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Reminder... Hope to see you Thursday 2/20 at 4:30 pm at the Life Sciences Building Open House and Dedication!

The barrage of winter storms has become tiresome, but the DelVal campus is gorgeous. The coating of ice from Mother Nature’s most recent assault draped every tree and shrub with diamonds. A few trees were damaged slightly, and I was a bit surprised when a long-handled pruning saw appeared right outside my second-story window. I popped my head out of the window and saw Vince Tavella ’14, a senior animal science major I had just met with the previous day. (Only at DelVal!) Read about Vince below, who is organizing a “Branching Out Networking” event for students, faculty, staff, and alumni on March 19. Hopefully by that time, spring will have arrived!


Lynn Carroll
Director of Alumni Engagement
Delaware Valley College

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Bob Sauer ’65, longtime administrator, passes away

We are sad to share the news of the passing of Bob Sauer, former Director of Financial Aid at DelVal. Bob graduated from DelVal in 1965 with a BS in Dairy Science and went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Administration from Lehigh University.

Bob began working at DelVal in 1966 and spent much of his career in Financial Aid, retiring in 2010 as the Director of Financial Aid. Many alumni credit Bob for making it possible to continue their education. During his time at DelVal, Bob served as an A-Day Advisor, had the yearbook dedicated to him and was honored with an alumni award.

Our deepest sympathies to Bob's family, including his son Bob Sauer Jr. '87 and Bob Jr.'s wife Dina (Vidmar) '89. Bob's obituary is online and includes a link for friends to share condolences.

Bob Sauer '65

What's New?

What’s new with you? Let your DelVal friends know what you’ve been up to. No item is too small, and photos are welcome. Send news to or submit on our website.

Talk of the Town – the new Life Sciences Building

It’s open! Experience the first day of classes at the new Life Sciences Building through this video montage. One of the students mouths the word “Wow” when she enters for the first time.

This amazing structure is the talk of the town.  Articles about the new Life Sciences Building appeared in the Philadelphia Business Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly, and the Intelligencer (subscription required for the Intell).  Come see it for yourself at the Open House and Dedication this Thursday February 20th. Join us anytime from 4:30-6:30 pm for self-guided tours and light refreshments; no rsvp required. 

Life Sciences Building

Attention, Writers and Journalists

Are you a journalist, writer, or editor for a news organization?  We'd like to add you to our distribution list for press releases and news about the College!  Drop Lynn a note to get on the list.

Career Day and Branching Out: March 19

Wednesday, March 19 is the sort of day that can alter the course of a career.  First we’re holding our spring Career Day, with more than 80 companies represented to talk with students and interested alumni about career opportunities. (If you’d like to participate as an employer, let Lynn know.)

That evening, we’ll have a unique networking event called “Branching Out Networking” for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and any interested Career Day employers.  “Branching Out Networking” is co-sponsored by the National Residence Hall Honorary Society, the Alumni Association’s Undergraduate Liaison Committee, and the Center for Student Professional Development. The brainchild of Vince Tavella ’14 and Savannah Gibson ’15, this event is designed to give participants a chance to learn about career options outside their major, as well as to network with professionals within that field. Please join us, and share this opportunity with fellow alumni!

Dates to remember:

  • February 20, 2014: Open House at the new Life Sciences Building, 4:30-6:30 pm: all welcome!  Rescheduled from a week prior.
  • February 24-28 and March 1-9, 2014: Volunteer at DelVal’s Philadelphia Flower Show exhibit and get a Flower Show pass! Get details online and then register here.
  • March 1: DelVal Chorale and Concert Band gala performance celebrating the new Life Sciences Building; free, but tickets required; contact Lynn.
  • March 16, 2014: DelVal Alumni at spring training, Phillies vs. Pirates in Clearwater FL. Register online!
  • March 19, 2014:  Career Day 11:00 am-2:30 pm, followed by a “Branching Out Networking” event for students, alumni, faculty, and staff.  Registration opens soon at
  • March 26, 2014: Alumni gathering at Alstede Farms' Harvest Hall in Chester NJ, sponsored by Kurt Alstede '85. Registration opens soon.
  • March 29, 2014:  Meet alumni at breakfast before the Dairy Society's Green and Gold Spring Spectacular Sale. Details will be sent to Dairy Science alumni by email; contact Lynn if you want to participate.
  • April 2, 2014: Join the first-ever Pride and Polish alumni team and help spruce up DelVal's campus!
  • April 2, 2014:  Alumni networking event with DelVal’s graduating seniors. Look for an invitation by email.
  • April 3-4, 2014:  Precarious Alliance symposium focuses on Energy in Transition, and features author Bill McKibben, as well as a couple of DelVal alumni!
  • April 25-27, 2014: A Day Weekend; volunteer information coming soon.
  • October 11, 2014: Homecoming

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

Aggies in the News (please click on the underlined text to open the links)

Doug Christie ’67 who leads DelVal’s farm management team shares his advice for starting your garden while the ground is still frozen.

Delval student Lia Schmittel ’14 was just crowned Pennsylvania Fair Queen. Look for her at your county fair!

Steve Cygan ’76 was interviewed about his business, Appeeling Fruit Inc., by Keystone Edge.

A new book by Carl Kline ’72, “Blue Collar Kids,” just got a great review. “Childhood isn’t as easy as it looks.”

DVR alert! Michael Bruce ’78 and David Heller ’83 will appear on Philadelphia's channel 6abc on March 1 at 7 pm as part of a preview of the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Alumni and students enjoyed connecting at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey at the end of January.  See if you recognize anyone in the great photos from our booth and reception!

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!

DelVal alumni across the globe

Ukraine: Like many DelVal Dairy Science graduates, Garry Verhoog ’80 and his wife have a modest dairy farm… unlike most, their farm is in the village of Nikolay-Pole, Ukraine! After many years of farming in New Jersey, the Catskills, and Canada, Garry and his wife Teresa pulled up stakes and headed for eastern Europe to start a small demonstration farm. Ukraine is just east of Russia and just north of the Black Sea. They worked with Mennonite missionaries to establish a trade school for young people (mostly orphans), and Garry teaches the students to run a dairy farm.  In true DelVal spirit, Garry’s hope is that these young people “receive really good practical experience on how to work and live on a dairy farm.” Garry’s grown children still run the 6000-acre, 800-milking cow Moonshadow Holsteins farm in southeast Manitoba.  Learn more about the adventures of Garry and his family at

Garry Verhoog '80 in Ukraine

Denmark: Kirby Smith ’11 recently traveled to Denmark as the groom for Chris Hickey, the head trainer at Hilltop Farm.  She writes about her responsibilities, “I take care of his horses and travel with him to shows. I am responsible for feeding, administering medications, grooming and preparing the horses to ride and many other daily activities. We stay in Wellington, Florida for the winter.  We currently have 8 horses in training.”

Kirby accompanied Chris Hickey to Denmark recently for three months of training and showing, along with 4 of his horses. “In many countries in Europe, horse shows are a huge spectator sport, which sadly isn't the case in America. But in Europe horses are much more accessible, many towns have their own ride clubs with school horses so you don't need to have money to be able to enjoy horses. What I enjoyed most about Denmark was the people, they were welcoming and jovial. They made time for one another and weren't so wrapped up in technology like Americans tend to be now. It was quite refreshing!”

Kirby is photographed here with Witness Hilltop.  Do you know of alumni who are living or traveling in another country?  Let us know!

Kirby Smith '11 with Witness Hilltop

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Know any alumni who are published authors?  We're looking for books to feature in next spring's Horizons magazine for the "Bookshelf" section.  Check out pg. 22 of the Fall 2013 magazine for the first four books by alumni authors, or read the issue online!

Please let us know if you know of any DelVal alumni we should feature in the next newsletter.  Thank you!  Now, back to class...

Students in snow