Connecting Alumni for Life
"Evening on Main Street" Filled with Good Cheer
On November 19, nearly 300 alumni, faculty, staff members, and friends got a jump on the holiday season at the Lehigh Valley Alumni Home Club's "An Evening on Main Street." This year, the holiday shopping event, formerly held at the Moravian Book Shop and Donegal Square, expanded to include ten additional merchants, all offering special discounts.
Before heading out to shop, attendees gathered at the Hotel Bethlehem to reconnect with fellow alumni and friends, while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. The hotel, beautifully decorated for the holidays, offered a dinner special for Moravian guests. Adding to the holiday spirit was a performance by the Moravian Choir's Vocalis.
It's a small world after all for three Moravian graduates who now find themselves reunited in a very different scholastic setting from their collegiate roots.
Moravian grads Brittany McVaugh '06, Tim Pfluger '00, and Scott Heydt '02 are all employed by Groveland Elementary in Doylestown, Pa., one of central Bucks County’s premiere elementary schools. McVaugh, the school's counselor, Pfluger, a sixth-grade teacher, and Heydt, a fifth-grade teacher, crossed paths at the start of the 2008-09 school year.
"Having multiple Moravian grads in such a distinguished school district proves that a Moravian education can be very beneficial," said Pfluger. It was more than simple fate that brought this trio of Greyhounds together; Moravian's strong education and psychology programs gave these alums the foundation needed for success in their careers.
"At Moravian I was challenged to think beyond what I believed possible," said McVaugh. "As a result, I gained confidence, and I discovered my unique skills and abilities." Heydt and Pfluger, who were housemates at Moravian for two years but whose lives had taken them across the country since graduation, now work only two doors apart from one another. "This is what Moravian is all about," said Heydt. "The community feel to Moravian's campus builds strong friendships. Years later, those friendships are just as strong as the day you left."
"At Moravian I was challenged to think beyond what I believed possible," said Brittany McVaugh. "As a result, I gained confidence, and I discovered my unique skills."
Now practicing the academic theory learned at Moravian, the three have had an opportunity to reflect on the additional wisdom gleaned since graduation. "I know now that teaching is so much more than simply academics," Pfluger said. "Dealing with difficult students and situations can be learned only through experience." As they gain that experience, it's nice to know that other Greyhounds are around to lend a helping hand.
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