Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 3/11/14
A Night of Stars logo features a blacked-out people in the background and velvet ropes and a red carpet in the foreground.

ABOVE: Mark your calendars for the inaugural 'A Night of Stars' event, featuring the Philadelphia Funk Authority.


Alumni Connection

SAVE THE DATE: A Night of Stars, April 26

Moravian College will host its inaugural “A Night of Stars” on Saturday, April 26. The event will be held in the Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest in Bethlehem. The event will begin with a red carpet reception with gourmet desserts and cordials at 7:30 p.m., followed by dancing with the Philadelphia Funk Authority at 9 p.m. All proceeds to benefit student financial aid.

Lifelong Learning Program Focuses on Health and Well-Being

The Moravian College Alumni Association’s Lifelong Learning Program is pleased to invite alumni, faculty, students and community members to its Spring Symposium, slated for Saturday, March 22, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in the HUB. This year’s theme is “The Year of the Hound: How to be happy and healthy in 2014.”

Featuring alumni and community speakers, this symposium will focus on health and well-being. The agenda will include several discussion-provoking sessions that allow the audience and speakers to interact with each other to collaboratively learn about healthier ways of living. There will be a total of six sessions throughout the day. Each attendee will be able to select two of the first four sessions. All attendees will then finish out the day with a cooking demonstration by Sodexo of the Lehigh Valley and a wine education session and tasting with Christine Blaschak Charles ’84 of Vynecrest Vineyards.


  • Nutrition: Michelle Litzenberger Trent ’93, founder of the Joyful Elephant
  • Health & Happiness: Pamela Bradley ’84, assistant professor of reading, Northampton Community College
  • Yoga: Linda White, yoga instructor
  • Meditation: Ron Kline, director of counseling at Moravian College and John Black, associate professor of English at Moravian College.

Sessions for All:

The Health Benefits of Resveratrol, a component found in Red Wine

Learn how a component found in red wine can boost your immune system. Discuss the Lehigh Valley wine region, the variety of grapes grown, then enjoy a tasting of local wines produced in the Lehigh Valley. Presented by Christine Blaschak-Charles ’84, Vynecrest Winery tasting room manager

Quick Healthy “Mediterranean Diet”
We will be utilizing our fresh local produce from the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative to teach you how to cook with a Mediterranean inspiration! More information on the topic can be found on the Mayo Clinic’s webpage for reference after the session. Presented by Daniel Leiber with Sodexo of the Lehigh Valley.

There is no charge. Participants are invited to donate non-perishable healthy food for a healthy food drive. Please bring items that are low fat, low salt, etc.

MoCo Chair Challenge Slated for This Week!

A logo for the Battle of the Classes' Moco Chair Challenge picturing two Adirondack chairs.

ABOVE: Moravian College's classes of 2012 and 2013 will participate in the Moco Chair Challenge this week!

The MoCo Chair Challenge, a contest between Moravian’s class of 2012 and class of 2013, which will enable the College to put Adirondack chairs around campus, is right around the corner!

By making a gift of up to $25 on Wednesday, March 12, or Thursday, March 13, class members’ gifts can be matched 5:1 – thanks to the Board of Trustees – equaling up to $5,000 from each class to help Moravian become a more unique and relaxing campus. This challenge has the potential to put 20 chairs on campus with each respective class year on it. (There could be 40 chairs total!)

Gifts can support any area of campus that participants choose to support, including: academics, athletics, student life, career center, etc.

Members of the classes of 2012 and 2013 are invited to attend a special campaign kick-off party on March 12 at 5 p.m. at Roosevelt’s 21st in Bethlehem. This happy hour will kick-off the chair campaign.

Accounting Club Hosts Annual Awards Dinner March 23

The Moravian College Accounting Club hosts its annual Accounting Club Awards Dinner on Sunday, March 23. The event will begin with a reception at 4:30 p.m., dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m., and awards at 8 p.m. The event will recognize Michael Popowycz ’78, vice chairman and chief financial officer at Case Farms, Inc., with the “Pinnacle Award” and Kasey M. Walker ’05, senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, with the “Young Accounting Alumni Award.” The event will be held in the HUB’s Snyder Room and Pavilion.

There will be a dedication of Comenius Hall, room 213, as the accounting classroom in honor of Emeriti Professor John Gehman. The dedication will be held in the HUB’s Snyder Room.
Additionally, awards and scholarships will also be presented to outstanding accounting majors. Please RSVP to John Rossi III, associate professor of accounting, by Friday, March 12.

Moravian Well-Represented at Mozart Requiem

Several members of the Moravian family, including current students, alumni and faculty, participated in the March 8-9 performances of Mozart Requiem by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra with the newly formed Allentown Symphony Chorus.

Eduardo Azzati, artist-lecturer in voice and conducting and director of the Moravian College Women's Chorus, is the Allentown Symphony Chorus chorus master and prepared the ASC, under the baton of Maestra Diane Wittry.

Among those who performed were: Carole Burkhardt ’82 (alto section leader), Heidi New ’15 (alto college scholar), Cody Shuch ’16 (bass college scholar), Jennifer Sheeto ’00 (alto), Laura Gordon ’99 13 (alto) and Michael McAndrew '15 (bass).

Among the ranks of the orchestra are Moravian College Artist-Lecturers Inna Eyzerovich, associate concertmaster; Audrey Simons, cello; Robin Kani, flute; Deborah Andrus, clarinet; Larry Right, trumpet; and Ron Demke, tuba/associate conductor.

Alumni Making Headlines

For his work with public health policy issues and outstanding display of leadership, Russell E. Morgan Jr. ’65 was awarded the 2013 Haupert Humanitarian Award. This recognition was highlighted by the Peace Corps’ Peace by Piece newsletter in February. To read more, click here.

Virginia Gonzalez-Belles ’72, a counseling professor at Northampton Community College, took part in a Feb. 18 panel hosted by NCC’s Hispanic American Culture Club. Gonzalez-Belles shared her personal and professional journey, beginning with her childhood growing up in Bethlehem. To read more, click here.

Denise M. Torma '77, East Penn School District's assistant superintendent, was awarded the Moravian College Alumni Association’s Benigna Education Award and was highlighted in this Morning Call article.

Ann Schlottman '94 discussed her personal battle against diabetes in an article on the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s website. To read more, click here.

Sarabeth Brockley ’10, a graduate student studying environmental policy design at Lehigh University, was recently profiled by the University in an article, titled “A Holistic Collaboration with Communities.” To read more, click here.

Karen Purkey '13, a dual major in English and accounting, won a coveted five-month paid internship with Samaritan’s Purse in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Samaritan’s Purse works in more than 100 countries providing aid to victims of war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty, and persecution, but in many parts of the U.S. they are known for their Operation Christmas Child shoebox program that sends millions of simple shoe box gifts to needy children overseas.

Upcoming Events

A full schedule of events, programs and meetings are being planned for the spring semester. Please be sure to register to attend and mark your calendar. Visit for more details on these and all college events.

March 22
Lifelong Learning Symposium
- "The Year of the Hound: How to be happy and healthy in 2014"

Time: 12:30 - 4 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

March 28-29
Moravian College Dance Company's 39th Annual Concert
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Foy Concert Hall

April 11
The Moravian Presidency, 1969-2014: Challenges of Higher Education
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Prosser Auditorium, HUB

April 12
Inauguration Ceremony - Bryon L. Grigsby '90
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Johnston Hall

April 12
A Presidential Inauguration Concert: Moravian College BIG Band
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Foy Concert Hall

April 26
A Night of Stars
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Musikfest Cafe at ArtsQuest in Bethlehem

May 5
Moravian College Golf Classic
Time: 7 a.m.
Location: Northampton Country Club

May 10
Commencement and Reception for Legacy Graduates
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Main Street Campus

May 16-17
Founder's Day & Alumni Weekend
Location: Campus

May 22
Collaborative Action Research Network's (CARN's) East Coast American Study Day

May 23-24
Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) 2nd Annual Conference
Location: Hurd Campus

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