Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 3/18/14
Dawn Goodolf sits behind a table and laptop in the HUB.

ABOVE: Dawn Goodolf, assistant professor of nursing, discussed her current research at the March 13 Faculty Luncheon.


News & Notes

Evelyn Murphy to Visit Moravian for Talk on Wage Equality March 18

Former Lt. Governor of Massachusetts Evelyn Murphy will present a talk at Moravian College discussing equal wage rights for women in the workforce. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 18, at 4 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, located in the Haupert Union Building on the College's Main Street Campus. Murphy will discuss the tools and techniques workers need to be comfortable, confident, and committed to getting paid what they are worth. The event is open to the public and free of admission.

Murphy talk is sponsored by the American Association of University Women – Bethlehem. Murphy is the founder and president of The WAGE Project (Women Are Getting Even), Inc., a nationwide, grassroots, action-oriented organization dedicated to eliminating the gender wage gap by getting women paid fairly. She has been featured in The New York Times and other nationwide publications.

Murphy earned a B.A. from Duke University in mathematics; an M.A. in economics from Columbia University; and a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University. In the late 1970s, she served as Massachusetts secretary of environmental affairs with responsibility for the state’s environmental policy, and from 1983-1985, she was appointed the state's secretary of economic affairs with responsibility for the state’s economic policies and programs. In 1986, Murphy was elected Lt. Governor and became the first woman in the state’s 200-year history to hold constitutional office.

Prior to that, despite the state’s progressive image, no woman had ever been elected Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor, or U.S. Senator in Massachusetts. After her campaign for governor, she served as the managing director of an esteemed law firm, a corporate director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts; and Shawmut National Banks of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, Fleet National Bank, Fleet Mortgage Company, and Fleet Credit Card Corporation. During all of these positions that she has held, Murphy also spent her time focusing on the wage differences between genders, and she has worked diligently to bridge this gap.

Biennial Faculty Show Now Open

A group of faculty members gather together in Payne Gallery.

ABOVE: Members of the faculty who are participating in the Biennial Moraivan Faculty Show pose for a photo together. (Photo courtesy of Art Department's Facebook page)

The Biennial Moravian College Faculty Show, which held its opening reception on March 13, features work from Moravian College's Art Department. The exhibit explores a wide range of work using traditional methods to cutting-edge digital technologies.

In addition to the show, which runs through Sunday, April 6, there will be artist talks on Monday, March 24, from 4 to 6:15 p.m. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from the College's outstanding faculty. The show is located in the Payne Gallery.

To see photographs from the Biennial Moravian College Faculty Show's opening, click here.

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.

‘Nicky’ Film,’ an Award-Winning Documentary, to be Shown April 10

The award-winning documentary, "Nicky’s Family," with special guest Ivan Backer ’49, will be presented on Thursday, April 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. in PPHAC, room 102. The event is sponsored by the Moravian College Hillel Society and is open to the College and the greater Lehigh Valley community. Please join us for this remarkable story of the man who has been called “Britain’s Schindler." Sir Nicholas Winton, who is now 104, is credited with saving the lives of 669 Czech and Slovak children at the outbreak of World War II.

Backer, a Moravian alumnus, was one of those children. Backer is coming to Bethlehem to represent the class of 1949 in the processional for President Grigsby’s Inauguration. He has graciously agreed to show the film and share the story of his interrupted childhood, his journey via Winton’s Kindertransport, his arrival at Moravian, and his subsequent career dedicated to the service of others.

Emerging Explorer to Serve as Keynote Speaker on Earth Day

Constanza Ceruti will be the keynote speaker for the Environmental Studies and Sciences Film and Lecture Series this semester. Her talk, “Sacred Mountains and High Altitude Rituals,” is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22 – Earth Day – at 7 p.m. in the HUB’s UBC room.  

Ceruti’s work on the Inca rituals, in particular, the three Incan children mummies, is fascinating, according to Hilde Binford, associate professor of music and chair of the Department of Music. Ceruti is also keenly interested in environmental concerns – partly because she worries about the thawing of the sacred mountaintops.

She is an emerging explorer of the National Geographic Society. She is an expert in the fields of high altitude archaeology and the anthropology of sacred mountains. After her graduation at University of Buenos Aires in 1996, she earned her Ph.D. at University of Cuyo in 2001. She is Scientific Investigator of the National Council for the Scientific Research (CONICET) in Argentina, a Professor of Inca Archaeology at Catholic University of Salta and the Director of the Institute of High Mountain Research at the same University. For decades she has been the only female Andean high-altitude archaeologist in the world. Ceruti has climbed more than 100 mountains above 16,500 feet (5000 meters) within the context of systematic archaeological research.

‘There Once Was An Island’ Presented April 7

The Spring 2014 Environmental Film Series film, “There Once Was An Island,” has been rescheduled for Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the UBC Room. The event is sponsored by the Moravian College Environmental Studies and Sciences Program, thanks to a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. An opportunity for discussion will follow each film.

What if your community had to decide whether to leave their homeland forever and there was no help available? This is the reality for the culturally unique Polynesian community of Takuu, a tiny low-lying atoll in the South Western Pacific. As a terrifying tidal flood rips through their already damaged home, the Takuu community experiences the devastating effects of climate change first hand. Two scientists, oceanographer John Hunter and geomorphologist Scott Smithers, investigate the situation and consider the impact of climate change on communities without access to resources or support. Intimate observational scenes allow three intrepid characters Teloo, Endar and Satty to take us on their personal journeys as they consider whether to move to an uncertain future in Bougainville or to stay on Takuu and fight for a different, but equally uncertain, outcome. Check out the trailer at

In the Media

Steven Soba, vice president for enrollment management, took part in an Express Times article, titled "Lehigh University, Moravian College officials spell out what they look for in applicants." To learn more, click here.

Moravian College's dog-friendly policy continues to gain attention, including this recent article by The Express Times. Carol Traupman-Carr '86, dean of curriculum and academic programs, and her canine, Biscuit, were featured in the write-up. To learn more, click here.

On March 14, a group of Moravian College student-athletes shared their dreams with young students at Fountain Hill Elementary School, and illustrated how reading every day can help anyone achieve your dreams as part of the Cops 'n' Kids Literacy Program. To read more, click here.

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. To read The Morning Call’s review of the performances, click here.

Conferences and Presentations

Dawn Goodolf, assistant professor of nursing, presented at the March 13 Faculty Luncheon, discussing her current work on Growing a Professional Identity: A Grounded Theory of the Educational Experience of Baccalaureate Nursing Students. Goodolf explained that the purpose of her research was to, "describe and explain the experiences of traditional baccalaurette nursing students as they progress in a nursing program."

Dana S. Dunn, assistant dean for special projects and professor of psychology, recently chaired a symposium at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston, Mass. The symposium was titled, "Promoting High Quality Education: The APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major 2.0."

Award-winning installation sculptor Johnathan Latiano '06 will present the annual Rose and Rudy Ackerman Lecture at Moravian College on Wednesday, March 19, at 4:15 p.m. The talk will be held in in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex (PPHAC), room 102. It is open to the public and admission is free of charge. Latiano’s surreal work incorporates elements of biology, astronomy, physics and geology to create surreal spaces and dreamlike experiences. His work has been exhibited in Baltimore, Maryland, Washington D.C., New York City and London, England. His works of art create contrasts of abstract human intuition with the reality of our natural environment. In May 2013, Latiano was the recipient of the 2013 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. Latiano currently resides and works in Baltimore, Md., and teaches at The Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. Latiano received his B.A. in studio art from Moravian in 2006 and his Masters in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. For more information, visit

In the News

Virtuoso jazz guitarist Pete Smyser¸ artist lecturer in jazz guitar at Moravian College, paid tribute to the classic songs of Harry Warren (1893-1981) on his eighth CD release, An Affair to Remember. The CD contains tracks from a concert that was recorded in Moravian College’s Foy Hall on Jan. 25, 2013. Smyser assembled an all-star lineup of Philadelphia-area jazz musicians which collaborated to deliver a stellar performance despite the inherent pressure of a “one-take” live concert recording. The quintet included Larry McKenna, sax, Tom Lawton, piano, Madison Rast, upright bass, and Dan Monaghan on drums.

The record's song, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams," was recently No. 1 on WRTI’s Jazz Hot 11 Countdown! The song has been in the station's top six songs in recent weeks.

The CD also received a nice review in this month’s issue of The Jersey Jazz Journal. Here's an excerpt:

"...Warren was a giant among songwriters who never sought or gained wide public recognition. Despite this, he had more #1 song hits than any of his contemporaries. Smyser and his band mates, tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna, pianist Tom Lawton, bassist Madison Rast and drummer Dan Monaghan present a tasteful program of 13 Warren evergreens ... Smyser is a bit reflective of Warren in that he is a master of his art who has not achieved the kind of widespread recognition that he deserves. The same could be said of McKenna, one of the best mainstream jazz tenor players to be found anywhere. All of the cats involved in this recording do an artful job of lending their swinging talents to these Warren gems. Since this program only scratches the surface of his rich catalog, another volume or two dedicated to the Warren oeuvre would be welcome."
– Joe Lang

Other News

President's Open Office Hours Continue

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, March 25 - 4 to 5 p.m. 

Wednesday, March 26 - 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

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. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale. The cost is $10 with a Moravian ID or $20 to the public. Buy them at the Moravian College Bookstore.

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

Drop by Moravian Archives’ ‘Opening the Vault’

The Friends of Reeves invite you to “Opening the Vault,” a presentation by Paul Peucker at The Moravian Archives, located at 41 West Locust Street, on Tuesday, March 18, at 4 p.m. Peucker will introduce attendees to its holdings, show items from the collections and take us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the vault. The presentation will focus on the “Congregational Library,” the original library of the Bethlehem Moravians, founded in 1751, and holding more than 1,100 books printed between 1481 and 1854. The Congregational Library is one of the oldest communal libraries in the country.

SNA Spring Fair March 30

The SNA Spring Fair is slated for Sunday, March 30, on the lawn outside Reeves Library. The event’s rain location is the HUB’s UBC room. It will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All children 14 years and under are welcome. There will be face painting, coloring and an egg hunt. To RSVP, contact Taylor Holly at

Free Henna Night March 18

The College’s Muslim Student Association will host a free henna night on Tuesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m., in the HUB’s Air Products room.

Lunch N Learn Returns April 15

There will be a Lunch N Learn, caring for your whole self, on Tuesday, April 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in the HUB’s UBC room. It will be presented by Susan Hurd and Mike Kostalis. The chef will discuss the sources and impact of calcium and vitamin D. The event is free to all staff, faculty and staff. Please register by Tuesday, April 8, by contacting Jessie Ervin at

Matthew Perry's Speech Canceled; Replacement to be Announced Soon

On April 2, the United Student Government (USG) will host its annual Prestigious Speaker. Matthew Perry was originally scheduled to visit Moravian College, but recently canceled all of his March and April speaking engagements on college campuses.

USG been working diligently to replace Perry for the April 2 event and will be making an announcement shortly regarding the name of our 2014 USG Prestigious Speaker who will speak at the same time and location – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, in Johnston Hall.

Sociology Club Hosts ‘Miss Representation’

Come join the members of the Sociology Club as they show the acclaimed documentary, "Miss Representation," on Monday, March 24, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in PPHAC, room 102. The film, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. If you would like to use attendance at the film for class credit, the club officers will happily take attendance.

Blood Drive Set for March 26

The Miller Keystone Blood Drive, sponsored by C3, will be held Wednesday, March 26. Sign ups are available in the HUB through Friday, March 21. For more information, contact Lindsay Galasso or Jenna Lastres.

Religious Challenges in Health Care Panel March 18

Faith and Reason Dialogue: A Panel Discussion on Religious Challenges in Health Care will be held on Tuesday, March 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the HUB’s UBC room. Panelists include Arash Naraghi, moderator, Rabbi Allen Juda, Rev. Jennika Borger, Ron Kline, Ric Baxter and Rev. Scott Harvey. The event is sponsored by the Multi-Faith Council.

‘La Pirogue’ to be Shown March 25

La Pirogue, an award-winning West African film, will be shown on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. La Pirogue is a fictional account that follows Baye Laye, a fishing boat captain who agrees to ferry thirty West African migrants across the Atlantic ocean from Senegal to Spain. The film captures the hopes and despair that drive thousands of West African migrants every year to attempt a similar, perilous, journey. The film will be prefaced by a brief introduction. Attendees are invited to stay after the screening for a round-table discussion. This will be an excellent event for anyone interested in West African culture, African migration, the politics of immigration in Europe, World film, Francophone studies, and global justice.

Students News & Notes

Students In the News

Fernando Cifuentes ’14 (left) and Logan Stano ’14 stand in front of their poster, highlighting their research.

ABOVE: Fernando Cifuentes ’14 (left) and Logan Stano ’14 recently presented their research project in Boston, Mass. (Photo courtesy of Robert Brill)

On March 14, psychology majors Fernando Cifuentes ’14 and Logan Stano ’14 presented their research project at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston, Mass. Their project, "Team Feedback Intervention: Self-Team Perception Gaps from Team-Designed Behavior-based Scales," was supervised by Robert Brill, associate professor of psychology. Cifuentes and Stano worked with the men’s soccer team facilitating focus groups to create a performance model which the team then used to provide self and teammate evaluations as sources of feedback.  

Cody Florindi ’14, a tutor in the Writing Center, recently won a scholarship from ACTLA (Association of Colleges for Tutoring and Learning Assistance). The $300 scholarship is significant because all of the applicants had considerable tutoring/peer education experience and are hail from colleges and universities across the country. 

Jonathan Strauss '15 has been nominated as the College’s next student trustee, and his name has been forwarded to the College Board of Trustees for consideration. Strauss is expected to serve a two-year term as a full voting member on the College's Board of Trustees.

Shane Burcaw '14 recently revealed the cover of his book, “Laughing at My Nightmare,” which will be published in October. To view the cover, check out Burcaw's blog,

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