The Moravian Campus
Bethlehem, Moravian’s home, is an attractive tree-lined city of 75,000, central to the greater Lehigh Valley community, whose population totals more than 700,000. Known as the Christmas City, Bethlehem is home to a growing number of corporations and businesses in service and technology fields.
It is a city that has blended culture and commerce, progress and preservation. Among its cultural highlights are the Bach Festival in May, the ten-day Musikfest in August, which draws more than 1,000,000 visitors annually, the Celtic Classic in September, and the events and displays of the Christmas season, which attract many thousands of guests from all over the world. A special Christmas event is the College's annual candlelight Christmas Vespers in Central Moravian Church, attended by more than 6,000 people.
Most College activities and instruction take place on the Main Street Campus. Here, in a residential setting, are classroom buildings, residence halls, administrative offices, the College student center, athletics and recreation facilities, and the College library.
The Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex, at the center of the Main Street campus, opened in 2003. Connected to Collier Hall of Science, this 55,100-square-foot complex features two tiered classrooms, six 48-seat classrooms with flexible seating, two computer classrooms, a computer science laboratory, a data and statistics laboratory, a psychology observation cluster, an experimental teaching classroom, three seminar rooms, and student research areas. It contains faculty and staff offices for the Departments of Education, Mathematics and Computer Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
Collier Hall of Science, a 72,000-square-foot structure, houses the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Nursing, and Physics and Earth Science. Collier Hall provides 35 laboratories for teaching and student-faculty research, the Dana and Mellon lecture halls, classrooms, and faculty offices.
The Haupert Union Building provides dining and food court services, lounges and entertainment space, meeting rooms, offices for student organizations, the College bookstore, Arena Theater, and Prosser Auditorium for lectures, performances, and other events. It also houses the Center for Leadership and Service, part of the leadership initiative that began in the 2003-2004 academic year.
Reeves Library, expanded in 1992, contains seating for 400, shelf space for 400,000 volumes, individual study carrels, seminar rooms, and the Center for Moravian Studies. The library's electronic services include searchable databases and links to peer-reviewed web sites in numerous academic areas, as well as tutorials on research skills such as searching, evaluating sources, and documenting scholarship. Reeves Library is part of an interlibrary loan system with the other colleges of the Lehigh Valley, giving Moravian students access to more than 2,000,000 volumes.
The College's Athletics and Recreation Center includes Johnston Hall and the Timothy M. Breidegam Field House. Johnston Hall's gymnasium is the focal point for indoor athletic events, including home games of the Greyhound men's and women's basketball teams. Its 1,600-seat indoor arena also is used for convocations, concerts, and a variety of other campus and community events. It contains a weight-lifting room. Breidegam Field House, adjoining Johnston Hall, includes an indoor track, a weight room and fitness center, an aerobics and dance studio, and four regulation multipurpose courts for intramural and recreational sports. Outdoor athletics facilities at the nearby Steel Field complex include football fields and stadium, an all-weather track, baseball and softball diamonds, tennis courts, and a field house. Additional fields for intercollegiate competition, intramurals, and informal play are located near College residence halls.
The Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus on Church Street, eight-tenths of a mile south of the Main Street Campus, formerly housed Moravian College for Women. The campus is in the heart of the city's colonial historic district, where Moravian settlers constructed buildings of renowned beauty and endurance. Church Street has been identified as one of the 10 most distinctive historic streets in America, with the Single Brethren's House (1748) considered to be one of the best examples of Colonial Germanic architecture in the country. Given the rich tradition of the Moravians' love for music and art, nothing could be more appropriate than for the College's academic center for these two disciplines to be located on this historic site. The Hurd Center for Music and Art encompasses six buildings, including the Single Brethren's House and the Payne Gallery, as well as Foy Concert Hall, which was added in 1982. The Hurd Campus provides a variety of classroom, practice, recital, performance, and exhibition spaces in a unique and beautifully restored setting. There are three residential options for students on the Hurd Campus: Main Hall (all women), Clewell Hall (all men), and the HILL (a co-ed residence built in 2009); and two dining facilities (Clewell Dining Hall and the Root Cellar Café).
The Hurd Campus is bounded by Monocacy Creek, a long stretch of natural beauty; the attractive downtown shopping area; and Bethlehem's contemporary public library and city government offices. All these harmonize with the stone and brick historic structures, making Church Street an unparalleled example of the progression of architecture in America over the past two and a half centuries.
The College provides transportation to enable students to travel between campuses.
The St. Luke's University Hospital campus is across the Lehigh River, approximately a mile from the Hurd Campus. Students Moravian College students utilize the Priscilla Payne Hurd Education Center, Trexler Hall, and the hospital facilities of this campus. Allied health and nursing students also use facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley operated by St. Luke's University Health Network.