Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 4/1/14
A group of female students smile together during the Honors Banquet.

ABOVE: Moravian College hosted its Honors Banquet on March 26, recognizing outstanding undergraduate students. To view our banquet photo gallery, click here. (Photos by Michael Wilson)


News & Notes

Emerging Explorer to Serve as Keynote Speaker on Earth Day

Constanza Ceruti, an emerging explorer of the National Geographic Society, will present “Sacred Mountains and High Altitude Rituals" at Moravian College on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. The talk, which is open to the public, will be held in the HUB's UBC room at 7 p.m. She is the keynote speaker of 2014 for the Environmental Studies and Sciences Film and Lecture Series at Moravian.

Ceruti is an up-and-coming 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 a 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.

‘Take Back the Night’ Event Makes Stand Against Violence

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

ABOVE: Gina Farquhar ’14 designed this year's 'Take Back the Night March & Rally' promotional poster.

Twenty-two on-campus Moravian College groups, organizations, athletic teams and offices have joined forces to take a visible stand against all forms of violence next month. The student-led mission is part of the College’s “Take Back the Night March & Rally” slated for Tuesday, April 8.

Beginning at 6:15 p.m. in front of the H.I.L.L., participants will walk the “Moravian Mile,” from the Priscilla Payne Hurd (South) Campus to Main Street Campus, stopping at Johnston Hall to participate in rally at 7 p.m. The rally, which will include creative and informative performances to advocate against community violence, will host a series of talks from speakers and violence survivors. Among those expected to address the audience are Anne Crothers, director of Healing Works, and USG vice president Nick Roberts ’15. Additionally, a survivor from the Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley will present at the rally.

Following its speakers, the rally at Johnston Hall will conclude with an open mic session for attendees to share stories, make statements and join the discussion. A candlelight vigil will then be held at the campus’ Peace Pole, with a moment of silence to remember those who have lost their lives to violence.

There will be tables on hand with information regarding violence-prevention organizations and community services. Additionally, in recognition of National Equal Pay Day, which is also April 8, the AAUW will host an information table to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. 

Anyone interested in joining the Take Back the Night efforts or AAUW's initiatives can attend the group’s weekly Tuesday meetings at 4 p.m. in the HUB’s Amrhein Room.

Shane Burcaw '15 to be Recognized April 8

Sigma Tau Delta invites the campus community to celebrate the accomplishments and literary work of Shane Burcaw '15 on Tuesday, April 8, at noon in the HUB's UBC Room. During the event, there will be a brief reading from Burcaw’s upcoming book and a discussion on the importance of remaining positive in the face of adversity. Burcaw will be introduced by President Bryon Grigsby '90, a fellow member of Sigma Tau Delta.

‘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.

Reel Leadership Event Slated for April 6

The Center for Leadership and Service will host a Reel Leadership event on Sunday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. Faculty, students and staff are invited to dropped by PPHAC, room 302.

Started in 2005, the goal of the Reel Leadership program is to provide an opportunity for the community to view a film and engage in discussion about the film. The films are chosen by faculty and may be related to a specific leadership lesson or may be geared toward a message relating to civic engagement, advocacy, the common good, or social change.

This semester, Michele Schmidt, associate professor of psychology, is teaming up with Jean DesJardin, assistant professor of education, to show the documentary, "School's Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten." This documentary focuses on a kindergarten for children aged 4-7 in Switzerland that meets every day, no matter the weather, in the woods. Children are encouraged to learn naturally as they engage with one another and share all that nature and childhood have to offer.  

The film lasts approximately 30 minutes and an informal discussion will follow. To RSVP, email Schmidt at

In the Media

Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology, commented in an article, titled “Old buildings get new life in Bethlehem,” on the website. Rosen discussed the "romance of city life" and the idea that more people are looking to move back into an urban environment. To read more, click here.

Conferences and Presentations

Diane Radycki, associate professor of art and director of the Payne Gallery, at the invitation of the Fine Arts Department at Ohio Wesleyan University, delivered the Jarvis Stewart guest lecture March 4. She spoke about the intersections in the life and work of the artists Kaethe Kollwitz (1867-1945) and Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907).

Joel Wingard, professor of English, attended the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis, Ind., held March 19-22. His reviews of five concurrent sessions will appear in a forthcoming issue of the online journal Kairos. These sessions addressed the WPA (Writing Program Administrators) Census Project, metacognition and student learning assessment, revisions of the WPA Outcomes Statement, threshold concepts in Composition, and “unruly” activist rhetorics.

Diane Husic, professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, was the invited speaker at two recent events. First, she discussed “Using Citizen Science to Study Regional Impacts of Climate Change,” at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg on Feb. 28. On March 20, Husic presented a talk, titled “Intersections Between Science, Nature, and the Arts,” at the Nurture Nature Center in Easton. Additionally, Husic just returned from serving as a Middle States Accreditation Team member for Boricua College in New York City. 

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and assistant dean for special projects, recently attended the American Psychological Association’s Spring Consolidated Meetings in Washington, D.C. Dunn, who conducts research on the social psychology of disability, is a member of the APA's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology. Dunn's service on the committee will continue through 2015.

Dunn also served as an external reviewer for the Department of Psychology at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Dunn and a colleague from James Madison University, Suzanne Baker, visited the Washington and Lee campus for meetings with psychology faculty, students and administrators.

Theresa Dougal, professor of English, presented a paper in January at the Modern Language Association Convention (MLA) in Chicago. Her paper was entitled “Sustainable Communities: Teaching the Environment in the English Classroom” and was part of a session on “Teaching Sustainability.”

In the News

The Biennial Moravian College Faculty Show, which runs through April 6 in the Payne Gallery, hosted an artist talk event on March 24.The exhibit explores a wide range of work using traditional methods to cutting-edge digital technologies. To view our photo gallery of the artist talks, click here.

The Moravian College USG hosted its State of the Union Address on March 27 in the HUB's Prosser Auditorium. USG President Tim Semonich '15 and Moravian President Bryon Grigsby '90 addressed the crowd, providing an update on the College's plans and future. To view our photo gallery of the address, click here.

The Moravian College Accounting Club hosted its annual Accounting Club Awards Dinner on March 23. The event recognized 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.” There was also a dedication of Comenius Hall, room 213, as the accounting classroom in honor of Emeriti Professor John Gehman. To view our photo gallery of the dinner and dedication, click here.

Other News

Free Screening of Koran by Heart April 1

In celebration of Reeves Library’s new Muslim Journeys collection, the Friends of Reeves Library invites the campus to a free screening of Koran by Heart on Tuesday, April 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Saal in the Bahnson Center. Coffee and dessert will be provided.

Rev. Dr. Walter Wagner, adjunct professor of Church History, New Testament, and World Religions at Moravian Theological Seminary, will present the film. Author of Beginnings and Endings: Fethullah Gulen’s Vision for Today’s World and Opening the  Qur’an: Introducing Islam’s Holy Book, Wagner will introduce the film, show it, and facilitate discussion. A coming of age story about Muslim kids in modern times, the film follows three children to a global contest that takes place in Cairo, Egypt, annually during Ramadan.

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association. For more information, visit

‘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

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. People with a Moravian ID can receive two free tickets. The cost is $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

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

Babel - Literary Journal: Deadline for Submissions

BABEL, the literary journal published by the Department of Foreign Languages, invites students, 
faculty and staff to submit poetry, short stories, or opinion pieces for publication in any of the following languages: Arabic, French, Italian, Czech, Latin, German, Finnish, Hebrew and Spanish. 

The best entries will be published in the next issue of BABEL. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 23.

Please submit an electronic copy to either Axel Hildebrandt at or Claudia Mesa at Include a cover sheet with your name and contact information. Essays and short stories should not exceed 2,000 words.

This event has been made possible thanks to the generous support from USG, the German Club, the Spanish Club and the Department of Foreign Languages.

ECO Club Hosts Monocacy Creek Clean Up April 6

The College's ECO Club is hosting a Monocacy Creek Clean Up on Sunday. April 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you are interested in coming out and enjoying a nice walk along the Monocacy Creek while bettering the local environment, then please fill out the following survey. If you have any questions, contact Laura McBride '16 at

German and Spanish Clubs Host NYC Trip

The German and Spanish Clubs are hosting a joint trip to New York City on Sunday, April 6. The trip will depart at 9 a.m. from the HUB, and return to Moravian College at 8:30 p.m. No fee. Bring spending money. To RSVP, click here.

Alpha Sigma Alpha Hosts Vagina Monologues

The Sisters of Alpha Sigma Alpha invite you to participate in the Vagina Monologues. The Vagina Monologues is a global non-profit movement dedicated to raising awareness for women’s anti-violence groups. Our particular presentation benefits a local women’s shelter in the Lehigh Valley called Turning Point, and will take place on Saturday, April 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the HUB's Prosser Auditorium. 
Please show your support for this philanthropy, and the Zeta Nu chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha, by purchasing a ticket to the program. Tickets are $5.

History Club Hosts Speaker April 3

On Thursday, April 3, join the History Club for a lecture by Pastor Nelson Quinones, who will speak about Rev. Stephen Albion Repass, a Pennsylvanian who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The lecture will be held at 11:45 a.m. in Comenius Hall, room 300 (History Commons).

Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Event for The Race for Adam Foundation

On Friday, April 4, Sigma Phi Epsilon will host an event to benefit The Race for Adam Foundation. This inaugural event will include a pig roast, live music and yard games. It will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. located on the lawn between the HUB and ASA sorority house (1027 Monocacy Street). Ticket prices will be $5 each or you can purchase a ticket and T-shirt for $10. There is more information about the foundation on their website at or on Facebook.

The Race for Adam Foundation, a volunteer nonprofit organization, is dedicated to funding research projects to find a treatment and cure for Niemann-Pick Type C disease (NP-C) and related neurodegenerative disorders. This foundation is especially meaningful to our fraternity because it was founded for a family member of Josh Recke '16. Adam Recke has touched the lives of everyone he has met and continues to embrace life with a vibrant smile. A seed of hope has been planted with the help of the community and will continue to grow through events that promote awareness and funding for the research of NP-C and related neurodegenerative disorders. 

Borderland Event Scheduled for April 9

The College will host Borderland on Wednesday, April 9, at 6 p.m. in the Reeves Afterwords Café. Join the students and professor from Religion 255, Latin American Liberation Theology, for a light dinner and conversation. For more information and to RSVP, email Ashley Liriano,, by Monday, April 7.

Book Sale Scheduled for April 15

A Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of Reeves Library and Sigma Tau Delta, will be held on Tuesday, April 15, from noon to 7 p.m. in the HUB’s Snyder Room. Paperbacks are $1, and hardcovers are $2. Donate books in the HUB collection boxes through Monday, April 14.

ECO's Annual Trash on the Patio April 15

The ECO Club is hosting its annual Trash on the Patio event on Tuesday, April 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the PPHAC patio. The event will look at the trash from one dorm/academic building and see how much of it could actually be recycled. If you are interested in helping with this event, fill out the following survey. Contact Laura McBride at if you have any questions.

Celebrating Moravian Women Closing Reception April 2

Join us for the closing reception of the 15th annual Celebrating Moravian Women exhibition, featuring art by the women (students, alumnae, faculty and staff) of the Moravian community. The reception will be held Wednesday, April 2, from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. in the HUB’s H. Paty Eiffe Gallery. Refreshments will be served.

Students News & Notes

Tri-Beta Hosts Button and Bake Sale April 1-2

Tri-Beta is hosting a Button and Bake sale Tuesday, April 1, and Wednesday, April 2, at the HUB kiosk, from noon to 5 p.m. And no, they're not baking buttons, they're multi-tasking: both buttons and baked goods will be on sale.

Spanish Club to Hosts Soccer Tournament April 26

The Spanish Club will be hosting its inaugural Soccer Tournament on Saturday, April 26. Sign-ups will be held in the HUB from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, and Thursday, April 3.

Root Beer Pong Tournament Set for April 1

The Association of Peer Educators is hosting a Root Beer Pong Tournament in the ARC on Tuesday, April 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. Come learn the facts about alcohol abuse. Wings and root beer will be served.
Sign up in pairs at the HUB desk or contact Wendy Fomby at

Students In the News

Nicole Volk '14, a psychology major, placed 10th in the female alpine division of the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association (USCSA) Mid-Atlantic Regionals held Feb. 15. The regionals were held at Hunter Mountain in New York. The Regional Championships are the last step on the road to the annual United States Collegiate Skiing and Snowboard Championships, the showcase event in college racing. Volk was featuring in an InCommon news article in April 2013. To read the past release, click here.

Andrew Kanas ’17, a music major and saxophonist, won an award at the most recent Lehigh Valley Music Awards ceremony, held on March 9, at SteelStacks. He received the LVMA "Special Recognition Award." “I was very happy to find out that I was supported not only by my teacher Neil Wetzel and my family, but also that I was supported by the whole Lehigh Valley,” said Kanas.

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