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An artist’s “lifelong love affair with water – our most precious resource” is seen in the fragile-looking forms flowing throughout The Gallery at Penn College’s exhibit, “Full Circle.” Tuesday night’s opening featured a talk by artist Margaret Smithers-Crump, who led visitors on a voyage through her life inspirations and artistic processes. Smithers-Crump grew up on an island in Lake Muskoka in Ontario, Canada, and now resides in Houston. Her “magical creations” utilizing Plexiglas are designed to imply “fragility” and stir awe, as well as ecological concern for and commitment to our natural environments. “Full Circle” runs through June 30. The gallery’s summer hours are 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. On Sundays. The gallery is closed on Saturdays and Mondays.
First and third photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
Last updated May 25, 2016 | Posted in Events, Gallery | Leave a comment
Suicide prevention training was a lead topic when the School of Health Sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted a continuing education workshop for health care professionals who serve as educators to the college’s students while they complete rotations at area health care facilities.
According to recent data, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the United States among 15- to 24-year-olds.
“Suicide has affected our communities, including Penn College, in a very disturbing way,” said Barbara J. Natell, director of the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and one of the coordinators for the workshop. “The problem is escalating to epidemic proportions. Anything we can do to heighten awareness and interventions – with prevention at its core – should be promoted.”
Last updated May 23, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences | Leave a comment
The Summer Teaching Institute, a day and a half of professional development, recently offered faculty the opportunity to gain new information, improve skills and associate with colleagues in the relaxed atmosphere of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. Among the topics at this year’s end-of-semester event were tools for student assessment, selection of general-education electives for advisees, staying apprised of workforce trends, creative and collaborative “makerspaces,” and teaching with technology. Guest speakers were Kyle D. Bowen, director of education technology services at Penn State; Kyle L. Peck, a research fellow, professor of education and co-director of Penn State’s Department of Learning and Performance Systems; and Gary R. Hafer, professor of English at Lycoming College. The institute was overseen by Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction, and the Professional Development Office.
Last updated May 23, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff | Leave a comment
Penn College colleagues ended the first Friday of summer hours with a third annual Employee and Retiree Picnic in and around the Field House. Lunch was catered by the alumni-owned Acme Barbecue; the afternoon also included indoor and outdoor games, raffles and catch-up socializing before the closer-than-you-think start of fall classes. Nonperishable food items were collected to support The Cupboard at Penn College, an initiative in support of students experiencing food insecurity.
Last updated May 20, 2016 | Posted in Dining Services, Events, Faculty & Staff | One Comment
Among the engaging end-of-semester activities that occurred across campus in recent weeks were presentations by students in MTH 156 (Mathematics in Non-European Cultures). Gathering in the Bush Campus Center TV Lounge, the students offered insights into their study-abroad adventures in Mexico earlier this year. The unique course blends mathematics, anthropology and cultural adventures, and is led by D. Robert Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science, and Curt E. Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics. This year’s student group represented a diverse range of majors including manufacturing and engineering technology, industrial and human factors design, studio arts, construction management, and pre-physician assistant. The Penn College class traveled to the Yucatan peninsula, specifically the Mexican states of Yucatan and Campeche. This year’s outing marked the fifth time Cooley and Vander Vere have guided students in the exploration of ancient Maya civilization.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
A previous MTH 156 travel experience was showcased in this video on the college YouTube channel:
Last updated May 20, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students | Leave a comment
On May 17-18, the College Transitions Office hosted the 135 secondary teachers who will teach Penn College NOW courses to their high school students in 2016-17. The teachers spent the morning attending sessions on “Academic Resources for Students and Teachers,” led by Monica A. McCarty, the college’s dual enrollment specialist, and librarian Helen L. Yoas; and “Instructional Strategies to Nurture Student Learning and Motivation,” taught by Pat Scheib, academic skills specialist in Penn College’s Academic Success Center. The secondary teachers spent the afternoon meeting in groups with their Penn College faculty liaisons about the courses they’ll teach next school year. Thirty-eight Penn College faculty members serve as liaisons for the program. “Secondary teachers in attendance came from each of our 40 partners across the state and teach Penn College NOW courses connected with every academic school on campus,” said McCarty, who coordinated and hosted the event with colleagues Brigette M. Cleary, secretary to academic services and college transitions, and Laura M. Machak, college transitions specialist. The professional development is a requirement of the college’s accreditation through the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. Penn College NOW is one of only two accredited dual-enrollment programs in Pennsylvania.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
Last updated May 19, 2016 | Posted in College Transitions, Events, Faculty & Staff | Leave a comment
An imminent Montoursville Area High School graduate has been awarded the 2016-17 Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship as an incoming first-year student at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Alexandra R. Klementovich, of Montoursville, will enroll in the college’s pre-nursing major for the Fall 2016 semester.
“It doesn’t surprise me at all that she has selected one of the ‘helping professions’ as her intended vocation,” a teacher wrote in support of her scholarship application. “Empathy is one of Lexi’s strongest attributes. She is by nature generous and compassionate. Some people serve others out of a sense of obligation, and students sometimes join service organizations to build their resumes. Lexi’s commitment to service is ingrained in her character, in how she interacts with people on a daily basis.”
Last updated May 19, 2016 | Posted in Events, Health Sciences, Nursing, Students | Leave a comment
More than 1,040 students and chaperones from seven area middle schools visited Tuesday, exploring a wide variety of technical careers through hands-on activities, tours of facilities, and discussions with Penn College students and faculty. Career Day, organized by the College Transitions Office is held each spring and fall; the next program, for students in ninth through 12th grade, will be held Oct. 13.
Last updated May 18, 2016 | Posted in College Transitions, Events, Faculty & Staff, Students | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Keystone Dining Room hosted a grand celebration of scholarship, skill and generosity during the April 30 Grand Pastry Buffet and Scholarship Reception.
While baking and pastry arts students displayed some of their final works before graduation, students who have received scholarships met those who established the funds from which they benefited. The Penn College Foundation provides more than 200 scholarships.
Last updated May 17, 2016 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Events, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships, Students | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment
The Gallery at Penn College closes its 2015-16 academic exhibit year with “Full Circle,” a showcase of intricate acrylic glass art by Margaret Smithers-Crump, a Canadian artist based in Houston.
“Full Circle” opens on Tuesday, May 24, with a Meet the Artist Reception set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., featuring a talk by the artist at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through June 30. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.
Last updated May 16, 2016 | Posted in Events, Gallery | Leave a comment
Three commencement ceremonies were held May 13-14 for the nearly 1,000 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2016 semester. Friday afternoon’s exercises at the Community Arts Center featured students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. Students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences received their degrees Saturday morning, while those in the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies crossed the magnificent stage during the afternoon. Student speakers were Anthony D. Gobbi, who received a bachelor’s degree in building automation technology on Friday; Cortney Lyn Weaver, who earned an associate degree in dental hygiene on Saturday morning; and Jessica R. Wiegand, who received a bachelor’s in business administration: marketing concentration Saturday afternoon. The college also bestowed a pair of Excellence in Teaching Awards and four alumni awards.
Last updated May 14, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, President, Students | Tagged as gallery | One Comment
Fourteen Pennsylvania College of Technology students, chosen from the largest pool of nominations in the program’s 20-year history, were presented with Penn College Awards during a banquet at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant on Thursday evening. The awards recognize graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to the college and who have risen above their peers as a result of their leadership.
Last updated May 13, 2016 | Posted in Events, Students | Leave a comment
On May 10, during National Nurses Week, Pennsylvania College of Technology dedicated its Nursing Education Center.
The Nursing Education Center occupies the first floor of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Science Center’s west wing. The facility contains 10 dedicated classrooms and seven learning labs serving more than 350 students enrolled in nursing majors at the college.
“The Penn College nursing program began in 1963 with a certificate in practical nursing; today, we offer associate and bachelor’s degrees in support of an increasing demand for highly qualified nursing professionals,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour. “Our nursing degrees incorporate Penn College core values, typified by hands-on instruction and a student-centered learning environment. These expanded and consolidated facilities enable us to produce more graduates for this rewarding career field.”
Last updated May 10, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Nursing | Tagged as gallery | One Comment
The Wildcat Block Party, the fourth annual collaboration of the Wildcat Events Board, Penn College’s community/commuter assistants and the Off-Campus Housing Organization, treated students to a free night of casino games and other diversions to celebrate semester’s end. Although the weather turned “Vegas on Vine” into “Vegas in the Field House,” the recent event provided food, T-shirts, prizes, novelties (custom license plates and poker-chip photos, among them) and live music by Students of Musical Development and DJ James Hendrie. Organizers gave a shout-out to the night’s student/staff volunteers: Robin L. Bilbay, Caleb E. Cartmell, Chesnya I. Cherelus, Glendalis Guadarrama, Eileen N. Harrington, Kyle N. Johnson, Mary Lee L. Kelly, Carlos J. Sanchez Maldonado, Leslie M. Medina, Alex D. Mytinger, Zachary T. Peachey, Cindy M. Ruiz, Daniel M. Trump, Elizabeth G. Verbos, Nicholas S. Visconti, Kacie L. Weaver, Mallory L. Weymer and Allen D. Wilson.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
Last updated May 10, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Students | Leave a comment
Penn College’s hospitality department hosted its annual Culinary and Pastry Experience on April 29, showing off the work of students in five classes: Advanced Baking Applications for Culinary Arts, Cakes and Decorations, Classical and Specialty Dessert Presentation, Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment, and Principles of Chocolate Works.
Last updated May 5, 2016 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Events, Faculty & Staff, Students | This gallery contains 40 photos. | Tagged as gallery | 2 Comments