Moravian College Magazine Spring 2017

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Celebrating 275 Years

revolutionary then and now

Moravian College Magazine

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 Copyright 2017 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.

Spring 2017


2 Welcome

From the president’s desk

3 The Hub

Campus news and notes

8 Your Story

275 reasons we love Moravian

34 Greyhound Sports

The blue and grey at play

38 Alumni News

People, places, events

40 Class Notes

Catching up with classmates

44 A Little Revolutionary

The leaders among us


10 Rooted in Unity

To truly know a person, you must delve deep beneath the surface to discover the values that shape the individual. So, too, is an institution defined by the values on which it is built. Here, we journey back to the origins of Moravian College and the men and women whose beliefs molded its character. Those foundational values infuse our purpose, our ethics, our community, and the quality of a Moravian College education today as much as they did 275 years ago.

12 This Is What 100-Plus Looks Like

Victor Weiss and Marcella Dimmick are among our oldest living alumni. Their ages total a cool 205—just a little less than the number of years the college is celebrating. In honor of our longevity and of theirs, we return to an earlier Moravian and see it through their eyes.

18 Then and Now

Founded in 1742 by a 16-year-old girl, Moravian is the sixth-oldest college in the country. From our humble but revolutionary beginning to our boundary-pushing present, we highlight many of the people, places, and events that mark our 275-year history.

26 Together

With its roots in both Moravian College and the city of Bethlehem, the marriage of Ken and Anne Rampolla of the Class of 1979 mirrors the relationship between the storied college and the historic town. Both are thriving. Together.

30 Making the World a Better Place

The 16th annual Alumni Awards honored graduates who, through their passion, make significant contributions to the community.

From the president’s desk


Dear Fellow Moravian Hounds, I hope this magazine finds you well. Students are fully engaged in the spring semester, the campus is alive with activity and rebirth, and we’re all enjoying our yearlong celebration of Moravian College’s 275th anniversary. As you all know, Moravian is a very special place—only five other American colleges can celebrate 275 years of service in preparing the next generation, and only Moravian can say she started first with women. To commemorate our anniversary, this issue of the magazine pays homage to past generations that have graced the halls of Moravian and the legacy they have built. Last fall, we launched our anniversary celebration by holding our first Heritage Day—a day of service and remembrance of our roots. The morning began with a Lovefeast and a brief lecture by Craig Atwood about the history of Moravian College and the men and women who founded it. You’ll find an excerpt of his remarks on page 10. Within the pages ahead, you will meet two of our oldest Moravian alumni—Marcella Dimmick and Hall of Famer Vic Weiss, both of whom are 102 years young! As president, I have the joy of meeting alumni of all ages. As the decades change, so do the physical landscape of the campus and the pedagogy needed to prepare new students; what never seems to change is the type of people who end up calling Moravian home. After speaking with an alum who is older or younger than I am, I often find myself thinking that if we were the same age, we would have been friends on campus. Moravian has a gift for drawing great students who know the meaning of hard work and grit, who are caring and philanthropic, and who value community and loyalty. So as the campus has been transformed over the years, the people have not, and they remain cognizant of the values we all hold most dear. Two of the best examples of these givers of time, treasure, and talent are Ken and Anne Rampolla ’79, who have taken significant leadership and philanthropic roles both at the college and in the City of Bethlehem. I hope you enjoy their love story for each other, Moravian, and Bethlehem. Unfortunately, we recently lost a number of our dearest friends. In January, Patrick Malloy ’80, former alumni board chair, succumbed to Lou Gehrig’s disease. We lost Plum Gee ’43, life trustee and the only living alumni member of the Hurd Giving Society. Most recently, Monk Morelli ’59, former trustee and OGO leader, passed away with his family by his side. We are truly blessed to have known these remarkable people, and Moravian is stronger because of them. People are what make Moravian great—the alumni, students, faculty, and staff. Thank you for choosing Moravian and for being so passionate about her continued success. It’s truly a great (greyt!) day to be a hound. We love you.

Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 President

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Campus news and notes



Happy 275th Anniversary On April 6, 1742, at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, 16-year-old Henrietta Benigna Justine von Zinzendorf gathered parents together in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and announced the opening of a school for girls. Just a month later, on May 4, the school— which would evolve into the Moravian College we know and love—opened its doors to students. Zinzendorf was carrying out the vision of John Amos Comenius, a 17th-century Moravian bishop who transformed education and

advocated equal education for men and women, rich and poor. That revolutionary spirit, seeded in Comenius and transplanted to Colonial America by Zinzendorf, thrives today. This edition of Moravian College Magazine celebrates 275 years of educating women and men from all walks of life and preparing them to think critically, ponder creatively, and live passionately. We hope you enjoy this collection of stories that celebrate Moravian—yesterday, today, and tomorrow.


A MoPaw is a card fashioned after the footprint of Mo Grigsby. It’s a Moravian College way of recognizing extraordinary individuals in our community. On campus, students, staff, and faculty send MoPaws with a handwritten message to those who have had a positive impact—large or small. It’s a simple way to say thank you or acknowledge an accomplishment. We’ve included a postcard in the magazine so that you can send a MoPaw, too. Write a note of thanks or appreciation (be sure to include the full name of whomever you are honoring), pop on a stamp, and drop it in the mail. We’ll be sure your MoPaw gets delivered!

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Campus news and notes

TheHub SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendar with these not-to-be-missed events.


December 5 will forever be a Moravian College homecoming for David Zinczenko ’91. Instead of waving foam fingers and tailgating, the author of 14 New York Times best sellers, including the Eat This, Not That! series, cut the ribbon on the Zinczenko New Media Center: a state-of-the-art media lab and creative space for Moravian College students across all majors to create audio, visual, digital, and print projects using the industry’s latest technology.

Omicron Gamma Omega’s 95th Anniversary Celebration Friday, March 31 Hotel Bethlehem Benigna’s Call for Education Thursday, April 6 South Campus, Pleasure Garden A re-creation and celebration of Countess Benigna von Zinzendorf’s call for education in 1742 Night of Stars Friday, April 21 SteelStacks at ArtsQuest

275th Anniversary Celebration Thursday, May 4 South Campus, Pleasure Garden

50+ Alumni Weekend Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6 Celebrating the 50th reunion class of 1967 and others who graduated 50 or more years ago! Commencement 2017 and Legacy Reception Saturday, May 13 A special celebration for legacy graduates and their families Be sure to check the website for additional alumni receptions, networking events, and happy hours: alumni/events.



Best Burgers in the Lehigh Valley

Next time you’re in town and only a burger will satisfy your hunger, consider one of the local joints reviewed by selfproclaimed burger lover Elias Saba ’17. Search Saba’s blog at

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On June 14, Chicago alums will welcome President Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 to an evening reception. Grigsby will also be visiting Boston and Cape Cod, June 7–9, and North and South Carolina, July 31–August 1. Mark your calendar and check the alumni section of the Moravian College website in the weeks ahead for details.

Write to Us!

Moravian College Magazine will run a letters column beginning with the Summer 2017 issue. Tell us what you liked or didn’t like or share your own tale or memory from your years on campus. E-mail your letters to us at or send a letter via snail mail to “Letters,” Moravian College Magazine, 1200 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018. We look forward to hearing from you!


—John Amos Comenius


A Brief History of Moravian College

Craig Atwood

Associate professor and director of the Center for Moravian Studies

The history of Moravian College doesn’t follow a singular, linear path. Though our story starts with a singular idea and moment, it follows two schools and two winding paths that eventually meet and merge. Girls’ School 1742 Established in Germantown, Pennsylvania, by Benigna von Zinzendorf; moves to Bethlehem seven weeks later 1745 Moves to Nazareth 1749 Moves to Bethlehem (now known as South Campus) 1785 Opens to pupils outside the Moravian Church and becomes known as Moravian Female Seminary

Boys’ School 1742 Opened in Bethlehem by Moravian Church 1743 Second boys’ school opened in Nazareth by Moravian Church 1759 Two schools merge to form Nazareth Hall, which survives until 1929 1807 Men’s college and seminary established as extension of Nazareth Hall and called Moravian College and Theological Seminary 1858 Moves to Bethlehem

1863 Both college and seminary chartered by state of Pennsylvania to grant baccalaureate degrees 1954 Women’s and men’s institutions merge to form first coeducational institution of higher education in Lehigh Valley 2016 Moravian College reorganizes into three schools: School of Natural and Health Sciences; School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; and Moravian Seminary

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Campus news and notes

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A bronze greyhound stands regally overlooking John Makuvek Field. Unveiled by President Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 and MaryAnn Sedlock just prior to the dedication of the new turf field last September, the statue (modeled after Mo) is a gift to Moravian College by MaryAnn in honor of her late husband, John Sedlock ’56, who was a varsity athlete on the basketball and baseball teams. He also was an active member of the college’s first fraternity, Omicron Gamma Omega, which at one time provided a home for a greyhound mascot named Ogo.

GRIGSBY TO DANCE WITH LEHIGH VALLEY STARS Yes, that’s right! Moravian College’s President Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 will compete in the third annual “Dancing with the Lehigh Valley Stars” Thursday, April 27, at the State Theatre in Easton, Pennsylvania. The competition raises money for the Freddy Awards, which honor the region’s best high school musical theater. Tickets are $30 ($15 for students), available online or by calling 1-800-999-STATE. 6 Moravian College Magazine Spring 2017





“If I couldn’t be a designer, I’d own a candy store.” —Seymour Chwast, legendary graphic designer and 2017 Ackerman Visiting Artist “Do what you love. When you study what you love, you work harder and perform better. And a well-rounded education benefits you no matter what you do.” —Jeffrey Toobin, senior legal analyst for CNN, presenter 2016 Cohen Arts and Lectures Series “Of all the magazines and books and brands I’ve had my name on, this one I am most proud of.” —David Zinczenko ’91, at the ribbon cutting for the Zinczenko New Media Center “The arts can deepen and enrich an understanding of science, bringing emotional and spiritual resonance to facts. And science can learn from the arts how to tell stories that are accessible, leading to unexpected insights and language.” —Alison Hawthorne Deming, writer and naturalist

In TheNews



The Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research Edited by Lonnie L. Rowell, Catherine D. Bruce, Joseph M. Shosh, and Margaret M. Riel Psychology Applied to Modern Life: Adjustment in the 21st Century, 12th edition By Wayne Weiten, Dana S. Dunn, and Elizabeth Yost Hammer More Than Cricket and Football: International Sport and the Challenge of Celebrity Edited by Joel Nathan Rosen and Maureen M. Smith

ALUMNI ON STAGE Renowned folk singer John Gorka ’80 returns to Bethlehem April 7 for a performance at Godfrey Daniels. Kevin Grace ’94, who has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, the Kimmel Center, and many more venues, will appear as Cinderella’s prince and Little Red Riding Hood's wolf in the St. Petersburg Opera's production of Into the Woods in St. Petersburg, Florida, June 30 to July 9.

Marc Roesch ’02, an alumnus of the history department, was named teacher of the year in the Egg Harbor City School District in New Jersey. He teaches sixth- through eighth-grade social studies at Egg Harbor City Community School. Susan Bartos ’10 is the first Moravian College grad with a BS in nursing to complete a PhD in nursing, which she earned at the University of Connecticut in 2016. She was an honors graduate at Moravian and worked with Assistant Professor of Nursing Janice Farber on a project that looked at the practice of blood glucose tests in presurgical patients. This investigation led to a change in the St. Luke’s University Hospital policy on best practices. Bartos is currently an instructor at Fairfield University School of Nursing in Fairfield, Connecticut. Laura Haffner ’86, the Lehigh Valley division president at Wells Fargo Bank, recently received the Community Partner Award during the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber Economic Outlook and Community Development Awards Luncheon. You can read an interview with Haffner in the February 11 edition of the Morning Call.

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The Moravian College Community Reflects


275 Reasons Why We Love Moravian College In honor of our 275th anniversary, we asked alumni, students, faculty, and staff to tell us what they love about Moravian College. Here’s what they said.


I LOVE i love

I love everything about Moravian. There is not a room or place that doesn’t have a special memory for me. Moravian is magical. —Bryon L. Grigsby ’90

That the conference rooms in PPHAC are designed so perfectly for playing Dungeons & Dragons. —Elias Saba ’17 The way John Makuvek Field brings our community together. —Mark Fleming, sports information director Walking by the model teaching classroom in PPHAC and hearing the laughter, songs, and sheer joy of the William Penn Elementary kindergarten children working with their Moravian preservice teaching mentors in Dr. DesJardin’s child development class! —Joseph Shosh, professor of education Catching up with fellow alumni in the Blue & Grey Pavilion during the first home football game. —Julia Gasdaska ’07 I love Moravian because of its excellent support for student research opportunities and independent scholarship in all fields! —Shelby Does ’17 The small size of the classes and the fact the professors know more about you than just your name and care about your learning.—Peter Falco ’83 Our rich history—our roots and our values. —Rebecca Fulton ’18 How the grounds and facilities personnel take so much pride in making Moravian College so beautiful, but also how they brighten up my day with their warm, friendly greetings. —Robert Brill, associate professor of psychology Walking up the steps to Comenius Hall and taking in all the beauty—the architecture and the landscape—and then realizing that so many walked this same path before me. That always brings a tear to my eye.—Angelo Fattore ’17 Lisa’s bagels in the Blue & Grey for breakfast! All I have to do is walk in, and she knows my exact order even though I graduated three years ago! —Amanda Werner ’13 I love the importance placed on community and the sense of history and Moravian’s place in it, and the importance placed on relationships both among students and with professors or administrators. Students are encouraged to become whatever they desire, to pursue their passion, and they are supported in their efforts. Moravian was one of the best experiences of my life, and I attribute my success to my Moravian experience. —Linda de Seife ’72

To read the remaining 263 reasons why we love Moravian College, go to

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Unity Rooted in

By Craig Atwood, director of the Center for Moravian Studies 10 Moravian College Magazine Spring 2017

To truly know a person, you must look beneath the surface, delving deep to discover the values that shape the individual. So, too, an institution is defined by the values on which it is built. Here, we journey back to the origins of Moravian College and the men and women whose beliefs molded its character. Those foundational values infuse our purpose, our ethics, our community, and the quality of a Moravian College education today as much as they did 275 years ago. Let me take you back to 1742 and the Moravians who founded the schools that became Moravian College. Those intrepid pioneers were more than “a little” revolutionary. They created one of the most sustainable economic communes in American history. They were witnesses to the value of peacefulness in the midst of armed conflicts and political turmoil. They proclaimed the worth of women in an age when women had few, if any, political rights. They called each other brother and sister and greeted one another with a kiss. And they boldly transcended the barriers of race and class when they shared in lovefeast with Native Americans and enslaved Africans. Those Moravians wrote some of the most sophisticated music in Colonial America and created one of the first painting studios. They provided health care for everyone in the community and made sure that each person had meaningful work with a living wage. They embraced new and useful technology, studied the fauna and flora of this land, and learned wisdom from the past as well as the present. Moravians learned to speak Lenape and Mahican so they could establish friendship with the original inhabitants of the Lehigh Valley. When their Lenape and Mahican brothers and sisters were threatened by violence, the Moravians tried to protect them. James Fenimore Cooper’s book The Last of the Mohicans was inspired by this Moravian history.

The Meaning of Moravian Moravia is a region of the modern Czech Republic in the heart of Europe, so you might assume that the people who founded Moravian College were Czech, but that’s not true. They were members of an international church called the Moravian Church, or Unitas Fratrum (Unity of the Brethren). A few Czechs, such as the Nitschmanns, settled in Bethlehem, but most of the people who built the town and school, including Benigna von Zinzendorf, were German. Since the Unitas Fratrum had roots in Moravia, however, people often referred to the residents of Bethlehem as Moravian Brethren or simply Moravians. So here at the college, when we talk about the Moravians and the Moravian

vision of education, we are talking about people who were members of the Moravian Church, not people who were ethnically Moravian. One of the most important things to know about the Moravian Church’s story is that, for more than two centuries, nations worldwide considered it an illegal church. The Moravian Brethren faced hostility in their homeland and even here in America. Some of them were arrested, imprisoned, tortured, and even killed because of their faith. In 1628, thousands of Moravians were forced to leave their homeland, and the Moravian Church as an institution was destroyed. Just 20 years before Moravian College was founded, 500 people fled from religious persecution in Moravia and settled on the estate of Count Zinzendorf in Germany. He protected these “illegal” immigrants from deportation and helped them build a village called Herrnhut. Under his leadership, the church was resurrected, and the Moravians launched a heroic mission that extended from Greenland to South Africa, from Russia to Pennsylvania. The schools that became Moravian College were part of this mission. We are here because of the Moravians’ radical hope that love can transcend the divisions of race, culture, language, nationality, gender, and class. They hoped to usher in a new era of human history where the values of service and friendship replace greed, competition, and abuse. The Moravian Church was the very first church to reject the idea of a state church or an established religion. They believed people must be free to accept or reject religious teachings based on their own conscience. In the 17th century, John Amos Comenius, bishop of the Unity of the Brethren, the parent institution to the Moravian Church, argued for religious toleration for Jews, Muslims, and atheists in Christian lands. Moravian College was founded on a principle of religious toleration, which continues to this day.

Carrying On the Vision The Moravian ideals that built this school are what we stand on today. In our classrooms and throughout our community, Moravian College encourages you to think critically, seek truth, and fight for justice; to live courageously and take risks to make this planet healthier and safer for all; to turn away from greed, pointless competition and unsustainable consumption toward compassion and community; and, most of all, to live a life of meaning and purpose so you will look into the unexplored country of the future with eager anticipation and boundless curiosity.

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This is What

100 -Plus Looks Like

Victor Weiss and Marcella Dimmick are among Moravian College’s oldest living alumni. Their ages combined total a cool 205—a number only a little more diminutive than the lofty anniversary we are celebrating. In honor of our longevity and of theirs, let’s return to an earlier Moravian and catch a glimpse of the College through their eyes. By Megan Othersen Gorman

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Photograph by Mark Kozlowski

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He’s Had a Ball Victor Weiss ’39 played football, baseball, and basketball for Moravian every year for the four years he was in Bethlehem. Weiss’s extraordinary athletic ability earned him a full ride during the Great Depression and, later, a coveted spot in the Moravian College Athletic Hall of Fame—and, much, much later, a physically fit and vital presence at 102. Vic Weiss has been hitting homers his whole life: In high school, in semipro games, in college, during his tenure on the Brooklyn Dodgers farm team post-Moravian, and even on the day he married his beloved Gertrude—“she was beautiful when she was born and beautiful the day she died,” he says warmly. But arguably one of his bigger dingers in a lifetime full of them was a shot to go to college—a rarity during the Great Depression—for free. “Oh, yeah,” says Weiss in a charming, Jimmy Stewart–esque drawl, “I really did hit a home run with that one.” The fifth of seven children, six of them boys, Weiss never dreamed of going to college. He graduated from Nazareth High, just a few miles north of Bethlehem, in the midst of the most severe economic downturn this country has ever experienced. Spending money simply wasn’t an option—he had to earn it. Weiss quickly traded in his mortarboard for a helmet and took a job with the Lone Star Cement Company, working as a blaster’s helper in the quarry. But he also happened to be a gifted and versatile athlete and started playing semipro baseball with the Nazareth Athletic Club, which played in the Bi-State League and in exhibition games against traveling teams from the Negro League, such as the Kansas City Monarchs and the New York Black Yankees. When summer drew to a close, Weiss switched sports and played quarterback in an eight-team semipro football league. The team recruited several players who had transferred to Moravian and had to sit out a year of college play, and together they went undefeated. “We had some good teams in Nazareth,” Weiss says with characteristic understatement. “A lotta people came to watch.” One of them was Dr. Hahn, a local physician and a Moravian grad. “He saw me one time and said, ‘Hey, Vic, would you like to go to college?’ And I said, ‘Yes, sir, I would.’ Dr. Hahn got me into Moravian. And believe it or not, it did not cost me one penny.”

Vic Weiss played quarterback and halfback for the Moravian College football team under Coach Paul Stagg, son of legendary coach Amos Alonzo Stagg.

Weiss got a full ride—tuition plus room and board—his senior year. But his first three required a commute, and the 10 miles that separated his home from the campus nearly cost him his diploma. “I didn’t have a car, of course, nor did I have any money,” he says. “But there were two professors who lived in Nazareth, and they would take me to school every morning. Problem was, I played Moravian sports year-round; I had practice after school every day, so I’d have to make my own way home— usually with my thumb.” The constant hustle was exhausting, and Weiss was set to quit. “But then Dr. Hahn, he says, ‘Oh, wait a minute. There’s a bus line that runs from Nazareth to Bath to Northampton to Bethlehem and then back to Nazareth. It’s owned by a gentleman who lives in Nazareth,’ ” Weiss says, recalling their conversation. “Dr. Hahn spoke to him, and he got me a ride. I could get on that bus anytime I wished for free. So I stuck it out. I couldn’t have done it otherwise.”

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Weiss played baseball and basketball under Coach Harvey Gillespie all four years he was at Moravian; in football, he played under Coach Paul Stagg—“a fine coach,” says Weiss. “We beat Lafayette College in football in my junior and senior year—that was a big, big deal,” he says. “It was the first time we engaged them in football. They needed a slot in their schedule filled, so they filled it with Moravian. And we beat them—twice! Funny, we didn’t play them after that.” At the time, in the late ’30s, the Moravian College football and baseball teams shared a practice field. Football games, they played at home; baseball games, they played at Steel Field in Bethlehem. It was during one of those games—with Weiss playing center field—that a scout took note. “He came up to me afterward and asked me if I wanted to play pro baseball—just like that,” says Weiss. “I said, ‘Sure.’ ” Just like that. After graduating, Weiss moved to Salisbury, Maryland, and played first for the farm team of the Washington Senators and then for the Brooklyn Dodgers’ organization in Pocomoke City—his last stint in professional baseball due to the pull of World War II. That year in Pocomoke City, he led the league in stolen bases, had a .356 batting average, and made the All-Star Team. One night, he

Class Act Marcella Dimmick ’35 took the trolley—and, in a broader sense, the bull by the horns—and attended the Moravian College for Women at a time when most women didn’t pursue a secondary education. But then Dimmick, sharp and funny and still bold at 103, isn’t like most women.

and several teammates even raced the great track champion Jesse Owens from center field to home plate as part of an exhibition. Owens—the 1936 Olympic 100-meter gold medalist—was the victor. “But I did come in second,” says Weiss with a smile. That was a sprint. Weiss won the life marathon. He wears his 102 years easily, like the extraordinary athlete he once was. His vision has suffered—he has a difficult time reading and cannot drive—but his memory and agility have not. He lives in Athens, Pennsylvania, just a hair’s breadth beneath the New York border, where he coached at Athens High until he retired in 1978, after 35 years of coaching and teaching. Trophies earned by his two sons—both stellar athletes themselves—dot his home, where he lives alone since his beautiful Gertrude died last year. He looks decades younger than his actual years. “I get a kick out of some people I see for the first time, maybe at the grocery store or something, and I’ll ask them, ‘How old do you think I am?’ ” chuckles Weiss. “I’ve had them answer as low as 72! Usually it’s in the 80s, though. I do get a kick out of that. I really, really do.”

That resolve, evidently baked into the cake with Dimmick, is what ultimately got her to Moravian College not even two years after the stock market collapsed in 1929—that and her stalwart and supportive parents.

Marcella Dimmick can’t recall a time when she didn’t long to be a teacher. Not because, at age 103, her memory has become spotty or selective—Stephen Hawking couldn’t possibly have the recall the centenarian exhibits—but because she has always—but always—wanted to be a teacher. “I don’t remember a time when I didn’t,” she says, blue eyes wet. “But it was in third grade that I decided definitively that I was going to be a teacher. I just decided it, right then and there.”

Class Prophecy

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Marcella Dimmick celebrated her 98th birthday in October 2012 with Kathy Thomforde, wife of former Moravian College President Chris Thomforde.

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6 Degrees of Marcella: Marcella Dimmick ’35 was the high school guidance counselor for longtime Moravian English professor Martha Reid, who recently retired. “I knew I must go to college to be a teacher, and Moravian was the only college I had in my mind,” says Dimmick, who was born and raised in Hellertown; her father was the chief burgess there. “Moravian was close. I knew about it and I didn’t know about anything else, and my parents went along with the idea. My mother was a Moravian, so she approved. But then came the deep Depression. And, oh boy, were we in a depression. No one was going anywhere.”

fellows for a dance, they invited a Lehigh fraternity. The Lehigh men were just closer, geographically speaking, than the Moravian men were. And the parties? Dimmick swears they were strictly G-rated: “If you remember, we were under Prohibition at the time. But we didn’t have any problem with that: We were all girls, and girls didn’t drink in those days, even at our dances. Now, if we went to Lehigh for a fraternity dance, there was drinking there—but we didn’t know or care about it!”

In fact, people were coming home. Dimmick’s older brother, an appointed member of a class at West Point, had to return home halfway through the 1930 school year because the federal government no longer had enough funds to support the entire class. He never returned to college, much less West Point—yet Dimmick’s parents never told her she couldn’t go. “Much later, I found out that my father immediately mortgaged the house, but I didn’t know a thing about that then,” she says. “They never said a word. So I went.”

Dimmick was in Phi Mu sorority, which met in Main Hall on a campus that, with the exception of one new dorm building that is tucked away, still looks much as it did when Dimmick attended. “It’s grown big, like everything else,” she says. “But I’m right back when I go back.”

Every morning, Dimmick paid 5 cents to board the trolley at High Street in Hellertown and travel to Bethlehem and the Moravian College for Women. She was one of only 30 women in her class, none of them boarders. “No one could afford it!” she exclaims. “And the majority of women didn’t go to college then, anyway. They got factory jobs in the sewing mills, office jobs, store jobs, but most didn’t go on with school.” Like Dimmick, those who did matriculate at Moravian were mostly local, traveling from Allentown or Easton every day. The College for Women was the current Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus on Church Street in historic Bethlehem, eight blocks and a world away from the men’s college, now the Main Street campus. The Moravian men did not visit, ever. But they did lend the women a few of their professors. “The Moravian College for Women didn’t have very much money to hire teachers—that was no secret,” says Dimmick. “So they borrowed teachers from the men’s college. There was a Dr. Hassler who was our chemistry teacher, and Dr. Deshwenous taught us psychology, and Dr. Heath had the religion classes plus philosophy. And then there was one male teacher from Lehigh; his name was Beck, and he taught us art appreciation on Saturday mornings.”

Dimmick graduated in 1935—the first person in her family to earn a college degree—and immediately fulfilled her lifelong dream by returning to Hellertown High School, this time as a teacher. She taught ninth-grade English and history for 25 years before serving as a guidance counselor for the next 17, initially at Hellertown and then at Southern Lehigh High School. She never married or left the area. She remained close to Moravian both literally and figuratively, maintaining two scholarships— one that her father started and another in her name. Every year, two students follow in Dimmick’s intrepid footsteps and attend Moravian with help from those funds. Dimmick only wishes she could give more. “It was a bad, bad time for the country when I was there, but it was a wonderful time for me,” she says, bracelets tinkling softly as she moves. “Yes, of course it was. It was a wonderful, wonderful time for me.”

Last Will and Testament “Marcella Dimmick bequeaths her love for potato chips and hog-calling to Midge Allen.”

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THEN and

NOW Highlights from 275 years of Moravian College history

In 1759, Moravians found the Nazareth Hall Academy, a school for boys, in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. It is the precursor of the Moravian Theological Seminary.

This page from an 18th-century teachers’ exercise book shows how to make an equilateral triangle. Johann Friedrich Peter, for whom the present-day Peter Hall is named, used this text to teach math to the girls. He was also a composer and musician. (You can hear his “Quintet in C Major” on YouTube.) Courtesy: Moravian Church Archives, Bethlehem

On May 4, 1742, a Moravian school for girls opens in the Ashmead House in Germantown, Pennsylvania, under the leadership of Countess Benigna von Zinzendorf. The school is considered the forerunner of today’s Moravian Academy and Moravian College.

During the Revolutionary War, many of Bethlehem’s buildings, including the Brethren’s House, are commandeered to quarter sick and wounded officers and men of the Continental Army led by George Washington. This plaque commemorates that service. Only seven weeks later, the girls’ school moves to the Gemeinhaus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, but families take issue with the move and the school returns to Germantown.

In 1785, the girls’ and boys’ schools reorganize to serve a larger non-Moravian clientele and boost enrollment, which dropped during the Revolutionary War. Benigna von Zinzendorf, now Baroness von Watteville, attends the opening of the girls’ school as a boarding school.

In 1749, after relocating several times, the girls’ school occupies the Bell House at Bethlehem, and the town soon becomes known as a center of female education.

This watercolor of early Bethlehem was painted in the 1700s by Nicholas Garrison, senior. Can you find artist Garrison in this painting, also shown on the opposite page? Courtesy: Moravian Church Archives, Bethlehem

This aquarelle painting (“A Birthday Gift,” 1795), by female seminary art instructor Anna Rosina Kliest, depicts school principal Henry van Vleck accompanying students as they sing. It illustrates the emphasis Moravian education placed on the arts. Kliest gave the painting to van Vleck on his birthday; hence the title. Courtesy: Moravian Historical Society, Nazareth, Pennsylvania

The girls’ boarding school gains such a distinguished reputation that George Washington, during his second term as president of the United States, personally petitions the headmaster for the admission of two of his great-nieces.

This illustration of a rose, drawn by 13-year-old Mary Shepard Root in 1805, exemplifies the beautiful artwork created by the girls at the Moravian Female Seminary. Root was a pupil of Anna Rosina Kliest. Courtesy: Moravian Historical Society, Nazareth, Pennsylvania

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The Moravian Theological Seminary, designed to provide training in America for future leaders of the church, is founded in Nazareth in 1807. The first three students are Samuel Reinke, William H. Van Vleck, and Peter Wolle.

In 1815, the girls’ institute occupies the former Brethren’s House, renamed Colonial Hall. After the move, the school is officially known as the Young Ladies’ Seminary.

From about 1819 to 1821, the cost (per quarter) to attend the Young Ladies’ Seminary is as follows: Board and Tuition (including reading, English, grammar, writing, arithmetic, history, geography, the use of the globes, plain needlework, and so forth), $25; entrance, $6; instruction in music, drawing, French, painting on velvet, and in imitation of inlaying, embroidery on silk and velvet, and ornamental needlework, $3; instruction in making artificial flowers, $4.50; and washing, $3.

In 1822, Andrew A. Humphreys graduates from Nazareth Hall and becomes a career army officer. He serves as a Union General in the Civil War, leading divisions at the battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg. Above, President Lincoln meets with Humphreys and his men. In 1825, the first endowment fund of the Moravian Theological Seminary is created with a $20,000 bequest from a wealthy Philadelphia importer, Godfrey Haga.

In 1826, Young Ladies’ Seminary students embroider a memorial wreath and present it to Louisa Catherine Adams upon the death of her father-in-law, President John Adams. The inscription in the center reads, “Presented to Mrs. Adams, Lady of the President of the United States of America by the Pupils of the Seminary for Female Education at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1826/A.B.” As a member of the Continental Congress, John Adams visited the seminary and afterward wrote to his daughter that the school was a “remarkable Institution for the education of young ladies….”

In 1858, the Moravian Theological Seminary moves from Nazareth to the former Nisky Hill Seminary, a.k.a. Van Kirk’s Academy, on East Church Street in Bethlehem. The curriculum is revised to provide a separate collegiate program.

During the 1860s, German-born painter Gustavus Grunewald, a student of famed German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, teaches art at the Young Ladies’ Seminary. Grunewald’s works are on exhibit at many museums, including the Allentown Art Museum, the Kemerer Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Several of his paintings are part of the Moravian College collection and on display in Colonial Hall.

The seminary class of 1856

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In 1854, Main Hall on Church Street is constructed to accommodate a growing Moravian Female Seminary. One of the first buildings in Bethlehem to be lit with gas, it includes residential quarters for the headmaster, classrooms, and dormitory rooms for students.

In 1861, enrollment in the Young Ladies’ Seminary drops after the secession of Southern states is announced.

In 1863, Moravian College and Theological Seminary and the Moravian Seminary for Young Ladies are incorporated by the Pennsylvania legislature. William J. Holland is the sole member of the Moravian College Class of 1863; all other college-age men are presumably enlisted in the Civil War.

In 1868, the Moravian College scholastic year closes with exercises that are called “commencement” for the first time. Held in the chapel of the Nisky Hill Seminary building on Church Street, commencement includes trustees, faculty, students, and invited guests. On July 19, 1870, the first public commencement ceremony for Moravian College and Theological Seminary is held in the 1751 Chapel of the Moravian Church.

In 1892, Moravian College and Theological Seminary moves from East Church Street to a new campus on North Main Street that includes Comenius Hall, a refectory or dining hall (now Zinzendorf Hall), and Hamilton Hall.

The “New Chapel,” now known as Peter Hall, is completed in 1867. It houses dining facilities on the lower level, classrooms on the second floor, and a larger chapel on the third floor. Eight graduates of the Moravian Seminary for Young Ladies Class of 1892 are photographed in their regalia. The 1881 graduating class includes Florence Foster Jenkins, socialite and amateur soprano who inhabited music circles in New York in the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s and was renowned for her flamboyant dress and poor singing ability. In 2016, Meryl Streep portrays Jenkins in the biopic Florence Foster Jenkins. The Alumni Association of Moravian College and Theological Seminary is established during the 1884 commencement celebration, with first president Bishop Henry A. Shultz.

Gertrude Käsebier attends Moravian College from 1866 through 1870. In 1889, she attends Pratt Institute in New York City and develops a passion for photography—portraits in particular—which she pursues to great success. Alfred Stieglitz, one of her many subjects, says of Käsebier, “She is, beyond dispute, the leading artistic portrait photographer of the day.” In 1898, after seeing Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West troupe perform in Madison Square Garden, Käsebier gets permission to photograph the Sioux traveling with the show. Over the next decade, she will take dozens of photos of Native Americans.

In 1890, a gymnasium (later Payne Gallery) opens on the Church Street campus of the Moravian Seminary and College for Women. A published version of the photo above is captioned: “The modern girl does not wear a crinoline nor roll a hoop; instead she seeks recreation and exercise in a modern gymnasium.”

Our National Champion

Take a walk behind Main Hall on South Campus, and you can’t miss it—an 85-foottall Scotch elm with a 22-foot circumference. It is the largest known Scotch elm in the country, earning it national championship status. The tree is estimated to be between 250 and 300 years old, and given its good health and the care it receives, we expect it will be standing tall for Moravian College’s 300th anniversary.

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In 1903, the college’s baseball program is introduced.

William Frederic Badè graduated from Moravian College in the 1890s and then Yale Divinity School in 1895. An archaeologist, a Moravian minister, a professor, a conservationist, a naturalist, and a John Muir biographer, he served as president of the Sierra Club from 1918 to 1922.

Courtesy: Moravian Church Archives, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

In 1893, the Helen Stadiger Borhek Memorial Chapel, a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ashton C. Borhek in memory of their daughter, is completed as a northern annex to Comenius Hall.

In 1915, the first full class of four-year college students graduates from the Moravian College for Women.

In 1896, a Latin Scientific undergraduate curriculum is first offered at Moravian College for students seeking careers outside the ministry.

In 1922, Moravian College and Theological Seminary is accredited by the Association of College and Secondary Schools of the Middle Atlantic States. On May 5, 1923, James Montgomery Beck, Moravian College class of 1880, makes the cover of Time. The constitutional law scholar served as United States Attorney for Pennsylvania from 1896 to 1900; Assistant Attorney General of the United States, 1900 to 1903; Solicitor General of the United States, 1921 to 1925; and member of the United States House of Representatives, 1927 to 1934.

In 1898, the intercollegiate football program launches. Courtesy: Moravian Church Archives, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

The 1929 women’s basketball team poses in front of the gymnasium at Moravian College for Women (now Payne Gallery). Captain Mary “Caesar” Repp Martenis holds the ball.

Christmas Vespers

The Christmas vespers service dates back to the early years of the college and was originally held in the 1848 chapel. In the 1940s, the service moved to the “new chapel,” today’s Peter Hall. Students would process through a hallway leading to the chapel holding lighted candles. Inside, younger students in white dresses would take their places in the front rows on the stage with older students in black in the back. In 1956, Richard and Monica Schantz led the re-creation of the service in the form that we know it today.

Marguerite “Kewpie” Hicks, Class of 1917, kept a meticulously captioned scrapbook from her years at Moravian College for Women.

After the United States enters World War I, the Students’ Army Training Corps uses the campus of Moravian College and Theological Seminary for reveille and drills. Military history and law, sanitation and hygiene, and mapmaking are temporarily part of the curriculum. Courtesy: Moravian Church Archives, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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In 1929, the Colonial Hall Dormitory at Moravian College and Theological Seminary is built, and the Moravian College Archives building is completed the following year. The buildings would eventually be connected. Today Colonial Hall contains admissions, financial aid, and administration.

In 1952, a new field house, known as College Hall, is completed as part of the college’s sesquicentennial campaign, which lasts from 1947 to 1957. The building is renamed in 1958 to honor Archibald Johnston, Bethlehem’s first mayor and a trustee of the college.

Evelyn Solt, a longtime switchboard operator, works the lines in 1940. Tenor saxophone player and jazz artist Bobby “Lips” Levine attended Moravian College before joining the Army in 1942. His credits include Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Sammy Kaye, Billy Butterfield, Fred Waring, and Bob Crosby, and he backed many entertainers and personalities, including Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, Cher, and Mel Torme. Levine played at the White House for presidents Nixon, Carter, and Reagan.

In 1954, Moravian Seminary and College for Women merges with Moravian College and Theological Seminary and is incorporated under the name Moravian College.

In October 1960, two weeks before he is elected the nation’s 35th president, John F. Kennedy speaks at a gymnasium filled with Moravian College students and faculty.

In 1960, the statue of John Amos Comenius in front of Comenius Hall (a gift of Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is dedicated. A beautiful day brings students otdoors to relax in the 50s,just as it does today., Moravian College and Theological Seminary offers

In 1962, the Steel Field athletic complex is purchased from Lehigh University. The College Union Building (CUB) is also completed; it will be renamed the Haupert Union Building (HUB), after former college president Raymond S. Haupert, in 1969. In 1969, Herman E. Collier becomes the first layman to be appointed president of Moravian College.

he Brotherhood of Omicron Gamma Omega poses with OGO the greyhound in 1943.

In the biology lab, students work on separate projects: dissection, microscope work, and other investigations. This photo appears in the 1951–52 catalog for the Moravian College for Women. The caption reads: “Thinking God’s thoughts after him.” For the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Moravian College, alumnae Dorothy Hess Galloway, Pearl Prant, Hellen Heller, Katherine Adams, Pearl Frantz, and Mildred Dubert Kistler dress in traditional Moravian women’s clothing.

This photo of students working together in the chemistry lab appears in the 1952–53 Moravian College for Women Bulletin with the caption, “The degree in Medical Technology is accredited and highly respected by the profession.”

The Moravian College band in 1970 got daring with its yearbook photo.

A pillow fight breaks out in a women’s dorm room circa 1949. On the far left is undergrad Ramona Baker.

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In 1977, significant renovations occur: The interiors of the Brethren’s House, West Hall, 1848 Chapel (Hearst Hall), and 1867 Chapel (Peter Hall) are renovated for the college’s music program. The former church archives building is remodeled for the admissions and institutional advancement programs.

In 1985, John Andretti, nephew of Mario Andretti, graduates from Moravian College and joins his family’s racing legacy.

In honor of the college’s 250th anniversary in 1992, a statue of Benigna von Zinzendorf sculpted by Michael Price is dedicated on the Church Street campus.

On May 14, 2011, 269 years after Benigna von Zinzendorf founded the girls’ school that would become Moravian College, her great, great, great, great, great, great granddaughter M. Blair Gericke graduates with a BS in nursing. Gericke is the daughter of Rt. Rev. M. Blair Couch ’78.

In fall 1999, Moravian College admits its first students to the traditional undergraduate nursing program. Today nursing comprises eight programs: traditional prelicensure BSN, accelerated postbaccalaureate BSN, RN to BSN (for RNs seeking BSNs), and five MSN programs.

In 1987, singer-songwriter John Gorka, Moravian College Class of 1980, releases his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim, marking the beginning of a successful music career that continues today.

From 2004 to 2014, John B. Callahan, who graduated cum laude with a BS in biology from Moravian College in 1991, serves as mayor of Bethlehem.

“Let’s not be comfortable with the status quo of liberal arts colleges. Let’s be revolutionary.”

On April 12, 2014, Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 becomes the 12th president of Moravian College, fulfilling a dream. Physics professor Ed Roeder recalls that as a student, Grigsby said, “Someday I will be president of Moravian College.”

—Bryon L. Grigsby ’90, at his inauguration, April 16, 2014 A Ghost Story

Back in the 1980s, in our pre-all-Steinway days, we had two really good grand pianos. One was in Foy Hall, which was typically locked at night. The other was in Peter Hall, and if you could get in before campus safety came by and locked everything up, you could stay there all night. So that’s what I did. I would show up around 11 p.m., go up on the stage, and start to play. The outstanding, vibrant acoustics in Peter meant that you always felt bigger and stronger than you probably were. I sat at the piano, night after night, practicing. And out of the corner of my eye, I could see someone watching me. He had nicely manicured salt-and-pepper hair—short but not as short as, say, a buzz cut. His face was gentle but gaunt and pale. He wore a gray top and a pair of worn dark gray pants that ended below the knee, and I assume he wore knee socks; I couldn’t really see his feet. He sat dead center in the middle row of the back of Peter Hall. If I turned my head quickly, he disappeared. If I turned slowly and kept playing, he just sat and watched. He never moved, never said a word. Night after night, he was my private audience. I guess he liked what he heard, because he never bothered me. And apparently, I never bothered him. —Anonymous

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The Campus Expands Since our humble beginnings, Moravian College has grown and changed to accommodate increases in enrollment and new academic programs and departments. Listed here are many of the changes we’ve seen on campus.

50 Years and Counting

Edward A. Roeder, associate professor of physics, celebrated 50 years teaching at Moravian College in the fall of 2016. To honor him, an apple tree (think Sir Isaac Newton) was planted in the orchard behind the HILL. And the tree was named . . . what else but Newton. Roeder recalls the early days teaching introductory physics across from the boiler room in the basement of Memorial Hall. With only one door leading out of the basement and windows that opened inward (the classrooms once were storage rooms for coal), students and teacher were fortunate that a fire never broke out. In 1971, the sciences moved into Collier Hall across the street. Roeder has served on the faculty under six college presidents. “There’s something good to be said about every one of them,” Roeder says. “Ray Haupert was devoted and caring. He looked out for everyone. Martin . . . it didn’t matter what the weather was, we went outside for commencement. And I’m happy about Grigsby—he is just the spark we needed.” When asked what he loves most about Moravian College, Roeder doesn’t hesitate a second in answering: “I love the students. They help keep me young. A lot has changed in 50 years, but the students have stayed the same—they are caring, serious about making something of themselves, devoted to the disciplines they have chosen to pursue." “The students here become like family,” Roeder adds. And we’re happy to claim Ed Roeder as one of our family here at Moravian College.

In spring 2016, Moravian College unveils a new Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center in partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network. The center houses state-of-theart classrooms alongside a St. Luke’s sports medicine clinic. This revolutionary model allows students, clinicians, and faculty to delve into theory and practice and share resources in a collaborative environment.

During summer 2016, a state-of-the-art turf field replaces the Haupert Union Quadrangle field. The new complex includes lights for evening contests and practices and a press box. The field is home to field hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse and soccer, as well as a wide variety of intramural sports. It bears the name of beloved coach John Makuvek, who retired in 1996 after four years as athletics director and in 2010 after 43 years as head golf coach.

1854 Main Hall is constructed on Church Street. 1859 West Hall is added to the Brethren’s House (Colonial Hall). 1912 Gymnasium is opened on North Campus; it will be renovated for use by the department of psychology and renamed Monocacy Hall between 1967 and 1968. 1923 Memorial Science Building (renamed Memorial Hall in 1973) is completed. 1962 Steel Field athletic complex is purchased from Lehigh University. 1962 College Union Building (CUB) is completed; it will be renamed the Haupert Union Building (HUB), after former college president Raymond S. Haupert, in 1969. 1967 Reeves Library is dedicated. 1971 Collier Hall of Science opens. 1976 Bahson Center of Moravian Theological Seminary opens. 1982 Frank E. and Seba B. Payne Gallery is dedicated in the former female seminary gymnasium; Lewis Foy Concert Hall is also dedicated. 1991 Breidegam Field House is dedicated in honor of Timothy Briedegam, student and son of Delight E. Breidegam Jr., a Moravian College Life Trustee, and his wife, Helen. 2002 Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex is dedicated. 2005 Steel Field is renamed Rocco Calvo Field in honor of the former coach and athletic director. 2009 The HILL (Hurd Integrated Living and Learning community), a residence hall and classroom facility on the Church Street campus, opens.

Opening in fall 2017: The Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences. The 55,000-square-foot building will house nursing, public health, and other health-related programs and feature cutting-edge technology, enhanced classrooms and research labs, a health informatics computer lab, a virtual cadaver lab, and more. The building is named in honor of alumna Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz ’84, who was a member of the Moravian College Board of Trustees from 2008 until she died tragically at age 52 on June 20, 2014.

The editor would like to thank the following for their contributions to this story: Nancy Rutman ’84, alumna and magazine copy editor; Thomas J. McCullough, assistant archivist at the Moravian Church Archives in Bethlehem; Jody Miller ’70, alumna; and Emily Whalen, internet marketing associate at Moravian College. Spring 2017 Moravian College Magazine 25

Ken Rampolla chairs the Moravian College Board of Trustees. His wife, Anne, born and raised in Bethlehem, is chair of the Board of Trustees of Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites. With its roots in both Moravian College and the city of Bethlehem, their marriage mirrors the relationship between the storied college and the historic town. Both are thriving.

Together by Megan Othersen Gorman

Photographs by Anthony Wood

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Five years ago, Anne Rampolla ’79 sat for an interview with two individuals associated with the board of Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites in her sprawling Saucon Valley home. A proud child of Bethlehem, she was eager to join the board, avidly interested in the scope of its ties and the breadth of its vision. As the conversation progressed, Anne recalls, she mentioned Moravian College, where she and her husband, Ken Rampolla ’79, had met in Dr. Kromayer’s Spanish class—she was the cute girl in the front; he, the brash jock in the back—and begun what was to be the ride of their lives, falling deeply in love with each other and with their institution. Anne asked the board members in her living room to describe the relationship between historic Bethlehem and the school. It didn’t take long. “They said the relationship could be stronger,” Anne recalls. And it is, thanks in part to Anne and Ken, who was then chair-elect of the Moravian College Board of Trustees. Together, they enhanced the relationship.


Bethlehem and Moravian College were founded by the same people (Moravians) at roughly the same time (in 1741 and 1742, respectively). They are twin trunks sprung from the same seed. “You cannot have one without the other,” says Ken. “Their histories are intertwined.” Their geographies, however, less so. While the south campus is rooted in historic Bethlehem (the Brethren’s House, now 28 Moravian College Magazine Spring 2017

home to the music department, originally housed the single men of the Moravian Community), the north campus, long the main campus, is a mile from Bethlehem center. When Anne and Ken attended the college in the late ’70s, the “Moravian Mile” was a stretch they didn’t often walk. Like most of the student body at the time, they tended to stay on the main campus, removed from the town.

apart. And to restore the closeness, they needed a little nudge from leaders within the town and the college. They needed the Rampollas.


Ken was an outside linebacker on the football team all four of his college years and a member of Omicron Gamma Omega, the first fraternity established at Moravian and the longest-lasting local fraternity in the state. Anne was in Alpha Epsilon Pi. The two loved to go to disco dances at the OGO house. “I love disco music to this day because of that,” says Anne with a laugh. The college and its campus were the backdrop to their romance—one in which greyhounds, not surprisingly, figure prominently. Remembers Ken: “Anne and I were walking toward our dorms past Johnston Hall one day, and I said to her, ‘There’s this tradition, if you whisper in the greyhound’s ear, whatever you whisper will come true.’ And it did,” he says, grinning broadly. “It came true!” They married a year after graduation.

Anne became a Spanish professor, Ken worked in sales and marketing for Bethlehem Steel—which Anne, the native, refers to as The Steel—and they spent several years in the South before making their way back to the banks of the Lehigh, just as Anne had always hoped they would. Unbeknownst to anyone at the time— including each other—it was their return to Bethlehem that would, much later, lead to the reunion, in interest and in purpose, of Moravian College and historic Bethlehem. “It wasn’t as though the town and the college were ever at cross-purposes,” qualifies Ken. But if Bethlehem and Moravian were unified at the start, they had certainly drifted

“And Bryon,” adds Ken, speaking of Moravian College president Bryon L. Grigsby ’90.

Moravian College and Bethlehem center are both indisputably beautiful, their historic settings each vibrantly alive. But the former somewhat blends into the latter. “People say to me, ‘Bethlehem is gorgeous, but where the heck is Moravian?’ ” marvels Ken. “Just as students in the ’70s didn’t venture off campus much, people passing by don’t tend to go in.” The board of trustees under Ken’s leadership and in partnership with Grigsby (Ken’s rise to chair and Grigsby’s appointment to the presidency coincided) has purposefully set out to bridge that physical and visual divide by amending—ever so slightly— the college’s master design, so that you see more of Moravian from Main Street. The soon-to-be-completed health sciences center, for instance, expands Moravian’s presence on Main Street and moves the college by degrees a bit closer to historic Bethlehem. And by design, you’ll be able to see the Moravian star planned for the tall glass atrium of the building from the intersection of Main and Broad in Bethlehem center. Dreams for further expansion are focused on areas to the south of the main campus, closer to historic Bethlehem. “Moravian really is a small urban campus with a vibrant, historic downtown,” says Ken, quite casually, as chair of the board, redefining his alma mater. “Moravian College used to hide its light under a bushel basket,” he explains. “Moravians have a tendency not to brag about themselves. They are unassuming. And I say, rip the cover off and show everyone how bright the light really is, because it’s an amazing place. And it’s

“Historic Bethlehem and Moravian College together, from the start. In Ken and Anne’s home and in their hearts. Just as they were meant to be.” in an amazing place. Bryon and I agree: Let’s unite them.” The Board of Trustees of Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites has eagerly joined in—calling attention to the gem that Bethlehem is and partnering with the college—and they have benefited significantly. For instance, in December 2016, historic Bethlehem was named to the U.S. Tentative List for eventual nomination to

the UNESCO World Heritage List, along with the likes of Ellis Island, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge. “One of the first things we had to do in order to apply for that list was to get a National Historic Landmark designation, which we received a few years ago,” says Anne. Grigsby now offers up a dinner at his home as an auction item at the Historic Bethlehem board’s annual fund-raiser.

And during the second week in December, Moravian College and the board collaborate on a reception held at Grigsby’s home prior to the vespers service at Central Moravian Church, just down the street. “A partnership between the two—the institution and the organization—just makes sense,” says Anne. “For 275 years now, it’s made complete and utter sense. Just ask our forefathers!” An observer wants to know: But what about those two representatives of the Historic Bethlehem board—the ones who met in the Rampollas’ living room five years ago? Had they intuitively understood the sense of it? Perhaps, upon reflection, they had. Because the entrance to the Rampollas’ home is lit by a Moravian star and flanked by—what else?— a stately pair of sculptural greyhounds. Historic Bethlehem and Moravian College together, from the start. In Ken and Anne’s home and in their hearts. Just as they were meant to be. Spring 2017 Moravian College Magazine 29

Alumni Awards

Making the World a Better Place

The 16th Annual Alumni Awards honored six men and women who, through their passion, make significant contributions to the community—locally, nationally, and even globally.

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JAMES S. LYON Protecting the Planet Recipient: Comenius Award For outstanding achievement in his field of work

Today, Lyon is vice president of conservation policy at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the nation’s largest conservation organization, where he guides policy strategies and strives to advance conservation programs and campaigns. During his 20 years at NWF, he has worked on a broad range of environmental and conservation issues, including protecting the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil development, supporting federal efforts to restore the greater Everglades ecosystem, and strengthening protections for America’s public lands legacy (more than 600 million acres). He served as NWF’s team lead in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He also helped NWF in advancing bison restoration on the Great Plains and, recently, stemming the decline of monarch butterfly populations. But perhaps his most important work involves strategies to combat global climate change, such as keeping the United States in the climate change agreement, fighting to hold onto the EPA Clean Power Plan, and advancing strategies for bringing more renewable energy—primarily wind and solar—on line nationally.

Jim Lyon at Department of Interior press conference.

Lea Shanley

As we celebrate the 275th anniversary of Moravian College, we are reminded of the deep vein of service that runs through our heritage and is an integral part of a Moravian College education today. At the 16th Annual Alumni Awards, held December 10, 2016, we were proud to honor alums who exemplify this spirit of giving in their work and volunteerism. They, indeed, make a difference in the lives of those they serve. Here, our honorees.

For Jim Lyon ’76, the turbulent social energy of America in the ’60s and ’70s sparked an interest in politics and social change. After earning his bachelor’s degree in political science, Lyon moved to Washington, DC, where the Environmental Policy Institute hired him to address national river protection issues. He then took a very formative step working with coalfield communities and fighting to protect their land, water, and homes against pollution and damage from irresponsible strip mining. That work had a profound and lasting impact on Lyon’s commitment to conservation.

Brett Stoudt on a panel for the White House’s 2015 Citizen Science Forum.

BRETT G. STOUDT Fighting for Social Justice Recipient: Haupert Humanitarian Award For outstanding service in the cause of human welfare Brett Stoudt ’98 hadn’t given much thought to social injustice until he came to Moravian College, where faculty, fellow students, and coursework opened his eyes to issues of privilege and oppression. Stoudt, who graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, has dedicated himself to fighting injustice through research and outreach. He is an associate professor of psychology and gender studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a member of the psychology and social welfare doctoral programs at the City University of New York, focusing on the social psychology of privilege and oppression, as well as aggressive and discriminatory policing practices. Spring 2017 Moravian College Magazine 31

Alumni Awards

Bertie Knisely and daughter Jane Knisely ’00

Stoudt’s work is widely published in books and peer-reviewed journals, and he has been invited to present at numerous professional meetings and organizations. He spoke in 2015 at the White House’s Citizen Science Forum and, last year, at a U.S. Department of Justice forum titled “Gender, Sexuality, and 21st Century Policing.” He was also asked to give oral testimony to the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent. He currently serves as the associate director of the Public Science Project and as a steering committee member of Communities United for Police Reform.

BERTIE KNISELY Making Moravian College More Accessible Recipient: Medallion of Merit For outstanding service to Moravian College or the Alumni Association

Beverly Beaver accepts the Young Alumni Acheivement Award.

Carol Traupman-Carr champions quality education.

Bertie Knisely ’69 has dedicated more than 25 years of service to Moravian College, its alumni, and its students, and she continues to nurture and build meaningful relationships for the benefit of all. In 1991, Knisely assumed the position of director of alumni relations to work with the boards of directors for the alumni associations of both the college and the seminary. She and her staff supported numerous volunteer committees for reunions, Homecoming, alumni weekend, Hall of Fame, and more. They partnered with the Moravian College alumni board to create programs that promote a lifelong relationship between students and the college, including freshmen welcome picnics, career networking events, and senior experience activities. Knisely loves interacting with alumni of all ages, recruiting them to host regional alumni receptions, organize reunions, and mentor students. Since transitioning to the position of director of leadership giving in 2007, she has felt privileged to connect alumni to the college through their financial support, helping current and future students obtain a Moravian College education.

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BEVERLY BEAVER Defending Those Less Privileged Recipient: Young Alumni Achievement Award For achieving exceptional success in her profession Since graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and honors in history, Beverly Beaver ’08 has been striding firmly forward in her career as a public defender. Beaver earned her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey, graduating magna cum laude in 2011, and was admitted to both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey state bars. She went on to serve as an Equal Justice Works and Gideon’s Promise Fellow with the Public Defender Corps, which provides training and mentoring to new attorneys to help support the nation’s understaffed and underfunded public defender community. As an assistant public defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Beaver has represented indigent defendants throughout all stages of the criminal justice process, from preliminary arraignment through trial, sentencing, and postverdict motions. She has worked as a supervisor in both the Felony Waiver and Misdemeanor Units, where she assisted new attorneys in trial preparation and courtroom practice, and she has served in the Major Trials Unit, representing clients in jury trials involving the most serious nonhomicide felony charges. Currently, Beaver is assigned to the Juvenile Special Defense Unit and represents juvenile defendants charged in adult criminal court.

The 2016 Alumni Fellows The Alumni Association annually recognizes several full-time Moravian College students for their superior scholastic merit and the outstanding contributions they have made to campus life and to the community. Pictured here from left to right: Erin Tiwold ’17, Loukya Kanakamedala ’17, River Jordan ’18, and Jessica Buttner ’19.

CAROL TRAUPMAN-CARR Ensuring Quality Education Recipient: Benigna Education Award For her outstanding contributions to the field of education Education has always been central to the interests and work of Carol Traupman-Carr ’86. After graduating summa cum laude, she earned her doctorate in musicology from Cornell University and then taught middle school in Ithaca, New York, for two years before returning to her alma mater as an adjunct and then a full-time faculty member. Still a professor of music, she has been working in administration since 2001, when she served first as associate dean of academic affairs and then as dean of curriculum and academic programs. Last year, Traupman-Carr was appointed associate provost of Moravian College. In this role, she oversees assessment, accreditation, and program development. The long list of Traupman-Carr’s contributions to Moravian College includes

participating in all strategic plans; promoting and expanding assessment of academic programs; working with individual students to create pathways to graduation; creating success seminars for new students or those on academic probation; and leading initiatives to add graduate programs in athletic training, occupational therapy, speech pathology, and physical therapy. In addition, Traupman-Carr has volunteered for 14 years at St. Ann School in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, in a variety of roles, including kindergarten music teacher, board member, and chair of the first educational technology committee for the school.

ERICKA BLAIR Creating Opportunities for Strength through Sports Recipient: Emerging Leader Award For her dedicated leadership and service to Moravian College

coordinator for Murray Devine Valuation Advisors in Philadelphia, the four-year member of the varsity women’s basketball team also served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, spearheaded the first annual Moravian College Special Olympics Basketball Tournament, and volunteered countless hours for a variety of community efforts. Upon graduating, Blair was selected to join the Blue and Grey Club as a team representative and helped implement the Blue and Grey Experience tent at homecoming. She continues to give back to her alma mater by helping to sponsor the Women’s Basketball Pinkout, participating in the women’s basketball alumni game, and volunteering at the annual Moravian Women’s Basketball Golf Classic. In May, Blair was elected vice president of the Blue and Grey Club, and she continues to work to improve the student athlete experience at Moravian College.

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The blue and grey at play



Meg Brockett (right) and Sarah Hughes top off their crosscountry season with a trip to nationals.

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“I was superexcited to be at nationals,” says Brockett. “My goal going in was to finish in the top 50, but I was shooting for All-American, knowing it would be tough. I made it, and I am so overwhelmed with happiness.

“They had a great meet, a great season, and a great cross-country career at Moravian,” says Head Coach Jesse Bauman. “I couldn’t be prouder.”

“I couldn’t have done it without Coach Jesse and his guidance,” adds Brockett, “and I’m excited to have raced with my best friend, Sarah, who pushed me the entire way.” Hughes’s time of 22:03.7 is the 22nd fastest in the college’s history.

“I couldn’t be prouder.”

“Amy was a natural leader.”


The women’s soccer team, led by Head Coach Jeff Ykoruk, overcame an unthinkable tragedy to complete a 10–7–1 season and earn a trip to the Landmark Championship game. On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, the women’s soccer team had just defeated King’s College by a score of 4–1, which gave Ykoruk his 100th collegiate win as head coach. But the glory of that victory was quickly shattered. After the game, Charlie Nasta, father of sophomore player Gabby Nasta, was crossing Elizabeth Avenue en route to the parking lot when a car struck and killed him. “Understanding the magnitude of the tragedy and supporting Gabby through it was our main goal,” says Ykoruk. The team made a collective decision to cancel the next game. They returned to the playing field on October 12, still emotionally spent but fighting with resolve, to eke out a 2–1 win over Elizabethtown late in the game. They continued to draw on their

collective strength and the support of the Moravian College community, taking enough victories through the remainder of the season to reach the championship game against the University of Scranton. Unfortunately the Hounds fell short. Though they lost on the soccer field that day, the team could claim victory in the way they responded to the death of their teammate’s father— they came together around Gabby, supported each other, fought through the pain of that enormous loss, and gave their best in every practice and every match. And that’s the stuff of champions.

“A Fine Finish” and “The Right Stuff” written by LeRoy J. Smith ’17

A Greyhound All the Way All-around athlete and alumna Amy Geiner Hawley wins award.

Congratulations to Amy Geiner Hawley, class of 1976! She is the recipient of the 2016 Robert Martin Herbstman Award, which recognizes an alumnus or alumna whose qualities of teamwork, leadership, and selflessness exemplify the spirit of Moravian College athletics. Hawley benefited from the Title IX women sports movement at Moravian College, participating in field hockey, badminton, tennis, basketball, and volleyball during her collegiate career. "Amy was highly motivated and worked hard on every team on which she played,” says long-time Moravian women's tennis coach Dawn Ketterman-Benner, who also coached badminton and volleyball. “She was an enthusiastic team member who always cheered on her fellow athletes. Her high energy motivated everyone. Amy was a natural leader.”

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Presenting Your

20 16 Moravian Athletic Hall of Fame

The class of 2016 was inducted into the Moravian College Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, November 11, in Johnston Hall. Honored were Meagan Hennessy ’06, Chris Jacoubs ’06, Henry “Hank” Nehilla ’67, Brandon Zaleski ’05, Scot Dapp, the 2005 football team, and the 2005 softball team.


Scot Dapp stepped down as head football coach in 2011 to assume duties as Moravian’s athletic director, a position he held until he retired in 2015. His long tenure as football coach began in 1987 and was the most successful period in Moravian football history, finishing with a career mark of 144–103–1, surpassing the legendary Rocco Calvo. Dapp’s .583 winning percentage also ranks him among the top 50 active Division III coaches.

“It was quite an honor to be inducted into the Moravian College Hall of Fame,” says Dapp. “Over my 24 years as head football coach, I had the pleasure of coaching hundreds of Greyhound student-athletes. I know that while being inducted is an individual honor, it is an honor I received because of the efforts and talents of all of those Greyhound gridders.” To learn more about the accomplishments of these amazing athletes, go to “Hall of Fame” at

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Meagan Hennessy ’06, a four-year letter winner on the softball team, completed her stellar career with 53 shutouts, 105 complete games, 876 strikeouts, and 92 wins (including five no-hitters) over 819 2/3 innings pitched, all of which place her in Moravian’s top 15. She was honored as Moravian’s Senior Outstanding Female Athlete in 2006.

A three-year member of the football squad as a running back, Chris Jacoubs ’06 set the school record with 3,854 rushing yards in just 31 career games with 17 yard games of 100-plus in 26 starts, including four games of over 200 yards. He became the first player in school history to reach 3,000 rushing yards in a career and the only player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back-toback seasons: 2003, ’04, and ’05.

jacoubs zaleski

The 2005 football team coached by Dapp with Jacoubs in the backfield finished 7–4 and won the Greyhounds’ first ECAC Division III Southwest Championship with a 14–7 victory at Frostburg State University.

A four-year letter winner on the men’s basketball team as a forward, Brandon Zaleski ’05 completed his career as the Greyhounds’ all-time leading scorer with 1,891 points. He is also the college’s all-time leader in field goals made and ranks second in free throws made, second in games started, fourth in rebounds, and fourth in scoring average. A threetime Commonwealth All-Conference First Team selection and the 2003 Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year, Zaleski was honored as Moravian’s Senior Outstanding Male Athlete in 2005.

Henry “Hank” Nehilla ’67 was a standout on both the football and baseball teams. He became the first Greyhound to reach 1,000 career rushing yards on the gridiron as he ran for 1,422 yards on 356 carries in his final three years with the program. On the baseball diamond, Nehilla was an outfielder who played with five other Moravian Hall of Fame members during his career. He had a .354 career batting average with 69 hits, 33 RBIs, 26 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, one home run, seven walks, and six stolen bases in his four seasons.

“I was shocked when they called me and told me I was going to be inducted into the hall of fame,” says Nehilla. “I didn’t consider myself a star; just part of a team.”


The 2005 softball team, under the direction of Head Coach John Byrne ’82, posted a 37–8 record and reached the NCAA Division III Regional Championship game for the third of four straight years.

San Diego Happy Hour. Bob Gratz ’75 (left), director of alumni engagement, held a happy hour in San Diego this January as part of his West Coast tour. He enjoyed visiting with Laura Henry Givon '03 and Tom Rappolt '74.

▲ Homecoming 2016. The weekend got off to a swinging start on Friday, October 14, with the Rocco Calvo Golf Tournament at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course and the first-ever Welcome Back Block Party, which was held on campus. On Saturday, alumni enjoyed a continental breakfast, President Grigsby’s State of the College Address, the Homecoming parade, and a tailgate party!

People, places, events


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The 2016 tailgate broke records, with just under 3,000 Hounds on the field. Competition in the contests was fierce: Joe Hoffmeier ’88 took Best Food, the Class of 1975 won Best Celebration of the 275th Anniversary, and the Class of 1976 received the award for Most School Spirit. Mark your calendars for Homecoming 2017, which will be held September 22 and 23—Bethlehem’s Celtic Classic weekend! Visit for more information.

Hounds Connect at Home and Coffee and Connections. November 2, 2016, saw many alums return to campus to meet with students and advise them on careers and postgraduate education. Due to the success of the previous year’s program, more academic departments and organizations hosted dinners and panels prior to the Coffee and Connections networking event. Those participants included accounting, art, biology, computer science, English, history, management, and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering).

▲ NYC Networking. Hounds of the Big Apple came out to Tiffany & Co. offices to talk with students looking to pursue careers in New York City. Thanks to Joe Hoffmeier ’88, Andy Hart ’90, Kelly Moore ’08, Samantha Dunn ’15, and Perry Mindo ’16 for arranging the venue. Students also enjoyed a tour of Buzzfeed and MLB offices.

▲ Evening on Main Street. A clear, almost-winter’s night on Thursday, November 17, encouraged more than 250 alumni, parents, students, faculty, and staff to shop Main Street in downtown Bethlehem for gifts and good eats.

lacrosse held their alumni game on October 9, with 24 alumni returning to the field. Current Greyhounds prevailed in a 15–5 win over the alumni.

Lacrosse Alumni Game. Men’s

NYC Networking. Students and alumni connect.

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Catching up with classmates

ClassNotes John Madison;


Roy Ledbetter ’71, ’74 writes: I retired on my birthday, July 10, after 42-plus years in the pastoral office. God willing, my plan is to continue to do my translations, including the Bethlehem Diary, to help scholars; painting and wood carving; Putz building, of course; some traveling; and lots of reading.

Terrell McMann;


Paul Quintavalle writes: I am a practicing podiatrist in South Jersey, and my hobby is writing fiction. I have authored two books that are part of a series, Thought Process and Think Twice. I am currently working on the third book in the series. They are available on Amazon in both paperback and electronic formats.

Dennis Jones; Priscilla Barres Schueck;

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Ken Davis writes: My wife and I just returned from France, during which time we stayed at a hotel in Bayeux, Normandy. While at the hotel, we struck up a conversation with the receptionist there, and—small world—she was Jessica Andersen ’10. We had our picture taken together. Such a nice coincidence.

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Judy Jackson;


Barry Scheinberg and his wife, Chris, celebrated the wedding of their daughter with Jeff Gernsheimer, Bob Gingrich ’69, and their spouses this past June. Gerns and Jan made their annual pilgrimage to our beach house in Rhode Island last August for the yearly oyster battle.

Kathy Figlear Malu, PhD, writes: You may be interested to know that I have been awarded a second Fulbright. I will be a Fulbright Scholar in 2016–17 in the UK. Here is the website with my information in case you are interested: kathleen-f-malu/1337 This is a Fulbright Scholarship for research. My scholarship in 2009–10 was a teaching scholarship to Rwanda, where I worked with preservice English language teachers at the teacher training college in Kigali. I served in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) from 1973 to 1975 and Rwanda from 1980 to 1981.

Anthony “Monk” Morelli 1928–2017 Susan Bacci Adams;


Susan recently got together with Debbie Lewis Zvanut, Scott and Laura Likman Schell, and Nancy Martin Lasher. Susan writes:

Laura and Scott are the proud grandparents of two new grandchildren, both born in 2015: a granddaughter, born to their son and his wife, and a grandson, born to their daughter and her husband. Laura and Scott travel often to visit them. Debbie and her husband, Carl, travel since retirement. They recently spent a week in Kenya visiting Debbie’s godchild, then spent two weeks in Uganda trekking gorillas. Debbie has expanded her basket classes to include wine and weaving at a local winery. Nancy is continuing her career as a science coach for grades 3 through 7 in Orange, New Jersey. My husband, Al, and I are enjoying retirement also. We spend time with our grandson, Charlie, and travel whenever we can. Our latest adventure was a cruise to Bermuda. Al and I attended Homecoming on October 15. It was great to catch up with classmates: Dan and Donna Stayton Pipeling, Nancy Martin Lasher, Bobbie Dollinger Leiby, Patti Baltz Reiser, Cindy Lewis-Hart, Shelley Johnson McMackin, Diane Walters Scholl, Jeanne Helms Ring, and Bob Gratz. A number of our classmates also attended the OGO reunion. Our class won the trophy for Best Celebration of the 275th Moravian College Homecoming Tailgate 2016. We thank Bobbie for her decorating talent, which led us to winning the trophy. Thanks go out to Bob for the yummy sandwiches and chips. Thanks also to those who brought other goodies. Bobbie, Cindy, and Bob always do a great job of planning our reunions. A good time was had by all. We hope to see more of you next year!

When you say the name “Monk” at Moravian College, almost everyone knows who you are talking about. Few alumni demonstrated a passion for the college in as many ways as Anthony “Monk” Morelli ’59. He served on the Board of Trustees, the Alumni Association, and the Omicron Gamma Omega (OGO) Alumni Association. “The man bled Blue and Grey more than any man I ever met,” says President Bryon Grigsby ’90. Morelli was responsible for spearheading the readmission of his beloved OGO fraternity to the campus, and he established the OGO Monk Scholarship Fund for OGO brothers. He lived by strong principles, including the OGO motto: “Give whenever you can, take only when you must, and you shall receive more than you give.” Morelli passed away on January 28, 2017, at age 81.


John Fauerbach writes: Greetings to my fellow classmates from the Big Sky country (Montana). I am still pastor of a great group of believers at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Chester, MT, and the even more rural church of St. Olaf in the middle of the wide-open prairie. I am proof God has a sense of humor. If you’d like to see us, go to this link for a recent article: foundation/newsletters.aspx. Choose to view the spring 2016 newsletter, pages 8 to 9. Johnny has graduated from the University of Montana and is working for the tech company Edulog, located in Missoula, MT. Michael is a junior at Montana State University, majoring in sociology and finance. Jeannie is the local clerk of court, still playing piano, and very active at the church. Find me on Facebook at either “Pastor John” or “Summer Fun in the Sun,” or e-mail If you friend me or e-mail me, please mention Moravian Alumni, class of ’77, or something to alert me. Go, Hounds!


Melissa Sadecki Micari was promoted to clinic supervisor of the chemical dependence outpatient program in Hampton Bays, Long Island, NY. Melissa recently celebrated 10 years at Catholic Charities as a substance abuse counselor. She resides on Long Island with her husband, Jeff, and their two children—Ava, age 8, and Benjamin, age 5.

Regina LaCaruba; regina.lacaruba@gmail. com


Michael McCartney writes: This past year was my 10th at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. I was fortunate enough to be nominated for and win the Aroostook County Teacher of the Year Award for 2016. I was also one of seven semifinalists for Maine State Teacher of the Year, and I am now a proud lifetime member of the Maine State Teachers of the Year Association. Thanks to some incredible generosity on the part of my former students and their parents, I will be attending Space Camp for Educators this summer! Even more exciting, Betsy and I are expecting our second child this April!

Deb Yuengling Ferhat;


Michael Paciulli writes: I was happy to see those that could attend Homecoming 2016. Hope to see all of you again soon. Spring 2017 Moravian College Magazine 41

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Kristen Zacheis and Patrick McDermott ’08 are engaged to be married.

Amelia Dietrich;


Rachel Andes Bodtmann and her husband, Matthew, were recently filmed for the HGTV show House Hunters. The show features their search for a larger family home in the Bethlehem and Nazareth areas. The show aired on October 25, 2016.

Cassidy Thomas Alston; Amanda King Swietlik; Amanda.swietlik


Meredith Wertheim Brehm

received her MSN from NYU College of Nursing with her pediatric nurse practitioner degree.

Kelly Schneider Parise;


Josh Hinkle has joined Wells Fargo Advisors as a financial advisor. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he served as a financial advisor for three years at Morgan Stanley, where he managed more than $25 million in client assets.

Rachel Kleiner;


Stephen Gross is engaged to Jacqueline Palochko. A fall 2017 wedding is planned.

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▲ On September 24, Michael ’10 and Meghan ’11 Bishop were married at St. Jane’s Catholic Church in Easton, PA. The reception was held at Northampton Country Club with more than 30 Moravian College graduates in attendance, including Ray ’81 and Teri ’81 Bishop, Frank ’84 and Mary ’82 Summers, Matt Pirozzi ’88, Zach ’10 and Cait ’11 Ferrante Andes, Joe ’10 and Ashley ’10 Melchionna, Bob Evans ’93, Alysia Garr ’11, Lauren Smith ’11, Mike Zubia ’10, Rob Bennett ’96, Lisa Lynch ’85, Elizabeth Python ’11, Kaitlin Sadowski ’12, Dan Mehmet ’10, Ryan Cummings ’10, Michael Nimmo ’10, Francis Spirk ’85, Ann Spirk ’86, Christine Poole ’11, Jesse Krasley ’13, Andrew Del Rossi ’10, Pat Semanchik ’10, Dustin Pflug ’10, Jake Schweitzer ’11, Hilary Murray ’12, Vince Pelosi ’10, and Ralph McCandless ’77. Also present was Moravian College basketball coach Mary Beth Spirk.

Michael O’Gorman; Emmy Usera;


Corrin Magditch was recently hired to be the new director of content creation at 3Seed Marketing in Schnecksville, PA. Casey Hilferty;


Aisling Housel and Pat Pagnano announced their engagement in September 2016. Charlotte Guarino ’09 married Robert Trib-

bett on June 4, 2016, at White Clay Creek Country Club in Wilmington, DE. Ashley Pizzino ’08 and Megan Greiner Hoffman ’09 were members of the wedding party. Luke Hoffman ’09, Jason Zeidman ’09, and Daniel Foltz-Morrison ’09 were also in attendance. Laura Fabian Reinhart ’10 and Jeremiah Reinhart ’09 were married on July 23, 2016, in the Old Chapel of Central Moravian Church. The bridal party included groomsmen Jack Tazik ’11, Keith Feinman ’09, Tim Murphy ’09, and John McCullough ’09 and bridesmaids Ellen Williams ’11, Becca Friedman ’10, and Kirsty Stearns ’10.


Katie Kizina Frusciante ’08 and her husband, Eric, welcomed a son, Jack Erikkson, in February 2016. Ashley Heckman Dallas ’06 and her husband, Christopher, welcomed their second son, Evan Ryan, on May 13, 2016. Clifford Garr ’07 and Christina Wallace Garr ’05 welcomed their son, Holden Wallace, on June 16, 2016.

Amy Miller Knecht ’05 and her husband, Josh Knecht, welcomed a son, Leo Kenneth, on August 4, 2016. Jon Buskirk ’03 and Brynn Saltzer Buskirk ’04 welcomed a son, Wesley Rhys, on August 12, 2016. Denise Auter Goble ’96 and her husband, Glenn, welcomed their second son, Levi Aaron, on September 8, 2016. Denise says that big brother Luke is a great big brother.

In Memoriam Nancy Reichard Kichline ’41— November 14, 2016 Ruth Reitz Balish ’41—November 30, 2015 Katrina Stolp Homewood ’44—June 21, 2016 Jane Smith Ebelhare ’45—January 9, 2016 Ann Root Meyer ’46—July 10, 2016 Shirley Marks Pooley ’48—November 1, 2016 Rev. Erwin Boettcher ’49—May 2, 2016 Charlotte Riggs Bearse ’53 —October 19, 2016 Bruce Cortlain Reimer ’54—November 10, 2016 William Fox Jr. ’57—October 1, 2016 Kay Willoughby-Zeman ’57—August 20, 2016 Richard Buralli ’59—September 20, 2016 Robert Clemens ’59—July 21, 2016 Mike Pippis ’61—November 16, 2016 David Nause ’63—November 23, 2016 Robert Melchior ’64—November 4, 2016 David Ferraro ’70—August 8, 2016 John Christman, MDiv ’70—August 14, 2016 J. Michael Pruitt ’74—July 21, 2016 Paul Sanford ’75—October 20, 2016 Charles Cassard Kaesemeyer—Friend of the College & Seminary —October 4, 2016 James Detterline ’78—November 8, 2016 Eileen Bleiler Brillhart ’80—November 11, 2016 Lois Rehberg Beamer ’82—October 8, 2016 Karen Link Martini ’83—October 27, 2016 Janice Lenore Rader ’84—July 26, 2016 Sarah Ann Moyer Brennan ’03— November 23, 2016 Meggyn Knerr ’06—September 3, 2016 Thomas Poynton ’07—July 26, 2016 Julia Bronstein Miles ’08—October 26, 2016 Meagan Edelman Duarte ’09—July 27, 2016 Adrian Hendricks ’12—November 10, 2016 Andrew Goliash ’16—October 23, 2016 Andrew Sanz-Soto ’16—November 6, 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 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.

Farewell to Our Friend

Patrick J. Malloy III ’80 April 23, 1958–January 10, 2017 It was important to Pat that his college friends knew how much he treasured us and our time together at Moravian. summer when the news circulated DavidLate Berg;

Katiethat Kizina ’08 and her Center Pat Frusciante was at the Deer Meadows in Philadelphia fightingaALS, response husband, Eric, welcomed son,the Jack Erikkphenomenal. Alumni, spanning multiple Ken Davis2016. writes: My wife and I just son, inwas February


graduation were eager visit. Grads returnedyears, from France, duringtowhich from across town and country time we stayed at a across hotel inthe Bayeux, Ashley Heckman Dallas ’06 and her Itupwasn’t descended upon Meadows. Normandy. While at theDeer hotel, we struck a husband, Christopher, welcomed their unusual to walk into his roomthere and besecsurconversation with the receptionist and— prised to see a former classmate. smallson, world—she was Jessica Andersen ond Evan Ryan, on May 13, 2016. ’10. We had our picture taken together. Such a nice A message board for alumni was created coincidence. Clifford Garr ’07 and Christina Wallace Garr to sign, date, and include notes to Pat and ’05 welcomed their son, Holden Wallace, each other. Those with flexible work schedon June 2016. ules16, and within close proximity were dedregulars, while those unable to get Judyicated Jackson; there in person sent prayers, cards, photos, and other mementos. Before long Pat’s room resembled a museum touching Barry Scheinberg and hisofwife, Chris,tributescelebrated to the Class 1980 president, football theofwedding of their daughstandout, fraternity Bob brother. ter withand JeffOGO Gernsheimer, Gingrich ’69 and their spouses this past June. Gerns and In opening his door to thesetovisits, Pat also Jan made their annual pilgrimage our beach eyeslast to the ravages of ALS. houseopened in Rhodeour Island August for the yearlyThat intentional. He had the magic to reunite oysterwas battle. friends and spark new connections while keeping the needs of curJohnsimultaneously Madison; rent and future ALS patients in the forefront. The passion we remember in Pat was strong and inspirational through the final beats of his big, loving heart. Pat the Hat: We miss you already!


— Molly Donaldson Brown ’80 Please visit post/remembering-pat-malloy

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The leaders among us

A LittleRevolutionary

Our Matron Saint So how did Benigna, once our college’s most devoted champion, become “a little revolutionary”? The answer might well lie in her upbringing. Descended from royalty, the Zinzendorfs lived a less polished life than we might expect. The household resembled what can best be described as a communitarian existence filled with frank talk and respectful but no less forthright exchanges. Overseen by Count Nicholas, an acknowledged rabble-rouser whose attempts to jolt local strains of Lutheranism from their torpor rendered him as problematic at home as he was elsewhere, there was ample opportunity for the sorts of discussion, debate, and further deliberation that seem to have served young Benigna quite well.

The moment that best underscores Benigna’s shaping into someone just different enough to challenge the established order can be found when she and her father were arrested near Hurley, New York, in 1742, that most memorable year. Though they withstood the fines and embarrassment from the charge of working on the Sabbath, they accepted their fate, knowing all too well that it stemmed from mounting European distrust of Moravians that in America came with added suspicion that they were Roman Catholic shills attempting to organize Mohicans against English and Dutch interests. Raised to confront and stand resolute in the face of such indignities, Benigna continued to swim against that tide. As we celebrate her legacy, it is important that we place Benigna in her proper historical context, in that she was both ahead

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of her time and a product of it. Moving forward with plans to free women and girls from the grayness of their lives by offering them a seat in learning circles marked a significant turn that places her on par with other radicals of the time, including Mary Wollstonecraft, mother of writer Mary Shelley and author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women. While not an absolute fit, given their individual class distinctions, they were certainly both untiring champions of right, especially when it came to gender inequity, pointing a course toward a better way. Benigna—then as now—proved to be a genuine force in such matters, an exasperating thorn in the sides of the staunch gender conservatism of the day, which may indeed by her greatest contribution to us all.