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Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell to speak at Baccalaureate Service

First Lady of Pennsylvania and Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals honored speaker

Majorie O. Rendell(Bethlehem, Pa.)—The Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell, First Lady of Pennsylvania and Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, will be the honored speaker at Moravian’s 262nd Baccalaureate Service. The service will be held on Friday, May 14, at 5:30 p.m., in Central Moravian Church.

Dr. Dennis G. Glew, professor of classics and history, will serve as Marshal of Faculty. Dr. Stacey Zaremba, associate professor of psychology, will serve as Marshal of Students. Dr. Ervin J. Rokke, president of Moravian College, will preside at the service. The Moravian College Choir and Moravian College Women’s Chorus conducted by Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle will perform, with organist Adam P. Koch.

Marjorie Osterlund Rendell became the 43rd First Lady of Pennsylvania when her husband, Governor Edward G. Rendell, was sworn in as Governor of Pennsylvania on January 21, 2003.

Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, the First Lady earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Society. Upon receiving her Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University School of Law, she joined the law firm of Duane, Morris & Heckscher, subsequently becoming the firm's second woman partner. Over the course of her 20-year career as a practicing attorney, she specialized in bankruptcy law and commercial litigation, and served as a mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge Rendell was inducted into the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1994 and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1997.

Throughout her professional career, Judge Rendell has participated in many civic and community endeavors. She was an active board member of the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia for more than 20 years. Currently, she is a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, Chair of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania's School Nursing and a board member of Penn Medicine. Additionally, she serves on the Trustees Council of Penn Women and the university's External Affairs and Neighborhood Initiatives Committees.

During the time her husband was mayor of Philadelphia, Judge Rendell served as Chair of Avenue of the Arts, Inc., the independent nonprofit organization that she helped found in 1993 to develop North and South Broad Street (the Avenue of the Arts) in Center City Philadelphia into a world-class cultural and performing arts district. The First Lady is also Vice Chair of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Over the course of only eight years, she helped to bring the dream of a Philadelphia regional performance arts center from a shared vision to the construction and grand opening of the spectacular, world-class Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Additionally, in 1999 the First Lady established a Philadelphia Reads/Power Partners Chapter at the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Reads is an initiative from the Office of the Mayor, City of Philadelphia, that works to ensure that all children read well and independently by the end of third grade. Through the Power Partners Program, which the First Lady continues to lead, two public school classrooms visit the federal courthouse to receive weekly one-on-one reading by approximately twenty federal judges' chambers.

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 Moravian College Web site at www.moravian.edu.