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Sexologists Give ‘Boot’ to Misconceptions With Frankness, Freebies

Students enthusiastically vie for T-shirts and other giveaways, rewards for correctly answering questions from the stage.

Students enthusiastically vie for T-shirts and other giveaways, rewards for correctly answering questions from the stage.

As they have for several years, Frater (background) and Lastique captivate a Penn College audience with their no-nonsense approach.

As they have for several years, Frater (background) and Lastique captivate a Penn College audience with their no-nonsense approach.

Taking the evening's message home, with swag and self-awareness.

Taking the evening’s message home, with swag and self-awareness.

Making a return trip to Penn College, authors Joni Frater and Esther Lastique renewed their “Sex Ed Boot Camp” presentation for about 500 students in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on Wednesday night. With humor, patience, sensitivity and straightforward answers, the pair facilitated a matter-of-fact discussion of sexual health and intimacy – a respectful dialogue with their young audience about smart decisions (and the life-altering consequences of poor ones). The visit was organized by Student Activities and College Health Services, and partially funded through a grant from the Female Health Co.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Free Student Tickets Available for Several CAC Shows

Limited student tickets available

Limited student tickets available

A limited number of free tickets are available to Pennsylvania College of Technology students for some of this season’s Community Arts Center shows. In order to give the most students the opportunity to attend a free performance, a student with a valid Penn College ID may pick up one ticket for one performance per semester, while supplies last. Students will have the opportunity to receive additional tickets if any remain unclaimed one week before the performance date.

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Students Meet ‘Food Network’ Competitor During Trip to York

The School of Business & Hospitality’s Chef Todd M. Keeley and three students recently traveled to York Technical Institute to meet Chef Joseph Cumm, winner of the Aug. 11 episode of Food Network’s “King of Cones” competition. On the show, Cumm defeated three competitors with three ice cream treats – each including an assigned mystery ingredient.  Cumm has been an instructor with the The Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts at YTI Career Institute-Lancaster for three years and owns EdenJoes Cakery in York with his wife. In 2013, he won “The Art of Cake” competition at Pastry Live, and will return this year as a judge. Cumm has also been selected as one of several dozen Cake Artists to teach at CakeFest 2015 in Louisiana in February. The Penn College students had the opportunity to watch the four-part challenge and listen to Chef Cumm share his career and Food Network experience.

Inside and Out, Events Offer Student Options as Ample as Day’s Sunshine

Sun, shade and dozens of chances to get involved: There's something for nearly everyone at Fall Fiesta!

Penn College students seeking paying jobs and personal enrichment found a varied menu at the ninth annual Fall FIESTA (Friends, Involvement, Employment and Socializing on a Tuesday Afternoon) and the corresponding Part-Time Job Fair, at which employers and nonprofits alike served up a smorgasbord of spare-time opportunities. The events, co-sponsored by Student Activities and Career Services, were held from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday on the mall outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and the nearby Thompson Professional Development Center.

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‘Field House Frenzy’ Reminds Campus of Intramural Opportunities

"Intramural Champions" T-shirts were a popular draw at Monday's "Field House Frenzy."

“Intramural Champions” T-shirts were a popular draw at Monday’s “Field House Frenzy.”

The Plinko board awaits its next contestant.

The Plinko board awaits its next contestant.

A Root Beer Pong competitor takes his turn at the Field House, headquarters for Penn College intramurals.

A Root Beer Pong competitor takes his turn at the Field House, headquarters for Penn College intramurals.

The Field House Frenzy was the place to be Monday night as students turned out in hopes of winning at Plinko, playing a sport, signing up for an intramural event, trying to win a T-shirt and (of course) enjoying the free food! The evening started off with an Intramural Fantasy Football League Draft, which reportedly led to some humorously good-natured “trash talk” and analysis of teams once they were drafted. Students then packed the Field House and enjoyed the games and the Root Beer Pong tournament did not disappoint, as 11 teams tried their best to win Intramural Champion T-shirts. After the doubles competition, the students faced off against their former partners in a singles tournament. “The night was filled with fun and just a great atmosphere altogether,” said Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation (who also provided photos). “Be sure to stop at the Field House and sign up for an intramural event. Students, staff and faculty members will see we really do offer something for everyone!”

Lancaster/York ‘Tinkerbells’ Win First-Ever ‘Wildcat Wars’
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Red-shirted members of the Dauphin Hall team have their attempted group picture invaded by photo-bombing opponents.

The Tinkerbells, representing Lancaster and York halls, topped two of the day’s four events (kickball and dodgeball) to amass 40 points and win Penn College’s inaugural “Wildcat Wars” competition Saturday. The team managed to hold off the “V Squad Mafia,” from The Village at Penn College, which placed second in three events to finish close behind with 37 points. Rounding out the field in hard-fighting fashion were the four remaining teams: “CDJ” (Clinton, Delaware and Juniata halls), winner of the foul-shot contest, finishing with 36 points; “Dauphin Kills” (Dauphin Hall), winner of the afternoon’s final Capture the Flag event, 27 points; the “Party Animals” (Off-Campus), 21 points; and “CVA All the Way” (Campus View Apartments), 20 points. “The event saw more than 200 students cram the Field House and Intramural Field in hopes that their team would dominate the Wildcat Wars,” said Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation. “At the end of the day, everyone enjoyed a picnic dinner to replenish all of the energy that was lost during the rough-and-tough competition.”

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President Keeps College in World Spotlight While Going to Bat for LLB
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In her capacity as chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, Gilmour addresses the 25,000-plus crowd at Howard J. Lamade Stadium for Sunday's title matchup.

As chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour helped make the 68th annual Little League Baseball World Series one to remember. While tending to Welcome Weekend and other fall startup activities back on campus, the president navigated a cyclonic Little League schedule that began with a campus picnic for the 16 participating teams and ended with Sunday’s championship between Seoul, South Korea, and Chicago. Among her official duties during this 75th-anniversary year for LLB were the enshrinement of retired major leaguer (and Lycoming County favorite son) Mike Mussina and the annual Challenger Division exhibition game. Adding to the college’s visibility were students from the School of Health Sciences, who provided medical care for players and coaches as well as outreach to the thousands of fans on hand for the Series.

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Counseling Services’ ‘Pet’ Project Relieves Student Jitters

Shelly and Robert C. Karschner Jr., master mechanic for the General Services motorpool, brought along Australian shepherds "Bristol" and "Dover."

Shelly and Robert C. Karschner Jr., master mechanic for the General Services motorpool, brought along Australian shepherds “Bristol” and “Dover.”

Career Services secretary Shawnalee E. Miller and "Gus," a Maltese who helped put students at ease

Career Services secretary Shawnalee E. Miller and “Gus,” a Maltese who helped put students at ease

"Bear," a Boston bulldog, was one of two dogs accompanying Patrick McCabe, coordinator of admissions/enrollment event services, and his wife, Deserae. (The other was "Layla," a Boston bulldog.)

“Bear,” a Boston bulldog, was one of two dogs accompanying Patrick McCabe, coordinator of admissions/enrollment event services, and his wife, Deserae. (The other was “Layla,” a Boston bulldog.)

Katrina A. Sinclair, a part-time member of the history faculty, with "Harry Truman," a Jack Russell terrier

Katrina A. Sinclair, a part-time member of the history faculty, with “Harry Truman,” a Jack Russell terrier

Resident assistant Kristen E. Bowes, a web and interactive media major from Wayne, meets "Hershey," a perfectly named chocolate Labrador retriever owned by Karen E. Wright, graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

Resident assistant Kristen E. Bowes, a web and interactive media major from Wayne, meets “Hershey,” a perfectly named chocolate Labrador retriever owned by Karen E. Wright, graduation assistant in the Registrar’s Office.

This week’s fifth annual “Hot Dog, You’re Here!” event (that’s 35 years by canine count), again gave Penn College students the opportunity to connect with faculty/staff dog owners who offered welcoming smiles, listening ears and therapeutic access to their very special friends. The well-received mixer is sponsored by Counseling Services and, while moved into the Field House under threat of rain, the spirit of goodwill was undampened.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Admissions Office Issues ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to Crosstown Counterparts

A "bucket brigade" of Student Ambassadors, representing Greek Life, athletics or some of the college's "degrees that work," forms at the main entrance.

A “bucket brigade” of Student Ambassadors, representing Greek Life, athletics or some of the college’s “degrees that work,” forms at the main entrance.

Dennis L. Correll, associate dean of admissions and financial aid, helps the college mascot avoid soggy sneakers.

Dennis L. Correll, associate dean of admissions and financial aid, helps the college mascot avoid soggy sneakers.

Joseph J. Balduino gamely accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge ...

Joseph J. Balduino gamely accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge …

... and is handily doused by a Wildcat Waterfall.

… and is handily doused by a Wildcat Waterfall.

In a west-to-east wave, students dump bucket after frosty bucket over Admissions Office co-workers.

In a west-to-east wave, students dump bucket after frosty bucket over Admissions Office co-workers.

Penn College’s Admissions Office accepted the “ice bucket challenge” on behalf of the ALS Foundation on Thursday, as staff members subjected themselves to a shivery soaking at the wickedly willing hands of Student Ambassadors. Joseph J. Balduino, the college’s director of recruitment, had dared his colleagues – a plan that backfired when he realized he’d be part of any response – so, sporting a T-shirt from Lycoming College, his alma mater and former employer, Balduino kicked off the challenge with assistance from the Penn College Wildcat. After the mascot poured a bucket of ice water over Balduino’s head, the students followed suit with the rest of the Admissions staff. Shedding his Lycoming shirt in favor of Penn College garb, Balduino then challenged Lycoming’s Admissions Office staff, as well as Daniel P. Miller, vice president for student life; and (with a good-natured “Welcome to Williamsport”) first-year Lycoming President Kent C. Trachte.

College Announces Summer 2014 Dean’s List

The dean’s list for the Summer 2014 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been announced.

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Campus Housing Communities Break Bread – and Break the Ice – During Startup BBQ

First-year representatives from each of the four Living-Learning Communities are, from left: Logan R. Brooks, automotive technology management: automotive technology concentration, Damascus, Maryland; Kerianne Connelly, pre-dental hygiene, Feasterville-Trevose; Naja B. Williams, baking and pastry arts, East Orange, New Jersey; and Joseph H. Griep, information technology sciences-gaming and simulation, Le Roy, New York.

First-year representatives from each of the four Living-Learning Communities are, from left: Logan R. Brooks, automotive technology management: automotive technology concentration, Damascus, Maryland; Kerianne Connelly, pre-dental hygiene, Feasterville-Trevose; Naja B. Williams, baking and pastry arts, East Orange, New Jersey; and Joseph H. Griep, information technology sciences-gaming and simulation, Le Roy, New York.

Shirts honoring each of the four communities are lined up for participants.

Shirts honoring each of the four communities are lined up for participants.

In the atrium of the PDC, Living-Learning Community students line up for engaging eats, including sandwiches, baked beans and macaroni salad.

In the atrium of the PDC, Living-Learning Community students line up for engaging eats, including sandwiches, baked beans and macaroni salad.

Paul L. Starkey, Penn College’s vice president for academic affairs/provost, addresses the gathering of Living-Learning Community students and their faculty, staff and student mentors.

Paul L. Starkey, Penn College’s vice president for academic affairs/provost, addresses the gathering of Living-Learning Community students and their faculty, staff and student mentors.

Taking a healthy bite of barbecue are Health Sciences freshmen: from left are Benjamin D. Meier, pre-physician assistant, Fleetwood; John D. Henigin, pre-nursing, Indiana; Austin T. Startoni, pre-nursing, Lebanon; and Timothy F. Schwartzer, pre-emergency medical services, Bensalem.

Taking a healthy bite of barbecue are Health Sciences freshmen: from left are Benjamin D. Meier, pre-physician assistant, Fleetwood; John D. Henigin, pre-nursing, Indiana; Austin T. Startoni, pre-nursing, Lebanon; and Timothy F. Schwartzer, pre-emergency medical services, Bensalem.

Students in Penn College’s Living-Learning Communities – themed housing arrangements for first-year Dauphin Hall residents in majors related to automotive, health sciences, hospitality or information technology – were treated to a get-acquainted barbecue in the Thompson Professional Development Center on Tuesday evening.

Prospective Employer to Recruit on Campus

Henkels & McCoy

Henkels & McCoy

Representatives of Henkels & McCoy NetWorks will hold an information session with Penn College students and alumni at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Room E140 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. For more details, including available positions and desirable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Henkels & McCoy

The Power of an Ally: Academic Mentors Provide Another Resource for Success

Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar’s Office.

Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.

Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.

A student faced with leaving school remains, thanks in large part to an academic mentor who went the extra mile to seek help from other staff. Academic mentors are Penn College employees who volunteer to meet regularly with students who seek guidance and moral support. Read the full story in the Fall 2014 One College Avenue.

Newscast Spotlights Penn College Presence at LLWS

Penn College on WBRE

Penn College on WBRE

Eyewitness News reporter Valerie Tysanner visited South Williamsport on Monday for a story about Penn College physician assistant students serving on the medical team for the Little League Baseball World Series. The piece premiered in the 5 p.m. newscast and featured interviews with students Donald Wieder, of Williamsport, and Jason A. Genco, of Middleburg, and Sue Swank-Caschera, assistant professor, physician assistant.

Buoyant Reception Greets Students, Start of New Semester
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Hopeful tennis team member Joseph H. Griep, an information technology sciences: gaming and simulation freshman from Le Roy, New York, moves his gear into Dauphin Hall.

Penn College’s “Welcome Weekend,” held Saturday and Sunday on main campus, gently and helpfully guided new and returning students toward the start of classes. Student leaders, faculty/staff and alumni – all wearing T-shirts identifying them as the go-to gang to satisfy any last-minute questions – offered a collectively friendly face to the Fall 2014 members of the college community. New enrollees and transfers moved into on- and off-campus apartments, academic and social activities filled the schedule, and crucial offices offered convenient extended hours in advance of Monday’s official opening of the 2014-15 academic year. Among the high notes of this overture to fall were a convocation parade of first-year students, reunions enjoyed and new friendships begun, “Wildcat Welcome” refreshments, and a chilling and charitable surprise from college President Davie Jane Gilmour.

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