The Last Word

Another Record-Setting Year for Admissions...
Ethics and Disease
’Berg Names New Trustees
New Faces in Development
Catholic Ministry Facilities to Expand
Victor’s Lament
Mellon Grant Advances Service-Learning Initiative
Muhlenberg Meets the Challenge!
’Berg Earns Hewlett-Packard Grant for Technology

Another Record-Setting
Year for Admissions...

For the second time in its history, Muhlenberg received more than 4,000 applications. The College set a record with 4,111 applications last year and has received 4,039 this year. The College has posted seven application records in the past nine years.

“We continue to be excited about the rise in quality of the applicant pool,” says Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Christopher Hooker-Haring. “An enthusiastic and energetic campus climate, a strong sense of community and the quality of the academic and social experiences continue to fuel our admissions momentum.”

For the first time in history, more than 40 percent of the incoming students (43%) are in the top 10 percent of their high school class. The all-inclusive combined SAT profile hit 1227, topping the 1200 mark for the third straight year.

The Class of 2008 is projected to be on target, with 550 first-year students expected to be on campus this fall. This is down from 589 students last year. The College continues to cap enrollment and focus on quality.

A new Life Sports Center, which includes a new health and counseling center, as well as coaches’ offices, locker rooms, a fitness center and weight training facilities, will open in August. Major renovations to the science facilities are also being discussed. In the past six years, the College has constructed the Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance; a new outdoor athletic complex including a soccer stadium, a new all-weather track, Scotty Wood Stadium and Frank Marino Field; Robertson and South Halls (residential facilities); and Moyer Hall, a state-of-the-art academic center.

“The new facilities are terrific, and they clearly create excitement among prospective students and parents,” says Hooker-Haring. “Even more exciting, however, is what happens inside those facilities – the people and programs that make Muhlenberg such a distinctive place. Ultimately, it is our strength across such a broad academic waterfront, in combination with the successful extra-curricular and co-curricular programs that makes us so attractive. The combination of strengths continues to be the hallmark of the Muhlenberg experience.”


Ethics and Disease

This fall, the Center for Ethics will take on a new topic – Disease: Representation, Research and Rights. The prevention and treatment of disease is a key area to which significant resources are devoted; thus, myriad ethical questions relating to disease emerge.

The Center’s fall programs will aim to answer some of these questions. How do we decide, for example, which diseases receive priority in funding for research and education? How do such factors as gender, race, sexual orientation, age and disparities between rich and poor influence such decisions – and shape approaches to healing? Who, in fact, should carry the financial burden of researching, preventing and treating disease? Do the policies and practices of pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, hospitals and other corporate entities tend to increase or alleviate disparities in who receives treatment or preventive care? How are people who suffer from disease viewed and treated by society? To what extent are they perceived as disabled? How do the media, academics and artists represent disease, and to what extent do they have a responsibility to advocate for more ethical systems of research and treatment? Finally, what are the global implications of these issues?

For a schedule of events, most of which will be free and open to the public, visit

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