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Moravian’s Leadership Honor Society ODK Presents Awards

Bethlehem, Pa., May 10, 2011—Moravian College’s Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), recently presented awards to students, faculty, and staff at its annual Leadership Recognition Reception and Awards Ceremony. A national leadership honor society with chapters called circles, ODK membership is very selective and limited to juniors and seniors who have demonstrated high academic achievement, leadership in campus activities and organizations, and service to College and community. The Moravian College Circle of ODK also sponsors lectures and service projects and recognizes the academic achievement and leadership of Moravian students.

Students receiving awards included:

  • Katelyn Cohen ’14 (Easton, PA) received “The Rising Star” Award for the Outstanding Freshman Leader. The Rising Star is presented to the member of the Freshman Class who has demonstrated a commitment to developing the skills and perspectives needed to serve as a positive catalyst for improving the quality of life for the students at Moravian College. 
  • Emmellene Usera’13 (Stroudsburg, Pa.) received “The Rising Star” Award for the Outstanding Sophomore Leader. The Rising Star is presented to the member of the Sophomore Class who has demonstrated a commitment to developing the skills and perspectives needed to serve as a positive catalyst for improving the quality of life for the students at Moravian College. 
  • Rania Hanna ’12 (Allentown, PA) received “The Rising Star” Award for the Outstanding Junior Leader. The Rising Star is presented to the member of the Junior Class who has demonstrated a commitment to developing the skills and perspectives needed to serve as a positive catalyst for improving the quality of life for the students at Moravian College. 
  • Corey Koenig ’11 (Springtown, PA) received “The Moravian Star” Award for the Outstanding Senior Leader. The recipient of The Moravian Star is a member of the Senior Class, who, through vision, commitment, initiative, and action, has improved the quality of life for the students at Moravian College.
  • Jamie Thierolf ’12 (Pine Grove, PA) received The “Spirit of Moravian” Award for the Volunteer of the Year. This award is presented to a student who has exemplified the spirit of giving and serving through philanthropic endeavors in the community and/or on campus.
  • Alexandra Blair ’12 (Easton, PA) received The “Unsung Hero” Award which is presented to the student who has contributed quietly but effectively to the quality of life for Moravian College students and organizations.
  • Carli Timpson ’11 (East Stroudsburg, PA) received The “Personal Best” Award. The award is given to a Student Employee who has demonstrated an exemplary level of responsibility, initiative, enthusiasm and diligence in their College workplace.

Faculty receiving awards:

  • Dr. Cecilia M. Fox, associate professor of biological sciences and director of the Neuroscience Program is the recipient of The “Golden Apple” Award for Superior Teaching. The Golden Apple is presented to a faculty member that has shown a commitment to quality teaching and education in and out of the classroom.

Staff receiving awards:

  • Holly Nonnemacher, director of student activities, received The “Helping Hand” Award which is given to an Organizational Advisor who, through active guidance, support and encouragement assists and facilitates student leaders and organizations in achieving their goals.
  • Amy Weiss, senior assistant director of admissions, is the recipient of The “Dedication to Excellence” Award. This award is given to the administrator whose efforts, initiatives, innovations and commitment to excellence improves and strengthens Moravian College. 
  • Jane Schaffer, executive secretary, received the “Personal Touch” Award. The Personal Touch is presented to a dedicated member of the Moravian College Staff (non-faculty/non-administrative) who has gone “above and beyond the call of duty” and has shown genuine concern and care for Moravian College and its students.

Other organizational/programmatic awards:

  • Active Minds was chosen for The Organization of the Year Award for exemplifying a student organization which has demonstrated a level of excellence in organization, quality of programs, positive impact on the campus community, and commitment of its membership in achieving organizational goals.
  • Moravian College Dance Company is the recipient of The Progress Award. The award is granted to the organization which has shown the greatest improvement during the year for enhanced membership, increased activity, and improved organizational effectiveness.
  • Emergency Shelter Program was chosen as the Service Program of the Year in recognition of an event, which has made a significant impact on the community, as well as on those participating in the program. 
  • To Write Love on Her Arms earned the Educational Program of the Year for its significant impact on the student body, which has served as the catalyst for discussion and commentary on the part of students, and which was well planned and executed by the sponsoring organization. Programs can be defined as a single event or a thematic series of events.
  • Multicultural Reading Group was selected as the recipient of the Excellence in Diversity Award, which has displayed exceptional educational awareness of cultural diversity through innovative programming and creative methods of outreach that reflect the ever changing demographics of Moravian’s student population.

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. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.