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Moravian College to Showcase Talented Students with Scholars Day

"Scholar's Day"

Bethlehem, Pa., April 26, 2006— Moravian College will hold the inaugural “Student Scholars Day” on Thursday, April 27, in Prosser Auditorium. The program is designed to recognize and to celebrate student research, honors projects, and creative works. The showcase will honor over forty meritorious entries by students representing ten different areas of selective studies.

Dr. Susan Studds, chair of the Academic Program Committee, Moravian College Board of Trustees, will deliver the welcome address at 9 a.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building. Throughout the day, students will interact with oral presentations and performances in Prosser Auditorium; and student posters will be displayed in the atrium of the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex. Students will be available to talk about their posters between 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

“Given all the undergraduate research (SOAR, Honors, etc.) at Moravian, we needed to create a public forum to showcase the student accomplishments,” said Diane Husic, professor of biology, and co-creator of student scholars day. “There are many models of such events that are used by many institutions to highlight and celebrate student research and original creative works. It is a way to bring the campus together, to further develop a culture of scholarship across disciplines, and to applaud (and learn about) the diverse talents of our students.”

"Scholar's Day"“With the generous donation by Mrs. Hurd to establish the Rokke Endowment to further our collaborative student-faculty research efforts, it seems like the perfect impetus to develop Moravian College’s own version of such an event, an in fact, this inaugural event is dedicated to Mrs. Hurd in appreciation of her contributions to student scholarship,” Husic added.

The academic departments represented are: biology, biochemistry, physics, English, political science, sociology, music, history, computer science and psychology. The afternoon session also will include performances by student members of the Moravian College Dancers.

Students whose work will be on display include: Sarah Mueller ’05, Wescosville, Pa.; Charlotte Bowsher ’07, Fountain Hill, Pa.; Rachel Siegfried ’06, Allentown, Pa.; Paraskevi Varvarelis ’06 , Bethlehem, Pa.; Jacqueline Jediny ’06, Cranford, N.J; Bryn Lipovsky ’06, Danville, Pa.; Yi Li ’08, Shenyang, China ; Casey Hoffman ’06, Kempton, Pa.; Vanessa Fisher ’07, Allentown, Pa.; Blair Zickmund ’07, Bethlehem, Pa.; Karla Erdman ’07, Bethlehem, Pa.; Christine LaVecchia ’07, Sellersville, Pa.; Krystle Willing ’08, Lansford, Pa.; Amanda Clossen ’06, Lock Haven, Pa ; Amelia Dietrich ’08, East Texas, Pa; Amy Frantz ’06, Bethlehem, Pa.; Amanda Logan ’06, Idaho Falls, Id.; Jessica Jonas ’09, Bowie, Md.; Jeff Feist ’06, Bethlehem, Pa.; Brandi Fogel ’06, Nazareth, Pa.; Laura DeValendenebro ’06, Coopersburg, Pa.; Gerald McGlinn ’06, Lansdale, Pa.; Todd Bennett ’06, Glen Gardner, N.J.; Brittany McVaugh ’06, Perkasie, Pa.; Jennifer Jacobi ’06, Stroudsburg, Pa.; Nicole Spengler ’07, Bethlehem, Pa.; Nicole Gruber ’06, Lebanon, Pa.; Veronica Howell ’06, Milltown, N.J; Samantha Christman ’08, Hellertown, Pa.; Amanda Moulton ’07, Bangor, Me.; Mary-Arlene Wenrich ’07, Pine Grove, Pa.; Megan Palmer '08, Whitehall, Pa.; Lydia Zarrella ’08, Middletown, N.J.; Kristin Gratz ’08, Bethlehem, Pa.; Michael Kastelnik ’06, Bethlehem, Pa.; Alyse Guptill ’08, Hannacroix, N.Y; Anthony Sarno ’07, Forked River, N.J.; Amanda Ehrlichman ’08, Whitehall, Pa.; Despina Mantagas ’07, Bethlehem, Pa.; Dawn Parker ’06, Hellertown, Pa.; and Rachael Stapleton ’06, Bethlehem, Pa.

Please call 610-861-1491 for additional information . The Haupert Union Building is located near the corner of Monocacy and Locust streets on the Moravian College Main Street Campus.