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Penn College Early Educators’ Outreach Benefits Children

Early childhood students Khloe L. Musser (left), of Lemont, and Megan E. McCaslin, of Williamsport, display 72 boxes of children’s items collected by the Early Educators club as part of the Jared Box Project, which aims to uplift the spirits of children in hospitals.

The Early Educators student organization at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently completed three service projects benefiting children.

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WBRE Promotes Students’ Fair-Trade Sale

Artisans' vibrant handiwork on display

A cashbox for a cause

The junction of playfulness and intricacy

Unique seasonal items included on the sale tables

Eyewitness News’ Cody Butler visited the Bush Campus Center on Wednesday for the Ten Thousand Villages fair-trade sale that continues through Friday. The sale, facilitated each year by students in the Community and Organizational Change course, benefits the working poor in more than three-dozen nations. Butler’s report, including an interview with student Trista B. Musser, of Selinsgrove, was broadcast Wednesday evening. The sale continues from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Human Services Students to Host Ten Thousand Villages Sale

Handcrafted ornaments like these will be among the offerings at the Ten Thousand Villages sale at Penn College from Nov. 18-20.

Students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host a fair-trade sale Nov. 18-20 in the lobby of the Bush Campus Center. The annual sale helps working poor in other countries.

Facilitated by students enrolled in the course Community and Organizational Change, the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale features unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware, and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

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Sociology Faculty Member Presents at State Conference

Richard Sahn

A sociology faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology presented two papers and chaired a session at the 65th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society, held recently at Edinboro University.

Richard Sahn, instructor of psychology/sociology, presented “The School of the Americas as an Indication of Plutocratic Quid Pro Quo: What’s In It for the Ordinary American?” during the “Ideology and Religion” session, which he also chaired. At the “Quo Vadis? Pennsylvania Sociology at a Crossroads” session, he presented the paper “Sociology Under Attack: Can We Survive?”

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Students Partner With Nonprofit to Address Community Needs

A warm welcome at Firetree Place

Students gather for a photo along with their professor, Rob Cooley (upper right).

Eager and energetic young friends have fun at Firetree Place.

Applied human services seniors Stacey L. French (center background) and Tima Cummings (foreground) assist with creative and crafty endeavors.

Every cool party has to have a sound system! Christopher J. Morrin (upper right) brought along two of his homemade sound systems. Here, he poses with other Penn College friends – including members of the Wildcat basketball teams.

Eighteen Penn College students in the Service Learning in Sociology course sponsored a free community day on Saturday at Firetree Place, 600 Campbell St., Williamsport. The four-hour event, “Fall Into Firetree Place,” featured arts and crafts, music, food, face-painting, games, and appearances by Penn College’s dance team, men’s and women’s basketball teams, and the Wildcat mascot. “The SOC410 students begin their semester with a sociological evaluation of our local community and identify a significant sociocultural challenge,” said the students’ instructor, Rob Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science. “Then, they establish a partnership with a local human service organization and develop a semesterlong service learning project to address this problem in a way that meets the needs of the client, the community, and also allows the students to apply the specialized skills they have learned in their classroom work.” Marking its first anniversary this month, Firetree Place is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and personal enrichment to area youth, families and seniors through comprehensive programs, camps, workshops and seminars.

Chemistry Professor Published in International Journal

Kelly B. Butzler

The Journal of Chemical Education has published a paper written by Kelly B. Butzler, associate professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The paper, “Flipping at an Open-Enrollment College,” was featured in a special 2015 edition of the journal focused on “flipped classrooms.”

Butzler is an avid educational advocate for flipped classrooms – a blended learning approach to standard classrooms. Flipped classrooms move lectures online, outside of class, and move assignments into the classroom, where teachers can provide guidance and answer questions.

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Penn College Paralegal Student Lends Expertise to Task Forces

Stormie B. Mauck, in Penn College's law library

Stormie B. Mauck has yet to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in legal assistant/paralegal studies, but the Pennsylvania College of Technology student already has a full-time job at a Williamsport law firm and is lending her expertise to two Lycoming County task forces – one focused on elder abuse and the other on heroin.

The Beech Creek resident, who says she’s known since middle school that a law career was ideal for her, is a civil litigation paralegal at Lepley, Engelman & Yaw and recently began volunteering for the Elder Law Task Force and Project Bald Eagle, a successor to the Heroin Task Force. Both initiatives are focused on community education and were spearheaded by Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts.

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Math Professor Co-Authors Paper Published in International Journal

William Ma

William Ma, professor of mathematics at Pennsylvania College of Technology, jointly authored a paper published recently in an international journal, The Journal of Analysis.

The paper, titled “Domain constants and quasiconfirmal maps,” was co-authored with C. David Minda, of the University of Cincinnati.

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Federal Grant Helps Student-Parents Pay for On-Campus Child Care

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Robert & Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center received a grant that will help subsidize the cost of child care for eligible parents who are pursuing higher education at the college.

The CCAMPIS grant, which stands for Child Care Access Means Parents in School, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Its purpose is to support the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based child care services. Penn College will receive $102,042 for 2015-16.

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Faculty Member Published in Two International Maritime Publications

Thomas E. Ask

A Pennsylvania College of Technology professor of industrial and human factors design wrote an article, “Ergonomics at Sea,” published in two international publications: the October 2015 issue of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News and The Nautical Institute’s International Maritime Human Element Bulletin, Issue No. 38.

Thomas E. Ask’s article explores ergonomics – the science of designing for the human body – and its designs for maritime applications, which require their own special attention due to the sizable, hazardous equipment being operated in water, as well as environmental and multicultural factors.

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Author/Filmmaker Helps Students See PTSD’s ‘Invisible Wound’

Alivia Tagliaferri

Local author and documentary filmmaker Alivia Tagliaferri visited Joe Miller’s General Psychology class Thursday night to discuss post-traumatic stress disorder.

Tagliaferri’s book, “Beyond the Wall:  The Journey Home,” chronicles the many discussions she had with military veterans at Walter Reed Medical Center.  A sizable portion of those individuals had experienced or were continuing to experience PTSD.

“While many of the patients there had visible wounds – missing limbs, broken bones – PTSD is an invisible wound,” she said. “It isn’t always obvious to an outside observer.”

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Penn College Faculty Member Honors Students’ Resolve

Calvetta A. Walker (center), assistant professor of reading, chose students Chanelle Johnson (left) and Heidi M. Elliott to receive $250 scholarships from the Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators.

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students who impressed a faculty member with their perseverance are each receiving $250 from the Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators.

While attending PADE’s annual conference recently, Calvetta A. Walker, assistant professor of reading, was one of four educators randomly selected to receive a $500 scholarship to give to a student or students of their choice.

Walker selected Heidi M. Elliott, a pre-nursing student from Port Allegany, and Chanelle Johnson, a human services student from Williamsport.

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Faculty Member Chooses ‘Last Words’ From Rich Wellspring of Reminiscence

Tipping his hand about the lecture's sum and substance, Bruce A. Wehler talks about his love of Jesus, Penn College, Penn State and carbohydrates.

Drawing from a figurative and literal backpack, a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member chosen to deliver this year’s David London My Last Words Lecture encouraged his audience to explore the topic “What Are You Full Of? (The Things We Carry),” Thursday evening in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Bruce A. Wehler, assistant professor of English composition, led listeners through a range of stories and anecdotes and shared the meaning he has extracted from numerous personal experiences from the tragic to the triumphant. “Experiences shape us … but we shape the meaning of those experiences,” he said.

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Explore Penn College’s ‘Degrees That Work’ at Oct. 25 Open House

Penn College’s Oct. 25 Open House provides an ideal opportunity to explore “degrees that work.”

The distinctive, hands-on academic programs offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education, will be highlighted at Open House on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Held twice a year, Open House at Penn College provides prospective students and their families an opportunity to sample campus life and learn about 100-plus bachelor’s and associate degrees and certificates.

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Lecture at Penn College to Focus on Creating Meaningful Life

Bruce A. Wehler

With wit and wisdom, a teacher intends to offer a meaningful conversation on our choices and our chances when he takes the stage as the featured presenter in a popular, annual lecture at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Bruce A. Wehler, assistant professor of English composition, is this year’s presenter in the David London My Last Words Lecture Series. His talk, “What Are You Full Of? (The Things We Carry),” is set for Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

“Our lives reflect our choices, and we carry the full weight of those choices everywhere we go as we make our own way in this world,” Wehler said. “At times, we all need to stop and examine what we are carrying that is weighing us down, the attitudes and actions, the beliefs and the blinders that hinder us from experiencing the fullness of life that should be ours. By surrounding ourselves with good people, by appreciating the value of our experiences, and by choosing to live without regret, each one of us can choose to create an extraordinary life.”

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