Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 3/11/14
A photograph of Memorial Hall and its facade covered in snow.

ABOVE: Steve McKinney, director of the College’s Center for Information Technology, snapped this photograph of Memorial Hall on the morning of Feb. 3 with his Samsung Galaxy SIII. While the image is beautiful, let’s hope that winter is finally behind us!


News & Notes

Tim Wise Visits Foy Hall to Reflect on Black History Month

Tim Wise stands behind a Moravian-branded podium.

ABOVE: Tim Wise addressed a crowded Foy Hall on Feb. 25, sharing his thoughts on Black History Month.

Nationally recognized author and activist Tim Wise presented a keynote talk in recognition of Black History Month on campus Feb. 25 in Foy Hall. Wise discussed the responsibility we all have in celebrating and honoring black history, as well as its significance in our country's own history.

Wise started by explaining there should be, "a broader recognition that the issues that are raised in these 28 days that we call Black History Month will be understood not only as black issues, not only as issues of relevance to those who are African American, but really of relevance to all of us in this society."

"The reality is that Black History Month and the history of African American people in this country is not just about black people or about their perspective and lenses, it is American history and it is interwoven with the history of our entire nation," he said.

"In fact, so much so, that I think it can be said that without fear of contradiction that without black history there is no American history. And what I mean by that is very simply this: without the history of African peoples enslaved, and marginalized frankly for the vast majority of our country's history, there would have been no American Revolution."

For anyone who was unable to attend, or for those who would like to view it again, please note that the Tim Wise presentation is now available to view on the Moravian College YouTube channel

For photographs of Wise’s lecture, click here.

Brain Awareness Week This Week

The Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter and Moravian College BRAIN Club are hosting the 2014 Brain Awareness film and seminar series this week. This year's theme focuses on addiction.

There are a series of events being held on Moravian’s campus, including a Wednesday, March 12, lecture by Joe Schroeder, associate professor of psychology at Connecticut College. The presentation is titled “Are Oreos as addicting as cocaine? Lessons Learned from science and the media.” It will be held in PPHAC, room 102, at 4:30 p.m.

On Friday, March 14, Moravian will host “Celebrate your brain,” in the HUB from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The following week, on Thursday, March 20, the College will host the film “Thanks for sharing,” presented by Stacey Zaremba, professor of psychology at Moravian. The film will be shown in PPHAC, room 102, at 7 p.m.

IN FOCUS: Spring Lecture Hosts Stephen Lewis Celebrated Humanitarian

Stephen Lewis, one of Canada’s most influential commentators on social affairs, international development, and human rights, will present the IN FOCUS Spring Lecture on Tuesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. He researches his talks with obsessive care, enlivens them with personal anecdotes, and is both passionate and political. He is the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation; a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University; the co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World in the United States; and the former UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa.  He is coming to Moravian College to speak to our community about his life work which addresses all four of our IN FOCUS topics.

LGBT Advocate Hudson Taylor to Speak on Campus March 12

Hudson Taylor of Athlete Ally will discuss the importance of fostering inclusion and respect for LGBT members of the campus community, urging straight allies to stand up and play a role in combating ignorance and prejudice. Taylor will speak at Moravian College on Wednesday, March 12, in Johnston Hall at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Taylor, a former NCAA All-American wrestler at the University of Maryland, will share his journey of becoming a straight ally for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered) community and helps others learn how they can be an integral part of the solution.

Athlete Ally is a nonprofit organization working to end homophobia and transphobia in athletics. For more information about Hudson Taylor, visit and for more information about the organization itself, visit

In the Media

Moravian's new canine policy received a lot of attention in the past two weeks with articles and reports in The Morning Call, and CBS Philly.

A Mississippi TV station, WDAM, highlighted our 12 Moravian College students who volunteered with the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity during spring break. The students helped build a house in the city of Petal, Miss.To learn more, click here.

Conferences and Presentations

Starting this week, the 58th session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has commenced. Diane Husic, professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, was invited to contribute to the NGO CSW outcome document for the North America and European region. (Click here to review the document.) This document will be part of the formal record of the proceedings, and is being placed on a number of NGO websites around the world! For instance, it can be downloaded here.

According to Husic, this work came as a result of the contacts she made when attending the U.N. climate meetings over the past five years. Besides this endeavor, she has also been working with the Women's Major Group, an official U.N. constituency group, for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and was able to attend one of the working group sessions at the U.N. in January.

West stands with two Christ University faculty members at the conference. The Dalai Lama stands at a podium overlooking a large crowd.

ABOVE: James West (center) stands with Kurian Kachappilly, professor of philosophy and management at Christ University,, and Thomas C. Matthew, vice chancellor of Christ University.

ABOVE: Dalai Lama  talks on stage at the opening of the 'Bounds of Ethics in a Globalized World 2014' conference. (Photos courtesy of West)

James West, professor and chair of the Economics and Business Department, presented a paper entitled, “Development as Freedom, Family, Faith and Federalism,” at the international conference “Bounds of Ethics in a Globalized World” held Jan. 6-9, 2014, in Bangalore, India. Several hundred participants from around the globe participated in the four-day conference that was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama and held at Christ University in the south central Indian city of Bangalore, which is often referred to as India’s “Silicon Valley.” West’s paper critiqued and extended ideas on economic development made by Noble Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen in his influential book, Development as Freedom. West had previously worked in economic development in rural India for three years and is a student/scholar of India. He is a frequent visitor to various parts of India and holds one of his graduate degrees from an Indian university, the University of Pune, located in Maharashtra. 

Moravian’s faculty 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.

In the News

Santo D. Marabella, professor of management, has been elected as a theatrical member of The Lambs, Inc., America’s first professional theatrical club. Headquartered in New York City, The Lambs is a network and gathering place for professionals of the entertainment industry and the arts. Marabella, who was eligible for admission to the organization as a theatrical member because of his work directing, writing and producing theatre and film, is chair of the Greater Reading Alliance of Community Theatres and Film Commissioner at ReadingFilm, a program of the Greater Reading Convention & Visitors Bureau and President of Marabella Entertainment & Education Enterprises, LLC. Marabella recently published, The Practical Prof: Simple Lessons for Anyone Who Works (Hollis Media, 2013) and writes a monthly column, "The Practical Prof," for the Reading Eagles’ Business Weekly. His current entertainment project is "My Dad’s First Dog."


Jean DesJardin, assistant professor of education, and her former student, Emily Doll ’12, recently published an article, titled “Parental Support for Language Development During Joint Book Reading for Young Children With Hearing Loss," as lead authors in the current issue of Communication Disorders Quarterly. Their co-authors hail from San Diego State University, the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and the Indiana School of Medicine.

Other News

Intercollegiate Walking Challenge Returns

Moravian students, faculty and staff will again participate in the 2014 Intercollegiate Walking Challenge, slated from March 24 through April 27. Join your fellow students and colleagues in the annual walking competition!

In addition to helping Moravian rise above DeSales University and Muhlenberg College, you'll have the chance to win great prizes each week and participate in the internal student and VP challenges!

The first 100 participants to register will receive a free Moravian Walking water bottle.
Visit the PAWS page for more details and to sign up! Or click here to read the “Rules of Engagement.”

Spanish Club Hosts Salsa Meet and Greet March 14

Join the College’s Spanish Club for a Salsa Meet and Greet on Friday, March 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the HUB’s Pavilion. A Salsa instructor will be hand to show attendees how to dance. No experience is necessary! Also stop by to try tasty appetizers from local Mexican restaurant El Paisno. All are welcome.

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.

Students News & Notes

Career & Internship Fair Set for March 20

The Career Center is hosting its second annual on-campus Career & Internship Fair on Thursday, March 20, from noon to 3 p.m. 

More than 45 employers will be in Johnston Hall to talk with students and recent alumni about upcoming opportunities for full-time, part-time and internship positions. A full list of attendees is posted at Our event that took place last spring was a huge success and there will be even more employers attending this year!

Opportunities are available for students in every academic area! Employers range from non-profit organizations to large Fortune 100 companies and are seeking students in all areas.

Information Sessions for Irish Mythology Tour

The College’s Irish Mythology Tour, which will run May 11-22, will be hosting information sessions this week. The sessions will be held in the International Studies Office at the following times:

  • Wednesday, March 12, at 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 13, at 11:45 a.m.

It will cost students nothing but less than an hour of your time to attend either meeting. No money will be asked for this week.

May Term in South Korea

Are you interested in traveling abroad with a business flavor? It’s not too late to take part in the May Term in South Korea. This business-focused foreign experience will definitely enhance one’s resume, while also allowing students to earn academic credit. The term will run from May 15 through May 30.

Tentative price of $3,750 includes air (United Economy Plus), access to most United Clubs, ground transportation in Korea, two daily meals (lunch and dinner), lodging, tours and admission and tuition and fees for one class. For more information, contact John D Rossi III, associate professor of accounting, at 610-861-1380 ASAP.

AST Bake Sale Benefits Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

AST is hosting a bake sale on Tuesday, March 11, and Wednesday, March 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the HUB. Profits will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Moravian Voice Students Shine at February Competition

On Feb. 8, six of Moravian College’s voice students participated in the eighth annual Student Auditions and Scholarship Awards, a voice competition for high school and college students organized by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and held on the College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd campus.

Three of the six Moravian participants placed in the competition and received cash and other awards and performed at the Honors Recital at the end of the day.
The students that placed are:

  • Cody Schuch ’16, 1st place in Division 3 (Classical, College Freshmen and Sophomore). Schuch came first with a score of 96/100 on top of 13 other participants in the division.
  • Ian Murphy ’15, 1st place in Division 4 (Cassical, College Junior and Senior). Murphy came first with a score of 97.5/100 on top of 10 other participants in the division.
  • Amanda Cavoto ’14, 3rd place in Division 4. Cavoto came third with a score of 95.3/100 on top of eight other participants in the division.

Each student had to prepare three memorized selections according to strict guidelines regarding language, style and length, and they were judged by three adjudicators from the voice field. In addition to the awards and accolades, every student received a sheet with encouraging comments and constructive criticism provided by the judges.

All six of the Moravian students that participated represented Moravian, Moravian's Music Department and their instructors very well.

All three students are taught by Eduardo Azzati, artist-lecturer in voice and conducting.

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.

Students In the News: Dan Ferman '14, Marissa Blose '14

Dan Ferman '14 wrote an insight article on his life for The Good Men Project, titled “Alone at Life’s Threshold.” The article highlights Ferman’s emotions has he prepares to leave college and enter the real world. To read more, click here.

Marissa Blose '14 recently published an article, titled "A Collaboration of Young Minds
in the Name of Social Justice," in Natural Awakenings. To read more, click here.

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