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Flavors to Savor at Sixth Annual ‘Soul Food Dinner’

Nursing student Serecia S. Durson, of Beaver Meadows, prepares to enjoy the evening's cuisine.

Penn College’s sixth annual Soul Food Dinner, the concluding event of Black History Month on campus, was held this past week in Dauphin Hall’s Capitol Eatery. The centerpiece of the evening was a menu steeped in tasty tradition: ribs, yams, catfish, cornbread, rice and peach cobbler (among other regional treats), seasoned with side orders of music, poetry, trivia and nutritious goodwill.

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Last updated February 24, 2017 | Posted in Dining Services, Events, Students | This gallery contains 10 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Campus Science Festival Entertains as It Inspires

Prospective members of Penn College's Class of 202? enjoy an educational day out of the classroom and onto an engaging campus.

More than 1,500 fifth-graders from nearly a dozen local and area school districts participated in Thursday’s sixth annual Science Festival at Penn College, gaining hands-on insight into a host of related careers. The youngsters were treated to a variety of captivating campus demonstrations during the day, and families were invited to a Field House full of attractions during the three-hour evening session.

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Gaming Student Mentors Teen in Potentially Life-Changing Encounter

The lesson is a success!

Pennsylvania College of Technology facilitated “A Little Love” this month for a young technology fan available for adoption. The college’s gaming and simulation lab in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center hosted WBRE-TV’s monthly segment that showcases children seeking a permanent family. Chris Langlois, WBRE’s morning co-anchor, watched Penn College information technology sciences-gaming and simulation student James C. Temoshenko, of Kane, share his expertise with 13-year-old Mitchell. The Feb. 5 experience served as a confidence booster and career-exploration activity for the teenager, who proved to be a quick study in developing a computer game. (He even created a personalized second level to the game during the 60-minute lesson!) The segment aired throughout the day on Wednesday and is available online.

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Last updated February 14, 2017 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students | This gallery contains 8 photos. | Tagged as | 2 Comments

Penn College Hospitality Students Share Stages With Pro-Level Peers

Students Tessa M. Stambaugh and Arielle E. White plate samples for Farm Show visitors.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality-related majors recently showcased their skills on two noteworthy stages, one group working alongside industry leaders at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, and the other interacting and providing demonstrations for professional-level peers at the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift and Gourmet Show.

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Amid a Lotta Night Music, a ‘Star’ Is Born

Top finishers (from right): Berfield, Bowes and Stansbury

Industrial design major Cullen S. Berfield was selected as this year’s “Penn College Star” following Wednesday’s fourth annual competitive showcase of campus talent. The Jersey Shore resident, one of nine musicians to perform, was chosen by a panel of judges and text votes from audience members. Kristen E. Bowes, of Wayne, a web and interactive media student, was second, and Heaven A. Stansbury, of Williamsport, enrolled in general studies, placed third. The event, held in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, was sponsored by the Off-Campus Housing Organization, assisted by the Student Activities Office, college audiovisual technicians and Students of Musical Development (who sang the national anthem and the alma mater).

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Message of Hope Echoes Loudly as Fans, Teams ‘Yell(ow) It Out’

A common cause turns adversaries into allies: The Penn College Wildcats and Bryn Athyn College Lions gather in solidarity (and the night's signature color).

This week’s Yell(ow) It Out observance, held during a basketball doubleheader in Bardo Gymnasium, once again put a public face on a too-often-private issue. A collaboration of Community and Commuter Assistants, Resident Assistants, Greek Life and student-athletes, the evening focused on the warning signs of suicide and Penn College’s ongoing commitment to education and prevention. “Yell(ow) It Out” started as an initiative by Josiah Stoltzfus, a construction management student, and it’s been amazing to see how hard he has worked to bring it to campus and get the support of other students, faculty and staff,” said Mallory L. Weymer, Penn College’s coordinator of student health and wellness/suicide prevention specialist. “It’s so powerful to see so many of our students and campus community come together to stand up for suicide awareness.” If you or someone you know is considering hurting themselves, please call Counseling Services at 570-327-4765 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Last updated January 27, 2017 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Sports, Students | This gallery contains 2 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Hoops Homecoming Puts Alums Back in Action

Reminiscing in the stands

In what Alumni Relations and Athletics hope will become a January tradition, members of past Lady Wildcat basketball teams relived their proud Penn College days at a weekend reunion in Bardo Gymnasium. The women played a Saturday morning pickup game, were recognized at halftime of the current squad’s contest against College of St. Elizabeth and swapped stories during a pasta buffet in the Thompson Professional Development Center.

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Last updated January 23, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Sports | This gallery contains 9 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Helping Hands (and Feet) Add Meaning to King Tribute

Phi Mu Delta President Paul M. Lasell, of Williamsport, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major

Unselfish in their community commitment and undeterred by winter’s chill, about 225 people participated in Monday’s 10th annual Peace Walk to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King. Members of the Penn College community (with notable contributions from fraternity members and Wildcat student-athletes) were among those gathering at Lycoming College’s Lamade Gymnasium for the kickoff event, and more than 150 walkers – honoring the theme of a day ON rather than a holiday off – stuck around to perform service projects on behalf of 15 local nonprofits (West End Christian Community Center, Saving Grace Shelter, American Rescue Workers, Sojourner Truth Ministries, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Footprints of Montgomery, New Love Center Food Pantry, Family Promise of Lycoming County, West House, Center City Food Bank, Firetree Place, Transitional Living Center and the Salvation Army in Williamsport, Muncy and Lock Haven). The two colleges were co-organizers, along with STEP Inc. AmeriCorps and the Beloved Community Council.

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Extended Forecast: Snowy Morning, Followed by Brand-New Day

Warm smiles fend off the morning shivers.

As snowflakes kissed the cheeks of the freshly capped and gowned, adding a seasonal touch to the affectionate encouragement from students’ family and friends, Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Fall 2016 Commencement on Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Caleb E. Cartmell, of Honesdale, who received an Associate of Applied Science degree in automotive technology, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. ceremony. Nearly 300 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the Penn College Board of Directors. (For nursing graduates, commencement was preceded by a Friday pinning ceremony, photos from which are included here.)

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Last updated December 17, 2016 | Posted in General Information | This gallery contains 82 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

Child’s Play Takes ‘Center’ Stage

Children are entranced by Kamin's talent.

Two end-of-semester events capped another fun-filled and instructive year at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center: The Penn College facility’s annual Family Appreciation get-together – in which children made turkey headbands and prepared snacks that were appropriately “gobbled” up – and a visit from mime Dan Kamin, who was in town for a holiday appearance with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

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Penn College Announces Food Show Winners

A plated dessert – “Flan in the Forest” made by baking and pastry arts student Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie – was named Best of Show winner at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual Food Show.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has announced the winners of its annual Food Show, held Dec. 2 to display the artful work of students in hospitality-related majors.

The Chef Eugene Mattucci Best of Show Award was granted to Keegan D. Sonney, a baking and pastry arts student from Erie, for a festive “Flan in the Forest” plated dessert. The eye-catching plate comprised RumChata flan topped with cranberry gelee and served with a chocolate stick, shortbread cookie crumbles, cranberry-mint sauce, mushrooms and edible flowers.

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Last updated December 9, 2016 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Events, Students | This gallery contains 34 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

Year-End Traditions Make It Clear: Finals Week Will Soon Be Here!

Ty J. Hewett, an automotive technology student from York, shows off his pancakes at Midnight Breakfast.

Thursday’s “Up All Night” events across campus marked the imminent end of another semester at Penn College. A total of 658 hungry scholars were served at the popular Midnight Breakfast in the Keystone Dining Room; and Madigan Library tempered the butterflies with extended hours and a visit between 70-some students and eight very affectionate instructional aides.

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Last updated December 2, 2016 | Posted in Events, Students | This gallery contains 11 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Organizations, Offices Say ‘Season’s Greetings’ in Larger-Than-Life Style

With festivity and flair, the Student Activities Office shares in the season.

A General Services crew braved a blustery morning to install 38 holiday cards designed by student groups and campus departments, sharing a “Happy Holidays” message with classmates and co-workers alike. The cards were lighted and winners announced Nov. 30 on the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center patio.

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Last updated November 21, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Students | This gallery contains 40 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

High School Students Celebrate STEM Day at Penn College

Penn College student Shawn L. Sheeley Jr., of Kersey, shows a high school student how to use surveying equipment. The hands-on workshop was part of a National STEM Day celebration at the college that brought homeschoolers and students from four area high schools to campus.

A group of 90 high-schoolers spent Nov. 8 at Pennsylvania College of Technology, where they explored a variety of careers as part of National STEM Day.

“STEM” is short for science, technology, engineering and math. According to the Population Reference Bureau, U.S. policymakers watch trends in the science and engineering labor force because high-tech workers increase our capacity for innovation and ability to compete in the global economy.

Penn College’s STEM Day activities were designed to give high school students a hands-on glimpse of some in-demand STEM-related careers.

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Saudi Students Hold Informative Expo for Campus Community

Omar A. Aljallal, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major, takes visitors on a journey to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

Saudi Arabian students at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently organized a crosscultural presentation to familiarize the campus community with their homeland.

One year after their initial program – which won two honors at the 2015 Student Activities Awards banquet – the Saudi Student Organization returned to the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center for a follow-up event.

“Being at Penn College, where students get the most support, gave us a chance to share and discuss our pride freely,” said Abdulaziz S. Alomani, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major, who was among those involved in planning the Oct. 24 Saudi Expo. “The event came about to serve as a cultural bridge between the United States and Saudi Arabia and to allow us to share with our American friends what the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is all about.”

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