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Gallery Exhibit Crosses Boundary Lines of Land, Water

Scanned and digitally colored images comprise the artist's "A Difficult Nature" series.

Scanned and digitally colored images comprise the artist’s “A Difficult Nature” series.

Photographer Robin Germany speaks about the combination of ecology and philosophy that informs her art.

Photographer Robin Germany speaks about the combination of ecology and philosophy that informs her art.

"Sim-Biotic" continues through April 23.

“Sim-Biotic” continues through April 23.

Faculty members discuss the pinhole peek provided by Germany's "On the Brink" photos.

Faculty members discuss the pinhole peek provided by Germany’s “On the Brink” photos.

The crowd – including gallery manager Penny G. Lutz (right), colorfully dressed to complement the exhibition – listens to the artist's remarks.

The crowd – including gallery manager Penny G. Lutz (right), colorfully dressed to complement the exhibition – listens to the artist’s remarks.

Scores of patrons visited “Sim-Biotic,” a unique exhibition of nature photographs by Robin Germany that officially opened Thursday with an artist’s talk and reception in The Gallery at Penn College. The free exhibit continues through April 23 on the third floor of Madigan Library. Public hours are 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The gallery will be closed April 3-5.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Amateur Manicurists’ Handiwork Raises More Than $640 for Charity

Phi Mu Delta's Dakotah J. Hewston, a renewable energy technologies major from Dingmans Ferry, diligently plies his craft.

Phi Mu Delta’s Dakotah J. Hewston, a renewable energy technologies major from Dingmans Ferry, diligently plies his craft.

A young member of the Class of Whenever joins in the philanthropic fun.

A young member of the Class of Whenever joins in the philanthropic fun.

Brothers in arms, joined at check-in, are (from left) Nicholas S. Choiniere, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Millbury, Mass.; Michael L. Spear, of Erie, information technology: network specilaist concentration; Semeon R. DeBarros, Rosedale, N.Y., applied management; and Alexander R. Wetzel, an industrial and human factors design student from Sunbury. Choiniere and Spear are from Sigma Nu, DeBarros from Sigma Pi, and Wetzel (president of the Inter-Fraternity Council) represents Phi Mu Delta.

Brothers in arms, joined at check-in, are (from left) Nicholas S. Choiniere, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Millbury, Mass.; Michael L. Spear, of Erie, information technology: network specilaist concentration; Semeon R. DeBarros, Rosedale, N.Y., applied management; and Alexander R. Wetzel, an industrial and human factors design student from Sunbury. Choiniere and Spear are from Sigma Nu, DeBarros from Sigma Pi, and Wetzel (president of the Inter-Fraternity Council) represents Phi Mu Delta.

Second-shift custodian Sandra L. Miele encourages Michael A. Coletti, a Sigma Pi member and technology management major from Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

Second-shift custodian Sandra L. Miele encourages Michael A. Coletti, a Sigma Pi member and technology management major from Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

Penn College’s second annual “Man-i-Cures” fundraiser, in which fraternity brothers paint fingernails for a cause, resulted in $642 in contributions to be shared by six charities. For a $5 donation during the two-day event, each “salon” patron could pick his or her color based on the chosen charity: purple for suicide prevention, for which $172 was raised; pink for breast cancer prevention, $127; teal for sexual assault awareness, $117; blue for Autism Speaks, $82; gold for the THON fight against pediatric cancer, $82; red for AIDS Resource, $62. Eyewitness News reporter Valerie Tysanner visited the Bush Campus Center for a piece that premiered Tuesday evening and was aired several more times throughout the news cycle.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer, and Morgan N. Keyser, a graphic design major from Cogan Station

Youngsters Stave Off Decay, Burn Off Energy

Brittany N. Hall, of York, with a young patient who just had sealants placed

The 13th annual Sealant Saturday event, held March 21 in Penn College’s dental clinic, was very successful (and busy). Dental hygiene students provided free services to 56 children between the ages of 6 and 15, and placed 290 sealants. All children also received a fluoride varnish treatment. In the real world, a dental sealant costs $35 to 60 per tooth, so, if you do the math, more than $10,000 worth of free care was provided to help the fight against tooth decay! Downstairs, meanwhile, students in a Pediatric Nursing class staffed a variety of stations in the atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. Sealant Saturday participants and their siblings were invited to stations with painting, Play-Doh, puzzles, chess, Twister, coloring and gymnastics, filling the ATHS atrium with music and fun. (Requirements were that the activities be age-appropriate and not involve video screens.) Youngsters also received prizes, such as Penn College water bottles and lanyards, courtesy of President Davie Jane Gilmour’s office.

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Financial Aid Office to Offer Free FAFSA Completion Session

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer a free session on the main campus in Williamsport in April to help students, prospective students and families complete the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The session will be held on Tuesday, April 7, in Room 1049 of Penn College’s Student & Administrative Services Center (the building adjacent to the large American flag at the college’s main entrance off Maynard Street).

The session will begin at 4:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to complete and submit their 2015-16 FAFSAs using the center’s computers before the session ends at 7 p.m. Financial Aid Office staff will assist attendees as needed with the online FAFSA completion process.

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‘BeadforLife’ Sale Returns to Bush Campus Center

BeadforLife sale in CC lobby

BeadforLife sale in CC lobby

The Student Activities Office is hosting a BeadforLife sale from noon-5 p.m. daily this week in the Bush Campus Center lobby. ignites opportunities for women living on less than a dollar a day to become self-sufficient entrepreneurs, finding within themselves the power to transform their lives. A variety of beautiful jewelry and shea butter items are available for purchase in the BeadforLife marketplace in support of sustainable businesses for women in Uganda.
Photo by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

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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 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.

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

Career Fairs Attract Record Number of Employers
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Penn College’s Bardo Gymnasium teems with activity during a recent career fair that attracted about 210 employers offering more than 2,400 jobs and internships to students and alumni.

Nationally, employment projections are encouraging for the Class of 2015. Recent career fairs at Pennsylvania College of Technology reflected that positive reality.

Approximately 210 employers offering more than 2,400 jobs and internships participated in the  spring career fairs at the college’s main campus and Lumley Aviation Center. The number of employers, including several Fortune 500 companies, was an all-time high, according to Erin S. Shultz, coordinator of career development.

“It was so large we outgrew our capacity and had a waiting list for employers hoping to attend,” Shultz said. “That is a good problem to have! Technical education and hands-on training are in demand, and our students and alumni are highly recruited.”

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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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Bloodmobile at ESC Aids 51 Patients

ESC blood drive aids Red Cross

ESC blood drive aids Red Cross

Seventeen pints were donated during a recent Bloodmobile visit to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, the American Red Cross reports. As each pint of blood benefits three people, a total of 51 patients will be helped by the March 5 collection. Will E. Burns, instructor of diesel equipment technology in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, coordinated the drive.

Get Acquainted With Penn College During March 28 Open House

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s March 28 Open House offers an excellent opportunity to explore “degrees that work.”

The diverse “degrees that work” offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the college’s Open House on Saturday, March 28.

Held twice a year, Open House provides prospective students and their families a convenient opportunity to sample campus life and to explore bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs – “degrees that work” – in more than 100 distinct career areas.

“Spring Open House is an excellent opportunity to learn about our hands-on approach to learning in which students work with experienced faculty and the latest equipment and technologies,” said Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid. “The entire campus is open for visitors to experience everything: our state-of-the-art labs, classrooms, dining facilities, residence halls, an active campus life and athletics. When you visit, you’ll know it’s the right place to earn your degree and launch your career.”

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Wedding Cake Competition Pays Tasty, Tuneful Tribute to ‘Love Songs’
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The theme of the day

Penn College’s annual wedding cake competition and display Tuesday offered a look at the talents of students in a Cake Decorating II course taught by Chef Sue L. Mayer, assistant professor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts. The competitors edibly expressed the theme “Love Songs,” with cakes representing memorable lyrics from several eras.

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Visiting Chef Series and Hospitality Students: A Palatable Pairing
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Culinary arts and systems students Sarae D. Davis (left), of Nescopeck, and Brianna R. Helmick, of Hershey, help to assemble a “trout napoleon” for the first course.

The School of Business & Hospitality welcomed three guests during the latest edition of its Visiting Chef Series last week. Brian McClure, beverage director of The Greenbriar, a luxury resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, worked with the school’s faculty to develop a menu that exemplified how wine can be paired with foods that are salty, sweet, sour, bitter or umami. He then visited the school last week to share his expertise with students and with guests at the Visiting Chef Dinner, where he introduced each course and its accompanying wine and circulated to speak with guests about the pairings. Also sharing their know-how with students were Laura Tornichio-Vidal, northeast territory sales manager for Guittard Chocolate (which donates all of the chocolate the school uses each year) and Amy Rosenfield, owner of Mon Aimee Chocolat, a retail specialty shop in Pittsburgh (and the regional distributor for Guittard). The pair offered two chocolate-tasting sessions to School of Business & Hospitality students and employees, helping them to discern flavors and textures in chocolate and how they  might be paired with other flavors. The five-course Visiting Chef Series dinner on Friday, prepared and served by students and faculty, raised funds for student scholarships.

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