Gaudeamus

Diane Husic, professor of biology and chair of the department, has been elected to a two-year term as chair of the chemistry division of the Council on Undergraduate Research. (Diane is a biochemist and has been crossing disciplines all her professional life.) As division chair, she becomes a member of CUR’s executive board. She also is co-chair of its meetings committee and a member of the program planning committee for the 2006 CUR national conference, to be held at DePauw University in June.

Carol Traupman-Carr ’86, who arranged “Loch Lomond” for the Mainstreet Brass earlier this summer, has added a jazzy version of “Greensleeves” to the group’s repertory. Both will be performed by the Brass at the inaugural concert of its 20th season, November 12 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bethlehem. The ensemble includes Carol’s classmate, trombonist Bryan Hay ’86, and Ron Demkee, artistlecturer in music (tuba).

Joanne McKeown, associate professor of French, gave a presentation at the 78th annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of French, July 7-10 in Québec City. It was called “Increase Your Use of French in the Classroom: Why and How.”

Jack McCallum, an adjunct who teaches newswriting in the English Department, has won the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame. Jack covered the NBA for Sports Illustrated, 1985-93 and again since 2001.

Michelle Schmidt, assistant professor of psychology, gave a paper on “Enhancing Campus- Community Connections Through Service Learning” at the International Conference on Improving University Teaching, July 11-13 in Pittsburgh. She says after the last two conferences, held in Switzerland and Sweden, and the next, which is to be held in New Zealand, Pittsburgh was—well, closer.

George Diamond, professor of English and chair of the department, participated in the ninth Colloquium on Judaism and Postmodern Culture sponsored by the Berman Center for Jewish Studies, June 7-8 at Lehigh University. Contributors from eight colleges and universities presented papers on Holocaust studies, Zionism, Jewish mysticism, Michel Foucault, and the Jewish renewal movement.

George also tells us that 23 junior and senior English majors were inducted into the Sigma Chi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international literary society, last spring.

Peter von Allmen, professor of economics, was keynote speaker at the Pennsylvania Economic Association meeting, June 2-4 at Millersville University. He also presented a paper on “Gender Effects in Rank Order Tournaments: Evidence from Professional Tennis” to the Western Economic Association, July 4-8 in San Francisco. His co-author was Renee Garin ’05, who based it on her Honors thesis.


On the Mend

Dan Gilbert, professor emeritus of history, and Anne Reid, treasurer of the College, both let us know that Bob Huth ’76, past vice president for administration, underwent surgery July 22 for a brain tumor and is doing well. He is executive vice president and treasurer of Middlebury College. Friends may send get-well wishes to his home, 4424 Snake Mountain Road, Weybridge, VT 05753.


Welcome Aboard!

Laura Gordon ’99 is the new assistant director of student life. She is the point person for the entire residence hall staff and its programming efforts. Laura has a B.A. in music and an M.A. in student affairs in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has been a residence-life coordinator at Cedar Crest College and Kutztown University. She also sings with the Moravian Choir.

Mathematician Lee Chasen has been hired on a one-year contract to replace Gordon Williams while a search goes forward. He holds a B.S. from Bloomsburg University and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. He has taught at Lebanon Valley College and worked for the Documentum Division of EMC Corp.

The latest new Steinway grand arrived on campus August 11. It will live in the studio of Martha Schrempel, artist-lecturer in music. It was bought with $25,000 from the Theodore Presser Foundation, $6,000 from the inaugural event of the Moravian College Music Alliance’s At-Home Steinway series in May, and funds from the Music Alliance earmarked for piano purchase.


Adieu!

Athletic trainer Michele Swaney, whom Moravian was able to hire thanks to an NCAA grant, has gone to the College of William and Mary . . . John McCurdy, who taught history last year, has a position at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

August 23 , 2005

While You Were Away:
Repairs and construction projects completed over the summer.

Uncommon Reading:
Freshman common reading, Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow.

Heck’s Angels:
Economics professor Peter von Allmen and friends bike around Lake Champlain.

Pen Pals:
Lebenfeld Prize, student writing award-winners.

Datebook:
Campus calendar.
Gaudeamus:
Faculty/staff/student accomplishments.