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Alumni Connection

Alumni Association Awards Ceremony

Betsey Tait Puth ’51, accepts her Medallion of Merit award.

The Alumni Association held its 12th annual Alumni Awards Ceremony last Saturday on the Priscilla Payne Hurd campus. Once again, the recipients, alumni and students were exceptional, and their pride and love of the College filled Peter Hall. 

The 2012 alumni recipients were David B. Vasily ’71, M.D., F.A.A.D., the Comenius Alumni Award; Betsey Tait Puth ’51, the Medallion of Merit; Kathleen Figlear Malu ’73, Ph.D., the Benigna Education Award; William T. Trub ’03, M.A. and Scott T. Williams ’04, M.P.A., the Young Alumni Achievement Award. Student recipients included Alicia Altemose ’14, Katelyn Cohen ’14 and Michael O’Gorman ’13 as Alumni Fellows; Michael O’Gorman was the Honors Recipient as well.

The next issue of InCommon and the spring issue of the Moravian College Magazine will include more about the ceremony and photos.

Gingerbread house decorating party

and her son Noah, enjoy creating a special gingerbread house.

Necco Wafers, M&M’s, gum drops, Fruit Loops, icing and a gingerbread house … the perfect, untouched palette.

What could be better than a gingerbread house ready to be decorated? Lots of gingerbread houses!  Forty-eight, in fact, ready to decorate along with your Moravian College family.  This was the scene at the gingerbread house decorating party in the HUB Pavilion on December 2nd, along with holiday music, cookies and punch for the hard-working “Elf Hounds” creating their masterpieces.  The Lehigh Valley Alumni Home Club has been sponsoring this event for almost a decade, and if you haven’t attended, it’s something worth adding to your holiday schedule. 

This year, our architectural team included my son Noah, Mimi (my Mom) and me.  Three generations in a booth by the fireplace with our gingerbread houses and yummy decorations galore for a fun-filled few hours together, a mini-getaway from the busy days of the season.  Noah, now almost 7, asks every year, “Can we do that thing where we decorate the gingerbread house at Moravian?” We first attended in 2008.  He wasn’t quite 3 years old but he still had that memory of it being a pretty cool thing to do.

With Pat Murray Hanna ’82, assistant director of alumni relations, coordinating and Martha Neff  ’70, head baker, assembling all those gingerbread houses and sharing her decorating expertise, the gingerbread party was back on for 2012!

Lorraine Matuczinski Gyauch ’89 and her granddaughter, Chloe Maron.

While helping out this year, I’ve come to learn of other alumni with fond, and funny, memories of the gingerbread house party.  Lorraine Matuczinski Gyauch ’89 has been attending with her granddaughter, Chloe Maron, since it began in the early 2000’s.   About 8 years ago Chloe came to the party and happened to have her first loose tooth.  Her mother had been telling her she needed to be careful when it came out so she could keep it to put under her pillow for the Tooth Fairy. Well, during the party she took a bite of a cookie, the tooth fell out and she swallowed it! Needless to say, the first thing she thought of was that the tooth fairy would not come.  I don’t know for a fact, but my guess is the Tooth Fairy made good on that lost tooth.

So there you have it.  The Lehigh Valley Alumni Club’s Gingerbread House Decorating Party.  We’re not just making beautiful holiday decorations … we’re making memories. 

- Jennifer Drey Helmuth ’91

Moravian alumnus has published a children’s Christmas book

Frank Bruno ’00 has published a Christmas book titled Paranormal Santa, an original tale for the whole family. The book was written and illustrated based on an idea suggested by his nephew Brett Seruga, and is about the “real” origins of Santa’s magical powers. The book is available on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, from the Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, or from the author at a special Christmas price through paranormalsant@gmail.com.



January 2013 events

January 16
Alumni Reception in Fort Worth, Texas

7:30  to 9 p.m.
At the home of Woody Grossman ’66 and Beth J. Rivers

Please R.S.V.P. by January 12.
For more information contact Bertie Knisely at bertiek@moravian.edu.

January 11
Residence Life Alumni Event

Alumni Panel 6 p.m.; Dinner 7 p.m.

For more information about these events visit www.moravian.edu/alumni/events.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the event sponsor at least one week prior to the event.

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