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Freshmen to walk the Moravian Mile on August 28

Traditional walk during freshmen orientation symbolically links Moravian’s two campuses

Bethlehem, Pa.—Over 300 Moravian College freshmen will walk the "Moravian Mile" during the annual freshmen class walk on Saturday, August 28 at 11:00 a.m. The walk starts at the 1742 oval located at the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets and follows the Moravian Mile down Main Street to Moravian's Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus at Church Street.

The walk is a recent tradition that began in 1996 as part of freshmen Orientation. The walk symbolically links Moravian's Main Street Campus with the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. President Ervin J. Rokke’s and a group of Moravian College vice presidents will lead the walk. At the conclusion of the walk, the group will gather in Foy Concert Hall at 11:45 a.m. for a session on transitioning into college life.

After lunch, freshmen may tour the classroom buildings before heading off to the Campus Service Project—a new tradition at Moravian designed to foster community service. At 3:30 p.m., the freshmen class will begin making the 6,000 wax candles that will be used for the Christmas Vespers Services in December.

freshmen Orientation Weekend begins on the morning of Friday, August 27, when students start moving into the residence halls. Afterwards, freshmen have the remainder of the morning to get their IDs, visit the bookstore, set-up their phones and computers, and check their mailboxes.

An opening Convocation and Vespers Service will be held for all new students and their families in Central Moravian Church on Friday at 2:15 p.m. President Rokke will address the gathering which serves as a ceremonial beginning for students and a formal “farwell” for parents.

Beverly J. Kochard, vice president for student affairs, will welcome the freshmen at 4:15 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, followed by a number of social activities throughout the evening designed to encourage the new students to interact with each other and make new friends.

Sunday, August 29 begins with worship services, followed by the students’ first “Introduction to Student Life” class. The class session is dedicated to discussing The Things They Carried, the book by renowned author Tim O’Brien which was required reading for all freshmen.

At 1:00 p.m., students will reconvene in Foy Hall for a talk and discussion by novelist Tim O’Brien, which is sponsored in part by Moravian’s Arts and Lectures committee. (The event is not open to the public)

The freshmen class will be officially installed during the freshmen Banquet in Johnston Hall at 6 p.m. The keynote address will be presented by Dr. Dana Dunn, professor of psychology. On Monday, August 30 classes begin and the fall 2004 semester will be underway.

The incoming Class of 2008 will be among largest in its 262-year history. From a record number of applications, the College has enrolled 382 freshmen. The previous high mark for enrollment was the Class of 2007, when 380 freshmen were enrolled.

The Class of 2008 is also among the most academically prepared. The average, combined SAT score of the class is at a record high; more than half of Moravian’s incoming freshmen were among the top 20 percent of their graduating high school class; 27 percent of the new students were ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class.