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Moravian college Spotlight 20 / 20

Sure, you know what classes these Hounds teach or what their majors are, but do you know their biggest pet peeve? How about their favorite spot on campus? It's time to view our campus community in clear, 20/20 vision. Follow along as we turn the spotlight on faculty, staff and students through some silly, serious and sentimental questions.

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Scott Dams

Dean of Graduate & Adult Enrollment

“Be where your feet are! What you do now is not only something...it's everything.”

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Tamara Garraway

Class of 2018

“My heroes would be my mother and aunts. This group of women are my heroes because they don't stop giving to their children and family members. Their selflessness is admirable.”

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Beth Gotwals

Assistant Professor of Nursing

“My heroes are the children I've met in developing countries. They don't have many resources and the future may be a big unknown for them, but they can still laugh, play, and give great hugs.”

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Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf 

Founder of the Moravian Church

“Don’t give up and be vulnerable in the process of lifelong learning. I was exiled and faced widespread opposition for my work to stabilize the religious environment, yet I persisted to make positive change.”

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Mike Macenka

Mailroom and Duplicating Supervisor

"I want to work at a non-profit ranch that rescues animals in need and helps them find forever homes, because I believe you can tell what type of person someone is by how they treat animals.”

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Belinda Waller-Peterson

Assistant Professor of English

Who is your hero? Why? “Shirley Chisholm is Black girl magic personified. She was the first African American and woman to run for President of the United States in 1972. Her example encourages me to strive towards excellence.”

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Kelcey Holcomb G'18

Graduate Student and Assistant Athletic Trainer

“The reason I became an athletic trainer was because of the ability we have to see our patients multiple times a day, every day. We see them from the time they come in as freshman through graduation. If/when they get injured I am there through the initial injury, possible surgery, doing their rehabilitation and then getting them back out on the field or court. I enjoy building a relationship of trust and healing, through the hard and good days.”

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Cecilia Fox

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences; Director of Neuroscience

“I went into this discipline because I had such a curiosity about the brain and how it functions. But, the more I learn, the more I respect its complexity and the mysteries it represents. I will leave this Earth without having all the answers about how neurons die, how the brain repairs itself or how we manifest such a range of emotions and thought processes. But, it's not about the end result. It's about the journey.”

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Ari Aguirre

Class of 2018

Who is your hero? “My grandmother. As a child, she was orphaned during WWII in the Philippines, but that didn't stop her from getting an education. Though she was very poor, she worked hard to graduate and become a nurse. Her strength and resilience inspire me.”

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George J. Boksan '78

Chief of Police

“Growing up, the elders would say, ‘Kid, remember two things: the older you get, the quicker time will go and you will hate the cold.’ The truth be told on both points.”

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John Amos Comenius

Father of Modern Education

“My favorite spot on campus is Comenius Hall because it is a symbol of your academic program at the College. But when it was first built, it included a library, gymnasium, and workshop with carpentry tools. That history embraces all of my teachings about the values of hands-on learning and play.”

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Neil Wetzel

Director of Jazz Studies

"When I was in college, our wind ensemble conductor told us in a rehearsal, "Your competition for jobs when you graduate will be your teachers." That really hit me and motivated me to work harder."

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Elainea Horan

Class of 2016

"Creative expression combined with my nerdy tendencies makes me happy. I love creative writing and painting, but I also love Marvel Comics, Star Trek, and Jurassic Park. When my loves are combined, like in some of the paintings I had on display in the H. Paty Eiffe Gallery, I am ecstatic."

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Scott Hughes

Chief Information Officer

"When we see a faculty member or staff member engaging with the tools we've all built together with the students, it’s magic. I wish more people could experience that."

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Joel Nathan Rosen

Associate Professor of Sociology

What's your favorite Moravian College tradition?  "The commencement ceremony, because it's great to see all who have survived the battles now wearing the gown. It's also an opportunity to celebrate those with whom I have worked so closely over the years."

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Jessica Buttner

Class of 2019

"Life is all about adventure and opportunities! Those who strive to get the most out of their lives inspire me to do the same."

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Sara Steinman

Assistant Athletics Director

"I am on a mission to see a game in every MLB stadium—I have been to 17 so far."

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Michelle Santiago

Assistant Professor of Clinical Counseling

Who is your hero? "Any woman who has stood up on her own and known that there were other women behind her—who had her back."

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Faisal Alruwaitea

Class of 2016

"I sometimes tutor students who need help on writing or calculus at my place for free. I'm sharing this because I want to encourage people to provide free help to others."

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Debbie Hinkel

"Soon to be Retired" Executive Secretary to the President

"I love the sound of the ocean. When I hear it, it's because I'm physically there and I know it's time to relax from my every day responsibilities."

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Martha Reid

Professor of English

"Shakespeare is my hero because he understood what it meant to be human, and his art helps the rest of us to understand, love, and forgive each other."

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Chernoh Shaw

Class of 2016

What makes you happy? "Overcoming challenges."

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Doug Plotts

Director of Facilities Management, Planning and Construction

"I love what I do both at work and at play. Some discuss the division between work and private life—my world is everything combined all the time."

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