Graveside remembrance of Mr. Hopkins to be held Dec. 24
Everything that Johns Hopkins University and Johns
Hopkins Health System accomplish for the
world has sprung from the clear vision and remarkable
generosity of just one man.
The annual observance in honor of that man — Mr.
Johns Hopkins — will take place at his grave in
Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore at 10 a.m. on Wednesday,
Dec. 24. That day is the 135th
anniversary of his death. All are invited.
Mr. Hopkins left $7 million in his will to establish a
university and hospital, two small
organizations that nevertheless revolutionized higher
education and health care and evolved into the
worldwide Johns Hopkins Institutions we know today.
The brief informal Christmas Eve ceremony, arranged by
university Vice President and
Secretary Emeritus Ross Jones, will include remembrances of
Mr. Hopkins and a wreath laying.
To reach the gravesite, enter the cemetery at the main
gate along Greenmount Avenue, about
five blocks south of North Avenue; drive straight up the
hill and park near the crest. For more
information, contact Dennis O'Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Group to present agenda for improving Baltimore
A group of university researchers, community members
and city school leaders known as the
Baltimore Education Research Consortium will present its
agenda for improving student performance
and lowering the dropout rate at a public meeting on
Tuesday, Dec. 16.
Educational research scientists from Johns Hopkins and
Morgan State universities, as well as
Andres Alonso, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, will
discuss the short- and long-term goals of
their partnership, which aims to conduct and disseminate
strategic data analysis and research for the
benefit of children and families of Baltimore. Over the
next three years, BERC will conduct eight
projects to identify school and classroom practices that
equip students for success at the elementary,
middle grades and high school levels.
The program will be led by BERC co-directors Stephen
Plank of Johns Hopkins and Obed
Norman of Morgan State.
The meeting will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in
Room 210 of the Morgan State University
Student Center, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane. Complimentary
parking is available in the MSU garage on
Krieger, Peabody students collaborate in musical
About 50 undergraduates in the Krieger School's
Introduction to Western Music History class
assembled at the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center on
Saturday, Dec. 6, to hear six world
premieres, all with the same title: "Song of the
As a concluding assignment, instructor Andrew Talle,
chair of the Musicology Department at
asked the students to review six musical settings of a poem
written by Decker Professor
in the Humanities
John Irwin, who writes poetry under the pseudonym John
Bricuth. The new
compositions, by five Peabody graduate students and one
2007 alum, were sung by mezzo-soprano
Diane Schaming, a Peabody graduate student. The
instrumentation, specified in the commission, was
violin, viola, cello (played by Talle) and vibraphone.
The students were not told which of the composers
— Jenny Beck, Douglas Buchanan, John
Crouch, Ruby Fulton, Lonnie Hevia and Ying-Chen Kao —
wrote a particular setting until the votes for
the most successful were counted. Crouch, a graduate of
Peabody's master of music program now
working toward his doctorate, was named the winner of a
cash prize at the "awards ceremony" the
"John's piece was among the only entries which was
recognizably tonal, had memorable melodies
and used the violin, viola, cello and vibraphone to create
a thick and supple texture," Talle said. He
noted that it combined elements of music by Puccini and
Brahms with elements of American popular
music from the 1920s, appropriate for a poem dedicated to
City gives award to Memory & Alzheimer's Treatment
The Johns Hopkins Memory & Alzheimer's Treatment
Center recently received the 2008
Barbara Mikulski Award from the Baltimore City Commission
on Aging and Retirement Education in
recognition of its community involvement.
The Memory Center has worked for five years with the
commission to increase community
access to care, education and research for Alzheimer's and
other memory disorders. In 2008, it
hosted several educational programs on the Johns Hopkins
Bayview campus, including a research
participant appreciation forum and A Journey to Hope, a
conference providing information and support
to patients and their caregivers.
This issue of 'Gazette' is last for semester; next will be
This is the last issue of The Gazette for the
semester; the next issue will appear on Jan. 5. The
deadline for calendar and classified submissions for that
issue is noon on Friday, Dec. 26.
The Dec. 8 story on snow closings contained an
incorrect link for the university's policy on
weather-related curtailment of operations. The correct URL
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