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Jason Radine, assistant professor of religion, demonstrates the Sukkot holiday ritual of the shaking of the lulav and etrog.

Photo by Michelle Wyrich '16

The Hillel Society built and decorated this year’s Sukkah last week in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which commemorates the experiences of Jews who lived in temporary shelters, called Sukkot (singular: Sukkah) during the Exodus from Egypt.  The holiday has roots in traditional celebrations of the autumn harvest, and to this day it continues to have a fall harvest character, roughly similar to Thanksgiving.

Sukkot is celebrated by the building of a Sukkah, a small wooden hut, and adorning it with produce and decorations that evoke the autumn season.  Jason Radine, assistant professor in the religion department, demonstrated the Sukkot holiday ritual of shaking of the lulav (slender palm branch) and etrog (a citrus fruit).

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International Food Day will be celebrated on campus on October 24. This nationwide movement promotes healthy, affordable and sustainable food. To recognize the importance of healthy eating, the Emerging Leaders class will hold an “apple event” in the HUB from 4 to 7 p.m. on the 24th. Scholl Orchards on Route 512 donated four bushels of eight different varieties of apples, which will be presented with various condiments. Apple cider tastings will also be provided along with handouts and information about Food Day and how and why to eat healthy every day.

Food Day continues into Thursday, October 25, with a screening of the independent film Cafeteria Man  that bring attention to what goes into school lunches and fast food, encouraging everyone to make healthier food choices. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium in the HUB.

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The Moravian College Alumni Photo Show: Work by Edward Leskin and Jane Noel runs until November 19 in the H. Paty Eiffe Gallery in the HUB.

Edward A. Leskin ’88 majored in political science and studio art and earned an M.F.A. in photography from Pratt Institute. He says, “My work mostly addresses issues bigger than the individual … the rise and fall of Bethlehem Steel and its impact on the community, the impact and legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial … the camera offers an opportunity to express complex interpretations of real time events and issues that affect us all in some way.”

Jane S. Noel ’78 has photographed the home as an archive of memories for this show. “What happens when the family home is disbanded and the archive is no longer intact?” she asks. Noel documented items in her mother’s home when she moved after 47 years, and the task of clearing out the home fell to her. Noel earned an M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine arts and investigates the concepts of identity, gender and contemporary issues in her work.

A reception and talks by the artists will take place Tuesday, November 6 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For information, contact or call 610-861-1680.

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Bridgette M. Brawner, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., will speak on Sustainable Change: Health Equity Promotion through Active Community Engagement as part of the 2012 Janet A. Sipple Lectureship program of the St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College on Wednesday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Foy Hall. Dr. Brawner is an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and a member of the school’s Center for Health Equity Research and the Center for Global Women’s Health.

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Performers are, from left: Addison Rymar ’13, Gianna Miranda ’13, Melissa Walters ’14, Ariel Hudak ’14, Rachel Ruisard ’14, and Thom Eiser ’15.

Photo by Stephanie Dengler '16

The Monteverdi Ensemble rehearses a fully staged version of the witches' scene from the opera Dido and Aeneas by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell.

The concert will be held on Sunday, October 28th at 7 p.m. in Peter Hall.  The concert is entitled, "A Boo-Roque Halloween."

All seats are $5—free with Moravian ID and are available at the door.

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The Moravian Theological Seminary program, Learning for a Lifetime: The Comenius Forum, concludes at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, November 11, in the Old Chapel of Central Moravian Church. Tim Luckritz Marquis, assistant professor of New Testament, will present What I Came Out To Do: Early Christian Itinerant Ministry. He will discuss how many modern Christian denominations (including Moravians) continue to hold itinerancy—the willingness to uproot one's self for the sake of a call—as a central aspect of ordained ministry. The scriptural foundations and the recent debates on the topic will be addressed, exploring the questions: Did Jesus and his first followers really demand that preachers abandon families, homes, and possessions to proclaim the Gospel? What did they think was accomplished by this wandering ministry? How did different Christian leaders understand the significance of their itinerant lifestyle?

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Kristin Baxter, assistant professor of art, was recently appointed to the Editorial Review Board for the national journal, Art Education, which is the professional, scholarly journal published by the National Art Education Association.

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For up-to-date information on the search for Moravian’s next president, visit the Presidential Search webpage. Links to the site also appear on the home pages of the College, Seminary, and Comenius Center websites.  Periodic updates regarding the search will be posted, in addition to information including the committee membership and its charge, the search timeline and the presidential position profile. 

Conferences and Presentations

Arash Naraghi, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, has been featured as a prominent speaker five times on a news program that is seen by 10 million people in the Farsi-speaking world.  The show is visible here. He has spoken on the modernization of Islam, and will be speaking soon on Islam and euthanasia, among other topics. 

Krista Steinke, associate professor and chair, art department, is featured in the Delaware Art Museum Centennial Exhibition that runs through January 13, 2013. The exhibition is guest-curated by John B Ravenal, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Joyce Hinnefeld, associate professor of English, did a reading from her book Stranger Here Below and participated in a panel discussion at the Wordstock Festival in Portland, Ore., October 13.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and assistant dean for special projects, recently participated in a symposium titled Teaching Ethics in Research: Discussions that Captivate Students at the 2012 meeting of the New England Psychological Association, which was held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. Dunn spoke on Ethically Challenging Research. His co-presenter was Bernard Beins of Ithaca College. Beth Morling of the University of Delaware was the symposium's discussant.


Encountering China: Contexts and Methods for Teaching Chinese Politics in American Classrooms, an article by Lisa Fischler, associate professor of political science, was published in the Journal of Chinese Political Science Vol. 17, No. 4 2012. Her book review of William W. Keller and Thomas G. Rawski eds., China’s Rise and the Balance of Influence in Asia, also was published in the same issue of the same journal. She was also invited to write an expanded version of this book review for the Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which is based out of Fudan University, Shanghai, China’s top university. The expanded book review will be published in late 2012.

Student News and Notes

Caitlin Campbell '13 is using her three summers of experience working with the National Park Service and her life knowledge of growing up along the coast in New Jersey for her Honors project tentatively titled Barnegat Bay Explorer Program: Using Public Education in the Barnegat Bay Protection Effort.

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Marla Bianca '13 is expanding on her summer SOAR project for Honors in which she is examining the ecological impact of the heavy metal uptake in plants at the Superfund restoration project site at the Lehigh Gap.

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Nicole Belanger '13 completed her sustainability project examining greenhouse gas inventory at Moravian College. The inventory was then analyzed to find reasonable solutions for greenhouse gas reduction. It was found that Moravian College is currently emitting over 10,000 metric tons of eCO2 per year.  This means that the college is producing around 7MT per student. Presently, 52 percent of Moravian College’s greenhouse gas emissions come from purchased electricity. 

Further, she found that the average light measurement taken from the college is 635 lux, where lux is a measure of the intensity of light that hits or passes through a surface. The recommended lux measurement for a classroom or library setting is 300. This means that Moravian’s light usage should be cut in half. If both the upper and lower levels in the Reeves Library were integrated with solutions like motion/daylight light sensors and less lights, then the college would save the earth 66MT of eCO2 and itself $13,116 per year. If this analysis were carried through to each of Moravian College’s buildings, the savings would be even more significant.

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Katelyn Cohen '14

Katelyn Cohen ’14 attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders on a national NCCWSL scholarship sponsored by AAUW member Barbara Fetterhoff . “I thought the greatest thing about the conference was that it served as a place for a bunch of young women who want to be leaders and who have similar passions to come together and to meet each other and network with each other and to make friends,” she says.

Cohen says the conference helped her decide that she wants to work in nonprofit management and gave her the motivation to pursue her career, and the skills to implement ideas on campus. “I used the skills I developed to use visionary leadership styles to accomplish setting up events,” she says. “I used the information on women’s voting and getting out the vote I got from the conference to help ground voter registration this fall.” One of the best things that Cohen took away from NCCWSL was that leading can be scary and overwhelming but that “these feelings are OK and normal — they can be turned into a fire that propels you further.”

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On September 25 the Zinzendorf Society held its September Authors Event in the AfterWords Café in Reeves Library to celebrate the September birthdays of such well-known authors as Stephen King, T.S. Elliot and Jonathan Kozol.

In the News

Melanie Davis, adjunct professor of human sexuality in the sociology department, was quoted on October 1 by the online Fox News Magazine in an article titled, Staying Intimate While Battling Breast Cancer. Davis is a sexuality education consultant specializing in sex and cancer, sex and aging, and patient-provider communication. Davis was also quoted in a story on WHYY radio about the same topic, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She is co-president of the Sexuality & Aging Consortium at Widener University.