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Moravian to welcome First Year Students with Orientation Weekend

Students to Walk Moravian Mile; Discuss “The Glass Castle” with Author Jeannette Walls, MSNBC Columnist

Bethlehem, Pa., August 20, 2007— Moravian College will welcome the incoming class of 2011 on Orientation Weekend that marks the official introduction to the campus community and the transition into the academic environment.  Highlights of the weekend include Opening Vespers, a cookout, orientation programs, the class walk, Moravian history hunt, campus service project, and Introduction to College Life group discussion of The Glass Castle, and a community event featuring the author of the book, Jeannette Walls, MSNBC columnist. Classes for all students begin on Monday, August 27.

First year students will begin moving in the morning of Friday, August 24 and representatives from the Bursar’s Office, the Financial Aid Office, Counseling Center and the Health Center will be present to provide information and to answer questions. An Opening Vespers 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 25 at 11 a.m.,  students will be led by President Christopher M. Thomforde 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.

After lunch, students are invited to join the Moravian History Hunt to explore the fascinating history and traditions of the College and the early Moravian settlement of Bethlehem. Clues on the “scavenger hunt” will lead from site to site. Activities are planned throughout the day.

Sunday’s program in the morning will lead with an “Introduction to College Life” and group discussions of the assigned reading of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, the gossip columnist for MSNBC.com. Later in the day the Community Event will feature a talk and discussion by Walls about her autobiography.

The Glass Castle, reveals Walls’ sad and sometimes tragic childhood. Walls was born in Phoenix, Arizona and her family lived in various southwestern towns before settling in Welch, West Virginia when she was ten. She graduated from Columbia University's Barnard College with honors and went on to become a reporter for New York Magazine, Esquire, USA Today and MSNBC.com, where she currently works. She has appeared regularly on television, including the Today Show, CNN and PrimeTimeLive. She currently lives in northern Virginia and is married to writer John Taylor. Her memoir, The Glass Castle, was a New York Times bestseller and is being turned into a movie by Paramount.

Walls will be available afterwards for a reception/book signing in the Payne Gallery. The weekend will conclude with a banquet for the Class of 2011 in Johnston Hall, Main Campus

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.