A Mother’s Love

Video posted May 2, 2014 in News by Derek Herman


A former PR student, Danielle was the first out of her family of seven kids to pursue higher education and come to Penn State.  She excelled in her academics at the Berks satellite campus where she held many titles including Lion Ambassador.  She then came to University Park her junior year and it was a dream come true for her.  She dove into all things collegiate; classes, social life, football games, THON.  But then after a year’s time, her life took a drastic change.  She discovered she was pregnant.

Before the start of her senior year, she moved out of State College back to her hometown with her boyfriend, Dave.  They teamed together to handle this unplanned but precious curveball they were thrown.

Koda came into their lives Thanksgiving of 2013, three months premature.  After spending 99 days in the NICU, they were able to bring him home.  Koda has made Danielle and Dave proud and happy parents.  They love their little bear.

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Derek Herman

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Derek is pursuing a career in Broadcast Journalism accompanied with a Theatre minor.

He is actively involved with PSN News as a reporter in which he takes on assignments weekly on current events on campus.  Responsibilities include gathering information, interviewing the public, filming, reporting on camera and finally editing the clips into a package that will be aired on PSN News.

He held an active role in Penn State’s IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, commonly known as THON.  His position as a committee member of the Merchandise Distribution committee provided him with many responsibilities.  Throughout his senior year, he collaborated with his fellow committee members to sort and send out items while contributing to merchandise sales on campus to raise awareness and money for THON’s mission: to conquer pediatric cancer by providing outstanding emotional and financial support for the children, families, researchers, and staff of The Four Diamonds Fund.  During THON weekend his title was Weekend Warrior where he took on responsibilities of overseeing the members’ shifts and acted as a communication liaison between captains and committee members.

He has a passion for the performing arts and has played various roles throughout his college career including The Children’s Hour, N.O.W., a student written, acted, directed and produced performance, and he has even sought out roles for independent short films such as Outlaw Studios production entitled “Disposable”.