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Less than 24 hours after freezing April showers and overhead gloom shrouded the area, far more seasonal conditions prevailed for a Spring Open House that more than lived up to its name. Rising temperatures were matched by warm smiles and abundant goodwill in every corner of Penn College’s campuses, where students, employees and alumni helped inquisitive visitors spend a Saturday to remember.

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor; Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor;
Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer; Larry D. Kauffman, digital publishing specialist/photographer;
Kimberlee R. Rusczyk, manager of social media/online marketing; and Wendy A. Miller, assistant dean of health sciences

Blue skies erupt over campus, joining a new entrance sign in welcoming those ready to embrace a "Future Made by Hand."
Blue skies erupt over campus, joining a new entrance sign in welcoming those ready to embrace a “Future Made by Hand.”

A "Good morning" from President Davie Jane Gilmour sets the tone for an exciting day ahead.
A “Good morning” from President Davie Jane Gilmour sets the tone for an exciting day ahead.

A three-generation tour of the Lumley Aviation Center is assisted by Bill F. Stepp III (center), associate professor of aviation.
A three-generation tour of the Lumley Aviation Center is assisted by Bill F. Stepp III (center), associate professor of aviation.

Crowds congregate near The Veterans Fountain, sticking with their tour group or contemplating their next destination.
Crowds congregate near The Veterans Fountain, sticking with their tour group or contemplating their next destination.

Civil engineering technology alumni return to help provide a real-world perspective to prospective students. From left are Sydney Peagler, ’18, of Maine Drilling and Blasting; Chloe Genova, ’18, of GAI Consultants; Tim Zeigler, ’14, of Gannett Fleming; and Ashley Hetrick, ’17, of Larson Design Group.
Civil engineering technology alumni return to help provide a real-world perspective to prospective students. From left are Sydney Peagler, ’18, of Maine Drilling and Blasting; Chloe Genova, ’18, of GAI Consultants; Tim Zeigler, ’14, of Gannett Fleming; and Ashley Hetrick, ’17, of Larson Design Group.

Representing the college's Baja SAE team are (from left) Morgan R. Bagenstose, engineering design technology; Corey J. Mason, engineering CAD technology; and Dominic J. Lepri, manufacturing engineering technology.
Representing the college’s Baja SAE team are (from left) Morgan R. Bagenstose, engineering design technology; Corey J. Mason, engineering CAD technology; and Dominic J. Lepri, manufacturing engineering technology.

The construction management major took up real estate in the lobby outside the Keystone Dining Room, as well as in labs on the second floor of the Hager Lifelong Education Center. Students Brendan B. Thompson (far left) and Jacob R. Stouffer (back to the camera) discuss inspiring opportunities.
The construction management major took up real estate in the lobby outside the Keystone Dining Room, as well as in labs on the second floor of the Hager Lifelong Education Center. Students Brendan B. Thompson (far left) and Jacob R. Stouffer (back to the camera) discuss inspiring opportunities.

Crowd control done right: Table after table, amply peopled with fact-filled volunteers, keep the wait to a minimum.
Crowd control done right: Table after table, amply peopled with fact-filled volunteers, keep the wait to a minimum.

Zachary J. Kravitz a construction management student from Berwyn, and Alaina M. Murren, a dental hygiene student from Aspers, stand ready to provide information about on-campus housing and student life.
Zachary J. Kravitz a construction management student from Berwyn, and Alaina M. Murren, a dental hygiene student from Aspers, stand ready to provide information about on-campus housing and student life.

New ovens enhance the industry-standard curriculum in the School of Business & Hospitality's baking lab ...
New ovens enhance the industry-standard curriculum in the School of Business & Hospitality’s baking lab …

... where Amaris T. Smith, culinary arts and systems, and souvenir baquettes help share the "hot off the presses" headline.
… where Amaris T. Smith, culinary arts and systems, and souvenir baquettes help share the “hot off the presses” headline.

A multitasking Tammy M. Rich, assistant professor of business administration/management/event management, talks earnestly with one business/basketball prospect while high-fiving another.
A multitasking Tammy M. Rich, assistant professor of business administration/management/event management, talks earnestly with one business/basketball prospect while high-fiving another.

Brett A. Reasner, dean of the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, offers an informative talk to a full room in College Avenue Labs.
Brett A. Reasner, dean of the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, offers an informative talk to a full room in College Avenue Labs.

Families make their way to Dauphin Hall, one of several Penn College residence halls.
Families make their way to Dauphin Hall, one of several Penn College residence halls.

Visitors starting their day at the Field House couldn't help but notice the in-progress installation of turf on the athletic field.
Visitors starting their day at the Field House couldn’t help but notice the in-progress installation of turf on the athletic field.

David M. Zlotnicki, an electronics and engineering technology student from Oil City, shows a project that uses a programmable logic control to sense and control temperature using a light bulb.
David M. Zlotnicki, an electronics and engineering technology student from Oil City, shows a project that uses a programmable logic control to sense and control temperature using a light bulb.

Rene Ramirez (in green), a 2017 grad, returned to assist nursing faculty and administration. From left are instructors Sherry L. Hyland and Tonja R. Pennycoff, and Val A. Myers, assistant dean of nursing.
Rene Ramirez (in green), a 2017 grad, returned to assist nursing faculty and administration. From left are instructors Sherry L. Hyland and Tonja R. Pennycoff, and Val A. Myers, assistant dean of nursing.

Helpful students Tanner A. Huff and Gabrielle E. Moore provide a tour of Rose Street Commons.
Helpful students Tanner A. Huff and Gabrielle E. Moore provide a tour of Rose Street Commons.

Never shying from a worthwhile project, landscape/horticulture technology students – with Michael A. Dincher, assistant professor – construct a patio behind the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.
Never shying from a worthwhile project, landscape/horticulture technology students – with Michael A. Dincher, assistant professor – construct a patio behind the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

The college's solar panels, as well as passersby, anticipate the arrival of sunshine. (Spoiler alert: It finally – and gloriously – happened.)
The college’s solar panels, as well as passersby, anticipate the arrival of sunshine. (Spoiler alert: It finally – and gloriously – happened.)

Cody A. Brown (foreground), an engineering CAD technology student from LeRaysville, and Jonathan F. DeRoner, ’15, computer aided product design (background), show projects to prospective students.
Cody A. Brown (foreground), an engineering CAD technology student from LeRaysville, and Jonathan F. DeRoner, ’15, computer aided product design (background), show projects to prospective students.

Returning to her foundation, alumna Samantha Werner, ’11, building construction technology, and ’13, residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, drove to Williamsport from Quakertown to pitch in for the day.
Returning to her foundation, alumna Samantha Werner, ’11, building construction technology, and ’13, residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, drove to Williamsport from Quakertown to pitch in for the day.

Architectural technology student Donny J. Reisch assists a visitor during a Google SketchUp hands-on session.
Architectural technology student Donny J. Reisch assists a visitor during a Google SketchUp hands-on session.

Spring Open House unfolds with sizable traffic on the campus mall.
Spring Open House unfolds with sizable traffic on the campus mall.

Richard K. Hendricks, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, shows the finished version of a piece being produced on a nearby CNC machine.
Richard K. Hendricks, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, shows the finished version of a piece being produced on a nearby CNC machine.

A display of hard hats represents a fraction of the hundreds of employers that recruit the college's construction management grads.
A display of hard hats represents a fraction of the hundreds of employers that recruit the college’s construction management grads.

Christopher J. Holley, assistant professor of automotive, talks with a standing-room-only crowd eager to watch a Charger run on the dyno.
Christopher J. Holley, assistant professor of automotive, talks with a standing-room-only crowd eager to watch a Charger run on the dyno.

Alumni and former Baja team members Johnathan T. Capps, ’18, applied technology studies, and ’16, mechatronics engineering technology, and Logan B. Goodhart, manufacturing engineering technology, join current Baja team member Christopher M. Schweikert, a manufacturing engineering technology student from Jamison, in the automated manufacturing lab.
Alumni and former Baja team members Johnathan T. Capps, ’18, applied technology studies, and ’16, mechatronics engineering technology, and Logan B. Goodhart, manufacturing engineering technology, join current Baja team member Christopher M. Schweikert, a manufacturing engineering technology student from Jamison, in the automated manufacturing lab.

Admissions counselor Melinda D. Heckman enlightens a Klump Academic Center audience during a general information session.
Admissions counselor Melinda D. Heckman enlightens a Klump Academic Center audience during a general information session.

Student Elisha R. Arantowicz (right) credibly leads a tour outside the Bush Campus Center.
Student Elisha R. Arantowicz (right) credibly leads a tour outside the Bush Campus Center.

Anthony F. O’Koren, an electronics and engineering technology student from Williamsport, shows off a real-world, saleable project he created using his electronics know-how and the resources of the Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College. He built a box that warms honeycomb frames to a temperature that will allow the honey to be extracted.
Anthony F. O’Koren, an electronics and engineering technology student from Williamsport, shows off a real-world, saleable project he created using his electronics know-how and the resources of the Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College. He built a box that warms honeycomb frames to a temperature that will allow the honey to be extracted.

A Cessna 172 door hinge is the focus for Raymond E. Konikowski Jr. (left), aviation maintenance technology, and Brendan L. Kressler, aviation technology.
A Cessna 172 door hinge is the focus for Raymond E. Konikowski Jr. (left), aviation maintenance technology, and Brendan L. Kressler, aviation technology.

The college's expanded welding laboratories, scheduled to open this fall, will feature exciting new equipment and room for scores of additional students.
The college’s expanded welding laboratories, scheduled to open this fall, will feature exciting new equipment and room for scores of additional students.

Delivering the lowdown on SketchUp, a 3D design software, Geoffrey M. Campbell, assistant professor of architectural technology, engages visitors in some screen time.
Delivering the lowdown on SketchUp, a 3D design software, Geoffrey M. Campbell, assistant professor of architectural technology, engages visitors in some screen time.

Paramedic students work through an emergency scenario in the ATHS atrium, treating a mannequin so lifelike it drew double takes when transported down the campus mall!
Paramedic students work through an emergency scenario in the ATHS atrium, treating a mannequin so lifelike it drew double takes when transported down the campus mall!

Ready to discuss career options in health information technology are (from left) Dan K. Christopher, assistant professor of business administration/health information technology, and students MacKenzie M. Doyle and Samantha Beers.
Ready to discuss career options in health information technology are (from left) Dan K. Christopher, assistant professor of business administration/health information technology, and students MacKenzie M. Doyle and Samantha Beers.

Eric C. Easton, instructor of forestry, outlines the enticing careers in the great (and green) outdoors.
Eric C. Easton, instructor of forestry, outlines the enticing careers in the great (and green) outdoors.

Esports team captain Jonathan W. Best (left) and head coach Joshua D. Young (in blue) promote the college's newest athletics addition with a virtual reality demonstration in Madigan Library.
Esports team captain Jonathan W. Best (left) and head coach Joshua D. Young (in blue) promote the college’s newest athletics addition with a virtual reality demonstration in Madigan Library.

A pair of students guides a family through the college’s impressive collision repair facilities.
A pair of students guides a family through the college’s impressive collision repair facilities.

Happy to host visitors to the sawmill are forest technology students (from left): Michael J. “M.J.” Wazer, Cayman A. Trostle, Seth D. Bechdel and Cameron J. Hutchinson.
Happy to host visitors to the sawmill are forest technology students (from left): Michael J. “M.J.” Wazer, Cayman A. Trostle, Seth D. Bechdel and Cameron J. Hutchinson.

David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management, details the exciting complexities of the major.
David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management, details the exciting complexities of the major.

A fitting enticement for the hands-on activities that showcase industrial design
A fitting enticement for the hands-on activities that showcase industrial design

Greeting guests outside the ACC Auditorium are (from left): Lee A. Dawson, admissions counselor, and Student Ambassadors Kacie C. Snyder and Elizabeth Wellar.
Greeting guests outside the ACC Auditorium are (from left): Lee A. Dawson, admissions counselor, and Student Ambassadors Kacie C. Snyder and Elizabeth Wellar.

Students Brandon S. Santis (center), of Milford, electronics and computer engineering technology: robotics and automation emphasis, and Joel R. Fisher (right), of Linden, electronics and computer engineering technology, discuss a project that uses automation to control the level of liquid using PID (proportional integral derivative) control.
Students Brandon S. Santis (center), of Milford, electronics and computer engineering technology: robotics and automation emphasis, and Joel R. Fisher (right), of Linden, electronics and computer engineering technology, discuss a project that uses automation to control the level of liquid using PID (proportional integral derivative) control.

The college's array of study abroad options is well within the grasp of Shanin L. Dougherty, coordinator of international programs.
The college’s array of study abroad options is well within the grasp of Shanin L. Dougherty, coordinator of international programs.

Mark E. Sones, instructor in the college's time-tested diesel equipment technology major, shares his perspective gained as both a graduate and a faculty member.
Mark E. Sones, instructor in the college’s time-tested diesel equipment technology major, shares his perspective gained as both a graduate and a faculty member.

A full Field House parking lot for check-in presages a busy day.
A full Field House parking lot for check-in presages a busy day.

Among those staffing a table at the Campus Life Involvement Fair are Cru's Autumn G. McCrum and Graham E. Burnett.
Among those staffing a table at the Campus Life Involvement Fair are Cru’s Autumn G. McCrum and Graham E. Burnett.

In the Parkes Automotive Technology Center, several phones record a test on the dynamometer.
In the Parkes Automotive Technology Center, several phones record a test on the dynamometer.

The many attractions of the Bush Campus Center beckon, not the least of which was the aroma of freshly made popcorn.
The many attractions of the Bush Campus Center beckon, not the least of which was the aroma of freshly made popcorn.

Graphic design majors, assemble! And who wouldn't want straight talk from current students?
Graphic design majors, assemble! And who wouldn’t want straight talk from current students?

A family from Hershey tours construction labs with Scott R. Martin (on steps) and Jacob Wallbillich. Martin is enrolled in building construction technology; Wallbillich is in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration.
A family from Hershey tours construction labs with Scott R. Martin (on steps) and Jacob Wallbillich. Martin is enrolled in building construction technology; Wallbillich is in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration.

Jared U. Peyton, enrolled for fall in welding and fabrication engineering technology, traveled from Maryland with Kaylynn Reisburg.
Jared U. Peyton, enrolled for fall in welding and fabrication engineering technology, traveled from Maryland with Kaylynn Reisburg.

River Valley Transit buses traversed main campus and provided shuttle service to other locations.
River Valley Transit buses traversed main campus and provided shuttle service to other locations.

Kera Cheuvront and daughter Bailey, of Beaver County, are all smiles on an informative road trip from their Beaver County home.
Kera Cheuvront and daughter Bailey, of Beaver County, are all smiles on an informative road trip from their Beaver County home.

Randy J. Zangara (foreground), dean of college transitions and first year initiatives, engagingly works the floor in the Student & Administrative Services Center.
Randy J. Zangara (foreground), dean of college transitions and first year initiatives, engagingly works the floor in the Student & Administrative Services Center.

The Field House is filled with the promise of a new day ... and the enthusiasm of guests and those who facilitated their check-in.
The Field House is filled with the promise of a new day … and the enthusiasm of guests and those who facilitated their check-in.

Dulcey J. Frantz, assistant professor, displays the ultrarealistic simulation equipment available to nursing students.
Dulcey J. Frantz, assistant professor, displays the ultrarealistic simulation equipment available to nursing students.

A campus tour passes the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, where the nearby procession of welded sculptures was created.
A campus tour passes the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, where the nearby procession of welded sculptures was created.

Open House visitors arrived with questions for knowledgeable employees and didn't leave empty-handed.
Open House visitors arrived with questions for knowledgeable employees and didn’t leave empty-handed.

Sigma Pi brothers. part of the college's vibrant Greek Life system, are (from left): Dane S. Druckenmiller, Michael J. Siopa Jr. and Joseph V. Gullace
Sigma Pi brothers. part of the college’s vibrant Greek Life system, are (from left): Dane S. Druckenmiller, Michael J. Siopa Jr. and Joseph V. Gullace

A warm welcome in the human services labs is offered by (from left) Elizabeth E. Winder, assistant professor of human services, and students Caitlyn M. Koelsch and Monica L. Hostetter. Koelsch is enrolled in human services; Hostetter is in applied human services.
A warm welcome in the human services labs is offered by (from left) Elizabeth E. Winder, assistant professor of human services, and students Caitlyn M. Koelsch and Monica L. Hostetter. Koelsch is enrolled in human services; Hostetter is in applied human services.

Spending the day ... from Reading PA!
Spending the day … from Reading PA!

Lemonade, ice water, coffee and cocoa made Dining Services' refreshment stations quite popular.
Lemonade, ice water, coffee and cocoa made Dining Services’ refreshment stations quite popular.

Individual attention from Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration: management, serves as a microcosm for the small class sizes characteristic of Penn College.
Individual attention from Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration: management, serves as a microcosm for the small class sizes characteristic of Penn College.

United Campus Ministries gets a "thumb's up" from Ethan P. Cummings, accompanied by Holly J. Wilson.
United Campus Ministries gets a “thumb’s up” from Ethan P. Cummings, accompanied by Holly J. Wilson.

Associate professor Daniel W. Yoas (left) captivates his audience with a peek at the variety of information technology possibilities.
Associate professor Daniel W. Yoas (left) captivates his audience with a peek at the variety of information technology possibilities.

On Open House day, all roads (and sidewalks) lead to eye-opening adventure.
On Open House day, all roads (and sidewalks) lead to eye-opening adventure.

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