Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 22, 1996

Eight Faculty, Staff to be Honored at Martin Luther King Jr. Event

MLK's daughter to 
speak at awards 

   The Hopkins Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Event will be
held at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the Turner Auditorium on the
East Baltimore campus. 

    This year's featured speaker will be the Rev. Bernice King,
daughter of the slain civil rights leader and the pastor of the
Greater Rising Star Baptist Church in Atlanta.

      The Hopkins tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. was first
organized by Levi Watkins, associate dean of the School of
Medicine and professor of cardiac surgery. 

      During the program, the Johns Hopkins Martin Luther King
Jr. Awards will be presented to university faculty and staff. The
award was created to recognize and make role models of Hopkins
employees who perform volunteer work in the community.

     The following is a profile of the eight members of the
university community who will be honored during this year's

Teresa Tufano
     Psychiatric Therapist
     Outpatient Psychiatry
     The Johns Hopkins Hospital

     Teresa Tufano is the founder and director of the Latin
American Folklore Group, which is committed to the performance of
songs and dances from Latin American countries in order to allow
American audiences to know the richness and diversity of Latin
culture. Tufano is an active member of the Women of Color Task
Force and has served on the Baltimore City Commission for Women.
She has helped strengthen the provision of necessary psychiatric
counseling for the Latino population. She has volunteered many
hours of counseling to recently arrived immigrants of marginal
economic means and has been instrumental in the ongoing effort to
offer solace to those victims of torture and repression who have
come from the Third World to this country.

Nathaniel Grogan
     Security Officer
     Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

     Nathaniel Grogan spends 25 to 30 hours a week as one of the
original members of the "Mighty Men of God" with Bethel AME
Church to enhance the role of black men in family and community
life. Nathaniel combines his sincere belief in the worth of his
fellow man with his desire to be a positive image for today's
youth, who often do not have male role models within their
community. He has organized security patrols for Booker T.
Washington School to ensure children's safety and is a mentor to
three Walbrook High and Booker T. Washington students.  In
addition, he has collaborated on a soon-to-be-initiated prison
ministry service to reach black men within the city detention

Karen Schrader
     Research Associate
     Howard Hughes Medical Institute
     Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

     Karen Schrader is the founder/organizer of the Reading for
Life Program, a program pairing students with reading partners
from JHMI. Since its inception last summer over 45 children and
parents from Tench Tilghman elementary school have joined this
program. Schrader started a lending library to assist the
students and has solicited donations of over 200 books. Students
in this program have discovered that reading is fun and have
developed valuable relationships with supportive role models from
JHMI. Schrader has created this program including weekly snacks
without any funding beyond contributions of materials.

Marion D'Lugoff
     Assistant Professor
     Department of Community Health Nursing
     School of Nursing

     Marion D'Lugoff has worked for more than nine years to
ensure the growth of the Transitional Housing Program, an
organization that provides housing, training and support to
homeless families. She provides health screens and education
programs for adults and children, arranges for volunteer nursing
students and Americorps volunteers, prepares grants and funding
proposals, creates programs and staff development, and makes
referrals for citywide services. D'Lugoff has also been
instrumental in developing community partnerships with other
agencies and services provided in the city. Through her
involvement with THP, D'Lugoff reflects her steadfast commitment
to helping homeless families rebuild their lives.

Armenta M. Jones
     Administrative Assistant
     Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union
     School of Hygiene and Public Health

     Armenta M. Jones was fed up with all the news stories of
children neglected by the system and their families, so two years
ago she established a program to give children the attention that
might change the direction of their futures. Through her church
and with the help of teachers, psychologists and volunteers,
Jones has established a Saturday Academy for children from Harlem
Park Elementary School who have been identified by their schools
as being at-risk.  Today, despite challenges in procuring
funding, approximately 12 children attend the program designed to
provide them with lessons, songs, games, field trips and prayer.

Vernon Rice
     Auto Mechanic
     Facilities Management
     Homewood Campus

     When Vernon Rice leaves campus at the end of his shift, his
work is far from done.  Each day, he stops by St. Anthony's
Church to pick up anywhere between five and 15 messages from
people in the community who need food, prescriptions filled,
financial assistance to prevent evictions and utility shut-offs,
or counseling.  Last year alone, he responded to more than 1,900
calls for help and personally visited almost 700 families.
Preferring modestly to "remain in the woodwork," Rice makes a
visible difference to the people who face every day the
challenges of poverty.

Benedict A. Dorsey
     Associate Director
     Student Financial Services
     Homewood Student Affairs

     Benedict A. Dorsey shows he cares about his community in
many ways. He runs a volunteer ministry in Charles Village that
includes a food closet, clothes closet, a Biblical Institute to
help children (ages 5-13) with communications skills through the
study of the Bible and a Young Men's Rap Session (ages 12-25). 
He personally provides emergency financial assistance to the
needy, and free bereavement counseling and funeral services to
families of the victims of crime-related death. He visits the
elderly and helps with their medical care. At Hopkins, he   
mentors and counsels students, directs two African American
productions each year, serves as the unpaid adviser for the JHU
Gospel Choir and assists with Black History Month activities. 

Michael Paradise
     Program for Alcohol and Other Drug Dependencies
     The Johns Hopkins Hospital

     For the past two years, Michael Paradise has volunteered at
the Baltimore American Indian Center. He provides substance abuse
in-service training for center staff and leads the weekly
substance abuse treatment/education group, which he established.
Paradise volunteers at weekend pow-wows and health fairs,
providing valuable outreach services to Native Americans in East
Baltimore. As a non-Native American, Paradise has demonstrated
acute cultural sensitivity and gained group acceptance, while
striving to promote better health and increased services within
this community.

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