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Teilhard in the 21st Century: The Emerging Spirit of Earth, co-edited by Don St. John, professor of religion, and Arthur Fabel, longtime editor of the American Teilhard Society newsletter, was awarded first place among works on spirituality (soft-cover) by the Catholic Press Association. A collection of critical essays on Teilhard and the ecological movement, the book is published by Orbis Press.

Bonnie Falla, Reeves Library, and Bill Falla, adjunct instructor of philosophy, attended the 23rd annual Cosmos and Creation conference, June 4-6 at Loyola College of Maryland, Baltimore. Its theme was evolutionary biology, for which keynote speaker Eric Fischer, a scientist at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, spoke on “Does Evolution Matter? Perspectives of a Scientist Turned Policy-Maker.”

Eva Marikova Leeds, associate professor of economics and business, hosted the fourth annual National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop on Classroom Experiments in Economics, May 20-22 at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. Its most intriguing presentation had to have been “Stripped-Down Poker: A Game to Illustrate Uncertainty and Equilibrium Bluffing,” by David Reiley, University of Arizona.

Sharon Brown, director of institutional diversity and multicultural affairs, almost met herself coming in the door this spring. Within days, she was involved in:

• The local observance of the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Edudcation decision, as co-coordinator (March 23, April 14, May 17).

• An April 20 panel discussion on media bias and coverage of minorities at Northampton Community College.

• A multicultural fair at Nitschmann Middle School, organized by Jen Lengel ’05, Fleetwood, as part of her pre-student teaching experience. Sharon was the keynote speaker for the April 23 event.

• The second annual Black Women’s Health Initiative, a one-day symposium April 25 in Bethlehem, as director.

Rita Berk, director of Reeves Library, attended BookExpo, the publishing industry trade show, June 3-6 in Chicago.

Dana Dunn, Stacey Zaremba, and Robert Brill of the Psychology Department attended the teaching institute at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, May 27-30 in Chicago. Dana, an invited speaker, averred that “Writing for Psychology Is Habit-Forming.” Bob presented a poster session on “When Research Writing Intensifies, Variety Is the Spice of Write.” Stacey presented one on “Creating Community: Using Community Journals in the Psychology of Women Class.” Dana and Stacey also presented a poster session on “Promoting Student Engagement and Assessing Learning in Psychology. ”

Also, an article by Dana about his LinC course on the origins of behavior (the nature-nurture debate) has been published in the spring issue of the journal Teaching of Psychology.

Clarke Chapman, professor of religion, attended the ninth International Bonhoeffer Congress, June 6-11 in Rome. It brought together 75 scholars from 14 nations, paying their respects to the continuing influence of the German theologian (1906-45) executed by the Nazis. Clarke chaired a session on “Narratives of Place and Displacement” in Bonhoeffer’s travel diaries and prison letters.

Also, his extended article called “Terrorism: A Problem for Ethics or Pastoral Theology,” the original that he abridged for Quarterly Review, appears in the spring issue of Cross Currents. It, too, draws on ideas of Bonhoeffer.

George Diamond, professor of English and chair of the department, participated in the eighth Colloquium on Judaism and Post-Modern Culture, June 15-16 at Lehigh University. Among its topics: the Hebrew Bible and the making of Jewish and sexual identities; Holocaust literature; the nature of fundamentalism in general and Jewish fundamentalism in particular; and philosopher Martin Buber, Buddhism, and psychoanalysis.

Doris and David Schattschneider, professor emerita of mathematics and dean emeritus of Moravian Theological Seminary, returned to Bethlehem June 15. They had spent the spring semester in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, where Doris was visiting scholar of mathematics at the University of the Virgin Islands. David gave presentations on Moravian history and preached at several Moravian churches in the islands.

A new edition of Doris’s book M.C. Escher: Visions of Symmetry has been published by Harry N. Abrams. It features a new chapter on Escher’s scientific and artistic legacy and a foreword by Douglas Hofstadter, author of Goedel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.

Judith Green, editor of InCommon, won an award of merit from the Episcopal Communicators Association for a profile she wrote of Hemchand Gossai, chair of the religion department of Muhlenberg College and newly ordained Episcopal priest. It ran in the February issue of the newsletter of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem.

Frank Kuserk, professor of biology, was leafing through Biology for Dummies and Anatomy & Physiology for Dummies when he found that they were written by Donna Rae Male Siegfried ’88. He says the biology book has a nice acknowledgment from Donna to her profs in the Department of Biology. But why was Frank looking through Biology for Dummies anyway?

June was Moravian College month on the op-ed pages of the Morning Call. Among its articles:

• An essay on America’s oil-based foreign policy by Gary Olson, professor of political science, June 18.

• A piece on the Christian-Muslim conflict in Sudan by Hans Wuerth, professor emeritus of German, June 18.

• A discussion by David Salter ’84 about fathers and daughters (he has three), June 20.

• Another cheer for the adaptive rehab of the Bethlehem Steel works by Michael Perrucci ’75, June 20.


Welcome Aboard!

Stephen McKinney becomes director of the Center of Information Technology next week. He graduated from West Point with a B.S. in engineering and holds an M.S. in systems technology from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He also earned a diploma in information systems security and completed the chief information officer program at the National Defense University. His most recent position was director of education technology at the Army War College in Carlisle.

Stephen just retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel after a 22-year career in the Army. He and his wife, Kathy, have five kids, ages 3 to 13. He also has been a Little League coach and has worked with special-needs children.

• A different kind of welcome to Jake James Williams, born July 9 to Donald and Irene Williams, who is part of the indispensable CGS office staff.

Holly Newell has removed “temporary” from her title and now is assistant director of student activities and the HUB. She came to Moravian last December.


So Long, Farewell, Hello

This is a summer of many changes, including these staff comings and goings:

Bob Eisenhauer, structural operations manager, Facilities. Bob has worked at Moravian since 1983.

Holly Ferenchak, accounts payable clerk, Business Office, who’s going to work at DeSales University.

Chris Hayes, assistant director of admissions and coordinator for multicultural recruitment. Chris will become dean of students (K-5) at the Benjamin School, North Palm Beach, Florida.

Marilyn Ramsey, assistant director of admissions. She’s starting graduate work in psychology at Villanova University.

Tim Bilger, major gifts officer with responsibility for athletics, is going to Good Shepherd Hospital in Allentown. His successor is Adam Stauffer, who has been development/marketing coordinator for the Blue and Grey Club. Adam has been at the College since 2001 as a public relations assistant for sports information, coach, athletic recruiter, and student mentor. He has a B.S. and an M.Ed. in sports management from East Stroudsburg University.

Dave Jordan ’01, basketball intern and facilities equipment manager, is going to Kean University in New Jersey to work on a master’s degree in school psychology and guidance. Ken Greb ’03 takes over his duties.

Kristen Orgera, assistant director of alumni relations, joined Harris Intertype, the Alumni Association’s web host, and moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, just after Commencement. Penni Zimmerman moved across the parking lot from Colonial Hall, where she was assistant director of annual giving, to succeed Kristen. Penni’s car proudly displays a decal from the University of Delaware, where she earned her B.A.

John McCurdy is visiting assistant professor of history next year while a search goes on for Ros Remer’s replacement. He holds a B.A. from Knox College; M.A., University of Chicago; M.A. and Ph.D., Washington University (St. Louis).

Vivian Davis-Martínez has left the position of assistant dean of CGS, though she will continue as an adjunct instructor in counseling at Moravian Theological Seminary. Her successor is Donna Smith, who has a B.A. from Hope College and an M.A. from Centenary College.

Susan Kramer, student life coordinator. Her successor is Kim Rushing, hired just as this issue went to press.


Debra TorokSlides and Belles

Those basking in brass this weekend at the 250th anniversary of the Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir will spot among its players Laura Strattan ’04, who joined to have some quality time with her fiancé, Matthew Kemmerer; and Maggie Snyder, our longtime visiting instructor of Spanish, who is celebrating 16 years with the group.

July 14, 2004

The March Upcountry
Moravian police officer serves in Kosovo.
Bethlehem Street
Free-standing photo of Bethlehem Street in Tondabayashi, Japan, our sister city.
Lead the Way!
14 Moravian students attend LeaderShape, a leadership camp and workshop at the University of Illinois.
Errare humanum est
Corrections to Impact Awards announcement in last issue.

Gaudeamus
Faculty, staff, student accomplishments, new hires, faculty and staff departures, etc.