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News and Notes

Come out and support The Moravian College Theatre Company which presents the next installment of The Friday Night Play Reading Series tonight at 8 p.m. in the Arena Theatre.

“Laughter on the 23rd Floor” is a play by Neil Simon and directed by Thom Eiser. The play was inspired by the playwright's youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows," with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman "Max Prince." Admission is free. Discussion will follow the reading.

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The HUB has been celebrating its 50th anniversary all year, and final celebrations will take place November 14 at 4:30 p.m. As part of the event, people and events of the last five decades will be showcased (including pictures of faculty and staff). Some oldie-but-goodie movies will be shown and a time capsule will be put together and buried, to be opened when the HUB celebrates its 100th year. Zac Carson  ’13 and David Fahim ’14 will perform on keyboard and bass.  Food Service will feature food from the decades in the Marketplace, a cake made in the shape of the HUB and candy from the various decades will also be served.

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This summer the Hoffman tennis courts received a much-needed re-surfacing and re-painting thanks to the Hillary Benner Tennis Court Fund, which has been generously funded by alumni and friends. The fund was created five years ago after the tragic and untimely passing of Dawn Ketterman-Benner’s only child, Hillary, in April  2007. Hillary was a tennis player and team captain for Liberty High School’s tennis team and she had her first lesson with Art Smith, the Moravian men’s team coach.

The Hillary Benner Tennis Court Fund also was used for new fencing for the courts. I personally want to thank all those wonderful alumni and friends who gave (and continue to give) to this special fund. Your kindness is greatly appreciated by me, Coach Art Smith, and the women and men’s tennis teams. I do hope you will continue to give to this fund so that Moravian’s Tennis facilities will always remain a source of pride for all.


The seminary's Center for Moravian Studies awarded its first Award of Merit this weekend to Rev. Dr. David Schattschneider, former dean of the Seminary. Read the full article here.

Conferences and presentations

John Black, associate professor in the English department, participated in the 28th Medieval Association of the Midwest Conference at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 27 through 29. In conjunction with the theme of the conference, "Knowing in the Middle Ages," Black presented a paper titled, "The Role of Sacred Landscape in Enriching the Cults of St. Mary of Egypt and St. Æthelthryth in Early Medieval England." The paper elucidates the ways in which the multivalent contributions of sacred space as a narrative element invigorate hagiographic accounts not only by augmenting them with enriching detail, but also by investing them with deeper symbolic spiritual value.  John is grateful to the Faculty Development and Research Committee for its support of his participation in the conference and his research.
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Kerry H. Cheever, PhD, RN, was awarded a Visiting Scientific Fellowship Program grant by the Turkish government.  As a Visiting Scientific Fellow, she served as a consultant to three Turkish university schools of nursing, where she delivered several lectures, including the keynote address at the first International Nursing Congress hosted by the Turkish Nurses Association.  Cheever's itinerary included the following visits in Ankara:
Yildiram Beyazit University on October 9, where she delivered a lecture on "Using Simulation in Nursing Education" at the International Nursing Simulation Conference.  Later that same day, Cheever hosted an "Evidence-Based Practice Worskhop" for Turkish nursing faculty and graduate students.

Kirikkale University on October 10, where she delivered two lectures on "Strategic Planning in Health Care Organizations."

Fatih University on October 11-12, where she participated in the First International Nursing Congress and delivered the keynote address "Innovations in Nursing" as well as two lectures "Assuring Patient Safety" and "Tele-Nursing." 

In addition, Cheever traveled to Istanbul on October 13 where she toured Fatih University Research Hospital.

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Diane Husic, professor and chair of the biology department was an invited speaker for the fifth Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference, held at Lehigh University on October 9. Her presentation was titled Tracking Climate Change Through Bloom Times, Birding, Bugs, and Buds: A Citizen Science Project. This talk focused on her work with the Eastern PA Phenology Project  that was an outgrowth of her Audubon TogetherGreen Fellowship.  The work of three Moravian alums Meredith Wright ’10, Anna Meola ’12, and Diana Feldmann ’12 was highlighted.

In the news

The November/December  issue of Audubon Magazine includes an article about the Eastern PA Phenology Project coordinated by Diane Husic, professor and chair of the biology department, and mentions some of the results that were compiled and analyzed by Anna Meola ’12.

Student News

Stacy Candelario '13 and Diana Dominguez '16 translated for voters on election day.

On election day, two students from the Spanish Club, Stacy Candelario '13 and Diana Dominguez '16 worked as interpreters at voting polls.

Not only did they translate, but they also guided citizens through the process on screen and forms.  Polling staff members were very helpful in welcoming the college workers. The students learned many translating skills and provided an essential service.

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English students and faculty recently attended the Dodge Poetry Festival. The trip was co-sponsored by the Zinzendorf Society and the English department.

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Melissa Zirkel ’13 will present a mini-recital and presentation based on her Honor's project (music during the Holocaust) on Thursday, November 15, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Peter Hall.

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In association with the local Kay Jewelers in the Westgate Mall, the brothers of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and sisters of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority will sell teddy bears to raise money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.  Logan (the white bear) and Luke (the brown bear) will be sold November 13 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the HUB lounge. The bears cost $14 each, and and proceeds go directly to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

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Two summer SOAR projects in detail

Constructivist Art Education Theories in Practice: Art Camp for Children
Presented by Nicole Clark, '14, Colleen Hait '15, and Kristin Baxter

Two art education majors, Colleen Hait and Nicole Clark, received SOAR funding last summer to work with Kristin Baxter, assistant professor of art, to design and run a summer camp for children held in the Art Building on the Moravian College Campus. Seventeen children ages 8-13 attended the week-long camp and created hand-made paper, which they then used to bind their own books. The books were then illustrated and text was added, based on the themes of community, recycling and creativity.  At the end of the week, the children exhibited their work and held a reception for their families. The presentation  described the Constructivist art education theories that underscored the lessons taught during the camp. Constructivism is a philosophy of art teaching where the basis of lessons and curricula are grounded in the child’s life experiences. As children and adolescents create works of art about big ideas that matter to themselves and to others, they are problem-solving and problem-seeking. Through this method of teaching, art education provides an opportunity for children to respond to the question, “must things be as they are?” In doing so, they cultivate a more peaceful and socially just world and education becomes transformative.

Creative Expression for the Rural Indian Youth
Presented by Nokukhanya Langa '13, Melissa Marazas '13, and Kristin Baxter

Studio art major, Nokukhanya Langa, and elementary education student, Melissa Marazas, received SOAR funding last summer to collaborate with Kristin Baxter, assistant professor of art, to design art lessons for adolescents, which were taught in a middle school in a rural village in India. During the summer of 2012, Langa and Marazas taught art lessons that focused on a different art medium to express aspects of their life, such as home life, social development, spiritual beliefs, and academic goals. The idea for this project emerged when Langa’s mother, Miriam Carter, accepted the position as director of OP Jindal Community Colleges at Jindal Steel and Power Limited in India in June 2011. This company, the number one supplier of energy in India, supports community improvement projects, such as funding educational opportunities for children and adults. This presentation described the successes that emerged from this experience, implementing Constructivist theories in an art education curriculum. In addition, this presentation also described the challenges the students faced while teaching art in this rural Indian village, such as not speaking the local language and limited supplies, and how these challenges were overcome.

Under the supervision of Dr. Baxter, the four students wrote extensive art education curricula, created photo books that record their experiences, and created and rehearsed their PAEA presentations. They will now write articles about their experiences for the journal "Art Education" and prepare for presentations during Scholarship Day next spring.