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Denim Art at Penn College Explores Changes in Labor, Landscape
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“Greg & Ryan,” denim, 33.5 inches x 120 inches

Art created from reclaimed denim is in the spotlight at the next exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library.

“Those of Us Still Living” will run Sept. 2 through Oct. 1. A Meet the Artist Reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, featuring a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m.

Via his creations, artist James Arendt explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place. Influenced by the radical reshaping of rural and industrial landscapes, he investigates how transitions in economic structures affect individual lives. The body of work in the exhibition is made from reclaimed denim – often donated by those depicted – to bring a stronger bond to Arendt’s content and the people portrayed.

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Reveling in What We All Bring to the (Lawn) Party

A sign welcomes guests to the picture-perfect venue at the college's freshly repainted Victorian House.

A sign welcomes guests to the picture-perfect venue at the college’s freshly repainted Victorian House.

Officers of the Minorities Lending Knowledge student organization greet guests. From left are Kacie L. Weaver, a senior in applied health studies from Harrisburg, president; Chesnya I. Cherelus, a nursing junior from Elmont, New York, vice president; and Amanda M. Turner, a graphic design junior from Dover, treasurer of the group (formerly known as The Multicultural Society).

Officers of the Minorities Lending Knowledge student organization greet guests. From left are Kacie L. Weaver, a senior in applied health studies from Harrisburg, president; Chesnya I. Cherelus, a nursing junior from Elmont, New York, vice president; and Amanda M. Turner, a graphic design junior from Dover, treasurer of the group (formerly known as The Multicultural Society).

The Multicultural Lawn Party offers guests an opportunity to mingle and nibble …

The Multicultural Lawn Party offers guests an opportunity to mingle and nibble …

... or try their hand at lawn games (bean bag toss and ladder golf) on the Victorian House grounds.

… or try their hand at lawn games (bean bag toss and ladder golf) on the Victorian House grounds.

Tia G. La, a pre-radiography freshman from Nashville, Tennessee, originally from Guam, chats with visitors from Aichi University of Technology in Japan. Five students and two faculty members observed English as a Second Language, physics, and gaming and simulation classes; this is the third visit for a group from the private university in Gamagōri, Aichi, Japan.

Tia G. La, a pre-radiography freshman from Nashville, Tennessee, originally from Guam, chats with visitors from Aichi University of Technology in Japan. Five students and two faculty members observed English as a Second Language, physics, and gaming and simulation classes; this is the third visit for a group from the private university in Gamagōri, Aichi, Japan.

Thursday evening’s Multicultural Lawn Party, blessed with ideal weather and held outside the Victorian House, celebrated the beautiful diversity represented by Penn College’s entire campus population. All races and cultures, GLBT students and allies, religious minorities and countless other aspects of the college’s eclectic population gathered for the 5-7 p.m. Student Activities-sponsored event.

Sexologists Give ‘Boot’ to Misconceptions With Frankness, Freebies

Students enthusiastically vie for T-shirts and other giveaways, rewards for correctly answering questions from the stage.

Students enthusiastically vie for T-shirts and other giveaways, rewards for correctly answering questions from the stage.

As they have for several years, Frater (background) and Lastique captivate a Penn College audience with their no-nonsense approach.

As they have for several years, Frater (background) and Lastique captivate a Penn College audience with their no-nonsense approach.

Taking the evening's message home, with swag and self-awareness.

Taking the evening’s message home, with swag and self-awareness.

Making a return trip to Penn College, authors Joni Frater and Esther Lastique renewed their “Sex Ed Boot Camp” presentation for about 500 students in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on Wednesday night. With humor, patience, sensitivity and straightforward answers, the pair facilitated a matter-of-fact discussion of sexual health and intimacy – a respectful dialogue with their young audience about smart decisions (and the life-altering consequences of poor ones). The visit was organized by Student Activities and College Health Services, and partially funded through a grant from the Female Health Co.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Red Cross Blood Drive Set for Sept. 3-4 in Penn’s Inn

Bloodmobile to visit Sept. 3-4The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon-6 p.m. Sept. 3-4 in Penn’s Inn (second floor, Bush Campus Center). Join the Red Cross and College Health Services in their lifesaving mission by scheduling an appointment today!

Inside and Out, Events Offer Student Options as Ample as Day’s Sunshine

Sun, shade and dozens of chances to get involved: There's something for nearly everyone at Fall Fiesta!

Penn College students seeking paying jobs and personal enrichment found a varied menu at the ninth annual Fall FIESTA (Friends, Involvement, Employment and Socializing on a Tuesday Afternoon) and the corresponding Part-Time Job Fair, at which employers and nonprofits alike served up a smorgasbord of spare-time opportunities. The events, co-sponsored by Student Activities and Career Services, were held from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday on the mall outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and the nearby Thompson Professional Development Center.

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Lancaster/York ‘Tinkerbells’ Win First-Ever ‘Wildcat Wars’
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Red-shirted members of the Dauphin Hall team have their attempted group picture invaded by photo-bombing opponents.

The Tinkerbells, representing Lancaster and York halls, topped two of the day’s four events (kickball and dodgeball) to amass 40 points and win Penn College’s inaugural “Wildcat Wars” competition Saturday. The team managed to hold off the “V Squad Mafia,” from The Village at Penn College, which placed second in three events to finish close behind with 37 points. Rounding out the field in hard-fighting fashion were the four remaining teams: “CDJ” (Clinton, Delaware and Juniata halls), winner of the foul-shot contest, finishing with 36 points; “Dauphin Kills” (Dauphin Hall), winner of the afternoon’s final Capture the Flag event, 27 points; the “Party Animals” (Off-Campus), 21 points; and “CVA All the Way” (Campus View Apartments), 20 points. “The event saw more than 200 students cram the Field House and Intramural Field in hopes that their team would dominate the Wildcat Wars,” said Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation. “At the end of the day, everyone enjoyed a picnic dinner to replenish all of the energy that was lost during the rough-and-tough competition.”

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Attendance at National Aviation Event to Be Discussed by Faculty, Alumnus

William F. Stepp III

William F. Stepp III

The campus community is invited to a President’s Forum presentation at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday by William F. Stepp III, associate professor of aviation, who will highlight his Heli-Expo experience in Anaheim, Calif., and share information on the industry. Andrew L. Stamey, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance technology – and one of two student attendees at the conference – will add his insights during the presentation in Room W204 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. Attendance at the February conference allowed Stepp to participate in meetings of the Helicopter Association’s International Technical Committee, of which he is a member. The experience yielded two scholarships for student attendees (Stamey and Marc T. Kaylor, another May graduate), teaching materials for the aviation department, contacts for student internships and/or employment, as well as sources of additional equipment donations. Stepp is the first awardee from the Strategic Initiative Fund, created by President Davie Jane Gilmour to increase the college’s presence at the national level via presentations and/or leadership within national associations. Interested faculty and staff can learn more about the fund through the president’s page on the myPCT Web portal.

College Among Sponsors at Unveiling of LLB’s ‘Diamond’ Anniversary Gift

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, stands at "home base" for the group that sponsored the catcher statue, joined by Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte (left foreground); state Sen. Gene Yaw (to Gilmour's left), chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors, who unveiled the sculpture; and Williamsport All-Star Little Leaguers. A plaque denoting the colleges' sponsorship adorns the backstop.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, stands at “home base” for the group that sponsored the catcher statue, joined by Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte (left foreground); state Sen. Gene Yaw (to Gilmour’s left), chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors, who unveiled the sculpture; and Williamsport All-Star Little Leaguers. A plaque denoting the colleges’ sponsorship adorns the backstop.

The northeast corner of Market Square – third base in the ballfield layout, from which this photo was taken – is but one landmark in the sprawling commemorative project.

The northeast corner of Market Square – third base in the ballfield layout, from which this photo was taken – is but one landmark in the sprawling commemorative project.

Before the unveiling, the two colleges' mascots and presidents gather for a group photo.

Before the unveiling, the two colleges’ mascots and presidents gather for a group photo.

Co-sponsored by Penn College, the catcher is one of 10 life-sized bronze statues created by Utah artist Matt Glenn for the "Bases Loaded" project.

Co-sponsored by Penn College, the catcher is one of 10 life-sized bronze statues created by Utah artist Matt Glenn for the “Bases Loaded” project.

Rounding out the Penn College squad is Wildcat second baseman Jeremy D. Rall, a business administration: management concentration major from Williamsport, who played in the Original Little League eight years ago.

Rounding out the Penn College squad is Wildcat second baseman Jeremy D. Rall, a business administration: management concentration major from Williamsport, who played in the Original Little League eight years ago.

In celebration of Little League Baseball’s 75th anniversary and coinciding with championship weekend of this year’s Little League World Series just across the river, downtown Williamsport was the site of a very special dedication Friday afternoon. Officially marking the city as LLB’s birthplace, the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau and supportive friends unveiled “Bases Loaded,” a spacious recreation of a baseball diamond at Market and West Third streets. Penn College and Lycoming College co-sponsored the catcher in the lineup, one of 10 bronze statues that represent those who have participated in Little League (including softball and the Challenger Division) over the years – ethnically varied players of both genders, in uniforms old and new, along with an umpire to represent the thousands of volunteers at the heart of the organization. The only statue that depicts a specific person is that of the manager, Carl E. Stotz, who founded LLB in 1939 and whose name is on the bridge that connects Williamsport to the latter-day South Williamsport home of the Series.

Counseling Services’ ‘Pet’ Project Relieves Student Jitters

Shelly and Robert C. Karschner Jr., master mechanic for the General Services motorpool, brought along Australian shepherds "Bristol" and "Dover."

Shelly and Robert C. Karschner Jr., master mechanic for the General Services motorpool, brought along Australian shepherds “Bristol” and “Dover.”

Career Services secretary Shawnalee E. Miller and "Gus," a Maltese who helped put students at ease

Career Services secretary Shawnalee E. Miller and “Gus,” a Maltese who helped put students at ease

"Bear," a Boston bulldog, was one of two dogs accompanying Patrick McCabe, coordinator of admissions/enrollment event services, and his wife, Deserae. (The other was "Layla," a Boston bulldog.)

“Bear,” a Boston bulldog, was one of two dogs accompanying Patrick McCabe, coordinator of admissions/enrollment event services, and his wife, Deserae. (The other was “Layla,” a Boston bulldog.)

Katrina A. Sinclair, a part-time member of the history faculty, with "Harry Truman," a Jack Russell terrier

Katrina A. Sinclair, a part-time member of the history faculty, with “Harry Truman,” a Jack Russell terrier

Resident assistant Kristen E. Bowes, a web and interactive media major from Wayne, meets "Hershey," a perfectly named chocolate Labrador retriever owned by Karen E. Wright, graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

Resident assistant Kristen E. Bowes, a web and interactive media major from Wayne, meets “Hershey,” a perfectly named chocolate Labrador retriever owned by Karen E. Wright, graduation assistant in the Registrar’s Office.

This week’s fifth annual “Hot Dog, You’re Here!” event (that’s 35 years by canine count), again gave Penn College students the opportunity to connect with faculty/staff dog owners who offered welcoming smiles, listening ears and therapeutic access to their very special friends. The well-received mixer is sponsored by Counseling Services and, while moved into the Field House under threat of rain, the spirit of goodwill was undampened.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Renowned Chef to Present Lecture at Penn College

Chef Ben Vaughn

Food Network host and James Beard Award nominee Chef Ben Vaughn will offer a free public lecture Sept. 4 at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Vaughn’s talk, part of the college’s William C. Butler Lecture Series, is titled “Sustaining Your Career in a Changing Industry: How to Find Your Food Voice.”

While presented from the point of view of a culinary professional, sustainability in one’s craft is an appropriate message for students and professionals in any field, explained Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts.

The lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

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Couture, Cosplay to Blend at Sept. 27 Wildcat Comic Con

Pamela Ptak: in person ...

A contestant on Lifetime TV’s “Project Runway” fashion-design series will be a presenter at this year’s Wildcat Comic Con at Pennsylvania College of Technology, as well as a judge for the event’s popular cosplay competition.

Pamela Ptak, a designer on Season 7 of the show, will join her husband, Marvel and DC Comics artist Scott Hanna, at the “con,” to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. The pair run the Arts and Fashion Institute in Riegelsville and regularly accompany each other to conventions across the country.

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Gallery Reception Held as LLB-Themed Art Exhibit Heads for Home
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The artist shares his enthusiasm for works created by area young people.

A “meet the artist” reception was held Monday for a colorful campus exhibit that celebrates popular culture and this year’s 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball. “Collective Pop,” featuring the work of Charles Fazzino and Lycoming County school students, continues in The Gallery at Penn College through Sunday. Hours for the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library, are 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays (closed Saturdays and Mondays).

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Buoyant Reception Greets Students, Start of New Semester
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Hopeful tennis team member Joseph H. Griep, an information technology sciences: gaming and simulation freshman from Le Roy, New York, moves his gear into Dauphin Hall.

Penn College’s “Welcome Weekend,” held Saturday and Sunday on main campus, gently and helpfully guided new and returning students toward the start of classes. Student leaders, faculty/staff and alumni – all wearing T-shirts identifying them as the go-to gang to satisfy any last-minute questions – offered a collectively friendly face to the Fall 2014 members of the college community. New enrollees and transfers moved into on- and off-campus apartments, academic and social activities filled the schedule, and crucial offices offered convenient extended hours in advance of Monday’s official opening of the 2014-15 academic year. Among the high notes of this overture to fall were a convocation parade of first-year students, reunions enjoyed and new friendships begun, “Wildcat Welcome” refreshments, and a chilling and charitable surprise from college President Davie Jane Gilmour.

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Welcome to Penn College!

Helping hands to ease the hassle

Helping hands to ease the hassle

Blue skies and blue shirts will greet new students and their families as they arrive at Penn College for Welcome Weekend on Saturday, helping demystify the wheres, whys and hows of transitioning into campus life. From housing check-in to Monday’s start of classes, the college community stands ready to lend support – including Resident Assistants and Residence Life staff who gathered for a photo outside the Student & Administrative Services Center this week.

Local Cry of ‘Play Ball’ Echoes ’round the World

The parade of champions delights fan who gathered in Volunteer Stadium for Thursday's start of the LIttle League Baseball World Series.

The parade of champions delights fan who gathered in Volunteer Stadium for Thursday’s start of the LIttle League Baseball World Series.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, who chairs Little League International's Board of Directors, speaks at opening ceremonies ...

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, who chairs Little League International’s Board of Directors, speaks at opening ceremonies …

... and accepts from former major leaguer Dave Winfield a baseball signed by Hall of Famers who began as Little League players.

… and accepts from former major leaguer Dave Winfield a baseball signed by Hall of Famers who began as Little League players.

Winfield delivers the opening pitch to officially begin the 10-day tournament.

Winfield delivers the opening pitch to officially begin the 10-day tournament.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, chair of the Little League International Board of Directors during the organization’s milestone 75th year, participated in inaugural ceremonies for the 68th annual Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport on Thursday morning. Seamlessly continuing the celebration that began Wednesday with a campus cookout and crowd-pleasing parade, Gilmour set the tone for the blend of fun and fair play represented by the global youth-sports sensation. The 16 teams competing in the annual rite of summer were led into Volunteer Stadium by local baseball and softball players, just a few short hours before the opening game between Europe & Africa and Asia-Pacific. The kickoff pageantry also included an appearance by Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, grand marshal for the Grand Slam Parade, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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