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The Hillel House was dedicated Sept. 10 with more than 500 students, alumni, community leaders, faculty and staff members of all faiths in attendance.

The afternoon was filled with food, fellowship and dancing as the crowd spilled out onto Chew Street, blocked from traffic for the event. Richard Joel, President and International Director of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, served as the keynote speaker. Other speakers at the dedication included Patti Mittleman, Hillel Director; President Arthur Taylor; Student Hillel Executive Board President Alex Frommer '02; Rabbi Daniel Feder from Keneseth Israel; and Trustee Mina Hyman.

On college campuses nationwide, Hillel has become a thriving center of Jewish campus life, with activities that match the interests of Jewish students. Muhlenberg Hillel has experienced a tremendous increase in recent years and is currently the second-largest student organization on campus. In the past decade, the campus Jewish population has doubled to include more than 500 Jewish students. Mittleman, who has served as Hillel Director at Muhlenberg College for the past 11 years, has been instrumental in revitalizing the Jewish community at the College. The new building serves not only as the center for Jewish life on campus, but also as a symbol of the importance of Muhlenberg's Jewish community.

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Alan Mittleman, Religion, was an invited participant in a panel discussion that took place at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Organized by E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post, the panel focused on religion and politics and was conducted by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, and the Brookings Institution. Mittleman presented the results of a survey he commissioned as director of the "Jews and the American Public Square" on American Jewish Attitudes toward Religion and Public Life.

Sheila Mathieson, Biology, was one of five national recipients of the Daniel W. Martin Award, sponsored by the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated that their professional scientific, technical or educational work is part of their calling to serve God's people and the world. Honorees were announced at the 212th General Assembly luncheon June 29, and personal statements appeared in the May 2000 publication of SciTech.

The F.M. Kirby Foundation has awarded Muhlenberg College's Center for Ethics and Leadership a $30,000 grant, $10,000 of which will be used to initiate new programs under the direction of Dr. Marjorie Hass, Philosophy.


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