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Impressive Projects Funded at Youth Leadership Graduation

The 2015 graduating class of Penn College’s Youth Leadership Program assembles on the stairs of the Student & Administrative Services Center.

Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted a ceremony May 7 for graduates of its annual Youth Leadership Program, announcing winners of the program’s Social Change Competition.

Thirty-three juniors from 11 secondary schools participated throughout the year in the program, which is designed to educate and motivate them to understand community needs and take an active leadership role in addressing them.

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Registration Deadline June 5 for Summer Camps at Penn College

Pennsylvania College of Technology offers fun, interactive and hands-on summer camps that reflect the unique academic majors offered across campus.

The registration deadline is June 5 for the camps, five of which are overnight and two that are day camps.

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Red Cross Blood Drive Set for June 9 in Penn’s Inn

Bloodmobile to visit Sept. 3-4The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon-6 p.m. June 9 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! All donors will receive Papa John’s pizza and a beverage.

Institute Gives Faculty Head Start on Captivating Next Year’s Classes

Kelly B. Butzler (right), associate professor of chemistry, introduces the keynote speaker to her Summer Teaching Institute audience.

Kelly B. Butzler (right), associate professor of chemistry, introduces the keynote speaker to her Summer Teaching Institute audience.

Pleasantly surprised to be labeled as the keynoter, Sperling engages her audience about "Fostering Students' Self-Regulated Learning: Strategies for Instruction."

Pleasantly surprised to be labeled as the keynoter, Sperling engages her audience about “Fostering Students’ Self-Regulated Learning: Strategies for Instruction.”

Framed by a backdrop of Earth Science Center greenery, Walter J. Shultz Jr., director of the Office of Instructional Technology, leads a breakout session on "Online Tools to Encourage Student Engagement."

Framed by a backdrop of Earth Science Center greenery, Walter J. Shultz Jr., director of the Office of Instructional Technology, leads a breakout session on “Online Tools to Encourage Student Engagement.”

About 60 people are attending the two-day Summer Teaching Institute, which opened Tuesday at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood. Held at the close of each academic year, the event – which includes about a dozen breakout sessions and a panel discussion – helps faculty hone their classroom/laboratory skills as they look ahead to the resumption of classes in the fall. Among the topics at this year’s institute were academic advising, online teaching tools and varied strategies for student interaction.

‘Career Day’ Helps Middle-School Students Focus on Future
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A student from Milton Area Middle School checks out an astable multivibrator circuit – aka blinking lights.

Faculty and several staff members across campus joined Penn College’s Outreach for K-12 staff in providing a day of career learning for just over 1,000 middle-schoolers from five area school districts. The event is designed to give participants a taste of a variety of career options, which in turn will help them to make informed decisions about their futures.

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Alumni Couple Answers ‘I Do’ to ‘Who Loves Penn College?’

On the other side of the camera while a student photographer at Penn College, the former Whitnie-rae Mays makes a radiant photo subject with her dashing new husband.

On the other side of the camera while a student photographer at Penn College, the former Whitnie-rae Mays makes a radiant photo subject with her dashing new husband.

Heavy morning rain left town in time for the alumni nuptials.

Heavy morning rain left town in time for the alumni nuptials.

Graduation wasn’t the only milestone event at Penn College over the weekend. Alumni Whitnie-rae Mays, who holds a 2012 associate degree in advertising art and a 2014 bachelor’s in applied technology studies, and Timothy D. Haldeman,’11, manufacturing engineering technology, feel such a connection to the campus that they were married in front of Madigan Library on Saturday.

More Than 900 Graduate in Spring Commencement Ceremonies
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Seeming superheroes keep their date with a diploma.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held three commencement ceremonies May 15-16 for more than 900 students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2015 semester. The Friday afternoon proceedings at the Community Arts Center honored students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Construction & Design Technologies. The School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies were featured Saturday morning, while students from the the School of Health Sciences and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications graduated during the afternoon session. Student speakers were Matthew J. Glodowski, of Hainesport, New Jersey, awarded a bachelor’s degree in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration on Friday; Andrew S. Manley, of Cogan Station, who earned two bachelor’s degrees – information technology sciences: gaming and simulation, and software development and information management on Saturday morning; and Bethany M. Reppert, of Minersville, who received a bachelor’s degree in applied human services Saturday afternoon. The college also bestowed three Excellence in Teaching Awards and three alumni awards.

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Employee-Focused Centennial Event Returns in Year No. 101

On what was likely the hottest day of spring, the picnic tent offers welcome shade.

On what was likely the hottest day of spring, the picnic tent offers welcome shade.

Crissy L. McGinniss, director of dining services, doubles as bingo caller.

Crissy L. McGinniss, director of dining services, doubles as bingo caller.

Alumnus George E. Logue III serves up succulent pulled pork and citrus chicken

Alumnus George E. Logue III serves up succulent pulled pork and citrus chicken.

Friendly competitions include volleyball in a summery sand pit ...

Friendly competitions include volleyball in a summery sand pit …

... and a few rounds of Wildcat Corn Hole, here played by teammates Barry L. Loner, facilities supervisor, and Brenda A. Wiegand, internal facilities coordinator.

… and a few rounds of Wildcat Corn Hole, here played by teammates Barry L. Loner, facilities supervisor, and Brenda A. Wiegand, internal facilities coordinator.

An end-of-semester employee picnic, held for a second year due to its popularity during Penn College’s 2014 Centennial, was held in and around the Field House on Friday. Co-workers formed teams for a variety of competitive (and a number of less-cutthroat) games, retirees returned, sunshine and good company prevailed, raffles tempted prize-hunters, and alumnus George E. Logue III served phenomenal fare from his Acme Barbecue takeout and catering restaurant.

Students Explore Career Returns on Simulated Investments

The School of Business & Hospitality’s Gerri F. Luke, dean, and Brian D. Walton, assistant dean, chat with students during the event’s “professional meet-and-greet.”

The School of Business & Hospitality’s Gerri F. Luke, dean, and Brian D. Walton, assistant dean, chat with students during the event’s “professional meet-and-greet.”

High school students chat with Terry A. Girdon, professor of business administration/management at Penn College, and Sam Ryder, senior vice president of FNB Bank (right).

High school students chat with Terry A. Girdon, professor of business administration/management at Penn College, and Sam Ryder, senior vice president of FNB Bank (right).

Terry A. Girdon, professor of business administration/management, addresses a full room.

Terry A. Girdon, professor of business administration/management, addresses a full room.

John D. Grigsby, assistant professor of business administration/accounting and head of the college’s accounting and financial planning department, talks with students about the college’s programs.

John D. Grigsby, assistant professor of business administration/accounting and head of the college’s accounting and financial planning department, talks with students about the college’s programs.

Bernard A. Oravec, publisher of the Sun-Gazette, talks about the business side of a daily newspaper.

Bernard A. Oravec, publisher of the Sun-Gazette, talks about the business side of a daily newspaper.

Students from high schools and middle schools around Lycoming County convened on the Penn College campus Wednesday for the grand finale of EconomicsPennsylvania’s Stock Market Game. The Stock Market Game is a classroom simulation that offers players the opportunity to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Prior to receiving awards for the highest total end-of-game equity, the students attended a professional meet-and-greet with business representatives and faculty and staff from the Penn College School of Business & Hospitality, and heard remarks from Gerri F. Luke, dean of business and hospitality; Terry A. Girdon, professor of business administration/management; John D. Grigsby, assistant professor of business administration/accounting; Bernard A. Oravec, publisher of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette; and Sam Ryder, senior vice president of FNB Bank.

Block Party Dons Beachwear to Signal Summer’s Imminent Arrival

Colleen E. Bowes, of Wayne, tames the mechanical shark.

The Wildcat Block Party, a Vine Avenue tradition as spring rounds the corner toward summer, adopted a fitting air of sand and sun on Friday. The festive atmosphere offered boardwalk food, giveaways and music, with such special attractions as a mechanical shark, a tropical obstacle course and a roller rink. Organized by a collaboration that includes the Off-Campus Housing Organization and the Wildcat Events Board, this year’s party even featured a beach between Susquehanna and Park streets!

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Graphic Design Showcase Ends at Mid-Month

Morgan T. Jennings, of Canton, shows off his work to a classmate.

Morgan T. Jennings, of Canton, shows off his work to a classmate.

"Design: 2015" open through May 15 – the eve of spring commencement.

“Design: 2015″ open through May 15 – the eve of spring commencement.

Lora A. Bacharach, of Williamsport, in front of her work

Lora A. Bacharach, of Williamsport, in front of her work

A folding, space-themed booklet made by Ashley N. Smith, of Saylorsburg

A folding, space-themed booklet made by Ashley N. Smith, of Saylorsburg

Design: 2015,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College, continues through May 15. Featuring the faculty-chosen work of 14 graphic design students, the show opened with a public reception Friday evening. Summer hours are in effect at the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday (closed Saturday and Monday).
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

SGA Auction Tops $2,000 for Student-Driven Scholarships

Potential bidders survey the auction floor at Madigan Library

Potential bidders survey the auction floor at Madigan Library

Creative creatures tempt shoppers' attention

Creative creatures tempt shoppers’ attention

Jewelry benefits new fund earmarked for minority students.

Jewelry benefits new fund earmarked for minority students.

Move to library boosts auction proceeds.

Move to library boosts auction proceeds.

Student leaders mingle amid the wares.

Student leaders mingle amid the wares.

When all of the proceeds are tabulated, Friday’s Student Government Association Silent Auction is expected to have raised nearly $2,200 in scholarship assistance. The anticipated total is a substantial increase over the $600 raised last year, thanks to more than 50 donors bidding on more than 75 items. Included were a wooden playhouse donated by the School of Construction & Design Technologies, a dump truckload of firewood (delivery included within 20 miles!) donated by the Schneebeli Earth Science Center sawmill, painted pottery by Penn College students and faculty, handcrafted woodwork and jewelry, and a “Movie Night” basket created by employees of the host venue. Institutional Advancement and the Madigan Library – the new location for this year’s auction – were also deemed integral in making the event a success. More than $250 of the money raised will go toward a student-initiated Minority Student Scholarship that is in the works; the balance benefits the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship, awarded by SGA each year to students who display exemplary leadership at Penn College.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

‘Midnight Breakfast’ Returns to Feed Students’ Classroom Confidence

Pointing the way to an end-of-semester tradition

Pointing the way to an end-of-semester tradition

No one's leaving hungry from THIS party!

No one’s leaving hungry from THIS party!

Grabbing colorful accessories from a well-stocked prop table, students prepare to enter the photo booth.

Grabbing colorful accessories from a well-stocked prop table, students prepare to enter the photo booth.

Hundreds of students take advantage of free munchies – with yogurt and granola reported as the favorites.

Hundreds of students take advantage of free munchies – with yogurt and granola reported as the favorites.

Massages help ease textbook anxiety.

Massages help ease textbook anxiety.

On the eve of diving into a full week of finals, 660 students dug into platefuls of stress-relieving goodies, courtesy of Thursday’s twice-yearly Midnight Breakfast. Bellying up to chow down in the Keystone Dining Room, late-night studiers enjoyed free pancakes, bacon, eggs, home fries, fruit, yogurt, granola and beverages served up by Dining Services and Residence Life staff. In addition to yummy food, students beat the finals frenzy with professional massages and fun snapshots with friends in the photo booth.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

CAL Doubles as ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ During Pre-Show Tour
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It's the Jay & Jay Show, as Leno dons a Penn College restoration hat presented to him by Jay M. Rhoads, of South Williamsport.

Jay Leno, whose flair for comedy is matched by a passion for collectible automobiles, visited Penn College on Sunday prior to his evening performance at the Community Arts Center. Meeting with students, faculty and administrators in College Avenue Labs, Leno toured the automotive restoration and collision repair facilities, and took a quartet of vintage vehicles for a road test: a 1916 Scripps-Booth Model D, a 1953 Verrill Wolf Wagon, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport and a 1965 Ford Mustang.

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Graphic Design Portfolios to Be Showcased at Penn College Gallery

Design students' portfolios on display in college gallery

Fourteen graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Design: 2015,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held Friday, May 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the gallery, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library. The design work will be on display through May 15.

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