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Design Students Drafted to Help Brand New Major

Whyman shows her design utilized in an environmental application (on the wall leading to the lab).

Keyser shares her branding ideas with the client committee.

Exceptional student-produced inspirations

Neff discusses logo variations.

Bennett and fellow students also shared the view of their designs on the lab’s exterior windows.

The blending of design and science was evident as graphic design students recently shared their branding campaigns for Penn College’s new brewing and fermentation science degree. As a component of last semester’s Corporate Identity course (ART140) taught by Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design, students developed branding for the new major. The work of four students was selected to be presented to faculty and administrators tasked with launching the brewing and fermentation science degree. Senior graphic design students participating in the presentations were Ainsley R. Bennett, of Montoursville; Morgan N. Keyser, of Dillsburg; Andrea L. Neff, of Trout Run, and Eliza R. Whyman, of Williamsport. “The level of quality and creativity in these presentations was a true inspiration,” said Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology. “Each presentation gave a unique perspective on branding, and the client committee identified aspects from all presentations we would like to incorporate.” The major will begin this fall.

Wildcat Dance Team to Perform Twice in ACC Auditorium

Penn College’s Wildcat Dance Team will hold its spring “Take the Stage” fundraiser at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 8, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. for the performance; general admission tickets are $8 each. Team members will showcase numerous styles of dance throughout the production, including jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, street funk, modern, Broadway jazz, character, cheer, commercial jazz, baton and contemporary. The musical selections that will accompany the choreography are a variety of  traditional, urban, and contemporary. All proceeds from the show will support the Wildcat Dance Team in achieving its fundraising goals. The production, “certain to bring joy to dance enthusiasts of all ages,” will be reprised for students, staff and faculty only in a free performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. Doors to the auditorium will open at 7:30 that evening.

Penn College Hosting ‘S.W.O.R.D. Fights’

A scene from the “Fall Brawl” robotic competition at Penn College. The student organization S.W.O.R.D. has scheduled another event for April 8.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student group is inviting community members to fight – with robots.

The Student Wildcats of Robotic Design club is hosting “S.W.O.R.D. Fights 3: Revenge of the Wedge” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 8 in the college’s Field House. The competition encourages participants to design, fabricate and test “antweight” (1 pound) and “beetleweight” robots (3 pounds) before engaging in “combat.”

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Penn College Students in Demand at Career Fair

Among the alumni industry representatives at Penn College’s Spring Career Fair is Flex-Cell Precision Inc.’s Brian C. Kohler (second from right) who earned a manufacturing engineering technology degree in 2003.

A projected promising national employment outlook for the Class of 2017 proved to be the reality for Pennsylvania College of Technology students at the school’s recent Career Fair.

More than 230 employers, a record for the Spring Career Fair, visited campus, offering approximately 2,500 jobs and internships to Penn College students. The employers included 17 Fortune 500 companies.

“In my 10 years of managing the Career Fair, the message from employers hasn’t changed. They need graduates with real-world technical skills,” said Erin S. Shultz, coordinator of career development. “Even when the economy dips, our students remain in demand, as we offer recession-proof technology majors. With the current favorable job market, I wasn’t surprised that we had such a high number of employers on campus.”

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Employers to Meet With Students, Alumni

In search of students and alumni from a range of academic areas, four employers will conduct information sessions in the coming week. Representatives of Forecon Inc. will be in Room 120 of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center at 11 a.m. Tuesday, and Frederick County (Maryland) Public Schools will be in Room 157B of College Avenue Labs at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday; Thursday will feature 3:30 p.m. visits by ConAgra Foods (CAL, Room 157B) and James Posey Associates (CAL, Room 104). For details, consult the Career Services flier: Employer Sessions

Penn College IT Class to Help Public Fight Cybercrime

Students in the Support Center Procedures and Practices class at Penn College prepare for a public cybersecurity presentation, “Tech Savvy, Tech Smart.” The free event is scheduled for April 19 at 7 p.m. in the presentation room of the college’s Student & Administrative Services Center. The students will offer identity-protection tips and answer cybersecurity questions.

Last year, an all-time high 4.2 billion records were exposed from reported data breaches worldwide, according to Risk Based Security. With cybercrime becoming an increasing threat to both businesses and individuals, information technology students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are determined to act.

Granted, students in the college’s Support Center Procedures and Practices class don’t boast IT superpowers, but they do possess considerable knowledge. They will share that expertise during a free public event, “Tech Savvy, Tech Safe,” scheduled for 7 p.m. April 19 in the presentation room of the college’s Student & Administrative Services Center.

The students will deliver a series of identity protection tips before hosting small breakout sessions for participants to ask their individual cybersecurity questions. Attendees are encouraged to bring their mobile devices to facilitate problem-solving. Light refreshments will be served.

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PPL Field Manager Emphasizes Workplace Safety in Classroom Talk

With instructor Andrew R. Wolfe watching from right, PPL's Chuck Wood (left) demonstrates personal protective equipment with the help of electrical technology major John J. Aleksiejczyk IV, of Hatboro.

Chuck Wood, field manager of distribution operations for PPL Electric Utilities, was a guest speaker at Andrew R. Wolfe’s Accident Prevention class Tuesday night. Wolfe, a part-time instructor of electrical technology/occupations, invited him to talk about the importance of safety in the workplace. Wood supervises and directs maintenance of all substations, low-tension networks and underground utilities in PPL’s Susquehanna and Central divisions (Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton).
Photo by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Inspiring Speaker Champions Circuitous Route to Life’s Rewards

Attendees line a Bush Campus Center stairway for an "awesome" group photo.

Carol A. Lugg fronts a graphical representation of her decidedly roundabout career lifeline.

Colorful table accessories include bubble soap interactively incorporated by the speaker.

Guest Leslie M. Medina, a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major, joins in the fun.

A Penn's Inn crowd celebrates exemplary students.

Thirty-five Penn College students were honored Tuesday evening as the latest Awesome Women Exemplars during a reception in Penn’s Inn, sponsored by Campus & Community Engagement. The gathering featured a welcome and award presentations by Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement, and a keynote address by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of the School of Construction & Design Technologies. Lugg shared highlights from her personal life and professional career, and encouraged the audience to consider how various “spheres” of importance (family, academic life, career, hobbies, roles, etc.) travel in a nonlinear fashion throughout one’s lifetime, often influencing and intersecting in unexpected, yet beneficial ways. As an interactive activity, she encouraged guests to blow bubbles using miniature soap bottles she’d shared prior to her talk. The 12th annual AWE event also paid homage to March as National Women’s History Month.

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Campus Roundtable Brings Timely Topics Into Focus

Craig A. Miller (left), assistant professor of history and political science, facilitates the insightful conversation, along with Art L. Counterman, an instructor of electrical technology/occupations.

... encouraging engagement by students in Penn's Inn.

Penn College’s recurring roundtable turned to “The State of Trump’s America” this week, affording a Bush Campus Center audience the opportunity for civil discourse on matters related to the current White House administration. The Student Activities Office sponsors the series, which regularly encourages the campus community to dissect and discuss pressing and provocative issues of the day.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

WEB Delivers Magical ‘Harry Potter Night’

"The wand chooses the wizard" at Ollivander's shop, but, in Dauphin Hall, you can make your own ...

... along with a magical mug!

Madison P. Shrout, a graphic design major from Peterburg, donned Gryffindor garb to pose challenging Potter questions.

Attendees could choose from a variety of

Outside looking in, at the end of a wintry week

Twenty years after author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter, the literary juggernaut and the movies that it spawned continue to captivate millions – including the Penn College students who celebrated Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this past week in the Capitol Eatery. The Wildcat Events Board sponsored the activity-filled evening, which included novelties, trivia and candy reminiscent of the book series. Interested in helping to plan campus events? Email WEB!
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

‘Italian Pasticceria’ Sale Set for Wednesday

Say "Hello" to continental confections!

Cannoli among the day's featured desserts

Fresh fruit tarts are also on the menu.

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II’s Advanced Baking and Pastry Operations class will hold an “Italian Pasticceria” sale from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 29, in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Student managers for the sale are baking and pastry arts majors Crystal A. Calaman, of Dushore; Nathan Diaz and Alexis L. Kepley, of Reading; Alesha A. Dunlap, of Worthington; and Ally T. Monborne, of Williamsport. More details, including a product list and details/deadlines for ordering a specially decorated double-layer cake, follow: Italian Pasticceria

Student Development Assistants Say ‘Thank You’ to Donors

Student development assistants share a message of indebtedness to benefactors' generosity.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s student development assistants are inspiring their peers to thank the donors who make it possible for them all to earn degrees that work.

During February, they hosted a Thank a Donor Day activity in which they encouraged students to sign an oversized “Thank you” card in appreciation of all who give their time, expertise, money, equipment, grants and more to Penn College. The development assistants used the opportunity to talk with other students about who donors are, what they provide and the benefit of those gifts.

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‘BYOC’ to the Field House This Saturday

Gamers fill the Field House for last year's event.

"BYOC 2017" to be held Saturday

Penn College’s Bring Your Own Computer 2017, “the biggest gaming event of the year,” will be held from noon to midnight Saturday, March 25, in the Field House. Hosted by a collaborative mix of gaming, technology and social clubs on campus – the Gamers’ Guild, the Association of Professional Programmers, the Game Development Club, the Association for Computing Machinery and the Information Security Association – BYOC provides 12 hours of gaming, friendly competition and socialization. Whether or not you have a gaming computer, a laptop or a console, everybody is invited to join the fun! More than 25 tournaments (including Super Smash Bros., Counter Strike: GO, Overwatch, Halo, Rocket League, League of Legends, Minecraft, Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, and many others) run all day, many of them requiring nothing more than gamers and their skill. The event will have food, door prizes and tournament prizes, and will be live-streamed by the Game Development Club on Twitch. Donations will benefit Child’s Play, a charity that provides toys and games to more than 100 hospitals worldwide. More information, including complete tournament schedules and prize lists, is available online.
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When Life Gives You Snow … Turn It Into Art!

Stabley (left) and Easton N. Latranyi, of Danville, a senior in manufacturing engineering technology ...

... strategically place snowballs into eye-pleasing position.

The final creation, topped with decorative twigs, outside the Bush Campus Center

What better way to celebrate the first day of spring than by creating a snow sculpture? That’s what students in two of David A. Stabley’s art electives did Monday in front of the Bush Campus Center. Stabley, instructor of ceramics/wood sculpture, and students in Wood Sculpture and Ceramics II classes got out of the lab and into some creative exploration. Similar to other campus projects crafted by Stabley’s students (usually in fairer weather), their creation was inspired by the environmental art of famed British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.
Most photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

‘How Do You Solve a Problem With No One Right Answer?’

A new “Your Class in 60 Seconds” video visits the Supervisor and Human Relations course of Summer L. Bukeavich, a faculty member in Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality. Through a mix of individual instruction, small-group interaction and class discussion, students apply what they learn to build the best possible solution to the situation at hand. “Our instructor challenges us, giving us difficult personnel problems we have to solve,” says Alexander C. McDonnell, a business administration: management concentration major from Brookhaven. “Unlike lecture, managers are thrown into trying situations. Through this class, we simulate various workplace scenarios and prepare to tackle these supervisory issues with a hands-on approach. We learn. We play games. We argue. We debrief and we become comfortable in uncomfortable situations.”