President Rokke was the facilitator for a conference November 2-5 on the security of the former Yugoslavia, now called Serbia and Montenegro, under the sponsorship of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. The conference was held in Belgrade and brought together leaders of the Serbian Parliament and the ministries of defense, foreign affairs, justice, finance, and interior.
At the conference, Dr. Rokke delivered an address on the rapid technological and environmental changes that have altered the nature of conflict and military response in the 21st century.
Dana Dunn, professor of psychology and interim chair of the Department of Philosophy, has been appointed to the 2006 editorial board of the journal Rehabilitation Psychology. Published annually, this is the premier peer-reviewed journal for the study of psychological issues germane to chronic disease and disability.
Krista Steinke, assistant professor of art (new media), and William Hudders, adjunct instructor in art, have work in the show “Sheltered” at the gallery in the Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College. Krista’s piece is a collaboration with Sherman Finch. There is a lecture by curator Paul Felder at noon January 26 in Williams 108 and a closing reception 3:00-5:00 p.m. January 30.
Robert Brill, associate professor of psychology, was an LVAIC consortial professor at De Sales University last semester. On December 2, Bob spoke to psychology students on “The Magic Box Demonstration.” He explains that the magic box is an analogy for an organization that uses psychological principles to build a more productive, healthy workforce. The box does not produce rabbits.
Those psych people! Busy, busy, busy. Stacey Zaremba, professor and chair of the department, went to the first annual Best Practices in Higher Education conference, November 19 at the Community College of Philadelphia. Its theme was “Assessing the Impact of Service Learning on Student Development.” (It’s the same conference that Cecilia Fox, assistant professor of biology, attended, as reported in the December 7 InCommon.) In a paper called “Serving the Needs of Homeless Women,” Stacey described the four service-learning projects organized by students in her Psychology of Women course last spring.
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, assistant professor of doctrinal theology at Moravian Theological Seminary, responded to a critique of her book, The Grace of Sophia (Pilgrim Press, 2002), at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 19-23 in San Antonio. The critique was given by Hee An Choi, director of women’s studies at Boston College.
Jennifer Creamer, director of international studies, helped organize a panel on “Global Schooling and the Production of Global Citizens: Cases from Asia and the Pacific Rim” for the Council on Anthropology and Education, which met November 17-19 in San Francisco. She described her research with Japanese women who interned as volunteer Japanese-language teachers in the United States.
Jennifer Creamer reports that Marketa Subrtova and Blanka Kuncova of the Czech Republic, our Merrill Scholars for 2004-05, took a bus trip to Florida over the holiday break. Their first stop, December 23, was in Harrisburg, where they found that no guided tours of the Capitol were given during the Christmas recess. A friendly man, however, showed them around: none other than H. William DeWeese, minority leader of the House of Representatives.
Beate Menzel, our exchange student from the University of Erfurt, Germany, last semester, joined Jennifer for a December visit to second-graders at Lehigh Valley Academy. Beate taught them how to say their names and count to 10 in German. She also taught them their colors and a German children’s song about the colors, which they then sang for their families.
Last year’s Erfurt exchange student, Silvan Niedermeier, is a father! His son, Jakob, “hat das Licht unsrer Welt erblickt” (saw the light of our world) December 27. This news comes from Heikki Lempa, assistant professor of history.
Nancy Riegel and Connie Bednar Klepper ’90 of the registrar’s office were celebrated on December 17 by friends and colleagues for special service anniversaries. Together they represent half a century at the College. Nancy has worked for 25 years as an assistant to the registrar. Connie has been at Moravian for 26 years: nine in the Development Office, 13 in the Office of Planning and Research, and the last four with the registrar.
At the Psychology Department’s holiday party December 6, the students gave the first Outstanding Adjunct Award for the department to Amy Holtzman ’97, who also holds an M.S. from Northwestern University.
Development officer Sylvia Muller Doyle returned to work last week after two months off with daughter Neave Etélka, born October 3, 2004. Sylvia and her husband, Michael, have two other daughters: Aisling, 9, and Máiréad, 6.
Jim Tyler gave up the position of part-time archivist for the College at the end of fall semester. He continues as an adjunct in classics.
A Death in the Family
Harry E. Weaver Jr. ’66, husband of Maryann Weaver, died December 15. Maryann was the longtime administrative assistant for the Department of Economics and Business. She retired in 2002. Harry and Maryann would have celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this month. Their children are Mark ’93, Allentown; Brian ’95, Northampton; and Audrey Sparks ’98, Downingtown.