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Spring has arrived at DelVal!

The snow has finally melted, viburnums are flowering, and DelVal’s seniors are anxiously looking forward to graduation. It's spring at last!


Lynn Carroll
Director of Alumni Engagement
Delaware Valley College

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DelVal President Dr. Brosnan chosen for Rotary Club Award
The Doylestown Rotary Club is honoring College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan at its third annual “Four Way Test” Awards Breakfast on April 30. The “Four Way Test” refers to the Rotary organization’s ethical standards, which guide followers to be truthful, fair, and promote good will in all that they do. Dr. Brosnan is receiving the Education award for his work as a leader at DelVal and in the Bucks County community. Congratulations, Dr. Brosnan!

New Improved Newsletter Format
You may notice that this month's email is shorter than previous e-newsletters, but there are links to read more about the items included on our web site. I hope this makes it easier to skim, but also allows you to enjoy longer articles when they interest you. This and other recent issues are available on the DelVal web site. Let me know what you think of the new format!

Enthusiastic Thanks to Alumni Speakers
The past few months have seen a hit parade of alumni on campus speaking with students about their experiences! We’d like to thank Joanne (Patzek) DaCunha ’86 for being a panelist in the "Writing Your Way to Success" panel, Jeff Bloom ’71 for speaking at the Sigma Alpha banquet, Jillian Eaton ’07 for talking about her success as a self-publishing author, Aimee Wilson ’03 and Matt Hostrander ’02 for talking with incoming and potential freshmen at Accepted Students Day, Steve Doerner '08 of NOVA Bucks who spoke about healthy relationships, and more than twenty alumni who represented employers at DelVal's spring Career Day.

Joanne (Patzek) DaCunha '86 spoke with English major Stephanie DelVento '16.

Aimee Wilson '03 speaking to incoming and potential freshmen.

Marian (Payer) Young ’80 and her colleagues at BrightFields, Inc. spent a Saturday with DelVal’s Project EARTH club. Michael Oakley ’12, a DelVal and Project EARTH alum, now works for Marian and helped make the connection.  Aidan Wiggin ’14, an environmental science major, wrote, “We have two members in the club who are interested in pursuing environmental remediation as a career path. It proved to be very informational for all of our club members with majors ranging from environmental science, to wildlife and zoology. We saw their office in Wilmington, checked out the tools they use on job sites, and learned the history of how BrightFields got started. About ten staff members gave us presentations and good insight into a typical day in the environmental remediation field. I asked one of our club members if he was more or less interested in pursuing environmental remediation after visiting, and he said ‘Most definitely more!’ The trip to BrightFields was great.”

T.J. Brooks ’07 and Joel Roney ’10 will host class field trips later this month, so the hits will keep on coming! Let Lynn know if you'd like to meet with students, and we'll look for opportunities this fall to bring you and interested students together.

Where Are They Now?
Attention, Class of 2013! What are you up to? Please let us know via this survey!

It’s not too late… Volunteer for A Day!
It's fun, it really helps, and you get a free meal. What's not to love? Sign up now.

A Great Day for a Picnic
The Sigma Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Omega had a record turnout at the Alumni Picnic; check out the photos! Alumni from the Class of 1973 all the way to 2013 socialized with current students and found they had a lot in common. Thanks for coming out, gang!

Aggies in the News

Chelsey Fields ’08 is product manager for vegetables and herbs at Burpee Seed Company. She recently came to Dr. Jackie Ricotta’s class to talk, then she invited those students over to Fordhook Farm for a tour of Burpee’s trial plots and greenhouses. She was interviewed last week by Parade magazine, sharing advice for growing delicious tomatoes in your home garden.

Stacia Creed ’13 attends grad school at Penn State, and her class spends a month in South Korea this June. Read about the preparations Stacia is making in this blog written by the students of her graduate course, “School-based agricultural education across the globe.”

Delaware Valley College is well represented at Ross University in St. Kitts. They gathered recently for a photo: Top row L-R: Sammy Gerb ’13, Tabitha Balutis ’11, Megan Hensler ’11, and Nathan Truitt ’13. Bottom row L-R: Heather Levan ’10, Amy Stafford ’09, Kim Bergen ’11, Dani Heyne ’10, Kathy Mahon ’09. We hope you guys can make it back to campus soon!

A Few Music Notes
DelVal’s Symphonic Band performs the final concert of the semester on Saturday May 3rd at 7:00 PM.  The concert will feature Francis McBeth's epic, "They Hung their Harps in the Willows," Andrew Boysen's "Kirkpatrick Fanfare" and  Martin Ellerby's monumental "Paris Sketches." The performance will also include a reprise of Robert Maggio's "Life Science," commissioned for the opening of the Life Sciences Building and first premiered in March. Come to campus to hear DelVal's musicians!


Ashley Palkowetz ’13 got accepted to the University of Illinois! She’ll head there in August for Small Animal and Wildlife Veterinary Studies.

Samuel Gallen ’07, Hatboro’s former police chief, was sworn in as Montgomery County’s new chief county detective.

Zach Gihorski ’12 became the PA Preferred™ Coordinator for the Department of Agriculture last month.  He moved on from his Community Liaison position at DelVal to lead the state’s official branding program for agricultural products made or grown in Pennsylvania.

Samuel Gallen '07 smiles after being sworn in.

Zach Gihorski '12 at PA Preferred.

Kudos to DelVal’s Relay for Life teams for a terrific job raising funds for cancer research!

Louis Hegyes ’70 has been promoted to Associate Dean of Enrollment Management at Lehigh Carbon Community College.  After two years as Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Lou will now oversee admissions, financial aid, enrollment and student records. Prior to LCCC, Lou was Director of Admissions at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia for 24 years. Former DelVal President Thomas Leamer serves as the Vice President of Academic Services and Student Development at LCCC.

Marian (Payer) Young ’80, mentioned earlier for hosting a DelVal student group, was named Delaware’s Small Business Person of the Year for her leadership of BrightFields Inc., an environmental consulting and remediation services firm. If you’re thinking that sounds familiar, Marian actually earned this same recognition in 2008—an amazing accomplishment!

Becki Szkotak ’00 was honored with the Sustainability Champion Award, given by the Camden County Board of Freeholders, to recognize her work with the Master Gardener program.

Robin Petzold ’76 climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro—19,341 feet! Amazing, Robin!

Becki Szkotak ’00 receives the Sustainability Champion Award from Camden County.

Robin Petzold '76, center, at an elevation of 19,341 feet atop Mount Kilimanjaro.

DelVal’s equestrian teams made it to Nationals! Coaches Angelo Telatin and Breann DePietro took the Dressage team to Nationals in Virginia, where they placed an impressive fourth against the top IDA (Intercollegiate Dressage Association) teams from each region in the nation. Coach Joanne Stagliano Coniglio ’94, Coach Cory Herald Kieschnick, and assistant coach Emily Casali Miller ’07 are also taking their teams to Nationals. The Hunt Seat Equestrian team earned the Reserve Champion spot, with 3 riders and the top open rider advancing in the individual and Cacchione Cup competition as well. The Western team and two individual riders on that team are headed to Nationals as well, marking the first time since 2006 that DelVal is sending a Western team to Nationals!

Congratulations to all our equestrians who have worked so hard this season. The Hunt Seat and Western IHSA national competition will be May 1-4 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Details are available online if you’re interested in coming out to root for our riders. Alumni can also support these great teams by participating in the Derby Dash this spring, on May 3, 2014.

Welcome to the World
We’re biased, but we think our alumni create particularly beautiful children. Congratulations to Rob ’01 and Courtney Rutledge Palko ’03, whose daughter Clementine Ava was born March 21. James Yarnall ’07 and his wife Carrie welcomed daughter Brinley Kay on March 14. Tim Mountz ’03 and Amy Bloom Mountz ’02 just had their first child as well, Signy Bloom.

Clementine Ava Palko...

... and Brinley Kay Yarnall

Links and Friends
Our thanks to all the members of our LinkedIn group for spreading the word to other alumni, helping us surpass the 1,000 member mark! Why don't you join them?

If you're on Facebook, you could join a DelVal group. We have a 50's-60's graduates group, a 70's group, and groups for the classes of '88, '94, '96, '07, '08, '09, and '13. Don't see your class? Let Lynn know you'd be willing to help start a group. Of course, you should check out as well!

Call for Presenters for GirlSTEM Conference
We were approached by the organizers of the Women’s Initiative GirlSTEM Conference scheduled on May 22nd at DelVal. Organizers seek presenters who are knowledgeable about science, technology, engineering or math to present to middle- and high-school aged girls—so of course they thought of DelVal alumni! Interested? Visit for information.

This and That

Please let us know about any DelVal alumni we should feature in the next newsletter.  Thank you!

Dates to remember:

  • April 25-27, 2014: A Day Weekend!
  • April 26, 2014: Women's soccer alumni game, 10:30 am on the turf field. Register online!
  • May 3:  "Derby Dash" 5K to benefit the Equine Studies Program.  Alumni teams welcome, register at!
  • May 3, 2014: DelVal Symphonic Band Concert, 7 pm
  • May 4, 2014: Spring Open House for high school juniors and seniors considering DelVal
  • May 15, 2014: Senior / Alumni Picnic in the Life Sciences Building, 6 pm. Sponsored by the Alumni Association, all alumni are welcome!
  • May 17, 2014: Commencement
  • June 9, 2014: Friends of Football Golf Outing at Limekiln Golf Club; Coach Duke Greco '03 hopes to see all the Aggies there!
  • July 30-31, 2014: We'll have a table at the Penn Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (PANTS) in Philadelphia, so let us know if you're planning to be there too!
  • August 21, 2014: Freshman move-in, volunteers wanted to help with "Arrival Survival"
  • August 23, 2014: Women's field hockey alumni game; contact Carol DiGirolamo for info
  • September 2, 2014: Family-friendly alumni event at Linvilla Orchards
  • October 11, 2014: Homecoming
  • November 15, 2014: Sigma Alpha celebrates 15th anniversary; save the date!

Contact Lynn at for details about any of these activities.  See for a full listing of events!

Stay in touch

Please let us know if you have moved, or if you have a new email address or phone number.  That way, we can let you know about DelVal alumni activities in your area!