Three members of the Moravian College faculty and staff were presented recently
with Impact Awards, in recognition of significant contributions to the campus community.
Receiving the awards were:
Cecilia Fox, assistant professor of biology and premedical advisor,
for her organization and support of the “Relay for Life” held on the “All-College Community
Service Day in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.” As a result of her efforts,
more than 200 participants raised $10,200 to help fight cancer. The award was presented
by Beverly Kochard, vice president of student affairs and dean of students.
Heikke Lempa, assistant professor of history, for organizing
the international conference “Self,
Community, World: Liberal Arts and Moravian Education.” Scholars from around
the world gathered to discuss the adaptation of traditional Moravian practices to
the secular liberal arts classroom. The award was presented by Ann Stehney, vice
president of planning and research.
Phyllis Walsh, coordinator of community service, for her coordination
of the first “All-College
Community Service Day in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.” More than 900 students,
faculty, and staff participated in on- and off-campus community service activities.
The award was presented by Dennis Domchek, vice president for administration.
Several Moravian College faculty members played significant roles in the recent
national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Atlanta. Professors presented
lectures on a number of topics, chaired sessions, attended workshops, and represented
- Two students presented posters outlining their honors and undergraduate
research. Bryn Lipovsky '06 presented a poster "Ligand effects on DNA-binding of dirhodium
compounds" on her honors research with assistant professors of biochemistry
Shari and Steve Dunham. Lipovshy’s travel expenses were partially funded by
a competitive travel grant from The ACS though the Women Chemist's Committee-Eli
Lilly Grant program, with support from the Moravian SOAR program. Rebekah
Sikorah '06 presented a poster, “Transitions States for the Ring Opening Reaction of
Triaziridine,” on her undergraduate research conducted with Carl
professor of chemistry. Sikorah also received travel support from the Moravian SOAR
- Shari Dunham, assistant professor of biochemistry,
made an oral presentation entitled "Covalent
dsDNA-interactions of dirhodium(II,II) carboxylate and amidate compounds" in
the symposium on "Cleavage Reagents and Applications to Cancer" on her
research that includes undergraduate co-authors. Dunha also attended a faculty development
workshop sponsored by the Committee on the Advancement of Women in Science (COACh).
Shari's travel expenses were partially funded by a grant from COACh and a grant from
the Moravian Faculty Development and Research Committee.
- Carol Libby, adjunct professor
of chemistry, represented the Lehigh Valley ACS section (LVACS) at the ACS Council
meeting as well as participating in the meetings of the Local Section Activities
Committee and the Minority Affairs Committee of the ACS. Carol's travel expenses
were funded but LVACS.
- Carl Salter, associate professor of chemistry, represented Serena Software at the
Technical Exposition, helping chemists to understand how computational chemistry
can solve their research problems, and providing advice to chemical educators on
how to implement computational chemistry into their curriculum.
Husic, professor of biology, made an oral presentation, “Research across
academic department boundaries; professional payoffs and pitfalls” as part
of a symposium entitled “Starting a Successful Research Program at a Predominantly
Undergraduate Institution,” sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research
(CUR) and the Younger Chemists Committee of the ACS (YCC). Diane also chaired a session
of the symposium, “Designing a research-supportive undergraduate curriculum”.
As chair of the Chemistry Division of CUR, she also participated in meetings with
CUR Councilors and the new director ACS-Petroleum Research Fund to discuss joint
initiatives in funding sabbaticals for faculty at predominantly undergraduate institutions,
the diminishing pipeline of young scientists interested in petroleum research, and
enhancing diversity in science and with Research Corporation about their grant programs
that support faculty-student research. Diane’s travel expenses were funded
by a grant from the Moravian Faculty Development and Research Committee.
Libby, professor of chemistry, presented a talk, "Twenty-eight years from
Piaget to POGIL: The continuous development of active learning in organic chemistry" in
a symposium "Process oriented guided inquiry learning" sponsored by the
Chemical Education Division of the ACS. Libby also chaired a session of the "Process
oriented guided inquiry learning" symposium and participated in the meetings
or the Women Chemists' Committee of the ACS, which he serves as national meeting
program chair. Dan's travel expenses were funded by a grant from the Moravian Faculty
Development and Research Committee.
On March 18, psychology major Wesley Bush ’06 presented “Profiles in
Coping with Work-Family Conflict Based on Spirituality and Religious Levels and Orientation” at
the Eastern Psychological Association in Baltimore, MD. The paper was co-authored
with classmate, Laura DeValdenebro ’06 and Robert
Brill, associate professor
of psychology. The paper was developed as part of an independent study project Wes
and Laura did with Dr. Brill during the Fall semester. Wes' trip was partially funded
by a SOAR Travel Grant.
Psychology major, Erica Engelhardt ’06, was selected to be one of Lehigh Valley
Hospital's "Human Resource Scholars" for this spring semester. Erica has
been working with an HR Mentor developing a comprehensive tool for managers to use
to help them decide when to resolve an issue on their own or when to report the issue
to HR. Erica is in charge of researching the policies that will be included in this
reference tool, surveying HR consultants and their managers to determine what common
issues they deal with and then presenting this tool to the vice president of human
Cecillia Fox, assistant professor of biology, coordinated Brain Awareness
Day activities which took place at the Da Vinci Discovery Center on March 18th.
This project was designed to promote public awareness of the functions of the central
nervous system as well as current advances in brain and spinal cord research. Students
studying neuroscience from Moravian, Muhlenberg and Cedar Crest colleges assisted
on the implementation of “hands-on” neuroscience activities for children
(K-8th grade) and provided general neuroscience information for their families.
Over 400 children came through our program. Elementary and middle school teachers
in the Lehigh Valley also participated and were provided packets of information
regarding the details of the activities to share in their science classroom experience.
Cecilia Fox accompanied two SOAR students, Rachel
Siegfried ’02 and Paras
Varvarelis ’06, to present research at the Pennsylvania Academy of Science
Conference in Hershey, Pa., on March 25. The title of their presentation was: Selenium
as a Potential Neuroprotective Agent in the 6-OHDA Striatal Lesion Model. On April
8th, The group headed to the NEURON Conference at Hunter College in NY to present
this same research. Cecilia also co-lead a workshop with Jennifer Swann from Lehigh
University entitled: Diversity in the Neurosciences. They discussed the present status
of “diversity” at our institutions and nationwide, the challenges faced
in enhancing diversity on campuses as well as potential initiatives to increase diversity
in the future.
Cecilia Fox, worked with Sarah Mueller ’06 to conduct research for Mueller’s
honors project entitled Long Term Selenium Administration as a Protective Agent
in the 6-OHDA Lesion Model. The project won 2nd place in the John C. Johnson Award for
Excellence in Student Research at the Northeast Region District II Beta Beta Beta
Convention on March 25th.
Associate professor of English, Joyce Hinnefeld’s novel manuscript PILGRIM’S
SONG was one of nine finalists for the 2006 Bellwether Prize in Fiction. The Bellwether
Prize (officially the Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of
Social Change) was founded by author Barbara Kingsolver and is sponsored by the National
Writers’ United Service Organization. The prize is intended to “advocate
serious literary fiction that addresses issues of social justice and the impact of
culture and politics on human relationships.”
Shalahudin Kafrawi, assistant professor of religion and philosophy,
took part in a panel discussion on "Media Mockery: Religion, Freedom of Speech and the Power
of the Press" at DeSales University on March 14, 2006. Panelists include Martin
Till (publisher of the Express Times), Matt Kerr (former WAEB radio director and
current director of communications for the Allentown Catholic Diocese) and Kafrawi.
His working paper was entitled "In the Name of God or in the Name of Freedom?"
Joanne McKeown, associate professor of French, reports a pending
as Illness and Inspiration: Young Estelle L'Hardy and Sister Anne-Catherine Emmerich
in works of Doctor Antoine Despine and Poet Clemens Brentano,” which should
appear in Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages Vol 7, 2006, in April.
Gary Olson, professor and chair of the political science department,
attended two recent conferences. The first was "U.S. foreign policy toward Venezuela," February
17-19, 2006 in New York City. Some 150+ representatives from the U.S., Canada and
Venezuela, including Bernardo Alvarez, Venezuela's Ambassador to the United States,
discussed the Bush administration's campaign against the Bolivarian Revolution now
underway in Venezeula. On March 10-13, 2006, Olsen participated in the Left Forum,
a gathering of hundreds of activists and intellectuals from around the world, held
at the Cooper Union in New York City. There were eight-four panels on topics ranging
from the recent "NO" vote against the EU treaty in France and Holland and
The Politics of Hip-Hop Music to Threats to Civil Liberties and Iraq: Exit Strategies.
Gary's recent piece, "Venezuela's Threat," published as a ZNet Commentary,
was translated and widely circulated within Venezuela. It also appeared on forty
web sites, including German and Italian translations.
Gary Olson attended the Inter-Institutional Meeting of the Washington Semester Program
at The American University in Washington, D.C. from March 31 - April 2, 2006. Over
the years, 115 Moravian students have spent a semester in this program which involves
seminars and internships. Yo-Ju Lee (Foreign Policy Semester) and Elyse
enrolled this term. Elyse is currently on a three week study trip to South Africa
as part of the International Development Semester. If you have students who are interested
in studying in Washington, please contact Gary who is Moravian's adviser for the
Joel Nathan Rosen, assistant professor of sociology, whose book,
The Dimming of the Competitive Fire: American Sport and the Retreat from Excellence,
will be published by McFarland in Spring 2007, recently returned from the 13th
Annual Spring Training Conference in Tucson, Arizona, where he presented "Fandom, Failure, and Despair:
An Introspective Look at Professional Baseball in Cleveland" hosted by NINE:
A Journal of Baseball and American Culture. NINE's latest edition also features an
article Dr. Rosen delivered at last year's Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and
American Culture entitled "The Mouth Roars No Longer: Pete Franklin, Sports
Talk, and Cleveland Indians Baseball, 1967-1987." He and co-editor David C.
Ogden of the University of Nebraska--Omaha have also been invited back to Cooperstown
for this summer's symposium where they will discuss the first of their five volume
series on sport and the construction of reputation entitled Separating Wheat from
Chaff. Dr. Rosen would like to extend his gratitude to FDRC for providing much of
the funding for his 2005-2006 travels.
The Ohio Newspaper Association awarded Robert Stinson,
emeriti professor of history, a second prize in its annual competition for writers
of original columns at its convention in Columbus in February. Bob writes a column
called "A Second Look" for
the Oberlin News-Tribune, the weekly paper where he now lives. He writes
on local affairs and sometimes national or more general topics. Bob was just a tad
put out, though, because last year he won first prize.
Joel Wingard, professor of English, attended the Conference on College
Composition and Communication in Chicago, 22-25 March. Wingard attended a meeting
of the Council of Writing Program Administrators Network for Media Action, of which
he is a member of the steering committee; attended the opening general session;
chaired a session on "Re/Reading Our Professional Texts"; attended seven other concurrent
sessions and wrote reviews of them for the online journal Kairos; attended a featured
session on “Writing and the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the
Future of Higher Education”; attended a talk by featured speaker Patricia J.
Williams, law professor, author, and columnist. He also met with the Small-College
Composition Special Interest Group.
Erica Yozell, assistant professor in Spanish, presented a paper titled "Next
Generation: Albertina Carri's 'Los rubios'" at the 53rd Annual SECOLAS (Southeastern
Council on Latin American Studies) conference in Charlotte, NC, April 6-8.
This special issue of InCommon
Light, containing the Gaudeamus column, will serve to keep
the campus community apprised of notable faculty and staff achieve-ments
during the InCommon newsletter’s temporary hiatus.