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Moravian to Host Conversations with Community Leaders

Bethlehem, Pa., January 26, 2010— Moravian College will host a series of public “conversations” with individuals from the Lehigh Valley who lead efforts to meet the educational, health care, housing, nutrition and security needs of individuals and families within our regional community. Four conversations have been scheduled this spring Jose Rosado, director of community & student services for the Allentown School District, will kick off the first conversation on Thursday, January 28 in the UBC Room of the Haupert Union Building from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The talks are open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Conversations with Community Leaders continues on March 2 with Bonnie Coyle, M.D., director of community health at St. Luke’s Hospital. Alan Jennings, executive director of Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley will conduct conversations on March 25. Russell “Rooster” Valentini, educational liaison and advocate for homeless students in the Allentown School District will speak at Moravian on April 15.

“These conversations are intended to raise awareness of the nature of such problems in the region and provide insight into the personal motivations, commitments and experiences of individuals whose careers are dedicated to addressing these needs,” said John Reynolds, professor of political science at Moravian, who helped organize the series.

For over twenty years, Mr. Rosado has worked diligently in our schools and community as an educator, youth athletics coach, youth and community advocate, consultant to law enforcement and social services agencies, political organizer and founder of a non-profit organization.

Rosado graduated with a B. A. in sociology/criminal justice administration from East Stroudsburg University. He also earned a M.Ed. in counseling from Lehigh University and his Principal Certification from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. As an educator Rosado began his career serving as a high school counselor with the Bethlehem Area School District. In this capacity he designed and implemented a peer-counseling program for troubled students. As the program director, Rosado encouraged his students to create and facilitate the Listen Up Talk Show Program. Through this forum, his students were empowered and took on leadership roles in the school. Upon graduating from high school, many of his students went on to college.

After serving as a middle school counselor for one year, Mr. Rosado transitioned into an administrative role as a middle school assistant principal. He continues to serve in this capacity. At the collegiate level, Mr. Rosado has taught a Criminology course at Warren County Community College in New Jersey.

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.