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Moravian to Welcome Class of 2014 with Orientation Weekend

Students to Walk Moravian Mile; discuss Colors of the Mountain with author Da Chen

Bethlehem, Pa., August 12, 2010 - Moravian College will welcome the incoming class of 2014 on Orientation Weekend that marks the official introduction to the campus community and the transition into the academic environment. With the orientation of the Class of 2014, comes the third year of two new traditions, the Crossing Ceremony and HOUNDfest which were popular among last year?s incoming class. Other highlights of the weekend include the opening convocation, a cookout, orientation programs, the traditional class walk, campus service project, and Introduction to College Life group discussion of the book, Colors of the Mountain and a community event featuring the New York Times best-selling author of the book, Da Chen. Classes for all students begin on Monday, August 30.

First year students will begin moving in the morning of Friday, August 27 and representatives from the Bursar's Office, the Financial Aid Office, Counseling Center, and the Health Center will be present to provide information and answer questions. An Opening Convocation ceremony will take place in Central Moravian Church to signify the ceremonial beginning for new students and a formal "farewell" for parents. Activities are planned until the evening program of entertainment and socialization.

On Saturday, August 28 at 11 a.m., students will be led by President Dr. Christopher M. Thomforde and senior administrators to walk the "Moravian Mile." The traditional walk starts at the 1742 oval located at the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets and follows the Moravian Mile down Main Street to Moravian's Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus on Church Street. A picnic on the Hurd Campus will follow the walk.

After the picnic, students will participate in another tradition at Moravian. Their campus services project is to make the 6,000 candles in Johnston Hall from wax that will be used by the College during the Christmas Vespers Services in Central Moravian Church.

On Sunday morning activities include an "Introduction to College Life" class and group discussions of the assigned reading of Colors of the Mountain. At 1:30 p.m., the Community Event will feature a talk and discussion by Da Chen about his book, followed by a book signing in Foy Hall. Colors of the Mountain is a classic story of triumph over adversity, a memoir of a boyhood full of spunk, mischief, and love. The talk by Chen will kick-off a year of thematic programming at Moravian focusing on China.

Da Chen was born in 1962, in the Year of Great Starvation. Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution engulfed millions of Chinese citizens, and the Red Guard enforced Mao?s brutal communist regime. Chen's family belonged to the despised landlord class, and his father and grandfather were routinely beaten and sent to labor camps, the family of eight left without a breadwinner. Despite this background of poverty and danger, and Da Chen grows up to be resilient, tough, and funny, learning how to defend himself and how to work toward his future. By the final pages, when his says his last goodbyes to his father and boards the bus to Beijing to attend college, Da Chen has become a hopeful man astonishing in his resilience and cheerful strength. For more information, visit: http://www.dachen.org/.

At 4:45 p.m., President Thomforde and other senior administrators will lead the Class of 2014 from the admission office lawn, across the street, through the College gates to Comenius Hall. This crossing ceremony symbolically marks the formal arrival and initiation as members of the Moravian College community. Houndfest '10, a celebration of food and music follows the ceremony. For a complete schedule click on: new student orientation.

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