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Explore Penn College’s ‘Degrees That Work’ at Oct. 25 Open House

Penn College’s Oct. 25 Open House provides an ideal opportunity to explore “degrees that work.”

The distinctive, hands-on academic programs offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education, will be highlighted at Open House on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Held twice a year, Open House at Penn College provides prospective students and their families an opportunity to sample campus life and learn about 100-plus bachelor’s and associate degrees and certificates.

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Nursing Students Administer Flu Vaccinations

Luke D. Spang (left), of Manheim, inoculates classmate Benjamin S. Leibig, of Lebanon.

Engaging in participatory journalism, student photographer Caleb G. Schirmer – an applied management major from Sugarloaf – is vaccinated by Haylea D. Estright, of Brisbin.

James N, Ahern, an information assurance and cyber security major from Mechanicsburg, rolls up his sleeve for Monirh S. Larkpor, of Darby.

In a collaboration between Penn College’s Nursing Department and College Health Services, bachelor-degree students in Terri A. Stone’s Fundamentals of Nursing class gave flu shots Thursday in the Bush Campus Center. Health Services will continue to provide the vaccinations to faculty, staff, students, dependents and spouses from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The cost of the flu vaccine is $15, payable by cash, check (payable to Penn College) or credit card. According to Health Services, the only medical reason why someone should not receive the flu vaccine is an allergy to eggs, neomycin or polymixin, or a previous life-threatening reaction to an influenza vaccine.

Mexicali Menu Makes for Savory Celebration in KDR

Accenting the celebratory air are KDR managers Janet L. Wool and Jason K. Eichensehr

A student samples the night's cuisine ...

... which included flank steak and a cherry dessert.

Service with sombreros is provided by Tanna M. Brewer (left), assistant cook, and Stephanie D. Updegraff, Dining Services worker.

A Mexicali Dinner, part of Penn College’s Hispanic Heritage Month, was held Thursday evening in the Keystone Dining Room. The all-you-care-to-eat menu, served at made-to-order food stations, included fajitas, quesadillas, street tacos and desserts.
Photos by Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director of Dining Services, and Marcia G. Tanner, Dining Services worker

Penn College Homecoming Celebration to Be Held Oct. 7-11

The Homecoming Carnival returns to the Madigan Library lawn from Oct. 9-11.

Alumni, students, employees and friends of Pennsylvania College of Technology can reminisce about “Our Proud Penn College Days” – a line from the institution’s alma mater – as they celebrate Homecoming 2015 from Oct. 7-11.

Among the public highlights are a Homecoming Carnival from 6 p.m. to closing time Friday, 1 p.m. to close on Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Bartlebaugh Amusements Inc. is set up on the Madigan Library lawn, with thrill rides, games, food and fun. Eh440, an a cappella group from Canada, will perform on the midway at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Renewable Energy Students Visit Heavily Solar-Powered Farm

Students on Wednesday's Bradford County field trip are (from left) Dakotah J. Hewson, of Dingmans Ferry; Nicholas J. Porreca, of New Hope; Antonino Farina, of Camp Hill; Alec R. Bouch, of Brockway; Thomas J. Hirneisen, of Blandon; and Lukas E. Jensen, of Etters. Bouch is a building automation technology: electrical technology concentration major; the others are all enrolled in renewable energy technologies.

Six students in instructor Jon W. Hart’s Photovoltaic Systems class visited the 36-kilowatt solar array at Albavale Farm in Canton this week, enjoying the trip in spite of Wednesday’s wet weather. The photovoltaic system uses 120 solar panels to generate more than half of the farm’s total usage of electricity. The students saw the array mounted on one of the farm’s barns, observed four SMA Sunny Boy utility-tied inverters and saw the utility metering with the associated switch gear for the PV system. The field trip was a lab exercise in the class, part of Penn College’s renewable energy technologies major.
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Penn College Offers Program to Track Nutrition, Allergens

In an ongoing effort to provide accurate and up-to-date nutrition and allergy information to the campus community, Dining Services at Pennsylvania College of Technology began the Fall 2015 semester with the introduction of Net Nutrition.

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Latin Dance Instructors Bring ‘Salsa Magic’ to Penn’s Inn

Lee "El Gringuito" (a past nominee as Salsa Instructor of the Year and Latin DJ of the Year in the Washington, D.C., area) and Kat "La Gata" bring enthusiasm and energy to Penn's Inn.

Eager and courageous, students gather to try something new.

Colorful drinks sparkle under festive lighting.

Attentive dance students stay on their toes.

Kat works with Andrew A. Smith, an aviation maintenance technician student, and Brittany R. Terpstra, of Jim Thorpe, majoring in Web and interactive media.

It didn’t take long for Penn College students to light up the Bush Campus Center dance floor this past week, learning – and then quickly exhibiting – the newest Latin steps in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Instructors Lee “El Gringuito” and Kat “La Gata” have performed their “Salsa Magic” program around the world, teaching Latin dances to more than 100,000 college students in 47 states. The Wildcat Events Board, in collaboration with Diversity and Community Engagement, co-sponsored their appearance at Friday’s interactive event in Penn’s Inn.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Lecture at Penn College to Focus on Creating Meaningful Life

Bruce A. Wehler

With wit and wisdom, a teacher intends to offer a meaningful conversation on our choices and our chances when he takes the stage as the featured presenter in a popular, annual lecture at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Bruce A. Wehler, assistant professor of English composition, is this year’s presenter in the David London My Last Words Lecture Series. His talk, “What Are You Full Of? (The Things We Carry),” is set for Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

“Our lives reflect our choices, and we carry the full weight of those choices everywhere we go as we make our own way in this world,” Wehler said. “At times, we all need to stop and examine what we are carrying that is weighing us down, the attitudes and actions, the beliefs and the blinders that hinder us from experiencing the fullness of life that should be ours. By surrounding ourselves with good people, by appreciating the value of our experiences, and by choosing to live without regret, each one of us can choose to create an extraordinary life.”

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Jessica R. Wiegand Named Penn College ‘Student of the Month’

Jessica R. Wiegand

Jessica R. Wiegand, a business administration: marketing concentration major from Trout Run, has been chosen as September’s Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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College Offers New Course in Salesforce Reporting Fundamentals

A Salesforce Reporting Fundamentals course, open to the public, will be offered for the first time at Pennsylvania College of Technology in October.

The course is aimed at administrators, business users and managers who use Salesforce in their daily work. Participants will acquire the fundamental skills necessary to unlock the data held in Salesforce, thereby increasing the ability to make effective data-driven decisions.

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Classic Vehicles, Curiosity Bring Chevy Club to Campus

The group peeks inside the Duesenberg, on loan from the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon for light service work and detailing.

Club member Dave Cavagnaro discusses his four-door 1962 Chevrolet Impala sedan with a student.

Justin W. Beishline (background) and Walter V. Gower, assistant deans of transportation and natural resources technologies, keep the chow line moving.

Collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger (far left) talks about the diagnostic work being performed on the Packard to assess whether a full restoration is warranted.

Sean M. Hunter, an applied management major from Livington, New Jersey, shows off a work-in-progress in the paint lab: a 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Saloon.

More than 20 members of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America Inc. traveled to Penn College in a dozen cars Friday, enjoying a tour of several laboratories in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies and meeting with students  – both instructionally and informally. Of particular interest was the automotive restoration lab, where the visitors saw the caliber of the museum pieces and collectibles entrusted to students: a 1929 Duesenberg, a 1947 Packard and a 1932 Buick, among them. Dave Cavagnaro, of Blairstown, New Jersey, who was taken by the students’ demeanor when he met them at Charlotte and Philadelphia, said he continued to be “superimpressed” after seeing them on campus. The members’ cars, combined with a display of student- and faculty-owned vehicles, coincided with a fall tradition: a hot dog roast with the school administration at the grill.

North American Delegation Explores Shale Development

The group talks about shale policy and regulation with John Ryder, director of the Bureau of District Oil & Gas Operations for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Visitors, representing commissioners and staff from New Brunswick and the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydraulic Fracturing Panel gather with Thomas B. Murphy, director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. (Also helping to host the group was David C. Pistner, director of special projects for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College.)

A group of Canadian commissioners and panel members from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador visited Penn College and regional gas-related sites on Monday and Tuesday to meet with key stakeholders on the workforce, economic, legislative and regulatory impacts of shale development.  The delegation met with Penn State, Penn College Workforce Development & Continuing Education, county and state representatives on Monday, followed by regional tours to see shale gas operations.

Fall Sports Seasons Continue for Penn College

The fall sports season continued last week for Pennsylvania College of Technology athletes as the soccer teams each posted a win.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Professionals Meet ‘Future of Dental Hygiene’ at Campus Conference

James Farrer, executive director of the Northcentral Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center, welcomes a large crowd of dental health professionals to Penn’s Inn.

The day’s featured presenter, Betsy Reynolds, RDH, MS, has fun with the crowd.

Applauded as “the future of dental hygiene,” a group of Penn College students stands at the speaker’s request.

Penn’s Inn was the host site for the region’s 14th Annual Oral Health Conference, co-sponsored by the Northcentral Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center and Penn College’s Dental Hygiene Program. Dental professionals gathered from across the region for a day of professional development featuring registered dental hygienist and oral biologist Betsy Reynolds, who presented the topic “New Horizons in Periodontal Therapy.” Among attendees were students in Penn College’s dental hygiene majors and a significant number of the program’s alumni. The Northcentral Pennsylvania AHEC works to improve health care access and build a quality health care workforce in its 10-county region. It is one of seven AHEC regions in Pennsylvania. Three Penn College staff members serve on the regional AHEC’s board of directors.

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