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Anthony “Monk” Morelli ’59 to Receive Prestigious Medallion of Merit Award

College invites Alumni to Re-Discover Moravian, Renew Wedding Vows at Alumni Weekend – May 16-17

Bethlehem, Pa., May 12, 2008—The Moravian College Alumni Association will honor Anthony “Monk” Morelli ’59 with the prestigious Medallion of Merit Award during the Alumni Weekend Grand Reunion Luncheon on Saturday, May 17 at 12:15 p.m. in Johnston Hall.  The Medallion of Merit is given in recognition of dedicated service to Moravian College and the Moravian College Alumni Association.

Morelli has served Moravian College as a member of the Board of Trustees and through his involvement in the Alumni Association and the Omicron Gamma Omega Alumni Association, in which he received the first OGO Alumnus of the Year Award for his efforts in re-colonizing OGO.  From 2001 to 2005, he served as chair of the Alumni Weekend planning committee and now continues to attend and volunteer at Homecoming Weekend and Alumni Weekend.  He received the H.T.D. Gillespie Award from the College in 2007, for his continuous support of Greyhound athletics. Morelli continues to attend numerous events both on and off campus and to dedicate his time, talent, and financial support to the College.

The annual Alumni Weekend will be held on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 at Moravian College.  The schedule for Re-Discover Moravian includes a welcome back reception and barbecue, the 2nd Annual MoCo 5K Run/Walk, a champagne toast to the Class of 1958 with President Christopher Thomforde, and Internet sessions on various topics will be held throughout the weekend. On Saturday, the annual meeting of the Alumni Association will be held to elect board members and officers and provide a briefing on the association’s new initiatives for enhancing communications and alumni engagement.

Registration is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in the Haupert Union Building.  Festivities will commence at 3 p.m. with tours being offered of both the Hurd Campus and the Main Street Campus, followed by a presentation about the new living and learning community project planned for the Hurd Campus and the initialization of the Scavenger Hunt.  The class of 1958 is invited to share a celebratory champagne toast with President Thomforde at 5:15 p.m.  A reception and followed by an American style dinner will be held in Johnston Hall beginning at 6 p.m.  Individual class reunions and parties are open to all alumni beginning at 9 p.m.

Saturday morning activities will begin with a traditional continental breakfast buffet or the 50+ Club Breakfast and Induction Ceremony at 9a.m., to be followed by the Alumni Association annual meeting at 10:15 a.m.  Alumni also are encouraged to sign up at 8 a.m. for the 2nd Annual MoCo 5K run/Walk at 9 a.m. which will benefit the track and field team in memory of Coach Doug Pollard.  The event is sponsored by Alumni Relations, Rodale, Inc. and Pepsi Bottling Group.

A number of information sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday. Diane Husic, professor and chair of the Biology Department and Hilde Binforde, assistant professor of music will present “Back to College: Climate Change 101. Alumni will join with current students and take a look at one of the college’s newest course offerings: Climate Crises. After a brief introduction to this interdisciplinary team-taught course, alumni will work with students and play the Stabilization Wedges Game. Working in teams with students, different sets of solutions for reducing carbon dioxide emissions over the next 50 years will be presented and defended.

Peter Caputo, vice president for institutional advancement will join with alumnae who lived on “South Campus” to present “South Campus Residence Life Redesigned,” a look at the history of student life on the south campus from alumnae and see the architect’s drawings of the exciting new dorm/lifestyle center planned for opening in 2009.

John Reynolds, professor of political science, will present “The 2008 Election: Who is in Charge of Change? Is Change Possible in an Era of Globalization and Partisanship?”

Peter von Allmen, professor of Economics & Business, will present “Player Compensation in U.S. Professional Sports,” and answer the question— are professional athletes overpaid or underpaid?

The Grand Reunion Luncheon at 12:15 p.m. will celebrate the reunion classes with an address by President Thomforde, and the presentation of the Medallion of Merit honorary award to Morelli.

Married couples who met during their days at Moravian are invited to participate in a recommitment ceremony where they will renew their wedding vows at 3 p.m.  President Thomforde will officiate and Dr. Kathy Thomforde will greet the “brides.”

Activities will wrap-up with class reunion photos, tours of Historic Bethlehem and both campuses, the Omicron Gamma Omega photo, and annual meeting.  Alumni Weekend will close with a formal gala dinner and dancing in the HUB dining room. Please visit http://www.moravian.edu/alumni/aweekend.htm for additional information.