Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 2/5/14
A group of students gather around a table in the HUB.

ABOVE: Students gather around Stephen Dunham (right), associate professor of chemistry, at last week's Academic Fair.


News & Notes

Academic Fair Draws a Crowd

On Jan. 30, Moravian College hosted its inaugural Academic Fair in several locations in the HUB. All academic departments and programs were represented to help students get a better sense of everything Moravian has to offer.

Joyce Hinnefeld smiles with three of her students in the background. Carmen Ferrero smiles as Nilsa Lasso-von Lang looks off to the right.

ABOVE: Joyce Hinnefeld (right), associate professor of English and English Department chair, and several students man a table at the Academic Fair.

ABOVE: Professors Nilsa Lasso-von Lang (left) and Carmen Ferrero of the Department of Foreign Languages were among those in attendance Jan. 30. (Photo courtesy of Ferrero)

College Schedules Series of Events to Celebrate Black History Month

We welcome everyone to participate in the College’s Black History Month celebration in February. There are a range of social and educational programs that are being offered this month including keynote speaker, Tim Wise, who will be on campus on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Hall. Please join us as the College recognizes important contributions that have been made to our society.

Feb. 5-8
IMPACT Movie: The Butler
IMPACT will be showing “The Butler” in Prosser. Show times are as follows: Feb. 5 at 9 p.m., Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., Feb. 7 at 9 p.m., Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.

Feb. 11
LUNCH & LEARN: The Harlem Renaissance
English Professor Nicole Tabor and students will discuss the impact of the Harlem Renaissance on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at noon in the UBC Room. A light lunch will be provided.

*Feb. 18
LUNCH & LEARN: “A Raisin in the Sun”
English Professor Nicole Tabor and students will discuss Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” on Tuesday, Feb. 18, noon in the UBC Room. A light lunch will be provided. Students who attend this program will be entered into a lottery and eligible to purchase a ticket to see “A Raisin in the Sun” on March 18 starring Denzel Washington on Broadway.

Feb. 23
Enjoy Sunday dinner at 5 p.m. in the Saal (Seminary Building) with music, food, and fellowship as Black History Month comes to a close. Registration for dinner will be sent to all students via email in mid-February.

Feb. 25
Nationally recognized author and activist, Tim Wise, will be our keynote speaker for Black History Month on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Hall. Wise is a regular contributor to discussions about race on CNN, and was featured on ABC’s 20/20. He will speak to our community about the responsibility we all have in celebrating and honoring black history. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by IMPACT, Greek Life, Intercultural Advancement, and IDEA.

President's Open Office Hours Return

President Bryon Grigsby ’90 will again host President's Open Office Hours during the month of February. Make sure to drop by at the following times to chat with our first-year president!

Tuesday, Feb. 11 - 4 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 18 - 4 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 25 - 4 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 - 10 to 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19 - 10 to 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 - 10 to 11 a.m.

In the Media

Mary Beth Spirk, head women's basketball coach, and Jim Walker, head men's basketball coach, were profiled by The Morning Call in an extensive article titled, "Moravian's Spirk, others had more grand plans than coaching." To read more, click here.

The Morning Call's Varsity Blog highlighted the Moravian College women’s basketball team's Pink Zone Clinic. To read more, click here.

Hans M. Wuerth, professor emeritus, recalls meeting musican Pete Seeger during a concert at Moravian in an opinion piece in The Morning Call. To read more, click here.

Conferences and Presentations

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

Other News

Chasing Ice Presented Feb. 11

The College invites you to attend the first film of the Spring 2014 Environmental Film Series, Chasing Ice, which will be shown Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in the HUB's Prosser Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the Moravian College Environmental Studies & Sciences Program, through a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. An opportunity for discussion will follow the film.

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, Balog comes face to face with his own mortality. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

To check out the Chasing Ice trailer, click here.

Save the Date: How to Get Paid What You are Worth Set for March 18

The College will present How To Get Paid What You are Worth: What Every Woman Should Know About Salary Negotiation, with Evelyn Murphy, former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts and Founder of the WAGE Project, Inc., on Tuesday, March 18. The talk will be begin at 7 p.m. in the HUB's Prosser Auditorium. The program is presented in part through a grant from the Moravian College Arts and Lectures Committee and the support of AAUW–Bethlehem. 

Over one’s career, a woman graduating from college this spring or who graduated from college in the last 20 years will make $1 million less that the young man who graduated with her unless she acts to make sure she is paid fairly.

Because of the wage gap, more women than men fear—and experience—poverty, or teeter right on the edge. They are missing almost a quarter of their rightful earnings—money that few women can afford to miss. Eleven million older American women (and only four million older men)make do with less than $8,300 a year, the federal definition of poverty. Nearly three times as many women as men live at subsistence level in their old age. The wage gap isn’t some meaningless abstraction. It adds up. It takes a personal toll. Discrimination is costing women (and their loved ones) the paychecks, pensions, and security that they need and deserve.

Murphy is founder and President of The WAGE Project, Inc, (Women Are Getting Even) a nationwide, grassroots, action-oriented organization dedicated to eliminating the gender wage gap by getting women paid fairly. She has presented workshops for women administrators, physicians, lawyers, academics, pharmacists, librarians, and scientists and is the author of “Getting Even: Why Women Don’t Get Paid Like Men and What To Do About It”.

She served as MA Secretary of Environmental Affairs and, later, as Secretary of Economic Affairs. In 1986, she was elected Lt. Governor of Massachusetts and became the first woman in the state’s 200 year history to hold constitutional office.

Murphy will highlight how to develop an awareness of the value of one’s own abilities. The audience will learn about valuable skill sets to use to negotiate in their own lives—in the workplace and beyond. She will give her audience a look at the tools and techniques to be comfortable, confident and committed to getting paid what they are worth. It will be a priceless experience for students of any age. Bring your neighbor, sister, grandchildren, spouses, and anyone who interacts with young people.

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.

Students News & Notes

Play 4Kay PINK OUT Game This Saturday

The women's basketball team will be selling T-shirts to raise money and create breast cancer awareness all this week!  Gear up for the Annual Play 4Kay PINK OUT game this Saturday, Feb. 8. The Greyhounds will be sporting pink uniforms when they take on Juniata College at 2 p.m. at Johnston Hall. There will be raffles, contests, and much more to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Shirts will be on sale in the HUB from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every day this week! T-shirts are $10 (youth medium and large, adult small-xxlarge). Long sleeve shirts are $18 (Adult sizes only - limited quantities left).

Make sure to check out the team’s Operation Pink Out video.

Philosophy Club Hosts Next Meeting Feb. 6

The Philosophy Club will extend on last week’s topic of “Religious Freedom and Society.” There will be a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 6, in the REC Room of the HUB from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come and discuss your viewpoints on different legal cases regarding religious freedom and the ultimate balance between religious freedom and society.

2014 George Diamond Writing Prize

Each year the Moravian College Writing Center presents the George Diamond Writing Prize in honor of long-time English Department member Dr. George Diamond. The prize is sponsored by generous gifts from Moravian College English alumni and is offered in four categories for the following student-produced works:


The guidelines for submission are as follows:

  1. All submissions must be typed; essays and short stories must be double-spaced; poems may be single-spaced.
  2. Recommended length for essays and short stories is 1,000-5,000 words.
  3. Each student submitting poetry may submit a maximum of three poems.
  4. Pages should be numbered; your name should NOT appear on any page.
  5. As the first page of your document file, include a cover sheet that includes the following information:
  • your name
  • your email, phone number, and mailing address
  • the title(s) of the work you are submitting
  • the category in which you are submitting each individual work
  • for academic essays, the name of the course for which the essay was written

Submissions may be emailed to Meg Mikovits at Please send Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) files only; alternately, submissions may be shared with via Google Drive.

The winner in each category receives a cash prize of $100, and the winning pieces are posted on the English Department website. Winning submissions from past years can be viewed here:

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday, March 9.

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.

Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter Research Symposium April 26

The fifth annual Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter Research Symposium, a celebration of the scholarship of undergraduate students and faculty mentors in neuroscience, will be held Saturday, April 26, at DeSales University in Center Valley.

Undergraduates who have conducted research projects or educational outreach in Neuroscience, Psychology or Philosophy of the Mind will be encouraged to submit their work for presentation.
Registration and abstract submission forms will be available shortly via

Comenian Contributor Open House Feb. 11

Peter Richmond, faculty advisor, and Alyssa D'Ippolito '15, editor in chief, will host a Comenian contributor open-house meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at noon. Anyone who'd like to contribute to our new version of the paper – wait til you see the redesigned logo/masthead! – please drop by PPHAC, room 103. The paper will have a new design and an emphasis on stuff the students want to read. Lots of arts, lots of sports: it's your paper. It's our paper.

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