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Moravian College to celebrate homecoming this weekend
Alumni Awards to be presented evening of October 19
(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)- Moravian College will celebrate Homecoming 2001,"A Greyhound Odyssey," beginning Friday, October 19. The 2nd Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Peter Hall on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in Historic Bethlehem.
The Moravian College Alumni Association will present the first annual Benigna Education Award to John T. Burke '56 for his outstanding contributions to the field of education. An innovative educator and award-winning administrator, Burke has dedicated his life to bringing educators, administrators, and legislators together for the betterment of education.
A 1948 Liberty High School graduate, Burke attended Moravian College after completing four years in the U.S. Air Force Special Intelligence. While at Moravian, he was president of the Moravian College Veterans Association and later became Moravian's Alumni Association president. Jack received his BA from Moravian in 1956 and his master's degree from Lehigh University in 1958. In 1956 he began his thirty-seven year career with the Bethlehem Area School District where he served as teacher, curriculum specialist, elementary principal, and acting assistant superintendent. Under his innovative leadership, William Penn Elementary became a model for cooperative teaching. Hanover Elementary achieved consistent, long term academic success along with a positive home/school environment.
Moravian will present its Emerging Leader Award to Audrey Weaver '98 for her active support and leadership in alumni programming. Weaver is an instructional designer with Systems and Computer Technology Corporation Malvern, Pennsylvania. She is the co-chair of the Young Alumni Association's Student Relation Committee and a member of the Philadelphia Young Alumni Association and the Blue & Grey Club.
The Haupert Humanitarian Award will be presented to J. Hugh Gratz '70 for his professional contributions in teaching family therapy, working with victims of trauma in Central America and commitment to anti-racism projects and related social justice issues. Gratz is a clinical social worker in private practice. He received a MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. Gratz's past awards include the Living Treasure Award presented by Advanta, the Virginia Satir Network. He was selected in 1988 as the Central New York Social Worker of the Year and was inducted into the Moravian College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.
The Unsung Hero award will be presented to Bill Bauman '74, an administrative assistant for the Music Department at Moravian College and production coordinator for the Moravian College Theatre Company. The Award highlights exceptional dedication and service of an alumnus/alumna whose important contributions to the College and Alumni Association have not been duly recognized. Bauman graduated from Moravian with BA in English. At Moravian he acted, costumed, and directed for what is now the Moravian College Theater Company. He participated in first presentations of Summer Dinner Theatre at Moravian. Upon graduation he was awarded the Patricia Erskine Memorial Award for Excellence in Theatre. Bauman graduated from Ohio University in 1976 with MFA in Theatre; while there created and taught courses in "Child Dramatic Literature," "Children's Theatre," and "Puppetry."
The Young Alumni Achievement award will be presented to Dave Zinczenko '91 for achieving exceptional success in his profession. Zinczenko was named Editor-In-Chief of Men's Health magazine, a Rodale publication, in July of last year. He oversees the editorial content of Men's Health's U.S. edition, 21 international editions, brand extensions, and websites.
Other awards include:
2001 Class Giving Awards - Largest Gift for Young Alumni Class: Class of 1993; Highest Giving Participation by Young Alumni Class: Class of 1991.
2001 Reunion Awards - Outstanding Reunion Chairs: John Bregman '61 & Bob Orbin '61; Most Creativity for Reunion Class: Class of 1951 Women; Most Spirit for Reunion Class: Class of 1971; Highest Percentage of Reunion Attendance: Class of 1951 Men; Largest Gift for Reunion Class: Class of 1951 Women; Largest Matching Gift for a Reunion Class: Class of 1976; Highest Giving Participation for Reunion Class: Class of 1931 Women.
Other homecoming events include the annual Homecoming Dance for current students on Friday evening, and the 10th Annual Rocco Calvo Invitational Alumni Golf Tournament at Locust Valley Golf Course in Coopersburg at 10 a.m., Friday.
On Saturday, October 20 at 11:50 a.m., the Homecoming Parade will begin near the "1742 plaque" on Locust and Monocacy streets. Marchers and floats will proceed down Locust Street, cross Main Street, turn right on New Street, turn left onto Fairview Street and finally turn left onto Center Street where it will end on Center and Elizabeth Avenue about 12:30 pm.
Kickoff for the football game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. as the Greyhounds take on Wilkes College. Tailgating will take place throughout the game on the practice field across from Steel Field. Tickets are available at the gate. To enter the tailgating area adults must purchase an additional ticket for $5. The Art Department, Greyhound Track & Field, The Moravian MBA, and the Continuing and Graduate Studies Advisory Board will be sponsoring tailgate parties.
The Class of 1986 will hold its 15 -year reunion while the class of 1996 has scheduled a five-year reunion that will be held in the HUB Pavilion following the game. The Class of 1991 will have its 10-year reunion Friday night at the Comfort Suites in Bethlehem. For more information, contact the Moravian College Office of Alumni Relations at (610) 861- 1366 or visit the website at www.moravian.edu.