This fall I have been constantly reminded of alumni generosity everywhere I turn. When looking for a shortcut behind the library, I happened upon the Marty Brooks '54 garden full of the most amazing dwarf trees. I learned the next week that alumni were critical to the installation of a vernal pool here on campus. As the alumni awards were held over Homecoming weekend, I got to meet some of the highly accomplished alumni who have supported young people throughout their careers, several of whom went on to attend DelVal. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you! Thank you for all your dedication, loyalty, and commitment to DelVal.

Lynn Carroll
Director of Alumni Engagement
Delaware Valley College

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Homecoming 2013

What a great weekend! The weather was gorgeous, we had more than 400 people come to the alumni tent, and the football team came from behind to bring us a fantastic victory. You could not ask for a better day! A special salute to the Class of 1963 who celebrated their 50th Reunion. Look for photos from the event at If you couldn't make it this year, save the date for next year: October 11, 2014.

Dr. Temple Grandin came to DelVal

Dr. Temple Grandin's visit to DelVal was nothing short of amazing. Dr. Linda Detwiler '80 arranged the appearance, and Dr. Grandin graciously spoke twice—once on the subject of autism and again on animal welfare—giving more than 800 students, alumni, and community members the opportunity to learn from her insights. For the next three weeks, these presentations will be available online at

Accomplished alumni recognized

The Delaware Valley College Alumni Awards presentation was held during Homecoming Weekend. Four very accomplished alumni were recognized for their loyalty to the college, their expertise in their field, and their contributions to sharing their knowledge with future generations. Dr. Josh Feldstein '42 '52 received the Faculty/Staff Recognition Award, Jerry McMahon '58 received the Animal Science Award, Marc Reason '90 was given the Secondary Education award, and Dr. Tracy Hoover '82 was presented with the President's Distinguished Alumni Award. Congratulations to these alumni for this well-deserved honor!

An evening to honor a mentor

In September, DelVal alumni from the ornamental horticulture program of the 70s and 80s gathered to honor Professor David Benner. Many wonderful stories were shared about Professor Benner. Enjoy the online photo album, courtesy of talented student photographer Christie Berthiaume '14.

Thanks to alumni for a new vernal pool

DelVal has a new spot for wetland research, thanks to Randy Heffner '83, owner of Aquascapes Unlimited. Randy helped staff members Mary Tipping and Pat Callahan '99 create a vernal pool on campus, lending his expertise as wetland guru and guide for plant selection, design and layout. He spent a few days talking with the students and staff about site hydrology and what areas the plant materials would thrive within. John Courtney '98, Head Grower, grew all of the 4,000 plug plants for the vernal pool planting, and Ross Hill '96 was the plant availability and scheduling support that got the right material for the project. They helped us turn this learning opportunity into a unique experience that students will remember for years to come. Feeney's Wholesale Nursery of Buckingham, Pineland's Nursery of Columbus, NJ and North Creek Nurseries of Oxford also provided plant materials, and funding was provided by Pennsylvania's Growing Greener grant program.

Give DelVal's rats a new home

Professor Reg Hoyt is in search of a volunteer carpenter for “Extreme Makeover: Allegheny Woodrat Edition.” He hopes to find an alum with a table saw and some time to create new nest boxes for DelVal's captive breeding population of Allegheny Woodrats, a threatened species in Pennsylvania. They are actually really cute, and the project is a terrific learning experience for students. Drop Lynn a quick note if you've got the skills and interest to help!

Alumni & Student Networking Reception

On Wednesday November 6, alumni are invited to meet and greet students with an interest in their field! Our Alumni & Student Networking Reception will be a place for students to practice their networking skills with DelVal grads who share their career interests. Join us!

Baseball Alumni Game

The annual Baseball Alumni game was a blast, with many guys coming out to play. We spotted Tony Delude, Bill Mann, Andrew Welch, Zack Holm, Kevin Weingart, Kyle Bobb, Zak Jakubowski, Cory Weingart, Tom Reilly, Nate Reddell, Cody Hudnall, Jeff Sennett, George Higginson, Spencer Smith, Frank Wolfgang, Brian Hafer, Coach Matt Johnson, Head Coach Bob Altieri, John Schilling, Bill Boyle, Tony D'Amico, Jason Williams, and Mark Roth. Thanks so much, fellas.

Keeping it in the Family

We're looking for multiple generations of DelVal alumni who would like to share their impressions of DelVal with us for Facebook. If you attended DelVal and also have a parent, child, grandparent or grandchild who attended DelVal, let us know! We'll send you a very short online survey that takes less than 5 minutes. Thanks!

Dates to remember:

  • October 15, 2013: Henry Schmieder Arboretum's lecture series continues with John Gyer's presentation "The Private Life of Trillium." Presentation at 7:30 pm in Mandell Hall, Room 114.
  • October 22, 2013: Join us for the Food Science Institute, this time a panel discussion focused 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, 11:00 am - 2:30 pm. Employers are invited, and alumni are welcome to recruit for internships and open positions at their places of employment.
  • November 6, 2013: Join us for an Alumni & Student Networking Reception from 5:30-8:00 pm in the Student Center's Moumgis Auditorium.
  • November 10, 2013: Open House for high school seniors considering DelVal. Please share this date with friends and family.
  • November 12, 2013: The Food Science Institute continues with "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

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Don't feel bad if you get lost in the corn maze at DelVal's farm market, even Rob Arcidiacono '06 gets lost all the time!

Sara Tomeo '10 is teaching 5th graders in Miami how to grow food hydroponically.

Dr. Jeanine Davis '80 is one of the leaders of an interesting workshop in Asheville, NC on 10/28, “Growing Hops for Brewing Beer.”

Ashley Hecht '14 interned for the Great Bay Terrapin Project this past summer.

Tom Kirk '82, John McFadden '83, Rich Dougherty '83, and Brad Hall '83 are together on the gridiron again, this time as coaches for Lansdale Catholic.

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

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