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Moravian College to hold Alumni Weekend – May 29-30

Married alumni to renew wedding vows in Peter Hall on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Bethlehem, Pa., May 27, 2009—Alumni will return to campus to mix business with pleasure during the annual Alumni Weekend on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 at Moravian College.  The weekend, “Moravian College Spirit,” will include a welcome back reception and dinner, campus tours, presentations, and the annual meeting of the Alumni Association that is held to elect board members and officers. This year, the Association will provide a briefing on its new initiatives for enhancing communications and alumni engagement.

Registration is scheduled to begin on Friday, May 29 at 3 p.m. in the Haupert Union Building.  Festivities will commence at 4 p.m. with tours being offered of the Main Street Campus. The class of 1959 is invited to share a celebratory champagne toast with President Thomforde at 5:15 p.m.  A reception and dinner featuring a performance by the Alumni Jazz Band, under the direction of Neil Wetzel, assistant professor of Music, and director of Jazz Studies, 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 8:30 a.m., followed by the Alumni Association annual meeting at 10:00 a.m.   President Thomforde will deliver his State of the College Address beginning at 11 a.m. in the Haupert Union Building. The Alumni Choir will sing at the beginning of the address under the direction of Dick Schantz and Monica Schantz, piano.

After a picnic luncheon, the alumni are invited to catch the spirit of Bethlehem by spending the afternoon visiting the shops and galleries of downtown Bethlehem. At 2:30 p.m. the alumni will be among the first to receive a guided hard-hat tour of the new residence hall on the Hurd Campus. Alumni celebrating their reunion are invited to have their reunion photo taken, Omicron Gamma Omega alumni will also have photos, as well as their annual meeting.

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 4 p.m. in Peter Hall.  President Thomforde will officiate and his wife, Dr. Kathy Thomforde will greet the “brides.”
The weekend will close with tours of Main Street and Hurd campuses as well as a festive alumni dinner reception on Saturday evening in Johnston Hall.

A special thank you to the following alumni and companies whose generosity help support Alumni Weekend: AM Industries, Inc., Anthony “Monk” Morelli ’59, primary sponsor, Joe ’61 and JoAnn Castellano, Roy Goshorn ’58, Keene ’74 and Lauri Di Felice ’79 Jabbour, Claire Klatchak ’87, ’95, Roberta Dollinger Leiby ’75, Mary Mercer ’78, Steve Vanya ’79, and Moravian College Alumni Association. Please visit http://www.moravian.edu/alumni/aweekend.htm for additional information.

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 Moravian College Web site at http://www.moravian.edu.