Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 1/22/14
A logo of the Winterfest event, with a blue background.

News & Notes

Inaugural Winterfest Hits Campus Saturday, Jan. 25

On Saturday, Jan. 25, in celebration of its campus community and the winter season, Moravian College will host its inaugural Winterfest, a free, family-friendly event for Moravian College and Seminary students, faculty and staff. Scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the College’s Main Street Campus, Winterfest will feature a variety of family activities and include the transformation of the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex’s patio include a skating rink.

“It is a day planned for our College family to come together and have fun,” explained Ann Claussen, director of the HUB and event management. “We are very excited to have an ice skating rink on campus – yes, an ice skating rink – at the PPHAC patio.” Skates will be provided by a vendor.

Kristin Baxter, assistant professor of art, and members of the College’s Art Department are planning four unique art project stations which will include puppet making, graphic design, hieroglyphics and one other session to be determined. These will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the rooms of the HUB. 

Additionally, the movie "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" will be shown at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the HUB’s Prosser Auditorium.

Food stations will be set up in the Pavilion from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The College will be serving festive food, including hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken nuggets, chili, cheesy French fries and a yogurt bar.

All members of the Campus community are invited to come to campus and have fun with colleagues and their families. Attendees were asked to RSVP by Jan. 17.


11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Skating on the PPHAC Rink – skates will be provided (vendor’s skates must be used)

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Arts Projects: Puppet-making, Egyptian and Viking Valentines, Graphic Design and Studio Art projects

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Fest Food – hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, French fries, chili, yogurt bar, hot chocolate, cookies

11 a.m./2 p.m. Showings
Movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” – Prosser Auditorium

Zaremba Kicks Off First Faculty Luncheon

Stacey Zaremba looks at the audience while presenting in the Snyder Room.

ABOVE: Stacey Zaremba presented to a crowd room during the first faculty luncheon of the semester.

The College is again hosting a faculty luncheon series this spring semester, with presentations hosted on Thursdays, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the HUB's Snyder Room. The luncheons are a wonderful opportunity to learn about our faculty's’ research and performance. On Jan. 16, Stacey Zaremba, professor of psychology, presented on the topic of "The Role of Optimism and Twelve-Step Programs in Sustained Recovery of Sex and Love Addicts."

The luncheon series returns on Thursday, Feb. 6, with William Falla, adjunct philosophy professor, presenting "Galileo and Newton as Biblical Exegetes."

In the Media

Women's head basketball coach Mary Beth Spirk earned her 500th career victory Jan. 15 as the Greyhounds defeated Drew University 58-44. To read more, click here.

Check out The Morning Call feature on international Steinway artist Jeffrey Biegel's concert at Moravian College on Saturday, Jan. 24.

To celebrate MLK Day, Moravian collaborated with community organizations to host a screening of the documentary “The Backyard Philly Project." The film chronicles the lives of four teens living in "Penn Town" a Philadelphia public housing development blocks from Center City but in a very different world. For more information about the screening, visit The Express Times’ article.

Conferences and Presentations

Nicole Tabor, assistant professor of English, gave a paper entitled “Poetics of ka 'āina and na 'ōiwi: Language(s) of Land, Earth, and the Hawaiian People in Night Is a Sharkskin Drum,” on the panel "Multilingualism in Native American and Aboriginal Texts" at the Modern Language Association Conference (MLA) in January in Chicago where she currently serves as the Drama Division’s Representative to the MLA Delegate Assembly.

Hans M. Wuerth, professor emeritus, who is in Chapel Hill, N.C., until the end of January, was invited to present two lectures in the Chapel Hill area, and will give another lecture for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Church and Synagogue Library Association in Doylestown in March. Additionally, he published two articles in two Australian journals in November. Wuerth is the former chair of the College's Foreign Language Department.

Clarke Chapman, professor of religion emeritus and adjunct at the Comenius Center, attended the annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics in Seattle, Wash., Jan. 10-12. At the meeting, he chaired a session on the recent book Resisting Structural Evil, by Cynthia Moe Lobeda. Chapman sat in on presentations regarding the Rwandan genocide, President Obama’s references to Martin Luther King Jr., and controversies over the role of love in theories of “just war.”

In the News

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and assistant dean for special projects, is now a consulting editor for the new journal Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology. Published by the American Psychological Association, the journal will appear quarterly starting in 2015.

As part of her sabbatical last summer, Rev. Dr. Deborah Appler, associate professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Moravian Theological Seminary, visited Israel to take part in the Jezreel archaeological excavation, co-directed by Drs. Norma Franklin and Jennie Ebeling. To read the Seminary's release, click here.

Christine L. Nelson, director of Seminary advancement, will be feature on "Taking the Initiative," a half-hour program about community leaders and issues on WBPH channel 60, the area Christian TV station. The segment dicusses Nelson's transition to Moravian Theological Seminary and a local volunteer effort she is involved with called the Safety Net Effort. The show will air on Tuesday, Jan. 28, and Friday, Jan. 31, at 8:30 p.m. It is carried on RCN channel 60 and Service Electric channel 51.

Head men's basketball coach Jim Walker has always urged his players to find success at the free-throw line during his 34-year stint in Bethlehem, and the veteran headman will get a chance to practice what he preaches as he heads to the charity stripe to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Walker will take part in a marathon free throw shooting session beginning on Monday, Jan. 20 and ending on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Coach Walker will shoot freebies for one hour a day for 24 straight days and is asking friends, family and fans of the Greyhounds to pledge $1 for every 1,000 free throws made over the course of the marathon to be donated as part of the National Association of Basketball Coaches vs. Cancer. To read more, click here.

Other News

Invited to Campus Sustainability Conference at Lehigh University

The Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) invites Moravian students, faculty, staff and administrators to attend "How Green is My Valley: Campus Sustainability Conference 2014" on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., STEPS Building, Lehigh University.

This year's conference aims to surprise, inspire, empower and motivate LVAIC students, faculty and administrators into action on their campuses and surrounding communities. Come see the programs, tools, strategies, research, and leadership initiatives that are changing the face of sustainability in the Lehigh Valley’s higher education institutions. The format includes presentations, interactive workshops, a poster session and an exhibitor forum.

Registration is free and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Transportation for attendees will be arranged on an individual school basis; indicate on the registration form if you need transportation and a representative from your campus will contact you.

Girl Rising Presented Jan. 23

AAUW, Amnesty International and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion invites you to a screening of Girl Rising on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in PPHAC 102. Light refreshments will be served.

Lunch n Learn Series Returns Feb. 5

The College's Lunch n Learn series, "Care"fully Snacking," returns Wednesday, Feb. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in the UBC room. It will be presented by Susan Hurd and Executive Chef Mike Kostalis. Learn the how, what and when to healthfully snack. The event is free to all staff, faculty and students. All attendees will be entered to win a basket of healthy snacks.

Please email Jessie Ervin, at, by Wednesday, Jan. 29, to register. The Lunch n Learn series is sponsored by SODEXO and PAWS.

Students News & Notes

Be a MoRAavian Leader

The College is recruiting RAs and will be hosting an information sessions on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m. in the UBC room. There will be an information table during the first two weeks of the semester in the HUB, from 11: 30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Applications are available on the Student Life AMOS page. Applications are due by Monday, Jan. 27. For questions, contact Liz Yates, assistant dean for residence life.

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