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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.

Questions can be directed to careercivic@moravian.edu or Julie Huber, huberj03@moravian.edu.

2019 Team Leaders

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Name: Madison Van Duzer ‘22
Hometown: Freehold, NJ
Major: Psychology
What are your future goals? I plan to continue doing service and eventually going to graduate school to receive a Master’s in Substance Abuse Counseling.  
Can you describe your involvement on campus? I currently work as the 1742 Student Worker in the Center for Career and Civic  Engagement, a representative on Moravian Activities Council, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, a Writing Fellow, and participated on an  alternative spring break trip to North Carolina where I got to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. 
What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience? I am looking forward to serving with all the new students and being able to show them around their new home, while also making a positive impact!
What does service mean to you? Service has always been a big part of my life. To me, service is about putting yourself in someone else's shoes, helping with whatever is needed, and providing help to those who are in need. It is amazing having the opportunity to try out various kinds of service and I cannot wait to share my love for service with others.
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Name: Lauren Kubic ‘21
Hometown: Whitehall, PA
Major: Psychology
What are your future goals? Pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a concentration in mood disorder in adolescents.
Can you describe your involvement on campus? Vice President 1 of Zeta Tau Alpha, and Social Media and Marketing Ambassador for the HUB and the Center for Career and Civic Engagement.
What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience? I am looking forward to meeting all the new students and showing them all the amazing ways there are to better their new community.
What does service mean to you? To me, service means giving back to those who need it more than I do. Service means putting my own needs and wants aside and giving back to my community.
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Name: Livia Mackes ‘21 
Hometown: Kresgeville, PA
Major: Double major in Health Sciences and Spanish
What are your future goals? My goals in the future include spending time studying in Spain, getting my doctorate in Occupational Therapy, and hopefully becoming a Pediatric OT later in life.
Can you describe your involvement on campus? On campus I am a Moravian Student Alumni Representative, 26 Point Ambassador, the Secretary of Tutor Advisory Board, 1742 Experience Team Leader, William Penn Mentor, and a student worker in the Department of Graduate and Adult Enrollment.
What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience? I am looking forward to meeting all the new students and showing   them all the amazing ways there are to better their new community.
What does service mean to you? Service to me means providing help to those who may need it, whether on a big or small scale. I'm so excited to get to know the new group of students this year and make a positive impact in our community!
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Name: Alejandra Lara ‘20
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
Major: Business Management 
What are your future goals? In the future, I hope to be working for a local non-profit organization while completing more Habitat for  Humanity global trips.Through this, I'll be able to continue serving others by making sure that the resources they need are accessible to  them. After gaining hands on experiences, eventually my overall goal would be to own a non-profit that has the ability to impact and provide  multiple resources for my community. 
Can you describe your involvement on campus? Currently I am involved in the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, a 26 point ambassador, the  fundraising officer for MEDLife, Heritage day Leader, America Reads Tutor, HUB desk manager, and participate in many of the alternative  break trips that are service focused. 
What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience? I am looking forward to meeting a group of people that I can share my passion for service with. 
What does service mean to you?
Service to me means being able and willing to invest your own time or resources to help those around you. It's being able to be open minded, willing to learn, and accepting of all. To help not because you feel pity, but because you want to motivate and encourage people that are in need to feel confident in themselves.
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Name: Eric Bushta ‘22
Hometown: Stroudsburg, PA
Major: Undecided; Minor in Theatre
What are your future goals? My goals are to contract as an officer in the Army through ROTC and move onto a career in filmmaking.
Can you describe your involvement on campus? I'm involved with Moravian theatre productions, The Moravian E-Sport Team, and ROTC. 
What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience? I'm looking forward to introducing a new perspective to incoming students about community service and getting involved as a new family.
What does service mean to you? Service means setting aside yourself to help those who are in need for the greater good. 

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Name: Lauren Dorney ‘22
Hometown: Northampton, PA
Major: Studio Arts 
What are your future goals? Medical illustration 
Can you describe your involvement on campus? I’m currently involved with art club. 
What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience? I am excited to go venture out to new sites, working with everyone, and  making sure they are comfortable with the college.
What does service mean to you? I love seeing the smiles on people's faces when we come out to their sites to work and for showing  appreciation for the community around Moravian! 
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What Does a Typical 1742 Experience Week Look Like?

2019 Schedule

  • Sunday, August 18: 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 19-Thursday, August 22: Prepare for early breakfast with the team and full days of service in the community. Evening activities are planned every night.
  • Friday, August 23: Join other Moravian students to help move your fellow peers into their residence halls. Then you can join your parents and the rest of the Class of 2023 for New Student Orientation!

FAQs

When does The 1742 Experience take place? 
The 2019 program takes place from August 18-August 22. 

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

Are there any costs associated with the program? 
Yes. The cost to participate in the program is $200. 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 28, 2019. 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!