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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 80 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 2016, 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 2017 1742 Experience: Deadline to apply is June 30 at 11:59pm.

Questions can be directed to

2017 Team Leaders

IMG_5541_1.PNG Name: Kayleigh Bennett '19

 Hometown: West Milford, NJ

 Major: Music Education and Music Performance

 What are your future goals?: My future goals are to attend New England    Conservatory to get a masters in opera studies. From there I hope to perform  in  operas. The eventual goal is to get my doctorate in music history so that I can  teach and direct a choir at the collegiate level or as an artist in residence.  Education is very important to me.

Can you describe your campus involvement?: I am a junior music education and music performance double major with a concentration in classical voice and a focus in opera studies. This past year I was involved, vocally, in the Salon, Opera, and Monteverdi ensembles. I am one of two sopranos in the Vocalis select choir, secretary of the Moravian Choir, and the vice president of the Women’s Choir. On trumpet I participated as part of the Brass Ensemble, Baroque Ensemble, College Big Band, and as principal trumpet of the Moravian College Community Orchestra. I am currently a writing center tutor as well as an academic tutor pursuing my CRLA certification. I was selected as an emerging leader and have volunteered in multiple events on and off campus, including Staycation and as a 1742 group leader.

What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience?: I am looking forward to assisting this new group of 1742 freshmen in forming friendships and bettering the Bethlehem area. It is a great experience and I am so excited to be a part of it. I hope to take the knowledge I gained in being a group leader last year to make this year even better for everyone involved, and to improve the community we all share.

 IMG_5539_0.PNGName: Alejandra Lara '20

Hometown: Bethlehem, PA

Major: Organizational Leadership

What are your future goals?: After college I would like to join the Peace Corps. This is something that would allow me to continue doing service while providing me with valuable real life experiences. After doing the Peace Corps for two years my goal is to work for a non-profit organization. I have a desire to give  back to communities and people in need. 

Can you describe your campus involvement?: I have participated in monthly service projects with my 1742 Team members, became an America Reads tutor, and served as a Heritage Day Student Team Leader. 

What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience?: I’m looking forward to welcoming students from the new freshman class, building new relationships, and serving the Bethlehem community. 

IMG_5542.PNG Name: Josie Pizzino '19

 Hometown: Hatfield, PA

 Major: Psychology

 What are your future goals?: My future goals are to get even more involved at  Moravian and continue to learn leadership skills that will help me with my life  after college.

 Can you describe your campus involvement?:  On campus I am very involved with America Reads, 1742, Accepted Students Day, and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering).  

What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience?:  I cannot wait to participate in 1742 again not just as a volunteer but as a leader as well. Bethlehem is such a fantastic community with amazing people and I am excited to meet new people and help those in need! 

IMG_5540_0_0.PNGName: Carla Ramos '20

Hometown: Easton, PA

Major: Cellular Neurobiology

What are your future goals?: I am working towards becoming a Pediatric Endocrinologist. 

Can you describe your campus involvement?: On campus, I am a student staff member in the Center for Career and Civic Engagement, treasurer of Pre-Health club, a member of the American Chemical Society, Beta Beta Beta, and a STAR (Student Alumni Representative).

What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience?: I am looking forward to meeting the new incoming freshmen and working towards the betterment of our community. 

What Does a Typical 1742 Experience Week Look Like?

2017 Schedule

  • Sunday, August 20: 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 21-Thursday, August 24: Prepare for early breakfast with the team and full days of service in the community. Evening activities are planned every night.
  • Friday, August 25: Join your parents and the rest of the Class of 2021 for New Student Orientation.


When does The 1742 Experience take place? 
The 2017 program will take place from August 20-August 24. The program will end at breakfast on August 25, allowing students to fully participate in all orientation activities for the Class of 2021.

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 30, 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by July 7. Payments will be due by August 4.

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!