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A Giving Campus Makes Holidays Happy for Scores of Youngsters

Gifts stand gathered for Thursday delivery to Salvation Army-arranged recipients.

As they have for so many years, Penn College employees and students can take pride in knowing they made someone smile this holiday season. A total of 60 “someones,” in fact – 60 youngsters, from infants to 12-year-olds – whose ornaments were pulled from The Giving Tree. An annual Bush Campus Center tradition, this year supervised by Diversity and Community Engagement, the tree is adorned with children’s wishes collected by The Salvation Army. Students, faculty/staff, organizations and offices fulfill those dreams, filling gift bags with on behalf of children in need within the Williamsport area.
Photo by Todd Moore, student affairs marketing specialist

Baking/Pastry Students Mark Madigan Milestone in ‘Grand’ Fashion

Paige E. Pearson, of Williamsburg, serves a slice of buche de Noel to Joann Ertel, whose father, Kenneth E. Carl, was director of Williamsport Technical Institute and president of Williamsport Area Community College, both forerunners of Penn College.

Baking and pastry arts students show their gratitude on a centerpiece cake. (Photo by Becky J. Shaner, manager of student/alumni engagement and special events)

Thanks is spelled out in an edible holiday theme by Kayla M. Peters, of Pine Grove.

A family admires the students’ work.

Jennie E. Zarcufsky, of Ringtown, commemorates the event’s “Knowledge Building” theme with a stack of chocolate books and candles that “twinkle” with blown-sugar flames.

Students in the baking and pastry arts major coordinated a grand buffet Saturday that served as a capstone to their associate degree and as a gesture of gratitude to those whose gifts support the applied-technology education provided by Penn College. For the students, the buffet is the final project in the Pastry Food Show and Buffet Presentations Concepts course. Taught by Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts and culinary arts, the course incorporates skills learned throughout the students’ associate-degree education. In addition to carefully planning the presentation, each student produced edible centerpieces and a variety of decadent pastries. The event also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Madigan Library, which opened to students in 2006. Invited guests included donors to the library and members of the college’s 1914 Society. “Whether a donation is turned into a book or a study carrel or an online resource, it becomes part of the brick and mortar of this building, a resource used innumerable times by a continuous array of students and faculty,” said Tracey Amey, library director, who joined President Davie Jane Gilmour in offering remarks to the guests. “I have the privilege of seeing your donations in action every day, and I offer a deep and heartfelt ‘Thank you.’”

Turning Castoffs Into Couture

Mahaffey (left) joins her runway entourage: Samantha M. Via, Jasmin Vega, Meghan J. Herman and Alexandra Pyda. Pyda is a nursing major; the others are enrolled in industrial design.

Thomas E. Ask, industrial design professor, and Via's mother, Rona, check out the "trashion" accessories.

A voguish Vega strikes a pose ...

... and designer and model have fun with fashion.

The “Trashion Fashion Show,” industrial design student Ashley E. Mahaffey’s senior project with a (re)purpose, was a clear crowd-pleaser in Penn College’s Thompson Professional Development Center. The Hughesville resident crafted clothing and accessories from discarded newspapers, magazines and the like, enlisting four friends to model them and eliciting considerable applause as each was unveiled. “Ashley was very happy with the results and very brave in embarking on a project like this,” said Thomas E. Ask, professor of industrial design and Mahaffey’s capstone adviser. “She had great assistance by an industry expert, Valerie Beggs, and put tons of energy, enthusiasm and intellect into the project.”
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

 

Student’s Work Brings Branding Upgrade to On-Campus Venue

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Patissier – translated “the young pastry chef” – recently employed new visual branding, courtesy of a graphic design student’s senior project work.

As a student, Breanne M. Chandler, who received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the college in May, was a regular customer at Le Jeune Patissier at the Market, an on-campus venue for baking and pastry arts students to learn about bakeshop production and managing a retail bakery.

“One day, I joked with Chef Charles (R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts, whose classes operate the Le Jeune Patissier sales) that he should have a customer punch card so students like me could earn free pastries,” Chandler said. “I told him that I would even design a card for him. At that time, my motivation for designing for Le Jeune Patissier at The Market was purely centered on my small college student wallet and my big appetite for sweets.”

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Penn College Industrial Design Student Excels in Industry Setting

Jasmin Vega

The inquisitive, hard-working student faced a dilemma when pondering college. She possessed considerable artistic talent, yet loved to study people and the reasons behind their actions. Confronted with the career-path choice, she picked psychology over art and enrolled at a community college.

A year later, the student decided to scrap her psychology track and bridge her disparate interests by transferring to Pennsylvania College of Technology as an industrial design major.

If her performance at a recent internship is an accurate gauge, Jasmin Vega made the right decision.

Vega – a Clifton, New Jersey, native, who resides in nearby Woodland Park – excelled interning for IBC Shell Packaging in Lake Success, New York. The company designs, engineers and manufactures packaging, displays and giftware for global brands, including many in the luxury, spirits and beauty sectors.

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Traditional ‘Snow Ball’ Adds to End-of-Semester Joy

The Mountain Laurel Room makes a seamless transition into a dance floor.

After the DJ dedicated a song to two people – one in the room and one not – alumnus Ryan A. Gibson surprised student Morgan N. Keyser with a big entrance.

Peter W. Van Hemert (left), a software development and information management major from Mechanicsburg, exults in the musical moment.

Enjoying the masked revelry are (clockwise from left) Lacey M. Watson, Isaac W. Faubion, Kimberly J. Strunk and Mel P. Wolfe.

More than 80 people attended the Wildcat Events Board’s annual Snow Ball, held from 8-11 p.m. Friday in the Thompson Professional Development Center. The semi-formal – with a masquerade theme this year – included music from Monster Sound DJ Services, appetizers and beverages.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Gaming Students Present Final Projects to CC Audience

Timothy E. Duclos, of State College impresses the Bush Campus Center crowd.

Classmates and others listen intently to student presentations.

Josephina L. Bair, of Mill Hall, details her work with Dress Maker 2016.

Penn's Inn offers intimate space, appropriately enhanced by technology.

Students from the information technology sciences-gaming and simulation major who are completing the capstone course presented their senior projects to fellow students, faculty and the community over multiple days in Penn’s Inn. “The presentations provide students with the opportunity to showcase their work, as well as describe their learning from both designing and implementing the project,” explained Anita R. Wood, associate professor of computer information technology.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Students’ Self-Expression Blooms in Art Elective

With winter fast approaching, this splash of color by Katlyn J. Hackling, a culinary arts and system student from Williamsport, is most appreciated!

Floral displays supplement ESC's natural surroundings.

A "Hogarth Curve," designed by Cy C. Heller, of Milton, also a culinary major.

In future years, students' arrangements will be displayed on main campus for many more to see and enjoy.

"Log of Art" was created by Randall C. Janowitz, of Milton, another culinary arts and systems student.

Students in Karen R. Ruhl’s “The Art of Floral Design” class proudly displayed their final projects at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center this past week. The students – most of them culinary students, with the exception of a dental hygiene major – chose a design style in consultation with their instructor, an award-winning Penn College alumna and owner of Special Occasion Florals in Williamsport. “These kids are great and most of them have never had any floral experience. This class allows students to be safe in expressing themselves in a new art form, and they learn a skill they can use forever,” Ruhl said. “Floral art is a different kind of outlet for most people and, as you can see, with a little basic understanding of elements and principles, one can create a beautiful work of art.”
Photos by Davie Jane Gilmour, college president, and
Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies

Year-End Traditions Make It Clear: Finals Week Will Soon Be Here!

Ty J. Hewett, an automotive technology student from York, shows off his pancakes at Midnight Breakfast.

Thursday’s “Up All Night” events across campus marked the imminent end of another semester at Penn College. A total of 658 hungry scholars were served at the popular Midnight Breakfast in the Keystone Dining Room; and Madigan Library tempered the butterflies with extended hours and a visit between 70-some students and eight very affectionate instructional aides.

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Ceramic Exhibit, Benefit Auction Underway in Gallery Lobby

Ceramic artists (from left) pose with their works: Anna B. Graef, State College, electrical technology; John S. Krause, Lebanon, graphic design; Carrie A. Myers, Williamsport, graphic design, and David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture.

Mugs created by Penn College art faculty await silent bidders.

Stabley (second from left) and student visitors enjoy looking at Graef’s works.

Activity is brisk at the silent bidding station for the one-of-a-kind clay mugs being auctioned to benefit the Penn College Employee Emergency Fund.

Stabley sharing his artistic insights with student guests to the gallery lobby.

An exhibit by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, and some of his Ceramics III students officially opened Thursday afternoon in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College. The show, as well as a concurrent silent auction of 10 clay mugs, runs through Thursday, Dec. 8, on the third floor of Madigan Library. The mugs were created by Stabley and nine colleagues among the college’s full- and part-time art faculty. Bidders have until 4 p.m. Dec. 8 to submit offers; money raised will benefit the Penn College Employee Emergency Fund. The gallery is open from 1-4 p.m. Sundays; 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Winning Holiday Cards Announced in Year-End Tradition

President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes the Penn College community to the annual card-lighting. At left are Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities, and Noah L. English, Student Government Association president.

The Veterans Club entry shines at the southwestern apex of the card display.

Pointing out a favorite

Festivities (moved into the ATHS lobby) included refreshments and custom-made greeting cards.

With a homespun holiday vibe, Mail & Document Services skated to gold-medal honors.

The creativity on display in the holiday cards arrayed along the campus mall was honored in a traditional (and traditionally rainy) lighting ceremony inside and outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center on Wednesday night. The Penn College Veterans Club claimed the top prize among student groups: $200 for its organizational account. The Penn College Construction Association was second ($150) and Cru, third ($100). In the Offices and Departments category, first place went to Mail & Document Services, participating employees of which will be served lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Madigan Library was second and The College Store placed third; each of those winners will be treated to breakfast at Le Jeune Chef. The winners were selected by the 615 faculty/staff and student voters who chose their favorites in online balloting over the past week.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Students Sharpen Leadership Skills Through ‘Boot Camp’ Experience

"Boot Camp" graduates celebrate, certificates in hand.

A graduation ceremony was held recently for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Leadership Boot Camp, a six-week series meant to provide students with fun and educational opportunities to develop and enhance their leadership skills.

Forty students in three groups participated in this year’s program, which began in early October and covered a variety of topics from effective communication to civility to sound decision-making.

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Successful Alumna Shares Vision, Visibility With Club Members

The 2013 alum interacts with IT majors on return to campus.

Visiting grad gets a big-screen welcome.

Penn College’s newly formed Game Development Club recently hosted a visit by Anna Maree Manciet, of Alienware Live, whose Penn College degrees include a 2013 bachelor’s in web design and multimedia. She shared interesting stories and knowledge of the responsibilities and technical aspects of being a producer and on-air personality of a popular Twitch.tv live-stream channel. Among the topics covered were the technical configuration of hardware and software for a live stream, tips and advice on building and managing an audience, and various methods of charity work that she has had the opportunity to do throughout her career. “We were very excited to have her visit. Many of our guests took a lot of interesting information away from the event,” said organization President James C. Temoshenko, of Kane, an information technology sciences-gaming and simulation major. “The club is taking inspiration by planning some live-streaming events of our own in the near future.”
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Accounting Society, Readers Worldwide to Benefit From Book Drive

Can’t sell your textbook?  Donate it! Penn College’s Accounting Society is running a book drive on behalf of Better World Books, an organization that aims to improve global literacy. Watch for the green collection bins at such campus locations as the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center, Klump Academic Center, and the Keystone Dining Room. “If you cannot sell your textbook, placing it in one of the bins will ensure the book is recycled for use by someone in need,” said club adviser Michael D. Shipman, instructor of business administration/accounting, “and the Accounting Society will receive $1 for each book in its only fall fundraiser.” The drive, organized by organization President Stephanie J. Michaud, of Linden, will run through the end of Finals Week.

Prospective Employer to Meet With Students, Alumni

Fronius

Recruiting among Penn College students and alumni to fill a welding engineer internship, Fronius USA LLC will visit campus this week. Representatives of the company, which has entrusted welding majors with equipment during the current academic year, will hold two information sessions in College Avenue Labs on Thursday: noon in Room 154 and at 3:30 p.m. in Room 104. Fronius will conduct interviews Friday in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center. For details, consult the Career Services flier: Fronius