Johns Hopkins Gazette | January 30, 2006
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 30, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 19



Homewood Traditions

Members of the Johns Hopkins community are being asked by a new Traditions Committee to submit their favorite Homewood traditions or to suggest new ones. These might be communitywide efforts such as Spring Fair or the Tutorial Project, or those particular to a group, fraternity/sorority or club. The traditions might be new, such as the Lighting of the Quad or Dorm Wars, or something old.

As a starting point, the committee is cataloging the traditions, and is inviting students, faculty and staff to join in this effort. To describe and submit favorites and suggest new possibilities, go to

The committee, which meets once a month, also welcomes new members; the next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 3. Upcoming projects include interviewing alumni during Homecoming and digitizing historic photos from the MSEL archives for display around campus.


Black History Month Book Club Selection

The Black Student Union's Black History Month Committee in conjunction with the Center for Africana Studies, the Black Faculty and Staff Association and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs invites the Hopkins community to join in the reading of their Black History Month book club selection, 72 Hour Hold by award-winning author Bebe Moore Campbell. Campbell will participate in a book discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Space is limited, so if you are interested in participating in this program, RSVP to Carla Hopkins at or to the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at 410-516-2224.


JHU Summer Day Sports Camp

The JHU Summer Day Sports Camp will begin its 40th year of operation on June 19. The camp, which is operated primarily as a service to the faculty, staff, alumni and neighbors of the Hopkins community is for boys and girls ages 5 to 13. The directors will be Brad Mountcastle, head athletic trainer; Bill Nelson, men's basketball coach; and Robert Babb, head baseball coach.

The camp is planned with the idea that each participant will have an opportunity to experiment with a variety of activities (mainly sports) under the guidance of competent and concerned counselors, comprising JHU staff, schoolteachers and college students. Some nonathletic activities will also be offered, particularly to younger campers.

Parents will be responsible for transportation to and from camp and for their children's lunch. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Campers may be dropped off as early as 8:15 a.m. and picked up as late as 5:10 p.m.; there will be an additional charge of $1 per minute for supervision after 5:10 p.m.

Enrollment will be capped, and all campers are guaranteed a spot if registered with a nonrefundable deposit by May 1.

For more information, contact Robert Babb at 410-516-7485 or by e-mail to


Donations to Greenmount Recreation Center

The JHU Center for Social Concern is celebrating its 10th year of partnership with Baltimore City's Greenmount Recreation Center. The Greenmount Rec Center has submitted a wish list of needed items such as a pool table, copier and a piano.

Members of the Hopkins community wishing to donate an item may contact Bill Tiefenwerth at 410-516-4777 or by e-mail to


Medical Spanish Course Offerings

JHHS and JHU faculty, students and staff are encouraged to enroll in one of two medical Spanish courses offered by the School of Medicine and beginning this week on the East Baltimore campus.

Advanced Beginning Spanish for Health Professionals is designed to reawaken previous language study and will provide a forum for development of additional basic skills and specific medical terminology. Students will experience the five major areas of learning: speaking, listening, reading, writing and culture. Students who studied high school or college Spanish are eligible for this class, which will meet for 15 consecutive Thursdays beginning Feb. 2 (excluding Feb. 16 and 23) from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. in 113-114 Preclinical teaching Building.

Intermediate Spanish for Health Professionals is designed to provide students with the specific medical vocabulary and terminology necessary to communicate with and help treat Latino patients with limited English proficiency. Most of the course will be taught in Spanish, and students are therefore expected to have basic functional fluency and conversation abilities. Class will meet for 15 consecutive Thursdays beginning Feb. 2 (excluding Feb. 16 and 23) from 5 to 7 p.m. in 113-114 Preclinical Teaching Building.

Registration is limited for both courses; please attempt to enroll before Tuesday, Jan. 31. Contact the Registrar's Office at 410-955-3080 to register or for additional information.

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