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01/19/2013 - 8:48pm

Johns Hopkins University President Emeritus Steven Muller, who led the university from 1972 to 1990 and also served for about a decade as president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, died Saturday with his wife, Jill McGovern, at his side. He was 85.
 
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01/11/2013 - 1:03pm

Johns Hopkins recently honored Ray Snow of Palm Beach, Fla., with the Heritage Award for his outstanding service to the University and the Alumni Association. 

A member of the class of 1970 and former president of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, Snow's achievements were celebrated at an Alumni Council meeting on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, during the University's annual Leadership Weekend. In presenting Snow with the award, university President Ronald J. Daniels noted that Snow's love of the institution and his passion to engage alumni are second to none, adding that Snow has been instrumental in guiding the Alumni Association’s long-range planning efforts. 

Visit http://releases.jhu.edu/2013/01/09/ray-snow-receives-heritage-award/ to read the full press release.

 

01/09/2013 - 10:15am

Next week, The Johns Hopkins University will be hosting an important summit to examine policies to reduce gun violence and make recommendations for national discussion. The high rates of gun violence in the United States — exemplified by numerous recent mass shootings in movie theatres, shopping malls, places of worship and neighborhoods, culminating with the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School — have compelled us to come together as soon as possible for this important discussion.

During the summit, national and global experts, advocates, and leaders in gun policy, violence prevention, law enforcement, and mental health will gather to present research, analysis and their direct experience. The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City and Co-chair of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns, will present the opening remarks.

We hope, as valued members of the Johns Hopkins community, you will be able to join us or, perhaps more conveniently, to watch the live webcast of this important event.

Title: Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis
When:
Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 14 and 15
Where: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore, MD 21205, or online at jhsph.edu/events/gun-policy-summit/.

Registration is required to attend the event, due to limited seating capacity. You must use the following link to register: jhsph.edu/events/gun-policy-summit/register.html.

For more information on the program please visit jhsph.edu/events/gun-policy-summit/.

 

12/27/2012 - 11:45am

2012 was a great year for your Alumni Association! We eliminated dues, making every Johns Hopkins graduate a member of the Alumni Association, and your response has been incredible. Participation at events and programs has been unprecedented, and we’ve seen your level of giving grow in ways we could have never anticipated. Did you know that, in 2012, your financial support has:

  • Funded the creation and launch of Bridge 5, a mentorship-driven program that links incoming freshmen with alumni of the class five years ahead of them?

  • Funded nearly $50,000 in grants to 48 student groups from all nine divisions of the university? These gifts helped to sponsor activities such as the Hopkins AIDS Alliance, the Johns Hopkins University Mentoring Program, the Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Cabaret, the Disaster Preparedness Project, Black History Month, Engineers without Borders Guatemala Water Project, and the Second Annual Finance 101: Crash Course Series.

  • Helped to increase the number of Alumni Association chapters in North America by 30%?

  • Funded the creation of the affinity group program, which allows alumni to connect, network, share information, and solve common challenges based on shared interests or professional affinity?

Keep the momentum going in 2013 by making a gift to your Alumni Association to support its programs and its future. You can choose an amount that best represents your ability — we suggest $50, $100, $500 or $1,000* – but any size will make a difference. And remember, contributions to the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association are tax-deductible. Thank you for your continued support.
 

*Gifts of $1,000 or more to the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association are placed into the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Endowment. Gifts of $999.99 or less to the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association are placed into the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association fund for Current Use

 

12/11/2012 - 4:25pm

Great news! We’ve expanded your Alumni Association benefits to include membership opportunities to the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union. The JHFCU has been serving the Johns Hopkins Community since 1971, offering convenient services, including savings and checking accounts, home and consumer loans, and insurance options, with extremely competitive rates. Not a local alumnus? You can still benefit from Credit Union membership. Get 24/7/365 account access, conduct transactions at over 3,500 credit unions nationwide through Shared Branching, access over 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs across the US, Canada and the world, and more. Contributing members of the Alumni Association are eligible to join the JHFCU. 

For details, visit https://www.jhfcu.org/site/join.html

12/06/2012 - 4:48pm

Interested in updating your information for the 2013 Johns Hopkins Alumni Directory, but haven't had time to call or email Harris Connect with your changes? You still have time!  From December 10 - 31, Harris Connect will call our alumni who have not yet responded via telephone or email to give them the opportunity to review and update their information.

If you have already contacted Harris Connect with your updates, but need to make a change to your information, you can do so before January 7, 2013.  Visit the Alumni Directory FAQ page for more information about the 2013 Alumni Directory Project.

 

11/27/2012 - 4:14pm

It’s been an exciting 2012 for your Alumni Association! We eliminated dues, making every Johns Hopkins graduate a member of the Alumni Association, and your response has been incredible! Participation at events and programs has been unprecedented, and we’ve seen your level of giving grow in ways we could have never anticipated. Did you know that, this year alone, your financial support has: 

  • Funded the creation and launch of Bridge 5, a mentorship-driven program that links incoming freshmen with alumni of the class five years ahead of them?

  • Helped to increase the number of Alumni Association chapters in North America by 30%?

  • Funded the creation of the affinity group program, which allows alumni to connect, network, share information, and solve common challenges based on shared interests or professional affinity?

  • Funded nearly $50,000 in grants to 48 student groups from all nine divisions of the university. These gifts helped to sponsor activities such as the Hopkins AIDS Alliance, the Johns Hopkins University Mentoring Program, the Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Cabaret, the Disaster Preparedness Project, Black History Month, Engineers without Borders Guatemala Water Project, and the Second Annual Finance 101: Crash Course Series? 

Today, it’s Giving Tuesday – a day that encourages charitable giving – and we hope that you’ll join us by making a gift to your Alumni Association to support its programs and its future. You can choose an amount that best represents your ability – we suggest $50, $100, $500 or $1,000* – but any size will make a difference. And remember, all contributions that you make to your Alumni Association are tax-deductible. Make your gift today and claim it on your 2012 returns!   

 

*Gifts of $1,000 or more to the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association are placed into the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association endowment. Gifts of $999.99 or less to the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association are placed into the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association fund for Current Use.
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.

Find out more about this new program or email us for more information.

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