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Trustee holds picnic to welcome freshman to Moravian

Alumni, faculty, and staff on hand to welcome incoming class of 2007

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)—Moravian College trustee Richard Kingston ’77 and his wife, Leslie, have been hosting the College’s annual Freshman Welcome Picnic for almost a decade. This year, what had been a pleasant event for between 50 and 120 participants at past picnics became a whopper of a party for more than 160 people on July 31. Dr. Kingston is an oral surgeon with a practice in Bethlehem.

Participants included Moravian faculty (one with his very own incoming freshman to introduce), staff, and current students, who welcomed some 40 members of the Class of 2007. They ate hamburgers and hot dogs and a cake made by Martha Sternbergh Neff ’70, pastry chef and baker for Wood Dining Services at Lehigh Valley Hospital. The incoming freshmen played volleyball.

Bernard J. Story ’80, vice president for enrollment, said the Class of 2007 is Moravian’s largest ever, with 387 confirmed students selected from a record applicant pool of about 1,600. In addition to size, the class has the highest average SAT score of any incoming freshman class at the College.

Moravian “legacy” students—those who are the second generation in a family to attend the College or who have had at least one sibling at Moravian—include Samantha Madison, the daughter of John Madison ’71 and Marcia Reedman Madison ’72, Coopersburg; Lauren Kuhns, daughter of Dennis ’81 and Sandra Kuhns, Allentown; and Andrew Remsing, Bath, whose sister Alyson ’03 graduated in May. Dennis Kuhns is director of network services at Lehigh Valley Hospital. John Madison is a retired police officer and his wife a teacher.

Samantha Madison is a Comenius Scholar, a designation of honor for those in the top 10 percent of their high school class with a specified SAT score. Other Comenius Scholars at the picnic were Todd Butillo, Kaitlyn Holva, Lauren Scevola, Lori Spadoni, and Blair Zickmund.

James West, professor of economics and business, and his wife, Ruhi, will see their son, Ben, become a freshman at the College this fall. Other faculty at the picnic included Anne Dutlinger, assistant professor of art and chair of the art department; Christopher Jones, assistant professor of biology; Dennis Glew, professor of history and chair of the history department, and his wife, Dorothy, a reference librarian at Reeves Library; Dan Libby, professor of chemistry and chair of the chemistry department, and his wife, Carol Baker Libby, an adjunct instructor of chemistry; and Kelly Krieble ’86, assistant professor of physics and a member of the Alumni Association Board of Trustees.

Moravian alumni included:

    * Roland Leibenguth ’48, a retired engineer
    * Thomas Keim ’49, retired from Metropolitan Life Insurance
    * Anthony Jaso ’50, a retired teacher in the Wilson Area School District, and his wife, Pat
    * Constantine “Gus” Loupos ’60, a retired teacher in the Bethlehem Area School District, his wife, Cleo, and their daughter Theo
    * Thomas Wiegner ’68, retired from Lucent Technology
    * Don Beck ’71, a psychology professor at Penn State
    * Amy Hawley ’76, owner of Hawley Realty, Allentown
    * Lauren Turnbach Brennan ’86, a teacher in the Bethlehem Area School District, and her husband
    * Donna Moser ’90, a teacher at St. Jane’s School, Easton
    * Holly Derhammer ’91, a special education teacher in the Allentown School District
    * Lisa Garger McGill ’91, a planning and logistics analyst with Merck Pharmaceuticals, West Point
    * J.P. Orlando ’96, risk adviser and trainer with Henry S. Lehr Inc., Bethlehem
    * Ann Rissmiller Flood ’96, a project specialist with Specialty Minerals, Bethlehem
    * David ’98, an account executive with Lehr Inc., and Missy Connor ’00, a staffing coordinator with Kelly Services, Bethlehem
    * Bob Thear ’98, an auditor with Guardian Life, Bethlehem
    * Stephanie Rickards ’99, a 10th-grade English teacher with the Bethlehem Area School District
    * Jessica Edris ’00, development director of the Program for Women and Families in Allentown
    * Brian Mansfield ’00, with the Dun & Bradstreet office in Bath
    * Lauren Nicholas ’01, a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music
    * Julie Jones ’02, an honor graduate in chemistry who is now in a doctoral program at Princeton University
    * Erica Pysher ’02, a French teacher in the East Stroudsburg school district.

Leibenguth, Keim, Derhammer, the Jasos, and the Loupos family were among the hard-working volunteers.

Current students Jacqueline Collette ’05, Bethlehem; Donna Kohut ’05, Easton; and Tom Ruhf ’06, Bethlehem, also attended.

Staff included: Robert Schoenen, vice president for institutional advancement, and his wife, Pat ’70; Joan Lardner Paul, a director of major gifts, and John Williams, director of planned giving, with his wife, Mary Ann, who is on the staff of LVAIC (Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges); Robert Windolph, dean of student life in the Office of Student Affairs; Bertie Francis Knisely ’69, director of alumni relations, and Kristen Orgera, assistant director of alumni relations; Amy Whelan, assistant director of admissions; Erika Bayles Mondok ’90, admissions officer, and her daughter Chloe; and Christie Jacobsen ’00, the College’s web manager.