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Moravian College to celebrate Homecoming “Houndfest”

Alumni Association to honor 5 alumni with awards

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Moravian College will hold “Homecoming Houndfest,” the 2002 annual homecoming weekend beginning Friday, November 1. Homecoming begins with the 11th Annual Rocco Calvo Invitational Alumni Golf Tournament at Locust Valley Golf Course, Coopersburg; and the 3rd Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. in Peter Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in historic Bethlehem.

The Moravian College Alumni Association will present Dr. Jack R. Ridge ’53, with the 2002 Benigna Education Award in recognition of his outstanding career as a physics instructor and professor in higher education. Jack graduated Summa Cum Laude from Moravian College in 1953 with a triple major in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. He completed his M.S. in physics from Lehigh University in 1956. For forty-one years, Dr. Ridge dedicated his life to inspiring countless students with his passion for physics and his love of learning. His devotion to both his classroom teaching and his endless one-on-one tutorials helped to transform numerous struggling students into dedicated physicists. Dr. Ridge was a National Science Foundation Faculty Fellow, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, and the recipient of Moravian’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Moravian will present its Emerging Leader Award to Tennant Magee ’96 for his dedicated service to his alma mater. As an undergraduate, Tennant was active in a variety of activities that included participation on the senior class gift committee, student phonathon, United Student Government, the Comenian, Delta Tau Delta, and the golf team. Following graduation Tennant received a Master of Political Science from Lehigh University and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore’s School of Law. He is presently working for the Maryland State Attorney’s office and resides in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to his demanding graduate schedule, Tennant has continued his involvement with Moravian, serving on the Young Alumni Board, acting as class agent, and attending numerous events and programs.

The 2002 Haupert Humanitarian Award will be presented to Frederick P. Rooney ’75 in recognition of his dedication to issues of justice. His innovative work has significantly contributed towards providing access to justice for the impoverished and minorities on the local, national, and international level. Rooney graduated from Moravian College with a B. A. in Latin American Studies in 1975, and earned an M.A. in Bicultural/Bilingual Studies in 1983. He received his J.D. from the City University of New York’s School of Law in 1986 and established a private, community based, and bi-lingual law firm in Bethlehem. The Pennsylvania Bar Association recently recognized Fred’s firm, which focuses on community law issues, custody issues, and affordable law, for its pro bono work. In 1998 Fred returned to CUNY to direct its newly established Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN), a program that is a part of a consortium of law schools.

The Moravian College Alumni Association will present Roy B. Goshorn ’58, with its 2002 Comenius Award in recognition of his distinguished career in television as a news producer, editor, writer, and weather broadcaster. Goshorn earned his B. A. in English from Moravian and his M. A. in journalism from Lehigh University. In 1971 he began a twenty-year career at the ABC-TV News Bureau where he worked as assignment editor, writer, and producer for the ABC Evening News and Nightline. During the last presidential election, ABC called Roy out of retirement to help follow the national elections in Florida and the third presidential debate in St. Louis. Roy’s assignments included leading a camera team for an interview with Eldridge Clever in Algeria and heading up the press pool for President Nixon's historic trip to China. His team was the first to use state-of-the-art portable satellite coverage from China. After retirement Roy eventually moved back to his hometown of Altoona, Pennsylvania, where he has worked at the local TV and radio stations and served as the Accu-Weatherman, broadcasting to more than one hundred radio and television stations.

The Moravian College Alumni Association will present Scott D. Pfeiffer ’92 with its 2002 Young Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of his exceptional career in architectural acoustics. Scott graduated from Moravian in 1992. He studied acoustical engineering at the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby, Denmark for the 1992-93 academic year. He joined Kirkegaard Associates in Chicago, Illinois, where he is an associate, serving as senior consultant in architectural acoustics and project manager for acoustic renovation or design of new facilities. Scott has managed projects and conducted studies around the globe on facilities such as Orchestra Hall, Chicago; Royal Festival Hall, London; Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Scotland; China Trust Music Hall, Taiwan; Maui Multi-Cultural Performing Arts Center, Hawaii; New York State Theater and the Juilliard Theatre at Lincoln Center, New York; Boston Symphony Hall, Boston; Academy of Music, Philadelphia; Teatro de Colon, Buenos Ares, Argentina; and Sala Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Scott is the president of his local chapter of the Acoustic Society of America (ASA) and chaired the Spring 2001 national meeting of the Acoustical Society of America that was held in Chicago.

Other awards include:

Highest Class Giving Participation Award - class of 1942
Largest Class Gift Award - Class of 1966

Other Homecoming events on Friday include the annual Homecoming Dance for current students on Friday evening, and the 11th Annual Rocco Calvo Invitational Alumni Golf Tournament at Locust Valley Golf Course in Coopersburg at 10 a.m.

On Saturday, November 2, tours of the new Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex are offered at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Homecoming Parade and Children’s Costume Contest will begin at 11:15 a.m. in front of the Haupert Union Building. Marchers and floats will follow a route that will end on Center and Elizabeth Avenue about 12:30 p.m.

The Moravian Greyhounds will take on Albright at 1 p.m. at Steel Field. In order to preserve the practice field no cars will be allowed on the practice field. This year marks the first annual “Houndfest” offering a smorgasbord of opportunities for alumni to congregate on the field for Homecoming. Available are tables and grilles for tailgaters on the practice field at a cost of $15; or an $8 prepaid picnic buffet; or a la carte items will be available throughout the day. A Kidsfest area will be set-up for children.

From 5 to 7 p.m., the Homecoming Art and Music Fest will feature a picnic dinner, Battle of the Bands, and a student/faculty alumni sidewalk art sale. The classes of 1982, 1987, 1992, and 1997 will hold reunions in tents on the Houndfest field. In case of inclement weather, or the practice field is wet, Houndfest may be cancelled. Announcements begin at 8:30 a.m. on the following stations: WEST-AM, WAEB-AM & FM, WGPA, WFMZ-FM & TV, or call 610-861-1366 or 610-861-1491.