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Marta Boulos Gabriel ’93 says her passion for politics was ignited at Moravian. Now, the regional manager-Lehigh Valley for the Office of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey helps the senator and the citizens who elected him stay connected by serving as a liaison in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties.
“The feedback from individuals and organizations in Pennsylvania is very important because it helps the senator better serve the constituents he was elected to serve,” she says. “Helping people in the state is extremely meaningful to me.”
Although she created her own business communications major, Gabriel dove into her political science classes. An assignment from Robert Stinson, professor emeritus of history, to read Philip Caputo’s A Rumor of War, left a lasting impact.
“It was an incredible book and provided such insight into what happened in Vietnam,” recalls Gabriel, who earned a master’s degree in political science from Lehigh University. “Before that, I had just a basic knowledge of that conflict. That book and the class discussions really opened up my eyes as to the politics of war in general and the role the U.S. played in that one in particular.”
Gabriel attended Moravian through the Division of Continuing Studies while working full-time as a manager at Crayola. Designing her own major and having the freedom to select courses related to her career at the time helped her succeed.
“The flexibility was great because it allowed me to choose courses that related to my work. At that time, I was writing our company newsletter, doing photography, and writing news releases,” she says. “So, the synergy between the two was perfect. The opportunity to pursue a course of study not available elsewhere in the Lehigh Valley, along with the small class sizes and personal attention, were instrumental to my success.”
"The opportunity to pursue a course of study not available elsewhere in the Lehigh Valley, along with the small class sizes and personal attention, were instrumental to my success."