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News and Notes

Awards and Appointments

Cecilia M. Fox, director of the neuroscience program and president of the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter has been awarded a grant through the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) to help support Brain Awareness Outreach programs and next month’s Lehigh Valley SfN Undergraduate Research Conference.

This annual conference, to be held at Muhlenberg College on April 20, celebrates the scholarly endeavors of undergraduates in neuroscience, psychology and philosophy of the mind.  Fox also was invited by the Society for Neuroscience to represent the organization in the upcoming Capitol Hill Scientific Advocacy Day later this month to share the outreach and advocacy work accomplished by the faculty and undergraduates of the chapter.


Dana S. Dunn, assistant dean for special projects and professor of psychology, was recently appointed to serve on the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP). Dunn’s term began on January 1 and expires at the end of 2015. He recently participated in the Spring 2013 Consolidated Meetings of the APA in Washington, DC.

The CDIP was formed in 1980 to promote the psychological welfare of people with disabilities; support the development and implementation of psychological service delivery models responsive to the needs of people with disabilities; enhance awareness of disability issues in psychological research as well as specific research activity in disability areas; and encourage inclusion of knowledge about disabilities and disability issues in education, training programs and professional development of psychologists. Members of the six-person committee have expertise in one or more of these topical areas.

Dunn frequently publishes research on the social psychology of disability. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Rehabilitation Psychology. Dunn is a fellow of the APA, the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with more than 137,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.


Diane Husic, professor and chair of the biology department, was recently elected to serve as vice president of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center Board, replacing Ron Kline, director of counseling, who served in that role for 10 years.

Conferences and Presentations

Diane Husic, professor and chair of the biology department, was a panelist at the Nurture Nature Center in Easton on January 31 for a session titled Lehigh Valley’s Most Unwanted: the Ecological Management of Invasive Species. More than 80 people attended.

On February 17, she presented a program titled A Decade of Ecological Restoration and Research at the Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge. More than 49 people came out on a Sunday afternoon to hear this presentation. During it, Husic discussed the work of 12 SOAR students, among others.


Dana S. Dunn, assistant dean for special projects and professor of psychology, recently delivered the Teaching Keynote Address at the 84th annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), in New York City. The title of Dunn's talk was Teaching Under Fire: Providing a Quality Education in Constrained Times. Stacey Zaremba, professor of psychology and a member of EPA's Program Committee, introduced Dunn at the session.

Dunn also spoke in a symposium titled, Did You Really Mean to Say That? Helping Students Write. Dunn's talk was titled Overcoming Student Resistance to Using (New) Writing Strategies. Part of his discussion used ideas and experiences drawn from his two years teaching in the College's First Year Seminar (FYS). The other two speakers were Dunn's colleagues Bernard Beins (Ithaca College) and Suzanne Baker (James Madison University).


Joanne M. McKeown, professor of French, presented the paper titled Self-Portrait of an Artist: Translating Watercolor Manuals by Catherine Perrot  on February 13 in New York City at the 101st annual conference for the College Art Association (CAA). The paper was based on the Honor’s project done by Miranda Cooper ’12, which McKeown supervised.


Joel Wingard, professor of English, attended the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) last week in Las Vegas.  He organized a panel on Perspectives on Small College Teaching designed for graduate program directors and graduate students soon to enter the job market.  His presentation was titled The Culture-Scape: Teaching, Scholarship, and Service at Small Colleges.  Another panelist was Moravian alumna Courtney Werner, ’06. Her presentation was titled Getting Hired at a Small College.  Courtney finished her Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition at Kent State University last spring and is now in her first year in a tenure-track job at Hope College in Michigan. Christina LaVecchia, ’07, a Ph.D. student in rhetoric and composition at the University of Cincinnati also presented.


In February Diane Radycki, associate professor of art and director of the Payne Gallery, presented a paper titled Can You See Me Now?  The Reception of Modern Women Artists in Post-World War I Germany at the College Art Association convention in New York.  In March she presented The Construction of Lily Briscoe: Virginia Woolf, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Paula Modersohn-Becker at the Northeast Modern Language Association convention in Boston. 

In the News

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct faculty in the political science department, was the guest on March 12 on BCTV's "Centering on Peace"  discussing the continuing  crisis in the Middle East. "Centering on Peace" is produced by the Berks County Peace Information Center and is sponsored by the Berks Peace Community. The host is John Hoskyns-Abrahall. The program can be seen here.


Nilsa Lasso-von Lang, associate professor of Spanish, was interviewed by 69 News at Sunrise on March 1 about the book she recently co-authored titled Flavors of Panama.  She also gave a lecture/demonstration based on the book to Monroe College culinary students as part of the “Sharing the Passion Lecture Series.”


Other News

Remember to visit the HUB between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., March 27 for the Spring Health Fair. Interactive classes and demonstrations include yoga, martial arts, meditation circle, belly dancing and more. Tests including cholesterol, STD, and blood pressure checks will also be done. And don’t miss the chance to enter to win some great raffle prizes including an Amazon Nook, gift cards, Phillies tickets and more. Call the Health Center for details at 610-861-1567.


Holi Day ends with participants covered with bright colors symbolizing triumph of good over evil.

Photo by Alex Sestok '16



Holi Day, an ancient festival of India, was celebrated on March 17. It was sponsored by the office of international studies and the international club, the event. Dozens joined to spread color as they celebrated the triumph of good over evil and the traditions of ancient spring rituals.

See more photos on Moravian's Facebook page.



The Hillel Society celebrated Purim, the joyful late-winter Jewish holiday, on February 26.  This holiday celebrates the events narrated in the biblical book of Esther, in which the Jewish queen Esther saves her people from near destruction in the ancient Persian Empire.  Purim is a festive holiday, somewhat comparable to Mardi Gras, in which the story of Esther is recited in a party-like atmosphere.  In Jewish tradition, this is also the first Jewish holiday created by a woman (Esther 9:32).

Hillel students baked  Hamantaschen, “Haman’s Pockets,” which are fruit- or poppy seed-filled traditional, triangular cookies, and gave them out in the HUB.


Scott Heydt ’02 discussed his experiences as an author of children’s books recently in a presentation sponsored by the Zinendorf Society. Heydt has published Mice Don’t Taste Like Chicken and O.Y.L.


Get tickets now for former Saturday Night Live comedian, Jay Pharaoh, who will perform Friday, April 19 in Johnston Hall. The show is presented by IMPACT. Tickets can be purchased at the Moravian College Bookstore or online, and are $5 for Moravian students; $15.75 for the general public.

Pharaoh got his start at local comedy clubs in Virginia before moving to New York City to perform on Saturday Night Live for two seasons. His skits include impersonations of famous celebrities such as Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington and Kanye West.

Pharaoh participated in the sketch comedy series, Charlie Murphy’s Crash Comedy, and did stand-up skits on BET’s, One Mic Stand. He also starred in the 2010 BET Awards short, The Package. Pharaoh currently is working on an upcoming feature film titled Lola Versus. For video samples of his work visit Jay Pharaoh’s website.


Photo by Alex Sestok '16

The Early Music Concert titled Miracles and Madrigals will be held in Peter Hall Sunday, March 24.
Students Ariel Hudak '13, Melissa Walters '14 and Gianna Miranda '13 rehearse a Spanish Renaissance dance with Dorothy Olsson, director of the New York Historical Dance Society in preparation for the concert.

Student News and Notes

Enjoy singing and dancing at the Student Cabaret March 21 through March 23 at 8 p.m. and March 24 at noon in the Arena Theatre. Songs from Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hercules, Pirates of Penzance, will be among the featured selections. Admission is by donation, and all donations go to the Sustainable Energy Fund.

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Frank Conforti ’98, CFO of Urban Outfitters, will be on campus April 2 to discuss his path from Moravian College and the best ways to brand yourself in today’s market. You must register on the Career Center website to attend. and click on the registration link!

Additional Lunch ‘n’ Learn opportunities for students will take place April 4, when Dylan Stroup ’10, a financial professional from AXA Advisors LLC, will talk to students about careers in finance.

Watch for details on other, upcoming presentations sponsored by the Career Center. For information, contact 610-861-1509 or email

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Michael Battipaglia ’13 performed March 15 in Foy Hall, where he demonstrated his skills as a trumpeter and a composer. He was joined by a variety of musicians to interpret his music.

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Jazzy Thomas '13.

Photo by Alex Sestok '16

Jasmine “Jazzy” Thomas ’13 showcased her vocal skills as a soprano, singing selections from classic to jazz, from Europe to Broadway. She performed March 16 in Peter Hall and was accompanied by Russell Jackson.