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Alumni Connection

Networking events continue to be successful

Bill Lloyd  ’79 speaks with students and alumni at the Philadelphia Union League.

Photos by Brenda Lange

The first of three fall alumni-student networking events took place on September 27 at the Union League in Philadelphia. More than 40 alumni and 46 current students met, mingled, shared insights and advice, and enjoyed each other’s company.

“Meeting others involved in the business world is a great advantage for these students,” said Bill Lloyd ’79 during the event. “Beyond their classes and advisors, networking is a great opportunity for them.”

Lloyd, who is a Tenant Broker at Tactix Real Estate Advisors, and a member of the Union League, gave testimony to his involvement in the Amrhein Investment Club while a student at Moravian. “The club opened doors for me in business, and is part of the great heritage of Moravian College.”

President Thomforde spoke about the need for students to discover what they are passionate about; how those passions work with their natural gifts, and how they can use this combination to work for others. “Take advantage of the opportunities presented to you, and take the next step.”

Debra Leibensperger Klokis ’04 talks to
Debra DiMaria ’15 at the event.

Quite a few recent graduates joined the group at the Union League, including Kyle D’Angelo ’12 and Nicco Dalpiaz ’12, former roommates and friends. “It feels great to come back and let students know you can be successful. I think being here shows that younger alumni care, and that we’re willing to help out. These events mean so much,” said D’Angelo, who is a staff accountant at ParenteBeard in Cherry Hill, N.J.

“It’s important for young alumni to come back,” agreed Dalpiaz, project manager of sales for Pratt Industries in Emmaus. “It takes the intimidation factor out, and we can introduce students to older alumni.”

The second event, Coffee & Connections took place the following week in the HUB, with more than 70 alumni, local businesspeople, and members of faculty and staff, networking with current students.

These events have quickly become popular, as (mostly) juniors and seniors see how valuable it is to practice networking, and the next trip, to the Union League in New York City scheduled for October 23, sold out in a little more than an hour.

One of the best ways for alumni to support Moravian is by helping students learn about job opportunities, internships and shadowing experiences in their fields. Discussions around career interests and aspirations between alumni and students create a rewarding experience for all involved.

To see pictures from the networking events visit

Homecoming 2012

Charlie Jost ’91, Mike Howey ’91, Steve Jost ’91, Todd Solecitto ’06 at the Rocco Calvo Golf Tournament.

A nicer day couldn’t have been ordered up for Homecoming 2012. Crispy fall air was warmed by the bright sun under clear blue skies as nearly 1,200 alumni, family and friends spread out around campus, at Steel Fields and into town to celebrate Moravian College.

The weekend began Friday morning with members of the Lifelong Learning Committee visiting Moravian Hall Square in Nazareth, where Elizabeth “Bette” Kovach ’75 spoke about her book, Bethlehem Steel: The Final Quarter Century.  At the same time, the Annual Rocco Calvo Golf Tournament teed off at the Bethlehem Golf Club.

The next morning, many alumni gathered in the HUB Pavilion for a continental breakfast. Throughout the day, one could hear comments about the many changes around Main Street campus, including the beautiful landscaping, the refinished first floor of Comenius, the Pavilion, the Blue & Grey patio and more.

Imaginations ran wild and memories were shared at the tailgate party, as the classes of ’82, ’87, ’92, ’97, ’02, ’07, and  ’12 celebrated their  reunions.  And during the pre-game show, the Moravian College Alumni Marching Band and Color Guard joined the student band.

Photos from Homecoming are available at or view the photos on Facebook at Photos of Homecoming Weekend at Moravian College 2012

Homecoming is an important tradition

Class of 1982 members: Pat Murray Hanna, Carol Sampson Sweeney, Judy Mazzucco Oehrle, Laurie Riley Brubaker, and Joanne Belletti Molle.

Homecoming is an annual tradition which reminds me why Moravian is so special to both my husband Dean Molle ’83 and me. Reminiscing with dear friends and new acquaintances, seeing young alumni thrive who had visited my home as excited incoming freshman; they all provide me with cherished memories. Each person has helped to shape my life in one way or another.  There is a sense of family, flashbacks of great times and reminders of just why the lifelong friends I made at Moravian 30 years ago are still so special to me. Some I see year after year and some only make it back occasionally, but it’s the anticipation and excitement of who I will encounter each year that keeps me coming back. This year, I had the pleasure of celebrating my 30-year reunion. We laughed, we reconnected and we told the same old stories that somehow were just as funny after all these years. Moravian Homecoming—a tradition I will always value.



Upcoming events

October 23
Student Alumni Networking Event in New York City at the Union League Club
Click here for more information and online registration.

November 9
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner
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November 14
New Jersey Alumni Event at the Navesink Country Club, Middletown, N.J.
Click here for more information and online registration.

November  15
Evening on Main Street
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December 2
Gingerbread House Decorating Party
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December 8
Alumni Association Awards Ceremony
More information and online registration will follow.

Reminder-October is long-term care month

Many men and women will live into their 80s and beyond as a result of societal changes and medical advances—and even the healthiest and most independent will need some support along the way. 
Long Term Care (LTC) insurance can help with costs for in-home care, adult day care or even assisted living.  According to the 2012 Long Term Care Insurance Sourcebook, a research compendium published by the American Association for Long Term Care Insurance, roughly one million Americans now reside in assisted living residences and the average monthly cost last year was $3,350 per month—a 5 percent increase over the prior year. 

Our Alumni Insurance Program offers alumni and their family members the opportunity to consult with LTC advisors free of charge to determine the best coverage for their situation.   For more information, including free quotes, visit

For more information about alumni events visit

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