Dream Come True
The new academic building, the first structure on the central
campus to be dedicated to teaching and learning in more than 20
years, opened with the fanfare of brass and the fellowship of campus
and community on October 18.
Its tall arched windows, the height
of the three-story building, bore nary a fingerprint, and its classrooms
and offices had the
smell of new wood, new paint, and new carpet.
A crowd of students
and faculty, trustees and custodians, administrators and city officials
gathered in its plaza for the ribbon-cutting.
Afterward, the building was open for tours. The Psychology Department,
which had moved in the week before, had the tables turned on it.
Instead of observing and analyzing the reactions of others, they
sat in their offices and answered questions about the size, airiness,
and comfort level of their new digs. (The departments of sociology,
mathematics and computer science, and education will move in after
And it has
a name, so we can stop calling it the new academic building.
It is now the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic
Complex, in recognition
of Mrs. Hurd’s generous contributions to Moravian College
over the years.
called it “a perfectly appointed
stage for a less visible but much more dramatic event. That event
itself out at Moravian for centuries. It begins when the corridors
are quiet and the classroom doors are closed. It is another construction
project of sorts, one with ideas as its materials, teaching as
its tools, discovery and enlightenment as its resource, and our
students’ future its edifice.”
After a welcome from
Don Cunningham, mayor of Bethlehem, who joked that if Mrs. Hurd
continued to make her mark on the community at
her current rate, he might have to consider renaming the city,
and from trustee Stephen Donches, who noted that the building had
achieved its opening on time and under budget, Mrs. Hurd spoke
with her characteristic briskness:
“This building has been a dream of our College for almost
30 years,” she
said. “I am grateful . . . for our faculty, who will carry
on with much more important work in this building, long after the
last nail is driven . . . and above all, for our students. You
make everything that we have done worthwhile.”