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Culinary Creations Make for Appetizing Array

Top-score recipient Scott L. Neff and Jaclyn C. Gregg’s “Floribbean”-themed display

Penn College’s hospitality department hosted its annual Culinary and Pastry Experience on Friday, 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.

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In Midst of Finals Prep, IT Crowd Literally Enjoys the Ride

Associate professors Sandra Gorka and Daniel W. Yoas (left), as well as Jacob R. Miller (right), accompany students from the IT Living-Learning Community for a day of fun at Knoebels.

Taking in the view from the Scenic Skyway

Gorka snaps a student-laden selfie at the park entrance.

Eight students and three faculty members from Penn College’s Information Technology Living-Learning Community headed to Knoebels Amusement Resort on April 30, savoring their last trip of the 2015-16 academic year. “It was opening weekend, so it was full of people and new rides,” said LLC mentor Ryan Monteleone, an information assurance and cyber security major from Stevens. “It was a great way for everyone to release some stress before Finals Week started.”
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SGA ‘Silent Auction’ Benefits Student Scholarship Funds

Bidders assess the items on the Madigan Library auction block ...

... including a papier-mache elephant (and two winged pigs elsewhere up for sale) crafted by Dennis R. Dorward, associate professor of construction management/building construction ...

... a table donated by retiree (and accomplished woodworker) Barry R. Stiger ...

... Penn College Pride bags from the President's Office ...

... and a "chef-created dinner for two" to be prepared by Dining Services' Christopher R. Grove and donated by Grove (an alumnus) and Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life

With a boost from ticket sales for a Snap-on toolbox raffle, Friday’s Student Government Association Silent Auction raised $4,127 toward the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship. The total – benefiting from the 63 campus and community bidders vying for items and services donated by more than 50 employees, students, alumni and friends of the college – is a considerable increase over the approximate $2,300 raised last year. Two toolboxes were given away during the event in the Madigan Library, with $2,660 in proceeds split between The College Store Scholarship Fund and the SGA Leader Legacy Scholarship Fund (awarded by SGA each year to Penn College students who display exemplary leadership). The tool chests were won by Terry San Angelo, of Quakertown, whose son, Drew, will be a freshman in Fall 2017, and Tanya Berfield, manager of College Transitions.

Welding Project Adds Artful Decor to Campus Dining

Student volunteers (from left): Logan K. Garvey, of Williamsport; Gabriel M. Round, of Butler; Bailey K. Austerberry, of Pitman; Michael R. Allen, of Laughlintown; Sawyer G. Macurdy, of Cabot; Jessica L. Szejk, of Clearfield; Kyle X. Beam, of New Freedom; David P. Young, of Spring Mills; Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer and project leader; Albert M. Gensel, of Canton; and Hunter M. Comeau, of Freeport.

Patterson and Charles J. Stopper, carpenter/maintenance worker, hold a panel while Dale E. Henne, carpenter/maintenance lead person, marks the wall.

Patterson shows off his design.

Henne (left) and Stopper (right) place a panel with help from Thomas A. Linn, maintenance mechanic/carpenter/locksmith/engraver.

A group of welding students volunteered alongside welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson to fashion impressive new wall art for the Keystone Dining Room. The students met between classes two days a week for two semesters to complete the artwork that was arranged by Crissy L. McGinness, director of dining services, and designed by Patterson. The silverware handles in the hanging panels reflect the styling of new chairs in the facility. “When we looked at the space, we wanted colors that were a little more industrial,” McGinness said. “I love that it was made by students.” To create the artwork, the students removed mill scale from sheets of mild steel – supplied by McGinness – and allowed them to rust in rainwater. Cutlery shapes were cut by hand, and, after freehand texture grinding added dimension, the artwork was again allowed to rust, transforming the grind marks to a golden color. “Rainwater works so well because it has so much acid in it,” Patterson said. The final step was applying a spar urethane. Among the volunteers was Kyle X. Beam, a sophomore in welding and fabrication engineering technology and a New Freedom resident. “It was a chance to hang out and do something different; to do a group project,” he said. Patterson said the work provided the volunteers “a totally different way of looking at metal.” “None of the kids have done anything like this before,” he added. The artwork was installed by General Services on April 20.
First and third photos by Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services marketing assistant

Penn College Spring Commencement Set for May 13-14

Penn College will hold three commencement ceremonies at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport on May 13-14 for the nearly 1,000 students who have petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2016 semester.

Commencement will be held May 13-14 for the nearly 1,000 students who have petitioned to graduate following the spring semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Three ceremonies will be offered at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with more than 800 students expected to march.

At 3 p.m. on Friday, May 13, a ceremony will be held for students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications.

On Saturday, May 14, there are two ceremonies scheduled. At 10 a.m., students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences will receive their degrees. At 1:30 p.m., a ceremony will be offered for students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

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Students Extend ‘Tree Campus’ Mindset to Nearby Landmark

Drizzly Arbor Day no deterrent to student workers

In observance of Arbor Day, five Penn College students and a faculty member braved the rain for a Friday afternoon’s work in Way’s Garden. The students planted a Cherokee Brave pink dogwood tree and several small shrubs, as well as providing some pruning in the beloved Williamsport park at West Fourth and Maynard streets. In addition to sharpening the students’ hands-on skills, the activity acknowledges the recent designation as a Tree Campus USA, which promotes trees at the college and in the community. Pictured from left are Tiffany E. Griffe, of Newville; Kyle M. Richardson, of Hopewell, New Jersey; Logan H. Booth, of New Kensington; horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr.; Elliot C. Redding, of Gettysburg; and Noah L. English, of Bloomsburg. English is enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; the others are majoring in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis.
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Students Ease Pre-Finals Jitters at ‘Midnight’ Oasis

Smiles greet plates full of antidotes to anxiety.

More than 600 students – 601, to be exact – were served when Dining Services’ long-running Midnight Breakfast tradition was held this past week in the Keystone Dining Room. Timed each semester to help relieve the dread and panic of Finals Week, the free event serves up a yummy blend of food, music, massages and other giveaways.

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‘Cross Training’ Classes to Return in Future Semesters

Shakeem J. Thomas, an emergency management technology major from Brooklyn, N.Y., lifts weights in the Field House.

Dara M. McConnell, of Camp Hill, enrolled in dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, and applied management major Timothy L. Kuntz, of Wyalusing, go through their exercises.

Exercise science major/intern Jacob D. Green (right), of Houtzdale, supervises the class. Working out (from left) are Courtney M. McCartan, of West Mifflin, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration; Kashiki E. Harrison, Williamsport, general studies; and Thomas.

McConnell registers progress and determination.

The Penn College Fitness Center this semester introduced Cross Training, the latest addition to its Fitness & Wellness Promotion Series. The one-hour group exercise class involves small circuit-based exercises that are targeted toward burning calories while staying strong and fit. Classes accommodate participants of all fitness levels, from beginners to advanced athletes, on various techniques. The focus is on a progressive format that involves components of cardio, powerlifting and functional calisthenics. The Cross Training classes were offered on Wednesdays in the mezzanine of the Field House, and will continue in future semesters. Participation is free to all members of the Penn College community with a valid ID card. “Look for advertised postings throughout campus and at the Fitness Center (Bush Campus Center, second floor) for details about future classes,” said Domenick S. Schiraldi-Irrera, fitness center assistant (who also provided photos). “Bring a friend and we’ll see you there for another great exercise class offered here at Penn College!”

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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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

Branching Out

Evergreen seedlings are held aloft by excited schoolchildren in the first-grade class of Barbara Stopper ...

... and by the third-graders of Brenda Kremser.

First- and third-graders at St. John Neumann Regional Academy’s elementary campus got an Arbor Day visit from a Penn College horticulture instructor on Friday, along with a take-home project to nurture. Carl J. Bower Jr. (who also provided the photos) gave a presentation on the importance of trees and handed out Norway spruce seedlings to pupils and their teachers. The seedlings came from the tree farm of Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, who donated them for the observance.

Penn College Attains ‘Tree Campus USA’ Recognition

Penn College representatives acknowledge designation as a “Tree Campus USA” outside the green grounds of The Victorian House on main campus. From left are Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr.; Don J. Luke, director of facilities operations; Andrea L. Mull, horticulturist/grounds and motorpool supervisor; and Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forestry. The plaque will be installed in the Student & Administrative Services Center and the flag will fly outside the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, home to the college’s forest technology and landscape/horticulture majors.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with “Tree Campus USA” recognition for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging employees and students in conservation goals.

“This collaborative effort from the forestry, horticulture and General Services departments highlights the college’s commitment to the environment and maintaining a beautiful campus,” said Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

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Session Tackles Ins/Outs of Intellectual Property Law

A Bush Campus Center audience learns what is – and what isn't – copyright-protected ...

... during an informative session with attorney Austin P. White.

Librarians (foreground from left) Judy J. Zebrowski, Patricia A. Scott and Alan W. Buck are among those who help students and employees balance copyright and academic "fair use."

One of the attorneys overseeing Penn College’s trademark/copyright issues presented a professional development session this past week that offered a glimpse into the permitted use of protected material for educational purposes. Held in Penn’s Inn and open to employees and students – particularly those in paralegal/legal assistant majors – “Stay Legal: Third-Party Content in the Classroom” featured Austin P. White, of the McCormick Law Firm. The session was organized by The Copyright and Fair Use Advisory Committee, Madigan Library and the college’s Professional Development Office.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Historic Number of Penn College Students Headed to Nationals

SkillsUSA Pennsylvania

Seventeen first-place winners from Pennsylvania College of Technology have advanced to the 52nd annual National SkillsUSA Conference, to be held from June 20-24 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Three other students finished in the top four places in their respective categories during the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held earlier this month in Hershey.

“I feel great about the students’ performance at the state competition. It goes to show how well-prepared the students are from their respective fields and how great our instructors are here at the college,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “This is, by far, the most diverse group of students I’ve had go to the competition. The national competition gives us a chance to showcase our technical skills and show everyone why we’re a leader in applied technology. I hope next year we can increase the number going to nationals and continue to make the college proud.”

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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.