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THON Donations Enhance Blood Drive’s Life-Saving Potential

Blood drive nets 227 pints for Red Cross, $908 for THON

Blood drive nets 227 pints for Red Cross, $908 for THON

This week’s two-day campus visit by the Red Cross Bloodmobile collected 227 pints (120 on Tuesday and 107 the following afternoon), topping the 190-unit goal in spite of a Wednesday snowstorm. The Red Cross contributed $4 to the fight against pediatric cancer on behalf of each successful donor, so Penn College Benefiting THON will receive $908. Donors were also entered into a drawing for one of three hourlong massages in College Health Services; winners were students Alicia A. Brant, Tyler D. Hodge and Zachary D. Reese. Also helping the cause were Papa John’s, which provided pizza, and Weis Markets, which supplied baked goods for the post-donation canteen.

Poet Wields Words to Redefine Himself, Change Others’ Attitudes

Jason Carney engages his ACC Auditorium audience ...

Jason Carney engages his ACC Auditorium audience …

... punctuating his call to action ...

… punctuating his call to action …

... with a uniquely personal perspective.

… with a uniquely personal perspective.

Observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day with an appearance at Penn College, a celebrated poet, memoirist and teacher enlisted fervent voices for a national dialogue about racism and other manifestations of hatred. Jason Carney was Monday night’s featured speaker in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, continuing the campus’s involvement in Dream Week activities. Interweaving a multigenerational story about the roots of prejudice with powerful poetry that showed his redemption as a cycle-breaking activist for change, the former skinhead encouraged his audience to rise above crippling apathy and divisive language. The week’s events also included a Day of Service, a faculty/staff writing workshop with Carney and a community discussion of nonviolence and inclusiveness.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Penn College Makes Friends, Memories at State Farm Show
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Culinary arts and systems majors Brianna E. Bucklin (left), of Whitehall, and Victoria L. Zablocky, of Jersey Shore, serve vegetable-filled hush puppies and slaw to audience members.

Penn College’s exciting two- and four-year majors were on display throughout the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg (Jan. 10-17), where representatives of the Admissions Office and the college’s six academic schools entertained, educated – and even fed – the throng attending the traditional agricultural expo.

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Free, Discounted Tickets Available for ‘Sing-Off Live! Tour’

"The Sing-Off Live! Tour"

“The Sing-Off Live! Tour”

NBC’s No. 1-rated a cappella music competition returns to the road for its second national “The Sing-Off Live! Tour” with a stop at the Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. The Student Activities Office has a limited number of free tickets available for Penn College students. In addition, reduced-price seats in the loge are available to students and employees at just $20. Tickets can be purchased at the Bush Campus Center’s Information Desk through Friday, Feb. 13, with cash, check or credit card. After Feb. 13, tickets can be purchased directly at the Arts Center at the full $42.50 price. No refunds or exchanges on tickets. “The Sing-Off Live! Tour” features fan favorite groups VoicePlay and Street Corner Symphony, plus the The Exchange and the Melodores from Vanderbilt University. The groups will perform their a cappella versions of this year’s chart-topping hits, as well as favorite arrangements from the TV show. The Community Arts Center, a wholly owned Penn College subsidiary is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport, just a few blocks from campus.

Visiting Chef Dinner Features Luxury Resort’s Beverage Director

Brian McClure

The Spring 2015 edition of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Visiting Chef Series will feature Brian McClure, beverage director for The Greenbrier, widely regarded as one of the world’s finest luxury resorts.

Penn College’s Visiting Chef Series provides students pursuing associate and bachelor’s degrees in baking and pastry arts, culinary arts and hospitality management with an opportunity to work alongside renowned hospitality-industry professionals. As a culmination to the visit, the students produce a grand meal that raises money for scholarship funds. The Spring 2015 Visiting Chef Dinner will be held Feb. 27.

During the event, McClure will share his knowledge of wine with diners as they experience the elegant five-course meal prepared by students and faculty. While on campus, he will also speak to students in the Hospitality and Beverage Management Service and Controls course.

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Penn College ‘Soul Food Dinner’ Adds Storytelling to Menu

Astronaut Mae Jemison, as portrayed by Joanna Maddox

The public is invited to attend a night of food, fellowship and storytelling as Pennsylvania College of Technology kicks off Black History Month in February.

The college’s annual Soul Food Dinner – scheduled this year for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in Penn’s Inn on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center – will feature a performance by Joanna Maddox as Mae C. Jemison. Jemison, whose historic voyage on the Space Shuttle Endeavor in September 1992 is the inspiration for Maddox’s storytelling, was the first African-American female astronaut to ever travel into space.

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President Clarifies Intent of Event Honoring John J. Messer

As Penn College mourns the loss of faculty member John J. Messer, who died Jan. 5 after a courageous battle with cancer, the President’s Office would like to clarify the intent of this weekend’s event. On Saturday, Jan. 17, a celebration of life fundraiser to benefit brain tumor research at Geisinger Health will be held by John’s family at 3 p.m. in the Mountain Laurel Room of the Thompson Professional Development Center. The event will include a basket raffle and a variety of other activities intended to boost donations to brain-cancer research. Contributions to the Geisinger Foundation can be made online or at the PDC; checks should note “Brain Tumor Research in Honor of John Messer” on the memo line. Friends and family of John have established a Penn College scholarship in his memory. Annual awards will be made from the fund, preferably to students enrolled in Web and interactive media or in any major within the college’s School of Health Sciences. Eligible candidates should also demonstrate financial need, be in their sophomore year or greater and carry a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Anyone interested in contributing to the John J. Messer Memorial Scholarship can send a donation to the Penn College Foundation, One College Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701; give online; or call the Institutional Advancement Office toll-free at 866-GIVE-2-PC (866-448-3272).

Gallery Begins New Year With Textile Artist’s Thread Illustrations

"Living Room," thread, 10' x 10' x 10'

Explorations in intricacy grace The Gallery at Penn College for its New Year exhibit, “Line: Drawn and Stitched,” running Jan. 13 through March 5.

Showcasing thread illustrations by Toronto-based textile artist Amanda McCavour, the exhibit of both 2-D wall pieces and 3-D installations explores connections to home, the fibers of the body and more formal considerations of thread’s accumulative presence.

A Meet the Artist reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, featuring a 5:30 p.m. gallery talk. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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Lecture by Anti-Hate Activist Among College’s ‘Dream Week’ Events

Jason Carney

An award-winning poet, author and educator will be the featured speaker as Pennsylvania College of Technology observes Dream Week 2015 (Jan. 17-22), a celebration of the life and values of Martin Luther King Jr.

The free lecture by Jason Carney, of Dallas, Texas, a four-time National Poetry Slam finalist and co-founder of the Young DFW Writers, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. A graduate of Wilkes University’s Master of Fine Arts Program for Creative Writing, Carney appeared on three seasons of “Russell Simmons’ Def Poets” on HBO.

Carney’s campus appearance will include readings from his poems and from his memoir, “Starve the Vulture,” which was published earlier this month and has been optioned for a film adaptation. Copies will be available to purchase in The College Store or on the evening of the event; a book-signing will be held following the lecture.

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Centennial Documentary Impresses Opening-Night Crowd

President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes employees, retirees, students and community members to the grand finale of the college's Centennial celebration. Afterward, admittedly near-speechless in admiration, she said the documentary reflects a passion for the institution and a responsibility to build upon its legacy.

President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes employees, retirees, students and community members to the grand finale of the college’s Centennial celebration. Afterward, admittedly near-speechless in admiration, she said the documentary reflects a passion for the institution and a responsibility to build upon its legacy.

With pride born of a college career spanning more than a third of the period covered by the film, Elaine J. Lambert (one of its executive producers) asks co-workers Christopher J. Leigh (left, director/editor/camera) and Thomas F. Speicher (producer/writer/editor/camera) to stand and be acknowledged for their creative efforts.

With pride born of a college career spanning more than a third of the period covered by the film, Elaine J. Lambert (one of its executive producers) asks co-workers Christopher J. Leigh (left, director/editor/camera) and Thomas F. Speicher (producer/writer/editor/camera) to stand and be acknowledged for their creative efforts.

A sea of supporters, which later rose in a tide of ovation, anticipates the enlightening success story about to unfold.

A sea of supporters, which later rose in a tide of ovation, anticipates the enlightening success story about to unfold.

WVIA President and CEO Tom Currá, co-executive producer, discusses the long partnership between Penn College and the public television station.

WVIA President and CEO Tom Currá, co-executive producer, discusses the long partnership between Penn College and the public television station.

Following the premiere, the ACC Auditorium hallways were used for on-camera interviews with key contributors and commentators including Veronica M. Muzic, a former vice president of academic affairs/provost and English faculty member, who was questioned by  Brad L. Nason, associate professor of mass communications and an award-winning contributor to WVIA's National Public Radio arm.

Following the premiere, the ACC Auditorium hallways were used for on-camera interviews with key contributors and commentators including Veronica M. Muzic, a former vice president of academic affairs/provost and English faculty member, who was questioned by Brad L. Nason, associate professor of mass communications and an award-winning contributor to WVIA’s National Public Radio arm.

A one-hour documentary that recaps a century of institutional history (and caps Penn College’s yearlong Centennial celebration) met with an enthusiastic and appreciative audience on its initial showing Thursday afternoon. The premiere of “Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education,” chronicling the story of the college and its contribution to the American workforce, was held at 3:30 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The college co-produced the film with WVIA Public Media, which will broadcast it on public television on a variety of dates beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Penn State STEM Conference Open to Campus Community

"Voices" conference open to Penn College community

“Voices” conference open to Penn College community

Penn College faculty/staff and students are invited to attend Voices, a networking and professional development conference hosted annually since 2005 by the Penn State Graduate Women in Science. This year’s event, themed “On Success and Adversity,” will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at The Atherton Hotel in State College. The Voices conferences at Penn State allow participants in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields to interact with others from different backgrounds and experiences, as well as provide them with information to help achieve their academic goals and have a healthy work-life balance. For more, including a conference schedule and registration details, consult the event flier: Voices

On Cusp of Second Century, College Congratulates Final Centennial Class
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Faculty onlookers share in the joy of the class speaker's splendid day, captured with the help of chief student affairs officer Elliott Strickland.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Winter Commencement on Saturday at Williamsport’s Community Arts Center, honoring Fall 2014 graduates  and ringing down the curtain on a yearlong 100th-anniversary celebration. Student speaker Nicole Marie Reyes-Molina, of Lancaster, a deaf student who received an Associate of Applied Science in building construction technology: masonry emphasis, represented the year’s final Centennial class during the 11 a.m. event. Nearly 300 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the Penn College Board of Directors, who was surprised with a leadership award during the ceremony.

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Penn College to Again Leave Mark on State Farm Show

America’s largest indoor agricultural exposition and one of the country’s leaders in applied technology education will converge in Harrisburg during the new year, as Pennsylvania College of Technology once again maintains a daily presence at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Representatives of Penn College’s Admissions Office will be available from Jan. 10-17 in the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, 2300 N. Cameron St., and visitors can get acquainted with the college’s six academic schools throughout the traditional event.

“The 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show is an exciting opportunity for the college to showcase its 100-plus majors – associate and bachelor’s degrees that offer hands-on experience with industry-focused faculty,” said Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid. “Our degrees are proven ‘degrees that work,’ with over 94-percent placement rates at graduation. Be sure to stop by our booth and see our demonstrations each day.”

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Band of Ukuleles to Light Up CAC Stage

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

The Penn College family is included in a holiday sale for next month’s Community Arts Center appearance by the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra. Get half off adult tickets in the orchestra section (starting at $12.50) through Wednesday, Dec. 31. In addition, all student tickets are just $5 throughout the theater! Go online and enter promotional code XMASTREAT, then proceed to “Buy.” The discount price will appear once you click on a seat. This offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets. Full-price adult tickets are $35, $30 and $25. The loge and balcony are closed for this event. If you call or stop by the box office, please be sure to give the promotional code before purchasing tickets. Discounted student ticket prices are available for pre-school through college. College students must present valid student ID on the night of the show. Renowned for its winning combination of charming humor, its disarmingly small instruments and its sublime musicality, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is one of the world’s great modern ukulele acts. Hailing from the home of “The Hobbit” movies, the orchestra will bring an irresistible New Zealand heartland feel to the Arts Center’s stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8. The orchestra presents the ukulele as it’s never been played before, featuring songs made famous by such artists as Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Hall and Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Kenny Rogers, and Kings of Leon – alongside tunes from the South Pacific – packaged into a spectacular, unmissable funfest. The wildly popular ensemble creates instant joy and lasting magic wherever it goes, armed with high-octane ukulele solos, heavenly harmonies and outrageous costumes. Its members’ comedic banter is spontaneous, and, when the group bursts into song, the sweet sounds can silence a room in a nanosecond or bring a crowd of thousands to its feet. For more information on the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra and to hear its music, please visit the Arts Center’s website, click on “shows” in the header and choose “Music” from the dropdown menu. The Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College, is located just a few blocks from campus at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport.

Centennial Recedes Into History, but Philanthropy Shines On
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A spectacular cake, literally "geared" toward the Centennial celebration, is just one of the eye-catching treats.

The Centennial Legacy Celebration, recognizing the donors who help further Penn College’s mission – and showcasing the talented students in the School of Business & Hospitality – was held Saturday evening in the Hager Lifelong Education Center. Invited guests enjoyed dinner in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, bookended by appetizers and a Grand Pastry Buffet in the Keystone Dining Room. The phenomenal success of the Centennial-related Penn College Scholarship Campaign was noted by President Davie Jane Gilmour, who said more than $6.1 million has already been pledged … and more gifts are expected before a final total is announced in mid-January. “This additional scholarship support will help the college pursue its vision of being a national leader in applied technology education,” she told donors, “and it was only made possible thanks to your generous support and commitment to Penn College. The impact of your generosity is already being felt by students, as the (Penn College) Foundation has awarded  more than $600,000 in scholarships this academic year – a 150-percent increase from the start of the campaign!” Support came from many members of the college community, who donated to an existing scholarship or established one of the 71 new funds added over the past three and a half years. The broad-based demonstration of support involved 653 alumni, 439 employees and retirees, 598 friends of the college and 197 industry partners.

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