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Moravian College to Showcase Student Scholarship and Creative Endeavors

Bethlehem, Pa., April 15, 2008—Moravian College will hold its third annual Student Scholarship and Creative Works Day on Thursday, April 17, beginning at 9 a.m.  The program is designed to recognize and to celebrate student research, honors projects, and creative works that have been completed throughout the year.  The day will include presentations on a variety of  interesting topics including, the use of math to predict the effects of minimum wage, how forgetting things actually aides memory, masculinity in 17th century Europe, and a short documentary on the BethWorks Casino.

“It’s really about taking students from passive learners to the point where they’re creating something new. And this is their chance to tell the campus about that,” said Diane Husic, professor of biology and chair of the department of biological sciences. “The students are proud of what they’ve accomplished. This year we have two documentary films that students have produced. I think that’s really great, and we’re ending the day with a performance by a student who’s a really good musician,” Husic added.

The program will open with a welcome address and opening remarks in Prosser Auditorium.  by Gordon Weil, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.  Throughout the day, students will present talks and performances in Prosser Auditorium and Peter Hall. Posters with highlights from student’s Honors projects will be displayed in the Haupert Union Building. The first group of students will be available to talk about their posters between 11:40 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. and the second group between 4:10 and 5:10 p.m.

This year’s presentations and posters include 52 students representing 14 majors, from math, psychology, biochemistry and other sciences to graphic design, studio art and music. Students participating in this year’s program include: Allan Fatzinger ’08, Catasauqua, Pa., presenting “Epidemic  growth  using a social network model;” Daniel Fillman ’08, Emmaus, Pa., and Ben Mizack ’08, Bethlehem, Pa.,  presenting “The effects of minimum wage on the labor force networks;”  Christopher Schilling ’08, Doylestown, Pa., presenting “Remember to forget it: Semantic and lexical inter-item similarity in retrieval-induced forgetting;” Lydia Zarrella ’08, Bradley Beach, N.J., presenting “Victimized girls’ perceptions of popularity;” Jamie Long ’09, West Chester, Pa., presenting “Chaos, Conjugacy, and the Collatz Conjecture;” Erin Maher ’08, Media, Pa., presenting “Dieu qui est le plus fort: Selected sacred works of three members of ‘Les Six’;” Kelly Schmidt ’08, Bethlehem, Pa., presenting “Bach to business;” Amy Gollins ’09, Bolton, Mass., presenting “Bach and the use of oboe in his Cantatas;” Andrei  Maurer  ’09, Catasauqua, Pa., presenting “Symbolism in the works of J. S. Bach;” Nicholas Krolak ’08, Flemington, N.J., presenting “Bach to business;” Kevin McGorry  ’09, Whitehall, Pa., presenting “Emotional effects of spas in the 18th century Bath;” Carolyn King ’09, Califon, N.J., presenting “Libertines and masculinity in 17th century Europe;” Jessica Jonas ’09, Bowie, Md., presenting “The island’s heart;” Simon Tabchi ’08, Allentown, Pa., presenting “Genetic mapping of the bas mutation in Drosophila melanogaster;” Marina Moser ’09, Furlong, Pa., Grace Teodosio ’10, Hamden, Conn. and Jessica Kerchner ’08, Wind Gap, Pa.; presenting “Beverly;” Kate Shelley ’09, Lititz, Pa., Amanda Conner ’09, Unionville, Pa., Peter Scheneman ’08, Carlisle, Pa., and Brett Guss ’09, Slatington, Pa., presenting “Beth Works Casino;” and Helen Smith ’09, Belvidere, N.J.

Moravian College held the  inaugural “Student Scholars Day” in the spring of 2005. “Given all the undergraduate research (SOAR, Honors, etc.) at Moravian, we needed to create a public forum to showcase the student accomplishments,” said Husic, who was co-creator of student scholars day. “There are many models of such events that are used by many institutions to highlight and celebrate student research and original creative works. It is a way to bring the campus together, to further develop a culture of scholarship across disciplines, and to applaud (and learn about) the diverse talents of our students. At the time, our Board Chair, Priscilla Payne Hurd had just established the Rokke Endowment to further our collaborative student-faculty research efforts, it seemed like the perfect impetus to develop Moravian College’s own version of such an event, and in fact, the inaugural event is dedicated to Mrs. Hurd in appreciation of her contributions to student scholarship,” Husic added.

The Haupert Union Building is located near the corner of Monocacy and Locust streets on the Moravian College Main Street Campus. Call 610-861-1491 for additional information.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.