The World through the Eyes of Moravian Students

As part of the celebration of the fifth annual International Education Week, November 14-18, 2005, the Office of International Studies sponsored a photo exhibition entitled “Hounds around the World” in the Paty Eiffe Gallery of the Haupert Union Building.

Moravian students who studied abroad and international students studying at Moravian College were invited to submit photos about their experiences.

The exhibition, on display throughout the week, featured photos from more than 18 students who participated in various programs abroad, including the May Term Study Tour of Europe led by faculty member Jean-Pierre Lalande, the women’s basketball training tour of Ireland, and semester programs in Belgium, Australia, Japan, Greece, Spain, and England.

Four students garnered honors for their outstanding photos. Stephanie Gielber ’05 took both first place and the “People’s Choice” award for “Bisuteria,” taken during her summer program in Spain. Merrill Scholar Jindrich Novak won second place for his photo of Monument Valley, Utah. (Jindrich, a student at Palacvky University in the Czech Republic, is studying at Moravian for the 2005-2006 academic year.) Todd Bennet ’06 took third place with his haunting photo of a graveyard in Bosnia, taken during his three-week trip to the area as part of the Washington Semester at American University. Judith Stevenson ’05 received honorable mention for her photo “Monastery” taken during her semester studies in Greece.

Other activities promoted international awareness during the week. An International Day for fourth- and fifth-grade students was organized by Virginia Wilkins ’07 and hosted by mentors in the Learning Connection program on November 12. The culture activity hosts were Franziska Rippen, an exchange student from the University of Erfurt, and James Maurath ’06, majoring in political science and German, for Germany, Merrill Scholars Klara Striteska and Jindrich Novak for the Czech Republic, Lubov Anguelova ’07 for Bulgaria, Ekow Bedu-Amissah ’06 for Ghana, and Jennifer Creamer, director of international studies, for Japan. Moravian’s International Dinner and Talent Show also took place on November 12.

On November 14, a question-and-answer session on “The Role of Women in Africa” featured Gcebile Ndlovu, a public-health nurse and a National Programme Officer with UNAIDS in Swaziland.

Moravian’s traditional flag-raising on November 16 honored the flags of all the countries represented in the College’s student body. The same day, a panel of students who participated in study-abroad programs shared their impressions and the lessons they learned.

"Bisuteria" took first prize and the "People's Choice" award in Moravian's "Hounds Around the World" photo contest.

Photo: Stephanie Giebler '05