Alien Life Forms

Moravian has built its exchange programs with foreign universities one brick at a time. The Merrill Scholars program, established with a grant from Charles Merrill (of the Merrill-Lynch brokerage house), has brought two students a year from Palacky University in Olomous, Czech Republic, for almost 15 years.

Two years ago, Moravian established an exchange relationship with the University of Erfurt near Weimar in the former East Germany. Erfurt is one of Europe’s oldest and newest universities. It was founded in 1392 but closed in 1816 for lack of enrollment. It reopened in 1994 after German reunification.

Moravian sent Leigh Ann Caruso ’04 to study art history in late 2002. The following spring, Sarah Wagenseller, Levittown, and James Maurath, East Stroudsburg, both ’05, studied at Erfurt.

Erfurt sent students Silvan Niedermeier in 2003 and Beate Menzel this year. Beate is a non-traditional student. She’s in her early 30s, she is married (her husband remained in Germany), and she is a trained nurse studying for a bachelor’s degree.

Right from its inaugural year, the School of Nursing was eager for its students to be educated in nursing practice around the globe. Four students served at a remote clinic in Honduras over Christmas break 2002-03 (see the Spring/Summer 2003 Moravian College Magazine), and another set went last Christmas.

Moravian nursing students have completed May term studies in 2002 and 2003 at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia, while Queenslanders have come to the College to engage in American clinical practice at St. Luke’s Hospital in the fall terms of 2001 and 2003. Janet Sipple, dean of the School of Nursing, who consulted on the transition from a vocational to a four-year, theoretical-practical nursing program at the University of Southern Queensland as far back as 1989, received an honorary doctorate from the university in 2003.

This year, the College has an extra Aussie, Joanna Kahler, the first to come from Moravian’s newest educational partner: the nursing program at Queensland University of Technology, also in Toowoomba.