And the winners of Duke Time Off Photo 2022 are…


By sharing images of faraway adventures or quality time at home, Duke staff and faculty have shown that cherished summer times can take many forms.

Approximately 315 photos were shared as part of the Duke Time Off Photo 2022 campaign, which ran from late May through August 8 and highlighted how staff and faculty at Duke University and the Duke University Health System use their leave.

Of the submissions, two were chosen by the [email protected] editorial team as grand prize winners. An employee-shutterer was also selected, along with 14 Amazing Summer Moments.

Thanks to everyone who shared their summer fun, and a special thanks to Duke University Stores for providing summer-themed prizes for the campaign.


For nine days in late May and early June, Grace Fabio explored Iceland with her husband and some friends. This was the second time that Fabito, assistant operating room nurse in charge at Duke University Hospital, has visited the country. Although this time she was able to travel to the wildest part of Iceland for camping trips and hikes.

“It’s just beautiful,” Fabito said of Iceland. “We love being outdoors and it’s so scenic.”

While hiking, she passed by a small body of water near the foot of Vestrahorn, one of Iceland’s most photographed mountains. With shallow water providing a perfect mirror-like surface, Fabito posed for this winning photo. Fabito, who has worked at Duke for 26 years, will receive a one-night stay with breakfast for two at the Washington Duke Inn, courtesy of Washington Duke Inn.

“It’s very important, it’s like recharging your mind and your body,” Fabito said of the free time. “Just like charging a cell phone, I need to charge myself.”


A child looks at an airplane.

During a pre-flight inspection, Erica Thomas’ husband, Perry, had special help in their 2-year-old son, Hank.

Hank wanted to help his father, watching his every move as he watched the four-seater Piper Archer in a special area at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. As the family prepared to leave for a weekend in Roanoke, Va., Erica snapped a picture of the scene.

“My husband had to do his pre-flight checks, so he would hunker down and watch everything in all parts of the plane,” said Erica, who works for Duke’s Temporary Service. “Hank was imitating that.”

The moment was a special part of the family’s first flight with Perry as the pilot to enjoy a weekend getaway. During the trip, they visited the Virginia Museum of Transportation, where Hank picked out a toy airplane from the gift shop.

“It was fun to sit up front and watch him practice everything he trained and learned,” Erica said. “It was just a fun time for us.”

Thomas will receive a Walk with lemurs for four with Lemur Center Executive Director Greg Dye – courtesy of the Duke Lemur Center.


A dad throwing his son in the water

All summer, Duke University Stores’ Michael Royster documented his Duke Time Off through family fun submissions including ice skating, summer camp activities, and a week-long trip to the beach in Emerald Isle, North Carolina.

In this photo, Royster threw his son, Cameron, off the dock of their beach house.



Dr Elmira Zadehhouse staff in the Department of Surgerytraveled to Tehran, Iran, in late May for a trip she called “the most memorable moment of my life.”

She made the trip to reunite with her brother, Navid, a dental student, for the first time in seven years.

“I love him like no one else in my life,” she said.

A tent in the mountains


Skylar Davisa Duke Neurobiology research technician, captured this image during a June camping trip in the mountains of North Carolina. Spending a weekend hiking, Davis took the time to savor the views of Carver’s Gap along the Appalachian Trail.

“It’s great to live in the middle of the state, so trips to the mountains or to the beach are easily accessible by car,” Davis said.

A swarm of seagulls


During a late May visit to Coney Island in New York, Jennifer PraterCommunications and Programs Assistant Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studiestook this photo of her husband Ken McDonald, deputy director of the Research Support Office, swarmed by seagulls.

“It was a chilly day, but we enjoyed eating hot dogs and exploring the amusement park,” said Prather, who shared the photo on Instagram. “Those seagulls had found the tasty fries that someone had thrown away and didn’t bother our approach at all!” It was fun to watch them soar and dive.

A baby on the beach


King Sheronehuman resources specialist with Duke University School of Medicine has used his free time to create priceless memories with his new grandson.

“My grandson, Karson, took his first trip to Carolina Beach and I got to share it with him,” King said. “Times of fun!”


People jump into a lake

During a five-day canoe trip on Boundary Waters, a series of lakes that mark part of the border between Minnesota and Canada, Chris Erlein from the Duke School of Medicine Research Development Officetook this photo of family members jumping into the cool waters of Lake Ima.

“We had trouble finding a campsite, but eventually found this one, which had a great rock to jump into the water, which, as you can see, we took advantage of,” Erlein said.

A dog on the beach at sunrise


Leslie Allen of Duke University School of Law The Department of International Studies has shared this photo of his family’s water-loving 14-year-old dog, Mr Cooper, on a trip to Wrightsville Beach.

“At his age he can’t take long walks anymore, so ‘water therapy’ is the best for his hips,” Allen said. “I took this photo just before sunrise and it captures the silliness and kindness that Cooper brings to our lives every day.”


A couple and their bikesKimberly Langsam explored western Norway this summer with her husband, where they hiked, cycled and kayaked around the fjords there.

At the end of their adventure, she said she saw “no bad weather, just bad clothes”.

“The cold and rain was nice, especially compared to the rest of Europe (and Durham)!” said Langsam, program director for the Duke Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) in the Fuqua Business School.

A coastal seafood stew


Betsy Albright, Nicholas School practice teacher, posted this image on Instagram, showing one of the many great meals she enjoys on her trips to Ocracoke.

Albright said time on the fragile barrier island “helps me refocus on what’s important to protect, maintain and restore – the water and ecosystems we all depend on, as well as my own well-being. physical, spiritual and mental”.


Family around a hospital bed.

Duke Morrisville Emergency Care patient service associate Amy Kamfer reunited for a special time with much of her family in June to celebrate her grandmother King’s 96th birthday.

“We all got together for Grandma’s 96th birthday,” Kampfer said. “In this photo, there are five generations… She has dementia and Alzheimer’s and has good days and bad days. It was definitely one of his good days.


A horse and a deer

While hiking and camping in Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia, Felicia Shugar and her dog, Finn, came face-to-face with one of the wild ponies that live around one of the state’s tallest peaks in June. The pony spent much of the afternoon following them as they explored the area.

“It was his first time seeing a pony,” said Shugars, a perfusionist at Duke University Hospital. “We thought they would be afraid of us and the dogs, but it was like they were attracted to each other.”


A woman with a drawing on her head.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2022, Lindsay Johnson made an artistic decision by getting a henna design on her head amid the summer heat.

“I embraced the hot Durham summer and my newfound baldness by getting a henna crown design,” said Johnson, co-ordinator of Student Records in the Duke School of Nursing. “I felt fresher and liberated!”


a nice sunset

Database analyst Kara Bonneau completed a special 72-mile bike ride on August 4 while having dinner with his 11 aunts and uncles at a restaurant overlooking the water.

The photo of the sunset over the water came at the end of a long journey she had always wanted to take from her childhood home in Champlain, New York, to her grandparents’ farm in Troy, Vermont.

“Just when it looked like I couldn’t have asked for a better day, we left the restaurant for that sunset,” Bonneau wrote on Instagram.


a pool party

Colleagues at Duke Primary Care Butner-Creedmoor don’t just see yourself at work. They also get together regularly away from the office for fun activities, including a pool party this summer.

The event captured by Melanie Cangasa clinic health center administrator, included time spent cooling off in the pool, eating, and an open-mic karaoke performance.

“This was our office pool party to celebrate all the hard work our employees do every day here at DPC Butner-Creedmoor,” Cangas wrote. “All of our staff are there and we like to have fun as a working family!”


a father and his son fishing

Tambreial Kennedy took a priceless photo of her husband, Yusef, and son, Isaias, fishing during a July trip to River Pines in Moore County. Kennedy, a certified ophthalmic assistant, was joined on the trip by a few of her Duke’s Eye Center colleagues and their families.

Although they all had a great time, no fish were bothered.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t catch anything,” Kennedy said.

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