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Students, Employees Share Seasonal Sentiment (and Artistic Talent)
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A variety of Penn College student organizations and departments have put their best wishes forward in oversized holiday cards, installed by General Services on the campus mall Tuesday morning. Colorfully conveying messages that range from faith to frivolity, from Centennial to solemnity, the cards will be lighted at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, on the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center patio. The college community will have the opportunity to choose its favorites when the contest ballot is posted to the myPCT portal; the top three selections in student and employee categories will be announced at the traditional ceremony.

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Health Sciences Students Talk Team Approach to Patient Care

Tushanna M. Habalar (right foreground), learning laboratory coordinator for nursing education, was among the facilitators for Friday's interdisciplinary exercise.

Tushanna M. Habalar (right foreground), learning laboratory coordinator for nursing education, was among the facilitators for Friday’s interdisciplinary exercise.

Students representing nearly all of the majors in the School of Health Sciences gathered in the Thompson Professional Development Center on Friday to learn from one another as they discussed their differing roles in a medical case. The “tabletop” Interdisciplinary Professional Event is designed to help Penn College students understand the perspectives and duties of others on a medical team in the interest of holistic treatment for their future patients. The school provides its students with a hands-on IPE in the spring, when actors simulate medical emergencies across campus.
Photo by Kim A. Speicher, dental hygiene instructor

Prospective Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Employers to recruit on campus

Employers to recruit on campus

Two employers will hold informational meetings at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, for Penn College students and alumni. U&S Services representatives will be in Room B2118 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center and McClure Co. recruiters will be in Room 104 of College Avenue Labs. (U&S will also schedule interviews for Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center.) For details, including available positions and academic areas of interest, consult the employers’ fliers: Information Sessions

Gold Medalist Shares Ice-Carving Mastery With Students
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A gazelle seemingly prances through the courtyard.

Chef Robert Lo Furno, a competitive ice carver, food service director for Aramark at the University of Delaware, and father of baking and pastry arts student Nicole C. Lo Furno, visited Pennsylvania College of Technology, where he and his wife, Monica – also an accomplished ice carver – spent Thursday in the courtyard outside the Keystone Dining Room working alongside School of Business & Hospitality students to share the tricks of the trade. Working well after dark, students in Chef Craig A. Cian’s Artistic Buffet Decoration course used the Lo Furnos’ specialty tools and lessons in technique to produce six ice sculptures that remain on display outside the dining hall’s atrium.

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Classmates, Co-Workers Brush Up Their Season’s Greetings

Huddled for the holidays, members of the Student American Dental Hygienists' Association work on their entry.

Huddled for the holidays, members of the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association work on their entry.

Paint cans tell a yuletide story of works in progress.

Paint cans tell a yuletide story of works in progress.

Surrounded by moral support, web and interactive media majors Robert L. Sloss, of Lake Harmony, and Brittany R. Terpstra, of Jim Thorpe, toil on behalf of the Wildcat Events Board.

Surrounded by moral support, web and interactive media majors Robert L. Sloss, of Lake Harmony, and Brittany R. Terpstra, of Jim Thorpe, toil on behalf of the Wildcat Events Board.

Last season's winner among college employees adds its signature to the department's 2014 card. What will it be THIS year?

Last season’s winner among college employees adds its signature to the department’s 2014 card. What will it be THIS year?

Antlers and artistry combined at the work site of the Society of Plastics Engineers student chapter. From left are Ryan N. Troiano, of Lake Ariel; Cody A. Rathmell, of Hughesville; Thomas J. Ryder, of Muncy; Brittany L. Delmo, of Milford; and Calvin L. Holland, of Huntingtown.

Antlers and artistry combined at the work site of the Society of Plastics Engineers student chapter. From left are Ryan N. Troiano, of Lake Ariel; Cody A. Rathmell, of Hughesville; Thomas J. Ryder, of Muncy; Brittany L. Delmo, of Milford; and Calvin L. Holland, of Huntingtown.

There hasn’t been a significant snowfall in the area yet, but there was a definite seasonal flurry in the General Services warehouse on Wednesday evening. Continuing a beloved year-end activity, Penn College’s student organizations and campus offices spent several hours working on their respective holiday cards. The large-scale greetings will be transported next week from the Reach Road facility to main campus, where they will be installed prior to an official lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

‘Trade Show’ Hones Students’ Skills, From Products to Promotions

Theodore J. Persing’s marketing for “Succulent Sourdoughs” included an eye-catching bread basket.

Theodore J. Persing’s marketing for “Succulent Sourdoughs” included an eye-catching bread basket.

Daniel C. Frankenfield, left,  offers up a variety of cheesecake flavors, while Timothy L. Kuntz presented the concept for “Timothy’s Tarts” with samples of a sea salt caramel tart.

Daniel C. Frankenfield, left, offers up a variety of cheesecake flavors, while Timothy L. Kuntz presented the concept for “Timothy’s Tarts” with samples of a sea salt caramel tart.

Free samples of Diana N. Lindner’s cake pops ran out quickly.

Free samples of Diana N. Lindner’s cake pops ran out quickly.

Jennifer N. Markozanis joins a line of “vendors” in offering samples to the appreciative crowd.

Jennifer N. Markozanis joins a line of “vendors” in offering samples to the appreciative crowd.

Katie E. Arthur “sells” her “Babycakes” line of designer petit fours and cakes.

Katie E. Arthur “sells” her “Babycakes” line of designer petit fours and cakes.

The Advanced Patisserie Operations course completed its Trade Show activity Wednesday. As part of the course, the students develop a product line or business concept and put their marketing lessons to work by creating and staffing a display that includes product packaging, menus or price lists, business cards and other marketing materials, as well as samples. Their innovations included gluten-free cookies, pretzel-bread croissants, and bialy rolls topped with onions and poppy seeds.

THON Supporters Send Healthy Wishes Skyward

Members of Penn College Benefiting THON help assemble the fragile paper lanterns.

Members of Penn College Benefiting THON help assemble the fragile paper lanterns.

Kelsey A. Maneval (center), one of Penn College's dancers during the February 2014 THON Weekend, lends a hand.

Kelsey A. Maneval (center), one of Penn College’s dancers during the February 2014 THON Weekend, lends a hand.

Participants battle frigid temperatures and occasional wind in trying to keep their lanterns lighted and under control.

Participants battle frigid temperatures and occasional wind in trying to keep their lanterns lighted and under control.

Emma J. Sutterlin (kneeling at right), of State College, this year's campus THON chair, joins some of her board members in preparing to set free one of the evening's final lanterns. From left are Kelsey A. Maneval, of McAlisterville; Lillian L. "Lily" Pakradooni, of Shillington; John D. Pater, of York; and Brieona R. Broadwater, of Berlin. Absent from the photo are board members Chelsea M. Burger, of Millersburg, and Allison D. Bailey, of West Chester.

Emma J. Sutterlin (kneeling at right), of State College, this year’s campus THON chair, joins some of her board members in preparing to set free one of the evening’s final lanterns. From left are Kelsey A. Maneval, of McAlisterville; Lillian L. “Lily” Pakradooni, of Shillington; John D. Pater, of York; and Brieona R. Broadwater, of Berlin. Absent from the photo are board members Chelsea M. Burger, of Millersburg, and Allison D. Bailey, of West Chester.

Buoyed by the heat inside, another lantern rises into the night sky.

Buoyed by the heat inside, another lantern rises into the night sky.

Nearly 100 sky lanterns drifted over campus Wednesday night in a fundraiser for children battling pediatric cancer, as members of Penn College Benefiting THON draw nearer to February’s culminating 46-hour dance marathon at Penn State. For $1 each, supporters could purchase a paper lantern to be illuminated and cast aloft on the lawn outside the Thompson Professional Development Center. The second-year organization is hoping to top its inaugural collection of $13,000 in 2013-14, and will be “canning” – carrying canisters to collect local donations from passing cars and pedestrians in well-traveled areas – on Dec. 5-7. Interested donors can also visit the THON Web page, click “Donate Now” and select Penn College as their organization of choice. The annual “no-sleeping, no-sitting” dance marathon will be held Feb. 20-22 in Bryce Jordan Center; THON has raised more than $114 million since 1977.

Handcrafted Goods Available at Student-Arranged Sale

Ten Thousand Villages sale transforms CC lobby into an international bazaar.

Ten Thousand Villages sale transforms CC lobby into an international bazaar.

Holiday ornaments among sale items ...

Holiday ornaments among sale items …

... along with jewelry ...

… along with jewelry …

... and a line of basketry all the way to the elevator.

… and a line of basketry all the way to the elevator.

Sale continues through Friday

Sale continues through Friday

The annual fair-trade sale organized by human services students in the Community and Organizational Change course is being held through Friday in the lobby of Penn College’s Bush Campus Center. The Ten Thousand Villages Festival sale features artisanal items from various other countries’ working poor.
Photos by Abdullah H. Muaddi, student photographer

Kyle T. Smithmyer Newest ‘Penn College Star’

Kyle T. Smithmyer enjoys the spotlight as the second "Penn College Star."

Kyle T. Smithmyer enjoys the spotlight as the second “Penn College Star.”

Gwendolyn A. Ntim sings for the audience and the panel of judges.

Gwendolyn A. Ntim sings for the audience and the panel of judges.

James C. Hendrie shares one of his original raps.

James C. Hendrie shares one of his original raps.

Caleb G. Schirmer performs a dance piece between acts.

Caleb G. Schirmer performs a dance piece between acts.

Beatboxer Lucas P. Crawford (second from right) was also among the finalists.

Beatboxer Lucas P. Crawford (second from right) was also among the finalists.

Kyle T. Smithmyer, a surveying technology major from Huntingdon, was crowned the latest “Penn College Star” at the recent conclusion of a three-round talent competition. The singer/guitarist, among four students vying at the second annual event’s Nov. 12 culmination in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, took home a $500 Amazon gift card as the top prize-winner. Also competing were Lucas P. Crawford, a manufacturing engineering technology student from New Bethlehem, who beatboxed; James C. Hendrie, of Gettysburg, a software development and information management major who produces, writes and raps his own songs; and singer Gwendolyn A. Ntim, of Yonkers, New York, a pre-nursing student. A panel of judges and a tally of audience text messages rated the musicians on creativity/originality, poise/presentation, voice clarity and crowd appeal. Judges were college President Davie Jane Gilmour; Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; Commuter Assistant Morgan N. Keyser; and 2000 alumnus Jon W. Mackey. “Penn College Star” – sponsored by the Off-Campus Housing Organization and the Residence Life and Student Activities offices – was hosted by George W. Settle III, last year’s champion, and Lauren J. Crouse, OCHO vice president. Settle was also a guest performer, as was Caleb G. Schirmer, OCHO’s interim president.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Centennial Reception, Concert Say ‘Thanks’ to Scholarship Donors

A full house in the Field House! The Centennial event invited all campaign donors to an autumn buffet. Attendees including alumni, current and retired employees and other friends and supporters, enjoyed such treats as mashed sweet potatoes, a selection of "sliders" and a choice of desserts from the college's fine-dining restaurant.

A full house in the Field House! The Centennial event invited all campaign donors to an autumn buffet. Attendees including alumni, current and retired employees, and other friends and supporters enjoyed such treats as mashed sweet potatoes, a selection of “sliders” and a choice of desserts from the college’s fine-dining restaurant.

Surrounded by colorful stage lighting befitting the festive affair, President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes more than 500 people – including students – to the post-buffet concert at the CAC.

Surrounded by colorful stage lighting befitting the festive affair, President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes more than 500 people – including students – to the post-buffet concert at the CAC.

One of the funnier moments of the evening was when the band offered a free copy of its new Christmas CD to the first audience member "to get up here." Two eager fans took the words literally, leaping onto the stage. Erin N. Shaffer (standing in white top), daughter of Myra K. Shaffer, institutional advancement and foundation assistant, was proclaimed the winner (although the band gave a second CD to the other fan.)

One of the funnier moments of the evening was when the band offered a free copy of its new Christmas CD to the first audience member “to get up here.” Two eager fans took the words literally, leaping onto the stage. Erin N. Shaffer (standing in white top), daughter of Myra K. Shaffer, institutional advancement and foundation assistant, was proclaimed the winner (although the band gave a second CD to the other fan.)

Home Free, which received two standing ovations by night's end, takes the stage.

Home Free, which received two standing ovations by night’s end, takes the stage.

Chris Rupp, who founded Home Free with his brother Adam, signs autographs for young fans in the Capitol Lounge following the show.

Chris Rupp, who founded Home Free with his brother Adam, signs autographs for young fans in the Capitol Lounge following the show.

In appreciation of their contributions to the Penn College Scholarship Campaign, donors were treated to a casual Saturday evening of tasty and tuneful entertainment. The celebration began with a Le Jeune Restaurant-catered buffet at the Field House and continued at the Community Arts Center with a private performance by Home Free, the a cappella country group that won the fourth season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” More than $5.7 million has been donated to the campaign, which, for 2014-15, has already more than doubled the scholarship support to students prior to the start of the campaign in 2011.

Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

College ‘Giving Tree’ Again Provides Outlet for Holiday Generosity

The Penn College "Giving Tree"

The Penn College “Giving Tree”

Interested in helping someone less fortunate in the Williamsport community this holiday season? A Penn College “Giving Tree,” bearing tags of individuals (children 3 months to 12 years, and senior citizens) who could benefit from your generous donation, is located in the Student Activities Office. The process for sponsoring someone is easy; instructions are available alongside the “Giving Tree” (Bush Campus Center, first floor) or on the myPCT portal.

Consider Penn College in Your Year-End Giving Plans

If you are considering making a charitable donation as the 2014 tax year comes to a close, please remember the Penn College employee campaign. Gifts of all sizes help students succeed and will be put to use immediately.

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A Picture Worth 100 Years

"100" on the lawn

“100” on the lawn

Celebrating 100 years of hands-on education (and a brisk moment of coats-on necessity), the Penn College community gathered Thursday for an aerial commemoration of the institution’s ongoing Centennial. Scores of students and employees – and one canine member of the family – enthusiastically braved the chill to form a “100” on the Madigan Library Lawn.
Photo by Carlos Ramos, web designer/interactive media specialist

Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Culinary Duo Prepares Seasonal Treat in Live Broadcast

Student Daniel A. Horst and Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management and culinary arts, talk with "PA live!" co-host Dave Kuharchik.

Student Daniel A. Horst and Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management and culinary arts, talk with “PA live!” co-host Dave Kuharchik.

Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management and culinary arts, assisted by Daniel A. Horst, a culinary arts and systems student from Harrisonburg, Virginia, appeared on WBRE-TV’s “PA live! Thursday afternoon. In segments with co-hosts Dave Kuharchik and Jasmine Brooks, they prepared Roasted Butternut Squash Soup.

Human Services Students Host Ten Thousand Villages Sale

Unique handmade gifts from diverse cultures are available at the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale, set for Nov. 19-21 at Pennsylvania College of Technology's Bush Campus Center.

Students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host a fair-trade sale Nov. 19-21 in the lobby of the Bush Campus Center.

The annual sale, which is open to the public, helps working poor in other countries.

Facilitated by students in the Community and Organizational Change course, the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale will feature unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware, and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

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