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News and Notes

Mark your calendars to spend some time with outgoing President Christopher Thomforde at his farewell event, "Goodbye to the Bow Tie." The campus-wide programming begins at 4 pm, Friday, April 26, with the Spring Carnival, which runs until 7 p.m. The day’s events will be concluded with the annual Campus Dance, which begins 7 p.m. on the PPHAC Patio.  


In recognition of Earth Matters Month, and as part of this year’s In Focus events, the film Cape Spin will be presented in Prosser Auditorium Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m.

Cape Spin
is the surreal, fascinating, tragicomic tale of the battle over America’s largest clean energy project. When energy entrepreneur Jim Gordon first proposed putting 130 wind turbines in fabled Nantucket Sound, he had no idea that a firestorm would erupt. Cape Spin tells the incredible tale of how America’s first proposed offshore wind farm triggered a schism in this idyllic coastal region, pitting neighbor against neighbor and environmentalist against environmentalist. See the trailer at  
A Q & A session with the film’s director, Robbie Gemmel, will follow the showing.

Both events are sponsored by the Moravian College Environmental Studies & Sciences Program and the Moravian College Sustainability Coordinating Committee. 


Moravian College presents an art workshop on Saturday, April 27, in room 7 of the Art Building, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Creative Adaptive Art Materials for Differentiated Instruction is a hands-on workshop for teaching art to children with diverse needs. Dr. Heather Fountain, disability advocate and author of her new book, Differentiated Instruction in Art, will educate children how to create low-cost adaptive art materials, which will help students effectively engage in art making.

Fountain is an Associate Professor of Art Education at Kutztown University. She also won the 2012 Award for Outstanding Special Needs Art Educator, presented by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association.

Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Kristin Baxter at by Tuesday, April 23. The workshop is limited to 20 people and all are welcome. There is no set fee; pay what you wish. All proceeds go to the Moravian College Student Chapter of the National Art Education Association.


Dawn Goodolf, coordinator for the RN, BS Program through the Comenius Center, will defend her PhD. dissertation at Widener University on April 16. Her dissertation is titled Growing a Professional Identity: A Grounded Theory of the Educational Experience of Baccalaureate Nursing Students.


Dana S. Dunn recently served as leader of an Academic Program Review Team at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), which enrolls approximately 6000 students. Three faculty members from UNK (an historian, a chemist and an education professor) a current psychology major, a psychology alumna and Dunn reviewed the nine person Department of Psychology.


President Thomforde received the fourth annual Dogtorate Award for School Spirit at the National Student-Athlete Day Celebration last week. He was chosen for the honor for setting an example for all Greyhound fans by attendance at most sporting events and his unstinting encouragement of the individual athletes, teams and coaches.

The Moravian College DawgPack Mascot Performers Group established the award in recognition of outstanding fan support from a member of the greater Moravian campus community.

The DawgPack Mascot Performers Group was formed four years ago to build school spirit, promote Moravian College events and be a positive force for the college, both on campus and in the community.

Conferences and Presentations

Joel Wingard, professor of English, traveled to Crete, Neb., in late March to serve as an external reviewer of the English program at Doane College.  He will write a report of his impressions and recommendations based on interviews with English faculty, the College president and students. Wingard taught at Doane before joining Moravian College in 1981.


Nicole Tabor, assistant professor of English, presented her paper titled: Subject Lines: The Monologic Single Subject and Documentary Theater’s Embodied Veracity for the panel A Greater Truth: The Artistic and Journalistic Practices of Documentary Theater at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) conference in Boston in March.


Adjunct instructor of English Mark Harris recently spent a week in residence at Mount Ida College, in Newton, Mass. Harris, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, gave two presentations on natural burial, including one to students and funeral directors of Mount Ida’s mortuary program. In addition to meeting informally with students, faculty and staff during his visit, Mark also presented his work on green architecture to undergraduates in the College’s design school.


Dana S. Dunn and Elizabeth Yost Hammer (Xavier University of Louisiana) recently gave a webinar titled Psychology of Adjustment: Teaching Our Students to be More Psychologically Literate. Dunn and Hammer delivered the online talk to two and four year college instructors from around the nation. With Wayne Weiten, Dunn and Hammer are co-authors of the books Psychology Applied to Modern Life: Adjustment in the 21st Century and Adjust.

In the News

The Morning Call ran a story last week about a prescribed burn at the Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge that mentioned Moravian students.

The recent burn at Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge was documented by Corey Husic.

Diane Husic, chair and professor, department of biological sciences, participated at the site with her son, Corey. She writes: “As you know, a large number of Moravian College students have conducted research at this site.  The results of studies conducted by Yi Li and Greg Niehoff (2007), Sarabeth Brockley (2008/2009), and current student Marla Bianca, provided evidence of the need for this burn.  The EPA has been hesitant due to the risk of toxic metals that could be released into the smoke, but our data has shown the extent by which some plants (especially birch trees) are remobilizing the contamination and allowing it to end up on the ground surface, erode into the Lehigh River, and enter the food chain— all of which also lead to risks to human and wildlife health.”


The University of Illinois Alumni Association has posted the profile of Christie Gilson, assistant professor of Education, on its website. Gilson was awarded the Alumni Humanitarian Award for her work as a global advocate for individuals with disabilities, 


Diane Radycki, associate professor of art history and director of Payne Gallery, has written a book titled Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist, published this month by Yale University Press. Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) was a German modernist painter and an innovator of gender imagery who challenged traditional representations of the female body.




Dana S. Dunn is co-author of Orchestrating Authorship: Teaching Writing Across the Psychology Curriculum, an article that appeared in the April issue of the journal Teaching of Psychology. The article discusses the different kinds of writing activities and assignments that can be taught in introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in the psychology major. His co-authors are from Worcester State University, Pacific University and the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay.


insects (from the series "Purgatory Road), 2012, archival pigment print, 24 x 24" by Krista Steinke.

Krista Steinke, associate professor and chair of the department of art, is one of four artists participating in an exhibition at Lehigh University. Area Artists 2013 is an invitational biennial exhibition series which presents the work of leading artists and art educators of the Eastern Pennsylvania region. The other artists are Adriano Farinella, Les Fletcher and Daniel Paashaus.  The show opens Thursday, April 18, with a reception and artists’ talk from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Siegel Gallery in Iacocca Hall. The show runs through May 31.




Debra Wetcher-Hendricks, associate professor and chair of the department of sociology, and Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology, have published an article, Repression at the Ballpark: Sport, Socialization, and the Birth of a New Stadium Etiquette, which appears in the April edition of Theory in Action. The authors present both a qualitative and a quantitative analysis of the regulations in Major League Baseball stadiums. Results of this analysis support the idea that regulations addressing decorum and civility have become more prominent than regulations enforcing safety and legality.

Student News and Notes

A portion of a work by Michael Brand '13 on display in Payne Gallery.

Be sure to visit Payne Gallery to view the Senior Show, always one of the year’s highlights. The exhibition is an eclectic mix of the many disciplines offered at Moravian, and represents four years of work by students in studio, photography, graphic design, art education and art history. The show runs until May 12. Admission is free.

Payne Gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. daily except Mondays, major holidays, and college breaks. Visit the Payne Gallery Website for more information.