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News and Notes


Cecilia Fox, director of the Neuroscience Program and President of the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience (LVSfN) was just awarded a grant from the Society for Neuroscience to support the scholarship and brain awareness outreach endeavors of neuroscience undergraduates from LVAIC institutions.  A portion of the funding will be used to support the Third Annual LVSfN Conference to be held on Saturday, April 21, at Cedar Crest College.

In the News

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of doctrinal theology, has written a reflective blog post about the impact of Rev. Jesse Jackson’s visit on her life.

Conferences and Presentations

Last month, Joel Wingard, professor in the English department, attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication, in St. Louis.  He attended a pre-conference workshop on Multimedia Building Blocks: Design Plans and Storyboards and bought the just-released book Writing Program Administration at Small Liberal Arts Colleges (Jill M. Gladstein and Dara Rossman Regainon, Parlor Press, 2012) in which Moravian College is represented.  He also met with three recent English graduates, two of whom were presenters at the conference: Christina LaVecchia ’07, Jasmin Maurer ’07, and Courtney Werner ’06.  Christina and Courtney are Ph.D. students in Rhetoric and Composition: Christina at the University of Cincinnati, and Courtney at Kent State University.  Courtney has accepted a tenure-line job beginning next fall at Hope College in Michigan. After a stint with the AmeriCorps, Jasmin is living and working in St. Louis.

Student News and Notes

Left to right:  Spencer Bahel-Mowrer ’15, Mark Wunderly ’14, Emmy Usera ’13, and Julienne Basso ’12 in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives General Assembly.

Spencer Bahel-Mowrer ’15, Julienne Basso ’12, Mark Wunderly ’14, and Emmy Usera ‘13 met with State Representative Rosemary Brown (189th District), the staff of Rep. Steve Samuelson (135th District), and Senator Lisa Boscola (District 18) as part of AICUP’s Student Lobby Day in Harrisburg. The students also dropped off materials to Rep. Gary Day (187th District), Rep. Paul Clymer (145th District), and Rep. Mario Scavello (176th District) regarding PHEAA grants to students and IAG resources for Pennsylvania colleges.


Carrie-Ann Matheson works with Jeffrey Bell ’12, tenor, and vocal performance major.

Photo by Michael Clark '12


Carrie-Ann Matheson, assistant conductor, prompter and vocal coach at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, returned to campus this semester to work with some of the voice majors in the Music department.  Ms. Matheson is one of the most sought-after vocal coaches and collaborative artists in the country. Vocal coaching differs from a voice lesson, in that the focus is solely on the artistry, not the technique. 

She addresses areas such as phrasing, language, communication and consistency of projection. Each student brought one or two songs or arias to their coaching and Ms. Matheson assessed what aspects of the artistry she could improve during their coaching.  Her goal for every coaching is quite simple, each singer should leave singing better than they were when they arrived.  Working with someone of this caliber can be a life-changing experience for our students.  Her depth of knowledge and outstanding teaching style creates a safe environment in which our students can explore and develop their artistry.

Other News

Last weekend, the Moravian College Dance Company performed its 37th annual spring concert to full houses both Friday and Saturday nights in Foy Hall.  Lead by artistic director Mary Anne Hoffman, assistant artistic director Madeline Moore, and company founder and faculty adviser Dawn Ketterman-Benner, the company’s 17 student members performed nearly a dozen different pieces, from modern and ballet to hip hop and jazz.  There were also four student choreographers: Caitlyn Benonis '14, Caitlin Dean '12, Elizabeth Kussler '12, and Meredith Lobb '12, each of whom choreographed their own, individual pieces.

In addition, there were performances by several local guest companies and artists that were interspersed throughout the program, including the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Coral Nolan's Academy of Dance, In Motion Dance Company, L.V. Charter High School for the Performing Arts, Rebecca Moore '06, Repertory Dance Company, and Tap Ties. 

"This year's show was the best I've been a part of, said company member Sam Anderson ’13.  “The diversity of the pieces and the spirit and energy of the dancers made it a fantastic experience.”

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The Morning Call recently presented awards for the Best of the Blogs in the Lehigh Valley. Colleen Marsh, assistant to the office of administration in the Seminary, won first place in the Neighborhood category with her blog, From Here to Now. And Shane Burcaw ’14 won first place in the Humor category for his blog, LaughingAtMyNightmare.

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Carol Traupman-Carr, dean of curriculum and academic programs, has a featured recipe for grilled pound cake with warm amaretto bananas (and picture) in the April/May issue of the national magazine, Taste of Home.  

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The Moravian College football team will host its Third Annual Be The Match Bone Marrow Donor registration drive April 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. in Johnston Hall. “Being involved in this program is a rewarding opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, said Jeff Pukszyn, head football coach.” The registration is painless (a swab is taken from the inside of the cheek) and quick (ten minutes).

Last year, 457 registered and Stephanie Pezzello ’13 was found a perfect match for an 11-year-old girl with leukemia, and she had the surgery to make the donation shortly after the drive. She says, “When I got the word I was an exact match, there was no question, I had to do it.”

For more information, contact assistant football coach Dan Csencisitz at 610-625-7717 or by email at