Delaney Houtz

  • “It’s pretty cool, being able to leave here and know that I have art that is still here.”

  • Delaney Houtz, an exercise science major from Myerstown, PA

    For Delaney, the Painting 101 class she took as a general education requirement was going to be just that, another class because she already had a lot going on. She competed on the women’s soccer team and was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity.

    But then …

    In that painting class, her art professor discovered Delaney was a pretty good painter. She asked Delaney if she’d be willing to help paint a mural in the sport and fitness building and then another in one of the residence halls.

    “I thought it was a really cool opportunity that she gave me. There was no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t do it.”

    It was an opportunity Delaney doesn’t think she would have had on a larger campus.

    “On a bigger campus, where there are like 5,000 kids, I don’t think I would have gotten this experience.

    “I chose a smaller campus because I wanted to be able to do things and get to know people. Our professors know who all of us are, and I think we’ve gotten to know them pretty well. We have more of that one-on-one attention.”

    Delaney’s art professor got to know her and her artistic abilities so well that she persuaded her to add an art minor to her exercise science major.

    Now, as Delaney walks through the sports building, she sees her work on the wall.

    “It’s pretty cool, being able to leave here and know that I have art that is still here.”