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Alumni Connection

Bob Mende ’74, Amy Mende ’76, Joe Genay, and Tom Repasch ’72 participate in the Hunger Banquet.

Alumni and friends reflect on “The Crash of ’08”
The widespread economic downturn that began in 2008 has affected many people in many different ways, and it will continue to have a profound impact on all of us in the years ahead.  That is one of many messages that several dozen alumni and friends of Moravian College took away from the day-long symposium on “The Crash Of '08” held March 31 on campus. 

The program, created by the Alumni Association’s Lifelong Learning Committee, featured a wide range of presentations aimed at providing a holistic view of the meltdown and allowed participants to interact with experts and practitioners on causes and possible preventive measures.  Dr. Kamran Afshar, an economist who formerly taught at the College, viewed the most recent crisis in the context of long-term trends and suggested that investment by the federal government was the only way to stimulate an economy in which demand was at rock bottom and companies were unable to obtain credit. 

Community activist Alan Jennings, director of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, provided a local view of the slump and led participants through an actual case of mortgage fraud perpetrated by criminal predators.  Other segments included a look at major films dealing with the crash, and a panel discussion featuring Dr. Chris Thomforde, John Rossi, associate professor of economics and business, Human Resources specialist Hilary Constable ’01, and financial advisor Carrie Fellon ‘04.

A highlight of the day for many was the “Hunger In Your Backyard” lunch, sponsored by the College’s Center for Leadership and led by Kate Cohen ’14.  Instead of breaking for a traditional lunch, participants were assigned roles which dictated what they would eat; the upper 10 percent had a fine dining experience, while more than a dozen on the brink of poverty ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while sitting on the floor.

Judging from the responses of those attending, the symposium was another successful effort to maintain the College as a hub of lifelong learning for students, faculty and alumni. Shelly Salak Newell ’86 said that the day was “informative and enlightening” and said she will look forward to future similar programs.   Ed Ryan ’59 expressed his gratitude to the College for providing a center for learning for all ages.

Although registration was free, participants were asked to donate groceries for the local food bank; four large crates of canned goods and other food items—172 pounds—were collected and given to Second Harvest of the Lehigh Valley.  

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Upcoming events

Spring reunions to be celebrated on Alumni Weekend
On May 18 & 19 the classes of ’77, ’72, ’67, ’62, ’57, ’52 ’47, and ’42 will be celebrating their milestone reunions but there are events planned for alumni of all classes. Click here for all the details and online registration. Alumnae of the Moravian College for Women and alumnae of Moravian College please note that Founder’s Day will be celebrated, Friday, May 18. Visit for all the details and to register online.

Reunions for the classes ending in ‘2’ and ‘7’ from 1982 to 2012 will be celebrating their class reunions on Homecoming Weekend, October 12 and 13. Save the date! If you would like to be involved in planning your reunion, contact Pat Hanna at or 610 625-7874.

Register now for upcoming events
April 21 – Amrhein Investment Club 50th Anniversary. Click here for more details and to register online.
April 22 – Accounting Club Awards Dinner. Click here for more details and online registration.
April 28 - Chicago Area Reception hosted by Connie Stirling Hodson ’68 and Tom Hodson. Click here for more details and to register online.
April 29 –America on Wheels Museum. Discover this new and unique museum with other Moravian alumni.  Click here to learn more about the museum and the event and to register online. 
May 9 – Comenius Center Graduation Celebration. Click here for more details and online registration.
May 15 – Moravian in Boston at the Back Bay Social Club. Save the date; details and online registration coming soon.

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