News and Notes
Sustainability in Painting the current exhibit in the Payne Gallery, is a vibrant showing of paintings by Constance Garrow Diamond. The show runs through February 17. The exhibition includes 35 works of art constructed by utilizing different forms of collage using acrylic/mixed medium on paper. This exhibition supports Moravian College's SUSTAINABILITY |IN FOCUS themed programming for the 2012-13 academic year.
“Sustainability is, by definition, a concern with the future,” Diamond notes. “The means of enhancing and protecting that future are various. Creativity, innovation, making fresh and sometimes unusual connections between supposedly disparate ideas is basic. This definition of art and the definition of sustainability are the same – protecting the future through providing the conditions for growth is the goal of both of sustainability and art. Being aware, alert to consequences, unafraid to try new ideas, and open to failure are the operative ideals.”
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Student curators Kelly Weaver ’13, Johnny Haik ’14 and Abbey Rosko ’15, researched, designed and hung the show currently on exhibit in the H. Paty Eiffe Gallery in the HUB that complements this year’s In Focus theme of Sustainability.
The tribute to Gregory Warmack (1948 – 2012), a self-taught artist known as “Mr. Imagination,” will be on exhibit until February 21. Warmack was renowned for his use of recycled materials in creating his unique works of art. By utilizing items usually thought of as “garbage,” Warmack encouraged reuse and recycling. His local work includes the millennial arch on the campus of Lehigh University, the bottle cap mule, and the bus shelter at the Banana Factory in South Bethlehem.
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The staffs of the Business Office and Treasurer’s Office shared the holiday spirit this year with some children affected by pediatric cancer and their families. They decided to support MoCo 4 Coco and raised more than $350 to help children facing cancer and encourage and support, and, since this is a student run organization, also a way to support and encourage Moravian’s students. Moco for Coco is a new club designed around a 24-hour dance marathon fundraising event tentatively scheduled for March. The goals of the club and event are to spread awareness and educate the public about of pediatric cancer, and to help financially and emotionally support the affected families and children.
Dana S. Dunn, assistant dean for special projects and professor of psychology, has published the second edition of his second research methods book, Research Methods for Social Psychology .
The book provides students with guidance on conducting experimental and non-experimental research on social behavior. Dunn, an experimental social psychologist by training, designed a variety of active learning projects and pedagogical exercises that bring the research process alive for students.
Aron Johnston, an adjunct in the art department since 2009, is participating in an exhibit through April 4 at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J. For the show, titled No Place Like Home, Johnston has created several paintings on the concept of home. He specifically explores the meaning of home through the vision of Levittown, one of the earliest suburbs in the United States.
Student News and Notes
Students of the Climate Crises: Past, Present and Future course taught by professors Hilde Binford and Diane Husic recently made some changes in the Jo Smith dormitory that will help reduce the College’s carbon footprint. They exchanged 270 incandescent light bulbs with Philips 18-watt CFL, energy-efficient bulbs that will use about 76 percent less energy. This means each bulb will pay for itself in less than a year. The CFL bulbs have an approximate 11-year lifespan and each will save about $73; the total saved from the project will be almost $20,000.
“The students of the Climate Crises course have accepted culpability for and responded to the need for a reduction of carbon emissions,” said Melissa Kutkowski ’13. “Perhaps just as important is the realization that effecting big change can begin with a single, small bulb.” See a brief YouTube video here.
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Melissa Zirkel ’13 has been accepted to teach in Kansas City, Mo., with Teach For America, and will begin her experience there after completing her training this summer.