Return & Learn
Return & Learn offers short educational sessions on a variety of topics and provides local alumni time to socialize.
Upcoming Return & Learns can be found here.
Lisa Busfield, Ed.M. - Exploring our Dance Histories
January 12, 2023
Alvert Hernandez - Supporting First Generation Students
November 8, 2022
Lauren Sculley G’21
September 14, 2022
Lauren Sculley G’21 presented her research on Social and Emotional Learning and her experience teaching in the classroom throughout COVID.
Dr. Kevin Hartshorn - Mathematics of Origami
February 23, 2022
Dr. Kevin Hartshorn joined Moravian University in 2004 as Associate Professor of Mathematics and since 2016 has served as our Dean of Student Success. His presentation features an interactive component working with origami and he discusses the ways in which origami has influenced his teaching and research.
Dr. Sonia Aziz - Bringing Space Observations To A Rural Bangladeshi Village
November 3, 2021
Join Dr. Sonia Aziz, Associate Professor of Economics, as she talks about bringing space observations to a Bangladesh Village. Moravian faculty and students are changing the world, through innovative, global problem-solving solutions.
Dr. Beth Gotwals - Health From a Global Perspective
May 25, 2021
Join Dr. Beth Gotwals, associate professor of nursing, for our last Virtual Return & Learn event of the semester! Dr. Gotwals will discuss the social and financial conditions of health systems around the globe.
Dr. Ruth Malenda - Star Students Embrace Astronomy Opportunities
March 10, 2021
Join Dr. Ruth Malenda, Assistant Professor of Physics, for a down-to-earth conversation about astrophysics. Dr. Malenda will share opportunities for students to conduct research using a remote, robotic telescope! Learning to use this instrument develops the skills to search for exoplanets.
Dr. Sabrina Terrizzi - The Social Determinants of Health - an Economic Perspective
February 23, 2021
For this episode of Moravian University's Alumni "Return and Learn" session, join us along with Dr. Sabrina Terrizzi, Associate Professor of Economics, where we will learn about the social determinants of health. She dives into economic theory to understand the demand for health and healthcare, and how this demand is influenced by circumstances outside of the healthcare system. Connections will be made to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Kara Mosovsky - COVID 101 - From Basic Science to the Vaccine Efforts
January 13, 2021
Dr. Mosovsky presents on the progression of COVID, specifically the biological efforts and work surrounding the creation of an effective vaccine. Dr. Mosovsky currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Biology.
Dr. Katie P. Desiderio - Leading From Any Seat
October 24, 2020
Join us as we explore leading from any seat where you will: recognize your personal core values, reflect on how you enact your values while doing what you say you will do, and connect with why all of this matters in the face of change. Dr. Katie P. Desiderio currently serves as Moravian’s Assistant Vice President for Corporate-Educational Partnerships and Executive Director for Graduate Business Programs.
Dr. Michael Bertucci - The Development of Bacterial Resistance to Current Antibiotics
October 24, 2020
Learn how the development of bacterial resistance to current antibiotics has turned once treatable bacterial infections into serious health risks. Consequently, the need for new strategies that treat or prevent infection while minimizing resistance formation is critical. A unique cell-density dependent communication mechanism in bacteria known as quorum sensing has been demonstrated to regulate a series of important colony-wide physical responses (phenotypes) that influence human health. Our research lab makes unique, biologically relevant molecules known as peptides capable of controlling these quorum sensing phenotypes in both disease-causing and probiotic bacterial species. Dr. Bertucci currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry.
Lockdowns & Shutdowns with Dr. Eva Marikova Leeds
September 24, 2020
Dr. Eva Marikova Leeds, Professor of Economics at Moravian University, will explain the economic impacts of COVID-19 including what projections can be made for the next several years as a result of the pandemic and what it will it take for our economy to get back on track.
Curriculum and Programs in 2020 with Vice Provost Carol Traupman-Carr
May 27, 2020
Dr. Carol Traupman-Carr '86, Vice Provost and Professor of Music, discusses the role that Moravian has taken with several new program additions and what our challenging curriculum looks like in 2020.
Love and the Brain with Dr. Cecilia Fox
February 12, 2020
Many scientists have asked, "what is love?" In our conversation, we will discuss the role of the brain and its chemicals in understanding attraction and attachment. Is there a biological formula or is love a work in progress? Join us to learn about the neuroscience of love from Dr. Cecilia Fox, Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences and Director of the Neuroscience Program
October 30, 2019
Greyhounds come to Moravian from all over the world - China, France, and Tanzania, to name a few. Join us to learn about Moravian's Global Greyhounds in this special presentation by Dr. Manuel (Manny) González ’84, Executive Director of International Enrollment.
The History of Moravian's Landscape
March 20, 2019
Join us to learn about the landscape of Moravian University from General Services Manager, Randy Haffling.
Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Science Center
February 6, 2019
November 28, 2018
Local Ghost Legends
October 31, 2018 was the perfect night to learn a bit more about ghost legends of downtown Bethlehem and Moravian University. Alumnus and former ghost tour guide, George Wacker ’03, enlightened us on these spooky stories.
Social Media 101
Social Media guru and owner of Lehigh Valley with Love Media, George Wacker ’03, gave us a run down of the top social media sites and how to best utilize them for personal use on September 12, 2018.
Wine and Food Pairings
Jan ’64 and John ’65 Landis, owners of Vynecrest Vineyard and Winery, joined us on campus on May 9, 2018 to share with us some information on pairing food and wine! We tastes 5 wines with different meats, cheeses, and even chocolate!
This session held on March 27, 2018 consisted of two financial advisors, Jake Millen '11 and Kelly Rindock '03, presenting on investment basics followed by a question and answer session. Jake is a Financial Advisor with Valor Independent Group. Kelly is the Vice President of Wealth Management and Branch Manager at Steel Valley Investment Group of Raymond James. Alumni learned how to make their money work for them!
This session held on January 24, 2018 featured Brielle Popolla ’19, a Moravian University student, who found Bethlehem has a larger connection to American History than our community might have known. A variety of artifacts were displayed including connections to important historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.