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Moravian College Students Receive Academic Awards and Prizes

Bethlehem, Pa., May 12, 2010—Moravian College recently presented academic awards and prizes at its Annual Awards Ceremony for Outstanding Students. Moravian College will conclude its 268th academic year with commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 15. For additional information about the commencement program at Moravian, including student honors, awards, and prizes, visit http://www.moravian.edu/studentLife/commencement/index.htm.

Christopher M. Thomforde, president, and Gordon Weil, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty presented the awards to honors recipients, honor society seniors, and national scholarship finalist. The program included a talk by Robert H. Mayer, professor of education and recipient of the Lindback Foundation Awardfor Distinguished Teaching 2009; and a reading byRebecca A. Kolacki “Oxford, Elysa, and Harry Potter.”

The following awards and prizes will be presented at Moravian’s Annual Awards Ceremony for Outstanding Students:

Laura E. Hullfish, Lawrenceville, N.J., and Taylor T. Leonard, Mechanicsburg, Pa., will receive the Zeta Psi Award, presented to the art major who, in the judgment of the art faculty, has demonstrated leadership ability, a superior scholastic record, and outstanding artistic achievement.

The Daniel W. Tereshko Memorial Prize in Studio Art will be presented to Stephanie A. Mount, Conshohocken, Pa., the senior art major who has demonstrated outstanding creative, technical, and intellectual achievement in the field of studio art.

The Biological Sciences Prize will be given toAlyssa M. Milano, Point Pleasant, N.J., to the senior biology major with the highest cumulative quality-point average in biology.

The Biochemistry Prize will be presented to Kanizeh Fatema Visram, Easton, Pa. The prize is given to a student who, in the judgment of the biochemistry faculty, has demonstrated outstanding achievement in biochemistry and shows potential for significant future contributions to biochemistry or related fields.

The Edwin L. Stockton Prize in Economics and Business will be presented to Allison D. Bruckart, Hope, N.J., for achieving the highest cumulative QPA in the Department of Economics and Business.

Vincent N. Pelosi, Clark, N.J., will be given The Willis N. Baer Award, given to the economics and business student who has shown the greatest improvement in the major field over a period of five terms.

The Patricia Erskine Memorial Award will go to Robert F. Hercik, Fountain Hill, Pa., inrecognition of the Moravian College Theatre Company member who has contributed most to that organization.

Rebecca A. Kolacki, Blue Point, N.Y., will be awarded The English Prize, which is presented to the graduating English major who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the study of literature and language.

Ellen L. Williams, Point Pleasant Boro, N.J., will receive the James M. Beck Shakespeare Essay Prize for writing the best essay on a Shakespearean topic.

The Environmental Studies and Sciences Prize will go to two graduating seniors majoring in environmental science or environmental policy and economics for outstanding academic achievement in the study of environmental issues,  Jordan M. Adams, Bethlehem, Pa.,  and Meredith E. Wright, Fredon, N.J.

Marisa N. Vargo, Bethlehem, Pa., will be awarded the Zinzendorf Prize, which is presented to the graduating senior English major with the highest cumulative QPA in English.

The Irving S. Amrhein Prizes in Foreign Languages will go to 2 graduating seniors for distinguished work in one or more foreign languages, Jessica L. Andersen, Nazareth, Pa., French; Katherine I. Steinly, Sellersville, Pa., German, and Marisa N. Vargo, Bethlehem, Pa., Spanish.

Gail A. Dornenburg, Haverford, Pa., will receive the History Prize, given to the history major who, in the judgment of the Department of History, has demonstrated excellence in historical scholarship and shows the most promise of future achievement.

Morgan D. Hess, Morristown, NJ, will receive the E. C. Schultz History Prize, given to a student who has demonstrated distinction in historical scholarship and indicated a commitment  to continued excellence and studies in the field, according to the wishes of Edward C. Schultz ’62.

The Marlyn A. Rader Memorial Prize in Mathematics will be presented to Allison D. Bruckart, Hope, N.J. The award is given to the senior who, having completed at least five courses in mathematics and the highest mathematics QPA among those who qualify, has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the study of mathematics.

Melissa L. Zirkel, Earlington, Pa., will receive The Leon Prokofy Leonovich Memorial Prize, given to a member of the sophomore class who has shown significant growth and excellence in the study of music.

The Steven K. Van Auken Memorial Prize in Music Performance was given to Elizabeth K. Brodt, Coplay, Pa., a member of the junior class for notable achievement in vocal or instrumental performance.

Patrick W. Scheirer, Nazareth, Pa., willreceive the Judith Green Memorial Prize, given to a music student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and an exceptional talent in writing about music or has demonstrated excellence in musical scholarship and shows promise for future achievement.

Anthony M. Harris, Harwich, Mass., will be presented with the T. Edgar Shields Memorial Prize in Music, which is given to a member of the graduating class for progress and proficiency in music studies.

Damara N. Varney, Allentown, Pa., willreceive the Priscilla Payne Hurd Prize in Nursing, which is given to a nursing student selected for overall outcomes of academics, professionalism, and involvement in campus programming, athletics, and community care.

The Douglas R. Anderson Prize in Philosophy was given to Meredith F. Kluk, Bethlehem, Pa., and Maggie S. Riegel, Bethlehem, Pa., who demonstrated outstanding achievement in the study of philosophy and outstanding service and leadership within the department.

St. Luke’s Hospital Award for Nursing Practice Excellence was awarded to Nicole C. Hale, Pine Grove, Pa., for demonstrated outstanding performance in practice excellence and professionalism.

Maggie S. Riegel, Bethlehem, Pa., will be awarded The Albert Ferkel Jr. Memorial Prize, which is presented to a senior political science major for demonstrated service in raising awareness of social justice issues to his or her fellow students.

The Psi Chi Service Award will be presented to Janine A. Noel, Highgate Springs, Vermont, a graduating Psi Chi member who has shown outstanding achievement, dedication, enthusiasm, and participation in the field of psychology.

Students in the Moravian College Honors Program will be recognized.  These students pursue independent, intensive scholarship on a topic of their choice. Their work undergoes a rigorous evaluative process culminating in an oral defense before a select examining committee. They include: Alexander Agnor, Franklin, N.J., Psychology; Jessica Andersen, Nazareth, Pa., French and Political Science; Susan Bartos, Bethlehem, Pa., Nursing; Matthew Bross, Nazareth, Pa., Physics; Cynthia Dretel, Somers Point, N.J., Music; Jessica Freidly, Manheim, Pa., French; Kaitlyn Lewis , Hancock, Maine, Management; Alyssa Milano, Point Pleasant, N.J., Biology; Joseph Munley, Macungie, Pa., Economics; Anthony Pirrello, Blairstown, N.J., Economics; Leslie Pope, Pottsville, Pa., Management; Hadia Riaz, Center Valley, Pa., Biochemistry; Colleen Siti, Hampton, N..J, Psychology; Benjamin Sofka, Barnesville, Pa., Physics; Kensi Stauffer, Hellertown, Pa., Psychology; Katherine Steinly, Sellersville, Pa., Religion and German; Marisa Vargo, Bethlehem, Pa., Spanish; and Nathania Young, Quakertown, Pa., Music.

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 http://www.moravian.edu/.