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Moravian’s “Learning at Leisure” combines fun and learning

New program for campus community to teach cooking, glass work, bridge

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— Moravian College has developed a program for students, faculty, and staff to have fun while learning new skills with “Learning at Leisure,” a program designed to offer both educational and fun classes in various areas of interest: games, food, and crafts. The classes, which are open to students, faculty, and the community, are taught by Moravian faculty as well as other professionals associated with the college.

The basis for Learning at Leisure was formed when Mark Kopenhaver, director of food services, began discussions with Ann Claussen, director of student activities, exploring ways to engage people in learning outside the class room environment. “We wanted to develop programming that would bring the campus community together and engage them in unique learning activities not normally associated with college,” said Ann Claussen. “We just announced the program and we already have a number of students, faculty, and staff signed up for the classes.

Dick Claussen, coordinator of academic camps, will offer a beginner class in the card game Bridge on Mondays, October 20 and 27, and November 3 and 10. He will introduce the basic concepts of the game and instruct on how to play effectively and successfully.

The executive chef of the Wood Company (Moravian’s Food Service Provider) will introduce the art of Cake Icing and Decorating techniques on Thursday, October 30. He will teach the fundamentals of creating beautifully decorated cakes using piping and flowers.

How to make candy will be taught by Lou Ann Vlahovic, secretary/operator for the Science Department, on Thursdays, November 6, 13, and 20. She will demonstrate how to mold candies and fillings for candy and lollipops. Participants will learn the proper preparation of chocolate for molding. Recipes used during the demonstration will be distributed for your own use.

On Thursday, November 20, the executive chef, Wood Company will feature a class entitled “Death by Chocolate.” This class will feature recipes and techniques for preparing chocolate treats such as Ganache, Truffles, Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Bread Pudding, Chocolate Pecan Pie and Chocolate Trash. The same company will teach a course in dining etiquette on Thursday, November 6.

For Harry Potter fans, Judith Green, assistant director of publications, will instruct a course, October 2, 9, 16, and 23, on witchcraft, the literary genre of the quest, and why it is that the Malfoy family is evil and Knockturn Alley has no streetlights.

The executive chef will be back on Thursday, October 16 will a course on safe sushi, teaching how to prep, pack, and roll safe sushi as well as how to make California rolls, Philadelphia Rolls, Fruit Rolls, Inside-Out Rolls, and Tear Drops.

Shay Jaymes will teach a course in Faux Stained Glass on Wednesdays October 1, 8, and 15. You will learn to create projects that can be used alone or in combinations to create framed artwork or decorative window treatments.

On Tuesday, October 14, Dr. Rudy Ackerman, emeritus professor of art at Moravian College, will tell stories and show slides of the adventures he experienced in Western Europe, Greece, and Egypt with Moravian students over the past 35 years.

For more information, contact Ann Claussen, director of student activities, at 610-861-1492.