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Six Graduate From Latest ShaleNET ‘Roustabout’ Class

Meredith places a hard hat on his son, one of seven family members to share in the success of Meredith and his brother.

This fall's class (from left): Meredith, Bergquist, Johns, Landi, Hilfiger and Baer.

A safety vest and calculator depict the blend of skills acquired by Tuesday's graduates during their combination of classroom and on-site instruction.

Bergquist receives his certificate from Bubb as Mendell looks on.

Hilfiger, who previously operated heavy equipment for the natural gas industry, said the 15-day course “opens up the field for me more and has given me more knowledge.”

Six students in the ShaleNET training program – including two brothers and three alumni of Penn College or its immediate predecessor – received their Ready to Work Field Service Worker & Roustabout certificates at a Tuesday ceremony near Allenwood. Graduating during afternoon proceedings at the Energy Technology and Education Center were Jessica A. Baer, Antes Fort; brothers Dakota W. Berquist and Lathan Meredith III, Williamsport; Richard Hilfiger, Mansfield; Dennis M. Johns, Wellsboro; and Brock H. Landi, Williamsport. The brothers were introduced to ShaleNET by their father, who underwent natural gas training through the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education branch. Johns earned an associate degree in civil engineering from Williamsport Area Community College, while Landi (2004, electronics engineering technology: communications/fiber optics emphasis) and Baer (2001, building construction technology: masonry emphasis) are Penn College alums. Each of the graduates spoke during the event in the ETEC trailer; also participating were Diane H. Bubb, ShaleNET U.S. case manager; and Daniel R. Mendell and Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructors.

Colloquium Speaker to Be Interviewed by Sunbury Radio Station

Gary A. Sojka

Former Bucknell University President Gary A. Sojka, whose “Feeding the Future: Can We Nourish 9.7 Billion People in 2050?” kicks off Penn College’s 2016-17 Colloquia Series next week, will be interviewed on WKOK radio from 8:30-9 a.m. Wednesday. Among other topics, Sojka will discuss with “On the Mark” co-host Joe McGranaghan his campus appearance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Listen live online or at 1070 AM, or access the show archives after the interview.

Setting the Stage for Making Memories

General Services' Gary T. Pandolfi, refrigeration, heating and plumbing mechanic, is assisted by Emily K. Helmus, an applied management major from Middletown, and Austin R. Ayars, of Easton, enrolled in business administration: banking and finance concentration. Both are members of the Student Government Association executive board.

The waters of the Veterans' Fountain adopt a Wildcat Blue tint for Homecoming & Family Weekend.

Adorned with lyrics from the college alma mater, a landmark stands ready for weekend photo ops.

Preparations for Homecoming & Family Weekend at Penn College include the traditional dyeing of the Veterans’ Fountain by General Services and student helpers and the painting of the campus rock by Todd Moore, student affairs marketing specialist.
First two photos by Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities

Penn College Hosting ‘Fall Brawl 2016’ Robotic Design Competition

A student group at Pennsylvania College of Technology is inviting community members to join the fight by participating in “Fall Brawl 2016” on Oct. 22. The event will feature small robots engaging in big battles for bragging rights.

Sponsored by the Student Wildcats of Robotic Design, the competition encourages participants to design, fabricate and test “beetleweight” robots (maximum of three pounds) before engaging in “combat” to determine the toughest bot.

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‘Beer Run’ Drives Home Life-Saving Message

Carl L. Shaner (left), director of College Health Services, keeps students fed ... with a helping hand from James E. Bies, assistant chief of Penn College Police.

A passenger steadies himself against the impaired driving and judgment wrought by "drunk goggles" ...

... which also complicate life for a pedestrian.

Counselor Brian J. Schurr, a friendly face and earnest advocate for students' health and well-being

Among the participating members of Ivy R. Avery's First Year Experience class are Jonathan Mendez-Avecedo, an exercise science student from Allentown, and Erika R. Cowan, a pre-dental hygiene major from Warren.

The effects of alcohol consumption on motorists’ mobility and reaction time were made abundantly clear (and, thankfully, in the injury-free safety of a controlled environment) during the Golf Cart Beer Run on the Thompson Professional Development Center lawn. Students took turns driving a golf cart, donated by the White Deer Golf Course, through a circuitous obstacle course while wearing vision-impairing “drunk goggles.” The annual exercise, to be conducted again from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, is part of Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week featuring College Health Services, Penn College Police, Counseling Services and others. Other events will help students learn how to drink safely and smartly, how to get help when they need it, and what resources are available for them on campus and in the community.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Limited Number of Discounted Student Tickets Available for ‘Cirque’ Show

Cirque Éloize Saloon

The Community Arts Center’s 2016-17 new season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with Cirque Éloize Saloon, sponsored by Penn College. The Bush Campus Center has a limited number of $15 orchestra tickets available for purchase by students, from now until the night of the show. Orders must be paid with cash, check or credit card. Students may get four per valid ID. By purchasing at the Campus Center, the 4-percent service fee that the Arts Center box office charges will be waived. There are no refunds or exchanges, and all tickets must be for students. Adult tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 570-326-2424. Members of the Canadian cirque troupe can dangle horizontally from a vertical pole, jump off a two-story building, spin, strut, juggle, dance and even create the illusion of a speeding locomotive. Yet they can’t always keep those 10-gallon cowboy hats on! The flying headgear is one of many endearing qualities of “Saloon,” a Western-themed, circus theater extravaganza where extraordinary acrobatics are presented with an “Aw shucks, Ma’am” demeanor. Complete show details and a video clip can be found at the CAC website. The Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of the college, is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport (just a few blocks from campus).

‘My Last Words’ Lecture to Offer Insight, Inspiration on Sept. 27

Tina M. Evans

Tina M. Evans, an associate professor of applied health studies at Pennsylvania College of Technology, will present this year’s David London My Last Words lecture.

Penn College’s My Last Words Lecture Series challenges each year’s selected faculty member to offer thoughts to the community as if they know it was their last opportunity to share insight and offer inspiration. Speakers are nominated by students and alumni.

Evans’ talk is titled “12 Words that Will Change Your Life.” The lecture is scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Penn’s Inn, on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center. It is free and open to the community.

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Students Get Their ‘Faire’ Share at Elizabethan Event

Renaissance re-enactors displayed authentic costumes and customs.

A fencer's friendly face betrays the seriousness at swords' point.

Banished to the stocks is Jake C. Forelli, an engineering design technology major from Damascus.

A latter-day take on a centuries-old pursuit

Signage makes sure patrons aren't at a loss for words.

A Renaissance Feast & Faire, an evening of jousting, feasting and considerable carousing, was held Wednesday in and around Dauphin Hall. Students enjoyed a meal of roasted turkey, ribs, vegetables, roasted potatoes, fritters and savory desserts in the “Great Hall” of Dining Services’ Capitol Eatery, while the Society for Creative Anachronism provided period entertainment in the adjoining courtyard.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Madigan Library Observes 10th Birthday

A cake in honor of Madigan Library's 10th birthday, complete with the building's distinctive clock-tower motif, awaits the celebration.

Tables adorned in signature red and white, with giveaways and other goodies, greet the college community Monday morning.

Kicking off the festivities are (from left) Diana L. Worth, library operations/public services assistant; Blair E. Mattocks, library support services assistant; Patty L. Bilbay, library access service manager; Tracey Amey, library director; Jean M. Bremigen, library operations/public services manager; and Judy J. Zebrowski, librarian and assistant professor.

Amey cuts the cake – vanilla and chocolate, divided by a layer of ganache – to share with library users.

Bruce A. Wehler, assistant professor of English-composition, joins the birthday bash with students from his First Year Experience class: Jared C. Keim (left), and engineering CAD technology major from Newburg, and Jose L. Jacobo, of Middletown, enrolled in culinary arts and systems.

Hard to believe, given its lingering “new-car feel” and still-stunning appearance a decade after opening, but Penn College’s Madigan Library celebrated its 10th birthday on Monday. Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II and students in his Advanced Baking and Pastry Operations class prepared a special cake, distributed free to patrons, to help mark the diamond anniversary of the library’s addition to the campus landscape.

Red Cross Meets Goal During Two-Day Campus Blood Drive

Kevin J. Peterman, a business management major from Muncy, gives blood Wednesday through a special machine that allows safe donation of two units of red cells during one visit while returning plasma and platelets to the donor.

Buddy the Blood Drop, the mascot of Red Cross Blood Services, helps welcomes donors to Penn's Inn on Wednesday.

Donations on behalf of 9/11 victims and heroes keep traffic brisk.

Proudly displaying their bandages after successful donation are Autumn M. Devine, of Mars, an emergency management technology student ...

... and Joel E. Riechenbach, of Dornsife, enrolled in information technology sciences-gaming and simulation.

The account manager for American Red Cross Blood Services, Northeastern Pennsylvania Region, thanks Penn College for hosting a successful two-day drive this past week. “We collected 102 units on Wednesday and 79 units yesterday, making our goal both days,” Marge Smith said in a Friday email to College Health Services. “This 181 units potentially saves 543 lives, which is a great help during our emergency plea for blood.  Summers are tough with us not have those high school and college blood drives, which is about 30 percent of our area’s blood needs, plus throw in vacations and many national tragedies this summer, our need for blood is at the emergency stage.” The college community was encouraged to give blood in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. All presenting donors received Pizza Hut pizza and Weis Markets baked goods during the campus Red Cross visit.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Lecturer to Discuss Potential Solutions to Global Food Insecurity

Gary Sojka

In a world that already faces food-insecurity issues and a strained agricultural production system, how will we feed an additional 2 billion people in the coming decades?

That’s one of the dilemmas to be posed by a former Bucknell University president during the opening edition of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s 2016-17 Colloquia Series. The presentation by Gary A. Sojka, which is free and open to the public, is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

Sojka’s talk – “Feeding the Future: Can We Nourish 9.7 Billion People in 2050?” – will aim to answer that question … and more: What decisions can we make today to help us meet the needs of tomorrow? Where do we focus our social and technological efforts? Just how many individuals can the environment sustain before the wheels fall off?

And, perhaps most important for the students more likely to survive into that not-so-distant year, why should they care?

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Penn College Homecoming/Family Weekend: A Winning Combination

Two popular fall events at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been merged into a singular Homecoming & Family Weekend, to be held this year from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

The college traditionally held Parent & Family Weekend in late September, followed by Homecoming a few weeks later.

“We knew there was overlap,” explained Kimberly R. Cassel, the college’s director of alumni relations. “People coming for Parent & Family Weekend were also alumni, and graduates coming to Homecoming obviously were parents. Some were coming to both, which was just too much for their schedule.”

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$25 Discounted Tickets Available at CC for Tracy Morgan Stand-Up

Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan, star of NBC’s “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live,” has returned to stand-up comedy with his “Picking Up the Pieces” tour, with a stop at the Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. The Bush Campus Center has a limited number of $25 discounted orchestra tickets available for purchase by Penn College students, staff and faculty until Saturday, Oct. 1. Orders must be paid with cash, check or credit card. There is no limit on tickets that can be purchased at the Campus Center. By purchasing at the Campus Center, the 4-percent service fee that the Community Arts Center box office charges will be waived. There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets. After Oct. 1, tickets may be purchased by calling the CAC box office at 570-326-2424 or online. A year after Morgan’s bus was totaled by an out-of-control 18-wheeler, an incident that killed fellow comic Jimmy Mac, he gave his first interview to Matt Lauer on the “Today” show in which he promised he would return to stand-up. “I love comedy, I’ll never stop loving her,” he said. “I’ll get back to making you laugh, I promise.” For complete show details and a video clip, visit the CAC website. The 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).

A Three-Event Sampling of ‘PC3’

Fun amid the foam

The first three weeks of the fall semester – replete with activities under the umbrella of “PC3” – provide students with a balanced menu of making friends, having fun, involving themselves in campus life and relieving the stress of late-summer studying. Come along as the college’s student photographers train their talented eye on just a few of the offerings: the Wildcat Paint Party, Wildcat Wars and Sex Ed Boot Camp.

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‘Pack the Park’ Crowd Enjoys National Pastime in Local Landmark

Smiles and Wildcat blue fill the stands of BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

For the 17th year Wednesday, Penn College students and employees enjoyed “Pack the Park Night” with the Williamsport Crosscutters. Free tickets were available across campus and complimentary bus service transported students safely to and from BB&T Ballpark. Fans saw a 4-2 win by the hometown favorites, who posted a winning season in their division but fell just short of a playoff berth. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable outing – with fun, friends and food!

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