Fall 2023 Issue:

News & Notes

Joselyn Salazar ’23 Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Joselyn Salazar ’23, who graduated with a major in political science and a self-designed minor in Latin American studies, was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship for the 2023–2024 academic year at the primary school CEIP La Jurada in Tenerife in the Canary Islands. It’s the perfect next step in Salazar’s plan to get a master’s degree and eventually work in diplomacy.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected in an open, merit-based competition that considers leadership potential, academic achievement, and record of service. Notable Fulbright alumni include 62 Nobel Prize laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize recipients, 78 MacArthur Fellows, and 41 who have served as a head of state or government. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants from over 160 countries the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

News & Notes Fall 2023

Photo by John Kish IV

News & Notes Fall 2023

Millennium Fellows (first row, from left): Gillian Schonenberg ’25, Jayden Brennan ’25, Melanie Johnson ’24, Logan Palau ’24, Arly Hernandez ’25; (second row): Hunter Morris ’26, Prince Sokpo ’25, Zayna Wright ’25, Isabella Ziccardi ’25. Photo by Katie Creighton

Moravian Students Selected for Millennium Fellowship

The Millennium Fellowship Class of 2023 welcomes nine Moravian students: Jayden Brennan ’25, Arly Hernandez ’25, Melanie Johnson ’24, Hunter Morris ’26, Logan Palau ’24, Gillian Schonenberg ’25, Prince Sokpo ’25, Za-nya Wright ’25, and Isabella Ziccardi ’25.

The fellowship is a semester-long program, supported by the United Nations Academic Impact and Millennium Campus Network, to advance undergraduate leadership worldwide in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Moravian students will focus their work on the following goals: sustainability (specifically a plan to minimize the impact on the environment during the demolition of the Haupert Union Building in 2024); gender equality; zero hunger; and peace, justice, and strong institutions.

Black and Latino Male College Readiness Program Is a Success

Thirty-three students from eight Lehigh Valley high schools attended Moravian University’s second annual Black and Latino Male College Readiness Program this summer. The goal of this program is to provide Black and Latino male high school students and their families with the knowledge needed to be successful in a college search process and beyond. Students learned valuable life skills from more than 30 mentors and professionals who participated in this innovative program.

The program was made possible by a generous gift from Air Products. Learn more by watching this video: mrvn.co/bl-readiness.

News & Notes Fall 2023

Yusuf Dahl speaks about his personal story “from prison to Princeton” at this year’s Black and Latino Male Readiness Program. Photo by Katie Creighton

News & Notes Fall 2023

Where We Stand

Every year, national publications put out their rankings of colleges and universities. Moravian is happy to boast about several of our standings.

#39 in the Best Universities in the North
U.S. News & World Report

Best Colleges in America 2023

Best Value Schools among Regional Universities
U.S. News & World Report

Best Colleges for Veterans among Regional Universities
U.S. News & World Report

Best Colleges for Social Mobility among Regional Universitie
U.S. News & World Report

#14 in the 2024 Best Colleges for Nursing in Pennsylvania

Moravian Awarded Education Grant

To help address the pressing need for teachers, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded $1.5 million in grant funding to 15 universities statewide that are positioned to offer an accelerated program for PK–12 Special Education Teacher Certification to at least one partner—a school district, private or charter school, technical institute, or intermediate unit. The $99,912 in funding awarded to Moravian supports an 18-month post-baccalaureate program for assistant teachers and nonteacher professionals of the Allentown School District and Colonial Intermediate Unit 20. “These grants will expedite the process of becoming a certified special educator and enable more teachers to enter the field faster,” says Acting Secretary of Education Khalid N. Mumin.

EV Charging Stations

The installation of vehicle charging stations is part of Moravian’s ongoing commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and accommodate electric vehicles on campus. The new charging stations can be found in lot A and commuter lot X.

President Addresses Mental Health Support

President Bryon L. Grigsby ’90, P’22, P’26 joined Gregory H. Krikorian, dean of students and Title IX coordinator at Washington College, on Mantra Health’s July 13 webinar “Increasing Mental Health Support on Campus: How Independent Colleges Are Leveraging Telehealth.” You can view it at mrvn.co/Grigsby-webinar.

New Academic Programs

The following academic programs have been approved and were open for admission this fall.

  • Data science (undergraduate)
  • Early childhood education—English as a second language (undergraduate with dual certification)
  • Master of social work
  • Master of arts in school counseling
  • Trauma-informed care certificate
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy certificate
  • Business administration major (degree completion students only)

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