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On Cusp of Second Century, College Congratulates Final Centennial Class
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Faculty onlookers share in the joy of the class speaker's splendid day, captured with the help of chief student affairs officer Elliott Strickland.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Winter Commencement on Saturday at Williamsport’s Community Arts Center, honoring Fall 2014 graduates  and ringing down the curtain on a yearlong 100th-anniversary celebration. Student speaker Nicole Marie Reyes-Molina, of Lancaster, a deaf student who received an Associate of Applied Science in building construction technology: masonry emphasis, represented the year’s final Centennial class during the 11 a.m. event. Nearly 300 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the Penn College Board of Directors, who was surprised with a leadership award during the ceremony.

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Penn College to Again Leave Mark on State Farm Show

America’s largest indoor agricultural exposition and one of the country’s leaders in applied technology education will converge in Harrisburg during the new year, as Pennsylvania College of Technology once again maintains a daily presence at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Representatives of Penn College’s Admissions Office will be available from Jan. 10-17 in the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, 2300 N. Cameron St., and visitors can get acquainted with the college’s six academic schools throughout the traditional event.

“The 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show is an exciting opportunity for the college to showcase its 100-plus majors – associate and bachelor’s degrees that offer hands-on experience with industry-focused faculty,” said Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid. “Our degrees are proven ‘degrees that work,’ with over 94-percent placement rates at graduation. Be sure to stop by our booth and see our demonstrations each day.”

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Band of Ukuleles to Light Up CAC Stage

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

The Penn College family is included in a holiday sale for next month’s Community Arts Center appearance by the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra. Get half off adult tickets in the orchestra section (starting at $12.50) through Wednesday, Dec. 31. In addition, all student tickets are just $5 throughout the theater! Go online and enter promotional code XMASTREAT, then proceed to “Buy.” The discount price will appear once you click on a seat. This offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets. Full-price adult tickets are $35, $30 and $25. The loge and balcony are closed for this event. If you call or stop by the box office, please be sure to give the promotional code before purchasing tickets. Discounted student ticket prices are available for pre-school through college. College students must present valid student ID on the night of the show. Renowned for its winning combination of charming humor, its disarmingly small instruments and its sublime musicality, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is one of the world’s great modern ukulele acts. Hailing from the home of “The Hobbit” movies, the orchestra will bring an irresistible New Zealand heartland feel to the Arts Center’s stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8. The orchestra presents the ukulele as it’s never been played before, featuring songs made famous by such artists as Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Hall and Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Kenny Rogers, and Kings of Leon – alongside tunes from the South Pacific – packaged into a spectacular, unmissable funfest. The wildly popular ensemble creates instant joy and lasting magic wherever it goes, armed with high-octane ukulele solos, heavenly harmonies and outrageous costumes. Its members’ comedic banter is spontaneous, and, when the group bursts into song, the sweet sounds can silence a room in a nanosecond or bring a crowd of thousands to its feet. For more information on the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra and to hear its music, please visit the Arts Center’s website, click on “shows” in the header and choose “Music” from the dropdown menu. The Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College, is located just a few blocks from campus at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport.

Centennial Recedes Into History, but Philanthropy Shines On
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A spectacular cake, literally "geared" toward the Centennial celebration, is just one of the eye-catching treats.

The Centennial Legacy Celebration, recognizing the donors who help further Penn College’s mission – and showcasing the talented students in the School of Business & Hospitality – was held Saturday evening in the Hager Lifelong Education Center. Invited guests enjoyed dinner in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, bookended by appetizers and a Grand Pastry Buffet in the Keystone Dining Room. The phenomenal success of the Centennial-related Penn College Scholarship Campaign was noted by President Davie Jane Gilmour, who said more than $6.1 million has already been pledged … and more gifts are expected before a final total is announced in mid-January. “This additional scholarship support will help the college pursue its vision of being a national leader in applied technology education,” she told donors, “and it was only made possible thanks to your generous support and commitment to Penn College. The impact of your generosity is already being felt by students, as the (Penn College) Foundation has awarded  more than $600,000 in scholarships this academic year – a 150-percent increase from the start of the campaign!” Support came from many members of the college community, who donated to an existing scholarship or established one of the 71 new funds added over the past three and a half years. The broad-based demonstration of support involved 653 alumni, 439 employees and retirees, 598 friends of the college and 197 industry partners.

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WEB Makes Merry in Yearend Tradition

Youthful energy helps burn off the pre-finals stress during an end-of-semester tradition.

Youthful energy helps burn off the pre-finals stress during an end-of-semester tradition.

Among those enjoying their evening are student leaders Morgan N. Keyser, a graphic design major from Cogan Station, and Ryan A. Gibson, of Lansdale, enrolled in aviation maintenance technology.

Among those enjoying their evening are student leaders Morgan N. Keyser, a graphic design major from Cogan Station, and Ryan A. Gibson, of Lansdale, enrolled in aviation maintenance technology.

With a tree and a nutcracker providing the backdrop, organizers of the popular WEB event gather in celebration of their success.

With a tree and a nutcracker providing the backdrop, organizers of the popular WEB event gather in celebration of their success.

The dance floor is bathed in seasonally appropriate red and green.

The dance floor is bathed in seasonally appropriate red and green.

“Winter in New York” was the theme for Snow Ball, the Wildcat Events Board’s annual semiformal dance. Held Friday night in the Capitol Lounge of the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport, the event featured a DJ and a menu catered by Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.
Photos by George S. Phillips Jr., an advertising art major from Williamsport

‘Hospitality Day’ Satisfies High Schoolers’ Hunger for Career Ideas

High school students gather around to watch baking and pastry arts students form roses from rolled chocolate.

High school students gather around to watch baking and pastry arts students form roses from rolled chocolate.

Students from the college’s Cakes and Decorations course displayed their Penn College Centennial-themed cakes. This honorable mention cake was decorated by Marissa R. Dimoff, of Mount Union.

Students from the college’s Cakes and Decorations course displayed their Penn College Centennial-themed cakes. This honorable mention cake was decorated by Marissa R. Dimoff, of Mount Union.

Students in the Advanced Patisserie Operations displayed a decorative table filled with their advanced bread samples.

Students in the Advanced Patisserie Operations displayed a decorative table filled with their advanced bread samples.

Culinary arts and systems student Brianna R. Helmick, of Hershey, prepares a chicken stir fry for visitors.

Culinary arts and systems student Brianna R. Helmick, of Hershey, prepares a chicken stir fry for visitors.

The School of Business & Hospitality hosted 300 high school students on campus Friday for “Hospitality Day.” The students attended a demonstration by Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, toured hospitality facilities, a residence hall and other parts of campus, and visited the Thompson Professional Development Center, where Penn College students and faculty provided demonstrations and samples.

Biannual ‘Breakfast’ Feeds Hundreds Famished From Finals Preparation

Stressed-out stomachs swarm the KDR in search of sustenance and solace.

Stressed-out stomachs swarm the KDR in search of sustenance and solace.

Therapeutic massage: a hands-on way to ease tension.

Therapeutic massage: a hands-on way to ease tension.

The mascot provides moral support for his studious colleagues.

The mascot provides moral support for his studious colleagues.

Donning oversized glasses for a comedic keepsake

Donning oversized glasses for a comedic keepsake

Residence Life coordinators and Dining Services staff effortlessly handle the breakfast crowd.

Residence Life coordinators and Dining Services staff effortlessly handle the breakfast crowd.

About 700 Penn College students quelled their anxious appetites at the 18th fall installment of Dining Services’ “Midnight Breakfast,” a stress-relieving speed bump along the on-ramp to Finals Week. From 10:30 p.m. Thursday to 12:30 a.m. Friday, attendees enjoyed pancakes, bacon, eggs, home fries, fruit bars, yogurt, granola and beverages – all for free in the Keystone Dining Room. Jon D. Wescott, director of residence life and judicial affairs, helped flip the flapjacks while a team of Residence Life coordinators pitched in on the serving line. In addition to the yummy food, participants could ease their pretest jitters through professional massages, a laugh-inducing photo booth and commiseration with classmates.
Photos by Abdullah H. Muaddi, student photographer

Engaging Extras Add to Excitement of Card-Lighting Ceremony

The candle-crafting table adds a new take-home treat to a longstanding ceremony.

The candle-crafting table adds a new take-home treat to a longstanding ceremony.

Students chill with friends (and beat the cold inside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Science Center).

Students chill with friends (and beat the cold inside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Science Center).

Fun props are up for grabs ...

Fun props are up for grabs …

... for use in the photo booth.

… for use in the photo booth.

Holiday cards shine on the ATHS lawn

Holiday cards shine on the ATHS lawn.

Attendees at Wednesday’s yearly lighting ceremony enjoyed free hot chocolate and cookies, as well as the delicious suspense of wondering which holiday cards were chosen as this year’s favorites. But the festivities didn’t stop when the winners were announced! There was also a photo booth where students could grab some wacky pictures with their friends, a do-it-yourself table where participants created “Mason jar snow candle” novelties, and a movie-ticket raffle in exchange for donations of nonperishable and personal-care items to local social-service agencies. Among this year’s student entries, the Veterans Club’s card placed first, the Student Government Association was awarded second prize and the Diesel Performance Club was third. In the office category, Madigan Library earned top honors, The College Store placed second, and Assessment, Research and Planning finished third.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Penn College to Hold Winter Commencement Dec. 20

Nicole Marie Reyes-Molina, a building construction technology: masonry emphasis student from Lancaster, will be the student speaker for the Dec. 20 Penn College commencement ceremony.

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, for the nearly 290 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate after the Fall 2014 semester.

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

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Centennial Documentary to Premiere Jan. 8

Documentary to premiere Jan. 8 in ACC

Documentary to premiere Jan. 8 in ACC

The premiere showing of “Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education,” a one-hour film that chronicles the history of Penn College and its contribution to the American workforce, has been rescheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. (Tuesday’s presentation of the documentary, a co-production of the college and WVIA Public Media, was postponed due to inclement weather.) “Working Class” is also set to be broadcast on public television early next year.

Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Gallery Crowd Welcomes Artist; Exhibit Runs Through Dec. 14

A patron studies "Salt of the Earth."

A patron studies “Salt of the Earth.”

The artist offers an evening gallery talk.

The artist offers an evening gallery talk.

"Min and Bill" are among the showcased characters in Campbell's rich tableaux.

“Min and Bill” are among the showcased characters in Campbell’s rich tableaux.

Contemplation of "Lamentation"

Contemplation of “Lamentation”

Attendees view the exhibit from near and far.

Attendees view the exhibit from near and far.

A reception and artist’s talk were held Thursday at The Gallery at Penn College, which is hosting an exhibit of fascinating and colorful oil paintings by Jennifer R.A. Campbell through Dec. 14. “Lotus Eaters” can be viewed on the third floor of Madigan Library during regular gallery hours: 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The gallery is closed Mondays and Saturdays – and from Nov. 26-30 for the Thanksgiving Break.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

THON Supporters Send Healthy Wishes Skyward

Members of Penn College Benefiting THON help assemble the fragile paper lanterns.

Members of Penn College Benefiting THON help assemble the fragile paper lanterns.

Kelsey A. Maneval (center), one of Penn College's dancers during the February 2014 THON Weekend, lends a hand.

Kelsey A. Maneval (center), one of Penn College’s dancers during the February 2014 THON Weekend, lends a hand.

Participants battle frigid temperatures and occasional wind in trying to keep their lanterns lighted and under control.

Participants battle frigid temperatures and occasional wind in trying to keep their lanterns lighted and under control.

Emma J. Sutterlin (kneeling at right), of State College, this year's campus THON chair, joins some of her board members in preparing to set free one of the evening's final lanterns. From left are Kelsey A. Maneval, of McAlisterville; Lillian L. "Lily" Pakradooni, of Shillington; John D. Pater, of York; and Brieona R. Broadwater, of Berlin. Absent from the photo are board members Chelsea M. Burger, of Millersburg, and Allison D. Bailey, of West Chester.

Emma J. Sutterlin (kneeling at right), of State College, this year’s campus THON chair, joins some of her board members in preparing to set free one of the evening’s final lanterns. From left are Kelsey A. Maneval, of McAlisterville; Lillian L. “Lily” Pakradooni, of Shillington; John D. Pater, of York; and Brieona R. Broadwater, of Berlin. Absent from the photo are board members Chelsea M. Burger, of Millersburg, and Allison D. Bailey, of West Chester.

Buoyed by the heat inside, another lantern rises into the night sky.

Buoyed by the heat inside, another lantern rises into the night sky.

Nearly 100 sky lanterns drifted over campus Wednesday night in a fundraiser for children battling pediatric cancer, as members of Penn College Benefiting THON draw nearer to February’s culminating 46-hour dance marathon at Penn State. For $1 each, supporters could purchase a paper lantern to be illuminated and cast aloft on the lawn outside the Thompson Professional Development Center. The second-year organization is hoping to top its inaugural collection of $13,000 in 2013-14, and will be “canning” – carrying canisters to collect local donations from passing cars and pedestrians in well-traveled areas – on Dec. 5-7. Interested donors can also visit the THON Web page, click “Donate Now” and select Penn College as their organization of choice. The annual “no-sleeping, no-sitting” dance marathon will be held Feb. 20-22 in Bryce Jordan Center; THON has raised more than $114 million since 1977.

Handcrafted Goods Available at Student-Arranged Sale

Ten Thousand Villages sale transforms CC lobby into an international bazaar.

Ten Thousand Villages sale transforms CC lobby into an international bazaar.

Holiday ornaments among sale items ...

Holiday ornaments among sale items …

... along with jewelry ...

… along with jewelry …

... and a line of basketry all the way to the elevator.

… and a line of basketry all the way to the elevator.

Sale continues through Friday

Sale continues through Friday

The annual fair-trade sale organized by human services students in the Community and Organizational Change course is being held through Friday in the lobby of Penn College’s Bush Campus Center. The Ten Thousand Villages Festival sale features artisanal items from various other countries’ working poor.
Photos by Abdullah H. Muaddi, student photographer

Aided by Penn College Presence, It’s Full Steam Ahead for ‘Expo’

Co-organizers Bruce E. (left) and Eric W. Huffman carry on the civic-minded (and certainly magical) tradition that memorializes their father.

Co-organizers Bruce E. (left) and Eric W. Huffman carry on the civic-minded (and certainly magical) tradition that memorializes their father.

Back for its eighth year, the layout of Patrick M. Breen and his wife, Laura, celebrates the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Back for its eighth year, the layout of Patrick M. Breen and his wife, Laura, celebrates the Pennsylvania Railroad.

A heads-up crew from a hands-on institution makes quick work of table delivery. From left are Eric W. Huffman and, from the college's General Services staff, Patrick J. Kimble, Jeff G. Rotoli, Breen and Barry L. Loner Jr.

A heads-up crew from a hands-on institution makes quick work of table delivery. From left are Eric W. Huffman and, from the college’s General Services staff, Patrick J. Kimble, Jeff G. Rotoli, Breen and Barry L. Loner Jr.

A five-year exhibitor is Max E. Ameigh, displaying his circus-themed trains.

A five-year exhibitor is Max E. Ameigh, displaying his circus-themed trains.

Mike Cunningham (seated) shows Marty Payne how to use the train simulation software on college-loaned computers.

Mike Cunningham (seated) shows Marty Payne how to use the train simulation software on college-loaned computers.

This weekend’s Will Huffman Toy Train Expo, a holiday homage to a “less-complicated world of wonder and nostalgia,” will once again include volunteers from the Penn College family. When the 24th annual event opens its doors at Park Place, 800 W. Fourth St., three college employees will be among those with model-railroad layouts on display: Max E. Ameigh, a part-time faculty member in advertising art; Patrick M. Breen, a first-shift custodian; and – exhibiting for the first time – Cletus G. Waldman Jr., clinical director of radiography. The Expo honors its late founder, who said, “Every Christmas tree should have a model train running around it,” and whose sons further the college connection: “Conductor” Eric W. is a shipping/receiving worker and Bruce E. is a former instructor of media arts/video production. Helping hands come from other corners of the campus, including the General Services workers who delivered more than 65 tables in Wednesday’s sub-freezing temperatures. Additionally, personal computers and monitors on loan from the college’s Information Technology Services (with thanks to Mike Cunningham, vice president for information technology/chief information officer, and Brad A. Miller, manager of technical support) will allow attendees to test their locomotive skill through simulation software. Others from Penn College include Eric Huffman’s wife, Linda D., a General Services custodian who staffs the admission table, and Patricia M. Russell, a part-time/substitute faculty member in building construction management, who is affiliated with the host venue. A portion of this year’s adult donations will be shared with the Lycoming County SPCA and the Lycoming Animal Protection Society Inc.; children are admitted free. Held in conjunction with the neighborhood’s Victorian Christmas, the event will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.
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Exposé of Food Industry to Be Shown Monday in Penn’s Inn

"Fed Up"

“Fed Up”

A free screening of “Fed Up,” which focuses on the causes of obesity in the U.S. and argues that the large quantity of sugar in processed foods is an overlooked root of the problem, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in Penn’s Inn (Bush Campus Center, second floor). Presented by the Student Activities Office and billed as “the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see,” the PG-rated documentary has a running time of 92 minutes. Produced and narrated by Katie Couric and executive-produced by Laurie David (an Oscar-winner for “An Inconvenient Truth”), the film is directed by Stephanie Soechtig.

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