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Capitol Lounge Adds to CAC’s Entertainment Value

Attendees at "Weird Al" Yankovic's recent Community Arts Center performance unwind in the second-floor Capitol Lounge.

Besides hosting local and touring productions on its grand stage, the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport loves to entertain in its intimate Capitol Lounge (on the second floor, accessible via elevator at 2R). Don’t miss Happy Hour Quizzo this Friday (Sept. 4). Quizzo is a four-member team trivia event that consists of four rounds of trivia, 10 questions per round. The winning team will receive tickets to upcoming shows at the Arts Center. Quizzo will start at 7 p.m. in the Capitol Lounge. Stop by early for Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. with a free pizza bar while supplies last! (There is a $5 charge to play Quizzo.) Reservations for Quizzo are recommended due to limited seating. To reserve a table today, email Carla Fisher, director of marketing and creative design. For a complete listing of all upcoming events at the Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College, visit the Arts Center website.

Cultural Diversity Extolled at Vic House ‘Lawn Party’

A friendly bean-bag competition is enjoyed by siblings Andre J. and Bryonna A. Aldubayan, of Old Forge. He is an aviation maintenance technology student; she's enrolled in applied health studies: radiography concentration.

Student leaders at the event include (clockwise from left) Duncan Rodriguez, Kunkletown, nursing; Wilmer I. Clase, Lancaster, building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration; Morgan N. Keyser, Cogan Station, graphic design; and Lauren J. Crouse, Williamsport, applied health studies.

Sara H. Ousby, director of diversity and community engagement, welcomes attendees.

Sharing insight is Kavitha R. Kolangaden, a pre-physician assistant major from Belle Mead, New Jersey.

Also relishing the sunshine and camaraderie are (from left) Brianna M. Latovich, a nursing student from Mount Carmel; Tima Cummings, an alumnus and applied human services major from Williamsport; and Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College.

The Multicultural Lawn Party, held Thursday outside Penn College’s beautiful Victorian House, provided an informal opportunity for students, faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds and experiences to mingle. Student leaders from PC Alliance, Minorities Lending Knowledge and College Women of Williamsport welcomed students back to campus and shared how students can get involved with their respective organizations.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer 

‘Sex-Ed Boot Camp’ Creators Handle Tough Questions With Ease

Joni Frater shares key concepts of healthy relationships.

Carl L. Shaner, director of College Health Services, takes aim with a T-shirt gun ...

... with no shortage of willing recipients in the audience.

A student helps himself to educational material and other giveaways outside the auditorium.

Esther Lastique engages the capacity crowd.

Authors and sexologists Joni Frater and Esther Lastique brought their entertaining and educational “Sex-Ed Boot Camp” back to Penn College on Wednesday night, meeting students’ curiosity with candid answers to often-difficult questions. Annual visitors during the start of fall classes, the duo was greeted with a standing-room-only turnout in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Student Teams Do Battle in Spirited ‘Wildcat Wars’

Zachary T. Peachey, president of the Student Government Association, lets loose the kickball.

Solidarity among the off-campus competitors

Relishing the "inflatable" competition is Dylan M. Craig, an electronics technology major from Fleetwood.

Intramural student assistant Rafael Correa explains the rules.

Lancaster/York residents exult in victory.

Penn College’s second annual “Wildcat Wars” competition – involving various teams’ attempts to “Conquer the Campus” in events that included dodgeball, kickball, obstacle courses and more – was held this past Sunday on the Madigan Library Lawn and elsewhere. The genial rivalry is part of “PC3,” three weeks of activities designed for students to meet people, get involved and have fun during the opening of the new academic year.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Students Temporarily ‘Lei’ Down Textbooks for Tropical Vacation

Aptly attired for their island getaway are Andrew A. Smith, an aviation maintenance technician major from Philadelphia, and Brittany R. Terpstra, of Jim Thorpe, enrolled in Web and interactive media.

An inflatable  climb is among the night's attractions.

Polynesian dancers add authenticity ...

... and a command performance for a front-line photographer.

Doing a better-than-OK job on his "wax hand" project is Tylor J. Burkett, of Middletown, an aviation maintenance technology major.

This past week’s Wildcat House Party, though moved inside by Thursday’s heavy rains, helped keep the summertime vibe alive despite the start of classes. Held in the Field House, the event featured food and Polynesian dancers, as well as a “wax hand” novelty, inflatable climbing wall, obstacle courses and a photo booth. Sponsors for the fall tradition were the Wildcat Events Board, Student Government Association, Residence Life and the Off-Campus Housing Organization.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Let the Games Begin! Campus Kickoff Starts LLB Series in Style

The Wildcat waves to the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd on Hepburn Street.

Pennsylvania College of Technology once again helped welcome visitors to Williamsport for the Little League Baseball World Series on Wednesday, hosting a cookout for the 16 Series teams and participating in the 11th annual Grand Slam Parade. The pre-march picnic – attended by more than 350 Little League players, coaches, team “uncles,” umpires and officials – was held on the lawn outside the Bush Campus Center. Students, faculty/staff, alumni and “Future Wildcats” from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center took part in the parade, stepping off from Susquehanna and West Fourth streets and carrying Penn College Pride all the way to Market Street. Series games begin Friday (Thursday’s scheduled start was postponed by heavy rain) and conclude Aug. 30.

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‘Welcome Weekend’ Provides Sunny Start to Students’ Bright Future

Making clear her destination is Olivia J. Hawbecker, a Web and interactive media major from Chambersburg, as she heads into her York Hall apartment.

New and returning students greeted the start of a new semester during Penn College’s traditional Welcome Weekend festivities. After checking in on Saturday – and checking out their accommodations – the fall class processed into the Rose Street Courtyard for an official welcome, fireworks display and a hypnotist. Sunday brought social activities, information sessions and a game show, and Monday included sustenance for that all-important first day of classes.

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College’s Exemplary Labs Showcased at Simulation Conference

A "patient" awaits a hands-on CPR session offered by Laerdal's Kevin Webb.

A prelunch panel prompts an informative give-and-take on integrating simulation into the curriculum. From left are Sonya R. Echols, director of healthcare simulation at DeSales University; Joseph A. Corvino, director of simulation learning at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences; Tushanna M. Habalar, Penn College's learning laboratory coordinator for nursing education (moving to full-time nursing faculty this week); Bambi A. Hawkins, learning laboratory coordinator for the college paramedic program; and Mark A. Trueman, director of paramedic technology programs at the college. Standing at right is Jessica L. Bower, who facilitated the discussion ...

... and later led tours of Penn College's simulation laboratories.

About 40 participants, nearly half of them faculty/staff of Penn College’s School of Health Sciences, participated in Tuesday’s daylong meeting of the Simulation User Network. Held in the nursing wing of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center and sponsored by Laerdal Medical, the first-ever local conference offered a collaborative forum for health educators interested in initiating or augmenting patient simulation. “Our faculty really appreciate how much simulation enhances teaching methodology and student learning,” said Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator for nursing education. “We are very lucky to have the labs and resources that we have. Today was also a great day to network and learn what others are doing in the world of health-care simulation.” In addition to a panel discussion on “Best Practices in Simulation,” the program included sessions on the importance of team-performance debriefing, implementation of effective training scenarios and a cardiopulmonary resuscitation demonstration.

Sunshine Smiles Upon College’s Summer Graduates

A lineup of jubilant graduates

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Kyle G. Stavinski, of Elysburg, who was awarded an associate degree in emergency medical services, was the student speaker. More than 250 degrees were conferred during the ceremony, which included presentation of a Distinguished Alumni Award to Warren A. Peter, who graduated from Penn College’s immediate predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College, in 1974 with a two-year degree in carpentry and building construction technology.

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Answers Far From Trivial in PFEW Students’ Probing Pursuit

Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, adds to students' understanding of welding careers.

Hundreds of Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week students participated in a campuswide quiz game Wednesday afternoon that took them into several buildings and laboratories in a beat-the-clock activity that fostered friendly competition while giving them a close-up look at Penn College’s “degrees that work.”

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PFEW Students on Campus for Weeklong Marketplace Adventure

Presidential Student Ambassador Daniel T. Kreger, a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology major from Morris, leads PFEW students and parents on a campus tour.

An adviser hands out student IDs, which designate each student's assigned team and private-sector sponsor. (All PFEW attendees are beneficiaries of $575 scholarships that cover their participation.)

Karen M. Musante, vice president of the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, addresses a packed ACC Auditorium.

Visitors check out the meal options in the Keystone Dining Room.

In a literal roundtable discussion, teens dive into their work in earnest.

About 400 young men and women arrived at Penn College on Sunday for Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, a one-of-a-kind summer program that offers rising high school juniors and seniors a uniquely challenging opportunity to see what it is like to run their own businesses. Inaugurating the college’s eighth summer as a PFEW co-host (with Lycoming College), the teenagers were acclimated to a full college experience: moving into on-campus housing, eating meals in the Keystone Dining Room and attending programs in the Klump Academic Center. In addition to forming simulated companies and making imaginary business decisions all week long, the students will learn more about Penn College through activities that will include a campuswide quiz Wednesday.

Penn College Summer Commencement to Be Held Aug. 8

Penn College’s Summer Commencement will take place Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, for the nearly 270 students who have petitioned to graduate following the summer sessions at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

The student speaker will be Kyle Gregory Stavinski, of Elysburg, who will be awarded an associate degree in emergency medical services.

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Region’s Students to Perform ‘Oklahoma!’ at CAC This Weekend

Area students brush up their choreography during a CAC rehearsal.

The first-ever Student Summer Stock production at the Community Arts Center will be the classic musical, “Oklahoma!” with three performances: at 7:30 p.m. on July 24-25 and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on July 26.

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Extrusion Workshop Renews Worldwide Spotlight on PIRC

Penn College plastics technology professor Kirk M. Cantor (second from left) engages seminar participants.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s internationally renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center attracted a fitting global audience when it hosted its 17th Annual Extrusion Seminar & Hands-On Workshop, drawing attendees from the United States, Canada and Turkey.

Forty participants from 25 companies, many of them new to the industry, were led by extrusion experts Chris Rauwendaal and Penn College plastics technology professor Kirk M. Cantor in an informative three-day balance of classroom instruction and hands-on activities in the institution’s well-appointed labs.

“We have the perfect venue to host successful programs such as this seminar. Penn College has invested heavily in excellent equipment and facilities,” Cantor said. “The fact that many of our attendees come from companies that have sent people in the past is evidence that they are getting great value when they come here.

“We continue to attract attendees from all over the world. These programs are great opportunities to show off Penn College to decision-makers from across the globe.”

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Weather Inhospitable, but Crowd Receptive for Gallery Opening

Thetford engages gallery visitors, offering insights into his creative process.

The Tennessee artist celebrates not only an exhibit opening, but his birthday, on July 9.

A summer crowd launches the new season in The Gallery at Penn College.

Layers of meaning can be found in the art of a former mental health counselor. Thetford’s piece, “Ignoring the Door,” comments on the entrapment that can follow man’s refusal to fully explore his surroundings.

Young and old alike say “Yes!” to colorful contemporary collages informed by the richness of the human psyche.

Despite torrential rains and a tornado watch, the show – namely the initial show in The Gallery at Penn College’s new season – must go on. “The Struggle to Evolve Before the End of Time,” a display of contemporary digital compositions by Daryl Thetford, opened with a public reception Thursday on the third floor of Madigan Library, continuing through Aug. 9. Summer hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday (closed Saturday and Monday). Regular hours resume Aug. 18.