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Colloquium Connects Technology, Personal Relationships

Faculty members (from left) John D. Maize, Sandra Lakey and Joe Loehr will present a colloquium focused on technology and interpersonal communication on Feb. 23 at Penn College.

The intersection of technology, interpersonal communication and human relationships takes center stage in a colloquium set for Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“Technology and Interpersonal Relationships: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” will be presented by Sandra Lakey, associate professor of speech communication-composition; Joe Loehr, associate professor of mass media communication/English-composition; and John D. Maize, instructor of speech communication-composition. All are faculty members in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications at Penn College.

Free and open to the public, the event is the third presentation of the Daniel J. Doyle Technology & Society Colloquia Series. A reception will follow.

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Kentucky Derby Chef to Headline Penn College Visiting Chef Series

Chef David Danielson

The executive chef for one of the nation’s most tradition-steeped sporting events will visit Pennsylvania College of Technology for its Visiting Chef Series, which culminates in a dinner to benefit scholarships on Feb. 26.

Chef David Danielson is the executive chef for Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. The annual event attracts well over 150,000 visitors to the downs in Louisville, Kentucky, where Danielson has welcomed celebrities, heads of state and passionate racing fans from around the globe.

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Science Festival to Bring Hands-On Activities to Local Families

Edward J. Almasy, assistant professor of electronics, explores statistical principles with visitors to a previous Science Festival at Penn College. The community is invited to the fifth annual event – geared for elementary and middle school students and their families – on Feb. 18 in the college’s Field House.

On Feb. 18, local families are invited to the Field House at Pennsylvania College of Technology to explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math through a variety of interesting and engaging activities.

The fifth annual Science Festival is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. and is sponsored by the college and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

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Record-Setting Participation Marks ‘Help Wanted’ Event

A Weis Markets human resources supervisor talks with Stephen K. Lauman, an applied management major from Gilbertsville.

Students shop for internships and other opportunities with more than 90 employers.

The Cru crew hands out cotton candy to fairgoers.

Representatives of student organizations field questions from potential members.

Jane C. Mertes, of Williamsport, majoring in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis, visits the United Campus Ministry table.

A record-breaking 64 employers offering 400-plus job and internship opportunities recruited students from all six of Penn College’s academic schools during the Help Wanted Job Fair this past week. “It was one of our best-attended, both in terms of employers and students,” said Dana R. Suter, coordinator of part-time student employment and career programming. “The focus of this event, compared to the Part-Time Job Fair held in September, is to assist students in securing their summer internships or to find a full-time seasonal job in their major. By attending, this allows employers to get in front of our students looking for such opportunities before the March 15 Career Fair. This Job Fair, although only 4 years young, continues to grow and speaks volumes to how in demand our students are.” Employers were based in Penn’s Inn on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center while, on the ground floor, more than 25 student organizations – the highest attendance ever for the spring event, according to Student Activities’ Anthony J. Pace – welcomed those interested in learning more about the groups’ goals.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

‘Valentine’s Day’ Patisserie Sale Scheduled for Wednesday

The Advanced Baking and Pastry Operations class will hold a “Happy St. Valentine’s Day” sale – the first of the spring semester’s eight sales – from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Join Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and senior baking students for artisan breads, fine pastries, cakes and candies. A product list follows: Valentine’s Day

Resident Students Get Help Considering New ‘Lease’ on Life

Josiah D. Stoltzfus and Kayla M. Peters satisfy the curiosity of potential off-campus tenants.

Students interested in moving off-campus attend a Jan. 27 session in the SASC.

Informative booklet offers practical pointers

A Jan. 20 Off-Campus Housing Expo in the Keystone Dining Room ...

... put students in touch with college-approved local landlords.

The Off-Campus Living and Commuter Services Office, along with the community assistants and Off-Campus Housing Organization, are hosting several events for Penn College students looking to move off-campus next year.  The first Off-Campus Housing Expo was held Jan. 20 in the Keystone Dining Room, where students met with property owners from Penn College’s approved list.  A second expo was held Wednesday night in the Bush Campus Center, and another on main campus will be from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 1 in the KDR.  Two more expos are scheduled at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center’s Nature’s Cove: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 15-16. The CAs and OCHO have also teamed up to offer several educational sessions with topics related to off-campus living.  Kayla M. Peters, vice president of OCHO, and Community Assistant Josiah D. Stoltzfus presented the first of three sessions on Jan. 27.  The series continues on Monday, Feb. 8, with “Understanding Your Off-Campus Lease” and Tuesday, March 22 with “Get Your Security Deposit Back,”  both at 7:30 p.m. in Penn’s Inn (CC, second floor).
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Dispelling Misconception Through Comedy

Negin Farsad (left) and Dean Obeidallah perform in the intimate space of Penn's Inn...

A Student Activities program designed to erase stereotypes and embrace diversity – through the prism of stand-up – was held Friday in the Bush Campus Center. Comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah (who, earlier in the day, screened their film, “The Muslims Are Coming!” there) returned to Penn’s Inn for an evening comedy performance and an enlightening question-and-answer session. Their appearance coincided with “Muslim/American, American/Muslim,” an exhibit of black-and-white photography at The Gallery at Penn College through March 4.

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College Hosts Increasingly Popular SkillsUSA Competition

The various categories in Friday's competition among high school students reflected the skills imparted every day on Penn College's campuses, from collision repair ...

... to heating, ventilation and air conditioning ...

... to hospitality ...

... to manufacturing ...

... and, in this team contest, construction carpentry.

Nearly 300 regional high school students competed in 35 skill and 18 leadership contests as Penn College hosted the SkillsUSA District 6 competition Friday. First-place winners in those events, held in a variety of campus labs and other locations,  will advance to the Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Championships (April 13-15) at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. The event has grown from 68 students in 2013 to this year’s total of 281 students and 35 high school advisers.
Photos by Zachery T. Kane, student photographer

Financial Aid Office to Offer Free FAFSA Completion Sessions

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer free sessions in March and April to help students, prospective students and families complete the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Both sessions will be in Room 1049 on the first floor of Penn College’s Student & Administrative Services Center (the building adjacent to the large American flag at the college’s main entrance off Maynard Street).

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Wherefore Art Thou, Ballet Tickets?

"Romeo and Juliet"

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia, under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev Dance Company soloist Nikolay Anokhin, presents “Romeo and Juliet” – the most passionate and romantic tragedy ever told – at the Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Bush Campus Center has a limited number of Penn College student tickets for just $15 in the orchestra section.  Tickets can be purchased at the CC Information Center until Thursday with cash, check or credit card. After Thursday, tickets can be purchased directly at the Arts Center, but will include a per-order processing fee. There is no limit on the number of tickets that can be purchased, but there will be no refunds or exchanges. As a special bonus, all ticketholders are invited to attend a Master Class with the dance company on the CAC stage at 4 p.m. Friday. Catch a ride to and from the evening performance with the complimentary show shuttle, which makes three stops on campus. The Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College, is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport, just a few blocks from campus.

CMA to Host Construction Safety Expo on Feb. 5

The Penn College Construction Management Association, in conjunction with the Associated Builders and Contractors of America, is hosting a Construction Safety Expo from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in Penn’s Inn (Bush Campus Center, second floor). A host of topics will be covered by industry professionals, including OSHA updates, ladder safety and first aid. Want to attend? Student tickets cost $25 (lunch included) and can be purchased until this Friday by contacting Wayne R. Sheppard, assistant professor of construction management, or Lisa J. Caputo, secretary to the School of Construction & Design Technologies.

‘Dream Week’ Urges Discovery of Common Ground Within Diversity

Keynoter Nontombi Naomi Tutu challenges the crowd to share in a common humanity even while acknowledging one another's differences.

“Dream Week,” Penn College’s annual celebration of the life and values of Martin Luther King Jr., this month provided an opportunity for students and employees to consider their role in a broader community. Nontombi Naomi Tutu, the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, was the keynote speaker for the observance, which also included a downtown Peace Walk, hunger-related service projects and professional development for faculty.

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Student Organizations Collaborate on ‘Wildcat Roller Rave’

Skaters fill the Field House floor.

Making an impression on the makeshift roller rink is Kyle N. Johnson, an applied management major from Liverpool.

Taking to the floor in their comfiest "Ninja Turtle" attire are Amanda N. Suda, of Harrisburg, enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis, and Johnathan T. Capps, of North Wales, majoring in mechatronic engineering technology.

Helping to entertain a young friend are Emma J. Sutterlin (left), of State College, majoring in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration, and Brittany R. Terpstra, a Web and interactive media student from Jim Thorpe.

Members of PC Alliance, one of the night's sponsors

Students danced and skated the night away at the Wildcat Roller Rave, recently held in the Penn College Field House. Organized by Minorities Lending Knowledge, PC Alliance and the Wildcat Events Board, the night included giveaways of T-shirts and “glow in the dark” items. Each of the sponsoring organizations also staffed an informational table at the event.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Artist’s Talk Encourages Cross-Cultural Listening, Learning

Robert Gerhardt

A student takes notes at the exhibit.

Engaged patrons converse near one of Gerhardt's favorite images: “NYPD Traffic Officer at Prayer, Park 51, Manhattan, NY,” taken at a once-proposed mosque site near Ground Zero.

A crowd gathers as the artist speaks.

“Boy Scouts at their Weekly Meeting, Muslim American Society, Brooklyn, NY" (foreground) is among the gelatin silver prints on display.

A campus reception was held Thursday for an artist whose work employs old-school photojournalism – compelling images on black-and-white film, developed in a darkroom – to tackle a fresh-from-the-headlines merging of cultures. “Muslim/American, American/Muslim,” featuring the work of Robert Gerhardt, continues in The Gallery at Penn College through March 4. While billed as a gallery talk, Gerhardt’s well-attended opening echoed the objectives of the artwork itself: to encourage discussion and blur the boundaries between different backgrounds, practices and faiths. Hours for the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library, are 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays (closed Saturdays and Mondays). The exhibit has also been featured in The Huffington Post and on WVIA’s “ArtScene” radio program (select the Robert Gerhardt audio file from the series menu).

College Caters Blue-Ribbon Event on Eve of Farm Show’s Opening

From left are Chef Paul Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts; students Bridget M. Callahan, of Pottsville; Amaris T. Smith, of Williamsport; R. Colby Janowitz, of Westminster, Md.; Cody T. Knarr, of Williamsport; Sarah B. Fiedler, of Lock Haven; and Kassandra S. Sellinger, of Linden; Gov. Tom Wolf; Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell C. Redding; student Vincent M. Mass, of Staten Island, N.Y.; Hannah Smith-Brubaker, the state’s deputy secretary of agriculture; students Peirce A. Connelly, of Northumberland; and Jessica N. Felton, of State College; Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts; and student Christa L. Watson, of Mount Joy.

In addition to on-stage demonstrations at this week’s Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, students and faculty from Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality catered an invitation-only reception Friday night in advance of the official opening the following day.
Photo provided by Logan D. Hall, Office of Communications, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture