Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 9/3/13
Dr. Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D., director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University, one of the founders of the field of neuroethics, speaks in front of a black screen. 

ABOVE: An author of more than 125 articles, editorials and book chapters in sociology, medicine and bioethics, Dr. Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D., director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University, is considered one of the founders of the field of neuroethics. Dr. Wolpe will serve as the keynote speaker at the Comenius Center’s Annual Graduate Symposium Sept. 11. The following day, Sept. 12, Dr. Wolpe will also speak at the Fall Convocation for the College, Comenius Center and Moravian Theological Seminary.  


News & Notes

Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D., to Speak at Graduate Symposium, Fall Convocation

The Comenius Center’s Annual Graduate Symposium, titled “Building Better Brains: How Neuroscience is Altering Human Functioning,” is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D., director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University, one of the founders of the field of neuroethics. 

Dr. Wolpe will introduce cutting-edge technologies, such as implantable brain chips, neural tissue transplants, brain-computer interfaces, and psychopharmaceutical strategies with an exploration of their profound impact on human functioning.

The evening will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., with the program to follow from 6 to 7 p.m. in Foy Hall on Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. Seating is limited and tickets are required. Registration is online, and must be completed by Tuesday, Sept. 3.

On Thursday, Sept. 12, Dr. Wolpe will also serve as the Fall Convocation Cohen keynote speaker. The annual campus-wide Fall Convocation, followed by a campus lunch, will be held in Johnston Hall. The Convocation prelude, followed by the faculty and staff processional begins at 10 a.m. The formal program will begin at 10:30 am; however students and staff are encouraged to arrive at Johnston Hall by 10 a.m. in order to be seated for the processional. 

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

The Moravian College Hillel Society invites the College community to join them in the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 5 p.m. in the Snyder Room of the HUB.  Rosh Hashanah celebrates creation and renewal, and this year marks the year 5774 on the Jewish calendar. This holiday is observed with the blowing of a shofar horn, which will be on hand for this event, as well as the eating of apples and honey for a sweet new year (provided free for everyone!). 

For more information, visit Hillel’s website, http://home.moravian.edu/students/org/hillel/.

Fall Faculty Luncheon Schedule Announced

The College has announced the schedule for the forthcoming fall 2013 faculty luncheons, which will be held on Thursdays, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Snyder Room. For a complete luncheon schedule, please see below. By invitation of the Friends of the Reeves Library, the Oct. 24 meeting will be held in the Reeves Library. “The faculty luncheons are a wonderful opportunity to learn about your colleagues’ research and performance,” says the event’s announcement.

On Sept. 5, Arash Naraghi, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion and philosophy, will present on the topic of “Literature and the Realist Account of Mystical Experience.” Three weeks later, on Sept. 26, Dan Libby, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, will lead the second luncheon, discussing “Thinking Chemistry.”

For the third luncheon, President Bryon Grigsby, Ph.D. ’90 will discuss “The Social Construction of Disease in Literature” on Oct. 10. Later that month, on Oct. 24, Diane Radycki, Ph.D., associate professor of art, and Paula Modersohn-Becker will present on “The First Modern Woman Artist” at the Reeves Library.

Wrapping up the faculty luncheons will be Michelle Schmidt, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and director of academic leadership programs, who will discuss “Friendships in Childhood & Adolescence” on Nov. 7, and Gary Olson, Ph.D., professor of political science, who will present on “Empathy Imperiled. Capitalism, Culture, and the Brain” on Nov. 21.

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 sponsor, Department of History and Heikki Lempa at hlempa@moravian.edu or call (610) 861-1315.

Conferences and Presentations

Camie Modjadidi, director of field experience and instructor for the College’s Education Department, attended Lehigh University’s 41st Special Education Law Conference: The Continuing Pursuit of a Good IDEA on May 10. On Aug. 13, she also teamed with Gina Scala, Ed.D., of East Stroudsburg University to present two sessions on student engagement at the Bethlehem Area School District’s Summer Academy, The Roadmap to Education Excellence for All. The sessions were titled, “GPS- Getting Performance Started; Student Engagement.” The audience included administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals.

Nicole Tabor, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, presented two papers at the 2013 Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference in Orlando, Fla. The first paper, “Local(e) Drama: Transnational Tourism and Indigenous Hawaiian Performance,” was part of the Theatre History Focus Group’s panel “Playing Politics: Negotiating Transnational Tourism and Tradition in Cultural Performance Practices.” Dr. Tabor’s second paper, “’49’ Celebrations: Native American Cultural Representation(s) of Intertribal Play,” was part of the Theory and Criticism Focus Group’s panel “Theorizing Social Norms and Community Rituals of Leisure and Celebration.” In addition, Dr. Tabor chaired the Theory and Criticism Focus Group’s panel “Politicizing the Limits of Play and the Limits of Theory.” She is the author of the forthcoming book Gender, Genre, and the Myth of Human Singularity.

In the News

Diane Husic, Ph.D., professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from Northern Michigan University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry in 1981. The celebration will take place at homecoming Sept. 20-21.

Cecilia M. Fox, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences and director of the neuroscience program, has been appointed to serve on the Government and Public Affairs Committee for the Society for Neuroscience, the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system. The nonprofit organization has nearly 42,000 members in more than 90 countries and 130 chapters worldwide. The Government and Public Affairs Committee guides and evaluates the organization’s advocacy activities and strategies that promote neuroscience research.
“As the only representative from a liberal arts college, I am delighted to have to opportunity to represent my peers and students in the field of neuroscience,” Fox said. She will begin her tenure at this year’s Society for Neuroscience Conference held in San Diego in November. 

Hilde Binford, Ph.D, chair of the Department of Music, was recently featured on the National Endowment for the Humanities’ website. The profile highlights Binford’s involvement with the 2012 NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers on Johann Sebastian Bach and a documentary featuring a scholarly panel discussion about Bach’s Mass in B Minor. To read more, click here.

Moravian College Artist-Lecturer in Music Sean O'Boyle's major works will be premiered at the Brisbane Festival, an annual arts festival held in Brisbane, Australia. O'Boyle's 15-minute piece will debut as part of Symphony Under the Stars at the Riverstage on Friday, Sept. 20. To read more, click here.


Dana S. Dunn, Ph.D., assistant dean for special projects and professor of psychology, co-wrote a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Disability, which was published in July 2013. Dunn teamed with two colleagues, Gitendra Uswatte, Ph.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Tim Elliot, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University, as well as two SOAR students, Alissa Lastres ’12 and Brittany Beard ’12, to complete the chapter. Lastres and Beard assisted with research and drafted portions of the chapter. The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Disability was edited by Michael L. Wehmeyer of the University of Kansas.

Additionally, in 2012, Dunn co-wrote a chapter in a Portuguese book titled Ensino da Psicologia: Reflexoes & Practicas, which was recently printed. The chapter is titled “Ensuring Quality Undergraduate Programs in Psychology: Engineering an Optimal Impact on Learning.” Dunn co-wrote the chapter with Jane S. Halonen, Ph.D., of the University of West Florida, Maureen McCarthy, Ph.D., of Kennesaw State University and Suzanne C. Baker, Ph.D., of James Madison University.

Donald P. St. John, Ph.D., emeritus professor of religion, recently published an article titled “Ecological Wisdom in Merton’s Chuang Tzu,”  in Merton & the Tao,  Serran-Pagan, ed. (Louisville: Fons Vitae Press,  2013), pp.103-123.

Other News

Beginning this week, President Bryon Grigsby will host “open” office hours for faculty and staff, as well as students. Here are the following “open” office hours for the month of September:

Students: On Tuesday, Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Student Lounge in the HUB.

Faculty & Staff: On Wednesday, Sept. 4, 11 and 25, from 10 to 11 a.m., in the president’s office. On Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., also in the president’s office.

Ellie Collier has joined Reeves Library as a new reference and instruction librarian. Ellie earned her bachelor’s degree at The Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Science in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

The First Friday Faculty and Staff Get-Together, hosted by the President’s Council, will be held Friday, Sept. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m., in the lower level of Colonial Hall. Join friends and colleagues to celebrate the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Bethlehem Police Mounted Patrol Unit thanked Moravian College, and the Moravian College Alumni Office staff, for arranging a place to stay for the Lancaster City Police Mounted Unit during Musikfest the last three years. To read more, click here.

Students News & Notes

Attention all education field experience students:

All students registered for Stage 1 and 2 field experiences: EDUC 130/160/158.2/210/222 must attend one of the following two meetings: Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m., or Thursday, Aug. 29, at 11:45 a.m. Both meetings will be held in PPHAC, room 102.

All students registered for Stage 3 field experiences: EDUC 212/323/324/260/358/360-368 must a meeting scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in PPHAC, room 102.

Students, wouldn’t you rather be in Florida this January? 

Interested in seeing Walt Disney World during the winter term of 2014? Come to an information session on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 4 p.m. in the HUB Air Products room to learn about the winter term course titled, “Experiential Marketing.” As part of this course, students will spend six days at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. An encore performance of the information session will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. in PPHAC 117.

If you’d like to find out more about this course and trip, but are unable to attend either of these sessions, contact Gary Kaskowitz, Ph.D., associate professor of management, GKaskowitz@moravian.edu.

Anyone Want to Play Ice Hockey?

Are you interested in playing ice hockey for Moravian College? Come join us at the club/organizational fair outside Reeves library on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. to sign up or learn more information from club officers. No experience is necessary! No cost! League fees are generously covered by USG. For more information, contact Eric Schultz (steds02@moravian.edu) and Andrew Reinhard (stamr15@moravian.edu).

Students In the News

Victoria Bobyak ’16, who is majoring in psychology with a certification in early childhood education, was one of three women competing for the title of Allentown Fair Queen. To read more, click here.

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