Johns Hopkins Gazette | December 4, 2006
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 4, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 13



Voice Mail Changes

The deadline is approaching for all users of the Homewood and Mount Washington telecommunications systems to initialize their new mailboxes. A new voice mail system will go into effect on Friday, Dec. 15, and callers will not be able to leave messages in uninitialized mailboxes once the new system goes on line. In addition to providing enhanced features, the new voice mail system will allow for easy forwarding of messages between Homewood, Mount Washington, East Baltimore, Bayview and White Marsh. It also will bolster voice communications disaster recovery capabilities. Users can find instructions on how to initialize their new mailbox by going to and scrolling down to the "New VoiceMail Setup Instruction" link. Anyone with problems or questions should call JHU Telecom on 443-997-7628.


New ESL Courses

Two courses, Effective Presentations and Advanced Academic and Professional Writing, have been added to the spring English as a Second Language schedule. Effective Presentations is the third in the sequence of Intermediate and Advanced Listening/Speaking courses already offered. The prerequisite is 492.072 or an appropriate score on the placement exam given on the first night of class.

Students in Advanced Academic and Professional Writing will read and analyze the content, structure and style of a wide range of professional and academic writing in order to prepare their own articles, reports, critiques and proposals. The prerequisite is 492.077 or an appropriate score on the placement exam given on the first night of class.

Registration continues through Jan. 18. Tuition is $795 per course; JHU employees and their spouses are eligible for tuition remission through their Benefits Office. To download a registration/application form, go to

For more information, call the ESL office at 410-516-5431 or e-mail


Parkinson's Caregiver Group

The Parkinson's Caregiver Support Group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Johns Hopkins at Green Spring Station Pavilion II. The next meetings are scheduled for Dec. 7 and Jan. 4. For more information, contact Becky Dunlop at 410-955-8795.


Community Outreach

The Outreach Committee of BFSA is accepting donations of new toys and clothing items for families that it has adopted for the holidays. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 8. If you would like to donate or would like more information (regarding children's sizes), call Lori Hackett at 410-955-3880 or Debbie Roberts at 410-955-2992.


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