2006

Class correspondent:
Lauren Bahnatka Bachner
mollysmomLB@gmail.com

Posted 7/30/14

David D’Ostilio has been selected to exhibit two augmented reality artworks in the National Juried Exhibition “Digital Magic” at BJ Spoke Gallery in Huntington, N.Y.  The reception was Saturday, August 2.
Amy Frantz ’06 married Scott Gross (son of the late William Gross ’65,) on July 4, 2014.  Rev. Derek French ’95 presided over the service at the Old Chapel of Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem. Kate Strucek Massa ’06 served as matron of honor and Scott Fritchman ’98 was a groomsmen.  Moravian Alumni in attendance included: Jane Kincaid Missimer ‘51, Rev. Gary Marsh ‘74, Suzanne Hartman Diehl ’80, Ed Walakovits ’80, (who also served as organist), Colleen Kane Marsh ’08, Amy Neff ’07, Stephanie Giebler Grube ’06, Will Shimer ’06, Kellie Smith Shimer ’05 and Peter Diehl ’81. Also celebrating with the couple were Dr. John Reynolds and Dr. Khristina Haddad, both of the Political Science Department.

Posted 5/2/14

Brendan Wright received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
Gerald Venturino and Stefanie Risko Venturino ’07 are the proud parents of one year old son Zachary, who was born on March 29, 2013.
Courtney Werner and Brendan Wright became engaged in December 2013.  A fall, 2015 wedding is planned.
Lauren DeValdenebro will be attending DeSales University – Masters Program in Physician Assistant Studies (2014-2016).
Marissa Perez Laub and Matthew Laub are the proud parents of a son, Brady, born July 18, 2012.
Jonathan Latiano has been invited back by Maryland Art Place for its 2014 speaker series Young Blood Revisited.  This series brings back former participants in MAP’s Young Blood exhibition program to speak about their art practice post their Masters of Fine Arts degree.  Jonathan received his Masters in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012.  Jonathan has exhibited in Baltimore, Maryland, Washington DC, New York City, and London England.  In May of 2013 Jonathan was the recipient of the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize.  Jonathan currently resides and works in Baltimore and teaches at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC.

Posted 3/4/14

Joyce Owens was married to James Arrizza, Jr. on October 5, 2013, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Easton, Pa.

Posted 12/3/13

Ashley Heckman Dallas and her husband, Chris, welcomed their first child, a son, Tanner Christopher, on June 30, 2013.

Posted 10/31/13

Courtney Werner has been appointed Hope College’s director of college writing.  Courtney tells us that she is building Hope’s writing program from the ground up.  “It’s taking a lot of time, but it is well worth it!”
Kate Strucek Massa and husband, Chris, are the proud parents to identical twin daughters, Anna Lynn and Emma Marie.  The girls were born on August 9, 2013.

Posted 8/8/13

Neil Caniga has been named the new head coach for men’s tennis at St. Lawrence University in New York.

Posted 6/24/13

Lauren Bahnatka Bachner; mollysmomLB@gmail.com
Shannon Gardner Bakros and her husband, Steve Bakros, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Quinn Nicole. She was born on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2013.
Polly Hunt has been named teacher of the year by Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society.

Posted 2/5/13

Bryan Wolf has recently named Nazareth Area High School’s new baseball coach.  Brian also teaches fifth grade language arts and social studies at Nazareth Area Intermediate School.

Posted 1/6/13

Gina Cain ’05 and Casey Galligan were married on September 15 at The Inn at Huntingfield Creek in Rock Hall, Md. Following a honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple resides in Clinton, NJ.

Posted 12/4/12

Joseph and Jaime Hillegass Bigley are pleased to announce the birth of their baby, Thatcher Joseph Bigley.  He was born on September 18.
Angela Delonti and Kevin Munley were married July 28, 2012 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Archbald, PA. The reception was held at Genetti Manor.  Shaza Toumeh Henshaw was a bridesmaid in the wedding party.  Other Moravian attendees were Jessica Sallit and Deanna DiSarro.  After a honeymoon in Jamaica, the couple resides in Peckville, PA.

\Posted 9/27/12

Michael Trimble is currently working at a dental supply company in Albuquerque, N.M.  He was an outstanding baseball player at Moravian and after graduation became involved with slow-pitch softball.  He is organizing a memorial softball tournament in the Lehigh Valley for Fred Hossler, a man involved with the league, who died in an automobile accident. 

Posted 9/7/12

Courtney Werner has earned her PhD in Rhetoric, Literacy, and Social Practice.  She walked in graduation and was hooded on August 10, 2012.  She is happy to let everyone know she has been hired as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English in Rhetoric and Composition at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.  The school is very similar to Moravian!  She is now Dr. Werner, Assistant Professor of English in Rhetoric and Composition at Hope College’s English Department!  She writes, “Long live the small liberal arts education!”

Posted 5/11/12

From the Aumni House:
Keith LaBar and wife Candy Geary Labar are proud to announce the birth of their first son, Noah Jackson LaBar on March 4, 2012

Posted 4/3/12

From the Alumni House:
Rachel Colancecco and Justin Heinrich were united in marriage on October 1, 2011. 

Posted 2/29/12

From Lauren:
Lenore Di Lullo Skobel and her husband Brian Skobel announce the birth of their baby girl,  Briel Madison Skobel, born on December 5, 2011.

Posted 1/31/12

From the Alumni House:

Lauren Bachner (Bahnatka) and her husband Brian welcome their daughter, Molly Grace, into the world on December 7. 

Posted 12/14/11

From the Alumni House:

Amy Ambler recently became the new children’s librarian at the Free Library of Springfield Township in November. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in July with a Master of Library Science and Information Science degree. Amber finds that the positive impact she is making on children is very rewarding.

Posted 12/1/11

From the Alumni House:

Jamie Hillegass married Joseph Bigley on April 16, 2011 in Peter Hall on Moravian's south campus. They are both teaching in teh Lehigh Valley and reside on Orefield, Pa.

Ashley Heckman married Christopher Dallas on July 8 in Manahawkin, New Jersey. The wedding was held at Bonnet Island Estate. Alumni in attendance included Jamie Hillegass Bigley, Joseph Bigley, Jennifer Mendelson Miller, Marty Miller '04, Heather MacDonald, Jason SweetChuck Snider, Colleen Klaric, and Kristin Roberts Ritter '05.

Posted 8/31/11

From the Alumni House:

Andrew Drago is now engaged to Brooke Jacobs. A November 2012 wedding is planned

Posted 8/1/11

From the Alumni House:
Courtney Werner has been published in the Spring 2011 volumes of two electronic writing center journals. In Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, readers can view her piece “Negotiating Authority: Perceptions of Age in the Writing Center,” which is inspired by her work at the Moravian Writing Center. Her piece in the Dangling Modifier is entitled “Setting the Scene: Imagery and Student Voice in the Writing Center.” The articles can be viewed at: http//projects.uwc.utexas.edu/praxis/?q=node/354 and http://pennstatelearning.psu.edu/Dangling_Modifier/Fall2010/setting%20the%20scene%20werner.htm respectively.

Ryan Walker married Jessica Mantak Walker in July 2011. Alumni in attendance included Josh Collis ’08, George Gray ’06, Sean Lynch ’06, Michael Grillo ’04, Daniel Gohdes ’07, Sean Cahill ’08,  Neil Caniga ’06, Lindsey Santacross ’09, Alicia Abbuhl Gohdes ’09, and Julia Gasdaska ’07. The wedding ceremony was held in Hoboken, NJ and  the reception took place in Weehawken, NJ at the Chart House.

Posted 4/27/11

From the Alumni House:
Syzane Arifaj was recently hired as an assistant public defender in Monroe County, PA.  She currently represents juveniles in misdemeanor and felony cases.

Posted 4/4/11

From the Alumni House:
In 2007, Dawn Parker established the Irish Stars Parker School of Irish Dance in Hellertown with her sister, Jacque. The dancers recently performed at a Philadelphia 76ers game on March 11 and also in the Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 19.

Posted 1/26/11

From the Alumni House:

Emilia Suarez graduated from Seton Hill University in August 2009 with a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She has been practicing as a physician assistant on the island of Oahu, Hawaii since September 2009.

Posted 10/6/10

From the Alumni House:
         
               Bryn Lipovsky married Johnny Moore in July of 2007, and welcomed twin sons, Bryce and Chase on February 2, 2009.

                        Alicia Ficolora was just published online for Creme-Magazine on her Fashion Week SS11 coverage. This is Alicia's second online publication featuring her work throughout the fashion district.
Posted 9/1/10

From the Alumni House:
          Lauren Bahnatka and Brian Bachner were married in West Chester, Pa. on July 31, 2010. In attendance at the ceremony were Stephanie Rauch-Mannino ’05, William Shimer, and Kellie Smith ’05. The couple has recently purchased a home and will reside in south eastern Pennsylvania.
          Richard Cline and Jessica Cordani are happy to announce their marriage on May 14, 2010 in Norfolk, Va., where they currently reside.

Posted 8/4/10

From the Alumni House:

Danielle Geist, who now lives in Brooklyn, was hired as a clinical and community coordinator for the Institute for Community Living’s newest adolescent community residence.  She also presented a workshop at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference in June.    

Posted 7/6/10

From the Alumni House:

    Stephanie Shantz began a new job at Foundations Behavioral Health as a case manager in the partial hospitalization program.

Posted 1/7/10

From the Alumni Office:

Stephanie Shantz gave birth to Anthony William on May 26, 2008.

Posted 12/1/09

From the Alumni House:
Amanda Logan has just begun a new job with the U.S. Department of Treasury.

Posted 10/5/09

From the Alumni House:

Scott J. Burke recently completed his U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL with honors. The eight week program involved a variety of training including classroom study, instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, as well as shipboard and aircraft safety.
Mojca Branc recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY to begin her new job as a Child and Family Therapist for Park Slope Center for Mental Health’s Clinic Plus Program, which works in conjunction with several public schools in Brooklyn.
Lauren Bahnatka  and Brian Bachner are engaged to be married. The wedding is set for July 2010 in Exton, PA.
Shannon Gardner married Steven Bakros on August 1st, 2009. The ceremony took place at Old Greenwich Presbyterian Church in Stewartsville, NJ, and the reception was held at Holy Family Club in Nazareth, Pa. The bridal party included Christina Difilippantonio-Jolley as a bridesmaid. In attendance were alumnae Tiffany Schenk and Jennifer Grier ’07.

Posted 9/1/09

From the Alumni House:
Sal DeWalt has been added to Lehigh University’s football coaching staff.  He will assist in coaching Lehigh’s offensive line and also work with tight ends.

Posted 8/3/09

From the Alumni House: 
Nicole Savino recently was approved as the girls basketball coach at Phillipsburg High School

Posted 6/29/09

From the Alumni House:

Kate Strucek and Chris Massa are happy to announce their engagement.  The wedding ceremony will take place on July 18, 2009 in West Long Branch, NJ.  The bridal party will include several other Moravian alums including maid of honor Amy Frantz, Lauren Castrantas, Vicky Zadorozny, and Sheila Lichtenwalner Sacks ’05.

Posted 4/20/09

From the Alumni House:

Shannon Gardner and Steven Bakros are happy to announce their engagement. The wedding ceremony will take place August 1 in Greenwich Township, N.J. Shannon is a seventh grade science teacher for the Easton Area School District.

Alison Kurowski and Matt Olszewski were married December 7, 2007 in Feasterville, Pa.; they live in Philadelphia.

Andrea Schumann, Matthew Devlin ’07, and Gregory Jones ’08 appeared in the Forensic Files episode “Last Dance.”  Although it was not Schumann’s first time on the television screen, it was a debut for Devlin and Jones. “Last Dance” aired November 14 on TruTV.

Jennifer Jacobi is studying international business in a Temple University graduate program. Last November, while studying in Mumbai, India, she experienced the terrorist attacks first-hand, as her hostel and school were just a few miles from the targets. It was a terrifying situation, but she and her friends remained safe.