DelVal Students to Visit University of Podlasie, Poland

May 05, 2008

Delaware Valley College students and faculty will visit the University of Podlasie in Siedlce, Poland, from May 19 through May 27 as part of the ongoing Piszek/Evans Exchange Program, which offers exchange visits to students, faculty and staff between the institutions.

The trip stems from an agreement begun last year as part of 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 Podlasie 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 agritourism as it relates to the dairy and beef industry in Poland, experience cultural traits, lifestyles, customs, traditions and work ethics of foreigners and establish links between educators and students.

“Our students will be exposed to the full scope of the Polish agriculture industry,” said Dr. James Diamond, Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley College. “This will be the second set of students we take as part of this agreement; our students will discuss issues and trends of interest and concern with the Polish students each learning from the others experiences and insights.”

Students traveling to Poland include: Juniors Kathleen Mahon of Mount Airy, MD, a large animal science and management major and Amanda Guralski of Oxford, CT, an agricultural education major and sophomores Elizabeth Moyer of Bethel, PA, an agribusiness major and Chelsea Faircloth of New Cumberland, PA, a large animal science and management major. Howard L. Eyre, assistant professor of Ornamental Horticulture and Environmental Design, will accompany the students on the trip.

The program is partially 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 of the Polish Agricultural Extension Program.

The University of Podlasie (Akademia Podlaska), founded in 1969, is considered a premier agriculture education university in Poland. While in Poland, students will visit with leaders in the agriculture industry of Poland and the Commodity Exchange, visit many different types of farms and attend lectures and meetings of the Copernicus Society and other industry groups.

Last October, Delaware Valley College hosted five students from the University of Podlasie of Siedlce, Poland, as part of the Piszek/Evans Exchange Program. During their visit, the individuals from the Polish contingent toured the Delaware Valley College agricultural and equine operations and greater Doylestown; attended lectures and meetings; visited museums, the Amish countryside and historical Philadelphia, attended a dairy cattle auction and a horse show and visited area farms.