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Moravian College Magazine

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Editor Claire Kowalchik Creative Director Sandra DiPasqua Sports Editor Mark J. Fleming Copy Editors Rachelle Laliberte Nancy Rutman Alumni Engagement Bob Gratz ’75, director Amanda Werner ’13, assistant director Barbara Parry, administrative assistant Director of Marketing and Communications Michael P. Wilson Copyright 2016 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.

Painting by Susie Hyer You can see more of Hyer’s work on her website,, and read her tale of traveling cross-country with friends after graduating from Moravian College on page 12.


From the desk of the president

3 The Hub

Campus news and notes

12 Your Story

An alum reflects

28 Greyhound Sports

The blue and grey at play

30 Alumni News

People, places, events

38 Class Notes

Catching up with classmates

44 A Little Revolutionary The leaders among us

FEATURES 14 “I didn’t think I was smart enough

to be a scientist.” So says Frank Rauscher III ’79. But Moravian College proved him wrong. Rauscher is now the deputy director of the Wistar Institute Cancer Center in Philadelphia and an expert on the genetic genesis of metastatic breast cancer. By Megan Othersen Gorman

20 Building Health Sciences

Construction is under way on the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences—a building that will house state-of-the-art labs, classrooms, and study spaces and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.

24 A Family Legacy

We like to say that Moravian College is “a little revolutionary.” And in many ways it is. But in Joe Hanna’s tight-knit Allentown-based family— 13 of whom have matriculated at Moravian in the last 43 years—the choice of Moravian is anything but. Cover illustration: ESa

From the president’s desk

Welcome Dear Moravian Brothers and Sisters, I hope you are well and finding time with your families to relax and enjoy all that life affords us. Here on campus, we’re on the move. This summer we enrolled our first cohort of athletic training students into our new sports medicine and rehabilitation program. Working in partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network, we are able to offer our students experiences with world-class clinicians in a state-of-the-art facility, and we’re proud to claim status as one of only eight colleges in the country to offer this type of integrative program and the only one partnered with a university health system. After we graduated 444 Hounds in May, the bulldozers started work on two very important projects: the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences—which will house leading-edge labs and classrooms to benefit all students in our full array of health science disciplines—and the John Makuvek Field, a top-of-the-line synthetic-turf field, which will be home to men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse and women’s field hockey. (The field will not be fenced in, so our tradition of tray sledding can continue.) You can find details about these exciting new ventures on pages 20 and 4, respectively. While we continue to raise funds for both projects, many significant donors have already come forward to support their alma mater and future generations of Hounds and to leave a family legacy. Legacy drives our strength as a college and a community in many ways. This issue of Moravian College Magazine brings you the story of Frank Rauscher III ’79, deputy director of the Wistar Institute, who, like his father before him—also a Moravian College grad—is one of the country’s leading cancer researchers. This spring, Rauscher returned to campus to talk about the tremendous advances that have taken place in cancer research since his father’s work in the field, imparting a genuine optimism that we will indeed win the war on this disease. Many legacy families come through our campus, including the extended family of Joe Hanna ‘78, Lehigh County sheriff and former Allentown chief of police. He and 12 members of his clan earned their degrees here and went on to successful careers (page 22). Our long tradition of legacy stands as testament to the high quality and valuable personal experience of a Moravian College education. In a few weeks, we will welcome a new class of Hounds to campus, just shy of last year’s historic enrollment. Our inquiries and applications are up considerably, and entering students’ eligibility criteria improve each year, making us more competitive than ever. As you can see, we are actively building Moravian College to be the premier liberal arts college we all know it is. We couldn’t do any of this without the incredible support we receive from our alumni. So many of you are making Moravian College your first priority in philanthropy and ensuring both your legacy and the school’s future. You make it possible for the next generation to receive the outstanding education that you continue to enjoy today. Thank you for the gifts of your time, talent and treasure. Thank you for making Moravian College strong and ready for the future. In appreciation,

Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 President

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Homecoming kings: (from left to right) Seth Kelsey, Dave Romanelli ’88, Joe Hoffmeier ’88 and Jim Isbell (not pictured, Tony Romanelli ’85).



CHALLENGE Change Is Gonna Come

Moravian College claims a long history and rich heritage. Reflective of that heritage, Moravian College Magazine will be remembering moments from selected years. Here, we look back to 1966, a turbulent year marked by activism, war and a race for space. Those issues reverberated across campus, but all was not doom-and-gloom. The College was in the midst of a multiyear campus improvement plan that would include Reeves Library and a new science building.


Campus news and notes




by Joe Hoffmeier ‘88 I started putting together amazing tailgates for homecoming ever since I graduated in 1988. My friends and I bring two gas grills with griddle tops, two propane tanks, six cases of beer and three cases of our homemade wine, plus multiple coolers of food and condiments and a full bar.

Some of our most popular eats include our awardwinning lamb chops, marinated in my secret sauce; grilled Philly cheesesteaks grilled buffalo wings; and brats and sauerkraut with a beer-cheese sauce. And of course, we start the morning with a pork roll, egg and cheese sandwich. Our bar-

tender serves a wide range of mixed drinks, but the most popular libation tends to be our homemade wine. We offer several varieties: pinot, malbec, cab… Last year, the addition of a raw bar took the tailgate to a whole new level. We had raw oysters and clams on

Moravian Moment The Political Activities Committee (shown here with House Speaker John W. McCormack) travels to Washington, D.C., to visit government offices and embassies.


Law Beginning today, all cigarette packs sold in the U.S. must carry the warning: “Caution: Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health.”

1/19 Vietnam Lt. Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, director of the Selective Service system, announces that college students will be drafted beginning next fall unless peace comes in Vietnam. Summer 2016 Moravian College Magazine 3

Campus news and notes

TheHub the half shell, with a fishmonger shucking them fresh all day. Needless to say, we were the most popular tailgate. And when I say “we,” I’m referring to Dave Romanell ’88, who was my college roommate; his brother Tony Romanelli ’85; and our friend and executive chef, Jim Isbel. We have won awards for best overall tailgate, best food, best wine—you name it, we've won it. And we intend to be the top dogs—excuse me, Hounds—again this year. But let’s make this interesting. The alumni office will be giving out prizes for best food, best school spirit, and most family friendly. OK, so we might not win the kid-friendly category, but you can bet we’re going after “best food” and “most spirited” (take that to mean whatever you want), and we challenge you, fellow alums, to top our tailgate. Know that you’d better come armed with more than pork barbecue and baby back ribs, because we're way beyond that!

SCHOOL OF NURSING NAMED FOR HELEN S. BREIDEGAM In honor of Helen Breidegam, the Moravian College Department of Nursing and Public Health is now called the Helen S. Breidegam School of Nursing. This new name recognizes the Breidegam family’s longtime support of the college and reflects Helen’s career as a nurse, as well as her longstanding generosity to others pursuing that profession.

The Breidegam family has left a lasting legacy at Moravian


Bulldozers, backhoes and other heavy equipment have been roaring over campus grounds behind the HUB this summer for the installation of a synthetic turf field that will

College. Helen’s late husband, DeLight Breidegam, who served on the Board of Trustees for 37 years, spearheaded and supported dynamic growth and improvement in the college’s programs and facilities over the years. The Timothy M. Breidegam Track at Steel Field and

the Timothy M. Breidegam Fieldhouse stand in memory of DeLight and Helen’s son Timothy, who was a member of the class of 1978, and the future health sciences center (page 20) has been named in memory of daughter Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz.

be home to the Greyhounds’ field hockey, lacrosse and soccer teams beginning this fall. In addition to replacing the playing surface, Moravian is adding competition lighting to the field, along with a press box.

The field will be named for John Makuvek, who, as golf coach for 43 years, compiled a 316-193 record that included the 2006 Commonwealth Conference Championship. Over 24 years as soccer coach, he helped his teams to a 219-133-29 overall record and one NCAA tournament. The first contest on the turf takes place at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 1, when the women’s soccer team hosts Cairn University. To follow along with photos of the field renovation, visit general/2015-16/ photos/0004/index.

So any Greyhound who thinks he or she may have a shot at the title needs to answer one simple question: ARE YOU READY FOR A TAILGATE THROWDOWN?


See you October 15, and may the best tailgate team win!


Moravian Moment Drifting snow from a crippling blizzard forces administrators to cancel two days of classes, but Dean James J. Heller reports that no snow days will be added to the academic term.



Moravian Moment Coach Rocco Calvo scores his 100th victory, leading the Greyhounds to a 71–56 win over Delaware Valley College. 4 Moravian College Magazine Summer 2016

2/3 Space Race Soviet probe Luna 9 becomes the first spacecraft to achieve a lunar soft landing and to transmit photographic data from the moon’s surface to Earth.

Upcoming book by Joel Nathan Rosen, More than Cricket and Football: International Sport and the Challenge of Celebrity



GuestLecture Dr. Joel Nathan Rosen, Department of Sociology

Revisiting Tired Requiems for a Fallen Idol Muhammad Ali’s recent passing offers a moment of reflection in terms of heroes and how their reputations are forged. What’s clear is that the Ali we remember bears little resemblance to the man himself, reinforced by a layer of apocrypha that isn’t nearly as interesting as the real thing, which belies a much more intriguing persona. A short recap reminds:

His standing as a gentle spirit of reconciliation hid his remarkable skill as a fighter whose objective to batter his opponents was most famously on display in his 1967 dismantling of Ernie Terrell, complete with the repeated taunt, “What’s my name, ****er?!”


l His

legendary persona was steeped in self-promotion forged on the backs of those he found lacking; in particular, heavyweight rivals Floyd Patterson and Joe Frazier.

His unwillingness to go to Vietnam was spun officially as cowardice and outright betrayal.


He struggled with the socioreligious conflicts of his day, embracing male heterosexual potency while rejecting homosexuality as part of more widespread conspiracy theories.


Many of his youthful indiscretions were subsequently removed from view when a trembling Ali lit the 1996 Olympic torch before stunned audiences around the globe. Only then did he become the embodiment of an age he actually had little hand in shaping, though of late we saw him in virtually every significant battle of the day. So while we remember Ali the fallen idol, let us not forget that his sort of heroism comes with both hands of steel and feet of clay.


Please e-mail them to the editor at kowalchik@, and we’ll publish them in a “Letters” column to debut in the fall.

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Carol Traupman-Carr ’86, associate provost If Moravian College were the Starship Enterprise, Carol Traupman-Carr ’86—appointed associate provost just a year ago—would be Second Officer Scotty, chief engineer. (President Grigsby would be Captain Kirk, of course; Provost Cynthia Kosso, First Officer Spock.) In the academic universe, Traupman-Carr is an engineer of sorts, developing new programs and acquiring accreditation. In addition, she oversees academic affairs, working with students on academic conduct and

performance plans, and helps students design majors. Interested in getting to know a little more about our second officer, we visited Traupman-Carr in her office in Monocacy Hall and asked her a few questions over her laptop decorated with the Vulcan salute.


What do you enjoy most about your work?

Carol Traupman-Carr: I love what I do. I love the people. I love the community. The greatest reward is working with a student who’s on the brink of dismissal, helping him or her get back on track, and then eventually seeing that student walk across the stage to accept a diploma from the president.


What did you love about Moravian College when you were a student?

CTC: The people. My interaction with faculty—in particular, Bob Stinson, Don Spieth and John McDermott—convinced me to come here. I was a first-generation student, and they welcomed me and guided me through my years here. My mother was diagnosed with cancer in my first term of study, and she died when I was a senior. The Moravian College community tended to me when I needed it and kept me focused when things got really tough. So many people who knew me and my brother (Michael Traupman '88) came to her funeral. It showed what kind of community we were then and are today.


What do you love about the college now?

CTC: We are a hot college— students are eager to come here, and we draw exciting, fascinating faculty and staff. I also appreciate that we are true to our heritage as we move into the future. Colleges and universities in today's economy must constantly reinvent themselves. The question is how to do that without forgetting what brought students to you in the first place. So we look for the right changes and embrace them, while remembering that we are dedicated, now as ever, to educating students from all backgrounds; that we can and should continue to be an institution that provides a meaningful, welcoming community in which students receive a transformative education along with the skills to compete and excel in this ever-changing world.


You have a passion for music and in your undergrad years acquired certification to teach music, while also pursuing the performance track in piano. What role does music currently play in your life? CTC: I continue to serve as the choir director for the Church of St. Ann in Emmaus, a position I have held for 24 years. In addition, I write brass arrangements for the Mainstreet Brass Quintet and occasionally for the Silver and Brass Trombone Quartet. About a dozen of my brass arrangements and one choral arrangement have been published. Occasionally, I have the opportunity to teach a student who wants an advanced music theory course or who is out of sequence in the music curriculum. It's nice to be able to keep my hand in it that way.


Two of your grill recipes have been published by Taste of Home. Congratulations—and tell us about your culinary expertise. CTC: Growing up, I didn’t know how to cook anything—I even burned a hard-boiled egg. My mother prepared phenomenal meals and baked goods, but I didn’t pay any attention. When I was at Cornell for graduate school, I had to prepare my own meals. I started with some of my mother’s recipes, and I was so inspired by all the new flavors I experienced in Ithaca eating different cuisines—Indian, Japanese—that I began to experiment. I’m always developing new recipes or altering existing ones. I make the best chocolate chip cookies [and the magazine editor can vouch for this]. I take the Nestlé Toll House recipe,

CAROL TRAUPMAN-CARR’S GRILLED GREEN BEANS 2 tablespoons butter 1 small shallot, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 pound fresh green beans ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese cooking spray

substitute a box of vanilla pudding for the sugar, and use both white and milk chocolate chips.


What about Star Trek captures your interest?

CTC: I became a fan in graduate school. Star Trek has boldly gone where many shows do not go, tackling some very important social and ethical issues but doing so with fictional alien races so that the conversation of those issues can take place in a safe environment. No one starts a protest because we've criticized the Ferengi for their actions, and we can have an open discussion about the ethical choices that guide their society.


Who is your favorite character?

That’s tough. Forced to chose, I would have to go with Captain Jean-Luc Picard. He’s the right mix of the intellectual and the diplomat, and when necessary, he can throw a punch with the rest of them. But a close second is Spock. In fact, instead of the sign of peace at church, my children and I usually exchange the Vulcan salute. And I have to put in a plug for my favorite race—the Borg. Aren't they just the most frightening yet fascinating species out there? I also have to say that Mr. Spock provides me with the most useful quote for my job: “Change is the essential process of all existence.” Then, when people don’t like change, I can go to the Borg: “Resistance is futile."

In a small frying pan, melt butter. Add the shallot and garlic and brown slightly. Set aside. Cook beans in boiling water just until bright green, then plunge into cold water. Remove beans and combine with the shallot-garlic butter and cheese. Lightly coat aluminum foil with cooking spray, place the bean mixture onto the foil and fold into a packet. Place on medium heat on grill for about 10 minutes, until cheese is melted. Remove and serve immediately.

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Campus news and notes


The closing line of Maya Angelou’s poem “Human Family” is repeated three times, drumming Angelou’s take-home into the minds of the listener. It’s a mantra of sorts or even, as it was delivered by Moravian College Chaplain Jennika Borger at the inaugural Intercultural Graduation Ceremony and Reception on May 7, a hymn: “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” In a purely superficial sense, at Moravian College, we are. Nearly three-quarters of all

students are white, 8 percent are Latino, 4.5 percent are black, and 6 percent are international, largely from Saudi Arabia. But Christopher Hunt, associate dean of students and director of intercultural advancement and global inclusion, who envisioned the Intercultural Graduation Ceremony, wanted to emphasize the nonsuperficial—the experience of belonging to Moravian College and to each other. The ceremony was open to all graduating students, and 16—representing a vast range of cultural backgrounds— chose to participate. Each graduate ascended the stage escorted by family members, who wrapped a stole woven

Students (clockwise from top left): Faisal Alruwaitea, Kristoff St. John Riley and Diana Dominguez

of kente cloth, representing the tapestry of humanity, around their graduate’s neck and spoke powerfully—sometimes in Spanish, sometimes in Arabic—of their overwhelming pride and happiness, often moving much of the audience to tears of joy.

Indeed, Angelou’s words rang true: “I note the obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” —Megan Othersen Gorman


“If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do all the rest have to drown too? —Steven Wright, comedian


3/4 Music John Lennon is quoted as saying that his band, the Beatles, is “more popular than Jesus now.” Beatles records are burned throughout the Bible Belt.

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Moravian Moment Charles M. Tidmarch, a senior honors candidate majoring in political science, is named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow for the third consecutive year.


3/11 Civil Rights Norman 3X Butler, Thomas 15X Johnson, and Talmadge Hayer are convicted of the 1965 murder of black nationalist leader Malcolm X.

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What better way to establish a fund for sustainability projects than with capital that sustains itself? The Moravian College Greenhound Fund got off the ground about two years ago with combined contributions, totaling $100,000, from alum Jon Soden ’91 and his parents, along with the college’s budgetary reserves accumulated from a few years of low energy costs. The concept, developed by the Moravian College Sustainability Committee, co-chaired by Vice President of Finance and Administration Mark Reed and Biology Professor Frank Kuserk, works like this: Dollars are drawn from the fund to pay for campus projects designed to benefit both the environment and the college’s budget, and the money is eventually recouped by the resulting savings. The first project identified by the committee involved replacing the lights in all 210 lampposts on campus. The 100-watt high-pressure sodium lamps were replaced with 30-watt LED lamps.


After Meeghan Rossi ’17 completed her first year of college, her father was diagnosed with cancer. Rossi’s family suffered not only emotional pain but also financial stress as they faced exorbitant medical bills.Then Rossi discovered Mo’s Fund. Mo’s Fund was established in 2014 because sometimes students need to be rescued, too. The fund provides support to those who are experiencing a financial

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“Over the course of a year, we will have reduced our energy use by 99,338,400 watts,” reports Chad Royer, assistant director of plant operations, “which translates to an energy savings of $7,947 per year and a $1,260-peryear savings in labor costs.” At that rate, the project will pay for itself in roughly 2½ years. Looking ahead, the sustainability group is investigating retrofitting parking lot lights and monument and façade lighting for LED. It’s a great day to be a green Hound!

hardship due to a life-shaking event, such as the death of a provider or foreclosure of a home. To be eligible, a student must be enrolled full time, not have a record of disciplinary action within the previous 12 months and be able to provide documentation of the hardship, such as a death certificate or foreclosure notice.

The fund is supported by the charitable donations of alumni and other supporters of Moravian College. To make a contribution, go to the “Giving” tab on the Moravian College website and click on “Mo’s Fund.” Or you may mail a gift to Mo's Fund, Advancement Office, Moravian College, 1200 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018.

“It’s the reason I am able to remain a student here,” says Rossi, “and it has lifted a great deal of stress off me and my family.” Summer 2016 Moravian College Magazine 9

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In the April 2016 issue of University Business, President Bryon Grigsby ’90 writes about how liberal arts colleges can help students discover their calling through a new model that blends the liberal arts education with opportunities for professional experience and keeps pace with rapidly advancing technologies. CNBC came to campus in May to interview Moravian College MBA student Greg Piechota for a report by Kate Kelly about the hedge fund talent crisis. The story also appears on the business news channel’s website.


New this year: Students are blogging

weekly about their Moravian College experiences at You’ll love the chatter, from Buzzfeed-type lists and first-person experiences to poll-the-audience posts. Check out “5 Reasons Why South Campus Rocks!” by Sara Weidner ’16. And if her musings inspire memories of your experience on South Campus, please share your story with magazine editor Claire Kowalchik at and we’ll print it in an upcoming issue!

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For the fourth consecutive year, students in Associate Professor Katie P. Desiderio’s Management 342 class presented their ePortfolios to a panel of esteemed alumni and community members who have hiring experience. An ePortfolio is a website that documents a student’s education, skills, and work experience and includes a personal story to help create a connection between the student and a prospective employer. Ryan Onushco ’13 returned to share his expertise in talent acquisition, just three short years after presenting his own ePortfolio in the class. The panel also included the following alumni: Joe Kroboth ’82, Karen Yeakel ’82, Glenn Geissinger ’88, Allison Harteveld ’00, Dustin Levy ’01 and Ali Hoffman ’07.


Two beloved faculty members retired this past spring.

Robert Mayer, professor of education After 29 years of teaching full time here at Moravian College, Robert Mayer now pours his energy into researching the Mississippi freedom struggle and studying language and writing. He plans to pull all of this work together in a book. Mayer will continue to teach, and next spring he’ll join Kelly Denton-Borhaug, associate professor of religion, for the course Civil Rights and the Moral Life.

Martha Reid, professor of English An administrator and then a faculty member, Martha Reid gave Moravian College a grand total of 37 amazing years. Reid plans to read a lot of books, write, and take on occasional editing or teaching assignments. “I will certainly stay in touch with friends, colleagues, and former students,” she says, “and I look forward to attending lectures, concerts, and exhibitions.”





“I am not afraid. In Haiti, we know death. We live death every day.” —Mario Joseph, Haitian human rights activist, on the risks of his work

“I’m a tiny part of the cog. I’ve got to do my part the same as you. I really admire doctors, nurses, fireman—people involved in the really hard side of life—but it’s not my calling. My calling is to play for you; when I play, something good happens to you and that’s why I play.—Two-time Grammy nominee and virtuoso guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. You can hear his music and a brief interview on YouTube; search Tommy Emmanuel in Concert at Moravian College “I feel so much exhilaration in working with students, in the raw vulnerability of what could be and in exploring what they know and what they don’t know. This notion of discovery is what drives me.” —Katie P. Desiderio, associate professor of management “Since taking a happiness class this semester with Naomi Gal, I began keeping a gratitude journal. I write down even just one thing that I am grateful for, especially on days when it seems nothing good has happened because that’s when it makes the most difference. Keeping a gratitude journal has changed my life. It’s helped me not go to bed angry, and it’s boosted my positive outlook. I wish I’d been doing it my entire life. —Rebecca Eisenstein ’16


Mark your calendar for these fun and fabulous upcoming events.


Family Weekend Friday through Sunday, September 23–25 Online registration will be available at the end of August for this annual fall gathering of Greyhound families. Contact Janice Pigga at piggaj@moravian. edu or 610-861-1493 for more information.

Student and Alumni Networking Reception, New York Tuesday, October 4, 2016 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tiffany & Co. Corporate Office 200 Fifth Avenue New York City Online registration coming soon.

Homecoming Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15, 2016 Note: If you are interested in helping with reunions for the class of 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 or 2016, please contact Amanda Werner ’13, assistant director of alumni engagement, at 610-861-1342 or

Cohen Lecture: Jeffrey Toobin, senior legal analyst for CNN Wednesday, October 26, 2016 8:00 p.m. Student and Alumni Networking Reception on Campus Wednesday, November 2, 2016 6:00 p.m.: dinner for alumni 7:00 p.m.: dessert, coffee and conversation with students More information and online registration coming soon.

Sports The basketball team from Texas Western College, led by Coach Don Haskins, becomes the first all–African American team to win the NCAA tournament.



Nation Cesar Chavez, head of the National Farm Workers Association, joins striking grape workers on a 300-mile march from Delano to Sacramento, California. The strike gains national attention and causes boycotts of table grapes.

Alumni Awards December 10, 2016 Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus Main and Church streets Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Stay tuned for announcements about this year’s winners, along with details for this celebratory event.


4/14 Moravian Moment James T. Farrell, author of A World I Never Made (chosen as Moravian’s “book of the semester”) and Studs Lonigan, addresses the student body and faculty in convocation. Summer 2016 Moravian College Magazine 11

An alum reflects


A Vague Notion I’m an artist—a painter. I always knew that I would be, but I only ever had a vague notion of how I would get here. Few people believe you can make a living creating fine art, and there are no business courses to take or DIY plans to follow. What’s required, I’ve learned, are self-determination, inspiration, intuition, freedom, a sense of adventure and fearlessness. Moravian College gave me the necessary skills to be an artist and helped form those important character traits, but one journey in particular honed them to a fine edge. After graduating in May 1976, I headed out west with my roommate, Carol Mitrani (Santoro) ‘76, and our good friend Nancy (Clark) Gratz. With only a vague notion of where we were going 12 Moravian College Magazine Summer 2016

By Susie Hyer ’76 or how we’d get there, we loaded backpacks, camping gear, cameras, a cooler, a copy of Joni Mitchell’s Hejira, and $800 in traveler’s checks into a Bicentennial edition of an International Harvester Scout and set off for parts mostly unknown. The adventures and episodes of this road trip were, for the most part, serendipitous. We figured it out as we went along. We camped, backpacked and slept in strange places, sometimes pulling over during a night drive and sleeping by the side of the road.

first), and then further stops in North Carolina (experiencing a local Sunday afternoon fish fry with the natives), Great Smoky Mountains National Park (skateboarding the Blue Ridge Parkway seemed like a good idea at the time) and camping and canoeing the White River in the Ozarks. Everywhere, people we knew and those we didn’t welcomed us to camp on their property or stay in their homes, and they advised us on what to do and where to go.

Beginning our Fibonacci spiral of the country in Bethlehem, we made a beeline down the coast to Cape Hatteras for beach time (first things

On to Texas, then New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns National Park. After we settled into a deserted desert campground one evening, the sound

of motorcycles broke the exquisite solitude we had found. Three young women, one tent, 30 Hells Angels— time to leave! We backpacked to Phantom Ranch from the rim of the Grand Canyon. After crossing Death Valley, the front side of the trip ended in LA, and shortly thereafter, the back side of our excellent adventure began with Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite. I found the beauty of these parks nothing short of astonishing. The journey built upon the strengths I had found at Moravian College. Like the butt of a cigarette under the steel-toed boot of a Northwest logger, my fears about life and the big bad world were being extinguished, squashed into the dirt. Being present in this journey cultivated self-reliance, resourcefulness and awareness. I let down my guard and opened up to the world in a state of trust. Keeping stories of Bigfoot at bay, I backpacked alone into the woods of Lassen Volcanic National Park, armed only with a harmonica. The wonders of the Cascades awaited us in the Great Northwest, and then it was down to Yellowstone and the Tetons. In Jackson, Wyoming, we were befriended by three men on a golf vacation who treated us to drinks, dinner and a show. Afterward we convened in the famous Cowboy Bar. When it became obvious that they were interested in a nightcap of another kind, the three of us slid down from our saddle barstools, excused ourselves to the ladies room, snuck through the window, jumped into the Scout and gunned it out of town. Next stop: Colorado. Little did I know it would become my home state for 30 years. That trip was one of the highlights of my life. It cemented my love of

wilderness and started a lifelong love affair with our national parks. But more important, it became a model for my life: I don’t really plan it, I let it happen with only a vague notion of where to go and how to get there. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and I am honored to have my work included in a coffee-table tome commemorating the treasure of our parks through the painted image. From my days at Moravian College dreaming of adventure, travel and wilderness to painting, recording and finally presenting some of my visual impressions in this book, alongside some of our country’s best contemporary landscape painters, I’ve been enjoying a remarkable journey.

Still, I don’t count my successes by the number of awards I’ve won, the long string of ribbons hanging on my studio wall or the list of books and magazines in which my work has appeared. Rather, I measure them by the quality of the people who have graced my life, the ridiculously amazing and beautiful places I travel to and paint, and the road trips I’ve taken in pursuit of this painter’s life. And I count myself fortunate to be among those whose work has enriched the lives of others in some tangible and other times intangible ways. My wish for you—Moravian College students past, present and future—is that you, too, will be blessed with only a vague notion of where to go and how to get there. Summer 2016 Moravian College Magazine 13

“I didn’t think I was smart enough

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... to be a scientist.�

So says Frank Rauscher III. But Moravian College proved him wrong. Rauscher is now the deputy director of the Wistar Institute Cancer Center in Philadelphia and an expert on the genetic genesis of metastatic breast cancer. By Megan Othersen Gorman

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It’s the stuff of daddy issues.

“I think we can win it.”

Y I Your father, with whom you share a name, is a world-renowned cancer researcher. While you were still young but old enough to take note, he served as director of the National Cancer Institute and, in that capacity, led the then president Richard M. Nixon’s “war on cancer.” He discovered a virus, now named for him, that produces a form of leukemia in mice and came to be a valuable tool in cancer research because of the speed with which it acts in rodents. And he did this completely on his own, with no natural North Star, no blueprint from his family.

In the 1960s and ’70s, when Rauscher’s father was leading the national barrage on cancer, the prevailing wisdom was that cancer was caused by either a virus or a chemical carcinogen. As our understanding of the genetic underpinnings of disease has advanced, however, that thinking has evolved. Rauscher has both ridden that wave and helped to create its swell: He and his laboratory at the Wistar Institute Cancer Center, a private research facility with nearly 40 investigators, have produced some of the discovery science that has recently made the long war on cancer appear winnable.

“My father was from over the hill in Hellertown,” says Frank Rauscher III, who, like his father before him, is both a Moravian College grad (the younger Rauscher is Class of 1979) and a groundbreaking cancer researcher. “His dad owned a hardware store and drove a Tastykakes truck. The only way my dad got to go to Moravian—and he was the only one in his family to go to college—was his athleticism. He was a superb baseball and basketball player; those gifts got him there. His intellect served him from then on out. When he wanted to go to medical school at Rutgers and found that the med school wasn’t yet accredited, he nimbly switched gears and went into biochemistry instead.”

“I think we can win it,” says Rauscher. “If you talk to any of the old-timers, they’ll say that up until now it’s been a skirmish, not a war, because we didn’t have the tools. In my dad’s day, we were fighting tanks with spears. They did a lot with those spears, don’t get me wrong. But now we have guns.”

Frank Rauscher Jr. created his way. His son Frank Rauscher III had more options but also more expectations. Initially, he wasn’t sure he could live up to them.“Growing up in suburban Maryland, in the shadow of the National Institutes of Health, I lived with a constant stream of internationally known scientists coming through our house,” he says. “I was interested in them and became fascinated with how they approached biology. So I was drawn to the field. But honestly, I didn’t think I was smart enough. I wasn’t a committed student in high school. I wasn’t confident in my abilities relative to all the great minds around me.” It was Moravian College, which Rauscher deemed both “nurturing enough and challenging enough,” that helped the boy with enormous shoes to fill believe he could. And, boy, did he ever.

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The firepower Rauscher is referring to is genetic information. His own lab has been working to identify the genes a breast cancer tumor uses to be able to metastasize, or move beyond the breast to invade other organs. “There is a small number of cells in a primary breast tumor that have the capacity to crawl out of the tumor, move into the bloodstream and seed another organ,” explains Rauscher. “Sometimes they grow a secondary tumor right away. At other times they lie dormant until something—we don’t quite understand what—stimulates a recurrence.” These few marauders are deadly. They are the cells that kill. How are they able to leave the nest while others cannot? “That right there, that one question: That is what we have been probing and testing for the last 15 years,” says Rauscher. And they’ve made headway. “These cells have to be motile, they have to be invasive, and they have to be able to survive in the bloodstream—all very impressive cellular characteristics that are not a cinch to acquire,” Rauscher explains. His laboratory has been able to identify specific genes tumor cells use to acquire those characteristics and is currently working

At an evening presentation in the Collier Hall of Science this past spring, Frank Rauscher III, deputy director of the Wistar Institute, talks about the progress that’s been made in the war against cancer.

on ways to block them. In the meantime, though, those genes are being used as prognostic markers. They’re allowing physicians to predict future metastases before they can actually be seen.

“You do what you can with the hand you were dealt.”

“If a woman with what appears to be a contained, early-stage breast cancer has those genetic markers, her tumor has already metastasized,” says Rauscher. “Those motile cells have already left the original tumor—they do so early in the development of the tumor, even before it can be detected on a mammogram. We can’t yet see them, and they may be dormant. But they are waiting. Now, however, we are waiting for them, too.”

Frank Rauscher Jr. died too soon, not of the disease he worked his entire life to subdue, but of a bolt out of the bright blue—a massive heart attack at age 61, in 1993. A deep understanding and up-to-the-minute research into the genetic genesis of disease has left his son less than sanguine about his own prospects—but not pessimistic, either. “Look, I’m a realist,” Frank Rauscher III ’79 says. “I’ve learned that you start with the hand you were dealt—with the genes you inherited. And you do what you can with them.”

“Them” would be cancer stem cells (scientists refer to them as CSCs). “Once out of the primary tumor, they revert to a primitive embryonic state, which means they grow very, very slowly, if at all,” explains Rauscher. “Your immune system keeps them quiet— or, as we say in science, in a state of ‘quiescence’—until something powerful happens—a car accident, a very bad viral illness or any kind of emotional trauma—and your immune system is depressed and those cells are awakened.”

Rauscher doesn’t drink (never has). He doesn’t smoke (never started). He exercises regularly and often. If his father’s life and death have changed anything about how he approaches life, he says, it’s that he’s utterly and completely dedicated to the cause of defeating cancer. “I think my father would be astounded by where we are now,” he says. “Many of the viruses that he worked on contain the genes that I work on, so there’s a symmetry there that I like. Of course, I wish I had had him for a sounding board for far longer than I did. But he is with me in this fight. That is the hand I was dealt, too. And I’m doing everything I can with it.” Summer 2016 Moravian College Magazine 17

“The ‘kill everything with chemo’ strategy has proven unworkable.”


State-of-the-art cancer treatment strategy circa 2016 is to keep those cancer cells quiet. The idea: to make cancer a chronic, unseen disease, one that you can live with and outlive. “The ‘kill everything with chemo’ strategy has proven unworkable,” points out Rauscher. “That’s because we now know that the cells that have left the original tumor are dormant—they’re not growing. And chemotherapy attacks only growing cells.” So how to keep cancer cells quiescent? That’s the question Rauscher and his Wistar scientists are feverishly attempting to answer. Working with them are researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, where Vice President Joe Biden recently kicked off the Obama administration’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative to eliminate cancer as we know it today—as a categorically genetic disease. “We know now that there are only 200 or 300 genes out of 38,000 genes that contribute to cancer,” says Rauscher. “Behind this devastating disease is just a small set of genes working together. The universe is defined, and therefore the targets are defined. Many of these genes work in the same pathways of the cell. So one target is the pathway.” Drug companies are working on this target, trying to devise a drug that keeps cancer cells dormant or even switches cells from active (meaning growing) back to dormant. The second, extremely promising pathway—one targeted specifically by the presidential moonshot initiative and by Wistar—is the immune system. “A tumor arises from your own tissues, so it doesn’t often look foreign to your immune system,” says Rauscher. “But just in the last three years, we’ve been able, through gene therapy, to retrain the immune system to recognize the tumor as foreign and to attack it.” This is immunotherapy—or, the treatment of disease by inducing, enhancing or suppressing an immune response—and it is, in Rauscher’s estimation, perhaps our best and most lethal tool in the war against cancer.

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It’s cutting-edge science, to be sure. But as an idea—a theoretical strategy—it isn’t exactly new. “In my dad’s time, there were people doing immunotherapy—but they were considered the black sheep of cancer research,” laughs Rauscher. “We didn’t have the genetic tools then that we do now. We couldn’t take advantage of the idea. But we’ve finally figured it out.” By “we,” Rauscher means the broad scientific community—that much is clear. But he could also, just as accurately, be referring to “we” as in Wistar—or “we” as in himself and his lab, which have added to the swell of knowledge that is making immunotherapy viable and exciting, the sheep in the cancer treatment and research field. “Moravian gave me the confidence that I could think independently and that I could work well in a lab,” he says. “I did it during my years there, and I’m still doing it now.” Thank goodness. ● Postscript: Frank Rauscher III is part of a Moravian College family legacy that extends beyond his father. Frank is married to Melissa Ludwig ’80, a senior vice president at Macy’s. Frank’s brother Michael Rauscher ’83, chief marketing officer for HomeServe, is married to college classmate Cynthia Pummer Rauscher ’83.

“Moravian gave me the confidence that I could think independently and that I could work well in a lab.” —Frank Rauscher III

A Fine-Tuned Machine

On most weekends, Frank Rauscher III ’79, deputy director of the Wistar Institute, trades his lab coat for a flameproof racing jumpsuit and drives his 911 Porsche Carrera to compete in races around the country. Though scientific research and car racing move at opposite ends of the speed spectrum, the disciplines cross on the point of meticulous precision. As a racer, Rauscher tweaks the mechanics under the hood and the handling on the track to shave 10ths of seconds from his time. As a molecular engineering scientist, he meticulously designs and runs experiments, readjusting and fine-tuning his methods to reach new discoveries in his Wistar laboratory. “Working on the parts of a car is like splicing genes together,” says Rauscher. That might be the racer in him talking, and the scientist is equally as focused on excellence. He melds his vast expertise in gene regulation, epigenetics, molecular pharmacology and biochemistry with his ability to collaborate and bring in the right players to deliver a cross-disciplinary, innovative research program based on new discoveries in the pursuit of knowledge. —Darien A. Sutton

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Health Sciences Construction is under way on the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences—a building that will house state-ofthe-art labs, classrooms and study spaces and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.

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By Claire Kowalchik

World-class planning and technology deliver a center that will advance, to the highest level, our robust nursing programs, our undergraduate health sciences course of study, and the developing graduate programs in rehabilitation sciences. Poised toward history and the future, the center’s design incorporates elements common to Moravian architectural heritage, such as a gambrel roof, with contemporary clean lines and extensive use of glass.

Soft, open study spaces throughout the building invite students and faculty to spend time in the center, encouraging interaction and collaboration. Currently, nursing students (400-plus) and faculty are scattered across campus.

The rain that had fallen

earlier in the day on Friday the 13th of May did not dampen spirits at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences. Rather, it was a blessing—softening the ground for the symbolic turning of the first shovelfuls of soil at the site of the future building. Enthusiasm for the center was palpable. Ken Rampolla ’79, chairman of the board of trustees, celebrated that the center would fulfill Moravian College’s gaping need for a building to house not only our nursing programs but also labs for our burgeoning health sciences disciplines to include informatics and public health as well as the undergraduate health sciences course of study that precedes our new graduate programs in athletic training, occupational therapy, and physical therapy—disciplines that poise our students to succeed in careers among the most highly demanded in the marketplace now and in the future. As for the building itself—named in honor of alumna Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz ’84, who was a member of the board of trustees from 2008 until she died tragically at the age of 52 in June of 2014—it will occupy 56,000 square feet and feature leading-edge technology, enhanced classrooms and research labs, a health informatics computer lab, a virtual cadaver lab, and creative spaces for student and faculty interaction. In synchronicity with the campus as a whole, the building symbolizes the trajectory of the college from its historical roots into the 21st century. “ESa [the architectural firm employed to design the center] delivered beautifully on a state-of-the-art design that looks to the future while preserving the heritage and culture of the historical buildings of Moravian College,” says Mark Reed, vice president of finance and administration. Join us on a virtual tour of the center on the following pages, and then please enjoy an animated walk-through at news/releases/2016/health-sciences-building.

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The center houses several laboratories: for research, general chemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, as well as a health informatics computer lab, providing state-of-the-art learning space for students.

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Emphasizing sustainability and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the building includes features such as LED lighting throughout and is expected to qualify for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

Simulation labs allow nursing students to practice skills with computerized mannequins that sweat, bleed, cry, have a heartbeat and pulse, and so forth. Real-life scenarios are replicated and recorded so students and faculty can critique student work.

At the top of the threestory glass-enclosed atrium, an 8-foot lighted Moravian star shines—a stunning beacon welcoming students, faculty, and visitors to north campus and the Sally Breidegam Center for Health Sciences.

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A family Legacy tina yurconic-marinos ’86

diane joseph ’98

nicole makoul elias ’87

elliot joseph ’06

michelle hanna ’12

daniel joseph ’73

kimberly makoul goodge ’87

jared hanna ’09

doug joseph ’01

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We like to say that Moravian College is “a little revolutionary,” and in many ways it is. But in Joe Hanna’s tight-knit Allentown-based family—13 of whom have matriculated here in the past 43 years— the choice of Moravian is anything but. By Megan Othersen Gorman

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you enter newly elected Lehigh County Sheriff Joe Hanna’s office in the imposing courthouse building on Hamilton Street in center-city Allentown, you step between a pair of framed black-and-white photos. A portrait of Hanna’s father hangs on the wall to your left; the other, of Hanna’s grandfather, is on your right. Neither man went to Moravian—but they are the only relatives Hanna speaks of this balmy June evening who did not. “My grandfather was the toughest—some would say meanest—man I knew,” he says, his chiseled features relaxed into a grin, “and my dad was the most honest. I figure I need an abundance of both every time I step through this door.”

Class of ’78—with helping him to develop the discipline intrinsic to policing and policing well. But family is Hannah’s true touchstone.

Hanna is the former chief of police in Allentown—the gritty city’s top cop. He has the tall, shoulders-back bearing of law enforcement, but as sheriff, he wears a beautifully tailored suit as his uniform. Cufflinks occasionally flashing as he uses his hands to emphasize a point, Hanna readily credits Moravian College—he is

Moravian College eventually came to be an extension of that physical and emotional proximity. Although none of their parents attended college (many, like Hanna’s father, proudly served in the military after graduating from high school), Hanna’s generation—the cousins—did. And a statistically significant subset went to Moravian.

‘‘ “I can’t tell you what it is about Moravian and the Hanna clan. My guess is that the closeness you feel at the school reminds us of the closeness we feel in our family. Very few of us were actually at Moravian at the same time, but for more than 30 years now, we have been going, one after another.” —Jared J. Hanna ’09, assistant district attorney for Lehigh County, Pennsylvania [Joe Hanna’s son]

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Hanna grew up in Allentown’s boisterous 6th Ward. His grandfather was a junk man with a lot on the east side. “Now he’d be called a recycler, of course,” says Hanna. “But back then, among the Syrians, the Irish, and the Polish in the melting pot of the 6th Ward, he was just a junk man.” His children, Hanna’s father, uncle, and aunt, had homes ringing the lot, and although Hanna was an only child, he grew up across city streets and alleyways from an abundance of close-as-siblings cousins. “We never called before visiting,” he says. “We were just there, in each other’s houses, in each other’s lives.”

“My favorite Moravian College memory has to be meeting—and marrying—my husband there. Pat and I met in the HUB dining hall one night when a mutual friend introduced us. We were also in Introduction to Philosophy together in a third-floor classroom in Comenius Hall. On June 16, 2015, Pat proposed to me in that same third-floor classroom, and on June 11, 2016, we were married in Borhek Chapel by Moravian College Chaplain Jennika Borger, now a colleague and a dear friend. As I was sitting in one of the first-floor classrooms minutes before the ceremony began, I couldn’t help but reflect on the memories and deep connection we have with Moravian.” —Michelle Hanna ’12, assistant director of residence life and Greek life at Moravian College [Joe Hanna’s daughter]

“I played football at Moravian all four years. I’ll never forget, freshman year, sitting in the locker room before our opening home game, excited to take the field and follow in the footsteps of my father, Dan, and cousin, Jimmy, both of whom played for Moravian. I always looked up to all of my older cousins and wanted to be just as successful as they were. When I look back on it, their presence at Moravian was a big reason that I wound up going there. And I’m so grateful for that, because I ended up loving every aspect of it.” —Doug Joseph ’01, teacher at Parkland High School in Allentown [son of Dan Joseph, Joe Hanna’s first cousin] “Moravian memories: the first day as a freshman in Johanna Ott’s calculus class—I was scared stiff—and four great years playing for the legendary Rocco Calvo. His impact is still felt every single day in my life.” —Dan Joseph ’73, owner of Daniel Joseph Real Estate in Allentown [Joe Hanna’s first cousin]

Hanna’s cousin Dan Joseph ’73—a Greyhounds football and academic standout named to the Moravian College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986—was the first of the cousins to attend. Linda Hanna ’77 was second, and Dan Hanna ’76 was third. Joe Hanna ’76, initially a poli sci major who switched, in a foreshadowing of his future, to criminal justice just as soon as Moravian began offering it, was fourth. “We were all just really connected,” he shrugs. “It’s not too much of a jump from the closeness we shared as a family in Allentown to the desire to share a college as well. It felt right to follow them. I’d been following them all my life.” Somewhere along the line, Moravian College became a Hanna family plan. Not the only plan, of course, but a plan nonetheless. Because Moravian, too, became family, and Bethlehem became the across-the-alley choice. “I can remember being on campus when I was a little kid, running around with my dad at football games,” says Doug Joseph ’01, a self-described “younger cousin” and son of Dan Joseph, Hanna family Moravian alum #1.

“Our family was all about Moravian. Football Saturdays, which drew a crowd of both families; track-and-field weekends; and Sundays at worship at Calvary or Emmaus Moravian Church. To me, Moravian was the active presence of the Holy Spirit that embodies compassion, love, hope, peace, and a complete sense of loving life. Having my sons graduate from that fine college is a testament to how much Moravian establishes and extends its roots.” —Rev. Diane Joseph ‘98, who served Emmaus Moravian Church [Dan Joseph’s wife] “The best times in my life have been with my family. God has blessed me with a large family, and I enjoy sharing my life with them. Having my cousins at Moravian was probably the biggest reason for my decision to attend.” —Kimberly Makoul Goodge, ’87, chief public defender for Lehigh County, Pennsylvania [Joe Hanna’s second cousin]

Calvo Field became familiar, as did the picturesque campus in general. But it was more than that, Joe Hanna explains, echoing every Hanna relation spoken with for this story. It was the family feeling—so familiar to the Hanna clan—of Moravian itself. “The intimate size of the college means the faculty and staff really know you,” says Hanna. “You see them all the time. They’re encouraging and challenging and inquiring and supportive. They impart a strong sense of community, of family. And family—no matter where you find it—is a gift.” Remember the entrance to Joe Hanna’s courthouse office, guarded, as it were, by the watchful eyes of the elder Hannas? Because Hanna’s desk is situated to your right as you enter the room, your own eyes tend to follow a hypotenuse-like path rightward as you walk in, landing squarely on the office’s opposite wall. There, between two windows framing the Allentown cityscape, is another framed talisman. Surely you can guess what it is. But sometimes even a sheriff needs clues: A degree is mentioned. And the Moravian College seal is featured prominently.

“I’d enrolled in summer school at Moravian only intending to pick up a chemistry class before attending Lehigh. But I enjoyed Moravian so much I never left. I loved the small classes, the accessibility of the professors, and their commitment both to teaching and to their students. I’ll never forget the physics professor (I wish I could remember his name!) teaching electricity and acting like an electron. He was an amazing teacher and so enthusiastic and, literally, the reason I got my PhD.” —Linda Hanna ’77, an environmental consultant living in Philadelphia [Joe Hanna’s first cousin]

“It all started with my uncle, Dan Joseph. Everyone else followed him because he talked about what a wonderful small college experience MoMo is. And it was: I made great friends, I loved that my family could see me play, and I met my wife while attending MoMo. The Hanna/Josephs are just tight. We stand up for each other, and we know where and whom we came from.” —Jim Joseph, ’86, sales manager for Verizon Communications in Orefield, Pennsylvania [Joe Hanna’s second cousin]

“Although I have many great memories of MoCo, the most memorable is meeting my wife, Melissa, during a psychology class our senior year. We just celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary and will be welcoming our first child in January--maybe a future Hound!” —Elliot T. Joseph ’06, foot and ankle surgeon, Parsippany Foot & Ankle, New Jersey [son of Dan Joseph, Joe Hanna’s first cousin]

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The blue and grey at play


GREYHOUNDS CAPTURE DIVISION III PLAY 4KAY The Moravian College women’s basketball team has been named the NCAA Division III winner of the 2016 Kay Yow Cancer Fund Play4Kay fundraiser, with more than $18,500 raised. It’s the eighth consecutive year that the Greyhounds’ program has led NCAA Division III schools in Play 4Kay.

Play4Kay is the grassroots initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Its primary support comes from women’s basketball teams across the country that dedicate an event to raise money and awareness for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, an organization committed to funding women’s cancer research and supporting projects that assist the underserved community.

“We are extremely proud of our accomplishment over the past eight years at Moravian College,” says Head Coach Mary Beth Spirk. “It is very rewarding to see how our community as a whole comes together to help in raising money each year.”



Mary Kate Duncan ’18 hurled the javelin 44.19 meters (144–11) to finish fifth and earn All-America honors on the final day of competition at the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships hosted by Wartburg (Iowa) College. Duncan’s All-American throw ranks as the 12th best in Moravian College history and the third longest of her career, behind the top nine throws in the Moravian College record books from two-time Olympian Christina Scherwin ’05.



Moravian Moment The Draft Board administers the Selective Service Qualification Test on campus; students scoring higher than 80 percent receive extensions of the “2-S” classification that allows them to defer military service.


Civil Rights Stokely Carmichael is elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; he later helps launch the “black power” movement.

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5/16 World Mao Zedong, leader of the Communist Party in China, initiates a movement to purge the country of any vestiges of capitalism and traditionalism. A compilation of Mao’s quotations known as the Little Red Book begins appearing worldwide.

A STRIKEOUT TO CELEBRATE Sunday, April 10, marked the inaugural Strikeout Prostate Cancer “Blue Out” for the Moravian College baseball team. The Greyhounds split their Landmark Conference doubleheader against Drew University at Gillespie Field, with the Rangers taking game one, 9–8, and the Greyhounds winning the nightcap, 11–2.

“My father has been battling prostate cancer for a number of years, so he was my inspiration. I discovered that the disease touched other guys on the team as well, so I thought it would be perfect to raise not only money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation but also awareness among the Moravian College community."

“My goal was to make the day bigger than baseball,” commented infielder Matthew Nesto ’16, who created and organized the first-time event.

At the end of the day, the strikeout was a success, with the Greyhounds surpassing their goal of raising $5,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.


Last season’s women’s basketball squad received one of the 20 at-large/ Pool C berths to the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament, and the Greyhounds headed to the University of New England (UNE) in Biddeford, Maine, for the first and second rounds on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5. It was the 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, and the Greyhounds knocked off host and No. 15 UNE, 70–60, in the opening round. Next up—No. 7 Tufts University: The Hounds fell 65–45 to end the season at 20–8. Tufts would go on to reach the national championship game.


The No. 19—ranked Moravian College softball team earned a place at the 2016 NCAA Division III Softball National Championships, appearing in a regional held at Ithaca College in May. Head Coach John Byrne ’82 guided the Greyhounds to the 2016 Landmark Conference Championship and an automatic berth at the NCAA Tournament. The Landmark title was the program’s second straight and seventh overall. The tournament

appearance was the Hounds’ 16th overall and second consecutive trip. Moravian opened the regional with a 9–1 win over Worcester State University before falling to the host Bombers, 8–0. The Hounds bounced back in an elimination game with a 13–8 win over Mount Saint Mary (NY) College with a go-ahead grand slam by left fielder Julie Siragusa ’17 in the sixth inning, but the season came to a close in the regional final with a 3–2, nine-inning loss to Ithaca. Summer 2016 Moravian College Magazine 29

People, places, events


Alumni celebrated an early St. Patrick’s Day at Gnarly Brews in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, this March. With 50 beers on tap, alumni enjoyed tasting some new brews.

The annual Blue and Grey Golf Classic was held this May at the Northampton Country Club. It was a chilly, rainy day, but the Greyhound spirit persevered to make it a great day. 30 Moravian College Magazine Summer 2016

The Omicron Gamma Omega fraternity held its annual Old Man’s Night in April this year. Great fun was had by all the brothers as they caught up on current happenings and reminisced about the good old days.


Thanks to William Lloyd ’79 for hosting this year’s Student and Alumni Networking Night in Philadelphia at the Union League. It was a fantastic night for students and alumni to meet and chat about future career plans and opportunities.

With 500 eggs filled and hidden, the first alumni family egg hunt took place this spring on the Comenius Quad. Fun was had by all!

Sports In Lima, Peru, 248 soccer fans are killed when a stadium crowd stampedes after a controversial referee’s decision.



Vietnam During a televised interview with his North Vietnamese captors, American prisoner of war Rear Admiral Jeremiah Denton uses his eyelids to blink out T-O-R-T-U-R-E in Morse code, confirming for the first time that American POWs are being tortured.

5/29 Moravian Moment During Alumni Weekend, Moravian College President Raymond S. Haupert presides over the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Reeves Library. Summer 2016 Moravian College Magazine 31


AlumniNews We honored some outstanding Moravian College alumni and corporate stars in April at the annual Night of Stars event held at the SteelStacks. The night included dinner, dancing to the Philadelphia Funk Authority, a cigar bar, and even a candy bar to end the night!

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Our Alumni Stars Donald M. Bellis ’78 Danielle M. Joseph ’02 Robert E. Kafafian ’77 Peter Z. Lega ’85 Borko Milosev ’04 James P. Orlando, Ed.D. ’96 Elizabeth A. Python ’11

Our Corporate Stars Air Products B. Braun Medical East Penn Manufacturing Co. Historic Hotel Bethlehem Just Born Merck & Company PenTeleData St. Luke’s University Health Network Wells Fargo

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People, places, events


Fun Times at Founders Day and the


50+ JUNE


Alumni Weekend

Law The US Supreme Court issues a decision in Miranda v. Arizona, ruling that criminal suspects must be informed of their constitutional rights prior to questioning by police.


Civil Rights Activist James Meredith, who desegregated the University of Mississippi in 1962, is shot and wounded in Memphis, Tennessee, during the “March Against Fear” to encourage African American voter registration. 34 Moravian College Magazine Summer 2016

6/24 Nation Inspired by Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe at Any Speed, the US Senate passes the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, which leads to such safety improvements as seat belts, windshield wipers, outside mirrors, and impact-absorbing steering columns.

“I encourage my classmates to look ahead and mark your calendars for our 58th reunion next spring. We can all be proud to be graduates of Moravian College.” —Kathy Detwiler ‘59 From coffee and Moravian sugar cake on Friday to an evening of music by the Jazz Hounds to Saturday’s brunch and the State of the College address by President Bryon L. Grigsby ’90, a terrific time was had by all at this year’s celebration of the founding of the women’s college and the 50th-reunion Class of 1966. Kathy Detwiler ’59 had this to share about her experience: “Our Moravian College ‘Pioneer’ (more than 50 years) reunion was terrific. My husband and I much enjoyed a fine Friday dinner with old friends and new. We caught up with stories from President Grigsby, details of college expansions from Bertie Knisely ’69, and current life stories from classmates Jeannette Mirne Cornblatt ’59 and Betsy Honey ’59.

Women’s Rights The National Organization for Women is established; author Betty Friedan (The Feminine Mystique) serves as its first president.


“The Saturday brunch at Hotel Bethlehem was again spectacular. We loved our time with Paul ’60 and Anita (Filler) ’61 Noonan and Pearl Stein ’57 and enjoyed a wonderful Comenius Club gathering at the president’s reception in Payne Gallery, our former South Campus gymnasium — even Mo attended! Sunday morning, my husband and I concluded our visit with worship at Central Moravian Church.




Science Allen and Beatrix Gardner, psychology professors at the University of Nevada, adopt a chimpanzee named Washoe. The chimp becomes the first nonhuman to acquire a human language— American Sign Language. .

Nation Enrollment in Medicare, part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society program, begins.

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People, places, events


The Greatest of Legacies

For many families, a Moravian College education is a tradition. The 2016 graduating class was full of legacies, and we are so excited to welcome them to the alumni family.

Janine Boye ’16, sister to Sivana Boye ’15

Peter Petrack ’16, son of Jessica FaheyPetrack ’87 and nephew of John Fahey ’87

Carrin Sicinski ’16, mother of Jeanine ’10 and Kathleen ’15 Sicinski

Jenny Diener ’16, sister of John Diener ’13

Lauren Granahan ’16, sister to Erin Granahan ’13

Karli Franiak ’16, daughter of Kenneth Franiak ’87

Kylie Larrison ’16, sister of Nicole Larrison ’15

Briana Newman ’14, MACC ’16; Mark Newman ’10, MDIV ’16; Dianne Newman ’16;

Emily Hoke ’16, daughter of William Hoke ’83

Katelyn Miksiewicz ’16, daughter of Ronald Miksiewicz ’84 and sister to Daniel ’14 and Matthew ’18 Miksiewicz




Nation President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act, stating, “A democracy works best when the people have all the information that the security of the Nation permits.”

Nation Charles Joseph Whitman, a student and an ex-Marine, ascends a bell tower at the University of Texas in Austin, from which he shoots and kills 13 people before being killed by police.

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8/29 Music The Beatles perform what will be their final public concert, in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.

Shane ’16 and Brett ’16 Harder, sons of Mark ’86 and brothers of Mark ’18 Harder

Lauren Mulvaney ’16, daughter of Margan Mulvaney ’82

Nathan Vesely ’16, brother of Alexandria Vesely ’13

Adam Wallaesa ’16, son of John ’94 and Pamela ’89 Wallaesa

Joshua Kilian ’16, son of Laurie Killian ’11 and brother to Erin Kilian ’06, MBA ’15

Alyssa Alessandra ’16, daughter of Frank Alessandra ’88

Kathleen McCoy ’16, sister to Brian McCoy ’12

Evan Dickinson ’16, son of Joan ’86 and Todd ’87 Dickinson

Rebecca Zabel ’16, daughter of Laurie Zabel ’80

Patrick Moscatello ’16, son of Susan Moscatello ’84

Benjamin Wallace ’16, son of John Wallace ’84 and brother to Courtney Wallace ’10

Felicia Johnson ’16, daughter of Linda Johnson ’98


9/8 Television Star Trek, the science fiction series starring William Shatner as Capt. James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, premieres on NBC with the episode “The Man Trap.”

Julie Bianco ’16, sister to Kara Bianco ’13 Summer 2016 Moravian College Magazine 37

Catching up with classmates


In observance of that memorable day in 1742, four alums from Moravian College for Women, Anne Enright ’52, Mary Ann (Polly) Rayner ’53, Helen Desh Woodbridge ’54 and Helen Varady Keyser ’55 met recently with Patti Price and her staff in Colonial Hall, North Campus, to review plans for Founder’s Day, the 34th since it was established in 1982, thanks to Pat Miller Helfrich ’57. Seeing our Moravian College for Women colors at reunions warms my heart, and singing our alma mater on Founder’s Day prompted me to learn about Charles K. Meschter, who wrote those memorable lines. Recent research revealed he lived from 1871 to 1942. His early education was at West Chester State Normal School. He graduated in 1896 from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to eventually get his PhD at Harvard. Meschter taught English and German at Perkiomen Seminary for nine years before taking a position at Lehigh University and later becoming head of the English department at Moravian College. He was forced by illness to retire in 1928. Meschter’s correspondence with notable people of his day brought him letters now preserved at the Moravian Archives. Among them is one from Helen Keller, whose letter spoke of her interest in nature and its value in her life. Meschter’s writings include Delaware Water Gap Lyrics, Leisure Hour Poems and Mt. Minsi Fairies. About the background and date of the alma mater of the Moravian College for Women, I found nothing.

Norma Boldt Wynne;

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Ivan Backer’s book, My Train to Freedom: A Jewish Boy’s Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of Activism, has been published and is available for purchase. You can read more about Backer and his book in the Hartford Courant at

Helen Desh Woodbridge; 3574 Browning Ln., Bethlehem, PA 18017


Helen Desh Woodbridge writes: May 4, 1742, is a date made memorable by the remarkable 16-year-old Countess Benigna, daughter of Count Zinzendorf, who, assisted by two women and three men, opened a school in Germantown with 25 girls in attendance.

But thinking about the colors purple and gold led me to a closer look at Meschter’s choice of words. Royal purple dye comes from a tiny shellfish, and it takes many of these creatures to make a small amount of dye. In days past, purple was the dress of royalty and dignitaries to whom others looked, esteemed for their position by birth or sometimes by personal effort; examples are found in literature and in the Bible. Purple carries a connotation of majesty, as in “the belfry looms majestic,” “stately alma mater” and “queenly mother” and her effect on “tender youth” and in “internal friendships.” Gold represents a metal of great




Moravian Moment Construction of Reeves Library is 25 percent complete; the new $1.2 million building is scheduled to open in the fall of 1967.

Moravian Moment Students involved in a “panty raid” surround the vehicle of an investigating police officer. The College sends a letter of apology to the police department and disciplines 12 of the perpetrators.

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value that can be shaped but not without effort. Our “tender youth” are gold of great value. Adaptable, we can “learn great truth,” “in the storied Bethlehem town.” Each time we sing our Alma Mater and wear our colors, we show our respect for the purple and the gold and what they represent—a great heritage, wouldn’t you say?

to college from high school will be catching up soon. He remains indebted to Drs. Herr, Burkhart and Burcaw—English professors who, through their patience and persistence, helped him graduate. Through the foundation they provided, he has recently written 12 articles that were printed in Wyoming Wildlife. Richard resides in Cheyenne, WY.

P.S. Today on leaving Colonial Hall, I was happy to see the bright display of blooming tulips between this building and Comenius Hall across Main Street—purple and yellow colors are prominent now, a pleasant reminder of Founder’s Day.

I spoke to T. Jeff Gannon, who resides in The Woodlands, Texas. Jeff is recovering from a serious knee infection that resulted in an operation and hospitalization followed by a stay at a residential rehabilitation facility. He is working on rehabbing his knee and is much improved. The prognosis is very positive, and we wish Jeff well in his continued recovery. He is planning on visiting Moravian in the fall and is looking forward to seeing several alumni.

Kathy Werst Detwiler;


Greetings to the members of the Class of 1959 from Mary Lesin Mackenzie Ayala. Mary’s new title is now great-grandma! Baby Adalyn was born on January 5, 2016. Mary reports that her son, Scott, loves his grandpa role. All are well.

I see on Facebook that Nancy Warren Van Dyke is enjoying traveling in her leisure time. Most recently, she visited Australia, and prior to that she traveled in Thailand, among other destinations. She posted some great photos of family and their experiences. On a personal note, this past February my family enjoyed a two-week trip to Hawaii. The highlight was the Blue Hawaiian Helicopters ride over the Kilauea volcano and passing as close as 50 feet from several 2,000-foot-high waterfalls in secluded valleys only reachable by air, boat or an 8-hour hike. Afterward we spent four days in San Francisco. The weather was terrific, and the Napa Valley Wine Train was a real treat.

Sam Maczko;


From Sam Maczko: I received a nice e-mail from Richard Gilbert. He came to Moravian as a veteran after serving in the military following high school. He mentioned that those in our class who went to college on the GI Bill are turning 80 or older at this time. Furthermore, he mentioned that those of us who went directly


We are happy to announce that Isabel Rohrbach Smith ’38 celebrated her 100th birthday on May 29, 2016. She was married for 53 years to the late William Emerson Smith and has led an interesting life full of travel, reading and bridge. Her three children continue to appreciate her quick wit and big smile.

Bob Clark ’60

Bob Clark ’60 attended Christmas Vespers last December with his wife. They enjoyed the buffet at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus and a walk around the Main Street Campus.

Please send information about your experiences, etc., as our classmates really enjoy reading your updates. Ron dePaolo; Andrew Semmel;


Mike Shoup ’65 and Andy Semmel both made their annual pilgrimages to Ron’s house in Maine for some prime fishing, and both left with tired arms (from hauling in all those lunkers) and good memories. Nobody ever visits in February, however, so I have some slots open. Our plea last issue for news from you resulted in correspondence from Bruce Coull and John Willis, proving that our threat to make stuff up about you worked. Bruce Coull writes: After I retired as dean of the School of the Environment at the University of South Carolina in 2006, I took a part-time position with an environmental nonprofit to educate the South Carolina faith community to be good earth stewards. I retired from that in

Moravian Moment The Isley Brothers and Ben E. King headline the Homecoming concert in Johnston Hall.


10/14 Moravian Moment The Comenian reminds its male readers over 18 that “the only basis for receiving a college deferment [from the draft] is to qualify by his score on the selective service qualification test, or by his class rank.”

10/21 Moravian Moment The Comenian reports that construction of a fieldhouse at Steel Field, at a cost of a little more than $100,000, will begin in the near future. Summer 2016 Moravian College Magazine 39


Catching up with classmates


Judy Jackson;

2012 and ever since have been tutoring adults to read via a local literacy group and serving as an advisor to several environmental groups. But primarily I am enjoying retirement, and spouse Judy and I spend time traveling (Scotland and China last year) and visiting children and grandchildren (son Brent in the Boston area with two kids, a 9-year-old boy and a 6-yearold daughter, and daughter Robin in Durham, North Carolina, with 3-year-old twin girls). I also spend time doing serious genealogy on Judy’s and my family trees and try to fish regularly on Lake Murray, where we own a small lake house. Our big news is that we’ve sold our home of 37 years and will be downsizing into a patio home in a Columbia, South Carolina, retirement community. Moving is consuming more time and effort than I like—and interferes with my fishing. Otherwise all is well. John Willis writes: Although I am confident you could come up with something far more interesting about me if you made it up, here’s my story. After retiring to North Carolina and living there off and on for some 30 years, my wife and I decided to relocate to Georgia. My wife, who raised her children in Norcross, wanted to return. Although I really like North Carolina, the recent passage of a flat tax, which eliminated most deductions, resulted in a big tax increase for us and melted any resistance on my part to move. This is my third stint in Georgia. The first came in 1965 for OCS at Fort Benning. The second was to work on the investigation of the Olympic Park bombing in 1996. We now live in Cumming, Georgia, about an hour north of Atlanta. Anyone heading this way has a standing reservation at the Willis B&B. Hope this will prompt other classmates to let us know what they’ve been up to since our 50th reunion. Next deadline for your news is August 1. Keep those cards and letters coming.




Robert Silcox has been named president of the Virtua Health Network Foundation Board. As a longtime member of the board, Silcox has worked to promote the services provided by Virtua facilities. Silcox is president and owner of Terra Associates, a real estate company located in Mount Holly, New Jersey. .

Tim Tedesco


Jeanne Taccarino Guaraldo writes that she will be moving to Clyo, Georgia, in the next several months. Chicago winters have become too rough, and the politics are a little more than Jeanne can tolerate. Her move to Georgia will be to a property that has a lake and lots of trees. She is excited about adding a new dimension—the country—to her life. Her son, a New York City architect, is designing her new home. It will not be a typical Southern house but an exciting contemporary design. Jeanne has four granddaughters who fill her life with fun and joy! She sees them as much as possible, and they can’t wait for her to get to Georgia. Jeanne thinks the weather will be the draw for her kids, but the grand girls can’t wait to be a part of “country living.” Jeanne plans to continue to travel internationally but perhaps not as often as she anticipates. She will instead be loving her new country life. In March 2016, Janice Herd Henry retired from the Library of Congress after more than 43 years. She graduated from Moravian College with a Spanish major and accepted a full scholarship to attend the School of International Service of the American University in Washington, DC. During her second year there, she worked as a translator for the Ecuadorean embassy. The following year, she traveled to Ecuador to work on her master’s thesis, and

upon her return to the United States, she was hired for her language skills by the Library of Congress. She worked for the Hispanic Division on the staff of the Handbook of Latin American Studies and was solely responsible for the subject index of this well-known annotated bibliography for more than five years. The indexing vocabulary is still used in the online version of the handbook. While raising three children, Henry worked part-time for the Subject Cataloging Division of the Library of Congress, establishing the vocabulary used in library catalogs all over the world. She was also instrumental in helping to develop software for the Library of Congress Classification system, which is used by most research libraries to organize both print and digital collections. Later, Henry joined the business reference team in the Science, Technology and Business Division of the Library of Congress. She has recommended 80 percent of the databases purchased by the library for the Congress, Congressional Research Service and business/economic researchers who use these resources on site. For the last five years of her employment, she was also responsible for providing a very popular course, Search Engines and Tools for Business Researchers, to the public, staff of the Export-Import Bank, classes at the War College, and the German Social Science Research Institute in Berlin. During retirement, Jan plans to teach the Search Engines class at a local university, work part-time as a business researcher for a private firm and travel to Barcelona, Spain. If you want to contact Jan, who still lives in the DC area, write to John Swarr writes that he continues to work for Manna, Homes for All, in the DC area. Manna builds and renovates buildings into affordable homes for first-time buyers and, in doing so, improves neighborhoods. Manna

Space Race The flight of Gemini 12 ends successfully when astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. splash down safely in the Atlantic.


Moravian Moment Phan Thien Chau, second secretary of the embassy of the Republic of Vietnam, speaks to a convocation about “the historical development and present plight of Vietnam.” 40 Moravian College Magazine Summer 2016

11/16 Nation After spending nine years in prison, Samuel H. Sheppard is acquitted in his second trial of the charge of murdering his pregnant wife, Marilyn, in 1954.

Rick Eberts ’73

Bim Bradford ’69 and Turney Gratz ’69

This time last year: Bim Bradford ’69 (left) and Turney Gratz ’69 get together at Barnegat Light, Long Beach Island, New Jersey

gives people a chance to live the American Dream of owning their own home. People can now build equity in their home and not continue to pay rent. Tim Tedesco writes: I sold my 1953 Chris Craft Sportsman Utility boat and purchased a 2005 C6 Corvette. I hope to have some fun with a car I always wanted. This wraps up the class of 1969’s spring Class Notes. Have a fun and healthy summer. Don’t forget your sunscreen! Please send news whenever you think to write and I will save it for the next edition of the Moravian College Magazine. Facebook is another way we can keep in touch if we friend each other.

Terrell McMann;

for the processional, the first name they called was Moravian College, because we were the oldest college represented. That really meant a lot to me. It was a great day to be a Moravian College alumnus.


Tom Schwanda would like to announce two recent books: The Emergence of Evangelical Spirituality: The Age of Edwards, Newton, and Whitefield (The Classics of Western Spirituality Series) and Puritanism and Emotion in the Early Modern World. Additionally, he was elected a fellow in the Royal Historical Society of England in the fall of 2015.

Lisa Mansback Berk; June Rhoda;


A reminder that the Class of 1976 will be celebrating its 40th reunion on Saturday, October 15, as part of the Homecoming festivities.


Rick Eberts ’73 writes: I really enjoyed myself at the inauguration of Jonathan Peri as the 9th president of Manor College in Jenkintown, PA. He is a very enthusiastic individual who will take the college to new heights. It was a day I will not forget. When they called everyone to line up

Moravian Moment In an interview for The Comenian, Herman E. Collier discusses his hopes for expanding the science curriculum at the College and describes the new science building later named for him.


Rick Eberts ’73 represents Moravian College at the inauguration of Jonathan Peri as president of Manor College in Jenkintown, PA.

John Morganelli, Northampton County district attorney, sought to be the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania Attorney General in the recent primary election.


12/5 Vietnam Defying State Department warnings, the comedian and political activist Dick Gregory travels to Hanoi, North Vietnam.

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Francesca Falco ’15 writes from London: After graduating in May 2015 with a degree in art history, I realized two things: In order to pursue a career in the art world, I would need a master’s degree; and, in order to work in a museum or auction house, I would need practical experience working with and handling objects.

Molly Donaldson Brown;


Cindy Caporaso writes: I am enjoying life these days very much as I continue to be quite busy! In January, I completed a certificate program in theology and ministry through continuing education at Princeton Seminary. In May 2015, I began serving as a children’s ministries assistant in Morris County, New Jersey. Five months later to the day, I had the honor of being named director of children’s ministries at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township. I love my work and am blessed to be involved in a variety of church ministries with such amazing people. Because I have so much to be grateful for, Moravian College is still and always close to my heart. Sending big shout-outs to all who remember that Zinzendorf Hall was once a dorm!

Deb Yuengling Ferhat;

Miki Seifert writes: My husband, William Franco, and I are the artistic directors of With Lime, an international, interdisciplinary arts company based in Wellington, New Zealand, that creates performances, installations and projections that explore the interface between cultures and between cultures and technology. It is committed to the vision of the arts as a positive force for personal and societal transformation.

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Mary Kate Turowski Andris has been named the new president and CEO of the YWCA South Hampton Roads in Norfolk, VA. Mark Maglione graduated from Monmouth University in 2012 with a master’s in special education. He is currently enrolled at Monmouth for his second master’s in educational leadership. Mark has been teaching at Lillian Drive Elementary School for seven years.

James and Lynda Farrell Swartz;


Kathleen Cannon was very happy to tell us that United Way is taking its Mission United (veterans reacclimation initiative) to the national level.


With the help of my mom, I came across a yearlong course, Masters of Fine and Decorative Arts from the Renaissance to Modernism, at Christie’s Education (the educational arm of Christie’s auction house) in London. After applying and being accepted, I took the leap and moved to London last September. The course is so special because instead of offering purely survey classes, Christie’s teaches us tangible skills, such as cataloging and curating, which makes us qualified for jobs working with objects. At least once a week, our class goes to a major museum in London. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to go behind the scenes of museums like the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert, have a look at private collections of country houses and meet with dealers, specialists and curators—an opportunity that helps us as students explore fields we might want to pursue after we graduate.

Kate Shelley and Jonathan Yeager were married on October 3, 2015, at the Lititz Moravian Church.

Lee Gustin married wife Jaclyn Gustin in May 2015. In September 2015, Lee and Jaclyn purchased their first home in Allentown, PA. Sarah Lucci currently serves as financial advisor for the Moravian College chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha. Kristen O’Connor is engaged to Robert Toth Jr. A fall 2017 wedding is planned. Ali Zucal;


Josh da Silva and Jackie Held graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine this May.

Kristina Ruggiero and Stephen Kircher have announced their engagement. A winter 2017 wedding is being planned.

Television Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! premieres on CBS.



Moravian Moment Because so many had been turned away at the door the previous year, for the first time admission tickets to Christmas candlelight services are issued to students, parents and friends of the College. 42 Moravian College Magazine Summer 2016

12/26 Nation Maulana “Ron” Karenga, chairman of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach, celebrates the first Kwanzaa, a seven-day African American celebration of family and heritage.




Births Kaitlyn Cerco McKittrick ’04 and her husband, Matthew, welcomed a daughter, Cameryn McKittrick, on November 26, 2014. Jennifer Brief Hume ’04 and her husband, Daniel, welcomed a son, Grayson Hume, on March 25, 2015. Debra Leibensperger Klokis ’04 and her husband, Todd ’04, welcomed a son, Henry Martin Klokis, on September 7, 2015.

1 Henry Martin Klokis 2 Emma Rose Bautista


3 Amelia Jean Ruth

Weddings Jocelyn Bellew ’99 married Matthew Dickey on October 3, 2015, at a vineyard in Paso Robles, CA. Attendants included Olivia Seymour and Arlene Seymouras flower girls and Jocelyn and Matt’s dog, Eddie, as the ring bearer. Alumni in attendance included Kasie Hornberger Seymour ’98, Scott Seymour ’95, Tina Mabey Weikert ’98, Angela Stetler Shepherd ’98, Becky Page Hillary ’98, James Hillary ’99 and Brian Diaz ’99. Kate Shelley ’09 married Jonathan Yeager on October 3, 2015.


4 Mack Ronin Rindock


Michael Caffrey III ’05 and his wife, Jenna, welcomed their second child, Elise Mary Caffrey, on October 19, 2015. Courtney Wertman-Stambaugh ’05 and her husband, Philip, welcomed a daughter, Brooklyn Isabella Stambaugh, on October 21, 2015. Jessica Naugle Bodor ’04 and her husband, Justin, welcomed a daughter, Charlotte Jane Bodor, on December 9, 2015. Naomie Kachel Bautista ’09 and her husband, Felipe, welcomed a daughter, Emma Rose Bautista, on March 7, 2016. Kelly McLean Rindock ’03 and her husband, Tyler, welcomed their second son, Mack Ronin Rindock, on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Sarah Collins ’12 married Benjamin Harshaw on August 14, 2014. The couple had their first child, Amelia Jean Ruth, on May 13, 2016.

Class Notes

The editors of Moravian College Magazine publish all class notes that we receive. We reserve the right to edit for space or style. Some information may appear only online at

In Memoriam Alma Kirkhuff Kuehner ’42 • April 8, 2016 Margaret Albright ’43 • April 11, 2016 Margaret Mason Marcks ’43 • January 16, 2016 Elizabeth Butterfield Marthaler ’44 • February 21, 2016 Beryl Harrison ’45 • November 28, 2015 Karl Bregenzer ’46 • February 17, 2016 Frances Tallarico Buragino ’46 • March 27, 2014 Barbara Dalton Goodman ’46 • October 10, 2015 Paul Miller ’47 • March 25, 2016 Shirley McColm Smith ’48 March 13, 2016 Roger Doll ’49 • November 11, 2015 Teresa Enright Eliezer ’49 • January 12, 2016 Rev. W. Norwood Green ’50 • February 12, 2016 Robert Ryerson ’50 • January 30, 2016 John Giering ’51 • February 27, 2016 Robert Matey ’51 • April 4, 2016 John Robertson ’56 • February 14, 2016 Arthur Potosnak ’58 • January 14, 2016

John Borlodan Jr. ’60 • February 8, 2016 Griffith Dudding ’60 • March 11, 2016 Leonard Heffner ’60 • March 7, 2016 June Brong Brewer ’61 • December 11, 2015 George Carvis ’62 • February 21, 2016 Joanne DeThomas ’62 • January 28, 2016 Donald Jones ’62 • November 20, 2015 Frank Sofka ’62 • January 8, 2016 Wasil Russell Yurchak Jr. ’62 • January 26, 2016 Jill Stefko ’68 • May 10, 2016 Mary Stone ’71 • January 15, 2016 William Kostas ’73 • March 23, 2016 Jeffrey Saussier ’75 • September 19, 2015 Catherine Argyros ’92 • March 8, 2016 Nicole Sancomb ’99 • February 23, 2016 Ed Bolcar Jr. P’13 and Moravian College Staff for 30 years • February 11, 2016 Gordy Weil, Moravian College Vice President of Academic Affairs 2007–15 • February 11, 2016

All class correspondents with an e-mail address are listed within the notes. If your class year is not shown or a named correspondent is not listed either here or online, e-mail your information to or mail to Barbara Parry, Alumni Engagement Office, Moravian College, 1200 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018. Deadlines for submissions: August 1 for the Fall 2016 issue January 1, 2017, for the Spring 2017 issue Photo policy: Please send us your image as a JPG file at 300 dpi. We publish one photo per wedding or birth. We welcome photos of gatherings of alumni. For more information: Go to

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The leaders among us

A LittleRevolutionary Into Africa Peter L. French, PhD, ’60, has logged 24 trips to Africa during the past 50-plus years and given more than 10 years of service to the continent’s institutions of higher education—first in Kenya and East Africa and then (after he retired as dean of academic affairs at the University of Southern Florida, Sarasota-Manatee) at the University of Ghana from 2008 to 2015. On March 23, 2016, the University of Ghana granted him an honorary degree of doctor of laws for his contributions toward advancing higher education across the continent. Moravian College Magazine caught up with French this past spring to congratulate him, talk with him about his African experience, and wish him a happy 78th birthday in August. Moravian College Magazine: Why Africa? Peter French: The year I graduated from Moravian was the year of African independence—16 new countries had formed— and I was fascinated. By spring of ’61, I had an assistantship at Yale with the senior professor of colonial history, a widely acknowledged African expert. My course was set. MCM: Tell us about the very first of your 24 trips. PF: In the late 50’s, Operation Crossroads Africa—a precursor of the Peace Corps— sent young people to Africa to work with youth. I applied and was accepted. My group built a new classroom for a school in Thika—30 miles north of Nairobi—and a thatched-roof dining room for a YMCA camp in the Great Rift Valley, west of Nairobi. By the end of that summer, I had decided that my doctoral dissertation would be on Kenyan politics. 44 Moravian College Magazine Summer 2016

Dinner with the Annans: (from left to right) Peter and Grace French, Kofi and Nane Maria Annan, Dr. Barbara Astles of the University of Alberta, Vice-Chancellor Clifford Tagoe and Professor John Gyapong of the University of Ghana.

MCM: Flash forward to 2008. You helped advance the University of Ghana to become a world-class, research-intensive institution. What were your contributions? PF: I recommended restructuring the three-year undergraduate degree program, based on the British format, to a four-year, two-semester plan, which would better utilize the institution’s resources. In 2013, I was invited back to help convert the 27 departments, two schools and two colleges into four colleges, with the goal of advancing the university as a research institute. Finally, in 2015, I cochaired a committee to recommend statutory change for policies and procedures on appointment, promotion and tenure. MCM: In what ways did Moravian College prepare you for your work in Africa? PF: Moravian College prepared me for a bigger world—to be open to new ideas and think of ways to engender communication

with all people—and supported me in choices about graduate school. Moravian College laid out the guideposts that have served me so well since I first arrived on campus in the fall of 1956. MCM: What has your African experience meant to you personally? PF: Africa has made me a better person. I went when America was in turmoil over race relations, a time when people talked past each other and not to each other. Africa taught me race relations in a positive, productive, genuinely sharing environment where I developed many friendships. It is a place that impacted our family; Grace and I spent three years in Kenya with the children. I wanted others to experience Africa, so I created the Kenya Semester Program at St. Lawrence University, which is now 42 years old and has more than 2,000 alumni. Very simply, I owe Africa more than I can ever repay.

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