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Moravian to Hold Farewell Event Honoring President Christopher M. Thomforde

Moravian College Community to “Say Goodbye to the Bowtie” with spring carnival event

President ThomfordeBethlehem, Pa., April 25, 2013— Students, faculty members, and staff at Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary will hold a campus-wide farewell to honor President Christopher M. Thomforde and Dr. Kathy Thomforde on the occasion of the president's retirement. "Say Goodbye to the Bowtie" will be held on Friday, April 26 from 4 to 10 p.m. on Moravian's Main Street Campus. Thomforde is retiring in July after leading Moravian for the past seven years, capping a highly successful career in higher education. View a video tribute on to President Thomforde on YouTube.

The Moravian campus community will celebrate with a "Spring Carnival" of food and fun activities on the green between the Reeves Library and Comenius Hall. Among the many fun things to do will be jousting, making tie dye shirts, posing in a photo booth, and making wax hands. There will be stations for lucky bamboo, psychic readings, air brush tattoos, and a caricature artist. Carnival food will include cotton candy, nachos, and smoothies. A picnic dinner for invited guests will include culinary delights such as Shilo's salads, Thomforde's Bowtie Burgers, The 6' 8½” Stretch , and treats from the 15th President's Brownie Sundae Bar.

The College will unveil a surprise addition to the campus at 6 p.m. between the Haupert Union Building and JoSmith residence hall. Members of the Class of 2013 will enjoy a wine and cheese hour with the President. And a campus dance will be held on the patio outside the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex from 7 to 10 p.m. with music provided by Holiday Sounds. There will be a break in the action at 8 p.m. for remarks by Dr. Gordy Weil, dean of students, and vice president for academic affairs and student Devon James '14.

Moravian's President's Office gives Special thanks to IMPACT, FMPC, and Sodexho for their assistance with this event.

Bryon L. Grigsby, senior vice president and vice president for academic affairs at Shenandoah University, has been named the 16th president of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. Grigsby, a 1990 graduate of Moravian College, will assume the presidency in July 2013.

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.