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Ballpoint Beauty Explores Artistry of Natural Mutations

Joo Lee Kang, “Still Life with Shells #4,” ballpoint pen on paper, 19 x 25 inches

The power of the pen will be on display in The Gallery at Penn College when Joo Lee Kang’s “Nature, Fathomable” is exhibited Aug. 18 through Sept. 20.

With a ballpoint pen, the Boston artist explores nature, its transformations and evolving definitions in intricate detail. Her work has been featured in various publications, including ARTnews, Hi-Fructose Magazine, New American Paintings, Artscope and The Boston Globe.

A Meet the Artist Reception is set for Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., offering a 5:30 p.m. gallery talk. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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Brunches Return to Le Jeune Chef Restaurant

Sunday brunches return to Le Jeune Chef for the fall semester.

Sunday brunches are set to return this fall to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, the casual fine-dining facility that provides a live learning lab for students in the college’s hospitality-related majors.

In their fresh return to the restaurant’s lineup, the brunches are scheduled one Sunday a month: Sept. 13, Oct. 18 and Nov. 15.

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Cultural Diversity Extolled at Vic House ‘Lawn Party’

A friendly bean-bag competition is enjoyed by siblings Andre J. and Bryonna A. Aldubayan, of Old Forge. He is an aviation maintenance technology student; she's enrolled in applied health studies: radiography concentration.

Student leaders at the event include (clockwise from left) Duncan Rodriguez, Kunkletown, nursing; Wilmer I. Clase, Lancaster, building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration; Morgan N. Keyser, Cogan Station, graphic design; and Lauren J. Crouse, Williamsport, applied health studies.

Sara H. Ousby, director of diversity and community engagement, welcomes attendees.

Sharing insight is Kavitha R. Kolangaden, a pre-physician assistant major from Belle Mead, New Jersey.

Also relishing the sunshine and camaraderie are (from left) Brianna M. Latovich, a nursing student from Mount Carmel; Tima Cummings, an alumnus and applied human services major from Williamsport; and Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College.

The Multicultural Lawn Party, held Thursday outside Penn College’s beautiful Victorian House, provided an informal opportunity for students, faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds and experiences to mingle. Student leaders from PC Alliance, Minorities Lending Knowledge and College Women of Williamsport welcomed students back to campus and shared how students can get involved with their respective organizations.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer 

History Faculty Member Assists With World AP History Exam

Craig A. Miller

A history faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology is helping to develop various components of the 2017 Advanced Placement World History Exam.

Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science, says the AP World History Exam, including the AP European and AP United States History Exams, will change format and structure in 2017. As a member of the exam’s leadership team, Miller is engaged in developing new scoring rubrics for two portions of the exam.

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WBRE Broadcasts News Report About Unique Welding Project

Steven P. Johnson talks about the "talent, teamwork and family" that are hallmarks of Penn College, Little League and Susquehanna Health.

Eyewitness News’ Cody Butler interviewed Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and Susquehanna Health President and CEO Steven P. Johnson on Friday about the welded baseball glove installed this week outside the Hospitality Inn at Williamsport Regional Medical Center. His piece debuted during WBRE’s 5:30 p.m. newscast that evening.

Where’s Marlin?

"Uncle" Marlin R. Cromley (third from right), with the team from Mexico that will play Saturday afternoon in the Series' international championship game against Japan

Cromley has a long-standing practice of taking starting pitchers to the stadium via golf cart rather than on foot, adding to their special feeling of going to the mound. He is pictured with Daniel Zaragoza, Mexico's pitcher from Thursday's win over Latin America.

Many students have asked staff at The College Store where “the man up front” is this semester. Marlin R. Cromley, the morning cashier/customer service associate in the store, is out for the start of classes working his “other” job. For well over a decade, Cromley has volunteered his time to be a Little League “uncle” – one of the local folks who spend the two weeks of the Little League Baseball World Series helping the teams get acclimated to being away from home. This year, he drew the team from Mexico. While he has thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Series, he is looking forward to coming back to work next week. “The College Store congratulates Marlin and all of the other hundreds of volunteers, including Penn College students and staff, who spend many hours helping to make the Little League World Series the most memorable event possible for the players, their families and visitors,” said Matt P. Branca, the store’s director.
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‘Sex-Ed Boot Camp’ Creators Handle Tough Questions With Ease

Joni Frater shares key concepts of healthy relationships.

Carl L. Shaner, director of College Health Services, takes aim with a T-shirt gun ...

... with no shortage of willing recipients in the audience.

A student helps himself to educational material and other giveaways outside the auditorium.

Esther Lastique engages the capacity crowd.

Authors and sexologists Joni Frater and Esther Lastique brought their entertaining and educational “Sex-Ed Boot Camp” back to Penn College on Wednesday night, meeting students’ curiosity with candid answers to often-difficult questions. Annual visitors during the start of fall classes, the duo was greeted with a standing-room-only turnout in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

‘Pop-Up Cafe’ Brings Touch of Summer to Fall Semester

Dining Services' Cathy A. Oliver (left) and Crystal E. Way stand ready.

An enticing, yet informal bill of fare

Portability with a purpose

Stay tuned: Dining options can "pop up" anywhere!

Residence Life Office staffers Barbara A. Adzema (left) and Marion C. Mowery consider their lunchtime choices.

Dining Services’ “Pop-Up Café,” offering a grab-and-go menu from a convenient outdoor venue, opened for Wednesday business by “The Rock.” Students and faculty/staff could choose from a number of meals, snacks and beverages from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Phi Mu Delta Fraternity Helps Spearhead Riverwalk Cleanup

Anthony D. Gobbi, of Haymarket, Virginia, chapter president and a building automation technology: heating, ventilation and air conditioning concentration major, captures the cleanup effort in a selfie.

Phi Mu Delta Fraternity and Penn College’s Student Activities Office coordinated a Riverwalk cleanup on the Sunday of Welcome Weekend. Members of the fraternity and various students met in the Bush Campus Center loop at 2 p.m. that day, then walked over to the worksite. Afterwards, participants enjoyed an ice cream sundae bar.

Student Teams Do Battle in Spirited ‘Wildcat Wars’

Zachary T. Peachey, president of the Student Government Association, lets loose the kickball.

Solidarity among the off-campus competitors

Relishing the "inflatable" competition is Dylan M. Craig, an electronics technology major from Fleetwood.

Intramural student assistant Rafael Correa explains the rules.

Lancaster/York residents exult in victory.

Penn College’s second annual “Wildcat Wars” competition – involving various teams’ attempts to “Conquer the Campus” in events that included dodgeball, kickball, obstacle courses and more – was held this past Sunday on the Madigan Library Lawn and elsewhere. The genial rivalry is part of “PC3,” three weeks of activities designed for students to meet people, get involved and have fun during the opening of the new academic year.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Free Student Tickets Available for Several CAC Shows

Limited student tickets available

A limited number of free tickets are available to Pennsylvania College of Technology students for several of this season’s Community Arts Center shows. In order to give the most students the opportunity to attend a free performance, a student with a valid Penn College ID may pick up one ticket for one performance per semester, while supplies last. Students will have the opportunity to receive additional tickets if any remain unclaimed one week before the performance date.

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Alumnus Receives Award for Work on Building Standards

Jeffrey L. Erdly

A 1972 engineering drafting graduate of Williamsport Area Community College, a Penn College predecessor, recently received the E. George Stern Award of Excellence from the ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings. Jeffrey L. Erdly, CEO of Masonry Preservation Services Inc., was honored for continuous and outstanding achievements during his tenure with ASTM – known until 2001 as the American Society for Testing and Materials. An expert on masonry preservation technology, his 30-year-old company specializes in architectural maintenance and restoration, masonry preservation, building envelope diagnostics and more. Erdly was profiled in the Spring 2014 issue of One College Avenue and was selected as the college’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2004.

Nursing Students Gain Firsthand Sensitivity to Age-Related Impairment

Nursing students Katelyn I. Arthur, of Muncy, and Tayler D. Mathias, of Watsontown, attempt to read a health history form while wearing glasses that mimic glaucoma.

Karen L. Martin, associate professor of medical-surgical nursing, guides students in the Fundamentals of Nursing course through the exercise.

With taped and gloved fingers and a variety of visual impairments, students attempt to remove pills from bottles.

On Wednesday, Karen L. Martin, associate professor of medical-surgical nursing, engaged students in the Fundamentals of Nursing course in a hands-on activity intended to help them relate to patients and the changes that occur with the aging process. Students taped their fingers, placed cotton in their ears and wore glasses intended to mimic glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. The students were then asked to fill out health history forms, look up a phone number, retrieve pills from medicine bottles and count change. The activity is meant to help students gain competency in the areas of communication, critical thinking and cultural sensitivity. The students expressed appreciation for the activity.
Photos courtesy of the Nursing Program

Chemistry Professor Presents at Teaching Conference

Kelly Butzler

Kelly B. Butzler, associate professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania College of Technology, presented at the 12th annual Teaching Professor Conference, held recently in Atlanta.

Her presentation topic was “Take Note! The Synergistic Effects of Metacognition and the Flipped Classroom.” Butzler is an avid educational advocate for “flipped classrooms” – a blended learning approach to standard classrooms.

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Wondrous Welder Creates Ball-Glove Benchmark for Outdoor Art

A battery of helpers maneuvers the heavy handiwork into place.

Michael K. Patterson (left) with student assistant Jacob D. Poppel, of Burlington, Connecticut, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major.

A leathery look and Patterson's eye for detail lend realism to a larger-than-life enterprise.

Installed in timely fashion during the Little League Baseball World Series, the bench offers a picturesque perch.

A member of Penn College’s welding faculty, whose procession of “Student Bodies” continues to spark on-campus conversation, this week added another impressive page to his portfolio of community contributions. Michael K. Patterson worked all summer on a bench for Susquehanna Health, an oversized replica of a baseball glove he used in Little League (and has retained to this day). The welded bench weighs more than 600 pounds and swivels 360 degrees on a shaft and apparatus designed and produced by students in the college’s machining lab. It was installed Tuesday afternoon at the front entrance to the Hospitality Inn at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, which provides free accommodations to eligible patients’ families. The renovated/expanded facility, at 802 Campbell St., will be formally dedicated in mid-September. The glove accentuates the baseball theme inside and furthers the ties among Penn College, Little League and the health system. An anonymous donor provided funding for the materials and for the balance of Patterson’s time that he didn’t donate to the project. Although the bulk of the work occurred after spring classes ended, the faculty member had some assistance from students. Patterson’s civic presence also includes a sculpture on the South Williamsport side of the Susquehanna River Walk, near Maynard Street, and public artwork at West Fourth and Market streets.

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