Family Values

Melvin Thomas, his fiancée Joan Mastascusa Rhoads ’90, and his extended family, refugees from Hurricane Katrina, now have a home in Bethlehem and a hand up from Moravian College.

The Thomas extended family, which includes his parents and five children (ages 3-12) of his brothers and sisters, has been taken under the wing of the College and Seminary as they resettle in the Lehigh Valley.

They arrived September 15 and were introduced to the Moravian College community two nights later at a gospel concert in the HUB.

The family already had planned to relocate to the Lehigh Valley. They weren’t expecting to do so after being wiped out by a hurricane, however.

Thomas, a minister, is a counselor at Keenan House, a halfway house in Allentown.

The Red Cross of the Lehigh Valley is working to provide accommodations, and the College and Seminary are providing necessities for their resettlement.

Campus organizations are helping by collecting the following items:

  • Greek organizations: linen, tableware, and cookware.
  • Athletics: non-perishable foods and Giant gift cards.
  • C3: toiletries and paper products.
  • Multicultural Club/Gamma Sigma: schools supplies, cleaning supplies and phone cards.
  • Seminary: small appliances.
  • Habitat: basic home tools.
  • Newman Association and Christian Fellowship: children’s toys and family recreation.
  • Faculty and staff: gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target, or Kohl’s for clothes and miscellaneous items.

Please contact Phyllis Walsh, community service coordinator, at Ext. 1602 for more information.

October 4 , 2005

The Searchers:
Who's on the presidential search committee.

Eyes on the Prize:
Bob Mayer wins award for sourcebook on the Civil Rights movement.

Family Values:
Moravian assists a refugee family from Hurricane Katrina.

Upstairs, Downstairs:
Third-floor staff wins lunch in radio station raffle.

What, Again?:
Moravian wins third award from ISP for alumni website.
Ebony & Ivory:
First event in a new piano series at the college.
Datebook:
Campus calendar.

"Drivel They Paid to Hear":
Preview of "Façade" by Dame Edith Sitwell and Sir William Walton.

Gaudeamus:
Faculty/staff/student achievements.