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Penn College Spring Commencement Set for May 13-14

Penn College will hold three commencement ceremonies at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport on May 13-14 for the nearly 1,000 students who have petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2016 semester.

Commencement will be held May 13-14 for the nearly 1,000 students who have petitioned to graduate following the spring semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Three ceremonies will be offered at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with more than 800 students expected to march.

At 3 p.m. on Friday, May 13, a ceremony will be held for students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications.

On Saturday, May 14, there are two ceremonies scheduled. At 10 a.m., students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences will receive their degrees. At 1:30 p.m., a ceremony will be offered for students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

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Culinary Grad Delivers Food for Thought, Scholarship Check

Kate (Bishop) Hunter, ’00, culinary arts technology, offers career tips during a library presentation.

From left, Robb C. Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, Sarah B. Fiedler, recipient of the Jones Dairy Culinary Scholarship, and Kate Hunter, ’00, who presented the scholarship on behalf of Jones Dairy Farm.

Culinary arts technology alumna Kate (Bishop) Hunter, ’00, returned to campus April 28 to offer career advice during a library presentation. While here, she presented the Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Scholarship to student Sarah B. Fiedler, a culinary arts and systems student from Lock Haven. It is the second year Fiedler has received the scholarship, which was established by Jones Dairy Farm last year. After several years in the restaurant at the Hershey Country Club, Hunter helped her family open a food brokerage firm, Peak Sales & Marketing, where she is office manager. Jones Dairy Farm began making breakfast sausage 127 years ago and has since expanded its all-natural product line.

Welding Project Adds Artful Decor to Campus Dining

Student volunteers (from left): Logan K. Garvey, of Williamsport; Gabriel M. Round, of Butler; Bailey K. Austerberry, of Pitman; Michael R. Allen, of Laughlintown; Sawyer G. Macurdy, of Cabot; Jessica L. Szejk, of Clearfield; Kyle X. Beam, of New Freedom; David P. Young, of Spring Mills; Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer and project leader; Albert M. Gensel, of Canton; and Hunter M. Comeau, of Freeport.

Patterson and Charles J. Stopper, carpenter/maintenance worker, hold a panel while Dale E. Henne, carpenter/maintenance lead person, marks the wall.

Patterson shows off his design.

Henne (left) and Stopper (right) place a panel with help from Thomas A. Linn, maintenance mechanic/carpenter/locksmith/engraver.

A group of welding students volunteered alongside welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson to fashion impressive new wall art for the Keystone Dining Room. The students met between classes two days a week for two semesters to complete the artwork that was arranged by Crissy L. McGinness, director of dining services, and designed by Patterson. The silverware handles in the hanging panels reflect the styling of new chairs in the facility. “When we looked at the space, we wanted colors that were a little more industrial,” McGinness said. “I love that it was made by students.” To create the artwork, the students removed mill scale from sheets of mild steel – supplied by McGinness – and allowed them to rust in rainwater. Cutlery shapes were cut by hand, and, after freehand texture grinding added dimension, the artwork was again allowed to rust, transforming the grind marks to a golden color. “Rainwater works so well because it has so much acid in it,” Patterson said. The final step was applying a spar urethane. Among the volunteers was Kyle X. Beam, a sophomore in welding and fabrication engineering technology and a New Freedom resident. “It was a chance to hang out and do something different; to do a group project,” he said. Patterson said the work provided the volunteers “a totally different way of looking at metal.” “None of the kids have done anything like this before,” he added. The artwork was installed by General Services on April 20.
First and third photos by Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services marketing assistant

‘Paws for a Break’ Allows Students to Rest, Recharge

Jean Bizup and Troy get acquainted with Anthony J. Pace, assistant director of student activities for student organizations and orientation.

Troy looks with hope for the next student in need of a calming hug.

Coloring pages, bubble wrap add to the therapeutic bill of fare.

With students up to their overworked eyeballs in finals preparation, and morning downpours only adding to the dubious joy of a new week, who couldn’t use a little stress relief? Student Affairs delivered a well-timed outlet near the Keystone Dining Room … with therapy dogs, adult coloring books and bubble wrap just asking to be popped.
First two photos by Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist

Sociology Faculty Member Evaluates Manuscript

Vinay Bahl

A member of the sociology faculty at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been invited to evaluate a manuscript for publication in the journal Contemporary South Asia.

Vinay Bahl, associate professor of sociology, was invited to evaluate “Saris and Contemporary Indian Womanhood” by the editor of Contemporary South Asia, a journal published in association with the British Association of South Asian Studies. The journal is based in Manchester, United Kingdom.

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Two-Day WDCE Course Focuses on Project Management

In today’s business world, project managers are called upon to lead and motivate stakeholders to meet the challenging objectives of assignments ranging from small tasks to multimillion-dollar projects. Well-led projects are completed on time and under budget, effectively and efficiently, and are recognized by all team members as a positive experience.

A June 15-16 Project Management Application course offered by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology can help managers significantly improve the likelihood of success at all levels. Among the topics to be discussed are stopping cost overruns, improving return on investment, enhancing teamwork and improving communication.

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Students’ Graphic Design Artwork Honored in National Competition

Designs created by Nicholas J. Vetock (left), Shippensburg, and Zachary G. Bird, South Williamsport, were honored as part of AIGA Blue Ridge’s Flux Student Design competition. The seniors traveled to Frederick, Md., for an awards reception.

Creative designs by two graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology were honored by the annual Flux Student Design Competition sponsored by AIGA Blue Ridge, a chapter of the national AIGA organization.

Zachary G. Bird, of South Williamsport, and Nicholas J. Vetock, of Shippensburg, had their work selected from nearly 800 entries submitted in the competition. Bird had two designs selected; Vetock had one design chosen.

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Information Technology Student Honored in National Competition

Sebastian J. Peipher

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student earned first-runner-up honors in a national competition sponsored by COMMON, the world’s largest professional association of IBM technology users.

Sebastian J. Peipher, an information technology: network specialist concentration major from Middleburg, received the accolade for his submission in COMMON’s recent Student Innovation Award contest, geared to undergraduate and graduate students concentrating on information systems, enterprise computing, computing science or information technology.

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Students Show Off Portfolio Work as Commencement Nears

Design: 2016 offers an eye-opening opportunity for students, faculty, staff, family, friends and community members.

An avid Marilyn Monroe fan, Alexa A. Januchowski displays a jewelry box collection of five Monroe films on DVD, a biography and filmography.

Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications, welcomes the gallery crowd and praises the graphic design seniors.

Delicious designs by Breanne M. Chandler, of Glen Rock, tantalize viewers via screen and wall.

A fan of Madison B. Oeler snaps a proud memory of the Montoursville resident.

Design: 2016,” the traditional portfolio display by graphic design majors about to graduate, continues in The Gallery at Penn College through May 13. This year’s exhibition – showcasing the best graphic design, illustration and web work from 14 students’ final semester of study – opened Friday with a public reception. Summer hours are in effect at the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed Saturdays and Mondays (and on Sunday, May 8).

Play Team Quizzo … and Win Two Tickets to Five CAC Shows!

Quizzo at CAC

Join Quizzo master Jon Mackey at the Community Arts Center this Friday for a popular event that comprises four rounds of trivia, 10 questions per round. All who play will win a special ticket offer, and the grand-prize winner will take home two tickets to five CAC shows next season. Quizzo costs $5 per person to play and will start at 7 p.m. in the Capitol Lounge (take the elevator to 2R). A Quizzo Happy Hour, with $1-off drink specials and a free pizza bar while supplies last, will be held from 6-7 p.m. There is limited seating for Quizzo. Email Carla Fisher, the Arts Center’s director of marketing and creative design, for reservations. No more than four people on a team. Complete details on how the game is played are available from Mackey’s Quizzo website. The Community Arts Center (a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College) is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport, just a few blocks from campus.

Students Extend ‘Tree Campus’ Mindset to Nearby Landmark

Drizzly Arbor Day no deterrent to student workers

In observance of Arbor Day, five Penn College students and a faculty member braved the rain for a Friday afternoon’s work in Way’s Garden. The students planted a Cherokee Brave pink dogwood tree and several small shrubs, as well as providing some pruning in the beloved Williamsport park at West Fourth and Maynard streets. In addition to sharpening the students’ hands-on skills, the activity acknowledges the recent designation as a Tree Campus USA, which promotes trees at the college and in the community. Pictured from left are Tiffany E. Griffe, of Newville; Kyle M. Richardson, of Hopewell, New Jersey; Logan H. Booth, of New Kensington; horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr.; Elliot C. Redding, of Gettysburg; and Noah L. English, of Bloomsburg. English is enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; the others are majoring in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis.
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Students Ease Pre-Finals Jitters at ‘Midnight’ Oasis

Smiles greet plates full of antidotes to anxiety.

More than 600 students – 601, to be exact – were served when Dining Services’ long-running Midnight Breakfast tradition was held this past week in the Keystone Dining Room. Timed each semester to help relieve the dread and panic of Finals Week, the free event serves up a yummy blend of food, music, massages and other giveaways.

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‘Cross Training’ Classes to Return in Future Semesters

Shakeem J. Thomas, an emergency management technology major from Brooklyn, N.Y., lifts weights in the Field House.

Dara M. McConnell, of Camp Hill, enrolled in dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, and applied management major Timothy L. Kuntz, of Wyalusing, go through their exercises.

Exercise science major/intern Jacob D. Green (right), of Houtzdale, supervises the class. Working out (from left) are Courtney M. McCartan, of West Mifflin, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration; Kashiki E. Harrison, Williamsport, general studies; and Thomas.

McConnell registers progress and determination.

The Penn College Fitness Center this semester introduced Cross Training, the latest addition to its Fitness & Wellness Promotion Series. The one-hour group exercise class involves small circuit-based exercises that are targeted toward burning calories while staying strong and fit. Classes accommodate participants of all fitness levels, from beginners to advanced athletes, on various techniques. The focus is on a progressive format that involves components of cardio, powerlifting and functional calisthenics. The Cross Training classes were offered on Wednesdays in the mezzanine of the Field House, and will continue in future semesters. Participation is free to all members of the Penn College community with a valid ID card. “Look for advertised postings throughout campus and at the Fitness Center (Bush Campus Center, second floor) for details about future classes,” said Domenick S. Schiraldi-Irrera, fitness center assistant (who also provided photos). “Bring a friend and we’ll see you there for another great exercise class offered here at Penn College!”

Penn College Golf, Women’s Tennis Seasons End

As the season neared completion for the Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball and softball teams, it came to an end last week for golfers and women’s tennis players.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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