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Student Managers Reap ‘Autumn Harvest’ for Patisserie Sale

The Advanced Patisserie Operations class will hold an “Autumn Harvest” sale from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Join Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and students for artisan breads, pastries and candies. Student managers are Tiffany A. Reese, a baking and pastry arts student from Wellsboro, and Jessica N. Felton, a culinary arts and systems major from State College. A product list follows: Autumn Harvest

Free, Discounted Tickets Available for ‘Rhythmic Circus’ at CAC

'Rhythmic Circus' at CAC on Oct. 23

Rhythmic Circus is tapping its way to the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, and the Bush Campus Center has a limited number of free tickets available for Penn College students. Once free tickets have been claimed, students can purchase tickets for just $15 at the CC Information Desk. Penn College employees can get adult tickets there for just $20. There is no minimum or maximum number of tickets that can be ordered at one time. This cash-only offer ends at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22; there will be no refunds or exchanges. There’s tap dancing and then there’s Rhythmic Circus, the percussive-dance phenomenon that electrifies audiences with its hard-hitting, rapid-fire tap, side-splitting humor and finger-snapping tunes – performed on everything from sand to folding chairs.  The Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College, is just a few blocks from campus at 220 W. Fourth St.

Penn College Pride as Abundant as Sunshine for Homecoming ’15

A temporary ('though no-less-eye-catching) enhancement to the Penn College skyline

A gorgeous autumn weekend set the stage for a variety of Homecoming events – a year after the institution’s Centennial, but no less celebratory of “Our Proud Penn College Days.”

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Lanterns (and THON Donations) Rise on ‘Perfect’ Fall Evening

Aglow with altruism

The 2015-16 executive board of Penn College Benefiting THON ...

... launches a lantern with hands-on teamwork.

Kelsey J. Maneval (foreground), a nursing major from McAlisterville and vice president of Penn College Benefiting THON, with roommate Jenna F. Kile, a pre-occupational therapy student from Lewistown

Floating tributes, captured in time

Penn College Benefiting THON, the local arm of the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, raised more than $200 Tuesday night – as well as awareness of the fight against childhood cancer. The turnout for the group’s Sky Lantern Release was about double that of last year, when wind and brisk November temperatures posed less-than-ideal conditions. “We were so excited to see so many people come out and support THON!” said Kelsey J. Maneval, vice president of the student organization. “It was much warmer this year, which we believe was a huge benefit. Because it was so cold last year, we actually planned to have it earlier – and I think we got blessed with one of the most perfect and beautiful fall nights.” The fundraising effort culminates in THON Weekend (Feb. 19-21), a 46-hour dance marathon in Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center.  Since 1977, THON has raised more than $127 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Interested contributors can visit the THON Web page, click “Donate Now” and select “Penn College of Technology” as their organization of choice.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Students Explore Global Travel Options at ‘Study Abroad Fair’

Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor of architectural technology, tells his Penn's Inn audience about the three-credit "Sustainable Building and Design" study-abroad program to Europe and the U.K.

Among attendees are Torsten Matzke (left), exchange and study abroad officer at Scotland's Abertay University, and visiting Scottish student James T. Hemmings.

Global community reflected in colorful flag collection

Shanin L. Dougherty, international programs specialist

Spreading the word about the "Non-European Mathematics in the Mayan World," a three-credit journey to Mexico over winter break, is Lana A. Kephart, a Web and interactive media major from Mill Hall.

A Study Abroad Fair, a one-stop peek at the enticing and enlightening opportunities for educational travel, was held Tuesday in the Bush Campus Center. Participants heard presentations on a half-dozen exciting options to study abroad while earning credits toward a Penn College degree.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Bad Weather Can’t Dampen Good Works

Jennifer (left) and Emily Myers, of Catawissa, make it a family affair.

Calah D. Doyka (110), a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration student from Mercersburg, joins Jennifer Doyka (109), of Mercersburg, and Alicia Sebeck, of Morris, N.Y.

Working race check-in are Daniele A. Hebert (left), of Mechanicsburg, enrolled in pre-surgical technology, and April M. Tucker, an applied human services student from Muncy.

The undaunted dozen gather in the Field House for a group shot.

Participants also include Mark A. Johnson (112), of Staunton, Va., welding and fabrication engineering technology; Regan W. Grossman (116), Honesdale, building automation technology; and Benjamin Doyka, of Mercersburg.

A dozen intrepid participants withstood Saturday’s soggy weather to champion the 5K Walk/Run for Penn College Benefiting THON. Part of Penn State’s annual dance marathon to fight pediatric cancer, the local student organization collected $175 in its latest fundraiser. “We definitely thank those that braved the rain to come out and support the children,” said Max C. Bower, a heavy construction equipment: operator emphasis major from Lewisberry and president of the campus chapter. “One-hundred percent of the profit will be going to THON.”
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Employers Schedule Campus Information Sessions

Three employers, hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of available jobs, will hold information sessions at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Recruiting on campus are Advantage Resourcing-Ford, in Rooms 110/112 of the Parkes Automotive Technology Center; First Quality, in Room 205 of the Bush Campus Center; and Universal Health Services Inc., in Room E252 of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. (Advantage will conduct interviews Wednesday in CC, Room 202.) For details, including open positions and applicable academic majors, consult the Career Services’ flier: On-Campus Recruitment

Tech Scholars Tour K’NEX Plant on Manufacturing Day

Penn College Tech Scholars enjoy interacting with Joel Glickman, chairman and inventor of K’NEX. From left are Nicholas C. Moore, Lock Haven, plastics & polymer engineering technology; Rylee A. Butler, Bellefonte, engineering design technology; Kelsey L. Shaak, Quakertown, information technology sciences: gaming and simulation; Logan T. Beidleman, Hope Mills, N.C., welding & fabrication engineering technology; Glickman; Connor L. Winslow, Blanchard, information technology sciences: gaming & simulation; and Ethan M. Yoder, Denver, software development & information management.

Six Pennsylvania College of Technology students celebrated Friday’s Manufacturing Day by visiting The Rodon Group in Hatfield.

“They got to see the manufacturing process firsthand,” said David S. Richards, professor of physics, who accompanied the students.

All the students are recipients of S-STEM Tech Scholar Scholarships provided through a National Science Foundation grant. The scholarships are intended to encourage and help retain students pursuing STEM careers.

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PA Students Add to Health Services’ Flu-Fighting Arsenal

Savanna R. Stauffer, a physician assistant student from Ephrata, draws a dose of the vaccine into a syringe.

PA student Bryce A. Petersheim, of Birdsboro, administers a flu shot to Francis J. Quigley, an engineering design technology student from Coatesville.

After a reportedly pain-free injection, physician assistant student Jessica A. Gmerek, of Bellefonte, applies an adhesive bandage to Katelin E. Thompson, an occupational therapy assistant major from Osceola Mills.

Physician assistant students joined the crew of School of Health Sciences students who are putting their education to use for the Penn College community this week, helping to administer flu shots in College Health Services. Nursing students are also taking shifts providing the vaccines, which are available through 4 p.m. Monday and from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. College Health Services, on the first floor of the Bush Campus Center, is providing the shots to Penn College students, employees and their spouses and dependents (9 years and older) at a cost of $15.

The Dye Is Cast for Successful Homecoming Week

Members of the Blue Crew, supervised by General Services' Gary T. Pandolfi, form a school-spirited bucket brigade. (Photo by Allison A. Bressler)

The officers and adviser of the Blue Crew campus-pride organization stand before the Veterans' Fountain, appropriately colored for Homecoming. From left are Jessica R. Wiegand, a business administration: marketing concentration major from Trout Run; Kacie L. Weaver, an applied human services student from Harrisburg; Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life; and Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College.

A pre-Homecoming tradition was renewed outside the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center shortly after sunrise Monday, as General Services and the Blue Crew tinted the Veterans’ Fountain in advance of the week’s activities. The officers and adviser of the Wildcat booster organization joined Charley A. Kern, director of facilities engineering for GS; John M. Chernego, environmental specialist; and Gary T. Pandolfi, refrigeration, heating and plumbing mechanic, in the third annual kickoff event.

Women’s Group, College Police Hold Self-Defense Clinic

Officer Farr demonstrates effective self-defense.

Attendees watch a video in the Bush Campus Center.

Keeping the mood light while learning a serious lesson are (from left) student leaders Jessica R. Wiegand, Kacie L. Weaver and Chesnya I. Cherulus.

Participants practice the techniques they've learned.

The College Women of Williamsport and Penn College police co-sponsored “Release the Inner Wildcat in You,” a self-defense class, in Penn’s Inn on Friday afternoon. Attendees watched a video, learned defensive moves from Officer Catherine J. Farr, took part in a raffle for T-shirts and self-defense tools, and participated in a question-and-answer session. A second session is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6; email CWOW to reserve a spot.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Living-Learning Community Makes Time for Leisure, Too

First-year IT students bond with faculty, one another at Hooplas.

The Information Technology Living-Learning Community recently enjoyed a night of recreation and relaxation at Hooplas Family Fun & Grill in Muncy Township, where 17 students and four faculty members gathered to play miniature golf. “It was an awesome opportunity for first-year students to be with some of the IT teachers outside of the classroom,” said Ryan Monteleone, of Stevens, an information assurance and cyber security major and LLC mentor who provided the photo. “This also gave the new students the chance to meet other new students, all while having some fun.” The group is planning a paintball trip on Oct. 11, open to students from all of Penn College’s Living-Learning Communities – themed housing arrangements for first-year residents in automotive, health sciences, hospitality and IT majors.

Every Day Is Manufacturing Day at Penn College

In honor of National Manufacturing Day, Penn College invited innovative companies Gilson Boards and Pneu-Dart to campus to interact with students, faculty and staff on Friday. The companies fit right in at the college, which features a number of manufacturing-related degrees and a new innovation leadership minor … although many potential students and their parents aren’t aware of the natural connection. “I think the perception of manufacturing still to a great length is that it’s dark, dirty, low-paying, expendable positions that you don’t need a lot of background, experience or training for,” says David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, in a video added to the college’s YouTube channel. “And that’s really just not accurate.”

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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Nursing Students Administer Flu Vaccinations

Luke D. Spang (left), of Manheim, inoculates classmate Benjamin S. Leibig, of Lebanon.

Engaging in participatory journalism, student photographer Caleb G. Schirmer – an applied management major from Sugarloaf – is vaccinated by Haylea D. Estright, of Brisbin.

James N, Ahern, an information assurance and cyber security major from Mechanicsburg, rolls up his sleeve for Monirh S. Larkpor, of Darby.

In a collaboration between Penn College’s Nursing Department and College Health Services, bachelor-degree students in Terri A. Stone’s Fundamentals of Nursing class gave flu shots Thursday in the Bush Campus Center. Health Services will continue to provide the vaccinations to faculty, staff, students, dependents and spouses from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The cost of the flu vaccine is $15, payable by cash, check (payable to Penn College) or credit card. According to Health Services, the only medical reason why someone should not receive the flu vaccine is an allergy to eggs, neomycin or polymixin, or a previous life-threatening reaction to an influenza vaccine.