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Working World Comes a-Calling at Career Fair

With six Penn College degrees between them (most recently in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration last year), alumni Justin D. Iman (left) and Steven J. Kanaley interacted with potential co-workers for RAL Architecture + Design Inc.

More than 225 employers attended Tuesday’s Spring Career Fair, looking  to fill thousands of jobs and internships. Nearly half of the industry representatives on hand at the fair, held in Bardo Gym and the Field House, sported blue ribbons as proud Penn College alumni!

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Inspiring Speaker Champions Circuitous Route to Life’s Rewards

Attendees line a Bush Campus Center stairway for an "awesome" group photo.

Carol A. Lugg fronts a graphical representation of her decidedly roundabout career lifeline.

Colorful table accessories include bubble soap interactively incorporated by the speaker.

Guest Leslie M. Medina, a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major, joins in the fun.

A Penn's Inn crowd celebrates exemplary students.

Thirty-five Penn College students were honored Tuesday evening as the latest Awesome Women Exemplars during a reception in Penn’s Inn, sponsored by Campus & Community Engagement. The gathering featured a welcome and award presentations by Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement, and a keynote address by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of the School of Construction & Design Technologies. Lugg shared highlights from her personal life and professional career, and encouraged the audience to consider how various “spheres” of importance (family, academic life, career, hobbies, roles, etc.) travel in a nonlinear fashion throughout one’s lifetime, often influencing and intersecting in unexpected, yet beneficial ways. As an interactive activity, she encouraged guests to blow bubbles using miniature soap bottles she’d shared prior to her talk. The 12th annual AWE event also paid homage to March as National Women’s History Month.

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Campus Roundtable Brings Timely Topics Into Focus

Craig A. Miller (left), assistant professor of history and political science, facilitates the insightful conversation, along with Art L. Counterman, an instructor of electrical technology/occupations.

... encouraging engagement by students in Penn's Inn.

Penn College’s recurring roundtable turned to “The State of Trump’s America” this week, affording a Bush Campus Center audience the opportunity for civil discourse on matters related to the current White House administration. The Student Activities Office sponsors the series, which regularly encourages the campus community to dissect and discuss pressing and provocative issues of the day.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

WEB Delivers Magical ‘Harry Potter Night’

"The wand chooses the wizard" at Ollivander's shop, but, in Dauphin Hall, you can make your own ...

... along with a magical mug!

Madison P. Shrout, a graphic design major from Peterburg, donned Gryffindor garb to pose challenging Potter questions.

Attendees could choose from a variety of

Outside looking in, at the end of a wintry week

Twenty years after author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter, the literary juggernaut and the movies that it spawned continue to captivate millions – including the Penn College students who celebrated Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this past week in the Capitol Eatery. The Wildcat Events Board sponsored the activity-filled evening, which included novelties, trivia and candy reminiscent of the book series. Interested in helping to plan campus events? Email WEB!
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

‘Italian Pasticceria’ Sale Set for Wednesday

Say "Hello" to continental confections!

Cannoli among the day's featured desserts

Fresh fruit tarts are also on the menu.

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II’s Advanced Baking and Pastry Operations class will hold an “Italian Pasticceria” sale from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 29, in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Student managers for the sale are baking and pastry arts majors Crystal A. Calaman, of Dushore; Nathan Diaz and Alexis L. Kepley, of Reading; Alesha A. Dunlap, of Worthington; and Ally T. Monborne, of Williamsport. More details, including a product list and details/deadlines for ordering a specially decorated double-layer cake, follow: Italian Pasticceria

‘BYOC’ to the Field House This Saturday

Gamers fill the Field House for last year's event.

"BYOC 2017" to be held Saturday

Penn College’s Bring Your Own Computer 2017, “the biggest gaming event of the year,” will be held from noon to midnight Saturday, March 25, in the Field House. Hosted by a collaborative mix of gaming, technology and social clubs on campus – the Gamers’ Guild, the Association of Professional Programmers, the Game Development Club, the Association for Computing Machinery and the Information Security Association – BYOC provides 12 hours of gaming, friendly competition and socialization. Whether or not you have a gaming computer, a laptop or a console, everybody is invited to join the fun! More than 25 tournaments (including Super Smash Bros., Counter Strike: GO, Overwatch, Halo, Rocket League, League of Legends, Minecraft, Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, and many others) run all day, many of them requiring nothing more than gamers and their skill. The event will have food, door prizes and tournament prizes, and will be live-streamed by the Game Development Club on Twitch. Donations will benefit Child’s Play, a charity that provides toys and games to more than 100 hospitals worldwide. More information, including complete tournament schedules and prize lists, is available online.
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Tickets Available for Grammy Nominee’s Lycoming Concert

Mike Posner

Mike Posner and The Legendary Mike Posner Band will perform at Lycoming College’s Keiper Recreation Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Tickets – $15 for students and $20 for the general public – are available at the Bush Campus Center Information Desk. Posner first hit the scene in 2009 and, by 2010, released his first full-length album, “31 Minutes to Takeoff,” which includes the hits “Cooler than Me,” “Please Don’t Go” and “Bow Chicka Wow Wow.” Following that album, Posner toured with major artists (including Justin Bieber) and assisted in writing such songs as “Sugar” for Maroon 5. Posner has since released another full-length album, “At Night, Alone,” which features the chart-topper, “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.” The song made the Top 10 in 85 countries, held the No. 1 spot on the Top 40 for two weeks straight, was one of Spotify’s “Top 10 Most Streamed Songs of All Time,” and was Grammy-nominated for Song of the Year. The concert is sponsored by The Campus Activities Board of Lycoming College and Penn College. Students interested in volunteering should contact the Wildcat Events Board or Student Government Association; Penn College students can score free tickets by attending campus events or by downloading the PCT Events app and looking for push notifications for chances to win.

Asheville Artist’s Works on Exhibit at Penn College Gallery

Virginia Derryberry's “The Four Elements, ” oil on canvas, 96 x 54 inches

Large-scale photorealistic paintings in rich hues presented with luminous costume constructions are among the works exhibited with “Private Domain” in The Gallery at Penn College from March 14 through April 20.

Showcasing the creations of Virginia Derryberry, the exhibit will feature a closing reception on Thursday, April 20, with a Meet the Artist Reception set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., including an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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‘Transition Conference’ Eases Teens’ Postgraduate Concerns

A Klump Academic Center Auditorium audience hears from keynoter Melissa A. Wilson ...

... who is attending Lock Haven University for a master's in health care management, with a goal of employment as a nursing home administrator.

A prescription for "Financial Health" is shared by Dana R. Suter, coordinator of part-time student employment and career programming, among the presenters for informative breakout sessions.

Conference participants are led on a campus tour by Sarah R. Shott, coordinator of admissions operations.

Chet Beaver, financial aid specialist, veterans services, discussed military options.

Nearly 50 11th-graders from five Lycoming County school districts attended Wednesday’s Transition Conference, hosted by Penn College’s Disability Services Office.  The well-received event allowed the juniors to explore training, employment, community living and other options after graduation. The keynote speaker was college alumna Melissa A. Wilson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in applied health studies in May. Wilson, who was also awarded the Board of Directors’ Award “for achievement under exceptional conditions,” shared her powerful story of perseverance after the near-fatal July 2007 traffic accident that left her paralyzed. Popular sessions included “Financial Health: Managing Money, Reducing Debt and Making Wise Choices,” and attendees were also given a campus tour.  Kay A. Dunkleberger, director of disability services, said 84 percent of participants felt the conference reduced their concerns and questions about life after high school.  The survey also showed that the students were interested in military service, higher education and postsecondary training. The conference, which included presentations by college staff and outside agencies, was co-organized by Dunkleberger and Lauren J. Crouse, an applied human services senior interning with Disability Services.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

STEM Challenge ‘K’Nex’ Playful Creation to Tomorrow’s Workplace

Judges talk with the tie-dyed architects of "Totally Turbular."

Inventive pirates show off their "Black Marlin" amusement-park ride.

Paul R. Watson II (in blue shirt at right background), Penn College’s dean of academic services and college transitions, helps judge the day's impressive entries.

Anxiously and eagerly, a team awaits assessment of its towering achievement.

A cornucopia of color accompanies the dizzying blur of young minds at work.

The Penn College Field House was the venue for BLaST Intermediate Unit 17’s STEM Design Challenge, which tasked each middle-school team with creating an environmentally friendly amusement park using K’Nex building sets. Thursday’s event featured 26 teams from 12 school districts within IU 17’s coverage area (Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties), all demonstrating innovation and skill that make them attractive to future employers. The teams’ projects were judged on design, journaling, blueprints, teamwork, creativity and presentation to the judges. First-place teams advance to state competition, scheduled for May 19 at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Get a Jump on Your Future at Penn College’s April 1 Open House

The modern Pennsylvania College of Technology campus will host prospective students and their families for an Open House on Saturday, April 1, during which visitors can explore 100-plus academic majors in a variety of career fields.

For more than 100 years, Pennsylvania College of Technology and its predecessors have tailored their curricular offerings to students’ dreams and employers’ needs. That responsiveness to businesses and their future employees – and the flexibility to foresee tomorrow’s jobs – will be on ample display at the college’s April 1 Open House.

All of the institution’s newest opportunities, as well as the rewarding careers in time-tested fields, will be available to visitors at the college.

“Open House is such a great opportunity for students and their families to experience what makes Penn College such a unique place to learn,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events and services. “Through countless activities, prospective students will get an insider’s glimpse of life as a Penn College student.”

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Pluses, Pitfalls of Social Media Among Pointers Shared With Visiting Students

"Would you want your grandmother to see it?" is a good rule of thumb when posting to social media! Anna C. Miller (left), marketing and communications specialist for the School of Business & Hospitality; and Tammy M. Rich, assistant professor of business administration/management/event management, shared valuable pointers shaped by the Internet's pros and cons.

Students raise their hands to indicate their substantial presence on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter during a discussion of the permanence of online words and images.

About 250 students and advisers from 14 area schools attended the 27th annual Students Against Destructive Decisions regional conference Tuesday in Penn College’s Field House. Among the topical presentations at the daylong conference: Two mothers shared their uniquely personal story of how a driver’s destructive decision changed their lives; a young woman discussed her journey from eating disorder to recovery; Penn College co-workers walked their audience through “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” of social media; and a counselor assistant shared his heartfelt story of addiction. The students – who represented schools in Lycoming, Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga counties – participated in icebreaker activities and giveaways, and enjoyed lunch during their stay.

Presenter Turns Audience’s Collective Eye to Imagery’s Implication

The evening's guest is introduced by Mark D. Noe, professor of English-composition, who became acquainted with McCauley through a book-group discussion of his “Why Religion Is Natural and Science Is Not."

McCauley listens to opening remarks alongside Wendy A. Miller, director of academic operations, and Chris E. Miller, chief of police and director of campus safety, who both would later preside over the Q&A session.

Weaving personal observation and philosophical thought – and invoking such disparate sources as cultural critic Neil Postman, Walt Disney and quasi-celebrity Lindsay Lohan – McCauley enthralls the crowd.

Students, employees and the general public soak up the stimulating talk in the ACC Auditorium.

The speaker animatedly differentiates between a basic skill like learning to walk and the specialized accomplishment of mastering literacy.

The perilous pervasiveness of visual information formed the foundation for the third installment of the 2016-17 Technology & Society Colloquia Series, featuring Robert N. McCauley’s presentation of “A General Assertion Is Worth Innumerable Pictures.” In a challenging and fascinating 90 minutes that drew distinctions between maturational development (walking and talking) and “practiced naturalness” (reading and writing), the Emory University professor followed the societal consequences of visual stimuli from the proliferation of the printing press to the even-more-explosive availability and accessibility of digital media. “These kinds of technologies … change human interest, the things we think about – advertisers, web designers, TV folks know what images grab your attention and, therefore, what things will dominate your thought – and they also alter the character of human community, the context in which our thoughts take shape,” he said. “The increasing acquisition of information by means of the electronic transmission of images may be undoing familiar aspects of human community, human thought and, finally, I think, even human identity … that merit our attention and considered response, both individually and collectively.” The next Colloquium will be at 7 p.m.  Tuesday, April 4: “Cyberattacks: The Weapon of Choice of Criminals, Terrorists and Spies,” featuring part-time accounting instructor William E. Ebersole. McCauley’s Feb. 7 lecture, which was followed by a Brown Bag Luncheon in College Avenue Labs the following day, has been added to the Penn College YouTube channel.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Hollywood-Themed ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’ Held in PDC

Cast members riotously play their parts ...

... and interact with dinner patrons enlisted to help get to the heart of the mystery.

Cydney L. Ginter, a legal assistant/paralegal major from Altoona – assuming a "Princess Leia" persona for the event – takes part in a spirited "Rock, Paper, Scissors" duel.

Ditchfield (background), instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, and students from the School of Business & Hospitality

April R. and Stephen A. Manley, sporting name tags identifying them as Betty Boop and Christopher Walken, decipher clues at the table. (Stephen is the executive chef at the college's Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.)

The Penn College community recently joined the Student Activities Office for “Lights! Camera! Murder!” a Hollywood whodunit in the Thompson Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room. Attendees of the mystery dinner, many of them adopting celebrity or character aliases for the evening, were called upon to navigate an intricate web of deception and crack the red-carpet killing. To supplement the crime-solving fun, Chef Michael J. Ditchfield and his catering students from the School of Business & Hospitality put together a movie-themed menu that included “Pirates of the Caribbean Shrimp Salad,” Chicken Oscar and “50 Shades Chocolate Decadence Cake.”
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Do You Know a Child? Grab a Book and Read to Them Today!

"Green Eggs and Ham" are greeted with enthusiasm at the Children's Learning Center ...

... where "Kitchen Karen" gets rave reviews for her culinary prowess.

To add to the fun of the day, the children and staff wore crazy socks.

Youngsters at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday Thursday by enjoying an appropriate morning snack after hearing one of the author’s more famous works. The children showed their appreciation to aide Karen L. Fischer with a cheer, “Hooray for Kitchen Karen and green eggs and ham!” The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day is a celebration of literacy held annually on March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday.
Photos by Barbara J. Albert, Children’s Learning Center director, and Sonya K. Kellogg, group leader