NEWS AND NOTES

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Faculty News:

Dawn Ketterman-Benner, head women's tennis coach and professor of physical education, was awarded the 2007-08 Outstanding Collegiate Coach award by the Eastern Pennsylvania Tennis District. She was also recognized by the Middle States Tennis Association for her coaching accomplishments: Moravian's women's team has won eight conference championships and in 2007 was the first Moravian and MASCAC tennis team to participate in the NCAA Div. III Tournament. She currently chairs the Landmark Conference tennis committee.

Carol Traupman-Carr, associate dean for academic affairs, is resuming her role of providing online program notes for the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, beginning with the March 2008 concert. Carol provides content for the educational portion of the Bach Choir website; she'd done so every year since 1997, with the exception of last year. In addition, Carol is pleased to note that several of her original brass arrangements, written for the Mainstreet Brass Quintet, are included in the Quintet's upcoming recording. The Mainstreet Brass includes founder Bryan Hay '86 on trombone, and Allen Frank '02, on tuba.

Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, chaired a national peer review team evaluating the Department of Psychology of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Professor Dunn and colleagues met with psychology faculty, student majors, and the Provost, and Dean of the College over a 2-day period to discuss the Psychology Department 's curriculum, space needs, and co-curricular activities.

"Romancing the Skull," a group show that ran January 5-February 9 at the Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, included paintings by Angela Fraleigh, assistant professor of art. The show, which featured artists who addressed the grand and universal themes of love, sex, and death, was a huge success, says professor Fraleigh. She also reports that one of her paintings will be featured on the cover of the Winter 2008 issue of The Literary Review. Also, she's been accepted to summer residencies at the art centers Can Serrat, near Barcelona, Spain and Frans Masereel Centrum, in Kasterlee, Belgium.

Bertalicia Peralta: Vida y Obra (Bertalicia Peralta: Life and Works), by assistant professor of Spanish Nilsa Lasso-von Lang, has been published by F&G Editores. The book puts forth a historical and sociopolitical approach to the work of Panamanian poet, short story writer, journalist and educator Bertalicia Pelalta. Peralta is a member of the "Last Generation of Panamanian Poets," a literary movement that deals with Panamanian political and social issues in a historical context while maintaining excellence of poetry and narrative, says professor Lasso-von Lang. She adds that the monograph is significant not only because of Peralta's intrinsic literary merit, but because no similar study of her poetic and narrative discourse exists. "The lack of large publishing houses, lack of interest from literary critics and general readers, and many other factors have meant the relative marginalization of talented Central American writers like Peralta," professor Lasso-von Lang says.

Photography by Krista Steinke, assistant professor of art, will appear in  "Child's Play," a group show opening at Projects Gallery in Philadelphia on March 7 (7:00-8:00 p.m.) and running through March 29. She also reports that two of her prints were recently acquired by the Johnson & Johnson company, and one print by the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia. She's also been awarded a summer artist-in-residence grant at Light Work, the non-profit, artist-run photography organization and imaging center, in Syracuse, New York.

Joel Wingard, professor of English, co-chaired the winter quarterly meeting of the Philadelphia Area Writing Program Administrators (PWPA) on February 15 at the Community College of Philadelphia. About 20 writing program administrators of various descriptions gathered to hear a presentation by the directors of the Learning Lab at CCCP, to conduct the organization's quarterly business, and to enjoy a lunch and to renew professional acquaintances.

Also of note:

Eduardo Azzati, artist-lecturer in voice and conducting and president of the Lehigh Valley chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, reports that the chapter held its 2nd Annual Student Auditions and Scholarship Awards on February 16, at the Hurd Campus. Other chapter members include artist-lecturers Greg Oaten, Patricia Budlong, and Bonnie Fix-Keller. More than sixty area high school and college singers participated in the auditions; Nathania Young '10 placed first in her division, and Katie Smith '09 and Kip Knauer '09 placed 3rd in their respective divisions. A master class by internationally-acclaimed soprano Nova Thomas was held; Ms. Thomas was so impressed with Erin Macmilan '09 and Kelly Schmidt '08 that she invited both to visit her at Westminster Choir College in Princeton for complimentary lessons.

Reeves Library has hired two new librarians, reports Rita Berk, library director. Amy Dumouchel is the new electronic resources and reference librarian; she has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's in library and information science, both from McGill University. She'll be providing reference assistance, teaching in the information literacy program, and maintaining the online databases and library website. Angela Cortez is the library's new part-time cataloger. She has a bachelor's in English from Trenton State, and master's degrees in social work and library and information science from Rutgers University. She will be maintaining the online catalog.

Jan Crooker, adjunct instructor in art, will be speaking to the Parkland Art League in Allentown on March 11. She'll be discussing about using one's life experiences in one's artwork.

Holly Nonemacher, director of student activates, is a co-author of Inspiration for Student Programmers (College EmPowerment, 2008). The book, part of the Inspiration Series of the non-profit educational firm Collegiate EmPowerment, debuted earlier this month at the National Association for Campus Activities conference in St. Louis, Missouri. It features a collection of stories and reflections intended to help student activity programmers stay inspired as the make a difference on campus. Sabrina Ruch '08 is among the students who contributed stories to the book.