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Moravian College to Honor Outstanding Alumni at Awards Ceremony
David Vasily ’71 to receive Comenius Award, Betsy Puth ’51 the Medallion of Merit
Bethlehem, Pa., December 5, 2012 –The Moravian College Alumni Association will honor six alumni and four current students at the Twelfth Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony on Saturday, December 8. During the ceremony, the prestigious Comenius Award for lifetime achievement will be presented to David B. Vasily ’71, M.D., and the Medallion of Merit will presented to Betsey Puth ’51.
Vasily graduated with honors from Moravian with a B.S. in biology. After attending medical school, he returned to Bethlehem and established Lehigh Valley Dermatology Associates. He then set up and directed the first inpatient dermatology unit in the Lehigh Valley at Muhlenberg Hospital Center. In 1995, he established a second practice, Aesthetica Cosmetic and Laser Center. Vasily works on the cutting edge of cosmetic and laser surgery, and has developed new products and technology in this field. He holds one patent, and has three others currently pending. Vasily is the team dermatologist for Lehigh University’s wrestling team, and has co-authored the National Athletic Trainers Association guidelines in skin infections in athletes, which is the current standard used by athletic trainers. Vasily has remained committed to Moravian College, serving on the Alumni Board of Moravian College, the Commission on the Future of Moravian College, and the Alumni Ambassador Medical Program at Moravian. Above all, he continues to make a positive impact on the medical care of the Lehigh Valley through his research and clinical work.
The Medallion of Merit will presented to Betsey Puth ’51, who has shown unfading commitment to Moravian College over the many years since she graduated. Since 1991, Puth has served as a member of the Board of Trustee’s, and recently committed to being a “Lifetime” trustee, though she has retired from active service. She has been an active member of her class of 1951, attending numerous Class of 1951 reunions, and representing her class for the 250th celebration of Moravian College. Especially committed to the arts at Moravian College, Puth led the campaign to restore the gorgeous stained glass windows in Peter Hall.
The Benigna Education Award will be presented to Kathleen Malu ’73, Ph.D. for outstanding contribution to the field of education. Malu received her B.A. in religion and French from Moravian College and now holds a Master’s in French and English as a Second Language from the School for International Training (1976) and a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Learning from Fordham University (1993). She began her teaching career as a Peace Corps Volunteer at a high school in the French-speaking Democratic Republic of the Congo. After two decades of teaching experience, she re-joined the Peace Corps and served in Rwanda for several years, and then later returned to Rwanda in 2010 as a Fulbright Scholar. Malu currently teaches undergraduate and graduate education courses at William Paterson University of New Jersey.
Two Young Alumni Achievement Awards will also be presented at the ceremony. One will go to William Trub ’03, a Comenius Scholar who graduated from Moravian College with honors in English. He then obtained his M.A. in the teaching and practice of creative writing from the University of Wales. To date, Trub has had 29 of his poems and microfictions printed in various anthologies and journals. His debut book, a collection of poems and microfictions entitled A Man’s Abortions, will be published in 2014. Trub taught three semesters of English classes at Ocean County College and was the senior editor of Business Facilities, an international trade magazine. Most recently, Trub spent a year as a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in South Africa as a schools and community resource specialist.
The second Young Alumni Award recipient will be Scott Williams ’04, who received his B.A. in political science with honors from Moravian College and then completed his Master’s degree in public administration at American University. He is currently the vice president of Men’s Health Network, a national non-profit organization which reaches men and their families with health prevention messages and tools. Williams is a popular speaker on men’s health issues, and has presented for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the United States Senate, and the World Congress on Men’s Health, among others. He also writes for and is a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Men’s Health. Today his involvement at Moravian continues as he serves as a Board Member of the Moravian College Alumni Association and the Chapter Development Task Force Chair.
In addition to recognizing the achievements of these six alumni, the ceremony will also honor three current students for their academic success and contributions to campus and community life at Moravian College. Alicia Altemose ’14, Katelyn Cohen ’14, Michael O'Gorman ’13 will receive the Alumni Fellows Scholarship. Michael will also receive the 2012 Honors Award Scholarship.
For more information about the awards recipients, please visit Moravian’s website at: www.moravian.edu/alumni.
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Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pa. 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 futures. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.