Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 12/3/13
Members of the College's Debate team smile while at a recent competition.

ABOVE: The Moravian Debate Team made a strong showing at the Eastern Regional Ethics Bowl competition, winning its first three match-ups and advancing to the quarterfinals. (Photo courtesy of Bernie Cantens)


News & Notes

No Debating the Debate Team's Success

The Moravian Debate Team, also known as the Ethics Bowl Team, competed in the Eastern Regional Ethics Bowl competition held at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., on Nov. 23. The Moravian contingent competed against 24 teams, arguing cases the students have been analyzing and discussing during the semester.

Moravian won its first three rounds, defeating Notre Dame of Maryland (124-101), Manhattan College (150-140) and West Point (144-136), and advacing to the quarterfinals. The team was ranked third behind Colgate University and Villanova University. Moravian then fell in the first round of the quarterfinals to Providence College (125-119).

The institutions that participated included: Buffalo State College (SUNY), Colgate University (two teams), Franklin Pierce University, Manhattan College (two teams), Marist University (two teams), Mercy College, Notre Dame of Maryland, Providence College, Sacred Heart University (two teams), Seton Hall University, St. Joseph’s College (two teams), Stevens Institute of Technology, Tufts University, Union College, United States Military Academy (West Point) (two teams), University of Baltimore, Villanova University and Williams College.

The Moravian team consisted of:

  • Kelsy-Ann Adams '14; Sociology and Public Relations
  • Katie Makoski '14; English and Political Science
  • Alexandra Fontini '14; Music Performance
  • Monica Perone '16; Philosophy
  • Michelle Mason '15; Psychology and Sociology
  • Sarah Baiardi '16; Spanish/Early Childhood Education
  • Branden Weghofer '17; Economics

Award-Winning Writer Stephanie Powell Watts to Speak Dec. 4

Award-winning writer Stephanie Powell Watts will visit Moravian College for a reading and a talk, “The State of the American Short Story,” on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. Watts is associate professor of English at Lehigh University. She was recently one of 10 recipients of the Whiting Writers’ Award by the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation.The program will be held in the UBC room in the Haupert Union Building.The public is welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.

Watt’s debut short story collection, We Are Taking Only What We Need, also received the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence in January 2013. We Are Taking Only What We Need has been frequently honored in the past year. O magazine named the collection as one of 2013’s Best Summer Reads. It was one of two finalists for The Hemingway Foundation /PEN Award, as well as a finalist for the Chautauqua Prize, the John Gardner Short Story Award, the Foreword Review Prize, Best Books and was on the long list for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize. It has been listed as one of the best books of 2012 by The New YorkerThe Kansas City Star and other publications.

The talk is sponsored by the Arts & Lectures Committee and the English Department, and hosted by the students in Joyce Hinnefeld’s English 343Z (American Fiction after World War II) class.

Moravian College to Provide Holiday Meal for Bethlehem’s Less Fortunate

For the 15th consecutive year, Moravian College will host a holiday luncheon for underprivileged residents of Bethlehem who might otherwise not be able to enjoy a seasonal meal. On Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Moravian volunteers will provide a festive meal and fun activities for participants at the Community Holiday Feast at the Church of the Nativity, located on Bethlehem's south side. The annual event provides a hot meal and small gifts for local families in need, in collaboration with local community service organizations. This year, for the third year time, the Moravian College Center for Leadership and Service and student leaders are organizing the holiday luncheon.

"The annual Community Feast provides a hot holiday meal to members of the Bethlehem community. Moravian reaches out to local organizations (non-profits and churches) that support the families and individuals that are experiencing hunger, homelessness, or other difficult circumstances to this meal each December" says Katie Dantsin, director of this event as well as the Center for Leadership and Service. "Guests of Moravian College and the Cathedral of the Nativity Church, where the event is held, are welcomed with warm smiles, a hearty holiday meal, music performed by Moravian students, the holiday hound (Moravian College mascot), and activities for children."

Kayla Poole ’13 is the student coordinator for this event and will team up with Katie Dantsin to make this Community Feast a memorable time for the families. Dantsin is gathering volunteers, including faculty and staff, to help with crafts, serving meals, and other tasks. Hopefully this number reaches around 40-50 volunteers as it has in the past. For each of the last 14 years, a plethora of Moravian College faculty, staff and students have volunteered to help serve a traditional holiday dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, cake, and pie. Moravian College continues its partnership with social services agencies to provide outreach to residents of Bethlehem that would benefit from some holiday spirit and a nutritious hot meal. Cathedral Church is providing the site and Moravian College is providing the food and volunteers for the lunch. Moravian College volunteers will be setting up, serving food, greeting, entertaining, and interacting with guests and their children.

Tickets to the holiday luncheon are distributed to needy families in the community by New Bethany Ministries, Victory House, Trinity Episcopal Church, Fountain Hill School Family Center, Fowler Family Center, Turning Point, and Clearview Elementary School Family Center. The Cathedral Church of the Nativity is located in Bethlehem, at Wyandotte Street/Route 378 on south end of Hill-to-Hill Bridge in Sayre Hall.

Thanksgiving Dinner is Served – By Faculty and Staff

President Bryon Grigsby completes a dessert with whipped cream as Elyssa Deeb '14 chuckles.

ABOVE: President Bryon Grigsby completes a dessert with whipped cream as Elyssa Deeb '14 chuckles.

On Nov. 20, Moravian College offered its students a special Thanksgiving dinner with faculty and staff serving the fixings. Nearly 60 faculty and staff volunteers helped revive a Moravian tradition that dates back more than four decades, serving the undergraduates their meals, side dishes and desserts.

According to Nicole Loyd, vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Moravian, this tradition dates back to the 1970s. If you missed the meals at the Clewell Dining Hall and the HUB Marketplace, but still would like to see all the action and eating, click here.

In the Media

Joseph Shosh, associate professor of education and chair of the Education Department, was quoted in an Express Times article titled, "Master's degrees for teachers a matter of debate." To read the full story, click here.

Tim Semonich '15, who once dropped out of Northampton Community College, was one of four “stopout” students highlighted in an online USA Today story Nov. 21. According to the national publication’s story, titled “Are you a college 'stopout?' New study says you might be,” a Florida State University study revealed that nearly 94% of community college students drop out of college only to re-enroll. To read the full story, click here.

Colleen Marsh ’08, assistant to the Seminary’s director of administration and a board chair of the Bethlehem Food Co-Op, discussed the Co-Op in an Oct. 29 article in The Morning Call. To read more, click here.

Conferences and Presentations

Cecilia Fox talks in front of a wall projection of her research.

ABOVE: The faculty luncheon series concluded its fall semester schedule with a talk by Cecilia M. Fox on Nov. 21 in the HUB’s Snyder Room.

Last month, Cecilia M. Fox, associate professor of biological sciences and director of the Neuroscience Program, recently attended the annual Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Conference in San Diego, Calif.  She presented her recent research examining the protective effects of dopamine neuron stimulating peptide-11 (DNSP-11) in the TaClo and MPP+ animal models of Parkinson's disease. While attending the conference, she also began her tenure on the SfN Government and Public Affairs committee. She will be working with fellow neuroscientists from across the country to encourage state and federal representatives to support funding scientific research. As president of the Lehigh Valley SfN Chapter, Fox also shared the chapter's recent brain awareness, advocacy and scholarly efforts on behalf of her LVAIC neuroscience colleagues and undergraduates. She has recently submitted a grant to the SfN to assist her in continuing to fund the LVSfN chapter initiatives.    

Additionally, Fox discussed The Neuroprotective Effects of DNSP-11 in Rat Models of Parkinson’s Disease at the final faculty luncheon of the fall semester Nov. 21. She touched on a series of topics, including her experiences as an undergraduate researcher. 

In the News

On Nov. 11-12, President Bryon Grigsby ’90 traveled to Winston-Salem, N.C., to be introduced to the second largest concentration of Moravians in the United States. Following an introduction to his fellow Moravians by Rev. Frank Crouch, dean and vice president of the Moravian Theological Seminary, President Grigsby was warmly received. During the visit, which included meeting with approximately 60 leaders, the president toured various Moravian ministries and was the guest of honor at a reception held at Salemtowne Moravian Retirement Community. The visit was arranged by the Rev. Christine Nelson, director of Seminary advancement. In addition, President Grigsby also presented Omicron Delta Kappa's “First Lecture” Nov. 19 in the HUB’s Snyder Room.

President Grigsby and Rev. Frank Crouch look on as Rev. David Guthrie talks. President Grigsby talks at a Moravian podium as a group of students look on.

ABOVE: Pictured (from left) are Rev. David Guthrie, president of the Southern Provincial Elders' Conference of the Moravian Church, Rev. Frank Crouch and President Bryon Grigsby.
(Photo courtesy of Christine Nelson)

ABOVE: President Grigsby talks to a group of students at the Omicron Delta Kappa's 'First Lecture' on Nov. 19.
(Photo courtesy of Rachel Kresge '17)


Rev. Christine Nelson, director of Seminary advancement, recently published an article, titled "Christmas City’s Charm is Rooted in Moravian Culture," in the December 2013 issue of Hanover Township Life.

Other News

Hello Herman Auditions Slated for Dec. 7-8

Auditions for the ground-breaking drama Hello Herman will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 3 p.m., in the Arena Theatre, lower level, in the Haupert Union Building. Director Bill Bauman seeks 8-12 males and 6-8 females for John Buffalo Mailer's anti-bullying play. He is also seeking a lighting designer, stage crew, etc. for the February 2014 production. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are all welcomed to audition. For more information, contact Bauman at 610-861-1662 or

International Studies Office Releases New Newsletter

The newest issue of the International Studies Office newsletter Global Yours has been released. Click here to take a look. Inside you can read stories from students who have studied abroad or are currently studying abroad here at Moravian, learn tips and tricks about studying abroad, and even get a recipe!

Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs Return to Campus Dec. 5

Does finals week stress you out? Then this event might be for you! The Reeves Library and Active Minds are pleased to host a visit from the Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the library. Stop by and unwind before exams.

Campus Observes World AIDS Day with Free HIV Testing Dec. 4

World AIDS Day was first observed on Dec. 1, 1988, to bring greater awareness to HIV/AIDS and the communities affected by the global epidemic. Today, it is regarded as the longest-running disease awareness and prevention initiative of its kind in the history of public health.

In recognition of World AIDs Day, the Health Center in collaboration with the Bethlehem Health Bureau will be giving free HIV testing on campus on Wednesday, Dec. 4.  They will be providing the rapid test (a mouth swab with results in 20 minutes) and the blood test – whichever you prefer. No appointment is necessary. If you have any questions, call the Health Center at 610-861-1567.

The tests will be held on:

  • Main Campus: HUB, Recreation Room, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Hurd Campus: George Washington room 204, from  4 to 6 p.m.

Students News & Notes

Backpack to Briefcase Program Returns Jan 11-12

There will be another Backpack to Briefcase Program held Jan. 11-12. The two-day professional development seminar is for juniors and seniors. Event includes mock interviews with industry professionals, resume reviews, etiquette dinner and lots of great sessions about what it’s like in the real world on topics like financial management, networking, social media, on the job information about benefits and much more. The deadline to register has been extended to Friday, Dec. 6.
Pre-registration is required and space is limited! To register, drop by the Career Center or click here.

Please contact the Career Center with any questions at or 610-861-1509.

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