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Daylight-Saving Time Ends This Weekend
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"Fall back" this weekend

“Fall back” this weekend

The Penn College community is reminded that daylight-saving time ends this weekend; clocks should be turned back an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday. Standard time will remain in effect until March 8, when we “spring forward.”

Penn College IT Students Capture Digital ‘Flag’

Pennsylvania College of Technology students reached the virtual summit during a recent competition for information security practitioners. A team consisting of four information technology majors won the wireless “capture the flag” event during the Security B-Sides DC Conference in Washington, D.C.

Competing against students from other schools, as well as IT professionals, the Penn College team successfully employed radio frequency signals to access the opposition’s computer system and capture the “digital flag” stored on the system.

Members of the winning Penn College team were information assurance and security concentration majors Jeremy W. Rennicks, of Williamsport; David M. Mossop, of Newark, Delaware; Douglas S. Wilson, of Wellsville; and Zachary L. Lundberg, of Warren.

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‘American Bakery Classics’ Sale Set for Wednesday

The Advanced Patisserie Operations class will hold an “American Bakery Classics” sale from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Join Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and students – including managers Haylee N. Swartz, of Newport, and Diana N. Lindner, of North White Plains, New York, both baking and pastry arts majors – for artisan breads, pastries and candies. More information, including a product list and instructions for pre-ordering a specially decorated cake, follows: American Bakery Classics

Industry Officials Celebrate HVAC Scholars in Campus Visit

From left, National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals representatives Angel Gonzales, Art Nelsen and Judy Garber join Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies; students Roger C. Bruso, Thomas E. Daros Jr. and Michael J. Boylston; and HVAC faculty members Kenneth E. Welker Jr. and Richard C. Taylor outside the PDC.

From left, National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals representatives Angel Gonzales, Art Nelsen and Judy Garber join Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies; students Roger C. Bruso, Thomas E. Daros Jr. and Michael J. Boylston; and HVAC faculty members Kenneth E. Welker Jr. and Richard C. Taylor outside the PDC.

Representatives of the National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals visited Penn College this week, getting a closer look at an institution that has steadily produced industry scholarship recipients in recent years. OESP Executive Director Judy Garber, Education Committee Director Angel Gonzales and Scholarship Committee member Art Nelsen joined School of Construction & Design Technologies administration, faculty and students for lunch in the Thompson Professional Development Center. They also toured the school’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning labs and the student-designed and -built Victorian House. Among those attending were three of this year’s Penn College winners of OESP’s Dave Nelsen Scholarships (named for Art’s brother, the National Association of Oil Heating Service Managers’ Education Committee chair who died in 1998): Michael J. Boylston, of Carmel, New York, and Roger C. Bruso, of Feeding Hills, Massachusetts, both enrolled in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology; and Thomas E. Daros Jr., of North Salem, New York, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology major. A fourth recipient, Evan J. Aigeldinger, graduated in May with an associate degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology. Representing the school were Marc E. Bridgens, dean; Richard C. Taylor, associate professor of plumbing and heating; and Kenneth E. Welker Jr., HVAC technology lecturer. “OESP and its predecessor, NAOHSM, have been extremely helpful to our students through these $5,000 scholarships that they have made available,” Taylor said. “I am very proud of our students for pursuing them – and winning them.”

Guerrero, Dressler Earn All-Conference Honors in Men’s Soccer

Hector Guerrero

Hector Guerrero

Christian Dressler

Christian Dressler

Two Penn College juniors were among those chosen when the North Eastern Athletic Conference announced its Men’s Soccer All-Conference selections Wednesday. Hector Guerrero, of Mexico City, earned Second Team honors as a goalkeeper, and Christian Dressler, of McAlisterville, was Third Team as a defender. NEAC All-Conference teams are determined by votes from the coaches of each member institution and are based solely on athletic performance during the year. Guerrero had a stellar season, totaling eight wins in 17 games played with a 1.3-goals-against average, a .827 save percentage and 105 saves. The business administration: management concentration major was ranked in the top five in the NEAC in all three categories. In addition, he recorded four shutouts. Dressler, a building automation technology student, was no slouch helping in those four shutouts as a central defender. He made 15 starts on the season, recording a goal and an assist along the way.

Lady Wildcats Place Three on Soccer All-Conference List

Valeria Passalacqua

Valeria Passalacqua

Jordan Courter

Jordan Courter

Caitlin McCarthy

Caitlin McCarthy

The North Eastern Athletic Conference announced its Women’s Soccer All-Conference selections Wednesday and Penn College senior Valeria Passalacqua, of McAlisterville; sophomore Jordan Courter, of Mill Hall; and freshman Caitlin McCarthy, of State College, were among them. All three student-athletes made Third-Team, All-Conference: Passlacqua as a forward, McCarthy as a midfielder and Courter as a defender. NEAC All-Conference teams are determined by votes from the coaches of each member institution and are based solely on athletic performance. Passalacqua, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major, led the Lady Wildcats in scoring on the year with seven goals while adding two assists in 16 games. Courter, a pre-occupational therapy assistant student, was the keystone of the team’s defense, helping in its four conference wins – including three shutouts in her 15 games. McCarthy, a physician assistant major, saw action in 12 matches despite missing several games due to injury, totaling a goal and three assists.

Centennial Speaker Upbeat on Technology’s Downside

"Slow down," Alan Lightman tells his audience, a simple and optimistic remedy to overwhelming acceleration and accessibility.

“Slow down,” Alan Lightman tells his audience, a simple and optimistic remedy to overwhelming acceleration and accessibility.

An attentive crowd hears a tailor-made message.

An attentive crowd hears a tailor-made message.

A Centennial throng of students, employees and the public extends to the ACC Auditorium balcony.

A Centennial throng of students, employees and the public extends to the ACC Auditorium balcony.

Lightman describes a world that is "faster, less patient, louder and more wired" – but one that is not beyond reclamation.

Lightman describes a world that is “faster, less patient, louder and more wired” – but one that is not beyond reclamation.

The latest event in a yearlong 100th-birthday celebration

The latest event in a yearlong 100th-birthday celebration

Affirming that the speed of communication governs the pace of life, a visiting physicist, author and educator made a regretful confession to his Penn College audience Tuesday: “I rarely goof off.” No matter the amount of time available – seconds can be spent answering phone messages, minutes are allotted to email responses and hours devoted to work on an article or book – Alan Lightman lamented that he no longer wastes that precious commodity. Contrasting his “long childhood detours through the woods” with his adult status as “a prisoner of the wired world,” he called for a more selective, reflective approach to time management; challenging us, individually and as a nation, to “take the time to think about where we’re going.” While he is far from anti-technology (Skype and other tools keep him connected to his nonprofit Harpswell Foundation), Lightman said society pays a heavy price for its advanced gadgetry. Among them are an obsession with speed and a corresponding impatience with relative slowness, an overload of not-always-useful information, confusing the cyberworld with reality, and the dual absence of silence and privacy. “I have lost something of my inner self,” he said; that quiet “soul space” where imagination, dreaming and exploration dwell. Lightman invoked the philosophy of Francis Bacon and Benjamin Franklin, who only championed technological invention when it served humanity. And it is humans, he said, who have the power to reverse the dizzying course and reclaim the “certain amount of stillness” required to balance societal progress with internal peace. The presentation of “Our Home in the Material Universe” to a packed Klump Academic Center Auditorium, especially written for the college’s Centennial Colloquia Series, was introduced by physics professor David S. Richards (who noted his favorite novel is Lightman’s “Einstein’s Dreams”). The series will conclude Tuesday, Nov. 18, with “Technology, Power and Responsibility,” presented by Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

‘Race to Zero’ Presentation to Be Held Thursday in ACC

"Race to Zero"

“Race to Zero”

Want a $0.00 energy bill? It is possible! The Penn College community can learn how at Thursday’s “Race to Zero” presentation, set for 3:30 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Everyone will learn about current standards that can be used to design houses that produce as much energy as they use. All students are invited to be part of the U.S. Department of Energy Student Design Competition team, putting their combined skills – architecture; surveying; construction management; estimating; interior design; landscaping; and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems – toward a Habitat for Humanity home to be built in the Brodart neighborhood of Williamsport in the summer of 2015. Their design will be submitted in the DOE contest, intended to inspire and develop the next generation of building science professionals.

Physical Fitness Instructor/Alum Running NYC Marathon for Charity

Emily B. Miller, at the Oct. 13 Steamtown Marathon

Transcending the personal benefits of running, an instructor of fitness and lifetime sports is entering this year’s New York City Marathon to bring attention to a debilitating neurological condition.

Emily B. Miller, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences and a 2002 graduate of Penn College’s physical fitness specialist major, is running the Nov. 2 race as a fundraiser for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation in honor of a friend’s father. Dystonia is a neurological disorder that causes muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily, creating twisting movements and abnormal postures and making movement difficult.

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Students Take Restored Car to Hershey, Return Victorious – Again

Automotive restoration technology students with the Chevelle outside Madigan Library

Automotive restoration technology students with the Chevelle outside Madigan Library

A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport, fastidiously restored by Penn College students over the past three years, won a first-place junior award at the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Eastern Regional Fall Meet held this month in Hershey. “This was truly an amazing opportunity for the automotive restoration technology students of the college,” collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger said. “Student hands completed each and every task with precision.” The junior trophy, the highest that could have been awarded on the vehicle’s initial entry, came in one of the most competitive classes – and in a field dominated by restoration professionals. “The 1970 Chevelle has been a great learning experience,” said Robert J. Hiller, of Hawley. “It has enabled me to do a few things I never thought I would ever do, like laying out stripes and using the different steps required to apply them to the car, and putting in a bow-type headliner. The Chevelle has also helped me understand the importance of research; the research helped us complete the car as correctly as we could down to each nut and bolt. The car has taught me the importance of the minor details and how they are the difference between a good restoration and a very good restoration.” Watch PCToday for more on the junior award, the second won by an AACA Museum car restored at Penn College.

Aramark Healthcare Schedules On-Campus Recruitment Visit

Aramark

Aramark

Aramark Healthcare representatives will hold an informational meeting for Penn College students and alumni in Room 205 of the Bush Campus Center at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Priority will be given to assorted majors in the School of Health Sciences and the School of Business & Hospitality, but others are welcome to attend. For details, including available positions and academic areas of interest, consult the employers’ fliers: Aramark

Ritual, Remembrance Sweetly Flow Through ‘Day of the Dead’ Activity

Each attendee was given a sugar skull, a "canvas" on which to fashion a heartfelt memorial.

Each attendee was given a sugar skull, a “canvas” on which to fashion a heartfelt memorial.

Students squeeze hard-drying royal icing onto their creations ...

Students squeeze hard-drying royal icing onto their creations …

... while enjoying culturally appropriate fare such as quesadillas (chicken and cheese) and nachos.

… while enjoying culturally appropriate fare such as quesadillas (chicken and cheese) and nachos.

An artistic assessment

An artistic assessment

A uniquely colorful keepsake

A uniquely colorful keepsake

The second annual Sugar Skull Decorating short course, replicating the Mexican tradition of honoring one’s absent relatives, was held Monday night in Penn’s Inn. Organized by Sara H. Ousby, associate director of student activities for diversity and cultural life, and Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, the course coincides with Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Observed in many Latin American countries, but most closely associated with Mexico, it is celebrated Nov. 1-2 as a time to remember family and loved ones who have passed away. Sugar skulls are decorated, exchanged and placed on Ofrendas, or altars, built in memory of loved ones. Altars are also decorated with flowers, candles, food, mementos and photos of the deceased. An Ofrenda can be viewed in the Bush Campus Center lobby until Monday.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Culinary, Horticulture Students Exhibit Floral Handiwork in Elective

Sharing the fruits of their hands-on study of floral-design techniques are Brianna E. Bucklin ...

Sharing the fruits of their hands-on study of floral-design techniques are Brianna E. Bucklin …

... Alexander R. Campolongo ...

… Alexander R. Campolongo …

... Darren J. Layre ...

… Darren J. Layre …

... Chris J. Troxell ...

… Chris J. Troxell …

... and Brandy N. White.

… and Brandy N. White.

Acquiring an appreciation of basic floral-design principles – and colorfully applying those elements in their course work – students in Karen R. Ruhl’s Art of Floral Design class produced strikingly original and stunningly beautiful projects at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center this past week. Those whose craft is displayed here are culinary arts and systems majors Brianna E. Bucklin, of Whitehall, Alexander R. Campolongo, of State College, and Darren J. Layre, of Hatboro; Chris J. Troxell, of Summit Hill, enrolled in ornamental horticulture: landscape technology emphasis; and Brandy N. White, of Lewisburg, an ornamental horticulture: plant production emphasis student.

Photos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies

Student Organizations to Screen ‘Rocky Horror’ on Halloween Eve

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show"

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”

Do the “Time Warp” again – or maybe for the first time! – as three campus organizations co-host a showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 11 p.m. Thursday in Penn’s Inn (second floor, Bush Campus Center). The cult classic, one of the original “midnight movies,” stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Meat Loaf. The film enjoys a huge following, with countless fans having seen it hundreds and hundreds of times. Audience participation and costumes are part of the fun, and both are encouraged! Admission is free and prop bags will be available for cash-only sale. Thursday’s movie is co-sponsored by PC Alliance, Student Government Association and Wildcat Events Board.

Off-Campus Residents Enjoy Literal ‘Field Trip’ to Area Pumpkin Patch

The autumn excursion to Ard's Farm included games outside the corn maze ...

The autumn excursion to Ard’s Farm included games outside the corn maze …

... and a hayride to the pumpkin patch.

… and a hayride to the pumpkin patch.

Community Assistants Lauren J. Crouse and Sarah Boyer took a group of off-campus students to Ard’s Farm in Lewisburg on Friday for a bit of seasonal fun. The trip included a hayride, a take-home pumpkin from the patch, a wander through the Big Country Corn Maze and a hot dog/s’mores campfire roast. The Off-Campus Housing Organization helped with the cost of the
Photos provided by Boyer, a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration student from Great Mills, Maryland

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