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‘Welcome Weekend’ Conditions: Hot, Humid and Altogether Helpful

New and not-so-new Penn College students ushered in the 2016-17 academic year during Welcome Weekend, the traditional lead-in to the start of the semester. In the midst of getting acquainted with living arrangements and co-habitants alike, the Fall 2016 class of first-year students processed into the Rose Street Courtyard on Saturday evening for an official welcome to campus, an awesome fireworks display and an amusingly unpredictable performance by a hypnotist. Additional activities were held Sunday, wrapping up with time to spare so no one would snooze through that 8 a.m. class!

– Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer;
Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday; Kevin M. Mix, audio/visual specialist;
Barbara A. Adzema, secretary to residence life; and Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of off-campus living/commuter services

Industrial design major Jonah J. Reist-Cowell, of Lancaster, prepares for acclimation to his new home.
Industrial design major Jonah J. Reist-Cowell, of Lancaster, prepares for acclimation to his new home.

The student-aided ease of unloading provides the day's only breeze.
The student-aided ease of unloading provides the day’s only breeze.

As much as anything, Welcome Weekend is about families, taking a big ol' bittersweet step ... together.
As much as anything, Welcome Weekend is about families, taking a big ol’ bittersweet step … together.

If this building had a FitBit, how many steps would it register?
If this building had a FitBit, how many steps would it register?

What's that saying about "all work and no play?"
What’s that saying about “all work and no play?”

Admissions representatives Trevor I. Brandt and Sarah R. Shott work their move-in shift ...
Admissions representatives Trevor I. Brandt and Sarah R. Shott work their move-in shift …

... then catch their breath (and maybe a few rays) in Rose Street Commons.
… then catch their breath (and maybe a few rays) in Rose Street Commons.

Helping hands make light work for the family of Andrew P. Tagliamonte, of Warrington, beginning his studies in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration.
Helping hands make light work for the family of Andrew P. Tagliamonte, of Warrington, beginning his studies in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration.

Campus superheroes work throughout the day to defeat dehydration.
Campus superheroes work throughout the day to defeat dehydration.

Pre-dental hygiene major Tasia A. Werkmeister, of Altoona, with her proud "Penn College Mom."
Pre-dental hygiene major Tasia A. Werkmeister, of Altoona, with her proud “Penn College Mom.”

Lynn Y. Frey (right), assistant director of admissions, and President Davie Jane Gilmour pleasantly keep the check-in line moving with efficient answers to inevitable questions.
Lynn Y. Frey (right), assistant director of admissions, and President Davie Jane Gilmour pleasantly keep the check-in line moving with efficient answers to inevitable questions.

Penn College's Cassandra D. Henderson (left) greets new members of the campus family.
Penn College’s Cassandra D. Henderson (left) greets new members of the campus family.

Welcome to Dauphin Hall!
Welcome to Dauphin Hall!

Residence Life coordinator Marceline Y. Salomon-Debrosse pauses for nourishment in the midst of a whirlwind day.
Residence Life coordinator Marceline Y. Salomon-Debrosse pauses for nourishment in the midst of a whirlwind day.

Ramen noodles, a timeless tradition in college cuisine.
Ramen noodles, a timeless tradition in college cuisine.

Admissions representative Salvatore Vitko (in yellow shirt) and Resident Assistant Mary K. Slipe (far right) help the family of James F. Bowman IV. Bowman, of Fleetwood, is enrolled in automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis.
Admissions representative Salvatore Vitko (in yellow shirt) and Resident Assistant Mary K. Slipe (far right) help the family of James F. Bowman IV. Bowman, of Fleetwood, is enrolled in automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis.

A chaotic scene, smoothly orchestrated
A chaotic scene, smoothly orchestrated

Ethan M. Yoder and parents prepare to transport another cartload from their convenient curbside berth. Yoder, from the Lancaster County community of Denver, is majoring in software development and information management.
Ethan M. Yoder and parents prepare to transport another cartload from their convenient curbside berth. Yoder, from the Lancaster County community of Denver, is majoring in software development and information management.

A ready smile, on the verge of an exciting tomorrow
A ready smile, on the verge of an exciting tomorrow

Pedal power is recharged in Residence Life's bicycle storage room.
Pedal power is recharged in Residence Life’s bicycle storage room.

Adding some welcome waggin' to the proceedings, young Zoe was a hit during check-in at College Avenue Labs.
Adding some welcome waggin’ to the proceedings, young Zoe was a hit during check-in at College Avenue Labs.

Putting the college's hands-on philosophy to work in the service of new students are (from left) Kyle A. Remigio, Amanda N. Suda, Thomas E. Daros Jr. and Cody J. Allen.
Putting the college’s hands-on philosophy to work in the service of new students are (from left) Kyle A. Remigio, Amanda N. Suda, Thomas E. Daros Jr. and Cody J. Allen.

Hillary Newlin gets some help choosing among sweatshirts in The College Store ... an in-demand item for Pennsylvanians who know it won't stay 90 degrees for long.
Hillary Newlin gets some help choosing among sweatshirts in The College Store … an in-demand item for Pennsylvanians who know it won’t stay 90 degrees for long.

With Mom by her side, Abigail W. Stever – a pre-dental hygiene major from Perkasie – is ready for the challenges ahead.
With Mom by her side, Abigail W. Stever – a pre-dental hygiene major from Perkasie – is ready for the challenges ahead.

Just a few of the friendly employee faces to greet Welcome Weekend guests
Just a few of the friendly employee faces to greet Welcome Weekend guests

Pre-nursing student Meghan E. Lundy, of Strasburg, stops by one of Dining Services' four "Wildcat Welcome" stations to let her family know she's on track!
Pre-nursing student Meghan E. Lundy, of Strasburg, stops by one of Dining Services’ four “Wildcat Welcome” stations Monday morning to let her family know she’s on track!

Timothy S. Bennett, a welding and fabrication engineering technology student from Mount Holly Springs, relaxes with his parents.
Timothy S. Bennett, a welding and fabrication engineering technology student from Mount Holly Springs, relaxes with his parents.

Even in oppressive heat and humidity, Dining Services staff keeps the mood light.
Even in oppressive heat and humidity, Dining Services staff keeps the mood light.

A safety-minded trio helps keep the day's activities running smoothly. From left are Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; Kimberly R. Cassel, director of student activities (soon to lead the Alumni Relations Office); and Penn College Police Officer Charles E. O'Brien.
A safety-minded trio helps keep the day’s activities running smoothly. From left are Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; Kimberly R. Cassel, director of student activities (soon to lead the Alumni Relations Office); and Penn College Police Officer Charles E. O’Brien.

LaShawn C. Hayward leads daughter Jazmine S. Booker down a soon-to-be-very-very-very-familiar hallway. A first-year early childhood education major, Booker is from Oxon Hill, Md.
LaShawn C. Hayward leads daughter Jazmine S. Booker down a soon-to-be-very-very-very-familiar hallway. A first-year early childhood education major, Booker is from Oxon Hill, Md.

Smiles ever bit as bright as the day's persistent sunshine
Smiles every bit as bright as the day’s persistent sunshine

Joseph C. "Joey" Valenti Jr., of Fort Washington, an electronics and computer engineering technology student, has his cellphone photo taken by counselor Brian J. Schurr.
Joseph C. “Joey” Valenti Jr., of Fort Washington, an electronics and computer engineering technology student, has his cellphone photo taken by counselor Brian J. Schurr.

Resident Assistants (from left) Charlie A. Geisel, Brianna M. Young and Jahyah Justice Barbour.
Resident Assistants (from left) Charlie A. Geisel, Brianna M. Young and Jahyah Justice Barbour.

A student's belongings, piled as high as Dad's arm can reach.
A student’s belongings, piled as high as Dad’s arm can reach.

Residence Life coordinator Xavier J. Warner is flanked by RAs Wilmer I. Clase (left) and Andre J. Aldubayan.
Residence Life coordinator Xavier J. Warner is flanked by RAs Wilmer I. Clase (left) and Andre J. Aldubayan.

It's grab-and-go time for this member of the Wildcat soccer team, on his way to class after an early-morning practice.
It’s grab-and-go time for this member of the Wildcat soccer team, on his way to class after an early-morning practice.

Student leader Lauren J. Crouse gets an assist from Crystal L. Follmer, security system specialist for Penn College Police.
Student leader Lauren J. Crouse gets an assist from Crystal L. Follmer, security system specialist for Penn College Police.

That's our kind of student, sporting the trusted "PCT" brand before classes even start!
That’s our kind of student, sporting the trusted “PCT” brand before classes even start!

Breaking for lunch in air-conditioned comfort.
Breaking for lunch in air-conditioned comfort.

Welding technology major Ty A. Gornick, of Butler, is joined by Katelyn Schwab.
Welding technology major Ty A. Gornick, of Butler, is joined by Katelyn Schwab.

Welcome Weekend, Sigma Pi-style
Welcome Weekend, Sigma Pi-style

Kaitlyn R. Goodreau, a pre-nursing student from Port Allegany, makes a purchase in The College Store.
Kaitlyn R. Goodreau, a pre-nursing student from Port Allegany, makes a purchase in The College Store.

On moving day, as in life itself, it's all about maintaining balance!
On moving day, as in life itself, it’s all about maintaining balance!

Sydney M. Hernandez, of Pottstown, enrolled in information assurance and cyber security, gets moral support (and valuable maternal advice) from Jennifer Drago.
Sydney M. Hernandez, of Pottstown, enrolled in information assurance and cyber security, gets moral support (and valuable maternal advice) from Jennifer Drago.

David M. Rozboril, an automotive restoration technology student from Dravosburg – and a good sport on the first day of classes – tolerates photographers on behalf of the folks back home.
David M. Rozboril, an automotive restoration technology student from Dravosburg – and a good sport on the first day of classes – tolerates photographers on behalf of the folks back home.

Pausing with her parents, pre-dental hygiene student Tsahaynesh Glah-Fisher, of Willow Street, exudes eagerness and excitement.
Pausing with her parents, pre-dental hygiene student Tsahaynesh Glah-Fisher, of Willow Street, exudes eagerness and excitement.

Quick, before it melts!
Quick, before it melts!

Juniata Hall roommates Emma C. Kurshan (left), a pre-dental hygiene major, and Emily D. Moose, a pre-surgical technology student – both from Red Lion – settle into new surroundings.
Juniata Hall roommates Emma C. Kurshan (left), a pre-dental hygiene major, and Emily D. Moose, a pre-surgical technology student – both from Red Lion – settle into new surroundings.

With their radio at the ready, RAs await Sunday's arrival of tenants of The Village.
With their radio at the ready, RAs await Sunday’s arrival of tenants of The Village.

Ready to welcome the day's V.I.P.s are (from left) RAs Arley D. Urton, Genevieve M. Kelly and Bryonna A Aldubayan.
Ready to welcome the day’s V.I.P.s are (from left) RAs Arley D. Urton, Genevieve M. Kelly and Bryonna A Aldubayan.

And leave the driving to us!
And leave the driving to us!

Helping to ease students into back-to-school mode Monday morning are (from left) Dana R. Suter, coordinator of part-time student employment and career programming; Kathy W. Zakarian, director of counseling; Lauren Healy, head women's basketball coach and sports information/student athlete development assistant; and counselor Brian J. Schurr.
Helping to ease students into back-to-school mode Monday morning are (from left) Dana R. Suter, coordinator of part-time student employment and career programming; Kathy W. Zakarian, director of counseling; Lauren Healy, head women’s basketball coach and sports information/student athlete development assistant; and counselor Brian J. Schurr.

Upperclassmen return to their Village apartments Sunday,
Upperclassmen return to their Village apartments Sunday,

Mixing business and pleasure
Mixing business and pleasure

The sky above the Rose Street Courtyard on Saturday evening was ominous, indeed, dousing the convocation site about an hour earlier ... but the show went on!
The sky above the Rose Street Courtyard on Saturday evening was ominous, indeed, dousing the convocation site about an hour earlier … but the show went on!

The college banner heralds the arrival of first-year students, entering the quad for convocation amid applause and high-fives from administrators, faculty and staff.
The college banner heralds the arrival of first-year students, entering the quad for convocation amid applause and high-fives from administrators, faculty and staff.

Seth R. Henry (second from left), and family are joined by Anthony J. Pace (right), assistant director of student activities for student organizations and orientation. Henry, of Wernersville, majors in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration.
Seth R. Henry (second from left), and family are joined by Anthony J. Pace (right), assistant director of student activities for student organizations and orientation. Henry, of Wernersville, majors in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration.

Patrons in The College Store experience the warm smile and customer service typical of Jennifer L. McCracken, assistant director.
Patrons in The College Store experience the warm smile and customer service typical of Jennifer L. McCracken, assistant director.

On his way to an 8 a.m. English composition class is Colt M. Hoover, of Robertsdale, enrolled in automotive technology.
On his way to an 8 a.m. English composition class is Colt M. Hoover, of Robertsdale, enrolled in automotive technology.

From left, RAs Wilmer I. Clase, Jonathan R. Hendrickson and Amanda P. Jones make the heavy lifting look easy.
From left, RAs Wilmer I. Clase, Jonathan R. Hendrickson and Amanda P. Jones make the heavy lifting look easy.

A celebratory connection along the march into campus life.
A celebratory connection along the march into campus life.

Elizabeth Gamble accompanies son Jeremy R., an automotive restoration technology student from State College.
Elizabeth Gamble accompanies son Jeremy R., an automotive restoration technology student from State College.

First-year students take their seats for their official "Welcome to Penn College."
First-year students take their seats for their official “Welcome to Penn College.”

As dusk falls, students gather for the official kickoff of the Fall 2016 semester.
As dusk falls, students gather for the official kickoff of the Fall 2016 semester.

Espousing a prize more precious than the Olympic medals being simultaneously awarded in Brazil, President Gilmour talks of the "gold-collar jobs" for which Penn College uniquely prepares its graduates.
Espousing a prize more precious than the Olympic medals being simultaneously awarded in Brazil, President Gilmour talks of the “gold-collar jobs” for which Penn College uniquely prepares its graduates.

Freshmen hear from Elliott Strickland, the emcee for convocation.
Freshmen hear from Elliott Strickland, the emcee for convocation.

A fireworks show, touch-and-go when showers hit not long before ...
A fireworks show, touch-and-go when showers hit not long before …

... fills the sky with light and color ...
… fills the sky with light and color …

... to the accompaniment of music on the ground.
… to the accompaniment of music on the ground.

New students get acquainted with the Penn College Alma Mater, sung by their Connections Links.
New students get acquainted with the Penn College Alma Mater, sung by their Connections Links.

Noah L. English, executive vice president of the Student Government Association, welcomes the "acorns" in the incoming class with confidence of their eventual growth into mighty oaks.
Noah L. English, executive vice president of the Student Government Association, welcomes the “acorns” in the incoming class with confidence of their eventual growth into mighty oaks.

Hypnotist Eric Mina, a perennial favorite ...
Hypnotist Eric Mina, a perennial favorite …

... puts his student volunteers through a variety of predicaments and scenarios ...
… puts his student volunteers through a variety of predicaments and scenarios …

... all under a suggestive state ...
… all under a suggestive state …

... in which anything can happen!
… in which anything can happen!

RAs enjoy the on-stage antics, too.