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e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 4/1/14
Dustin Zelle stands in front an audience in a PPHAC lecture hall with a Google logo on the overhead projector.

ABOVE: Dustin Zelle '09 (left) hosted a Google Careers Information Session March 28, sharing his experiences as a Google employee.


Alumni Connection

Dustin Zelle '09 Discusses Life as a Google Employee

What's it like to work for an international organization synonymous with polarizing online services and jaw-dropping amenities for its employees? Moravian College alumnus Dustin Zelle '09 shared his experinece applying, interviewing and now working as a software engineer for Google.

The event, titled "Google Careers Information Session" was held on March 28 in PPHAC. Zelle discussed his journey from Moravian College to Google, their corporate culture (it's a cool place to work!), and their interview/application process. The event was open to all majors.

"The environment and culture Google is really transparent," said Zelle. "My first week there I was already getting confidential emails. They really believe in being transparent, and that message comes down from the top."

"Employees really have a voice, and every week we have an open meeting," he added. "The employees are empowered to drive their own career path. To drive the company, really."

In addition to discussing the perks of working at Google – free food, laundry service, the opportunity to nap at work, etc. – Zelle highlighted what his interview process was like. This topic was of particular interest to the computer science majors in attendance.

Nominations for Alumni Awards Requested

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Alumni Association Awards. The Moravian College Alumni Association Board of Directors invites you to recognize and celebrate Moravian’s finest by nominating an alumna or alumnus for an Alumni Association Award.

The award categories are the Comenius Alumni Award, the Medallion of Merit, the Benigna Education Award, the Haupert Humanitarian Award, the Young Alumni Achievement Award, and the Emerging Leader Award. If you submit a nomination, you will be asked to supply additional information to support the consideration of your nominee for the award. Your input is invaluable to the recognition committee.

To nominate an alumna or alumnus, visit and click on "Alumni Recognition." Or call the Alumni Relations office at 610-861-1366 for a paper form.

Latiano Presents Ackerman Visiting Artist Lecture

Johnathan Latiano '06 presents the annual Rose and Rudy Ackerman Lecture in a PPHAC lecture hall in front of a crowd.

ABOVE: During his lecture March 19, Jonathan Latiano walked the audience through his growth as an artist.

Jonathan Latiano '06 returned to campus on March 19 to provide the annual Rose and Rudy Ackerman Visiting Artist Lecture. Laitano gave an entertaining talk about his path from Moravian to his life as an artist, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at The Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. During the lecture, he showed examples of his current work, as well as projects dating back to his student days. Additionally, Latiano provided examples during his time as an art handler in New York City while building his portfolio, as well as when he was in graduate school at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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, Md., 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 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. For more information, visit

The Rose and Rudy Ackerman Visiting Lecture Series was initiated by an endowment established by the Ackermans to foster the arts. Visiting artists are invited to present lectures at the College by the chair of the Art Department after consultation with the art faculty.

Eric Kniskern '96 Discusses Law School Admission

Promotional poster for event with a black background and bright fonts.

ABOVE: Eric M. Kniskern ’96 talks with students about the application process to law school on March 10.

Eric M. Kniskern ’96, director of admissions at Widener Law School, visited campus to give a presentation on “Understanding the Law School Admission Process and Financial Options to make Law School Affordable.” The March 10 presentation, which was followed by a brief reception, was held in the HUB.

Kniskern discussed what students need to know about beginning the application process for law school and shared his personal experiences as a law student.

Following the presentation, Kniskern also spoke one on one with interested students.

‘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.

Bradley stands at a podium in the HUB while Rittenhouse introduces her. Michelle Trent stands against a white wall in the HUB.

ABOVE: Gregory Rittenhouse '11 (right), a member of the Lifelong Learning Program Committee, introduced Pam Bradley '85, Ed. D. candidate, at the Lifelong Learning Program March. 22. Bradley presented a workshop titled 'Happy Wife, Happy Life? A session on health and happiness.'

ABOVE: Michelle Litzenberger Trent '93, a food coach, nutrition educator and owner of the Joyful Elephant, presented a Lifelong Learning Program workshop focused on plant-based nutrition and how diet affects disease. (Photos courtesy of Sylvia Doyle)

Lifelong Learning Program Presents Educational Spring Symposium

The Moravian College Alumni Association’s Lifelong Learning Program hosted its Spring Symposium, drawing approximately 60 people to its health-minded workshops on March 22 in the HUB. This year’s theme was “The Year of the Hound: How to be happy and healthy in 2014.”

Featuring alumni and community speakers, the symposium focused on health and well-being. The agenda included several discussion-provoking sessions that allowed the audience and speakers to collaboratively learn about healthier ways of living. There were a total of six sessions throughout the day. Each attendee was be able to select two of the first four sessions. All attendees then finished 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.

Sessions included:

  • Nutrition: Michelle Litzenberger Trent ’93, founder of the Joyful Elephant
  • Health & Happiness: Pamela Bradley ’85, 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.

This year's LifeLong Learning Committee and supporters included: Pam Bradley ’85, Chelsea Dotta ’10, Amy Mende ’76, Tom Repasch ’72, Mark Richardson ’92, Gregory Rittenhouse ’11, Amanda Shilko ’07 and Paige Warbrick ‘10. Sylvia Doyle and Pat Murray Hanna ‘82 served as faculty and staff contributors.

Alumni Making Headlines

Jeffrey A. Richards ’67 provides a distinctive, focused, fresh look at the principles of synergism and how they can be applied to high performance teamwork in his unique new book, The Principles of Synergism: Radical Empowerment. It has been published by Trafford Publishing. To read more, click here.

Laurie Brubaker ’82 has been appointed by health insurer Aetna to head its operations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. Brubacker, who has worked for the company for 25 years, will oversee sales, provider network, medical economics, quality improvement and customer relations in the three states, where Aetna says it has 1.8 million members. To read more, click here.

Mark Richardson '92, who has undergone two organ donations, will participate in the Lehigh Valley Coalition for Organ and Tissue Donation’s fashion show on Saturday, April 5. To read more, click here.

Dave Turco ’92, coach of St. Joseph of Metuchen, recently lead his boys basketball team to a title in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions. In the past two seasons, St. Joseph of Metuchen has compiled a record of 57-7, with two state group titles. He was also named The Star-Legder's Middlesex County Coach of the Year. To read more, click here and here.

Heather Karp Goldan '01, who is currently living and working in Clinton, N.J. as a photographer, was recently contacted by St. Luke's Hospital about purchasing several of her photos to be hung as part of their permanent collection in their Labor and Delivery Floor. Goldan is a family photographer, mainly specializing in newborn photography, when the babies are 14 days and under. St. Luke's is the second hospital that will be displaying her photos. (Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, N.J., purchased several images last year.) Make sure to visit Goldan's website,

Mike Piersa '06 was featured in a online article, titled "Master of Machines." The article discusses Piersa's knowledge and expertise regarding industrial history. 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.

Upcoming Events

A full schedule of events, programs and meetings are on our calendar of events. Please be sure to register to attend. Visit for more details on these and all College events.

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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