Exploration, Enjoyment Mark College Family Reunions

Hundreds of Penn College students reunited with families this past weekend, sharing several days (and nights) of campus activities … with a healthy dose of “showing off” what they’ve learned in their new surroundings since last month’s start of the fall semester. Student Activities’ Parent & Family Weekend offered a jam-packed schedule – from athletics and academics to entertainment and events showcasing the Greater Williamsport community.

– Photos by Carol A. Lugg, coordinator of matriculation and retention for the School of Natural Resources Management;
Whitnie-rae Mays, student photographer; Mike Cunningham, vice president for information technology and business;
and Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday

New entrance sign and hot-air balloons illuminate the Saturday night sky.

New entrance sign and hot-air balloons illuminate the Saturday night sky.

Pre-radiography student Mikala G. Bodle and family, of Bellefonte, await their trip aloft.

Pre-radiography student Mikala G. Bodle and family, of Bellefonte, await their trip aloft.

Rising with the flames

Rising with the flames

An insider's perspective

An insider’s perspective

The family of Sean F. Flynn, of Greentown, a first-year heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis major at right, enjoys an ESC tour.

The family of Sean F. Flynn, of Greentown, a first-year heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis major at right, enjoys an ESC tour.

Student Ambassadors are kept busy welcoming guests to the Victorian House for self-guided tours, inside and out.

Student Ambassadors are kept busy welcoming guests to the Victorian House for self-guided tours, inside and out.

Jocelyn C. Kelley, a pre-nursing student from Wilmington, Del., catches up with Mom near half-court, while her father defends against her friend, Ruby A. Varghese, a pre-occupational therapy assistant major from Glen Mills. The Kelleys were among the participants in the Intramural Family Challenge, a friendly competition near the Field House.

Jocelyn C. Kelley, a pre-nursing student from Wilmington, Del., catches up with Mom near half-court, while her father defends against her friend, Ruby A. Varghese, a pre-occupational therapy assistant major from Glen Mills. The Kelleys were among the participants in the Intramural Family Challenge, a friendly competition near the Field House.

Student Ambassadors Amy E. Lynn and Brandon S. Haney oversee boarding for trolley tours of historic Williamsport.

Student Ambassadors Amy E. Lynn and Brandon S. Haney oversee boarding for trolley tours of historic Williamsport.

Intramural assistant Jeremy R. Bottorf doubles as an ice cream vendor, handing out free treats near the tennis ans basketball courts.

Intramural assistant Jeremy R. Bottorf doubles as an ice cream vendor, handing out free treats near the tennis ans basketball courts.

The parents of Gregory Nist, an automotive technology student from Montville, N.J., attend a "Keeping Up With Technology" session led by Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology. Bock and Student Activities event assistant Matthew A. Wagner shared tech tips with visitors – even showing them fun ways to manipulate family photos using free online tools.

The parents of Gregory Nist, an automotive technology student from Montville, N.J., attend a “Keeping Up With Technology” session led by Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology. Bock and Student Activities event assistant Matthew A. Wagner shared tech tips with visitors – even showing them fun ways to manipulate family photos using free online tools.

With samples of their work displayed behind them in College Avenue Labs, collision repair students Staccato R. Butler Jr. (left) and Louis Benet offer visitors a "Pinstripe and Flame Demonstration." (Among the attendees was Benet's mother, Marion, who made the trip from Tampa, Fla.)

With samples of their work displayed behind them in College Avenue Labs, collision repair students Staccato R. Butler Jr. (left) and Louis Benet offer visitors a “Pinstripe and Flame Demonstration.” (Among the attendees was Benet’s mother, Marion, who made the trip from Tampa, Fla.)

Building construction masonry instructor Glenn R. Luse supervises Mitchell P. Grahnert, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Lancaster, N.Y., as he gains another skill in the Construction Masonry Building.

Building construction masonry instructor Glenn R. Luse supervises Mitchell P. Grahnert, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Lancaster, N.Y., as he gains another skill in the Construction Masonry Building.

Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor and department head, drafting and computer aided design, teaches CAD to a Dad during a session titled "Oh, the Possibilities."

Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor and department head, drafting and computer aided design, teaches CAD to a Dad during a session titled “Oh, the Possibilities.”

Anthony B. Risi's grandparents, visiting from Long Island, N.Y., enjoyed a walk to the School of Natural Resources Management's Idea Garden. (Risi is a heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis major at the school.)

Anthony B. Risi’s grandparents, visiting from Long Island, N.Y., enjoyed a walk to the School of Natural Resources Management’s Idea Garden. (Risi is a heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis major at the school.)

Andrew S. Wickard and Garrett A. Krout, forest technology majors, were kept busy leading the many families that visited the Schneebeli Earth Science Center hiking trails. The students even took the time to show off their knowledge of the trees and shrubs along the way.

Andrew S. Wickard and Garrett A. Krout, forest technology majors, were kept busy leading the many families that visited the Schneebeli Earth Science Center hiking trails. The students even took the time to show off their knowledge of the trees and shrubs along the way.

Chris J. Troxell, a landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis major from Summit Hill, shares Penn College's hands-on philosophy with father Keith.

Chris J. Troxell, a landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis major from Summit Hill, shares Penn College’s hands-on philosophy with father Keith.

Gabriel B. Wasserman, a first-semester heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis student from Fort Washington, dived right into campus life and assisted with tours of the ESC diesel labs.

Gabriel B. Wasserman, a first-semester heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis student from Fort Washington, dived right into campus life and assisted with tours of the ESC diesel labs.

Students who have quickly become friends enjoy a big group tour of the Earth Science Center with their families.

Students who have quickly become friends enjoy a big group tour of the Earth Science Center with their families.

Student Ambassador Justin T. Mann was busy providing tours – many of them for students attend main campus who made their way over the mountain to explore the School of Natural Resources Management.

Student Ambassador Justin T. Mann was busy providing tours – many of them for students attend main campus who made their way over the mountain to explore the School of Natural Resources Management.

With Madigan Library below her, general studies major Meghan C. Cunningham rises above campus in a hot-air balloon.

With Madigan Library below her, general studies major Meghan C. Cunningham rises above campus in a hot-air balloon.

From the Madigan Library and Student and Administrative Services Center in the foreground, to Klump Academic Center and the Construction Masonry Building in the distance, balloon riders get a unique vantage of Penn College's main campus.

From the Madigan Library and Student and Administrative Services Center in the foreground, to Klump Academic Center and the Construction Masonry Building in the distance, balloon riders get a unique vantage of Penn College’s main campus.

Into the great wide-open

Into the great wide-open

Tethered hot-air balloon rides drew a long line of interested guests to the Madigan Library lawn.

Tethered hot-air balloon rides drew a long line of interested guests to the Madigan Library lawn.