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e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 4/29/14
A group of "reporters" interviews the main character in Jesus Christ Superstar.

ABOVE: Last weekend, the College's Music Department and Theatre Company came together to present Jesus Christ Superstar in Foy Hall. For photographs of the performances, click here. (Photos courtesy of Christopher Shorr)


News & Notes

Music Department & Threate Company Present Jesus Christ Superstar

The Moravian College Music Department and Theatre Company joined forces to present Jesus Christ Superstar, the iconic rock opera by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, on April 25 and 26. The performances were previewed by The Morning Call, with extensive comments from Christopher Shorr, director of the Moravian College Theatre Company, and Paula Zerkle, director of choral music. For photographs of the performances, click here.

Women’s Studies Honor Society Hosts First Induction Ceremony

Two rows of students stand in Borhek Chapel for the induction ceremony.

ABOVE: Photo courtesy of Casey Hilferty

On April 23, the Gamma Xi Chapter of Iota Iota Iota, the women’s studies honor society, hosted its first induction ceremony in Borhek Chapel. Fifteen Moravian College juniors and seniors from various disciplines were inducted, as well as five honorary members. The recognized students included: Kristen Beutler, Katelyn Cohen, Casey Hilferty, Aisling Housel, Ariel Hudak, Erica McGettigan, Hilary Reis, Samantha Salvati, Allison Sampson, Joshua Schedler, Alicia Schmeltzly, Phoebe Stone, Nicole Volk, Brigid Walker and Melissa Walters. The honorary inductees were Jane Berger, assistant professor of history; Shelley Speirs, director of annual giving; Nicole Tabor, assistant professor of English; Elizabeth Yates, assistant dean for residence life, Greek life, and first-year programs; and Stacey Zaremba, professor of psychology. 

Three female students get their portraits down by an artist at the carnival.

Spring Carnival Heads Indoors, But Fun Continues

Despite the threat of rainy weather, the College's Spring Carnival prevailed, moving into the ARC for an afternoon of fun April 25. There were plenty of food and activities, including a dunk tank and a photo booth, lucky bamboo, henna tattoos, obstacle courses and live entertainment. To check out photos from last week's carnival, click here.

In the Media

Dawn Ketterman-Benner, Moravian's long-time women's tennis coach, was profiled by The Morning Call on April 25. The article is titled, "Ketterman-Benner leaves a legacy of hard work and advocacy at Moravian College." To read more, click here.

Conferences and Presentations

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and assistant dean for special projects, recently gave the Portenier-Wertheimer Teaching Keynote Address at the 84th Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA), which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dunn spoke on "Inclusive Goals, Development, and Cultural Competence for Psychology Education: Understanding and Using the New Guidelines 2.0." Dunn also took part in an RMPA panel discussion on "Mentors and Mentees: What have We Learned and What Would We Pass On?" 

Robert H. Mayer, professor of education, will attend the 2014 NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers, Finding Mississippi in the National Civil Rights Narrative, from June 8 through June 29. For more information about the institute, click here.

Fox stands with Dent and her colleagues in Dent's office.

ABOVE: With two fellow colleagues, Cecilia M. Fox (left) visited with Charlie Dent (second from left), the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district. (Photo courtesy of Fox)

Cecilia M. Fox, associate professor of biological sciences and director of the neuroscience program, participated in the "Society for Neuroscience on Capitol Hill" event March 24-26. Fox serves on the SfN Government and Public Affairs committee, which promotes the importance of funding scientific research to the nation’s elected representatives. “This is a significant honor since I am the only representative from a private liberal arts institution,” Fox said. “It is critical that undergraduate colleges and universities be included in the conversation of investing our resources in scientific research since we feed the pipeline for future physicians, scientists and educators.”

In the News

Bernie Cantens, associate professor of philosophy, and Kelly Denton-Borhaug, associate professor of religious studies and co-director of Peace and Justice Studies, recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will fund the development and implementation of a new 200-level humanities course (What is Peace?). The course will enrich the existing curriculum in religion, philosophy, peace and justice studies, humanities, and the College as a whole. This course will first be offered during the spring 2015 semester to coincide with the War and Peace IN FOCUS theme, and will be offered four times during the grant period. 


The second edition of Assessment Bytes, our new campus-wide newsletter highlighting and celebrating our assessment activities on campus, is now available. To take a look, click here.

Other News

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. 

Students News & Notes

Hounds4Kids Visits NYC Cancer Center

A group of students pose while in New York City.

ABOVE: Photo courtesy of Virginia Adams O'Connell

Hounds4Kids, a Moravian College student group that supports Hope & Heroes, a charity devoted to fighting pediatric cancer, made a trip to New York City over Easter Break. The Hounds4Kids students made their way to the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center to visit with several pediatric cancer patients. The students had a wonderful time visiting with the patients and felt that they were able to provide a distraction, at least for a while, for the children from their medical challenges. Hounds4Kids will be heading back to New York City on May 18 to participate in Hope & Heroes Annual 5K Walk. Swathi Kanakamedala ’17 is the club's president.  

The Strenots Win Inaugural Spanish Cup

The Strenots pose for a photograph inside a soccer goal.

ABOVE: The Strenots consisted of (from, from left) Lee Rabin, Saul Marcial, Matt Gandy, Andrew Arcell, (back) Austin Niekersz, Brian Boland, Shane McCaslin, Ian Larimer and Austin van Spanje. Not pictured are Justin Dilts and James Perry. (Photo courtesy of Claudia Mesa)

The Spanish Club is proud to present the winners for the inaugural Spanish Cup Campus Wide Soccer Tournament, the Strenots. The tournament was held on April 24 on the Main Street Campus' Quad.

The winning team included Austin Niekersz, Brian Boland, Shane McCaslin, Ian Larimer, Austin van Spanje, Lee Rabin, Saul Marcial, Matt Gandy, Andrew Arcell, Justin Dilts and James Perry.

The tournament’s runner-up was the West Laurel Hooligans, led by Nick Roberts, Ben Prenning, Dave Pasquale, Greg Hargrave, Dylan Fatzinger, Andrew Mengel, Chris Gomez, Jeremy Fasno, Genevieve Chalif, Taylor Disora and Ryan Dibilio. 

First-Year Seminar Writing Prize Recipients

The annual First Year Seminar Writing Prize is awarded to the best academically focused essays written in a First-Year Seminar course. The winners of the 2013–2014 First-Year Seminar Writing Prize are:

First Prize
"Wampum and Its Role in the Formation of an Interdependence between Iroquois and Europeans in the 1600’s"
Branden Weghofer
Written for Jamie Paxton’s course

Second Prize
"Murdering Subcultural Identity: the Commercialization of Alternative Rock"
Kyle Novis
Written for James West’s course

Honorable Mention
"The Ethics of Enhancing Soldiers"
Jordan Sweeney
Written for Virginia Adams O’Connell’s course

George Diamond Writing Prizes Announced

The winners of this year’s George Diamond Writing Prizes are as follows:

ACADEMIC ESSAY (selected by Professor Emerita Carole Brown)

Winner: Cody Florindi — “Identity Crisis: The Socioeconomic Hardships of Turkish Origin Citizens in Germany and their Struggle for Self-Identity” (written for POSC 245: Politics of the Third World)
Honorable Mention goes to Faith Brown — “Basso Continuo in Italian Baroque Music” (written for MUS 281: Western Music to 1750) – and Brian Welsko — “The Effect of Observation on Latency in Female Rats” (written for PSYC 335: Conditioning, Learning, and Behavior)

POETRY (selected by Bob Watts, Assistant Professor of English at Lehigh University)

Winner: John Jesse McHugh — “Stop”
Honorable Mention goes to Marissa Blose — “Coming Down” and “The Clock and the Casket” – and Kyle Apgar — “Upon Finding a Body in Four Parts”

SHORT STORY (selected by a panel of alumni judges)

Winner: John Jesse McHugh — “All We Can Do Is Run”
Honorable Mention goes to  Khera Rufino — “Full-Time Mommy”

PERSONAL ESSAY (selected by a panel of alumni judges)

Winner: Cathy Griffin — “River Rats”
Honorable Mention goes to James Zengerle — “Reykjavik: I Didn’t Come Here to Sleep”

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