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SUMMER 2010

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2 Prelude: The Chipmunk Connection

By Lois Brunner Bastian ’60

10 Of People and Places

Joyce Hinnefeld, associate professor of

English, speaks the language of landscape in

her stories, poems, and essays.

14 Not Your Mother’s Freshman Comp

Effective writing requires more process, less

rhetoric, says English professor Joel Wingard.

16 Writers at the Center

By nurturing ideas, the Moravian Writing

Center develops better writers and thinkers.

18 Brave New Words

2010

Sandra Novack-Gottshall ’98, whose first

novel was published by Random House last

year, is forging life as a writer of fiction.

04 Out & About

20 Alumni News

22 Greyhound Sports

23 Transitions

24 Orbis Pictus: “Translation,”

poem and artwork by Alexis Vergalla ’06

See www.moravian.edu/magazine/extra for more from

this issue.

Moravian College Magazine : editor, Victoria Bingham;

sports editor, Mark J. Fleming; web manager, Christie Jacobsen ’00;

director of publications, Susan Overath Woolley;

director of public relations and marketing, Michael P. Wilson.

Creative Direction: Jane Firor & Associates.

Alumni Relations: director, Marsha Stiles, M.B.A. ’99;

assistant director, Patricia Murray Hanna ’82.

Copyright 2010 by Moravian College. Photographs and artwork copyright

by their respective creators or by Moravian College. All rights reserved.

No portion of this publication may be reused or republished in any form

without express written permission.

Cover: Joyce Hinnefeld, associate professor of English and Cohen

Chair in English and Literature, plans lessons, meets students, grades

papers, and shapes language into stories in her Zinzendorf office.

photo by John Kish IV

Cover and Contents photos by John Kish IV.


p r e l u d e Stories from the Moravian community

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Courtesy of Nancy and Ben Evans

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The Chipmunk Connection

By Lois Brunner Bastian ’50

How could the lives of two Moravian College alumni—strangers

who graduated more than fifty years apart—be linked by chipmunks?

It sounds improbable, even impossible. But “uncanny” is a

far better word to describe this story.

It began many years after I graduated from Moravian College

for Women as an English major. In time, I became a freelance

writer/photographer, publishing newspaper and magazine articles

on travel and any other subject that piqued my curiosity.

That’s when chipmunks bounded into my New Jersey backwoods

and became an obsession. Appealing and unapproachable,

they presented a challenge. I wanted to know more about their

secret lives.

When one of them took refuge in a downspout, I saw an opportunity

to get closer. Holding out sunflower seeds in the palm of my

hand, I would wait and wait by the mouth of the spout. One day,

the animal snatched the food and bolted back into the spout. After

that breakthrough, the spout became unnecessary. The chipmunk

would come to me as I sat outside, cautiously climbing my leg, into

my lap or onto my shoulder, wherever the food was.

So began thirty seasons of observing, hand feeding, watching

courtship and mating, as well as photographing a series of mothers

together with their litters. Because the mother trusted me, so did her

young ones, as I sat beside their burrow.

Before the young left to make burrows of their own, I often

spent eight hours a day watching their behavior. They examined

every leaf, blade of grass, and twig nearby. Trying to stand on their

hind legs, they lost their balance at first and toppled over. That

would take practice. They teetered on twigs too slender to support

them. Fluttering leaves and the shadow of a flying

bird sent them fleeing underground.

Books about the life cycle of Tamias

striatus are plentiful, but I’d never found one

describing a mother with her offspring. Hmmm

. . . was there a market for such a book? In

2000, Chipmunk Family, my nonfiction book

for young people, was published.

That seemed to culminate my wildlife

experience. Until eight years later, when I

received a poignant letter. It came from Nancy

Evans, a stranger who lived in Lansdale, Pa.

She explained that she and her husband, Ben,

were the parents of David Evans, who was

killed twenty-three days

before his twenty-third

birthday—and two weeks

before he was to graduate

from Moravian. Dave, a

computer art and graphic

design major, was awarded

his diploma posthumously

in May 2004.

Nancy wrote to tell me

how my story was woven

together with Dave’s story. “He was very enamored of chipmunks,”

she wrote. “When Dave went hiking with his older brothers, he

wished he could catch one for a pet.”

As a bereaved mother, she was trying to “stay connected to her

son in any way and every way” she could. She and her husband

spent time at a local arboretum, hoping chipmunks would appear,

as if they represented a message from their son.

For Christmas 2007, Ben ordered several chipmunk books for

her. “He ran into months-long difficulty trying to purchase your

book,” she wrote. “First they backordered it and he waited. Then he

got notice that it was out of print. He gave up.”

In April 2008, Nancy received a package in the mail. It was her

husband’s Christmas gift to her: my book. “I opened it and read

about you in the Meet the Author section. Well, I stopped in my

tracks when I read, ‘Ms. Bastian was born in Bethlehem, Pa., and

graduated from Moravian College.’”

Dave’s classmates planted a tree on the Church Street campus in

his memory. The Evans family comes to Bethlehem

regularly to place a wreath beneath it. On

one of their visits, we met, after I had moved

back to Bethlehem.

Nancy ended her letter with these words.

“You, your background, and your book are to

me another connection with my dear Dave, and

I find joy in it! Thank you for the delightful

look at these oh-so-charming animals. We are

not strangers, but friends who met through a

young man and a book.”

That alone makes writing the book worth

the effort. W

Photo by Lois Brunner Bastian

A book by Lois Brunner Bastian ’50 (above)

was the basis for a healing friendship with

the family of David Evans ’04 (page 2).

SUMMER 2010 MORAVIAN COLLEGE MAGAZINE 3


out&a b o u t

A Graduation Story

David Fisher ’10, who graduated from Moravian with

Honors in May, overcame a traumatic childhood to

succeed academically.

photo by grad images

David Fisher ’10 could write a book about persistence in the

face of adversity. The May 2010 Moravian graduate overcame

a traumatic childhood that included homelessness to finish his

Moravian years with dual degrees in psychology and sociology

with Honors. He will enter grad school at Lehigh University this

fall on a full scholarship, on his way to fulfilling his dream of

becoming a professor.

At Moravian, Fisher worked hard and rarely spoke of his

past. For Professor Robert Brill’s psychology class, Fisher wrote

a prize-winning research paper that suggested how Wegmans

food markets could prevent the annual loss of $4 million in

unscanned items beneath shopping carts. Psychology professor

Dana S. Dunn was so impressed with Fisher that he invited him

to co-author a research study and book review. Another Moravian

mentor, sociology chair Debra Wetcher-Hendricks, helped

open the door for Fisher at Lehigh, where he will begin graduate

study with a teaching assistantship in August.

“I’m not genius smart,” said Fisher. “I study hard. I work

hard. I do homework. I didn’t want to become a statistic.”

Fisher’s story was featured in local and regional media, including

ABC-TV Philadelphia. Read the Morning Call story

at http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-a1_mc-bethlehemdavid.7265780may16,0,1893721.story.

HAPPENING . . .

August 30

First day of classes

Students and professors get down

to business (and biology, English,

music, and other academic matters)

in classrooms on both ends of the

Moravian Mile.

for more details, see www.moravian.edu/news, or call 610 861-1300

September 25

Family Day

9:00 A.M.–7:00 p.m. • Something fun for

everyone! Hockey, football, tailgating,

Celtic Celebration party, and special

interest sessions. Watch our website

for online registration and more

information.

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June Guitar Classic

Classical guitarists Duo Mellis (husband and wife

Susana Prieto and Alexis Muzurakis, above) instruct

and encourage a young student (right) at a master

class given at the Bethlehem Guitar Festival. Festival

founder and director John Arnold, Moravian artistlecturer,

highlighted “Married Couples” for the

event’s 10th anniversary.

photos by john kish iv

“Married Couples” filled Peter Hall with

the sweet sounds of classical and steel string

guitars paired with lute, piano, and voice

in early June, marking the 10th anniversary

of the Bethlehem Guitar Festival. Presented

by the Moravian College Department of

Music and C. F. Martin Guitar Co., the

festival featured concert performances by

multi-award-winning Duo Mellis (husband

and wife Susana Prieto and Alexis Muzurakis)

and Thom Bresh, son of the legendary

Merle Travis. Four other duos also

performed, and Martin Guitar’s Dick Boak

spoke about Martin Signature Editions.

Duo Mellis, which closed the festival

with a Saturday evening concert, drew rave

reviews for their “astounding sense of intimate

communication.” Prieto of Spain and

Muzurakis of Greece have been performing

internationally together since 1999, and

have been married since 1996. The couple

performed a Spanish-flavored repertoire that

included “Sonatina Canonica” by Mario

Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Manuel de Falla’s flamenco-inspired

The Short Life,” and three

dances by the Argentine composer Alberto

Ginastera—all beautifully synchronized.

Festival founder John Arnold, Moravian

artist-lecturer in classical guitar, directs

the annual event, which includes a guitar

expo, workshops, master classes, recitals,

and concerts. Aspiring musicians—as young

as elementary school age—have a rare

opportunity to learn from the pros at the

festival. This year, Duo Mellis conducted

private master classes with young local musicians,

while Moravian’s Arnold offered a

workshop. Arnold is a member of the flute

and guitar duo Two Part Invention, which

records for Bummer Tent Records.

Vist Our New Website

October 27

2010 Janet A. Sipple Lecture

Foy Hall

5:30 P.M. • “Globalization and Urbanization

and the Risks to Women,” a lecture by

Dr. Afaf I. Meleis, Margaret Bond Simon

Dean of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

School of Nursing.

Come home to Moravian online! Our newly redesigned website at http://www.

moravian.edu will take you to all of your favorite campus places and keep you

current with fresh news and information about faculty members and students.

Through a comprehensive planning, design, and development process, we’ve

created a site that features an attractive design, easily accessible information, and

timely, relevant content. Our new site offers a vastly improved browsing experience for prospective and

current students, parents, alumni, faculty members, staff, and friends of the College. Through clear entry points

on the home page, you can reach information, forms, and other interactive content in a quick click or two.

Rotating features designed to highlight the achievements of students and faculty provide a window into the

vibrant life of Moravian College. Webmaster Christie Jacobsen ’00 developed the site after gathering input and

feedback from the entire College community.

SUMMER 2010 MORAVIAN COLLEGE MAGAZINE 5


out&about

Celebrating 50 Years of

Moravian Honors

A Moravian scholars’ Hall of Fame gathered on campus

this spring, as dozens of Honors alumni returned to

celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the Moravian

Honors Program. Honors alumni, their guests, 2010

Honors candidates, and faculty members paid tribute to

the academic research program that launched more than

750 alumni on rewarding paths of professional success

and personal fulfillment. In Reeves Library, alumni

signed bound copies of their Honors theses, spoke with

students, and reconnected with faculty friends. The

informal signing ceremony was followed by an address

in Prosser Auditorium given by Judith Share Yaphe ’66,

whose Honors history research on American policy

toward Palestine (advised by Daniel Gilbert, professor

emeritus of history) became the foundation of her career

as a top CIA analyst and university professor. Dinner in Peter

Hall was followed by a music performance in Foy Hall.

Judith Share Yaphe ’66 (right) signs her Honors thesis at the

program’s 50-year anniversary celebration last spring. Upper

right: John ’65 and Jan Whitfield Landis ’64 reminisce about Jan’s

Honors history project and Moravian College days.

Photos by john kish iv

GUESTSPEAKING

Photo by john kish iv

James Lyon ’76:

Clean Energy Now?

“We are addicted to oil. We spend $1 billion per day to purchase oil overseas,

money that many of our veterans say is being diverted to terrorist organizations. Yet

even if we sunk a well in every square mile of our coastline, we still would not have

enough oil to meet our demand. Clinging to relics of the industrial revolution weakens

us in the 21st century.

“We need to embrace a new era driven by clean energy, which will create jobs

here and beat China to the economic punch. It is the right path. As conservationist

Aldo Leopold said, ’a thing is right, when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability,

and beauty of the biotic community.’ Our self interest is not enough at this point. What

in God’s name are we leaving to our children? Are we so certain that the status quo is

right, that we are willing to roll the dice?”

—Jim Lyon ’76, National Wildlife Federation vice president for conservation policy,

from his lecture “Beyond 40 Earth Days,” given at Moravian College on April 20, 2010.

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Transformation of Collier Hall Begins

The architectural firm Einhorn Yaffee

Prescott (EYP) of New York has been

selected by Moravian’s project leadership

team to provide professional architectural

and engineering services for the renovation

and expansion of Collier Hall of Science.

The Hall of Science houses the departments

of biological sciences, chemistry,

nursing, and physics and earth science.

EYP was selected for its outstanding

track record of success, including recent

projects for Assumption College, Boston

College, Boston University, and Cabrini

College. “EYP exhibited a real

excitement about working with

us,” noted Kim Sherr,

Moravian’s assistant

director of planning

and project management,

and a member of

the project leadership

team. “Their creative

ideas and focus on

academics and community,

thoughts on the

continuity of our academic program during

construction, and commitment to designing

a facility that reflects the new, but remains

consistent with the old, won the day.”

The preliminary work, over the next

seven months, will include all pre-design

activities such as confirming the academic

program and project budget, preparation

of civil drawings, providing various testing

requirements, and developing fundraising

materials. The next milestone will come in

April 2011, when the pre-design will be

complete. If funding is secured, the College

will move forward with a full design and

anticipate completion by October 2014.

“We have worked many years in

preparation and are excited to move

forward with this very important project,”

noted President Christopher Thomforde.

“Modernizing the Collier Hall of Science is

the greatest priority for our facilities if we

are to maintain and build on our new and

successful curricular programs.”

MORAVIANBOOKSHELF

n Brand It Like Barack by Gary Kaskowitz, associate

professor of economics and business, analyzes the success

of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign from a

marketing perspective. The campaign stands as a shining

example of effective marketing strategies that can be

employed by students, small businesses, and politicians of

all affiliations to achieve their goals. Professor Kaskowitz

offers actionable advice but reminds readers that delivery

must follow promises. Otherwise, even the most effective

marketer will fail to sustain the brand.

n A new book in a series on the role of sports and athletes

in American culture will be published this summer.

Co-edited by Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of

sociology, and David C. Ogden, associate professor of

communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha,

Fame to Infamy: Race, Sport, and the Fall

from Grace, is a compilation of essays about

the public slide of once-cherished male sport

icons. Professor Rosen and C. Oren Renick

co-authored the essay “Inextricably Linked:

Joe Louis and Max Schmeling Revisited.”

n Heikki Lempa, associate professor and

chair of history, and Paul Peucker, faculty

associate and director of the Moravian Archives, have

edited and contributed to a new book, Self, Community,

World: Moravian Education in a Transatlantic World. The

anthology, published January 2010 by Lehigh University

Press, includes contributions on the history of Moravian

education in the 18th and 19th centuries.

SUMMER 2010 MORAVIAN COLLEGE MAGAZINE 7


out&about

Lasting Legacy

The revered old elm that once grew near Main Hall has

returned to its Church Street roots. But instead of beautifying

the street before Main Hall, as it did for more than 200

years, the legendary tree now graces Main Hall’s parlor in

the form of a one-of-a-kind table. Local woodworker Michael

Kane contacted the College in 2007, after the tree was

taken down because disease had made it a hazard.

“I admired that tree for years,” Kane said. “The day it

was cut down, I offered to make a table from some of the

wood.” Kane smoothed the surface of the rough-cut slabs

with a series of sandings, then applied seven coats of tung

oil and two coats of wax. With its gnarly perimeter

and distinctive knots, the finished 4-by-7-

foot table captures much of the character of

the original. It promises to be at the center of

many gatherings of good cheer and warm fellowship

for years to come.

photo by michael wilson

Henry Elms

I was pleased to learn that the wood from the famous Church Street

elm is being preserved (“From Tree to Table,” Summer 2009). This

tree was not an American elm but an English elm—a rare species

in this area. English elms have become associated with the Henry

family, who, for five generations, operated the Henry Gun Factory

at Boulton, just north of Nazareth, Pa. There were two large

English elms at the Henry homestead (in Jacobsburg, Pa.), which

fell to Dutch elm disease some time ago. Across the road, there once

were two ancient English elms at the John Joseph Henry house;

these were more recently destroyed by the same disease. Moravian’s

Church Street elm bears witness to the fact that Henry daughters

attended the old Female Seminary.

To my knowledge, the last standing Henry elm is on the grounds

of the church in the village of Belfast, Pa. The Henrys helped to build

this church and established a Moravian congregation there to serve

workers at the nearby Henry Gun Factory. It is curious that there is

no record of an English elm at Nazareth Hall, a Moravian school for

boys that was attended by Henry sons.

—Robert P. L. Frick ’49, Bethlehem, Pa.

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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Warm greetings to you from campus!

Great energy and expectation filled

Prosser Hall during Blue & Grey Days,

when students of the Class of 2014

came to campus to begin their journey

into the future as members of the

Moravian community.

We have a strong cohort of new

students. About 380 graduated from

high school this past spring, roughly

100 are transferring to Moravian from

other institutions, and about 15 will

re-enter after having taken a leave of

absence to work, serve in the armed

forces, or study elsewhere.

New Greyhounds join our community

just as 417 young men and women of

the Class of 2010 have gone on to begin

careers, graduate studies, and professional

school. What a fine record of accomplishment

they established in the classroom, on

the athletic field, and in the concert hall!

The Class of 2010 also made a mark in

terms of giving. Fifty-six percent contributed

to the Senior Class Scholarship, which

is awarded to senior students who face

a financial hardship that may preclude

them from completing their studies. I hope

you will follow the example of the Class

of 2010 by making a contribution to the

Moravian Scholarship Fund, if you have

not already done so. Your annual contributions

help keep the door of opportunity

open for students of ability, promise, and

achievement, through the awarding of

scholarships and financial aid.

In response to the challenges of the

Great Recession, Moravian increased its

financial aid budget by about 20%. This

required us to make several difficult and

painful decisions that affected some of our

faculty and staff positions and programs.

We have responded to the current financial

uncertainties with prudence while exercising

good stewardship of the Moravian

mission for the future.

Over the past year, a group of faculty

and senior administrators met weekly to

consider the best ways to make the College

sustainable now and in the future. We

asked the campus community to help us

think through questions like, “What are

our strongest programs, and how can we

strengthen them for the future?” “What

new programs might we offer?” “How

can we communicate our rich educational

experience more effectively to high school

students and their parents?”

Many wonderful and vibrant answers

have arisen from asking these questions. As

our answers become more clearly defined, I

will keep you informed.

In the meantime, we all agree that the

Moravian educational experience builds

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a strong foundation for a student’s future.

Students are challenged to grow intellectually.

Students are prepared for the world of

work through hands-on learning. Students

develop personally to realize a deeper enjoyment

of life.

The life and mission of Moravian

continue to move forward, despite the real

economic challenges that bear down upon

all colleges and universities throughout our

country. The radiant faces of our graduates,

crossing the platform to receive their diplomas,

and the hopeful faces of our incoming

Class of 2014 remind us of what is most

important. Moravian is on a mission that

really matters!

Thank you for your support!

Christopher M. Thomforde, President

SUMMER 2010 MORAVIAN COLLEGE MAGAZINE 9


Of People& Places

Joyce Hinnefeld speaks the language of landscape

through her stories, poems, and essays.

PHOTOs BY john kish iv


oyce Hinnefeld, associate professor of English,

Cohen Chair in English and Literature, and director

of the Moravian College Writing Center, began writing

as an undergraduate student at Hanover College in

Indiana: “I took a creative writing class taught by Margie

Stewart and got hooked.” She went on to receive graduate degrees

in English from Northwestern University and the State University

of New York at Albany, and began teaching at Moravian College

in 1997. She is the author of Tell Me Everything and Other Stories,

a collection of short stories that won the 1997 Breadloaf Writer’s

Conference Bakeless Prize, as well as the novel In Hovering Flight

(Unbridled Books), which received wide critical acclaim. Her second

novel, Stranger Here Below, will be published by Unbridled Books

in October. Her short story “Benedicta, or a Guide to the Artist’s

Resume” was recently accepted for publication by the literary journal

The Literary Review.

Dr. Hinnefeld’s ongoing interest in the relationship between

people and their landscapes is the basis for her current project, an

essay on land ownership issues in Pennsylvania and their impact on

the Delaware River. She is collaborating with student Michael Watson

’11 on the summer SOAR project “Knowing Our Place: Writing

to Uncover, and Reconnect with, Community and Landscape.”

Tell us about your new novel, Stranger Here Below. It’s basically the

stories of three generations of women connected through two very

interesting communities in Kentucky. One is a Shaker site, Pleasant

Hill. The other is Berea College. The core of the story is the friendship

between two girls—one white, one black—who are roommates

at Berea College in 1961, a time of upheaval.

Where did you get the idea for this story? My husband was interested

in photographing Shaker sites and artifacts when we lived in

upstate New York, near the Hancock Shaker village. So the summer

we were married,1994, we traveled to Kentucky to check out the

Shaker site, Pleasant Hill, and Berea College, which is famous for its

crafts. I became intrigued with the idea of bringing together the two

places in a novel. I was interested in what they would have been

like in the ’50s and ’60s. In fiction, you can make connections that

might not be there otherwise.

Places inspire much of Hinnefeld’s writing. Above: walking on Bethlehem’s Sand

Island with Lily, an American Eskimo Dog, sparks ideas for an essay about the

Delaware River.

How did you link them in your novel? I created a character, Georgia,

who was born in late 19th-century Ohio and was the daughter

of an abolitionist. As a student at Oberlin College, she falls in love

with a black man, but her father forbids her to marry him. He

sends her to teach at Berea, a new school founded on principles of

racial equality. Georgia is an ardent believer in equality, so when

the school backtracks on integration [due to a Kentucky law that

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Of People and Places

From Stranger

Here Below:

“Pilgrim and

Stranger, 1962”

They trotted her out like a show pony. A

circus act. When they asked her to play, she

played—the waltzes, Debussy, the Chopin

Etude she’d mastered.

They reported on her perfect grade

average before she began, every time. She

was exceptional! A remarkable exception!

Proof of something surely, of the school’s

right mission. Virginal and pure to boot.

Studious. Accomplished on the piano, on

which she did not play race music, but the

classics.

Mary Elizabeth kept picturing that young

man’s hands floating over the keys, from

such a distance, from the faraway seats

where she and Aunt Paulie were sitting. And

yet she felt like she was right there, beside

him, or somehow inside him, her hands

his hands, glazing the keys like rainwater.

Fingers like the legs of racehorses.

She thought that if she could play the

French composers and also, now, Stravinsky,

the pieces Aunt Paulie regretted never

learning, the music might somehow still be

hers. Hers, and Aunt Paulie’s. Those years in

Paris, that longing in Paulie’s chest, in both

their chests, when they played. Sometimes,

when she finished playing Chopin, Mary

Elizabeth sat at the piano and wept.

But a funny thing: She couldn’t play the

Stravinksy. She knew now that she never

would.

prohibited integrated

education], she defies

the rules and continues

to invite black

students into her

classroom. Eventually

she is fired and ends

up becoming a Shaker

at the age of 40, when

Pleasant Hill has only

two other people in

the community.

Berea comes back

into the story through

the character of Vista,

a single woman from

the mountains, who becomes Georgia’s

caretaker in her later years. Vista’s daughter,

Maze, is a student at Berea College in 1961.

I wanted to explore issues of race,

women’s relationships, and spirituality and

sexuality—because to become a Shaker,

as Georgia does, is to forgo a sexual life.

Georgia’s one great love has been forbidden,

and she must try to make sense of this

in spiritual terms.

What is your research process? It’s fairly

indiscriminate—you read and absorb and

note anything that seems quirky or interesting.

Then something gives you an idea

and you pursue it. For this novel, I received

an FDRC summer stipend my first year at

Moravian, 1998. I went to both Berea and

Pleasant Hill and read everything I could

find in their archives—old newspapers,

journals, log books. Pleasant Hill had this

funny photo album that belonged to a family

that had run an inn on the property. A

lot of that material ended up in the novel.

As I read and learned about Kentucky,

I became so fascinated with the historical

background that early versions of the

novel included too much of it. My editor

graciously pointed that out, and finally I

could hear it from him. [She laughs.] But I

feel that if you’re going to write historical

fiction, you need to try to learn as much

as possible about the place and time that

you’re writing about. The peril is that you

then want to teach everybody.

I’m in that mode now—reading and

researching, getting ready to write a per-

sonal essay. It can be uncomfortable—you

often feel like you’re spinning your wheels

because you’re not writing. But ultimately,

it’s what I have to do to feel like I’m ready

to begin writing.

How do you integrate all of the pieces into

a single structure? This was a long, tortured

process. I’ve been working on this novel for

over 10 years, and it’s gone through many,

many versions. It isn’t always like this. The

structure for In Hovering Flight became apparent

to me fairly early, and it just worked.

In the first version of this novel, I was

using first person to tell the story of Mary

Elizabeth, an African-American girl, and

my agent at the time cautioned me about

it. It’s a source of some concern to me—

that I will be seen as co-opting her story.

And I understand that. So, very early on, I

changed to third person, and I think that

was for the good.

But I think that early uncertainty

created a rocky path for deciding how to

structure the book. When I rewrote it for

the last time last summer, I cut some, and

added new material about the friends and

about Mary Elizabeth’s mother, Sarah. Then

I just laid it out on the floor and thought,

well, this ought to come before that. And I

just took chunks and wove them together. I

tweaked it some more, and I thought that’s

it. It’s not a chronological order at all.

What inspires your writing? Places. That’s

where my novels seem to come from. I’m

very interested in exploring topography and

trying to capture the beauty of the languages

of different places. I have another novel

in mind, very unformed so far, but I know

it will involve the city of Prague.

Places, and events—historical moments.

In In Hovering Flight, it was the resurgence

of the environmental movement in the ’60s,

and ’70s. Also, social justice issues. That’s a

tricky one for a novelist. There’s always the

risk of being heavy-handed.

Favorite authors? Alice Munro, who writes

short stories almost exclusively—I think

she’s brilliant. Marilynne Robinson, author

of the novels Housekeeping, Gilead, and

Home. Nicholson Baker, who wrote A Box

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of Matches and The Anthologist, which I

just read. It’s just lovely.

I’m also a fan of the German writer

W.G. Sebald, who blurs the lines between

fiction and nonfiction genres. His Emigrants

is a novel that reads like a memoir. I seem

to be drawn to many of the post-war German

writers.

And I should mention C. E. Morgan, a

great young writer who went to Berea College,

author of All the Living.

I always have a stack of things going—

right now, I’m reading about efforts to

dam the Delaware River for the essay I’m

working on; poetry by Robert Frost, John

Clare, William Carlos Williams; and Eric

Freyfogle on law and property ownership

in relation to environmental issues. And

always the latest New Yorker magazine.

What do you feel is most important to convey

to students who desire to write? Seize

every opportunity to fill your time with

writing. Yes, you are busy now, but not like

you will be later. Savor having the time to

write—and, no matter how busy you become,

reserve a block of time for writing.

I also tell my creative writing students

about the value of graduate school—it can

give you that time to write, along with a

community of people devoted to writing. It

can be affirming.

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Is it difficult to transition from writing to the

classroom to being at home as a mother and

wife? Oh yeah, it’s just a crazy struggle and I

don’t do it very well. [She laughs.]

Almost everybody has that quandary.

I wrote this piece called “The Paradoxes

of Caring,” which is on my blog [http://

inhoveringflight.blogspot.com/2009/01/

paradoxes-of-caring.html]. It talks about

the current tendency to over-parent. So

many readers of In Hovering Flight are angry

with Addie—they see her as a neglectful

mother—and that always shocks me. I

didn’t intend for her to be a bad mother.

Maybe parents need to back off a little—let

kids play in the creek.

People often ask me, “How much of

your writing is about you?” I always say,

“none of it really.” But of course some

things are. For Addie, the question is, how

does she combine making her art with being

a mother and being concerned about

the planet?

In my blog piece, I included a quote

by Scott Russell Sanders that originally

appeared in the Writer’s Chronicle. Essentially,

he says that it’s a struggle—but also a

gift—to balance all of these things: writing,

parenting, teaching. And when I read that, I

only felt a little bit like, “yeah, but you’re a

man.” [She laughs.] It’s artfully put—and I

feel that’s what I aspire to.

I recently did a reading at the Northshire

Books bookstore in Manchester,

Vermont, and a former student gave me a

lovely introduction. The woman was Tina

Mabey [Weikart ’98]—she had an independent

study in poetry with me. I remember

that she was so in love with language—she

devoured William Carlos Williams. That

kind of exuberance is what you’re looking

for in students who will go on to become

writers—they love reading as much as

they do writing. Because what you love,

as a writer, is not the sound of your own

voice—it’s bigger than that. A love of language

. . . that’s what you’re looking for. W

Joyce Hinnefeld discusses her short stories with

Advanced Placement students at Easton High School.

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Photo by John Kish IV

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Not Your Mother’s Freshman Comp

Moder n English101 is more process, less rhetoric.

By Joel Wingard

First-year writing—or freshman composition as it used to be

called—is the most widely required course in American higher

education. Since a course of this type was first taught at Harvard

in the 1870s, its main purpose has been to introduce students to

the practice of academic writing—the kinds of writing students are

likely to encounter throughout their college careers. Some 135 years

later, the methods of teaching this course have changed considerably.

A major force in making first-year writing what it is today was

the process movement, which recognizes that most good writing,

especially good academic writing, follows a process that involves inventing

ideas, arranging them for expression, trying out that expression

in an early draft, and then revising and editing until a paper is

“finished.” Older models of instruction in first-year writing assigned

students regular “themes” in which apprentice writers were expected

to demonstrate competence in “rhetorical modes” such as narration,

description, comparison, and argumentation. These papers

were typically due, in finished fashion, one week after an assignment

was given or even at the next class meeting. And the evaluation of

student writing most often focused on its correctness in terms of

grammar, spelling, and writing mechanics, such as punctuation.

But in the 1970s and ’80s that method began to change as

teachers and composition scholars realized that rhetorical modes

were artificial and that no one—other than a first-year writing

student—ever purposely wrote to demonstrate competency in

comparison-and-contrast, for instance.

Studies in the writing practices of professional writers have

shown that written prose is driven by the purposes of the writer

and the needs of the audience, and that it often takes several drafts

of an essay with the attendant revision to each draft—to make it

what the writer wants and what the reader needs.

An influential book by composition scholar Peter Elbow, Writing

Without Teachers, in the early 1970s contributed to a shift in

writing teachers’ roles from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the

side.” Instead of being a classroom figure who tells students what to

do and how well they have done, the writing teacher now facilitates

student development by coaching the writing process.

This involves providing feedback—not just grades—to student

writers as they work on an essay: talking over a student’s ideas for

an essay before she ever sits down at her keyboard; commenting on

a preliminary draft so that the student can make revisions herself;

creating writing groups in a class and guiding them in “writerly”

ways of reading each other’s work; and perhaps most especially, attending

to deeper matters of a piece of writing—structure, development,

consistency—and leaving attention to correctness until the

piece is nearly finished.

It follows that the students’ writing is the central text in the

class: student writing is what is primarily practiced, produced, and

studied. Any other writing, such as essays by professional writers, is

secondary and used only to exemplify writing strategies or provide

intellectual context for the students’ work. First-year writing

courses are writing courses, not literature or history or political

science courses in disguise.

Traditionally, first-year writing was taught by English faculty

members, based on the premise that their training in the belletristic

canon gave them responsibility for student literacy. In recent years,

however, many small liberal arts colleges “decentralized” first-year

writing beyond the English Department. At Moravian, this occurred

with the institution of the Learning in Common (LinC) curriculum

in 2001. A typical semester at Moravian would have sections of

Writing 100 (the required course) taught by biologists, psychologists,

musicians, political scientists, economists, mathematicians—

in short, faculty from a variety of disciplines other than English.

Now, first-year students can see that writing is an important way of

knowing in every academic field, not just in English.

The teaching of first-year writing continues to evolve. Starting

in fall 2011, the course will be called First-Year Seminar. The crossdisciplinary

model will continue, but the faculty members who

teach the class also will serve as academic advisors to the students

enrolled in their sections.

This makes sense because the approach to teaching this course

encourages close student-faculty interaction anyway, and a first-year

writing student often gets closer to his instructor than a student in

a lecture or lab course might. And the notion of “writing” itself is

broadening and changing to include digital media and genres, so

one would expect to see not just print essays developed in first-year

writing, but audio essays and video mash-ups as well.

Even with these anticipated changes, the process approach

continues to be well suited to helping students develop the clear

thinking and clear writing they will need throughout their college

years and beyond. W

Joel Wingard is professor of English and director of the Writing-across-the-Curriculum Program.

Taught by faculty members of all disciplines, Moravian’s Writing 100 develops

writing skills that students will use througout college and beyond. Shown:

Jennifer Gillard ’07

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Writers at the Center

Focusing on ideas, not punctuation, develops better thinkers and writers.

By Meg Mikovits ’03

Photos by John Kish IV

Many students who visit the Writing Center for the first

time enter the room with one of two misconceptions:

either they expect to drop off essay drafts and later

pick up revised, edited copies ready to be submitted to the

professor; or they steel themselves to face tutors who will

barely be able to conceal their disdain for unsophisticated

first-year writers, all while fixating on draconian grammar

and mechanics rules.

Neither of these beliefs is true, of course, and both actually

run counter to the goal—shared by Moravian’s Writing

Center and hundreds of others—espoused by Stephen North

in his landmark 1984 essay, “The Idea of a Writing Center.”

“In a writing center,” asserts North, “the object is to make

sure that writers, and not necessarily their texts, are what

get changed by the instruction.”

Writing tutors aim to help writers become more comfortable

with their own writing process and style—not to

impart the tutor’s own preferences on a paper or to provide

judgmental commentary about a writer’s shortcomings.

Writing Center visits generally are relaxed and informal.

Tutor and writer sit side-by-side, and the writer retains

control of the paper and pencil (or computer) throughout

the session. The writer explains the assignment, shares any

areas of concern, and then reads the paper aloud. The tutor

will take notes or sometimes interject to ask questions as

the paper is read. The real work happens throughout the

remainder of the session, when the tutor and writer discuss

the paper. Talking about the ideas contained in a paper,

rather than focusing on the specific words written, is a

highly effective way to make sure a paper’s content is logical,

organized, and appropriate for the assignment. Usually,

the writer leaves with copious notes and a solid plan for

further revisions; ideally, the writer and tutor meet again to

review the revised draft before the paper is due.

Writing Center tutors are an integral part of this system.

All of our tutors, predictably, are strong writers. Beyond

Get it in writing: at the Writing Center, tutors and writers discuss ideas first.

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that, though, they are friendly, assertive,

and creative. Tutoring demands the

ability to work with writers of differing

abilities, assignments from every academic

department, and papers in varying

stages of development—often in back-toback-to-back

tutoring sessions over the

span of a few hours. Tutors are also relentless

supporters of the writing process,

and will help writers understand how

time spent brainstorming and prewriting

can greatly impact the effectiveness of a

paper. They often use creative revision

strategies to appeal to a writer’s interests

and learning style. It’s not unusual to

see tutoring sessions where papers are

colored with highlighters or crayons, or

literally cut apart and shuffled around.

Writing centers teach writers how to

be resourceful, interactive, and critical

thinkers. We tell writers that what they

do in the Writing Center can and should

be applied to any writing task, in class and at home.

A student in my Writing 100 class last semester showed the impact

the Writing Center can have, beyond the grade on a given paper.

This student had visited the Writing Center many times of her

own volition, and she was a good writer—not exceptional, though

certainly not weak. What made her stand out among the rest of the

class was her performance during our in-class peer workshop sessions.

Rather than offering bland advice about comma placement

and word choice, she dove into the content of her peers’ papers and

offered helpful and insightful feedback about content and organization.

She asked probing questions and was able to elicit thoughtful

responses; she and her peer workshop group consistently made

great strides from their drafts to their formal essay submissions.

As someone who tutored for many years before teaching composition,

I am especially aware of the potential synergy between the

writing classroom and the Writing Center. I encourage my students

to visit the Writing Center at various stages of the writing process,

and I try to give my composition students a crash course in writing

center pedagogy. This, I hope, lets students know why the act of giving

and receiving feedback is valuable, especially in a writing class

that emphasizes a process-based approach to writing. Though many

>

students at first find it easy to fall back on the easier and safer tactic

of proofreading each others’ papers for punctuation and spelling,

it is clear that the students who do utilize the Writing Center find

themselves involved in a far more engaging learning experience. W

Meg Mikovits ’03 earned her M.A. in English from West Chester University in 2006. Next year, she will

serve as director of the Moravian Writing Center.

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Brave New Words

Sandra Novack-Gottshall ’98 forges life as a successful fiction writer.

By Kate Helm ‘05

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S

andra Novack-Gottshall ’98 doesn’t want to write—she needs

to. She compares her devotion to writing to that of a friend for

her son who is going through the “terrible two” stage.

“Once something is yours, and you love it, and it’s in your

bones and blood and heart and head, you can’t just give it up when

things become rough,” she says. “I wouldn’t stop focusing on writing

or fiction any more than she’d give up her son. It doesn’t work

like that.”

Indeed, the fiction industry can be unpredictable. Random

House published her first novel, Precious, last year. Despite the

struggling economy and shake-ups at the publishing house, Precious

was hailed as a top ten debut novel of the year. With a collection

of short stories set to be published next year and work

underway on a new novel, Resurrection Fern, Novack-Gottshall

is quick to point out that accolades are not necessarily a reliable

forecast of future success.

“I’m harder on myself than anyone else is or ever could be,

and whatever successes I have never seem to be good enough,”

she says. “Not everything in a writer’s life comes down to one

book or even two, but rather the entirety of the career. Writers

are built over lifetimes, not a single book or event. Again,

you go back to basics after everything is said and done: you

get up, you write.”

Although she writes predominantly in the morning,

inspiration keeps her on-call, often striking in the middle of

the night. She also gets new ideas from her reading; other

writers are the best mentors, she says. A self-described

recluse, she believes that tendency is an integral part of

her life as a fiction writer. In order to breathe life into another

world, she has to disengage from her own reality.

“[Writing] takes time, physical time, during which

you are away from other people and other things,” she

explains. “With a short story, you might go a week or more before

your mother calls and asks why she hasn’t heard from you. When

writing a novel, you might go months ignoring friends, more or

less, and cutting your social engagements down to practically nonexistent

status. And then there is the psychological aspect of it: the

deeper you are into a novel, the more ‘there’ rather than ‘here’ you

are. Writers get called anti-social a lot, but really I think it’s necessary

to the craft.”

The trade-off for those sacrifices comes in the cathartic release

of thoughts and emotions the page provides. Novack-Gottshall

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dedicated Precious to her sister Carole, who left home

when the writer was seven. At first, she thought she

was writing to organize her fuzzy memories of her

sister, but in the end realized the book was a chance to

say goodbye. But the book was not directed at Carole;

rather, it had a broader scope.

“Fundamentally, I write because I have something

I want to say, something I’m trying to get at, some

truth about what it means to live in this world and

be human,” she says. “Then I always hope what I’ve

said finds an audience. I think books are radical. They

recreate the world and, in the process, they recreate us

as well. Through the power of words, worlds are destroyed,

created, re-envisioned; characters come to life,

and they love and hate and learn things and live and

die. It’s necessary to encounter and to try and understand

all different types of people, situations, and lives.

Fiction is one of the best ways we can do that.”

As a psychology major at Moravian, Novack-Gottshall unknowingly

began honing her insights into the human experience,

which would serve as a springboard for the characters and worlds

she creates. Robert Brill, associate professor of psychology, and

Joseph Gerencher, emeritus professor of earth science, had a special

impact on her undergraduate years.

“Dr. Brill was always a great guy, supportive, helpful. And Dr.

Gerencher was so dedicated and took time with all his students, not

just science majors,” she says. “I always appreciated that. He was

probably my favorite teacher at Moravian, even though I couldn’t,

and still can’t, calculate the elliptical orbit of planets to save my life.”

Although Novack-Gottshall took a winding path to becoming a

writer, every choice she made always brought her back to the page.

“At some point, I thought, ‘I am a writer.’ It’s me, it’s what I do,”

she says. “And once that’s in you—really in you—discouragement

about the industry or a difficult writing day aren’t enough to sway

you. I’ve made a choice to write; we’re defined by our choices. And

when I commit to something, I focus on it.”

Precious will be released in paperback August 31. For more on

Novack-Gottshall, visit her website at www.sandranovack.com or

her blog at www.blahblahblahwriter.blogspot.com. W

Kate Helm ’05 is a freelance writer and admissions officer at Northampton Community College. She

lives in Easton, Pa.

Born in Bethlehem, Pa., Sandra Novack-Gottshall ’98 now lives and

writes in Chicago. Her acclaimed novel, Precious, will be released in

paperback Aug. 31.

Storied Alumni

Many authors of published fiction honed their writing skills at

Moravian College (or an earlier version of it); they include:

Laura Benet (1884-1979), newspaper editor, poet, novelist;

sister of Stephen Vincent Benet and William Rose Benet

Nancy J. Jones ’77, fiction writer and women’s studies instructor

Scott Morro ’95, children’s book author

Scott Heydt ’02, author of novels for children

This is only a partial list of our alumni authors. If you have a

recently published book (fiction or non-fiction), please share the

news with fellow alumni: write to vbingham@Moravian.edu.

Photo © Sandra Novack

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alumnin e w s TO REACH THE ALUMNI HOUSE: 610 861-1366 OR WWW.MORAVIAN.EDU/ALUMNI

Photos BY john kish iv

Brian Corvino '02 discusses goals and

new initiatives with other alumni at

the May meeting of the Alumni Board.

ALUMNIBOOKSHELF

New Initiatives Outlined by

Board President Corvino

Alumni will play a vital role in the future of

Moravian College, and your participation is

needed. “As a community, we are currently

experiencing a period in which transformational

change surrounds us,” said Brian

Corvino ’02, elected Alumni Board president

in May. “Now, more than at any other

time in our history, Moravian College needs

your time, talents, and financial resources.”

Corvino outlined the Alumni Association’s

mission, goals, and new initiatives in a letter

posted on the Alumni Association pages of

the College website at www.moravian.edu.

In the year ahead, the Association will

build upon the alumni traditions supported

over the past few years and will develop

new initiatives identified through strategic

planning. The new initiatives call for alumni

In Racing Odysseus, a College President Becomes a Freshman Again

(University of California Press), former Moravian College president

(1986-1997) Roger “Rusty” Martin shares the story of his six-month

experience as a 61-year-old freshman at St. John’s College. Defying

a 2000 diagnosis of terminal cancer, Martin took a 2004 sabbatical

from Randolph-Macon College, where he was president, to enroll in

St. John’s, the Great Books school in Maryland. Reading Homer and

other classical authors, rowing on the college crew team, and living

life as a freshman provided Martin with new insight regarding his personal

journey and the value of the liberal arts in America today. Alumni of all eras

will appreciate the book’s life lessons. Called “an extraordinary memoir” by the

Times Literary Supplement.

involvement in three key areas: 1) admissions

(attracting the next generation of

alumni); 2) career preparation (helping new

alumni prepare for a meaningful career);

and 3) development (ensuring that the College

has the resources to continue to offer

students access to the highest educational

experience possible).

“I encourage you to please reach out to

any member of the Alumni Relations Office

or Alumni Board, as we all look forward to

discussing with you how you can become

engaged in ways that are meaningful to you

and to our shared Moravian community,”

said Corvino in his letter to alumni.

Other newly elected Alumni Executive

Board members are Alyson L. Remsing

’03, secretary; Richard Subber ’69, ’95,

treasurer; and Kelly McLean Rindock ’03,

president elect. Read their bios and those

of the entire Board on the Alumni Association

pages of the College website, www.

moravian.edu.

Snyder '80

Honored for

Physics

John Snyder ’80,

senior lecturer in

the School of Engineering

at Cardiff

University, Wales, has been named a Fellow

of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics

Engineers for his “contributions to synthesis

and characterization of magnetic bulk

and thin film materials.” According to IEEE,

the grade of Fellow is “conferred upon a

person with an extraordinary record of

accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields

of interest.” The number of fellows selected

each year is less than 1/10 of 1% of the

Institute’s total membership. “I got my start

in magnetic materials research through the

Moravian College Honors Program and my

advisor, professor Joseph Powlette ’60 of

the Physics Department,” said Dr. Snyder.

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Alumni Weekend

Where were you Alumni Weekend, May 21-22?

If you were one of the hundreds of alumni who

returned to campus, you joined us at the Hotel

Bethlehem for dining and dancing to the alumni

jazz band and a champagne toast with classmates.

Saturday, we gathered in the HUB, had breakfast

with old friends, then toured the new HILL. We

took the party outdoors for a picnic lunch, then

renewed wedding vows, before saying farewell after

a reception at Payne Gallery. Can’t wait to see you

at Homecoming, October 16!

Happenings...

Founder's Day

April 24

Photo By john kish iv

Graduates of the Women's College

returned to Hurd Campus to share

memories, songs, and a delightful lunch.

Alumni, including Professor Joe Powlette'60 (top right),

kicked off Alumni Weekend with dining and dancing at the

Hotel Bethlehem. President and Dr. Kathy Thomforde led

the way onto the dance floor (above).

Hound Hour New Jersey

April 23

In Morristown, N.J., young alumni met at Sona

Thirteen for an evening of friendship and fun.

Photos By john kish iv

SAVE THE DATE!

for details or registration,

CONTACT the ALUMNI house:

610 861-1366 OR

WWW.MORAVIAN.EDU/ALUMNI.

August 29

Freshmen Houndfest

September 17

Omicron Gamma Omega

Gus Rampone Memorial Golf Outing

October 5

Coffee & Connections

Student Alumni Career Networking Event

October 9

L.V. Home Club Bus Trip to Gettysburg

(Moravian Football vs. Gettysburg College)

October 15

Calvo Golf Outing

Bethlehem Golf Club

October 16

Homecoming

Hound Hour New York

July 8

Pat Murray Hanna '82, Kara Mergl '05, Ken Hanna

’81, Rusty Trump ’05, and Vincent Byrne ’02 partied at

Lucy's Cantina Royale in New York, N.Y.

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greyhoundsports

for up-to-the-minute sports news: www.moravian.edu/athletics or 610 625-7865.

the top ten times in the 200-meter dash in

Moravian history.

Amos is

FAMOUS

Every dog has its day. Amos the Greyhound

mascot faced down thirty-one opponents in April

to win the 2010 national title in SportsTalkNY’s

Mascot Madness contest! Amos received more

than 94 percent of the 8,000-plus votes in the

final round to win the championship. Earlier in the

online competition, Amos defeated Goldy the Gopher

(University of Minnesota), Timeout (Fresno

State University), Iggy (Loyola Marymount University),

and Ozzie the Osprey (University of North

Florida). Amos also received a total makeover,

morphing from a pajama-clad fuzzy-wuzzy into a

buff, high-performing hound. Look for the spiffedup

Amos and a new student group—the “Dawg

Pack” Performers—at games this fall.

The Greyhound softball team’s winning season

helped Moravian finish in the Directors’ Cup top 50.

Moravian Ranked in Top

50 for Directors’ Cup

The Greyhound athletic teams’ successful

spring season helped Moravian attain

a 48th-place finish (314.25 points) in the

2009-10 NCAA Division III Learfield Sports

Directors’ Cup Final Standings. Moravian

was the only Landmark Conference school

to finish in the top 50, and it was the

Greyhounds’ best finish in the cup’s fifteenyear

history. To receive points, teams must

compete in the NCAA National Championships

(for individual sports) and the NCAA

Tournament (for team sports). A total of

311 of the 420 NCAA Division III institutions

earned points in this year’s standings.

Spring Spotlight

photo by mark Fleming

Greyhounds Set the Pace

for Charitable Teamwork

For Moravian athletes, fighting the good

fight means more than finishing strong on

the field, court, or track. When an important

cause is involved—like battling breast

cancer or leukemia—the Greyhounds

always rise to the challenge.

In April, the Greyhound football team

registered more than 450 new, potential

donors for the Be the Match® bone marrow

campaign—far more than schools with

much larger student bodies. All day long,

registrants lined up inside the Moravian

field house to offer cell samples for the national

bone marrow registry, which is used

to find matches for patients with leukemia

and other life-threatening diseases.

Earlier this year, the women’s basketball

team, led by coach Mary Beth Spirk, helped

strike a blow against breast cancer by raising

the most funds of any Division III team

in the nation on behalf of the Pink Zone®

initiative. The Greyhounds rallied to support

player Amy Heffner ’11, whose mother

lost her life to cancer earlier in the season.

The team was honored at a national event

held in April.

Anna Heim ’10 won the 2010 NCAA Division

III Indoor National Championship in

the pole vault with an NCAA Division III

all-time indoor record height of 4.16 meters

(13 feet, 7¾ inches). In June, Eric Woodruff

’11 competed in the 200-meter dash at the

2010 United States Outdoor Track & Field

Championships, after winning the NCAA

Division III National Championship title

on May 29 with a time of 21.04 seconds. In

just three seasons, Woodruff has run nine of

Greyhound football players led the April bone

marrow drive, which registered 457 new donors.

photo by Marty moyle

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transitions

Look for Class Notes Online

For complete Class Notes, please go to www.moravian.edu/classnotes. Our online Class Notes are updated

monthly, so information is current and space is unlimited. If you do not have access to a computer

and would like to receive a printed version of your class’s notes, please call the Public Relations Office

at 610 625-7880 to request a computer printout, which we will mail to you. If you have news or updates

for Class Notes, please contact your class correspondent or the Alumni House. Thank you.

Marriages

2009 Jenna Famularo and Ryan Sokolowski,

August 1, 2009.

2008 Andy Goodbred and Marcey Muffley

’10, May 29, 2010.

2007 Tim Guider and Jill Woodbury,

June 5, 2010.

2005 Todd James and Charlsie Keefe,

May 22, 2010.

2005 Joseph Holmes and Gena Gallo,

December 19, 2009.

2003 Justin Arnold and Lori Christensen,

July 24, 2009.

Births

2000 Christine Roye Henry, and Nathan,

a son, Mathew Porter (“Porter”),

April 7, 2010.

1997 Heather Whary Turner and Marion,

a daughter, Baxter Peach Turner,

March 11, 2010.

Deaths

1997 Ryan P. Sporka, March 22, 2010.

1983 Nancy Thomas-Roman, March 17, 2010.

1974 Barbara Davidson, February 21, 2010.

1972 Greg Tropea, April 23, 2010.

1968 Larry H. Haftle, May 8, 2010.

1963 Barbara A. Johnson Keller, April 25, 2010.

Kathleen C. Klammer Spear,

April 24, 2010.

1960 Gene Salay, June 24, 2010.

1959 James Yasenchok, April 20, 2010.

1956 Robert Gray, June 12, 2010.

1951 Reverend Milton E. Detterline,

April 6, 2010.

1949 George Svadeba, June 26, 2010.

Gloria K. Roth, June 24, 2010.

1943 Grace Shaner Schuchardt, March 19, 2010.

1942 Margaret Lutz Gray, March 11, 2010.

1941 Marian Carty Durkee, March 2, 2010.

1937 Mary Erhardt, April 21, 2010.

1926 Anna Feldman Toye, March 9, 2010.

Faculty & Friends

Eloise Bassett Miller, adjunct faculty

member, April 15, 2010.

Otis H. Shao, former professor of

political science, April 16, 2010.

Faculty Retirement

Dennis Glew, professor of classics and history,

retired last spring after forty years as

a Moravian College teacher, mentor, leader,

and friend. Dr. Glew served for many years

as chair of both the Honors committee and

History Department.

From his earliest days at Moravian, he

impressed colleagues and students with his

intelligence, wit, and collegiality.

“Of all my professors at Moravian, Dr.

Glew probably had the biggest influence

on me, not only guiding me through my

academics, but also shaping my future career

decisions,” said Judy Stevenson ’06, a former

Honors advisee, now archivist at the Hagley

Museum and Library in Wilmington, Del.

“One of my most memorable moments was

when the Classics Society put on a production

of Minotaurus, an original play written

in Latin by Moravian’s own Dr. Jim Tyler.

After much coercion, Dr. Glew agreed to play

a small role that had a grand speech. I still

can picture him in his toga as he delivered his

lines in a manner befitting a Roman god!”

One of Glew’s first post-Moravian projects

will be to complete a study of the coins of

the eight kings of Bithynia. He also looks

forward to traveling with his wife, Dorothy

Glew, former information literacy and reference

librarian, who also retired in spring.

State Rep. Robert Freeman ’78 presented Professor

Dennis Glew (center) with a citation to honor his long

service to the College and students. Heikki Lempa,

chair of the History Department, and other faculty

members were on hand for the occasion.

Have you heard?

Here are just a few of the latest updates

from your classmates. Read more online

at www.moravian.edu/classnotes. While

you’re there, share your news.

2008 Yi Li is enrolled in graduate school

(biochemistry) at Purdue University. She

recently shared the following news: “We

were at the Banff conference on plant metabolism

and Nick proposed to me on Lake

Louise! Also, I won the best poster award

at the conference. What a conference!”

2006 Casey Jackson, working toward his

Ph.D. at Wayne State University, recently

published his first scientific paper. “Ironbinding

and mobilization from ferritin by

polypyridyl ligands,” co-authored by Jackson

and Jeremy J. Kodanko, appeared in the

journal Metallomics.

1975 Susan Bacci Adams reports that Gail

Warren and her husband, King Au, have

relocated to Gaithersburg, Md. If any

classmates find themselves in the area, Gail

would love to have you visit so that she can

show you around D.C.

1969 Rick Subber is having a great time

working on an oral history project for the

College. He has interviewed about fifty

alumni, retired faculty members, students,

and others. If you would like to participate

and talk with Rick about your experiences

at Moravian, please e-mail him at the College

at rsubber@moravian.edu, or call him

at 610 865-5644.

1959 Neil Boyer and his wife, Johanna,

rented a house in Venice, Italy, for two

weeks this past December. Because they

were there at the time of high water, they

had to buy knee-high boots to wear outdoors.

New Year’s Eve at the Piazza San

Marco wasn’t very romantic in 18 inches

of water—but, it was fun. Johanna, who is

switching careers, is studying for a Master’s

degree in social work at the University of

Maryland in Baltimore.

SUMMER 2010 MORAVIAN COLLEGE MAGAZINE 23


orbispictus

translation

Alexis Vergalla ’06

Some people say dand-e-lion, others

dan-da-lion. It’s a subtle difference,

like the way two people

will angle their bodies towards

each other or not. The conversation

the same—it was a busy day at work.

I am hungry. The weather is clearing,

they say it will be warm soon.—I notice

hands and forearms. Other people

like knees. And sometimes

I speak entirely with my fingertips.

I am uncomfortable. Tap. Tap. please.

A flat open gesture. My tongue says

the warmth will be nice, and I can

never remember the difference

between cumulous and nimbus either.

listen. I don’t care. just come closer.

Artwork and poem by Alexis Vergalla ’06. Vergalla received

her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California,

Riverside, in 2008. Her first chapbook, Letters Through Glass

(Finishing Line Press) was published in 2009; her new

chapbook, Experiments in Light and Ether (Dancing Girl Press)

will be published this summer. Vergalla’s work has appeared

in Diode, elimae, and other journals. She lives in Seattle and is on the staff of Poetry

Northwest; visit her blog at www.alexisv.wordpress.com.

Orbis Pictus (The World Illustrated), written by Moravian bishop and educator John Amos Comenius and published in 1658, was the first

illustrated book specifically for children. (This Orbis Pictus image, from“The Master and the Boy,” is courtesy of Reeves Library.) On this

page we celebrate the ways that members of the Moravian College community illuminate our world.

24 MORAVIAN COLLEGE MAGAZINE SUMMER 2010


Our greatest need

The

Moravian

Scholarship

Fund

Moravian College has a long tradition of helping students and their families. In recognition

of this commitment, we’ve renamed the Moravian Fund to reflect our priority. All dollars

raised for the Moravian Scholarship Fund will go to unrestricted financial aid to

academically qualified students.

A Commitment to Aid

• During the 2009-10 school year, the College provided students with $8,590,843 in

need-based aid and $10,328,789 in merit-based aid.

The College provides an average aid package of $12,455 per student (this is aid from

Moravian only—not loans, outside grants, or scholarships).

• Over 90% of Moravian students received aid from the College in 2009-10.

Give to the Moravian Scholarship Fund today.

It’s easy on our secure web site www.moravian.edu— just click on “Giving to Moravian.”

Or call 800 429-9437 to give by credit card.


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Postcard from…

Cusco, Peru

Tara Latteman ’11 and Jennifer Mead ’11 made

new friends with local women and their llamas

during a May trip to southeastern Peru, where

the students participated in Moravian’s SOAR

(Student Opportunities for Academic Research)

program. Working with John Bevington,

professor of biology, Latteman and Mead

researched Cecropia tree species in the Andes.

“Besides being educational, the experience

broadened our view of the world and exposed us

to a different and exciting culture,” wrote Mead.

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