e-Newsletter of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary | August 10, 2011 Twitter Facebook

Welcome Class of 2015!

Summer is not over yet, but in just two short weeks, students will begin arriving on campus for the start of a new term, and the new thematic program: IN FOCUS | Poverty & Inequality. The first class of The First-Year Seminar will take place Sunday of Orientation Weekend (August 28) and will feature a discussion of the students' required reading: A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America by Paul Cuadros. The author will give a talk for first-year students at 1:30 in Johnston Hall.

Before they arrive, the college and seminary faculty and staff are invited to the annual Community Colloquium scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, August 25 in Foy Concert Hall. A continental breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. on the patio outside Foy Hall (weather permitting) or in Payne Gallery.

When inviting the campus community to the event, President Thomforde wrote:
I will use this event as a means to celebrate all of our wonderful accomplishments of the past year and to emphasize the initiatives that all of us will be focusing on in the coming year. Additionally, Lisa Jordan from Mindpower, the firm we have retained to assist us in our marketing efforts, will share the process the firm used in developing their marketing materials, what they found in the process, and how these findings will shape the new marketing campaign. 

Buses will leave the HUB at 8:45, 9:00, 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. Thursday, and will make as many return trips as necessary to the HUB after the Colloquium. Should you choose to drive your own vehicle, please understand that parking is limited. We kindly request that you seek street parking or park under the Hill to Hill Bridge.

Orientation Weekend

Orientation weekend
Students move into their new home during Orientation Weekend.

First-year students will arrive on campus Friday, August 26, and begin a weekend orientation program marking their official introduction to Moravian College.

In addition to the usual check-in procedures, buying of books, completing food service and banking forms, getting belongings into rooms, a full slate of activities is scheduled, beginning with a 1:10 p.m. Concert on the Green by the Moravian College Marching Band at the Central Moravian Church. The Convocation, which follows at 2 p.m., is the ceremonial beginning for new students and a formal farewell for parents. Shuttle buses will run continuously from the HUB.

The traditional Class Walk takes place Saturday morning at 11 a.m., with a second full day designed to teach the incoming class about campus, their fellow classmates, and maybe even themselves. One event, the service project, involves assembling 6,000 beeswax candles used for the Holiday Vespers Service in December. (Last year’s class completed all 6,000 in less than an hour.) Residence Hall sessions and dinner is followed by the Saturday Night Spectacular at the HUB, a social event to kick off the year.

Orientation Weekend wraps up with the traditional Crossing Ceremony, when the incoming students gather outside Colonial Hall and process across Main Street, where President Thomforde officially welcomes them to campus. This ceremony is immediately followed by Houndfest, a celebration of great food, music and new beginnings, in the patio of PPHAC. The full schedule of weekend events can be found at Orientation Information.