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Alumni Connection

You're invited

The Alumni Association will recognize alumni and students for their achievements and service to the college at the Eleventh Annual Alumni Association Awards Ceremony, Friday, December 2, on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. The ceremony will take place in Peter Hall at 5:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a light dinner reception at 4 p.m. in Payne Gallery and Foy Lobby.

The 2011 alumni award recipients are:
Joseph C. L. Merola ’64, M.D., the Comenius Alumni Award
Betty Adams Roach ’43, the Medallion of Merit
Anne McCandless Rampolla ’79 and Joseph L. Powlette ’60, the Benigna Education Award

In recognition of their high academic achievements and contributions to campus and community life, three students will be awarded an Alumni Fellows scholarship. The 2011 Alumni Fellows are: Margaret A. DeOliveira ’13, Gina M. Heintzelman ’13 and Anna M. Whetstone ’12. Melissa M. Straub ’12 will receive the 2011 Honors Award scholarship.

Alumni and all members of the Moravian community are invited to attend the Awards Ceremony to support the alumni and student recipients.

An Evening on Main Street

On November 17, many members of the Moravian community, alumni, faculty, staff, and their friends and family got a jump on their holiday shopping at this annual event which has become a tradition. The rain did not damper the spirits of the shoppers who enjoyed special discounts at stores such as the Moravian Book Shop, Donegal Square and others.

They also got a chance to meet Moravian authors, Jonathan Burcaw ’83, Scott Heydt ’02, Naomi Gal, Comenius professor of literature and languages, and Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology. The festive lobby of the Hotel Bethlehem was the spot for shoppers to meet their friends and other alumni. The hotel provided hot cider and cookies and even offered a discount at their restaurants, where many dined before or after shopping.

Recent graduates win full scholarships

Katherine Steinly ’10 graduated with Honors in religion and German, and received the Humanities Award at commencement.  She studied abroad in Germany, and her Honors thesis tackled the thorny question of the meaning of the “walls” between Palestine and Israel, and East and West Germany, using methods and resources from theology and political science.  Steinly received a full scholarship to begin Master of Divinity studies at the Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia this fall.   

Nina Patton ’11 participated in the first religion department travel seminar to the border region between Mexico and Arizona, and she later participated in another seminar to Prague.  She was given a full scholarship to begin Master of Divinity Studies at Drew Theological School. 

Michael Accurso ’11 earned a bachelor’s of music degree with a minor in religion.  He was able to utilize this unique combination of studies to obtain a full scholarship for graduate studies at Notre Dame in Sacred Music and Conducting.

Upcoming Events

May 18 and 19, 2012
Alumni Weekend 2012

Reunions will be held for the classes of ’77, ’72, ’67, ’62, ’57, ’52 ’47, and ’42. If you are interested in helping plan your reunion or learning more, email or call 610 861-1366. Alumnae of the Moravian College for Women and alumnae of Moravian College please note that Founder’s Day will be celebrated Friday, May 18

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