Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 10/1/13
Dan Libby, professor of chemistry, talks with a projector in the background.

News & Notes

Libby Presents 'Thinking Chemistry' at Faculty Luncheon

The College’s second faculty luncheon, which was held Sept. 26, featured Dan Libby, professor of chemistry, presenting a lecture titled “Thinking Chemistry” with faculty, staff and students on hand in the HUB’s Snyder Room. The luncheon series will return on Thursday, Oct. 10, with a lecture by President Bryon Grigsby ’90. He will discuss the topic, “The Social Construction of Disease in Literature.”   

Open Office Hours with President Grigsby

President Bryon Grigsby will continue to host “open” office hours for faculty and staff, as well as students, this month. Here are the following office hours for the month of October:
Students - HUB Lounge

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1; 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8; 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15 (fall break)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29; 4 to 5 p.m.

Faculty and Staff - President's Office

  • Wednesday, Oct. 2; 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9; 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16; 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23; 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30; no office hours

In the Media

Christine Nelson, director of seminary advancement, was a panelist on a PBS show on healthcare titled, “Obamacare: Ready or Not,” on Sept. 26. The show took a close look at the Affordable Care Act which will take effect in 2014 and its effect on consumers and businesses.

John D. Rossi, III, associate professor of accounting, was interviewed by John Kiernan, a senior writer and editor for a leading personal finance outlet called The interview highlighted how consumers can protect their personal financial information. An published article should be forthcoming.

The Moravian College Greyhound Marching Band performed during the 18th annual College Marching Band Festival at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown. Click here for more information.

Other News

Journey of the Universe Set for Oct. 2

The Environmental Studies & Sciences Program, Department of Religion, InFocus and the Moravian Theological Seminary present Journey of the Universe with guests Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium.

Big science, big history, big story, this one-of-a-kind award-winning film was created by evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and Yale University historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe. Created by a renowned team of scientists, scholars and award-winning filmmakers, Journey of the Universe was produced and directed by Patsy Northcutt and David Kennard. The story is also told with breathtaking clarity in the accompanying book written by Swimme and Tucker and published by Yale University Press. Check out the trailer at

Middle Eastern Club Hosts Informative Debate Oct. 1

The Middle Eastern Club of Moravian College will host an informative debate on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the pavilion in the HUB. The club is calling the event an “important conversation on the conflict in Syria."

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Continues Oct. 3

The College’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month will continue with "Young Immigrants, Immigration Reform, and America's Future," an event led by professor Erika M. Sutherland from Muhlenberg College, on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Snyder Room of the HUB. Come enjoy Mexican food at the event.

The event is sponsored by Arts & Lectures, History Club, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and the Center for Intercultural Advancement and Inclusion.

Amnesty International Hosts Event Oct. 2

Amnesty International will host a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 5:30 pm in PPHAC, room 113. Last meeting, the organization took a closer look at human rights violations within the United States. This week, the club will discuss how Russia's President Putin is restricting freedom of expression. Attendees will consider artistic expression, peaceable assembly and LGBTQ rights. Also, please bring your own ideas for what issues you would like to tackle this year! Contact Katie Makoski at with any questions you may have.

Morning Star Auditions Set for Oct. 23

Children of Moravian College alumni, faculty and staff are invited to audition for the Morning Star Solo on Wednesday, Oct. 23, beginning at 6 p.m. in Peter Hall, Hurd Center for Music and Art. Please call Geri Flores at 610 861-1651 or email by Friday, Oct. 18, to set up an audition time.

Vespers Preview Concert will be held in Foy Concert Hall, Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Vespers services will be held Dec. 6, 7 and 8, as well as Dec. 13, 14 and 15. Friday and Saturday services are at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Please note: Preference is given to singers who memorize the four stanzas for their audition.

Active Minds to Host First Meeting Oct. 3

Join Active Minds for its first meeting of the semester on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Air Products Room of the HUB and should last until around 4:30 p.m. This is a great organization for students interested in the mental health field, psychology majors and students of other majors who want to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Email Alexandra Giacoletti or Chelsea Mursch with any questions.

Ladd to Perform in Peter Hall Oct. 4

The Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Society presents Christopher Ladd, classical guitar, on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Peter Hall. The cost is between $10-15, though Moravian students are free with an ID. This concert is sponsored in part by the Moravian College Music Institute and the Bethlehem Guitar Festival. An award-winning guitarist, Ladd is rapidly becoming known throughout the country as one of the most promising young classical musicians. He is highly sought after as a soloist and chamber musician.

Fourth Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies Set

We would like to announce the Fourth Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies on Saturday, April 12, 2014. This academic year the conference, co-organized by Lafayette College and Moravian College, will take place at Lafayette in Easton.

This conference will give students the opportunity to present their research in all German-related fields, including but not limited to the study of German literature, film and culture, art history, music, philosophy, history and politics.

Format: We consider proposals for research papers and posters. Papers and posters can be presented in either German or English. Paper presentations may not exceed 15 minutes (2,000 to 2,500 words). Posters should include a thesis statement, short reference to literature and primary materials, a discussion of the methodology and results.

Please send your proposal of 250-300 words to Axel Hildebrandt, assistant professor of German, at by Dec. 15.

The proposal should include: The title of the paper or poster, concise thesis statement, short list of primary and secondary sources (bibliography), anticipated findings.

The program committee will notify accepted applicants by Jan. 19, 2014. For more information and updates, contact Hildebrandt at and the conference website.

Students News & Notes

The Manuscript Seeks Contributors

The Manuscript, Moravian’s student literary magazine, provides an excellent opportunity to publish your work! Last year's publication received a lot of attention on and off campus. Our literary magazine publishes:

  • personal essays
  • poetry
  • short stories
  • photography
  • drawing
  • painting
  • graphic design
  • music compositions (audio and/or lyrics)
  • and we’re open to your ideas!

Do you write words sometimes? Submit! Are you a closet artist or musician? Submit! We mean business, as in literature, and art, and music. Submissions sent by Friday, Dec. 6, have a greater chance of publication. Send titled submissions to Please keep images over 300 DPI resolution. Email Khera Rufino with your feedback and questions:

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