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Alumni News, November 18

Alumni News, November 18

November 15, 2019

The Election Results Are In And….

John Morganelli ’77 has been elected to a 10-year term as judge in the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.

Kayla Semmel  was elected Carbon County Prothonotary

Ross Traphagen ’19, who has set his sights on running for public office since his freshman year at Moravian, won election to the Town Common Council in Clinton, New Jersey. He is the youngest city councilman in the town’s history.

Congratulations to Geoffrey M. Roche ’08 for being elected to the Annville-Cleona School Board in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. In 2014, Roche received the Emerging Leader Award in recognition of his leadership and his dedication of service to Moravian College and the community.


Morgan Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Russell Morgan receives lifetime achievement award

The international health section of the APHA awarded Russell E. Morgan ’65 the 2019 Carl Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award in International Health. Morgan served in the Peace Corps in Kenya after graduating from Moravian College. He went on to earn an MS in public health from the University of Pittsburgh and a Doctor of Public Health from the University of Texas and has served a variety of domestic and global public health organizations including the American Public Health Association, World Federation of Public Health Associations and the National Council for International Health. Most recently he volunteered for two years as chair of the Ebola Relief Fund for the National Peace Corps Association.


Protzman Receives Leadership in Music Education Award

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced that Edward F. Protzman (pictured above), Director of Bands at William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio, is the recipient of the 2019 George N. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education. Mr. Protzman will receive the award during the Opening Ceremony at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis taking place November 14–16, 2019.

“The George N. Parks Award honors an exemplary music educator who embodies the characteristics and leadership that Mr. Parks showed his students every day,” said Michael J. Blakeslee, executive director and CEO of NAfME. “The recipient must have a collaborative spirit, dedication to knowing the students as people, perseverance and enthusiasm, and an ability to instill qualities in students beyond the musical. With his dedication to all of his students and teachers, Ed Protzman is certainly deserving of this year’s honor.”

At William Mason High School, Protzman coordinates the district’s band program and directs multiple concert bands, including the award-winning Mason High School Wind Symphony. Ensembles, under his direction, have consistently received top ratings in Ohio Music Education Association, Kansas Music Educators Association, and Pennsylvania Music Educators Association large and small group festivals. His ensembles have been selected by audition to perform and present clinics at state conferences in Ohio, Kansas, and Pennsylvania. In 2019 the William Mason High School Wind Symphony performed as a featured ensemble at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival and was the Foundation for Music Education National Wind Band Honors Project Commended Winner. As a clinician and adjudicator, Mr. Protzman has worked with groups across the United States and Canada. He has served as the conductor for the Doylestown Symphonic Winds, Pennsylvania Youth Wind Ensemble, and The University of Cincinnati Community Band.

The National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States. Learn more about Protzman.



Heidi Peoples Does It Again!

Heidi Peoples ’02 of South Abington Township, Pennsylvania, won the Steamtown Marathon in a time of 2:55:09.This is her sixth win at Steamtown. At Moravian, Peoples was named Outstanding Senior Female Athlete. She won the 2001 Division III indoor 1,500-meter championship and was a runner-up three other times. She was a two-time runner-up at the Division III cross country national championships and completed her career as a 12-time All-American and 14-time MAC champion. Twice, she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon.



Shane Burcaw and fiancée, Hannah Aylward

Burcaw Invited to Speak at Eastern Illinois University

Shane Burcaw ’14 and his fiancée, Hannah Aylward, visited Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, on November 4 to talk about disability and inclusivity. Burcaw, author of Laughing at My Nightmare, Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability, and Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is My Nurse, lives with spinal muscular atrophy. In 2011, he launched his blog, “Laughing at My Nightmare,” and uses humor to address his struggles. His fiancée and he have a YouTube channel called “Squirmy and Grubs,” showing their lives as an interabled couple. Burcaw also started a nonprofit organization with his cousin to help those living with muscular atrophy.


Pologruto Joins Altitude Marketing

Patty Pologruto

Altitude Marketing, an integrated marketing agency serving technology-focused B2B companies and manufacturers, recently hired Patty Pologruto as director of public relations and communications. Pologruto oversees public relations and communications strategies for Altitude Marketing’s clients, as well as for the agency itself. She will advance brand awareness by integrating public relations and communication tactics into performance marketing and lead generation strategies. Pologruto also will provide crisis communications counsel.

Pologruto previously served in communications and marketing roles with Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, St. Luke’s University Health Network, B. Braun Medical Inc., NovaCare Rehabilitation and Phillips Pet Food & Supplies. She previously ran her own business, Creative Commotion LLC, which provided marketing and public relations services.


Altemose Joins ESSA

Evan Altemose ’11 has joined ESSA Bank & Trust in the Lehigh Valley as a network engineer. Altemose earned a BS in computer science while at Moravian and brings more than seven years of experience in server, storage, and infrastructure technologies to ESSA.