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News and Notes

Conferences and Presentations

In January, Scot Dapp, director of athletics and recreation presented at the Eastern Athletic Trainers Clinical Symposium in Boston.  The four-day conference attracts more than 1400. The EATA comprises the states from Delaware to Canada.  Dapp’s talk “Proper tackling to prevent concussions” kicked off a day-long series of presentations dealing with the prevention and treatment of concussions.

In the news

The Economist, a weekly publication featuring opinions of world leaders and academic experts, with a circulation of 1.5 million, has included Arash Naraghi, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, in an article titled Islam and homosexuality, quoting him . . . “the verses decrying homosexuality, like those referring to slavery and Ptolemaic cosmology, stem from common beliefs at the time of writing, and should be re-examined.”

An interview with Krista Steinke, associate professor of art, has been published on the Literary Review blog.

Staff news

Comenius Hall, Fall 2011 was painted by Moravian College facilities service staff member, Ed Bolcar Jr., who has been employed in the carpentry department here for 28 years.

Ed Bolcar Jr. a carpenter in the facilities department, first picked up a paintbrush on December 29, 2010. His daughter, Alex, is a junior at Moravian studying art education, and had brought her supplies home over winter break. By the end of that day, he had finished his first painting, surprising her and surprising himself. Over the next year, Bolcar created 53 paintings, even though he has taken only one painting class—Painting II with Aron Johnston, adjunct professor of art, last summer.

“I didn’t know anything about technique yet, but I just wanted to paint it,” says Bolcar of his first image, a landscape he calls Blue Lake. He watched a PBS painting show growing up and thinks he may have retained some of what was shown there, and maybe Alex shared some information, but he credits Johnston’s course with improving the quality of his work, saying he “learned so much in just six weeks.”

Bolcar has always created cabinets and other furnishings out of wood, making custom items, but this was his first foray in the world of painting. “I’ve always had a fascination with Comenius Hall, and have worked on many projects in the building over my career here,” says Bolcar. “As the new landscaping project progressed, I began to dream of painting this beautiful building. I wanted to be the first painter to capture the new look.”

Now Comenius Hall is displayed in oil in the HUB, prints of the painting can be found in the Bookstore, and Bolcar is searching out local venues that will show more of his work.

“This has really opened up a whole new world for me,” he says.

Other News

Dana S. Dunn, assistant dean for special projects, recently served as an external reviewer for the department of psychology at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. His visit was focused primarily on the current curriculum for psychology majors. Butler is categorized as a master's comprehensive university with an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 4,300 students. 

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Moravian Theological Seminary offers CROSSROADS, a lay training program that prepares leaders for work in established congregations and emerging communities of faith. This lay leadership program is designed to help the active layperson improve their activities in their local congregations.  Compass is an introductory course led by Jill Peters, missional leadership developer, on Saturdays beginning March 31.  In The Story of Christianity, held Mondays beginning March 10, Walter Wagner, adjunct professor, will guide participants through the history of Christianity from the New Testament time to today. And Unpacking the Scriptures: Discipleship will help anyone who leads small groups within a church setting. Led by Bill Freeman, adult discipleship coordinator at First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem, this program runs on Thursdays beginning March 8. Visit for more information and to register.

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Napolean McCallum, director of community development for Sands Corp. (the casino’s philanthropic arm) and former football player for the U.S. Naval Academy and the Oakland Raiders, spoke to student athletes last week. He wove stories of his life together with lessons for the students. He began by talking about his childhood in the projects in Cincinnati, where he earned Cs and Ds in grade school, and told them about  his dream of being an astronaut that ultimately turned him around, and led him to attend the Naval Academy. After graduation he served in the Navy, then played professional football, started a business, and now is managing the Sands Foundation. He shared his personal lessons of overcoming adversity, learning the extra that goes into being "extraordinary," the value of hard work, and the idea of persistence.  “He was inspiring and humble and entertaining and full of words of wisdom,” says Michelle Schmidt, associate professor of psychology, who arranged for McCallum’s visit.

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Statistics show that a high percentage of the problems that occur on college campuses are alcohol-related.  The athletics department, IMPACT, residence life and the arts and lectures committee are working together to give our college community the chance to hear from a young man who experienced, first-hand, how poor judgment, when it comes to using alcohol, can tragically change one’s life. Aaron Cooksey—whose best friend died in a car accident when Aaron was driving drunk—will tell his story March 15 at 8 p.m. in Johnston Hall.

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The Sigal Museum, the history museum of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society, located at 342 Northampton Street in Easton, now offers Lehigh Valley college students free admission through a grant from Air Products. The museum showcases unique collections that tell the stories of history made in Northampton County. Students not only receive free admission, but also have access to free research in the history and genealogy library. For more information on hours and availability, visit