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News and Notes

One of Moravian College’s most beloved traditions is the annual Vespers service, held over two
weekends at the beginning of December. This year, a total of  4100 guests attended the services, witnessing one of the season’s most beautiful sights and sounds. Photos are available on Moravian’s Facebook page.

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After four years as Chaplain of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary, the Rt. Rev. C. Hopeton Clennon is moving on to take the position of senior pastor of Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, the oldest Moravian congregation in the country. At a holiday open house at the Seminary December 11, Rev. Clennon was presented with a glass Moravian star in recognition of his service to the Moravian College community.

Although he is leaving his chaplaincy of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary behind in January, Clennon will maintain ties with the Moravian community through services and events such as Convocation, Vespers, Baccalaureate, and the Seminary’s Commencement.

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Randy Brecker and Neil Wetzel.

The Moravian College Music Department and the Pennsylvania Jazz Collective (PJC) have embarked on partnerships during the fall including the extremely successful "Trumpet Days" events last month, which featured Grammy award winner Randy Brecker. Brecker worked with and performed with Moravian students.

The music department has collaborated with the PJC again to create a holiday CD featuring some Moravian jazz faculty members and students. The CD is titled Winter Wonderland: the Pennsylvania Jazz Collective and offers a mix of holiday favorites. Neil Wetzel, associate professor of music and director of jazz studies, was the CD’s executive producer and he also plays on several tracks. Other musical contributors include music department artist lecturers Al Gaumer (trumpet), Tony Gairo (saxophone), Gary Rissmiller (drums), Skip Wilkins (piano), Paul Rostock (bass), and Frank Giasullo (piano).

The Moravian College Big Band, a student ensemble directed by Wetzel, is featured on their own track performing "Baby, It's Cold Outside" spotlighting the vocal talents of music majors Alexandra Fontini ’14 and Ian Murphy ’15. This is the first time in recent memory that the College's Big Band will be heard on a professionally produced recording. Much of the CD was recorded in real time in Foy Hall on Moravian College's Priscilla Payne Hurd campus and also features other local jazz musicians affiliated with the PJC.

Proceeds from the CD will benefit the educational programs of the PJC. The group’s mission statement and calendar of events can be found at

Copies of the CD can be purchased by contacting Neil Wetzel at and are $10 each.

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Rick Coslett enjoys lunch with members of the men's basketball team.

Rick Coslett ’80 recently visited campus and had lunch with Jim Walker, coach of men’s basketball, and some team members. Coslett, who was a team captain under Walker, graduated from Temple Dental School and has had a successful dental practice in the Wilkes Barre area. At age 51, he joined the Army dental corps and was deployed to Afghanistan where he provided dental care. He has since returned to the United States and his practice.



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Roberta and George Diamond


George Diamond, professor of English, celebrated his retirement recently with his wife, Roberta, fellow faculty members, staff, students and alumni during a party in Reeves Library's AfterWords Cafe. Dr. Diamond's wide-ranging interests include science fiction writing, works of the playwright Eugene O'Neill and the Renaissance. He has served as advisor to Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society. Diamond completed his teaching career this month after 47 years at Moravian.


Conferences and Presentations

Several staff and faculty members recently attended the Society of Biblical Literature and Academy of Religion joint conferences in Chicago. Sharon Brown, director of institutional diversity, and Deborah Appler, associate professor of Hebrew Bible, presented the paper, "Digging Below the Surface. Uncovering Microaggressions as an act of Atonement" (in the Bible and Pastoral Care Section) at the Society of Biblical Literature in Chicago on November 17. Appler also presented the paper "Reclaiming the Commons. Food Production and Sustainability in Ahab and Jezebel’s Israel” in the Ecological Hermeneutics Section of SBL.

Timothy Luckritz Marquis, assistant professor of New Testament presented a paper titled "Not Clearly Free: Postcolonialism and Perceptions of Galilean Poverty and Identity."

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of doctrinal theology was a mentor for junior women scholars and students at the AAR. She also presented a paper on “Women of Color” and presided over the Korean American Theology and the Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching and Activism groups.

In the News

Diane Husic, professor and chair of biological sciences, was interviewed by NPR recently about her participation in the U.N. climate conference (COP18) in Qatar. She was part of the college delegation that included Hilde Binford, associate professor and chair of the music department, and Marla Bianca ’13.

A Huffington Post piece features Bianca and other students as they discuss some of their observations from the conference.

“The global phenomenon of climate change is likely the biggest challenge to a sustainable future,” said Husic in an email from Doha, as she wrote that as of the last Saturday, “no significant outcomes or agreements have been reported on.”

“While we are all busy, both this lack of progress and the world view of the U.S. in the process, should be of concern.  In my two most recent blog posts, I discuss the "Why care" question and the "Costs of inaction" on climate change.  I welcome comments and hope that we can engage in campus-wide dialog on these topics in the spring semester,” she added.


Joanne McKeown, professor of French, has published "‘Tempered Witness to the Power of the Soul in Enlightenment France:  Four Novels by Charrière, Cottin, and Guérin de Tencin,” which appears in French Women Authors:  The Significance of the Spiritual (1400-2000). The book is published by Delaware University Press, 2013, and edited by Kelsey L. Haskett and Holly Faith Nelson.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of doctrinal theology, wrote an entry on “Uriah” for the new book, Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture edited by Mary Ann Beavis and Michael Gilmour. (Phoenix Press, 2012). She also contributed to a new book, Preaching God’s Transforming Justice: Vol. 2, edited by Ron Allen, Dale Andrews, and Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm.  (WJK Press, 2012).

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently wrote a review of the movie Carnage  with his wife, Sarah Sacks Dunn, that was published in PsycCRITIQUES, an online publication of the American Psychological Association.

Student News and Notes

Students from IDEA (Instilling Diversity and Equality) worked to raise awareness about AIDS in honor of World AIDS Day, December 1. They distributed information, red ribbons and condoms and hosted free and confidential AIDS screenings.



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Several senior art students participated in Open Studio night two weeks ago. Featured were Matthew Beniamino, Michael Brand, Rachael Hood, Nokukhanya Langa, Shannon Smith, Kelly Weaver and Christopher Young.




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Christopher Klump has been appointed Drum Major for fall 2013.

The drum major selection process includes writing an essay, interviewing with the current drum majors, conducting at a rehearsal and a home football game, and running marching exercises during a band rehearsal.

Christopher will join returning drum majors, Nicole Baldelli and Peter Harper, and James Barnes, associate professor of music, in finalizing the fall 2013 shows and appointing next year's section leaders.

For information about the Moravian College Greyhound Marching Band, see the website, Facebook page, or contact a drum major or James Barnes.