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News and Notes

Moravian's Dance Company’s annual spring concert will be held this weekend.

Moravian College Dance Company will present its 38th annual spring concert at Foy Hall on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m. Twenty-two student dancers and 50 guest dancers will perform pieces choreographed by students, teachers, and guests in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, modern, lyrical and contemporary dance.

This year’s student choreographers are Samantha Anderson ’13, Caitlin Bach ’13, Caitlin Benonis ’13, Brooke Kuperavage ’13, Christina Rocco ’13 and Laura Shearman ’13. Special guest choreographers for this year are Jill Fitzgerald, Amy Smith, Margo Clifford-Ging, and Janet Peck.

In addition to student and teacher performances, there will also be various pieces performed by
guest companies including Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Coral Nolan’s Academy of Dance, In Motion Dance Company, L.V. Charter High School for the Arts, Repertory Dance Theatre and Tap Ties.

The company’s founder and faculty advisor is Dawn Ketterman-Benner, head women’s tennis coach and chair of the PE department. Artistic director is Mary Anne Gillen Hoffman, and Madeline Moore is the assistant artistic director.

Admission is $8 for the public and free with Moravian I.D. For more information, call 610-861-1481.


Nitschmann Middle School sixth graders enjoyed a Jazz Fusion concert in Foy Hall.

Photo by Stephanie Dengler '16

More than 70 Nitschmann Middle School sixth-graders enjoyed South Campus Arts Day last week. After a Jazz Fusion concert with Al Gaumer in Foy Hall, and lunch in Clewell Dining Hall, the students enjoyed an artmaking activity and a tour of Payne Gallery.

The event was part of the year-long collaboration between Moravian and Nitschmann designed to help the students understand and appreciate the opportunities available at Moravian.



Christie L. Gilson, assistant professor of education, has received the 2013 Alumni Humanitarian Award from the University of Illinois Alumni Association.

Christie Gilson

This award is presented to an alumna/us who has made a significant contribution of volunteer leadership or service, which has improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to the university.

Gilson earned her master’s degree in social work and her doctorate in special education from the University of Illinois. She has always been an advocate for individuals with disabilities and has written many articles and book chapters focusing on special education and disability studies. One of her primary areas of interest is the use of language to promote social justice, inclusion and access to education for everyone. “The language we use to interact with others matters, because it reflects our inner ways of thinking about one another,” says Gilson, who is blind.

Conferences and Presentations

Debra Torok, adjunct professor in the music department, represented Moravian at the 2013 Amnesty International Annual General Meeting in Washington, D.C., March 22 to 24. Torok teaches the course, Artists as Activists, which is open to all majors, through the Art Department in which she incorporates works in visual, performing and literary arts. Moravian students’ artwork was chosen by Amnesty International to be displayed at the meeting, an occasion Torok calls a “rare privilege.”


Christopher Shorr, assistant professor of theatre, presented a paper titled A Resting Place: Using Theatre to Explore and Understand a Community's History at the Pennsylvania College English Association conference in Gettysburg on March 14.  The paper is about the process of directing a community-based theatre production to mark the sesquicentennial of the beginning of the Civil War in Bethlehem.


Jane Williams, associate professor of pastoral theology, and Deborah Appler, associate professor of Hebrew Bible, are part of a Wabash Cohort Grant working on co-teaching Bible and Pastoral care. They met earlier this month in New Mexico with Bible and Pastoral Care faculty from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Earlham School of Theology, Methodist Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary. The program was led by Denise Hopkins and Michael Koppel of Wesley Theological Seminary.

In the News

Grace Ji-Sun Kim on the set of Taking the Initiative.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of doctrinal theology, was featured recently on the program, Taking the Initiative, where she discussed her personal immigration story, experiences with racism, Asian Christianity and her upcoming book on ecojustice.




Christie L. Gilson, assistant professor of education, was featured in the online journal AWAY, published by Mobility International USA and the U.S. Dept. of State. The article is titled Go Abroad and Find Your Career Path and relates the experiences of 12 people with disabilities whose international experiences changed their careers and their lives. Gilson spent 11 months in Hong Kong on a Fulbright Fellowship grant in 2006.


Dana Dunn, psychology professor and assistant dean for special projects, recently published the first edition of his new book, Adjust, with colleagues, Wayne Weiten (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) and Elizabeth Hammer (Xavier University of Louisiana).

Dunn also recently conducted an academic program review of the department of psychology of Marymount University in Arlington, Va. Founded in 1950 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM), Marymount University is an independent, coeducational Catholic university offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in a wide range of disciplines. The university enrolls around 2470 undergraduate students.


Student News and Notes

Four student recitals are scheduled for the month of April. All events will be held in Peter Hall.

On Friday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. Victoria Clark ’13 will play the flute, to accompany soprano, Rachel Ruisard. They’ll be joined by Russell Jackson and Rebekah Ruth on the piano. Admission is free.

 The Composers’ Concert will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. Composition students of Larry Lipkis, professor of music, and Kirk O’Riordan, artist-lecturer, will share music they’ve created.  Various soloists, duos and ensembles will perform this new music. Admission is $5.

Alexandra Borden ’13 soprano and composer, will perform on Sunday, April 14, at 4 p.m.  She will present her own music and music she has written for others. Admission is free.

Students of the Moravian College Music Institute join to offer an afternoon recital of music on Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m.  From piano and violin to voice and guitar, many different instruments and ages will be represented. Admission is free.