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College Faculty Help High-Schoolers Crack ‘Code’

In a “Coding Unplugged” session, a student solves a problem by moving disks from one spot to another. Students learned that repeating and combining the movements that solve a simple problem can solve more complex problems.

High school students from as far as Warren County in northwestern Pennsylvania and Chester County in the state’s southeastern corner were among those participating in an “Hour of Code” event at Penn College on Thursday. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. At Penn College, the students gathered for a “Coding Unplugged” activity with Anita R. Wood, associate professor of computer information technology. Later, they toured campus and practiced coding Ozobots with Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of web and interactive media, and Alicia McNett, instructor of computer information technology. A project of the nonprofit Code.org, the Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code,” to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Most Hour of Code events are scheduled during Computer Science Education Week. The week coincides with the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, who was born Dec. 9, 1906.

Baking/Pastry Students Mark Madigan Milestone in ‘Grand’ Fashion

Paige E. Pearson, of Williamsburg, serves a slice of buche de Noel to Joann Ertel, whose father, Kenneth E. Carl, was director of Williamsport Technical Institute and president of Williamsport Area Community College, both forerunners of Penn College.

Baking and pastry arts students show their gratitude on a centerpiece cake. (Photo by Becky J. Shaner, manager of student/alumni engagement and special events)

Thanks is spelled out in an edible holiday theme by Kayla M. Peters, of Pine Grove.

A family admires the students’ work.

Jennie E. Zarcufsky, of Ringtown, commemorates the event’s “Knowledge Building” theme with a stack of chocolate books and candles that “twinkle” with blown-sugar flames.

Students in the baking and pastry arts major coordinated a grand buffet Saturday that served as a capstone to their associate degree and as a gesture of gratitude to those whose gifts support the applied-technology education provided by Penn College. For the students, the buffet is the final project in the Pastry Food Show and Buffet Presentations Concepts course. Taught by Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts and culinary arts, the course incorporates skills learned throughout the students’ associate-degree education. In addition to carefully planning the presentation, each student produced edible centerpieces and a variety of decadent pastries. The event also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Madigan Library, which opened to students in 2006. Invited guests included donors to the library and members of the college’s 1914 Society. “Whether a donation is turned into a book or a study carrel or an online resource, it becomes part of the brick and mortar of this building, a resource used innumerable times by a continuous array of students and faculty,” said Tracey Amey, library director, who joined President Davie Jane Gilmour in offering remarks to the guests. “I have the privilege of seeing your donations in action every day, and I offer a deep and heartfelt ‘Thank you.’”

Turning Castoffs Into Couture

Mahaffey (left) joins her runway entourage: Samantha M. Via, Jasmin Vega, Meghan J. Herman and Alexandra Pyda. Pyda is a nursing major; the others are enrolled in industrial design.

Thomas E. Ask, industrial design professor, and Via's mother, Rona, check out the "trashion" accessories.

A voguish Vega strikes a pose ...

... and designer and model have fun with fashion.

The “Trashion Fashion Show,” industrial design student Ashley E. Mahaffey’s senior project with a (re)purpose, was a clear crowd-pleaser in Penn College’s Thompson Professional Development Center. The Hughesville resident crafted clothing and accessories from discarded newspapers, magazines and the like, enlisting four friends to model them and eliciting considerable applause as each was unveiled. “Ashley was very happy with the results and very brave in embarking on a project like this,” said Thomas E. Ask, professor of industrial design and Mahaffey’s capstone adviser. “She had great assistance by an industry expert, Valerie Beggs, and put tons of energy, enthusiasm and intellect into the project.”
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

 

Curator’s Tour Closes Fiber Arts Exhibit

Cynthia Friedman, “A Man Among Giants,” silk, silk organza, cotton batting and backing, silk thread and interfacing material, 39" x 53”

A curator’s tour of the popular “Connected by Stitch” exhibit is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in The Gallery at Penn College.

Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

Connected by Stitch,” a juried exhibition showcasing a wide range of 2-D and 3-D fiber art, opened on Oct. 22 and is set to close Thursday, Dec. 8.

The curator’s tour will be led by Meredith Eachus Armstrong and intends to be an insightful survey of the artwork, the exhibiting artists, the curation process and an overview of contemporary quilt-making techniques utilized by artists in the show.

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Traditional ‘Snow Ball’ Adds to End-of-Semester Joy

The Mountain Laurel Room makes a seamless transition into a dance floor.

After the DJ dedicated a song to two people – one in the room and one not – alumnus Ryan A. Gibson surprised student Morgan N. Keyser with a big entrance.

Peter W. Van Hemert (left), a software development and information management major from Mechanicsburg, exults in the musical moment.

Enjoying the masked revelry are (clockwise from left) Lacey M. Watson, Isaac W. Faubion, Kimberly J. Strunk and Mel P. Wolfe.

More than 80 people attended the Wildcat Events Board’s annual Snow Ball, held from 8-11 p.m. Friday in the Thompson Professional Development Center. The semi-formal – with a masquerade theme this year – included music from Monster Sound DJ Services, appetizers and beverages.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Poinsettias Still Available for Purchase at ESC Greenhouse

Wide assortment of poinsettias available at ESC.

Greenhouse filled with seasonal color

Potted plants among available items

The poinsettia sale continues at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, where there remain lots of red and red glitter, as well as limited inventory of pink, white and burgundy. Among items for sale are pan centerpieces for $4 each, 6 1/2-inch pots for $7 and 7-inch pots for $9. Sale hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday while supplies last. The greenhouse is closed Saturday and Sunday.
Photos by Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture

Year-End Traditions Make It Clear: Finals Week Will Soon Be Here!

Ty J. Hewett, an automotive technology student from York, shows off his pancakes at Midnight Breakfast.

Thursday’s “Up All Night” events across campus marked the imminent end of another semester at Penn College. A total of 658 hungry scholars were served at the popular Midnight Breakfast in the Keystone Dining Room; and Madigan Library tempered the butterflies with extended hours and a visit between 70-some students and eight very affectionate instructional aides.

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Ceramic Exhibit, Benefit Auction Underway in Gallery Lobby

Ceramic artists (from left) pose with their works: Anna B. Graef, State College, electrical technology; John S. Krause, Lebanon, graphic design; Carrie A. Myers, Williamsport, graphic design, and David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture.

Mugs created by Penn College art faculty await silent bidders.

Stabley (second from left) and student visitors enjoy looking at Graef’s works.

Activity is brisk at the silent bidding station for the one-of-a-kind clay mugs being auctioned to benefit the Penn College Employee Emergency Fund.

Stabley sharing his artistic insights with student guests to the gallery lobby.

An exhibit by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, and some of his Ceramics III students officially opened Thursday afternoon in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College. The show, as well as a concurrent silent auction of 10 clay mugs, runs through Thursday, Dec. 8, on the third floor of Madigan Library. The mugs were created by Stabley and nine colleagues among the college’s full- and part-time art faculty. Bidders have until 4 p.m. Dec. 8 to submit offers; money raised will benefit the Penn College Employee Emergency Fund. The gallery is open from 1-4 p.m. Sundays; 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Winning Holiday Cards Announced in Year-End Tradition

President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes the Penn College community to the annual card-lighting. At left are Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities, and Noah L. English, Student Government Association president.

The Veterans Club entry shines at the southwestern apex of the card display.

Pointing out a favorite

Festivities (moved into the ATHS lobby) included refreshments and custom-made greeting cards.

With a homespun holiday vibe, Mail & Document Services skated to gold-medal honors.

The creativity on display in the holiday cards arrayed along the campus mall was honored in a traditional (and traditionally rainy) lighting ceremony inside and outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center on Wednesday night. The Penn College Veterans Club claimed the top prize among student groups: $200 for its organizational account. The Penn College Construction Association was second ($150) and Cru, third ($100). In the Offices and Departments category, first place went to Mail & Document Services, participating employees of which will be served lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Madigan Library was second and The College Store placed third; each of those winners will be treated to breakfast at Le Jeune Chef. The winners were selected by the 615 faculty/staff and student voters who chose their favorites in online balloting over the past week.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Student Ceramics Exhibit, Mug Auction Announced

Two of the mugs to be auctioned at the ceramics exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College

A ceramics exhibit by four students and one faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology – “4+1=Five Hands in Clay” – will be offered Dec. 1-8 in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College. The exhibit will also feature an auction of 10 clay mugs on display from Nov. 29 through Dec. 8.

An opening reception is set for Thursday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

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Penn College Commencement Set for Dec. 17

Caleb E. Cartmell

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport for the nearly 300 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate after the Fall 2016 semester.

The student speaker for the ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m., will be Caleb E. Cartmell, of Honesdale, who will receive an Associate of Applied Science in automotive technology. Cartmell will also be presented with the President’s Award for leadership and service to the college. He returns in Spring 2017 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology management.

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Biannual Conference Helps Educators Chart Students’ Path to Rewarding Careers

Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for enrollment management, talks about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and how the earlier submission date will affect students and scholarships.

Attendees climbed a poplar tree with ropes and saddles during a session with Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture.

In the Nursing Education Center, guests attend a simulated delivery under the guidance of Jessica L. Bower (at bedside), simulation laboratory coordinator, and Samantha M. Weaver, (background) learning laboratory coordinator.

Instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. shows how computer software aids in landscape design.

A visitor explores the college's information technology offerings.

Secondary teachers, school counselors, co-op coordinators and administrators attended Friday’s College & Career Readiness Conference at Penn College. Among the highlights was a presentation by Hans Meeder, president of the National Center for College and Career Transitions, who detailed how alliances of business, community and education can develop career pathways for students. The twice-yearly event, coordinated by the College Transitions Office, also included breakout discussions, tours and “Have You Ever …?” hands-on demonstrations in a variety of majors.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Healthy Relationships Reinforced in Campus Discussion

Among the Phi Mu Delta brotherhood are Dane J. Young (left), web and interactive media, Butler, and Steven A. Matuska, information technology: network specialist concentration, Scranton.

T-shirts provide the canvas for compelling expression.

Crouse (left), an applied human services major from Turbotville, and Weymer lead the discussion.

Among attendees are Andrew A. Smith, an aviation maintenance technician student from Philadelphia, and web and interactive media major Brittany R. Terpstra, of Jim Thorpe.

With the hashtag #ThatsNotLove, Student Affairs sponsored an open session Thursday night about healthy relationships – and how unhealthy ones can escalate into various forms of physical and emotional abuse. “We had a great turnout, including all of the members of Phi Mu Delta and the College Women of Williamsport,” said Mallory L. Weymer, Penn College’s coordinator of student health and wellness/suicide prevention specialist, who facilitated the discussion with student leader Lauren J. Crouse. “It was really powerful to hear our students talk about the importance of healthy relationships, and being an active bystander when you see abuse of any form.” Those attending the event, held in the Bush Campus Center TV Lounge, watched a video about domestic violence and created T-shirts for The Clothesline Project.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Penn College Student Transforms Trash to Fashion for Show

Penn College of industrial design major Ashley E. Mahaffey, of Hughesville, works on transforming trash into fashion as part of her senior capstone project. Her efforts will culminate in a free, public showcase, “Trashion Fashion Show,” on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. in the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student’s ability to transform trash to fashion will be showcased for the public on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. in the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center.

The “Trashion Fashion Show” is a free event devised by industrial design student Ashley E. Mahaffey, of Hughesville, as part of her senior capstone project.

“This show is intended to be evocative, to promote the upcycling lifestyle, which repurposes materials that no longer have use,” said Thomas E. Ask, professor of industrial design and Mahaffey’s capstone adviser. “Ashley is expressing design of three-dimensional forms as fashion. She has a longtime interest in fashion.”

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A Heaping Helping of Hunger-Fighting Goodness

College employees staff the serving line.

Employees of the college's Admissions Office join family and friends for a festive meal.

A mouth-watering bounty

Grateful for the gift of friendship (and the imminent semester break!)

Donations help stock pantry shelves.

Dining Services’ third annual Thanksgiving Dinner, served Tuesday evening in the Keystone Dining Room, provided a delicious opportunity for Penn College students, co-workers, friends and family to count their blessings and celebrate the season. For $7.50, the campus community enjoyed a turkey feast with all the fixings (filling, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green bean casserole, rolls, cranberry sauce and desserts). Nearly 300 dinners were served; diners also donated canned goods and other nonperishables for The Cupboard, the college’s food pantry in the Bush Campus Center.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer