Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing. 

Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 

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A Cut Above

Congratulations to DA parent David Cutcliffe, who was recognized today at the top of his profession.

From goduke.com: Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe has been named the 2013 National Coach of the Year by the Walter Camp Foundation.

The Walter Camp Coach of the Year is selected by the nation’s 125 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.

“Coach Cutcliffe is more of a mentor than a coach to me and the rest of my teammates,” redshirt junior quarterback and team captain Anthony Boone said. “It’s been great, just learning how to be a better quarterback and a better man. What makes him special is that he actually cares; that he’s a genuine guy. Everything he says, you can take to heart.”

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Posted by in Other on Thursday December 5, 2013
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Hope and Doughnuts

Our Upper Schoolers continue to smile after yesterday's visit from Chris Rosati '89. Click here to see a great story from the News and Observer ("Durham Man Achieves Krispy Kreme Dream") and here to see one from the Herald-Sun ("Hope and Doughnuts").

Stay tuned for more from Chris' crew at Inspire MEdia, and from CBS' Steve Hartman and "On the Road".

Posted by in Upper School, Alumni on Wednesday December 4, 2013
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One dream true, more seeds planted

Today was one of the happiest days I've witnessed on the Upper School campus. Alumnus Chris Rosati '89 returned with a "stolen" Krispy Kreme bus and 1,000 donuts to share with our students - his attentive and inspired audience from his assembly remarks a month ago.

Most important to Chris today: that students heeded his challenge to "pay it forward" by sharing donuts with others in their lives, creating happiness wherever they can and chasing even the most crazy dreams imaginable.

Click here to see my earlier post on Chris, his remarks to the Upper School assembly, and his Facebook dream.

Stay tuned for more on DA's Facebook page, a story in tomorrow's News and Observer and, within a couple of weeks, a CBS News On the Road segment. Like Chris and his growing network of friends and admirers…

Posted by in Other, Alumni on Tuesday December 3, 2013
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Millenials search for meaning

DA’s mission aims at enabling students to live moral, happy, productive lives. Today I ran across an article that suggests our more recent graduates might choose lives of meaning over lives of happiness. Might they be right?

An excerpt from the article:

Many researchers believe that millennials are focusing more on happiness than prior generations, and that the younger ones in that age cohort are doing so even more than the older ones who did not take the brunt of the recession. Rather than chasing the money, they appear to want a career that makes them happy — a job that combines the perks of Google with the flexibility of a start-up.

But a closer look at the data paints a slightly different picture. Millennials appear to be more interested in living lives defined by meaning…
Posted by in Other on Monday December 2, 2013
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DA parents win two ACC crowns and a Paradise Jam

DA parents David Cutcliffe, Jolene Nagel, and Joanne McCallie enjoyed more than turkey sandwiches this weekend.

Cutcliffe is the Head Coach of the best Duke football team in school history. That team beat UNC yesterday to win the ACC’s Coastal Division. Click here to read more about Coach Cut. Or here to read yesterday’s New York Times story about the Duke football renaissance that he has led.

Nagel is the Head Coach of Duke’s volleyball team, which clinched the ACC championship on Friday with a dramatic come-from-behind victory over UNC. Click here to read more about that match. Or here to read more about Nagel, a three-time ACC Coach of the year.

McCallie (Head Coach of Duke’s Women’s Basketball team) led the Blue Devils to victory this weekend in the …

Posted by in Other on Sunday December 1, 2013
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