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Campus Family Meets, Greets – and Tweets – at Open House

Penn College welcomed Open House guests for a Saturday full of activities and information about the diverse “degrees that work” offered on its campuses. In the first of two such events during the institution’s Centennial year, visitors toured  the college with Presidential Student Ambassadors, visited instructional labs, got answers to all manner of questions – from financial aid to housing to meal plans – and talked with ever-helpful faculty/staff, students and alumni about academic and campus life.

– Photos by Larry D. Kauffman, digital publishing specialist/photographer; Craig R. Urey, student photographer;
Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday; Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist;
and Whitnie-Rae Mays, presidential student ambassador

Automotive instructor Christopher A. Trapani, among the faculty for the new Mopar CAP major, lends an attentive ear.
Automotive instructor Christopher A. Trapani, among the faculty for the new Mopar CAP major, lends an attentive ear.

Pedestrian traffic flows along the campus mall, just outside the Keystone Dining Room.
Pedestrian traffic flows along the campus mall, just outside the Keystone Dining Room.

President Davie Jane Gilmour encourages families to share their Open House experience via social media ...
President Davie Jane Gilmour encourages families to share their Open House experience via social media …

... then walks the walk as nucleus of a "selfie" with student ambassadors and others.
… then walks the walk as nucleus of a “selfie” with student ambassadors and others.

With a Centennial-inspired "then and now" photo display as a backdrop, a family checks in at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center with admissions representative Caleb J. Swartz.
With a Centennial-inspired “then and now” photo display as a backdrop, a family checks in at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center with admissions representative Caleb J. Swartz.

Artfully framed in a Bush Campus Center lab, associate professor Denise S. Leete explains the web and interactive media major.
Artfully framed in a Bush Campus Center lab, associate professor Denise S. Leete explains the web and interactive media major.

David R. Bailey, a 2000 graduate in architectural technology, comes back to Penn College as an alumni volunteer.
David R. Bailey, a 2000 graduate in architectural technology, comes back to Penn College as an alumni volunteer.

Diesel students greet a family visiting the engine lab in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.
Diesel students greet a family visiting the engine lab in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

Garret L. Graff, assistant professor of building construction technology, discusses required courses with a prospective student and his family.
Garret L. Graff, assistant professor of building construction technology, discusses required courses with a prospective student and his family.

Myreta Churba (left), a part-time member of the dental hygiene faculty, is among the alumni returning to volunteer at Open House.
Myreta Churba (left), a part-time member of the dental hygiene faculty, is among the alumni returning to volunteer at Open House.

Presidential Student Ambassador Holly M. Neely, an applied health studies-surgical technology concentration major from Lebanon, leads a main campus tour.
Presidential Student Ambassador Holly M. Neely, an applied health studies-surgical technology concentration major from Lebanon, leads a main campus tour.

JoAnn H. Pacenta, a business administration/accounting faculty member, discusses related majors in the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.
JoAnn H. Pacenta, a business administration/accounting faculty member, discusses related majors in the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

Erin M. Schlesinger, of Lock Haven, an award-winning graphic design student, engages families on the second floor of the Campus Center.
Erin M. Schlesinger, of Lock Haven, an award-winning graphic design student, engages families on the second floor of the Campus Center.

Open House was a hands-on workday for landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis majors Kyle M. Chan, of West Lawn (left), and Chris J. Troxell, of Summit Hill, replacing the brick walkway outside the Victorian House.
Open House was a hands-on workday for landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis majors Kyle M. Chan, of West Lawn (left), and Chris J. Troxell, of Summit Hill, replacing the brick walkway outside the Victorian House.

Fraternity members staff a Greek Life table, just one of the displays at the Campus Life Involvement Fair in the Bush Campus Center's first-floor hallway.
Fraternity members staff a Greek Life table, just one of the displays at the Campus Life Involvement Fair in the Bush Campus Center’s first-floor hallway.

Clifford P. Coppersmith, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications, summarizes his academic school's offerings.
Clifford P. Coppersmith, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications, summarizes his academic school’s offerings.

Kevin J. Snyder, instructor of electrical technologies and occupations/building automation, among the knowledgeable faculty of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies
Kevin J. Snyder, instructor of electrical technologies and occupations/building automation, among the knowledgeable faculty of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies

It was "three chairs, no waiting" for Open House visitors seeking assistance from Admissions staff in the Student & Administrative Services Center. From foreground to back are data control assistants Leslie J. Baier and Mary Ellen Hibbs, and Rebecca A. Steer, office assistant.
It was “three chairs, no waiting” for Open House visitors seeking assistance from Admissions staff in the Student & Administrative Services Center. From foreground to back are data control assistants Leslie J. Baier and Mary Ellen Hibbs, and Rebecca A. Steer, office assistant.

Members of the plastics faculty field inquiries in the ATHS atrium.
Members of the plastics faculty field inquiries in the ATHS atrium.

A young campus visitor pauses along the college's informative History Trail to learn more about the Remembrance Garden.
A young campus visitor pauses along the college’s informative History Trail to learn more about the Remembrance Garden.

Penn College's sterling reputation among employers (and the corresponding credibility of its graduates) is among the topics for Carolyn R. Strickland, assistant vice president for academic services.
Penn College’s sterling reputation among employers (and the corresponding credibility of its graduates) is among the topics for Carolyn R. Strickland, assistant vice president for academic services.

Open House attendees get the student perspective during a conversation with William E. Hye, of Greentown, a construction management major.
Open House attendees get the student perspective during a conversation with William E. Hye, of Greentown, a construction management major.

Shanin L. Dougherty, international programs specialist, discusses "study abroad" possibilities at the Campus Life Involvement Fair.
Shanin L. Dougherty, international programs specialist, discusses “study abroad” possibilities at the Campus Life Involvement Fair.

Campus signage clearly indicates where Open House presentations and other attractions can be found.
Campus signage clearly indicates where Open House presentations and other attractions can be found.

Mary A. Sullivan, executive director of the ESC, apprises new arrivals of Open House programs and presentations.
Mary A. Sullivan, executive director of the ESC, apprises new arrivals of Open House programs and presentations.

Beautifying campus while exemplifying practical education, four landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis students – Nathan A. Regan, of Williamsport; Kyle N. Johnson, of Liverpool; Tyler J. Fatzinger, of Catasaqua; and Nicholas D. Foreman, of Rockwood – trim linden trees under the off-camera supervision of Michael A. Dincher, assistant professor of horticulture.
Beautifying campus while exemplifying practical education, four landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis students – Nathan A. Regan, of Williamsport; Kyle N. Johnson, of Liverpool; Tyler J. Fatzinger, of Catasaqua; and Nicholas D. Foreman, of Rockwood – trim linden trees under the off-camera supervision of Michael A. Dincher, assistant professor of horticulture.

Frederick W. Becker and Brian D. Walton, dean and coordinator of academic operations, respectively, provide an overview of the School of Business & Hospitality.
Frederick W. Becker and Brian D. Walton, dean and coordinator of academic operations, respectively, provide an overview of the School of Business & Hospitality.

While Williamsport landlords set up shop at an Off-Campus Housing Expo in the Madigan Library, Charlie Lowry of College South Apartments spotlights his Montgomery-area rental properties for students in ESC majors.
While Williamsport landlords set up shop at an Off-Campus Housing Expo in the Madigan Library, Charlie Lowry of College South Apartments spotlights his Montgomery-area rental properties for students in ESC majors.

Former instructor and Williamsport Technical Institute alumnus Chalmer C. Van Horn takes visitors back to the pre-CAD days when mechanical drafting meant paper and protractor.
Former instructor and Williamsport Technical Institute alumnus Chalmer C. Van Horn takes visitors back to the pre-CAD days when mechanical drafting meant paper and protractor.

Geoffrey M. Campbell, assistant professor of architectural technology, demonstrates Sketch Up 3-D modeling software.
Geoffrey M. Campbell, assistant professor of architectural technology, demonstrates Sketch Up 3-D modeling software.

Faculty accessibility, as demonstrated by Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design, is among the hallmarks of a Penn College Open House.
Faculty accessibility, as demonstrated by Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design, is among the hallmarks of a Penn College Open House.

Laurie A. Nau, a 2011 graduate in forest technology, and Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology, lead a tour group at the ESC sawmill.
Laurie A. Nau, a 2011 graduate in forest technology, and Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology, lead a tour group at the ESC sawmill.

Egged on by Ambassador Whitnie-rae Mays (left), a buoyant group of campus luminaries serves up its version of Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar Night "selfie."
Egged on by Ambassador Whitnie-rae Mays (left), a buoyant group of campus luminaries serves up its version of Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar Night “selfie.”

With typical passion for his subject, Richard C,. Taylor, associate professor of plumbing and heating, illuminates visitors to his lab.
With typical passion for his subject, Richard C,. Taylor, associate professor of plumbing and heating, illuminates visitors to his lab.

Ambassador Ashley G. Maietta, a nursing major from Hughesville, walks a tour group past the Klump Academic Center.
Ambassador Ashley G. Maietta, a nursing major from Hughesville, walks a tour group past the Klump Academic Center.

The magic of magnets, one of the "attractions" in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies
The magic of magnets, one of the “attractions” in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies

A vehicle near the Parkes Automotive Technology Center calls attention to the Mopar CAP program, to begin this fall.
A vehicle near the Parkes Automotive Technology Center calls attention to the Mopar CAP program, to begin this fall.

The dexterous demonstration of heavy construction equipment at the ESC never fails to disappoint.
The dexterous demonstration of heavy construction equipment at the ESC never fails to disappoint.

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