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Moravian to Welcome Class of 2015 with Orientation Weekend

Highlights include Moravian Mile walk; Summer reading discussion, service learning project, and HOUNDfest 2011

Bethlehem, Pa., August 19, 2011 --Moravian College will welcome the incoming class of 2015 on Orientation Weekend (August 26-28) that marks the official introduction to the campus community and the transition into the academic environment. With the orientation of the Class of 2015, comes two traditions, the Crossing Ceremony and HOUNDfest, both popular among previous incoming classes.

Other highlights of the weekend include the opening convocation, orientation programs, the traditional class walk, and the campus service learning project. As part of their Introduction to College Life program, the students will participate in a group discussion of the book, A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America with the award-winning investigative reporter and author Paul Cuadros. Classes for all students begin on Monday, August 29.

First year students will begin moving in the morning of Friday, August 26 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 27 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 luncheon on the Hurd Campus will follow the walk.

After lunch, students will participate in another tradition at Moravian. Their campus service 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 inter-denominational service, and group discussions of the assigned reading of A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America. At 1:30 p.m., a student event will feature a talk and discussion by Cuadros about his book, followed by a book signing in Johnston Hall. A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America is the story of rapid cultural changes in the small agricultural town of Siler City, NC. The talk by Cuadros will kick-off a year of thematic programming at Moravian focusing on poverty and inequality.

Paul Cuadros's family moved to the United States from Peru in 1960. An award-winning investigative reporter, he has written for Time magazine and Salon.com, among others. In 1999, Cuadros won an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship to write about the impact of the large numbers of Latino poultry workers in rural towns in the South. He moved to Pittsboro, North Carolina, to conduct his research and stayed on to document the growing Latino community in the Southeast. Paul Cuadros is an assistant professor at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

At 4:45 p.m., President Thomforde and other senior administrators will lead the Class of 2015 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 '11, a celebration of food and music follows the ceremony. For a complete schedule click on: new student orientation. Alumni of Moravian College are invited to attend HOUNDfest 2011 for details visit:

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.