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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University June 9, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 37
In Brief


Info sessions scheduled for Charles Street Trolley plan

Plans for a Charles Street Corridor Trolley between the Inner Harbor and University Parkway are advancing, and students, faculty and staff are invited to join business leaders, community members and residents who are interested in learning more about plans to implement the service.

The Charles Street Development Corp. will be hosting two information sessions this month to share the results of the last year of study and to gather community feedback. These open houses will not feature a presentation but will allow the JHU community and others to ask questions and learn more about the project.

Johns Hopkins has been both an active participant and strong supporter of the conceptual plans and early engineering studies for the trolley, which would run north on Charles Street and south on St. Paul Street. The university views this service as a potential amenity for visitors, students, neighborhood residents and commuters who live along or near the proposed route.

The first session will be on Thursday, June 12, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway, and the second on Monday, June 23, at the Belvedere Hotel, 1 E. Chase St. Both will be held between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. For more information, and to see a simulation of the proposed trolley's trip, go to:


Annual Johns Hopkins Picnic marks official start of summer

Summer fun starts with the annual Johns Hopkins University Picnic, a family event for staff, faculty, students, retirees and their families and friends, scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 20, on the grounds of Johns Hopkins at Eastern. Games, entertainment and picnic fare are all just $2, free for kids 3 and under. Tickets are limited and are being sold only in advance; a list of sellers and purchasing policies can be found at:

There are a number of fun things for volunteers to do, and many volunteers are needed. Admission for volunteers is free, and each will receive a complimentary picnic shirt. To volunteer, contact Jackie Coe in the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs, which runs the event, at or 410-516-6060.

Due to ongoing construction, children's activities will be in the upper west parking lot. Free parking is available on the Ellerslie Lot, and extra shuttle service will be provided.


SAIS hosts event to help Iraqi allies prepare for careers in U.S.

Two nonprofit organizations, Upwardly Global and the List Project, and Manpower Inc. have teamed up to connect Iraqi refugees who worked for the U.S. government, military or American contractors and NGOs within Iraq to professional jobs in the United States. The three groups are collaborating to offer a first-of-its-kind career orientation workshop for 44 Iraqi refugees, which will be held at SAIS today, June 9.

The daylong workshop, taking place throughout the Rome Building, will include sessions on resume writing, interviewing techniques and developing networking skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with Washington-area employers at a breakfast and during roundtable discussions.

Many of the expected participants risked their lives working as translators, interpreters, project managers and cultural advisers to serve the U.S. government and its contractors in Iraq. Now safely resettled in the United States, they seek the tools and contacts that will lead to employment and lasting economic security for their families.


'Simpsons Movie' kicks off outdoor film series at Homewood

The first of five family-friendly movies to be screened, free of charge, on Friday nights this summer on Homewood's Keyser Quadrangle will be shown on Friday, June 20. The Simpsons Movie will begin at dark and will be preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a music performance by FFHH.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Hot dogs, burgers, nachos, candy and drinks will be sold. No alcoholic beverages permitted. The rain location for this film is Mudd Hall Auditorium.

Other films in the series are June 27, October Sky with a pre-show performance by August; July 11, Ratatouille, with strolling magicians and balloon artistry; July 18, Stardust, with a pre-show performance by Fools & Horses; July 25, Some Like It Hot, with a pre-show performance by Felicia Carter.

The films are presented by the Office of Summer and Intersession Programs. For more information, call 410-516-4548 or go to:


Scholarships available for high school engineering course

The Engineering Innovation office is still accepting applications to its summer engineering course, has waived the application fee and has generous scholarship funds available.

What is Engineering? is a four-week course designed for motivated high school students interested in exploring the world of engineering. Students will have the opportunity to earn three transferable Johns Hopkins college credits while studying engineering concepts and taking part in hands-on experiments.

Offered at the Homewood and Montgomery County campuses, the course runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays from June 30 to July 25. Prerequisites are algebra II with some trigonometry and a lab science. Tuition is $1,830.

For more information, go to: or call 410-516-6224.


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