The summer and fall of 2004
presented a wealth of opportunities for alumni to volunteer and interact with students.
Over 50 alumni attended three
area Freshman Welcome Picnics. The picnics were held in the Lehigh Valley at the home
of Rick ’77 and Leslie Kingston; Spring Lake, N.J., at the home of the parents of Marianne
Speni ’05, Gene and Barbara Speni; and in King of Prussia, Pa., at the home of Dean ’83
and Joanne Belletti Molle ’82. Our hosts and area alumni extended Moravian hospitality
to over 100 freshmen and their families.
Dean April Vari and the Alumni
Relations staff added a new dimension to this year’s Freshman Banquet by inviting alumni
to host 38 tables of freshmen. The alumni hosts provided a unique opportunity for our
newest family members to connect with those who have “been there, done that.” Alumni
Association vice president Rick Subber and Student Alumni Association president Jackie
Collette also spoke to students about developing a lifelong relationship with Moravian.
Family Day Alumni
On October 2, for the second
year, Moravian alumni took part in a Family Day panel, entitled “Life after Moravian:
An Alumni Perspective about Career Opportunities.” The panel was a hit for students and
parents alike. Alumni coordinator Joanne Belletti Molle ’82 recruited six alumni to serve
on the panel. The successful alumni panelists shared their perspectives on how Moravian
prepared them for the work world and fostered their ability to be successful.
Third Annual Career
Sixty-five alumni came back
to Moravian to counsel and connect with over 100 students at the Third Annual Career
Networking Reception held on November 9. The reception gives students the opportunity
to speak with alumni in their career or field of interest, as well as learn the art of
networking. Alumni represented a wide variety of fields including education, graphic
design, law, forensic science, dentistry, public relations, and business and finance,
to name just a few.
Intro to College Life
Nearly 40 alumni participated
in panels consisting of three or four alumni who spoke to one of 15 Intro to College
Life classes, a required class for all freshmen. The panelists spoke to the freshmen
about their Moravian experience and their careers and life after Moravian. They also
shared how their experience at Moravian had been helpful to them, and encouraged the
students to take advantage of numerous opportunities available to them while at Moravian.
Feedback from professors and alumni who participated has been wonderful as indicated
by Dr. Lori Hoffman, associate professor of nursing, who writes, “My team was absolutely
perfect— inspirational and supportive Moravian alums. The students participated
and asked them questions; and the panel asked the students questions and engaged them