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The 1742 Experience Readies Moravian Students for Service in Bethlehem

Students help the community through pre-orientation service immersion program

1742 ExperienceBethlehem, Pa., August 5, 2013 —A group of freshmen students will get with a jump on adjusting to college life at Moravian while they learn about the city of Bethlehem and work to improve the community. Twenty incoming first-year students and four student team leaders are participating in The 1742 Experience, a week-long pre-orientation program that runs August 18 to 22. Students will support service projects at the Bethlehem YMCA, New Bethany Ministries, Moravian Village, Historic Bethlehem Partnership, William Penn Elementary, and Liberty High School.

In its third year, the program has doubled from ten first-year students and two team leaders to twenty first-year students and four team leaders. “The 1742 Experience is offered by Moravian College to allow selected first- year students to strengthen their community involvement before embarking on their four years at Moravian,” said Katie Dantsin. director of leadership development in Moravian’s Center for Leadership and Service. “New students have a chance to connect with peers and upperclassmen and to develop a unique sense of confidence and personal leadership style early in their college career. At the same time, five upperclassmen student leaders enhance their leadership skills and behavior in their roles as program coordinator and team leaders.”

Student Coordinator Samantha Blake ’14 and Team Leaders, Casey Hilferty ’14, Nick Roberts ’15, Jenn Leedom ’14, and Michelle Mason ’16 will implement the program with the first-year students throughout the services projects. Students will blog about the program throughout the week. Updates about this year’s program can be found at http://1742experience-2013.blogspot.com/. Other program information is available at http://home.moravian.edu/public/stusvc/leadership/civic/1742.html.

For more information contact Katie Dantsin at kdantsin@moravian.edu, 610-861-1498.

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 website at www.moravian.edu.