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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University June 21, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 38
In Brief


Family, friends of Chris Elser create scholarship in his honor

The family and friends of Chris Elser, who was stabbed and killed inside his fraternity house in April, have established the Christopher B. Elser Scholarship to celebrate his life and carry forward what he lived for — his friends, soccer, his studies and the community around him.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to a bright and talented student who shares Elser's passion for athletics and dedication to community. His family hopes that this scholarship will be awarded to an upperclassman already attending Johns Hopkins; in turn, the student receiving this needed financial support will keep Elser's vibrant spirit alive on the JHU campus and beyond.

To inquire about supporting the scholarship, contact Sara Rubin, director of development in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, at 410-516-8722.


Congressional praise for new JHU Baltimore Scholars Program

Reps. Benjamin Cardin and Elijah Cummings of Maryland responded to the announcement of Johns Hopkins' new Baltimore Scholars Program, which provides full tuition to accepted graduates of city public schools, by spreading the word: The two men sent an article that appeared in the June 2 Baltimore Sun to all their colleagues in Congress.

Stating that these types of programs "have the potential of going a long way in helping a frequently underserved population come closer to realizing their college dreams," the men wrote, "We would like to praise Johns Hopkins University for this meaningful effort and hope that other universities around the country will do the same."

For more on the JHU program, go to


CCP wins regional Emmy for HIV/AIDS documentary

A documentary co-produced by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health / Center for Communication Programs won an Emmy Award June 12 at a gala event in Washington, D.C. The 29-minute HIV Positive Voices received the award for the Best Documentary aired in 2003 by a local television station in the National Capital/Chesapeake Bay Region.

In HIV Positive Voices, four Baltimore residents living with HIV tell their stories, including how they got infected and how HIV/AIDS impacts their lives. One segment focuses on a woman who details a path of self-destruction that stemmed from her discovery that she was HIV positive from a brief relationship in college; another, on a teenager who was infected perinatally.

Baltimore has one of the highest AIDS rates in the nation, ranking third in reported AIDS cases per 100,000 population.

CCP and Stuart Television Productions of Concord, Mass., co-produced the documentary, which also will be recognized in July at the International AIDS Conference in Bangkok and featured in an exhibit by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency in Times Square, New York City, in October.


Principals named for city schools guided by JHU researchers

Principals have been named for the two innovation high schools opening in Baltimore City this fall under the guidance of Johns Hopkins researchers.

Veteran city educator Jeffrey Robinson will lead the citywide nonselective Baltimore Talent Development High School, a collaboration between the Baltimore City Public Schools and the university's Center for Social Organization of Schools. Opening with about 180 ninth-graders, it will be located at 1500 Harlem Ave. Robinson most recently was an assistant principal at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

The Academy for College and Career Exploration, sponsored by the Mayor's Office of Employment Development in partnership with JHU's Institute for Policy Studies, will be headed by Christopher Ndeki Maher, formerly director of education for the Baltimore-based Advocates for Children and Youth. The new school, hoping to open with 150 ninth-graders, is located within the Samuel L. Banks Professional Development Center at 2500 E. Northern Parkway. Its mission is to help Baltimore high school students develop a love of learning, a constructive direction for their lives and confidence in their own abilities to succeed.

Both schools will add a grade each year.


JHU pitcher drafted by Detroit in 21st round of MLB draft

International studies major Matthew Righter graduated from Johns Hopkins in May with more than a great education; his success on the Blue Jays baseball team brought him an offer from the Detroit Tigers. The righthander from Clarion, Pa., was selected by the Tigers in the 21st round of the 2004 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 15. He is expected to join the Oneonta Tigers, Detroit's Class A affiliate in the New York-Penn League.

Righter, an All-Centennial Conference First Team selection this year, was chosen with the 613th pick of the draft, the highest a Johns Hopkins player has ever been taken in the draft.


Miracle Network Telethon meets goal for Children's Center

The 21st annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon, aired live on WMAR-TV on June 6, met its goal of a "million-dollar day" to benefit care at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Funds will support the Child Life department, which helps to meet the emotional needs of pediatric patients through special activities such as medical play therapy; bereavement programs for families who have lost a child; child safety programs; and other projects.


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