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Moravian’s Leadership Honor Society ODK Presents Awards

Bethlehem, Pa., April 16, 2008— Moravian College’s Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), recently presented awards to students, faculty, and staff at its Leadership Awards Ceremony and Dinner. A national leadership honor society with chapters called circles, ODK membership is limited to juniors and seniors who have demonstrated high academic achievement, leadership in campus activities and organizations, and service to College and community. The Moravian College Circle of ODK also sponsors lectures and service projects and recognizes the academic achievement and leadership of Moravian students.

Students receiving awards included:

  • Charles Welsko ’11 (Nazareth, PA) received “The Rising Star” Award for the Outstanding Freshman Leader.  The Rising Star is presented to the member of the Freshman Class who has demonstrated a commitment to developing the skills and perspectives needed to serve as a positive catalyst for improving the quality of life for the students at Moravian College.
  • Kelly Schneider ’10 (Macungie, PA) received “The Rising Star” Award for the Outstanding Sophomore Leader.  The Rising Star is presented to the member of the Sophomore Class who has demonstrated a commitment to developing the skills and perspectives needed to serve as a positive catalyst for improving the quality of life for the students at Moravian College.
  • Nicholas Heimbach ’09 (Bethlehem, PA) received “The Rising Star” Award for the Outstanding Junior Leader.  The Rising Star is presented to the member of the Junior Class who has demonstrated a commitment to developing the skills and perspectives needed to serve as a positive catalyst for improving the quality of life for the students at Moravian College.
  • Geoffrey Roche ’08 (Bethlehem, PA) received “The Moravian Star” Award for the Outstanding Senior Leader.  The recipient of The Moravian Star is a member of the Senior Class, who, through vision, commitment, initiative, and action, has improved the quality of life for the students at Moravian College.
  • Jill Newswanger ’08 (Pine Grove, PA) received The “Spirit of Moravian” Award for the Volunteer of the Year.  This award is presented to a student who has exemplified the spirit of giving and serving through philanthropic endeavors in the community and/or on campus.
  • Rebecca Angstadt ’08 (Hamburg, PA) received The “Unsung Hero” Award which is presented to the student who has contributed quietly but effectively to the quality of life for Moravian College students and organizations.
  • James Long ’09 (Westchester, PA) received The “Personal Best” Award.  The award is given to a Student Employee who has demonstrated an exemplary level of responsibility, initiative, enthusiasm and diligence in their College workplace.

Faculty receiving awards:

  • Dr. John Black, Assistant Professor of the English Department is the recipient of The “Golden Apple” Award for Superior Teaching.  The Golden Apple is presented to a faculty member that has shown a commitment to quality teaching and education in and out of the classroom.

Staff receiving awards:

  • Holly Nonnemacher, Director of Student Activities, received The “Helping Hand” Award which is given to an Organizational Advisor who, through active guidance, support and encouragement assists and facilitates student leaders and organizations in achieving their goals.
  • Dr. Robert Windolph, Dean of Student Life, is the recipient of The “Dedication to Excellence” Award.  This award is given to the administrator whose efforts, initiatives, innovations and commitment to excellence improves and strengthens Moravian College.
  • Lorrie Radcliffe, Assistant Athletic Trainer, received the “Personal Touch” Award.  The Personal Touch is presented to a dedicated member of the Moravian College Staff (non-faculty/non-administrative) who has gone “above and beyond the call of duty” and has shown genuine concern and care for Moravian College and its students.

Other organizational/programmatic awards:

  • Gamma Sigma Sigma was chosen for The Organization of the Year Award for exemplifying a student organization which has demonstrated a level of excellence in organization, quality of programs, positive impact on the campus community, and commitment of its membership in achieving organizational goals.
  • Association of Peer Educators received The “Quiet Commitment” Award.  The Quiet Commitment is presented to the organization which quietly yet consistently achieves its goals and enriches the undergraduate experience for its members and/or benefits the Moravian College community.  This award is given to the “unsung hero” of student organizations.
  • Environmental Coalition is the recipient of The Progress Award.  The award is granted to the organization which has shown the greatest improvement during the year for enhanced membership, increased activity, and improved organizational effectiveness.
  • Bingo was chosen as the Impact Social Program of the Year for its excellence in planning, implementation, attendance, and which created a feeling of enthusiasm on the part of the student body.
  • Vagina Monologues was chosen as the ASA: Service Program of the Year in recognition of an event which has made a significant impact on the community, as well as on those participating in the program.
  • Diversity According to the Family Guy and South Park earned the Impact Educational Program of the Year for its significant impact on the student body, which has served as the catalyst for discussion and commentary on the part of students, and which was well planned and executed by the sponsoring organization.  Programs can be defined as a single event or a thematic series of events.

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.