Gaudeamus

Krista Steinke, assistant professor of art, has a photographic installation in the group show currently at Lafayette College’s Williams Center art gallery. The show, “(Un)wear-ables,” features work by 17 artists and artist-collaborators of “garments, objects of adornment, costumes of celebration or ritual, textiles, and jewelry created from unusual materials that make the garment unwearable for all practical purposes.” It closes January 31, which is also the date of the artists’ reception (4:00-6:00 p.m.).

It’s a busy season for Camie Modjadidi, field coordinator of student teaching in the Education Department. On December 11, she participated in the Lehigh Valley Institute for Community Leadership in Education. Its topic was “Pre-K-16 Partnerships,” and she addressed linking higher education to basic education and preparing teachers for a standards-based system. The conference was sponsored by the Education Policy and Leadership Center, Lehigh Valley Business/Edu-cation Partnership.

Camie will go to La Salle University February 4-6 as a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Professional Educator Program Approval Team for Institutions of Higher Education. She will review its elementary education program.

Finally, she has been selected for the eighth edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, which includes just 5 percent of the nation’s educators. She was nominated by her former student Serina Paulus ’03.

Lisa Fischler, assistant professor of political science, attended the fifth East Asian Women’s NGO Forum, December 19-22 in Hong Kong. (The conference is a regional follow-up to the U.N.’s fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995.) The meeting gave her the opportunity to conduct research for a paper on globalization and Chinese women. She was able to catch up with many of the women’s groups in Hong Kong whose members she had interviewed for her dissertation, which was written in 2000, and to see the generational shift under way in women’s activism in East Asia.

Barbara Golden Liebhaber, assistant professor of music and coordinator of music education, provided an afternoon of music for a third grade class at Chester Charter Community School, January 8 in Chester. The school does not have a music program, so this was the students’ first formal music experience. Barb brought lots of percussion instruments, CDs, and her guitar. Activities included singing, movement, and improvisation on authentic African drums.

Barb will be interviewed about issues in education on Thursday, January 29, by Jim DeSousa on WDIY-FM. The program (6:00-7:00 p.m.) will be live and open for call-in questions.

Amy Frantz ’06, Bethlehem, is putting her political science major to use by working for the Richard Gephardt campaign in Iowa through the caucuses this week.

We understand that the UBC Room in the HUB is being renamed the West Wing in honor of Ann Claussen, director of student activities, who was just elected president of the Association of College Unions- International. Founded in 1914, the ACU-I is one of the oldest among intercollegiate organizations and has 900 college and university members. Ann is president-elect this year and takes office in February 2005.

editor’s note: Either our community has more good news to share or InCommon is getting smaller. These items are holdovers from the fall semester, when we simply had no room for them.

The College is a partner in a $12.5 million National Science Foundation grant for improving the quality of math and science instruction in 46 Pennsylvania and New Jersey school districts. Most are in the Philadelphia area. Other partners in this initiative are Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg Colleges, Lehigh Carbon and Northampton Community Colleges, and eight other Pennsylvania colleges and universities.

The November issue of Cobblestone, a history magazine for children 9-14, has an article by Robert Mayer, professor of education and director of the historical studies program. The issue focuses on Anne Hutchinson (1591-1643), the first American feminist, who was exiled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637 for holding prayer and biblical discussion meetings with other women. Bob’s article spotlights some of her other occupations: “Midwife, Leader, Troublemaker.”

Joyce Hinnefeld, assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Center, appeared with several other writers from the area on the RCN program Lehigh Valley Arts. Along with Ruth Knafo Setton and Stephanie Watts of Lehigh University and Barbara Haines Howett of Northampton Community College, she was interviewed about her process as a writer. The segment aired at intervals throughout October.

Joyce’s short story, “A Better Law of Gravity,” is published in the fall issue of Arts & Letters: Journal of Contemporary Culture.

Nicola Casola ’04, Midland Park, N.J., won the competition to give the student art gallery on South Campus its new name: Studio 105. She is director of the little gallery and president of the Art Club.

Jeff Lawson has become team leader for administrative systems with CIT. He replaces Paul Edinger ’98, who has put down the leadership baton to work on his own projects. Jeff joined CIT in 2001 with a degree in business management from York College of Pennsylvania.

Dana Dunn, professor of psychology and interim chair of philosophy, is one of seven collaborators and four co-authors who wrote a big fat article called “A Rubric for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing Scientific Inquiry in Psychology” in the fall issue of Teaching of Psychology. In brief, it’s a practical guide for outcomes assessment of students in the field.

Kim Hughes ’04, Manasquan, N.J., senior guard on the women’s basketball team, is the 15th player in Moravian athletic history to reach 1,000 career points. She passed this milestone during the November 25 game with DeSales University, whose senior guard, Amy Yencho, reached 1,000 career points in the same game.

John Rossi ’97 (M.B.A.), assistant professor of accounting, was quoted in “Shades of Grey,” which explores ethical issues of financial planning, in the October issue of Investment Advisor.

Linda Heindel, dean emerita of the Division of Continuing and Graduate Studies, was surprised to receive the award of emeritus status from the National Association for Continuing Higher Education “for contributions and service to the association and to continuing higher education.” It was given at the national meeting November 11, except Linda wasn’t there to receive it. When she was notified of the award, she said: “It made the news that my car’s transmission was really shot a teensy bit more bearable.”

Charlotte Rappe Zales, associate professor of education, gave a presentation at the Keystone State Reading Association’s annual conference, October 29 in Hershey. It was on “Reading and Writing Strategies: Enabling Content Mastery in Secondary Math and Science Classrooms.” A specialist in math and science education, Charlotte discussed the student textbook as a resource for reading, writing, and learning, rather than “an unused mystery.”

Omicron Delta Kappa, the College’s leadership honor society, chose Adrienne Kleintop ’04, Kunkletown, and Tom Ruhf ’06, Bethlehem, as outstanding leaders for November. Adrienne spearheaded the effort to organize the Career Networking Reception (November 11), which drew 200 students and alumni and featured such fields as podiatry, graphic design, international sales, education, marketing, law, pharmaceutical sales, and consular affairs. Tom organized the sold-out O.A.R. concert (November 19).

January 13, 2004

On the Ball:
Women's basketball team sets NCAA record with 35 successful free-throws in one game.

History Lessons:
Moravian may be the fifth oldest college in the U.S., and other historical matters.

Service and Significance:
Martin Luther King Day speaker and activities.

Datebook:
Campus calendar.

Gaudeamus:
Faculty/staff/student news and achievements.