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Freshmen to Walk the Moravian Mile on August 26

Traditional walk during freshmen orientation symbolically links Moravian’s two campuses

Bethlehem, Pa., Friday, August 25, 2006—Moravian College president Christopher M. Thomforde will lead more than 300 freshmen students to  walk the "Moravian Mile" during the annual freshman class walk on Saturday, August 26 at 11 a.m. The walk begins at the 1742 oval located at the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets and follows the Moravian Mile down Main Street to the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus.

The traditional walk was initiated in 1996 as part of the Freshman Orientation program. The walk symbolically links Moravian's Main Street Campus with the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus.  Thomforde and a group of Moravian College vice presidents will lead the walk and then gather in Foy Concert Hall at 11:45 a.m. for a session on responsible computing at Moravian.

After lunch, freshmen may explore downtown Bethlehem or tour classroom buildings before they join the Campus Service Project — a new tradition designed to foster community service. At 3:30 p.m., the freshman class will launch the candle making process to produce the 6,000 beeswax candles used during the college's Christmas Vespers Services.  

Freshman Orientation Weekend begins Friday morning, August 25, when students move into the residence halls.   Freshmen have the remainder of the morning to acquire IDs, visit the bookstore, set-up  phones and computers, and to check mailboxes.

An opening Convocation and Vespers is scheduled for all new students and their families in Central Moravian Church on Friday at 2:15 p.m.  The ceremony serves as a symbolic beginning for new students and a formal "farewell" for parents.  President Thomforde will deliver the welcoming address.

 Beverly J. Kochard, vice president for student affairs, will welcome the freshmen at 4 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, followed by  ( a number of )  social activities throughout the evening designed to encourage  students to interact with each other and to develop new friendships .

Sunday, August 27 begins with worship services, followed by the students’ first “Introduction to Student Life” class. The class session is dedicated to discussing She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, the book by renowned author Jennifer Finney Boylan, which was required reading for all freshmen.

At 1:30 p.m., students will reconvene in Foy Hall for a talk and discussion by author Jennifer Finney Boylan, which is sponsored in part by Moravian’s Arts and Lectures committee. The event is not open to the public .

The freshman class will be officially installed during the Freshman Banquet in Johnston Hall at 5:30 p.m. The keynote address will be presented by Dr. John Black, associate professor of English at the college. Classes for the 2006 fall semester begin on Monday, August 28

The incoming class of 378 freshmen is the fourth-largest in Moravian's 264-year history.  The Class of 2010 is distinguished by the large number of students who enrolled under the College’s Early Decision Plan which is reserved for high-achieving students who have selected Moravian as their top choice of colleges. Nearly forty percent of the freshman class enrolled through this plan.

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 www.moravian.edu