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Faculty Member Chooses ‘Last Words’ From Rich Wellspring of Reminiscence

Tipping his hand about the lecture's sum and substance, Bruce A. Wehler talks about his love of Jesus, Penn College, Penn State and carbohydrates.

Drawing from a figurative and literal backpack, a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member chosen to deliver this year’s David London My Last Words Lecture encouraged his audience to explore the topic “What Are You Full Of? (The Things We Carry),” Thursday evening in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Bruce A. Wehler, assistant professor of English composition, led listeners through a range of stories and anecdotes and shared the meaning he has extracted from numerous personal experiences from the tragic to the triumphant. “Experiences shape us … but we shape the meaning of those experiences,” he said.

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Dining Services Sings ‘Stay a While’ Theme at CC Commons

Pool-shooting students enjoy inviting environment.

Williamsport musician Simeon Myers is among the night's entertainment.

Soaking up the ambience ...

... includes scarfing up the free food!

A series of live music events in CC Commons, designed to create more of a lounge/hangout vibe than an eat-and-run stop at the dining hall, continued Wednesday. In addition to popular local musicians, the “CC Live” concept includes free appetizer-sized portions of menu items and other Dining Services giveaways.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Penn College Salon Dinner Series Debuts

Salon Dinner participants (from left) are Chad Dornan, college adviser and founder of Leonard Andrew Consulting; Alan Lightman; President Davie Jane Gilmour; Cory Tanner, a Penn College alumnus and user experience developer for DockYard; Marisa McCarthy, director, special education, Madison Park Career & Technical Vocational High School; Jennifer Smith, career and technical director, Madison Park Career & Technical Vocational High School; and Paul Hemphill, higher education blogger and college counselor.

President Davie Jane Gilmour hosted Penn College’s inaugural Salon Dinner Series event Sept. 30 in Boston. The event featured Alan Lightman, renowned physicist and author (“Einstein’s Dreams”) and professor of the practice of the humanities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, addressing the subject of applied technology in higher education. The college’s Salon Dinner Series provides a chance for educators, parents, companies, nonprofits, media and others to come together in an intimate, exclusive setting to discuss a wide range of meaningful, hot-button topics concerning the state of job prospects for today’s youth.

Student-Edited Video Acquaints Car Enthusiasts With ‘Grand National’ Venue

The unique opportunities at Penn College – one of the nation’s oldest continuous automotive programs, one of the largest educational labs for collision repair and one of the few vintage restoration degree programs on the East Coast – are promoted in a video invitation to the Antique Automobile Club of America’s 2016 Grand National Meet to be hosted on main campus next spring. Presented by the AACA’s Susquehannock Region in association with the Penn College Classic Cruiser Chapter, the high-profile event will be held June 3-5. The five-minute production, which has been added to the Penn College YouTube channel,  was edited by Kashiki E. Harrison, of Williamsport, a General Studies major and student video production assistant in Public Relations & Marketing.

Students Explore Global Travel Options at ‘Study Abroad Fair’

Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor of architectural technology, tells his Penn's Inn audience about the three-credit "Sustainable Building and Design" study-abroad program to Europe and the U.K.

Among attendees are Torsten Matzke (left), exchange and study abroad officer at Scotland's Abertay University, and visiting Scottish student James T. Hemmings.

Global community reflected in colorful flag collection

Shanin L. Dougherty, international programs specialist

Spreading the word about the "Non-European Mathematics in the Mayan World," a three-credit journey to Mexico over winter break, is Lana A. Kephart, a Web and interactive media major from Mill Hall.

A Study Abroad Fair, a one-stop peek at the enticing and enlightening opportunities for educational travel, was held Tuesday in the Bush Campus Center. Participants heard presentations on a half-dozen exciting options to study abroad while earning credits toward a Penn College degree.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Timely Topic Opens Doyle Colloquia Series

More than 350 people fill the Klump Academic Center Auditorium for Tuesday's first presentation of the newly named Daniel J. Doyle Technology & Society Colloquia Series.

Against a backdrop of past and present images, Katrina A. Sinclair discusses the use of technology and propaganda by the Nazis and the Islamic State group.

Sinclair enhanced her presentation with live polling. After showing a clip from the Nazi-era film, "Triumph of the Will,” for instance, audience members were asked what element was most compelling.

Faculty member Thomas E. Ask (standing), a member of the colloquium committee and a "microphone runner," facilitates the question-and-answer session that followed the presentation.

At the postlecture reception in Wrapture, professor emeritus Daniel J. Doyle – for whom the colloquia series is named – shares a laugh and conversation with audience members.

An adjunct member of Penn College’s history faculty offered an absorbing look at technology and propaganda Tuesday night in the first presentation of the Daniel J. Doyle Technology & Society Colloquia Series. In “From the Nazis to ISIS: A Historical Analysis of Technology and Propaganda,” Katrina A. Sinclair drew a parallel between the Nazis’ convincing use of broadcast venues and the Islamic State’s embrace of social media in recruiting and rallying their respective followers. While the subject matter raises difficult questions and provocative conversation, she said, it points to the importance of open dialogue – a discussion she hopes will develop proactive strategies to counter extreme ideologies in our global society. The next event in the series will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, when Alan R. Neuner, vice president for facilities operations at Geisinger Medical Center, presents “Improving National Health Through Energy Efficiency.” Watch PCToday in the coming weeks for a video link to Sinclair’s full presentation.

Bad Weather Can’t Dampen Good Works

Jennifer (left) and Emily Myers, of Catawissa, make it a family affair.

Calah D. Doyka (110), a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration student from Mercersburg, joins Jennifer Doyka (109), of Mercersburg, and Alicia Sebeck, of Morris, N.Y.

Working race check-in are Daniele A. Hebert (left), of Mechanicsburg, enrolled in pre-surgical technology, and April M. Tucker, an applied human services student from Muncy.

The undaunted dozen gather in the Field House for a group shot.

Participants also include Mark A. Johnson (112), of Staunton, Va., welding and fabrication engineering technology; Regan W. Grossman (116), Honesdale, building automation technology; and Benjamin Doyka, of Mercersburg.

A dozen intrepid participants withstood Saturday’s soggy weather to champion the 5K Walk/Run for Penn College Benefiting THON. Part of Penn State’s annual dance marathon to fight pediatric cancer, the local student organization collected $175 in its latest fundraiser. “We definitely thank those that braved the rain to come out and support the children,” said Max C. Bower, a heavy construction equipment: operator emphasis major from Lewisberry and president of the campus chapter. “One-hundred percent of the profit will be going to THON.”
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

The Dye Is Cast for Successful Homecoming Week

Members of the Blue Crew, supervised by General Services' Gary T. Pandolfi, form a school-spirited bucket brigade. (Photo by Allison A. Bressler)

The officers and adviser of the Blue Crew campus-pride organization stand before the Veterans' Fountain, appropriately colored for Homecoming. From left are Jessica R. Wiegand, a business administration: marketing concentration major from Trout Run; Kacie L. Weaver, an applied human services student from Harrisburg; Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life; and Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College.

A pre-Homecoming tradition was renewed outside the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center shortly after sunrise Monday, as General Services and the Blue Crew tinted the Veterans’ Fountain in advance of the week’s activities. The officers and adviser of the Wildcat booster organization joined Charley A. Kern, director of facilities engineering for GS; John M. Chernego, environmental specialist; and Gary T. Pandolfi, refrigeration, heating and plumbing mechanic, in the third annual kickoff event.

Women’s Group, College Police Hold Self-Defense Clinic

Officer Farr demonstrates effective self-defense.

Attendees watch a video in the Bush Campus Center.

Keeping the mood light while learning a serious lesson are (from left) student leaders Jessica R. Wiegand, Kacie L. Weaver and Chesnya I. Cherulus.

Participants practice the techniques they've learned.

The College Women of Williamsport and Penn College police co-sponsored “Release the Inner Wildcat in You,” a self-defense class, in Penn’s Inn on Friday afternoon. Attendees watched a video, learned defensive moves from Officer Catherine J. Farr, took part in a raffle for T-shirts and self-defense tools, and participated in a question-and-answer session. A second session is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6; email CWOW to reserve a spot.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Every Day Is Manufacturing Day at Penn College

In honor of National Manufacturing Day, Penn College invited innovative companies Gilson Boards and Pneu-Dart to campus to interact with students, faculty and staff on Friday. The companies fit right in at the college, which features a number of manufacturing-related degrees and a new innovation leadership minor … although many potential students and their parents aren’t aware of the natural connection. “I think the perception of manufacturing still to a great length is that it’s dark, dirty, low-paying, expendable positions that you don’t need a lot of background, experience or training for,” says David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, in a video added to the college’s YouTube channel. “And that’s really just not accurate.”

Explore Penn College’s ‘Degrees That Work’ at Oct. 25 Open House

Penn College’s Oct. 25 Open House provides an ideal opportunity to explore “degrees that work.”

The distinctive, hands-on academic programs offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education, will be highlighted at Open House on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Held twice a year, Open House at Penn College provides prospective students and their families an opportunity to sample campus life and learn about 100-plus bachelor’s and associate degrees and certificates.

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Mexicali Menu Makes for Savory Celebration in KDR

Accenting the celebratory air are KDR managers Janet L. Wool and Jason K. Eichensehr

A student samples the night's cuisine ...

... which included flank steak and a cherry dessert.

Service with sombreros is provided by Tanna M. Brewer (left), assistant cook, and Stephanie D. Updegraff, Dining Services worker.

A Mexicali Dinner, part of Penn College’s Hispanic Heritage Month, was held Thursday evening in the Keystone Dining Room. The all-you-care-to-eat menu, served at made-to-order food stations, included fajitas, quesadillas, street tacos and desserts.
Photos by Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director of Dining Services, and Marcia G. Tanner, Dining Services worker

Penn College Homecoming Celebration to Be Held Oct. 7-11

The Homecoming Carnival returns to the Madigan Library lawn from Oct. 9-11.

Alumni, students, employees and friends of Pennsylvania College of Technology can reminisce about “Our Proud Penn College Days” – a line from the institution’s alma mater – as they celebrate Homecoming 2015 from Oct. 7-11.

Among the public highlights are a Homecoming Carnival from 6 p.m. to closing time Friday, 1 p.m. to close on Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Bartlebaugh Amusements Inc. is set up on the Madigan Library lawn, with thrill rides, games, food and fun. Eh440, an a cappella group from Canada, will perform on the midway at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Latin Dance Instructors Bring ‘Salsa Magic’ to Penn’s Inn

Lee "El Gringuito" (a past nominee as Salsa Instructor of the Year and Latin DJ of the Year in the Washington, D.C., area) and Kat "La Gata" bring enthusiasm and energy to Penn's Inn.

Eager and courageous, students gather to try something new.

Colorful drinks sparkle under festive lighting.

Attentive dance students stay on their toes.

Kat works with Andrew A. Smith, an aviation maintenance technician student, and Brittany R. Terpstra, of Jim Thorpe, majoring in Web and interactive media.

It didn’t take long for Penn College students to light up the Bush Campus Center dance floor this past week, learning – and then quickly exhibiting – the newest Latin steps in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Instructors Lee “El Gringuito” and Kat “La Gata” have performed their “Salsa Magic” program around the world, teaching Latin dances to more than 100,000 college students in 47 states. The Wildcat Events Board, in collaboration with Diversity and Community Engagement, co-sponsored their appearance at Friday’s interactive event in Penn’s Inn.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Lecture at Penn College to Focus on Creating Meaningful Life

Bruce A. Wehler

With wit and wisdom, a teacher intends to offer a meaningful conversation on our choices and our chances when he takes the stage as the featured presenter in a popular, annual lecture at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Bruce A. Wehler, assistant professor of English composition, is this year’s presenter in the David London My Last Words Lecture Series. His talk, “What Are You Full Of? (The Things We Carry),” is set for Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

“Our lives reflect our choices, and we carry the full weight of those choices everywhere we go as we make our own way in this world,” Wehler said. “At times, we all need to stop and examine what we are carrying that is weighing us down, the attitudes and actions, the beliefs and the blinders that hinder us from experiencing the fullness of life that should be ours. By surrounding ourselves with good people, by appreciating the value of our experiences, and by choosing to live without regret, each one of us can choose to create an extraordinary life.”

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