre-paid Flexible Spending Account

staff with DukeCards

(FLEX) that eliminates the need to carry cash, checks or

credit cards at the university and health system. And in
places with FLEX only payment lines, it’s faster, too.
:: Faculty and staff

“It’s just more convenient,” said Puett. Each month,

with FLEX accounts

he deposits $40 into his FLEX account for food pur-

chases on campus.
Faculty and staff who sign up for FLEX can use the
:: Faculty and staff

account to pay for a workout at the recreation center, get

with payroll deductions

a haircut, pay for copies and more. They can also buy
Alvin Puett, right, manager of the convenience store in the Bryan Center,
for FLEX
uses his FLEX account because it is more convenient than carrying cash.

items from campus retail stores and food from eateries or

vending machines. Faculty and staff receive a 10 percent a check. Credit cards are not accepted. Eligible
:: :: :: :: :: :: :: ::

discount on meals purchased in campus dining facilities employees can even have funds added monthly
DukeCard Office Locations when they present their DukeCard. through payroll deduction by completing a FLEX
University Account payroll deduction request form.
How to open a FLEX Account
To open a FLEX account, faculty and staff can visit Faculty and staff can also add funds to their account
100 West Union Building
Box 90911
(919) 684-5800
The DukeCard Office at 100 West Union Building or using debit cards at DukeCard Express Stations located at
0100 Facilities Center in the medical center. There the two DukeCard Offices, Fuqua School of Business and
are no fees and no minimum amount required to the Student Service Center. And cash deposits can be
Medical Center

open an account.
0100 Facilities Center
Box 90644 made at any of the 15 Value Transfer Stations located
throughout campus.
(919) 684-2273

How to add money to a FLEX Account

Funds may be added in person with cash, check or
—By Office of Communication Services

debit card at The DukeCard Office or by mail with

6 Visit
Nancy Childress, a Duke University Health System analyst, has driven a commuter van from Roxboro to Duke since 1995.

Want To
The Road Less Traveled Get Started?
:: Get at least seven people
VANPOOL RIDERS FIND RELIEF FROM GAS PRICES (a driver and six riders) who

ancy Childress, a NASCAR fan and Duke University “I don’t know why anybody wouldn’t want to be doing
live and work near you and

this,” said Frances Moore, a university senior library assis-

N Health System analyst, sat behind the wheel of an
empty van. After a few moments, several university
and health system staff climbed aboard at 6:25 a.m., and
tant who rides a van about 35 miles each way from
Roxboro. “The way gas is today, you end up saving. Plus,
share approximately the
same work hours. The
Triangle Transit Authority

van No. 1885 pulled out of the furniture store parking lot the van gives you time to unwind from work, or sleep.”
(TTA) can assist in finding

Consider some incentives:

in Roxboro and onto Highway 501.
commuting partners.

As the van passed red barns, bait and tackle shops and TTA provides the van and pays for gas, insurance, :: One leg of the commute
and maintenance.

grazing cows, the chatter centered on the previous must begin or end in Wake,

evening’s American Idol episode. Parking & Transportation Services provides each Durham, or Orange counties.

“I bet you Ace won’t be in the bottom three this vanpool with a free parking space at Duke and each
rider up to a dozen daily parking passes.

week,” said Gay Hughes, a file clerk in Duke Hospital.
:: Select a primary driver and

The seven employees in the van have found relief Riders pay a monthly fare to TTA based on the
backup driver. Determine

from rising gas prices. They are members of a vanpool, average daily roundtrip mileage. The primary driver
pickup and drop off loca-

a less costly commuting alternative. does not pay.

tions and times.

“I save on gas and on parking, and if you’re riding, Currently, there are two vanpools at Duke using the
TTA program, which provides 65 vans to commuters in
:: Complete the TTA applica-
you don’t have to fight the traffic,” said Childress, who has tion and pay a $150 refund-
driven a commuter van 70 miles roundtrip from Roxboro the Triangle. The two vans begin and end in Roxboro each able security deposit to TTA.

to Duke since 1995. day and carry up to 14 Duke riders.

Duke’s Parking & Transportation Services works with Moore, the university library assistant, rides TTA van
the Triangle Transit Authority (TTA) to organize the van- No. 1884 to campus. She
pool program for employees. TTA provides the van, gas pays about $71 per month to
and insurance costs, and Parking & Transportation offers ride. But she said she saves

a reserved parking space at Duke for the van at no charge $1,800 to $2,000 annually.
Price (US $/G)

That’s because she doesn’t


and up to a dozen free daily parking passes for each rider


for times when they need to drive separately. have to fill the gas tank in her
2.65 $2.8

The vanpool program is one of several ways employ- Toyota Camry for the 70 mile

daily trip. She also saves on

2.26 $2.2

ees can save on commuting costs. The university also offers

2.06 4

vehicle maintenance. And she


a reduced monthly parking rate for people who carpool


doesn’t pay the $27.50 per


and a program for those who bike to work that includes


a dozen free daily parking passes if they need to drive to month it would cost for a
April April April

campus on occasion. parking permit.

2004 2005 2006

“These alternatives offer both environmental and On a recent Wednesday,

USA Average
North Carolina

the other Roxboro van, No.

Source: and AAA Carolinas

economical benefits,” said Cathy Reeve, director of Duke

Parking & Transportation. “Ridesharing can help reduce 1885, pulled out of the Schewels furniture store parking lot
cost, ease demand on parking, and help with traffic con- and stopped in Timberlake nine minutes later. Four com-
gestion and emissions that impact air quality.” muters climbed aboard. “Morning, morning,” a woman
With higher gas prices, more people may begin to announced as she took a seat.
explore transportation alternatives such as vanpooling In the back, Myrtle Lawson, a university accounting
or carpooling. At this time last year, gas stations in the specialist, settled in for the rest of the ride. She closed her

Triangle were charging an average $2.24 per gallon, com- eyes and napped. The radio dial was tuned to Sunny 93.9 u Triangle Transit Authority, (919)

pared to this April’s $2.84 per gallon. FM, and the lyrics to a Joni Mitchell song filled the van:
485-7461,, or send
email to
“They paved paradise and put up a parking lot …” u Duke Environmental Sustainability,
At 7:13 a.m., the van arrived at Duke Hospital and
several employees hopped off. The next stop was the
html (click Campus Initiatives and

American Tobacco Campus, where Lawson, the accounting

then Transportation)

specialist, works and where the van is parked for the day.
u Duke Parking & Transportation,

Childress said she cannot imagine driving her car to

(919) 684-PARK,

work. “I put gas in the other night,” she said, “and it cost
$2.63 a gallon.”
—By Leanora Minai
Editor, Working@Duke
University and health system employees climb aboard Van #1885 in Roxboro
for the 35-mile trip to Duke.

Editor: Leanora Minai
(919) 681-4533.
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the Duke men’s lacrosse team affected your
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Duke Creative Services.
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know who did it. That’s what my opinion is.”

William Blackburn.

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Presidential awards
The winners of the Presidential Award for 2006 for outstanding service will be presented by President Richard H.
Brodhead on April 26. The awards are the highest and most prestigious honor that Duke gives to staff. It recognizes staff
members who have made distinctive contributions to Duke within the past calendar year.

Service/Maintenance Managerial Clerical/Office Support Clinical/Professional-Non

Travis Lewis Rebecca B. Tesh Polly S. Garner
Mechanic II Administrative Manager Staff Specialist
Facilities Management Department Center for Aging Neurobiology
Irma R. Ferrell
Surgical Technician
Eye Center Operating Room
Lewis serves on the First Response Tesh began her career at Duke in 1959 Garner has worked at Duke since 1988
Team for inclement weather; and the after graduating high school. when she was hired as a courier at the Ferrell has more than 36 years
Grounds Equipment Team. department’s inception. of service with Duke.
Nominator Harvey Jay Cohen, M.D.,
Nominator Keith Guile, an FMD said of Tesh: Nominator James O. McNamara, M.D., Nominator Alan N. Carlson, M.D.,
supervisor, said of Lewis: said of Garner: said of Ferrell:
“Year after year, the Aging Center meets
“He literally is a one-man show … he its budget because Becky is diligent in “A typical day for Polly might include “She not only works during the day but
maintains over 350 pieces of grounds keeping up with the financial records for taking a new international student to the gives freely of her time in the evening,
equipment as well as over 100 motorized hundreds of grants and maintains salary grocery store on her lunch hour, or to nights and weekends for emergency
vehicles throughout grounds and FMD. distributions for many principal investi- the international house for a loan, infor- trauma surgery involving the eye. Irma
With all this responsibility, he consistently gators and staff … her loyalty to Duke mation, or for pots and pans. … from is a remarkable individual who brings
maintains his professional demeanor in is infectious to everyone around her and courier to receptionist, to clerk, to pay- much more to the Eye Center than her
the face of juggling his schedule among inspires others to emulate her dedication.” roll representative, to HR expert, her skills … she attends many of our func-
the 70+ staff who all believe that their boundless energy has invigorated and tions and entertains us with her singing.”
equipment needs are the most important.” inspired all of us to do better work.”

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