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Moravian’s President Honored with Ervin J. Rokke Endowment for Student-Faculty Research

Bethlehem, Pa., Thursday, August 25, 2005 — Mrs. Priscilla Payne Hurd, chair of the Joint Board of Trustees of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary, today presented a $1.5 million check to establish the Ervin J. Rokke Endowment for Student-Faculty Research at Moravian. She made the presentation to Moravian president Ervin Rokke before a gathering of 325 faculty and staff at an annual College and Seminary Colloquium in Foy Concert Hall.

Mrs. Hurd said that the permanent endowment, which will provide direct support to Moravian College students and faculty for research in a variety of disciplines, would facilitate “the life-changing relationship between professors and students that lies at the heart of what we do at Moravian.” She added that Rokke Endowment for Student-Faculty Research would “ensure that many generations from now, Moravian students and their teachers will remember Erv Rokke, and will continue to live out his best hopes and dreams for this institution.”

In her remarks to faculty and staff at the Colloquium, Mrs. Hurd applauded the leadership and achievement of President Rokke, who earlier this week had announced his plans to depart Moravian in July 2006. She noted that “by every measure of progress – from our infrastructure to our fund-raising success, from the quality of our students to the quality of our programs – he has lifted the bar to new heights at Moravian.” She also suggested that Rokke’s “greatest gift to us has not been the more obvious signs of improvement, but the way we now look to our future.”

Proceeds from the Rokke Endowment will be devoted to fund and facilitate research in the natural and mathematical sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities at Moravian. The new endowment will significantly bolster the College’s current initiative to promote undergraduate research and creative learning endeavors.

The annual Colloquium for members of the College and Seminary community is held before the beginning of each academic year at Moravian. It provides a forum for faculty and staff to collectively review and discuss challenges and opportunities facing the institution during the upcoming year.

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