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News and Notes


Krista Steinke Finch has a solo exhibition and public artist talk titled Purgatory Road, as part of the 2012 Fotofest Biennial of Photography, the first and longest-running biennial of its kind in the country, and one of the largest photography events in the world. The citywide event comprises more than 110 participating museums, art galleries, non-profit arts organizations, universities, civic organizations and corporate spaces across Houston. The show runs through April 12 in the Fine Arts Atrium Gallery, Duchesne Academy in Houston Texas.
         She also is participating in a group show titled Philadelphia Women Photographers, through April 7 at the Schmidt Dean Gallery in Philadelphia.

A book Dana S. Dunn wrote with three colleagues, Using Quality Benchmarks for Assessing and Developing Undergraduate Programs (Jossey-Bass, 2011) was excerpted in the March 8 edition of the online newsletter, Tomorrow's Professor (TP). TP is a weekly newsletter published by the department of education at Stanford University. The excerpt dealt with theories of student development.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of doctrinal theology, has published two book reviews for Studies in Religion. Hope Abundant: Third World and Indigenous Women’s Theology, published by Orbis Books was edited by Kwok Pui-lan. Christianities in Asia was published by Blackwell Publishing and edited by Peter C. Phan.

Conferences and Presentations

Heikki Lempa, associate professor of history, has received a grant from the Humboldt Foundation to work at the Research Center for Social and Cultural Studies in Gotha, Germany. While there, he will give a presentation titled Honor and Merit in Eighteenth-Century Germany. He will also have use of the resources of the center to research his book-length manuscript on the history of honor practices in Germany, 1700-1914. The Center is a part of the University of Erfurt which partners with Moravian in an array of student exchange and conferences. Professor Alexander Schunka, a member of the Center and faculty of the history department at the University of Erfurt, is a regular participant of our biennial Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music.

Student News and Notes

Kaitlin Kenyon ’13 recently volunteered in an afterschool art program facilitated by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council called Urban/Suburban Connection at Allentown’s Raub Middle School and Center Valley’s Southern Lehigh Middle School. The Moravian College art department contributed $1,200 to this afterschool program through the Fall 2011 silent art auction that was held in the HUB. Kenyon wrote about her experiences in the current issue of the Council’s newsletter, Art Links.

In the News

Santo Marabella, professor of management, was recently quoted in an article in Penn News, as the chair of the Alumni Council at the Penn School of Social Policy and Practice.

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct professor in the political science department, appeared as the guest of BCTV's Centering on Peace program in Reading to discuss events in the Middle East. His appearance can be seen here.

Other News

Moravian fans and yes, even some Scranton fans, contributed 186 bears and other furry critters for St. Luke’s Pediatrics during the Moravian – Scranton women’s basketball game on February 18. The stuffed animals were collected during Moravian's first halftime “Teddy Bear Toss” onto center court – and witnessed by the largest crowd of the season.

On March 16, the critters were delivered to the St. Luke’s University Hospital Pediatrics ward, where Amos the Greyhound and members of the DawgPack Mascot performers group visited with the youngsters.  Each patient received an armful of furry love, and the balance of the animals were left with the unit to deliver to future patients.  Junior Phil Torres, sophomore Aric Werkheiser, and coordinator Marty Moyle joined Pat Gubich, patient care manager, in the pediatric unit for the visit.

The DawgPack was formed in 2009 to promote school spirit, Moravian College events, and to be a positive force for the college, both on campus and in the community.

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It’s time once again for Moravian’s Annual Health Fair. Come over to the HUB between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 28 to get information about vital health and wellness issues including nutrition, skin care, blood pressure, STDs, cancer awareness and more. Community groups including Turning Point, Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley and the Valley Youth House will host exhibits. Local business including Wegmans, Cutters Bike Shop and Body Central Inc. will also be on site, and St. Luke’s University Hospital will have several displays. Chair massages, a meditation circle, cage fitness class and a yoga class by Michael Unger will be offered throughout the day. These classes require registration.  Visit the exhibits to receive free raffle tickets for a chance to win great prizes while learning more about health and wellness.  Call Jamie Chapman at 1567 or email her at

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Celebrate 37 years of dance at Moravian with Moravian College Dance Company in Concert March 30 and 31 at 7:30 each night. The concert is free with your Moravian ID; adults, $8; Seniors/12 and under/LVAIC and high school students are $5. Tickets are available at the door, and there is no reserved seating. For more information contact Dawn K. Benner at 610-861-1530.

Benner encourages everyone to come out and support the dancers and enjoy quality entertainment. “We have an outstanding concert with exceptional choreography this year,” says Benner. “The music and dance styles are diverse, from Bach to Harry Connick Jr., and from ballet and tap to jazz, modern and hip hop. This is a major production and the quality of the dancers and choreography is just amazing.”

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The Third Annual Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will take place Saturday, March 24, in the HUB from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. This student-run event will be larger than its predecessors, with student presentations from nine colleges on topics such as Ethics and Political Philosophy, Metaphysical Questions, Philosophy of Religion and Existentialism and Madness. This year’s plenary speaker is Dr. Eduardo Mendieta of Stony Brook University, whose presentation is titled Disgust and Hate: On the Somatology of Xenophobia. His talk will be held at 2 p.m. in Snyder. Everyone is invited. Registration is required here.

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Moravian College will host a conference titled The Challenge of Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Schools on Tuesday, April 3, as part of this year IN FOCUS theme of poverty and inequality.  The conference is presented by The Promise Program of Moravian College. 

The purpose of The Promise Program is to address the concerns of high school students in the racially and ethnically diverse communities of the Lehigh Valley and to give students, teachers, administrators and community leaders the chance to discuss those concerns.  This year’s conference includes participants from Lehigh Valley high schools, Moravian College and the community. 

The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the HUB and will feature two different components: a sociodrama and discussion groups.  The sociodrama is presented by Moravian College students who act out some of the racial and ethnic issues on stage in order to give the audience a better understanding of those issues.  The discussion groups further explore those and other issues and deliberate on how to share the information and ideas highlighted during the conference.

Admission is free and anyone from the Moravian College community is welcome to attend.  However, space for participation is limited, so those interested in attending must contact John Reynolds, professor in the political science department, at extension 1408 or

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Moravian Theological Seminary presents Carol Howard Merritt, author and pastor at Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., on April 12 from 9:30 to 2:30 p.m. She will address the economic, social and spiritual challenges faced by those in their 20s and 30s and discuss how innovative church cultures can effectively engage the vision and energy of this generation.

Her lecture will be held in Prosser Auditorium and is free. Registration is required.

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Spencer Brown has been named the director of Moravian’s new Fitness Center as well as head strength and conditioning coach, and Zak Tupper is the new Fitness Center intern.
"We are excited to have Spencer and Zak come on board to help us run our brand new 10,000-square foot fitness center and 3,200-square foot performance center," says Bob Ward, assistant athletic director and head athletics trainer.

Brown comes to Moravian after working as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Lafayette College and managing a 4,000-square foot facility for the Leopards' student-athletes.  Brown was a member of the Lafayette football team from 2005 through 2009, earning a spot on the 2008 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.  He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Brown is a 2009 graduate of Lafayette with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and sociology.

Tupper is completing his Bachelor of Science in sport management at East Stroudsburg University, and will graduate in May.  While at East Stroudsburg, Tupper has been a member of the baseball team and the sport management club.  He has also worked at Competitive Edge Sports in King of Prussia.

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Nine-time Grammy winner and social activist John Legend appeared at Moravian Wednesday night to lecture and sing for nearly 500 students, faculty, staff and community members.

Legend is the founder of the Show Me Campaign, and has spent the past five years touring the world on a mission to eradicate extreme poverty and improve the inequalities in education for the poor.

Legend talked about how education is not a privilege that everyone can enjoy in this country, but added that he is inspired by the successes in the educational arena, and realizes that positive changes can continue as more get involved. He discussed the Show Me Campaign and encouraged students to make a difference through involvement in programs such as Teach for America.

After his presentation, Legend played the piano and sang several songs, which had the audience singing along.
The program was sponsored by Moravian's United Student Government (USG) and is part of Moravian's IN FOCUS program that examines poverty and inequality throughout the academic year. 

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