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Moravian to Welcome Class of 2016 with Orientation Weekend

Highlights include Moravian Mile walk; Summer reading discussion, service learning project, and HOUNDfest 2012

HoundfestBethlehem, Pa., August 21, 2012 –Moravian College will welcome the incoming class of 2016 on Orientation Weekend (August 24-26) that marks the official introduction to the campus community and the transition into the academic environment. With the orientation of the Class of 2016, 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, Living Downstream: A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. Classes for all students begin on Monday, August 27.

First year students will begin moving in the morning of Friday, August 24 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 25 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 Living Downstream: A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment . At 1:30 p.m., a student event will feature a talk and discussion by Sandra Steingraber about her book. The talk by Steingraber will kick-off a year of thematic programming at Moravian focusing on sustainability.

In her early twenties, Steingraber was afflicted with cancer, a disease that has afflicted other members of her adoptive family. Writing from the twin perspectives of a survivor and a concerned scientist, she traces the high incidence of cancer and the terrifying concentrations of environmental toxins in her native rural Illinois. She goes on to show similar correlation in other communities, such as Boston and Long Island, and throughout the United States, where cancer rates have risen alarmingly since mid-century. Living Downstream makes the intimate connection between the health of individuals and the integrity of our air, land, and water.

At 4:45 p.m., President Thomforde and other senior administrators will lead the Class of 2016 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 '12, 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 2012 for details visit: Freshmen Orientation 2012.

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.