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Prospective Employers to Meet With Students, Alumni

Hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of job possibilities, four employers will visit campus in the coming week. Radius Systems will hold an information session at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Room 112 of the Carl Building Technologies Center, and representatives of John Deere will meet twice that day with interested applicants in College Avenue Labs – at 11 a.m. in Room 104 and at 3:30 p.m. in Room 107. Albright Care Services will hold a Nursing Recruitment Day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center atrium, and Ring Container recruiters will be on hand at at 3:30 that afternoon in CAL, Room 107. (Two of the employers will hold interviews in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center: John Deere (on Wednesday, Oct. 26) and Ring Container (on Friday, Oct. 28). For details, including available positions and applicable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Employers on Campus

Students Attend Leadership Conference for Women in Construction

Two construction management majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology attended the recent Women in Construction Leadership Seminar at Kiewit Corp.’s headquarters in Omaha, Neb.

Lauren S. Herr, of Lititz, and Juliann M. Reazor, of Schuylkill Haven, applied to participate in the all-expenses-paid trip designed to develop the leadership skills of collegiate women. They were among 36 women from throughout the United States selected to attend the Sept. 29-30 event, sponsored by one of the largest and most respected construction, mining and engineering organizations operating in North America and Australia.

“Both Lauren and Juliann were prime candidates for an opportunity like this,” said Wayne R. Sheppard, assistant professor and construction management department head. “They are examples of how gender doesn’t matter; it is all about your passion, intelligence and work ethic.”

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Youth of Firetree Place Well-Served by Donation of Sports Gear

Volleyballs, tennis balls, pingpong balls and badminton equipment are among equipment donated to Firetree Place.

Exercise science students Connor J. Nettles, of Pottsville, and Daniel S. Fertig, of Turbotville, carry a pingpong table to Quinti’s pickup truck.

A cart carries a sample of the pieces as they wait to be loaded.

Nia M. Romanowicz, of Altoona, adds donated pieces that she later helped deliver to Firetree Place.

Students in Penn College’s exercise science major joined Judy Quinti, assistant professor of exercise science, in loading a delivery of sports equipment for Firetree Place, a community center just a few blocks from Penn College. The college offered equipment it no longer uses in Fitness & Lifetime Sports classes. In keeping with their career goals to promote wellness, the students delivered a pingpong table, paddles and balls; several badminton racquets with shuttlecocks; volleyballs; tennis balls; and goggles. The mission of Firetree Place is to engage youth through enrichment activities and to provide resources that will strengthen the community at large.

Brushing Up on a New Dental Hygiene Clinic

Penn College dental hygiene students are applying their extensive hands-on skills in a newly renovated clinic. The 5,300-square-foot facility, dedicated in late September and featured in a video on college’s YouTube channel, features advanced technology and continues the college’s tradition of offering low-cost dental care to the community.”The clinic has made an amazing transformation. It’s modern, state-of-the-art,” said Alexandra D. Petrizzi, a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major from Langhorne. “I walked in and a big smile came on my face!”

‘PA Live!’ Broadcast Again Features College Guests

WBRE's Josh Hodell talks with student Katlyn J. Hackling (center) and Chef Mary G. Trometter.

Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, accompanied student Katlyn J. Hackling, of Williamsport, on WBRE’s “PA Live!” broadcast on Wednesday. During the show, Hackling demonstrated pumpkin crepes with a fall squash filling and a pumpkin crepe dessert with sweet honey, cream cheese and fruit filling. Hackling is a senior in the culinary arts and systems major.

Alumni Augment Time-Tested Credibility of College’s Career Fair

Construction management student Tamara D. Altom, of Williamsport, visits the Gilbane Building Co. table. Representing the Baltimore-based company are Ryan P. Becker (left) and Kyle J. Williams, both alumni of the college's School of Construction & Design Technologies.

More than 235 employers, whose representatives included hundreds of Penn College graduates, attended Tuesday’s Career Fair in Bardo Gym and the Field House.

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Study Abroad? It’s a World of Good!

Helping students gain a global outlook – from short-term, weeklong experiences to semester-length programs around the world – is the aim of the International Programs Office's Study Abroad programs.

Experienced guides for the "Non-European Mathematics in the Mayan World" trip to Guatemala, are Curt E. Vander Vere (left), assistant professor of mathematics. D. Robert Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science.

Travel to Europe and the United Kingdom to explore "Sustainable Building and Design" is explained by faculty member Naim N. Jabbour. Talking with the assistant professor of architectural technology are Andrew J. Davies (left), of Lititz, and Adam T. Knoebel, of Montoursville, both majoring in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration.

Part-time dental hygiene instructor Rhonda J. Seebold is on hand to talk with eligible students about boosting oral hygiene for schoolchildren and families in the Dominican Republic.

Opportunities for Penn College students to travel, meet people and share new experiences – all while earning college credits and enhancing their resumes – were outlined during the International Programs Office’s Study Abroad Expo.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

High School Students Get Glimpse of Imminent Tomorrow

Physician assistant major Curtis R. Gehman, of Mill Hall, shares a heartfelt "Day in the Life of a PA" with Elijah Sweeney, from Lehigh Valley Academy.

Thursday’s Career Day, meticulously arranged by the College Transitions Office, provided a premier opportunity for school districts to visit Penn College and explore a wide variety of careers through hands-on activities, demonstrations, facility tours, and discussions with students and faculty.

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College Hosting ‘Out of the Darkness’ Suicide-Prevention Walk

A T-shirt contest for the Greater Lycoming Out of the Darkness Community Walk produced this winning design by Penn College student Angela J. Maniscalco, a health arts: practical nursing emphasis major from Muncy.

More than 250 people from throughout Williamsport are expected to participate in the eighth annual Greater Lycoming Out of the Darkness Community Walk hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Central Pennsylvania chapter and Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The walk will be held at Penn College on Saturday, Oct. 22, with registration starting at 5:30 p.m. and the walk at 6:30.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide is preventable. This fundraising walk supports the AFSP’s local and national education and advocacy programs and its bold goal of a 20-percent reduction in the annual rate of suicide by 2025.

“As an institution, we have made great efforts to educate our students and campus on the importance and power of suicide prevention. This walk is about education and healing for our campus and community,” said Mallory L. Weymer, Penn College’s coordinator of student health and wellness/suicide prevention specialist. “Suicide is a very real problem, but through education, outreach and hope, we have the power to save people’s lives.”

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Donated Pink Gowns Help Focus Attention on Breast Cancer

Dental hygiene students, colorfully cloaked as special agents for awareness

Students completing rounds in the Dental Hygiene Clinic showed their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donning pink gowns during the week of Oct. 10. The gowns were donated by Matt P. Branca, director of The College Store. Other Breast Cancer Awareness-related activities have included a bake sale hosted by College Health Services and Sigma Pi, informational tables in the Bush Campus Center and at the Madigan Library Reference Desk, and a Wear Pink Day for employees on Oct. 7.

Penn College Welding Students Receive Scholarships

From left, Nicholas Mercado, recruiter/talent acquisition for Air Products, is shown with Penn College welding scholarship recipients Gavin P. Bachman, of Slatington; Katya E. Pechacek, of Fayetteville, New York; and Stephanie M. Puckly, of Spartansburg. Bachman and Puckly received $2,500 Air Product Welding Scholarships. Earlier, Pechacek received a $2,500 Air Products Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship.

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology welding students are recipients of a national industry scholarship.

Stephanie M. Puckly, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Spartansburg, and Gavin P. Bachman, a welding technology major from Slatington, each received a $2,500 Air Products Welding Scholarship, provided by the Air Products Foundation.

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Students Head to Guatemala on Nursing’s First Study Abroad Trip

Students Ashley M. Otto and Kelsey L. Maneval pack Penn College backpacks that they’ll leave behind for residents of Nueva Santa Rosa, Guatemala.

Picture books and Penn College backpacks are among items donated by the campus community for the remote village.

Friend Bear finds a seat in a suitcase for the trip to Central America.

Students glean details from nursing instructor Christine B. Kavanagh. From left are H. Alex Simcox, Christina M. Mossman, Ashley M. Otto, Katherine Santoianni, Maneval and Kavanagh.

A pile of books will help supply a library or serve as waiting-room entertainment.

Five nursing students packed supplies this week that they’ll take to the small village of Nueva Santa Rosa in Guatemala. The students are enrolled in a short-term study abroad course, the first for nursing. They’ll be joined by Christine B. Kavanagh, instructor of nursing, at a clinic in a remote area of coffee plantations southeast of the capital, Guatemala City. The Penn College group will join a larger group of volunteers from Glens Falls Medical Mission, a group based in Glens Falls, New York. The students gathered this week to pack luggage with a variety of donated items, including picture books, toothbrushes, stuffed animals, and touches of Penn College that include Wildcat hand sanitizer donated by Penn College Health Services, and Penn College backpacks donated by Admissions. Many of the other items were donated by fellow students and nursing faculty via collection stations set up by the Student Nurses Association. Students making the trip are Kelsey L. Maneval, of McAlisterville; Christina M. Mossman, of Wellsboro; Ashley M. Otto, of Lehighton; H. Alex Simcox, of Montgomery; and Katherine Santoianni, of Williamsport.

Campus Drop Box Limits Unwanted Access to Medications

A pharmaceutical drop box in College Health Services is a repository for medicine that is expired or is no longer needed.

A medication drop box, designed for year-round disposal of outdated or unneeded pharmaceuticals – both over-the-counter and prescription – has been installed in the lobby area of Penn College Health Services (Room 150, Bush Campus Center). The box was obtained from Lycoming County District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.

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Restoration Freshman in National Race for Help With College Costs

Anthony D. Di Liberto

Anthony D. Di Liberto, a first-year student in Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major, is one of three students nationwide vying for tuition assistance from the RPM Foundation. Online voting among Di Liberto, of New Milford, New Jersey, and his two challengers (Jacob San Martin, of McPherson College, and Jonathon Camper, of the College of Charleston) will end at 3 p.m. Oct. 21. The highest vote-getter will get a share of the money collected at the Autobahn Indoor Speedway in West Nyack, New York, two days later, when fans of the Jalopnik daily automotive blog can pay to race against the website’s staff and contributors. Half of all proceeds from the go-kart races will go to the foundation, which is helping support the next generation of automotive restoration and preservation craftspeople through formal training and mentorship. People like Di Liberto, whose contest profile says, “I take great pride in knowing that, upon my graduation in May of 2018, I will begin to pursue my dream job of working full time in a hot rod or speed and custom shop, building one-of-a-kind works of art.”

Penn College Student Wins Silver at Hard-Fought Woodsmen’s Meet

Representing Penn College at a recent woodsmen's meet in North Carolina were: (front row, from left) Tyler W. Lauver, Mifflinburg; Alyssa R. McGraw, Bellefonte; Nancy M. Summers, Turbotville; and Kristin E. Cavanaugh, Bellefonte; and (second row, from left) Noah L. English, Bloomsburg; Jackson H. Gehris, Cogan Station; Anthony A. Hampton, Clearfield; G. Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forest technology; Abigail L. Hufnagle, Lewisburg; Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology; and Paul M. George, of State College.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Woodsmen’s Team traveled to the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina to compete in the 21st Annual John Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet on Oct. 1.

This is the second trip to North Carolina in as many years for the team, which is part of the college’s Forestry Club.

This year’s meet was contested by Penn College and nine other collegiate teams: Haywood Community College, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Montgomery Community College, North Carolina State University, Penn State Mont Alto, the University of Kentucky, the University of Tennessee, Warren Wilson College and West Virginia University.

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