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TOP 10 Moravian College MOMENTS OF 2017

There is so much to celebrate at Moravian College, and 2017 was no different. Here's a look at some of the many, many highlights of this wonderful year in the College's 275-year history.


The Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences Opened its Doors

In 2017, Moravian College opened the doors to the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences, a 55,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility hosting classes for both undergraduate and graduate programs, including nursing, informatics, and the health sciences. The building is named in honor of former Moravian College trustee Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz and contains the regions only 3D virtual cadaver lab, along with state-of-the-art simulation labs and the aptly named DeLight’s Café (see it here!). The Breidegam's family's generosity and commitment to Moravian College made this project possible.

We Launched our First Doctorate Program

The Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT) became the first doctorate program at Moravian College—and the first fully online program. Our DAT is a professional doctoral program that focuses on the development of clinical experts in the field of athletic training and is one of just a few in the entire country. There are so many wonderful highlights to this program, but one of the most impressive is its rock-star faculty. According to Program Director Jennifer Ostrowski and Department Chair James Scifers, every single class is taught by a national expert. Learn more, here!


HBO’s President of Programming Gave Us a Little GoT Scoop!

On Wednesday, September 6th, HBO President of Programming and Bethlehem native Casey Bloys came to Moravian College to give students, faculty, and staff the inside scoop on hit series like Girls, The Sopranos, and the crowd favorite, Game of Thrones. Excerpts from Bloys' talk have been spotlighted by huge news source outlets, including The Morning Call, Buzzfeed News, the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, UK and MTV Australia.Watch the full talk, here!

Bethlehem Advanced in Nomination for World Heritage Site during its 275th year!

Historic Moravian Bethlehem joins with four other cultural sites to be named to the US Tentative List, working toward a nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Fitting, as we wrapped up our 275th anniversary as a city and as a College.


Carl Bernstein Gave a Very Timely Talk

About 1,300 attendees piled into Johnston Hall on October 24 to listen to one of the two journalists who broke the Watergate scandal. Bernstein, the 2017 Cohen Arts & Lecture Speaker, came to Moravian to speak about past and present journalism, the politics of today’s world, and people’s obligation to their government. Commenting on the work being done in journalism today, Bernstein remarked, “We now are seeing a renaissance of truly great reporting, investigative reporting on the presidency of the United States,” and went on to emphasize that the primary function of today’s reporters is to provide the “best attainable version of the truth.”

Read the reflection by Emily Sangirardi ‘20, here!

Mary Kate Duncan ’18 Won National Championship in Javelin

Mary Kate Duncan brought home the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championship in the javelin this year. Duncan won the title with a personal best of 46.26 meters (151-9) on May 25, the opening day of the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championship meet hosted by The University of Mount Union and the City of Cleveland at the SPIRE Institute. Duncan's toss also set the stadium record at the SPIRE Institute. "Winning the national championship was a reflection on the hard work that goes into javelin training not only for the athlete but also for the coaches who have to wait and watch us compete," Duncan said. Duncan became Moravian's 21st NCAA Division III Individual National Champion and the 20th from the track & field program.

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Benny Joined the Pack

Have you seen the newest furry face around campus? Benny—“short” for Benigna—joined the Moravian College community this year, and Mo took on a new role as big brother to President Grigsby’s newest rescued greyhound. He’s made quite an impression on campus already! Benny’s inquisitive ear raises are simply adorable, and he makes any trip to the second floor of Colonial Hall that much more fun!

Greyhounds Proved Their Education has No Borders

Our students took any and every opportunity to further their education abroad. Whether that meant through exchange programs, May term trips, or summer courses, one thing is true: Greyhounds truly are global citizens. And that’s thanks in great part to our fantastic International Studies office.

One program of highlights: the In-Focus May term global seminar, Legacies of WWII. 12 students blogged about their incredible experience learning, reflecting, and traveling on the other side of the world. Read their stories, here!


Our Students Continued to Revolutionize the Liberal Arts

We profiled some incredible students who embody the 21st-century liberal arts education. The Kanakemedala triplets, after impressive undergraduate academic and research careers, graduated with honors and all headed to different medical schools to pursue their passions. Five music students traveled to the Czech Republic to further their jazz education. Niki Maffetone ‘17 is serving in the Peace Corps in Ukraine after graduating from our Peace Corp Preparation Program. And there are dozens more examples—stop a student on the sidewalk and ask, we bet they’ll impress you.

We Continued to Provide Education For All

How else do you become a global citizen? You surround yourself with people and ideas from all parts of the world. Moravian College is home to many international students from over a dozen different countries. Jackson Mlimuka, Corentin Bauchet, and Lina Fu stepped in front of the camera to speak about their experiences as international students. But one of the proudest examples of our Education for All mission: the arrival of Christian Flores Ortiz, who had been taking college classes for just one month before Hurricane Maria ravaged his school in Puerto Rico. Christian is now a thriving freshman, and we couldn’t be happier to have him in the pack.