The importance of thank you

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Laurie Ward, chief marketing and communications officer.

A wise man once told me, “none of us are promised anything in life.”

I’ll go one step further and add, “So we must be thankful for every opportunity.”

Not only should we be thankful, we need to express it. In this day of technology and social media, there are fewer opportunities for personal interactions if you don’t make a point of doing it. Often it’s easier to send a quick text that says “thnx!” Thank you notes in your personal life are just good manners. They show the type of character you have. And they make the other person feel good. Who doesn’t want to be responsible for adding a little joy to someone’s day?

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Networking in college

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Madison Moore '15.

It seems like everyone is talking about networking lately – and for good reason.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of jobs are found through networking.  The number might be even higher for internship opportunities since many employers create internship positions to help a student gain experience (especially a student they know)

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Making a good first impression, the moment you walk in the door

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Laurie Ward, chief marketing and communications officer.

In my first job out of college, I was the receptionist at a TV station. I answered the phone and greeted visitors.

When the general sales manager was hiring new sales people, he purposely made them wait. They didn’t know it, but it was all part of the interview. As account executives, they would have to make cold calls on businesses. Maybe they would get in to see someone, maybe they wouldn’t. And if they did, they would probably be asked to wait to be fit into someone’s schedule.

Jeff was testing their patience. Did they constantly look at the clock and sigh?

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Founding DelVal’s Ducks Unlimited Chapter

Posted on August 19, 2014 by Kristin Ryerson ’15.

In September of 2012, I worked with Christopher Adams ’13 to start The Delaware Valley College Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. We worked with Delaware Valley College Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Gregory George and Ducks Unlimited Regional Director Joe DeMartino to found the chapter. Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation. Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres of wetland habitat since 1937, and as a student chapter we were hoping we could help raise money to support their efforts and also help waterfowl populations on the local level. 

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Strategic Planning

Posted on August 5, 2014 by Roy Ortman, strategic plan coordinator.

Someone recently asked me, “You have something to do with the strategic plan, right? What is the strategic plan and why is it important?” Here’s my answer.

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Experience360 sets DelVal apart

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Dr. Kim Long, dean of business and humanities.

DelVal’s Experience 360 program is more than hype; it’s one of the most important elements of that sets a DelVal education apart. As everyone knows, the Founder’s mission of “science with practice” is more than a nice slogan that has survived for 118 years. We are working hard to create experiences and activities designed to give students the hands-on, out-of-classroom learning they need to be more competitive.

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Five Important Aspects of Multicultural Counseling Competencies

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Faculty.

To have an inclusive approach in a counseling practice, the counseling psychology professional must develop multicultural competencies in order to effectively work with clients from diverse backgrounds. The Advanced Multicultural Counseling course introduces this crucial aspect by broadening your awareness and understanding of the key roles that a client’s culture, identity, ethnicity, race, gender, and other aspects of diversity play in the counseling process. Learning culturally-competent counseling practices, current theoretical approaches, and practicing self-reflection in this area will help you acquire the skills necessary to engage a diverse clientele.

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My first year at DelVal

Posted on July 21, 2014 by Dr. April Vari, Vice President for Student Affairs.

It was a little more than a year ago when I accepted President Brosnan’s invitation to join the DelVal community as vice president for student affairs. And I am so glad that I did! This past year has gone by quickly and in retrospect is a bit blurry, as I had a lot to learn, a lot of people to meet, and much to observe and ponder. One thing that’s not blurry about the past year is my impression of the student body here at DelVal. I have great clarity about making the statement that the students at DelVal are among the most interesting and engaging that I have met over the course of my career in higher education.

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Ethical Decision-Making in Your Counseling Practice

Posted on July 21, 2014 by Faculty.

For counseling psychology professionals, fully understanding the importance of ethics and values is one of the most crucial aspects of a counseling practice. Rarely do straightforward ethical dilemmas arise with simple answers. That’s why it’s essential to utilize clinical supervision and have a solid foundation and understanding of the ethical decision-making process advocated by your professional association.   
 

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Do one thing better: be a connector

Posted on July 15, 2014 by Deanna Parkton, Coordinator of Experiential Learning.

Have you ever been to a social gathering, standing idly by while your friend chatted with someone else, waiting for them to introduce you?  Has a peer told you about an event they were attending and encouraged you to attend? When we are either left out of a conversation or brought into a conversation, it tends to have a huge impact on us. 

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The Long Goodbye

Posted on July 7, 2014 by Sarah O'Shea '11, animal biotechnology and conservation.

After burning land as a part of a conservation project, Sarah O'Shea '11 adjusts to seeing green again. For Sarah's earlier post, check out "Burn Baby Burn"

I have adjusted my eyes for the past six months to viewing the world in browns, yellows and whites. I extended this view by moving west for the spring and now, as my last day arrives a new color is starting to emerge. A color that I had long forgotten about and was sure I would never see again, green. A favorite color of mine yes, but we departed ways for the past couple of months and now my mind struggles to piece the environment back together. Lime green treetops mirror the pattern of the river, the hillsides have now taken on the color green. Flowers blossom giving even more color to the earth than before. Bison can be found munching on the greenest grass and the baby calves are getting their first taste of the "good stuff."

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3 Things Alumni-hood Offers (that you can’t get anywhere else)

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Lynn Carroll, director of alumni engagement.

Dear recent graduate,

Alumni-hood is special, and now that you’ve graduated, I’m sure you’re thinking of nothing else but all the perks that come with being an alum. No?

Well, that’s understandable, but I’d like to talk about some of the benefits that came with that diploma.

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Participating in National Dairy Challenge

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Nicole Hood ’14.

The Dairy Challenge contest, in my opinion, is more than just a contest; it’s an experience of a lifetime. It makes all the hard work that goes into earning an education beyond high school feel absolutely worth it, the often challenging task of working as a team becomes a place where you can truly value the characteristics of each individual you encounter, networking becomes an easy practice, and at the end of the week, you truly have made a difference in someone’s life, which is simply indescribable. 

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College is about more than a degree

Posted on June 9, 2014 by Annmarie Ely, Delaware Valley College media relations and publications coordinator .

Students come to Delaware Valley College’s campus to earn degrees in a wide-range of fields, but that’s not the only reason they’re here. Many of our students are here because they see something in the world that they want to change-something they want to improve.

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Sun, Sand, and a Summer Internship

Posted on May 27, 2014 by Madison Moore '15, media and communication student.

500 hours of internship experience.

Such an overwhelming number to see as a Delaware Valley College undergrad, and it seemed impossible to achieve in just four years.

Over the past three years, I have found a few things that have made me successful with landing internships that have boosted my resume, strengthened my skills, and have allowed me to make long lasting connections with professionals for my future career.

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College receives approval for doctoral degree

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Dr. Bashar Hanna, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has approved Delaware Valley College’s request to launch a doctoral degree in educational leadership. The Ed.D. will have two tracks -- a K-12 track and a higher education track.  Enthusiasm for the doctoral degree has been high and more than 35 candidates have submitted an application to enroll in fall 2014.

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Commencement then and now

Posted on May 14, 2014 by Dr. Kim Long, dean of the School of Business and Humanities.

As we prepare to watch another class of students walk across the stage and shake hands, it’s easy start focusing on the mechanics (“How do I pronounce this name?”). Then a student emails you, asking about something related to the ceremony, and you remember that hundreds of lives are about to change in a major way. You are about to be part of a significant milestone in students’ lives, and it takes you back to your own college days.

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A year after graduating from DelVal

Posted on May 6, 2014 by Emily Meagher ’13.

With graduation fast approaching and all of the current seniors ready to spread their wings, I wanted to take a minute to express my gratitude and let you know what an impact the Equine Studies program has had on my first year in the ‘real world.’

Exactly four days after graduating from Delaware Valley College, I hopped on a plane and traveled to Colorado to work as a Wrangler at North Fork Dude and Guest Ranch.  A high school dream turned into a reality, I was truly excited to step away from the stress of college and slow my pace for a summer.  Sit on a horse all day and talk to guests while riding breath-taking trails in the Rocky Mountains? Anyone can handle that.  What I didn’t realize was how applicable my equine studies courses would be, even in such an alternate universe within the equine industry.

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Going abroad to study AND intern

Posted on April 30, 2014 by Abbie Branchflower '14.

Some of you may know me as “that random girl whose blog we got emails about last spring semester.” Or, maybe you don’t really remember that, but you vaguely recognize my name. I wrote my blog about my experience with the Hartpury College Exchange Program.

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Getting ready for A-Day 2014

Posted on April 24, 2014 by Kaleb Long '15, A-Day president.

Throughout the past year, I have had the opportunity to lead the A-Day team in making the decisions to hold a successful A-Day weekend. We faced challenges such as working through communication difficulties and working with novice committee members. Overall, engaging the student body and highlighting the accomplishments of our academic programs has been our primary focus. Making this happen is one aspect of our preparation where my agribusiness education has served invaluable.

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Counseling psychology student co-presents at the Association for Women in Psychology Conference

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Susan Sklaroff-Van Hook, graduate counseling psychology student.

Susan Sklaroff-Van Hook, a student in the counseling psychology graduate program, attended the 39th annual Association for Women in Psychology conference with counseling psychology assistant professor and graduate counseling psychology academic program director, Dr. Audrey Ervin, in mid-March. The conference, which took place in Columbus, Ohio, was themed “The Personal is Political: The Lived Experiences of Disability.”  Programming focused on current issues related to disabilities in counseling, feminist psychology, mental health, and social justice advocacy. Susan Sklaroff-Van Hook has a background as a disability rights legal advocate.

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My DelVal Story

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Sarah Stout '14.

Growing up in Doylestown, I never thought DelVal would be my dream school. I never thought I would look forward to class or club meetings or spending time on campus. I never imagined I would make so many friends from different places who were driven to my hometown for their education—but I did. I have experienced and seen more during my time at DelVal than I ever anticipated. From traveling abroad with professors, to attending international conferences, to starting a new club on campus; each experience has shifted the way I look at the world and how I see my role in the big picture.

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Ways you can lead every day

Posted on April 8, 2014 by Dr. April Vari, vice president for student affairs.

The other day as I was walking across the DelVal campus, I did something -- or more accurately didn't do something -- that I later regretted.  I walked by an empty beer can on the ground and I didn't pick it up to throw it into the nearest recycling bin.  I was in a hurry, and to be honest I didn't know where that can had come from and just wasn't keen on the idea of picking it up.

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Our last first day

Posted on April 1, 2014 by Bailey Young '14.

January 13, 2014 was a day that some of us dreaded and some of us couldn't wait to come, our last first day of school. Not only were we facing the stress and anxiety that comes with entering our last semester, but there was a rather large structure that stirred curiosity in every student at DelVal, the Life Sciences Building. This semester was full of change for everyone on campus, but for us seniors all we wanted was a chance to take a class in this new building, because well, it's our last chance.

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Networking While in College

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Deanna Parkton.

It seems like everyone is talking about networking lately – and for good reason.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of jobs are found through networking.  The number might be even higher for internship opportunities since many employers create internship positions to help a student gain experience (especially a student they know).

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When words fail, music speaks

Posted on March 3, 2014 by Katie Goldberg '16.

I will be the first to admit that I am not the typical DelVal student. As a sophomore, I’ve thrown quite a few people through a loop when I mention my career plan. There are plenty of Business Administration students here, but not many of them are looking for a career managing concert venues and bands. But I am- and DelVal has helped me pursue my goals by still managing to find hands-on experiences for their atypical students.

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Traveling to Israel: An Amazing Gift

Posted on February 21, 2014 by Sam Cohen '14.

Have you ever been given an amazing gift?   Many people would say yes to this, like a car for their 16th birthday or maybe a really nice watch for graduation.  But I am asking have you ever been given a gift that was also an opportunity, an adventure that can change your life?

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Partnering with the Community

Posted on January 21, 2014 by Andrew Moyer, Director of Student Involvement and Deanna Parkton, Experiential Learning Advisor, Center for Student Professional Development.

The College has started building a robust network of partners that can provide positive service experience to DelVal students. The Community Partners Service Fair will bring service organizations to campus highlighting the opportunities that students, staff and faculty have available to them in the local community.

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Remember My Name

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Madison Moore, '15.

Picture a 17-year-old typical high school student; fingers crossed and eyes shut as she tears open a potential acceptance letter to a college where she applied.

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