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A surprise tribute says 'thank you!'

President Thomforde holds his framed page from the Congressional Record.

Photo by Brenda Lange

It’s probably difficult to surprise President Christopher Thomforde with a gift he has never received, or dreamed of, before. Yet, Scott Williams ’04, vice president for Men’s Health Network in Washington, D.C. and a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, recently did just that.

“I wracked my brain to find something that would adequately express my gratitude, and that of my fellow alumni, for President Thomforde’s service to the College, and I finally hit on this,” he says.

The framed citation, entered into the Congressional Record by Rep. Charlie Dent (R) in late January reads: “House of Representatives, Honoring the service of Dr. Christopher M. Thomforde, President of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary.” It goes on to list the president’s achievements during his seven-year tenure as Moravian’s 15th president.

Working with Marsha Stiles, director of alumni relations, Julie DelGiorno, President Thomforde’s chief of staff, and the staff in Rep. Dent’s office, Williams was able to successfully meet his goal.

“Originally, I wanted to find a way to honor the president’s efforts, time, compassion, excellence and tireless leadership of the College and in the Bethlehem community,” remembers Williams. “Then I thought of a framed page from the Congressional Record, and it seemed like the perfect token of appreciation from the D.C. alumni club.”

Even though the Washington alumni event at which Williams had intended to present the resolution to President Thomforde was postponed, he was able to meet with Thomforde for a private dinner, and gave it to him then.

“I really wanted to do it for him,” says Williams. “It was a team effort, and he was completely surprised and grateful.”

Register now for Alumni Weekend 2013

Dave Roth Trio performs at Alumni Weekend 2012.

May is a beautiful time of year, and the perfect time to reconnect with old friends and classmates from Moravian. Please join us May 17 and 18 for a weekend to remember. All alumni are invited. Reunions from the classes of 1938 to 1963 will be celebrated.

Some of the highlights include Founder’s Day, Friday night gala at the Hotel Bethlehem, Lifelong Learning, Luncheon, State of the College Address and more.
We are proud to have some of our faculty and alumni entertaining us this weekend too.

The Dave Roth Trio (led by Dave Roth ’85) will be playing at the Hotel Bethlehem and the JazzHounds (a group of alumni, led by professor Neil Wetzel) will provide lively jazz during the Gourmet Dessert Reception.

Visit for the complete schedule of events, details about the events, accommodations, online registration and more.

Upcoming Events

February 16
Wine and Cheese Reception in Scottsdale, Arizona
5 to 7 p.m.
At the home of Dennis ’61 and Shahnaz Bleam
For more information and to reply, contact Patti Price at or register online.

March 3
Moravian College alumni, parents and friends are invited to join us in Port Charlotte, Fla., for a baseball game and dinner on Sunday, March 3, starting at 3 p.m. 

The Greyhounds kick off their second year at the Snowbird Classic playing Heidelberg University (OH) at 3 p.m., followed by dinner with the team at JD’s Bistro and Grill, Port Charlotte, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Dinner is $21 per person. Advance reservation only.    Click here for more information and to register online.

March 7
Seminary Alumni Reunion Luncheon and Alumni Awards featuring:
C. Daniel Crews ’70, John Hus Recipient, and Bruce Bowen ’01, ’03, Bishop Kortz, Pastoral Counseling Award
For more information click here.

March 23
Lifelong Learning Spring Symposium
Connected: The Communications Evolution from Smoke Signals to Facebook
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., PPHAC, room 102
Click here for more information and online registration.

April 20
Wine tour, tasting and social for alumni, faculty, staff and friends
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Vynecrest Vineyard, Breinigsville, Pa.
Save the date. More information to follow.

May 17 and 18
Founder’s Day and Alumni Weekend
Reunions for Classes 1963, 1958, 1953, 1948, 1943 and 1938
Visit for more information.

For more information about these events visit

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