make meaning of our world
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
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
24 Orbis Pictus: “Translation,”
poem and artwork by Alexis Vergalla ’06
See www.moravian.edu/magazine/extra for more from
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
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
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
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
HAPPENING . . .
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
for more details, see www.moravian.edu/news, or call 610 861-1300
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
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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
2010 Janet A. Sipple Lecture
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
Celebrating 50 Years of
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
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,
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.”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
education], she defies
the rules and continues
to invite black
students into her
she is fired and ends
up becoming a Shaker
at the age of 40, when
Pleasant Hill has only
two other people in
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
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.
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://
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
“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.
John Snyder ’80,
senior lecturer in
the School of Engineering
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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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!
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
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
Omicron Gamma Omega
Gus Rampone Memorial Golf Outing
Coffee & Connections
Student Alumni Career Networking Event
L.V. Home Club Bus Trip to Gettysburg
(Moravian Football vs. Gettysburg College)
Calvo Golf Outing
Bethlehem Golf Club
Hound Hour New York
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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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
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 email@example.com, 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.
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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.
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Our greatest need
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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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
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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.