On Thursday evening, November 17th, over 250 members of the Nicholas School community came together at the Washington Duke Inn to celebrate our 25th anniversary of the Nicholas School of the Environment. It was a wonderful evening of reminiscing, reconnecting and making new friends. Alumni, donors, faculty, staff, students and friends raised a glass to the many achievements we can be proud of over the school’s first quarter-century, and turned our collective vision forward as we continue to lead environmental education, research and practice over the next 25 years.
Welcome remarks for the program were given by Nicholas School Dean Jeff Vincent, and Duke University President Richard Brodhead, offered congratulatory comments to the members of the school community in honor of this important milestone in the history of the school. Nicholas faculty members Megan Mullin and Dave Johnston G ’04 presented inspiring talks about their research and teaching at the school; current student Laura Marie Davis MEM ’17 discussed the significant impact that her Stanback Internship has had on her educational experience; and alumnus Joel Dunn MEM/MPP ’04, president and CEO of the Chesapeake Conservancy, gave a very inspirational talk about the incredible value his Nicholas School education has added to his personal development and professional career advancement.
Among the Nicholas alumni who attended the gala were our wonderful Alumni Council members, including incoming Alumni Council President, Shannon Lyons, MEM ’04. “The 25th Anniversary Gala was an amazing opportunity for the Nicholas School community to unite and celebrate the history of our school and the diversity of talents and impacts we are having on conservation and sustainability” she said. “ It was an honor to join fellow Nicholas School supporters and be inspired by the variety of ways they are improving our world”.
The evening ended with a presentation of a framed photo of the Duke Forest to longtime supporters of the Nicholas School, Fred and Alice Stanback in addition to Pete and Ginny Nicholas who took to the stage to make some reflective remarks about their long support and engagement with the school. In honor of Fred and Alice’s longtime support, Dean Jeff Vincent announced an honorary designation of the Deanship of the Nicholas School of the Environment which will now be referred to as the “Stanback Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment.”
For photos from this special evening, visit the Nicholas School Facebook page.