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PGA Tour Professional ‘Chips In’ on Behalf of Scholarship Fund

Ryan Palmer

The visiting pro makes it look easy ...

... holing an approach shot during a short-iron demo.

The tourney crowd soaks up pointers (and plentiful sunshine).

Palmer talks with golfers – including Robb Dietrich (far right), executive director of the Penn College Foundation – at the first tee. (Photo by Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist)

As the sundial crept toward summer’s official arrival on Monday, a Williamsport Country Club crowd enjoyed a benefit visit from pro golfer Ryan Palmer. The winner of three PGA Tour events, Palmer conducted a morning clinic and participated in other activities during the 30th annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic. The event has resulted in $625,000 in scholarship assistance since 1990, with another $55,000 in aid expected to be awarded this year. The first-place team was from Phillips Office Solutions (Trey Phillips, Mark Lauer, Davis Peck and Bill Knapsack); Allison Crane & Rigging (Larry Allison Jr., Tyler Richardson, Michael Richardson and Eric McNulty) finished second. Other prize-winners included Tyler Richardson, individual low net (59), and McNulty, individual low gross (71). Closest-to-the-pin honors went to McNulty, Hole No. 3; Bob Pursell, No. 10; Bill Manos, No. 15; and Maurice Bower, No. 17. An Eyewitness News segment about the tournament aired during WBRE/WYOU’s 11 p.m. newscast.

‘Senior Visit Day’ Opens 12th-Graders’ Eyes to Campus Opportunities

Mitchell J. Berninger and Lauren J. Crouse, Lead Links in the college's Connections orientation program, point the way to an illuminating day!

Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology, gives families a glimpse into class and career dynamics.

Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions/enrollment services, shares a laugh with a daughter and mother.

Scott A. Geist (far left), director of surgical technology, escorts guests along the campus mall on a gorgeous day.

Connections Link Duncan Rodriguez welcomes visitors to the Klump Academic Center for the day’s kickoff talk.

Penn College held the first of three Senior Visit Days on Friday, welcoming students heading into their final year of high school. After a welcome session with President Davie Jane Gilmour, the visitors heard academic presentations and toured labs, got an overview of financial aid and college life, took a peek at on-campus housing, lunched in the Keystone Dining Room, and had access to Admissions Office representatives to resolve all of their last-minute questions. Additional Senior Visit Days are set for July 16 and 29; campus tours are also available at 2:30 p.m. daily, Monday through Thursday.

Three Cheers for the Red, White … and Blue, Blue Skies

Sunny skies boost the turnout – whether on foot, on bikes or on scooters.

Williamsport’s 33rd annual Flags Across America March traveled to the Penn College campus from the nearby Peter Herdic Transportation Museum on Tuesday evening, convening for a brief celebration under the 1,800-square-foot American flag that flies outside the Student & Administrative Services Center.

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Smiling Into Summer

It's chin-licking good!

"KJ," a singer-songwriter from the Lewisburg area, motivates her audience ...

... and gives young voices an empowering turn at the microphone.

Wearing T-shirts that they tie-dyed for the occasion, children (announced by Barbara J. Albert, director) get "high fives" from a line of CLC well-wishers along the road to kindergarten.

Ice cream, check. Pretzel, check. Happy child, check.

The Dunham Children’s Learning Center recently held an ice cream social to celebrate the end of another year, with treats for all … and special recognition for the boys and girls “moving on” to academic adventures.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

WAHS Student Honored by Penn College Gallery

Abigail DeBloois

Fine art by Abigail DeBloois, a student at Williamsport Area High School, is on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College through June 30.

DeBloois received an Artistic Excellence Award from The Gallery at Penn College. The honor recognizes outstanding artistic talent and achievement in the visual arts and is given to a student who demonstrates skill in his or her selected medium and knowledge of the artistic process. The award includes a gift certificate to The College Store and an opportunity to exhibit artwork in the gallery lobby.

DeBloois’ featured artworks are portraits created in a variety of media. The student exhibit coincides with an exhibition of acrylic glass art by Margaret Smithers-Crump, a Houston artist.

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Diligently Restored, Dazzlingly Arrayed

Automobiles fill the Penn College landscape in this view to the northeast from atop the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

Pennsylvania College of Technology provided a stunning backdrop for the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Grand National Meet from Thursday through Saturday, an exciting and extraordinary event that was the largest ever held by the organization. A joint project of the AACA Susquehannock Region and the Penn College Classic Cruisers student group, the gathering attracted more than 600 cars, trucks and motorcycles and thousands of participants and spectators. Activities for registrants and their families included tours of campus and local attractions, informative sessions in instructional labs, and social get-togethers … and two free events were open to the community: Friday’s keynote address by Lyn St. James in the Field House and Saturday’s car show – breathtakingly featuring 40 to 50 million dollars’ worth of automobiles – along the campus mall. A motivational speaker, St. James is a seven-time Indianapolis 500 competitor, the Indy’s first female Rookie of the Year and one of the “Top 100 Female Athletes of the Century” as chosen by Sports Illustrated. In addition to the photo gallery that follows, the memorable event is captured in a video on the college’s YouTube channel:

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Magical Creations Express Nature’s Fragility

An 8-foot circle of acrylic on translucent Plexiglas and sand decorates the gallery floor. Titled “Full Circle,” the work inspired the exhibit’s name.

The artist discusses the creative possibilities of Plexiglas.

Gallery visitors listen to the artist’s talk.

“Passage,” a magical vessel of translucent plexiglas, mylar, acrylic paint and salt, measures 20x72x35 inches.

Cool acrylic works offer ideal summer respite inside the gallery walls.

An artist’s “lifelong love affair with water – our most precious resource” is seen in the fragile-looking forms flowing throughout The Gallery at Penn College’s exhibit, “Full Circle.” Tuesday night’s opening featured a talk by artist Margaret Smithers-Crump, who led visitors on a voyage through her life inspirations and artistic processes. Smithers-Crump grew up on an island in Lake Muskoka in Ontario, Canada, and now resides in Houston. Her “magical creations” utilizing Plexiglas are designed to imply “fragility” and stir awe, as well as ecological concern for and commitment to our natural environments. “Full Circle” runs through June 30. The gallery’s summer hours are 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. On Sundays. The gallery is closed on Saturdays and Mondays.
First and third photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Penn College Provides Timely Workshop Topics to Health Care Pros

Penn College’s Brian J. Schurr, counselor, and Jen Hammond, coordinator of tutoring, lead a session on suicide awareness and intervention for the health professionals who help to educate Penn College health sciences students during clinical rotations at area health care facilities.

Suicide prevention training was a lead topic when the School of Health Sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted a continuing education workshop for health care professionals who serve as educators to the college’s students while they complete rotations at area health care facilities.

According to recent data, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the United States among 15- to 24-year-olds.

“Suicide has affected our communities, including Penn College, in a very disturbing way,” said Barbara J. Natell, director of the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and one of the coordinators for the workshop. “The problem is escalating to epidemic proportions. Anything we can do to heighten awareness and interventions – with prevention at its core – should be promoted.”

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Between Classes, Faculty Turn Focus to More Effective Teaching Practices

Keynoter Kyle D. Bowen delivers the opening session: "New Ideas for New Learning Experiences."

Tom Gregory discusses assessment and accreditation.

In "Proving the Power of Doing," presenter Kyle Peck explores techniques for meaningful measurement of accomplishment.

The Summer Teaching Institute, a day and a half of professional development, recently offered faculty the opportunity to gain new information, improve skills and associate with colleagues in the relaxed atmosphere of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. Among the topics at this year’s end-of-semester event were tools for student assessment, selection of general-education electives for advisees, staying apprised of workforce trends, creative and collaborative “makerspaces,” and teaching with technology. Guest speakers were Kyle D. Bowen, director of education technology services at Penn State; Kyle L. Peck, a research fellow, professor of education and co-director of Penn State’s Department of Learning and Performance Systems; and Gary R. Hafer, professor of English at Lycoming College. The institute was overseen by Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction, and the Professional Development Office.
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Picnic Offers Good Time, Aids Good Cause

A sampling of canned goods donated to The Cupboard, a food pantry for Penn College students to be launched by Dining Services this fall

Maria E. Weisser, ShaleNET U.S. data manager, collects nonperishable food and distributes raffle tickets. Prizes included gift cards. theater passes and reserved-parking privileges.

Food, sun, blue skies and yard games make for a relaxing post-commencement event.

Crissy L. McGinness, director of dining services, calls the numbers for candy bingo in the Field House.

Penn College colleagues ended the first Friday of summer hours with a third annual Employee and Retiree Picnic in and around the Field House. Lunch was catered by the alumni-owned Acme Barbecue; the afternoon also included indoor and outdoor games, raffles and catch-up socializing before the closer-than-you-think start of fall classes. Nonperishable food items were collected to support The Cupboard at Penn College, an initiative in support of students experiencing food insecurity.

Yucatan Travelers Share Study-Abroad Experiences

A large crowd gathers to hear the presentations. In the background, D. Robert Cooley (light blue shirt), assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science, leads the discussion.

Intrepid travelers (from left): Erik G. Knecht, of Cranesville; Leo J. Ravina, of Hazleton; Brendon J. Dibble, of Douglassville; Anthony V. Rode, of Palm Coast, Fla.; and Curtis R. Gehman, of Lock Haven.

Dibble discusses his pit-fired ceramics, an attempt he made following the trip to recreate ancient Maya ceramics.

Knecht shares stories from the voyage.

Vander Vere listens to his students’ presentations.

Among the engaging end-of-semester activities that occurred across campus in recent weeks were presentations by students in MTH 156 (Mathematics in Non-European Cultures). Gathering in the Bush Campus Center TV Lounge, the students offered insights into their study-abroad adventures in Mexico earlier this year. The unique course blends mathematics, anthropology and cultural adventures, and is led by D. Robert Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science, and Curt E. Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics. This year’s student group represented a diverse range of majors including manufacturing and engineering technology, industrial and human factors design, studio arts, construction management, and pre-physician assistant. The Penn College class traveled to the Yucatan peninsula, specifically the Mexican states of Yucatan and Campeche. This year’s outing marked the fifth time Cooley and Vander Vere have guided students in the exploration of ancient Maya civilization.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

A previous MTH 156 travel experience was showcased in this video on the college YouTube channel:

College Preps Dual-Enrollment Partners for Coming Year

Pat Scheib, academic skills specialist in the Academic Success Center, works with secondary teachers during her morning sessions; she focused on the choices of successful students and skills that teachers can use to motivate struggling students.

Admissions representatives Sarah R. Shott, Salvatore Vitko, Emily A. Weaver, Claire Z. Biggs (coordinator of admissions and enrollment event services) and Sean M. Stout introduce themselves, explain their territories and academic school focuses, and invite teachers to contact them for visits or for any information they may need about Penn College. Representatives also escorted groups of teachers to their academic program areas.

Eric Nagy, an English teacher at Jersey Shore Area High School, prepares to meet with Bruce A. Wehler, assistant professor of English composition, to organize and plan ENL111 through the Penn College NOW program.

On May 17-18, the College Transitions Office hosted the 135 secondary teachers who will teach Penn College NOW courses to their high school students in 2016-17. The teachers spent the morning attending sessions on “Academic Resources for Students and Teachers,” led by Monica A. McCarty, the college’s dual enrollment specialist, and librarian Helen L. Yoas; and “Instructional Strategies to Nurture Student Learning and Motivation,” taught by Pat Scheib, academic skills specialist in Penn College’s Academic Success Center. The secondary teachers spent the afternoon meeting in groups with their Penn College faculty liaisons about the courses they’ll teach next school year. Thirty-eight Penn College faculty members serve as liaisons for the program. “Secondary teachers in attendance came from each of our 40 partners across the state and teach Penn College NOW courses connected with every academic school on campus,” said McCarty, who coordinated and hosted the event with colleagues Brigette M. Cleary, secretary to academic services and college transitions, and Laura M. Machak, college transitions specialist. The professional development is a requirement of the college’s accreditation through the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. Penn College NOW is one of only two accredited dual-enrollment programs in Pennsylvania.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Montoursville Senior Awarded Peggy Madigan Memorial Scholarship

Alexandra R. Klementovich is awarded this year's Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship by state Sen. Gene Yaw (left) and Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. Klementovich, a senior at Montoursville Area High School, will be a pre-nursing major at the college starting this fall.

An imminent Montoursville Area High School graduate has been awarded the 2016-17 Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship as an incoming first-year student at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Alexandra R. Klementovich, of Montoursville, will enroll in the college’s pre-nursing major for the Fall 2016 semester.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all that she has selected one of the ‘helping professions’ as her intended vocation,” a teacher wrote in support of her scholarship application. “Empathy is one of Lexi’s strongest attributes. She is by nature generous and compassionate. Some people serve others out of a sense of obligation, and students sometimes join service organizations to build their resumes. Lexi’s commitment to service is ingrained in her character, in how she interacts with people on a daily basis.”

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Hands-On Visit Lets Middle-Schoolers Jump-Start Career Aspirations

Under the supervision of Scott A. Geist (background), director of surgical technology, students explore the hands-on world of the operating room.

More than 1,040 students and chaperones from seven area middle schools visited Tuesday, exploring a wide variety of technical careers through hands-on activities, tours of facilities, and discussions with Penn College students and faculty. Career Day, organized by the College Transitions Office is held each spring and fall; the next program, for students in ninth through 12th grade, will be held Oct. 13.

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Grand Pastry Buffet Unites Scholarship Recipients With Donors

A chocolate sculpture by Dylan H. Therrien, of Reading, helps to dress a table.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Keystone Dining Room hosted a grand celebration of scholarship, skill and generosity during the April 30 Grand Pastry Buffet and Scholarship Reception.

While baking and pastry arts students displayed some of their final works before graduation, students who have received scholarships met those who established the funds from which they benefited. The Penn College Foundation provides more than 200 scholarships.

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