UnCommon Achievements

formerly Gaudeamus

Mark Bentz has been promoted to associate director of annual giving. In his new role Mark will continue to focus on the student phonathon program and senior class gift fund, while adding reunion fundraising and Blue & Grey prospects to his primary responsibilities.

Greyhound softball coach John Byrne was honored at the 2006 National Convention of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for his 400th career win.

Louis Lanza, artist-lecturer in jazz voice, was named the number two male vocalist of the year by the Rio de Janeiro daily newspaper, Tribuna da Imprensa. His album An Intimate Portrait in Blue was included in the paper’s top 10 CDs of the year.  The album was also added to the Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings 8th edition, where it's described as  "...a very candid portrait, and in its way it is a daring set, the singing up close and decidedly personal."

Nilsa Lasso-von Lang reports that the international art exhibition held in the fall (October 19-Novmber 19 in the Payne gallery), "Arte! Beaux-Arts! Kunst!" was a resounding success. The exhibit featured the work of artists from France, Germany, Mexico, and other countries. Several hundred visitors came to Moravian to see the gallery show and hear the artists speak about their work.

Brion Morro, assistant director of admissions, has accepted a position on the faculty at the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling Summer Institute at Bucknell University for July 2007. The four-day workshop offers professional development for both experienced and new professionals.

Gary Olson's piece, "Hold Those Responsible for Iraq Accountable," appeared on Common Dreams, the most read progressive daily news and analysis web site on the internet (www.commondreams.org).

Bob Ward, Moravian's head athletic trainer, was elected the 2007 president of the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association.
Mary Beth Spirk, women's basketball coach, is celebrating her 20th year of coaching at Moravian.

James Barnes, director of instrumental music, reports that Peter Zimmer ('10) has been selected as the newest Moravian College Marching Band and Color Guard drum major.

Arrivals & Departures

Center for Information Technology analyst Paul Edinger and his wife Jaime were blessed on Christmas morning with the birth of their second child, Alexandra Marie. Mom, dad, sister, and new baby are all doing well.

After six years as director of leadership giving, Joan Paul has retired from her position. Her service was celebrated at reception in the HUB on December 11.

Jean Rau will be retiring from her service to the Office of Religious Life after almost 25 years . A farewell reception was held in the HUB on January 8.