DelVal is bustling with new freshmen, parents, and returning students.  The fall calendar (below) is packed with fun and educational events for alumni and the entire DelVal community, including Homecoming fast approaching the last weekend of September.  It’s such an exciting time to be a part of Delaware Valley College!

The most exciting part of DelVal for me has been meeting many of the alumni who made this place what it is today: a beautiful, welcoming community for young people to learn, explore career options, and get ready to tackle the most pressing issues of our time.  If you’re in the area, stop by to see what’s happening on campus.  Even if you’re miles away, please stay in touch.  The students, staff and faculty appreciate your support as we welcome the Class of 2017!

Lynn Carroll
Director of Alumni Engagement
Delaware Valley College

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Your vote counts!

The Alumni Association elections are now open, and we have a phenomenal slate of candidates. We are deeply grateful for the experience, perspective, and talent each of them will bring to the committee.

There is one officer up for election and 17 candidates for positions on the committee.  We have 12 openings for 3-year terms which will go to the top 12 vote-getters, then 1 opening for a 2-year term, and finally 6 openings for 1-year terms.  Alumni can vote online where they can see the full ballot (preferred), or via mail on an abbreviated ballot included in the Homecoming Brochure.  If you haven’t voted yet, please do!

Reconnect with DelVal at Homecoming

Come see all that has changed here at DelVal, and what has also stayed the same—lifelong friends, hands-on learning experiences, and a wonderful campus that students call home.  Homecoming 2013 has something for everyone, so register online NOW!

Thank you... Memorial Garden volunteers!

Alumni, students, and faculty came together on Saturday, July 13 to restore and revive the Class of 2007 Memorial Garden. Thank you to all who donated plants and participated in the work, particularly Jerry Fritz '88 and family, Pat Callahan '99, Professor Dave Benner, John Stella ’86, Randy Haffling '94 and his son Connor, Doug Graham '78, Stacy Counter '14, Lindsay Smith '12, and Pete Williams '91. Thanks to the businesses who donated plants and materials as well: Clearview Nursery, Quality Greenhouses, Feeney’s Wholesale Nursery, Stillpond, Centerton Nursery, Bromms Lullaby Farm, and Jerry Fritz Garden Design. You made a beautiful campus even more amazing.

Time is short for IRA tax break

If you are over 70 and have an IRA, you may have heard about the Charitable IRA Rollover, a tax rule that lets you make a donation and avoid taxes at the same time.  Well, the clock is ticking – this tax break expires at the end of December.  To learn more about how you can leave a lasting legacy at DelVal, contact Maryann Fox at or (215) 489-4528.


  • Charlie Patterson IV ’99 and Sherry Morgan Patterson ’00 were recognized at the Queen Anne’s County Fair in Maryland for the contributions their family has made to the region’s agriculture industry.  Charlie is the fourth generation Patterson to raise dairy cattle.  In this interview, Charlie and Sherry talk about meeting at DelVal around the 7:00 mark, but their kids really steal the show around the 9:00 mark! See the video.
  • Terence Prunty ’10 earned a ribbon in a World Champion Hunter Rider competition and earned a spot to compete in the Capital Challenge Horse Show in September.  Good luck, Terence!
  • Jackie Hartzell '05 is the new women's basketball head coach at USciences.  Way to go Jackie, and good luck this season to the Devils!
  • Michelle Drains ’09 finished medical school this May, and is now a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine!
  • Melissa Rudershausen ’11 and her horse Gunner are currently leading the Amateur Owner Jumper division in the United States Equestrian Federation’s national ranking.

And finally, a special welcome to the newest members of the DelVal community, the Class of 2017!

Dates to remember:

  • September 7, 2013: Reunion for students of Dave Benner, Ornamental Horticulture from 1966-1989. Register online at
  • September 9, 2013:  Come celebrate the newly expanded Janet Manion Military and Veterans Center on campus; a brief celebration will take place just outside Elson Hall.  DelVal is proud to be a Yellow Ribbon School, and alumni who are veterans are welcome to stop in the Center any time.
  • September 15, 2013:  Join Team DelVal for the 9/11 Heroes Run (5K + 1M Fun Run) at Fonthill Park in Doylestown.  Proceeds benefit the Travis Manion Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and the Doylestown Fire Company.  Contact Lynn for details!
  • September 17, 2013:  Join us for the first in a series of seminars called the Food Science Institute.  Presenters include Professor Cathy Davies, Dean Russell Redding, and Kristin Hulshart ’09, director of the Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture.  Seminar will be from 6:00-7:30 pm in Mandell 114.
  • September 24, 2013:  Henry Schmieder Arboretum’s lecture series begins with Professor Howard Eyre showing famous gardens of Holland and England.  Presentation at 7:30 pm in Mandell Hall, Room 114.
  • September 27-28, 2013:  Homecoming Weekend!  Don’t miss this weekend that is packed with food, friends, and fun. Learn more.
  • September 27-28, 2013:  Equestrian Talent Search, a weekend clinic for high school riders held at DelVal’s Equestrian Center. Learn more.
  • October 1, 2013:  Henry Schmieder Arboretum’s lecture series continues with landscape architect Jeff Charlesworth’s presentation “Composing the Fall Garden.”  Presentation at 7:30 pm in Mandell Hall, Room 114.
  • October 2, 2013:  Animal behavior expert, author, and activist Temple Grandin speaks on the topic of autism; open to the public; location to be announced.
  • October 7, 2013:  DelVal Golf Classic at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, PA. Sponsorships and registrants are welcome, and proceeds benefit DelVal scholarships!  Play the famed Old Course or Grace Course. It’s a great cause – funds raised support the Delaware Valley College Golf Classic Endowed Scholarship.  Learn more.
  • October 13, 2013:  Open House for high school seniors considering DelVal!
  • October 15, 2013:  Henry Schmieder Arboretum’s lecture series continues with Jeff Charlesworth’s presentation “Composing the Fall Garden.”  Presentation at 7:30 pm in Mandell Hall, Room 114.
  • October 22, 2013:  Join us for the second seminar of the Food Science Institute.  This session focuses on “Food Systems of Plants.” Seminar will be from 6:00-7:30 pm in Mandell Hall, Room 114.
  • October 23, 2013:  Ag & Science Career & Internship Fair in the Student Center.  Employers are invited, and alumni are welcome to recruit internships and open positions at their places of employment. Learn more.
  • November 10, 2013:  Open House for high school seniors considering DelVal!
  • November 12, 2013:  The third seminar of the Food Science Institute focuses on “Food Systems of Animals,” and features M. Jeffrey Bloom ’71 of the Dairy Practices Council.  Seminar will be from 6:00-7:30 pm in Mandell 114.

Aggies in the News

  • John Prestia ’12 joins the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department as a sheriff’s office deputy. Learn more.
  • Diane Dodin ’96 is the new owner of Prospect Animal Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL. Learn more.
  • Nan Ondra ’89 has an amazing garden that was featured in Green Scene, the magazine of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.  Check out the article entitled “Organic Oasis," then if you want even more gorgeous garden photos, visit Nan’s blog.

Please let us know if you see any DelVal alumni featured online for the next newsletter.

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