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Graduate School Welcomes Sondra Ponzi

Sondra Ponzi has recently joined the Graduate Student Affairs team in the Graduate School as Senior Program Coordinator for Student Development. Sondra is responsible for the daily coordination of services and programs that support graduate students, such as the Child Care Subsidy. She is also the point person for student group funding initiatives and guidance. Key components of her position consist of program planning and event management to implement The Graduate Schools signature events, such as the orientation for new students, the commencement activities for the Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony, and the Appreciation Week Activities for students.

Before relocating to North Carolina, Sondra served as Program Coordinator for the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs at Johns Hopkins University. In this position, she planned and coordinated social, community and recognition events and was able to cultivate strong working partnerships with faculty, students, and staff. Prior to this, she was Director of Special Events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Sondra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts from Salisbury University.
Sondra has already become a valuable contributor to Graduate Student Affairs initiatives, and is looking forward to her new challenges. She says, “It is an honor to be a part of the Duke University Graduate School staff. I am looking forward to working with graduate student groups and individuals and providing support, programs, and events to enhance the experience of graduate student life.”