Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 11/12/13
Michelle Schmidt stands with her arms stretched out while talking to a group of staff and faculty.

ABOVE: Michelle Schmidt, associate professor of psychology and director of academic leadership programs, speaks at the faculty luncheon series Nov. 7 in the HUB's Snyder Room.


News & Notes

Schmidt Discusses Friendships in Childhood and Adolescence

The faculty luncheon series returned on Nov. 7 with a talk by Michelle Schmidt, associate professor of psychology and director of academic leadership programs, titled Friendships in Childhood and Adolescence. During the afternoon presentation, Schmidt discussed her research, highlighting details she used in her recent book, also titled Friendships in Childhood and Adolescence. The book was co-authored with Catherine Bagwell of the Univerisity of Richmond.

The series concludes its fall semester schedule with a talk by Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biological sciences, on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 11:45 a.m., in the HUB’s Snyder Room. Fox will present The Neuroprotective Effects of DNSP-11 in Rat Models of Parkinson’s Disease.

Pre-Law Club Presents From Moravian College to Success in the Legal Profession

The Pre-Law Club will be hosting From Moravian College to Success in the Legal Profession on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. The presentation will feature Moravian College graduates who have become members of the bar and achieved success in their profession. The presentation will feature the following individuals:

The Honorable Emil Giordano ’82, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County, PA
Judge Giordano has been a member of the bench since 2004 and has been recently retained for another term.  Judge Giordano is a former prosecutor and has been a member of the Bar since 1985. Judge Giordano has extensive judicial experience in all areas of the law but has received special recognition as a Criminal Court Judge.

John Morganelli Sr. ’77, District Attorney, Northampton County
Morganelli has served as the District Attorney of Northampton County, PA, for 22 years. His impressive achievements are too many too mention but he is considered one the best know prosecutors in Pennsylvania.

Michele Kluk ’04, Deputy Attorney General of the Commonwealth of PA
Deputy Attorney General Kluk has a reputation as one of the leading prosecutors in the highly specialized area of drug enforcement.

Donald F. Spry ’70, Senior Partner, King Spry
Spry is a senior partner at King Spry Herman Freund & Faul, LLC, the largest and most prestigious law firm in Bethlehem. Attorney Spry has been rated as a “Super Lawyer” by his peers in the area of Family Law for several consecutive years.

Michael Thompson ’86, Assistant District Attorney, Northampton County
Thompson is an established prosecutor and has practiced law in Pennsylvania for more than 24 years.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  If you anticipate needing any special accommodation please contact James J. Ravelle at ext. 1378 or

In the Media

The Moravian College Theatre Company’s recent performances of the play “Proof” were highlighted in The Morning Call. In the article, Moravian director of theater Christopher Shorr discusses the cast and the play’s plot. To read more, click here.

Conferences and Presentations

Katie P. Desiderio, assistant professor of management, and Robert T. Brill, associate professor of psychology, have been invited to deliver the Lehigh Valley Society for Human Resource Chapter's Annual Economic Update Address on Friday, Nov. 22. The title of their talk will be, “Nurturing Human Capital: Looking at Performance Potential Broadly and Deeply.” The Moravian MBA and MHR programs are the sponsors of the event. For more information on the breakfast meeting, click here.

In the News

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and assistant dean for special projects, has joined the board of trustees of the Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology. The foundation is a charitable (501(c)3) corporation whose mission is to build an endowment that supports student research, professional education, and the advancement of rehabilitation psychology. Dunn’s initial appointment to the board is for two years. The foundation seeks to improve the lives of persons with disabilities and chronic illness through advancing the psychology of disability and chronic illness. Assuring the future of rehabilitation psychology through advancing the study of disability and chronic illness is also within the foundation’s purpose. The Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology works in concert with the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology (Division 22) of the American Psychological Association and the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology.

Other News

Volunteers Needed for Dec. 7 Undergraduate Conference

Faculty and staff, would you be interested in assisting with the Undergraduate Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Moravian on Saturday, Dec. 7? The event has had a good show of interest again this year, anticipating more than 200 attendees from 30 schools or so that will travel to Moravian to present and perform. The event is especially looking for Moravian faculty/administration/staff to moderate panels. To moderate, you’d simply need to show up at your assigned session (9:40-10:35,10:45-11:40, 2:00-2:55, or 3:05-4:00), introduce the speakers, help keep presenters on schedule, and facilitate the question and answer session at the end of the presentations.

Volunteers need not have any background in medieval/early modern studies in order to help with the conference. It should be a good opportunity to represent the College and to meet interesting faculty and students from other schools. If you’re interested, contact Jack Black ( or phone ext. 1390) or Sandy Bardsley ( by Friday, Nov. 15, and include your time preferences.

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.  

Need for Perfectionism Workshop Set for Nov. 16

The ‘Need for Perfectionism” Workshop is set for Saturday, Nov. 16, and will feature Jane Pennington, author of the workbook “Being Your Wise-Self,” as facilitator.   

The workshop will discuss:
•      Tackling the need for perfection.
•      Coping with the desire to hide
•      Awareness of anger triggers
•      Managing addictions to busyness, food and booze
•      Working with the need for approval

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the HUB’s UBC room.  

We will create a safe place to SHARE: Softly, Heartfelt, Acceptance, Respectfulness, Encouragement.  Begin learning how to practice Being Your Wise-Self. Resolve, reconnect with yourself and others through using time-honored principles and wise ways of being. Healing comes from working in community. The cost: $35, but only $5 for students. This price includes a workbook.

Must register at by Wednesday, Nov. 13, then pay at door on day of event. Any questions please email the above address.

Pennington has presented for the International Institute of Restorative Practices in the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, and Bethlehem, for Treatment Trends in Allentown, and for seminars on addiction at Moravian. She previously worked in a rehab in a prison. She now teaches at Northampton Community College.

Volunteers Needed for Community Holiday Feast

Attention, faculty and staff: 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

Students News & Notes

Annual Writers' Workshop, sponsored by The Manuscript

The end of the semester is in sight, and we're all pretty stressed – have you been writing poems to get your willies out? Short stories? Plays? Anything? Do you wish that some people could look at them and give you some notes in a relaxed setting? Of course you do!

Come to the Writers’ Workshop, held by the staff of The Manuscript, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Afterwords Café. Save a swipe and have some dinner on us! Talk about your writing, gossip about everyone who didn't show up, and best of all: take a break from your papers and tests and focus on what really matters: your writing!

MLB is Coming to Campus!

Major League Baseball is coming to campus on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 11:45 a.m. in PPHAC, room 102.  Lunch is provided but advanced registration is necessary because space is limited!
Learn the do’s and don’ts of the world of sports and business from John Quinones ’92, vice president of recruitment at MLB.

It’s about more than just baseball.  MLB reviews hundreds of resumes each week and hires every staffing level from interns to senior level professionals-they know what they are talking about! Come learn about how to get your foot in the door at large organizations … everyone will benefit from attending! Plus, they’ve hired Moravian College students as interns in the past! Click here to register: Deadline to register is Friday, Nov. 15, at 4:30 p.m.

Internships Available at Historic Bethlehem Partnership

There are internships available at Historic Bethlehem Partnership, with a large number of opportunities for various majors. Charlene Donchez Mowers, president of the Historic Bethlehem Partnership, will be on campus on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 11:45 a.m. in PPHAC, room 101. Light lunch and refreshments will be served. The event is co-sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta and the History Club.

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.

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.

Free Trip to New York City

Join the History Club for a free trip to New York City on Saturday, Nov. 16. Join us for a tour the Museum of the American Indian or spend a free day in the city. The bus departs Moravian at 8:30 a.m. and arrives back on campus at 7:30 p.m. Contact Casey Hilferty at to sign up by Tuesday, Nov. 12, or until space remains.

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