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Common Goals Affirmed for College’s K-12 Partners

K-12 educators gain appreciation of their collaborative role in preparing students for higher education and the rewarding careers beyond.Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted nearly 100 K-12 educators Friday to talk about technology education, the skills gap in the U.S. workforce and how they can work together to help students transition from high school to college.

The educators – many of whom are school counselors and administrators – traveled from as far away as Erie, Pittsburgh and Chester County.

“We have a dual purpose of introducing educators to our campus and programs and helping them understand the importance of applied technology,” said Tanya Berfield, manager of college transitions at Penn College. “We want to help fill the gaps in administrative professional development and hit the hot topics that are important in their world.”

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Penn College’s Fall Food Show Slated for Dec. 1

A dessert prepared by R. Colby Janowitz received first prize in its category at Penn College’s Spring 2017 Food Show. Students will again display their works for the public at the Fall 2017 Food Show on Dec. 1 in the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center.

Feast your eyes on the artistic final projects of students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s baking and pastry and culinary arts majors on Dec. 1 at the college’s Fall Food Show.

The event, open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center, will feature a display of eye-pleasing, student-made desserts, hors d’oeuvre trays, chocolate sculptures and more, along with interactive tastings through 1 p.m.

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Reception Officially Opens Engaging, Evocative Gallery Exhibit

Entering “The Spaces Between”

“Rabbit Dreams” explores a tale of Johnson’s son and a bunny.

A large crowd listens intently as the artist speaks.

Johnson discusses artistic endeavors, including manipulating light.

A student, attending the event for a class, leans into contemplation and note taking.

The Gallery at Penn College filled with about 100 eager art enthusiasts Thursday night for the Meet the Artist Reception for “The Spaces Between.” Artist Melanie Johnson traveled from the Kansas City, Missouri, area to discuss her creative process and offer insights into the psychological narratives and personal iconography she explores in her work. Johnson’s large-scale figurative drawings and paintings – created not in a studio, but outdoors – attempt to engage viewers in “unflinchingly candid” representations of everyday moments, conversations and tales. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 7.  The Gallery at Penn College is open 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. It is closed on Saturdays and Mondays, and will be closed Nov. 22-26.

‘Open Floor’ Helps Students Traverse Conversational Minefield

John D. Maize, instructor of speech communication/composition, focuses on finding common ground among the people with whom we communicate ...

... and Craig A. Miller, associate professor of history/political science, encourages empathy and understanding in assessing others' differences of opinion.

Attentive students add to their intellectual toolbox before breaking into one-on-one to practice what they've learned.

With the event organizer visible at left background, aviation students Kerry K. Loeb (left), of Glen Mills, and Samuel J. Pham, of Camp Hill – another of the Penn College's CPEs – turn a discussion prompt into meaningful interaction.

“The Open Floor,” planned by Community Peer Educator Tia G. La to foster respectful discussion – even when parties’ opinions diverge – was held this week in the Thompson Professional Development Center. Two Penn College faculty members began Tuesday’s event with a half-hour primer on open communication, then students were paired in a “speed round” of conversations addressing such contentious topics as the Confederate flag, all-gender restrooms and immigration. “The ultimate goal of the event is to empower students and equip them with some of the skills they need in order to make the connections that are so necessary for creating an intellectually diverse and open campus,” said La, a pre-physician assistant major from Guam and a CPE in the diversity and campus/community engagement core group. “This event really targets the heart of what we’re trying to do: encourage students to become more well-rounded individuals, promote the college as a place for personal growth, and get students talking and interacting with one another.” The evening concluded with a debriefing, in which students reflected on how intimidating some conversations can be … and shared their triumphs and revelations in persevering through the difficulties.
– Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Grads-to-Be Keep Calm, Take Care of Business

Ready to put their nursing degrees to work are (from left) Alayna R. Bertothy, of Philipsburg; Danielle N. Dent, of Bloomsburg; Francesca B. Monse, of Selinsgrove; and Luke M. Spang, of Palmyra.

One month from their procession from students to alumni, December's commencement candidates line up in The College Store.

Wildcat outfielder Dylan M. Scaringi (left), of Coatesville, and teammate Evan A Vigna, a first baseman from McAdoo, get a pre-commencement boost from a familiar friend.

Tassels – with no hassles! – await soon-to-be-grads.

Nicholas Brock Santalucia, a health information management major from Williamsport, picks up his academic regalia – and earns an endorsement from the college mascot.

The College Store was filled with imminent alumni on Tuesday afternoon as it hosted a Grad Finale for students who have petitioned to walk across the Community Arts Center stage on Dec. 16. Commencement tickets, caps and gowns, and “all the information you need to enter the world after graduation” were conveniently available under one roof.
– Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Hundreds Enjoy Dining Services’ Sumptuous Spread

Friends break bread, before breaking ranks for a holiday at home.

Dining Services workers Sara B. Bernier (left) and Alanna J. Winner add their trademark smiles to customer service.

Laura M. Machak, college transitions specialist, brings along some young muscle to cart the carryout.

Among the night's patrons are pre-nursing students Donna M. Rania (left), of Coal Township, and Megan E. Grinaway, of Shamokin.

Nearly 400 students and employees were served at Dining Services’ fourth annual Thanksgiving Dinner, held Tuesday evening in the Keystone Dining Room. The family-friendly meal (available for dining in or takeout) included turkey, filling, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and a dessert table.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Kansas City-Based Artist Exhibits Drawings, Paintings at Gallery

Melanie Johnson's “Wild Domestic,” charcoal on arches, 72 inches by 144 inches

“The Spaces Between,” an exhibit of large-scale figurative drawings and paintings by Kansas City-based artist Melanie Johnson, is on display Oct. 27 through Dec. 7 at The Gallery at Penn College.

A Meet the Artist Reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. The gathering and exhibit are open and free of charge to the public.

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College Dedicates Comprehensive Resource for Student Veterans

Placing the colors in the lobby of Penn College’s Student & Administrative Services Center – home to the Major General Fred F. Marty, USA Retired, Veterans and Military Resource Center – are (from left) President Davie Jane Gilmour; Teagan Marty, wearing her grandfather’s dog tags; ROTC Cadet Austin S. Weinrich, a residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration student from Jenkintown; state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the college’s board of directors; and Maj. Gen. Marty’s son, Patrick, vice president for college relations.

Pennsylvania College of Technology dedicated its Veterans & Military Resource Center on Nov. 10, choosing a solemn weekend of remembrance to invoke the memory of an impressive “fellow soldier.”

Named the Major General Fred F. Marty, USA Retired, Veterans and Military Resource Center – and made possible through the generosity of Marty’s son, Patrick, and family – the facility will provide a site for veteran and active-duty students to gather, collaborate, study and discuss their military benefits with campus mentors.

“For over 100 years, this institution’s focus on applied technology education has been synonymous with a commitment to veterans,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said. “A commitment to providing access to educational opportunities for veterans is woven into the very fabric of Penn College and its predecessors.”

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‘STEM Day’ Offers Firsthand Look at College’s Stature

Alumnus Derek F. Knipe, a manufacturing engineer at PMF Industries in Williamsport, gets a Wildcat welcome back to campus.

More than 60 students and faculty from North Penn High School, Williamsport Area High School and Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School visited Penn College during a recent STEM Day program.  The Nov. 8 “Changing the World With STEM” observance included alumni speaker Derek F. Knipe, a 2005 manufacturing engineering technology graduate employed at PMF Industries on Reach Road.  Organizers had help from faculty and students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Among those sharing their experiences with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) were Rylee A. Butler, an engineering design technology major from Bellefonte; Connor L. Winslow, of Blanchard, enrolled in information technology sciences-gaming and simulation; heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology students Thomas E. “Ted” Daros Jr., of North Salem, New York, and Barry P. “Pat” Watkins, of Blossburg, and Bradley Q. Kishbaugh, instructor of HVAC technology; Jordan M. Scott, of Cogan Station, and Kachine L. Fry, of Butler, both majoring in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; and Jacob Giraffa, a mechantronics engineering technology student. The high school students were able to see firsthand the technology with which Penn College students regularly work in their classes; robotics, mechatronics and 3-D printing demonstrations were provided. Manufacturing engineering technology major Logan B. Goodhart from the Baja SAE Club showed off the Baja car and what the club is working on, while visitors to the Engineering Design Technology Workshop drove robots into mock combat.

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Dining Services Honors Veterans’ Commitment to Freedom

A "thank you" wall provides a forum for gratitude, and a staff-knitted blanket is among the door prizes on display.

Chet Beaver (left), an Army veteran and financial aid specialist, shares his experiences with Brandon R. Belack (center), a civil engineering technology major from Halifax, and others during dinner.

Patriotic bunting adorns the serving line.

As in other dining units across campus, an “empty table” symbolizes those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

A Veterans Day Celebration Dinner, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in CC Commons, allowed the campus community to recognize servicemen and women in the Penn College family. The evening’s “all-American menu” featured chicken wings and crab legs, attendees were afforded the opportunity to show their appreciation, and those with military ID were eligible for giveaways.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

A Healthy, Hoop-y Kind of ‘Madness’

The men's team gathers at midcourt for introductions.

The new mascot joins fans in the stands.

High-flying artistry in the dunk competition, won by Wildcat shooting guard James Bullock, of Philadelphia

Guard Maddie Wenk, of Biglerville, aims for a crowd-pleaser.

The Wildcat Dance Team adds energy and enthusiasm.

Penn College hosted its annual Wildcat Madness on Thursday night, a tip-off to the first basketball season as a full member of NCAA Division III.  Highlighting the Bardo Gym event were free food, fan-friendly entertainment, souvenirs, skills challenges (including a shootout, 3-point contest and dunk competition), and the opportunity to meet the men’s and women’s squads before their Wednesday openers.
Photos by James “J.J.” Boettcher, student photographer

Getting Up to Speed, Down to Business

Mark A. Ciavarella, associate professor of business administration/management, talks with students about their business ideas.

Ciaveralla shows students how to analyze their competition.

Hundreds of area high school students packed into Penn’s Inn on Wednesday to sharpen their entrepreneurial acumen. The students are participating in the Pennsylvania Entrepreneurship Challenge, a project of the World Council on Financial Literacy. At the event, Mark A. Ciavarella, associate professor of business administration/management at Penn College, and Tim Keohane, director of the small business development center at Lock Haven University, took students – who arrived with a business idea – through the steps of developing a business plan, from explaining the need their business will meet, through analyzing the competition, identifying their target market, and estimating their start-up costs and profits. After a three-hour session that alternated large-group instruction with work time, the students returned to their schools with skills to write their business plans and enter the Pennsylvania Entrepreneurship Challenge competition. The event was organized by Carolyn Shirk, vice president of World Council on Financial Literacy.

Penn College Hosting ‘S.W.O.R.D. Fights’

Robots like these from a previous competition will vie for honors again when the Penn College Student Wildcats of Robotic Design club hosts “Fall 2017 S.W.O.R.D Fights,” beginning at 8 a.m. Nov. 18 in the college’s Field House.

Robots will duel for supremacy at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Student Wildcats of Robotic Design club is hosting “Fall 2017 S.W.O.R.D Fights,” beginning at 8 a.m. on Nov. 18 in the college’s Field House. The event requires participants to design, fabricate and test robots before “fighting” in either 1-pound or 3-pound weight categories.

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Unified Gamers Raise Hundreds of Dollars for Children’s Charity

Co-host Bradley M. Kozuch gives a "two-thumbs-up" review to Saturday's proceedings ...

... in which three distinct groups of gamers indulged their singular passion in the service of medical care for children.

The Game Development Club hosted a 24-hour, live-stream broadcast from the Bush Campus Center TV Lounge on Saturday to raise money for charity through the Extra Life organization. According to the group’s website, “Extra Life unites thousands of gamers around the world to play … in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for sick and injured kids.” Throughout the stream, numerous Penn College students played video and tabletop games for charity. Information technology science-gaming and simulation majors Timothy M. Kainzbauer, of Mifflinburg, and Bradley M. Kozuch, of Lansford, planned, managed and hosted the stream with helpful contributions from other members of the Game Development Club, as well as students from the Gamers’ Guild and League of Legends Club. Joining forces for a singular cause, the campus gamers raised a total of $437 for the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. Online donations are still being accepted toward the $1,000 goal.
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Carve Out Some Room; Halloween Leftovers Ahead!

From the literally corny to the shivery bone-chilling, who doesn't relish dressing for dinner?

As anyone on either side of the Halloween give-and-take knows, the goodies can last for days (if not months!) after the trick-or-treat bags are emptied. So it is with PCToday’s campuswide correspondents, who provided some sweet souvenirs to carry the “eye candy” into November. On Tuesday, two sections of Technical Drawing & Detailing (CCD 103/104) held their fourth annual Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest. The 35 students, most of them enrolled in the engineering design technology major, used SolidWorks Software to create virtual jack-‘o-lanterns using skills and techniques that they have acquired since the start of the semester. In addition, a number of college employees marked the day in costume, and Tuesday evening saw the return of another tradition – the Halloween Boofet in the Capitol Eatery.

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