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Leadership Center Spurs Collaboration with Community Mini-Grants

Spring semester’s grant projects focus on enriching local school curriculums

Bethlehem, Pa., February 26, 2006—The Leadership Center at Moravian College recently announced the recipients of the spring semester Community Grant awards. Five teams comprised of faculty/staff, students, and community partners received the grants, which are intended to foster connections between the College and the community.

The goal of the Community Grant program is to expand already existing partnerships and encourage new outreach into the community through financial support. Each semester, the Leadership Center selects four to five groups to receive funding of up to $300 to implement projects. Four groups were awarded grants in the fall, the first semester that the funding was available. At the end of the academic year a recognition ceremony will be held for all grant recipients and team accomplishments.

This semester’s grant projects focus on enriching local school curriculums. Students enrolled in Writing 100 section G will work with Dr. Joel Nathan Rosen, assistant professor of sociology, and Dr. Kevin Hartshorn, assistant professor of mathematics, and the Souderton Charter School Collaborative to establish a middle school writing outreach program. Mark Lesh '07, Pompton Plains, N.J., Kelly Steward '07, Whitehall, Pa. and Dr. Theresa Dougal, associate professor of English, will introduce poetry appreciation to William Penn Elementary School by encouraging the reading of favorite poems. Jennifer Creamer, director of international studies; Susan Herschlag of the Center of Information Technology; and students Christine LaVecchia '07, Sellersville, Pa.; Amanda Logan ’06, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Mojca Branc '06, Saylorsburg, Pa.; Shikhar Bhattari '08, Bethlehem, Pa.; and Klara Striteska, Czech Republic; will facilitate a study abroad fair at the Lehigh Valley Academy Charter School.

The Moravian College Clarinet Choir, Monteverdi Ensemble, and Flute Choir will partner with the Bethlehem Area School District to bring musical outreach into the schools. Supervising the undertaking are the ensembles’ directors, Dr. Deborah Andrus, artist-lecturer, Music Department, Dr. Larry Lipkis, professor of music, and Robin Kani, artist-lecturer, Music Department.

A chemistry outreach program will be lead by Dr. Edward Roeder, professor of physics and earth sciences, and Dr. Kelly Krieble, assistant professor of physics, and students Casey Hoffman ’06, Kempton, Pa.; Patrick McMullen '06, Spruce Creek, Pa.; Kathryn Washer '06, Easton. Pa.; Neil Dobracki '05, Alburtis, Pa.; Michael Elkazzaz '06, Easton, Pa.; and Peter Coldwell ‘06, Bound Brook, N.J. The chemistry program is an extension of the science outreach program that received a grant in the fall.

Past projects included a contemporary Christian worship band that traveled to area churches, a community track and field day, and a pre-concert lecture series. Proposals for new Community Grants will be accepted in the fall.