What do you remember about freshman move-in? Was it unbearably hot (like last year), or pouring rain (like the year before)? This year's freshmen, the Class of 2018, come to campus on Friday, August 22, and alumni are invited to welcome them and their families. This fall has a number of alumni events in store, including a family fun event at Linvilla Orchards on September 2, a student and alumni networking event on September 23, and of course Homecoming on October 11. Make a date with DelVal this fall!
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We've got some terrific opportunities for alumni to get together in the upcoming months.
Lend a hand with Freshman Move-in on Friday, August 22. No heavy lifting required; alumni who prefer not to help with the actual moving can help direct families to the residence halls. It's a great way to welcome new students to campus, and it can be very reassuring to parents to get to know alumni.
On Tuesday, September 2, all alumni are invited to a Family Fun event at Linvilla Orchards, hosted by farm manager Norm Schultz '86 and the Linvill family! A hayride at 4 pm will be followed by a reception at 5 pm, and at 6 pm Norm will give alumni and other area growers at the "Twilight Meeting" an optional tour of the day-neutral strawberry production system at Linvilla. Spread the word and join us!
Saturday, September 6 is the football season opener at Montclair State University in north Jersey. Let's give the Aggies a big cheering section! Alumni are invited to a halftime reception at Montclair State in the Multipurpose room, behind the football field on the visitor's side.
Tuesday, September 23 we'll have a Student and Alumni Networking Event. All you need are your business cards and career advice! Last year's networking events were not only extremely helpful for the students, they were a lot of fun for the alumni who attended as well.
Congratulations and New Additions
DelVal alumni have shared some exciting news the past couple of months!
Zuleyma Torres '14 got married July 5, and Victoria Yi '14 caught the bouquet! Michelle Boccuzzo '11 married Samnang Ros on July 12, and Jill Whiting '09 married Jim Speek on July 19. Jill is a veterinarian at Steuben Veterinary Clinic in Bath, NY. Ciara Menkens '13 just married Tyler Tjong on August 1, and Ciara's dad Everett Menkens '60 couldn't be prouder of her. Daryien Carter '11 got married to Ashtin Jones on August 2. Best wishes to all of you as you build your lives together.
Paisley Jade Ewing was born July 16 to Amanda (Naile) Ewing '11 and her husband Ryan. Lane Innerst Forgy '07 and Eric Forgy '09 welcomed a son, Levi Allan Forgy, on July 26. Erica Marino '13 and her husband Arthur Hyland welcomed Arthur Raye Marino, aka "Artie". Lauren Bair Cliver '07 and her husband Patrick were excited to add Wesley Nolan Cliver to their family on July 2. Congrats, everyone!
Paisley Jade Ewing
Levi Allan Forgy
Arthur Hyland, little Arthur, and Erica Marino '13
Cindy Blackston '94 has a new job as Assistant Director of University Studies and First Year Programs at Delaware State University. Jessica Mull '11 MBA '13 has a new job as a Program Technician with the USDA. Eric Orr '05 is now a Senior Customer Service Rep at Air Liquide America in Plumsteadville, and Ryan Pope '08 was hired as Team Leader at Executive Education. Mike Cebrosky '11 was promoted to Defensive Coordinator at King's College, replacing Kory David who is headed to DelVal to serve in that role for the Aggies!
Dick Smith '68 and Adam Vance '96 were both honored at the annual meeting of the American Jersey Cattle Association. Dick was recognized with the Meritorious Service Award; Dick has been active in the A.I. industry for more than 35 years, and is widely respected for his breed knowledge and astute observation skills. Adam was presented with a Young Jersey Breeder Award. Adam runs his family's operation, Cotton Spring Farm in Alverton PA, from cropping to management and breeding of the 100-cow herd. Photo credits: Jersey Journal (publication of AJCA and National All-Jersey Inc.)
Dick Smith '68 (far left)
Adam Vance '96 (second from left) and family
Sister-brother team Gail Fulcoly Barr '80 and Jeff Fulcoly '74 participated in Swim Across America to raise money for cancer research, prevention, and treatment. They swam 1 mile in the open water of Amagansett Bay in the Hamptons, and raised more than $2,000 !!!
Edward Maiolo '08 recently returned from his third tour of duty in Afghanistan and is now a Captain in the Army Reserves. Welcome home, and a sincere, heartfelt thank you for your service.
Jack '72 and Cyndee (Harding) Roszel '74 were honored by the New Jersey FFA Alumni Association at their 13th Annual FFA Golf Benefit this summer. Congrats, guys!
Cory Weingart '12 plays softball with the Assassins, currently the #1 ranked competitive slowpitch team in New Jersey. Undefeated at the Tri-State Showdown tournament, Cory was named to the All-Tournament Team. He heads to Florida for the world championship in September. Good luck, Cory! Check out their web site if you'd like to catch a game. Cory is the varsity baseball coach at South Hunterdon High School as well!
Kudos to Tabbethia Haubold '94 for a successful open house at her Long Island Livestock Company llama and cria farm. She celebrated the end of shearing season at this event by collecting donations for an animal rescue fund.
Tom Sawicki '79 (Biology) has recently retired after a 34-year Federal career with the US Department of Homeland Security’s Plum Island Animal Disease Center. Tom served in various Safety management positions with both Departments of Homeland Security and Agriculture while working on Plum Island, most recently as the Center’s Safety Officer and then as the Director’s Special Assistant for Risk Assessment and Quality Assurance. He has been recognized for his work and expertise in the fields of biosafety and radiation protection. His wife Joan also retired from Plum Island after 36 years of Federal service with the US Department of Agriculture. They have been married for over 33 years and reside on Long Island. Their son Dan recently graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology as a Mechanical Engineer. Tom and Joan are enjoying their retirement and anticipate traveling and visiting with their DVC friends in the years to come.
Ted Krause '30 just celebrated his 103rd birthday. Congrats, Ted!
We're adding alumni profiles to the DelVal website. Our first profile is Melissa Milligan '11. Melissa is having an amazing adventure in Africa with the Kenya Wildlife Service. Melissa expects to get her degree in veterinary medicine from Penn in 2016. Read the full story and see more photos online!
Some sad news…
In July, Tami (McNabb) Polichetti '97 and her husband CJ were in an auto accident (apparently hit by a drunk driver), and her husband died in the accident; Tami is in rehab but making good progress. Some of you may know her from DelVal or her four children through Bucks County 4-H and other organizations.
Theresa Hanley was a Continuing Education student at DelVal. She was killed in a car accident on July 24 at age 37. Her family members include Donna Tweed '92 and Jennifer Tweed '96. Tami and her family as well as Theresa's family are in our thoughts.
DelVal friends stick together
Jon Sanders '09 and Davis Schwartzbeck '09 came in second place in Carroll County Fair's Demolition Derby. 'Murica!
John Lavelle '13 and Terrance Osborne '13 with the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks made it all the way to Nashville for the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) championship game. They represented DelVal well!
Bill Eisel '69 (left) flew from Charlotte, NC to Dallas, TX to visit classmate and friend Bill Bartles '69. "We haven't seen each other in several years and look forward to spending a week together. You can be sure we'll reminisce about the good old days at DVC," said Bill Eisel just before the trip.
If you have gotten together with a friend or two from DelVal for a mini-reunion, send us a photo! We'll include it in the next newsletter.
Did you know…?
Did you know that any alumnus of DelVal can run for a seat on the Executive Committee? This leadership committee of the Alumni Association meets at least three times a year to develop and discuss alumni programs. Elections are held annually; look for your ballot by email or mail this fall. If you are interested in running for a position on the committee, please contact Lynn Carroll.
Kenyan visitors coming to campus
On Thursday, October 16, DelVal will hold a reception and screening of the documentary Quench about the Maasai people of Kenya. Two members of the Maasai tribe will join us. Open to the public; donation suggested. The program is sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, Students for Diversity, and the Maasai Cultural Exchange Project. Check the event page in September to register.
Links and Friends
Don't forget to join our LinkedIn group which is approaching 1,200 members. On Facebook, you can join a group for 50's-60's graduates, 70's grads, or for the classes of '88, '94, '96, '07, '08, '09, '13 and '14. Oh, and check out www.facebook.com/delvalalumni as well!
This and That
Please let us know about any DelVal alumni we should feature in the next newsletter. Thank you!
Dates to remember:
- August 12, 2014: Tree dedication in memory of staffer Karen Kay; 12 noon
- August 22, 2014: Freshman move-in, volunteers wanted to help with "Arrival Survival"
- September 2, 2014: Family-friendly alumni event at Linvilla Orchards
- September 6, 2014: Halftime reception at the Montclair State University football game
- September 16, 2014: Food Systems Institute, movie Fed Up and panel discussion
- September 23, 2014: Student/Alumni Networking event from 5-7 pm at The Market
- October 6, 2014: DelVal's Annual Golf Classic at Saucon Valley Country Club
- October 11, 2014: Homecoming, reunions for classes ending in '4' and '9'
- October 11, 2014: Men's soccer alumni game and baseball alumni game
- October 16, 2014: Maasai reception and documentary: Quench
- October 22, 2014: Agriculture and Science Career Fair; alum employers welcome
- November 15, 2014: Sigma Alpha 15th anniversary Emerald & Maize Ball
Contact Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about any of these activities. See www.delval.edu/alumnievents 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!