Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 4/22/14
Alicia Altemose faces Professor Jones as she talks about her poster in the background.

ABOVE: Alicia Altemose ’14 (right) discusses her poster with Christopher Jones, associate professor of biology, at last week's ninth annual Student Scholarship and Creative Endeavors Day. For photos from Student Scholarship and Creative Endeavors Day, click here.


News & Notes

College Celebrates Student Scholarship and Creative Endeavors Day

The College hosted its ninth annual Student Scholarship and Creative Endeavors Day on April 14. Michelle Stroffolino Schmidt, associate professor of psychology and director of academic leadership programs, said the event, “demonstrated the wonderful scholarship undertaken by our students." This year, 59 students, representing 20 different areas of study, participated in the Scholars Day activities. These students were mentored by 35 faculty members. Since the inception of this event nine years ago, 568 students have shared their scholarly accomplishments with the community. Click here to find a short version of the program. For more photographs from Student Scholarship and Creative Endeavors Day, click here.

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 cleavenworth@moravian.eduClick here for a flyer of the event.

College Hosts Salon Ensemble

Three female singers crowd around stands while singing in Peter Hall.

ABOVE: The College hosted a 'Salon Ensemble' on March 28. (Photo courtesy of Fred Barr '16.)

On March 28, the College hosted its first "Salon Ensemble,” recreating the intimacy of a 19th century salon in Peter Hall. The event was under the direction of Graeme Burgan. President Bryon Grigsby ’90, as well as several generous donors to the College’s All-Steinway effort, attended the special event. The guests (audience) enjoyed coffee, dessert and mingling in between sets of some fabulous music and dramatic readings by singers, pianists and a clarinetist. There was also a world premiere of a piece written specifically for the ensemble by Sean O'Boyle, artist-lecturer in composition. Click here to see photographs courtesy of Fred Barr ’16.

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 a 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. 

In the Media

Gary Olson, professor of political science, recently wrote an op-ed piece for The Morning Call on climate change. It is titled “Businesses recognize they can profit from climate change.” To read more, click here.

Shane Burcaw '15 penned his first column for The Morning Call, titled "Laughing at My Nightmare, Life in the Lehigh Valley" on April 18. To read the column, click here.

Conferences and Presentations

Zaremba and Cohen stand against a yellow background at the AAUW conference.

Stacey Beth Zaremba, professor of psychology, and student Kate Cohen ’14 attended the 85th AAUW-PA Annual Meeting in Gettysburg in April. This year’s theme was “Women on All Fronts.” Cohen served on a panel, entitled “AAUW: College Students' Perspectives,” and Zaremba received an AAUW Pennsylvania Achievement Award for her work at the local level. In addition to serving as the AAUW student affiliate advisor, Zaremba also serves on the board of AAUW of Bethlehem and co-chairs its program committee.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and assistant dean for special projects, recently gave the keynote address at the Palmer Undergraduate Research Symposium at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. The title of Dunn's talk was “Insiders and Outsiders: The Social Psychology of Disability.” Dunn described studies from his research program on the social psychology of disability, highlighting the contributions of three of his students: David Fisher ’10, Brittany Beard ’12 and Shane Burcaw ’14.

During his visit at Morningside, Dunn spent time with two former Moravian colleagues – William Deeds, Morningside’s dean and vice president for academic affairs, and his wife, Pam Hoadley. The couple sent warm regards to the Moravian community.

In the News

Suzanne Kompass, artist lecturer in voice at Moravian, will be inducted into the Parkland High Alumni Wall of Fame. The Allentown high school will honor Kompass and other distinguished alumni at a celebratory gala on Monday, May 5, at the Lehigh Valley Holiday Inn in Fogelsville. Kompass said she was overwhelmed to be recognized by her alma mater.


Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology, teamed with Roberta J. Newman, master professor in the Department of Liberal Studies at New York University, to write Black Baseball, Black Business: Race Enterprise and the Fate of the Segregated Dollar (University Press of Mississippi), an authoritative social history of the Negro Leagues. The book examines how the relationship between black baseball and black businesses functioned, particularly in urban areas with significant African American populations. Inextricably bound together by circumstance, these sports and business alliances faced destruction and upheaval. Black Baseball, Black Business was published in early March 2014.

Diane White Husic, professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, and Hilde Binford, associate professor of music and chair of the Department of Music, recently served as co-authors – along with two colleagues from York College – on a short article in the quarterly publication of the Council on Undergraduate Research. The article is titled “Undergraduates, Faculty Mentors, and Professional Disciplinary Societies Address Climate Change as a Global Human-Rights Issue” and appears in the CUR Quarterly spring 2014 issue. This article relates to Husic and Binford’s work at the U.N. climate meetings. The image used in the article includes Marla Bianca ’13, who attended the U.N. meeting in Doha, Qatar, in fall 2012. To read more, click here.

Husic also published an invited essay in the Sustainable Lehigh Valley 2014 Directory and Voices of the Valley. The essay, published by the Alliance for Sustainable Communities - Lehigh Valley and titled “Creating a Local Climate for Community Conversation and Action,” can be viewed here.  

Other News

Celebration of Service Set for April 22

Join the Center for Leadership and Service for its Celebration of Service on Tuesday, April 22, at 6 p.m. in the HUB’s UBC Room. There will be light refreshments provided. The annual event celebrates the service work performed by clubs, organizations, sports teams, classes and individuals of the Moravian College community. Even if you have never volunteered, join us to learn about how you can get involved.

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. For more information, visit

Save the Date: Spring Carnival Set for April 25

This year’s Spring Carnival has been scheduled for Friday, April 25, 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

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.

WRMC Moravian College Radio Trivia Night

Looking for a night of quizzical fun? On Thursday, April 24, come to the HUB pavilion and participate in the WRMC Moravian College Radio Trivia Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Create a team and compete to win. Appetizers and drinks (non-alcoholic) will be served. Prizes include gift cards to Wawa, the Moravian College Bookstore, BrewWorks, and more! 

Association of Peer Educators Hosts Relationship Violence Lunch and Learn

The Association of Peer Educators will host a Relationship Violence Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, April 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in PPHAC, room 102. Lunch will be provided. A representative from Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley, an organization that provides services for victims of abuse, will present information on relationship violence, abusive relationships of all types, and dating violence. The session is open to everyone.

Publication Party for The Manuscript

The editors of The Manuscript, Moravian’s student literary magazine, invite the campus community to a publication party on Thursday, April 24, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Reeves AfterWords Café. The Manuscript, a magazine filled with poetry, prose, and art by members of the Moravian College community, is produced by students, for students. Come join in celebrating this year’s issue!

Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs to Visit Library April 24

Does finals week have you stressed out. Don’t worry, the dog days are over. Reeves Library and Active Minds are pleased to host a visit from the Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs on Thursday, April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Middle Eastern Club Hosts Barbeque April 24

The Middle Eastern Club is hosting a barbecue on Thursday, April 24, at 6 p.m. The event will be held near the sand volleyball courts, in front of the Beck houses. The weather location is the International House. Enjoy Middle Eastern BBQ, hookah, music, “Dabke” dancing, and a game of volleyball with your friends. The event is free.

Celebration of Nursing Scholarship Event Scheduled April 29

The campus community is invited to attend the Nursing Department's Celebration of Nursing Scholarship event on Wednesday, April 29, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the PPHAC Atrium and room 102. Here is the event’s program, which includes the names of graduating MS students and titles of their capstone projects. 

'Kick it to Cancer' Set for April 23

The Moravian College women's soccer team invites girls ages 7-14 to help us "Kick it to Cancer!" We will be running a soccer clinic on Wednesday, April 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Moravian College's HUB quad. For a $10 donation, your daughter(s) will have the opportunity to work with college coaches and players to help improve her game and raise money for pediatric cancer. Click here for more details and to register for the clinic! For more information, contact coach Brienne Smith at 610-625-7953

Students News & Notes

Sigma Tau Delta Hosts Shane Burcaw Lecture

Shane Burcaw talks to an audience in the HUB's UBC room.

Sigma Tau Delta invited the campus community to celebrate the accomplishments and literary work of Shane Burcaw '15 on April 8 in the HUB's UBC Room. During the event, there was be a brief reading from Burcaw’s upcoming book and a Q&A discussion with the senior.

Burcaw was introduced by President Bryon Grigsby '90, a fellow member of Sigma Tau Delta. To view our photo gallery of the lecture, click here.

Fines Forgiveness Drive Now Under Way

Beginning April 16, through the end of the semester, Reeves Library will be holding a Fines Forgiveness Drive for our students. The “cost” to a student to have a fine forgiven is the donation of a book for Judith's Reading Room. While Reeves will accept any book from a student, Judith's Reading Room is especially in need of children's books for their Birth-2-Five program which works with Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in Allentown and Bethlehem to help close the educational gap for families of inter-generational poverty. They also ship children's books to troops overseas who then send DVDs of themselves reading the books to their children back home.

Students In the News

Congratulations to the team of Dan Aquilino ’14Thomas Lazaro ’14Christina Mazariegos-Castano ’14 and Danielle Zimmerman ’14 for making the final round in the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) global student case competition. The next step is to present their case at the IMA 95th Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minn., and a final rank will be determined from the top four teams. This achievement speaks well for the quality of our accounting program, said John Rossi III, associate professor of accounting.

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