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Moravian College to Honor Distinguished Alumni

Joseph C. L. Merola ’64, M.D. to receive prestigious Comenius Award

Joseph MerolaBethlehem, Pa., December 1, 2011—The Moravian College Alumni Association will honor five distinguished alumni at the Eleventh Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, December 2 at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. The night begins with a light dinner reception in Foy Lobby and Payne Gallery at 4:00 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in Peter Hall. Joseph C. L. Merola ’64, M.D. of Bethlehem, Pa. will be honored with the prestigious Comenius Award for lifetime achievement.

Joseph C. L. Merola, who received his B.S. with honors in biology from Moravian College, has served as chairman to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Luke’s Hospital since 1994, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, and DeSales University, and as medical director of Women’s and Children’s Services at St. Luke’s since 1996. After interning at the Lankenau Hospital and completing his residency and chief residency at the Pennsylvania Hospital in 1973, Joseph moved back to the Lehigh Valley and for 17 years worked for Bethlehem Obstetrics Associates, Ltd. In 1990, Merola was active in the re-development of the Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology, initially as a surgical mentor and then as program director at St. Luke’s Hospital.

During his tenure at St. Luke’s, Merola played a major role in the phenomenal growth, both in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the residency training program at the hospital. Merola has been on a number of boards and committees including the Board of Trustees of Planned Parenthood of Northern Pennsylvania and the Development Committee for Greater Philadelphia Obstetrics and Gynecology Review Course, and the Board of Trustees of St. Luke’s Health Services. He is also a frequent moderator on the St. Luke’s medical television program “Talk With Your Doctor.”

Anne McCandless Rampolla ’79, Bethlehem, Pa. will be honored with the Benigna Education Award for outstanding contribution to the field of education. During her time as an undergraduate student, Anne studied at the University of Valencia in Spain. After receiving her M.A. in Spanish in 1982, She quickly launched into her teaching career. Throughout her 32 year teaching career, she has taught various levels of Spanish at Moravian’s Comenius Center and Lehigh University as well as college-level courses in North and South Carolina. She has been inducted into the DeSales University chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international education society dedicated to excellence in teaching. She was also chosen to represent the university on an expedition to Peru, and at the Annual Collegium of Faculty of Catholic Colleges. McCandless Rampolla is a member of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, and has just been named to the Advisory Board at the Children’s Home of Easton, one of the charities she actively supports.

Betty Adams Roach ’43, Bethlehem, Pa., will receive the Medallion of Merit in recognition of outstanding service to Moravian. After more than 20 years of teaching at Montclair (N.J.) High School, Betty and her husband, Jack, returned to Bethlehem, and she soon reconnected with her alma mater through her membership on local committees and joined the Alumni board. As a graduate in English and journalism, she gave back to the school who had honed her own writing abilities and began writing feature articles for the Moravian College Magazine. She has also represented her class in the inaugural procession of two presidents. Adams Roach has previously served as an advisor to and representative of the Student Alumni Association, Reunion Committee Chair, member of the Women’s History committee, Reunion Fund Chair, and was among the most successful of the Phone-A-Thon volunteers.

Joseph L. Powlette ’60, Bethlehem, Pa will also receive the Medallion of Merit in recognition of his outstanding service to the Moravian community. Powlette received his B.A. with honors in physics and now serves as the Louise E. Juley Professor of Science and a professor of physics at Moravian. He also served as an adjunct professor at Temple University. After receiving his M.A. from Cornell University in 1963, he returned to Moravian to teach physics. He has since taught at Moravian, and his 48 year career at Moravian has been filled with many achievements.

In addition to honoring alum who have continued to support the Moravian community, four current students will be awarded for their academic success. In recognition of their high academic achievements and contributions to campus and community life, three students will be awarded an Alumni Fellows scholarship. The 2011 Alumni Fellows are: Margaret A. DeOliveira ’13, Gina M. Heintzelman ’13 and Anna M. Whetstone ’12. Melissa M. Straub ’12 will receive the 2011 Honors Award scholarship.

For more information regarding the awards recipients, please visit Moravian's website at: http://www.moravian.edu/alumni/index.htm

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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.