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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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Adjunct, Alumna Honored with National Cancer Service Award

June Kilgus Zimmerman (second from right) receives the American Cancer Society's Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award in Atlanta last month.

A longtime adjunct faculty member and college alumna was recently honored with a national American Cancer Society award for her work with cancer patients and their families.

June Kilgus Zimmerman, an oncology social worker at UPMC Susquehanna’s Cancer Center, received the ACS Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award at a ceremony last month in Atlanta. The prestigious national honor recognizes leadership in serving the complex needs of cancer patients and their families.

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Creative Hands Craft Hearty Gifts

A bevy of bowls await their "big moment" benefiting the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

This bowl features a fish imprint

Beauty meets functionality

More than 120 soup bowls, crafted by Penn College students, have been donated to the Williamsport Soup & a Bowl event, benefiting the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. This is the fifth year the college’s creative hands have added warmth and functionality to this community effort. Set for Friday, Feb. 17, the 11th annual fundraiser will be held at The Genetti Hotel and Suites in downtown Williamsport. With a Mardi Gras theme, the gathering features three seatings (11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.) in addition to a takeout option. Reservations are advised. The bowls being donated by Penn College were created during the 2016 spring and fall semesters by students in Ceramics I classes, a popular elective. The classes are taught by husband-and-wife duo David A. and Deborah L. Stabley, members of the college’s art faculty. The Stableys also manage the Factory Works Clay Studio in Williamsport’s Pajama Factory, and members of that studio created an additional 50 bowls for the Soup & a Bowl event.

Grant Provides Reduced Child Care Fees for Income-Eligible Students

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center received a $103,923 CCAMPIS grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help reduce child care fees for eligible students.

CCAMPIS stands for Child Care Access Means Parents in School. The funding helps the Children’s Learning Center, which provides high-quality child care for the children of Penn College students and employees, to provide discounts to students whose children are enrolled at the center and whose income makes them eligible for federal Pell Grants. Reductions range from 25 to 75 percent off Children’s Learning Center fees, based on a student’s income as reported to the college’s Financial Aid Office.

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Student’s Mural Guides Cyclists Along Road to Better Health

John M. Arrigonie, lab supervisor for exercise science, and artist Lindsey Martin pause in front of the in-progress mural, which was completed between Finals Week and Winter Break.

With her own sketch to guide her, Martin adds wisps of color to a previously blank wall.

The finished mural provides a virtual destination for cycling students.

Graphic design student Lindsey Martin helped the exercise science department to transform a room formerly used to teach CPR courses. The classroom – Room 107 in Bardo Gymnasium – is now equipped for a hybrid Group Cycling and TRX Training class, taught by John M. Arrigonie, lab supervisor for exercise science. Martin has also completed murals for Schneider Electric and Whoodles, a dog grooming and training facility. In the Bardo Gym classroom, Martin’s mural is faced by cyclists on stationary bikes, so she was directed to design a scene that included a path. “I wanted it to be very vibrant,” she said, so her tree-lined path leads to a bright sunset over purple mountains.

Foundation’s Generosity Endows Scholarship, Creates Opportunity

A significant grant from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation will allow students from that area to enroll in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s distinctive “degrees that work.”

The nonprofit foundation’s $500,000 contribution establishes the John E. Morgan Scholarship, which will give first preference to graduates of Tamaqua Area High School who are pursuing “a degree that is not readily available from other institutions, at a comparable price, within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

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Child’s Play Takes ‘Center’ Stage

Children are entranced by Kamin's talent.

Two end-of-semester events capped another fun-filled and instructive year at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center: The Penn College facility’s annual Family Appreciation get-together – in which children made turkey headbands and prepared snacks that were appropriately “gobbled” up – and a visit from mime Dan Kamin, who was in town for a holiday appearance with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

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Student’s Work Brings Branding Upgrade to On-Campus Venue

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Patissier – translated “the young pastry chef” – recently employed new visual branding, courtesy of a graphic design student’s senior project work.

As a student, Breanne M. Chandler, who received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the college in May, was a regular customer at Le Jeune Patissier at the Market, an on-campus venue for baking and pastry arts students to learn about bakeshop production and managing a retail bakery.

“One day, I joked with Chef Charles (R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts, whose classes operate the Le Jeune Patissier sales) that he should have a customer punch card so students like me could earn free pastries,” Chandler said. “I told him that I would even design a card for him. At that time, my motivation for designing for Le Jeune Patissier at The Market was purely centered on my small college student wallet and my big appetite for sweets.”

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Ceramic Exhibit, Benefit Auction Underway in Gallery Lobby

Ceramic artists (from left) pose with their works: Anna B. Graef, State College, electrical technology; John S. Krause, Lebanon, graphic design; Carrie A. Myers, Williamsport, graphic design, and David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture.

Mugs created by Penn College art faculty await silent bidders.

Stabley (second from left) and student visitors enjoy looking at Graef’s works.

Activity is brisk at the silent bidding station for the one-of-a-kind clay mugs being auctioned to benefit the Penn College Employee Emergency Fund.

Stabley sharing his artistic insights with student guests to the gallery lobby.

An exhibit by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, and some of his Ceramics III students officially opened Thursday afternoon in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College. The show, as well as a concurrent silent auction of 10 clay mugs, runs through Thursday, Dec. 8, on the third floor of Madigan Library. The mugs were created by Stabley and nine colleagues among the college’s full- and part-time art faculty. Bidders have until 4 p.m. Dec. 8 to submit offers; money raised will benefit the Penn College Employee Emergency Fund. The gallery is open from 1-4 p.m. Sundays; 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Sociology Faculty Member Presents at State Conference

Richard Sahn

A sociology faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology co-presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society, held Oct. 28-29 at Bloomsburg University.

Richard Sahn, instructor of psychology/sociology, presented “Unleashing the Sociological Imagination: Wild Challenges to the Status Quo of Contemporary American Ways of Doing Things.” His co-presenter was Luke R. Mann, a former Penn College nursing student who is now studying sociology at Lock Haven University.

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Community Challenge Raises $12,000 to Support Salvation Army

At the Nov. 12 5K run/walk held at Williamsport Area High School, some of the students enrolled in Penn College’s Community and Organizational Change course gather with Major Donald Spencer (center), director of the Salvation Army of Williamsport.

This year’s Community Challenge supporting the Salvation Army of Williamsport raised $12,000, thanks to the efforts of numerous volunteers and participants including many from Pennsylvania College of Technology.

On Nov. 12, the final event in the Community Challenge series, a 5K run/walk was held at Williamsport Area High School. Penn College had over 30 volunteers at the event including students enrolled in the college’s Community and Organizational Change course who devoted part of their fall semester to the nonprofit endeavor.

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Penn College Students, Faculty Attend ‘Women in Technology’ Event

Female students and faculty from Penn College demonstrated their commitment to technology at the recent College to Careers: Women in Technology Conference in Harrisburg.

More than 25 female students and faculty from Pennsylvania College of Technology demonstrated their commitment to technology by attending a recent statewide event in Harrisburg.

During the College to Careers: Women in Technology Conference, the Penn College contingent experienced a panel discussion with eight women technology leaders and enjoyed networking opportunities.

“It was a very valuable experience for our students,” said Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, who helped organize Penn College’s participation. “The students were able to not only listen to, but also interact with many impressive women in technology. The conference reinforced that gender should never be a barrier to success in technology-focused careers.”

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High School Students Celebrate STEM Day at Penn College

Penn College student Shawn L. Sheeley Jr., of Kersey, shows a high school student how to use surveying equipment. The hands-on workshop was part of a National STEM Day celebration at the college that brought homeschoolers and students from four area high schools to campus.

A group of 90 high-schoolers spent Nov. 8 at Pennsylvania College of Technology, where they explored a variety of careers as part of National STEM Day.

“STEM” is short for science, technology, engineering and math. According to the Population Reference Bureau, U.S. policymakers watch trends in the science and engineering labor force because high-tech workers increase our capacity for innovation and ability to compete in the global economy.

Penn College’s STEM Day activities were designed to give high school students a hands-on glimpse of some in-demand STEM-related careers.

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Student Mosaics Bring Color to Penn College’s Capitol Eatery

Wall hangings designed and made by Penn College students in an Art of the Mosaic course adorn the Capitol Eatery, the college’s largest and busiest dining unit.

When you enter Capitol Eatery, one of the largest and busiest dining units on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology, the serving area boasts bright splashes of color throughout, but the dining room lacked those vivid accents. That changed this summer, when student works of art were installed on its walls.

While taking a ceramics class offered through the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education department, Dining Services Director Crissy L. McGinness began to envision a way to spruce up the dining unit décor. She approached David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, about a plan to add student-created mosaics, similar to many he and students had created around campus, at Capitol Eatery.

“Dave is a talented ceramics instructor,” McGinness said, “and I was excited to see what he and his students could bring to our dining unit.”

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Faculty Member to Show Artistic Side at November’s ‘First Friday’

Faculty member's chain mail to be displayed during Williamsport's First Friday

Joseph E. LeBlanc, an assistant professor of physics at Penn College, will be among those displaying their creative handiwork during First Friday (Nov. 4) in downtown Williamsport. The faculty member – also billed as “woodworker, musician, artist and aerospace engineer” – has been making chain mail for four years. His work in a variety of metals can be seen at Gustonian Gifts, 357 Pine St.