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‘Working Class’ Audience Expands
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"Working Class"

“Working Class”

The documentary “Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-on Education” is gaining an expanded audience: The hourlong film will be broadcast at 7 and 11 p.m. Sunday on WPSU. The University Park PBS affiliate serves one of the largest geographic coverage areas for public television in the nation, reaching 530,000 households in 29 counties in central Pennsylvania. In addition, Philadelphia-based WYBE, with a network that covers nearly 20 million people from northern New Jersey to northern Maryland, plans to broadcast the film three times in July. And WHYY – Greater Philadelphia’s leading public media provider, which serves southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and all of Delaware – has announced plans to air the documentary in summer 2015. The film, first shown on WVIA Public Media and available “on demand,” also began airing this winter on PCN. The documentary is available for purchase on DVD through WVIA Public Media.

Bake-Sale Orders Due Friday From Limited Easter Menu

Pre-orders are being accepted through noon Friday for the Advanced Patisserie Operations class’s popular Easter bake sale. Student managers for the sale, to be held from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 1, in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center), are Rachel C. Cooper, of Bangor; Autumn E. MacInnis, of Trout Run; and Jeremy R. Sheets, of Hughesville. Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, said many additional items will be available on the day of the sale for those who wish to visit and wait in line; there will be a separate pre-order pickup line for those who need to “get in and get out.” A product list follows: Bake Sales

Small-Group Discussions Reflect Big-Picture Import of Health Care Collaboration

Whit Worman, director of Penn College's physician assistant program, facilitates a discussion that includes Kyle G. Stavinski, an emergency medical services major from Elysburg (left) and physican assistant student Kevin Z. Richardson, of Williamsport.

Whit Worman, director of Penn College’s physician assistant program, facilitates a discussion that includes Kyle G. Stavinski, an emergency medical services major from Elysburg (left) and physican assistant student Kevin Z. Richardson, of Williamsport.

Scott A. Geist (left foreground), director of the surgical technology program, and Cletus G. Waldman Jr. (right-center), clinical director of radiography, engage their roundtable participants.

Scott A. Geist (left foreground), director of the surgical technology program, and Cletus G. Waldman Jr. (right-center), clinical director of radiography, engage their roundtable participants.

Heather S. Dorman, clinical director of physician assistant, lays out a scenario during the interactive exercise.

Heather S. Dorman, clinical director of physician assistant, lays out a scenario during the interactive exercise.

Mark A. Trueman (center), director of paramedic technology programs at the college, follows the flowing conversation.

Mark A. Trueman (center), director of paramedic technology programs at the college, follows the flowing conversation.

As part of an event that spanned northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania and involved more than 1,000 students at various locations across the region, the sixth annual Collaborative Care Summit convened at Penn College on Wednesday. Nineteen dedicated  faculty/staff facilitators from a variety of health professions, including physicians, led discussions in the Bush Campus Center among students from several colleges and universities who are pursuing studies in a wide range of health disciplines. The Collaborative Care Summit is arranged by the Northeastern/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition – of which Sharon K. Waters, associate dean of health sciences, is a member. Waters coordinated the Penn College event, and co-presented the opening session with Dr. Keith Shenberger, Susquehanna Health TCMC, which brought together about 100 students from Penn College, Lock Haven University, Wilkes University and The Commonwealth Medical College. The students participated in roundtable discussions of a medical case, learning from one another how each discipline contributes to a patient’s care. “The goal of interprofessional learning is to prepare all health professions students for deliberatively working together, with the goal of building a safer and better patient-centered and community-orientated health care system,” Waters explained. “It was impressive to hear what each student contributed to the interprofessional discussion and rewarding to know our students are being prepared to work  as a collaborative team toward quality patient care.” Student participants represented 10 professions, from paramedic to pharmacy to medicine to nursing. Simultaneous events were held in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre at Marywood University, The Commonwealth Medical College, The University of Scranton, Kings College and Misericordia University.

Unexpected Nature Portraits Are Focus of Next Gallery Exhibit

Photographer Robin Germany's image "Holly Lake: Buds" is part of a series of visuals captured by using a high dynamic range camera secured in underwater housing.

Intimate and unexpected portraits of nature will fill The Gallery at Penn College for its next exhibit, “Sim-Biotic,” running March 17 through April 23.

Spotlighting the works of photographer Robin Germany, the exhibition brings together three bodies of work representing the Texas artist’s investigations of the natural world as it reflects and deflects its human neighbors.

Through the lens of philosophy, Germany makes photographs that inquire into the nature of being human and the humanness of nature. “Surface Tension,” “A Difficult Nature” and “On The Brink” are the series offering a view of nature inextricably intertwined with humans and laden with implications for the future. Germany’s works are achieved through a variety of photographic equipment including a high dynamic range camera secured in underwater housing and a 120-pinhole camera.

A meet-the-artist reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, featuring a 5:30 p.m. gallery talk. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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Alexander Dealerships to Hold On-Campus Information Session

Employer on campus

Employer on campus

The Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships will hold an information session for Penn College students and alumni at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 110 of the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. For details on the information sessions, including open positions and the applicable academic majors, consult the Career Services’ flier: Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships

WPSU Program Features College’s Chief Academic Officer

WPSU-TV has uploaded its Feb. 26 edition of “Conversations LIVE” in which Paul L. Starkey, Penn College’s vice president for academic affairs/provost, was a guest. In the hourlong program, host Patty Satalia discussed career and vocational education with Starkey and David L. Passmore, distinguished professor of education and operations research at Penn State.

WBRE Stops By for Amateur Manicurists’ Handiwork

WBRE on campus

WBRE on campus

"Man-i-Cures for a Cause"

“Man-i-Cures for a Cause”

Eyewitness News reporter Valerie Tysanner visited the Bush Campus Center on Tuesday for a story about Penn College’s second annual “Man-i-Cures” fundraiser, in which fraternity brothers paint fingernails for a cause. For a $5 donation, each “salon” patron can pick his or her color based on the chosen charity: purple for suicide prevention, red for AIDS prevention, teal for sexual assault awareness, blue for Autism Speaks, pink for breast cancer prevention and gold for the THON fight against pediatric cancer. The piece premiered during the 5:30 p.m. newscast, with additional airings through the evening. “Man-i-Cures,” which began Tuesday, will resume from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday.

Faculty Member, Culinary Student Cook on Live TV

Penn College on "PA Live!"

Penn College on “PA Live!”

Mary G. Trometter,  assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, assisted by James E. Culp, a culinary arts technology major from Northumberland, prepared Toasted Orzo on WBRE-TV’s “PA Live!” on Wednesday for co-host Jasmine Brooks. Here’s the recipe to try at home: Toasted Orzo

Senior’s Anti-Smoking Project Much More Than Lip Service

Cassandra B. Mohr shares a brochure with Justin C. Osmolinski, a construction management student from Harrisburg, ...

Cassandra B. Mohr shares a brochure with Justin C. Osmolinski, a construction management student from Harrisburg, …

... and amplifies her message through convincing visuals.

… and amplifies her message through convincing visuals.

A healthy life lesson tailored to Penn College students

A healthy life lesson tailored to Penn College students

Mohr holds a student "quit packet," available through College Health Services in the Bush Campus Center. Behind her, real pig lungs convincingly replicate smoking's ill effects: the charcoal color of once-pink tissue.

Mohr holds a student “quit packet,” available through College Health Services in the Bush Campus Center. Behind her, real pig lungs convincingly replicate smoking’s ill effects: the charcoal color of once-pink tissue.

Students struggling to ditch tobacco got a boost Tuesday from one of their own, a School of Health Sciences major who offered both enlightenment and encouragement. Cassandra B. Mohr, of Lewistown, enrolled in the four-year dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, repeated her presentation of “Don’t Let Tobacco Use Cause Oral Health Abuse!” outside the Keystone Dining Room. The prevalence of tobacco use at Penn College was a catalyst for Mohr, who created the peer program to educate students about the detrimental effects that smoking (and other forms of tobacco) can have on the mouth, as well as the rest of the body. Educational materials were available, as well as motivational support for students who wish to set a quit date. The snow-delayed program was a continuation of a series of presentations, as Mohr has spread the word at various on- and off-campus sites in recent months.
Photos by Elizabeth S. Greis, student photographer

Admissions, Financial Aid Offices Reorganize at Penn College

Offices reorganized

Impending retirements have allowed for enhancement of the organizational structures within the Financial Aid and Admissions offices at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Dennis L. Correll becomes associate dean for financial aid and admissions, assuming all responsibilities of the director of financial aid position while continuing to provide leadership to the Admissions Office on processes and systems.

Joseph J. Balduino becomes director of admissions, assuming responsibility for all aspects of the Admissions Office. A search is being conducted for a replacement for Balduino’s previous position, which has been reclassified from director of recruitment to assistant director of admissions.

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Students’ Creative Talents at Work on Penn College Campus

Four students are employed by the Public Relations & Marketing Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology, using their photographic and videography talents to help publicize Penn College people, programs and events.

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College Included in Plastics Video Shown at High-Profile Expo

Penn College’s Plastics & Innovation Resource Center is included in a five-minute video being shown this week at NPE: The International Plastics Showcase in Orlando, Fla. Portions of the video, presented by the state Department of Community & Economic Development and focused on the commonwealth’s plastics industry, were shot Feb. 10 on main campus. A number of Penn College plastics students and faculty, as well as PIRC representatives, are attending the conference/trade show.

Documentary Targets Media’s Depiction of Women

"Miss Representation"

“Miss Representation”

“Miss Representation,” a documentary that explores how mainstream media’s limited (and often disparaging) portrayals contribute to the disparity of women in influential positions, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday in Penn’s Inn (Bush Campus Center, second floor). Written, directed and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film premiered at the 2001 Sundance Festival. A panel discussion will follow the free screening.

Open House Planned at College’s New Training Location in Towanda

The public is invited to an Open House at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s new location in Bradford County, where short-term training classes will be offered this spring.

The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in Suite One of the Central Bradford Progress Authority Building, One Elizabeth Street in Towanda.

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Industry Experts to Share Perspective at Regional Technology Forum

IMC hosting technology forum

IMC hosting technology forum

The North Central PA Technology Forum, a free event for the region’s managers and technology professionals, will be held from 7:30 a.m.-noon Friday, April 10, in the first-floor presentation room of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Student & Administrative Services Center. Sponsored by Manufacturing Applications Knowledge Exchange and Susquehanna Technology Association, the event will feature industry experts from Microsoft, Comcast and TrendScape Innovation Group. For more information or to register, consult the event flier: Technology Forum

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