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e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 12/3/13
Four alumni English majors sit at a table in PPHAC talking with an audience of students.

ABOVE: Four recent Moravian alumni who majored in English returned to campus Nov. 21 to discuss their current positions and job responsibilities. Pictured (from left) are Sarah Becker ’10, Meghan Decker '08, Jessica Jonas ’09 and George Wacker ’03.


Alumni Connection

English Department Hosts Alumni Panel & Reception Nov. 21

Moravian College's English Department hosted a Careers in English Panel and Networking Reception for students and alumni on Nov. 21 in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex. 

Following a reception, a panel discussion was held featuring four Moravian alumni who majored in English and found various jobs in the fields of publishing, communications and marketing. They included George Wacker ’03, communications manager, Discover Lehigh Valley; Sarah Becker ’10, associate editor for custom projects, Macmillan Publishers; Jessica Jonas ’09, M.F.A., production editor, Absolute Service, Inc.; and Meghan Decker '08, marketing and communications associate, Moravian Academy. The event will be moderated by Joyce Hinnefeld, chair of the Department of English.

To see photographs from the panel and reception, click here.

Grigsby Introduced to D.C. Greyhounds

Deborah Oplinger McKinnon and President Grigsby smile for a photograph together.

On Nov. 9 Board of Trustee Deborah Oplinger McKinnon ’73 (pictured, right) and Russell McKinnon hosted a Washington, D. C., area reception to welcome President Bryon Grigsby ’90 and to introduce the Washington D. C. regional campaign. Forty-three alumni and friends attended the reception at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. The D. C. regional campaign is the first of The Campaign for Moravian’s regional campaigns. To view photographs from the reception, click here.

Alumnus Employed with Major League Baseball Returns to Campus

John Quinones stands a  Moravian College podium addressing students who are seated.

John Quinones ’92 (pictured), vice president of recruitment at Major League Baseball, dropped by campus Nov. 19 to lecture in the Payne Hurd Academic Complex. Since 2008, Quinones managed MLB's strategic aspects of talent management, diversity recruitment, and workforce planning. His responsiblities include developing hiring strategies, determining salaries, counseling employees, or working with management on organizational changes.

During his on-campus visit, Quinones discussed his professional journey and the experiences he's had since graduating from Moravian. Additionally, he instructed students on the do’s and don’ts while applying for a job position.

Former Greyhound Athletes Inducted into Hall of Fame

Moravian College inducted Ron Berta ’68, Ray Reimer ’89, Emily Shertzer ’02, Doug Pollard and the 1995 Greyhounds softball team into its Athletic Hall of Fame Nov. 8. Diane Shefski Harper ’90 received the Robert M. Herbstman Award. To view photographs from the event, click here.

Berta was a three-year letterwinner on the football and baseball teams. He signed a professional baseball contract with the Kansas City Athletics organization after his junior year in 1967.

Reimer, a defensive back, was a four-year letterman on the football team and was a part of Moravian's 1988 Middle Atlantic Conference Championship team. He is the 11th member of the 1988 team to be inducted.

Shertzer, a four-year standout on the women's cross country and track and field teams, helped the Greyhounds win four MAC cross country championships.

Pollard was head coach of the men's and women's track and field teams from 1984 until he died in 2007. He coached 69 All-Americans and 30 of his indoor and outdoor teams won MAC championships.

The 1995 softball team was the first to win a conference championship in school history, finishing with a 31-10 record.

Shefski Harper was a standout guard on the women's basketball team and holds multiple assist records. She is active in the Miracle League of Gloucester County (N.J.), Autism Speaks and the Bankridge Development Center PTO.

Did You Attend Our Recent 'Coffee & Connections?'

If so, maybe we photographed you. Click here to see our photo gallery. The Nov. 13 event was a unique opportunity that allowed Moravian alumni and community partners to discuss and advise Moravian students about careers in their fields of interest.

Alumni Making Headlines

Gnadenhutten native Gordon Furbay MDiv '80, a chaplain in the Army Reserve, was featured in a article prior to delivering the keynote address at the Veterans Day program at the Tuscarawas County Courthouse in New Philadelphia. To read more, click here.

John Gorka '80, a folk music legend, was recent profiled on the Richmond Times-Dispatch website prior to a performance in late November. To read more, click here.

Robert Thear '98, who guided the Freedom High School boys cross country team to its second straight unbeaten season, was recently named the 2013 Express-Times Cross Country Coach of the Year. To read more, click here.

After guiding Phillipsburg High School to its best boys soccer season in its 33-year history, coach Evan Weller ’02 was named the 2013 Express-Times Boys Soccer Coach of the Year. To read more, click here.

Katherine Kercher ’11, a biology major, is now working as a research assistant in the lab of Brian Wigdahl in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Drexel University College of Medicine. Her research focuses on the immunopathogenesis and neuropathogenesis of HIV-1, specifically assessing the genetic variation of HIV-1, how drugs of abuse affect disease progression, especially in the brain, and how co-infection with HCV affects disease progression. While at Moravian, Kercher's Senior Honors project focused on assessing the presence of MRSA (Methicillin-resistent Staphylococcus aureus) on fomites (any object or substance capable of carrying infectious organisms) in the athletic facilities in Johnston Hall. She completed her master's degree in public health at the University of Pittsburgh.

Brittany Garzillo ’13 is now hosting PBS39's program Focus. You can watch the latest episode on YouTube or click here.

Carissa Serino ’13, who runs a pet-walking and pet-sitting service, has created Traveling Friends Transit and launched an Indiegogo campaign in hopes of raising $10,000. To read more, click here.

Save the Date: Alumni Weekend

Dick Bedics and Harry Dooley smile widely while talking to fellow alumni.

ABOVE: Dick Bedics ’63 (left) and Harry Dooley ’64 were among those alumni who returned for Alumni Weekend 2013.

Save the Date! Alumni Weekend 2014 will be held on May 16 and 17. Highlighted events include: Founder’s Day, Gala at the Hotel Bethlehem, 50+ Club Annual Breakfast, Reunion Luncheon, Gourmet Dessert Reception with music by the Jazz Hounds, and more. More details will be coming soon.

Classes celebrating their milestone reunions are 1964 (50 Year Reunion), 1959, 1954 Men, 1954 Women, 1949 Men, 1949 Women, 1944 Men and 1944 Women. Please note that the 45 through 5 year reunions (for classes ending in "4" and "9") will be held at Homecoming 2014 in the fall, date to be announced.

Upcoming Events

A full schedule of events, programs and meetings are being planned for the fall semester. Please be sure to register to attend and mark your calendar.  Visit for more details on these and all college events.

Wednesday, Dec. 4
Moravian College Jazz Combo II, Jazz Vocal, & Jazz Fusion
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Foy Concert Hall - Moravian College, Hurd Campus

A Reading and Talk with Award-winning Author Stephanie Powell Watts
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: HUB, UBC Room

Saturday, Dec. 7
8th Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Location: Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex

Saturday, Dec. 14
Alumni Awards Ceremony
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus

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