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Freshmen to Walk the Moravian Mile on August 27

Traditional walk during freshman orientation symbolically links Moravian’s two campuses

Bethlehem, Pa., Tuesday, August 16, 2005—Over 300 Moravian College freshmen will walk the "Moravian Mile" during the annual freshman class walk on Saturday, August 27 at 11:00 a.m. The 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 at Church Street.

The walk is a recent tradition that began in 1996 as part of Freshman Orientation. The walk symbolically links Moravian's Main Street Campus with the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. President Ervin J. Rokke’s and a group of Moravian College vice presidents will lead the walk. At the conclusion of the walk, the group will gather in Foy Concert Hall at 11:45 a.m. for a session on transitioning into college life.

After lunch, freshmen may tour the classroom buildings before heading off to the Campus Service Project—a new tradition at Moravian designed to foster community service. At 3:30 p.m., the freshman class will begin making the 6,000 wax candles that will be used for the Christmas Vespers Services in December.

Freshman Orientation Weekend begins on the morning of Friday, August 26, when students start moving into the residence halls. Afterwards, freshmen have the remainder of the morning to get their IDs, visit the bookstore, set-up their phones and computers, and check their mailboxes.

An opening Convocation and Vespers Service will be held for all new students and their families in Central Moravian Church on Friday at 2:15 p.m. President Rokke will address the gathering which serves as a ceremonial beginning for students and a formal “farewell” for parents.

Beverly J. Kochard, vice president for student affairs, will welcome the freshmen at 4:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, followed by a number of social activities throughout the evening designed to encourage the new students to interact with each other and make new friends.

Sunday, August 28 begins with worship services, followed by the students’ first “Introduction to Student Life” class. The class session is dedicated to discussing The Sparrow, the book by renowned author Mary Doria Russell which was required reading for all freshmen.

At 1:30 p.m., students will reconvene in Foy Hall for a talk and discussion by author Mary Doria Russell, which is sponsored in part by Moravian’s Arts and Lectures committee. (The event is not open to the public)

The freshman class will be officially installed during the Freshman Banquet in Johnston Hall at 5:30 p.m. The keynote address will be presented by Dr. Theresa Dougal, associate professor of English. On Monday, August 29 classes begin and the fall 2005 semester will be underway.

The incoming Class of 2009 will be among the largest in its 263-year history. From its second largest applicant pool, the College has enrolled 380 freshmen, equaling the size of the Class of 2008, the college’s previous high mark for enrollment.

The Class of 2009 is also among the most academically prepared. The combined SAT score of the class is at a record high and more than 30 percent of the new students were ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

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