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Dispelling Misconception Through Comedy

Negin Farsad (left) and Dean Obeidallah perform in the intimate space of Penn's Inn...

A Student Activities program designed to erase stereotypes and embrace diversity – through the prism of stand-up – was held Friday in the Bush Campus Center. Comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah (who, earlier in the day, screened their film, “The Muslims Are Coming!” there) returned to Penn’s Inn for an evening comedy performance and an enlightening question-and-answer session. Their appearance coincided with “Muslim/American, American/Muslim,” an exhibit of black-and-white photography at The Gallery at Penn College through March 4.

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Last updated February 2, 2016 | Posted in Events | This gallery contains 4 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

‘Dream Week’ Urges Discovery of Common Ground Within Diversity

Keynoter Nontombi Naomi Tutu challenges the crowd to share in a common humanity even while acknowledging one another's differences.

“Dream Week,” Penn College’s annual celebration of the life and values of Martin Luther King Jr., this month provided an opportunity for students and employees to consider their role in a broader community. Nontombi Naomi Tutu, the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, was the keynote speaker for the observance, which also included a downtown Peace Walk, hunger-related service projects and professional development for faculty.

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A Winter Wonderland of Grads, Grins and Gratitude

Ana Nicole Uribe, baking and pastry arts graduate from Lewisburg, beams with pride.

On a rarity of late – a blustery, chilly day that added appropriate atmosphere for an event called “Winter Commencement” – Pennsylvania College of Technology held its yearend graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Community Arts Center. The student speaker was Jay Michael Rhoads Jr., of South Williamsport, who received an Associate of Applied Science in automotive restoration technology; Jason C. Gross, of Williston, Vermont, received the Alumni Humanitarian Award. More than 250 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the Penn College Board of Directors.

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Hospitality Students’ Final Projects Last Word in Creativity

From hors d’oeuvres to classical desserts, students in Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality proudly showed off their end-of-semester projects during Friday’s 2015 Food Show in the Thompson Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room.

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Last updated December 4, 2015 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Events, Students | This gallery contains 0 photos. | Tagged as | 2 Comments

Time-Honored Greetings Return to Campus Mall

Madigan Library - First place, offices and departments

In what has become a heartwarming and eagerly awaited tradition at Penn College, 29 student organizations and seven campus offices say “Happy Holidays” through large wooden cards installed on the mall outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.

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Last updated November 23, 2015 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Students | This gallery contains 36 photos. | Tagged as | 3 Comments

Eerie Entrees, Clever Costumes Blend for ‘Spooktacular Week’

Far more friendly than frightening are scarecrows Allison D. Bailey (left), pre-dental hygiene, and Shelley A. Brosious, pre-practical nursing.

The Halloween spirit was clearly willing at Penn College this past week, as a variety of activities – including “Nightmare on Rose Street” (a combination of Dining Services’ Halloween Boofet and a masquerade party at Rose Street Commons) and the “Arc Asylum” haunted welding lab – added chills and chuckles.

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Last updated November 1, 2015 | Posted in Events | This gallery contains 24 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Fall Open House: Something Special in the Air

In colors coordinated with nature, a family tours campus with Ambassador Bryan M. Behm.

The rain ceased and the smiles poured forth Sunday as the campus community flung wide its doors to potential students, their families and friends at Fall Open House. A pleasant autumn day on a beautiful campus provided the backdrop for an in-depth look at academic programs, student life and facilities. Helpful employees, students and alumni were on hand throughout the day, as hundreds upon hundreds of visitors crisscrossed Penn College to discover the nationally recognized home of “degrees that work.”

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Last updated October 25, 2015 | Posted in Admissions, Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, President, Students | This gallery contains 53 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

‘Alcohol Awareness Week’ Aims for Safety, Sobriety

PennDOT's simulator offers immediate feedback on driver performance ... but without the crash risk.

“Stay safe, drive smart!” were among the bywords for Penn College’s observance of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (Oct. 19-25). Held by College Health Services in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and members of the Driver Safety Task Force, the program highlighted the dangers posed by compromised motorists. Students drove PennDOT’s distracted- and impaired-driving simulator, turned their artificially blurred vision toward the Golf Cart Beer Run, and attended presentations intended to keep them and their fellow Wildcats in the classroom – and out of the emergency room or courtroom.

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College Observes Career Day – Wanna Make Something of It?

Students watch closely as Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, removes a magnetic 3-D creation from its “scaffold.”

Penn College was host Thursday to two events that brought hundreds of high school students to its campus. The college’s twice-annual Career Day, facilitated by the College Transitions Office, offered opportunities to learn more about potential careers and Penn College facilities while the visitors interacted with faculty and students. A joint “Innovation and Creativity at Work” event, sponsored in partnership with the Innovative Manufacturers’ Center,  helped to celebrate Manufacturing Month, providing high schoolers with local industry tours, Career Day activities in manufacturing-related labs, and a luncheon in the Thompson Professional Development Center that allowed them to devise, in 10 minutes, potential solutions to three local manufacturers’ real-world challenges. Leaders from each of the three companies – Ralph S. Alberts Co., Gilson Boards and Qortek – were on hand to present their problems and talk with the students as they worked in groups formulate ideas. The goal was to help high schoolers see that today’s manufacturing environment requires thinking, innovation and adaptation, as opposed to the outdated image of repetitive, assembly-line work.

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Last updated October 16, 2015 | Posted in Events | This gallery contains 32 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Penn College Pride as Abundant as Sunshine for Homecoming ’15

A temporary ('though no-less-eye-catching) enhancement to the Penn College skyline

A gorgeous autumn weekend set the stage for a variety of Homecoming events – a year after the institution’s Centennial, but no less celebratory of “Our Proud Penn College Days.”

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Last updated October 11, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, Sports, Students | This gallery contains 14 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Weekend Events Definitely ‘Family-Friendly’

Enjoying the carnival atmosphere are Patrick C. Frazier, an automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis student from Nazareth, and his parents.

The three-day potpourri of activities that comprised Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Parent & Family Weekend provided students and their guests with a variety of opportunities to reconnect – whether watching athletics, engaging in some competition of their own, exploring the community just beyond campus or just kicking back.

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Last updated September 21, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Students | This gallery contains 2 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

‘Pack the Park’ Pregame Honors Championship Wildcats

All hands on deck: The Penn College Wildcats, who knocked off SUNY Poly, Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks en route to the conference title in May, show off their championship rings.

Students, employees and alumni were among the 1,963 fans attending Penn College’s 16th annual “Pack the Park Night” in Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field this week. On the night after the Williamsport Crosscutters clinched their first Pinckney Division title in a decade, the celebratory air continued with the pregame presentation of championship rings to members of the college’s Wildcat baseball team, who topped the North Eastern Athletic Conference this season. General admission tickets and shuttle service to and from campus were provided free of charge, there were games and giveaways throughout the evening, and a handful of students were chosen for the opportunity to win $10,000 toward college expenses. The ‘cutters, who lost 8-4 to the Auburn Doubledays, play their first postseason playoff game Wednesday.

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Last updated September 3, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, Sports, Students | This gallery contains 12 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Opportunities for Student Involvement, Inside and Out

Employing military ingenuity, members of the Veterans Club (including Jacob M. Heuman, a building automation technology student from Boiling Springs) bring their own shade.

A record-breaking number of students – 507, by official count – registered for Tuesday’s conveniently combined Part-Time Job Fair and Fall Fusion. A variety of employers were stationed in the Field House, a busy venue made even more popular by its air conditioning, while outside, where a steamy Sept. 1 followed August’s lead, representatives of campus and community organizations engaged students looking to make a difference beyond the classroom.

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Last updated September 2, 2015 | Posted in Events, Students | This gallery contains 6 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Let the Games Begin! Campus Kickoff Starts LLB Series in Style

The Wildcat waves to the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd on Hepburn Street.

Pennsylvania College of Technology once again helped welcome visitors to Williamsport for the Little League Baseball World Series on Wednesday, hosting a cookout for the 16 Series teams and participating in the 11th annual Grand Slam Parade. The pre-march picnic – attended by more than 350 Little League players, coaches, team “uncles,” umpires and officials – was held on the lawn outside the Bush Campus Center. Students, faculty/staff, alumni and “Future Wildcats” from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center took part in the parade, stepping off from Susquehanna and West Fourth streets and carrying Penn College Pride all the way to Market Street. Series games begin Friday (Thursday’s scheduled start was postponed by heavy rain) and conclude Aug. 30.

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Last updated August 19, 2015 | Posted in Events | This gallery contains 84 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

‘Welcome Weekend’ Provides Sunny Start to Students’ Bright Future

Making clear her destination is Olivia J. Hawbecker, a Web and interactive media major from Chambersburg, as she heads into her York Hall apartment.

New and returning students greeted the start of a new semester during Penn College’s traditional Welcome Weekend festivities. After checking in on Saturday – and checking out their accommodations – the fall class processed into the Rose Street Courtyard for an official welcome, fireworks display and a hypnotist. Sunday brought social activities, information sessions and a game show, and Monday included sustenance for that all-important first day of classes.

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