Blue Devil Weekend

April 12 - April 14, 2024 | The Fuqua School of Business

Congratulations & Welcome to Team Fuqua

We are so incredibly excited to welcome you to the Fuqua Family and show you what we’re all about!

Below you’ll find our agenda for those that are in-person and joining us virtually. Please be advised there are separate agendas for those attending in-person and virtually. While some sessions will run at the same time, other may happen at different times.

We also have a selection of pre-recorded content and other resources (e.g., housing guide, club overview, virtual tours, etc.) available at the very end for those looking to learn more about specific topics. 

*If you need a disability-related accommodation and are unable to view all of the posted content, please contact us at bluedevilweekend@fuqua.duke.edu, and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.

But first, a welcome note from us, your BDW Co-Chairs, and a glimpse into what our first year here at Fuqua was like. Enjoy!

From left to right: Julianne Dahlman, Claudia Einhorn, Nico Kudrna, Uzo Biosah (MBA ’25)

Friday, April 12

9:00 – 11:00 am ET | Check-In

JB Duke Hotel Lobby

Gift Bag Pickup and Optional Activities – coffee available!

*Reminder: Don’t forget to attend your Financial Aid chat at the designated time if you signed up for one prior to the event (9:00 – 11:00 am ET).

11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET | Welcome Lunch

J.B. Duke Hotel Ballroom

Enjoy lunch with your fellow cohort, current Fuqua students, and alumni!

12:00 – 12:20 pm ET | Kick-Off & Welcome

J.B. Duke Hotel Ballroom

We’ll kick-off the day with welcome messages from Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions, and Bill Boulding, Dean and J.B. Fuqua Professor.

Photo of Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions
Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions
Photo of Bill Boulding, Dean & J.B. Fuqua Professor
Bill Boulding, Dean & J.B. Fuqua Professor

12:25 – 1:45 pm ET | Team Duke Tour

Duke University Campus

Explore Fuqua and the Duke University Campus with your student tour guides!

Geneen Auditorium

2:00 – 2:25 pm ET | Bringing Your Full Self to Recruiting

Learn more about navigating the recruiting process with Ed Bernier, Assistant Dean of Daytime MBA Career Services.

2:25 – 2:35 pm ET | Snack Break

Mallway by Geneen Auditorium

Mini Popsicles served by LocoPops

2:40 – 4:05 pm ET | Career Workshops led by Career Management

*Please choose one session to attend from 2:40 – 3:20 pm ET and a second different session to attend from 3:25 – 4:05 pm ET

How to Pitch Like a Boss | Geneen Auditorium

Doug Mayes, Sector Director for International Students

A (First) Year in the Life: The Internship Recruiting Timeline | Rand Classroom

Laura Lane, Sector Director for Media, Entertainment & Sports, and Travel, Hospitality & Leisure

Don’t Chase the Job of Your Roommate’s Dreams | Sauer Classroom

Jess Levitt, Sector Director for Health Care

4:15 – 4:30 pm ET | Team Fuqua Welcome

Geneen Auditorium

Student welcome and weekend overview with the student planning chairs.

4:30 – 6:00 pm ET | Fuqua Friday & Dinner

Fox Student Center

Join the Fuqua community for our weekly social.  Light dinner and drinks will be provided.

6:30 pm – 10:30 pm ET | Explore Durham Social

Tobacco Road Sports Café

Enjoy Drinks, Snacks, and fun with your Fuqua class. Buses will loop from JB Duke Hotel every hour from 6:15 pm with the last bus leaving Tobacco Road at 11:15 pm. 

Saturday, April 13

8:30 am – 4:00 pm ET | Registration and Help Desk

Mallway by Geneen Auditorium

8:35 – 9:25 am ET | Grab and Go Breakfast &
Optional Sip Circles

Kirby Reading Room

Grab a quick breakfast with us to energize your morning! Enjoy your breakfast and connect with those you want to learn more about. Feel free to move about to different topic tables as you are eating.

  • International Students
  • Partners + Admits
  • Housing
  • Alumni
  • Dual Degrees
  • Pets
  • Non-Business Backgrounds
  • Student On-Campus Employment Opportunities

9:30 – 10:40 am ET | Student Life & Curriculum Overview

Geneen Auditorium

Learn more about student life and curriculum with Steve Misuraca, Assistant Dean, Daytime MBA Program.

10:40 – 10:45 am ET | Snack Break

Mallway by Geneen

10:45 – 11:45 am ET | Academic Preview Session

Choose one of the three sessions to attend for the entire hour.

Health Sector Management: Pharmaceutical Regulation | Geneen Auditorium

Professor David Ridley, Distinguished Professor of Strategy

Marketing: Becoming Customer Centric | Sauer Classroom

Professor Debu Purohit, Distinguished Professor of Marketing

Entrepreneurship & Innovation: Unleashing Your Inner Innovator | Rand Classroom

Professor Jamie Jones, Distinguished Professor of Management and Organization

12:00 – 1:30 pm ET | Team Fuqua Welcome to NC Lunch

Fox Student Center

Join your future classmates for a casual, lunch time hangout session and peruse the Student Activities and Housing Fair to learn more about diversity and professional clubs at Fuqua and popular housing complexes in Durham!

1:40 – 3:20 pm ET | Explore Fuqua Programming

*Please choose one session to attend from 1:40 – 2:10 pm ET, a second different session to attend from 2:15 – 2:45 pm ET, and a third different session to attend from 2:50 – 3:20 pm ET.

Experiential Learning Opportunities | Sauer Classroom

James Emery, Faculty Director of Experiential Learning

Social Impact Opportunities | Rand Classroom

Erin Morant, Senior Program Coordinator of CASE

Global Opportunities | Formica Classroom

Annie Floyd, Director of the International Programs Office

Entrepreneurship Opportunities | General Motors Classroom

Josh Cohen, Director of MBA Entrepreneurship Programs & Start-Up Recruiting

Health Sector Management Opportunities | 2008 MBA Classroom

Kate Miller, Executive Director of HSM and Ruth Tolman, Director of HSM Center

3:25 – 3:35 pm ET | Snack Break

Mallway by Geneen

Donuts by Early Bird Donuts

3:40 – 4:45 pm ET | Your Place at Fuqua

*Please choose one session to attend from 3:40 – 4:10 pm and then choose a different session to attend from 4:15 – 4:45 pm ET.

American Latine/x Management Association (ALMA) & Black Business Student Union (BBSA) | Connally Classroom

Association of Women in Business (AWIB) | Sauer Classroom

Duke Armed Forces Association (DAFA) | Esbenshade Meeting Room

Fuqua Pride | Davis Meeting Room

International Students | Lilly Classroom

Low-Income, First-Generation Experience | Formica Classroom

On-Campus Work Opportunities | MBA 2008 Classroom

Student Leadership Opportunities |General Motors Classroom

4:50 pm – 5:50 pm ET | Fuqua Real Talk

Geneen Auditorium

A current student and alumni panel with your BDW Co-Chairs, without Admissions or administrators, to ask any lingering questions you might have about life at Fuqua.

*Submit your questions and upvote existing questions ahead of time using this link. You can submit anonymously if you wish, so ask all of those burning questions you have!

5:50 – 6:00 pm ET | Closing Remarks

Geneen Auditorium

Parting thoughts from your BDW leadership team. Can’t wait to finish celebrating with you!

6:00 – 7:00 pm ET | Break


JB Duke Hotel

7:00 – 8:30 pm ET | Closing Dinner

Fox Student Center

9:00 pm – 12:00 am ET | Closing Party

Full Steam Brewery

Join your future classmates to wrap up the weekend celebration with music, food, and drinks. Buses will loop from Fox Student Center & J.B. Duke Hotel to Full Steam every 30 minutes, starting at 8:45 pm with the final bus leaving Full Steam at 12:05 am.

Sunday, April 14

10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET | Fuqua Send-off Brunches (*Spaces have been confirmed for you based on your BDW RSVP)

*Spaces have been reserved and confirmed based on your brunch selection on your RSVP. Buses will provide transportation to brunch locations, departing from JB Duke Hotel at 9:45 am ET. Uber vouchers will be provided to help with covering the cost of your commute to 9th Street.

Locations and groups:

  • American Latine/x Management Association at The Durham Hotel Rooftop
  • Association of Women in Business at JB Duke Ballroom
  • Black Business Student Association at The Durham Hotel Rooftop
  • Duke Armed Forces Association at It’s a Southern Thing
  • Fuqua Pride at Grub
  • International Students Picnic at the Berkshire 9th Street Apartments
  • Low-Income, First-Generation Experience at Lula & Sadie’s

$5 Uber voucher for use after Sunday brunch:

  • The promo code is “r3hRvGHASDY” which you can add in the payment profile as a voucher
  • https://r.uber.com/r3hRvGHASDY this link will also allow you to add the voucher into your payment profile.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET | Self-Guided Apartment Tour

The following properties will have open houses during this time. If you plan to visit outside of this time window, please contact the individual properties to schedule a visit. Check out the Durham Apartment Map for website links and locations! Kindly provide your own transportation after. Kindly provide your own transportation to the complexes.

  • Station Nine
  • Berkshire Ninth Street
  • Berkshire Main Street
  • 810 Ninth Apartments
  • Venable Apartments
  • The Flats Exchange
  • Terrazzo Apartments
  • University Hill Apartments

Virtual Programming

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening! No matter where you are joining us from, we are excited to have you attend BDW virtually! Below you will find sessions specifically for virtual attendees, We will use the same zoom link for all of the sessions, but you can also click on the “Join Session” button for each event. Sessions will be recorded and available to view later.

BDW Welcome with Virtual Hosts

Friday, April 12 | 11:55 am ET

Join your virtual BDW hosts for a virtual welcome!

Kick-Off & Welcome

Friday, April 12 | 12:00 – 12:20 pm ET

We’ll kick-off the day with welcome messages from Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions, and Bill Boulding, Dean and J.B. Fuqua Professor.

Photo of Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions
Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of Admissions
Photo of Bill Boulding, Dean & J.B. Fuqua Professor
Bill Boulding, Dean & J.B. Fuqua Professor

Team Fuqua Virtual Tour with Students

Friday, April 12 | 12:45 – 1:00 pm ET

Join your virtual BDW hosts for a virtual tour of Fuqua! Click here for a virtual tour of the Duke University Campus.

Finding Your Place at Fuqua

Friday, April 12 | 1:00 – 1:45 pm ET

Panel session featuring current Daytime MBA Class of 2023 students.

The MBA Career Search

Friday, April 12 | 2:00 – 2:25 pm ET

Learn more about career services with Ed Bernier, Assistant Dean of Daytime MBA Career Services.

Career Workshop led by Career Management Coaches

Friday, April 12 | 2:40 – 3:20 pm ET

Join Doug Mayes, Sector Director for International Students, for “How to Pitch Like a Boss”.

Friday Wrap-Up

Friday, April 12 | 3:20 pm ET

Join your virtual BDW hosts as we wrap up the day, and get a preview of virtual sessions on Saturday.

Morning Welcome

Saturday, April 13 | 8:20 am ET

Join your virtual BDW hosts for a recap of sessions held on Friday and a preview of sessions that will take place on Saturday.

International Student Panel

Saturday, April 13 | 8:30 – 9:15 am ET

Panel session featuring current Daytime MBA Class of 2023 international students.

Student Life & Curriculum Overview

Saturday, April 13 | 9:30 – 10:40 am ET

Learn more about student life and curriculum with Steve Misuraca, Assistant Dean, Daytime MBA Program.

Virtual Activity Led by BDW Host

Saturday, April 13 | 10:40 – 10:45 am ET

Join us for a virtual activity led by a BDW host.

Academic Preview Session

Saturday, April 13 | 10:45 – 11:45 am ET

Join Professor David Ridley, Faculty Director of the Center for Health Sector Managements, for a session on Pharmaceutical Regulation.

Ask Me Anything Student Panel

Saturday, April 13 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

A current student panel to ask any questions you might have about life at Fuqua.

Real Talk with Alumni

Saturday, April 13 | 1:10 – 2:10 pm ET

An alumni panel moderated by a current student, without Admissions or administrators, to ask lingering questions you might have about life after Fuqua.

Closing Remarks

Saturday, April 13 | 2:15 pm ET

Join admissions and your virtual BDW hosts for closing remarks.

Additional Resources

Welcome from Alumni

Financial Aid Presentation

The 2024 Blue Devil Weekend Slack Channel

*If you have any questions about this process, check out the Slack 101 resource, or feel free to reach out to bluedevilweekend@fuqua.duke.edu for specific questions and troubleshooting.

Fuqua MBA Club Guide

Get a head start on clubs and check out the guide below to learn more about the different organizations you can get involved with at Fuqua.

Virtual Campus Tours

Take a virtual tour through Breeden Hall, Keller East & Keller West.

Bull City Love

We’ve got a lot of love for the Bull City, and we can’t wait for you to discover Durham. In the meantime, check out some of the highlight videos below!

Click below to learn more and to see everything Durham has to offer!

Need Help?

If you need any assistance throughout the event, including disability-related accommodations, please contact the admissions office!

Email: Bluedevilweekend@Fuqua.Duke.Edu

Phone: +1 (919) 660-7705

Thank you for connecting with us this weekend!