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Students Lend Hand in Choral Accompaniment

Michael J. Connor, the Williamsport Civic Chorus' music director, welcomes concertgoers to the ACC.

Among student volunteers at the concert is Jake C. Forelli, of Damascus, an engineering design technology major who serves on the MLK executive board.

Making a joyful noise, under Leach's guest direction

Minorities Lending Knowledge assisted at Sunday’s Williamsport Civic Chorus concert in the Klump Academic Center, co-sponsored by Penn College in observance of Black History Month. Members of the student group handed out programs and ushered for the performance, which featured a selection of “American Spirituals.” The community chorus was joined by Anthony T. Leach and the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers from Penn State. WCC member Deb A. Buckman, an assistant professor of chemistry/environmental science, helped coordinate the partnership with Campus & Community Engagement; other Penn College employees in the chorus are Barbara J. Albert, director of the Dunham Children’s Learning Center, and Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing.
Photos by James J. “J.J.” Boettcher, student photographer

Near and Dear

And who wouldn't want a valentine from this hirsute suitor?

Cupid’s arrow whizzed through the heart of campus during Valentine’s Day week, bringing a warm supply of affection and attention to a variety of activities: a girls’ night out in the Thompson Professional Development Center, a holiday-themed buffet in Capitol Eatery and a women’s basketball game in Bardo Gym that spotlighted the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. The “Galentine’s Day” slumber party on Tuesday included delicious snacks from Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, crafts, games, prizes and priceless camaraderie. “It seemed like everyone had a lot of fun and enjoyed having a space just for women to hang out,” said Community Peer Educator Nina L. Walk, who co-organized the PDC event with Resident Assistant Bryonna A. Aldubayan. “It was so great seeing these two students work so hard to create a really fun event that focused on positive female friendship,” added Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist. From 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dining Services presented a Valentine’s Buffet that featured such mouth-watering treats as grilled steak, pasta with vodka sauce and salted caramel mousse. Valentine’s Day wrapped up with a “Pink Out” game for breast cancer awareness, with colorfully clad hoops fans sharing their admiration and advocacy.

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Market Vendors Offer ‘Sweetheart Deals’

Shoppers survey wares in the Campus Center lobby.

"Meditation cushions" colorfully pose a soft-sell for customers' contemplation.

With steady hand and steely-eyed focus, Dining Services' Alyssa L. Fink, assistant baker, displays her cake-decorating skills.

Literal love letters set a warm tone in the CC.

Handmade housewares, inexpensive and invaluable!

Dining Services’ popular Artisan Market series returned with a tempting pre-Valentine’s Day medley this week, filling the Bush Campus Center entryway with offerings from more than a dozen local and Penn College craftsfolk. For three hours on Monday evening, browsers and buyers alike could check out baked goods, woodcraft, jewelry, soaps and other handiwork of local practitioners. The market will return to the CC from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4.
Photos by James J. “J.J.” Boettcher, student photographer

Feb. 15 Festival to Excite Young Minds About Science, Careers

A Science Festival, featuring fun, hands-on activities geared to elementary- and middle-school students and their families, is slated for Thursday, Feb 15, in the Pennsylvania College of Technology Field House.

The event, scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m., is offered free to the community by Penn College and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

The Field House will be filled with hands-on activities presented by local organizations that include businesses, high school students, college faculty and students, the Society of Plastics Engineers’ PlastiVan, and the Carnegie Science Center, of Pittsburgh. The event is intended to make learning fun and to stimulate children’s interest in math, science, and exciting careers in related fields.

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CAC Reception Honors Key Donors’ Pledge to Student Success

Under a Wildcat Blue glow in the Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge, donors gather prior to the Hollywood special effects show, Hollywood SFX.

Ryan Monteleone, an information assurance and cyber security student who thanked the crowd for their support of students, receives congratulations from William G. Knecht for a job well done – and a new job awaiting him at Pfizer Inc., near King of Prussia. Knecht backs the William G. and Marie E. Knecht Scholarship.

Two luminaries in the college’s graphic arts curricula reunite at the gathering: Dale A. Metzker (left), retired graphic communications faculty and 2002 Master Teacher, and Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design.

Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement, chats with Walter and Brenda Klocko, members of The Pillar Society. Walter is a 1957 graduate of Williamsport Technical Institute.

Donald J. Luke (left), director of facilities operations and a loyal supporter of the Penn College Fund, enjoys conversation with Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

The financial commitment to Pensylvania College of Technology students by two donor groups – The 1914 Society and The Pillar Society – was recognized at a preshow reception in the Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge on Thursday evening.

The 1914 Society recognizes individuals and families who annually make gifts of $1,000 or more to the college; The Pillar Society comprises individuals who have named the college or the Penn College Foundation as a beneficiary of a planned gift.

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New Event Evokes Nostalgia Through Child’s Play

A tent village takes shape on the CC's second floor.

A wonderfully well-received addition to the Wildcat Events Board’s lineup of campus happenings – a Blanket Fort Competition that transported students back to their childhood comfort zones – was held Friday evening in the Bush Campus Center. Proposed by student Cassandra D. Henderson and brainstormed by WEB’s Special Events Team, which was searching for easy-to-deliver activities that wouldn’t break the bank, the contest challenged student participants to construct cozy hideaways in Penn’s Inn. And, once participants were hunkered down for a few hours, they were treated to free food and a showing of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (featuring filmdom’s utmost proponent of leisurely living). “The 13 students that participated brought arms full of blankets and were able to create very unique forts,” WEB’s Patrick C. Ferguson said. “When students weren’t working on their forts, they were conversing and laughing with one another with mouths full of ‘walking tacos.'”

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Learning Center Helps Families Become Kindergarten-Ready

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center hosted an information session Thursday for families whose children will enter kindergarten in August.

Barbara J. Albert, director, and Linda S. Dellaquila, group leader, shared tips for making a smooth transition and provided families with the dates and registration requirements of all school districts in Lycoming County.

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‘Yell(ow) It Out’ Turns Hoops Doubleheader Into Life-Affirming Event

A midcourt gathering honors lost lives while espousing hope and well-being.

The past week’s “Yell(ow) It Out” basketball games against Wells College gave the Penn College community an opportunity to watch its NCAA Division III Wildcats in action while engaging in discussion of suicide prevention. Faculty/staff and students at Wednesday’s doubleheader sported yellow ribbons purchased in observance of hope and awareness, with proceeds benefiting the Lycoming County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call Counseling Services at 570-327-4765 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Making Friends on a (More Than) Three-Dog Night

Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director of Dining Services, brought along Lily, her daughter's Yorkshire terrier.

​Employees’ canine buddies joined Student Affairs on Monday evening in welcoming students back to campus during a “Hot Dog, You’re Back!” event in the Field House. A fall tradition for nearly a decade, which was added to the spring calendar for the first time this year, the gathering provides homesick students the opportunity to connect with friendly faculty/staff, helpful campus support services … and, of course, dogs! Held indoors for the comfort and well-being of humans and pooches alike, the evening included hot dog-shaped sugar cookies prepared by Dining Services.

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Gallery’s First National Juried Exhibition Offers Plenty to Ponder

“Books Undone” opens eyes to the artistry of altered books.

An atmosphere of awe, delight and curiosity filled The Gallery at Penn College on Thursday evening for the opening reception of “Books Undone: The Art of Altered Books,” the gallery’s first-ever national juried exhibition. A large crowd enjoyed perusing the imaginative creations, listening to an artist’s talk, and celebrating the pieces honored with prizes.

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Living MLK’s Dream, Partners Find ‘Unity’ in ‘Community’

While the weather prompted a last-minute change in the route, marchers' enthusiasm was warmer than ever.

Dream Week, in which Penn College and its community collaborators practice the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr., featured a number of events designed to effect positive change on campus and beyond. In a week that included some winter curveballs, the community spirit shone through in such activities as a Peace Walk, rally and service projects at local nonprofits; and an appearance by Herman Boone, the former Virginia football coach portrayed by Denzel Washington in “Remember the Titans.”

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News Coverage Features Ex-Coach’s Talk of Inspiration, Integration

Eyewitness News on campusEyewitness News’ Kelly Choate attended Thursday’s “Dream Week” address by Herman Boone, the motivational former Virginia high school football coach portrayed by Denzel Washington in “Remember the Titans.” Boone, who led an integrated team to an undefeated season and a state title in 1971, spoke in Penn College’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium. “These young men taught the world how to overcome the fear of diversity,” he said of his players. “And they taught us to accept the soul of an individual, rather than to reject any individual based on the color of their skin.” Choate’s report – which included comments by baking and pastry arts student Cynthia R. Setzer, of Port Allegany – will be part of the NBC affiliate’s Black History Month coverage in February. The well-attended speech was also covered by Williamsport Sun-Gazette reporter Devin Bierly, whose article was published on the front page of Friday’s sports section. Watch PCToday for more from this week’s commemoration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King.

Newscasts Air Segments on MLK Events

Network affiliates covered the local Martin Luther King Jr. observance, which included a Penn College-hosted Peace Walk and rally, as well as service projects at local nonprofits. The reports, prepared by Newswatch 16’s Kristina Papa and Eyewitness News’ Morgan Parrish, aired at various times on Monday, calling attention to the civic spirit of the campus community.

‘Old Books/New Lives’ Treats Discards With Distinction

Reborn into "The Butterfly Book," this work by Yousef I. Asiri provides an apt example of metamorphosis. Asiri, of Saudi Arabia, is a plastics and polymer engineering technology student.

The first floor of Madigan Library is overflowing with imaginative creations by Pennsylvania College of Technology students: “Old Books/New Lives: The Art of Upcycling,” an exhibit of “novel” artwork, is on display through Feb. 28.

The library and The Gallery at Penn College invited students, faculty and staff to upcycle a selection of old books into creative art objects. The result is a presentation of more than 50 inventive pieces.

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Financial Aid Office Offering FAFSA Completion Session

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering its resources to help current college students, prospective students and families complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The college is hosting a free FAFSA completion session on its main campus for staff to assist with the online application. The FAFSA is required by colleges and universities to determine student eligibility for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships.

The session is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in room 1049 of the college’s Student & Administrative Services Center. Students attending or planning to enroll at any college or university are invited. Students who are 23 or younger should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Pennsylvania College of Technology is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University