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The 1742 Experience
The Center for Career and Civic Engagement

1742 Experience

The 1742 Experience at Moravian College 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 90 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 2017, participants in The 1742 Experience spent four days taking a service-oriented “Tour of Bethlehem.” Over the course of the program they volunteered alongside four upperclassmen team leaders at several area non-profit organizations or schools, as well as participated in fun team-building activities.

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

Applications for the 2018 1742 Experience: Deadline to apply is June 29 at 11:59pm.

Questions can be directed to

2018 Team Leaders

Kayleigh.jpg Name: Kayleigh Bennett '19

 Hometown: West Milford, NJ

 Major: Music Education and Music Performance

 What are your future goals?: To go to graduate school for opera studies, perform while in my vocal prime, and end up teaching at a university or in a private voice studio.

 Can you describe your campus involvement?: In my time at Moravian College I have played trumpet for the Marching Band, Big Band, Baroque Ensemble, and I am currently the principal trumpet of the Moravian College Community Orchestra. I am secretary of the Moravian College Choir, Vice President of the Women's Chorus, and a member of the Vocalis select vocal ensemble. I have performed in the Opera and Stagecraft ensemble, Song and Stagecraft ensemble, the Moteverdi Ensemble, Voice Mastery class, and Salon Ensemble. I was the soprano College Choral Scholar of the Allentown Symphony Chorus. I participated in 1742 as a freshman and I have been a group leader/student coordinator every year since.

What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience?: I am looking forward to giving the incoming freshmen the same opportunities I was given as a freshman. This program is an incredible way to give back while also orienting yourself to campus life, and I cannot wait to have a great week of service with a new group of people.


Lauren.jpg Name: Lauren Kubic '21 

 Hometown: Whitehall, PA

 Major: Psychology and Management (with a track in Marketing)

 What are your future goals?: My future goals include pursuing my education in psychology and attaining my doctorate in clinical   psychology. My dream is to open my own therapy practice to work with adolescents with mood disorders.

 Can you describe your campus involvement?:  I am involved with the Center for Career and Civic Engagement as a Social Media   and Marketing Ambassador. I am also a Moravian Activities Council Representative, as well as a member of Zeta Tau Alpha.

What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience?:  I am looking forward to meeting the incoming students and spending a week participating in service work, which I am very passionate about. I'm excited to help make the transition to college life a fun and exciting time for our new hounds!


Liv.jpg Name: Livia Mackes '21

 Hometown: Kresgeville, PA

 Major: Health Science on an Occupational Therapy Track and Spanish

 What are your future goals?: At school, I hope to continue taking full advantage of the amazing leadership opportunities and   education Moravian gives us. After graduation, hope to obtain my Master’s degree and eventually my Doctorate, as well. I would like   to work as a practicing OT in a hospital before specializing in Pediatric Occupational Therapy.

 Can you describe your campus involvement?:  On campus I am a 26 Point Ambassador, the Service Chair of Zeta Tau Alpha, a   William Penn Mentor, and a 1742 Experience Participant and Team Leader. Additionally I am a member of Phi Eta Sigma Treasurer's Council, the Tutor Advisory Board, Occupational Therapy Club, and Habitat for Humanity. I am also employed in the Graduate Department here at Moravian.

What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience?: I am so excited to meet all of the new participants of the 1742 Experience and work as a team to accomplish great things for the Lehigh Valley. I loved my time in the 1742 Experience last year and I can’t wait to get started!


Josie.jpg Name: Josie Pizzino '19

 Hometown: Hatfield, PA

 Major: Psychology

 What are your future goals?: My future goals are to continue my involvement in community service and to help others who are less fortunate while I finish my last year at Moravian College and beyond. I am hoping to become a school counselor so I can help students socially and emotionally throughout their time as young adults. 

 Can you describe your campus involvement?:  I am currently involved in the 1742 experience, America Reads, the President of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), and I am a Civic Engagement Fellow at the Bethlehem Area Public Library. 

What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience?: There are so many things I am looking forward to! I am very excited to meet and welcome the incoming Class of 2022 and introduce them to the amazing Bethlehem community by giving back to the community that offers us a home away from home. 

What Does a Typical 1742 Experience Week Look Like?

2018 Schedule

  • Sunday, August 19: Arrival on campus. Meet the Team Leaders, Student Coordinator, Center for Leadership and Service 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 20-Thursday, August 23: Prepare for early breakfast with the team and full days of service in the community. Evening activities are planned every night.
  • Friday, August 24: Join your parents and the rest of the Class of 2022 for New Student Orientation.


When does The 1742 Experience take place? 
The 2018 program will take place from August 19-August 23. The program will end at breakfast on August 24, allowing students to fully participate in all orientation activities for the Class of 2022.

Where will students be housed?
In most cases, students will be housed in their assigned residence hall at Moravian College. Commuting students may participate in the program and should plan to stay on campus for the duration of the program.

Are there any costs associated with the program? 
Yes. The cost to participate in the program is $200. Costs will 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 11:59pm on June 29, 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent in early July. Payments will be due by August 3.

I am participating in a fall sport. Can I still participate in The 1742 Experience?
Unfortunately, many fall sports require commitment during the week that The 1742 Experience takes place. Because attendance and active participation in all program activities is expected, athletes with sports conflicts are unable to partake in The 1742 Experience.

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 of all participants. There will be free time during the evening, but 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!