Alumni Events

Bethlehem to Baghdad Symposium
On December 2, Moravian’s Lehigh Valley Home Club along with alumni associations from Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, Lafayette College, and Cedar Crest College, presented “From Bethlehem to Baghdad: A Lehigh Valley Perspective on the Crisis in the Middle East.” The panel discussion included professors and alumni representing each of the five colleges. Judith Share Yaphe ’66 represented Moravian as a panelist. Judith, a distinguished research professor at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington D.C., is considered one of the most respected authorities on Iraq in the United States. The event drew 270 Lehigh Valley residents to this timely panel discussion.

Lehigh Valley Home Club’s Pre-Holiday Sale
The Moravian Book Shop and Donegal Square were packed with alumni getting a head start on their holiday shopping at the Home Club’s Second Annual Pre-Holiday Sale. The sale, held exclusively for Moravian alumni and friends, drew over 450 attendees to both stores. Alumni were not only offered 10% off their purchases, they were also treated to wine tasting by Franklin Hill Vineyards and a special performance of holiday music by the Moravian College Choir. Mark your calendar for the 2005 Pre-Holiday Sale: Wednesday, November 16.

Home Club Gingerbread House Decorating Party
Over 40 alumni, joined by their children, parents, and friends, along with over 20 Moravian College Resident Advisors, got in the holiday spirit by attending the Home Club’s Second Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party on Sunday, December 5. The HUB Pavilion, where the event was hosted, was full of merry sights, scents, and sounds. Holiday music and the wafting aroma of gingerbread filled the air. Each group received a gingerbread house, a 2-pound bag of candy, and green and white royal icing. Special thanks to chef Martha Neff ’70 for her efforts. Martha assembled the houses, helped purchase candy, decorated three sample houses, made each pastry bag of royal icing, and offered her baker’s expertise to the decorators. Jocelyn Bellew ’99, Jarred Weaver ’98, and Christina Mondschein ’02 also deserve thanks for their efforts in purchasing candy for the event. Thanks also to our Student Alumni Association for its help in separating and bagging all that candy!

Chicago Area Alumni Event Highlights
Moravian Musicians

Trustees Connie Stirling Hodson ’68 and Betsey Tait Puth ’51 hosted an alumni reception to highlight the Moravian College Music Department. Joined by 20 other alumni, they enjoyed a musical performance by Neil Wetzel, assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies, and student Keith LaBar ’06. Connie and her husband, Tom, hosted the Moravian musicians in their home, and also showed them the Chicago sights.


Neil Wetzel and Keith LaBar ’06 at Chicago’s Millennium Park. The face behind them is a glass fountain (waterless during Chicago’s winter).

Photo: courtesy of
Connie Stirling Hodson ’68