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Alumni Weekend 2004: “A Taste of Moravian”

Jeanne Taccarino Guaraldo ’69 to receive 2004 Medallion of Merit

(Bethlehem, Pa.)—The Moravian College Alumni Association plans an exciting schedule of events, celebrations, and entertainment for Alumni Weekend on Friday, May 21, and Saturday, May 22. Following the Reunion Luncheon on Saturday, the Alumni Association will honor Jeanne Taccarino Guaraldo ’69, with its 2004 Medallion of Merit in recognition of her outstanding service to Moravian College.

Taccarino Guaraldo has served as both advocate and leader for the Moravian College Alumni Association. As alumni board president she participated in the selection process for President Rokke; served on the Commission on the Future; and conceived of the Mardi Gras, now a highly successful event for students, alumni and the college community. As a Trustee, she passionately championed the value of alumni, and helped to foster greater recognition of Moravian’s alumni.

During the last ten years, Taccarino Guaraldo has affected change in almost every area of alumni programming while commuting from her Wilmington Delaware home to Moravian consistently. As reunion chair, she helped develop the existing reunion program, including the creation of the annual reunion parade. As a past Alumni Association President (1998-2000), she initiated the Past Alumni Board and Past Alumni Trustee Club, a group of alumni leaders who meet yearly.

Taccarino Guaraldo has reached out to Moravian’s alumni in numerous ways, speaking at a variety of events, serving as the class of 1969 reunion chair, and participating as a member of the Major Gifts committee. She also helped in the formation of alumni focus groups, served as the Philadelphia Alumni Club treasurer, and chaired Moravian’s 2002 and 2003 Celebration Balls.

One of Taccarino Guaraldo lasting contributions to Moravian College has been to initiate and co-direct the Women’s College Oral History Project. She recruited alumni volunteers as interviewers, and coordinated the collection of oral histories of the Women’s College alumnae, to assure the preservation of the oral history of Moravian College for Women.

Alumni Weekend will begin on Friday, May 21, at 10:00 a.m., offering Founder’s Day activities for the Women’s College graduates. Program activities, for all alumni, feature an alumni college course, a campus tour of both campuses, another alumni college course, a block party cookout to conclude at 9:00 p.m. with optional individual class receptions and parties as planned.

Saturday, May 22, activities are: registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by a continental breakfast buffet, the 50+ Club breakfast, and tours of the Main Street campus. The day’s events will include Past Presidents and Past Alumni Trustee meeting, the Alumni Association Annual meeting, a reunion parade and luncheon, photos, optional individual reunion gatherings, Young Alumni Board meeting, a mini college course, an alumni mini course, Main Street campus tours, Omicron Gamma Omega photo and annual meeting, a presentation by Franklin Hills Vineyards*, reception, and dinners for individual classes or clusters of classes. Finally the weekend’s festivities will wrap-up with delicious desserts and dancing in the Haupert Union Building.

The Alumni courses are new menu items and food for thought: “The Economics of Sports” by Peter von Allmen, “Inside the College Rating Game” by Bernie Story ’80, “The Moravian Roots of Moravian College” by Otto Dreydoppel ‘74, and the Winery Seminar by Franklin Hill Vineyards.

For the schedule of events visit: http://www.moravian.edu/alumni/events.htm. For those alumni who can’t make it back to campus, the College will use the Web to post a “virtual alumni weekend.” The site will include real time (almost) photos and information of alumni weekend events and activities at www.moravian.edu/alumni/aw.

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.