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Door to Door - News from Muhlenberg College

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College earns peer
tutoring award

Noted jurist speaks at Wesoce School Commencement
Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding sponsers youth and prejudice conference

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Center for Ethics and Leadership to present series of "Patriotism" events during fall semester


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'Berg hoopster garners national recognition
Amershan Biosciences creates entrepreneurship chair
'Berg hosts Governor's Academy for Urban Education


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Spotlight of Philanthropy:
Muhlenberg receives $200K for facilities renovation

Wallenberg Tribute honors Eichenwald
College elects new members to Board of Trustees

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Muhlenberg supports initiative to keep talented students in the Lehigh Valley after graduation
V-Day 2002 College Campaign comes to Muhlenberg


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Evening College gains grants for Corporate Partnerships Program
Alumnae appointed to key posts
Show Muhlenberg Athletics Your Team Spirit!

Muhlenberg supports initiative to keep talented students in the Lehigh Valley after graduation

The Muhlenberg Institute of Entrepreneurship and the Allentown Digital District have created a program to help recruit and retain students for the Lehigh Valley.
Known as EUREKA!, the program begins by recruiting local companies, and then identifying exciting and challenging student projects at those organizations. Muhlenberg students, largely from the Entrepreneurial Studies Program, and
high school students from the Allentown School District then form teams and work with their EUREKA! business Photo of the students in the EUREKA! Project.partners to find creative solutions to the projects.
The projects include Web development, pre-clinical medical research, new product development, graphic design
and textile experimentation.
The development of the EUREKA! program was funded by a grant secured by Pamela Varkony, co-chair of the Allentown Digital District steering committee.
According to Gerald Whartenby, director of the EUREKA! project, one of the problems facing high-tech companies is recruiting and retaining new employees.
"Studies in Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta have shown that few high school and college graduates think about job hunting in their school's location," he says. "High-tech development depends in part on showing these students the advantages of building their careers locally."
Marah Ritchey '02 says, "Until I began working with Fastnet, it never occurred to me to consider a career in Allentown, but with a Web project up and running, I think this may be the place to be!"
The EUREKA! project is just one piece of the Digital District, launched in March 2001, when State Secretary of Economic Development Sam McCullough delivered a $500,000 grant to kick off the initiative. The Digital District is a cooperative venture between the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp., Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), Muhlenberg College, local businesses and the Allentown School District. Courses in computer programming, Web design and computer animation are also part of the initiative.
Other goals include developing a tech-friendly business community in the downtown area as well as fostering a high-tech environment for business and economic development in the region.

Photo: The EUREKA! Project strives to keep talented students like these in the Lehigh Valley.

V-Day 2002 College Campaign comes to Muhlenberg

The Muhlenberg community raised more than $9,000 to benefit battered women in the Lehigh Valley and the women of Afghanistan through its participation in the nationwide V-Day 2002 College Campaign.
In February, 550 college campuses across the country took part in the V-Day campaign by staging productions of "The Vagina Monologues" on their campuses to raise awareness and money to stop violence against women and girls. The proceeds from these events were to go back into the schools' communities to local organizations and programs already working to stop violence against women.
Muhlenberg raised $7,524 for Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley and $1,881 to help the women of Afghanistan through a series of sold-out performances of the Obie-Award-winning show staged by the Muhlenberg Theatre Association at the Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance. A total of 1,152 attended three sold-out performances and a preview presentation, including 552 students, faculty and staff and 600 members of the local community.
Other V-Day activities at Muhlenberg included a campus-wide invitation to place poems, quotations, images, experiences and opinions on the issues of both healthy relationships and violence against women on "The Valentine Wall" on campus. Student members of the Muhlenberg Art Association designed Art-to-Auction
T-shirts to raise additional funds, and there was a campus-wide collection of used cell phones that was donated to Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley for victims of domestic abuse.
V-Day activities culminated in the production of the groundbreaking "The Vagina Monologues," including after-play talks and continuing campus projects.
Cara Restaino '02, director of "The Vagina Monologues," describes the play as a "provocative piece of theatre that challenges and inspires women of every age and cultural heritage."
Hailed by The New York Times as "funny" and "poignant" and by The Daily News as "intelligent" and "courageous," "The Vagina Monologues" dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom and outrage buried in women's experiences. "The monologues are both a celebration of women's sexuality and a condemnation of its violation," according to The New York Times.


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