The Johns Hopkins Gazette: May 20, 2002
May 20, 2002
VOL. 31, NO. 35


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Commencement coverage will be available online

Those graduates, families and friends leaving Hopkins campuses behind after commencement ceremonies will have two opportunities to view coverage of the the events from afar.

The May 28 issue of The Gazette, which will include articles and photographs, will be available online at

Also, the Office of News and Information at Homewood is producing an online slide show of the morning's universitywide ceremonies and the afternoon undergraduate ceremonies. It will include sound bites from graduates, speakers and family members and will be accompanied by original music by junior Daniel Davis, an art history/music composition major who was named in February to USA Today's 2002 All-USA College Academic First Team. The slide show will be available the week of June 3 at

Homewood seniors choose a playful class gift

Life is all fun and games after graduation, right? Homewood's wizened class of 2002 knows that isn't exactly true, so its gift to future generations of Hopkins students will be a video game room in Levering Union.

In a vote earlier this spring, seniors picked the game room over two other possible gifts.

The winning choice will bring several video game consoles such as Sony Playstation 2, the X Box from Microsoft and Nintendo Game Cube to a room in Levering Union. Arcade-style games like Ms. Pac Man and foosball could join the pack, too, if the students raise enough money. Organizers say it would be nice if they could collect $5,000.

"[The game room] is something different, something that would create a sense of community on campus," says Stephen Goutman, senior class president."It will be a good place for students to hang out during the middle of the day. Right now, Levering's not much of a union, and this will help take that first step."

So far, seniors have pledged a little more than $2,000, says Charbel Barakat, chairman of the gift committee. Donations can be made by visiting Under the heading "Designation of Gift/Pledge," select "Senior Class Gift-2002."

BFSA to hold conference for minorities in the workplace

The Black Faculty and Staff Association is sponsoring a half-day conference designed to help minorities achieve professional and personal objectives in an increasingly diverse workplace. Organizers say that attendees will have the opportunity to hear dynamic speakers, attend meaningful workshops and network with colleagues.

Titled "Empowering Our Community," the conference will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 20 in Turner Auditorium on the East Baltimore campus.

Speakers and presenters are Sharon Fries-Britt, an assistant professor in the Department of Education Policy, Planning and Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park; Eugene Schnell, director of Organization, Development and Diversity and senior organization development specialist at Hopkins; journalist Keith Reed, who writes for the Baltimore Business Journal, Savoy magazine and; Jonathan B. Williams, diversity recruitment specialist, Americorp Corporation for National Service; radio personality Richard Rowe of WEAA, Morgan State Radio; diversity consultant Cecy Kuruvilla of Kuruvilla Associates; and Christopher Gibbons, associate director of the Urban Health Institute at Hopkins.

The cost of the event is $50 per person, including lunch and parking. For more information, contact Lori N. Hackett at 410-614-5475 or Regine Laforest-Sharif at

'The Gazette' announces biweekly schedule for summer

The Gazette will begin its summer biweekly schedule after the May 28 issue, which is being published on a Tuesday because of the May 27 observance of Memorial Day. The summer issues will be published June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19. The weekly schedule will resume after Labor Day.

Classified submissions and calendar listings for events between May 28 and June 10 must be received by noon on Wednesday, May 22. For all other issues, the deadline is noon on Monday one week before publication.

Army ROTC commissioning ceremony planned for May 22

Cadets in the Johns Hopkins University ROTC program will receive their military assignments on Wednesday, May 22, at a ceremony that also marks the 85th anniversary of the program.

In addition to the Army ROTC cadets receiving the rank of second lieutenant, three graduates from the School of Medicine will receive commissions with the rank of captain. The guest speaker, Maj. Gen. Lester Martinez-Lopez, is commander of Fort Detrick and an alumnus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. in Shriver Hall on the Homewood campus.


In the May 13 issue, a photograph of a guest at the farewell gala honoring outgoing board chairman Michael Bloomberg was incorrectly identified. The man pictured with Bloomberg and President William R. Brody is alumnus Westley Moore, a Rhodes Scholar who graduated in 2001.