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Founders Week


Founders Week

Founders Week 2022

Celebrating the 280th Anniversary of the Founding of Moravian University

Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 8, 2022

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.

Women Researchers Reception - POSTPONED

Monday, April 4, 7 p.m.

Greek Women Reception - POSTPONED

Tuesday, April 5, 7 p.m.

Women Athletes Reception - POSTPONED

Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m.

Young Alumnae Happy Hours

Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m.
Alumnae who have graduated in the last ten years (class years 2012-2021) are invited to gather at one of three happy hours. Light appetizers provided.

Lehigh Valley - Lost Tavern Brewing, Bethlehem

King of Prussia - EVENT POSTPONED

Return & Learn: Women’s College Display

Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.
Brethren’s Hall
All alumni are invited to view the Women’s College Display which depicts the founding of our beloved institution. Hear from University Archivist, Cory Dieterly, on a few of the special pieces.

By Invitation Only - Morning Tea with First Lady Lea Grigsby P’22

Friday, April 8, 10:30 a.m.
Peter Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian University
Alumnae who have graduated 50 or more years ago (class years 1972 and back) are invited to join us for morning tea and a special virtual presentation by Dr. Katherine Faull, the foremost scholar on Anna Nitschmann.

Meet Benigna

Friday, April 8, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Haupert Union Building
Find Benigna in the Haupert Union Building to learn about the founding of Moravian. Those who follow her directions will be awarded their Founders Week gift.

Trotsky Family Lounge Dedication

Friday, April 8, 4 - 6 p.m.
Alumni House
Join us to celebrate the incredible gifts of art by Joann Trotsky ’64 as we officially open the Trotsky Family Lounge.

By Invitation Only - Anna Nitschmann Society Reception

Friday, April 8, 6:30 p.m.
3rd Floor Atrium, Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex
By invitation only, members of the Anna Nitschmann Society are invited to a reception.

All events unless otherwise noted are open to all alumni.

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About the Graphic

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

Benigna Von Zinzendorf

Founder of the girl’s school in Germantown, PA on May 4, 1742, which moved to Bethlehem seven weeks later (in 1745, to nearby Nazareth, then returning permanently to Bethlehem in 1749). There were 25 pupils at the school and they 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. In the late 1940's she developed the drug caronomide, as well as, led research that 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 completing her degree as a single mom working 50 plus hours a week. Embracing the Moravian community, Jenny has continued to stay involved by volunteering for the Career Center, attending alumni events, serving as a part of the Moravian Alumni and Parent Program, and leading the Alumni Association Board of Directors as the current secretary. 

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.