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Campers Enjoy the Not-So-Lazy Days of Summer


The hunger for knowledge continued for hundreds of young women and men who explored the hands-on world of Penn College’s summer camps mere weeks after their school year ended.

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor, and Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor
(unless otherwise noted)

A future architect?
A future architect?

Architecture Odyssey campers pause for a group photo on the steps of the college’s Victorian House. Current students assisting the camp were Olivia Kleman (far left), an architectural technology student from Shamokin, and Riley Ferro (far right), of Berwick, a 2018 architectural technology grad and a building science and sustainable design student.
Architecture Odyssey campers pause for a group photo on the steps of the college’s Victorian House. Current students assisting the camp were Olivia Kleman (far left), an architectural technology student from Shamokin, and Riley Ferro (far right), of Berwick, a 2018 architectural technology grad and a building science and sustainable design student.

Striking a pose in the Victorian House’s second-floor rotunda are Architecture Odyssey campers.
Striking a pose in the Victorian House’s second-floor rotunda are Architecture Odyssey campers.

All aboard the Carl E. Stotz Trolley ...
All aboard the Carl E. Stotz Trolley …

... as campers wheel off to tour Williamsport’s historic district and downtown (where they also enjoyed dinner and ice cream).
… as campers wheel off to tour Williamsport’s historic district and downtown (where they also enjoyed dinner and ice cream).

Family dinner? Architecture campers enjoy the Victorian House dining room along with their camp leaders, Daniel L. Brooks (far left), architectural technology instructor, and Naim N. Jabbour (far right), assistant dean of construction and design technologies.
Family dinner? Architecture campers enjoy the Victorian House dining room along with their camp leaders, Daniel L. Brooks (far left), architectural technology instructor, and Naim N. Jabbour (far right), assistant dean of construction and design technologies.

Laughter fills the air as Connections Links (orientation leaders) and high school students participating in the Autism Spectrum Postsecondary Interest Experience enjoy a social activity on the Keystone Dining Room’s outdoor patio.
Laughter fills the air as Connections Links (orientation leaders) and high school students participating in the Autism Spectrum Postsecondary Interest Experience enjoy a social activity on the Keystone Dining Room’s outdoor patio.

With the help of a beach ball featuring fun questions, an ASPIE camper enjoys a lighthearted ice-breaker.
With the help of a beach ball featuring fun questions, an ASPIE camper enjoys a lighthearted ice-breaker.

During the Automotive Restoration Camp, Paul J. Rose, laboratory assistant for automotive restoration technology, guides a camper through sewing a seam in her upholstery project.
During the Automotive Restoration Camp, Paul J. Rose, laboratory assistant for automotive restoration technology, guides a camper through sewing a seam in her upholstery project.

Shaun D. Hack, instructor of collision repair, gives each camper instruction in pinstriping.
Shaun D. Hack, instructor of collision repair, gives each camper instruction in pinstriping.

Wayne Sager, of the West Branch A’s chapter of the Model A Restorers Club, discusses the features and history of a 1929 Ford Model A. Three Model A owners brought their vehicles to the Automotive Restoration Camp: Alfred Reeves, James Baskin and Dale Hoover.
Wayne Sager, of the West Branch A’s chapter of the Model A Restorers Club, discusses the features and history of a 1929 Ford Model A. Three Model A owners brought their vehicles to the Automotive Restoration Camp: Alfred Reeves, James Baskin and Dale Hoover.

A camper carefully adds tape to the flames he painted before adding pinstripes.
A camper carefully adds tape to the flames he painted before adding pinstripes.

Behind the wheel in a Model T.
Behind the wheel in a Model T.

With guidance from Roy H. Klinger, instructor of collision repair, campers drive a Ford Model T around the parking lot.
With guidance from Roy H. Klinger, instructor of collision repair, campers drive a Ford Model T around the parking lot.

An Automotive Restoration camper finishes a metal-forming project.
An Automotive Restoration camper finishes a metal-forming project.

New this year, Aviation Camp offers ample opportunities for exploration by adventure-seekers.
New this year, Aviation Camp offers ample opportunities for exploration by adventure-seekers.

Decked out in an appropriate “Born to Fly” T-shirt, an Aviation Camp teen works with composite materials.
Decked out in an appropriate “Born to Fly” T-shirt, an Aviation Camp teen works with composite materials.

Aviation campers check out the cockpit of the college’s twin-engine Dassault Falcon 20 business jet.
Aviation campers check out the cockpit of the college’s twin-engine Dassault Falcon 20 business jet.

A college gaming lab serves as an inspiring space for the Designing a Digital Future Camp.
A college gaming lab serves as an inspiring space for the Designing a Digital Future Camp.

Networking on many levels
Networking on many levels

A highlight of the college’s summer camps: fun experts like Spyke M. Krepshaw, web and interactive media instructor.
A highlight of the college’s summer camps: fun experts like Spyke M. Krepshaw, web and interactive media instructor.

An Engineering Camp participant programs a machine in the manufacturing lab …
An Engineering Camp participant programs a machine in the manufacturing lab …

... and is rewarded with a precision-cut Wildcat keychain keepsake.
… and is rewarded with a precision-cut Wildcat keychain keepsake.

In an electronics and computer engineering technology lab, a camper listens intently to instruction.
In an electronics and computer engineering technology lab, a camper listens intently to instruction.

A musician learning to weld! A camper displays the artwork he sketched prior to applying a torch to it.
A musician learning to weld! A camper displays the artwork he sketched prior to applying a torch to it.

Sparks fly in the welding lab.
Sparks fly in the welding lab.

Engineering campers enjoy the creation of flying discs.
Engineering campers enjoy the creation of flying discs.

Fittingly clad in a NASA T-shirt, a camper crafts a Popsicle-stick skyscraper in engineering design technology.
Fittingly clad in a NASA T-shirt, a camper crafts a Popsicle-stick skyscraper in engineering design technology.

Before serving a meal for their families in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, Future Restaurateurs campers gather with their faculty and staff mentors: Chef Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and Danna M. Brooks, dining services manager (both on left); and Chef Charles R, Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts, and Chef Frank M. Suchwala, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts (both on right). Photo courtesy of Brian D. Walton, assistant dean of business and hospitality.
Before serving a meal for their families in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, Future Restaurateurs campers gather with their faculty and staff mentors: Chef Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and Danna M. Brooks, dining services manager (both on left); and Chef Charles R, Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts, and Chef Frank M. Suchwala, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts (both on right). Photo courtesy of Brian D. Walton, assistant dean of business and hospitality.

Niedermyer shows campers how to use an immersion blender to make ganache.
Niedermyer shows campers how to use an immersion blender to make ganache.

A camper mixes chocolate ganache to top a red velvet cake.
A camper mixes chocolate ganache to top a red velvet cake.

Future Restaurateurs campers get a hands-on science lesson as they flash freeze snack foods in liquid nitrogen.
Future Restaurateurs campers get a hands-on science lesson as they flash freeze snack foods in liquid nitrogen.

During a session using modernist kitchen techniques, Suchwala demonstrates the vaporization of liquid nitrogen.
During a session using modernist kitchen techniques, Suchwala demonstrates the vaporization of liquid nitrogen.

A camper portions the filling for key lime desserts that will be served to parents and other guests at a camp-ending dinner.
A camper portions the filling for key lime desserts that will be served to parents and other guests at a camp-ending dinner.

Quiet contemplation in the Graphic Design Summer Studio
Quiet contemplation in the Graphic Design Summer Studio

Nicholas L. Stephenson, graphic design instructor, offers a constructive critique.
Nicholas L. Stephenson, graphic design instructor, offers a constructive critique.

Campers learn the art of presentation and creative brainstorming while sharing their initial pen and pencil designs.
Campers learn the art of presentation and creative brainstorming while sharing their initial pen and pencil designs.

A camper poses with her “gig poster” at the finale.
A camper poses with her “gig poster” at the finale.

Before departing campus, a mom captures a memory of three roommates at their graphic design student show.
Before departing campus, a mom captures a memory of three roommates at their graphic design student show.

Students in the Grow & Design Horticulture Camp take pride in their floral arrangements.
Students in the Grow & Design Horticulture Camp take pride in their floral arrangements.

Karen R. Ruhl, a part-time horticulture faculty member and alumna, aids a camper in assembling a bow from ribbon.
Karen R. Ruhl, a part-time horticulture faculty member and alumna, aids a camper in assembling a bow from ribbon.

Crafting with carnations! Ruhl and campers work with floral tape to fashion boutonnières.
Crafting with carnations! Ruhl and campers work with floral tape to fashion boutonnières.

Health Careers Camp participants practice their skills at laparoscopic surgery as they learn about the careers of surgical technologists.
Health Careers Camp participants practice their skills at laparoscopic surgery as they learn about the careers of surgical technologists.

Campers take a break from positioning their “patient” for an X-ray. Included in the photo are Tiana F. McCormick (left) of Williamsport, who is scheduled to earn an associate degree in radiography in August, and Karen L. Plankenhorn (second from right), clinical supervisor of radiography.
Campers take a break from positioning their “patient” for an X-ray. Included in the photo are Tiana F. McCormick (left) of Williamsport, who is scheduled to earn an associate degree in radiography in August, and Karen L. Plankenhorn (second from right), clinical supervisor of radiography.

Tammy S. Clossen, assistant professor of dental hygiene, discusses the work of a registered dental hygienist while demonstrating a typical prophylaxis session.
Tammy S. Clossen, assistant professor of dental hygiene, discusses the work of a registered dental hygienist while demonstrating a typical prophylaxis session.

Jessica L. Bower, nursing simulation lab coordinator, walks campers through the insertion of a nasogastric tube in one of the nursing program’s three dozen mannequins.
Jessica L. Bower, nursing simulation lab coordinator, walks campers through the insertion of a nasogastric tube in one of the nursing program’s three dozen mannequins.

Campers show off the results of their handiwork during a session in the Dental Hygiene Clinic.
Campers show off the results of their handiwork during a session in the Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Plankenhorn (left) and McCormick (right) help a camper to position both a mannequin and equipment for a head X-ray.
Plankenhorn (left) and McCormick (right) help a camper to position both a mannequin and equipment for a head X-ray.

Campers mingle with physician assistant students. Photo by Christopher J. Leigh, video production coordinator.
Campers mingle with physician assistant students. Photo by Christopher J. Leigh, video production coordinator.

During the SMART Girls Showcase, campers’ posters show off their resumes, the results of an interest inventory and research on a variety of careers.
During the SMART Girls Showcase, campers’ posters show off their resumes, the results of an interest inventory and research on a variety of careers.

A team shows off its weeklong project: a robot with a variety of sensors that they assembled and programmed to navigate a maze, follow a line, make drawings and stack boxes.
A team shows off its weeklong project: a robot with a variety of sensors that they assembled and programmed to navigate a maze, follow a line, make drawings and stack boxes.

A sample of an assembled bot
A sample of an assembled bot

On Day 1, SMART Girls dive into to assembling their robots.
On Day 1, SMART Girls dive into to assembling their robots.

Collaboration is key on the four-girl teams.
Collaboration is key on the four-girl teams.

A camper designs a business card for her Showcase presentation.
A camper designs a business card for her Showcase presentation.

Girls test and tweak.
Girls test and tweak.

When two hands are not enough, teammates are ready to help.
When two hands are not enough, teammates are ready to help.

Collaborating to put pieces in place
Collaborating to put pieces in place

A robot runs its program.
A robot runs its program.

Campers file into the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on June 18 for an all-camp evening activity.
Campers file into the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on June 18 for an all-camp evening activity.

On their way to a scavenger hunt are these campers led by Joseph M. Morrin (far left), summer conference assistant and graphic design student.
On their way to a scavenger hunt are these campers led by Joseph M. Morrin (far left), summer conference assistant and graphic design student.

Penn College’s main campus serves as a beautiful backdrop for visitors.
Penn College’s main campus serves as a beautiful backdrop for visitors.

Have Penn College backpacks, will travel … across campus.
Have Penn College backpacks, will travel … across campus.

A summer of refreshing, enlightening exploration
A summer of refreshing, enlightening exploration

Campers traverse their picturesque surroundings.
Campers traverse their picturesque surroundings.

Another group poses on the campus mall.
Another group poses on the campus mall.

At the end of the day, campers walk back to Dauphin Hall to dine in Capitol Eatery.
At the end of the day, campers walk back to Dauphin Hall to dine in Capitol Eatery.

Socializing in Rose Street Commons at day's end
Socializing in Rose Street Commons at day’s end

After lunch in KDR, Daniel W. Yoas (at front), associate professor of information technology, leads Digital Future campers back to the ATHS.
After lunch in KDR, Daniel W. Yoas (at front), associate professor of information technology, leads Digital Future campers back to the ATHS.

A pickup football game on the Rose Street Commons lawn
A pickup football game on the Rose Street Commons lawn

Another group of Digital Future campers stops on the mall for a commemorative shot.
Another group of Digital Future campers stops on the mall for a commemorative shot.

Campers walk into the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.
Campers walk into the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

SMART Girls have fun between lunch and lab.
SMART Girls have fun between lunch and lab.

Framed by summer beauty are these SMART Girls at the floral feature outside College Avenue Labs.
Framed by summer beauty are these SMART Girls at the floral feature outside College Avenue Labs.

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