DelVal hosts a group of students from the Czech Republic

May 06, 2014

Czech Republic visit

Credit: Delaware Valley College
Bottom Row: Dr. Sylvie Hadrova, Milena Linhartova, Majerkova Darina, Veronika Mihókova, Jon Franchini '16, Jacqueline Lockwood '17.
Middle Row: Dr. Diane Van Hekken, Rebekah Miller '15, Novotany Jakub, Dr. Bruce Richards.
Top Row: Humpolicek Frantisek and Ulcakova Simona.

On Thursday, May 1, two instructors and six food technology students from the Czech Republic visited Delaware Valley College's campus with Dr. Diane Van Hekken, a USDA research chemist from the Dairy and Functional Foods Research Unit. 

Dr. Sylvie Hadrova, a researcher from the Czech Republic, who collaborates with Dr. Van Hekken reached out to her about visiting a U.S. college with some students. Dr. Van Hekken thought of DelVal and contacted Dr. Bruce Richards, a DelVal faculty member to arrange the visit.

During the visit, DelVal students and students from the Czech Republic attended a seminar by Dr. Hadrova; discussed similarities and differences between the food systems in the U.S. and the Czech Republic; participated in a discussion on food safety policy with Dr. Cathy Davies, a DelVal faculty member; discussed possible future opportunities for the two schools to collaborate and visited DelVal's bookstore.

Dr. Van Hekken said that this was their first opportunity to bring the students to the U.S. for a visit and that all of the students are studying agriculture. In addition to visiting DelVal, the group also had a chance to see the USDA, two dairy plants and a farm in Lancaster, Pa.

"We were interested in the College's farms and the programs for students," said Milena Linhartova, one of the students' instructors. "They are something we admired."

The students said they enjoyed seeing DelVal and liked the people on campus. The group arrived in the U.S. on Sunday, April 27 and stayed through Friday, May 2.