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peer tutoring award
Muhlenberg has earned the National
Tutoring Association's (NTA) 2002 Four-Year College Program of the Year
Award for Excellence in Tutoring.
The award was presented at the annual NTA conference in Las Vegas, Nev.,
this spring. Six students, along with Wendy Cole, director of academic
support services, and Monica Cocca, tutorial coordinator, received the
award. The students in attendance, Joy Chen '02, Mike Diehl '02, Kylie
Green '02, Laurie Guarino '02, Erica Schmitt '02 and Eric Smith '02, all
presented workshops on peer tutoring.
" This is a national tribute to the outstanding work of academic
support services, in particular, the tutoring program," says Carol
Shiner Wilson, dean of the College for academic life. "We are most
proud of the award and the fine staff, including Monica Cocca, Wendy Cole,
and the student tutors, whose commitment and expertise made this possible."
Muhlenberg employs over 200 peer tutors. Tutors are selected based on
faculty nominations and an interview process, and participate in a training
program that meets NTA Basic Tutor Certification criteria. To receive
the award, a program must demonstrate quality of service to students as
recognized by peers, campus managers, faculty and/or community, and demonstrate
effectiveness through training components and tracking student outcomes.
Photo: Left to right: Laurie Guarino '02, tutor, Kylie
Green '02, tutor, Monica Cocca, tutorial coordinator, Mike Diehl '02,
tutor, and Erica Schmitt '02, tutor.
Noted jurist speaks at
Wescoe School Commencement
Edward N. Cahn delivered the keynote address as the Muhlenberg
Evening College celebrated its Commencement ceremony for the graduates
of W. Clarke Wescoe School of Professional Studies this spring
in the Egner Memorial Chapel.
In August of 2001, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to name
the Federal Courthouse in Allentown after Cahn, in recognition
of his exemplary service.
Institute for Jewish-Christian
Understanding sponsers youth and prejudice conference
than 700 students from area middle schools attended the semi-annual Youth
Prejudice Conference on the Muhlenberg campus this spring. The two-day
event was sponsored by the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding
During the conference, the middle school students attended a performance
of "The Library," a play written by Muhlenberg alumna Nora Whittaker
'00, and performed by Muhlenberg students.
Inspired by the short story and play written by Inge Karo, a refugee who
fled Hitler's Germany in 1939, "The Library" traces the life
of Rachel, a young Jewish girl growing up in Germany from 1933-1939. The
play details Rachel's life at school and at home as she experiences dehumanization
of the Jews under Nazi domination. It explores what it is like to be made
to feel different, to be taunted by children who you thought were your
friends, and to live with fear and uncertainty about what the next day
Following the performance, the middle school students participated in
interactive breakout sessions, where they heard the personal testimony
of a Holocaust survivor or
a second-generation survivor. Muhlenberg faculty and community members
the discussions, and Muhlenberg students guided the students to their
sessions and led small-group discussions.