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Penn College Summer Commencement to Be Held Aug. 8

Penn College’s Summer Commencement will take place Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, for the nearly 270 students who have petitioned to graduate following the summer sessions at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

The student speaker will be Kyle Gregory Stavinski, of Elysburg, who will be awarded an associate degree in emergency medical services.

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Region’s Students to Perform ‘Oklahoma!’ at CAC This Weekend

Area students brush up their choreography during a CAC rehearsal.

The first-ever Student Summer Stock production at the Community Arts Center will be the classic musical, “Oklahoma!” with three performances: at 7:30 p.m. on July 24-25 and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on July 26.

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Extrusion Workshop Renews Worldwide Spotlight on PIRC

Penn College plastics technology professor Kirk M. Cantor (second from left) engages seminar participants.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s internationally renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center attracted a fitting global audience when it hosted its 17th Annual Extrusion Seminar & Hands-On Workshop, drawing attendees from the United States, Canada and Turkey.

Forty participants from 25 companies, many of them new to the industry, were led by extrusion experts Chris Rauwendaal and Penn College plastics technology professor Kirk M. Cantor in an informative three-day balance of classroom instruction and hands-on activities in the institution’s well-appointed labs.

“We have the perfect venue to host successful programs such as this seminar. Penn College has invested heavily in excellent equipment and facilities,” Cantor said. “The fact that many of our attendees come from companies that have sent people in the past is evidence that they are getting great value when they come here.

“We continue to attract attendees from all over the world. These programs are great opportunities to show off Penn College to decision-makers from across the globe.”

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Weather Inhospitable, but Crowd Receptive for Gallery Opening

Thetford engages gallery visitors, offering insights into his creative process.

The Tennessee artist celebrates not only an exhibit opening, but his birthday, on July 9.

A summer crowd launches the new season in The Gallery at Penn College.

Layers of meaning can be found in the art of a former mental health counselor. Thetford’s piece, “Ignoring the Door,” comments on the entrapment that can follow man’s refusal to fully explore his surroundings.

Young and old alike say “Yes!” to colorful contemporary collages informed by the richness of the human psyche.

Despite torrential rains and a tornado watch, the show – namely the initial show in The Gallery at Penn College’s new season – must go on. “The Struggle to Evolve Before the End of Time,” a display of contemporary digital compositions by Daryl Thetford, opened with a public reception Thursday on the third floor of Madigan Library, continuing through Aug. 9. Summer hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday (closed Saturday and Monday). Regular hours resume Aug. 18.

Gallery Announces New Season of Artistic Engagement

The Gallery at Penn College is beginning its 2015-16 season.

The Gallery at Penn College announces its 2015-16 exhibition season, featuring innovative and talented artists working across a range of mediums.

The eight artists featured in the gallery’s new season hail from across the country and internationally. Their work explores internal questions, external societal issues, nature, the human body and more through fiber, collage, sculpture, pen on paper, photography, digital media and mixed-media drawings.

“The eight artists we are featuring this year are exceptional,” said Penny Griffin Lutz, manager of The Gallery at Penn College. “I believe visitors will be engaged with the contemporary art we have selected. I encourage our regular visitors and new visitors to stop by the gallery often to see what is new, and to attend the gallery talks in order to interact with our visiting artists.”

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Young Athletes Trained in Proper Technique at Monthlong Day Camp

John M. Arrigonie, exercise science faculty member, makes sure that participants are properly using the cardio equipment.

Campers are introduced to weight training with the college's Precor machines.

Upper-body stretching in the free-weight lab

Arrigonie shows participants proper leg-press technique.

Youngsters learn the correct way to bench press.

A four-week summer program for student-athletes, based on National Strength and Conditioning Association guidelines and taught by exercise science faculty from the School of Health Sciences, continues through July 15. The Youth Training for Athletic Development Camp comprises a morning session for 15- to 17-year-olds and a midday one for youngsters 12 to 14. Penn College’s exercise science major, being offered under that new name starting this fall, is the only such associate-degree program in Pennsylvania to be recognized by the NSCA.

Scholarship Scorecard Reflects Another Tourney Win

David Toms, framed by the gallery at his well-attended tutorial

Serendipitous sunshine kisses the day's proceedings.

The visiting pro takes his audience from tee ...

... to green.

Showing his stuff within Penn's Woods, lush from recent soaking rains

David Toms, whose philanthropy runs a close second to his success on the PGA Tour, was the featured pro at Monday’s 29th annual Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Golf Classic at the Williamsport Country Club. Proceeds from the event, which included a morning clinic, are expected to add more than $45,000 to the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship when all told. Prize-winners during the tournament were Ed Alberts, Tom Rudy, Matt Haile and Dan Klingerman, closest to the pin on each of four holes; Young Park, individual low net (62); Frank Covelusky, individual low gross (72, including 24 on the last six holes); Peggy Roskowski, Mike and Connie McNamara, and Park, second place in the team event (55, including 18 on the last six holes); and Phil Johnson, Covelusky, Klingerman and Richard Born (55, including 17 on the last six holes).

SMART Money’s on Problem-Solvers at Innovative Summer Camp

A participant checks progress on a 3-D printed elephant toy.

A member of the business Sirens of Sound explains to mentors a smartphone speaker developed by her company during the Wildcat Den Showcase.

Cell phone kickstands and charms were among team Copy, Paste, Print’s products.

A participant shows her team’s solution to a broken camera tripod.

A team shows off samples of 3-D printed toys, part of its week’s work.

Penn College’s annual SMART Girls summer camp attracted 34 high schoolers from across Pennsylvania, some with a strong interest in science, math, engineering or technology, and others just beginning to explore those options. During the four-day camp, the girls used additive manufacturing to solve problems – like creating replacement parts for broken consumer products and designing connectors to build structures out of plastic straws. They also used their newly honed computer-aided design and 3-D printing skills to develop a product line, supported by a business plan, resume and trade-show booth. All were used to pitch “investors,” the camp’s mentors, during the “Wildcat Den Showcase,” a SMART Girls take on television’s “Shark Tank.” SMART Girls – Science and Math Applications in Real-World Technologies for Girls – was implemented by Penn College to reverse the trend of girls to shy away from math and science courses and the rewarding, family-sustaining careers that use those skills. The camp, which also included career interest assessments and company tours, was facilitated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office. Mentors were Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing at Penn College; Tom Gill, a science teacher at Central Columbia High School; Christina L. Herman, director of student services and career development for Loyalsock Township School District; and Alice S. Justice, school counselor at Central Columbia Middle School. Camp director was Tanya Berfield, project and data reporting technician in Outreach for K-12.

College Co-Hosts Recruitment Event for Potential CDL Students

Pamela Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, takes the wheel of the simulator.

Friendly greeters (from left) are Jim Patterson, CTS director; Carla Rhone, program support specialist, Shale TEC; and Hadly Ransom, intensive workforce specialist, PA CareerLink Lycoming County.

CTS' simulator, inside a trailer parked outside, awaits Open House attendees.

Kevin Cromley and Kathy Pentz, local CTS instructors for Penn College CDL classes

A CDL Open House, held Thursday to attract students into Penn College’s Commercial Driver’s License program, was co-hosted at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center by Workforce Development & Continuing Education and the Center for Transportation Safety. CTS brought a simulated rig to the event so that potential students could experience driving a tractor-trailer; a skid steer was also on hand to let participants practice vehicle control. WDCE, which contracts with CTS to provide CDL Class A training at the college’s Energy Technology Education Center site along Route 15 near Allenwood, hopes to add Class B and CDL Refresher Safe Driving courses to its portfolio.
Photos by Pamela Mix and Hadly Ransom

Orientation Helps Hundreds Form Penn College Attachment

Employees and students staff check-in tables in Dauphin Hall's Capitol Eatery.

Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, is among Connections' invaluable student Links.

Encouraging incoming students and their families to “share their memories,” Paul R. Watson II, dean of academic services and first year programs, takes a selfie in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium with a Penn College pennant and an Albert Einstein bobblehead.

Connections Links, students ready to assist incoming freshmen, introduce themselves …

… and musically welcome families to the summer’s first orientation session.

More than 360 new students and their guests are attending Penn College’s first Connections orientation program for the Fall 2015 semester, which began Wednesday morning on main campus. The first of six two-day summer sessions, in which employees and student assistants (called Links) break the ice, shatter misconceptions and bust a few dance moves in apprising first-year enrollees to the full Penn College experience. Two one-day sessions will also be offered for adult learners and transfer students.

Junior Chefs Conquer Kitchen as ‘Future Restaurateurs Camp’ Debuts

Campers prepare daikon radishes for a salad garnish.

Chef Frank M. Suchwala, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, helps a student learn knife skills as she minces parsley.

The students’ final buffet (just a portion is shown here) shows off their hard work.

– A student dices carrots using safe cutting procedures.

Chef Craig A. Cian, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, shows a student how to shave a tomato to create a rose-shaped garnish.

A new addition to Penn College’s hands-on summer lineup, this week’s Future Restaurateurs Career Camp gave high school students a two-day taste of the restaurant life. Students entering grades nine to 12 learned such important kitchen basics as knife skills and safety, as well as menu planning and dining room etiquette, as they spent their time planning and preparing a buffet lunch that culminated the camp. Among their finished products were fruit and vegetable carvings, salad and dressing, ice cream, sorbet and a variety of sauces to top them, crème brulee, guacamole, and more.

Diagnosis: Future – Campers Examine Potential Health Careers

Bambi A. Hawkins, learning laboratory coordinator for the paramedic program, shows a camper proper hand placement to create a “seal” when using a bag valve mask to provide oxygen.

An important part of a fitness assessment, campers record one another’s blood pressure in the exercise science major.

A camper uses a laparoscopic camera and surgical tools in the surgical technology lab.

With assistance from a Penn College student, a camper positions radiographic equipment as she prepares to X-ray her smartphone.

A camper shows the results of her work in the dental hygiene lab: a model of her teeth.

Penn College’s School of Health Sciences was the destination for 30 high schoolers attending Health Careers Camp, a joint, two-day program of the college and Susquehanna Health. The camp offers students a chance to explore careers in the health care field. Students entering grades nine to 12 attended hands-on workshops Wednesday and Thursday in the college’s exercise science, paramedic technology, occupational therapy assistant, physician assistant, nursing, radiography, dental hygiene and surgical technology majors. To round out their experience, they toured Susquehanna Health’s Williamsport Hospital.

Imagination, Real-World Possibilities Merge at Digital Future Camp

Matthew A. Bamonte (right) who graduated last month with a bachelor's degree in information technology sciences-gaming and simulation, assists a young camper with his question.

Young campers learn how to program simulation on a Lego robot.

Apps are where it's at! A group of campers learns how to develop mobile applications under the tutelage of Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of computer information technology.

A study in concentration

Campers and their mentors pause for a group shot in front of the ATHS after lunch on their final day.

Forty high school students from across Pennsylvania explored potential careers in Penn College’s fourth annual “Designing a Digital Future Camp” on Tuesday and Wednesday. The campers, entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade this fall, embraced the boundless employment possibilities of gaming, Web design, product design, mobile applications and graphic design during hands-on workshops in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and the Bush Campus Center. The popular camp, one of a number offered on campus this summer, is a collaboration of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications.

Community Flag March Offers Renewed Tribute to ‘Old Glory’

Among the night's award-winners was Betsy Ross, portrayed by Donna Pepperman, of Loyalsock Township. The float, organized with Galen W. Seaman Sr. and the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County, played patriotic music from loudspeakers as it passed through campus.

Despite an abbreviated program and attendance thinned by rain, Williamsport’s 32nd annual God, Country and Community Flag March was held as planned Sunday night. The parade formed several blocks away at Nichols Place, eventually traveling onto the Penn College campus and ending under the 30-by-60-foot American flag outside the Student & Administrative Services Center. There, a 15-minute ceremony – including the National Anthem; a cross-country recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance; and acknowledgment of Scout troops, veterans organizations and other patriots – celebrated the 238th birthday of America’s high-flying, ever-waving symbol.

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Recent High School Graduate’s Artwork Featured in Gallery Lobby

Danny Smith, a 2015 graduate of Williamsport Area High School, stands in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College where his artwork is on display through June 26. Smith received an Artistic Excellence Award from the gallery.

Fine art by Danny Smith, a 2015 graduate of Williamsport Area High School, is on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College through June 26.

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