Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 9/3/13
Students move in personal items during the College's freshman move-in day.

ABOVE: Students, faculty members, President Grigsby and his Greyhound Louie helped the class of 2017 move in to the residence halls on Main Campus Aug. 23.


New President, Students Kick off Academic Year

This fall, it was anything but just another start to the academic year as Moravian College kicked off its move-in and orientation weekend festivities with the annual College Community Colloquium, led by first-year President Bryon Grigsby '90, on Aug. 22.

In a crowded Foy Hall, President Grigsby recapped his first two months at the helm, detailing the progress of the Presidents’ Council has made in preparation for the start of his tenure. Among the highlights were the unveiling of President Grigsby’s vision of Moravian as a new American liberal arts college, as well as the future implementation of the College conversion to a ubiquitous MAC laptop campus. Just a day after the arrival of the College’s 10 new Steinway pianos, cementing the institution’s status as an “All-Steinway School,” President Grigsby began the colloquium by applauding the efforts of the music department faculty and staff, as well as considerable donors, who made the initiative a reality. Not to be overlooked was the introduction of President Grigsby’s dog, Louie, who was a constant presence through orientation weekend.

The next day, Aug. 23, the College welcomed its incoming class of 2017, with plenty of students, student organizations and athletics teams assisting this semester’s first-year students into their new homes. To see move-in photographs, click here.

After unpacking, freshmen, their families and guests joined faculty and staff for a lunch and reception before heading to freshman convocation at Central Moravian Church. To see convocation photographs, click here.

The evening concluded with the Class of 2017 Welcome Dinner in Johnston Hall. Dinner photographs are available here.

President Grigsby pauses with his hand to his lips during his lecture at the Community Colloquium. President Grigsby leads a group of students during the Moravian Mile Class Walk.

ABOVE: First-year President Bryon Grigsby '90 pauses during his lecture at the annual College Community Colloquium Aug. 22.

ABOVE: Members of the class of 2017 made the traditional Moravian Mile Class Walk from the Main Street Campus to the Hurd Campus in historic downtown Bethlehem Aug. 24.

On Aug. 24, students were led by President Grigsby and Dean Nicole Loyd on a walk of the "Moravian Mile." The traditional walk starts at the 1742 oval located at the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets and follows the Moravian Mile down Main Street to Moravian's Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus on Church Street. A luncheon on the Hurd Campus followed the walk. Photos and video of the “Moravian Mile” walk are available.

Hosted by IMPACT, Houndfest, which included dinner and fun activities for the Class of 2017, was held later that evening. Here are the photographs.

On Aug. 25, the class photo and alma mater rehearsal at Calvo Field were held, followed by the Class Crossing event that marked the end of orientation. Students processed across Main Street through the gate to the front of Comenius Hall where they were greeted by President Grigsby, Dean Gordon Weil, Ph.D., and student leaders. This crossing ceremony symbolically marks the formal arrival and initiation as members of the Moravian College community. Photos of the events are available here.

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