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Campus Science Festival Entertains as It Inspires

Prospective members of Penn College's Class of 202? enjoy an educational day out of the classroom and onto an engaging campus.

More than 1,500 fifth-graders from nearly a dozen local and area school districts participated in Thursday’s sixth annual Science Festival at Penn College, gaining hands-on insight into a host of related careers. The youngsters were treated to a variety of captivating campus demonstrations during the day, and families were invited to a Field House full of attractions during the three-hour evening session.

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High School Girls Encouraged to Explore Careers in Construction

Construction management major Lauren S. Herr, of Lititz, is among the organizers and mentors for Penn College’s March 20 “Framing Your Future” event for high school girls.

High school girls who want to explore opportunities in the construction industry are invited to a “Framing Your Future” event on Monday, March 20, hosted by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Construction & Design Technologies.

The day – open to young women in grades nine through 12 – will kick off at 9 a.m. in Penn’s Inn, on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center.

Female students will acquaint participants with the construction-related majors available at Penn College, followed by an Etiquette Luncheon, at which industry mentors will introduce each table of girls to networking and proper dining in a business atmosphere. The afternoon will conclude with a panel of women representing current students, alumnae and industry, followed by a virtual field trip to a construction site before the day wraps up at 3 p.m.

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‘French Favorites’ Patisserie Sale Set for Feb. 22

"Liberté, égalité, fraternité" ... and patisserie

Berries and cream form the French tricolour.

Treats await at Feb. 22 sale.

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II’s Advanced Baking and Pastry Operations class will hold a “French Favorites” sale from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Student managers are baking and pastry arts majors Merissa N. Aucker, of Middleburg; Natascha G. Santaella, of Puerto Rico; Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie; Katie M. Weakland, of Pennsylvania Furnace; and Adelyn A. Zimmerman, of Orwigsburg. More details, including a product list and instructions for pre-ordering a specialty double-layered cake, follow: French Favorites

March 25 Event to Offer Free Preventive Dental Services to Children

Free dental care – including sealants, fluoride varnish treatments, education and screenings – will be available to children ages 7-15 on Saturday, March 25, when Pennsylvania College of Technology will be a host site for the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Sealant Saturday initiative.

Sealant Saturday events are held across the state. The Penn College event will take place 9 a.m. to noon in the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, which is in Room 227 on the west wing of the Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.

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Presenter Turns Audience’s Collective Eye to Imagery’s Implication

The evening's guest is introduced by Mark D. Noe, professor of English-composition, who became acquainted with McCauley through a book-group discussion of his “Why Religion Is Natural and Science Is Not."

McCauley listens to opening remarks alongside Wendy A. Miller, director of academic operations, and Chris E. Miller, chief of police and director of campus safety, who both would later preside over the Q&A session.

Weaving personal observation and philosophical thought – and invoking such disparate sources as cultural critic Neil Postman, Walt Disney and quasi-celebrity Lindsay Lohan – McCauley enthralls the crowd.

Students, employees and the general public soak up the stimulating talk in the ACC Auditorium.

The speaker animatedly differentiates between a basic skill like learning to walk and the specialized accomplishment of mastering literacy.

The perilous pervasiveness of visual information formed the foundation for Tuesday’s third installment of the 2016-17 Technology & Society Colloquia Series, featuring Robert N. McCauley’s presentation of “A General Assertion Is Worth Innumerable Pictures.” In a challenging and fascinating 90 minutes that drew distinctions between maturational development (walking and talking) and “practiced naturalness” (reading and writing), the Emory University professor followed the societal consequences of visual stimuli from the proliferation of the printing press to the even-more-explosive availability and accessibility of digital media. “These kinds of technologies … change human interest, the things we think about – advertisers, web designers, TV folks know what images grab your attention and, therefore, what things will dominate your thought – and they also alter the character of human community, the context in which our thoughts take shape,” he said. “The increasing acquisition of information by means of the electronic transmission of images may be undoing familiar aspects of human community, human thought and, finally, I think, even human identity … that merit our attention and considered response, both individually and collectively.” The lecture, which was followed by a Brown Bag Luncheon in College Avenue Labs on Wednesday, will be added to the Penn College YouTube channel. The next Colloquium will be at 7 p.m.  Tuesday, April 4: “Cyberattacks: The Weapon of Choice of Criminals, Terrorists and Spies,” featuring part-time accounting instructor William E. Ebersole.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Families Invited for Night of Hands-On Science

Pennsylvania College of Technology physics professor David S. Richards uses visual aids to talk about past U.S. space missions during a previous Science Festival at the college.

Hands-on science fun is the focus of an evening designed for local families on Thursday, Feb. 16, in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Field House.

The college will team up with Lycoming College and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce to offer the city’s sixth annual Science Festival from 5 to 8 p.m.

The event features hands-on activities geared toward elementary and middle school students and their families, presented by local businesses and organizations, including school and college-affiliated groups. The event is intended to make learning fun and to stimulate children’s interest in math, science and exciting careers in related fields.

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Amid a Lotta Night Music, a ‘Star’ Is Born

Top finishers (from right): Berfield, Bowes and Stansbury

Industrial design major Cullen S. Berfield was selected as this year’s “Penn College Star” following Wednesday’s fourth annual competitive showcase of campus talent. The Jersey Shore resident, one of nine musicians to perform, was chosen by a panel of judges and text votes from audience members. Kristen E. Bowes, of Wayne, a web and interactive media student, was second, and Heaven A. Stansbury, of Williamsport, enrolled in general studies, placed third. The event, held in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, was sponsored by the Off-Campus Housing Organization, assisted by the Student Activities Office, college audiovisual technicians and Students of Musical Development (who sang the national anthem and the alma mater).

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Penn College Labs Inspiring Venue for SkillsUSA State Qualifier

Students from Lycoming Career and Technology Center gather in the Field House ...

... where competitors awaited the results of the day's competition.

Hundreds of guests got a taste of the distinctive Penn College experience last week, as main campus hosted SkillsUSA District 6 secondary competition in more than 50 occupational areas. A total of 238 students from the region – representing Columbia Montour Area Vocational Technical School, Keystone Central Career and Technology Center, Lycoming Career and Technology Center, Northern Tier Career Center, Northumberland County Career and Technology Center, Schuylkill Technology Center (north and south campuses), SUN Area Technical Institute, Wellsboro High School and Williamsport Area High School – competed, accompanied to their various contests by scores of advisers and others. “Everything went well and the students had a great time,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA coordinator. “I would like to thank everyone who helped to either set up, run or judge a contest. It means a lot to these schools that our faculty and administration are willing to host this contest for them. This event allowed almost 300 people to see our campus and labs.” First-place winners will advance to the 50th annual Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Championships (April 19-21) in Hershey.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Message of Hope Echoes Loudly as Fans, Teams ‘Yell(ow) It Out’

A common cause turns adversaries into allies: The Penn College Wildcats and Bryn Athyn College Lions gather in solidarity (and the night's signature color).

This week’s Yell(ow) It Out observance, held during a basketball doubleheader in Bardo Gymnasium, once again put a public face on a too-often-private issue. A collaboration of Community and Commuter Assistants, Resident Assistants, Greek Life and student-athletes, the evening focused on the warning signs of suicide and Penn College’s ongoing commitment to education and prevention. “Yell(ow) It Out” started as an initiative by Josiah Stoltzfus, a construction management student, and it’s been amazing to see how hard he has worked to bring it to campus and get the support of other students, faculty and staff,” said Mallory L. Weymer, Penn College’s coordinator of student health and wellness/suicide prevention specialist. “It’s so powerful to see so many of our students and campus community come together to stand up for suicide awareness.” If you or someone you know is considering hurting themselves, please call Counseling Services at 570-327-4765 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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‘Dream Week’ Keynoter Brings Message of Unity to Campus

Washington conducts a professional-development session in Penn's Inn, challenging those in higher education to engage one another in building community.

At the consultant's direction, participants rise to shake hands with someone they didn't know well ...

... an exercise that was repeated that evening in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Washington also urged attendees to sit with an erstwhile stranger for the remainder of the program, busting through comfort zones into an area of mutual acceptance.

Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement, introduces Washington ...

... who closed out the Martin Luther King-related celebration with inspiring words.

In a pair of events that were both interactive and inclusive, a Baltimore-based consultant helped round out Penn College’s observance of Dream Week on Thursday. Jamie Washington facilitated an afternoon session for employees and students – “Leadership and Diversity in the 21st Century” –and returned to campus that evening for a public lecture, “The Content of Our Character: Doing the Work to Live Out the Dream of Inclusion.” The evening appearance by the speaker, founder and president of the Washington Consulting Group, was featured in a front-page article in Friday’s editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Gallery Exhibit Suffused With Cross-Cultural Insight

The exhibit’s title is featured on The Gallery’s glass entryway.

Students and community visitors explore Nazari’s abstract works.

The artist shares personal and professional inspirations.

Capturing a memory of “Transformation"

“Inside Out,” an installation of acrylic on wood panels, sets the stage for the artist’s talk.

An engaged and attentive audience gathered in The Gallery at Penn College on Thursday evening for a Meet the Artist reception featuring Zahra Nazari and her exhibit “Transformation.” Nazari shared stories of her childhood growing up in Iran and her explorations as an artist living in America. Based in Manhattan, Nazari’s creative work is flourishing via numerous awards, grants and fellowships. A fan of architecture, she draws inspiration for her paintings from New York City’s modern designs and blends those sensibilities with the ancient structures of her homeland. Cultural change, shifting environments and the energy inherent in cities fold into her abstract pieces. “Transformation” is on display through March 2 and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 2-7  p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; and 1-4 p.m. Sundays (closed Mondays and Saturdays).

Series Acclimates Transfer Students to Penn College

Jennifer I. Watson, coordinator of transfer initiatives, engages her audience at Tuesday's session.

Students gather in the Thompson Professional Development Center along with presenters (from left at rear) Sal Vitko and Allison A. Bressler, assistant directors of student activities, and Watson.

Tabletop questions offer a steppingstone to participation.

Paul R. Watson II, dean of academic services and college transitions, offers a word to the "whys" of policies and procedures.

Newly enrolled transfer students benefited this week from the first session in the “Transfer Transitions: Staying Connected” program being held this semester. When students transfer to Penn College with more than 15 credits, they are exempt from First Year Experience classes and miss out on valuable information about specific institutional processes. The series helps transfer students to network with one another, and to connect with campus resources and personnel to aid their success. Topics during the 90-minute presentation were campus involvement, Penn College procedures and policies (such as fairness and academic dishonesty), midterm grades and reports, scheduling and advising weeks, and career options and networking. Other sessions are scheduled for March 16 and April 18.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

‘Transformation’ Opens New Year at Penn College Gallery

Zahra Nazari’s "The World Is Beautiful Before It Is True,” acrylic on canvas, 48 x 84 inches

An inspired blend of ancient Iranian culture and modern Manhattan architecture, “Transformation” opens 2017 in The Gallery at Penn College. Running from Jan. 12 through March 2, the exhibit showcases works by Zahra Nazari, a native of Iran who resides and works in New York City.

A Meet the Artist Reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, featuring an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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Helping Hands (and Feet) Add Meaning to King Tribute

Phi Mu Delta President Paul M. Lasell, of Williamsport, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major

Unselfish in their community commitment and undeterred by winter’s chill, about 225 people participated in Monday’s 10th annual Peace Walk to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King. Members of the Penn College community (with notable contributions from fraternity members and Wildcat student-athletes) were among those gathering at Lycoming College’s Lamade Gymnasium for the kickoff event, and more than 150 walkers – honoring the theme of a day ON rather than a holiday off – stuck around to perform service projects on behalf of 15 local nonprofits (West End Christian Community Center, Saving Grace Shelter, American Rescue Workers, Sojourner Truth Ministries, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Footprints of Montgomery, New Love Center Food Pantry, Family Promise of Lycoming County, West House, Center City Food Bank, Firetree Place, Transitional Living Center and the Salvation Army in Williamsport, Muncy and Lock Haven). The two colleges were co-organizers, along with STEP Inc. AmeriCorps and the Beloved Community Council.

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‘Dream Week’ Guest to Facilitate Discussion, Deliver Keynote Address

Jamie Washington

The president and founder of a multicultural organizational development firm, a self-described “instrument of change,” will be the keynote speaker as Pennsylvania College of Technology continues its Dream Week reflections on the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr.

“The Content of Our Character: Doing the Work to Live Out the Dream of Inclusion” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday by Jamie Washington, whose Baltimore-based Washington Consulting Group has been named one of the Top 10 Global Diversity Consultants in the world. The presentation, free and open to the public, will be in Penn College’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

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