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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 3, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 24
In Brief


Business Dean Gupta elected to board of accrediting organization

Yash Gupta, inaugural dean of the Carey Business School, has been elected to the board of directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Gupta's three-year term on the governing body of the association, also known as AACSB International, will begin July 1.

Founded in 1916, the association is composed of more than 1,100 educational institutions, businesses and other organizations in 70 countries that are dedicated to the advancement of business education worldwide. It is the longest-serving and largest global accrediting body for business schools offering undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. The association also is the business education community's professional development organization, conducting a wide array of conference and seminar programs around the world.

Gupta, who assumed the deanship of the Carey Business School on Jan. 1, has served as dean of the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, dean of the University of Washington Business School and head of the College of Business and Administration at the University of Colorado at Denver.


Nominations due March 14 for Christopher B. Elser Prizes

Nominations are now open for the Christopher B. Elser Prizes, established by family and friends of the Elser family as a memorial to the life of Christopher B. Elser, a member of the JHU Class of 2007.

The prizes are presented to a junior or senior who demonstrates an active commitment to community service, a record of participation and leadership in campus life and activities, a passion for athletics and academic achievement.

Nominations, which must be received by Friday, March 14, may be submitted by faculty, staff and students. Self-nominations are permitted. Nomination forms can be downloaded at or can be picked up in the Office of the Dean of Student Life, 102 Levering Hall.

The Christopher B. Elser Prizes consist of up to two monetary awards and will be presented each spring semester at the JHU Student Leadership Awards program.


HSO's concert for kids offers 'Fireworks & Swordplay'

The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra's 16th annual Free Concert for Children and Families, Fireworks & Swordplay, will feature music from Tchaikovsky's violin concerto and Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet. Music director Jed Gaylin will conduct the one-hour program, with Canadian solo violinist Kai Gleusteen. After the concert, the whole audience will be invited onstage to meet the musicians and see their instruments up close.

Part of the orchestra's 25th anniversary celebration, the concert will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, in Homewood's Shriver Hall. No tickets or reservations are needed.

The concert is supported by grants from Mayor Sheila Dixon and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, and from the Maryland State Arts Council.

A grown-ups' version of the concert will be given in Shriver Hall on Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m., with a 2 p.m. talk by Gaylin and James Kinstle, artistic director of the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. Gleusteen will play the entire Tchaikovsky violin concerto, and the orchestra will play the combined Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet suites.

Gleusteen, who hails from Canada, is concertmaster of the Orchestra del Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain, and creator of his own chamber orchestra, the Kaimerata. A favorite with Hopkins Symphony audiences, he is making his second appearance in three years.


JHU Evergreen Society receives grant, announces name change

The Evergreen Society, part of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences' Advanced Academic Programs' Center for Liberal Arts, will now be called the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University in recognition of a grant it has received from the Osher Foundation.

The grant will be used for program enhancements, including the hiring of additional faculty and lecturers, and money for scholarships and marketing.

The Osher Foundation, which seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts, currently supports 119 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes on university and college campuses in 48 states and the District of Columbia.

The Johns Hopkins program offers noncredit courses for retired and semiretired individuals in a wide range of topics including art, history, philosophy and literature. Courses are offered at the Montgomery County Campus, the Columbia Center and, in Baltimore, at the Grace United Methodist Church.


SAIS hosts screening, talk with director of documentary

SAIS will host a screening today, March 3, of They Come in the Name of Helping: A Call for Respect and Humility, a documentary that looks at international philanthropy and development projects from the perspectives of young adults living in Africa. Following the screening, there will be a discussion with Peter Brock, the film's director.

The event begins at 6 p.m. in Room 500 of the Bernstein-Offit Building.


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