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‘Dream Week’ Keynoter Brings Message of Unity to Campus

Washington conducts a professional-development session in Penn's Inn, challenging those in higher education to engage one another in building community.

At the consultant's direction, participants rise to shake hands with someone they didn't know well ...

... an exercise that was repeated that evening in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Washington also urged attendees to sit with an erstwhile stranger for the remainder of the program, busting through comfort zones into an area of mutual acceptance.

Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement, introduces Washington ...

... who closed out the Martin Luther King-related celebration with inspiring words.

In a pair of events that were both interactive and inclusive, a Baltimore-based consultant helped round out Penn College’s observance of Dream Week on Thursday. Jamie Washington facilitated an afternoon session for employees and students – “Leadership and Diversity in the 21st Century” –and returned to campus that evening for a public lecture, “The Content of Our Character: Doing the Work to Live Out the Dream of Inclusion.” The evening appearance by the speaker, founder and president of the Washington Consulting Group, was featured in a front-page article in Friday’s editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Gallery Exhibit Suffused With Cross-Cultural Insight

The exhibit’s title is featured on The Gallery’s glass entryway.

Students and community visitors explore Nazari’s abstract works.

The artist shares personal and professional inspirations.

Capturing a memory of “Transformation"

“Inside Out,” an installation of acrylic on wood panels, sets the stage for the artist’s talk.

An engaged and attentive audience gathered in The Gallery at Penn College on Thursday evening for a Meet the Artist reception featuring Zahra Nazari and her exhibit “Transformation.” Nazari shared stories of her childhood growing up in Iran and her explorations as an artist living in America. Based in Manhattan, Nazari’s creative work is flourishing via numerous awards, grants and fellowships. A fan of architecture, she draws inspiration for her paintings from New York City’s modern designs and blends those sensibilities with the ancient structures of her homeland. Cultural change, shifting environments and the energy inherent in cities fold into her abstract pieces. “Transformation” is on display through March 2 and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 2-7  p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; and 1-4 p.m. Sundays (closed Mondays and Saturdays).

Series Acclimates Transfer Students to Penn College

Jennifer I. Watson, coordinator of transfer initiatives, engages her audience at Tuesday's session.

Students gather in the Thompson Professional Development Center along with presenters (from left at rear) Sal Vitko and Allison A. Bressler, assistant directors of student activities, and Watson.

Tabletop questions offer a steppingstone to participation.

Paul R. Watson II, dean of academic services and college transitions, offers a word to the "whys" of policies and procedures.

Newly enrolled transfer students benefited this week from the first session in the “Transfer Transitions: Staying Connected” program being held this semester. When students transfer to Penn College with more than 15 credits, they are exempt from First Year Experience classes and miss out on valuable information about specific institutional processes. The series helps transfer students to network with one another, and to connect with campus resources and personnel to aid their success. Topics during the 90-minute presentation were campus involvement, Penn College procedures and policies (such as fairness and academic dishonesty), midterm grades and reports, scheduling and advising weeks, and career options and networking. Other sessions are scheduled for March 16 and April 18.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

‘Transformation’ Opens New Year at Penn College Gallery

Zahra Nazari’s "The World Is Beautiful Before It Is True,” acrylic on canvas, 48 x 84 inches

An inspired blend of ancient Iranian culture and modern Manhattan architecture, “Transformation” opens 2017 in The Gallery at Penn College. Running from Jan. 12 through March 2, the exhibit showcases works by Zahra Nazari, a native of Iran who resides and works in New York City.

A Meet the Artist Reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, featuring an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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Helping Hands (and Feet) Add Meaning to King Tribute

Phi Mu Delta President Paul M. Lasell, of Williamsport, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major

Unselfish in their community commitment and undeterred by winter’s chill, about 225 people participated in Monday’s 10th annual Peace Walk to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King. Members of the Penn College community (with notable contributions from fraternity members and Wildcat student-athletes) were among those gathering at Lycoming College’s Lamade Gymnasium for the kickoff event, and more than 150 walkers – honoring the theme of a day ON rather than a holiday off – stuck around to perform service projects on behalf of 15 local nonprofits (West End Christian Community Center, Saving Grace Shelter, American Rescue Workers, Sojourner Truth Ministries, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Footprints of Montgomery, New Love Center Food Pantry, Family Promise of Lycoming County, West House, Center City Food Bank, Firetree Place, Transitional Living Center and the Salvation Army in Williamsport, Muncy and Lock Haven). The two colleges were co-organizers, along with STEP Inc. AmeriCorps and the Beloved Community Council.

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‘Dream Week’ Guest to Facilitate Discussion, Deliver Keynote Address

Jamie Washington

The president and founder of a multicultural organizational development firm, a self-described “instrument of change,” will be the keynote speaker as Pennsylvania College of Technology continues its Dream Week reflections on the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr.

“The Content of Our Character: Doing the Work to Live Out the Dream of Inclusion” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday by Jamie Washington, whose Baltimore-based Washington Consulting Group has been named one of the Top 10 Global Diversity Consultants in the world. The presentation, free and open to the public, will be in Penn College’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

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Free Student Tickets Available for Several CAC Shows

Limited student tickets available

A limited number of free tickets are available to Pennsylvania College of Technology students for several of this season’s Community Arts Center shows. In order to give the most students the opportunity to attend a free performance, a student with a valid Penn College ID may pick up one ticket for one performance per semester, while supplies last. For shows deemed “family friendly,” a student with a valid Penn College ID may pick up four tickets for one performance per semester. Students will have the opportunity to receive additional tickets if any remain unclaimed one week before the performance date.

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iLuminate: The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have in the Dark!

iLuminate

From “America’s Got Talent” and a recent New York City tour, iLuminate will light up the Community Arts Center’s stage – literally – at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Bush Campus Center Information Desk has a limited number of free tickets available to students, plus tickets to sell for a discounted price of $20 for students, faculty and staff.  Penn College students and employees can buy additional tickets for family members at the Campus Center, as well, while supplies last. (Please note: only students can get into the theater with a student ticket. Students are ages preschool through college. All tickets will be checked at the door. College students must present valid student ID night of show.) iLuminate is an entertainment technology company that combines state-of-the-art technology with electrifying entertainers who perform in the dark to create the ultimate performing-arts experience. Founded by dancer and software engineer Miral Kotb, iLuminate enables performers, choreographers, engineers, technicians, stylists and artistic directors to produce explosive performances with customized wireless-lighting programs. The results are extraordinary lighting effects choreographed with phenomenal dance moves that take viewers on an exhilarating ride. All orders must be paid with cash, check or credit card. By purchasing at the Campus Center, the 4-percent service fee that the Arts Center box office charges will be waived. There are no refunds or exchanges, and the offer ends Feb. 1. For complete show details and a video clip, visit the CAC website. The Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of the college, is at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport (just a few blocks from campus). Complimentary Show Shuttle service will be available for the show.

Jan. 17-18 Blood Drive to Benefit THON

THON to benefit from Jan. 17-18 blood donations

College Health Services and the American Red Cross encourage the campus community to donate much-needed blood during their drive, scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 17-18 in Penn’s Inn.  Online appointments to contribute to this lifesaving mission are available, and each presenting donor will result in a $4 donation to the THON fight against pediatric cancer. All donors will receive Pizza Hut pizza, a beverage and a “We Challenge U” T-shirt after their contribution. In addition, successful donors will be entered in a Health Services-sponsored drawing for one of three $50 Sheetz gift cards.

Visual Images Will Be ‘In Focus’ at Next Colloquium

Robert N. McCauley

The impact of living in a culture increasingly reliant on technologies that primarily disseminate information via visual images rather than the printed word will be examined during the next edition of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s 2016-17 Colloquia Series.

“A General Assertion Is Worth Innumerable Pictures” will be presented by Robert N. McCauley, William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor at Emory University. The free, public event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

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Child’s Play Takes ‘Center’ Stage

Children are entranced by Kamin's talent.

Two end-of-semester events capped another fun-filled and instructive year at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center: The Penn College facility’s annual Family Appreciation get-together – in which children made turkey headbands and prepared snacks that were appropriately “gobbled” up – and a visit from mime Dan Kamin, who was in town for a holiday appearance with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

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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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Penn College Announces Food Show Winners

A plated dessert – “Flan in the Forest” made by baking and pastry arts student Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie – was named Best of Show winner at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual Food Show.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has announced the winners of its annual Food Show, held Dec. 2 to display the artful work of students in hospitality-related majors.

The Chef Eugene Mattucci Best of Show Award was granted to Keegan D. Sonney, a baking and pastry arts student from Erie, for a festive “Flan in the Forest” plated dessert. The eye-catching plate comprised RumChata flan topped with cranberry gelee and served with a chocolate stick, shortbread cookie crumbles, cranberry-mint sauce, mushrooms and edible flowers.

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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.’”