10/12/08: DelVal to Host University of Podlaskie Students (Siedlce, Poland)

Sep 24, 2008

Delaware Valley College will host four students and a faculty from the University of Podlaskie of Siedlce, Poland, as the second leg of the Piszek/Evans Exchange Program, an ongoing exchange of visits of students, faculty and staff between the institutions.

In its second year of exchanges between schools, the first leg of this year's exchange took place in May when Delaware Valley College students and faculty traveled to Poland to research, review and learn about the agriculture industry in Poland.

DelVal's guests will arrive October 12 for a week of learning about the agriculture industry in the United States.  The individuals from the Polish contingent will tour the Delaware Valley College agricultural and equine operations and greater Doylestown, they will attend lectures and meetings, visit museums, visit working farms throughout eastern and central Pennsylvania and visit the Amish countryside and historical Philadelphia.

The University of Podlaskie (Akademia Podlaska), founded in 1969, is considered a premier agriculture education university in Poland.  This past spring, Howard Eyre, Assistant Professor of Ornamental Horticulture, and four DelVal students visited the Polish university for the first part of the exchange.

The agreement stems from each institution's efforts to globalize curriculum and experiences for their campus community. The goal is to provide students, faculty and staff from DelVal and Podlaskie international academic and cultural experiences as an integral component to their personal, academic and professional growth. Students will learn agricultural marketing practices in another country, exchange information on developing the agricultural industry in Poland, experience cultural traits, lifestyles, customs, traditions and work ethics of foreigners and establish links between educators and students.

The program is funded by the Copernicus Society of America and the Copernicus Foundation in Poland. The exchange is named for the late Edward Piszek, founder and CEO of the "Mrs. Paul's" frozen foods empire whose philanthropy founded the Copernicus Society of America, and Dr. Donald Evans, professor of extension education, who contributed substantially to the development the Polish Agricultural Extension Program.