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Moravian to Welcome Class of 2012 with Orientation Weekend

Students to Walk Moravian Mile; Discuss Reading with Author Anne Fadiman

Bethlehem, Pa., August 18, 2008— Moravian College will welcome the incoming class of 2012 on Orientation Weekend that marks the official introduction to the campus community and the transition into the academic environment.  With the orientation of the Class of 2012, comes the establishment of two new traditions, the Crossing Ceremony and HOUNDfest. Other highlights of the weekend include the opening convocation, a cookout, orientation programs, the class walk, campus service project, and Introduction to College Life group discussion of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, and a community event featuring the author of the book, Anne Fadiman. Classes for all students begin on Monday, August 25.

First year students will begin moving in the morning of Friday, August 22 and representatives from the Bursar’s Office, the Financial Aid Office, Counseling Center, and the Health Center will be present to provide information and answer questions. An Opening Convocation ceremony will take place in Central Moravian Church to signify the ceremonial beginning for new students and a formal “farewell” for parents. Activities are planned until the evening program of entertainment and socialization.

On Saturday, August 23 at 11 a.m., students will be led by President Dr. Christopher M. Thomforde, Dr. Beverly Kochard, vice president of student life, and other senior administrators to walk the “Moravian Mile.”  The traditional walk starts at the 1742 oval located at the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets and follows the Moravian Mile down Main Street to Moravian's Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus on Church Street. Afterwards, students will make the 6,000 candles from wax that will be used by the College during the Christmas Vespers Services in Central Moravian Church.

On Sunday at 4:45 p.m., President Thomforde and other senior administrators will lead the Class of 2012 from the admission office lawn, across the street, through the College gates to Comenius Hall. This crossing symbolically marks the formal arrival and initiation as members of the Moravian College community.

Sunday’s program in the morning will lead with an “Introduction to College Life” and group discussions of the assigned reading of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. Later in the day, the Community Event will feature a talk and discussion by Fadiman about her book.

Anne Fadiman was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut and Southern California. She graduated from Harvard College, where she began her writing career as the undergraduate columnist at Harvard Magazine. For many years, she was a writer and columnist for Life, and later an editor-at-large at Civilization. She has won National Magazine Awards for both Reporting (1987) and Essays (2003), as well as a National Book Critics Circle Award for The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (1997). Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, a collection of first-person essays on books and reading, was published in 1998. Fadiman was the editor of The American Scholar from 1997 to 2004. She now holds the Francis chair in nonfiction writing at Yale.

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.