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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 10, 2007 | Vol. 37 No. 2
In Brief


JHU-Community Get-Together set for Saturday at Barnes & Noble

The university hosts the third annual Johns Hopkins University-Community Get-Together this week in a new location: in front of Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins in Charles Village. The informal event, scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, is designed to help foster positive relations and promote partnerships between Johns Hopkins and its neighbors and will include light refreshments, entertainment and a raffle.

JHU divisions and student groups that would like to reserve a table at the event to promote their work and/or initiate partnerships should e-mail by the end of business today, Sept. 10.


JHU's 2007 NCAA lacrosse champs honored at Oriole Park

Lacrosse head coach Dave Pietramala, who played baseball before switching to lacrosse in high school, got to try out his pitching arm on Friday night, when the 2007 NCAA champion Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team was honored at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in a ceremony preceding the game between the Red Sox and Orioles. As part of the festivities, Pietramala was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, with all returning players and a majority of the seniors from the 2007 team on hand. This is the first time the Johns Hopkins lacrosse team has been honored in this manner.

The Blue Jays relied heavily this year on a core of players from Maryland, among them goalie Jesse Schwartzman, midfielder Paul Rabil, attackmen Jake Byrne and Kevin Huntley, defensemen Michael Evans and Eric Zerrlaut, and midfielder Michael Kimmel. In all, 20 of the 48 players who earned a championship ring hail from Maryland.


JHU's 'Sage' collection on view during city's Mencken weekend

As part of the annual Mencken Weekend beginning this year on Saturday, Sept. 15, Cynthia Requardt, the William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Special Collections at the university's Sheridan Libraries, will welcome visitors to the George Peabody Library from noon to 2 p.m. that day to view the newly acquired George H. Thompson Collection of H.L. Mencken.

The collection of nearly 6,000 books, articles, letters, photographs and other items amassed over 44 years by an Ohio accountant with a passion for the "Sage of Baltimore" is believed to be the largest privately held collection of items associated with writer and journalist H.L. Mencken.

The George Peabody Library is located at 17 E. Mount Vernon Place.

The Mencken Weekend is a collaboration of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Mencken Society, Maryland Historical Society, Peabody Opera Theatre, Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries and Society to Preserve H.L. Mencken's Legacy; for more information, go to


Ricky Skaggs concert to benefit Kimmel Cancer Center program

On Sunday evening, Sept. 30, Paul Reed Smith Guitars and the Harry J. Duffey Family Patient and Family Services Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center will host blue grass legend and 12-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs with Kentucky Thunder and guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel in a concert to benefit the Living With Cancer Resource Program at the Kimmel Cancer Center.

As part of the event, to be held at the Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts in Owings Mills, Md., Smith will host a live auction in which guests will have the chance to bid on guitars autographed by some of today's hottest artists, and on golf trips across the country. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour; the concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 or six for $500. For more information, go to or e-mail


Advanced Academic Programs offers student counseling service

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advanced Academic Programs last week introduced the Graduate Student Assistance Program, a free resource for all current students of AAP.

In announcing the GSAP, Sarah Steinberg, associate dean of AAP, described the program as a professional, confidential service that can help students manage everyday issues, from stress and family conflicts to personal problems and work/school/life balance.

Counselors, located in the Washington/Baltimore/Rockville corridor, will meet with students to evaluate their concerns and make recommendations. For more information, go to, e-mail or call 443-997-7000 or 866-764-2317 (toll free).


SAIS to host foreign policy forum featuring Congressman Ron Paul

SAIS will hold a forum titled "Foreign Policy: A View From a Presidential Candidate," at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Hosted by the SAIS Center on Politics and Foreign Relations, Financial Times and the JHU Center for the Study of American Government, the forum will feature Ron Paul, Republican congressman from Texas and 2008 presidential candidate; Chrystia Freeland, U.S. managing editor of Financial Times; and Robert Guttman, CPFR director.

The session will be held in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to CPFR at or 202-587-3237.


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