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Hello! My name is Miller Huertgen and I am currently a junior at Delaware Valley University. This year, my goal was to find an internship that involved a lot of writing in the media. This is because my hope for after graduation is to write for television or to go into publishing and editing. I was honestly really stressed about finding an internship, especially now in the middle of a pandemic. I ended up asking a few local publishing companies if they were hiring interns, but none of them were because business is so slow right now. But luckily for me, I got offered to be co-editor of a new blog for DelVal by one of my professors, Katie Carnevale! She told me about the blog and her ideas to feature student’s experiences with their internships, research projects and travel abroad trips and I thought it was a great idea. I figured this would be a perfect way to help DelVal recruit incoming students by having current students share their cool internship experiences and even have some helpful articles for all students at DelVal on how to get an internship or job that would suit them best!

When I started this internship, I was a bit nervous because I thought it would only be me and my professor working on everything about the website but I was ready for the challenge that would bring. Even so, Professor Carnevale then told me that this internship would be going hand-in-hand with my Elements of Blogging class (Yes, that’s us in the picture!). I’d have a whole class to help with all the different parts of the blog. So far, the class has been very fun and all the students are so creative and great at coming up with different ideas for the blog. I didn’t have to do this alone after all! We have editorial style classes a lot of the time and are constantly coming up with new ways to improve the blog, even before it officially launched! We still have the better part of a whole semester of this class and lots of time to write articles, interview students and staff and improve the blog. I’m so glad to gain the experience of editing other people’s writing, especially when it’s a whole class full of creative students who are working towards the same goal as me. 

My hope for this blog is to pass it on to students who are younger than me in order for it to keep growing. Even after I graduate from DelVal, I hope it can flourish under the creative minds of writers after me. The Full360 blog will be a really valuable resource for students who are searching for internships or other ways to fulfill their E360 credits. We will be sharing articles about tips and tricks on how to get an internship that suits you, how to navigate the E360 website, interviews with the E360 staff, student-written articles about their experiences, and so much more than that. Aggies share their experiences here to give you the Full360 of how it’s done! Thank you for reading!

Your Editor,

Miller Huertgen

Student Spotlight: Nick Myers

By: Emma Monismith

Ever wonder what it’s like to do an internship at a local zoo? Recent Delaware Valley University graduate Nick Myers knows all about working with animals and was able to complete his experiential learning experience (E360) at Elmwood Park Zoo. As a zoo science major, Nick was able to transform his experiential learning experience into a full-time job.

Nick had his sights set on being a zookeeper for quite a while. After completing his first internship at Elmwood Zoo before coming to DelVal, he was offered a part time zookeeper position at Elmwood.

“I was offered a position there (Elmwood) and I felt like that would fit for my E360 and it would work really well in giving me the experience, that I think another internship wouldn’t really offer me,” said Nick.

Nick was able to use his part-time job at Elmwood for his E360 and even after completing it, he decided to continue in his role. As a part-time zookeeper, Nick has many different jobs and responsibilities that allow him to explore the zoo science field even more.

“I’m responsible for daily husbandry, record keeping, diet preparation, training of animals, medical observations as well as helping with medical procedures,” said Nick.

This may seem like a lot of responsibility for a college student, as Nick basically had two jobs: one as a student, and the other as a zookeeper. However, he was able to figure out a schedule with his advisor where he could still put in 30 hours a week at the zoo. While it was a little difficult to manage his time in the beginning, Nick was able to figure out exactly what he needed to do to be successful in both. Nick’s helpful tip is to keep an updated calendar with him at all times, so he doesn’t miss anything and he stays organized.

His E360 activity at Elmwood not only helped him develop basic zookeeper skills, it also allowed him to solidify his passion for the zoo science field.

“I learned a lot about my career that I’m going to go into. I definitely want to be a zookeeper and I know that now for sure. This was my first paid job at a zoo, so it showed me that I am on the right track,” said Nick.

Besides the general skills, this experience allowed Nick to discover the animals he liked to work with. He has enjoyed getting to work with the primates at the zoo and liked working with them a lot more then he thought he would. One of his favorite parts of his internship was a baby monkey being born.

To Nick, this experience was super valuable and really helped him figure out exactly what he wanted to do in the future. He even recommends this internship to other zoo science majors.

“I think our internships are great. They really help you kind of advance yourself in the field of zoo keeping as well as kind of seeing how it really is. We allow you to work with a lot of different animals as well as work alongside us,” said Nick.

So what’s next for Nick?

After graduating in May, Nick moved to a full-time zookeeper at Elmwood.

“I’m probably going to stay for about a year or so and then take what I’ve learned from there and apply it to hopefully a slightly bigger facility with a different collection,” he said. .

Not only did Nick’s E360 experience help him develop basic skills in his field, it allowed him to make connections with others and set him up for a job right after graduation.  

Student Spotlight: Brian Saglimben

Written by: Keyan Gregoire-James

Do you love sports and dream of having a job related to sports? Then this post is for you! This spring, media and communication major Brian Saglimben got the opportunity to do an internship with Delaware Valley University Athletics for Experience360 (E360) program credit.

“I was hoping to find something related to sports and sports media because that is part of my major in media and communication and I have a passion for sports. I was so lucky to get a job that involves both!” said Saglimben, who hopes to have a job as a sports media writer in the future.

 At his internship, each shift is different. “Some days I do a variety of general office work (edit video clips for social media, collect stats, file information, edit game stories I have written) and other days I attend campus games in person for men’s and women’s lacrosse, baseball, and softball.”

Brian Saglimben works behind the camera during his internship with DelVal athletics.

Usually, Brian arrives at the games early to get organized and receive instructions from his site supervisor, Chris Elliott, DelVal’s Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Sports Information.  He then meets with the other interns working the games and they get ready for the game to start. At these games he has various tasks to complete like running the scoreboard, writing game stories/summaries during or after the game, maintaining the stat book, and working with the broadcast team to livestream the games. In addition, he also live tweets games for the DVU Athletics page.

Saglimben has the chance to learn new things while completing his E360 internship. “When I was first assigned to work the DelVal lacrosse games, I thought it might be difficult because I was not familiar with the rules and positions of lacrosse. I quickly learned what I needed to know from my site supervisor as well as fellow interns who also worked the game with me,” he said.  “I also learned some techniques for writing game stories for baseball for example, when the home teams lose by a lot, the game story should be brief and when the home team wins, it is important to be more thorough and mention player names and highlights as much as possible.”

Saglimben’s favorite thing about working with DelVal Athletics is the opportunity to be around sports and work with others who also enjoy sports.   

“Having a fun and relaxed but supportive environment that is helping me to improve my media writing skills”, he said.

As an intern, you must manage your time wisely. “It helps me get my week off to a good start when I can look ahead and plan out assignments and use Sunday to get any coursework completed,” he said.

 Saglimben recommends this E360 internship to a student who is looking for one. The interns will work together in the press booth and on the sidelines and Saglimben says, “my supervisor, Chris Elliott is great to work for and the atmosphere is not high pressure.”

Saglimben has this advice for students who need to complete their E360 activities: “partner with one of the professors in your major or your academic advisor to see if they have any suggestions, ideas, or contacts for you. This is how I got my opportunity with DelVal Athletics. My professor recommended I contact the sports information director and apply for an internship in that department because she knew I had an interest in being a sportswriter.”

Furthermore, he also added that you should “take your internship seriously and say ‘yes’ to any assignment you are asked to do so you show yourself to be reliable and committed right away. You can ask questions as you go and learn along the way. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake and look at any mistakes you make as gaining valuable experience.”

Check out our Student Blogs!

The Elements of Blogging students have been hard at work developing personal blogs! Check out the descriptions below and click on the links to read their posts and show them support.

Do you want to learn more about the agriculture industry? Check out Emma Monismith’s blog, The Farmer’s Daughter which provides insight on all things agriculture. Emma will share her personal experiences in the industry, discuss important topics regarding agriculture, and talk to those who work in the industry.

https://emonismith13.wixsite.com/thefarmersdaughter


Are you a Brooklyn Nets fan? Do you enjoy watching basketball in general?  Well then, be sure to check out Keyan James’ blog, “That Random Nets Fan.” Keyan gives out a laid-back causal fan perspective of the Brooklyn Nets season so far.

https://keyanjames2000.wixsite.com/mysite/blog


Having trouble figuring out the outfit you are going to wear tomorrow? Check out Brenna Hagerty’s Fashion 101 blog! Brenna has everything you want to know, upcoming looks of the season, the history of fashion, and many more coming soon. She is even going to share what her go to items are and how she styles them. Check out Brenna’s Fashion 101 blog to get the latest news on the latest looks. 

https://brennahagerty.wixsite.com/my-site/blog


This blog from Pernell Ghee gives a current live look at the Sixers as they move through 2022 and the playoffs. This blog spotlights James Harden a little more than other players because Pernell is one of his biggest fans!

https://gpernell13.wixsite.com/my-site-1/blog


Hello, my name is Thomas Ibidapo and welcome to my hip hop blog “TomTalksHipHop”. On my blog, I explore all things hip hop. Topics range from album reviews to rankings, and much more. This is an opinion platform, and I hope to create an environment where we can all express our opinions on hip hop matters. I would love for you guys to engage with your own opinions of the topics discussed!

Students Get Hands-On Experience Helping Mares Foal

Written by: Sabrina Workman

Spring is upon us, and with it brings new four-legged friends on campus, specifically south campus’ Markovitz Breeding Center. Home to DelVal’s broodmare herd, which is the band of mares that the University owns. The breeding center is the epicenter of cuteness in the spring. Jenna Reigle, the breeding center manager, oversees the entire barn and helps the students. She’s been managing the program for a few years now and loves the hands-on training the students get.

“The program was started in the 80’s, I believe, so it’s a pretty reputable program that’s been going on for quite some time,” Reigle said.

Students get hands-on-experience with the horses, doing everything from choosing the mares and their partners, to breeding them, checking on them, and eventually helping the mares through the birth. The students then get to raise the foals until they’re about 18 months old, when they go to the Annual Standardbred Sale to be sold to new homes to become harness racehorses.

So, how does one get to work with mares and their babies and receive college credit? It’s one of the classes in the breeding sector of the equine department called Mare and Foal Management. Senior Jordyn McDonald, who is pursuing a degree in Equine Science with a specialization in breeding, recently got to assist her assigned mare, Armbro Dancer (Dance), as she gave birth. McDonald had been responsible for the care of Dance since the beginning of the semester, but her work started earlier when she bred Dance and ensured that she was pregnant.

“Once the mares are confirmed pregnant then we track them for a few weeks to make sure all is developing normally. Then we just keep a close eye on them for the next 340 days of gestation until they foal. We have our eyes on them the entire time and keep good track of each mare’s progression every year,” said McDonald.

Dance has already had a few foals at DelVal, so McDonald was at least expecting something similar to previous years. McDonald was also responsible for checking Dance and making sure that all signs were pointing to a successful labor and delivery of the baby. She was on foal watch, or high alert for the baby, for a few nights.

“The students are alone on foal watch but once the water breaks, we call our manager Jenna (Reigle) and wait until she arrives to go in the stall and start pulling. The only exception were to be if there was an emergency, and then we would get in there before Jenna arrives,” said McDonald. “We talk about these situations in class and practice for them so that if they occur, we know what to do and how to help.”

“When she foaled, it was my job to pull the foal out and ensure health and wellness of both mom and baby,” McDonald added.

Jordyn McDonald with Armbro Dancer and her newest foal, McCormick. 

She helped Dance deliver a beautiful colt, a male horse, on March 21 named McCormick, following the theme of spices for the baby names this year

“The mare and foal management class picks an overall theme with the Breeding Center manager, Reigle. As the foals are born the students who foaled them out are allowed to pick the name, but Jenna has to agree!” she said.

McDonald knew about the hands-on experience, and it was a major factor in her choice to come to DelVal.

“I want to manage a racehorse breeding facility one day, so this hands-on foaling experience really prepares me to fit into a position like that with ease because by seeing many foalings, I will have a lot of experience under my belt that my new employers won’t need to spend time teaching me,” she said.

Making the Most of Your E360 Experience

Written by: Keyan Gregoire-James

What is E360?
One of the many things that Delaware Valley University is known for is its Experience360 experiential learning program, also known as E360. This program gives students the opportunity to gain real life experience in the field that they are interested in.

My experience with E360 

I decided to do my E360 experience with DelVal’s English department and I worked as one of the social media managers for the Instagram and Facebook pages. I worked with another social media manager to come up with post ideas and we would plan out each week and month.  One of the cool things that we did was work with the English department’s Writing Center to highlight their tutors and the work that they do. At the end of the semester, we let the Writing Center tutors take control of the Instagram page and they had a live tutoring session. The live tutoring session was very successful and in fact, the collaboration with the Writing Center increased the engagement and following on the Instagram page.

Capitalizing on your E360 experience

Once you are done with your E360 activity, what should you do next? For one, it is time to use all the skills and information that you learned in your E360 experience to find a new opportunity in an area that interests you. Be sure to also add your internship experience to your resume. Another good piece of advice is to keep in touch with your site supervisor because they might recommend you to someone in their network for a job opportunity in the field that you are interested in. For example, my site supervisor recommended me to Dr. Wil Turner to become the next social media manager for The Gleaner. Dr. Turner is a professor in the English department who serves as the advisor to The Gleaner, which is DelVal’s literary magazine. The transition between running the social media pages of the English department to running the social media pages for The Gleaner was easy for me. I used the skills that I learned from my internship and applied them to my new position as The Gleaner‘s social media manager.

A sample of some of the posts I created during my E360 internship.

Advice From the E360 department

Emmaline Armstrong is an Experience360 advisor and has been working in that role for about three years. Armstrong gives out great advice to new students who are about to begin their E360 experience.

“The best advice that I probably give to every student is to take it one step at a time,” she said. “There are a lot of steps and at first it could be daunting, but just taking the first step of looking at the requirements that you need to complete or maybe setting an appointment with the E360 team so we could chat through your requirements.” 

Student Spotlight: Follow up with Christine Lambert

By: Hannah Seltzer

I decided to check back in with our friend Christine Lambert after her exciting summer with the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC). When we last interviewed Christine, she told us about her journey in the conservation and wildlife management major. I wanted to get the amazing details about her internship, how it relates to E360, and showcase some of the incredible opportunities DelVal students can experience.

While Christine earned her E360 credit to graduate, she gained immeasurable experiences and connections within her desired field.

“I learned that people in the wildlife field are incredibly passionate about what they do. I also learned that this field is more about who you know than what you know because connections are very important and can expose you to opportunities you otherwise wouldn’t have heard of,” she said.

Along with discovering the importance of her professional connections, Christine realized that her future career may not be the most financially generous, demonstrating the true passion these professionals have for their career.

With that same passion Christine was able to have what she called “the most hands-on you will get with wildlife, hands down.” She got to work alongside other interns while maintaining a unique role with the commission. The PGC is divided into six regions and Christine was an intern for the southeast region for 10 weeks and remained on their payroll working weekends and remotely until the end of 2021. She worked daily with Bio Aides, Field Technicians, and Wildlife Biologists all under John Morgan, the commission’s Wildlife Management Supervisor. Here is a list of tasks she performed while in this role:

  • Trapping and banding several game and non-game birds such as barn owls, American kestrels, Canada geese, and mourning doves.
  • Trapping and marking black bears.
  • Monitoring bald eagle and osprey nests, and great-blue heron rookeries.
  • Extracting tissues from white-tailed deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing.
  • Conducting habitat assessments around American kestrel nest sites.
  • Conducting songbird surveys using point counts.
  • Conducting Indiana bat foraging surveys via radiotelemetry.
  • Conducting necropsies for baseline research and/or to determine cause of death.

Before her experience this summer, Christine had limited experience with wildlife. As you can see, this internship opened many doors, giving her a sense of the professional and field environments and a confidence boost going into her future career.

Following graduation, Christine plans to take her newfound experiences, and pursue jobs out west. After spending the past 21 years on this side of the country, she is ready to gain experience in other states and in other parts of the country. Since many wildlife jobs are seasonal and part-time, as well as competitive, Christine plans to diversify her resume and gain experience working with different agencies.

“Ultimately, I would like to work with a federal as well as private organization so I can compare and contrast the working environment and benefits with the state agency I spent my time with this past summer,” she said. Beyond the PGC, Christine’s goal is to earn her master’s degree and become a wildlife biologist “where I can be confident my work directly benefits wildlife, conservation efforts, and my agency.”

Thank you for sharing you experiences Christine, all of us here at Full360 wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors!    

Behind the Posts: Leyla Danis

Do you ever wonder who is behind the Delaware Valley University social media posts? That would be Leyla Danis, a 2021 DelVal graduate! Danis majored in media and communication and is now the social media coordinator and copywriter for the marketing and communications department (Marcomm) at DelVal.

Danis’ main job is to manage seven social media pages on behalf of DelVal. From TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook, she does it all! She creates the content, schedules posts, and create different captions for social media.

Danis began this role in July 2021 after completing an internship with the marketing and communication department during her time as an undergrad at DelVal. Her internship was a good introduction to the department and prepared her for her current job.  

“I learned a lot from my manager in that internship. Her name is Annmarie Ely and she definitely prepared me with how to speak on behalf of the university using our brand voice,” said Danis.

After she completed her internship and graduated, a job opening was posted for social media coordinator and copywriter in the marketing and communications department. Danis jumped at the opportunity to apply for the position.

“I just really liked working with the people at Marcomm and the position was open and I kind of knew what it would entail based off what I did in my internship,” said Leyla when reflecting on why she decided to apply for the position.

Danis also loved the idea of getting to work in social media. To Danis, social media allows her to combine all of her skills. Her favorite part of the job is getting to create different types of content for the different social pages. From photography to writing to videos, the creativity in social media is endless. In addition to creativity, Danis also brings a unique perspective to the different social media pages at DelVal.

“She brings us as close to the student perspective as we can get and I think that it’s a really sensible balance in our department,” said Kelly Hydock, director of marketing communications at DelVal. Hydock also added that she also is able to connect with the students because of how well she knows the DelVal campus.

Hydock has only worked with Danis since July, but has already seen her impact on the marketing and communication team at DelVal, which is focused on creating content that users can engage with. According to Hydock, Danis has helped increase engagement on multiple platforms and there have been significant increases in followers, reposts, and shares on their pages.

“She’s been amazing at editing videos, making something of nothing or taking little bits and pieces of all these types of videos we have and kind of coming up with a polished finished product that our takes our entire team by surprise,” said Hydock.

Danis will continue to create different content in hopes of increasing engagement for the university. Even though she has only been in her position for a short amount of time, Danis is already making an impact on DelVal’s social media.

Written by: Emma Monismith

Your Guide to the E360 Activity Application

For many students at Delaware Valley University, the Experience 360 program (also known as “E360”) is a big reason why they applied to the college. The E360 program allows students to get hands-on experience in their field outside of the classroom. Fulfilling an E360 activity also allows students to receive credits for the number of hours they put in. E360 activities are also a requirement to graduate, though students complete them at various points in their education. 

“I was very excited to sign up for E360 but finding out how exactly to do that was challenging, even when looking on DelVal’s website,” said Allie Cozzi, a psychology major.

In this blog, I will give you a step-by-step guide on what you will need and how to sign up.

Step 1: Things you will need to know before signing up

  1. Know what type of E360 you want to sign up for. 
    1. The options for E360 activities come from a wide range of topics
    1. The topics are listed in the picture bellow
    1. Some examples:
      1. Academic Career Exploration Exp: working at a vet office as a vet tech
      1. Student Research: Creating your own study or partnering up with a friend to create a study
  2. Have the job lined up.
    1. Make sure you seek out an opportunity that fits what you want. Schedule some time to speak with the right person and be sure to make it clear what you are asking for.
  3. Ask a person that also works there to be your supervisor.
    1. You will need a site supervisor to oversee and evaluate your work.
    1. Example: boss, head vet tech, etc.
  4. Have all of the necessary contact information and opportunity details ready to go! This includes a list of activities and objectives.
    1. Get supervisors information and jobs information
      1. Example: email, phone number, etc.

Step 2: Time to sign up!

  1. Go to https://delval.edu/Experiencelink (you can also find this link through the E360 email you receive).
  2. Log in using your DelVal information.
  3. On the home page click on Experiential Learning on the left-hand side.
  • Then click on “Add New” if you have done it before or click on “Apply for an Experiential Learning Activity” if you have not signed up before.
  • Next proceed to fill out each section using the information you already collected in the steps above.
  • Once you are finished filling out all of the information hit “Submit” at the very bottom.
  • After you submit your application, it gets put on hold until it is approved. You can find the application status under the same tab “Experiential Learning”. (Keep in mid it may take a few days to get approved so don’t get discouraged!)

Step 3: Almost there!

  1. After your E360 application gets approved, you will then be signed up for a class and it will be added to your Blackboard.

Finally

After you have finished your E360 activity and class, you will be evaluated by your site supervisor and receive credit. Hopefully, you enjoy the E360 activity you did and gain a good outlook on what you might want to do with your future.

“I just started my E360 activity and am currently loving it, I was not 100 percent sure if it was something I wanted to do in my future, but I could definitely see myself doing it as a full-time job,” said Allie.

Not only does E360 allow you to look at what job you might want to do in the future, many students actually find jobs through their E360 activities. It is a great way to network and gain valuable experience! Hopefully this blog was able to help you navigate through the E360 process a little easier. If you have any questions, please feel free to email e360@delval.edu or contact us through our blog at full360delval.blog.

Written by: Brenna Hagerty

Despite Their Differences: Internships vs. Academic Career Explorations

All undergraduate students who attend Delaware Valley University are required to take Experience360 Program credits. The number of credits that students have to earn for E360 depends on their major as programs differ. However, in a majority of the undergraduate majors, students need to complete either an internship or academic career exploration activity (student research and student teaching are other activities that fall into the “Group A” listing but those will not be discussed in this post). Some may not know the differences between the two, which can be found in the “Group A” listing of activities, however, there definitely are. Knowing what requirements will have to be completed in order to fulfill your E360 credits may help you make a decision as to which one you want to take.

Internships

To many, an internship is considered a rite of passage from being a student to entering into the workforce. By taking on this E360 activity it is important to consider all that comes along with it. Just like any E360 activity, you are not just completing the experience, there is coursework that coincides with it as well. Internships can only be completed for three credits (no more, no less). According to The Experience360 Program Resource Book, which was created by The Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) at DelVal, in order to even be considered for an internship, student must have the following requirements completed:

  1. DelVal Experience I and II
  2. 45 credits in general (15 credits from DelVal)
  3. 2.5 GPA minimum
  4. Willing to participate in the actual experience (work and learning)
  5. Be an ambassador for DelVal towards the community

Academic Career Exploration Experiences

If you are thinking of opting for an academic career exploration experience, it is best to fully understand what it is first. An academic career exploration experience activity is a way to gain one, two, or three E360 credits. Unlike the internship option, there is a little bit more flexibility with this choice, and it is a good option if you are looking to add on some additional credits/course load or are just looking to gain more experience. If you are planning to take this on, be sure to take a look at The Experience360 Program Resource Book, because a student must have completed the requirements listed below in order to take the course:

  1. DelVal Experience I and II
  2. 27 credits in general (15 credits from DelVal)
  3. Willing to participate in the actual experience (work and learning)
  4. Be an ambassador for DelVal towards the community

Want to investigate the handbook more? Feel free to check out this link: https://delval.edu/sites/default/files/2020-09/e360-program-resource-book01.pdf

From personal experience, I chose to do the academic career exploration experience. When in the process of deciding I remembered being told that an internship is for when you are mostly sure of what you wanted to do after you graduate. An academic career exploration experience should be taken if you want to explore more options and you don’t know exactly what you want to do quite yet. Since I really didn’t know what I wanted to do at that time (in the summer of sophomore year), it seemed like it would be best to figure out what potential opportunities were out there for me. I highly suggest reaching out to your advisor, professors, E360 faculty members, and the CSPD in order to guide you in your experiential journey!

Written by: Brooke Farber