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New Department Chairs Named
College Mourns the Loss of Wilson “Willie” Hendricks
College Gains National Recognition in Guidebooks
Muhlenberg Awarded $900,000 Kresge Challenge Grant for Sports Center Project
Egner Memorial Chapel Celebrates its 75th Birthday
Journalist Deborah Horan is Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Visiting Fellow
Hillel Awarded Grant, Receives Foundation Status
The Department of Theatre and Dance Announces
Spring Schedule

Journalist Deborah Horan is Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Visiting Fellow

Deborah Horan visited Muhlenberg College from September 27 – October 1, 2004 as the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Visiting Fellow.

Horan is a journalist and Middle East correspondent who currently reports on Iraq for the Chicago Tribune. She has spent the past decade covering major developments of the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts and other Middle Eastern countries as the Jerusalem-based correspondent for the Houston Chronicle and the San Francisco Chronicle. She was a journalism fellow at the University of Michigan and has written for magazines such as Newsweek, Washington Monthly, Progressive Woman and Psychology Today. In 1999, she was chosen as a finalist for the Livingston Award for outstanding young journalists, and her work has been chosen for submission to the Pulitzer board. Her areas of expertise include US foreign and economic policy regarding the Middle East, Middle East politics and Arab media.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow comes to campus for a full week visiting classes, meeting with students and faculty, and giving a public lecture. As professionals working in business, journalism and non-profit organizations, their visits help to show the relevance of a liberal arts education to the world beyond campus.

Hillel Awarded Grant, Receives Foundation Status

Muhlenberg College Hillel has hired Alice Baum as the new director of programming, a position funded through a three-year grant from Hillel International, the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

During the next academic year, the organization will transition to the status of a Hillel Foundation.

“This distinction, a designation reserved for approximately 100 campuses worldwide, is a recognition not only of the size of our Jewish population but moreover the strength of our Hillel,” said President Helm. Baum’s hire is a key requirement of this transition.

“We are excited to bring Alice to Muhlenberg College. Her experience and background make her a great fit for our students and the entire community,” said Patti Mittleman, Jewish chaplain and director of Hillel at Muhlenberg. Baum is a graduate of McGill University, Montreal, Quebec and earned a master’s in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School. She was previously employed as director of programming for the Vancouver Hillel Foundation.

“By awarding the grant to Muhlenberg College, Hillel International continues to validate the important work that Patti and others are doing here. This new position will enable us to expand our already excellent programming and increase opportunities for our students on and off campus,” said Helm. Muhlenberg College Hillel serves over 600 students and has a strong relationship with the entire Jewish community in the Lehigh Valley. Hillel offers a wide variety of activities – social, religious, community service, cultural and educational – on a regular basis.


The Department of Theatre and Dance Announces
Spring Schedule

The schedule of performances for the spring 2005 semester of Muhlenberg’s department of theatre and dance has been announced.

Box office: 484-664-3333.

“The Muhlenberg Dancers in Concert”
February 10 - February 12, Empie Theatre
This year’s concert features works choreographed by guest artists Robert LaFosse, Tiffany Mills, Pat Catterson and Cathy Young and by faculty members Charles Anderson (with his company Dance Theatre X), Shelley Oliver and Karen Dearborn.
“Pirates of Penzance”
February 18 – February 27, Baker Theatre
Gilbert and Sullivan, the classic librettist and composer, create in this grand operetta the story of a band of pirates who wish to marry the daughters of Major-General Stanley. Will the Major-General and the pirates plunge into a catastrophic battle?
April 1 – April 10, Studio Theatre
Drawing upon Dion Boucicault’s masterpiece, “The Poor of New York,” and Clyde William Fitsch’s “The City,” this play, an original adaptation of American melodrama with music by Mike Krisukas, captures the volatile American fascination with romance, business and politics.
“Student Choreographers Showcase”
April 28 – May 1, Dance Studio Theatre
In this showcase, dance majors and minors create original concert dance works in a variety of styles for the stage.
April 28 – May 1
Maxim Gorsky’s majestic play reveals a group of professionals vacationing at their summer homes at the start of the 20th century—husbands and wives, friends and lovers who question the meaning of their work and their leisure. Some angrily resist change, some ignore it, some hope for a better way to live. Tensions, resentments and desires long buried by the trappings of the upper-middle class life assert themselves, and their relationships alter forever.
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