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A Grand Way to Say ‘Thanks’

An owl adds a whimsical touch to Jessica N. Felton’s chocolate sculpture.

Charlie Brown’s iconic zigzag stripe adds character to Ana Nicole Uribe’s display, which celebrated “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

The talented hands behind the buffet, with their instructor (from left) Marissa R. Dimoff, Jenna Zaremba, Jessica N. Felton, Sabrina Smith, Tiffany A. Reese, Jazmin R. Walker, Ana Nicole Uribe and Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts and culinary arts.

A harvest-season cake was a whole-class project and a focal point of the buffet.

Jazmin R. Walker’s chai turkey creampuffs set the seasonal stage.

Students in the Pastry Food Show and Buffet Presentations Concepts course – a capstone class in the baking and pastry arts major – presented a delectable fall-themed Grand Pastry Buffet on Nov. 20, just in time for the Thanksgiving feast. Seven students displayed their skill through chocolate and sugar centerpieces, taste-tempting cakes and bite-sized confections during an event that honored the college’s 1914 Society, who were guests of Institutional Advancement at the event, held in the Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge.

Fictitious Patient Teaches Real-Life Lesson on Teamwork

Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator in nursing, gathers students onstage in the Academic Center Auditorium for a debriefing.

Students representing various majors talk through a patient’s case with Tushanna M. Habalar, instructor of nursing (in gray sweater).

Michelle A. Walczak, associate professor of nursing, asks students to consider the patient’s emotions as first responders arrive.

Nursing students listen to the outlook of peers in other health disciplines.

The School of Health Sciences held the first of two Interdisciplinary Professional Experiences of the year for Penn College students on Nov. 20, involving more than 100 students from four academic programs in a case study that helped them think through a patient’s health care experience through the eyes of other professionals – as well as the patient. The students gathered in small groups – with at least one representative from each of the involved programs on every team – to discuss the fictional case of “Mrs. Smith,” a busy working mom whose vehicle crashes when she experiences an apparent stroke. Students talked through the role of each medical provider who will encounter the patient and what information each professional needs from the others. “The main focus is communication,” said Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator in nursing, who helped to facilitate the event. In the spring, the School of Health Sciences will hold a hands-on IPE event, using actors to simulate patients with emergency health concerns.

Masonry Students Aid Sensory Garden, Feel Community’s Gratitude

A “Penn College 2015” brick signifies the workmanship by instructor Glenn R. Luse (in suspenders) and nine students from his Advanced Masonry class, who constructed accessible flower beds at the Lysock View Complex.

Nine masonry students from Pennsylvania College of Technology recently installed accessible flower beds at the Lysock View Complex in Montoursville, receiving personal satisfaction and public acknowledgment of their much-appreciated community service.

The students, from instructor Glenn R. Luse’s Advanced Masonry Principles class, raised the beds to wheelchair height at the Lycoming County Sensory Garden so that disabled residents have an equal opportunity to exercise their green thumbs. In the process, the construction majors – who are used to having their projects disassembled at the end of class – have a tangible and lasting reminder of their shared skills.

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Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Employers to recruit at Penn College

Hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of job prospects, two employers will hold information sessions on campus at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday: Victaulic in Room B2057 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center and Corning Inc. in Room 104 of College Avenue Labs. (Corning will schedule follow-up interviews for Wednesday in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center.) For details, including available positions and applicable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Employers on Campus

Time-Honored Greetings Return to Campus Mall

Madigan Library

In what has become a heartwarming and eagerly awaited tradition at Penn College, 29 student organizations and seven campus offices say “Happy Holidays” through large wooden cards installed on the mall outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. The cards will be lighted at 5 p.m. Dec. 2, when President Davie Jane Gilmour announces which were the most popular in online voting. (There will be free cocoa and cookies, too!)

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Cisco Academy Hosts Alumnus’ Presentation

Daniel J. Clarke, among the Penn College alumni who frequently (and magnanimously) return to campus for current students' benefit

PowerPoint slides depict a global explosion of information and the technology needed to manage it, creating a need for careers beyond imagination.

Clarke's return visit, one of many he has made since his 2007 graduation, was organized by faculty member Jeff Weaver (left).

Daniel J. Clarke, a systems engineer for Cisco Systems who earned four information technology degrees from Penn College in 2007, returned Thursday to share his knowledge on “the Internet of Things” and provide tips on how to be successful in the information technology field. Clarke’s real-world insight, shared in a Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center classroom, was facilitated by Jeff Weaver, associate professor of electronics. Penn College is a Cisco Networking Academy that offers classes to prepare students for Cisco Certified Network Associate.  For more information about Cisco certifications or how to schedule for a class, stop by Weaver’s office (Center for Business & Workforce Development, Room 156), or contact him at 326-3761, ext. 7702, or by e-mail.
Photos by Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist

Radiography Students Hold Their Own in ‘Technibowl’ Competition

Penn College radiography students compete at Hershey

Radiography students recently attended a “Technibowl” competition at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, competing with similar schools in the immediate area (Geisinger Medical Center, Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, College of Misericordia, Penn State and the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences). Two-student teams from all schools participated in three rounds of 30 board certification-style questions, with points earned for each correct answer. Penn State claimed the top three places. While students from each school were at different points in their education – Penn College students won’t graduate for nearly a year after some of their competitors – Jessica L. Reed, of South Williamsport, and Aaron R. Curry, of Hamburg, finished just out of third place. Georgia T. Grey, clinical supervisor, and Karen L. Plankenhorn, interim clinical director, chaperoned the group.
Photo by Karen L. Plankenhorn

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

Jones Dairy Farm Establishes Scholarship for Culinary Students

Representatives of Jones Dairy Farm visited Penn College’s hospitality programs to present the first Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Scholarship to a student. From left are Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts; Joe Moore, territory sales manager for Jones Dairy Farm; scholarship recipient Sarah B. Fiedler, a culinary arts and systems student from Lock Haven; Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation; and Kate Hunter, manager for Peak Sales & Marketing, who earned associate degrees in food and hospitality management and culinary arts technology from Penn College in 2000.

Jones Dairy Farm, a 126-year-old family-owned-and-operated business and leader in all-natural breakfast sausage for the food service and retail industries, has extended its support for culinary arts education around the country by establishing an annual scholarship for Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

The Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Scholarship will benefit two students each year who are enrolled in the college’s culinary arts and systems bachelor-degree major or the culinary arts technology associate-degree major, have successfully completed two semesters, and have achieved a GPA of 2.75 or higher.

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Penn College Scholarship to Reward Sustainable Lifestyle

A new scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit students who demonstrate a passion and commitment to sustainability.

“Sustainability is more than just a buzzword. It is becoming a core value for many businesses and organizations,” said Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. “This scholarship will reward students who not only take the topic of sustainability seriously when presented in the classroom, but who also put it into practice through their activities on campus and in the community.”

An anonymous donor established the fund with the goal of building to an endowment of at least $25,000, after which it will become a permanent source of scholarships through the annual Penn College Awards program administered by the Student Activities Office.

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Students’ Creative Talents at Work for Penn College

Creative students at work

Four students are employed by Public Relations & Marketing at Pennsylvania College of Technology, using their video editing and photography talents to help publicize Penn College people, programs and events.

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‘Stuff the Truck’ Tradition Grows to Battle Hunger

Donations were collected at dropoff receptacles at five campus locations since late October.

Brittany R. Terpstra (right), a student assistant in the Student Activities Office, tallies Omega Delta Sigma's prize-winning contribution.

Kimberly R. Cassel, director of student activities, adds to a donation barrel.

A heartened Sara H. Ousby watches as SGA President Zachary T. Peachey (center) and a Pepsi volunteer "Stuff the Truck."

Donations en route to local Salvation Army chapter.

Penn College’s third annual Stuff the Truck food drive brought in more than 1,300 nonperishable items to benefit the Williamsport Salvation Army Food Pantry. Students Making a Contribution, the Office for Diversity & Community Engagement and Pepsi partnered to sponsor the event, which will help local families in need this Thanksgiving. Participants were able to load their items into the Pepsi truck in the Bush Campus Center Loop on Tuesday and enjoy cider in the building’s lobby. Student organizations brought in a whopping 941 items, according to Sara H. Ousby, director of diversity and community engagement. Omega Delta Sigma, the national veterans fraternity, was the top organizational donor with 376 items and will win a bowling night for its members. Other campus groups that donated to the cause were Cru, Baja SAE, Health Information Association, Students of Musical Development, Construction Management Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Penn College Classic Cruisers, American Institute of Architecture Students, PCT 4×4 Club, Legal Society, Diesel Performance Club, Student Government Association and the Association for Computing Machinery. Wildcat student-athletes also participated with a sizable donation.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

College ‘Giving Tree’ Again Provides Outlet for Holiday Generosity

"Giving Tree" installed in Student Activities Office

Interested in helping a local child in need this holiday season? The Penn College “Giving Tree,” bearing tags representing scores of newborns to 12-year-olds who could benefit from your generous donation, is located in the Student Activities Office. The process for sponsoring someone is easy; instructions for students, employees, organizations and offices are available alongside the tree (Bush Campus Center, first floor) or on the myPCT portal.
Photo 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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