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Penn College Part of Another Successful THON

Penn College's student THON contingent included (from left) MacKenzie L. Martin, of Thompsontown; dancers Stephanie C. Myers and Sarah M. Luprek; campus chair Emma J. Sutterlin, of State College, holding Zoey Witmer, daughter of Katelyn A. Keefer, of Northumberland; Brianna M. Young, of Fayetteville, N.C.; and James S. Alger, of Campbelltown.

Penn College’s student THON contingent included (from left) MacKenzie L. Martin, of Thompsontown; dancers Stephanie C. Myers and Sarah M. Luprek; campus chair Emma J. Sutterlin, of State College, holding Zoey Witmer, daughter of Katelyn A. Keefer, of Northumberland; Brianna M. Young, of Fayetteville, N.C.; and James S. Alger, of Campbelltown.

Another portrait of encouragement: Clockwise from left are Lillian L. "Lily" Pakradooni, of Shillington; Satterlin and Witmer; Brieona R. Broadwater, of Berlin; and Young.

Another portrait of encouragement: Clockwise from left are Lillian L. “Lily” Pakradooni, of Shillington; Satterlin and Witmer; Brieona R. Broadwater, of Berlin; and Young.

“For the kids” (and for its second consecutive year), Penn College sent two dancers and an invaluable support network of cheerleading friends, classmates and donors to the recent Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon – more simply known as THON. The nation’s largest student-run philanthropy, the yearlong effort raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. Representing Penn College Benefiting THON on the floor of the 46-hour dance marathon, held in late February at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center to benefit the Four Diamonds Fundwere Sarah M. Luprek, of Berlin, enrolled in health arts: practical nursing emphasis, and Stephanie C. Myers, a culinary arts and systems major from Catawissa. “THON was an amazing experience for me, especially as a freshman. I would do it again if I got the chance,” Myers said. “It was great to see the smiles on the children’s faces during the weekend. For those 46 hours, it was like they were just normal kids having the times of their lives. Being able to just hang out with those kids for a little bit is something special, and I am proud to have represented Penn College at THON.” The Penn College organization held a number of fundraisers throughout the year, coupled with street-side collections and online donations, contributing to THON’s overall total of $13,026,653.53.
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‘French Favorites’ Bake Sale Set for Wednesday

The Advanced Patisserie Operations class will hold a “French Favorites” bake sale – the fourth of eight sales scheduled for the Spring 2015 semester – 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). Student managers are baking and pastry arts majors Shannon E. Croney, of Lake Ariel; Rebecca L. Rizzo, of Palmyra; and Janell E. Gibbs, of Beach Lake. Join Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and students for artisan breads, pastries and candies. A product list, including instructions for pre-ordering a specialty cake by Monday’s noon deadline, follows: French Favorites

Caleb G. Schirmer Named ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Caleb G. Schirmer

Caleb G. Schirmer, of Sugarloaf, a technology management major at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been chosen as the February Student of the Month.

Schirmer, who earned an associate degree in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis in 2014, is president of the Off-Campus Housing Organization and secretary of Students Making a Contribution.

He is also a member of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), a Student Government Association senator from the School of Business & Hospitality, and an English tutor in Penn College’s Writing Center. He supports a number of additional student organizations, including the Horticulture Club and Penn College Benefiting THON.

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IT Students Share Strategies for Staying Safe Online

William C. Blessing talks about the malicious methods employed to compromise computer security.

William C. Blessing talks about the malicious methods employed to compromise computer security.

Zachary L. Lundberg addresses the benefits (and more than occasional pitfalls) of geolocation, which pinpoints and shares one's physical whereabouts.

Zachary L. Lundberg addresses the benefits (and more than occasional pitfalls) of geolocation, which pinpoints and shares one’s physical whereabouts.

Several "cloud"-based systems for information backup are assessed by Adam T. Check.

Several “cloud”-based systems for information backup are assessed by Adam T. Check.

David M. Mossop (left) and Jeremy W. Rennicks cover multiple security considerations, including password strength, wireless security and the endless shelf life of Internet posts.

David M. Mossop (left) and Jeremy W. Rennicks cover multiple security considerations, including password strength, wireless security and the endless shelf life of Internet posts.

Members of Penn College’s Information Security Association observed Data Privacy Month on Wednesday with brief presentations on relevant topics about online protection. Intended mainly as a peer-to-peer supplement to the introductory Information, Technology and Society course, the afternoon program included valuable tips for anyone concerned about his or her digital footprint. Sharing their knowledge in the Student & Administrative Services Center were William C. Blessing, of Muncy; Zachary L. Lundberg, of Warren; Adam T. Check, of Great Falls, Virginia; David M. Mossop, of Newark, Delaware; and Jeremy W. Rennicks, of Williamsport. Blessing is enrolled in the information technology: network security concentration; the others major in information technology: information assurance and security concentration.

Prospective Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Employers to hold on-campus information sessions

Employers to hold on-campus information sessions

Three potential employers will hold information sessions at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for Penn College students and alumni. Representatives of Shipley Energy will be in Room 2054 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center, Subaru of America will be on hand in Room 133 of the Parkes Automotive Technology Center and recruiters for Independence Construction Materials will be in Room B2110 of the LEC. Free pizza and soda will be available at all three sessions. For details on the open positions and the applicable academic majors, consult the Career Services’ fliers: Information Sessions

Classmates’ Appetizer, Entrée Judged in ‘Mystery Basket’ Challenge

Team Pork Buttz enters the “field” of competition with confidence.

Team Pork Buttz enters the “field” of competition with confidence.

Inspired by a list of required ingredients, students produce house-made ricotta cheese quenelle with citrus salad atop a cauliflower and cheese crust.

Inspired by a list of required ingredients, students produce house-made ricotta cheese quenelle with citrus salad atop a cauliflower and cheese crust.

Team Grateful Bread carefully scores its classmates’ culinary creations.

Team Grateful Bread carefully scores its classmates’ culinary creations.

The team’s entrée: spice-rubbed and smoke-fired rabbit with dumplings.

The team’s entrée: spice-rubbed and smoke-fired rabbit with dumplings.

Senior-level students in the culinary arts and systems major completed their first Mystery Basket challenge of the semester on Friday as part of their coursework in Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment, a capstone class taught by Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts. Half the class – known as Team Pork Buttz – was tasked with using not only a list of required “market basket” ingredients, but also a pair of “mystery ingredients” revealed the morning of the competition, to create two courses to be judged by their classmates, known as Team Grateful Bread. Using the required ingredients (dill pickle, juniper berries, elbow macaroni and cauliflower) plus the “mystery” ingredients of fresh, whole rabbit and Guinness beer, Team Pork Buttz produced an appetizer course of house-made ricotta cheese quenelle with citrus salad on top of a cauliflower and cheese crust, plus an entrée of spice-rubbed and smoke-fired rabbit with dumplings and Guinness/juniper berry with hint of chocolate reduction. The timed contests follow American Culinary Federation competition standards.
Photos by Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts

Citing Flawed Analysis, Website Corrects Erroneous Crime Ranking

With Tuesday night’s finding that a website wrongly included Penn College on a list of unsafe campuses, President Davie Jane Gilmour has updated the institution’s response.

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President Issues Message About Campus Safety

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour has responded to a recent online article about campus crime, meeting the “disturbing” and “terribly misleading” headline with accurate statistics, an administrative commitment to student and employee safety, and confidence in the Penn College Police department’s proactive enforcement efforts.

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Penn College to Host Student Wedding Cake Competition

A winning entry from a previous wedding cake competition at Penn College. This year’s competition is scheduled for March 3, with the cakes to be displayed for the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Students in hospitality majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will display their wedding cake creations on March 3 in the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center.

This year’s theme for the cakes is “Love Songs.”

The students spend weeks decorating their fondant-covered cakes for a competition that will be judged by industry professionals. Following judging, the cake display is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room.

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OCHO’s Speed-Dating Event Delivers Fast-Paced Fun

In a face-to-face Q&A, students find much to talk about.

In a face-to-face Q&A, students find much to talk about.

Each participant wore a beaded necklace to denote his or her status.

Each participant wore a beaded necklace to denote his or her status.

Students talk up a storm in this panoramic view.

Students talk up a storm in this panoramic view.

Wednesday’s third annual Speed Dating event attracted more than 40 students to the Thompson Professional Development Center for friendship, fun and (of course) food, catered by Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Instead of the typical speed-dating atmosphere that creates awkward tension between individuals, the Off-Campus Housing Organization-sponsored activity allowed all students – whether single, unsure or dating – to associate with one another. Participants wore colored beads symbolizing their relationship status: red for “taken, but still wanting to meet friends,” yellow for “unsure and in the middle” and green for “single and ready to mingle.” Two facing lines of chairs were set up in the Mountain Laurel Room, where one of OCHO’s Executive Board members would ask questions (“What’s your favorite color?” “If you had $1 million, what would you selfishly spend and why?” and “What’s your dream job?” among them) and each student would begin a conversation with the person facing him or her. When the night was over, if students found someone they liked or enjoyed talking to, they would have the other person write information about himself or herself on “Interest Cards.” Many of the students really enjoyed the twist to the typical speed-dating game and had fun making new friends.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, OCHO president and technology management student from Sugarloaf

Tickets Available for ’60s-Themed ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’

'60s-themed Murder Mystery Dinner coming to PDC

’60s-themed Murder Mystery Dinner coming to PDC

Student tickets ($16) are on sale at the Bush Campus Center Information Desk for “The Tragical Tripp,” a far-out 1960s murder mystery dinner, to be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Thompson Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room. Tickets ($20) for Penn College faculty and staff will be available starting Feb. 17. For more information on the dinner, for which 1960s clothing is encouraged, consult the colorful event poster – designed in appropriate period psychedelia – by Mitch Berninger, a student marketing assistant in the Student Activities Office: Murder Mystery Dinner

Financial Aid Office to Offer Free FAFSA Completion Sessions

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer two free sessions on the main campus in Williamsport in March and April to help students, prospective students and families complete the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Both sessions will be held in Room 1049 of Penn College’s Student & Administrative Services Center (the building adjacent to the large American flag at the college’s main entrance off Maynard Street).

The first session will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21. Attendees will be invited to complete and submit their 2015-16 FAFSAs using the center’s computers before the session ends at 12:30 p.m.

During the second session, on Tuesday, April 7, the Financial Aid Office staff will be available from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

At both sessions, the staff will assist attendees as needed with the online FAFSA completion process.

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College’s Centennial Colloquia Culminate in Panel Discussion

Moderator James E. Cunningham, retired vice president for information technology and business process improvement, notes that campus lectures will continue as the Dan Doyle Science, Technology and Society Colloquia Series. Doyle, faculty emeritus and the college's Master Teacher in 1984, was a driving force behind the college's just-ended Centennial celebration.

Moderator James E. Cunningham, retired vice president for information technology and business process improvement, notes that campus lectures will continue as the Dan Doyle Science, Technology and Society Colloquia Series. Doyle, faculty emeritus and the college’s Master Teacher in 1984, was a driving force behind the college’s just-ended Centennial celebration.

Faculty panelists drawn from this past year's Centennial Colloquia Series field a question from the audience. From left are Dorothy J. Gerring and Robert A. Wozniak, associate professors of architectural technology; Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology; Mark D. Noe, professor of English-composition; Rob Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science; and Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science.

Faculty panelists drawn from this past year’s Centennial Colloquia Series field a question from the audience. From left are Dorothy J. Gerring and Robert A. Wozniak, associate professors of architectural technology; Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology; Mark D. Noe, professor of English-composition; Rob Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science; and Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science.

A biometric image on a smartphone – technology only recently embraced by Bock (third from left) – recalls her September lecture on identity protection.

A biometric image on a smartphone – technology only recently embraced by Bock (third from left) – recalls her September lecture on identity protection.

While recognizing the role of technology in effecting change, Gerring said it is but one factor in converting public will into progressive action.

While recognizing the role of technology in effecting change, Gerring said it is but one factor in converting public will into progressive action.

Nursing major Sadie E. Bebko, of Allegany, N.Y., defends her generation against the suggestion that reliance on technology has left her peers unable to read a map or finish a book. While she and her peers avail themselves of shortcuts, she rebutted, they are more than capable of processing and retaining the complex information necessary to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens.

Nursing major Sadie E. Bebko, of Allegany, N.Y., defends her generation against the suggestion that reliance on technology has left her peers unable to read a map or finish a book. While she and her peers avail themselves of shortcuts, she rebutted, they are more than capable of processing and retaining the complex information necessary to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens.

Six Penn College faculty members, who combined for four enlightening and provocative lectures during 2014’s Centennial Colloquia Series, reconvened on campus Wednesday night for a roundtable recap. The discussion, titled “Riding the Wave of Technological Change: Revolution or Evolution?” was held in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The group (Dorothy J. Gerring, Robert A. Wozniak, Lisa R. Bock, Mark D. Noe, Rob Cooley and Craig A. Miller) ably kicked around the connection between technology and progress, entertaining questions from moderator James E. Cunningham and the audience.
Photos by Elizabeth S. Greis, student photographer

Graphic Design Students, Alumni Win Advertising Accolades

The "Lucky Break Lanes" logo earned Brenna C. Richner, '14 graphic design, an Award of Distinction from American Graphic Design & Advertising's annual awards competition. The entry was also a finalist in the "Best of Category Award" for logos.

Four seniors enrolled in graphic design at Pennsylvania College of Technology and three graphic design alumni recently earned recognition in the American Graphic Design & Advertising awards, a national competition recognizing excellence in design by professionals and students.

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‘Race Experience’ Brings Participants Face-to-Face With Diversity, Cultural Identity

Gage M. Okonski, of Reading, enrolled in the residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, is joined in The Race Experience by his girlfriend, Chelsea Lorah, of Reading.

Gage M. Okonski, of Reading, enrolled in the residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, is joined in The Race Experience by his girlfriend, Chelsea Lorah, of Reading.

Construction management student Byron B. Reber, of Stevens, considers words that reflect the positivity of our differences ...

Construction management student Byron B. Reber, of Stevens, considers words that reflect the positivity of our differences …

... then chooses among the options for his change in appearance.

… then chooses among the options for his change in appearance.

A Public Relations & Marketing co-worker temporarily assumes camera duty for Dalaney T. Vartenisian, seated for a personal perspective on her photo assignment.

A Public Relations & Marketing co-worker temporarily assumes camera duty for Dalaney T. Vartenisian, seated for a personal perspective on her photo assignment.

Phillip E. McCoy, of Linden, a construction management major who accompanied Reber to the library, assesses his new persona.

Phillip E. McCoy, of Linden, a construction management major who accompanied Reber to the library, assesses his new persona.

Members of the Penn College community, curious about how they would look with altered ethnicity, have visited The Race Experience this past week in Madigan Library. The kiosk, a touch-screen installation on the library’s first floor through Friday, takes a digital photograph and transforms it to literally let participants see themselves in a different skin. The booth is designed to facilitate a healthy dialogue on the value of diversity, allowing visitors to share the face-morphing photos via social media and to reflect on societal factors that perpetuate racism and discrimination. Co-sponsored by the Student Government Association, the interactive display – with a mantra of “There is only race: the human race” – reinforces the college’s cross-campus commitment as a Community of Respect.
Most photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

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