The Johns Hopkins Gazette: September 11, 2000
Sep 11-18

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

English as a Second Language Classes -- The International Society of JHMI will hold registration for its English as a Second Language classes for the fall semester.

Classes are held at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, and stress conversational skills, grammar, writing and familiarity with American culture. Classes will take place at Homewood and in East Baltimore at various times.

Registration will take place on Sept. 11, 12 and 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. in 3 Reed Hall, 1620 McElderry St. Registration is in-person only. Classes cost $45 for a two-hour class per week, beginning the week of Sept. 25 and continuing through Dec. 16.

Hospice Volunteer Opportunities -- Johns Hopkins Home Hospice is seeking volunteers to work in a variety of capacities. Volunteers are needed for direct patient services, bereavement care and administrative/ office support. Training is provided.

The next training and orientation program will begin in October. For more information, call Jean McHale, volunteer coordinator, at 410-288-4692.

Surviving Loss Support Group -- The Counseling and Student Development Center will offer a support group for students who have experienced the death or terminal illness of a close relative or friend.

For information contact Sara Maggitti or Rosa Kim at 410-516-8278.

Seeking University Employees Involved with United Way -- Are you currently volunteering or receiving services at a United Way agency, or know someone at Hopkins who is? If so, would you be willing to share some of this information with your colleagues so that many can better understand the importance of the United Way in our Central Maryland community?

Local agencies such as Meals on Wheels, The Family Tree and Big Brothers, Big Sisters are just three of the praiseworthy examples of your campaign contributions at work. To participate, contact Judy Peregoff at 410-516-6060 or

Weight Watchers at Work -- Occupational Health Services is offering a "Weight Watchers at Work" class for Hopkins faculty and staff, Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. on the Homewood campus. The class will begin Sept. 27. An informational meeting will be held Wed., Sept. 20. Cost for the 10-week session is $80.

For more information, call Occupational Health Services at 410-516-0450.

Postdoctoral Fellows Orientation -- Open to new and current postdocs, the event is scheduled for Tues., Sept. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the West Lecture Hall of the Wood Basic Science Building. Speakers will include Levi Watkins, associate dean of postdoctoral affairs, as well as speakers presenting information on international services, benefits, parking, child care, library resources, e-mail access and science's "next wave."

Hazard Communication Training -- The Office of Health, Safety and Environment offers training programs to educate Hopkins personnel about maintaining safe work environments. Two programs are offered on a routine basis on the Homewood campus.

Hazard communication training helps employees find information associated with any material in their workplace. The training is required by federal and state law for all employees on a onetime basis. Employees hired in 1998, 1999 and 2000 received the training if they attended new employee orientation. All other employees should attend one of the hazard communication training sessions, scheduled to take place on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. in the Arellano Theater in Levering Union.

JHU employees who handle or are exposed to materials containing blood or body fluids as part of their normally assigned duties must attend a bloodborne pathogen training session once a year. This training is also mandated by federal and state law and Johns Hopkins University policy. The training is offered on the second Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in Arellano Theater in Levering Union.

The following are scheduled dates for the hazard communication and bloodborne pathogen safety training programs: Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, and in 2001, Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11 and May 9.

For more information, call the Office of Health, Safety and Environment at 410-516-8798.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities -- Undergraduate students looking for an opportunity to gain lab experience or to do research while earning credit or getting paid, should visit "Undergraduate Research Opportunities" on the School of Arts and Sciences Web page

The Web page is updated often; check the postings regularly. For more information, contact