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Fiber Artists are ‘Connected by Stitch’ at Penn College Exhibit

Sharon Wall's "War Horse," – cotton fabric, quilt binding, polyester thread, fabric paint, fabric dyes and metallic foil, 40x59 inches

The first Pennsylvania regional juried show by the international Studio Art Quilt Associates will take place Oct. 22 through Dec. 8 at The Gallery at Penn College.

Titled “Connected by Stitch,” the exhibit includes fiber-based artwork by 35 artists who are all current Pennsylvania members of SAQA and those that have chosen Pennsylvania as their second region. They were invited to submit work for this exhibition.

An opening reception is set for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, featuring a 3 p.m. gallery talk. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge. The gallery is on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library.

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Study Abroad? It’s a World of Good!

Helping students gain a global outlook – from short-term, weeklong experiences to semester-length programs around the world – is the aim of the International Programs Office's Study Abroad programs.

Experienced guides for the "Non-European Mathematics in the Mayan World" trip to Guatemala, are Curt E. Vander Vere (left), assistant professor of mathematics. D. Robert Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science.

Travel to Europe and the United Kingdom to explore "Sustainable Building and Design" is explained by faculty member Naim N. Jabbour. Talking with the assistant professor of architectural technology are Andrew J. Davies (left), of Lititz, and Adam T. Knoebel, of Montoursville, both majoring in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration.

Part-time dental hygiene instructor Rhonda J. Seebold is on hand to talk with eligible students about boosting oral hygiene for schoolchildren and families in the Dominican Republic.

Opportunities for Penn College students to travel, meet people and share new experiences – all while earning college credits and enhancing their resumes – were outlined during the International Programs Office’s Study Abroad Expo.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Dining Services Brings Touch of Bavaria to Billtown

A beautifully adorned table bids "Willkommen" to CC Commons.

Among those raising "A Toast" – and his country's tricolor flag – is Devyn T. Tucker, a web and interactive media student from Heidelberg, Germany.

Donning lederhosen, a dirndl and other apt attire are (from left) Dining Services' Christopher R. Grove, manager; Kathleen A. Pfirman, catering attendant; and Jonathan T. Hall, assistant manager.

Zachary R. Althouse, of Womelsdorf, enrolled in electronics and computer engineering technology: robotics and automation emphasis, dons a prop pair of sudsy specs.

Sharing in the festivities are (clockwise from left) Mandy M. Myers, an applied human services student from Duke Center; and Andrew P. Brown, of Shermans Dale; and John M. Myers, of Duke Center, both majoring in information technology sciences-gaming and simulation.

Dining Services recently hosted an Oktoberfest in the Bush Campus Center, a cultural celebration that included food a-plenty (cheddar ale soup, bratwurst, pretzels, spätzle, sauerkraut and German chocolate cake were among the hearty offerings) and a nonalcoholic Biergarten on the patio.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

High School Students Get Glimpse of Imminent Tomorrow

Physician assistant major Curtis R. Gehman, of Mill Hall, shares a heartfelt "Day in the Life of a PA" with Elijah Sweeney, from Lehigh Valley Academy.

Thursday’s Career Day, meticulously arranged by the College Transitions Office, provided a premier opportunity for school districts to visit Penn College and explore a wide variety of careers through hands-on activities, demonstrations, facility tours, and discussions with students and faculty.

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College Hosting ‘Out of the Darkness’ Suicide-Prevention Walk

A T-shirt contest for the Greater Lycoming Out of the Darkness Community Walk produced this winning design by Penn College student Angela J. Maniscalco, a health arts: practical nursing emphasis major from Muncy.

More than 250 people from throughout Williamsport are expected to participate in the eighth annual Greater Lycoming Out of the Darkness Community Walk hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Central Pennsylvania chapter and Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The walk will be held at Penn College on Saturday, Oct. 22, with registration starting at 5:30 p.m. and the walk at 6:30.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide is preventable. This fundraising walk supports the AFSP’s local and national education and advocacy programs and its bold goal of a 20-percent reduction in the annual rate of suicide by 2025.

“As an institution, we have made great efforts to educate our students and campus on the importance and power of suicide prevention. This walk is about education and healing for our campus and community,” said Mallory L. Weymer, Penn College’s coordinator of student health and wellness/suicide prevention specialist. “Suicide is a very real problem, but through education, outreach and hope, we have the power to save people’s lives.”

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Manipulating Time Topic of Penn College Colloquium

David S. Richards

Scientific aspects of time and humanity’s desire to control it will be addressed at the next presentation of the Technology & Society Colloquia Series at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“Manipulating Time Using Science, Technology and Literature” will be presented by David S. Richards, professor of physics, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The gathering is free and open to the public.

“It has been scientifically proven that time is not absolute; it is a quantity that depends upon relative speeds, gravity and even space itself,” Richards writes in his presentation abstract. “How can this fact allow a person to travel into the future? Can science and technology manipulate time so that you can live a longer life? Why is relative time so important in modern technological devices? How can literature be used to manipulate time? How do memories and experiences alter our perception of time?”

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College Foundation Marks 35 Years of Support to Students

The Parkes Automotive Technology Center is transformed into a banquet space complete with autumnal and automotive accents.

A mix of Le Jeune Chef Restaurant waitstaff and hospitality management students stand ready to serve authentic Oktoberfest fare. From left: Amber F. Buck, Jennifer A. Moyer, Denis V. Younken, Crystal L. Harker, Noeiris Pliego and Taylor M. Barrett.

Seasonal décor complements the festive occasion honoring the generosity of donors and their support of students.

Five of the Foundation’s executive directors were on hand for the event. From left: current executive director Robb C. Dietrich, and former executive directors Joann Kay, Frederick T. Gilmour, Lenore G. Penfield and Dennis L. Correll.

College President Davie Jane Gilmour and George E. "Herman" Logue Jr., foundation chairperson, welcomed guests and acknowledged three and a half decades of success.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation celebrated its 35th anniversary Sunday, honoring its past and present directors and the countless donors who have made “degrees that work” a reality for thousands of students. The Penn College Foundation was established in 1981 as the Williamsport Area Community College Foundation, awarding its first scholarships – totaling $2,902 – two years later. The foundation has since surpassed $13 million in total assets and, during the 2015-16 academic year, provided $620,398 in aid to students.

Open House Provides Alluring Reasons to Explore Penn College

An Oct. 30 Open House at Penn College allows exploration of a campus small enough to provide an intimate learning community, but sufficiently large to house a variety of exciting career opportunities.

Where can you test your skill with a virtual welding machine, tour a “haunted” physics laboratory, see a working sawmill in action, design a 3-D model home, surrender to the smell and taste of student-baked bread, and experience the unpredictable world of a paramedic?

All of those eye-opening opportunities – and scores of others – will be available to visitors at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Fall Open House on Sunday, Oct. 30.

“Open House at Penn College is really a one-of-a-kind experience. There is quite literally no area of campus unavailable for students and families to explore,” said Ashley R. Murphy, director of admissions. “The students are in charge of their day. They get to pick and choose what they want to do from more than 100 activities.”

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Cuisine, Creativity Tempt Shoppers at Campus Farmer’s Market

Worth Rawson, from Dirty Dogs Studio + Gallery in downtown Williamsport, is among the artisans exhibiting and selling their wares.

Dining Services Manager Christopher R. Grove staffs a made-to-order station, specializing in gourmet grilled sandwiches.

John H. Heyen, a machine tool technology student from Old Forge, pores through the possibilities.

Penn College beanies are among the ready-for-winter yarnware by Jenna Evelhair, of J. Evelhair Works.

A Farmer’s Market, held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday outside the Wildcat Express, brought a touch of handicraft and home cookin’ to the Bush Campus Center. Local vendors brought original artwork, custom clothing, jewelry, honey and baked goods; Dining Services dished up grilled cheese or peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

How to Save a Life: Donate Blood Nov. 9-10 in Penn’s Inn

Blood drive to be held Nov. 9-10

Penn College Health Services and the American Red Cross urge the campus community to join their lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment for the next blood drive in Penn’s Inn, from noon-6 p.m. Nov. 9-10. Blood is crucially needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that demand for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone requires a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. All presenting donors will receive free pizza from Pizza Hut.

Solution to Food Insecurity? Put Diplomacy on the Menu

The evening's attentive crowd represents a cross-section, a true town/gown blend of community and campus.

Sojka takes a wireless walk about the stage, captivating attendees with his personal and personable style.

Discussing the availability of food ... and the obstacles to its equitable distribution

D. Robert Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science (and a 2014 Colloquia Series presenter), counsels audience members about their imminent exposure to new ideas: "Broaden your horizons, be curious and always look beyond your boundaries."

The speaker visits Cooley's Introduction to Cultural Anthropology course in the ACC earlier in the day, conversing with students and gaining a better understanding of the college. (Sojka also spent an hour with Craig A. Miller's World Civilization class down the hall.)

Tuesday’s inaugural speaker in Penn College’s 2016-17 Technology & Society Colloquia Series posed a vital question during his engaging hourlong talk – “Can We Nourish 9.7 Billion People in 2050?” – and, honoring the format’s conversational tradition, he floated a number of solutions for audience consideration. The stepping-off point for Gary A. Sojka’s lecture is that the planet’s population will rise by more than 2 “billion with a ‘b'” in three decades or so. While the growth will not be uniform across the globe, and while the former Bucknell University president believes the world has plenty of food for everyone, the Earth’s carrying capacity (the maximum sustainable population, provided that water and other resources remain constant) could be compromised. Sojka cited a number of potential answers, ranging from waste reduction and urban agriculture to eating more seasonably and introducing insects and other heretofore-untried items to the dinner table.  But he said the main limitation is not technological or biological, but the need for improved statecraft and cooperation among governments; a “moral obligation to do better.” The complete presentation by Sojka, active in various professional associations relating to sustainable agriculture and livestock conservancy, will soon be added to the Penn College YouTube channel. Physics professor David S. Richards will deliver the next address in the series: “Manipulating Time Using Science, Technology, and Literature,” set for 7 p.m. Nov. 1.

First four photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Financial Aid Office to Offer Free FAFSA Completion Sessions

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer two free sessions on the main campus in Williamsport in November and January to help students, prospective students and families complete the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Both sessions will be offered in Room SASC/1049 on the first floor of Penn College’s Student and Administrative Services Center (the building adjacent to the large American flag at the college’s main entrance off Maynard Street).

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Homecoming & Family Weekend Showered With Sweet Memories

Anthony J. Pace (right), the college's new director of student activities, with student leaders Alexandra M. Lehman and Nicholas V. Walker, and a phenomenal feline VIP.

Mother Nature was among the parents in town for Penn College’s first Homecoming & Family Weekend, bringing persistent rain but failing to deter attendees from enjoying a full schedule of activities centered around “Our Proud Penn College Days.” The turbulent weather prompted relocation of a number of those events, but the celebration – the first-ever melding of two formerly separate observances – went off with nary a hitch. Among the weekend offerings were a four-day carnival; dessert receptions in each of the college’s six academic schools; soccer matches; the Athletic Hall of Fame induction and banquet; an alumni golf outing; guided tours of campus and historic Williamsport; a tailgating lunch with President Davie Jane Gilmour; and an Oktoberfest that included a reunion of past student ambassadors, Student Government Association members and orientation leaders.

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Penn College Dedicates Technology-Driven Dental Hygiene Facility

Abigail S. Way, of Montoursville, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, reviews features of new workstations in Penn College’s renovated Dental Hygiene Clinic with Dr. John Hayes and Dr. Sharon Hayes, who have served as supervising dentists for the clinic.

Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted a dedication ceremony on Sept. 29 to celebrate its renovated Dental Hygiene Clinic.

The clinic is the hub for hands-on learning in the college’s dental hygiene majors and provides low-cost dental care for the community.

“Having the joy of ‘living through’ three dental hygiene clinics on this campus is quite a milestone,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “I am so proud of this new and improved facility. ‘State-of-the-art’ does not do it justice. It’s beautiful, functional and technology-driven – a great addition to our campus.”

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Grace, Gratitude Imbue Lecturer’s ‘Last Words’

Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities, welcomes the crowd and introduces this year's "My Last Words" presenter.

Penn's Inn offers an intimate setting ...

... for Tina M. Evans to impart "12 Words That Will Change Your Life."

Sandra Lakey (right foreground) the faculty member who delivered the My Last Words lecture in 2008, is among those attending Evans' presentation.

The speaker talks with Charles T. Crawford, a pre-physician assistant major from Chadds Ford.

Tina M. Evans, an associate professor of applied health studies, delivered this year’s David London My Last Words lecture Tuesday night, providing her Penn’s Inn audience with a dozen deceptively simple words that are profoundly powerful enough to change lives: “I love you,” “I forgive you,” “Please forgive me,” “Thank you” and “Goodbye.” The series – which asks each nominated speaker to share purportedly parting thoughts – memorializes London, an associate professor of speech communication/composition who died in May 2008. Evans’ talk will soon be posted to Penn College’s YouTube channel; watch PCToday for notification.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer