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Acclaimed writers An interview with Week workshops
coming to Duke for the vice president set for May.
2006 NC Festival for Campus Services.
of the Book.

N EWS YO U CA N U S E :: Vo l u m e 1 , I s s u e 2 :: April 2006

Pop. Pop. Pop-pop.

Blevins tossed a popcorn bloom in his mouth. “I could live off the
I t’s not just a rivalry.
It’s The Rivalry.
And when the Duke
stuff,” he said.
Duke basketball fans sure do. For the Duke-Carolina matchup
and Carolina men’s basketball on March 4, Blevins popped 110 pounds of kernels – enough for about
teams met March 4 in Cameron 800 personal tubs.
Indoor Stadium before a sell-out As manager of Blue Devil Concessions, Blevins is the game fare guru
crowd of 9,314 fans, it wasn’t who sees to it that fans who pack Cameron – and other Duke athletic ven-
just the players who had to be ues – have plenty of popcorn, water, soda, pizza, nachos, ice cream, hot
prepared. dogs, cheeseburgers, barbecue and more.
From the manager of con- “We’re putting on a show just like the team’s putting on a show,” said
cessions, to the volunteers who Blevins, who is 56.
distributed statistics throughout He joined Duke in 1993 from Macon, Ga., where he managed a Red
the game, to the housekeeper Lobster. His first assignment at Duke was helping run a Burger King in the
who returned to clean Cameron
at 3 a.m., scores of people work
Behind the Scenes ~ continued on page 4

behind the scenes before and

after each match up at Cameron.
They may not be Cameron
Crazies, but without them, games
at Duke would not be the same.
“We’ve got so many dedicated people who help make Duke
Basketball special,” said Jon Jackson, Assistant Director of Athletics/
Communication and Media Relations. “Many of them aren’t players or
coaches and many don’t ever receive recognition. They do it because they’re
passionate about Duke and want to be part of our program. They are,
and we appreciate them.”

It was 8 a.m. on the day before the Duke-Carolina game, and Ken
Blevins was already fast at work inside a garage near Cameron Indoor
Stadium, preparing for the biggest college basketball rivalry of the season.
Oil sizzled as Blevins poured corn kernels into pans. The kernels
hissed. Steam rose from the stainless steel machine.
Ken Blevins, right, manager for Blue Devil Concessions, prepared the popcorn for the Duke-Carolina
game with Roy Shambley, assistant concessions manager.

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Pat Conroy among acclaimed writers

coming to Duke for NC Festival of the Book
Festival he question of whether football The North Carolina Festival of
Barbara Kingsolver T or NASCAR is the more quintes-
sential southern sport will be
answered when writers Tony Earley (Jim
the Book was established in 1998 and
occurs every two years. It is sponsored
by the libraries at Duke, North Carolina
the Boy) and Alice Randall (The Wind Central University, the University of
Tom Wolfe

Done Gone) meet in conversation during North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and
Pat Conroy

the 2006 NC Festival of the Book. North Carolina State University.

Mary Chapin Carpenter
program and several NBA and WNBA
The festival, which will take place Cynthia Brodhead is the honorary
Kaye Gibbons
stars, formerly Duke and North
on Duke’s West Campus and at several chairman of the 2006 NC Festival of
Ann Patchett
Carolina players, to the Bryan Center
locations in Durham from April 24 to the Book, and this is Duke’s first time
C.K. Williams
on April 29. Also that day, storytellers
30, is free and open to the public. presenting the festival.
Anne Rivers Siddons
will be at the Duke Gardens and
About 10,000 people are expected to
Pearl Cleage
“The festival is an extraordinary Nasher Museum in conjunction with a
attend the event.
Roy Blount Jr.
opportunity for Duke to invite Durham “Community Open House” co-hosted
Most of the festival pro-
and more…
and the larger Triangle community on by the gardens and museum.
grams will pair writers around to campus for a free, world class cele- Other festival programs include
a theme or common interest, bration of writers and readers,” Allan Gurganus (The Oldest Living
departing from the more com- Greenwald said. Confederate Widow Tells All) and his
mon literary festival format of Kingsolver, a novelist, essayist former student, Ann Patchett (Bel
authors reading from their and poet who wrote The Poisonwood Canto), discussing what you can and
Photo by David G. Spielman

recently published books. Bible, is the festival’s keynote speaker. cannot teach a young writer. On
“The theme of the festival In her talk on April 27 in the Duke April 30, author Kaye Gibbons and
is ‘It’s About the Story,’” said Chapel, Kingsolver will discuss writing singer/songwriter Mary Chapin
Festival director Aaron for social change and establishing the Carpenter will explore the creative
Greenwald. “But in many Bellwether Prize, a groundbreaking process in a conversation moderated
cases, it’s really the stories behind award that recognizes literature of by Doug Marlette. (This program is
Pat Conroy

the stories - the relationships between social change. not a concert).

writers and how they inspire and Young readers will find several
learn from one another.” festival events planned especially for
—By Ilene Nelson

Among the 80 writers are them. The NBA and WNBA are
Director of Communications,
Duke University Libraries
Barbara Kingsolver, Tom Wolfe, Pat bringing their “Read to Achieve”
Conroy, Mary Chapin Carpenter and
2 Visit for a complete list of writers and events, as well as parking information.

KEMEL W. DAWKINS : : Vice President for Campus Services

left less time to do the for-

ward-thinking, strategic plan-
What activities and services comprise Campus Services?
We have 1,700 employees who provide a variety of key
ning I think we need to raise
services to the university and health system 24 hours a day,
the level of performance of
seven days a week. It’s everything from roads to food. It’s
our entire division. So it’s
everything from managing special events, concerts, and din-
making sure that we have
ners to providing heat and light and security. It covers
enough really good people so
everything from where you park to where you stay, includ-
that we can manage what we
ing the Washington Duke Inn. We also share responsibility
are currently doing well, but
for a number of unique facilities such as the Sarah P. Duke
also devote a significant
Gardens and the Duke Forest.
amount of time to planning
ahead and thinking ahead
about where we would like
Where would you like to see Duke in terms of support

to be in five or 10 years.
services in five or 10 years?
I would like to improve our performance such that
Campus Services, as a division, is nationally recognized as
the best provider of its collection of services at any univer-
What would surprise people
sity in the country. There are individual departments within
most about Campus Services?
I don’t think people rec-
Campus Services, such as Duke Stores, that are already rec-
ognize how broad the serv-
ognized nationally. The Duke dining program with the
ices are and how even simple
many different choices that it provides for students is very
things are actually complex
creative. The Facilities Management Department has been
in their development. When
recognized for several programs that it operates.
we work on security, it’s a
As we look ahead, one of the big projects on the hori-
24 hours a day, seven days a
zon is the development of Central Campus. This year, a
week, 365 days a year propo-
major goal is to develop a master plan for utilities and util-
sition. We operate and main-
ity services at Duke. Therefore, we are currently examining
tain facilities that provide
the infrastructure needed to provide steam, chilled water
heat, electricity, and cooling.
and electricity over the next 10 to 20 years. We will examine
The university and medical
the needs and put together funding and a plan that will
center campuses comprise
allow us to maintain all of our facilities over time.
a small city with all of the
Another goal is to develop a strategic plan for campus
demands for service and
safety and security that includes enhanced use of technol-
support that a city requires.
ogy. We will examine safety staffing and deployment as well
Additionally, there are
as the manner in which we coordinate with the city of
a variety of ways in which
Durham to provide security on campus and on our borders.
Campus Services contributes to the Durham community.
Finally, we are also working on a strategic plan for
Everything from food drives to excess equipment dona-
parking and hope to develop some demand management
tions to financial support of community initiatives. Take
alternatives which would reduce the demand for on-cam-
the Facilities Management Department, for example. We
pus parking and transportation.
have participated in the building of playgrounds at a num-
ber of schools in the Durham area. It’s wonderful work
that helps people who live in our own community.
What is a typical day for you?
The typical day involves a set of staff meetings, proba-
bly four or five, plus a number of meetings with depart-
ments or other university officials. Time is also spent trying DAWKINS PROFILE
to think strategically about a number of issues such as
parking, security and dining, and the direction in which we Duties: Oversees construction, engineering, grounds, housekeeping, parking and transportation, real

are moving. I have a significant number of people who

estate, dining, DukeCard, retail and book stores, event management, conference services, mail, police,

directly report to me, so meeting with staff alone con-

security and utilities.

sumes a considerable amount of time, and I also devote Joined Duke: 2003.

time to meeting with students and faculty. Past Experience: Associate vice president for facilities and acting vice president for finance and
administration at Yale University; associate vice president for facilities at Stanford University; director
of construction and project management at the University of Pennsylvania; and chief financial officer
You recently hired a new associate vice president (AVP) for for Kem-Her Construction Inc. in Philadelphia.
Campus Safety and Security and another AVP for Facilities
Education: Princeton University, A.B. Political Science; University Scholar.
Management. You’re currently recruiting for an AVP for
Auxiliary Services. What role do these positions play in Hobbies: Tennis, travel.
helping you achieve your vision for Campus Services? Seen In His office: Staples Easy Button. “I got it and took it to several of Dr. Tallman Trask’s meetings,
What Duke has had in the past is a relatively flat orga- and whenever we got to some particularly thorny problem, I would just pull it out of the bag.”

nizational structure. Therefore, senior administrators were

involved in many day-to-day operational decisions, which
Fun Fact: Star Trek fan.

Behind the Scenes ~ continued from page 1

Bryan Center. For the last seven years, he has managed

Blue Devil Concessions, a division of Duke Stores. He
hires vendors, orders food, stocks inventory and ensures
that on game day, Cameron’s ten concession stands have
what they need to put on a good show.
Imagine planning for a party with 9,000 guests.
BY THE NUMBERS How does Blevins decide what and how much to order?
Duke-Carolina How many Domino’s Pizzas®? How many Chick-fil-A®
Men’s Basketball sandwiches? How many bottles of Dasani® water? He
decides after considering the day and time of the game and
carefully studying a computer database of food and bever-
March 4 @ Cameron

9,314 :: Number of fans ages sold at past events.

in attendance On the day of the Duke-Carolina game, one of 29
athletic events in March, Blevins had already worked two
110 pounds :: Weight lacrosse games and a baseball game. And now, he was clos-
of raw corn kernels ing in on tip-off at Cameron.
popped for game Clipboard in hand, Blevins lapped the concourse sur-
rounding the court, visiting each concession stand. He
2,500 :: Bottles of water made sure the wireless handheld devices that track inven-
ordered tory and accept credit card purchases were operating. He
found one concession stand low on ice and flipped open
10 :: Number of his Nextel and ordered 15 more bags. “I want to get them
concession stands now, so we can beat the crowd,” he said into his phone.
Jean Brooks, right, a Duke Law School employee and volunteer for the Sports Information

Cameron’s concession stands are staffed by volunteers

who helped distribute them to media.

29 :: Pages in a single from community organizations, which receive a percentage traffic. As Shipman waited for the bus to arrive, a half dozen
“game notes” statistics people stopped and shook his hand or shouted greetings.
packet of sales from their stands for charitable causes.
St. Paul United Methodist Church has worked in “Hey, Tony!” they yelled. “What’s up, Ship?” others
Cameron for 30 years. “It’s given us the opportunity to do asked as they passed.
140 :: Traffic cones
around Cameron a lot of benevolent service for the city of Durham,” said Shipman has worked hundreds of basketball games
Gene Atkinson, whose church has donated proceeds to at Cameron during his 25 years with the Duke University
45 :: Staff to cleanup the Durham Rescue Mission. Police Department. To some at Duke, he is more recogniz-
after the game Near St. Paul’s concession stand, Blevins looked on able than some of the notables at the game – baseball star
as the doors of Cameron swung open on the Hall of Cal Ripken, ESPN announcer Dick Vitale, former Duke
60 :: Trash bags Honor. Blue Devil fans streamed inside and took their basketball standout Jason Williams, and Democratic strate-
for cleanup place in food lines. A woman stepped up to a counter. gist James Carville.
“I’ll take two popcorns.” On the day of the game, Shipman started his beat at
3 a.m. :: Time cleanup a Duke lacrosse game at 9:30 a.m. He called it a day well
crew started work S<> > S<> S<> S<> S<> S< S S after midnight, once the last fans departed Cameron. In
between, he put a few miles on his Rockport shoes, making
8 :: Miles between Tony Shipman unzipped his leather binder and pulled
sure officers were in position and the stadium was secure.
Carolina and Duke out a list of the Duke and Durham police officers working
Among his duties, he set up traffic cones and calmed irate
campuses the game and their assignments. He paused, tilted his head
students outside Cameron who could not get inside
and talked into a two-way microphone clipped to his shirt.
because the game was sold out.
“Go ahead,” said Shipman, a Duke Police lieutenant,
Over the years on the beat, he has experienced the
who wore a tiny speaker that fit in his ear.
hilarious, and the bizarre.
He learned the bus carrying Carolina’s men’s basketball
“Three years ago, with about 28 seconds before the
team was running late. It had just pulled away from Chapel
half of the Carolina game, we had a streaker come onto the
Hill to make the eight-mile trek to Cameron and was stuck in
floor from the student section,” said Shipman, who is 49.
“All he had on were his tennis shoes and a smile.”
This year, the Carolina bus finally arrived at 7:40 p.m.
Shipman directed officers to clear a path for the players
and coaches. They walked into Cameron as Duke fans
chanted, “Go to hell, Carolina! Go to hell!” Tasked with
protecting Carolina Coach Roy Williams, Shipman followed
the coach inside the stadium. A die-hard Duke fan, Shipman
also must escort the opponent on and off the court.
“That’s my job,” he said. “People see my uniform.
They know that I’m only working.”
As Shipman escorted Coach Williams onto the floor
before the game, they chatted about a common problem
they both share after spending a lot of time on their feet –
how to deal with back and hip pain.
“We don’t talk about the game,” Shipman said. “I just
wish him good luck.”

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Of all the games, not this one, pleaded Jean Brooks as
she stood at the copier in an office tucked inside one of
Cameron’s long interior corridors.
It was half-time. Just before 10 p.m. Reporters on dead-
Duke Police Lt. Tony Shipman, right, escorted Carolina coach Roy Williams,
line waited nearby in a media room for the first-half box
scores, the lifeblood of their stories. But the copier flashed
seated, into the stadium and on and off the court.

an error Brooks had never seen. She had to go to Plan B.

It was 3 a.m.
Ruby Murphy and 45 other university housekeepers
and utility workers emerged from the early morning dark-
ness shrouding campus to clean the stadium.
The screams from the Cameron Crazies had died.
Their chants and cheers were replaced by what sounded
like a librarian whispering “hush” as men and women
pushed their brooms along the upper deck. A dozen other
employees plucked trash off the lower level, where stu-
dents usually stand.
Murphy began her work by plugging in a vacuum in
the Hall of Honor lobby. A Durham resident and Duke
basketball fan, she has worked at the university in different
jobs for nearly 10 years. She has three sons who represent
the full spectrum of the rivalry – one a Duke fan, one a
Carolina fan, and one who doesn’t follow basketball.
Murphy has worked the majority of the men’s and
women’s basketball games during the last couple of years
and has collected Duke memorabilia signed by players and
coaches. She knows the rivalry and what to expect after
a Duke-Carolina match.
“It’s Duke and Carolina, so it’s worse than usual,” she
said. “They said it would take about two hours, but I think
it will take more than that to clean up this mess.”
Department, handed statistic sheets to Duke sophomore Joy Basu, one of eight students

In the end, the cleaning crew filled and carted away

“All right, where’s the nearest key to the business more than 60 trash bags stuffed with popcorn, cups and
office?” Brooks asked. Soon, she and eight student helpers bottles, an ESPN banner, pizza boxes (including a few cold
retreated to the business office and the copying began. pepperoni slices), bits of orange peel, the broken handle of
Several hundred sheets of statistics providing a break- a play sword, placards wishing the seniors well, statistic
down of field goals, blocks, steals and other key game stats sheets, a happy birthday hat, and even a banana peel.
zipped out of the backup copier. Students ran the sheets
out to radio and TV announcers, to TV trucks outside, to
both locker rooms, to the media room, to the scorer’s table,
and even to Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s wife in the stands.
Welcome to Brooks’ world.
As a volunteer for Duke’s Sports Information
Department, she is in charge of ensuring that for every
home basketball game – men’s and women’s – copies of
game statistics, game notes and quotes, play-by-play action
or, as she put it, “anything the press needs to write their
stories,” are delivered to the right places in lightning speed
at half-time and after the game.
“They’re like gold,” Luciana Chavez, a reporter for
The News & Observer, said of the statistics. Chavez culls the
statistics for free-throw and rebound numbers to include
in her stories.
Brooks’ road from her native Maine to Cameron
started when she was an undergraduate at Duke. She was
a Cameron Crazie. A true blue, Blue Devil fan who slept in
Tent 2 in Krzyzewskiville. After she graduated in 2000, she
took a job at Duke Law School, where she is now assistant
director of the annual fund.
Consider this statistic: Brooks has worked 100 basket-
Duke housekeeper Ruby Murphy cleaned the media room after scores

ball games as a volunteer.

of reporters converged on Cameron for the March 4 game.

“There’s just something about Duke basketball,” said

Brooks, who is 27. “It’s hard to stay away.” “You find everything but money,” said Arnold Sudler,
She sits closer to the action than most spectators a utility worker, as he picked up two wool hats left on the
I enjoy my

on game nights. Her plastic chair is just off center court
along Press Row, in front of the bouncing, screaming, As Sudler cleaned the bleachers, Murphy moved to job and the
painted Crazies and within arm’s length of J.J. Redick the media room to restore order to a place that served
and other players. as ground zero for dozens of media representatives
hours, but I don’t think
But unlike when she was a Crazie herself, while seated who descended on Cameron to cover the game. people realize how
along Press Row, Brooks does not – she cannot – cheer for “I enjoy my job and the hours, but I don’t think
her favorite team. That’s tough, Brooks said, especially people realize how much we do,” said Murphy, who is 42.
much we do. If people
during big games like tonight. “If people could only come out here and see, they would could only come out
be surprised.”
S<> > S<> S<> S<> S<> S< S S The clean up took about four hours. The crew that here and see, they
began at 3 a.m. returned Cameron to its splendor as most
About 26 hours had passed since the Blue Devils
of campus was just waking up.
would be surprised.”
walked off the floor of Cameron for their last home game —Ruby Murphy
of the season. Carolina won 83-76. The lights in Cameron
were on, and another Duke team had taken the court.
— By Leanora Minai and Paul Grantham
Office of Communication Services

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Each month, Working@Duke
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We talked with Lois Ann Green, selves in retirement,” Green said.

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Are you financially fit?


resources to help her bet-

Te s t
s a baby boomer, Layne Baker had not felt the
ter evaluate her financial
Spend no more than 35 percent
of net income on housing. This
includes mortgage/rent, utili-
A urgency of planning for her financial future, but she
did realize she would not be able to depend on Social
Security to support her in retirement.
“A recurring theme
throughout the seminars
ties, insurance, taxes, and Baker attended Duke’s Financial Fitness Week in 2004,
home maintenance.
hoping to get educated and to find a path to financial secu- was the importance of
rity in retirement. reducing credit card
debt,” Baker said. Baker
“To achieve my goals for a comfortable retirement,
cut up many of her cards
Save at least 10 percent of
I needed to start thinking about a plan,” said Baker, a pro-
income throughout your working

gram assistant at University Development. “Financial and took a new approach

life. Ensure you have three to six

Fitness Week provided an excellent foundation for me to spending.

months income in an emergency

“Now I only charge

fund before you start saving for
to examine the many factors in my own financial planning.”
other goals.

Baker is one of many employees Financial Fitness Week what I know I can pay off
at the end of the month,”
has helped since the program started in 2003. This year’s
said Baker, who has worked
Spend no more than 15 percent
program is May 8 through May 11 and will include several
of net income on transportation. Layne Baker

new workshops offered at the university and health system. at Duke for eight years. “I
This includes car payment, auto

During the annual event, employees and their immediate have a new appreciation for paying with cash instead of
insurance, tag or license, main-

with plastic.”
tenance, gasoline, and parking.
family members can attend free financial planning seminars
and speak directly with investment and insurance representa- Baker said she was impressed by how personable work-
tives from Duke’s benefit providers. The workshops are shop speakers were during sessions. “Each presenter reiterated
Spend no more than 15 percent

how we could contact them directly to arrange one-on-one

of net income on all other con-
sumer debt such as student
designed for everyone from the beginning investor to those
loans, retail installment con-
approaching retirement. Last year, 2,000 people attended. appointments to personalize portfolios or savings decisions.”
“Employee benefits and the economy are constantly After a seminar, Baker contacted a carrier to help
tracts, credit cards, personal

answer questions about contributions to an IRA and 403(b)

loans, tax debts, and medical
changing,” said Lois Ann Green, director of Duke Benefits.

“The workshop topics are intended to help staff gauge and to assist with mortgage refinancing.
whether or not they are on track to meet retirement goals “One thing I have learned is that financial planning is
an ongoing process,” Baker said. “I have many things left
Spend no more than 25 percent
of net income on all other and determine if there are other benefits or services offered
expenses such as food, clothing,
by Duke which they may want to take advantage of.” I want to do to reach my goals for retirement, but at least I
To begin her financial planning process, Baker attended now have the knowledge of what I need to do to get there.”
entertainment, childcare, med-
ical expenses, tithing/charity,
and vacations.
workshops during the past two years on achieving balance —By Jen Mathot
between debt and savings; reviewing insurance coverage;
Senior Communications Specialist, Human Resources

investing tips and retirement goals; and building a better

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budget. She said Financial Fitness Week provided her with
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Find fresh strawberries and tomatoes at Duke

hen Katherine Berezny is not working as a project Ellen Dixon-Tulloch, a research specialist at the
Engineering Research Center, has been a regular
W leader at Duke Clinical Research Institute, she is
growing strawberries on a farm.
Berezny will be among a dozen farmers and vendors
at the market since it opened in 2001. She enjoys
the convenience of picking up nursery plants
and fresh produce over lunch as an alternative to
offering fresh fruits, vegetables and baked breads at the 6th
annual Duke Farmers Market, which opens April 7 and runs getting up early Saturday mornings for the first
every Friday through June and bi-weekly through September. pick at a farmers market near her home.
“This season, we will feature more activities at the “Fresh food tastes better,” said Dixon-
market,” said Julie Joyner, manager for LIVE FOR LIFE®, Tulloch, a master gardener. “I like to support
which organizes the event. “We’ll have additional entertain- local growers, and the quality is so much better.”
ment options and special events which include preparing In addition to produce, some vendors sell
dishes with exotic fruits native to North Carolina. There lunch items such as salads and empanadas.
will also be demonstrations on gardening, quick and Musicians also perform as shoppers browse
healthy meals and fitness.” the stands.
The market will be in front of the Medical Center Berezny, the project leader who harvests strawberries,
Bookstore and along the walkway between Duke Hospital fulfilled a longtime dream five years ago when she and her
and the Medical Center. (Beginning May 4 at Durham family bought 20 acres in Efland. Through trial and error,
Regional Hospital, the market will be outside of the they found crops that work with the soil. Fresh

Emergency Room). She usually joins the Duke Farmers Market vendors
at her Windy Acres stand during her lunch hour. Expect
food tastes
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
considers the Duke Farmers Market unique among preven- her first strawberries of the season to hit the market in better. I like to support
tion programs offered by employers throughout the nation. May. As the weeks unfold, strawberries will give way to
In 2004, it was named one of 11 winners of the second cucumbers, melons, tomatoes, peas, a variety of beans local growers, and
annual Innovation in Prevention Awards. and a boutique of vegetables such as purple-hull peas. the quality is so much
“The Farmers Market is just one way we can help “Sometimes people ask us for special items, and we’ll
employees make smart food choices so they can reach their try to grow them,” Berezny said. “We grow things I don’t better.”
health goals,” said Jason Horay, health education manager eat, because other people like them. It’s custom farming.” — Ellen Dixon-Tulloch
for LIVE FOR LIFE. “There will be a variety of vegetables —By Nancy Oates
and fruits available at the market to keep meals interesting.”
Working@Duke Correspondent



for emergency
dorm space,”
Cameron Indoor Stadium is not just
for the Crazies.
Glenn Miller broadcast his live reads the caption
radio show shortly after the stadium on the Archives’
opened in 1940. Frank Sinatra, the Web site.
Grateful Dead and Bruce Springsteen History pro-
all performed in Cameron. fessor emeritus
And did you know that the stadium concourse – Robert F. Durden,
an area of the stadium that surrounds the court – was who has chroni-
used for bed space either during or after World War II? cled the history of
Although evidence suggests Cameron doubled as Duke University
Photo: Courtesy of Duke Archives

temporary residence space at some point in Duke’s history, and its founding
historians and archivists aren’t exactly sure when. family, said Duke
Tom Harkins, associate university archivist, said it is experienced a
possible that Cameron was used for bed space during the housing crunch
war, which took place between 1939 and 1945 (the United after the war.
States entered the war in 1941). “There were military units “You had
stationed on campus during the war,” he explained. the G.I. Bill and
The area around the court in Cameron Indoor Stadium

Duke had a number of defense activities on campus all the veterans

was used for bed space around the time of World War II.

in the early 1940s, which could have necessitated more hous- coming back and wanting to use the G.I. Bill to go to
ing. According to records in the University Archives, the college, so you had a huge surge in enrollment,” he said.
Army Finance School was transferred to Duke’s campus, Construction of the $400,000 Cameron Indoor
where it trained finance officers for the U.S. Army. Duke Stadium began in 1939, the same year World War II
also saw 1,558 trainees from a reserve unit of the Navy’s started. When the stadium opened nine months later,
college training arrive on campus. And a number of special leaders gathered to marvel, according to Home Court:
courses were offered such as chemistry of explosives. Fifty Years of Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Cameron also may have been used for temporary “It is so colossal and so wonderful,” then Chamber of
living space after the war. Commerce President Col. Marion B. Fowler said, according
An undated, black and white photo in the University to Home Court. “This building will not only be an asset to
Archives shows beds lining the concourse of Cameron. the university but to the entire community as well.”
“Oral tradition has it that when enrollment sky-rocketed —By Leanora Minai
following World War II, the stadium’s concourse was used Editor, Working@Duke 7

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e mployee spotlight

Cates, who has worked at Duke red outfits and dined on barbecue and
for 18 years, was soon performing banana pudding as golden oldies filled
his Elvis tribute during the Duke the sanctuary.
Farmers Market, where he will appear Dressed in a white jumpsuit
again this spring. Yes, Cates has visited trimmed in gold, Cates moved between
Graceland. No, he does not lip sync. the tables with a microphone and sang
A graduate of Duke Professional a dozen songs, including Jailhouse
Development Institute’s office staff Rock. His hair was dyed black, but
development program, Cates has vol- the long sideburns were real. He
unteered his musical talents during the handed out Hawaiian leis and kisses
teve Cates has found a way Farmers Market and Health Arts for the ladies.
Left: Steve Cates as Elvis tribute artist.

Right: Steve Cates on the job at LIVE

to be king for more than a day. Network events. He also served as “With women, I sing a lot of

Cates, a clinic service coordi- disc jockey during the Employee ballads,” said Cates, who is 42. “If it’s
nator for LIVE FOR LIFE®, Duke’s Appreciation Week Fun Run. a birthday party for a man, we do a lot
Doctors employee wellness program, is also When he’s not singing, Cates is more of the faster songs.”
an Elvis Presley tribute artist. He per-

greeting employees at the LIVE FOR The Elvis tributes have grown
and nurses forms at the university and travels the LIFE clinic in Duke South. He enrolls into more than a hobby. They led
state and country imitating the King faculty and staff in Duke Fitness Cates to his fiancée, Trish Osborne,
of Rock ’n’ Roll.
were dancing. It was
Clubs and sets chair massage appoint- whom he met during an Elvis tribute
really neat to see He got his big break on Halloween ments. He said he loves his job contest in Las Vegas. She is now his
several years ago at Duke University because it allows him to use his cre- tribute business manager.
Hospital. ative outlets at Duke. “It’s a very good Cates and Osborne will have a
the reaction.”
“I went through on Halloween fit for me,” he said. special event of their own. “We’re get-
— Steve Cates
dressed in a $32 Elvis suit,” Cates said, Cates recently performed during ting married on May 1st,” Cates said,
laughing. “I just decided to do a few a Valentine’s Day dinner at Immanuel “…Elvis’ wedding day.”
songs. Doctors and nurses were danc- Baptist Church in Durham. The sanc-
ing. It was really neat to see the reac- tuary was split in half with tables
—By Eddy Landreth
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concerts in the hospital with a guitar.”
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