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Movie-Themed ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’ Saturday in PDC

Murder Mystery Dinner set for Saturday

The Penn College community is invited to join the Student Activities Office for “Lights! Camera! Murder!” a Hollywood whodunit to be held Saturday night in the Thompson Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room. While socializing and schmoozing, careers will be made, secrets will be revealed, scandals will be broken … and a homicide will happen. With a V.I.P. victim and the attendees suspect, you will be called upon to find the criminal by cracking this red-carpet caper. Will it be an aspiring actress, tired of living in the shadows? Or possibly a livid lover who has been pushed too far? As the night unfolds, so will a web of lies and scandals intricately woven to point to a killer. It is up to you to uncover the clues or the culprit will remain concealed. Come walk the red carpet for a night of secrets, celebrities and scandal! Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the show begins at 6:30. Tickets are $15.75 for students (flex, declining balance or credit card accepted) and $20 for employees (credit card). Registration is required by noon Friday and is limited to 112 people.  For more information, contact Student Activities by email or by calling 570-327-4763. The School of Business & Hospitality’s menu for the evening follows: “Murder Mystery Dinner” Menu

Campus Science Festival Entertains as It Inspires

Prospective members of Penn College's Class of 202? enjoy an educational day out of the classroom and onto an engaging campus.

More than 1,500 fifth-graders from nearly a dozen local and area school districts participated in Thursday’s sixth annual Science Festival at Penn College, gaining hands-on insight into a host of related careers. The youngsters were treated to a variety of captivating campus demonstrations during the day, and families were invited to a Field House full of attractions during the three-hour evening session.

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High School Girls Encouraged to Explore Careers in Construction

Construction management major Lauren S. Herr, of Lititz, is among the organizers and mentors for Penn College’s March 20 “Framing Your Future” event for high school girls.

High school girls who want to explore opportunities in the construction industry are invited to a “Framing Your Future” event on Monday, March 20, hosted by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Construction & Design Technologies.

The day – open to young women in grades nine through 12 – will kick off at 9 a.m. in Penn’s Inn, on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center.

Female students will acquaint participants with the construction-related majors available at Penn College, followed by an Etiquette Luncheon, at which industry mentors will introduce each table of girls to networking and proper dining in a business atmosphere. The afternoon will conclude with a panel of women representing current students, alumnae and industry, followed by a virtual field trip to a construction site before the day wraps up at 3 p.m.

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‘French Favorites’ Patisserie Sale Set for Feb. 22

"Liberté, égalité, fraternité" ... and patisserie

Berries and cream form the French tricolour.

Treats await at Feb. 22 sale.

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II’s Advanced Baking and Pastry Operations class will hold a “French Favorites” sale from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Feb. 22, 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 Merissa N. Aucker, of Middleburg; Natascha G. Santaella, of Puerto Rico; Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie; Katie M. Weakland, of Pennsylvania Furnace; and Adelyn A. Zimmerman, of Orwigsburg. More details, including a product list and instructions for pre-ordering a specialty double-layered cake, follow: French Favorites

Hands-On Experience Turns Chemistry Course Into Career Path

The Society of Plastics Engineers’ Eve Vitale shows an example of a thermoformed product.

Nicholas C. Moore, of Lock Haven, guides a group of students through the plastics and polymer technology department’s materials testing lab. Moore, who completed Penn College NOW courses in the Keystone Central School District, holds junior-level standing in his fourth semester in the plastics and polymer engineering technology major.

Students measure borax and a polymer used in white glue to form a thermoset compound.

Stirring a concoction, students observe an endothermic reaction as new chemical bonds form.

The result is a “slime” that, Vitale tells the students, was used in the filming of “Ghostbusters.”

Seventy Keystone Central School District chemistry students converged on Penn College on Tuesday to learn how their chemistry lessons apply to the field of plastics. During a four-hour stay on campus, they took part in a variety of plastics experiments courtesy of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ PlastiVan program. Under the instruction of SPE Foundation Director Eve Vitale, the students learned about the chemistry of plastics and future career options while they made several polymers of their own. The PlastiVan’s visit was sponsored by Sekisui SPI, of Bloomsburg. The program travels to schools and companies throughout North America, educating people of all ages about the chemistry, history, processing, manufacturing, sustainability and application of plastics, all through hands-on experiences that spark scientific curiosity. In addition, the Keystone Central students took student-led tours of the college’s plastics and polymer laboratories and of the campus. More than half of the students in attendance are enrolled in Penn College’s Fundamentals of Chemistry course, taught during the school day by Keystone Central instructors through the Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program.

Gaming Student Mentors Teen in Potentially Life-Changing Encounter

The lesson is a success!

Pennsylvania College of Technology facilitated “A Little Love” this month for a young technology fan available for adoption. The college’s gaming and simulation lab in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center hosted WBRE-TV’s monthly segment that showcases children seeking a permanent family. Chris Langlois, WBRE’s morning co-anchor, watched Penn College information technology sciences-gaming and simulation student James C. Temoshenko, of Kane, share his expertise with 13-year-old Mitchell. The Feb. 5 experience served as a confidence booster and career-exploration activity for the teenager, who proved to be a quick study in developing a computer game. (He even created a personalized second level to the game during the 60-minute lesson!) The segment is scheduled to air throughout the day on Wednesday –  at 4:20, 5:20 and 6:20 a.m. on WBRE/WYOU; at 11:20 a.m. (WBRE); at 12:15 p.m. (WYOU) and during the 5 p.m. newscast on WBRE – and is available online.

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Dan Ryan Builders to Meet With Students, Alumni

Dan Ryan Builders

Recruiting among students and alumni for construction interns and superintendents, representatives of Dan Ryan Builders will visit campus at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Room B2060 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center. The Frederick, Maryland-based employer will conduct interviews the following day in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center. For details, consult the Career Services flier: Dan Ryan Builders

Activist to Speak on Sexual Health, Violence Prevention

Laci Green

YouTube activist Laci Green will discuss sexual health and the prevention of sexual violence during a March 1 presentation in Lycoming College’s Keiper Recreation Center. The 7:30 p.m. program is free and open to Penn College students, faculty and staff with a valid student ID. Green will share an in-depth look at our culture’s attitudes and responses to sexual violence, noting that one in four female students and one in six male students are sexually violated while earning their degree. The statistics for other marginalized groups are even more grim. Using pop-culture examples, videos and discussion questions, she will illuminate the problem and help bring it to a halt. Her presentation is geared to a mature audience. The Oakland, Calif.-based speaker hosts an online sex education show called “Sex Plus” on YouTube that reaches 5 million young adults every month and is viewed in all 196 countries. She has worked with more than 100 universities, conferences, military groups and government offices on sexual health and sexual violence prevention efforts. She is also the host and writer of MTV Braless and produces an educational series for Planned Parenthood. Green graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and holds a certificate in rape and dating violence crisis counseling.

Jordan M. Scott Chosen as ‘Student of the Month’

Jordan M. Scott

Jordan M. Scott, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, has been chosen as the January “Student of the Month” at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Creative Hands Craft Hearty Gifts

A bevy of bowls await their "big moment" benefiting the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

This bowl features a fish imprint

Beauty meets functionality

More than 120 soup bowls, crafted by Penn College students, have been donated to the Williamsport Soup & a Bowl event, benefiting the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. This is the fifth year the college’s creative hands have added warmth and functionality to this community effort. Set for Friday, Feb. 17, the 11th annual fundraiser will be held at The Genetti Hotel and Suites in downtown Williamsport. With a Mardi Gras theme, the gathering features three seatings (11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.) in addition to a takeout option. Reservations are advised. The bowls being donated by Penn College were created during the 2016 spring and fall semesters by students in Ceramics I classes, a popular elective. The classes are taught by husband-and-wife duo David A. and Deborah L. Stabley, members of the college’s art faculty. The Stableys also manage the Factory Works Clay Studio in Williamsport’s Pajama Factory, and members of that studio created an additional 50 bowls for the Soup & a Bowl event.

Penn College Hospitality Students Share Stages With Pro-Level Peers

Students Tessa M. Stambaugh and Arielle E. White plate samples for Farm Show visitors.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality-related majors recently showcased their skills on two noteworthy stages, one group working alongside industry leaders at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, and the other interacting and providing demonstrations for professional-level peers at the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift and Gourmet Show.

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Amid a Lotta Night Music, a ‘Star’ Is Born

Top finishers (from right): Berfield, Bowes and Stansbury

Industrial design major Cullen S. Berfield was selected as this year’s “Penn College Star” following Wednesday’s fourth annual competitive showcase of campus talent. The Jersey Shore resident, one of nine musicians to perform, was chosen by a panel of judges and text votes from audience members. Kristen E. Bowes, of Wayne, a web and interactive media student, was second, and Heaven A. Stansbury, of Williamsport, enrolled in general studies, placed third. The event, held in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, was sponsored by the Off-Campus Housing Organization, assisted by the Student Activities Office, college audiovisual technicians and Students of Musical Development (who sang the national anthem and the alma mater).

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Low-Cost Dental Care Available in Penn College Dental Hygiene Clinic

Kayla M. Brensinger, a dental hygiene student from Altoona, works with a client in Penn College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic. Services available to the community include cleanings, exams, sealants and X-rays.

The dental hygiene clinic at Pennsylvania College of Technology provides preventive dental care at a nominal cost not only to Penn College students and employees, but also to patrons from surrounding communities.

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College Honored for Role in Students’ Building-Code Certification

ICC

Two groups of Pennsylvania College of Technology students were recently on hand when the School of Construction & Design Technologies was honored by the International Code Council for participation in the Certification of Achievement program, which puts a recognized career-building tool into the hands of construction-related majors.

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Penn College Labs Inspiring Venue for SkillsUSA State Qualifier

Students from Lycoming Career and Technology Center gather in the Field House ...

... where competitors awaited the results of the day's competition.

Hundreds of guests got a taste of the distinctive Penn College experience last week, as main campus hosted SkillsUSA District 6 secondary competition in more than 50 occupational areas. A total of 238 students from the region – representing Columbia Montour Area Vocational Technical School, Keystone Central Career and Technology Center, Lycoming Career and Technology Center, Northern Tier Career Center, Northumberland County Career and Technology Center, Schuylkill Technology Center (north and south campuses), SUN Area Technical Institute, Wellsboro High School and Williamsport Area High School – competed, accompanied to their various contests by scores of advisers and others. “Everything went well and the students had a great time,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA coordinator. “I would like to thank everyone who helped to either set up, run or judge a contest. It means a lot to these schools that our faculty and administration are willing to host this contest for them. This event allowed almost 300 people to see our campus and labs.” First-place winners will advance to the 50th annual Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Championships (April 19-21) in Hershey.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer