Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 12/10/13
Kelly Torres stands against her studio's back wall looking at her art piece.

ABOVE: Kelly Torres '14 looks at her work during the annual Open Studio night held Dec. 2 on the Hurd Campus. During the event, senior art majors from the Advanced Studio Seminar class opened their studios and displayed their work.


News & Notes

Award-Winning Writer Stephanie Powell Watts Speaks on Campus

Watts looks at a group of gathered faculty and students during her talk.

ABOVE: Stephanie Powell Watts speaks to a group of students and faculty on campus Dec. 4 (Photo by Rachel Kresge '17)

Award-winning writer Stephanie Powell Watts visited Moravian College for a reading and a talk, “The State of the American Short Story,” on Dec. 4. 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. 

The talk was 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 to Participate in Lafayette’s Choreographers on Campus Initiative

Lafayette College is the recipient of $450,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for “Choreographers on Campus,” a three-year initiative that will bring established and emerging choreographers to the classrooms, studios and stages of area colleges. The collaborative program will explore the use of dance as an art form and how its creative powers can be infused across a liberal arts curriculum.

Lafayette will conduct the project in partnership with the five other Dance Consortium members of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC): Cedar Crest, Moravian and Muhlenberg colleges and Lehigh and DeSales universities.

The initiative begins Nov. 1, 2013 and extends through Oct. 31, 2016. It encompasses short- and long-term artist residencies, classes, workshops, performances and commissions of new work. It will also promote collaboration of dance resources among the participating colleges, says Diane Dimitroff, executive director of LVAIC.

The centerpiece of the project is a series of semester-long and short-term residencies —many of them connected to touring performances by the guest choreographers’ companies with Lafayette as the primary venue and one or more of the LVDC campuses as partners. New York choreographer Ben Munisteri will lead the first residency. He will offer the course Dance as an Art Form in spring 2014 at Lafayette.

The project will be led by Lafayette Provost and Dean of Faculty Wendy L. Hill in concert with Ellis Finger, director of Lafayette’s Morris R. Williams Center for the Arts, and Suzanne Westfall, professor of English and theater and director of the arts at Lafayette. Additional support and advice will be provided by members of LVDC, including Dawn Ketterman-Benner, professor and chair of physical education and faculty advisor to the Dance Company at Moravian College.

In the News

Diane Husic, professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, was the invited speaker at the Allentown Art Museum for a Dec. 8talk entitled "Intersections between Science, Nature, and the Arts.”  This was in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit on Wildlife Art. Additionally, through her participation in the Global Women's Scholar Network, Husic was recently asked to contribute to an Analysis and Recommendations document on Human Rights for the Women's Major Group contribution for the Sixth Session of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals.  This document will be used for the upcoming meetings of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women and the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development.

Furthermore, Husic also authored an opinion article, titled "Honor Mandela by working to improve our communities," which appeared The Morning Call. To read more, click here


Dana S. Dunn, assistant dean for special projects and professor of psychology, and Shane Burcaw ’14 recently published an online article in the American Psychological Association’s Spotlight on Disability Newsletter.  The November 2013 article, titled "Thinking about disability identity," explores major themes of disability identity. To read more, click here.

Claudia Mesa, associate professor of Spanish, published an article entitled, “La cartografía barroca de Octavio Paz en ‘Himno entre ruinas’: Profanación y homenaje del Polifemo.” The article appeared in The Willow and the Spiral: Essays on Octavio Paz and the Poetic Imagination. Ed. Roberto Cantú. United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. 244-261.

Other News

Mathematical Contest in Modeling Set for February

Use your math skills to solve real world problems! The Mathematical Contest in Modeling is a national contest slated for Feb. 6-10, 2014 – the problems are chosen online, and teams compete from their own campus. Students at any level can sign up at Shannon Talbott’s office (PPHAC 217) or online at by Feb. 3.

For more information, click here or feel free to contact Talbott with any questions! (Note: The registration fee will be paid, so it costs nothing but your time and skill!)

Students News & Notes

Students In the News

Hann, Wright and Edwards stand together, arm in arm.

Alyssa Hann '14 (pictured, left) and Alexis Wright '15 (right), members of the Moravian College women's basketball team, had lunch with five-time Olympic basketball player Teresa Edwards Dec. 4. Edwards was in Bethlehem to attend the Yasso/Rothrock Christmas City Classic Tip-Off Banquet. Jack McCallum of Sports Illustrated served as the host. Hann and Wright got an opportunity to hold Edwards' gold medal from the Sydney Olympics held in 2000.

Edwards, who was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the Naismith Hall of Fame, was a member of the USA's 1984, 1988, 1996 and 2000 gold-medal winning Olympic teams and also won the bronze at the 1992 Summer Games. She was a two-time All-American at the University of Georgia.

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