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Gallery Celebrates 10 Years of Contemporary Art

"Take Ten"

Celebrating a decade of exhibiting contemporary art, The Gallery at Penn College is staging a special anniversary exhibition titled “Take Ten,” showcasing the works of 25 past exhibiting artists.

“Take Ten” runs Aug. 25 through Oct. 9, with an opening reception set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30. A number of the exhibiting artists will be on hand for the special event.

Works featured in “Take Ten” include a range of media: ceramics, digital media, fiber art, installation, mixed media, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

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Limited Number of Discounted Student Tickets Available for ‘Cirque’ Show

Cirque Éloize Saloon

The Community Arts Center’s 2016-17 new season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, with Cirque Éloize Saloon, inspired by the rich legacy of the Wild Wild West. The infectious energy of folk music and strains of the fiddle set the tone for an acrobatic comedy that sweeps spectators away in a mad flurry. The Bush Campus Center has a limited number of $15 orchestra tickets available for purchase by Penn College students, from now until the night of the show. Orders must be paid with cash, check or credit card. Students may get four per ID. By purchasing at the Campus Center, the 4-percent service fee that the Community Arts Center box office charges will be waived. There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets, and all tickets must be for students. Adult tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 570-326-2424. Swing open the saloon doors and enter a mythical world where theater and circus collide for 85 minutes of nonstop (no intermission) live music and the exhilarating pace of spectacular performances. Never before has a piano tuner kicked up so much dust! Under the spell of the saloon’s beautiful Belle, he sets off in a chase worthy of the greatest Westerns. Cirque Éloize’s Saloon is authentic, festive, and, above all, a fun night out on the town for everyone with live music. Sponsored by Penn College. Complete show details and a video clip can be found at the CAC website. The Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of the college, is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport (just a few blocks from campus).

Law Enforcement, EMS Trained on Campus in Overdose Prevention

Yaw, who also chairs the Penn College Board of Directors, welcomes attendees to an Overdose Prevention Seminar in the Student and Administrative Service Center.

Dr. Levine discusses the importance of naxolone – which reverses the fatal effects of an opioid drug overdose – in battling "the worst public health crisis in Pennsylvania." Among others on the panel are Lancaster Police Chief Dave Steffen (left) and Tennis.

Local law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, fire departments and school district officials were among those attending the session, which followed a similar event in Bradford County.

To help save lives and combat the growing heroin and opioid epidemic facing Pennsylvania, state Sen. Gene Yaw held two Overdose Prevention Seminars in his 23rd Senatorial District on Monday – including one on Penn College’s main campus.  Among the speakers were Gary Tennis, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol, and Dr. Rachel Levine, state physician general, who offered free training to police officers and firefighters in the administration of naxalone (a life-saving antidote) at the scene of an overdose. Presentations also featured warning signs of addiction, available treatment options, and personal and professional stories of recovery.

Dog Day (Late) Afternoon

Curiosity isn't just for cats, ya know!

Faculty and staff dog owners helped welcome first-year students during this past week’s “RUFF: Are You Feeling Friendly?” event in Rose Street Commons, an annual event organized by Counseling Services.

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‘Lawn Party’ Breaks Ice, Builds Connections

A colorful lineup of international flags sets the stage for the multicultural celebration.

Greeting guests at the gate and handing out tickets for a prize giveaway is Abdulaziz S. Alomani, a senior in plastics and polymer engineering technology from Saudi Arabia.

With Glendalis Guadarrama on the microphone, guests listen to the gathering’s addresses. A board member with Minorities Lending Knowledge and junior in nursing, Guadarrama hails from Avondale and is proud of her Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage.

Marceline Y. Salomon-Debrosse (left) and Katie L. Mackey call out winning numbers for prize giveaways.

Police Officer Justin M. Hakes (center), enjoys asking students questions from a card set of "conversation starters" (placed at each table). Joining in the fun is fellow Officer Charles E. O’Brien.

Representatives of four campus organizations – Minorities Lending Knowledge, the Saudi Student Organization, College Women of Williamsport and Penn College Alliance – enlightened incoming and returning students during Thursday’s Multicultural Lawn Party outside The Victorian House. Organized by Marceline Y. Salomon-Debrosse, a residence life coordinator, and Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement, the event attracted a mix of faculty, staff and students bound by a desire to make a difference at Penn College. “Conversation starters” were placed at each of the organizations’ tables to assist in involving one another in discussion throughout the evening. Raffle tickets for a variety of prizes were distributed to students; if they connected with members of the student groups, they received more tickets and more chances to win!

Little League Begins With Big Burst of ‘Penn College Pride’

A pennant-worthy group of campus volunteers shares a memorable moment with a Hall of Famer.

Pennsylvania College of Technology proudly welcomed some Most Valuable Players to Williamsport on Wednesday, hosting its eighth annual picnic for the 16 teams in the Little League Baseball World Series. In a laid-back atmosphere before tournament play begins Thursday, the athletes, coaches and umpires relaxed under tents outside the Bush Campus Center before taking part in the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street. This year’s Grand Marshal was Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, a 14-time All-Star and two-time National League MVP with the Cincinnati Reds, who mingled on campus for a memorable start to the Series. The day’s festivities caught the attention of media covering the teams, including this report from Time Warner Cable and video from the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin in New York’s Southern Tier (following the Mid-Atlantic representatives from Maine-Endwell Little League in Endwell, New York).

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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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‘Welcome Weekend’ Conditions: Hot, Humid and Altogether Helpful

Admissions representative Salvatore Vitko (in yellow shirt) and Resident Assistant Mary K. Slipe (far right) help the family of James F. Bowman IV. Bowman, of Fleetwood, is enrolled in automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis.

New and not-so-new Penn College students ushered in the 2016-17 academic year during Welcome Weekend, the traditional lead-in to the start of the semester. In the midst of getting acquainted with living arrangements and co-habitants alike, the Fall 2016 class of first-year students processed into the Rose Street Courtyard on Saturday evening for an official welcome to campus, an awesome fireworks display and an amusingly unpredictable performance by a hypnotist. Additional activities were held Sunday, wrapping up with time to spare so no one would snooze through that 8 a.m. class!

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Plastics Professionals Converge at Penn College for Workshop

Plastics and polymer engineering technology major Noah L. Martin (third from left, in blue shirt), of South Williamsport, works closely with participants in the recent Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop at Penn College.

Pennsylvania College of Technology and its Plastics Innovation & Resource Center brought plastics professionals from 10 states and Canada to campus for the recent Seventh Annual Hands-On Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop.

The 32 participants, representing 21 companies, experienced presentations and hands-on sessions during the three-day workshop. Topics included heating technology, diagnostic tools, and thermoforming process techniques and troubleshooting.

Mark Strachan, senior technology director for First Quality Packaging Solutions in West Palm Beach, Florida, and former president of the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division, served as keynote instructor.

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Summer ’16 Grads Relish Their Day in the Sun

Pearls of wisdom and a wide smile are worn by surgical technology grad Kelly L. Jones.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement on Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Hashim Abbas Alfulful, of Saudi Arabia, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. ceremony. More than 200 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Steven P. Johnson, a member of the Penn College Board of Directors. During the ceremony, Penn College also presented an Alumni Achievement Award to Megan E. Wright, a 2012 graduate of the college’s physician assistant program.

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Campers Get Their Bearings in Campuswide Hunt for Answers

Faces of the future gather for a week's adventure.

On Wednesday morning, Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week students participated in a quiz that took them into several buildings and labs on a circuitous path across main campus. The activity allowed campers to explore various locations, as well as interact with admissions representatives and academic school representatives, to learn more about the opportunities available at Penn College. About 400 young entrepreneurs are staying on campus through Saturday, eating meals in the Keystone Dining Room and attending sessions in the Klump Academic Center. This is the ninth year that the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education has held PFEW at Penn College.

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College Hosts Plastics Extrusion Workshop for National Audience

Ian C. Killian (center), a plastics and polymer engineering technology student from South Williamsport, supervises a hands-on exercise for industry professionals during the Extrusion Seminar offered by Penn College’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

Plastics industry professionals from throughout the country converged at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center for the 18th Annual Extrusion Seminar & Hands-On Workshop.

Forty-four participants, representing 25 companies and 13 states, attended the three-day event led by extrusion experts Chris Rauwendaal and Kirk M. Cantor. Rauwendaal, president of Rauwendaal Extrusion Engineering Inc. in Auburn, California, has nearly 40 years of industry experience. Cantor, a professor of plastics and polymer technology at Penn College, has taught extrusion for more than 29 years.

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Daylong Agenda Helps Prepare Part-Time Faculty for Year Ahead

Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist, co-presents a session on bystander intervention.

William E. Ebersole helps his audience simulate a response to an event that no one wants to confront in real life.

Tom Gregory provides a primer in "Being a Great Teacher: The Positive Side of Student Course Evaluations."

An Adjunct Professional Development Day was held on campus Saturday, schooling part-time Penn College faculty on a variety of topics as they near the start of the 2016-17 academic year. Keynote speakers for the event were William E. Ebersole, an FBI special agent and part-time accounting instructor, and Penn College Police Chief Chris E. Miller, who discussed, “Active Shooters – Before They Strike – Prevention and Preparation.” Additional subjects broached by faculty and staff in Madigan Library and the Bush Campus Center included media in the classroom; creation of accessible documents using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; the privacy of student records; and academic dishonesty. The day’s program was organized by Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction, and the college’s Professional Development Office.
Photos by Tina R. Strayer, on-boarding/professional development manager

Heavy-Gauge Thermoforming Workshop Draws Participants’ Praise

Christopher J. Gagliano (left) leads workshop attendees on a tour of the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center's Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

The Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently hosted 21 industry professionals from seven states for its seventh annual national Hands-On Heavy-Gauge/Sheet-Fed Thermoforming Workshop.

The three-day course featured presentations from renowned industry experts and hands-on sessions focusing on materials, tooling, technique, diagnostics, machine maintenance and safety.

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Penn College Summer Commencement Set for Aug. 6

Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold a Summer Commencement ceremony Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

More than 230 students have petitioned to graduate in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Summer Commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6.

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

The student speaker for the ceremony, Hashim Abbas Alfulful, of Saudi Arabia, will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology.

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