a Moravian, find a teacher.
the teacher is in the guise of a tutor, a mentor, an advocate.
A Moravian student turning
a shoebox into a Christmas
package with ribbons and glitter and every crayon in the 64-count
Crayola box may not look like a teacher—but it turns
out the shoebox project is part of the Learning Connection,
to link elementary school students with college-age tutors,
mentors, and role models.
while teaching, in one form or another, is prominent among
the ways Moravian students, faculty, staff, and alumni give
of themselves to the larger community, they find other ways,
An administrative assistant counsels a woman during the transition
from prison to the workplace. A student musician plays the
hornpipe from “Popeye” to a group of juvenile offenders.
A senior administrator helps organize the annual Musikfest in
the day they arrive on campus, Moravian students reach
out to the larger community as members of fraternities and
dorm social units, athletic teams, and service organizations.
They wrap the candles used at the Christmas Vespers services.
year, 285 members of the incoming Class of 2006 wrapped 5,600
candles during freshman orientation.) They collect toys and
pencils and stick-on tattoos for needy children, sending
them out in those decorated shoeboxes. They walk for breast cancer
rescue. Nursing students staff the mobile unit that brings
dental checkups and toothbrushes to Lehigh Valley elementary
when their undergraduate days are over, the concept of giving
back to the community doesn’t end up
on a shelf along with their mortarboards. For several years,
the College has held a Christmas
banquet for the homeless and jobless clients of New Bethany
Ministries. A former Moravian professor of sociology heads
a service agency
for incarcerated women, and many of her staff members are
Moravian alumni. The College donated used computers to an impoverished
in Congo and electronic pianos to an enrichment program
for Allentown high school students. Moravian music students gave
a Saturday afternoon
concert to juvenile offenders in Easton as part of a program
run by a Moravian alumna, working in tandem with a retired
for his financial-planning certificate at the College.
are a few of their stories.