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Children’s Learning Center Receives Keystone Stars Grants

Children who attend the Dunham Children’s Learning Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology select books to take home and call their own during a Book Bingo event at the center. The books are purchased through a Keystone Stars grant.

The Dunham Children’s Learning Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology received $34,600 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Human Services through the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

The funding comes in the form of a Keystone Stars Merit Award of $12,675 and a Keystone Stars Education and Retention Award of $21,925.

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Culinary Giants Join Forces for 25th Anniversary Visiting Chef

In early April, Pennsylvania College of Technology will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Visiting Chef Series with the return, for the seventh time, of “Louisiana’s culinary ambassador to the world,” Chef John Folse, along with Folse’s renowned restaurant partner Chef Rick Tramonto, internationally heralded Pastry Chef Donald Wressell, and Chef Elaine Gardner, a 2011 Penn College graduate who has already made a name in Philadelphia’s food industry.

During their stay, the chefs will offer book talks for the public, share insights in classrooms and work alongside students to prepare an elegant, five-course fundraising dinner in the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

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PPL Field Manager Emphasizes Workplace Safety in Classroom Talk

With instructor Andrew R. Wolfe watching from right, PPL's Chuck Wood (left) demonstrates personal protective equipment with the help of electrical technology major John J. Aleksiejczyk IV, of Hatboro.

Chuck Wood, field manager of distribution operations for PPL Electric Utilities, was a guest speaker at Andrew R. Wolfe’s Accident Prevention class Tuesday night. Wolfe, a part-time instructor of electrical technology/occupations, invited him to talk about the importance of safety in the workplace. Wood supervises and directs maintenance of all substations, low-tension networks and underground utilities in PPL’s Susquehanna and Central divisions (Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton).
Photo by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

‘MAN-i-Cures’ – Where Charity, Service Go Hand-in-Hand

Charitable purveyors of Greek Life handiwork line the right side of the "MAN-i-Cures" table outside the Keystone Dining Room on Wednesday. Tending to patrons (from left) are Efrem K. Foster, of Williamsport; Kyeesha Douglas, of Philadelphia; Seth M. Young, of Jersey Shore; Andrew A. Smith, of Philadelphia; and Benjamin O. Bauman, of Moscow.

Douglas adds a beautifying touch for Emmanuel C. Nwosu, of Loganville, Ga., ...

... deftly applying multiple options from the available palette.

Color + concentration = brag-worthy results

Greek Life’s “MAN-i-Cures” fundraiser returned to campus this week, raising money for five charities. Representatives of Penn College’s three fraternities –  Omega Delta Sigma, Phi Mu Delta and Sigma Pi – painted nails in a specific color for each customer’s selected cause: purple for domestic violence awareness, pink for breast cancer awareness, teal for sexual assault awareness, blue for autism awareness and yellow for suicide prevention. The fourth annual event was held in two locations Wednesday before concluding Thursday night in the Bush Campus Center lobby.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Inspiring Speaker Champions Circuitous Route to Life’s Rewards

Attendees line a Bush Campus Center stairway for an "awesome" group photo.

Carol A. Lugg fronts a graphical representation of her decidedly roundabout career lifeline.

Colorful table accessories include bubble soap interactively incorporated by the speaker.

Guest Leslie M. Medina, a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major, joins in the fun.

A Penn's Inn crowd celebrates exemplary students.

Thirty-five Penn College students were honored Tuesday evening as the latest Awesome Women Exemplars during a reception in Penn’s Inn, sponsored by Campus & Community Engagement. The gathering featured a welcome and award presentations by Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement, and a keynote address by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of the School of Construction & Design Technologies. Lugg shared highlights from her personal life and professional career, and encouraged the audience to consider how various “spheres” of importance (family, academic life, career, hobbies, roles, etc.) travel in a nonlinear fashion throughout one’s lifetime, often influencing and intersecting in unexpected, yet beneficial ways. As an interactive activity, she encouraged guests to blow bubbles using miniature soap bottles she’d shared prior to her talk. The 12th annual AWE event also paid homage to March as National Women’s History Month.

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Campus Roundtable Brings Timely Topics Into Focus

Craig A. Miller (left), assistant professor of history and political science, facilitates the insightful conversation, along with Art L. Counterman, an instructor of electrical technology/occupations.

... encouraging engagement by students in Penn's Inn.

Penn College’s recurring roundtable turned to “The State of Trump’s America” this week, affording a Bush Campus Center audience the opportunity for civil discourse on matters related to the current White House administration. The Student Activities Office sponsors the series, which regularly encourages the campus community to dissect and discuss pressing and provocative issues of the day.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

WEB Delivers Magical ‘Harry Potter Night’

"The wand chooses the wizard" at Ollivander's shop, but, in Dauphin Hall, you can make your own ...

... along with a magical mug!

Madison P. Shrout, a graphic design major from Peterburg, donned Gryffindor garb to pose challenging Potter questions.

Attendees could choose from a variety of

Outside looking in, at the end of a wintry week

Twenty years after author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter, the literary juggernaut and the movies that it spawned continue to captivate millions – including the Penn College students who celebrated Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this past week in the Capitol Eatery. The Wildcat Events Board sponsored the activity-filled evening, which included novelties, trivia and candy reminiscent of the book series. Interested in helping to plan campus events? Email WEB!
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

‘Italian Pasticceria’ Sale Set for Wednesday

Say "Hello" to continental confections!

Cannoli among the day's featured desserts

Fresh fruit tarts are also on the menu.

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II’s Advanced Baking and Pastry Operations class will hold an “Italian Pasticceria” sale from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 29, in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Student managers for the sale are baking and pastry arts majors Crystal A. Calaman, of Dushore; Nathan Diaz and Alexis L. Kepley, of Reading; Alesha A. Dunlap, of Worthington; and Ally T. Monborne, of Williamsport. More details, including a product list and details/deadlines for ordering a specially decorated double-layer cake, follow: Italian Pasticceria

Community Arts Center Hires Managing Director, General Manager

Sharon Mack

The Community Arts Center Board of Directors has announced the addition of two veteran arts administrators to the staff of the CAC.

Sharon Mack will join as the new managing director, working with previously named Operations Director Dave Whitnack in the organization’s dual executive office. Dana Beth Evans has been hired for a new general manager position, leading patron services efforts and overseeing other day-to-day functions at the theater. The arts consulting firm SiG Productions, which had been engaged to help guide the CAC’s transition over the past months, conducted both searches.

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Restoration Alum’s Business Plan Merits $5,000 Boost

Carmen Cicioni

A 2014 alumnus of Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major was awarded $5,000 this month in a “Shark Tank”-style entrepreneurial event at Penn State Schuykill. Carmen Cicioni, a partner with his father in Car Men Restorations in Ringtown, was one of two presenters to receive the maximum amount in the campus’s inaugural Business Plan Competition. Ten teams vied for seed money to grow or start their small businesses in the contest; seven of them received $1,000 to $5,000 for their inventive ideas.  A number of the participants had attended a 10-week LionLaunch Boot Camp, which offered tips in such areas such as marketing, finance and business law. Each team pitched its idea for four to six minutes, followed by a brief question-and-answer session with a panel of judges. “Overall from start to finish, I had a great experience with the LionLaunch program hosted by Penn State Schuylkill,” Cicioni said. “It was the perfect opportunity as a local entrepreneur and startup business to further develop and put my vision and goals into action.” More information is available on the Penn State Schuylkill website.

Alumni Sweethearts Enjoy VIP Service on Campus

As winners of the sixth annual Alumni Sweethearts contest at Penn College, Robert and Megan (Miller) Brightbill enjoyed an overnight stay in the college’s Victorian House and dinner in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

Two graduates who work as educators in Harrisburg returned to their alma mater recently as Pennsylvania College of Technology’s 2017 Alumni Sweethearts.

Robert A. and Megan L. (Miller) Brightbill said they were treated like VIPs during their visit, which featured an overnight stay in the college’s Victorian House and dinner in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant as winners of Alumni Relations’ sixth annual Alumni Sweethearts contest.

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Student Development Assistants Say ‘Thank You’ to Donors

Student development assistants share a message of indebtedness to benefactors' generosity.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s student development assistants are inspiring their peers to thank the donors who make it possible for them all to earn degrees that work.

During February, they hosted a Thank a Donor Day activity in which they encouraged students to sign an oversized “Thank you” card in appreciation of all who give their time, expertise, money, equipment, grants and more to Penn College. The development assistants used the opportunity to talk with other students about who donors are, what they provide and the benefit of those gifts.

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‘BYOC’ to the Field House This Saturday

Gamers fill the Field House for last year's event.

"BYOC 2017" to be held Saturday

Penn College’s Bring Your Own Computer 2017, “the biggest gaming event of the year,” will be held from noon to midnight Saturday, March 25, in the Field House. Hosted by a collaborative mix of gaming, technology and social clubs on campus – the Gamers’ Guild, the Association of Professional Programmers, the Game Development Club, the Association for Computing Machinery and the Information Security Association – BYOC provides 12 hours of gaming, friendly competition and socialization. Whether or not you have a gaming computer, a laptop or a console, everybody is invited to join the fun! More than 25 tournaments (including Super Smash Bros., Counter Strike: GO, Overwatch, Halo, Rocket League, League of Legends, Minecraft, Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, and many others) run all day, many of them requiring nothing more than gamers and their skill. The event will have food, door prizes and tournament prizes, and will be live-streamed by the Game Development Club on Twitch. Donations will benefit Child’s Play, a charity that provides toys and games to more than 100 hospitals worldwide. More information, including complete tournament schedules and prize lists, is available online.
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When Life Gives You Snow … Turn It Into Art!

Stabley (left) and Easton N. Latranyi, of Danville, a senior in manufacturing engineering technology ...

... strategically place snowballs into eye-pleasing position.

The final creation, topped with decorative twigs, outside the Bush Campus Center

What better way to celebrate the first day of spring than by creating a snow sculpture? That’s what students in two of David A. Stabley’s art electives did Monday in front of the Bush Campus Center. Stabley, instructor of ceramics/wood sculpture, and students in Wood Sculpture and Ceramics II classes got out of the lab and into some creative exploration. Similar to other campus projects crafted by Stabley’s students (usually in fairer weather), their creation was inspired by the environmental art of famed British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.
Most photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Now Playing: ‘Herbie Goes to College’

"Herbie" gets a bath in the College Avenue Labs wash bay ...

... before being trailered for transport ...

... and maneuvered by students into his Madigan Library display space.

“Herbie, the Love Bug,” the iconic Volkswagen Beetle, will be on display in Penn College’s Madigan Library through the end of the semester. The car, used in “Disney on Ice” performances, is on loan from the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon, among the supportive partners in the college’s automotive restoration technology major. Herbie, complete with expressive eyelashes and a hood that opens to reveal teeth and a tongue, was installed in the library to encourage literacy.

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