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Living the Moravian Promise Robert Brown ’11


spring 2011 2 Prelude: The Streets of South Bethlehem By Carol Dean Henn ’68


The Moravian Promise

President Christopher Thomforde discusses the Moravian advantage: helping students build a foundation for their future.

14 Strong Majors: The Conductor’s Tale Robert Brown ’11 leads a challenging production of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale— with a little help from Moravian friends.


Hands-On Learning: In the Pink

Real-world lessons and skills learned at Moravian helped Laurie Riley Brubaker ’82 rise to the top of the health care field.


Enjoying Life: Campaigning for Kids

Ad exec Charles Decker ’63, known for his role in the “Got Milk?” campaign, cares for orphans in the Dominican Republic.

04 Out & About 20 Alumni News 22 Greyhound News 23 Transitions 24 Orbis Pictus: Susiehyer En Plein Air See for more from this issue. Moravian College Magazine : editor, Victoria Bingham; sports editor, Mark J. Fleming; web manager, Christie Jacobsen ’00; director of publications, Susan Overath Woolley; director of public relations and marketing, Michael P. Wilson. Creative Direction: Jane Firor & Associates. Alumni Relations: director, Marsha Stiles, M.B.A. ’99; assistant director, Patricia Murray Hanna ’82. Copyright 2011 by Moravian College. Photographs and artwork copyright by their respective creators or by Moravian College. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reused or republished in any form without express written permission. Cover: With the help of Moravian music faculty members and the department’s flexible program, music education major Robert Brown by John Kish IV ’11 charted an photo academic course that combines his love for teaching and conducting. Photo by John Kish IV

Stories from the Moravian community

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<< Theresa’s Bar and Restaurant at the corner of Fifth and Fillmore had the best food on the planet. Period.


The Streets of South Bethlehem By Carol Dean Henn ’68

“Um-brel-las! I can fix your um-brel-las!” I still can hear the sing-song voice of the peddler and fix-it man who drove through our South Bethlehem neighborhood every week. His ancient and rickety truck was loaded to overflowing with brooms, pots, pans, washboards, bolts of cloth, and tools to repair almost anything. When he stopped at the corner of Morton and Fillmore Streets, women came outside to look at his wares and make their purchases. Money came from small leather coin purses tucked into apron pockets. He spoke with a heavy accent, doing transactions among the Windish, Hungarians, Slovaks, and Italians in broken English that sufficed for everyone. For reasons I’ve never known he was called “the boney man.” He seemed to have no name. Word simply preceded him from backyard to backyard: “The boney man is coming.” I thought about the boney man frequently in 2010, as the new Sands Hotel took form, as a new Broughal welcomed students, and as SteelStacks moved from dream to reality. Before I lose the memory of the South Bethlehem places I knew in the 1950s and ’60s, I want to savor them. The long-gone Central Elementary School on Vine Street was built to last for centuries. Periodically, students were assembled in a large second-floor room to watch grainy black and white films warning us of the ominous threat of communism, always shown as red arrows sweeping across Europe. In frequent air raid drills we would be quick-marched into the dark tunnels of Central’s stony basement and told to crouch on the floor and cover our heads with our hands. I remember almost every inch of the farmers’ market at Third and Adams Streets. I still can picture Rich’s Produce stand, Peter Heinrich’s Sausages, and Joe Phillips’s Meats. The Bethlehem Police Department was crowded into the second floor space above the market. Next door was the tiny A&P store, with its gigantic red coffee grinder. A few doors away, the delicatessen always had a free pickle from the barrel for a kid. Movie theaters abounded in South Bethlehem, none more colorfully nicknamed than the Bughouse, officially named the Lehigh Theater. There you could see movies for 25 cents and, on Tuesday nights, get free dishes. In pre-TV days you could build a fine set of tableware, and South Bethlehem families dined for decades on Bughouse dishes. Left: Snapshots of old South Bethlehem (clockwise from top left): McCrory’s five-and-dime store at Third and New Streets, Phillips Music Store on Third, the Lehigh Theater (or Bughouse), and the New Merchants Hotel.


Long-gone stores along Third Street included Alexy Shoes, Tom Bass, Eagan’s Menswear, Cotton Crest, the Victory Shop (owned by the parents of Myron Genel ’57), Phillips Music Store, the HUB, and 5-and-10-cent stores including the “up and down fivie.” Martin’s Furniture remains as a multi-generational icon of the area. Fourth Street offered the Royal Restaurant, Archond’s Ice Cream Parlor, Zavacky’s Shoe Repair, Dora Lee’s, Geir’s Jewelers, Kroope’s, the Fabric Center, the New Merchants Hotel, and always Cantelmi’s Hardware. Every block seemed to have its grocery store: the Purity, Kay-Gee’s, Johnny Gregar’s, Albert’s, and Gergar’s. On Fifth Street, the Roosevelt Restaurant had homemade crab patties and Theresa’s Bar and Restaurant at the corner of Fifth and Fillmore had the best food on the planet. Period. In the 1920s my grandfather owned the Globe Theatre at Fourth and Wyandotte. He once placed an ad in the Globe Times announcing that “America’s only female projectionist” was showing movies at the Globe. It was only my grandmother, but people lined up to see movies shown by a woman. I’m glad I was born at a time when back doors and front doors were left open all day, a habit my Aunt Mary on Webster Street maintained into her 80s; when people who lived six blocks away from you knew your name and when you had to be home; when I could sit in the sun with white-haired Mr. Connell in front of Connell’s Funeral Home and tell him all about my school day, a school day created by students’ curiosity and teachers’ skills, not by state tests. South Bethlehem produced workers for Bethlehem Steel, the railroad, Laros, and Sure Fit, but it also produced scores of doctors, lawyers, teachers, and engineers. South Side children and grandchildren of immigrants attended Harvard and Yale as well as Lehigh and Moravian. I’m certain that the entertainment at SteelStacks will be splendid. But I’ll close my eyes, at least once, and remember summer evenings filled with fireflies on Fillmore Street, and once again I’ll hear Mr. Jaroschy in his backyard, three houses away, playing “When a Gypsy Makes His Violin Cry.” I’ll offer a toast to the success of SteelStacks, but that toast will also be to the market, the Bughouse, the Globe Theatre, and the magic that was small-town life in South Bethlehem.W This article first appeared in the Morning Call, Jan. 8, 2011. Carol Henn lives in Hanover Township, Pa., and is the executive director of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation. “Prelude” features stories of Moravian community members in their own words.




“Sharing Knowledge” presentations included Alex Santoro’s “Indigenous Communities of the Western Australia Outback” (above) and Jason Ginther’s “The Convex Hull Problem: A Classic Problem in Computational Geometry.”



It’s a simple idea with a multitude of benefits: Moravian students share their knowledge of a topic they love with the senior residents of Bethlehem’s Moravian Village. In the process, students hone their presentation skills and experience the satisfaction of volunteer community work, as Moravian Village attendees learn from the presentations and, afterward, share their own knowledge with students. “My hope is for students to talk about something they find really exciting,” said psychology professor Sarah Johnson, who developed her idea for the new “Sharing Knowledge” program in her “Cognition and Aging” class. “Even if the audience is small but engaged, that’s perfect. The goal is to make it fun and a good experience for everyone.” Johnson hopes the program will help establish a multi-level relationship with Moravian Village. Residents could volunteer to participate in research projects involving Moravian faculty members and students, while Moravian students volunteer to assist the residents. Tara Chiarella ’10, Johnson’s research assistant and work-study student, coordinated the fall speakers and presentations. “I absolutely loved it,” she said. “Besides gaining experience coordinating the project I had the opportunity to socialize with the older adults and learn from them.”

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The Whitman Piece

"Toons’ Tunes"

The Ice house, sand island 8:00 P.M. Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays; 2:00 P.M. Sunday • A contemporary theater company struggles to create a play about Walt Whitman during the Civil War. Cast includes MC students; directed by Christopher Shorr.

Foy ConCert Hall 7:30 P.M. • Moravian College BIG Band directed by Professor Neil Wetzel presents an evening of tunes originally written for cartoons!


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Sharing Knowledge


Medieval Banquet

Medieval armor, iconography, and music were on display and in discussion at Moravian’s fifth annual Medieval and Early Modern Studies Conference held in December. Above: Karen Duld ’11 presents her paper on “The Eve/Mary Parallel and Medieval Opinion.” Below: Chris Van Wickler, a St. John's University student, explains changes in medieval armor to other conference attendees.

Monsters and monasteries; love gone wrong; death, purgatory, and the afterlife. These and other intriguing topics were presented and discussed at Moravian’s fifth annual Medieval and Early Modern Studies Conference in December. For one day, knights, knaves, and damsels—along with the art, literature, and philosophy of their time—came to life inside the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex. The conference is one of the nation’s few undergraduate conferences focused on the humanities and was the first to feature medieval and early modern studies. Student participation has remained consistently strong, and continues to grow, since John Black, associate professor of English, and Sandra Bardsley, associate professor of history, initiated the event in 2006 as a way to give students a venue to present their research. “The conference draws attendees from all over the country. It says something

about interest in the field, which is interdisciplinary by nature,” said Professor Black. “To think about a piece of literature, for example, not in isolation but within its cultural context is very appealing.” Recent popular interest in the period and the works of J.R.R. Tolkein also has helped boost conference participation. This year, the conference featured about 100 presentations and performances by students from as far away as Oregon and Utah. Presentations included such topics as “The Seven Deadly Sins of Chivalry,” “Medieval Tournaments and Knightly Personalities,” and “The Catholic and the Pagan: Dante’s Loving Struggle to Baptize Virgil.” In addition to the student presentations and performances, the conference featured a plenary presentation by musicologist Emma Dillon of the University of Pennsylvania, a performance by the early music ensemble Cambiata, a visual arts exhibit, and artisan demonstrations.

April 10 Moravian College Community Orchestra Foy Concert Hall 7:00 P.M. • Featuring John Arnold on guitar performing Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un gentilhombre. Conducted by Donald Spieth.





Debate Team Finishes Strong

The Moravian debate team placed fifth of twenty teams at the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl. From left: Abby Kaintz ’12, Ruby Johnson ’11, Jaclyn Held ’12, Theodore Zaharchuk ’11, and Bernie Canteñs, team advisor and associate professor of philosophy.

The Moravian debate team won two cases against formidable opponents on its way to the quarter finals and a fifth-place finish at the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl competition, held at Dartmouth College in November. The fifth-place finish out of twenty teams is the best the Moravian team has ever placed since it began competing in 2008. In the first round, Moravian beat St. John’s University in a case that dealt with a complicated insurance issue: whether investors ought to be prohibited from buying variable annuity contracts on behalf of terminally ill patients as a way to profit from insurance companies. In the second round case, whether bullfighting in Spain ought to be prohibited, Moravian won against Buffalo State University. Jaclyn Held ’12 was the presenter in the first two rounds. Theodore Zaharchuk ’11, Ruby Johnson ’11, and Abby Kaintz ’12 all participated in the rebuttals. Debate team advisor Bernie Canteñs, associate professor of philosophy, recalled the exciting third round case that pitted Moravian’s Held against a student from Marist College: “Jackie did an outstanding job presenting the environmental issues related to a controversial dam project in Brazil. Marist presented its case in only five minutes. I was surprised the decision went against us. As a result, we went against Dartmouth, the home team, in the quarter finals and lost.” Energized by its strong finish, the Moravian team is eager to return next year. “I’m so proud of the students,” said Canteñs. “They were extremely well prepared. We went home with a new sense of confidence and I believe we will do even better next year.”


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From the Page’s Edge: Water in Literature and Art


Track & Field Eastern Division III Outdoor Championships

payne gallery 11:00 A.M–4:00 P.M. Tuesday–Sunday • Eighteen contemporary artists respond to literature with the theme of water; a diversity of styles and media.



hub quadrangle Moravian’s 269th academic year closes with pomp and circumstance. Reception for 2011 legacy graduates and their families follows.

Steel Athletic Complex Home meets at Moravian College Steel Athletic Complex and Timothy Breidegam Track.


The e-Portfolio Edge

Katie Dantsin (center), director of leadership development, guides Carolyn Latkovich ’12 and Emmy Usera ’13 through the process of compiling an e-Portfolio for future employers and grad schools.

Moravian students have a new on-campus opportunity to broaden their leadership skills as they prepare for a career. Through the e-Portfolio program that began last semester, students are guided to create an electronic portfolio for potential employers or graduate schools. “This is just one piece that students can use to help give them an edge in whatever they are doing,” said Katie Dantsin, director of leadership development and primary leader of the e-Portfolio program. The idea is to compile the basic components of a résumé using writing samples, artwork, and anything else a student finds appropriate for presentation to a future employer or to graduate schools. And because the e-Portfolio is all online, students can continue to add to and shape their portfolio in the years to come. “Employers get a better understanding of you as a person, not just you as a piece of paper,” said Carolyn Latkovich ’12. Many students, like Latkovich, joined the program not only to revamp their old resume, but also to participate in a hands-on learning experience. Carolyn Whyley ’11, an art major, is focusing her learning experience on improving web design on campus: “I’m giving back to the school and to the program, and I’m also learning from it because I’m building and bettering my skills.”—By Kelly Fackenthall ’12

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MORAVIANBOOKSHELF n Using Quality Benchmarks for Assessing and Developing Undergraduate Programs, a new book co-authored by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, offers a realistic, developmental approach for assessing academic programs at undergraduate institutions. Educational activities in eight domains are covered. Available through and directly from the publisher, Jossey-Bass, an imprint of John Wiley and Sons. n Amassing significant credit card debt is as much a behavioral problem as it is financial, suggests adjunct Writing 100 instructor Joe Paretta in his new book Master the Card: Say Goodbye to Credit Card Debt Forever. The book takes a positive,


motivational approach to overcoming debt rather than focus strictly on the numbers. Available from Balboa Press, a division of Hay House. n Fame to Infamy: Race, Sport, and the Fall from Grace, the second volume in a series co-edited by Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology, and David C. Ogden of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, follows the paths of sports figures who once were embraced by the general populace but who, through a variety of circumstances, found themselves falling out of favor with the public. Essay authors focus on the roles played by athletes, the media, and fans. Available from




Kate Brueningsen ’11: International Poetry Explorer

Campus travelers: Kate Brueningsen ‘11 (left) and her friend, exchange student Petra Gregorova.

Kate Brueningsen ’11 loves languages, poetry, and travel. When the double English-French major decided to participate in a study abroad opportunity during her sophomore year at Moravian, she realized she would not stop with French. “Meeting foreign students in Spain and Switzerland made me want to learn Spanish, German, and other languages, too,” she said. “Translation from one language to another is very interesting.” For Brueningsen, those translation skills also find form in the metaphoric language of poetry, expressed in English as well as French, German, Spanish, and Arabic and published in Babel, the literary journal of Moravian’s Department of Foreign Languages, over the last three years. “I find poetry to be a good medium for translating emotions into words,” she noted. “And Babel is a great incentive for students to explore languages and writing. It gives a voice to some who might not otherwise have a chance to express themselves.” In 2008, Brueningsen and Jessica Andersen ’10 created and organized Moravian’s first International Poetry Night, an opportunity for students to read poetry they’ve written in a foreign language. At the most recent International Poetry Night, students read their poems from the newest Babel, “A World of Languages.” “It’s a different experience to hear something than it is to read it in the native language,” noted Brueningsen, who plans to major in English or medieval studies in graduate school. Behind the readers, two screens displayed the poems in written form—one in English, the other in its foreign language—allowing the audience to see the nuances of translation.


Charles Wiley “The news media is the most powerful force in society. It shapes what we talk about, how we think about things, and most importantly, what goes on the political agenda and when. . . . Advocate reporters are trying to change reality. If you change the image of reality for any length of time, you change reality. We’ve got problems that we’ve gotta solve, and we are not going to solve them until we get the media straightened out.” —Journalist Charles Wiley during his recent campus lecture “Media Bias—Key to the Future.” A World War II veteran, Wiley has covered eleven Vietnam. During the course of his work, he was arrested eight times by secret police, including the KGB, and was imprisoned in Cuba. Wiley helped establish guidelines for a free press in Mongolia and was a speaker for the White House Public Outreach Group.



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wars, reporting from more than 100 different countries, including four trips to



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President Christopher M. Thomforde was the guest preacher at New Dorp Moravian Church in Staten Island, New York, recently. The Moravian Choir, directed by Paula Zerkle, also participated in the service, singing “Neujahrslied” as the anthem. An ordained Lutheran minister, President Thomforde holds a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, with concentrations in biblical studies, church history, and philosophy. He obtained a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2000.

“Welcome, Neighbor”

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“Welcome, Neighbor,” an exhibition that depicts the broad and diverse history of immigration to the Lehigh Valley, opened in February in the HUB’s H. Paty Eiffe Gallery. The project seeks to “put a human face on the powerful phenomenon that is immigration” through the telling of individual stories accompanied by portrait photography. Most of the interviews for the project were conducted by Moravian students under the direction of Hugo Cerón, Moravian sociology adjunct, during his fall 2010 cultural anthropology class. The students arranged and conducted 40- to 90-minute interviews—exploring the ways immigrants adjust their native culture to fit a new, local culture— with people from all over the world who now live in the Lehigh Valley. ”I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first got involved,” said art major John Strader ’11, who assisted lead photographer Marco Calderón of Allentown. “Then I fell in love with the project—I learned about immigration and life. I heard about hardships and love stories. These are stories and memories that will stay with me for life.” The idea for the project originated with members of the local ACLU and Alliance for Sustainable Communities. “When I heard about it, I had been preparing my class syllabus and thought it would be a great way to involve my students, who would be studying migration,” said Professor Cerón. “The students’ perceptions about immigrants really changed. At the beginning of the class, most produced fairly mainstream narratives. After doing the interviews and looking at the personal stories, students had a more complex understanding of the process of migration.” Sandra Aguilar, Moravian assistant professor of history, also served on the planning team, along with Emma Cleveland of Allentown; photographer Marco Calderón; Peter Crownfield of Bethlehem; local historian Karen Samuels of Hellertown; and anthropologist Jill Schennum of Randolph, N.J.


Moravian sociology students interviewed South Bethlehem residents, including Ismael Garcia (top) and Chiharu Tokura, for the “Welcome, Neighbor” project displayed in the H. Paty Eiffe Gallery.



<< These concepts are not add-ons. They are essential characteristics of our core identity as a community.


The Moravian Promise



FALL 2010

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Moravian College President Christopher Thomforde introduces Moravian’s promise to partner with students to build a foundation for their future.


ore than a year ago, Moravian College began an extensive, community-wide project to articulate the core principles that set Moravian apart from other institutions of higher learning: a “brand promise,” in marketing terms. The process, which included

focus groups on and off campus, generated dozens of ideas and proposals for a uniquely Moravian unifying principle. After the ideas were considered and distilled by a smaller committee, George Dehne and Associates Integrated Services conducted a comprehensive survey of 350 students who had applied to Moravian but chose not to attend. Out of that survey and subsequent analysis emerged the key concepts that now define the Moravian Promise. (See page 13.) Recently, a marketing committee composed of administrators, faculty members, and alumni considered how the College should communicate and implement the Moravian Promise to its audiences, including alumni. Now, and in the coming months, look for videos, mailings, websites, social media, and banners about the Moravian Promise: how the College partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future.


Moravian College President Christopher Thomforde recently shared more information

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about this key initiative for the College and what it means for current and future students.

The Moravian Promise communicates what is most essential about the Moravian core identity: Moravian partners with students to help them build a strong foundation for their future.


Why is the College introducing the Moravian Promise now? Two reasons. Having a clear message is a good idea anytime. Every institution must reflect on how it communicates the richness of its community to the wider publics. Small liberal arts colleges are special in that they have so many constituencies on campus (students, faculty, staff, administrators) and off-campus (alumni, board members, townspeople, businesses, graduate schools, and more). All of them need to know “what’s the buzz, what’s exciting, what’s at the heart of Moravian.” Given Moravian’s age, many of our constituencies know what we were about years ago, yet some things have changed since then. So we need to find compelling ways to talk about ourselves to ensure that all of our constituent groups understand what is exciting about Moravian now. Introducing the Moravian Promise now is also important given our current economic conditions. As a result of the Great Recession, we have experienced slightly declining revenues. We’ve experienced a great shift in the economy and a great shift in the demography of students going to college. Having a clear message about who we are will help us recruit and retain students, faculty, administrators, and staff; and it will allow us to raise funds in a more effective way.

What does the Moravian Promise mean to you, personally? It is very student focused. The Promise is about our students who are here now and those who will come here in the future. Moravian exists to serve our students. How? By helping them build a foundation for their future. How do we do that? Through strong academic majors, through hands-on learning, and by helping them develop a deeper enjoyment of life. Being student focused might sound obvious. But for a long period of time, the focus of most colleges was not so much on the student as it was on the institution. Their messages communicated that “we are a great institution,” or “we are a famous institution,” or “we are a prestigious institution, and therefore you need to come here. It’s to your benefit—students, faculty, and administrators—to come and join us because this institution is really good.” Our shift away from the institution and toward students is significant: Yes, the institution is good, but it exists only to serve students and, through students, to serve the community at large. And because of this shift, we had to discover what students think they need. We can talk about who we think we are among ourselves, but is that in a way that students understand? Is it in a way that meets their needs?



The Moravian Promise

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arts, such as history, English, philosophy, and religion; some are in the sciences, such as biology; and some are in pre-professional studies, such as education, nursing, accounting, and management. And because we are small, our students get personal attention. Our faculty members really get to know students. Another really exciting thing about Moravian is that students have the opportunity to make their own major—in fact, the Add-Venture program allows students to devise their entire curriculum. Our majors also are strengthened by their interdepartmental quality. If you want to be in education, for instance, you will take many education courses but you must major in another specific area.

Strong, flexible academic majors, such as the Moravian math and computer science program (top); hands-on learning opportunities that include scientific labwork (above), SOAR, and Honors projects; and a culture that helps students learn to enjoy life through music, art, and community service (opposite)—these are the foundation stones of the Moravian Promise.

Can you provide a few examples of how Moravian currently lives up to the Moravian Promise? Our successful alumni consistently tell us that as students they thought, “I imagined a good future for myself, but I did not know exactly what that future would be. Moravian helped show me what is possible; it helped me lay the foundation stones that allowed me to become a leader in my profession or community.” Moravian provides those foundation stones in three important areas: Strong academic majors. For a relatively small school, we have a range of very strong majors. Some are in the classic liberal



Hands-on learning. Students have many opportunities for hands-on academic research through the Honors program, SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic Research), and the Rokke scholarships. Our strong art and music departments offer hands-on learning through performance or doing, such as participating in an exhibition, recital, or Vespers. By participating in athletics, students learn through preparation, practice, and performance. These are all strong programs that involve not only cognition, but also experimentation and doing. Students also experience hands-on learning through co-curricular activities, such as living in a residence hall. They learn about the community through volunteer service; and they learn leadership skills through fraternities and sororities. All of these involve joining and being engaged or doing something. Enjoyment of life. George Dehne, who helped us formulate and test these ideas, thought Moravian is unusual among the 400 schools that he has visited because community life is so important here. He was struck by the way so many people enjoy life here. Yes, you need a good academic major and hands-on learning to get a job, but you also need to become someone—not just be trained to do something. It’s an important distinction. We don’t just educate people to do something, whether


scholarly, artistic, athletic, or civic. We want people to become someone they are happy with, and whom others enjoy also. Concerts, movies, plays, athletics all help make life more enjoyable. But I hope students also are thinking “what would it mean to have an enjoyable life in the future?” What is the relationship between work and having an enjoyable life? How do we as humans find happiness in our relationships, in the arts, or in the earth, etc? I think the students of today might be better at that—in finding enjoyment outside of work—than those of my generation were. Many in my generation believed that work, status, and money equal happiness, and they are now finding that so many other things are more important for living a rich, enjoyable life. Might there be changes to existing programs as a result of the promise? Yes, and this promise will be helpful when we are considering new programs in the future. When adding a major, we will need to ask, does this help students build a foundation for their future? Will it be a strong academic major—and not just any major? How many faculty members and what kind of space will we need to make it strong? What aspects of hands-on learning would it need? These criteria will help us

decide whether to add a new major or cocurricular activity. They give us a lens for considering what to add in the future. How will we know we are living up to our promise? One way would be to ask our students to do a student life assessment upon graduation. Another would be from the perspective of faculty, staff, and administrators who would consider the strength of our academic majors. Another would be to ask off-campus constituencies—perhaps poll the people of the Lehigh Valley and local businesses, such as the Morning Call, Just Born candies, and others who employ our students, or the merchants on Main Street. Do these phrases resonate with them and match the way they perceive us? One thing I’ve learned is that these concepts are not add-ons. It is our way of communicating who we are, and an expression of our essential being—these are essential characteristics of our core identity as a community. Yet people are free to use these phrases in any way they want, given their own experiences and what they feel most passionate about, when talking about what makes Moravian College unique and uniquely suited to educate and prepare the students of today and tomorrow for their role in the world. W

The Moravian Promise As a Moravian College student, you will be challenged to reach your full potential as an individual while you benefit from our supportive learning community. With more than 250 years of experience in providing equal access to education for all, Moravian promises to partner with you to build a strong foundation for your personal and professional future. Moravian will challenge you with: A strong, personalized academic major. Students gain the skills and experience they will need most to compete in the global economic and cultural climate of the new century. Hands-on learning opportunities. Students are empowered with broad knowledge, transferable skills, and a sense of values in preparation for socially valued work and civic leadership. Deeper enjoyment of life. Students receive an education that assures that each will have a foundation on which to build, to continue learning throughout life, to make informed choices, and to enjoy life. You will leave Moravian with the skills, knowledge, and support to more deeply enjoy life, work, and your role in the world. For more

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Strong Majors

The Conductor’s Tale With the help of his friends—Moravian music faculty members— Robert Brown ’11 is charting his own course as a music ed major who knows how to wield a baton. By Vicki Bingham


obert Brown ’11 remembers the first time he stood before a group of musicians holding a conductor’s baton. Then a senior at Easton Area High School, Brown asked instrumental director Carole Lutte if he could try leading the 9th-grade string ensemble in her stead. “It was a rush. I’d always wanted to do it. I just waved my arms around and had no idea what I was doing. I still don’t know what I’m doing,” he says modestly, with a laugh. “But a conductor never stops learning.” Now a Moravian College senior, Brown has learned there is more to conducting than waving the baton. Conducting requires total immersion in a musical piece to “get the desired sound in your head.” It can take months of studying, focusing on details of bowings and articulations, before standing in front of the musicians to evoke the expression of “what you hear in your head”—each subtle shift of the baton indicating a different nuance of the piece. All the while, the conductor is thinking ahead many measures. Brown also has learned that he loves it. In a sense, he says, the conductor is a musician whose instrument



is the orchestra. “I love orchestral repertoire, and I love the sound of the orchestra. Well, you can’t sit down and play an orchestra. What’s the closest thing you can do? You can stand up and lead an orchestra.” Four years and countless hours of study and practice later, Brown is following his passion. With the help and encouragement of his friends—Moravian music faculty members—he is charting his own course as a music education major with solid conducting experience. It’s an academic foundation few other undergraduate schools can provide, he says. Knowing the Scores After studying conducting with Moravian Professor Paula Zerkle, Brown tackled a challenging independent study: conducting a full production of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, or, The Soldier’s Tale. Often performed as a suite with only a septet, the full production of musicians, dancers, and narrator is attempted far less often. “I thought it was the perfect choice for Moravian,” says Brown. “It’s a collaborative ensemble piece suited for a small college. And because it features the playing of single instruments, it allows you to showcase Moravian talent.” Preparation began in April 2010, when Brown met with Larry Lipkis, Moravian professor of music (and narrator of Soldier) and Mary Anne Hoffman, choreographer, to discuss his vision and map out a rehearsal schedule. Brown then personally recruited the ensemble musicians—Cody Anne Lutz ’11 (violin), Laura Crouthamel ’05 (double bass), Elizabeth K. Brodt ’12 (clarinet), Veronica Nicklaus ’11 (bassoon), Anne Hoffman ’12 (trumpet), Caitlin Worrich ’12 (trombone), and Bob Stevens ’03 (percussion)—booked rehearsal halls, and methodically studied and prepared the scores. Last December inside Peter Hall, Brown’s production of The Soldier’s Tale—complete with septet, dancers, and narrator—delighted a capacity crowd



Instrumental Roles “Stravinsky [L’Histoire] is very difficult to conduct, rhythmically and with its meter changes,” says Zerkle. “It wasn’t an easy endeavor but Robbie kept with it. I’ve never seen anyone study score harder. Our music program offers flexibility for motivated students like Robbie to try something like this. He had the full support of the department.” Neil Wetzel, director of jazz studies and Brown’s academic advisor, also was key to Brown’s development. “I love that guy,” says Brown. “He opened my eyes to what lies behind the notes on the page and he made me think like a musician—not just as an instrumentalist. Suddenly I was practicing because I was enjoying making music, not just because I was being told to practice.” Brown began studying saxophone with Wetzel as a sophomore in high school through the Moravian College Music Institute (the Music Department’s community outreach program for non-college students), and also attended MCMI’s Summer Jazz Camp. “Robbie’s experience shows how our music and outreach programs support each other and benefit young musicians,” says Wetzel. “I’m proud of the way


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of faculty members, students, family members, and friends. At the conclusion of the 75-minute performance, the audience rose, filling the hall with applause in appreciation for Brown and company.

our pre-college programs serve to recruit and retain excellent students like Robbie.” What’s next for Brown? Teaching and leading an orchestra, of course. “As a music education major, I do want to teach,” he says. “But I have little doubt that if I work hard, I can accomplish a lot in ten years. Whether it is for a youth, community, chamber, opera, high school, or college orchestra, or for an orchestra I’ve created myself, I want to be conducting. Conducting is not a power trip. For me, it’s being able to do something you really love—making music with friends.” At Moravian you can do that, he adds with a smile. W Advised by music professor Paula Zerkle (p. 14), Robert Brown ’11 fine-tunes his conducting technique. Above: Brown and friends receive a standing ovation for Brown’s production of The Soldier’s Tale. Violinist Cody Anne Lutz ’11 (top, left) played a starring role.



Hands-On Learning

In the Pink Psychology major Laurie Riley Brubaker’s determination to help others has taken her to the top of the health care business. By Kate Helm ’05


business-within-a-business that now brings health care to about 300,000 members in 30 states. “We’re looking to grow to a million members,” she notes. Pitching ideas and helping others see things her way began at Moravian when she had to convince the board of education of the Deerfield School in Mountainside, N.J., that her Honors thesis idea was a good one. A psychology major with an elementary educa-

ecognized “one of the top fifteen women in business” (Pink magazine, March/April 2008), Laurie Riley Brubaker ’82, senior vice president of pharmacy for Aetna, relies upon a winning combination of people skills, business savvy, and sheer determination to help her succeed. Several years ago, she approached her boss with an idea to offer health care coverage to individuals and small groups, but his reaction was less than enthusiastic. “He didn’t exactly laugh at me, but he nodded his head and sent me away,” she recalls. “I wasn’t ready to go off into my corner just yet, however. With millions of Americans uninsured, there was an incredible need for products and services to meet those needs.” Not dissuaded by her proposal’s initial lukewarm reception, Brubaker put together a presentation that wowed the company’s president and got her the green light. With a team of true believers, she developed a

<< The ability to apply and blend academic learning with real-world experiences has contributed significantly to my career success.

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tion minor, she studied 52 fourth- and fifth-graders to research how children’s birth order played a role in their creative abilities. “I worked with local schools, including administrators, the board of education, teachers, parents, and students,” she says. “To even begin the project, I had to present at a board of education meeting, which involved a formal written and verbal presentation and the need to demonstrate command of the subject and influencing skills. This enabled me to move beyond the classroom setting and use the skills, theories, and research in a practical setting. The ability to apply and blend academic learning with real-world experiences contributed significantly to my career success.” Brubaker was headed for grad school when a summer job prompted her to explore the business world. “I always say that a psychology background is great for business. It really helps you understand people,” she says. “I chose Moravian for the superior reputation of its psychology program and was never disappointed.


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“The caliber of the professors, the ability to participate in research, and the Honors program truly differentiated it from other institutions. I was fortunate to be exposed to an academic program that emphasized a well-rounded experience.” Brubaker says real-world learning opportunities outside of the classroom helped her discover her passion for health care. Working in the community at health care institutions and schools, under the guidance of her Moravian professors, Brubaker saw an opportunity to blend her interest in the social sciences with the business of delivering health care. Through an internship with Allentown State Hospital, she worked with children who had behavioral health issues, including autism. She also interned at Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School and elementary schools in the Bethlehem Area School District.


“I learned how much I enjoyed helping these children and their parents work through issues and implement solutions,” says Brubaker, who received the 2010 Moravian College Comenius Alumni Award. “When I decided to pursue a business career, I wanted to build my profession within an industry focused on helping people. I truly believe that my company is offering programs that enable individuals to have broader access to high quality and affordable health care.” W

Laurie Riley Brubaker ’82 (above and at left), senior vice president of pharmacy for Aetna, uses her Moravian psychology degree and hands-on learning experiences to help people obtain quality and affordable health care. Brubaker received the Alumni Association’s Comenius Alumni Award in 2010.



Enjoying Life

Campaigning for Kids Charlie Decker ’63 switches from corporate ad campaigns to orphaned children with great success. By Kate Helm ’05



harlie Decker ’63 clearly remembers the day he decided to start a foundation to help orphaned children in the Dominican Republic. It was the day he almost died. Toying with the idea of a foundation while out for a run near his home in La Romana, he was held up at gunpoint. “Two guys on a moped stopped me and put a .45-caliber pistol in my stomach, then asked for my money and mobile phone,” he recalls. “I was startled and didn’t want to turn over the cell phone, which was stupid! I was trying to stall for time as it was the middle of the day on a very busy highway. As I balked,


he cocked the pistol and repeated, ‘Give me your cell phone.’ I faked like I was ready to give it to them, and they peeled off. I said to myself, ‘Gracias a Dios; I think I’m going to start my foundation as a way of saying thanks.’” With luck on his side, he founded Friends of Orfanato Niños de Cristo to aid the orphanage in La Romana. The organization subsequently started working with two other groups, Jackie’s House in Santo Domingo and Las Matas de Farfan near the Dominican-Haitian border, and in 2009 he folded the original organization into the Charles E. Decker Foundation, a


<< The most important reward is a hug and a big smile from one of these kids.

501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides food, medical care, education, clothing, and occasional infrastructure items to children in need in the Dominican Republic. Decker personally underwrites all operating costs, so all donations go directly to the kids. A former senior executive with BBDO Advertising, Quaker Oats, Warner Bros., and Milk Processors Board, Decker helped bring Gatorade to worldwide fame and developed the wildly successful “Got Milk?” ad campaign. His work as a philanthropist isn’t that different, he says. “Back in my corporate and Madison Avenue days, you could say I was an advocate for milk, Life Cereal, Campbell’s Soup, Gatorade, etc.,” says Decker, who first visited La Romana in 1970 and has been in love with the Dominican Republic and its people ever since. “For the foundation, you could say I’m an advocate for children in need. In either case, the approach is the same: I identify the target audience and message I want to deliver and I use the tools of marketing, advertising, and public relations to advance that cause.” Now that his “clients” are 500-plus children, Decker feels a deep sense of passion and purpose in his second career. Although the foundation is still young, the experience already has been “transformative.” “Recently when I was at Niños de Cristo, one of the boys got a serious gash in his head,” he says. “The kids took him to the infirmary. I was overwhelmed to see that the nurse treating him is one of the kids who came to Niños de Cristo at age 9 and is now in her second year of medical school (after two years of nursing training). She personifies what we are trying to do.” Splitting his time between New York City and La Romana—he spends about a third of the year in the Dominican Republic—Decker still keeps a foot in the corporate world via his real estate company and advertising consulting practice, Decker Associates. On the real estate side, he manages a New York apartment building and resort rental business in the Dominican Republic. As an ad consultant, he works on a diverse range of projects, from new ventures to digital marketing and advertising to American companies that want to sell products in Cuba. Decker isn’t all work, though. He plays competitive squash, swims, runs, plays basketball, and has a seven-piece jazz band called Charlie Decker’s Hudson River Jazz Band. He has spent time in Cuba, shooting his own documentary on the island’s music and dance,



and is working on a screenplay set in the Dominican Republic. Last year, Decker accepted Moravian’s Haupert Humanitarian Award with two girls from Niños de Cristo in the audience. Also in attendance were his mother, Christina Wallace Decker ’37; aunt, Elizabeth Wallace Schlenker ’35, who became a missionary in Guyana at age 60; and uncle, Edwin “Ned” Wallace, who received an honorary doctorate from Moravian in 2004 and inspired Decker’s philanthropic mission through his missionary hospital in Nicaragua. “The recognition of our work by friends, family, and institutions like Moravian is a wonderful reward—not that I need it—but the most important reward is a hug and a big smile from one of these kids,”

says Decker. “The older I get, the more I realize life is like a Shakespearean play where it all comes together in the final act. For me, the final act is wonderful, and my foundation is the centerpiece of it. This is a very rich and rewarding time in my life.” W To learn more about Decker’s efforts in the Dominican Republic and how you can help, visit

Left: Charlie Decker ’63 and the children of Jackie’s House near Santo Domingo. Above: Haupert Humanitarian Award winner Decker with Genesis, a young friend from Niños de Cristo, and his aunt, Betty Wallace Schlenker ’35.





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Alumni Association Honors Five

Approximately 130 attended the Alumni Awards ceremony in Peter Hall, where five alumni were honored for their professional achievements and service to Moravian. Top, from left: Janice Thomas ’84, Dustin Levy ’01, Alyson Remsing ’03, Laurie Riley Brubaker ’82, Jan Gollins ’72. Above: Board president Brian Corvino ’02 presents the Medallion of Merit to Gollins.

Historic Bethlehem at Christmas time provided a festive setting for the 10th annual Alumni Awards ceremony, held December 11. (Read more and view photos at www. Laurie Riley Brubaker ’82, senior vice president of Aetna Pharmacy, was honored with the Comenius Alumni Award for her outstanding achievements in the health insurance field. (Read more about Laurie on page 16.) “Be open to new experiences and have confidence that you will find your way,” she advised psychology and business students at a lunch attended by Art Lyons,

SPOTLIGHT Three Moravian alumni recently were elected presidents of the bar association in their respective counties: Jamie Swartz ’86 (Lehigh County, Pa.; shown at right, left side), Kerry Freidl ’85 (Northampton County, Pa.; at right, right side), and Brian Fruehling ’84 (Morris County, N.J.; below right). Swartz and Freidl both attended the University of Bridgeport School of Law (now known as Quinnipiac University School of Law). Swartz is a partner to Donald Spry ’69 at the firm King, Spry, Herman, Freund, and Faul; Jim Ravelle, Moravian professor of sociology, law, and public management, is of counsel to the firm. Freidl practices family law, primarily, at Hemstreet, Nitchke, & Freidl in Easton, Pa. Fruehling, a 1987 graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law, is a litigation attorney based in Madison, N.J.



her former psychology professor. The Medallion of Merit was awarded to Jan R. Gollins ’72, principal and founder of Delta Modelling Group, for his years of service to Moravian College. Gollins has been a College trustee, Alumni Board member and president, and active member of many committees. “Moravian continues to play a role in defining who I am,” he said. Benigna Education Award recipient Janice M. Thomas ’84, director of the International Education Center at Brookdale Community College, has dedicated her career to helping international students in the United States and to developing international education programs. During her acceptance speech, she credited her Moravian College family for ubuntu, a Bantu term that roughly translates “I am because we are.” Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient Dustin Levy ’01, a product manager for Smiths Detections, received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 2005 from the University of Maryland. Levy developed the first bottled liquid scanner for detecting explosives, which was approved by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. “Moravian gave me all the tools I needed to achieve my goals,” he said. Alyson L. Remsing ’03, recipient of the Emerging Leader Award, was a campus leader as an undergraduate. She remains active as an alumna, serving as secretary for the Alumni Board, co-chair of the homecoming committee, alumni advisor to the Student Alumni Association, and more. She is a judicial secretary to Judge Paula A. Roscioli of the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas. 2011 Award Nominations: The members of the Alumni Board strongly encourage alumni, faculty, and staff to nominate deserving alumni for the 2011 awards. An online nomination form can be found at Deadline for nominations is May 10. We hope to see you at the 2011 awards ceremony (date to be determined).



for details or registration, CONTACT the ALUMNI house: 610 861-1366 OR WWW.MORAVIAN.EDU/ALUMNI.

Reconnecting in D.C.

April 7 Hound Hour in North Branch, N.J.

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On Wednesday, February 2, the Moravian College D.C. Area Alumni Club hosted a cocktail reception at Elizabeth’s on L in Washington, D.C., for alumni, current students, staff, and friends to meet, network, and share memories. President Christopher M. Thomforde offered remarks about the College and passionately shared the Moravian Promise. Attendees were inspired by its vision of helping students build a strong foundation for their future. Also that evening, Rev. David G. Berg ’66 marked the end of his eleven-year tenure as president of the club. Scott Williams ’04 was elected the new president.

Washington, D.C.-area alumni met at Elizabeth's on L in February. Scott Williams ’04 (at left, with College trustee Deborah McKinnon ’73) was elected president, succeeding Rev. David Berg ’66 (above left, behind speaker Andrew Semmel ’64).

April 8 Amrhein Investment Club reunion, New York, N.Y.

April 9 Alumni Board Meeting

April 21 Amrhein Investment Club Reunion Breakfast on campus

April 29 Founder's Day

April 30 Lehigh Valley Home Club at Vynecrest Winery

May 10 Golf Classic

May 14 Commencement & Reception for Legacy Graduates

ALUMNIBOOKSHELF A new children’s book, A Day at Pond Snow, by Joanne R. Bobek ’65 gives readers a glimpse of what goes on around a pond in Pennsylvania on a wintry day. Available from The poetry of Bill Trub ’03 has been included in two anthologies, Exposure and Glimmer, both recently published by


Cinnamon Press (www.cinnamonpress. com). Trub, who wrote the title piece for Exposure, is a Peace Corps volunteer serving in rural South Africa. David Donnangelo ’03 is the author of Dreaming God’s Dreams: Dream Revelation from Heaven (Xulon Press). Backed by biblical scriptural references, the book encourages readers to wake up to hear God’s voice. Available from

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wife Anne McCandless Rampolla ’79) of the Comenius Society. The 2011 Hall of Fame awards will be presented November 4, 2011.

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President Thomforde


2010 Hall of Fame inductees (from left): Michael Paciulli, Sharon Duffy Graham, Carli Miller Henichek, Amy Sandt Morgan, and Ken Rampolla.

Moravian President Christopher Thomforde was profiled in a Winter 2011 article (“Life is a Highway”) of the NCAA’s Champion magazine. The article ( d5ea8b79#/d5ea8b79/34) also shows the Feb. 27, 1967 Sports Illustrated cover on which President Thomforde appeared with his Princeton basketball teammate Gary Walters. Thomforde is one of two college presidents on the NCAA Division III Management Council.

Hall of Fame Inducts Four

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Coach Dapp to Chair Rules Committee

Sharon Duffy Graham ’90, Carli Miller Henichek ’00, Amy Sandt Morgan ’00, and Michael Paciulli ’96 were inducted into the Moravian College Athletic Hall of Fame last fall. Also honored were Ken Rampolla ’79, who received the Robert Martin Herbstman Award, and the 1996 women’s tennis team, which was the program’s first to win the MAC team title. Graham, a three-year captain of both the cross country and track and field teams, set three indoor and four outdoor track records and held the course record for cross country during her tenure. Henichek is the all-time leading scorer for Moravian soccer (women’s and men’s) with 59 goals and 24 assists for 142 points. Morgan, a four-year standout on the women’s volleyball team, was named the MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year in 1999. Her record of 1,665 digs is the school’s best. Paciulli was a four-year letter winner in football, two-year letter winner in baseball, MAC Commonwealth First Team All-Star, and member of the HP Division III All-America Team. Rampolla, a four-year letter winner in football, was honored for his service to Moravian as a trustee, co-founder of the Blue & Grey Club, president of the Lehigh Valley Home Club, and co-chair (with his

Head football coach Scot Dapp has been named chair of the NCAA Football Rules Committee. He will serve until September 2012. Dapp is the first NCAA football coach from any of the three divisions to serve as chair of the committee and also be a past president of the Board of Trustees of the American Football Coaches Association. Dapp completed his twenty-fourth season as head football coach last fall; his career record of 144-103-1 is the school record for victories.

Season Highlights The Greyhounds claimed the ECAC Division III Southeast Bowl Football Championship in November, beating the Wilkes University Colonels 26-14. Moravian quarterback Matt Johnson ’13 threw for four touchdowns to tie the school record and was named the Most Outstanding Player. It was the team’s fifth appearance in the ECAC Championships. Matthew Lutcza ’12 and Cadee Rockwell ’12 qualified to compete as individuals in the 2010 NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships hosted by Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Lutcza was the first Moravian male runner to compete in the championship since 1996; Rockwell was the first female to compete since 2002.


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transitions Marriages 2009 Kasey Lund and Jeremy Walker ’07, September 18, 2010. 2007 Patrick McMullen and Jillian Mlynek, October 2, 2010. 2005 Katherine Boor and Scott Santos, October 10, 2010. Stephanie Hachey and Chad Webb, July 31, 2010. 2004 Dana Patchcoski and Michael Abda, July 24, 2010. Kate Hunter and Mario Carannate, October 2, 2010. Catherine Fenelon and Jean Junior Borjean, October 8, 2010. 1997 Kyle Warmkessel and Kristie Korab ’96, October 23, 2010. 1966 Betsy Miller and Stephen Allen, July 31, 2010.

Births 2002 Erin Kutyla Pellot and Hector, a daughter, Chloe, May 22, 2010. 2001 Beth Whittaker Schroeder and Robert, a daughter, Teagan, September 2, 2010. Rachael Johnson Sarkar and Sabyasachi, a son, Owen Raja, December 18, 2010. 1999 Daniel Kent and Jen Kent, a son, Benjamin Carter, September 20, 2010. Nicole Campasano Lopusznick and Thomas, a daughter, Olivia, June 4, 2010. Rebecca Hutler Melanson and Michael, a daughter, Payton, March 15, 2010. Kate Sheneman Whetstone and Jeff, a daughter, Mary Elizabeth, June 1, 2010. Molly McGonigle Anderson and Rob, a daughter, Adelyn Elizabeth, August 1, 2010. Liz Chamberlain Zoccola and Jarrad, a son, Mason Alexander, January 21, 2011. 1998 Christy Danko Graybeal and Ben, a son, Charles Allen, December 13, 2010. SPRING 2011

For complete Class Notes, please go to Our online Class Notes are updated monthly, so information is current and space is unlimited. If you do not have access to a computer and would like to receive a printed version of your class’s notes, please call the Public Relations Office at 610 625-7880 to request a computer printout, which we will mail to you. If you have news or updates for Class Notes, please contact your class correspondent or the Alumni House. Thank you.

Audrey Weaver Sparks and Chris, a daughter, Megan, October 17, 2010. 1997 Janine Misevich Rossi and Peter, a son, Jeremy, August 26, 2010. 1996 Linda Matos Janick and John, a daughter, Alyssa Lucinda, January 11, 2011. 1993 Kristen Iasiello Boyle and Sean, a daughter, Tyleigh Theresa, June 14, 2010. 1991 Timothy Prochnau and Katie, a son, Elijah, June 1, 2010. 1987 Ken Yee and Nicole, a son, Xander, October 9, 2010.

Deaths 2005 Richard Muschlitz, January 22, 2011. 2003 David Perin, December 25, 2010. 1995 Isaac Lakey, May 15, 2009. 1985 Lynn Hanninen, November 6, 2010. 1978 Rev. J. Louise Thatcher, October 22, 2010. Daniel Paradee, November 23, 2010. 1975 Nicole Maxine Venetia Standish, October 11, 2010. 1972 Emma Zintak Torcivia, May 24, 2010. 1969 Edwin H. Gianelli, June 7, 2010. 1968 Jeff Moser, November 12, 2010. 1967 Edwin A. Simmons, October 9, 2010. Joan Kramer Mauer, October 10, 2010. Timothy Phelps, December 31, 2010. 1965 John Jacobson, May 7, 2010. John M. Pavelko, January 20, 2011. 1964 Jane Diehl Clay, November 13, 2010. 1962 Norton Smiley, December 30, 2010. 1960 James Gardner, May 23, 2010. 1958 Rev. James A. Beil, October 23, 2010. 1956 Rev. Donald W. Wert, October 7, 2010. 1955 Donald Weaver, September 26, 2010. 1954 Nicholas H. Warker Jr., October 20, 2010. 1953 Dr. William S. Delp, November 29, 2010. 1952 Canice R. Smith, December 2, 2010.

1949 Faye Werley Jurden, October 2, 2010. Ernest DeAngelis, December 20, 2010. 1947 Edward Steager, January 11, 2011. Harold J. Suess, January 24, 2011. 1946 Nondas Halkias, August 31, 2010. 1941 Elizabeth Finger Sutton, October 10, 2010. 1940 Helen Grote Detthof, December 1, 2010. 1939 Frances Daws Crocker, September 14, 2010. Francis Strohaber, October 30, 2010. 1938 Mary Gena Young St. Clair, September 24, 2010. Friends Susan Schuehler Ehly, October 25, 2010.

Have you heard? Here are just a few of the latest updates from your classmates. Read more online at While you’re there, share your news! 1999 James Hillary and wife Rebecca Page Hillary ’98 participated in the Portland Doggie Dash races with their dog, Max, a two-time defending champion. 1980 Whitney Rahman was appointed solicitor of the Northern Berks Regional Police Department. After graduating from Moravian, she attended Columbia University School of Law and graduated in 1989. 1968 Linda Bruno Rice, Peggy Bartholomew Melchior, Judy Funke Argento, Bertie Francis Knisely ’69, and Randy Batteiger Croft, spent the day in Bethlehem December 17. Reconnecting, shopping, and dining at the BrewWorks was fun for all. Bertie filled them in on lots of alumni news.




En Plein Air Susiehyer ’76 has been described by her friends and fellow artists as a painting maniac. “I’ll paint pretty much anytime, anywhere,” she says. You can find her painting in 90-degree heat on a Denver sidewalk, standing knee-deep in snow on a piece of cardboard, or painting at night with a headlamp on top of her head. Her work, which can be seen in many private and corporate collections, has won numerous awards and has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, Southwest Art, Soundings, and other publications.

Clockwise from top right: Cherry Creek Late Afternoon, 20x16, oil on birch; Early Light, Moraine Park, 16x20, oil on hardboard; Mountainview Geraniums, 12x16, oil on canvas; Friday Night on Broadway and Lincoln, 16x12, oil on canvas.

Plein air paintings, such as these, require the artist to work quickly to capture the natural light and atmosphere, time of day, and sense of place. Susie’s recent painting trips include places in Colorado, Arizona, Tahiti, Hawaii, Corsica, France, Taos, Rocky Mountain National Park, Portugal, California, and the New Jersey coast. She maintains a home and studio in Evergreen, Colo., with her husband and two children. Her work will be featured at the Telluride Plein Air Festival June 28-July 4, 2011 ( See more at

Orbis Pictus (The World Illustrated), written by Moravian bishop and educator John Amos Comenius and published in 1658, was the first illustrated book specifically for children. (This Orbis Pictus image, from“The Master and the Boy,” is courtesy of Reeves Library.) On this page we celebrate the ways that members of the Moravian College community illuminate our world.




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Postcard from… The Gulf of Mexico “The Mississippi Canyon incident (commonly known as the BP oil spill) is unparalleled in the scope of its potential geographic impact. Marine and estuarine ecosystems from Texas to Florida are being assessed to support the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process established by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. I’ve been participating in response efforts that involve measuring the extent and limits of oil in the water column, the concentration of subsurface hydrocarbons and dispersant, and sampling submerged aquatic vegetation to determine the concentration of oil compounds in sea grasses, estuaries, and barrier islands. These efforts provide valuable insight for assessing oil spill impacts and working to restore shoreline, habitat, and water quality.” —Regina LaCaruba ’05, Delray Beach, Fla.

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