PCToday and the entire Penn College community welcome prospective students, their families and their friends to Spring Open House. Helpful and personable students, employees and alumni are on hand throughout the day, encouraging potential enrollees and other visitors to make the most of their stay. And remember: Apply today and the $50 application fee is waived!
Horticulture students from Pennsylvania College of Technology finished in the top 10 of three categories in the Professional Landscape Network’s 39th annual Student Career Days held in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The eight-member Penn College contingent competed in 14 landscape-related contests during the March 11-15 event, in addition to visiting the career fair, and networking with more than 800 students and numerous industry professionals from across the country. Traveling with the group were instructor/1993 alumnus Carl J. Bower Jr. and 1978 graduate Ronald A. Burger, an Alumni Mentorship Award winner in 2013.
Penn College’s second annual “Man-i-Cures” fundraiser, in which fraternity brothers paint fingernails for a cause, resulted in $642 in contributions to be shared by six charities. For a $5 donation during the two-day event, each “salon” patron could pick his or her color based on the chosen charity: purple for suicide prevention, for which $172 was raised; pink for breast cancer prevention, $127; teal for sexual assault awareness, $117; blue for Autism Speaks, $82; gold for the THON fight against pediatric cancer, $82; red for AIDS Resource, $62. Eyewitness News reporter Valerie Tysanner visited the Bush Campus Center for a piece that premiered Tuesday evening and was aired several more times throughout the news cycle.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer, and Morgan N. Keyser, a graphic design major from Cogan Station
The 13th annual Sealant Saturday event, held March 21 in Penn College’s dental clinic, was very successful (and busy). Dental hygiene students provided free services to 56 children between the ages of 6 and 15, and placed 290 sealants. All children also received a fluoride varnish treatment. In the real world, a dental sealant costs $35 to 60 per tooth, so, if you do the math, more than $10,000 worth of free care was provided to help the fight against tooth decay! Downstairs, meanwhile, students in a Pediatric Nursing class staffed a variety of stations in the atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. Sealant Saturday participants and their siblings were invited to stations with painting, Play-Doh, puzzles, chess, Twister, coloring and gymnastics, filling the ATHS atrium with music and fun. (Requirements were that the activities be age-appropriate and not involve video screens.) Youngsters also received prizes, such as Penn College water bottles and lanyards, courtesy of President Davie Jane Gilmour’s office.
Pre-orders are being accepted through noon Friday for the Advanced Patisserie Operations class’s popular Easter bake sale. Student managers for the sale, to be held 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), are Rachel C. Cooper, of Bangor; Autumn E. MacInnis, of Trout Run; and Jeremy R. Sheets, of Hughesville. Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, said many additional items will be available on the day of the sale for those who wish to visit and wait in line; there will be a separate pre-order pickup line for those who need to “get in and get out.” A product list follows: Bake Sales
The Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships will hold an information session for Penn College students and alumni at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 110 of the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. For details on the information sessions, including open positions and the applicable academic majors, consult the Career Services’ flier: Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships
Students struggling to ditch tobacco got a boost Tuesday from one of their own, a School of Health Sciences major who offered both enlightenment and encouragement. Cassandra B. Mohr, of Lewistown, enrolled in the four-year dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, repeated her presentation of “Don’t Let Tobacco Use Cause Oral Health Abuse!” outside the Keystone Dining Room. The prevalence of tobacco use at Penn College was a catalyst for Mohr, who created the peer program to educate students about the detrimental effects that smoking (and other forms of tobacco) can have on the mouth, as well as the rest of the body. Educational materials were available, as well as motivational support for students who wish to set a quit date. The snow-delayed program was a continuation of a series of presentations, as Mohr has spread the word at various on- and off-campus sites in recent months.
Photos by Elizabeth S. Greis, student photographer
Four students are employed by the Public Relations & Marketing Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology, using their photographic and videography talents to help publicize Penn College people, programs and events.
Penn College’s Plastics & Innovation Resource Center is included in a five-minute video being shown this week at NPE: The International Plastics Showcase in Orlando, Fla. Portions of the video, presented by the state Department of Community & Economic Development and focused on the commonwealth’s plastics industry, were shot Feb. 10 on main campus. A number of Penn College plastics students and faculty, as well as PIRC representatives, are attending the conference/trade show.
As the result of a slow ground thaw, Pennsylvania College of Technology has had all of its home baseball and softball games postponed through the end of the month, but the college’s men’s tennis and golf teams are expected to open this week as scheduled. And the archery team “put on a good show” as it recently closed out the indoor season.
Career Fairs Attract Record Number of Employers
Nationally, employment projections are encouraging for the Class of 2015. Recent career fairs at Pennsylvania College of Technology reflected that positive reality.
Approximately 210 employers offering more than 2,400 jobs and internships participated in the spring career fairs at the college’s main campus and Lumley Aviation Center. The number of employers, including several Fortune 500 companies, was an all-time high, according to Erin S. Shultz, coordinator of career development.
“It was so large we outgrew our capacity and had a waiting list for employers hoping to attend,” Shultz said. “That is a good problem to have! Technical education and hands-on training are in demand, and our students and alumni are highly recruited.”
The Penn College Construction Association expanded its opportunity to interact with potential employers with an invitation to remain on campus for a social event following this week’s Career Fair. Using Penn’s Inn as the backdrop, club members opened the social with a brief introduction to the purpose of the club. Officers highlighted several of their community service projects while their guests enjoyed a much-needed break to sit and enjoy the presentation. “We wanted to give students and prospective employers an opportunity to continue conversations from the Career Fair in a more informal setting,” said Ryan T. Fry, PCCA president. “While I graduate in May, my goal is for this social event to becoming a sustaining activity for future Penn College students.” After the brief presentation of club activities, the students, employers and faculty members enjoyed casual talk about the industry. For faculty, it was also an opportunity to catch up with alumni now working in the field. “I’ve been involved with the club since I started at Penn College. Being involved has allowed me to become engaged with the community,” said Vincent S. DelMonte, PCCA vice president. “The club provided me with additional avenues to apply my skills. I like to call this club my ‘free class,’” he added with a laugh.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean, construction and design technologies
A cake inspired by Frank Sinatra’s “Come Rain or Come Shine” took the top prize in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual cake competition. The theme for the March 3 contest was “Love Songs.”
The cake was designed by Kelsey L. Park, of State College, whose winning techniques included pulled-sugar roses, piped “cornelli lace,” hand-piped lettering and fondant piano keys. Park is enrolled in the baking and pastry arts major at Penn College.
The latest addition to the Penn College YouTube Channel features three engaging students in a two-minute celebration of rigorous academics and high-energy campus life. Join Jessica N. Felton, a culinary arts and systems student from State College; Garrett D. Corneliussen, of Hickory, North Carolina, enrolled in welding and fabrication engineering technology; and aviation maintenance technology major Bryan M. Behm, of Fleetwood, as they share why they chose the college for their “degrees that work.” Then help spread the word through social media!