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11/20/2012 - 4:41pm

Do you have a small business you’d like to share with other Johns Hopkins alumni? The Johns Hopkins Alumni Association is proud to announce exclusive advertising and sponsorship opportunities over Homewood Alumni Weekend 2013.

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11/05/2012 - 5:32pm

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Written by: Kamini Balaji, Engr '09
with input from Wren Haaland, A&S '09, Emery Laiw, A&S '95, and Sage Ramadge, A&S '99

For many years, Freshman Service Day was a signature event of Freshman Orientation on the Homewood campus. It allowed incoming classes to bond with each other and to feel part of their new neighborhood. In 2009, President Ron Daniels expanded on this idea and brought it to the entire JHU campus. Now, every October, over 1,000 undergraduate students participate in the aptly named President’s Day of Service (PDOS) to serve their local community. 

When I joined the San Francisco JHU Young Alumni Committee earlier this year, I knew that I wanted to organize a volunteer event. Volunteering gives individuals a stake in their community, a chance to give back, to feel good that they are helping those less fortunate than themselves, and allows them to forge bonds with those they work with. I purposely timed the event with JHU’s President’s Day of Service to garner more interest in the event and to increase school pride. Additionally, I sent an email blast to other JHU alumni organizations to get them involved. The response was awesome, and this year we had four alumni organizations join PDOS to make it a truly nationwide JHU service day. 

The Seattle Alumni Chapter spent their day in nature, working with the Nature Consortium to clear 6,300 square feet of invasive plants in the West Duwamish Greenbelt, the largest contiguous forest in Seattle. 

In Los Angeles, for the second year in a row, the Alumni Chapter partnered with local non-profit, Para Los Niños, for an organized day of career mentoring. Alumni from varied backgrounds spent 3.5 hours meeting at-risk youth to discuss their futures. Almost 60 students signed up for this Saturday morning event, a nearly 50% increase from last year, and several alumni came out for their first local Hopkins event. The university graciously provided T-shirts and other items to give to the youth. At the end of the event, the youth nearly missed their buses, eager for more time with our alumni, and the alumni remarked that lasting relationships were formed, after several exchanged contact information with the students. 

The New York City Alumni Chapter ran the Haunted Harlem Halloween Hash Run for StreetSquash, a youth sports and education program for Harlem public school students. Along with members of StreetSquash's NYC Marathon Team, volunteers ran and raised money to support StreetSquash's college access programs. 100% of StreetSquash students graduate high school and are accepted into college. 83% are currently enrolled or have earned a college degree. 

Here in San Francisco, we volunteered at the SF Food Bank, organizing unlabeled canned goods that had been donated. In true JHU fashion, we optimized the assembly line process of discarding bad cans, separating the good cans based on food contents, labeling the cans, and packaging them for shipment.  Working at breakneck speed, we actually completed all the work that had been allotted for us for the day with an hour left to spare in our shift. After our shift, there was an overwhelming response from my fellow volunteers that they were so glad to have participated in the event and to have had a chance to do some good. 

As the inaugural year of a nationwide JHU service event, PDOS ‘12 was a hands-down success. Moving forward, our hope is to build upon our success, and to get even more alumni and alumni chapters across the country involved. By doing so, we can create a strong bond with each other, with our communities, and with our alma mater.


10/24/2012 - 4:50pm

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In September of 1970, 90 women broke a 94-year tradition and entered Hopkins as undergraduates. "You feel like a cross between Gypsy Rose Lee and Typhoid Mary," then student Rebecca Love told the News-Letter.

Forty-two years later, 70 of those first co-eds traveled from all over the U.S. to attend a two-day reunion weekend at Johns Hopkins.The weekend included dinner at the Colonnade, tours of Gilman Hall and the new Brody Learning Commons, a panel discussion with faculty, and lunch at the Hopkins Club with a dozen professors who had taught in the ‘70s. Mindy Farber, A&S ’74, initiated and organized this transformative weekend, and concluded it with a musical slideshow she created highlighting photos and memories from those first years.

Comments from Participants

"…I was struck by all that we’ve collectively accomplished, and I’m convinced it was because of our experience in dealing with 1900 men when we were so young and not yet fully formed."
— Gail McGovern, A&S '74

"Amazing, insightful, bittersweet, unforgettable, profound."
— Kathy McGrath, A&S '74

"A wonderful opportunity to meet with the hope (and expectation) of deepening our friendships over time."
— Sara Pasternak, A&S '74

"I arrived at JHU 40 years ago feeling alone and insignificant. I left yesterday surrounded by friends, a Pioneer."
— Jean Hochheimer Hochron, A&S '74

10/10/2012 - 4:30pm

Calling all Hopkins fans! Cast your vote for Blue Jay football coach Jim Margraff for the 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award. Each winner receives $50,000 from Liberty Mutual Insurance to support the charity of their choice, and $20,000 to award to their school’s Alumni Association to promote scholarship. Vote for Coach Margraff by tweeting:

I vote Jim Margraff of Johns Hopkins for @lmcoachofyear #COTY2012 @JHU_Football

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10/10/2012 - 9:38am

Harris Connect, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Office of Alumni Relations, will be reaching out to our alumni community over the next few months to gather updated information for the 2013 Johns Hopkins Alumni Directory.

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09/21/2012 - 10:23am

Young Alumni Weekend is fast approaching.  Registration closes Oct. 2, so be sure to register now to get in for free.

09/06/2012 - 9:33am

Read about Dontae's search for the right sound and if you're in the Hollywood area, don't miss WinslowDynasty perform at Room 5 in Hollywood on Friday, September 7, 10:00-10:45 pm.

Listen to Dontae play

09/05/2012 - 1:58pm

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08/30/2012 - 10:33am

Nearly 3,000 pedestrians and cyclists are involved in motor vehicle crashes in the state of Maryland every year. More than 100 die as a result of their injuries.

The Road Scholar campaign was conceived with input from diverse members of the Johns Hopkins community in spring 2012. The campaign includes a dramatic public safety installation that will launch this new initiative.

We need your help.

The 3,000 shoes assembled represent accident victims from all walks of life – men, women, even children. Volunteers will be needed between 10 am and 5 pm on Friday, with more possibly needed on Saturday. We will ask people to work in teams to affix the shoes in pairs to the fence with zip ties.

No registration or check-in required – just show up and lend a hand. Find out more information about this wonderful day of community service and how you can help make a difference.

Be cautious. Be alert. Be a Road Scholar.