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Convocation 2008

School of Medicine graduates are about to mark a milestone as they claim their degrees. A total of 212 diplomas will be awarded; one student will receive both the M.A. and M.D. degrees, and five students will receive both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. The keynote speaker, selected by students, is Howard County Health Officer and former Baltimore City Health Commissioner Peter Beilenson, M.D. Convocation will take place at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on May 22, at 2:30 p.m.

Se Hable Ingles?

For those whose first language isn’t English, Johns Hopkins University’s Intensive English Language Program, or IELP, can be a valuable resource. From June 30 to Aug. 1, the IELP is offering an English immersion program at their Charles St. center to help non-native English speakers sharpen their language skills through daily classes in oral communication, reading, writing, American culture, TOEFL  preparation and English for medical professionals. Open to the entire Hopkins community, their families and friends, the program also includes social activities, like Orioles games, outdoor films and sailing. Hospital employees may be eligible for tuition remission. (Note: Applicants needing visas must apply immediately in order for paperwork to be processed.) Info: or 410-516-5431, or visit

Avon Walk

blank A text message system to notify employees of emergencies starts this month.

Johns Hopkins employees are becoming as renowned for philanthropy as they are for scientific discovery. Case in point: the Avon 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. Since joining the fund-raising effort seven years ago, Hopkins has exponentially increased its participation in, and its contributions to, the event. This year’s walk, to be held May 3 and 4 in Washington, D.C., will include more than 50 Hopkins staffers among the 2,000 walkers from across the nation. Many, like Debby Stewart, hail from the Breast Center. This will be Stewart’s fifth Avon Walk; the breast cancer survivor (29 years in remission) and breast health educator was invited to speak at this year’s event. She predicts that the Breast Center will raise more than $100,000 this year. “We even have a 25-member cheering squad—men and women donned in pink scrub tops emblazoned with the Breast Center’s logo,” says Stewart. “They energize the walkers all weekend long.”





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