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Capturing the calm before the storm

In the days and nights before more than 2 feet of snow prevented many employees (yes, even photographers!) from setting foot on campus, a few signs of the season were captured by Penn College’s talented eyes on the ground. To cap a 2020 full of hindrance and hardship – and, thanks to campuswide cooperation, one of ultimate perseverance – PCToday presents a few reminders that even the worst years end in hopefulness for better times.

– Photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer, and Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor
(unless otherwise noted)

A warm gleam beckons from Maynard Street.
A warm gleam beckons from Maynard Street.

A 12-foot soldier, created two years ago by automotive restoration and manufacturing students, stands sentry along the main entrance.
A 12-foot soldier, created two years ago by automotive restoration and manufacturing students, stands sentry along the main entrance.

Stalled in its planned trip "over the river and through the woods," a College Avenue Labs landmark finds new purpose ...
Stalled in its planned trip “over the river and through the woods,” a College Avenue Labs landmark finds new purpose …

... and serves as a true gift to passersby.
… and serves as a true gift to passersby.

We pause in our main campus tour to bring you greetings from the Schneebeli Earth Science Center's resident "Elf on a Shelf": Marci M. Hessert, office assistant to the assistant dean of diesel technology and natural resources, holding an arrangement from instructor Karen R. Ruhl's Art of Floral Design course. We now return you to our regularly posted gallery! (Photo provided)
We pause in our main campus tour to bring you greetings from the Schneebeli Earth Science Center’s resident “Elf on a Shelf”: Marci M. Hessert, office assistant to the assistant dean of diesel technology and natural resources, holding an arrangement from instructor Karen R. Ruhl’s Art of Floral Design course. We now return you to our regularly posted gallery! (Photo provided)

Trees adorned with blue netting attractively light the way.
Trees adorned with blue netting attractively light the way.

Fittingly illuminated in red, white and blue, the Veterans Tree holds 339 stars in tribute to the college's service personnel.
Fittingly illuminated in red, white and blue, the Veterans Tree holds 339 stars in tribute to the college’s service personnel.

Red ribbons and glowing ornaments affirm, in typical General Services fashion, that even the smallest details matter.
Red ribbons and glowing ornaments affirm, in typical General Services fashion, that even the smallest details matter.

Happy Holidays from Penn College!
Happy Holidays from Penn College!