Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 2/25/14
Sabrina Terrizzi looks toward a group of students while giving her presentation.

ABOVE: Sabrina Terrizzi, assistant professor of economics and business, talks to a crowded Snyder Room during her lecture Feb. 20.


News & Notes

Terrizzi Discusses Research on Eating Disorders and Sorority Membership

Sabrina Terrizzi, assistant professor of economics and business, was the guest presenter at the Feb. 20 faculty luncheon series discussion in the HUB. Her presentation was titled “The Effects of Sorority Memberships on Disordered Eating and Body Mass Index.” During her introduction, Terrizzi noted that her co-researchers are Susan Averett and Yang Wang of Lafayette College.

Terrizzi’s discussion kicked off with background information, including statistics about eating disorders. The figures highlighted the fact that eating disorders are the deadliest mental disorder in the United States, and that between 0.5% and 3% of women suffer from eating disorders.

Her own research attempted to investigate the possible causal link between sorority membership and weight outcomes and disordered eating. The two overarching questions were, “Are sorority members predisposed to disordered eating?” and “Does sorority membership encourage disordered eating?”

Terrizzi’s lecture drew a large crowd, including more than a dozen female undergraduates.

The luncheon series returns on Thursday, March 13, with Dawn Goodolf, assistant professor of nursing. She will discuss “Growing a Professional Identity: A Grounded Theory of the Educational Experience of Baccalaureate Nursing Students.” The luncheon will held in the Snyder Room, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Nationally Recognized Author and Activist Tim Wise to Visit Feb. 25

Nationally recognized author and activist Tim Wise will present a keynote talk in recognition of Black History Month on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m., in Foy Hall. Wise will speak about the responsibility we all have in celebrating and honoring black history. Wise is the author of six books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, as well as Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity. His latest volume, Culture of Cruelty: How America’s Elite Demonize the PoorValorize the Rich and Jeopardize the Future, will be released in 2014. He has contributed chapters or essays to more than 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation.

Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including the 2013 Media Education Foundation release, “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America.” The film, which he co-wrote and co-produced, has been called “A phenomenal educational tool in the struggle against racism,” and “One of the best films made on the unfinished quest for racial justice,” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University, and Robert Jensen of the University of Texas, respectively. He also appeared alongside legendary scholar and activist, Angela Davis, in the 2011 documentary, “Vocabulary of Change.” In this public dialogue between the two activists, Davis and Wise discussed the connections between issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and militarism, as well as inter-generational movement building and the prospects for social change.

Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues and was featured in a 2007 segment on 20/20. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans. For more information on Tim Wise, visit his website.

The public is invited to attend this even which is free of charge. Foy Hall is located on Moravian College’s Hurd Campus in historic downtown Bethlehem, Pa., near the corner of Church and Main Street. It is co-sponsored by IMPACT, Greek Life, Intercultural Advancement, and IDEA. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation regarding physical accessibility, please contact the Center for Intercultural Advancement & Inclusion at prior to the event.

President's Open Office Hours Continue In March

President Bryon Grigsby ’90 will continue hosting President's Open Office Hours this semester. Make sure to drop by at the following times to chat with our first-year president!

Tuesday, Feb. 25 - 4 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Mach 11 - 4 to 5 p.m.
Monday, March 17 - 4 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 25 - 4 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 26 - 10 to 11 a.m.
Wednesday, March 12 - 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Monday, March 17 - 2:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 - 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Moravian Hosts Student Mathematics Conference

The 28th annual Student Mathematics Conference, sponsored by Moravian’s chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon (a national mathematics honor society) and LVAIC, was held Feb. 15 at Moravian College. There were more than 100 students and faculty in attendance, representing 20 colleges and universities.

The day started with a welcome by Alek Szilagyi ’14, president of the College's Pi Mu Epsilon chapter, in Prosser Auditorium. Dean Gordy Weil welcomed everyone on behalf of the college administration, then the invited speaker, Diana Thomas, professor of mathematics and director of the Center for Quantitative Obesity Research at Montclair State University in New Jersey, opened the conference with her address, “What can mathematical models tell us about losing and gaining weight?” This was followed by a morning and afternoon program of 20 student talks (from students representing nine different institutions) on a variety of subjects in mathematics and computer science. These talks were scheduled in three parallel sessions in PPHAC 102, 116 and 233. These rooms were all filled to capacity for the lively presentations by many enthusiastic undergraduates. Members of Pi Mu Epsilon introduced speakers and helped keep the conference running smoothly.

In the Media

Christopher Shorr, director of the theatre, will handle stage direction for 'Young Meister Bach,' a one-act comic opera commissioned by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. To read more, click here.

World-class soprano Suzanne Kompass, artist-lecturer in voice, has been selected as one of Parkland School District’s Distinguished Alumni for 2014. To read more, click here

Conferences and Presentations

James West, professor and chair of the Economics and Business Department, delivered one of two keynote speeches at the NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Luncheon on Jan. 20 at Sayre Hall in Bethlehem. The other speaker was Detrick McGriff, principal of Broughal Middle School in Bethlehem. West said he was both honored and surprised to be ask to speak and attributed his invitation to his work done in community service, particularly for the YWCA in Bethlehem. West spoke about the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on King’s own philosophy of non-violence. West had just returned from a visit to India, including a visit to Gandhi’s historic home and headquarters in Mumbai, India. West also spoke of King’s greater vision of the oneness of all peoples and drew the analogy to the Apollo 8 space mission in 1968 (the same year as MLK’s assassination). Apollo 8 was the flight in which the iconic first clear picture on earth from space, “Earthrise," gave mankind a visual awakening that we all inhabit the same planet. This visual reality that we are all one people of one planet, regardless of race or other differences, is also at the heart of King’s timeless message to mankind.


John R. Black, associate professor of English, published a solicited article, "Building Bridges to the Past: Personal Reflections on Understanding Audience, Welcoming Inquiry, and Establishing Contexts," in the electronic, peer-reviewed journal, Literature Compass. The article grew out of Black's contributions as an invited panelist to a roundtable discussion at the 2011 International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, on teaching medieval studies.

James West, professor and chair of the Economics and Business Department, had an interview on the state of the economy published in Aviation International News (AIN), a leading publication of the aviation industry. West has published a macro economic analysis and forecast for AIN every years since 2007.  This year’s article, entitled, “U.S. Economy Looking Better, Despite Lingering Uncertainty," appeared in the December 2013 issue. West, who was travelling, only recently re-read his analysis and forecast, and reports that he pleased to note that his analysis and forecast is fairly accurate – so far.

Other News

Dance Company to Present Annual Concert

The Moravian College Dance Company, under the direction of Mary Anne Gillen Hoffman, will present its 39th annual concert on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29. Following tradition, the concert will feature the diverse choreography of the company's artistic directors, students, alumni and guest artists. The concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. The costs is $8, and $5 for seniors and non-Moravian students. For more information, contact Dawn Ketterman-Benner at 610-861-1530.

IMPACT to Host Comedian Dave Coulier April 4

Cut. It. Out! Moravian College's IMPACT presents Dave Coulier on Friday, April 4, in Johnston Hall. Coulier is best known for playing "Joey Gladstone" on ABC's sitcom Full House.

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. 

Trip to Philadelphia Planned March 29

The Multi-faith Council and Center for Intercultural Advancement and Inclusion is hosting a trip to Philadelphia to visit the National Museum of American Jewish History and to participate in a community service opportunity. The trip is slated for Saturday, March 29. Contact Jennika Borger,, for more information. Official sign up will be held following spring break. Spots are limited because transportation is included.

Students News & Notes

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

Annual Club Budget Meetings Scheduled Feb. 27

Club officers, members and advisors are asked to attend a Thursday, Feb. 27, meeting regarding annual club budgets distributed by the United Student Government. This is a mandatory meeting. There are two sessions to choose from: 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. in the Prosser Auditorium OR 7:30 to 8 p.m. in the Prosser Auditorium.  Please organize a club member to represent your club. Also all club members are encouraged to attend.

Lehigh Valley Collegiate Career Expo Wednesday

Lehigh Valley Collegiate Career Expo (LVCCE) is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 26, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Fogelsville. Bring your newly updated resume and your professional, can-do attitude and join more 100 employers at the annual LVCCE.  If you’re searching for an internship or a professional position, this is the right place for you. There will be something for every major on campus, so mark your calendar and make plans to attend! Visit for a list of organizations attending, directions and other helpful hints. Free transportation is provided by the Career Center.  Stop by the Career Center to sign up.

On-Campus Career & Internship Fair Set for March 20

The Career Center will host a Career and Internship Fair on Thursday, March 20, from noon to 3 p.m. in Johnston Hall.  Employers will be on campus to meet with students about jobs and internships. Every major and year of study is encouraged to attend; there will be opportunities for everyone!  Different organizations are represented at this event and the LVCCE career fair so students should attend both!  Professional dress and polished resumes are required. No advanced registration necessary.

Law School Admission Talk March 10

The College will host Eric M. Kniskern ’99, director of admissions at Widener Law School, on Monday, March 10, at 2:30 p.m. in the HUB’s Snyder Room. He will give a presentation on “Understanding the Law School Admission Process and Financial Options to make Law School Affordable.”

A brief reception will follow. For students interested in Widener Law, Kniskern will meet one on one with the interested students following the reception as time permits.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact James J. Ravelle at extension 1378.

Just Passing Through

The College will host a Space 105 opening, "Just Passing Through," on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 12:30 p.m., featuring students Chi'anne Fox '14 and Tanner Apple '15. The show will be open through Wednesday, March 5.


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