Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 10/16/13
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: President Grigsby stands before a crowd of his peers and former professors during a faculty luncheon lecture Oct. 10.


News & Notes

President Grigsby Highlights His Current Work at Faculty Luncheon

In front of a crowd that included at least three of his former professors, President Bryon Grigsby '90, spoke at the third installment of this semester's faculty luncheon series Oct. 10. President Grigsby's topic was his current work on The Social Construction of Disease in Literature. The faculty luncheon series returns on Thursday, Oct. 24, with a talk by Diane Radycki, an associate professor at Moravian College and director of the Payne Gallery, titled Paula Modersohn-Becker.The First Modern Woman Artist. Radycki's talk will be held in Reeves Library.

Journey of the Universe Sparks Conversation About Environmental Humanities Courses

A few hours before the College hosted a well-attended showing of the film “Journey of the Universe,” with executive producers Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim at Prosser Auditorium Oct. 2, the subject of environmental humanities courses became a hot topic during an informal meeting between Moravian faculty and the film’s guests.

According to Don St. John, emeritus professor of religion, the meeting drew approximately 15 faculty, with much of the conversation centered on the environmental humanities and what an initiative at Moravian might look like. Tucker and Grim were originally scheduled to visit campus in fall 2012, which would have fit neatly into last year’s InFocus theme of sustainability, but Hurricane Sandy postponed their trip. Instead, they returned this month as part of the Environment Studies Film and Lecture Series, sponsored by the College’s Environmental Studies and Sciences program and co-sponsored by the Department of Religion, InFocus and the Seminary.

Tucker and Grim are senior lecturers and senior research scholars at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and (simultaneously) Yale Divinity School.

“They are leaders in the emerging field of environmental humanities, so with their visit to present the film, we figured we should bring together our humanities people and talk with them,” explained St. John. According to St. John, the conversation kicked around what humanities courses might fit within the College’s Environmental Studies and Sciences program. He noted that this area of study has been expanding, with programs in environmental humanities sprouting up around the country. He cited programs at Stanford University, University of Delaware, Stonybrook University and Sterling College in Vermont as examples of this increased interest.

“The humanities have an awful lot to offer in the whole area of culture, and the humanities can also benefit from attracting students to new courses aimed at topics many students are interested in,” St. John reasoned. “We had a great conversation there for about an hour on this topic. This gave us a chance to meet with a couple of people who really know what they were talking about, exchange ideas, and see what kind of interest there is here on campus.” Tucker and Grim came away impressed with the Moravian faculty, he added.

Environmental humanities courses could help “revitalize the humanities,” St. John also pointed out. “But it will also strengthen our Environmental Studies program.”

Frank T. Kuserk, professor of biological sciences and director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences program, explained the talk about developing and reimagining courses was constructive, but where it leads is unknown at this time. “Where it is going? I don’t know, but there was interest,” he said. “We will have to see where it leads.”

St. John agreed that he doesn’t know where the conversation will conclude, but felt it was definitely worth pursuing.

“In the meantime, Frank and I are setting up an appropriate network of faculty who expressed an interest in implementing some of the ideas discussed in the afternoon session,” St. John said. “It is starting off slowly, with a handful of enthusiastic people who have already offered courses that would fit such a program or are interested in doing so. Everyone is aware of the present demands on resources and the challenges involved in new ventures, but optimism was evident."

St. John called the film “a good inspiration for thinking of the larger picture. In a small way, we can begin to do a bit of that at Moravian.”

This idea of considering a wider view was exactly why Stephen Simmons, director of continuing education at Moravian Theological Seminary, supported the presentation of the film.  

“The interface between science and theology is a rapidly expanding and underreported phenomenon; it should go without saying that responsible theology, far from being threatened by the best current thinking in cosmology and the sciences in general, can only be renewed and refreshed by it,” Simmons said. “If, as Einstein said, ‘The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science,’ the same could certainly be said for genuine faith. Given the persistent human temptation to shrink God to fit the dimensions of our own minds, Journey of the Universe, and the new “Big Story” it exemplifies, is a powerful reminder of the vastness and grandeur of the creation – and, by extension, of the Creator.”

In addition to the on-campus community, a large number of people from the local community took in the film and contributed to a lively discussion afterward.

Safe Zone Ally Program Set for Oct. 30

The College will host the Safe Zone Ally program, a workshop through which faculty, staff and students are educated and informed about issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals, on Wednesday, Oct. 30. It also provides a support network for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff. The event will be held at 4 p.m. in PPHAC, room 117.

Michelle Santiago of the Counseling Center is the event’s presenter, and Lizabeth Kleintop of Comenius Center is a contributor. It is sponsored by the Center for Intercultural Advancement and Inclusion.

Meet the Trustees Event Set for Oct. 17

In an effort to increase interaction between the College's Board of Trustee members and the campus community, the College will host an informal session for students, faculty and staff with a few members of the Board of Trustees on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the UBC room of the HUB.

This is a opportunity for the campus community to “get to know” some of the members of the board, as well as for them to get to know you in a relaxed, casual setting. There is no formal agenda. It is a chance to interact with, meet and introduce yourself to these individuals. Feel free to discuss projects or initiatives which you are involved in that might be of interest to our trustees, or simply use this as an opportunity to meet some board members and find out more about why they have a passion for serving Moravian.

In the Media

President Bryon Grigsby ’90 was a guest on WDIY 88.1 FM, the Lehigh Valley’s NPR station, on Oct. 10, from 6-7 p.m. Grigsby appeared on the radio program Lehigh Valley Discourse with host Sally Handlon for an in-depth interview, discussing a number of issues related to higher education, his role as college president, and the latest developments at Moravian. To listen to the broadcast, click here.

Grigsby also spoke at a recent Meet the Presidents breakfast hosted by the Bethlehem Chamber of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. To read more, click here.

Santo D. Marabella, professor of management, completed a radio interview with Reading's WEEU AM 830, discussing his new book, The Practical Prof: Simple Lessons for Anyone Who Works!, Moravian College and other topics. To learn more, click here.

The Express-Times highlighted an immense tree on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in an article titled, Moravian College discovers likely state champion Scotch elm as part of tree inventory. To read more, click here.


Gary Olson, professor of political science and chair of the Department of Political Science, published an essay, "What the World Needs Now is an Empathy Epidemic,"  in ARTS & OPINION, a Canadian e-zine devoted to arts, culture and politics (Vol.12, No. 5, 2013).

Other News

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 on 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.

Lunch ‘n’ Learn Returns Oct. 30

The next Lunch ‘n’ Learn, titled “‘Care’-ful Meal Planning,” will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in the UBC room. It will be presented by Susan Hurd, RD, LDN.

The chef will demo 3-4 ingredient entrée ideas; freezer to crockpot ideas; variations in prepping proteins, starch, vegetables; three accompaniments. The presentation will also include online recipes, shopping lists, pantry stocking, basic cooking tools, planning for the week, and creating meals from all stages.

This event is free to all staff, faculty and students. All attendees will be entered for a chance to win an oven-proof pan. The Lunch ‘n’ Learn series is sponsored by SODEXO and PAWS. To register, email Jessie Ervin,, by Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Study, Visit Cordoba, Spain, This Summer

Moravian College’s Summer Study Abroad Program is offering “PHIL 120 Introduction to Philosophy (M3)” and “PHIL 296 Cross Cultural Philosophies (M5)” in Cordoba, Spain, from May 23 through June 6, 2014. For more information, visit the trip’s website.

Moravian Hosts Winter Term Course at Walt Disney World

Did you know that on any given day, 70% of the guests at Walt Disney World are returning customers? Wouldn’t you like to learn how to build a similar type of passion and loyalty for yourself or your organization? Moravian will explore the phenomenon that is Walt Disney World, and other marketing topics, in a six-day immersive course titled “Experiential Marketing” Jan. 3-8, 2014. The winter term course, offered in conjunction with the Walt Disney World Youth Education Series (YES) program, will take students to Orlando, Fla., to see firsthand how the parks use co-operative experiences to create a brand adored worldwide. For one week, Walt Disney World will become the College’s learning and research laboratory, providing behind-the-scenes knowledge of how the parks operate, and flourish.

For more information, contact, Gary Kaskowitz, associate professor of management at or 610-861-1406.

Faculty/Staff Get-together Slated for Oct. 18

The Business Office, Advancement Office and Office of Human Resources cordially invite faculty and staff to join us to celebrate the second “return of the Doghouse… but not in the Doghouse” event! 

Please join us on Friday, Oct. 18, from 3 to 5 the lower level of Colonial Hall for snacks, libations and great conversation! 

Prom Dress Donations Needed

Do you have used prom or party dresses and accessories taking up space in your closet? Donate them! Bring your dresses back to campus so they can be used again. Dresses and accessories can be dropped off in the Psychology Department, PPHAC second floor. The donated items will be used at the YMCA of Bethlehem's Prom Dress Day taking place in the spring. Accepted accessories include (but are not limited to): shoes, purses/handbags and jewelry.

If you have any questions regarding this event, contact Stacey Zaremba, professor of psychology, at ext. 1563 or Shelley Spiers, director of annual giving, at ext. 1339.

Students News & Notes

Children’s Fall Festival Set for Oct. 20

The Student Nurses’ Association presents its Children’s Fall Festival at the Hub Pavilion on Sunday, Oct. 20, at noon. There will be trick or treating, games and activities, pumpkin painting and a costume contest. To RSVP, contact Brittanie Olsen at with the age and gender of the child or children participating by Friday, Oct. 18. Don’t forget your costume!

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:

Zumba to Raise Awareness!

Zeta Tau Alpha will host a Zumbathon for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness on Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 2 p.m. in the ARC. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The event will host DJ Jimbo, raffles and more! It is $10 at the door; $5 for Moravian students with an ID. For more information, contact Katie Kormash at

Students In the NewsMoravian College Sociology Professor Joel Nathan Rosen investigates female athletes and their celebrity status in his new book.

Two Moravian students, Cory Creen ’14 and Lauren Sumereau ’14, took part in a math modeling competition, Cumberland Valley Mathematics Modeling Challenge, at Shippensburg University Sept. 28-29. Creen and Sumereau stayed up for 24 hours to solve one complex and open-ended math problem. Pictured (at right) are the students at 3:30 a.m.! Shannon Talbott, assistant professor of mathematics, accompanied the students to Shippensburg.

Freshman running back Chris Negron's 50-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter versus Ursinus College Oct. 5 at Rocco Calvo Field was voted as the Centennial Conference Play of the Week To read more, click here.


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