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Denim Art at Penn College Explores Changes in Labor, Landscape
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“Greg & Ryan,” denim, 33.5 inches x 120 inches

Art created from reclaimed denim is in the spotlight at the next exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library.

“Those of Us Still Living” will run Sept. 2 through Oct. 1. A Meet the Artist Reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, featuring a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m.

Via his creations, artist James Arendt explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place. Influenced by the radical reshaping of rural and industrial landscapes, he investigates how transitions in economic structures affect individual lives. The body of work in the exhibition is made from reclaimed denim – often donated by those depicted – to bring a stronger bond to Arendt’s content and the people portrayed.

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Racing Daytona: Student Takes the Wheel at Legendary Speedway

Hubler’s No. 7 car makes the rounds at the legendary Daytona International Speedway.

Hubler’s No. 7 car makes the rounds at the legendary Daytona International Speedway.

After successful testing at Daytona in December, Hubler accepted the opportunity to drive one of three Bobby Gerhart-owned cars in the ARCA Racing Series.

After successful testing at Daytona in December, Hubler accepted the opportunity to drive one of three Bobby Gerhart-owned cars in the ARCA Racing Series.

From the Fall 2014 One College Avenue magazine: Pulling on his white helmet and sliding into the driver’s seat, student Scott D. Hubler makes his ARCA Racing Series debut at Daytona International Speedway. Read the full story.

Friday Matchups Officially Begin Wildcats’ NCAA Era

Keeper Colleen E. Bowes,of Wayne, launches the ball into play.

The campus community cheered Penn College’s new affiliation with the NCAA in the first of several Wildcat “kickoff” events starting this past weekend. Giveaways (including sunglasses and temporary tattoos), halftime competitions, a Fan Zone and concessions were featured, beginning with women’s volleyball against Lycoming College at 5 p.m. Friday in Bardo Gym and women’s soccer against Rosemont College at 7:30 Friday night on the athletic field. Other celebratory home contests will be men’s soccer against Alfred State at 7 p.m. Tuesday, women’s tennis versus Lebanon Valley College at 4 p.m. Sept. 18 and men’s tennis against Misericordia University at 4 p.m. Sept. 23. Stay in touch throughout the Fall 2014 season by visiting Wildcat Athletics’ new website.

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Two More Penn College Teams Set to Open

The Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s tennis and men’s cross-country teams begin their seasons this week while men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball squads went a combined 2-3 in action over the weekend.

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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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Reveling in What We All Bring to the (Lawn) Party

A sign welcomes guests to the picture-perfect venue at the college's freshly repainted Victorian House.

A sign welcomes guests to the picture-perfect venue at the college’s freshly repainted Victorian House.

Officers of the Minorities Lending Knowledge student organization greet guests. From left are Kacie L. Weaver, a senior in applied health studies from Harrisburg, president; Chesnya I. Cherelus, a nursing junior from Elmont, New York, vice president; and Amanda M. Turner, a graphic design junior from Dover, treasurer of the group (formerly known as The Multicultural Society).

Officers of the Minorities Lending Knowledge student organization greet guests. From left are Kacie L. Weaver, a senior in applied health studies from Harrisburg, president; Chesnya I. Cherelus, a nursing junior from Elmont, New York, vice president; and Amanda M. Turner, a graphic design junior from Dover, treasurer of the group (formerly known as The Multicultural Society).

The Multicultural Lawn Party offers guests an opportunity to mingle and nibble …

The Multicultural Lawn Party offers guests an opportunity to mingle and nibble …

... or try their hand at lawn games (bean bag toss and ladder golf) on the Victorian House grounds.

… or try their hand at lawn games (bean bag toss and ladder golf) on the Victorian House grounds.

Tia G. La, a pre-radiography freshman from Nashville, Tennessee, originally from Guam, chats with visitors from Aichi University of Technology in Japan. Five students and two faculty members observed English as a Second Language, physics, and gaming and simulation classes; this is the third visit for a group from the private university in Gamagōri, Aichi, Japan.

Tia G. La, a pre-radiography freshman from Nashville, Tennessee, originally from Guam, chats with visitors from Aichi University of Technology in Japan. Five students and two faculty members observed English as a Second Language, physics, and gaming and simulation classes; this is the third visit for a group from the private university in Gamagōri, Aichi, Japan.

Thursday evening’s Multicultural Lawn Party, blessed with ideal weather and held outside the Victorian House, celebrated the beautiful diversity represented by Penn College’s entire campus population. All races and cultures, GLBT students and allies, religious minorities and countless other aspects of the college’s eclectic population gathered for the 5-7 p.m. Student Activities-sponsored event.

Sexologists Give ‘Boot’ to Misconceptions With Frankness, Freebies

Students enthusiastically vie for T-shirts and other giveaways, rewards for correctly answering questions from the stage.

Students enthusiastically vie for T-shirts and other giveaways, rewards for correctly answering questions from the stage.

As they have for several years, Frater (background) and Lastique captivate a Penn College audience with their no-nonsense approach.

As they have for several years, Frater (background) and Lastique captivate a Penn College audience with their no-nonsense approach.

Taking the evening's message home, with swag and self-awareness.

Taking the evening’s message home, with swag and self-awareness.

Making a return trip to Penn College, authors Joni Frater and Esther Lastique renewed their “Sex Ed Boot Camp” presentation for about 500 students in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on Wednesday night. With humor, patience, sensitivity and straightforward answers, the pair facilitated a matter-of-fact discussion of sexual health and intimacy – a respectful dialogue with their young audience about smart decisions (and the life-altering consequences of poor ones). The visit was organized by Student Activities and College Health Services, and partially funded through a grant from the Female Health Co.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

President’s Council Answers ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

With moral support from the Wildcat, vice president for academic affairs/provost Paul L. Starkey issues the “ice bucket challenge” to the cabinet of Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte.

With moral support from the Wildcat, vice president for academic affairs/provost Paul L. Starkey issues the “ice bucket challenge” to the cabinet of Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte.

President’s Council braces for a dousing at the hands of student-athletes. Council members, from left, are David Kay, vice president for college services; Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development; Joseph S. Yoder, associate vice president for public relations & marketing; Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; Mike Cunningham, vice president for information technology/chief information officer; Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; and Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost.

President’s Council braces for a dousing at the hands of student-athletes. Council members, from left, are David Kay, vice president for college services; Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development; Joseph S. Yoder, associate vice president for public relations & marketing; Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; Mike Cunningham, vice president for information technology/chief information officer; Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; and Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost.

Challenge met!

Challenge met!

While unavailable Thursday, council member Barry R. Stiger, the college's vice president for institutional advancement, provided photographic proof of his participation.

While unavailable Thursday, council member Barry R. Stiger, the college’s vice president for institutional advancement, provided photographic proof of his participation.

Responding to Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour’s convocation “call-out,” members of President’s Council donned ultra-business-casual garb and courageously met the ALS Foundation’s “ice bucket challenge” on Thursday afternoon. Wildcat student-athletes did the honors outside the Student and Administrative Services Center, as the group of good sports took the brunt of the cascading chill – all in the name of charity.

Paulhamus to Head Wildcat Cross-Country Program for 2014 Season

Michael J. Paulhamus

Michael J. Paulhamus

Former head coach Michael J. Paulhamus has agreed to step in as head of the Penn College men’s and women’s cross-country program for the 2014 season. Paulhamus will run the program for head coach David J. Mendez, who has taken a leave of absence for the season. “We’re excited to have coach Paulhamus help us out this season,” said Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics. “He’s one of the most decorated coaches in Penn College history and I know he will do well stepping in for coach Mendez.” Paulhamus has been one of the most successful coaches at Penn College since starting in 2001. He was named Men’s Cross-Country Coach of the Year 10 times and Women’s Cross-Country Coach of the Year twice. From 2003-12, his men’s teams were undefeated and claimed 10 consecutive conference championships. In 2009, the Wildcat men had their best finish under Paulhamus as the USCAA national runners-up. Paulhamus will begin immediately, prepping the team for its first invitational on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Penn State Abington.

Supervisory Program to Begin Sept. 11 at Penn College

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering the first of four modules in its Team Leader/Supervisor Program beginning Sept. 11.

The research-based, instructor-led program is anchored around 32 competencies identified in industry clusters across the commonwealth, and is appropriate for current or prospective first-line supervisors and team leaders.

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Economics Research Published in International Journal

Chip D. Baumgardner

Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration/management at Pennsylvania College of Technology, had a research paper accepted for publication in International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Science.

His paper, titled “Juniata County: How the Labor Market of a Small, Rural Pennsylvania County Survived the Great Recession,” was published in the journal’s August 2014 edition (Volume 2, No. 6).

Baumgardner’s paper analyzes the effects of the recession of 2007-09 on employment rates in Juniata County, examining whether fragments of the economy were resistant to the downturn, and if so, whether there were legitimate reasons.

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Dental Hygiene Director Elected Chair of Local AHEC Board

Shawn A. Kiser

Shawn A. Kiser, director of the dental hygiene program at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was recently elected chairman of the board of directors for the Northcentral Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center.

“I’m excited to work with Shawn as our new board chair as we continue to grow and support the health and well-being of our rural communities in northcentral Pennsylvania,” said Rebecca Charles, executive director for the center.

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Free Student Tickets Available for Several CAC Shows

Limited student tickets available

Limited student tickets available

A limited number of free tickets are available to Pennsylvania College of Technology students for some of this season’s Community Arts Center shows. In order to give the most students the opportunity to attend a free performance, a student with a valid Penn College ID may pick up one ticket for one performance per semester, while supplies last. Students will have the opportunity to receive additional tickets if any remain unclaimed one week before the performance date.

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Students Meet ‘Food Network’ Competitor During Trip to York

The School of Business & Hospitality’s Chef Todd M. Keeley and three students recently traveled to York Technical Institute to meet Chef Joseph Cumm, winner of the Aug. 11 episode of Food Network’s “King of Cones” competition. On the show, Cumm defeated three competitors with three ice cream treats – each including an assigned mystery ingredient.  Cumm has been an instructor with the The Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts at YTI Career Institute-Lancaster for three years and owns EdenJoes Cakery in York with his wife. In 2013, he won “The Art of Cake” competition at Pastry Live, and will return this year as a judge. Cumm has also been selected as one of several dozen Cake Artists to teach at CakeFest 2015 in Louisiana in February. The Penn College students had the opportunity to watch the four-part challenge and listen to Chef Cumm share his career and Food Network experience.

Red Cross Blood Drive Set for Sept. 3-4 in Penn’s Inn

Bloodmobile to visit Sept. 3-4The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon-6 p.m. Sept. 3-4 in Penn’s Inn (second floor, Bush Campus Center). Join the Red Cross and College Health Services in their lifesaving mission by scheduling an appointment today!

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