Hats Off to Moravian!

Alumni Return to Campus to Celebrate Their Reunions

On May 20-21, more than 400 alumni and friends returned to campus to celebrate a “Hats Off to Moravian” Alumni Weekend.

Despite a cold and rainy day, over 80 graduates from Moravian College for Women arrived on Friday to celebrate Founder’s Day. The event began with a reception at the home of President and Mrs. Rokke, followed by the Lovefeast in Peter Hall, and a luncheon in Clewell Dining Hall. Friday’s festivities continued with the Reunion Fest in Johnston Hall, where 225 alumni gathered over a barbecue style buffet. The alumni were treated to a special “Hats Off to You” video which reflected back on each decade of Moravian’s history since the 1940s!

With the sun shining brightly, the 10th Annual parade of classes marched the “Moravian Mile.” Starting at the Main Street Campus and ending at the Hurd Campus on Church Street, the reunion classes were joined by the Lehigh Valley Pipes and Drums, the Saucon Valley and Emmaus High School bands, greyhounds, and even Comenius and Benigna! Our distinguished panel of judges had a difficult task in choosing our parade winners. Both categories, Most Creative and Most Spirit, ended in a tie.

The Classes of 1965 and 1975 won for Most Creative. Most Spirit was awarded to the Class of 1945 Women and the class of 1970.

The reunion class honors continued during the reunion luncheon. The classes of 1960 and 1975 were recognized, respectively, for the highest ALUMNI ASSOCIATION NEWS 15 participation of donors for a class and the highest dollar amount given by a reunion class, at the time of the reunion. (By year end, the figures had changed: the Class of 1960 had achieved the highest dollar amount— $43,429— and the Class of 1945 had taken over as the class with the highest participation— 76%.)

After the luncheon, many alumni attended one of the three distinctive classes offered: “The Moravian Roots of Moravian College” presented by Otto Dreydoppel ’74, “The Ghosts of Moravian College” presented by Ruth Moyer ’05 and Jennifer Kahl ’06, and the Winery Seminar with Franklin Hill Vineyards.

After enjoying an elegant reception and dinner, complete with a chocolate fondue fountain for dessert, alumni and their guests ended the festive weekend by dancing the night away in the HUB Pavilion.

The Classes of 1965 and 1975 shared the honors for the most creativity in the Alumni Weekend parade. Top, the Class of '65 gives its best "Cat in the Hat" impression for the judges. Below, the Class of '75 dares any other class to "top" its efforts.

Showing off their true colors for the Alumni Weekend parade are Beryl Harrison, Jane Smith Ebelhare, Alice Joyce Yeager, and Janet Moyer Paulus of the Class of '45. Bottom, Joanne Mazur O'Such '60 and Rita Roseman Bartolet '61 reconnect at the Reunion Fest dinner.

Photos: Gregory M. Fota '69