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Families to Experience Moravian College Campus Life – September 16

Bethlehem, Pa., Friday, August 31, 2006—Family members and friends of Moravian College students are invited to experience Moravian College campus life on Saturday, September 16, during the College’s annual Family Day fall celebration. Events begin at the HUB Kiosk with registration and a morning "coffee session," when students and their families can meet with student affairs staff.

Families will be welcomed by Moravian College’s new president, Dr. Christopher M. Thomforde, in the HUB Pavilion at 9:30 a.m. Family Day participants may then choose to attend two of four sessions on campus-related topics. Dr. Michelle Schmidt will coordinate “Back to the Future: Psychology 101,” an interactive session regarding memory. Participant may test their own memories in addition to learning about memory loss and retrieval.

Jennifer Creamer, director of international studies, will present “Study Abroad 101 for Parents,” an explanation of opportunities for students of all majors to study abroad. She will address why studying abroad is such a critical and exciting part of the liberal arts educational experience.

Dr. Francis Ryan of the history department will offer parents a chance to take a trip back to the classroom for a visit to the American West. Participants will explore questions such as why so many settlers moved west after the Civil War, what they found upon arrival, and how the settlement of the West is understood and remembered today. Through film clips, short readings, and discussions, topics will be addressed as they would be in History 114: U.S. History since 1865.

 “Poke Me! A Parent’s Guide to Facebook,” facilitated by Timothy Poirier, assistant dean of student life, explains the positive and negative aspects of the popular student networking website.

At 11 a.m. families also will have the option of attending Moravian’s first game in the Volleyball Tri-Match against rival Muhlenberg College. The match takes place in the college’s Timothy Briedegam Field house. The lady Greyhounds will also challenge Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham campus at 3 p.m.

Lunch will be served as part of a pre-game tailgating party from 11:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex patio. The Moravian College marching band and cheerleaders will perform to foster school spirit as the football team prepares to take on King’s College. The game starts at 1 p.m. at Rocco Calvo Field at the Steel Field Complex.

From 2 to 4 p.m., families may stop by the HUB Pavilion to learn crafts such as scrapbooking and knitting while indulging in a chocolate fountain. Movie fans are invited to view the recent Jack Black release “Nacho Libre” in Prosser Auditorium. Tours of historic Bethlehem and shopping excursions also are planned for the afternoon.

Following the football game, all are invited to a Mass in Borhek Chapel. The day will end with a “Broadway Comes to Bethlehem” dinner buffet in the HUB dining room. A variety of cuisine will be served while diners are treated to performances by members of the Footlights Musical Theater Company, a student musical group.

For registration information about Family Day at Moravian College, contact the College information desk at (610) 861-1491.

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. For more information call (610) 861-1491 or visit the web site at www.moravian.edu