UnCommon Achievements

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Custodian Ed Bolcar Sr. was awarded the 2006 Louis J. Mirra Award, established in 1995 to recognize an outstanding member of the Moravian College facilities services/campus support staff.

Clarke Chapman, emeritus professor of religion and religious studies advisor, attended the Society of Christian Ethics annual meeting in Dallas, Texas on January 4-7. He refereed a paper presented on the moral consciousness of victims of torture.

Dick Claussen, coordinator of academic camps and special projects, has advanced to the North American Pairs Bridge Championship, which will be held in March in St. Louis, Missouri. He and bridge partner Don Swan will represent a four-state region in the championship.

Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, and his students Laura Sahlender '07 and Todd Bennet '06, co-authored book reviews that will appear in the February 2007 issue of the Journal of Clinical and Social Psychology. Dana is the book review editor for the journal. They reviewed How the Mind Explains Behavior and The Happiness Hypothesis.

 “Whither Diversity?” by Gary Olson appeared on ZNet on January 10, and in the Allentown Morning Call on January 17.

Vince Ramunni, adjunct instructor in sociology, conducted a three-hour seminar and training session for 40 staff members of Valley Youth House on January 12. The topic was “Juvenile Justice: The Treatment and Supervision of Juvenile Offenders in Northampton County.” Subjects included the balanced approach and restorative justice, and current views on delinquency in the community.

Registrar’s Office assistant Nancy Riegel was awarded the 2006 Lucy A. McCall Award, established in 1995 to recognize an outstanding member of the Moravian College secretarial support staff.

An op-ed piece by assistant professor of education  Joseph Shosh titled “Don't renew NCLB, it doesn't fix inequity” appeared in the Allentown Morning Call on January 11. It was written in response to a previous Morning Call cover story “Can No Child Law Pass Biggest Test?” in which Joe was quoted.

Arrivals & Departures:

Stephanie McLaughlin, assistant director of the Financial Aid Office, and husband Brian announce the birth of their first child, Jack Ryan McLaughlin on December 2, 2006. Young Jack weighed 8 pounds at birth and was 19.5 inches long.

After five years of service, Keri Neidig is resigning her position as associate director of financial aid and will be joining Sallie Mae Pennsylvania as regional account manager.

After eight years of service, Sheryl Sobiesiak is resigning as associate director of admissions to assume the office of higher educational manager for the Middle States Regional Office of the College Board.

The Admissions and Financial Aid Offices will host a reception to honor Keri and Sheryl  on Wednesday, January 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the HUB pavilion.