Penn College Dons Fall Finery for Impressive Open House

The Penn College community welcomed more than 1,100 prospective students and their families to Open House from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Helpful and knowledgeable faculty and staff, alumni and current enrollees in all six academic schools were on hand for information sessions, campus tours and laboratory interaction – all designed to showcase the college’s “degrees that work,” as well as the vital support services and student-life opportunities that round out the college experience.

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor;
Marc T. Kaylor, student photographer; Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday;
and Elizabeth G. Verbos, coordinator of admissions and enrollment event services

Student Ambassador Katelyn A. Wertz guides a family at the ATHS information tent.

Student Ambassador Katelyn A. Wertz guides a family at the ATHS information tent.

Nursing students and faculty greet visitors to the relocated labs in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.

Nursing students and faculty greet visitors to the relocated labs in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.

David R. Cotner, dean, discusses majors in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies – including one of the newest: mechatronics engineering technology.

David R. Cotner, dean, discusses majors in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies – including one of the newest: mechatronics engineering technology.

President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes Open House visitors to a general information session in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes Open House visitors to a general information session in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Chef Mike Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, shares a laugh with returning alumnae Elizabeth McLenigan (center) and Allison K. Myers, both 2010 graduates in baking and pastry arts ...

Chef Mike Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, shares a laugh with returning alumnae Elizabeth McLenigan (center) and Allison K. Myers, both 2010 graduates in baking and pastry arts …

... while more laughs are enjoyed between Dale J. Kissinger Jr., assistant professor of plumbing and heating technology, and Adam J. Yoder (right), a 2008 graduate in electrical technology and electromechanical maintenance technology and a 2011 building automation technology alumnus.

… while more laughs are enjoyed between Dale J. Kissinger Jr., assistant professor of plumbing and heating technology, and Adam J. Yoder (right), a 2008 graduate in electrical technology and electromechanical maintenance technology and a 2011 building automation technology alumnus.

While escorting one family into College Avenue Labs, Brett A. Reasner, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, stops to greet another leaving the building.

While escorting one family into College Avenue Labs, Brett A. Reasner, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, stops to greet another leaving the building.

Brad C. Rusciolelli (left), a senior from Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown, visits campus with members of his family. Rusciolelli has been accepted into the landscape/horticulture technology major for Fall 2014.

Brad C. Rusciolelli (left), a senior from Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown, visits campus with members of his family. Rusciolelli has been accepted into the landscape/horticulture technology major for Fall 2014.

With the Admissions Office waiving the $50 application fee Sunday, many families applied online in the Academic Services and First Year Programs lab.

With the Admissions Office waiving the $50 application fee Sunday, many families applied online in the Academic Services and First Year Programs lab.

Madigan Library hosts an Off-Campus Housing Expo ...

Madigan Library hosts an Off-Campus Housing Expo …

... at which potential students and their families could comparison-shop among local landlords.

… at which potential students and their families could comparison-shop among local landlords.

Harry A. Lehman IV, a 2009 welding technology graduate, talks with a potential student and her mother in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.

Harry A. Lehman IV, a 2009 welding technology graduate, talks with a potential student and her mother in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.

Gerri F. Luke, professor of business administration/management and marketing – and the most recent recipient of the college's Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award – assists guests on the second floor of the ATHS.

Gerri F. Luke, professor of business administration/management and marketing – and the most recent recipient of the college’s Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award – assists guests on the second floor of the ATHS.

Assistant professor Michael A. Dincher (background) and instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. provide families with individualized insight into horticulture opportunities.

Assistant professor Michael A. Dincher (background) and instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. provide families with individualized insight into horticulture opportunities.

Faculty and administration await visitors to the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville.

Faculty and administration await visitors to the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville.

Presidential Student Ambassador John D. Wuest, on tour duty in the Bush Campus Center lobby.

Presidential Student Ambassador John D. Wuest, on tour duty in the Bush Campus Center lobby.

The College Store holds Sunday hours especially for Open House patrons.

The College Store holds Sunday hours especially for Open House patrons.

The Campus Center is a point of convergence for shoppers, diners and those en route to elsewhere.

The Campus Center is a point of convergence for shoppers, diners and those en route to elsewhere.

Valuable information on the college's disability services is shared by coordinator Kay E. Dunkleberger.

Valuable information on the college’s disability services is shared by coordinator Kay E. Dunkleberger.

Elliott Strickland Jr., chief student affairs officer, provides an overview of campus life during an ACC presentation.

Elliott Strickland Jr., chief student affairs officer, provides an overview of campus life during an ACC presentation.

Wrestling coach Schuyler A. Frey greets a Wildcat prospect in the CC TV Lounge.

Wrestling coach Schuyler A. Frey greets a Wildcat prospect in the CC TV Lounge.

A crowd of pedestrians moves crisply down the campus mall.

A crowd of pedestrians moves crisply down the campus mall.

Emergency medical services majors Samuel D. Piatt, of Bedford, and Coral R. Bloom, of Montoursville, put their friendliest faces forward in the ACC basement.

Emergency medical services majors Samuel D. Piatt, of Bedford, and Coral R. Bloom, of Montoursville, put their friendliest faces forward in the ACC basement.

A family discusses placement-test procedure with Curt E. Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics.

A family discusses placement-test procedure with Curt E. Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics.

Electronics majors draw a crowd to the Center for Business & Workforce Development ...

Electronics majors draw a crowd to the Center for Business & Workforce Development …

... where students' "hands-on" robotics projects spark considerable curiosity.

… where students’ “hands-on” robotics projects spark considerable curiosity.

Kendra N. Dutrow, a 2013 graduate in computer aided drafting technology and computer aided product design, chats with current students Daniel J. Webb (left) of Red Lion, and Sean R. Tredinnick, from Paoli, both freshmen in engineering design technology.

Kendra N. Dutrow, a 2013 graduate in computer aided drafting technology and computer aided product design, chats with current students Daniel J. Webb (left) of Red Lion, and Sean R. Tredinnick, from Paoli, both freshmen in engineering design technology.

Posing with their skeleton ice sculpture are Ching Chan, of Milton (left), and Hanna A. Thompson-Hill, Millheim, both baking and pastry arts students.

Posing with their skeleton ice sculpture are Ching Chan, of Milton (left), and Hanna A. Thompson-Hill, Millheim, both baking and pastry arts students.

By bus and by foot, visitors trek around campus.

By bus and by foot, visitors trek around campus.

Among alumni returning to campus to offer Open House assistance is Jaime L. Binkley, '12, surgical technology, who discusses curriculum and career with visitors.

Among alumni returning to campus to offer Open House assistance is Jaime L. Binkley, ’12, surgical technology, who discusses curriculum and career with visitors.

The ATHS atrium is a hub of busyness.

The ATHS atrium is a hub of busyness.

2011 forest technology alumna Laurie A. Nau and forestry professor Dennis F. Ringling (the college's 2010 Master Teacher) provide a sunny Sunday treat: a walk along one of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center's woodland nature trails.

2011 forest technology alumna Laurie A. Nau and forestry professor Dennis F. Ringling (the college’s 2010 Master Teacher) provide a sunny Sunday treat: a walk along one of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center’s woodland nature trails.

Residence Hall Association members stand by to answer questions about campus housing and student life.

Residence Hall Association members stand by to answer questions about campus housing and student life.

A pleasant and united front in the Campus Center: Admissions representative Mark R. Capellazzi (left), a 2009 culinary arts and systems alum, with Ambassadors Ashley G. Maietta and Trevor I. Brandt.

A pleasant and united front in the Campus Center: Admissions representative Mark R. Capellazzi (left), a 2009 culinary arts and systems alum, with Ambassadors Ashley G. Maietta and Trevor I. Brandt.

Tim E. Weston, associate professor of plastics technology, with students staffing the Society of Plastics Engineers table in the ATHS

Tim E. Weston, associate professor of plastics technology, with students staffing the Society of Plastics Engineers table in the ATHS

Residence Life staff – Timothy J. Mallery, assistant director and coordinator of housing operations, and Melanie A. Scaife, secretary at Rose Street Commons, field visitors' inquiries.

Residence Life staff – Timothy J. Mallery, assistant director and coordinator of housing operations, and Melanie A. Scaife, secretary at Rose Street Commons, field visitors’ inquiries.

Zachary G. Bird, a graphic design student from South Williamsport (center background) talks with interested guests on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center.

Zachary G. Bird, a graphic design student from South Williamsport (center background) talks with interested guests on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center.

Presidential Student Ambassador Eric J. Palanko walks a family into the Madigan Library.

Presidential Student Ambassador Eric J. Palanko walks a family into the Madigan Library.

Anthony O. Guillante, of Mount Union, tours campus with a friend. He plans to pursue welding technology in Fall 2014.

Anthony O. Guillante, of Mount Union, tours campus with a friend. He plans to pursue welding technology in Fall 2014.

A Wildcat-blue fountain, a remnant of the spirited midmonth Homecoming Weekend, is the centerpiece of a busy campus crossroads.

A Wildcat-blue fountain, a remnant of the spirited midmonth Homecoming Weekend, is the centerpiece of a busy campus crossroads.

John J. Macko, assistant professor of automotive, assists a family in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center.

John J. Macko, assistant professor of automotive, assists a family in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center.

Brisk traffic moves through the CAL manufacturing lab.

Brisk traffic moves through the CAL manufacturing lab.

Amanda A. Golder, a first-year automated manufacturing technology student, volunteers at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ mini Baja booth with helpful son Jaydon ...

Amanda A. Golder, a first-year automated manufacturing technology student, volunteers at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ mini Baja booth with helpful son Jaydon …

... and joins chapter President Scott Miller, a senior in automotive technology management, and Lynn L. Turney, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing.

… and joins chapter President Scott Miller, a senior in automotive technology management, and Lynn L. Turney, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing.

Alfred M. Thomas II gets a workday smooch from his service dog, Jesse, while the associate professor of collision repair enlightens visitors.

Alfred M. Thomas II gets a workday smooch from his service dog, Jesse, while the associate professor of collision repair enlightens visitors.

Robert M. "Spyke" Krepshaw (center in blue shirt and tie) computer information technology instructor, answers questions.

Robert M. “Spyke” Krepshaw (center in blue shirt and tie) computer information technology instructor, answers questions.

Standing amid rows of poinsettias in an ESC greenhouse, Dennis P. Skinner, an assistant professor of horticulture, talks about students' hands-on "ownership" of each season's crop.

Standing amid rows of poinsettias in an ESC greenhouse, Dennis P. Skinner, an assistant professor of horticulture, talks about students’ hands-on “ownership” of each season’s crop.

Student organizations, such as PC Alliance, spotlight the varied avenues for campus involvement.

Student organizations, such as PC Alliance, spotlight the varied avenues for campus involvement.

The college's noncredit training for the natural gas industry is represented by a ShaleNET display in the BWD.

The college’s noncredit training for the natural gas industry is represented by a ShaleNET display in the BWD.

As students log some instructional time in the working sawmill, Erich R. Doebler, lab assistant for forest technology, talks with an Open House visitor.

As students log some instructional time in the working sawmill, Erich R. Doebler, lab assistant for forest technology, talks with an Open House visitor.

Coaches again set up shop in the CC, engaging high school athletes who may wish to continue intercollegiately.

Coaches again set up shop in the CC, engaging high school athletes who may wish to continue intercollegiately.

It's a full house in the School of Health Sciences' academic-overview sessions, led by Dean Edward A. Henninger and Associate Dean Sharon K. Waters.

It’s a full house in the School of Health Sciences’ academic-overview sessions, led by Dean Edward A. Henninger and Associate Dean Sharon K. Waters.

Carolyn Hafner and her daughter, Hayley, tour the Aviation Center with associate professor William F. Stepp III.

Carolyn Hafner and her daughter, Hayley, tour the Aviation Center with associate professor William F. Stepp III.

Award-winning instructor David C. Johnson leads a tour group through the diesel equipment technology labs.

Award-winning instructor David C. Johnson leads a tour group through the diesel equipment technology labs.

Beautiful autumn weather and gorgeous campus grounds blend to create a pleasant day.

Beautiful autumn weather and gorgeous campus grounds blend to create a pleasant day.

Back-of-the-house: sugar art on display in the baking and pastry lab ...

Back-of-the-house: sugar art on display in the baking and pastry lab …

... and front of the house: Jack 'o lanterns line the window sill in Le Jeune Chef.

… and front of the house: Jack ‘o lanterns line the window sill in Le Jeune Chef.

Classic cars are part of an SME display.

Classic cars are part of an SME display.

The library skylight spills a welcome dose of fall sunshine onto the first floor below.

The library skylight spills a welcome dose of fall sunshine onto the first floor below.

Justin W. Beishline, diesel equipment technology instructor, demonstrates an interactive tool for teaching brake systems.

Justin W. Beishline, diesel equipment technology instructor, demonstrates an interactive tool for teaching brake systems.

Linda M. Barnes, associate professor of occupational therapy assistant, sits at the head of a table in the lab, offering guidance to guests.

Linda M. Barnes, associate professor of occupational therapy assistant, sits at the head of a table in the lab, offering guidance to guests.

There's no shortage of cool things to photograph in Penn College labs.

There’s no shortage of cool things to photograph in Penn College labs.

Comments – One Comment

Fabulous photos!

Posted by Patty Schrader at October 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm