Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 11/19/13
Joseph Shosh smiles and stands with Wilfred Carr and Stephen Kemmis at the conference.

ABOVE: Joseph Shosh (center), associate professor of education and chair of the Education Department, celebrates with CARN 2013 keynote speakers Wilfred Carr (left) of the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, and Stephen Kemmis of Deakin University, Australia. (Photo courtesy of Joseph Shosh)


News & Notes

Shosh Visits CARN Conference in Tromsø, Norway

Joseph Shosh, associate professor of education and chair of the Education Department, attended the 2013 Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) Conference in Tromsø, Norway, titled “Staying Critical: Nurturing Democratic Partnership in Action Research,” on Nov. 6-9. He presented a paper entitled “Why Teachers Opt (or Not) to Go Public with Their Action Research: A Case Study.” As the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) representative at the conference, Shosh also made two presentations on behalf of the network. One introduced CARN’s first East Coast American Study Day, which will kick off the 2014 ARNA conference, and will examine the question “What Happens To Action Research After the Master’s Degree?,” leading participants on site-visits to three American secondary schools – one each in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City, where Moravian College graduate education alumni have transformed teaching and learning through action research. A second session provided a preview of the 2014 conference to be held on Moravian’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus on June 22-24, 2014. To read Shosh’s blog composed above the Arctic Circle, click here.

Moravian Community Responds to Natural Disaster in the Philippines

Following the devastating natural disaster which recently occurred in the Philippines, the Moravian campus would like to express our deepest sympathy and support to those affected by the crisis. As we gain more knowledge of the effects of the typhoon and see images of the destruction, we share in the grief of those in the Philippines and would like to offer assistance in any way that we can.

In response to the disaster, students (led by Stephanie Canete '17), the Religious Life office, and the Center for Leadership and Service want to share the following regarding the campus response to the disaster.

  • The Religious Life office will be hosting an interfaith time of prayer for those affected in the Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at noon, near the flagpoles and 1742 plaque (or by the HUB fireplace in case of inclement weather). All are welcome for this short prayer service. Students who would like to have a more intensive time for prayer or would like to discuss the disaster in light of their faith can contact Chaplain Borger at any time.
  • Throughout the week during the lunch hours, students will be at a table in the HUB collecting donations toward the Philippines relief efforts. All donations will be sent to the American Red Cross. If you are unable to attend stop by the table in the HUB, but would like to make a donation to the American Red Cross, you can do so online at the American Red Cross website at Additionally, donations can be made via text message to The Salvation Army by texting TYPHOON to 80888, then replying to a message with "YES" – this will initiate a $10 donation to The Salvation Army.
  • On Tuesday, Nov. 19, students will man a table at the men's basketball game in Johnston Hall at 7 p.m. against Muhlenberg College to share information and collect monetary donations.

If you are interested in joining student efforts in coordinating a response to the typhoon, contact  Katie Dantsin, director of leadership development at the Center for Leadership and Service, at

Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist’s Lecture Receiving Numerous Views Online

In a fitting introduction for Moravian College's Peace and Justice Studies minor, American journalist and activist Chris Hedges presented a public lecture to an overflowing crowd in the HUB’s Prosser Auditorium Oct. 22.While the lecture was held nearly a month ago, people continue to enjoy Hedges’ lecture online. In the past four weeks, a video of Hedges’ talk has received more than 8,200 views on the College’s YouTube channel. Click here to watch the video for yourself!

In the Media

The Express-Times recently ran a story of John F. Kennedy's visit to Moravian College and other Lehigh Valley stops in 1960. To read more, click here.

Lafayette College, which received a $450,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to bring established and emerging choreographers to area colleges, will partner with Moravian College and several other Lehigh Valley institutions to help provide the collaborative program. The initiative started Nov. 1 and will run through Oct. 31, 2016. To read more, click here.

Conferences and Presentations

Attention faculty and staff: CAT is excited to present the following workshop: “Teaching in a Google Environment" led by Kevin Hartshorn, associate professor of mathematics, Jim Barnes, associate professor of music, and Scott Hughes, chief information officer. The workshop is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in PPHAC, room 117. If you can, please bring laptops, tablets or smart phones. We would love to have you stay for the entire workshop, but if you can only attend for a portion of the time, feel free to spend as much time with us as you can. Make sure to check out the new CAT website.

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

Santo D. Marabella, professor of management, will make a brief presentation of his book, The Practical Prof:  Simple Lessons for Anyone Who Works, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m., in Prosser Auditorium. Marabella will also attend a book-signing event at the Lehigh Valley Mall Barnes & Noble Store on Friday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

Join Omicron Delta Kappa for President Bryon Grigsby’s “First Lecture” on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. in the HUB’s Snyder Room. All members of the campus community are welcome to join our Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, for the first in our Leadership Lecture Series for 2013-2014. Refreshments will be served following the lecture.


Kelly Denton-Borhaug, associate professor of religion and chair of the Department of Religion, recently completed a review essay of Stanley Hauerwas’ book War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity. The review, titled Sacrifice, American Exceptionalism and War-Culture, was published on the Library of Social Science’s website. To view the review, click here.

Other News

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.  

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
  • John Morganelli Sr. ’77, District Attorney, Northampton County
  • Michele Kluk ’04, Deputy Attorney General of the Commonwealth of PA
  • Donald F. Spry ’70, Senior Partner, King Spry
  • Michael Thompson ’86, Assistant District Attorney, Northampton County

Center for Leadership and Service Publishes Hound Tracks

The Center for Leadership and Service has published its most recent edition of Hound Tracks, a newsletter highlighting the leadership and service efforts of the Moravian College community. To view the online version, click here.

Recognizing National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Did you know that nearly 20% of people in Bethlehem live below the poverty line? Many children and adults go hungry on a daily basis and there are many homeless individuals who walk the same streets as we do right here in Bethlehem. This week is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and the College is hosting several events in its recognition.

A Hunger Banquet is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Rec Room of the HUB. To sign up, click here.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, visit the HUB Kiosk from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 3:30 to 6 p.m. to learn about volunteer opportunities to benefit the homeless in the area.

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.

Food Drive to Benefit New Bethany Ministries

The Interfaith Community is holding a food drive for New Bethany Ministries. Items needed for turkey baskets include: stuffing, corn, gravy, cranberry sauce, white rice, canned fruit, brown sugar, green beans, mashed potatoes, juice, jello and pudding, hot chocolate, yams/sweet potatoes and milk (evaporated and/or powdered). Please place donations in marked boxes in the HUB.

Students News & Notes

Sociology Club Presents GATTACA

The College’s Sociology Club will present GATTACA on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in PPHAC, room 102. What essentially makes us human – the composition of our genes or our human spirit? Come explore this question (and enjoy a good movie) in Andrew Niccol’s GATTACA. Brownies and cookies will be available for purchase! 

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!

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.

Students In the News

David D. Yerger ’14 presented on the topic of “Penny Games” during the Epsilon Talk on Nov. 19. The talk discussed two different penny games and use mathematical induction to generalize the solutions to these games.

Nicole Taschler ’15, an environmental science major, presented the findings of her summer research internship on “Renewable Fuels for Transportation” at the National Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in San Francisco, Calif., on Nov. 4. She conducted her research this summer under the guidance of Javad Tavakoli, professor of chemical engineering at Lafayette College. Taschler examined the pros and cons of a number of renewable fuels technologies including their impact on the environment as well as energy policy implications. Moravian and Lafayette are both members of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges and encourage students to engage in academic programs within the network of local colleges.

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