Gaudeamus

Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Jean Kyoung Kim, (unrelated) assistant professors of doctrinal theology and New Testament, respectively, at Moravian Theological Seminary, have received a joint theological research grant from the Eli Lilly Foundation. They are working on a book on biblical theology in postcolonial Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Grace will use her grant to travel to Korea this summer for research and then present a paper at the World Congress of Women. Jean plans to visit an Indian reservation for research on shamanism.

Dan Jasper, assistant professor of sociology, presented a paper, “Mobilizing the Past: Shivaji as Political Symbol in Maharashtra,” to the South Asian Studies Council of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, March 2 at Yale University.

Mary Comfort, adjunct instructor of English, presented a paper on Toni Cade Bambara’s short story “My Man Bovanne” at the 13th annual conference of the National Association of African-American Studies, February 15 in Houston, Texas.

Michelle Schmidt and April Vari, co-directors of the Leadership Center, gave a presentation on “Expanding Students’ Capacity for Leadership: Advancing the Mission of a Liberal Arts Education,” February 11 at the Delaware Valley Student Affairs Conference in Blue Bell. They spoke at a session comparing two developing models for student leadership centers: Moravian’s Leadership Center and Rider University’s Center for the Development of Leadership.

Elizabeth Tyler Bugaighis ’87 has been named dean of humanities and social sciences, the largest academic division at Northampton Community College. She is married to Tarek Bugaighis ’88, son of Mohamed Bugaighis, professor emeritus of mathematics at Moravian.

Coaches for Cancer, a fund-raiser organized by the men’s and women’s basketball coaches, raised more than $1,000 for the American Cancer Society in February.

Congratulations to Mary Beth Spirk, named Commonwealth Coach of the Year after the women’s basketball game February 26 in Johnston Hall, and to Doug Pollard, named MAC Coach of the Year after the MAC Championships at Susquehanna University, same day.

Charlotte Rappe Zales and Joseph Shosh, associate and assistant professors of education, respectively, co-chaired a session called “Daring to Teach Writing Authentically: K-12 and Beyond,” February 26 at the University of Pennsylvania’s 26th annual Urban Ethnography in Education Research Forum. They were joined by alumni Susan Smeltzer and Danielle Gilly (both M.Ed. ’03).

Eva Marikova Leeds, associate professor of economics and business, organized a session on “Development and Transition” of centrally planned to market economies at the 31st annual conference of the Eastern Economic Association, March 4-6 in New York. Lisa Cave, assistant professor of economics and business, was one of the presenters; her paper was called “The Impact of Colonization on Economic Development in the British West Indies.” Eva spoke on “Assessing Development in the Arab World.”

Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, recently delivered the Council of Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology Distinguished Lecture at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, March 11-13 in Boston. The talk was called “Beyond Style: Alternative Writing Strategies and Activities for Methods and Statistics.”


Farewell!

We are losing Veronika Sanderova ’00 and Robin Thomas ’04 at the same time.

Veronika, a Merrill Scholar from the Czech Republic who stayed on to finish her degree at Moravian, has worked since then as manager of media services. She is moving to Alexandria, Virginia, where her husband, Jiri Stavovcik ’02, already is at work as an accountant.

Robin, who has been administrative assistant for the English Department and the M.Ed. program, will move to the Florida panhandle. Her husband, James Don Roberts Jr. ’04, is a military police officer who has been training the new Iraqi police force. “We moved up here specifically to finish our degrees at Moravian,” says Robin, “and with that accomplished, we’re ready for our next adventure!”


A New Bead on the Abacus

The Department of Economics and Business has hired Barbara Vinciguerra for the accounting position that will come open when Larry Bezdziecki, associate professor of accounting, retires at the end of the semester. Barbara has an M.B.A. in finance from Temple University and a Ph.D. in accounting from Drexel University. She teaches at the Penn State branch campus at Great Valley.

March 29, 2005

Walk This Way:
Moravian students pay tribute to Bach by walking to New York for a concert.

Ancient History:
Connection between Bob Brill (psychology) and Fran Ryan (history) go back to high school.

Wings on Their Feet:
Moravian College Dancers celebrate 30 years.

Datebook:
Campus calendar.

Gaudeamus:
Accomplishments of faculty, staff, students..