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Hundreds Enjoy ‘Parent & Family Weekend’ Festivities
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Kyani L. Lawrence (center), a first-year pre-nursing major from New Rochelle, New York, who also served as a Connections Link this summer, poses with her family in Wrapture.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s three-day Parent & Family Weekend, in which hundreds of participants joined with their favorite students to help celebrate the institution’s Centennial, offered a packed calendar of activities that included informal access to the president and senior administration, entertainment, food, games, tours and a popular “mocktail” competition.

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Chef Shares Occupational Ups, Downs and All-Around ‘Simple’ Philosophy

Vaughn addresses an attentive group culinary arts, baking and pastry arts and hospitality management students in the SASC Presentation Room.

Vaughn addresses an attentive group culinary arts, baking and pastry arts and hospitality management students in the SASC Presentation Room.

Adding a visual aid to his vivid storytelling, Vaughn “toasts” bread.

Adding a visual aid to his vivid storytelling, Vaughn “toasts” bread.

Many students sought to record their visit with the chef.

Many students sought to record their visit with the chef.

Vaughn’s humorous storytelling accompanies evening talk on “Sustaining Your Career in a Changing Industry.”

Vaughn’s humorous storytelling accompanies evening talk on “Sustaining Your Career in a Changing Industry.”

Award-winning chef, television host and author Ben Vaughn spent the day on campus Wednesday, visiting classes in the School of Business & Hospitality and providing talks to both the public and to students in hospitality-related majors. His afternoon demonstration for students included practical – and frank – lessons from the pitfalls and successes of his own career. An evening lecture in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, part of the college’s William C. Butler Lecture Series, addressed the need for a nationwide return to “simple food.” During his talk with students, he announced that he is giving one “golden ticket” to a Penn College student to compete at the World Food Championships (for which he is a host) this November in Las Vegas. In the coming weeks, the college will host a competition to determine who it will send to the event.

‘Jersey Boys’ Film to Be Screened at Community Arts Center

"Jersey Boys"

“Jersey Boys”

Jersey Boys,” director Clint Eastwood’s big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical about The Four Seasons, opens this weekend at the Community Arts Center.  The 134-minute film, rated R for language, will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday and Monday through Wednesday (Sept. 13 and 15-17). Admission is $5 and doors open a half-hour before show time.

 

Denim Artist Honors Working-Class Perseverance in Material World

"Totemic Figures" beckons further investigation of "Those of Us Still Living," on exhibit through Oct. 1.

“Totemic Figures” beckons further investigation of “Those of Us Still Living,” on exhibit through Oct. 1.

One of James Arendt's daughters is depicted in a piece titled "Harper (Firecracker)." Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery manager, embroidered the artworks'  titles on denim as an ingenious alternative to the gallery's standard printed labels.

One of James Arendt’s daughters is depicted in a piece titled “Harper (Firecracker).” Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery manager, embroidered the artworks’ titles on denim as an ingenious alternative to the gallery’s standard printed labels.

The artist motions during a gallery talk that ranged from his personal life and inspirations to his concerns over unemployment and the importance of meaningful work …

The artist motions during a gallery talk that ranged from his personal life and inspirations to his concerns over unemployment and the importance of meaningful work …

… and discusses the "toughness" that he wanted to sew into "Meghann" – via rivets – to honor a niece. He explained that he works with denim because it is "the working-class fabric."

… and discusses the “toughness” that he wanted to sew into “Meghann” – via rivets – to honor a niece. He explained that he works with denim because it is “the working-class fabric.”

A crowd of about 150 patrons visits the Gallery at Penn College for the exhibit's opening.

A crowd of about 150 patrons visits the Gallery at Penn College for the exhibit’s opening.

The steadfastness of the human spirit, interpreted through the enduring qualities of denim, is championed in “Those of Us Still Living,” on display in The Gallery at Penn College through Oct. 1.  A reception and remarks by artist James Arendt were held Tuesday evening in the gallery, located on the third floor of Madigan Library. Hours for the free exhibit are 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The gallery is closed Mondays and Saturdays.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Chef Ben Vaughn Lecture Rescheduled to Sept. 10

Chef Ben Vaughn (center), with Chef Charles R. Niedermyer's Advanced Patisserie Operations class on Wednesday morning

A lecture at Pennsylvania College of Technology by award-winning chef and television host Ben Vaughn has been rescheduled to Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center auditorium.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Sustaining Your Career in a Changing Industry: How to Find Your Food Voice.”

Vaughn is a popular TV personality best known as a host on the Food Network. He’s also the host of the World Food Championships and is a recurring judge on the hit FYI television series based on the event.

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Free Student Tickets Available to ‘Last Comic Standing – Live Tour!’ Sept. 30 at CAC

"Last Comic Standing – Live Tour!"

“Last Comic Standing – Live Tour!”

Penn College has a limited number of free student tickets to see “Last Comic Standing – Live Tour!” coming to the Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30. The tickets, one each per semester per student, are available starting Tuesday at the Bush Campus Center Information Desk. Hours are 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and noon-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Once the free tickets are gone, students can buy tickets there for $30 each (cash, check or credit card) through Sept. 19. After that date, tickets can be obtained directly from the Arts Center. The Emmy-nominated laughfest, entering its ninth season on NBC, is known for showcasing the world’s funniest comics. Past contestants include Ralphie May, Amy Schumer, Kathleen Madigan, Todd Glass and many others. Rod Man, recent winner of the show’s eighth season, will join the top four finalists for this month’s live performance. The Arts Center, just a few blocks from campus at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the college.

Equipment Rodeo, Presentations Showcase State’s Energy Producers

Welding students Daniel J. Peppernick, left, of Spring Run (welding and fabrication engineering technology) and Teague W. Ohl, of Cogan Station (welding technology) help visitors to use a virtual reality welding simulator.

Welding students Daniel J. Peppernick, left, of Spring Run (welding and fabrication engineering technology) and Teague W. Ohl, of Cogan Station (welding technology) help visitors to use a virtual reality welding simulator.

Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant and instructor, talks with a visitor.

Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant and instructor, talks with a visitor.

Joseph P. Hanstine, of Lakewood, maneuvers the bucket under a PVC cage to pull a sled without knocking either the soccer ball from the sled or the tennis balls from the cage.

Joseph P. Hanstine, of Lakewood, maneuvers the bucket under a PVC cage to pull a sled without knocking either the soccer ball from the sled or the tennis balls from the cage.

Sheldon N. Smith, of Harleysville, carefully places a pipe.

Sheldon N. Smith, of Harleysville, carefully places a pipe.

August graduate Ashley M. Baker, of Coudersport, plucks a soccer ball from its perch on a traffic cone.

August graduate Ashley M. Baker, of Coudersport, plucks a soccer ball from its perch on a traffic cone.

Penn College was among participants in Saturday’s PA Energy Games at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds. The event featured educational exhibits, a heavy equipment rodeo, panel discussions and musical performances. The college was well-represented at Hughesville, with three student teams enrolled in heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis competing in a heavy equipment rodeo with industry representatives. In addition, David C. Pistner, director of energy initiatives for the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education, moderated a question-and-answer session on Education & Training. In the exhibit hall, Penn College employees and students staffed a busy booth with information about the college’s ShaleNET initiatives and its welding; heating, ventilation & air conditioning; and building sciences majors.

$10 Student Tickets Available for Sept. 14 ‘Pink Martini’ Concert at CAC

Pink Martini

Pink Martini

The world-famous Pink Martini orchestra will perform at the Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. Penn College students can get tickets the night of the concert for just $10* at the door with student ID; no processing fees will be included in student tickets. Pink Martini is a major international act that rarely plays anywhere but large metropolitan areas. The band’s just-released eighth studio album, “Dream a Little Dream,” features Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp, the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, made famous by “The Sound of Music.” “Pink Martini is a world-renowned group of ultra-talented musicians who play to sell-out crowds in every corner of the globe,” said Rob Steele, executive director of the arts center. “They represent the ‘gold standard’ of musicianship and their performances are described as ‘magical.’ I suspect everyone who is lucky enough to see this show will have to pinch themselves and say, ‘I can’t believe what I just saw on the stage of the CAC.'” The Community Arts Center is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport, just a few blocks from campus. The center is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College.
*Regular ticket price is $50. Seating for the student special is in the rear orchestra. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or online.

Lecture to Explore Emerging Technologies for Identity Protection

Lisa R. Bock

Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member Lisa R. Bock will present a lecture that explores the technology of identity protection and its ramifications on Sept. 16 as part of the college’s Centennial Colloquia Series.

Rapid technological advances since the Internet became public have opened many opportunities, but with them come threats to our identities, safety and financial resources. Passwords alone are simply not enough to protect us.

In her talk, “Who Am I; Who Do I Claim to Be? Protecting Identity in the 21st Century,” Bock explores biometric technology as a means of identity protection. Unlike a password or a smart card, biometric technology identifies an attribute that not only is unique to the individual but also defies duplication. Those attributes include fingerprints, iris, voice or facial recognition.

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Denim Art at Penn College Explores Changes in Labor, Landscape

“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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