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Moravian College Alumni Association announces major gift

The Moravian College Alumni Association has donated $50,000 to establish the Moravian College Alumni Legacy Scholarship Fund. This new fund was created to provide financial support to a Moravian College undergraduate who is a direct first- or second-generation legacy student.

The gift represents one of the single largest donations ever made by the College’s Alumni Association. “The Alumni Board wanted to demonstrate its commitment and support of the College on behalf of all alumni,” said Alumni Association President, Brian Corvino ’02. “Our hope is that by showing our financial support for Moravian College, we will engage fellow alumni and inspire our classmates to give their time and talents in support of our alma mater.”

Last year, the College awarded more than $18 million in financial aid and scholarships. This pledge of support from the Alumni Association will become part of the College endowment in support of financial aid, to ensure that the College is able to continue to provide a top-quality educational experience for its students.

“On behalf of the entire Moravian community and the students we serve, we’d like to thank the Alumni Association for this generous gift to Moravian,” said Gary Carney, vice president for institutional advancement. “The dedication of the members of the Alumni Board and all of the alumni volunteers who continue to share their energy, experience, enthusiasm and leadership play an integral part in the life of Moravian College.”

Any incoming legacy student whose siblings, parents or grandparents graduated from Moravian College will automatically qualify to be considered for this scholarship.

Teachers are his heroes-
Jonathan Kozol addresses alumni educators

Claiming he is too old to bite his tongue and mute his words, famed author and social justice activist Jonathan Kozol inspired and provoked several hundred Moravian alumni and friends at the Graduate Studies Symposium on September 14.  Kozol, author of nine books including Savage Inequalities about the financing of public education in the United States, said that teachers “do the best thing there is to do on this earth” yet receive less honor for their work than ever before. He was critical of the No Child Left Behind Act for its emphasis on drilling students for test-taking and urged his audience to push to dismantle it.

The Symposium was a collaboration of the Comenius Center, this year’s In Focus program on poverty and inequality, and the Alumni Association’s Lifelong Learning initiative.  The event drew many Lehigh Valley teachers and administrators, and served to highlight the Comenius Center’s graduate programs in education.  In welcoming Kozol to Moravian, Dr. Joseph Shosh, director of the master of education program, recalled the College’s historic commitment to education, first declared by John Amos Comenius in 1649 and pursued in Bethlehem by Benigna von Zinzendorf starting in 1742.

Kozol, who said his greatest satisfaction came during the seven years he spent as an elementary school teacher, revealed that he was fired by the Boston Public School System at age 27 for reading a poem by Langston Hughes to his students.  At the time, the local newspaper headline read “Rhodes Scholar fired from fourth grade.”  He also lamented the state of public education and said that some were out to destroy Thomas Jefferson’s vision of common schooling in America.

graduate symposium presentations

Bernadette Varela (English Certification '04; M.Ed. '11) presents her research project to Martha Reid, center, and Linda Frederick.

Photo by John Kish IV

Following Kozol’s keynote, participants got a chance to see education at work in breakout sessions presented by recent Master of Education graduates.  Their diverse research projects covered a range of topics and included a study in the use of technology to motivate alternative high school students and ways to improve practice skills among middle school music students.

The next day Kozol was the featured speaker at Moravian’s Fall Convocation.

And to add a personal note:  I’d like to thank Mr. Kozol for teaching and inspiring me at crucial point in my own career.  It was the mid 1980’s, and I was a program evaluator working for the U.S. General Accounting Office in New York.  My assignment was to develop a strategic plan for evaluating the federal government’s roster of programs to help the growing number of homeless people in the country.  I read the research and the legislation, but only received a full picture of the problem after reading Kozol’s deeply moving book about a homeless mother in the Bronx, “Rachel and Her Children”.  It was a revelation.

Upcoming Events

Coffee & Connections, Tuesday, Oct. 4
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to come to campus to advise Moravian students. Alumni of all career fields are invited to “Coffee & Connections:A professional career networking event” on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. Students will benefit from talking to you about your career, how your Moravian education helped you, and other career choices in their chosen field of study.

Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 21 to 23
We want you to come back and we have planned something for everyone: 20th Annual Rocco Calvo Golf Tournament on Friday “Tailgate” party on the football practice field where you can watch the game; homecoming parade with the alumni band; men’s and women’s soccer games; Habitat for Humanity build on campus; ghost tour of historic Bethlehem; departmental reunions; and class reunions for classes 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011. Visit for all the details and to register online.

Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony, Nov. 4, 6 p.m., Johnston Hall.

Evening on Main Street, Nov. 16, Downtown Bethlehem. Mark your calendar now and check back at for more information.

Alumni Awards Ceremony, Friday, Dec. 2, Peter Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus.

For more information about these events visit

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the event sponsor at least one week prior to the event.

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