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A game approach to Commencement
Illustrator Mike McConnell's memories of his own commencement-- from the Maryland Institute, College of Art--are foggy: "It was hot. I had black on. It was outside," he recalls. But that didn't prevent him from creating a world rich with visual puns and whimsical detail in Diplomaville, the uniquely Hopkins game "for 2 to 4 players." The Maryland-based McConnell, whose work has been featured in the Washington Post and the Washingtonian, travels with sketchbook in hand to exotic locales around the world; his humorous maps, menus, envelopes, and postcards capture his experiences.

Field trip to the Brooklyn Museum
In the day he spent at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Baltimore photographer Steve Spartana was struck by the number of schoolchildren he spied taking tours, sketching works, and listening to talks from curators. His aim for our cover shot: to show how museum director Arnold Lehman (MA '66) is "bringing into focus his vision for the museum, of integrating it with the community." Using computer technology, Spartana melded together two different shots--a close-up portrait of Lehman, and a crisply focused shot of the Brooklyn skyline--to create the cover portrait. --SD

Illustrator Charles Beyl ("Ruminations") lives in Mountville, Pennsylvania. He can be reached at
Photographer Tracey Brown ("Study of a Lifetime") lives in Baltimore. Contact her via the web at
Writer Mike Field, whose articles appear in this issue's Alumni Notes and News section, is based in Baltimore.
Writer Jeff Labrecque '95 ("Ruminations") is an editor with Bishop Books in New York City.
Photographer Mark Lee, who captured sociology professor Katrina Bell McDonald in "Issues of Identity," lives in Baltimore. He can be reached by calling 410-663-3479.
Illustrator Mike McConnell created "Diplomaville," the action-packed "board game" that appeared in the print edition of Johns Hopkins Magazine. Visit his website at
Illustrator Terry Miura ("Study of a Lifetime") lives and works in Roseville, California. Visit his website at
Illustrator Marc Mongeau ("Gray Matters") can be reached through the Marlena Agency in Princeton, N.J., 609-252-9405.
Illustrator Bruno Paciulli ("Essay") is based in Baltimore. He can be reached by calling 410-377-7714.
Michael Purdy ("Gray Matters") is a science writer living in Baltimore.
Photographer Stephen Spartana, who shot this issue's cover and cover story, lives in Sparks, Maryland. Visit his website at
Photographer Jay Van Rensselaer ( "Updates") directs the Homewood Photographer Center in Merganthaler Hall. Contact the lab by calling 410-516-5332.
Elaine F. Weiss ( "The Study of a Lifetime") is a freelance journalist living in Baltimore. She can be reached at

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