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The 1742 Experience
The Center for Career and Civic Engagement

1742 Experience

The 1742 Experience at Moravian University offers an opportunity prior to first-year orientation focused on service in the community. This hands-on learning program brings students to campus one week early to build relationships with classmates and to develop a commitment to service and leadership for the common good. The 1742 Experience was launched in the summer of 2011. Since that time, the program has welcomed over 140 First-Year Students to campus. The program is coordinated and led by upperclassmen students who serve as mentors and guides to their First-Year teams.

In 2019, participants in The 1742 Experience spent four days taking a service-oriented “Tour of Bethlehem.” Over the course of the week they volunteered alongside five upperclassmen team leaders at six area non-profit organizations and schools, as well as participated in meaningful team-building activities.

Spots are limited! Housing and meals are provided on campus. Program fees apply.


Questions can be directed to 

Annabelle Callis

Name and Pronouns: Annabelle Callis (she/her)
Class Year: 2023
Hometown: Scranton, PA
Major: Nursing with a minor in public health

What are your future goals?
I plan to continue serving others throughout my career as a nurse, and I hope to return to graduate school to become a nurse practitioner. 

Can you describe your involvement on campus?
On campus, I am a 26 Point Ambassador, a PASS leader, and a member of the PACK foundation (Pinkie Swear Ambassadors on Campus for Kids with Cancer), the Woke Coalition, and Habitat for Humanity. I also serve as the Community Service Chair of Student Nurses Association and the Vice President II of Zeta Tau Alpha.

What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience?
 am looking forward to connecting to the new class at Moravian while serving others within the surrounding community!

What does service mean to you?
To me, service means giving my full attention and abilities to those who may not be as fortunate as I am. Service is doing all that you can to bring light to someone else’s life, and I cannot wait to do so throughout this amazing experience!


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Emily Hoven

Name (pronouns): Emily Hoven (she/her)
Class Year: 2023
Hometown: Monroe Township, NJ
Major: Nursing 

What are your future goals?
I want to become a NICU nurse upon graduation. In the future I want to go back to school and get my masters in family nursing and become a nurse practitioner. 

Can you describe your involvement on campus?
 I am involved in Student Nursing on the board as the professional development chair, involved in PACK (Pinky Sweat Ambassadors on Campus for Kids with Cancer) , and Zeta Tau Alpha. In Zeta Tau Alpha, I am the service chairman. 

What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience?
I am looking forward to meeting all new people and getting to share in the experience. 

What does service mean to you?
To me service is giving back to others.


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Rachel Kelly

Name (pronouns): Rachel Kelly (she/her)
Class Year: 2023
Hometown: Pine Bush, NY
Major: Health Science Pre Speech Language Pathology 

What are your future goals?
To work with multilingual children that have speech or language disorders and eventually open a private practice. I also want to have a lot of dogs :)

Can you describe your involvement on campus?
 I am on the Executive Committee of Zeta Tau Alpha as both Risk Reduction and Education Chairwoman and House Manager with past experience being Sunshine Chair. I am also the secretary of the Public Health Club, symbolic treasurer of the Woke Coalition, and a general member of the Psychology Club. I have two on-campus jobs; a Writing Tutor in the Writing Center and a Writing Fellow. I am also the Shadow President of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.

What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience?
Hands on work with our amazing incoming freshmen! This was an incredible experience for me and I hope to create a similar space for others who may be nervous about coming to college. I am really looking forward to answering as many questions as possible!

What does service mean to you?
Service is putting others before myself in helpful acts of kindness. It keeps me both grounded and humble as I learn something during every service experience and love giving back. The 1742 Experience is unforgettable for me due to the amount of people I impacted and met along the way.


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Victoria Samuels

Name (pronouns): Victoria Samuels (she/her)
Class Year: 2023
Hometown: Wescosville, PA
Major: Applied Mathematics with a Minor in Business Management

What are your future goals?
My future goals are to get a Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics, and possibly pursue a Master's degree in Statistics or Data Science.

Can you describe your involvement on campus?
I am the current Secretary of Math Society, a member of Habitat for Humanity, and the treasurer for Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society. 

What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience?
I am looking forward to working with the other team leaders and picking out places to serve together! I am also looking forward to being able to work with, and support, incoming freshmen as they transition from high school to college.

What does service mean to you?
Service means helping others within your community to achieve a goal, whether big or small. It also means being able to give back to the community for all of the work that they do to improve it in whatever way that they can.


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Jadyn Walker

Name: Jadyn Walker (she/her)
Class Year: 2023
Hometown: Orefield, PA
Major: Nursing with minors in Psychology and Public Health

What are your future goals?
My future career goals are to pursue traveling nursing and then go back to school and become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. I would also like to focus on community teaching on various topics. 

Can you describe your involvement on campus?
I am part of the Public Health Club, the Student Nurses Association, Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority Incorporated, and FroNation, which is a natural hair club.

What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience?
I am really excited about getting to know all of the new students and showing them around not only Moravian’s campus, but Bethlehem as well! I am also looking forward to following through with the projects that we have set up.

What does service mean to you?
In my opinion, service is giving back to the community or people who are less fortunate. Service means a lot to me because giving back to the communities that you are a part of is so valuable to everyone involved. It requires putting your wants and needs aside in order to help others.  


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Alesha White

Name (pronouns): Alesha White (she/her)
Class Year: 2023
Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Major: Health Sciences 

What are your future goals?
My future goals are to pursue a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and eventually find a job as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. 

Can you describe your involvement on campus?
Pre-Health Club, Public Health Club, America Reads, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience?
I am excited to meet all of the new freshmen and help them to see how great of a school Moravian is. Through my own experience in 1742, I was able to make long-lasting friendships and memories, and I hope to help future students do the same. 

What does service mean to you?
To me, service represents the opportunity to help members of my community in need. Through service, we are able to work together with members of other organizations while building relationships dedicated to improving the community. 


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What Does a Typical 1742 Experience Week Look Like?

2021 Schedule

  • Sunday, August 22: Arrival on campus. Meet the Team Leaders, Center for Career and Civic Engagement staff, and mingle with fellow The 1742 Experience participants. Move into your residence hall, enjoy dinner with the rest of the team, and relax and unwind before the exciting week ahead.
  • Monday, August 23 -Thursday, August 26: Prepare for early breakfast with the team and full days of service in the community. Evening activities are planned every night.
  • Friday, August 28: Join your parents and the rest of the Class of 2024 for New Student Orientation!


Where will students be housed?
In most cases, students will move into their assigned residence hall at Moravian University. Commuting students are always welcome!

Are there any costs associated with the program? 
Yes. The cost to participate in the program is $250. Costs cover participation in program, housing, meals, local transportation and all evening activities.

How can I apply? 
Applications are available online. Completed applications are due by June 25, 2021. Phone interviews will be held in early July and decisions will be announced in mid July! 

I am participating in a fall sport. Can I still participate in The 1742 Experience?
Unfortunately, many fall sports and the band require commitments during the week of the program. Because attendance in all program activities is expected, athletes and band members with conflicts are unable to participate. We hope that you will reach out to the Center for additional opportunities during the school year!

Do we have free time? Can I go visit my friends that live in the area during that time? 
Full participation in all The 1742 Experience activities is required and expected. There will be free time during the evening, however we encourage students to spend this time relaxing, familiarizing themselves with their new home and getting to know other participants better. Take full advantage of this amazing opportunity!