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News and Notes

Nursing Department to host Sipple Lectureship Oct. 23

The Moravian College Nursing Department will host the 2013 Janet A. Sipple Lectureship, featuring Mary Moller, DNP, ARNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN, associate professor of the Yale University School of Nursing, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 5:30 p.m. Moller will present a speech titled “The Growing Concern about Mental Health Issues in the Nation.” The lecture will be held in Moravian College’s Foy Hall, located on its South Campus. A reception will follow in the gallery.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the event coordinator, Karen Groller, MSN, RN-BC, CMSRN, at or call (610) 625-7767.

Conferences and Presentations


Pictured (from left) are Wilczewski, Schoolcraft, Neal, Shosh, Reid, Varela and Klaric.

Photo Courtesy of Joseph Shosh, Ph.D.

Seven Moravian College students, faculty and alumni recently participated in the third International Conference on Value & Virtue in Practitioner Inquiry in York, England, hosted by Britain’s York St. John University. Joseph Shosh, Ph.D., chair of the Education Department, led the pre-conference research seminar “Turning Conflicting Values into Virtues When Conducting Action Research in Urban School Systems,” which included a Moravian College action research panel moderated by Martha Reid, Ph.D., professor of English. The panel featured Colleen Klaric, Bill Neal, Brianne Schoolcraft, Berni Varela and Brittany Wilczewski. Klaric presented “Students as decision makers: The Effect of student choice in writing workshop,” while Valera addressed the topic of “Developing critical thinking skills in an American literature classroom.” Schoolcraft and Wilczewski presented “Learning to SOAR: Conducting undergraduate action research in Moravian's 'Student Opportunities for Academic Research' programme.” Reid and Shosh jointly presented “Developing pedagogical content knowledge in pre-service English language arts teachers: Mentoring beyond technical rationality.” The conference was convened by Jean McNiff, professor of educational research, and Julian Stern, dean of education and theology, York St. John University.


On July 24, six Moravian students and two faculty members attended the annual Landmark Academic Conference, held at Susquehanna University this year. The conference hosted 120 attendees who gave 75 poster presentations and 20 talks. The participating Moravian students were all participants in the SOAR summer research program, and they presented their current work. In addition to Susquehanna, other schools in attendance were Goucher College, Juniata College  and The University of Scranton. The conference rotates around between the schools in the Landmark Conference. Moravian hosted the conference last year.

Moravian students in attendance were Shauna Abdouche ’14, Alicia Altemose ’14, Dana Fineman ’15, Casey Hilferty ’14, Rachel Johnson ’14 and David Siepietowski ’15. Kevin Hartshorn, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics, and Frank Kuserk, Ph.D., professor of biology, represented the Moravian faculty.

For more information, visit the conference’s webpage,


Dana S. Dunn, Ph.D., assistant dean for special projects and professor of psychology, recently attended the Second Annual Psychology One Conference at Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. The two-day conference brought together 50 psychology educators from liberal arts colleges, universities, two-year institutions and several high schools to discuss the nature of teaching and learning in introductory psychology. Dunn led a discussion on strategies for including writing and writing assignments in entry-level psychology courses. With two colleagues from Stanford, Dunn will be developing and editing a book on pedagogical issues that emerged from the conference. During breaks, Dunn and colleagues had a chance to visit several notable locations, including the site of the famous Zimbardo Prison Study, located in the basement of the psychology building; Rodin Sculpture Garden, which includes the famous “Gates of Hell;” and Hanna House, a one-story residence Frank Lloyd Wright designed for a faculty member.

Additionally, Dunn presented a poster at the Teaching Institute at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Washington, D.C. Dunn's poster, which was based on a writing activity he used in his first-year seminar, was titled “Our Spaces, Ourselves: A Personality Exercise.” Dunn's presentation was funded by the Faculty Development and Research Committee.

Lastly, Dunn recently attended the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA), which was held in Honolulu, Hawaii. While there, Dunn received the 2013 Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Teaching of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation (APF) during the APA/APF Awards ceremony on Aug. 3. During the convention, Dunn presented the Brewer Award address, titled "Our Teaching, Ourselves: Thoughts on the Art and Science of Teaching." In addition, Dunn and Jamie McMinn, Ph.D., of Westminster College co-authored a poster presentation on “Case Study Teaching in Social Psychology: Applying Social Cognitive Concepts to a Human Tragedy.”


Eva Leeds, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and business, presented a paper, “Do Superstars Matter for Women?” (with Michal Leeds),” at the sessions of the North American Association of Sports Economists, which met as part of the broader Western Economic Association International 88th Annual Conference in Seattle, Wash., in June. The paper discussed the impact of the presence of Annika Sorenstam on the scores of other golfers in the tournaments in which she competed. The evidence was mixed; while her presence did not affect total score in the tournament (our data were from year 2000-2003), it improved scores in the final round by half a stroke.


Mary Beth Spirk, Moravian College’s women’s basketball coach and associate athletic director, attended the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association conference in April in New Orleans, La.  In addition to serving on the association’s board of directors (one of only three Division lll-elected coaches on the board), Spirk made an on-court presentation titled “My Favorite Practice Drills” in front of the entire membership. She also spoke to a group of 50 participants in the “So You Want To Be a Coach” program highlighting coaching at the Division lll level. Furthermore, Spirk served on a panel of three coaches who spoke to the group of senior student athletes, and presided over the Division lll business meeting. 

In the News

John D. Rossi, associate professor of accounting, recently authored an article in the Pennsylvania CPA Journal, highlighting the new revenue recognition standard. The article appears in the magazine’s summer 2013 issue. In addition, Rossi also posted a blog on the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs website. The blog post is titled, “Historical Cost vs. Fair Value.” To read more, click here.



Santo D. Marabella, D.S.W., professor of management, released his first book, The Practical Prof: Simple Lessons for Anyone Who Works, this summer. According to its release, the book has a “conversational, light writing style” and is designed to “help readers enhance business practices.” The book will make a “meaningful impact on how you work or manage your employees and their workplace.”

Each reader will receive a free trial subscription to The Prof’s Office Hours, a monthly, live two-way video chat. Plus, readers will have access to additional resources on The Practical Prof’s website.

The book will be available for orders through Barnes and Noble and


Joseph Shosh, Ph.D., associate professor of education and chair of the Education Department, has an article titled Constructing Third Space Multiliteracies in the Shadow of the Blast Furnace featured in the Collaborative Action Research Network's current Bulletin. The article based upon an address he made to the organization at its Cambridge conference. His Re-Articulating the Values and Virtues of Moravian Action Research appears as a chapter in the book Value and Virtue in Practitioner Inquiry, recently released by Jean McNiff, professor of educational research at Britain’s York St. John University.


Jane Berger, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, and Robert Mayer, Ph.D., professor of education, co-wrote an annotated bibliography for the online Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies entitled “Civil Rights Movement and Desegregation.” The Moravian professors identified and wrote annotation for books, articles, websites, documentaries and more related to the civil rights movement. They also wrote an introduction for the overall bibliography and introductions for each section. The bibliography contains more than 130 annotated entries and introductions written by the two authors on all aspects of the long civil rights movement, going back to the early part of the 20th century and moving to the present.


Carol Traupman-Carr, dean of curriculum and academic programs and professor of music, recently had several original brass arrangements accepted for publication by Cimarron Music Press, a publisher focusing on wind and brass publications. Cimarron has previously published more than a dozen of Traupman-Carr’s arrangements. In this latest group to be accepted is “Masters in This Hall” (brass quintet), “Fum, Fum, Fum” (brass quintet), an arrangement for brass quintet combining both “Masters in This Hall” and “Fum, Fum, Fum” (for those who want a little more of both), and “Sussex Carol” for brass quintet. The company has tentatively accepted an arrangement of “Fum, Fum, Fum” for trombone quartet, but wants to publish it as a set of three, and so Traupman-Carr will be working on the other two parts of that trio this summer.

Other News

Moravian warmly welcomes two new tenure-track faculty members for the 2013-2014 academic year. Ruth Malenda, Ph.D., who received her doctorate from Leigh University, will serve as an assistant professor of physics. In addition, Shannon Talbott, Ph.D., who received a doctorate from the University of Iowa, has been named an assistant professor of mathematics.   

Alumni News

During its coverage of the Walk MS Baltimore this spring, The Baltimore Sun highlighted Anna Whetstone ’12 and her personal battle with multiple sclerosis. Whetstone, a clinical research coordinator at the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Johns Hopkins Medicine, teamed up with 25 colleagues to raise more than $7,000 for the event. To read more, click here.


Neil Caniga ’06, a former standout and coach at Moravian, has been named the head coach of the St. Lawrence men's tennis team. He is a three-time Commonwealth Coast Conference Coach of the Year while at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.  As a player at Moravian, Neil was a first-team all-conference player all four years and finished his career in the top three for both singles and doubles wins. To read more, click here.


Dave Zinczenko ’91, an award-winning editor and author who wrote the best-selling Eat This, Not That! series, as well as The New York Times bestsellers The Abs Diet and The 8-Hour Diet, joined ABC News as nutrition and wellness editor. Zinczenko is currently the consulting editorial director of Men’s Fitness magazine.  For 12 years he was the editor-in-chief of Men’s Health and editorial director of Women’s Health and Prevention magazines. To read more, click here  


Folk singer John Gorka ’80, who kicked off the first Musikfest in 1984 singing The Beatles' "Come Together," reprised the song to open the festival this year. Gorka also performed at the 10th, 20th and 25th anniversaries. To read more, click here.