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MEDIA ADVISORY: It’s “Baltimore Day” for Johns Hopkins First-Year Students

August 24, 2017
CONTACT: Dennis O’Shea
Office: 443-997-9912 / Cell: 410-499-7460 / dro@jh.edu
Jill Rosen
Office: 443-997-9906 / Cell: 443-547-8805 / jrosen@jhu.edu

WHAT: Sunday, Aug. 27, is “Baltimore Day during orientation for first-year students at the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University. Members of the class of 2021 will learn about the city and how to get around, visit city neighborhoods and institutions, and enjoy a Baltimore-themed cookout dinner. They will hear from and mingle with faculty and staff members, civic leaders, and fellow students who are Baltimoreans.

WHY: Johns Hopkins University is very much a part of Baltimore. Baltimore Day is an opportunity for first-year students to begin to discover their new home city, appreciate its history and culture and learn how to engage in the larger community. It gets them out of “the Johns Hopkins bubble” from the start.

Sunday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m., Shriver Hall auditorium, Homewood campus: The entire class of about 1,350 students gets together to hear about interacting with the city: doing community service, attending cultural events, supporting local business and meeting local people. Kristen Campbell McGuire, executive director of Baltimore Collegetown Network, will give this “In the City and of the City” presentation. The session also covers how students use both public transportation and Johns Hopkins shuttle services to get where they want to go.

11 a.m., various locations around the Homewood campus: The class breaks up into their small groups (20 students and a “first-year mentor” that stay together throughout orientation). There’s an introduction to the day, including a discussion addressing “if you were introducing someone to your hometown, where would you take them?” (This is to give first-year students a feel for what they are about to experience and why various Baltimore locations were chosen.)

Between 12 noon and 2 p.m.: The small groups leave from the Beach (the grassy area in front of Eisenhower Library on Charles Street), heading for assigned stops in Baltimore. Some will go to Camden Yards and the Bromo Seltzer Tower, others to Federal Hill Park and Fort McHenry. Groups will visit, among other places, Station North Arts District; Mount Vernon and the Walters Art Museum; the Shot Tower, Little Italy, the Flag House and Mustang Alley’s Bowling; Fell’s Point; Druid Hill Park and Hampden; the Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture; and the Jewish Museum and Civil War Museum.

Some will go by public transit or Johns Hopkins shuttle, others by vans or buses, but part of the experience is to learn how to get to these destinations on their own next time they want to go.

There will be activities and discussions at each location, led by a neighborhood or institutional representative or Johns Hopkins faculty member or affiliate. For instance, in Little Italy, Laura Di Bianco, assistant professor of Italian studies, will talk about the Italian immigrant experience and culture in Baltimore.

5 p.m.-7 p.m., Freshman Quad, Homewood campus: The groups return to campus for a Baltimore-themed picnic (crab cakes, pit beef, Utz chips, local steamed corn with Old Bay butter, and appropriately themed vegetarian alternatives). Storytellers from Stoop Storytelling will be on hand to talk about making Baltimore home.

For information on when you can connect with freshmen groups at various Baltimore Day sites, contact Dennis O’Shea or Jill Rosen. (Contact information above.)


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