Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
8:30 AM - 3 PM | On Campus and Across the Lehigh Valley
What is Heritage Day?
Heritage Day is a celebration of Moravian tradition, community, and service.
Our mission states: “Moravian College’s liberal arts education prepares each individual for a reflective life, fulfilling careers, and transformative leadership in a world of change.” The College was established by the Moravians and the founding principles still inform core aspects of our culture, our community, and our academic endeavors. It is important for all of us to understand and appreciate these principles and history. Comenius is more than a statue on our campus -- his values live on in our academic traditions, and Heritage Day is an opportunity for us to learn about the founders of the college and our cultural heritage.
Faculty, staff, and students will be assigned a service location when they arrive to Johnston Hall that morning. Site leaders are preassigned to their service sites and will be invited to participate in workshops prior to the 20th for more specific details.
Schedule of Events
September 25, 2018
4:15 - 4:45 pm: Lovefeast, Academic Quad (between Comenius Hall and the Reeves Library)
The Lovefeast is the sharing of food among members of a group to build good-will and harmony.
Participation in the Lovefeast on 9/25 is completely optional.
September 26, 2018
8:30 - 9 am: Arrive in Johnston Hall (please enjoy breakfast in The Star prior to arriving)
9 - 10 am: Tradition
- Welcome to Heritage Day, President Grigsby
- Service Instructions, Gillian Sharkey, Director of Civic Engagement
10 - 12:30 pm: Service
- Buses depart for off-campus locations/Walk to campus locations for on-campus service
- Participate in service at assigned location
12:45 - 2:30 pm: Community
- Choir Performance
3:15 pm: Heritage Day T-shirt Distribution & Community Photo on the Turf Field
Q: What should I wear?
*Please note that this event is happening rain or shine! Make sure you are prepared for the weather!*
- Moravian College t-shirt (you do not need to purchase a new MC shirt if you don’t have one; this is a recommendation, not a mandate)
- Long pants, jeans, capris/if warm, shorts are ok
- Flat, closed-toed shoes - sneakers are best! No heels and no flip-flops or sandals, please.
- There are some sites that will be outside, so feel free to bring a hat or visor
Q: Will classes be held?
Offices will be closed and traditional classes will not be held between 7AM-4PM; all classes from 4PM on will run as scheduled.
Q: Do I pick my service site?
Good news! All you need to do is show up ready to learn, serve, reflect, and connect with our community. All service site placements and travel will be taken care of for you.
Q: Where do I report on Wednesday morning? What time?
Please come to Johnston Hall -- doors open at 8:30AM for check-in, breakfast and site assignments and activities start promptly at 9AM.
Q: Should I bring my laptop/iPad?
No , there will be no secure place to leave electronic devices during your service.
Q: Can I take pictures at the service site?
Your site captain will assign one member of your group to capture photos of the service experience. Please be mindful of taking pictures only of members of the Moravian College community. We are not permitted to take photos of children, employees, or visitors at our assigned service sites. Please be respectful of privacy.
Q: If I am at my service site, who do I call in the case of an emergency?
Your site captain will have direct contact information for the point person on campus for unexpected circumstances. In the event of a health emergency, please call 911.
Q: Do I need to bring sunscreen?
No, please apply sunscreen prior to your arrival. All sites that require work outside will have sunscreen available to you, if needed.
Q: How do offices communicate the closure for Heritage Day?
Here are some examples:
Thank you for contacting Moravian College. As you may have heard our 3rd annual Heritage Day celebration is today, Wednesday, September 26th. Our offices are closed as we celebrate Moravian tradition, community and service together as one. Thank you for your patience, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for contacting me. As you may have heard our 3rd annual Heritage Day celebration is today, Wednesday, September 26th. Our offices are closed as we celebrate Moravian tradition, community and service together as one. Thank you for your patience, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Q: What if I have a physical disability?
Faculty, staff or students who may have health and/or disability conditions that may preclude certain types of service participation, may opt to join less strenuous activities or opt out of the service portion. Please check in at 8:30 am, though!
Heritage Day 2017