Moravian Celebrates Student Scholarship and Creativity

Top: Jasmine DeFranco, advised by Prof. Art Lyons, discusses "Success in the Classroom Versus Success in Testing" with Prof. Frank Kuserk. Above: President Thomforde congratulates student-scholars Deb Evans, Kanizeh Visram, and Emily Gibbons. Photos by Eddie Flaherty '12

Months of work in the lab, field, and studio by students and their mentors culminated in presentations and celebrations this week.

On April 21, Moravian held its fourth annual Student Scholarship and Creative Arts Day. Sixty-one students presented their work—more than ever before—representing nearly every department of the College. The Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex provided a new venue for oral presentations and posters.

A reception, sponsored by the Friends of Reeves Library, was held at the end of the day. President Thomforde thanked both students and faculty members for their contributions.

"We should all feel proud of the accomplishments of these students. It is sometimes easy to become distracted with other matters, but this is why we all are here—the education of our students is our mission," said President Thomforde. "As their mentors, you play a critical role in their development—pushing them to reach their full potential. Thank you all."

To view the program, click here.

Four Students Present Research at National Conference
In addition, four students recently returned from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse where they joined more than 2,000 other students who presented their research findings at the twenty-third National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Senior English/sociology major Jessica Jonas presented a paper, "The Culture of Homeschooling: The Relationship between U.S. Values, Public Education and an Alternative Movement." Her project advisers were sociology professors Joel Nathan Rosen and Daniel Jasper.

Andrew Mashintonio, advised by Frank Kuserk, professor of biological sciences, presented his research on "Macroinvertebrate Diversity in Metal Contaminated Ponds of the Lehigh Gap Refuge" at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and also Student Scholarship and Creative Arts Day.

Three of the students presented their findings based on ecological research undertaken at the Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund Site and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Junior environmental science major Sarabeth Brockley, working with biological sciences professor Diane Husic, presented her work on "The Central Role of Plants in the Remediation and Ecological Monitoring of a Metal-Contaminated Site in Eastern Pennsylvania." Vivian Clarke-Ruiz presented her research on "Evidence for Zinc Tolerance among Bacteria in the Palmerton, Pennsylvania Area" and Andrew Mashintonio presented his findings on "Macroinvertebrate Diversity in Metal Contaminated Ponds of the Lehigh Gap Refuge." Both Vivian and Andrew are senior biology majors working under the direction of biological sciences professor Frank Kuserk.