Home > About > News and Events > News Releases > News Releases 2008 > Annual Sipple Lecture in Nursing to explain Moravian Mission in Honduras
News Release

Annual Sipple Lecture in Nursing to explain Moravian Mission in Honduras

Bethlehem, Pa., September 23, 2008— Gerard Rudy, M.D. will present “Are You Called? Perspectives on Global Health: The Moravian Mission at Ahuas, Honduras,” at the annual Janet A. Sipple Lecture on Wednesday, October 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Moravian College.  The lecture is held annually pays tribute to Janet A. Sipple, Ed.D., R.N., the founding chair of The St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College. The program will be held in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building (HUB) which is located near the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets in Bethlehem, Pa.  A reception will follow in the United Brethren Church Room in the HUB.  Admission to the event is free of charge; however, a reservation is required by emailing gcrum@moravian.edu or calling 610-861-1607.

Gerard Rudy is a physician who provides medical and healthcare services to families in La Mosquitia, Honduras. He directs the clinic in Ahuas while his wife, Dr. Norvelle Goff-Rudy, directs medical and community health programs in La Mosquitia. Their work is carried out in cooperation with the Moravian Church in Honduras and is underwritten by the General Synod Council of the Reformed Church in America.

Rudy received his B.S. in cellular and molecular biology and M.D. and M.P.H. in nutrition from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His decision to spend two months of medical school in a clinic in a remote part of Honduras was one of the ways he responded to a gradually growing commitment to serve others. He says, “I think about the gift of knowledge and the work of my hands that God has given me to share, and I feel blessed. I think about the richness my patients bring to my life with their culture, their trust, and their love, and I feel blessed. I think about all that people do to support this exchange of gifts through their time, letters, prayer, work, and financial commitment, and I feel we are blessed.”

The Janet A. Sipple Lecture Endowment Fund, which funds the lecture, was created to honor Sipple for her role in establishing The St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College. The endowment was conceived in consultation with members of the nursing faculty to support programming on international health care, public health leadership, or world community service.

The Sipple Lectures are open to all students and members of the greater Lehigh Valley community. Professor Sipple, who retired as department chair in 2006 but continues to teach first-year through senior level courses, is recognized for her leadership and dedication to professional nursing education and the baccalaureate program at Moravian College.

The 2008 Lecture is sponsored by the Upsilon Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, which is the International Honor Society of Nursing; Moravian College Arts and Lectures Committee and Pennsylvania Eastern Region Organization of Nurse Leaders (PERONL).  Contributions to the endowment fund may be sent to the Office of Development, Moravian College, 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018, or made online at www.moravian.edu