Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 4/8/14
Jim Shalnik looks to his right with his glasses off when talking at a desk.

ABOVE: Jim Skalnik, assistant dean for academic advising, presented the fifth and final faculty luncheon talk this semester on April 3. Skalnik discussed and revisited his work on Petris Ramus, an influential French humanist, logician and educational reformer.


News & Notes

‘Nicky’ Film,’ an Award-Winning Documentary, Presented 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 April 12. 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.

Invitation to Open Forum with College Trustees April 10

In an effort to increase interaction between the College’s Board of Trustee members and the campus community, there will be an informal session for students and staff with a few members of the Board of Trustees on Thursday, April 10, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the HUB's UBC Room.

This is an opportunity for students and staff to “get to know” some of the members of the board, as well as for them to get to know you in a relaxed, casual setting. There is no formal agenda. It is a chance to interact with, meet and introduce one’s self to these individuals. Feel free to discuss projects or initiatives which you are involved in that might be of interest to the Trustees, or simply use this as an opportunity to meet board members and find out more about why they have a passion for serving Moravian.

Clinical Law Professor Fran Quigley to Discuss Medical Advocacy

Fran Quigley, clinical professor of law, teaching in the Health and Human Rights Clinic of the Indiana University School of Law, will present, “When the Best Medicine is an Advocate,” at Moravian on Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m. The talk which is part of Moravian College’s Healthcare | In Focus program, is free and open to the public. The lecture will be held in the HUB's UBC Room.

Quigley is the author of the book Walking Together, Walking Far: How a U.S. and African Medical School Partnership Is Winning the Fight Against the HIV/AIDS Pandemic (Indiana University Press, 2009), the forthcoming book How Human Rights Can Build Haiti: The Lawyers, the Activists, and the Grassroots Movement (Vanderbilt University Press, 2014), and a number of academic journal articles on social justice and human rights. He has also served as the executive director of ACLU of Indiana and as a staff attorney with Indiana Legal Services.

Football Team Hosts Be The Match Bone Marrow Donor Drive April 24

The Moravian College football team will host its fifth annual Be The Match Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive on Thursday, April 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Johnston Hall.

For the fifth straight year, the football squad has partnered with the Be The Match Foundation in participating in the Get in the Game, Save a Life Program. The goal of this partnership is to give everyone a chance to join the Be The Match Registry and the National Bone Marrow Donor Program Registry.

This is a 10-minute process that includes filling out a medical history form and a painless cotton swabbing of the cheek. Moravian is looking for people from every background so more patients can have a chance for a cure. Moravian has accounted for a total of 1,037 registrations in four years.

For more information, contact assistant football coach Chris Leavenworth at 610-625-7955 or by email at Click here for a flyer of the event.

‘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 AAUW's initiatives can attend the group’s weekly Tuesday meetings at 4 p.m. in the HUB’s Amrhein Room.

In the Media

Bill Cosby’s lecture at Moravian College on April 2 made several rounds with media outlets. Here are links to articles by The Morning Call and The Express-Times.

Moravian College women's tennis coach Dawn Ketterman-Benner, who has announced she will retire after this season, ending a 43-year association at the institution, was featured in The Express-Times. To read more, click here.

On April 4, WLVT PBS39 aired a program about John F. Kennedy’s visit to the Lehigh Valley in 1960 that included a speech in Johnston Hall at Moravian College. The program included an in-studio interview with Jane Berger, assistant professor of history, and interviews with four Moravian alumni who recounted their experiences when JFK visited. 

The Wall Street Journal published an article on a mural in Pine Plains, N.Y., that depicts ‪‎Moravian‬'s founder Benigna von Zinzendorf, who founded the first school for girls in 1742, Moravian College. To read more, click here.

In the News

A photo of Radycki's book sitting on a book shelf facing out.

ABOVE: Photo courtesy of Hildebrandt and Radycki

On April 6, when Axel Hildebrandt, assistant professor of German, took the College’s German Club to New York City to see the Degenerate Art exhibition at the Neue Galerie, he took this photograph (at right) in the museum's bookstore. The image shows the new book by Diane Radyck, associate professor of art and director of the Payne Gallery, on the German artist Paula Modersohn-Becker displayed face out!

Robert Mayer, professor of education, has been voted by the class to serve as the Class Faculty Speaker at this year's Commencement. Mayer has been on the College faculty for 27 years.

On March 27, Moravian College’s Center for Intercultural Advancement & Inclusion presented “A Call to Action: MAKE A CHOICE (MAC)” at the International & Intercultural House. The event asked attendees the following questions: Are you making the most out of your college experience? Can you do better? Do you want to do better? Do you know how to do better? Are you doing the very best you can do at Moravian College? To view a photo gallery of the meeting, click here.

Moravian College hosted its Omicron Delta Epsilon dinner on March 30. ODE is the national honor society for economic and business. To view a photo gallery of the dinner, click here.

On March 27, Moravian College hosted William Penn Elementary School students for a gym day in the College's Johnston Hall. This was the school's monthly Positive Behavior event and also a celebration of the PSSA reading and math tests coming to an end. To view a photo gallery of the event, click here.


Joel Wingard, professor of English, and Angela Geosits ’09 co-authored an article that has been published in the online journal Across the Disciplines (Vol. 11, No. 1). The article is titled “Effective Comments and Revisions in Student Writing from WAC Courses,” and it grew out of a WAC assessment Wingard conducted with Geosits' help in summer 2008. Geosits earned a SOAR grant to work with Wingard on the assessment project that summer. Once the duo had concluded that project, Wingard realized they had something publishable because no published studies of the relationship between teacher comments on student papers and student revisions of those papers had appeared. Additionally, their study established a 68% correlation between teacher comments addressing substantive matters in the writing and students' substantial revision of their writing. Wingard and Geosits originally submitted the article to Across the Disciplines in November 2012, and they spent much of 2013 revising it for publication. Geosits is now a Ph.D. student in medieval literature at Catholic University, and having a publication – even if it is not in her special field – on her resume should be helpful when she goes on the job market. To read the article, click here.

Diane White Husic, professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, wrote an opinion piece that was published in the newest edition of Liberal Education by AAC&U. The article was titled “What Fires Should Educators Light?” To read the article, click here.

Additionally, Husic recently received word that she was selected to be a member of National Geographic’s inaugural Geo-Educator Community Steering Committee. This new initiative is to enhance cross-cultural awareness, environmental stewardship and global competence in the national curriculum. Husic was nominated and chosen as one of eight from a pool of more than 80 nominations from across the country. A part of the group’s work will involve finding innovative ways to use technology in this initiative.

Other News

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.

Comedian Dave Coulier Event Rescheduled for April 23

Cut. It. Out! Moravian College's IMPACT has rescheduled Dave Coulier's performance for Wednesday, April 23, 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.

For more information, contact Sri Rao at or Gretchen Schmidt at

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

Safe Zone Ally Program Hosts April 15 Workshop

The Safe Zone Ally program is a workshop through which faculty, staff and students at Moravian College are educated and informed about issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals. It also provides a support network for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff.

The College will host its Safe Zone Ally program on Tuesday, April 15, in PPHAC, room 102. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. for those who RSVP. The workshop begins at noon. Please RSVP to Chris Hunt at if you plan to attend. The presenter is Michelle Santiago of the Counseling Center.

Save the Date: Spring Carnival Set for April 25

This year’s Spring Carnival has been scheduled for Friday, April 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. between Comenius Hall and Reeves Library. There will be food, a dunk tank and a photo booth, lucky bamboo, henna tattoos, obstacle courses and live entertainment. Who do you want to dunk? Do you want to see someone in the dunk tank at the Spring Carnival? Send the name of that person to Getchen Schmidt at

End-of-the-Year BBQ Scheduled for April 10

An end-of-the-year BBQ, hosted by Religious Life, Intercultural Advancement and Idea, is set for Thursday, April 10, at 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Intercultural & International House at 1105 Main St. There will be a BBQ food menu, free photo booth, egg hunt and other games – with prizes. DJ Swif will also be on hand.

Jesus Christ Superstar Set for April 25-26

The Moravian College Music Department and Theatre Company have joined forces to present Jesus Christ Superstar, the iconic rock opera by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26. Both performances will begin at 8 p.m. in Foy Hall. The event is free with your Moravian ID. It is $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors and non-Moravian students. Note: This production contains adult themes and violence and may not be suitable for all audiences. 

Action Researcher Lesley Wood to Talk On Campus April 10

Lesley Wood of North-West University, South Africa, will speak on campus Thursday, April 10, in the HUB’s UBC Room at 7 p.m. Wood will present a talk, titled “Action Research for the Social Change: Some ‘Out of Africa’ Experiences,” followed by a Q&A session. Wood is a research professor in the faculty of education sciences at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. She is the editor of the journal Educational Research for Social Change. Additionally, Wood is serving as Action Researcher in Residence at Moravian College from April 9-15.

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,

Spring Fitness Challenge Set for April 23

Mission for Hope, the Moravian College spring fitness challenge, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, at 5 p.m. in the ARC. It costs $20 per team. The College’s Intramurals and Fitness Center will host the challenge to benefit the Vets for Vets Foundation. Teams made up of 1-4 individuals will compete in events testing speed, strength, power and education. (Each member must compete in at least one event.) A registration form and waiver can be found at the Fitness Center desk. The deadline for registrations is Tuesday, April 22, at 4 p.m.

Muslim Students Association Hosts Walter Wagner April 15

Please join the Muslim Students Association for a talk by Walter Wagner on Tuesday, April 15, in room 202 in the Collier Hall of Science. Wagner, formerly the chaplain at Muhlenberg College, teaches regularly at Moravian. He has written two books about Islam. The lecture runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
If you have questions, contact Sidra Naqui at or Anika Riaz at

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.

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.

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.

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

Students News & Notes

Spanish Club to Hosts Soccer Tournament April 24

The Spanish Club will be hosting its inaugural Soccer Tournament on Thursday, April 24. It will be a seven versus seven tournament, and costs $10 per team. All the profits from this fundraising event will go to Casa Guadalupe, a nonprofit organization located in Allentown.

Basketball Teams Participate in Pep Rally at Nitschmann

Members of the Moravian College men's and women's basketball teams visited Nitschmann Middle School in March to take part in a pep rally to encourage a positive attitude toward school and academic achievement and to help them get ready for their upcoming testing program.

There were approximately 60 sixth-graders. The Greyhounds talked to students, answered questions in a classroom setting for 30 minutes, and then participated in basketball activities for 30 minutes.

Tristan Hamilton '17, Laura Jordan '14 and Ericka Blair '14 from the women's squad and Aaron Brown '17Jared Clayton '17Isaiah Jennings '17 and Tom Cicalese '17 were in attendance from the men's team, along with Assistant Coach Pete Hamilton and Head Coach Jim Walker.

Click here for a photo gallery of the pep rally.

Students In the News

The team of Dan Aquilino ’14, Thomas Lazaro ’14, Christina Mazariegos-Castano ’14 and Danielle Zimmerman ’14 advanced to the final eight in the IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) global student case competition. The group’s next step is to reach the final four, where they would be invited to present their case at the IMA 95th Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minn., and a final decision will be made regarding their rank. The Moravian contingent competed with schools from across the globe – no entries from Antarctica –  and were among the top eight teams in the world. “Keep your fingers crossed that they make it to the final four and then earn first place,” said John Rossi III, associate professor of accounting. “This achievement speaks well for the quality of our program.”

Anders Engman ’14, who double majoring in psychology and sociology with a concentration in pre-law, has been selected to serve as the Class Student Speaker at thus year's Commencement.

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