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08.18.2021

Challenge Course furthers skills ‘to make the world a better place’

Campuswide ingenuity and the generosity of a longtime supporter have produced the Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course at Penn College. Architecture and concrete science students; General Services personnel; and Rob Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science, played vital roles in developing and building the course. Brent and Daria Fish funded the project in honor of Brent’s father, William H. Fish, a respected businessman, community leader and friend of the college. A wide variety of student and industry groups will use the course to enhance problem-solving, leadership, teamwork and communication skills. “The purpose of a challenge course is to create structured, physical outdoor activities that draw people together,” Cooley explains in a video on the college’s YouTube channel. “It’s not me up at the whiteboard or me at the computer telling them what to do. It’s me presenting a challenge and stepping back. The collective effort is what solves the problem and creates the learning experience.”

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08.12.2021

College dedicates Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course

The Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course, the creation of which involved the same collaborative spirit that it will nurture in those who use it, was dedicated Aug. 11 on the wooded southcentral side of Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Challenge Course – a remarkable project funded by Brent and Daria Fish in memory of Brent’s father, William H. Fish – “will foster leadership and team-building skills for generations of students, faculty, alumni and industry partners,” said Loni N. Kline, vice president for college relations. Brent is president of Fish Real Estate, and Daria is head of corporate communications for OxiWear.

An interdisciplinary focus was reflected throughout the development and construction process, which involved the college’s General Services Department, architectural technology and concrete science classes, a helping of off-campus inspiration, and a picnic table donated by the Sigma Pi philanthropic fraternity.

The intricate design includes a bridge that honors the Fish family’s appreciation for the outdoors: stainless steel railings resembling fly-fishing rods, with hooks dangling from lines that drop to a dry creek bed below.

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08.07.2021

Alumni Achievement Award presented to human services grad

LaQuinn N. Thompson, a 2016 alumnus of Pennsylvania College of Technology, was honored with an Alumni Achievement Award at the college’s Summer 2021 Commencement ceremony at the Community Arts Center.

The Alumni Achievement Award is presented to a graduate of the past 10 years in recognition of noteworthy career accomplishments that demonstrate the importance of a Penn College education. Thompson, who was born and raised in York, earned a bachelor’s degree in applied human services from Penn College.

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07.24.2021

Magazine chronicles kayak outing’s ‘transformational impact’

Pennsylvania Angler & Boater magazineAn article in the July/August issue of Pennsylvania Angler & Boater features a field trip taken by Rob Cooley’s Outdoor Recreation as a Therapeutic Tool course during the spring semester. The class traveled to nearby Rose Valley Lake, accompanied by Lycoming College’s director of outdoor learning and education, for an enjoyable and insightful day of kayaking. Students making the trip were Colin G. Browne Jr., Cody R. Englehart, Brad S. Grenoble, Payge C. Hess, Kai K. Marshall, Krystle J. Richardson, Nicole M. Smulligan and Devon M. Wasson. Grenoble is an emergency management technology major; the others are enrolled in human services and restorative justice. The magazine piece was facilitated by Douglas M. Hess, manager of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s Benner Spring State Fish Hatchery in Centre County (and Payge Hess’ father). Included are a number of quotes about the day’s positive effects on members of the group, from enjoyment of local wildlife to the accent on their chosen field – such as this from Wasson: “There is something about just being on the water that is so calming to me and brings me that instant stress relief that everyone needs.”

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06.14.2021

Human services students highlight benefits of Pennsylvania Youth Survey

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students and their professor recently shared their expertise as part of Pennsylvania Prevention Week 2021, which encourages citizens across the commonwealth to recognize the importance of substance abuse prevention as a priority for public health.

In an 18-minute video, students Alexandria M. George and Cydney L. Ginter and faculty member Elizabeth E. Winder discussed “Utilizing the PAYS in Higher Education.” The PAYS (Pennsylvania Youth Survey) is a survey of sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th grade students that gathers insights into young people’s behavior, attitudes and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence.

“I routinely use this survey to help my students better understand data-driven decision making and to help them understand how to prescribe evidence-based programs based on targeted, community need,” said Winder, assistant professor of human services and restorative justice.

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05.06.2021

What’s going on ‘over there?’

A sneak peek at the site … with Cooley standing at the base of Draus’ ladder.
A sneak peek at the site … with Cooley standing at the base of Draus’ ladder.
A wide shot of the course’s space, south of the ATHS
A wide shot of the course’s space, south of the ATHS
Working on weatherproofing, Draus installs caps on the poles to prevent bees from nesting in them.
Working on weatherproofing, Draus installs caps on the poles to prevent bees from nesting in them.

Curious campus queries are answered here! The Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course is beginning to take shape on a lawn south of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. The resource will feature various physical components – from a tire traverse to walking platforms – that will be used for student orientation, Residence Life activities, Penn College summer camps, Workforce Development and corporate training events, and classes, including Outdoor Recreation as a Therapeutic Tool (HSJ330). Conceived by Rob Cooley, associate professor of anthropology and environmental science, the course is being built by Tony Draus, of EdVenture Builders, of Bloomsburg, a full-service adventure education company dedicated to enhancing life skills. Activities are designed to help students develop leadership and interpersonal communication skills, and enhance appreciation of their open-air surroundings. With the challenge course, donors Brent and Daria Fish are aligning their passions for business, education, marketing and the great outdoors, converting a collaborative concept into a campus experience. The gift has additional meaning to the Fish and Penn College families, as it is made in memory of Brent’s father, William H. “Bill” Fish, honoring the legacy of a man whose leadership and philanthropic spirit endures in the lives of those he served. A dedication is planned for this summer.

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04.09.2021

What is human services and restorative justice?

Instructor Sarah S. Moore tackles the most commonly asked questions about a career path that runs the gamut of options, from probation officer to working in foster care, in the latest Penn College Q&A video. “It’s a generalist degree. You’re looking at things from a multi-prong approach. It’s interdisciplinary and students have the ability to tailor that major based on their interest,” Moore explains. “Students often minor in areas of psychology, criminal justice or emergency management. Being able to do that helps the student to earn their degree, but yet be able to focus or specialize in an area that interests them.” In a brisk, informative four minutes, learn how you can inspire change and enrich the lives of others with a career in human services and restorative justice.

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03.25.2021

Gallery exhibit invites students’ personal reflection

“Second Nature,” the current exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College, is attracting educational interest from students and faculty, including psychology, sociology, English composition and art classes.

The most recent class to visit was Research Methods (SOC313), taught by Rob Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science, and Elizabeth E. Winder, assistant professor of human services.

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03.24.2021

Faculty alum tapped for captivating PSU podcast

Jennifer R. WahlLion Legacy PodcastA podcast sharing the compelling professional and personal journeys of Penn State alumni has engaged Jennifer R. Wahl, a Pennsylvania College of Technology social sciences instructor, in a wide-ranging conversation highlighting her teaching experiences and philosophies.

Wahl, who earned her Master of Education in educational leadership from Penn State in 2012, is featured on a recent 40-minute episode of the Lion Legacy Podcast. Found on all major platforms and at LionLegacyPodcast.com, the series is hosted by 2004 Penn State graduates Jared Melzer and Ross Weisbrot.

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02.22.2021

Educator presents at Penn State artificial intelligence conference

A Pennsylvania College of Technology social sciences instructor shared her expertise at a recent conference exploring current challenges in global education and the potential solutions offered by artificial intelligence.

Jennifer R. Wahl served as a topic leader at the online event – “Global Education, AI, and the Greater Good” – hosted by Nittany AI Alliance, a Penn State Outreach initiative focused on leveraging technologies to improve educational experiences. Attendees included educators, graduate students and industry leaders.

Wahl’s discussion explored how artificial intelligence could impact K-12 access to technology in rural areas and restorative justice.

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01.19.2021

Faculty member among presenters at Penn State event

Jennifer R. WahlA social sciences instructor at Penn College will be among the presenters at Friday’s Penn State Nittany Artificial Intelligence Alliance conference, “Global Education, AI and the Greater Good.” Jennifer R. Wahl, a faculty member in the college’s School of Business, Arts & Sciences – and Pennsylvania’s 2018 Teacher of the Year while at Loyalsock Township High School – will lead a discussion of studying and implementing solutions for career readiness, K–12 access to technology in rural areas, and restorative justice. Registration is free for the online event, to be held from 4-5:30 p.m.

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10.28.2020

Students engage in ‘Stewards of Children’ training

Empowering adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse is the goal of specialized training received recently by 20 students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s human services and restorative justice major.

Led by the organization, Darkness to Light, the training is called Stewards of Children and has been offered by the human services and restorative justice program as part of its commitment to provide one external professional development opportunity for its students each academic year.Read more

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05.27.2020

Students provide pandemic help through PA National Guard

Construction management student Mason E. Blethen and human services and restorative justice student Kristien T. Quintanilla are two of at least three Pennsylvania College of Technology students called to provide emergency support through the Pennsylvania National Guard during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quintanilla, of Jersey Shore, a combat medic in the Guard, was one of 18 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard who reported to the Broomall Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Delaware County to assist with staffing shortages. The group, a mix of military nurses and medics, provided routine care to non-acute patients beginning April 18.

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10.24.2019

Human services grad recounts roundabout road to job satisfaction

Alumna Kate Stepnick returned to campus Wednesday, sharing her circuitous journey from graduate to a rewarding position as camp director at an area facility for children with special needs.

“I absolutely loved being at Penn College and believe that my education prepared me for every single job that I have had over the last 12 years,” she told faculty prior to her visit. “It took me some time to find my passion, but I know that going into human services was the right career path for me.”

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10.24.2019

Restorative justice focus enhances Penn College academic major

Mirroring trends in the field of human services, Pennsylvania College of Technology has expanded its human services major to include significant emphasis on restorative justice. The major’s new name – human services and restorative justice – took effect this semester.

“This revision reflects changes in the field and represents our commitment to providing the most up-to-date, relevant and marketable degrees for our students,” said Craig A. Miller, department head of social services and humanities and associate professor of history/political science.

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