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Mayor Callahan Proclaims April 13 “Moravian College Student Scholars Day”

Bethlehem, Pa., April 12, 2010—Mayor John B. Callahan ’91 officially proclaimed Tuesday, April 13 “Moravian College Student Scholars Day” in the City of Bethlehem.  This proclamation recognizes Moravian’s annual event, now in its fifth and largest year, as well as the 50-year anniversary of the College’s Honors Program, in which students spend a semester conducting research and writing a thesis.

Student Scholars Day provides student in all areas of study with the opportunity to present their work to the campus community and gain recognition for their contribution to their fields.  A record 79 students from 22 different areas of study, supported by 33 faculty sponsors, will give oral and poster presentations in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex.  Student research includes Honors projects and SOAR projects, as well as independent research projects conducted with faculty mentors at Moravian and elsewhere.

In his proclamation, Mayor Callahan praised this day as “one of the premier academic events held at Moravian College,” and he urges community members to join in the acknowledgment of undergraduate achievements and of “scholars who have devoted their lives to changing the world around them one challenge at a time.”  Since the inception of this event, 308 students have shared their scholarly accomplishments.

The entire campus community is invited and encouraged to attend Scholar Day presentations. "Our students' research is impressive and exciting," said Professor Michelle Schmidt, associate professor and chair of psychology and director of academic leadership programs. "By attending their presentations, we show support for them and our community—we help cultivate a culture that values undergraduate research."

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 8:45 a.m.—Welcome and Opening Remarks, PPHAC Room 101
  • 9:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.—Student Oral Presentations, PPHAC 101
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.—Poster Presentations, PPHAC first floor atrium
  • 12:50 a.m.-4:00 p.m.—Student Oral Presentations, PPHAC 101
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m.—Poster Presentations, PPHAC first floor atrium
  • 5:00 p.m.—Reception for student presenters and their mentors, PPHAC third floor atrium; sponsored by Friends of Reeves Library

This public recognition serves in helping the expanding program continue its purpose of promoting the individual achievements of Moravian students in research and creative works.  For more information, including the full program for the day, visit Moravian’s website at http://www.moravian.edu/events/ScholarsDay.pdf