Happy Holidays from Delaware Valley College!

Final exams are over, the students have gone home, and the lingering snow makes campus eerily quiet. As 2013 draws to a close, DelVal faculty and staff extend warm wishes to every alumnus for a happy and healthy holiday.

Lynn Carroll
Director of Alumni Engagement
Delaware Valley College

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Life Sciences Building

It's so close to completion, we can already catch a whiff of that new classroom smell! The building includes state-of-the-art lab and GIS equipment, a 450-seat auditorium, and an emergency backup generator to protect lab work and experiments in case of power loss. Come to the concert on March 1st to check it out!

Energy in Transition is focus of 2014 Precarious Alliance

Every other year, DelVal gathers academics, scientific researchers, and practitioners to discuss a pressing issue. Food Systems launched the symposium in 2010, and The Ethics of Water was on tap in 2012. This spring we'll talk about Energy in Transition, and we're inviting practitioners and experts to submit proposals by January 14, in order to be considered as a presenter or panelist in April. Details at www.precariousalliance.org. Follow @EnergyInTrans on Twitter or find The Precarious Alliance on Facebook!

Save the Date: Spring Career Day

This past fall, seventeen alumni were among the company representatives at the Ag and Science Career Fair. The next Career Day is Wednesday, March 26, 2014 and is open to all industries, so please save the date and represent your workplace!

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!

Standing ovations for our alumni speakers

This fall's Food Systems Institute brought several familiar faces back to DelVal. A series of four panel discussions, the Institute included terrific panelists that included several alumni. Steve Hykes '92 and his son Nathan Hykes '16, Jennifer Reed-Harry '92, Justin Risser '06, Jeff Bloom '71, and Kristin Hulshart '09 contributed their expertise. Thanks to each of these alumni for sharing their perspective.

Dates to remember:

  • January 7, 2014: Southeast PA Green Industry Conference co-sponsored by Penn State and Delaware Valley College
  • January 8, 2014: Alumni reception at MANTS, Baltimore Convention Center
  • January 18, 2014: Men's basketball Alumni Day and Wrestling Alumni gathering; email Lynn or the coaches for details
  • January 26, 2014: After a brief alumni reception at 1:15 pm, you can hear DelVal faculty Dr. Alicia Shenko talk about how rodent communities influence habitat at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve; $8 for Bowman's Hill members, $12 for non-members, pay at the door.
  • January 29, 2014: Alumni reception at Hershey Lodge during the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention
  • March 1: DelVal Chorale and Concert Band gala performance celebrating the new Life Sciences Building; concert is free, but tickets required
  • March 16, 2014: DelVal Alumni at spring training, Phillies vs. Pirates in Clearwater FL. Event begins at 12 noon, game at 1:00. Details to come, so save the date!
  • April 2, 2014: Join the first-ever Pride and Polish alumni team!
  • April 25-27, 2014: A Day Weekend
  • October 11, 2014: Homecoming

Contact Lynn at lynn.carroll@delval.edu for details. See www.delval.edu/alumnievents for the full listing of events!

Aggies in the News

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John Courtney '98 contributed an article to Pond Trade Magazine about using native plants in pond and shoreline vegetation plans. (John provided assistance with DelVal's vernal pond installation recently.)

Megan Keyes '10 and her family's creamery in Aberdeen were highlighted in The Delmarva Farmer.

Kate Umbargar Dallam '90 and her husband run another Maryland dairy farm highlighted in the news, Broom's Bloom Dairy in Bel Air. Kate appears at the 5:53 mark in the video.

Stay in touch

Please let us know if you have moved, have a new email address, or would like to share a new phone number. That way, we can let you know about alumni activities in your area, and keep you involved in DelVal events!

Congrats to...

Crista Melchiorre '09 and Kevin Weber '09 got engaged! They plan to marry in November 2014.

Michael B. Davis '00 was sworn in as a police officer for Upper Merion Township.

Kevin Harrigan '07 and his wife Brittany had their second child at the end of September. Welcome to the world, Maverick Zachary!

Molly Lawton '13 (Dec. grad) got engaged to James Hozier '12. They made it official at Niagara Falls this past May. Send us wedding pics, you guys!

Ballpark Digest covered the promotion of Matt Ammerman '10 to Group Sales Manager of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Congratulations, Matt!

Ray Funkhouser '72 was given the 2013 Volunteer Recognition Award by Virginia's chapter of USA Track and Field in appreciation of his efforts on several USATF Virginia committees, as well as frequently officiating at track and field events.

Chris Price '04 was elected to a position as Maryland Farm Bureau's Young Farmer & Ranchers State Chair. Emily Keggan '01 was the first to congratulate him!

Neil Kratzer '85 moved his store to a larger location, so visit him at The NEW Wine Room at Main and Union Streets in Williamsville, NY (just outside Buffalo).

Jack Egoavil MBA '13 just opened Quinoa, a new Peruvian and Mexican Restaurant in Doylestown, to rave reviews. Try the ceviche!

Joanne Stagliano Coniglio '94 is proud to share that DelVal's Western Equestrian Team brought home 1st and 3rd place team ribbons in the Mountaineer Invitational Horse Show in Morgantown, West Virginia!

Cory Herald Kieschnick and assistant coach Emily Casali Miller '07 are also bursting with pride, because the Hunt Seat Team finished the fall season undefeated and the Dressage Team won three shows in a row this season. DelVal seniors Jessica Katz and Chelsea Koerper are neck and neck in competition for the leading Open Rider award. Congratulations to all our amazing equestrians! Alumni can support these great teams by participating in the Derby Dash this spring, set for May 3, 2014.

This and That

Want to see previous newsletters? April, July, August, and October are available online.

Although we hope we have your current email address correct, we may have your work email rather than your personal one on file. If you would prefer these emails go to a different email address, please let me know! And remember to send class notes to Horizons@delval.edu or visit www.delval.edu/alumni-giving/class-notes.

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!