Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 11/5/13
Four professors are seated a table inside the UBC room.

ABOVE: During last week's event titled "A Faith and Reason Dialogue: A panel discussion on Euthanasia,” Carol Traupman-Carr '86 (from left), Rev. Jane Williams, Susan Scholtz and Bernie Cantens served as panelists.


News & Notes

Panel Discussion Addresses Euthanasia

The College hosted a thought-provoking event titled “A Faith and Reason Dialogue: A panel discussion on Euthanasia” in the HUB's UBC room Oct 29. During the afternoon event, the panelists – Bernie Cantens, Susan Scholtz, Carol Traupman-Carr '86 and Rev. Jane Williams – discussed topics related to euthanasia, highlighting their own personal views, as well as the beliefs of several different professional and religious organizations. The event was sponsored by the Multi-faith Council and Philosophy Club.

Don't Miss President Grigsby's Open Office Hours this Month!

President Bryon Grigsby ’90 will again host President's Open Office Hours during the month of November. Make sure to drop by at the following times and locations to chat with our first-year president!

Students – HUB Lounge
Tuesday, Nov. 5 – 4 to 5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 14 – 4 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday,  Nov. 19 – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Faculty and Staff – President's office
Wednesday, Nov. 6 – 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 14 – 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 20 – 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom to be Presented Nov. 6

Please join us for a special short documentary, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, as part of the Fall 2013 Environmental Film Series, on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the UBC room. The event is sponsored by the Moravian College Environmental Studies and Sciences Program and through a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. An opportunity for discussion will follow each film.

Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan's recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins. The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom is a stunning visual poem about the ephemeral nature of life and the healing power of Japan's most beloved flower. Directed by Academy Award Nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker (Waste Land), this award-winning film (including a 2012 Academy Award nomination and the Sundance Jury Prize) features photography by Aaron Phillips and music by Moby.

In the Media

Diane Radycki, an associate art professor and director of the Payne Gallery, was recently interviewed about her new book, Paula Modersohn-Becker.The First Modern Woman Artist, for The New Yorker’s literary blog, “Page Turner.” To read the interview, click here. In addition, Radycki spoke at an Oct. 30 lecture at the University of Notre Dame, at the invitation of the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literature, on the life and work of Modersohn-Becker.

Conferences and Presentations

John Black, associate professor of English, participated in the 2013 Southeastern Medieval Association Conference at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., on Oct. 3-5. Black presented a paper entitled, "Landscape as Crucible: The Force of Place in the Lives of St. Cuthbert and St. Guthlac." The paper elucidates the ways in which the multivalent contributions of sacred space as a narrative element invigorate hagiographic accounts not only by augmenting them with enriching detail, but also by investing them with deeper symbolic spiritual value. For the conference, he was also invited to preside at a panel entitled, "Eyes, Ears, and Audience in Malory’s Morte Darthur." Black said he is grateful to the Faculty Development and Research Committee for its support of his participation in the conference and his research.

Katie Dantsin, director of leadership development at the Center for Leadership and Service, will represent Moravian College as a facilitator for the 2013 NCAA Student Athlete Leadership Forum, held Nov. 7-10, in Providence, R.I. The event includes participants from all divisions of the NCAA and more than 400 participants are expected. Dantsin attended the 2010 Student Athlete Leadership Forum in Orlando, Fla., with then student-athletes Micah Leonard ’13 and Kyle D’Angelo ’12.

Dana S. Dunn, assistant dean for special projects and professor of psychology, was the keynote speaker at the 14th annual meeting of the Iowa Teachers of Psychology (IToP). IToP is held on the campus of Central College, a liberal arts college in Pella, Iowa. At the opening of the conference, Dunn spoke on "Teachers in Situations: Exploring Behaviors, Passions, and Personalities of Psychology Teachers." For the conference's closing, Dunn's talk was titled "Rules of Engagement: Controversial Matters for the Psychology Classroom." IToP is comprised psychology teachers and educators from four-year colleges and universities, community colleges and high schools.

Other News

Payne Gallery Now Showing An Exhibit by Jeong Yun and Choon Yun

The Payne Gallery is currently exhibiting "Installations in Paper" which will run through Dec. 15. The exhibit features the unique works from the husband and wife artist team of Jeong Han Yun and Choon-Hyang Yun. The works include intricate paper designs that the pair have created that vary from vibrant and colorful to more neutrally toned. The gallery is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies Around the Corner

The Eighth Moravian College Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies will be held on campus on Saturday, Dec. 7. The deadline for the submission of proposals for papers and performances is Friday, Nov. 8. Please prompt any students who intend to submit abstracts to do so as soon as possible. (If you let us know that a proposal is “on the way,” we’ll work to accommodate it after the deadline.) We already have a very interesting array of papers and panels and we look forward to more! Submissions can be made through the link on the conference website ( Registration, which is free, is also handled via the website and continues until Monday, Dec. 2. We also invite you to join in the day’s activities and to help us welcome to our campus student presenters and their mentors from across the region.

Theatre Company to Host Puppet Workshop

The Moravian College Theatre Company invites you to participate in a puppet workshop on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 2 to 5 p.m. “How the Puppet Experiences its World, or, Manipulating the Puppet with your Breath,” will be presented with the Sandglass Theater in the College’s Arena Theatre.

This puppet workshop trains puppet performers in connecting their breath to the manipulation of puppets and objects. The puppet comes alive when it experiences the world in which it lives – a world that might be different from our own. Working with the breath gives the performer more freedom to let the puppet discover its world. It also opens door to improvisation and to the puppet’s humanity.
This manipulation workshop will also touch on how actors and puppets interact onstage to create vital work and also address what theatrical situations are enhanced by the use of puppets. For more information, contact Christopher Shorr, director of theatre at Moravian, at or call 610-861-1489.

Hillel Society Presents Nov. 19 Lecture

The Moravian College Hillel Society presents Jews between Race and Anti-Racism, a lecture by Elliot Ratzman, an assistant professor of religion and Jewish studies at Temple University, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the HUB’s UBC room.  

Set Tournament Slated for Nov. 5

The Moravian Mathematical Society is sponsoring a Set Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Math/CS Lounge. Prizes will be awarded.

Lunch ‘n’ Learn Returns Dec. 4

The next Lunch ‘n’ Learn event is titled “Comfort Foods Care-over,” and will be presented by Susan Hurd and Executive Chef Mike Kostalis on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in the UBC room. Kostalis will makeover mashed potatoes, cheesecake and chili. Hurd will analyze four pot-pie recipes and offer substitutions. The event is free to all faculty, staff and students. All attendees will be entered for a chance to win a slow cooker. To register, email Jessie Ervin at by Tuesday, Nov. 26. The Care-ful Lunch ‘n’ Learn series is sponsored by SODEXO and PAWS.

Middle Eastern Club to Host Nov. 20 Dabke Dance Event

The Middle Eastern Club will host “Teach Me How to Dabke” on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Johnston Hall. Come learn how to dabke dance with the MEC. Dabke is a popular line dance in Arab culture often performed at weddings and other joyous occasions. No experience is necessary. Admission is free and food and refreshments will be available.

Master Gardener to Discuss Garlic

Come hear Penn State Master Gardener Cathy Leiber who will present at the Food Talks event on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the HUB’s Snyder Room. This week’s topic is Garlicky Lovers Love Garlic.

Students News & Notes

Greek God and Goddess Competition This Weekend

The Panhellenic Council presents the sixth annual Greek God and Goddess Competition on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. Tickets will be available in the HUB from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout the week. It is $2 in advance and $4 at the door. Proceeds will be donated to the God and Goddess’ philanthropy of choice.
What is the "Greek God & Goddess" event? Greek God & Goddess is a student-led effort hosted by Panhellenic, the governing body of the sororities. The event allows the community to come together to celebrate achievements and talents of a group of outstanding students. Each fraternity and sorority nominated one or two members to represent their organization. There are two major components of the event - a talent portion and question session.

How are the Greek God and Greek Goddess selected? Contestants will be recognized in a variety of different areas by our panel of judges which include members of the faculty and staff. Participants will be celebrated for outstanding talents, shining escorts, and well-roundedness, aside from our overall winners. All proceeds from the event will be divided by the two winners’ philanthropy of choice.

What proceeds are there, aside from the admission fee? "Face Plates" have been created which have each contestant’s photo. They will be sold at the event for $0.50 each. Buttons with each organization’s letters will also be on sale for $1 each. The audience can purchase them in support of their contestant(s) of choice.

Amnesty International Hosts Nov. 6 Meeting

Amnesty International will host a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 pm in the Afterwords Cafe to discuss the Demand Dignity campaign. This focuses on how people living in poverty are most prone to violations of their human rights. Also, please bring your own ideas for what issues you would like to tackle this year! For more information, contact Katie Makoski at

Delta Tau Delta Fundraiser benefits St. Jude Children's Hospital

In association with the local Kay Jewelers in the Westgate Mall, the brothers of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity will be selling two stuffed animals in order to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The two stuffed animals being offered are Rudy (The White One) and Reese (The Brown One). The stuffed animals will go on sale on Monday, Nov. 18, and will be sold between noon and 7 p.m. in the HUB. They will be $14 each and all the proceeds will go directly to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Volunteers Needed for Community Holiday Feast

The Center of Leadership and Service is looking for volunteers for the annual Community Holiday Feast. As an honored tradition every year, Moravian College and the Cathedral Church of the Nativity come together to provide a hot holiday meal, crafts, music and gifts for underprivileged families in the Bethlehem area.

The Community Holiday Feast will take place at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity on Saturday, Dec. 7.  Volunteers are needed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To volunteer, fill out the RSVP here. If you have any questions, contact Student Coordinator Kayla Poole '14 at or Katie Dantsin at


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