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In Sunlight and Shade, Campus Buzzes With Progress

The Witmer Group, which recently established a scholarship fund for Penn College masonry students, is structurally rehabbing the college’s Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

If summer is a time of respite from work demands, a slower pace than usual or a heightened focus on leisure, someone on campus didn’t get the memo. Here, then, are a select few of recently completed projects or works in progress in preparation for the rapidly approaching Fall 2016 semester.

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Diligently Restored, Dazzlingly Arrayed

Automobiles fill the Penn College landscape in this view to the northeast from atop the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

Pennsylvania College of Technology provided a stunning backdrop for the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Grand National Meet from Thursday through Saturday, an exciting and extraordinary event that was the largest ever held by the organization. A joint project of the AACA Susquehannock Region and the Penn College Classic Cruisers student group, the gathering attracted more than 600 cars, trucks and motorcycles and thousands of participants and spectators. Activities for registrants and their families included tours of campus and local attractions, informative sessions in instructional labs, and social get-togethers … and two free events were open to the community: Friday’s keynote address by Lyn St. James in the Field House and Saturday’s car show – breathtakingly featuring 40 to 50 million dollars’ worth of automobiles – along the campus mall. A motivational speaker, St. James is a seven-time Indianapolis 500 competitor, the Indy’s first female Rookie of the Year and one of the “Top 100 Female Athletes of the Century” as chosen by Sports Illustrated. In addition to the photo gallery that follows, the memorable event is captured in a video on the college’s YouTube channel:

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Hands-On Visit Lets Middle-Schoolers Jump-Start Career Aspirations

Under the supervision of Scott A. Geist (background), director of surgical technology, students explore the hands-on world of the operating room.

More than 1,040 students and chaperones from seven area middle schools visited Tuesday, exploring a wide variety of technical careers through hands-on activities, tours of facilities, and discussions with Penn College students and faculty. Career Day, organized by the College Transitions Office is held each spring and fall; the next program, for students in ninth through 12th grade, will be held Oct. 13.

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Grand Pastry Buffet Unites Scholarship Recipients With Donors

A chocolate sculpture by Dylan H. Therrien, of Reading, helps to dress a table.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Keystone Dining Room hosted a grand celebration of scholarship, skill and generosity during the April 30 Grand Pastry Buffet and Scholarship Reception.

While baking and pastry arts students displayed some of their final works before graduation, students who have received scholarships met those who established the funds from which they benefited. The Penn College Foundation provides more than 200 scholarships.

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Nearly 1,000 Earn ‘degrees that work’ in Weekend Ceremonies

Kadeem D. Carter, collision repair technology graduate, and family revel in the joy of the day.

Three commencement ceremonies were held May 13-14 for the nearly 1,000 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2016 semester. Friday afternoon’s exercises at the Community Arts Center featured students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. Students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences received their degrees Saturday morning, while those in the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies crossed the magnificent stage during the afternoon. Student speakers were Anthony D. Gobbi, who received a bachelor’s degree in building automation technology on Friday; Cortney Lyn Weaver, who earned an associate degree in dental hygiene on Saturday morning; and Jessica R. Wiegand, who received a bachelor’s in business administration: marketing concentration Saturday afternoon. The college also bestowed a pair of Excellence in Teaching Awards and four alumni awards.

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Penn College Dedicates Nursing Education Center

Cutting the “ribbon” to dedicate the Penn College Nursing Education Center are, from left, Dottie M. Mathers, associate professor of medical-surgical nursing; Sandra L. Richmond, director of nursing; Edward A. Henninger, dean of health sciences; President Davie Jane Gilmour; and student Monica A. Flexer, president of the Penn College Student Nurses Association.

On May 10, during National Nurses Week, Pennsylvania College of Technology dedicated its Nursing Education Center.

The Nursing Education Center occupies the first floor of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Science Center’s west wing. The facility contains 10 dedicated classrooms and seven learning labs serving more than 350 students enrolled in nursing majors at the college.

“The Penn College nursing program began in 1963 with a certificate in practical nursing; today, we offer associate and bachelor’s degrees in support of an increasing demand for highly qualified nursing professionals,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour. “Our nursing degrees incorporate Penn College core values, typified by hands-on instruction and a student-centered learning environment. These expanded and consolidated facilities enable us to produce more graduates for this rewarding career field.”

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Culinary Creations Make for Appetizing Array

Top-score recipient Scott L. Neff and Jaclyn C. Gregg’s “Floribbean”-themed display

Penn College’s hospitality department hosted its annual Culinary and Pastry Experience on April 29, showing off the work of students in five classes: Advanced Baking Applications for Culinary Arts, Cakes and Decorations, Classical and Specialty Dessert Presentation, Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment, and Principles of Chocolate Works.

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Students Ease Pre-Finals Jitters at ‘Midnight’ Oasis

Smiles greet plates full of antidotes to anxiety.

More than 600 students – 601, to be exact – were served when Dining Services’ long-running Midnight Breakfast tradition was held this past week in the Keystone Dining Room. Timed each semester to help relieve the dread and panic of Finals Week, the free event serves up a yummy blend of food, music, massages and other giveaways.

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Cake Decorator Fashions Familiar Face

A cute and tasty final product

Award-winning cake designer Irene Maston, named one of Brides magazine’s Top 100 Cake Designers, visited campus Thursday to provide a cake-sculpting demonstration in the Madigan Library. During her well-attended talk, she transformed a stack of triple-chocolate layer cakes to a likeness of the college’s Wildcat mascot. Maston owns Irene’s Cakes by Designs in Ludlow, Vermont, where recent Penn College baking and pastry arts graduate Kristina M. Williams is an intern. Student Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie, will serve an internship with Maston this summer. After her demonstration, Maston remained on campus to help judge Friday’s Culinary and Pastry Experience. In addition to Irene’s Cakes by Design, Maston and her husband own The Andrie Rosen Inn.

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Student Leadership Lauded at Year-End Banquet

This year's recipients of Student Leader Legacy Scholarship awards are Alexandra D. Petrizzi (left), of Langhorne, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, and Morgan N. Keyser, of Cogan Station, graphic design.

On Wednesday, the annual Student Activities Awards banquet was held to honor student organizations, student leaders and advisers for their contributions to their organizations, Penn College and the Greater Williamsport community during the 2015-16 academic year. Joining the banquet as a special guest speaker was Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science, who shared inspiring words on leadership and thanked the students for their involvement. More than 40 nominations were received for 15 awards. Closing the ceremony was the annual passing of the gavel, with Zachary T. Peachey sworn in for a second term as Student Government Association president.

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WTI Alumni Swap Stories, Make New Memories at 16th Reunion

Charles O’Connor, ’51, electrical, peruses college history publications with Robb C. Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

Fifty graduates of Williamsport Technical Institute, a Penn College predecessor that existed under that name from 1941-65, returned Friday for the 16th annual WTI reunion. While on campus, they reminisced with one another, evoking the people and places of the college’s past. With youthful exuberance, they recalled dinners at Danny’s Diner, quotes from favorite instructors and moves to buildings around the community as course offerings evolved. They also heard presentations from students Cortney L. Weaver, a dental hygiene student from Williamsport, and Erik G. Knecht, a manufacturing engineering technology student from Cranesville, who shared information about their academic majors, and student-veterans Cody R. Harriman, an emergency management technology student from Muncy Valley, and Bradly Lantz, a pre-physician assistant student from Cogan Station, who talked with the group about the Penn College experience for veterans. Following a Le Jeune Chef lunch, Emily K. Lutz, an applied management student and hospitality management graduate, guided the group on a tour of the hospitality department’s labs.

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Student-Athletes, Fraternity Help ‘Take Back the Night’

Jordan A. Courter, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from Mill Hall and defender on the women's soccer team, lends her support.

Thursday’s “Take Back the Night” event in Rose Street Commons, part of Penn College’s observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, drew survivors and supporters alike into a single-minded alliance against sexual violence. Kacie G. Hopkins, YWCA Northcentral Pennsylvania’s community educator/shelter advocate, attended the event, which was followed by “Glowga” (glow-in-the-dark yoga), at which donations of money and personal-care items were accepted for the YWCA’s Wise Options program. The Wildcat women’s softball and soccer teams were on hand and took part in Glowga, along with Phi Mu Delta. “Having the teams and fraternity participate was a great addition to the evening,” said Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist, “and really showed their organization’s commitment to the safety and well-being of our Penn College community.”

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‘Timber Fest’ Marked by Individual Effort, Teamwork

Penn College's Noah L. English (left), of Bloomsburg, and Paul M. George, of State College, build a fire on their way to a first-place finish in the Water Boil.

Old Man Winter may have waited ’til spring to unleash one more surprise for the season, but Saturday’s snowfall did not deter the Timber Fest at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. Despite the poor weather conditions, attendance was good and the competition was keen.

A squad of Pennsylvania College of Technology students finished fourth overall and placed in 14 categories at the festival’s Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Spring Woodsmen’s Meet.

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Love’s Labour’s Found – With Intricacy, Inspiration

A carefully piped phrase

Fifteen students in the Cakes and Decorations II course concluded the eight-week class Friday with a wedding cake competition. The students’ five-tier cakes were judged by experienced cake decorators Kim Morrison, two-time Grand Prize winner of the National Wedding Cake Competition and owner of Cakes for Occasions in Spring Mills; Samantha Gundlach, owner of Samantha’s Kitchen in Lock Haven and a 2010 Penn College baking and pastry arts graduate; and Sue L. Mayer, owner of Grammy Sue’s Cakes and Cookies in Cogan Station and a retired Penn College baking and pastry arts faculty member. The top four prize-winners were taken to the Atlantic Bakery Expo in Atlantic City, where they competed in the Cake Decorating Extravaganza.

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Helping Hands, Amiable Hosts Steer Guests Toward Fruitful Future

Ambassador Ryan Monteleone and Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist, playfully show off essential Open House swag: an activity guide and a convenient carry-all for information gathered throughout the day.

Whatever vestiges of winter lingered in the air and in the forecast, Saturday’s Open House visitors found abundant warmth in the amity and assistance of Penn College students, faculty/staff and alumni. The campus community helped potential students and their families process a seemingly overwhelming amount of information, putting into manageable and easy-to-understand form all the reasons why enrollment at a national exemplar could be one of the best decisions they make.

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