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e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 5/6/14
A red light shines down on a dance floor at the Musikfest Cafe during A Night of Stars.

ABOVE: Moravian College took over the Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest April 26, hosting its inaugural "A Night of Stars" event. The night was highlighted by performances by the Philadelphia Funk Authority. Photo courtesy of John Kish IV


Alumni Connection

'A Night of Stars' Shines Bright

Moravian College hosted its inaugural "A Night of Stars" on April 26, recognizing 17 of the College’s shining stars. The event was held in the Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest in Bethlehem, and included a red carpet reception with gourmet desserts and cordials, followed by dancing with the Philadelphia Funk Authority. For photographs of A Night of Stars, click here.

The recognized stars included Andrew Borghesani ’10; John Callahan ’91; Robert Freeman ’78; Marta Boulos Gabriel ’92; Linda Shay Gardner, Esq. ’74; Manuel Gonzalez, Ed.D. ’84; Michael Grillo, Esq. ’04; Laura Allan Haffner ’86; Keene Jabbour, Esq. ’74; Barbara Hassler Martell ’73, Gary Martell ’76; Anthony Morelli ’59, Amy Pektor ’05; Kurt Poling ’89; Austin Rock ’12; Hillary Martin Wandall, Esq. ’93; and Walter Wandall ’93.

AMIfs Recognizes Bob Kafafian ’77 with Lifetime Member Award

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ABOVE: Bob Kafafian '77 was recently presented with the AMIfs Lifetime Member Award.

Bob Kafafian ’77, a recognized leader in the performance measurement field of the banking industry, was recently honored at the Association for Management Information in Financial Services (AMIfs) Annual Profitability & Risk Conference in Las Vegas. The president and CEO of The Kafafian Group (TKG), Kafafian was presented with the AMIfs Lifetime Member Award for his achievement in the field of bank management accounting. In addition, he served as one of the March conference’s keynote speakers, addressing the convention’s theme of “C.A.P.I.T.A.L - It's a part of everything you do!” Kafafian is a past president of the AMIfs’ Board of Directors. TKG, based in Parsippany, N.J., is a finance, strategy, and operations consulting firm.

Michael Hillis ’97, Geoffrey Roche ’08 Recognized by Lehigh Valley Business

Forty young professionals, including Michael Hillis ’97 and Geoffrey Roche ’08, have been named 2014 Forty Under 40 honorees by Lehigh Valley Business. Hillis is the owner and president of The Hillis Group, LLC, a general contracting and excavating services company in Easton. Roche, a member of the College’s Alumni Association Board of Directors, serves as director of community and government relations at Pocono Medical Center. According to a release, “some of the most accomplished in their field, the 40 share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and the community – the next generation of leaders.” To read more, click here.

Roche was recently featured in a Moravian Effect article, titled “Alumnus Credits Political Science Professor For Guidance.”

Moravian College Writing Conference Slated for June 6-8

Logo for Moravian College's Writers' Conference

The Moravian College Writing Conference will be held from Friday to Sunday, June 6-8, 2014, on the College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. With a focus on community, craft, and inspiration, the conference will provide participants with opportunities to work with accomplished faculty – established and emerging writers and publishing professionals – through workshops, craft talks, readings, and more.

Highlighting the conference will be readings and talks by keynoters Laurie Halse Anderson and Ursula Hegi. Besides opportunities to meet and learn from these accomplished keynoters, the conference will provide workshops in poetry, fiction, young adult/teen fiction, humor writing, and spiritual memoir; panel discussions titled “From Blog to Book” and “Writing Moravians”; a conversation on publishing with two New York literary agents; and sessions on writing family stories, poetry and songwriting, yoga for writers, and more. 

The conference will welcome writers of all genres and at all career stages. Why not plan to come with an old Moravian College friend or two? How about organizing a reunion of classmates from Intro to Creative Writing? Mark your calendars now, and plan to join us to energize your writing, work with experienced faculty, and make those connections with other writers that all writers need. 
To learn more, visit, or contact Joyce Hinnefeld, at

Alumni Making Headlines

Ivan Backer ’49 returned to campus on April 10 as part of an on-campus screening of the award-winning documentary, "Nicky’s Family. The documentary highlights the remarkable story of Sir Nicholas Winton, now 104, who is credited with saving the lives of 669 Czech and Slovak children at the outbreak of World War II. He has been called “Britain’s Schindler." Backer was one of those children, and 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. Additionally, Backer returned to Bethlehem to represent the class of 1949 in the processional for President Grigsby’s Inauguration. The screening was sponsored by the Moravian College Hillel Society.

Maria Corpora '72, a private attorney who specializes in financial services and real estate transactions, was recognized during the month of April by the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP), which provides indigent individuals access to the legal system in civil matters by referring them to volunteer lawyers, paralegals, and others who provide legal services free of charge. Corpora began volunteering with VIP in 2008 at the start of the financial crisis as a volunteer attorney handling mortgage foreclosure cases. To read more, click here.

Emily Shertzer ’02, biology major and member of Moravian’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams, became the first female Guard member to win the Lincoln Marathon in its 37-year history. To read more, click here.

Jonathan Latiano '06 participated in the Maryland Art Place’s 2014 speaker series Young Blood Revisited, which brings back former participants in MAP's Young Blood exhibition program to speak about their art practice post their Masters of Fine Arts degree. Latiano, who currently resides and works in Baltimore, Md., and teaches at The Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., spoke on April 16. To read more, click here.

Matt Lutcza ’12 captured the 2014 St. Luke's Half Marathon in Allentown April 26, completing the race in 1:09.32. He was the runner-up in the 2013 race. Check out coverage of the race from The Allentown Morning Call here.

Amanda Moreno-Bonilla '13 penned an article on a website called “Journey In Their Shoes,” depicting her struggles as an undocumented U.S. resident, including applying to colleges. To read more, click here.

Upcoming Events

As the semester winds down, there is still plenty going on. Visit for more details on these and all college events.

May 7
Graduation Celebration for the Comenius Center
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: The HUB Pavilion

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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