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Moravian College Announces Leadership Community Grant Awards

Bethlehem, Pa., November 2, 2006—The Leadership Center at Moravian College recently announced the recipients of the Community Grant awards for the fall semester.  Six teams comprised of faculty/staff, students, and community partners were awarded grants intended to foster cooperative connections between the College and the community at large.

Students in Nursing 315:  Embracing the Challenged Community, will be involved with two community projects. The first, “Educating the Elderly about Health Needs,” will partner with the Northampton County Area Agency on Aging and Dr. Paige Thompson, associate professor of nursing at Moravian College.  Students will also work with KidsPeace to create a “Community Wellness Fest,” directed by Dr. Janet Sipple, chairperson and professor in the department of nursing; Beth Gotwals, assistant professor of nursing, and professor Thompson.

The class project theme continues with Religion 199:  Paul through Jewish and Christian Eyes.  Students and advisor, Dr. Kelly Denton-Borhaug, assistant professor of religion, will connect with members of the Am Haskalah Congregation in Allentown and Rabbi Melissa Klein.  Together they will undertake a project titled “Viewing Paul of the New Testament through Diverse Lenses: Dinner and Text Study with Members and Leaders of Am Haskalah.”

The College Community Connection, also known as C3, will work with Drs. Theresa Dougal, associate professor of English, and Fran Ryan, assistant professor of history, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Youth Theater to create an artistic display for Babes in Toyland.

A special interest group, Students against Domestic Violence, and Dr. Stacey Zaremba, professor and chair of the psychology department, will team with the Beginning Over Foundation to highlight “Domestic Violence Awareness.”

Dr. Jennifer Creamer, director of international studies, will lead a corps of Moravian students to work with William Penn Elementary School second graders.  “Elementary Schools around the World” will teach youngsters about education in different cultures.  Students from different countries Kanizeh Visram (Kenya); Jacqui Osei-Tutu (Ghana) ’09, Charlotte, N.C.; Martin Janak (Czech Republic); and Vani and Shanti Pradhan (Nepal/India) will share their childhood experiences with the children.

The goal of the Community Grant program is to expand existing partnerships and to encourage new outreach within the community through financial support. The Leadership Center selects several groups to receive funding of up to $300 to implement projects each semester. Four groups were awarded grants for the first time last fall, and five groups received funding in the spring.

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.