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Founders Week 2023

Founders Week 2023

Celebrating the Anniversary of the Founding of Moravian University

Monday, March 27 - Friday, March 31

As an institution founded by women and the first to educate women, we are excited to spend a week celebrating our alumnae, students, and the generations to come.


Monday, March 27

Scavenger Hunt

Time: Monday, March 27 - Friday, March 31

Location: Main and South Campus

Students, faculty, and staff are invite to learn about Moravian’s history through a series of clues spanning Main and South campuses! Participants will be entered into a raffle for a basket of Moravian gear! Winners will be announced Friday morning. Click here for the scavenger hunt clue!


Wednesday, March 29

Morning Tea with First Lady Lea Grigsby P’22 P’26

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Peter Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian University

Invitation only.

Members of the Anna Nitschmann Society and alumnae who graduated 50+ years ago (class years 1972 and before) are invited to join us for morning tea and a special presentation by Dr. Paul Peucker, Director and Archivist of the Moravian Church Archives, on Anna Nitschmann.


Portrait Unveiling of Edwin Heath

Time: 12:15 p.m.

Location: Lobby outside of the Payne Gallery, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian University

Invitation only.

A portrait of Edwin Heath, president of Moravian Women's College from 1926–1949, will be unveiled. The art was commissioned by his daughter, Marian Mundy.


Anna Nitschmann Society Reception

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Peter Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian University

Invitation only.

Members of the Anna Nitschmann Society are cordially invited to a meet-and-greet reception with First Lady Lea Grigsby P’22, P’26 and inaugural scholarship recipient Catherine Lovett ’25. Following the reception, President Bryon Grigsby ’90, P’22, P’26 will present "The Journey to Bethlehem's World Heritage Nomination," detailing the integral part Moravian has played in Bethlehem's growth and prestigious multinational nomination.


Return & Learn with Cory Dieterly

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Haupert Union Building - UBC Room

Open to all alumni. Register here.

Join University & Seminary Archivist and Assistant to the Library Director Cory Dieterly for his presentation entitled “Our Campus Heritage,” where he will discuss how Moravian's campus has changed over the years, from our beginnings on South Campus to the vision for the HUB expansion. 


Thursday, March 30

Young Alumni Happy Hour

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Lost Tavern Brewing (444 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018)

Open to all young alumni. Register here.

Alumni who graduated within the last ten years (class years 2012-2022) are invited to gather for a happy hour at Lost Tavern Brewing to celebrate Moravian’s founding women. Light appetizers will be provided.


Friday, March 31

Scavenger Hunt Winners Announced

Time: TBD

Details to be released shortly.


All events, unless otherwise noted, are open to all alumni. Questions may be directed to

About the Graphic

The Founders Week graphic represents select women who have helped shape our beloved Moravian University throughout the years. From left to right, the women pictured are:

Benigna Von Zinzendorf

Von Zinzendorf is founder of the girl’s school in Germantown, PA on May 4, 1742. It moved to Bethlehem seven weeks later, relocated to Nazareth in 1745, then returned permanently to Bethlehem in 1749. There were 25 pupils at the school, and they were taught reading, writing, religion, and household arts. The girl's school, which is now Moravian University, was the first boarding school for girls in the 13 British American colonies.

Caroline Cameron Lockhart

Enrolled at Moravian in 1888, Lockhart's diversified career included work as an investigative reporter, journalist, editor, newspaper owner, novelist, activist, historian, horsewoman, rancher, and homesteader. While at Moravian, she was caught dangling out of a second-story window in a harness designed for a fire escape that she tried on as a dare!

A. Kathrine Miller ’34

Miller taught biology at Moravian from 1936-1941 before receiving her PhD in bacteriology from Cornell University. In the late 1940s, she developed the drug Caronomide, which led to the development of antibiotics and other drugs used in chemotherapy. The A. Kathrine Miller Super Lab on Moravian's campus was dedicated in her honor in 2015.

Jennifer Jimenez ’14

Jimenez is a lifelong learner. She completed her degree as a single mom working 50+ hours a week. Embracing the Moravian community, Jiminez has continued to stay involved by volunteering for the Career Center, attending alumni events, being a part of the Moravian Alumni and Parent Program, and serving as secretary of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. 

Moravian University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have any questions regarding physical accessibility, please contact the Alumni Engagement Office at 610 861-1366 at least one week prior to this event.