Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 1/28/14
A large group of students and staff gather for a photograph at last week's USG mixer.

ABOVE: Those in attendance of last week's USG mixer gather together for a photo during the Jan. 22 event. (Photo by Michael Wilson)


News & Notes

USG Hosts Mixer with College Administration and Staff

In an effort to get to know one another better, the Moravian College United Student Government hosted a mixer Jan. 22, inviting College administration and staff. "The mixer was a huge success and we took the first step in building strong teamwork between USG and the staff and adminstration," said Tim Semonich ’15, the College's newly appointed student body president. "We hope to foster these relationships into joint projects to better our campus and Moravian community."

Songleader Nick Page to Lead Vocal Workshop at Foy Concert Hall

A headshot of Nick Page holding his hands together.

ABOVE: Nick Page, a Boston-based composer, author and conductor, will present a vocal workshop for teachers at Moravian College on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m.

Songleader Nick Page will present a vocal workshop for teachers at Moravian College on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop is $20 and includes an afternoon "Power Sing." (Students will be admitted free with I.D.) The event will focus on building community in a school through singing.

In the afternoon, beginning at 2 p.m., Page will be joined by students from Bethlehem Area School District middle schools and singers from The Bel Canto Children's Chorus. The cost for the afternoon Power Sing is $5 for adults. (Moravian students and children under 18 are free.) The afternoon Power Sing is geared for all ages.

Page is a Boston-based composer, author and conductor who his best known for his song leading. He travels throughout North America to lead "Power Sings" with people of all ages, in order to empower his participants with their vocal skills. Page holds an undergraduate degree in music education from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in Education from Lesley University. He has written various books about musical empowerment, and he has published more than 25 choral works.

“The purpose behind the event is to promote physical and psychological wellness,” said Joy Hirokawa, assistant professor of music education at Moravian College. “It is proven that singing can actually boost physical and psychological wellness in children and adults. The workshop is meant to build communities through singing, and is a great event for everyone to attend. Power Sing with Nick! is meant to be a fun event in which all participants will be singing.”

Foy Concert Hall is located on Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in historic downtown Bethlehem. Moravian encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Bill Bauman of the Music Department at 610-861-1650 or email at

Community Grants Program Seeks Proposals

The Center for Leadership and Service is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Spring 2014 Community Grants Program. The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, Feb. 4. All projects must be carried out by the end of the current spring semester. The College will fund up to four projects this semester.

Community grants are designed to bring together teams of faculty or staff, student(s), and a community partner to complete a service project that benefits our local community. Grants are up to $250 and funds are intended to help carry out the project, but not to pay anyone or provide a donation to any person or any group.  For instance, in the past, science students and faculty have used funds to purchase equipment to teach science experiments to local elementary school students. 

If you are interested in applying for a community grant, complete the proposal below and submit by 4 p.m. on the deadline. You may direct questions to Michelle Stroffolino Schmidt, associate professor of psychology and director of academic leadership programs.

For more information, click here for a PDF of the application.

Writing Center Now Open

The Moravian College Writing Center – located on the second floor of Zinzendorf Hall – opened for the Spring 2014 semester this week. The center's hours for this semester are as follows:

Monday: 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday: 2:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The center will be closed March 3–6 (for Spring Break) and April 21 (for Easter Break). It will close for the semester on Thursday, April 23.

Please feel free to schedule an appointment either by stopping in or by calling (ext. 1592) during open hours. We also accept walk-in appointments on a first come, first served basis. A typical tutoring session is 30 minutes long, and Writing Center tutors are able to work with papers for all majors at any stage of the writing process.

Finally, please note that if you are unable to access the second floor of Zinzendorf Hall, Writing Center tutors are able to work with you in Reeves Library or another accessible campus location. Email Meg Mikovits, Writing Center director, at, if you need to make such arrangements.

In the Media

Jim Walker, head men's basketball coach, and his free-throw shooting marathon were featured on WFMZ on Monday, Jan. 27. The segiment was titled "Moravian's Jim Walker making difference at the line" and can be viewed here. The Express Times and The Morning Call's "Varsity Blog" have also featured the marathon.


John R. Black, associate professor of English, authored a chapter, “’Nutrix pia’: The Flowering of the Cult of St Æthelthryth in Anglo-Saxon England,” for the collection, Writing Women Saints in Anglo-Saxon England, edited by Paul E. Szarmach and published by the University of Toronto Press. The chapter grows out of work that Black undertook as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar at Cambridge University. 

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.

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.

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

Brown Bag Lunch Hosts Feb. 4 Event

Please join AAUW, Center for Intercultural Advancement and Inclusion, and the Womens Studies Advisory Council for our Brown Bag Lunch on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The topic for discuss will be "Feminism 'What's in the label?'" It will be held in the Afterwords Cafe, in the lower level of Reeves Library. Light refreshments will be provided.

Basketball Clinic for Breast Cancer Awareness!

Please join the Moravian women's basketball team for its third annual Pink Zone Clinic to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The details are as follows:

Date: Thursday, Feb. 6
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Age: Girls and Boys, 2nd-8th grade
Location: Moravian College, Johnston Hall
Donation: $10 - we are asking for a $10 donation to participate in the Pink Zone Clinic. All proceeds will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Teams are welcome!

If you are interested in attending, contact Sara Steinman, assistant women's basketball coach, at or 610-625-7762. 

Additionally, join the women's basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. for its annual Play 4Kay (Breast Cancer Awareness) game. The Lady Greyhounds will be sporting pink uniforms as they take on conference opponent Juniata College. There will be contests, raffles and much more. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Be sure to wear pink and be ready to cheer the Hounds to victory!

Library to Host Valentine's Maker Break Feb. 13

On Thursday, Feb. 13, Reeves Library will host a Valentine's Maker Break. Come use the library's new 1-inch button maker between 10 to 11 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. or stop by any time between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to make your own valentines. 

Reeves Library will also have a Blind Date with a Book display. Stop in and select one of our specially selected wrapped books based on a few key descriptors. Are you more "jungle adventure, Indiana Jones, Edwardian derring-do" or "teen angst, first love, art?" If you don't enjoy the book, bring it back with no hurt feelings or awkward break-ups.

Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Are you always asking when you will use your coursework in "real life?" Use your math skills to solve real world problems! 

  • The MCM (mathematical contest in modeling) is a national contest held Feb. 6-10 - the problems are chosen online, and teams compete from their own campus. 
  • Students at any level can sign up at Shann Talbott's office (PPHAC 217) by Monday, Feb. 3.
  • For more information, contact Talbott with any questions! 

You do not need to sign up until Feb. 3, but the sooner the better because there will be an informational meeting soon! (Note: the registration fee will be paid, so it costs nothing but your time and skill!

Students News & Notes

Now Accepting Applications for Student Trustee Position

Do you plan to graduate in May 2016? Do you want to make an impact on Moravian’s campus? Then become a Student Trustee!

Student Trustees are full members of the Moravian College Board of Trustees. The role of the Board of Trustees is to chart the course of the institution and assure that the College has the resources it needs to fulfill its mission. Benefits of involvement as a Student Trustee include:
•       Voting on important issues that affect the College
•       Networking with many prestigious members of the community
•       Building and refining skills learned in the classroom

•       Must be a current sophomore to complete the two-year term in the junior and senior year.
•       Must currently hold and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
•       Must be able to attend all board meetings (e.g. cannot study abroad for a full semester).
Information packets and Petitions for Candidacy are at the HUB desk. All related documents, including a petition to include 60 student signatures, 2 faculty, and 2 staff or administrator signatures must be returned to the HUB desk by 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7.  

Any questions? Email the USG Elections Chairwoman, Samantha Dunn ( or current Student Trustees Trevor Glanville ’14 and Patrick Perone ’15 or contact Katie Dantsin, director of leadership development and USG advisor.

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