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A Grand Way to Say ‘Thanks’

An owl adds a whimsical touch to Jessica N. Felton’s chocolate sculpture.

Charlie Brown’s iconic zigzag stripe adds character to Ana Nicole Uribe’s display, which celebrated “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

The talented hands behind the buffet, with their instructor (from left) Marissa R. Dimoff, Jenna Zaremba, Jessica N. Felton, Sabrina Smith, Tiffany A. Reese, Jazmin R. Walker, Ana Nicole Uribe and Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts and culinary arts.

A harvest-season cake was a whole-class project and a focal point of the buffet.

Jazmin R. Walker’s chai turkey creampuffs set the seasonal stage.

Students in the Pastry Food Show and Buffet Presentations Concepts course – a capstone class in the baking and pastry arts major – presented a delectable fall-themed Grand Pastry Buffet on Nov. 20, just in time for the Thanksgiving feast. Seven students displayed their skill through chocolate and sugar centerpieces, taste-tempting cakes and bite-sized confections during an event that honored the college’s 1914 Society, who were guests of Institutional Advancement at the event, held in the Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge.

Career-Readiness Conference Asks – and Answers – ‘Have You Ever?’

Paul R. Watson II, dean of academic services and college transitions, addresses a filled Mountain Laurel Room in the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Chef Richard J. McGlynn III, head cook in the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, leads a “Have you ever …” session. His topic: “Have you ever prepared food tableside?”

Kenneth E. Welker, HVAC technology lecturer, guides a tour of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning labs. It was one of 11 concurrent tours of campus labs.

In his “Have you ever …” hands-on session, Craig A. Mliler, instructor of engineering design technology, guides educators in designing a roller coaster.

Educators from Southern Columbia Area and Susquehanna Township school districts get a hands-on lesson in mold-making in the industrial and human factors design lab.

More than 80 school counselors and other educators attended a College & Career Readiness Conference at Penn College on Nov. 20, where they learned about the emerging field of mechatronics, toured the college’s programs, participated in hands-on learning activities, and gained insight that they can use as they guide students in making career and college decisions. The event is coordinated once each semester by the College Transitions Office.

College Adds Luster to Silver-Anniversary Train Expo

25th annual Toy Train Expo nears

Delivering tables to Park Place on Wednesday are (from left) Penn College General Services custodians Patrick J. Kimble, Brian D. Hopple, Patrick M. Breen, Joseph M. Rieck and Jeff G. Rotoli.

The 25th Annual Will Huffman Toy Train Expo at Park Place, “celebrating the magic and nostalgia of toy trains,” will be held this weekend at Williamsport’s historic Park Place (800 W. 4th St.). The Expo will  feature approximately 25 operating layouts and displays by nearly three-dozen exhibitors, including three Penn College employees: Max E. Ameigh, noncredit instructor/trainer and a former faculty member in advertising art; Patrick M. Breen, a first-shift custodian at the Bush Campus Center, and his wife Laura; and Cletus G. Waldman, interim director of radiography. The college is well-represented by a number of other traditional volunteers, as well. “We greatly appreciate the support of the Penn College General Services crew,” said Eric W. Huffman, a shipping/receiving worker at the college. “They have faithfully delivered dozens of 6- and 8-foot tables for the Expo’s use for many, many years. And Mike Cunningham (vice president for information technology/chief information officer) and Brad Miller (manager of technical support) have furnished computers to run train-simulation software whenever we’ve had the extra space.” The $2 admission fee for adults includes a hand-stamp allowing access to the Thomas T. Taber Museum, which will feature an exhibit of loaned trains and railroad artifacts in its Community Room; and the Peter Herdic Transportation Museum, which will offer guided tours of the 1949 Pullman “Colonial Series” Railcar behind the building. Admission is free for children. Portions of this year’s donations benefit United Churches’ Food Pantry, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and St. Anthony’s Center. Canned goods will also be accepted. For more information – including giveaways, food, locomotive races, and photo opportunities with Santa and other holiday celebrities – visit the Expo website. The Toy Train Expo is organized by Will Huffman’s sons, Eric and Bruce, who are proud to carry on their father’s vision of “a gift for the community for children of all ages.”
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WBRE Promotes Students’ Fair-Trade Sale

Artisans' vibrant handiwork on display

A cashbox for a cause

The junction of playfulness and intricacy

Unique seasonal items included on the sale tables

Eyewitness News’ Cody Butler visited the Bush Campus Center on Wednesday for the Ten Thousand Villages fair-trade sale that continues through Friday. The sale, facilitated each year by students in the Community and Organizational Change course, benefits the working poor in more than three-dozen nations. Butler’s report, including an interview with student Trista B. Musser, of Selinsgrove, was broadcast Wednesday evening. The sale continues from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Human Services Students to Host Ten Thousand Villages Sale

Handcrafted ornaments like these will be among the offerings at the Ten Thousand Villages sale at Penn College from Nov. 18-20.

Students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host a fair-trade sale Nov. 18-20 in the lobby of the Bush Campus Center. The annual sale helps working poor in other countries.

Facilitated by students enrolled in the course Community and Organizational Change, the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale features unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware, and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

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‘Community Cup’ Awarded to Penn College for 5K Participation

The community-minded Penn College contingent

Taking off (and pitching in)

Local programs benefit from local generosity.

Michael J. Reed, interim dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications – and vice chairman of the local Salvation Army Board of Directors – rounds the track on his way to a second-place finish in his age category.

Civic spirit heats up a brisk race day.

Penn College’s representation at Saturday’s Community Challenge 5K Walk/Run at Williamsport Area High School, which raised more than $8,000 to support the Lycoming County Salvation Army, reached award-winning proportions. The event attracted more than 140 registrants and about 50 spectators and volunteers … and the college’s role in that was enough to bring home the Community Cup, the traveling trophy presented to the organization that had the greatest impact/participation at the event. The Lycoming County Salvation Army helps approximately 400 area families each month; proceeds from the race will be used to sustain local support programs such as tutoring, mentoring, food distribution, and financial planning and budgeting courses.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

College Among Partners in Award-Winning Anti-Drug Initiative

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, chair of Project Bald Eagle, and Beth McMahon (at podium), executive director of Project Bald Eagle, welcome the large crowd to the award ceremony in the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center.

State Sen. Gene Yaw – who chairs the board of directors for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, which held hearings statewide on heroin and opioid addiction – addresses the group. He was one of the first to meet Fred Wells Brason II, executive director of Project Lazarus (the North Carolina task force that inspired the local initiative), who traveled to campus for the presentation. The senator also is chair of the college's board of directors.

The award says: “In recognition of exemplary contributions to rural health in Pennsylvania, the 2015 Rural Health Program of the Year Award is presented to Project Bald Eagle.”

Penn College's leadership role and financial support of Project Bald Eagle – partnering with Lycoming County, Susquehanna Health and Lycoming College – is represented by the president.

Lisa Davis (at podium), director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, awards Project Bald Eagle the Rural Health Program of the Year award (still “veiled” on small table at right) following a number of individual honors recognizing committee chairs (far right in line). Those awards were presented by the three people at the far left in line – (from left) Beth McMahon; Shea Madden, director of the West Branch Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission; and Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts, vice chair of Project Bald Eagle.

Project Bald Eagle – A product of the Heroin Task Force, an organization comprising diverse community groups collaborating to address rising opioid use in Lycoming County, was honored as a Rural Health Program of the Year at Penn College on Friday afternoon. The award, which recognizes “an exemplary health program that addresses an identified need in a rural community,” was presented by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health during a ceremony in the Thompson Professional Development Center. Also joining the distinguished guests for the awards presentation were students and staff from all Lycoming County school districts. More information is available in Project Bald Eagle’s official announcement of the award: Project Bald Eagle Award

Thanksgiving With the Family – the Penn College Family, That Is!

Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings is served by Brian J. Schurr (background), counselor, and David Kay, vice president for college services.

The glow of the season

Resident Assistant Eileen Harrington (left), a technology management major from Etters, dines with one of her residents: Jordan E. Stephenson, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College.

A bountiful feast, lovingly prepared and served

Grateful smiles, shared among friends

The second annual Sit-Down Thanksgiving Dinner, prepared by Dining Services and served tableside by representatives of Student Affairs and the Penn College administration, was held this past week in the Keystone Dining Room. For $7.50, members of the campus community could enjoy turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green bean casserole, rolls, beverages – and selections from a mouth-watering dessert table.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Reuse, Reassembly Masterfully Melded in Gallery Exhibition

"Prehistoric Bird," formed from wood, acrylic and metal, artfully alights in the gallery.

Standing before "Enigmatic Growths," a creation of mixed media on paper and pasted onto canvas, the artist discusses his work.

Noteworthy details await discovery

Capturing an image of the imaginative

A detail from "Every Bird Likes Its Own Nest," fashioned from clothing, rags, oil, acrylic and wood

Distinctive multimedia artwork is represented in “Geometry,” running through Dec. 11 in The Gallery at Penn College. A “Meet the Artist” reception was held Thursday evening on the third floor of Madigan Library, where patrons gathered to learn more about Mikhail Gubin’s arresting collages and sculptures –many formed from discarded materials. The gallery is open 1-4 p.m. Sundays; 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. It will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 25-29.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Native Drumbeats Fill ACC in Heritage Celebration

Mark Tayac sets the tone for the evening.

Sharing a tribal tradition

Students and community members are invited to join in.

Feathers, painstakingly gathered and woven into ritual garb.

The colorful celebration continues on stage.

As part of Native American Heritage Month, commemorating the country’s rich and diverse culture, Penn College hosted a performance by Mark Tayac and the Piscataway Nation Singers & Dancers. The group, which combined authenticity and audience participation, brought its educational and entertaining performance to the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on Thursday night.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Business Mentors Turn High School Students From Dreamers to Pioneers

Samuel Ryder shares real-world insight.

Ingenuity meets collaboration

Tim Keohane indulges curiosity after his presentation.

Carolyn Shirk engages up-and-coming businessfolk.

Students from area high schools fine-tuned their ambition and acumen on Friday in Penn’s Inn, where Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality partnered with EconomicsPennsylvania to present the Entrepreneurship Challenge. Working in teams, the enterprising students took their concepts from ideas to viable business plans. Instructing them in the steps to bringing their business models to life were Carolyn Shirk of EconomicsPennsylvania; Tim Keohane, of the Small Business Development Center at Lock Haven University; and Samuel Ryder, vice president/group manager at FNB Bank, and a member of the school’s Business Administration Advisory Committee. EconomicsPennsylvania is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to ensure every young person in Pennsylvania understands essential economic and financial literacy concepts.

Engaging Roundtable Series Tackles Foreign Policy

Craig A. Miller (at podium) poses questions to the evening's panelists: David Mitchell and Caroline Payne.

American dominance in an ever-smaller world, where alliances shift and enemies transcend national borders, was among the topics for the latest roundtable discussion at Penn College on Tuesday. Held in Penn’s Inn and moderated by Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science, the lively exchange featured David Mitchell, associate professor of political science and international relations at Bucknell University, and Caroline Payne, assistant professor of political science and coordinator of international studies at Lycoming College. Scheduled to attend was U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, but the congressman remained in Washington, D.C., on legislative business. A number of students – many from three of Miller’s classes (United States Survey to 1877, World Civilization I and American Government-National) – took part in the expansive dialogue, which covered such global hotspots as Syria and the Ukraine.

Tradition Renewed at Imminent Grads’ Countdown to Pomp

Making its debut is a new PCT tie (center), a dapper accessory available at The College Store.

First in line to check in are (from right): Arianny D. Vizcaino, general studies, Williamsport; Stacy A. Milheim, business administration: management concentration, Watsontown; and Courtney P. Fry, business administration: marketing concentration, Pennsdale. Rhonda S. Walker (left), Institutional Advancement secretary, assists the soon-to-be grads.

With his safety glasses resting atop his hat, Nathan (“Nate”) P. Miller, automated manufacturing technology, Montoursville, purchases another type of cap (and its accompanying gown) from Jennifer L. McCracken, right, College Store assistant director/manager of general merchandise, marketing and training.

Expressing thanks to family and friends are Randall J. Haynes (left), manufacturing engineering technology, Julian, and Daniel Schepis, information technology: web and applications development concentration, Quakertown. (The two then asked the photographer to take cell phone pictures of them holding the signs to share with their favorite fans.)

Penn College students who petitioned to graduate at Penn College’s Dec. 19 commencement ceremony were handed the opportunity Tuesday to breeze through their to-do lists at the Grad Finale. Held in Penn’s Inn on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center, the two-hour event allowed seniors to obtain their caps and gowns, snag some free popcorn or a celebratory blue-and-white cupcake, and scribble heartfelt thank-you notes to their cheerleaders along the road to their “degrees that work.”

Native American Troupe to Bring ‘Living History’ to ACC

Piscataway troupe to perform Thursday night

Mark Tayac and the Piscataway Nation Singers & Dancers will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday in Penn College’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The group carries on the longstanding traditions, culture and heritage of its members’ indigenous ancestors, the first Native Americans to encounter Capt. John Smith along the banks of the Potomac River in 1608. A frequent contributor to television specials on the History Channel and the Discovery Channel, the troupe appears regularly at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian, national pow-wows, major festivals and colleges across the country. From Tayac Territory (near Port Tobacco, Maryland), Tayac travels throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S. with the Piscataway Nation Singers & Dancers to present a colorful, educational and entertaining pow wow-style event featuring American Indian dance, drum and song. Admission is free.

Lloyd A. Shope Named 2015’s ‘Penn College Star’

"Penn College Star" Lloyd A. Shope (center) is joined by Gwendolyn A. Ntim, second place, and Ryan A. Gibson, who finished third.

Students of Musical Development

Co-hosts Morgan N. Keyser, a graphic design major from Cogan Station, and Wilmer I. Clase, of Lancaster, a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration student, keep the show flowing.

Competition judges (from left): Arden F. Campbell, Lebanon, culinary arts and systems; Monica B. Freeman, Williamsport, applied human services; George S. Phillips Jr., Williamsport, technology management; and George W. Settle III, Lansdale, welding and fabrication engineering technology – and the 2013 "Penn College Star"

Vocalist Lloyd A. Shope, a baking and pastry arts student from Blanchard, was recently named the latest “Penn College Star” in the third annual campuswide talent competition. Two other singers rounded out the top three places: Gwendolyn A. Ntim, health arts: practical nursing emphasis major from Yonkers, New York, finished second, and Ryan A. Gibson, an aviation maintenance technology student from Lansdale, was third. They were among the talented members of the college community vying for the title before a panel of judges and the voting audience in the Klump Academic Center on Thursday night. Sponsored by the Off-Campus Housing Organization, the evening included guest performances by Students of Musical Development, who sang the alma mater, and (back by popular demand) OCHO President Caleb G. Schirmer, who performed a dance piece.
Photos by Max C. Bower, commuter assistant