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Welders Pique Career Interest for Daughters, Sons

Michael K. Patterson shows how the heat of a torch can change the color of metal.

Future Wildcats, perhaps?

Matt W. Nolan offers a mini-primer in Metal Inert Gas welding.

Forty young men and women, potential Penn College students all, participated in Thursday’s 23rd annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This year’s national theme was “Sparking ‘Aha!’ Moments,” and what better venue for cultivating a sense of working-world wonderment than the college’s welding labs? Four faculty members – Jacob B. Holland, Matt W. Nolan, Michael K. Patterson and Timothy S. Turnbach – and students in the Avco Lycoming Metal Trades Center led visitors in career-focused activities through demonstrations of various welding processes. The daylong event (financially supported by the President’s Office and organized with the help of David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies) also included a campus tour with Student Ambassadors, lunch in Dauphin Hall and afternoon job-shadowing with parents and other adult mentors. Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, welcomed the group; others assisting in the day were Dining Services, Information Technology Services, and the Admissions, Professional Development, and Public Relations & Marketing offices.
Photos by Tina R. Strayer, on-boarding/professional development manager

Cake Decorator Fashions Familiar Face

A cute and tasty final product

Award-winning cake designer Irene Maston, named one of Brides magazine’s Top 100 Cake Designers, visited campus Thursday to provide a cake-sculpting demonstration in the Madigan Library. During her well-attended talk, she transformed a stack of triple-chocolate layer cakes to a likeness of the college’s Wildcat mascot. Maston owns Irene’s Cakes by Designs in Ludlow, Vermont, where recent Penn College baking and pastry arts graduate Kristina M. Williams is an intern. Student Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie, will serve an internship with Maston this summer. After her demonstration, Maston remained on campus to help judge Friday’s Culinary and Pastry Experience. In addition to Irene’s Cakes by Design, Maston and her husband own The Andrie Rosen Inn.

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Popular Plant Sale Returns to ESC on Monday

Ample selection for eager green thumbs

Hanging baskets among offerings

Wednesday hours extended for working shoppers' convenience

The annual bedding-plant sale begins Monday at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center greenhouse. Sale hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; Wednesday hours will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Closed Saturday and Sunday.) Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis and supplies are limited. There will be no early sales or holds, and everything is cash-and-carry.
Photos by Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture

Governor Hosts Roundtable to Stem Opioid ‘Epidemic’

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and State Sen. Gene Yaw (second from right) welcome Gov. Tom Wolf to campus Thursday morning. At left is Gary Tennis, secretary of the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

The president talks about the startup of Project Bald Eagle (originally the Heroin Task Force) from a funding coalition of Penn College, Lycoming College, Susquehanna Health and Lycoming County.

Panelists fill the front of the Thompson Professional Development Center's Mountain Laurel Room.

Yaw and Wolf converse after the formal panel discussion.

The governor answers questions from a number of media representatives on hand for the event.

Community-based and statewide responses to opioid and heroin abuse in Pennsylvania were discussed at a campus roundtable hosted on Thursday by Gov. Tom Wolf and state Sen. Gene Yaw. A diverse panel comprising Project Bald Eagle board members and others – representing state and local government, law enforcement, health care, treatment facilities and the clergy – openly talked about one of the gravest problems ever to hit rural counties. Wolf and Yaw both said the issue goes far beyond geographic boundaries, however, just as it transcends politics, gender and economic standing. No strangers to disagreement, the two earnestly pledged to work collaboratively to stem the alarming tide of addiction and overdose. “This is not a bipartisan concern,” the governor stressed. “It’s a nonpartisan concern.” Yaw began the conversation by pointing out there are nearly as many fatal overdoses in the commonwealth each year than there were Pennsylvanians killed during the entire Vietnam War. Recalling that anti-war protests spilled into the streets and consumed the national consciousness in the ’60s, he asked why such a passionate response has not greeted this latest threat. “It’s a medical epidemic,” he added. “We can’t arrest our way out of the problem.” Befitting the venue, one of the suggested weapons is knowledge. “This is not a junkie-on-the-street disease,” said college President Davie Jane Gilmour, who chairs the Project Bald Eagle coalition of local forces battling the issue. “We need to address that stigma with education – in our communities, in our churches, everywhere we can reach people. We need to share the true story and acknowledge a different set of perceptions so that people aren’t ashamed to say, ‘I lost a family member; I lost a friend.'” Thursday’s hourlong session was an offshoot of the Yaw-chaired Center for Rural Pennsylvania, which has heard 50 hours of related testimony in nine hearings since 2014. Eyewitness News reporter Cody Butler attended; his piece is scheduled to air at 5:30 p.m. (and on other WBRE newscasts).

‘Design: 2016’ Showcases Graphic Design Student Portfolios

Design students' portfolios to be dsiplayed from April 29-May 13

Fourteen graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Design: 2016,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held Friday, April 29, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the gallery, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library. The design work will be on display through May 13.

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Time Well-Spent

An inspirational sentiment greets attendees in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Colin Ryan addresses fiscal matters in relatable fashion ...

... with moments of knowing laughter ...

... and observations that bring serious reflection.

Elizabeth L. Landis (center), an emergency management technology major from Columbia, responds to the speaker's prompt: "Stupid Things You've Done With Money."

A campus audience got some free financial advice this past week, informative straight talk with just enough humor to mitigate an issue fraught with trepidation. Wednesday’s visit by Colin Ryan – a national motivational speaker and stand-up comic who helps people dissect their love-hate relationship with money – was sponsored by Penn College’s Student Government Association, the Delta Mu Delta national business honor society, the School of Business & Hospitality, and the Student Activities Office.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

One Last Laugh Before Semester’s End

Brian Regan

Comedian Brian Regan will perform at the Community Arts Center on Thursday, May 5, as part of a 38-city tour throughout North America. The Bush Campus Center has a limited number of tickets available for Penn College students, faculty and staff at a reduced ticket price of $42. Tickets will be available from Tuesday until 8 p.m. Friday. There is no minimum or maximum number of tickets that can be ordered at one time, and there are no refunds or exchanges. After Friday, tickets will be available at the Community Arts Center for $45 each plus a processing fee. Regan is an American comedian known for striking the perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality during his performances. He can turn the most mundane situations – going to the eye doctor to get fitted for glasses or trying to decide how many Fig Newtons to eat in one sitting, for instance – into side-splitting stand-up material. Critics and contemporaries alike have praised his clean, off-center humor, allowing him to appeal to a fan base that crosses age groups. The Community Arts Center is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport, just a few blocks from campus. There will be free transportation to take students from campus to the theater and back. For times and locations, visit the Show Shuttle page. The center is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College.

Student Leadership Lauded at Year-End Banquet

This year's recipients of Student Leader Legacy Scholarship awards are Alexandra D. Petrizzi (left), of Langhorne, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, and Morgan N. Keyser, of Cogan Station, graphic design.

On Wednesday, the annual Student Activities Awards banquet was held to honor student organizations, student leaders and advisers for their contributions to their organizations, Penn College and the Greater Williamsport community during the 2015-16 academic year. Joining the banquet as a special guest speaker was Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science, who shared inspiring words on leadership and thanked the students for their involvement. More than 40 nominations were received for 15 awards. Closing the ceremony was the annual passing of the gavel, with Zachary T. Peachey sworn in for a second term as Student Government Association president.

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Health Sciences Students Learn From One Another in Simulations

During a three-day set of emergency simulations that involved 320 Penn College students, Timothy F. Schwartzer (in hat), an emergency medical services student from Bensalem, explains to students in other health sciences majors how paramedics would begin treatment for a patient – played by a volunteer actor – who had fallen from a second-floor balcony.

Because a patient experiencing a health emergency will likely be cared for by many health care professionals with differing specialties, Pennsylvania College of Technology has taken an active approach to ensure that students understand the roles and collaboration necessary on a health care team.

The college’s School of Health Sciences took part in two recent events that involved more than 400 students in mock patient cases on its campus.

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Student-Run Seminar Brings Professionals’ Perspective to Campus

Students in Penn College’s health information technology major planned and facilitated a seminar featuring three health information professionals. The students, enrolled in a capstone course taught by Ashley D. Holmes, instructor of business administration/health information technology, are joined by Holmes (far left); Dan Christopher, assistant professor of business administration/health information technology (second from left); and Michelle M. Budnovitch, instructor of business administration/health information technology (far right).

Pennsylvania College of Technology students preparing to graduate in May with associate degrees in health information technology recently arranged a seminar on campus for other students in the academic program.

The 16 students are enrolled in a capstone course taught by Ashley D. Holmes, instructor of business administration/health information technology.

“The students do all of the preparation for the seminar, from the decision-making on locations and what food to serve, to what type of presenters they would like to have speak to our students, and on what topics,” Holmes said. “They do all the networking, lining up the presenters and putting on the seminar that day, as well. This group of students did a great job at capturing the biggest audience we have ever had at a seminar, with 84 students present.”

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‘Beach Party’-goers Find Their Place in the Sun

Sara E. Prugh, a pre-nursing student from Bath, shows off her personally customized footwear.

Jonathan T. Hall, an assistant cook at Dauphin Hall, prepares stir-fry ...

... and fashioned "Bruce, the Watermelon Man."

Alexandra D. Petrizzi (left), a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major from Langhorne, and Amanda N. Suda, of Harrisburg, enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis, display their colorful take-home novelties.

A prop crab sidles toward a dish that looks uncomfortably familiar.

With Monday’s temperatures topping out above 80 degrees, what better time to hold a beach party? Penn College Dining Services obliged, throwing a seasonal bash at the Capitol Eatery. For the cost of a board meal, students could feast on a “Summer Fun Buffet” featuring seasoned chicken, a clambake, BBQ riblets, crab salad sandwiches, hot dogs, strawberry salad, watermelon and more. There were also cotton candy and snow cones, henna tattoos, an opportunity for students to make their own flip-flops and flying discs, and patio games.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Robots Go Head-to-Head in Student-Hosted Competition

Attending to details are William C. Hayden, of Greensburg, an engineering design technology major ...

,,, and Alexander J. Horne, a manufacturing engineering technology student from West Chester.

'bots ready for battle

Assembled in College Avenue Labs are (foreground, from left) Matthew A. Semmel, of Palmerton, engineering design technology; Kaylee R. Tressler, of Howard, electronics and computer engineering technology; Brandon T. Russell, of Nottingham, engineering design technology; and Timothy R. Thompson, Stephens City, Va., electronics and computer engineering technology. At rear is Michael E. Zalatan, an information technology: network specialist concentration major from Center Valley.

Sparks fly in the competitive arena.

The Student Wildcats of Robotic Design, a revitalized campus organization centered in Penn College’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, hosted a robotics competition in College Avenue Labs earlier this month. About a dozen robots, built by students from S.W.O.R.D. and members of the community, were entered in the head-to-head “Wildcat Battle of the Bots.” S.W.O.R.D., which secretary Briana L. Sheehan said looks forward to growing as a club after a period of inactivity, is open to all Penn College students. No experience with engineering or robot-building is required, noted the club officer, an engineering CAD technology student from Windber.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Student-Athletes, Fraternity Help ‘Take Back the Night’

Jordan A. Courter, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from Mill Hall and defender on the women's soccer team, lends her support.

Thursday’s “Take Back the Night” event in Rose Street Commons, part of Penn College’s observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, drew survivors and supporters alike into a single-minded alliance against sexual violence. Kacie G. Hopkins, YWCA Northcentral Pennsylvania’s community educator/shelter advocate, attended the event, which was followed by “Glowga” (glow-in-the-dark yoga), at which donations of money and personal-care items were accepted for the YWCA’s Wise Options program. The Wildcat women’s softball and soccer teams were on hand and took part in Glowga, along with Phi Mu Delta. “Having the teams and fraternity participate was a great addition to the evening,” said Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist, “and really showed their organization’s commitment to the safety and well-being of our Penn College community.”

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Dance Team Holds Fundraising Performance in ACC

Amber R. Fleming, of Williamsport, performs a lyrical solo to Sara Evans' "A Little Bit Stronger."

Rachel E. Winand, of Nottingham, and Ryan Rousseau, of Pipersville, dance to Ed Sheeran's "Tenerife Sea."

Families and friends enjoy the show.

A country line has some fun with Luke Bryan's "Kick the Dust Up."

Taking a bow

The Penn College Wildcat Dance Team took the stage of Klump Academic Center Auditorium at 4 p.m. Saturday in its annual spring fundraiser. The choreography showcased numerous styles of dance – jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, street funk, modern, Broadway jazz, character, cheer, commercial jazz, baton and contemporary – accompanied by a variety of  traditional, urban and contemporary musical selections. The team will perform for the campus community at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the ACC Auditorium; admission is free.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Greeks Bear Gift of Life

With its brothers appropriately clad and joined by student Brittany R. Terpstra, a friend of the fraternity, Sigma Pi prepares for a brush-and-roller campaign ...

... including those hard-to-reach spots!

Fraternity brothers add their personal touch to a universal message.

Penn College’s Sigma Pi fraternity and the Gift of Life Donor Program partnered this past week to celebrate national “Donate Life” month and to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation and the more than 8,400 Pennsylvanians – and over 121,000 people nationally – who are awaiting life-saving organ transplants. In addition to a panel discussion Thursday and information tables in high-traffic campus locations, the fraternity painted “The Rock” on Friday in the donor program’s signature blue and green. Dwendy Johnson, Gift of Life’s community relations team leader, traveled to campus for the rock-painting. Sigma Pi’s advocacy dates to 2009, when an Eastern Illinois University brother was tragically killed in a bus accident. Today, six people are alive because of Cameron Chana’s decision to be an organ-and-tissue donor. For more information, call 1-800-DONORS-1 (1-800-366-6771) or visit Gift of Life.