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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 18, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 18
In Brief


Baltimore Free University sets dates for spring registration

Registration for spring semester courses offered by the Baltimore Free University will be held during two brunches from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, and Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul St.

The registration sessions will provide an opportunity for enrollees to learn more about the informal non-degree-granting adult education program and its offerings and to meet the instructors, many of whom live in the community or are Johns Hopkins doctoral candidates, professors, students or alumni.

BFU, co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Social Concern and the Village Learning Place, features a wide array of personal enrichment, social issues and practical trade courses for a nominal registration fee of $10 per course. Classes already on the schedule include singing for beginners, relaxation through massage, ballroom dancing, an astronomy workshop, public speaking and a film series; more will be added before registration. The number of sessions varies from onetime workshops to courses that meet weekly for several weeks.

Classes begin in early February and end in mid-April; actual dates vary by course. Classes will be held on the Homewood campus and at various other locations, including the SEIU Union Hall at 611 N. Eutaw St. and Wydeye Cafe at 1704 Aliceanna St. For more information, call 410-516-4777 or go to


Contributions needed for Jan. 27 professional clothing drive

Got new duds for the holidays? Then now is a great time to donate your new or gently used professional clothing, including business-casual, to Paul's Place, through the JHU Professional Clothing Drive. Paul's Place is an outreach center in southwest Baltimore whose mission is to strengthen the community through programs that help area residents in need help themselves move toward dignity, self-esteem and self-sufficiency.

The clothing will be picked up on Thursday, Jan. 27, so contributions may be delivered through Jan. 26 to any of the 11 coordinators located at Johns Hopkins sites throughout the city. To find the location nearest you, go to or contact Matt Smith at 410-516-0345 or

Men's and women's clothing must be bagged or boxed separately and labeled to facilitate delivery.


English as a Second Language classes set for employees and families

Registration continues until Thursday, Jan. 21, for English as a Second Language courses, which are designed to help students, staff and their families whose native language is not English sharpen their oral and written communication skills in order to increase their effectiveness at work, at school or in social settings.

Spring courses, which begin on Jan. 31 and will be held on evenings and Saturdays, include Strengthening Oral Communication Skills, Enhancing Fluency for Oral Proficiency Tests and Reading and Writing English.

Applicants should contact their benefits offices for information on possible tuition remission. For course descriptions and registration information, go to

or contact the Krieger School's Language Teaching Center in 511 Krieger Hall, Homewood campus, 410-516-5431 or



Due to an editing error, the URL for the message board coordinating Johns Hopkins' tsunami relief efforts was incorrect in last week's Gazette. The correct URL is

In the same issue, Procter & Gamble was misspelled in a story about an award being given to A.G. Lafley, the company's chairman, president and CEO, by the Johns Hopkins American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.


Johns Hopkins offers program for western Maryland educators

Johns Hopkins, in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education, is offering a graduate program to prepare teachers of students with visual impairments in western Maryland. The certificate program is open to special education teachers currently working in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Carroll and Frederick counties.

Offered by SPSBE's Graduate Division of Education, the program will give participants the knowledge and skills necessary to provide accommodations and appropriate instruction to students with low vision or blindness. Scholarships equal to 75 percent of tuition will be available to those who qualify.

Courses will be scheduled in the early evenings and Saturday and will be held in a central location in western Maryland. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be expected to work for two years in a Maryland school. For more information, contact program coordinator Julianne Taylor at 410-516-8393 or


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