In Conference

Moravian finds a new home for its athletic teams

It hasn’t got a name yet, but Moravian and seven other colleges and universities will form a new NCAA Division III athletics conference for sports other than football, to begin competitive play in fall 2007.

The other members are Catholic University, Drew University, Goucher College, Juniata College, Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, N.J.), Susquehanna University, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, N.Y.).
The reason for the new affiliation is that when Moravian accepted an invitation from the Centennial Conference to become an associate member for football, its 19 other sports teams were not permitted to remain in the Middle Atlantic Conference. MAC’s rules prohibit splitting a school’s teams among several conferences.

“We are proud to be affiliated with this impressive new conference,” President Rokke said in an all-campus e-mail sent December 12.

“Every one of its members demonstrates a clear focus on institutional excellence that is evident in our missions, in the centrality of our academic enterprise, in the quality of our faculties and students, and in the way our athletic programs and student-athletes reflect those fundamental strengths. At the same time, we share outstanding athletic traditions that will generate spirited and stirring play on our fields and courts.
“In the months that follow,” the President continued, “we will begin work in earnest on a full range of organizational activities related to formation of this new conference. We will also explore ways to foster and expand relationships among our new partners. Our affiliation should bring real benefits and distinction not only to our athletic programs but also to our entire institution.”

Consider this mental picture offered by Diane Husic, professor and chair of biology and a faculty-athletic representative to the NCAA: “Can’t you just hear the players running down the field quoting Plato and Spinoza? Or Comenius!”

January 10, 2006 (pdf version)

In Conference:
Moravian forms new athletic conference with seven other colleges.

First and Foremost:
Dana Dunn's book is named one of the year's best by American Library Association's Choice magazine. Student team from Moravian wins area computer programming competition, places well in regionals.

Game Plan:
Stephanie Seaman tops 1,000 career points in Moravian Winter Classic Basketball Tournament.

Datebook:
Campus calendar.

Gaudeamus:
Faculty/staff/student accomplishments.
Kimono Girls:
Winners of International Dinner talent competition.