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Grammy-winning, genre-smashing quartet to visit Williamsport

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones will bring their Grammy Award-winning talents to the Community Arts Center stage in Williamsport on Tuesday, March 24. (Photo by Jim McGuire)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Béla Fleck canceled his spring tour due to the worldwide coronavirus crisis, with makeup dates yet to be determined.)

Groundbreaking, Grammy-winning quartet Béla Fleck & The Flecktones is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an extended tour that will stop by the Community Arts Center on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m.

With an impossible-to-pigeonhole sound, the innovative quartet blends a range of genres from classical and jazz to bluegrass, and African music to electric blues and Eastern European folk. Led by Fleck, who has been described by many as the world’s premier banjo player, the group enjoys a fervent fan following around the world and has played with equally excellent musicians the likes of Dave Matthews, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt and Sam Bush.

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March 9, 2020
Events Faculty & Staff Students

I spy something awry

A cast of true characters

The Oxymorons improv troupe recently returned to campus for an espionage-tinged Murder Mystery Dinner in the Mountain Laurel Room of Penn College’s Thompson Professional Development Center. “Leap of Fate,” a fittingly named Student Engagement event held on February’s quadrennial extra day, involved a cadre of cutthroat spies clawing to the pinnacle of their profession. Chef Michael J. Ditchfield and three of his culinary arts technology students (Jacob G. Clarke, of Wilmington, Delaware; Keowa M. Clemens, of York; and Kaitlyn M. June, of Muncy) prepared this year’s winning menu of dishes named for principals in the evening’s shenanigans.

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College Transitions Events Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Plastics & Polymer

PlastiVan’s playful outreach benefits dual-enrollment students

SPE PlastiVan educator Elizabeth Egan shows a model of a polymer – a molecule with many parts bonded together.
SPE PlastiVan educator Elizabeth Egan shows a model of a polymer – a molecule with many parts bonded together.
Students from Upper Dauphin Area High School use their fingers to mix glue and borax, creating a fun putty. The fingers were essential to provide heat for the endothermic chemical reaction.
Students from Upper Dauphin Area High School use their fingers to mix glue and borax, creating a fun putty. The fingers were essential to provide heat for the endothermic chemical reaction.
High schoolers add oil to water to test a plastic material used to absorb real oil spills in lakes and oceans.
High schoolers add oil to water to test a plastic material used to absorb real oil spills in lakes and oceans.
Taking advantage of their chemical knowledge, students stick a skewer through a balloon – with the help of lotion to make the skewer slip between the molecules in the latex without popping the balloon.
Taking advantage of their chemical knowledge, students stick a skewer through a balloon – with the help of lotion to make the skewer slip between the molecules in the latex without popping the balloon.

SEKISUI SPI, a Bloomsburg-based thermoplastics company, sponsored three days of opportunity for young learners to experiment with polymers via a visit from the Society of Plastics Engineers’ PlastiVan. PlastiVan educator Elizabeth Egan talked with Penn College NOW students from seven high schools who visited over two days. Penn College NOW is the college’s nationally accredited dual-enrollment program, which provides Penn College classes to high school students in their schools, where they receive both high school and college credit for the courses. While on campus, Egan taught the high school students about the history, chemistry and uses of plastic through fun experiments. The students also toured the college’s plastics education facilities, where they interacted with faculty and students, and the campus. The PlastiVan also spent a day at the annual Science Festival on campus Wednesday.

March 6, 2020
Events

Dallas String Quartet bringing eclectic repertoire to CAC

The Dallas String Quartet, which adds to the traditional complement with guitar and percussion, will perform at Williamsport’s Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the global coronavirus outbreak, the March 19 performance was tentatively rescheduled for Oct. 2.)

The Dallas String Quartet will deliver its passionate fusion of classical and contemporary music to the Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19.

Described by The Wall Street Journal as “not your grandmother’s string quartet,” DSQ has sold out high-profile venues, symphony halls and blues havens alike, and played alongside such artists as Josh Groban, Chicago and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It has performed for Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, the college football playoffs, and NBA and NFL organizations, and continues to expand its following on Pandora, Spotify and Sirius XM radio.

The quartet comprises composer/violinist Ion Zanca, violinists Eleanor Dunbar and Melissa Priller, and bassist Young Heo, with full accompaniment by guitarist Anthony Plant and percussionist Efren Guzman.

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March 5, 2020
Dining Services Events

A taste of the future

Watch for Peach Farro in CC Commons.
Watch for Peach Farro in CC Commons.
Ramen Noodles with Gochujang Beef and Sweet & Sour Tempura Chicken is headed for the Capitol Eatery menu.
Ramen Noodles with Gochujang Beef and Sweet & Sour Tempura Chicken is headed for the Capitol Eatery menu.
Dining Services' Donna L. Cole helps show students what's on the horizon.
Dining Services’ Donna L. Cole helps show students what’s on the horizon.
Coming soon to Penn Central: Hot Chili Garlic Wings
Coming soon to Penn Central: Hot Chili Garlic Wings
Italian Pinwheels destined for the "Grab 'n' Go" selections
Italian Pinwheels destined for the “Grab ‘n’ Go” selections

Thursday’s Recipe Showcase in the Keystone Dining Room provided more than 300 people with tempting samples, soliciting feedback on items that Dining Services plans to add to its menus in the Fall 2020 semester.
Photos by Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director, Dining Services

February 28, 2020
Admissions Dining Services Events Faculty & Staff STEM Students

Explore, discover and define your future at March 28 open house

Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center will welcome visitors to Pennsylvania College of Technology during Spring Open House, set for Saturday, March 28. Prospective students can tour campus and explore 100-plus academic majors emphasizing hands-on learning for high-demand STEM and related careers.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the global coronavirus outbreak, Spring Open House was canceled.)

When it comes to choosing a college, seeing is believing. And there’s a lot to see at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Spring Open House!

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, members of the Penn College community will welcome thousands of potential enrollees and their families, opening wide the doors to a landmark institution that has helped tomorrow makers fulfill their destinies for more than a century.

“Open House provides a unique way for prospective students to explore our campus,” said Jen M. Cullin-Hetrick, coordinator of admissions events/communications. “With no set agenda to follow, guests can take the day to explore what matters most to them. Whether that is seeing as many labs as possible, checking out the residence halls, connecting with current students, or all of the above.”

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February 26, 2020
Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Events

Facchini, acclaimed in U.S. and Italy, to lead Visiting Chef dinner

Chef Fabrizio Facchini

Set for April 3, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual Visiting Chef dinner will feature Chef Fabrizio Facchini, who has gained acclaim in both Italy and the United States.

A brand ambassador for Urbani Truffles and a champion for “slow food,” Facchini’s most recent venture is the highly anticipated opening this spring of Cotto, the restaurant inside the Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan’s Flower District.

During his three-day stay on campus, Facchini will speak in Penn College hospitality classes and work alongside students to prepare the menu he has developed for an elegant reception and four-course benefit dinner that will culminate his stay. Proceeds from the dinner are used to fund scholarships in the college’s baking and pastry arts and culinary arts majors.

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February 25, 2020
Dining Services Events Students

Themed meal provides taste of other cultures

With Mardi Gras just around the corner, a serving of Creole cuisine is in fashion.
With Mardi Gras just around the corner, a serving of Creole cuisine is in fashion.
Historical tidbits adorn the table, enlightening diners to the accomplishments of such notables as Olympian Maria Mutola.
Historical tidbits adorn the table, enlightening diners to the accomplishments of such notables as Olympian Maria Mutola.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (left) and chemist Lloyd Augustus Hall are among the depicted heroes of STEM, seemingly keeping their eyes on the culinary prize.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (left) and chemist Lloyd Augustus Hall are among the depicted heroes of STEM, seemingly keeping their eyes on the culinary prize.

Wednesday’s Cultural Cafe, served up by Dining Services in commemoration of Black History Month, provided a sampling menu – three different stations focused on three distinct cultures. Participation in the CC Commons dinner qualified students to compete for a variety of raffle prizes.
Photos by Juvy A. Orillaza, student photographer

February 21, 2020
College Transitions Events STEM

Community invited to Science Festival on March 4

On Wednesday, March 4, the Field House at Pennsylvania College of Technology will be filled with hands-on activities to spark the interests of elementary and middle school students. The public is invited to the annual Science Festival, scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m.

Pennsylvania College of Technology, Lycoming College and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce invite area elementary and middle schools and their families to a hands-on Science Festival in the Penn College Field House on Wednesday, March 4.

The festival, scheduled 5 to 8 p.m., is intended to make learning fun and features activities designed to spark excitement about science, math, engineering and technology.

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February 20, 2020
Building Construction Construction & Design Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Students

ConCreate Design Club to host jewelry workshop

Attendees at Tuesday's pendant decorating workshop can turn concrete runes ...
Attendees at Tuesday’s pendant decorating workshop can turn concrete runes …
... into beautifully original pieces of jewelry.
… into beautifully original pieces of jewelry.

The ConCreate Design Club, a student organization that grew out of one of Penn College’s newest majors, will hold a concrete pendant decorating workshop from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday in the Bush Campus Center lobby. “Decorating a pendant is a quick and easy process that will allow students and faculty to be creative,” explained Joseph F. DiBucci, the club’s founder and president (who also provided the photos). “The workshop will give you the ability to choose a concrete pendant and decorate it with an assortment of paints, stains or dyes.” Each stone costs $3 and will come with a necklace or keychain on which to place it. All funds raised by the ConCreate Design Club will go toward more hands-on workshops for the campus community.

February 19, 2020
Events Faculty & Staff STEM Students

Annual Scouting event meshes well with college curriculum

Connie J. Plankenhorn, a physician assistant studies major and an EMT in College Health Services, provides a lifesaving demo.
Connie J. Plankenhorn, a physician assistant studies major and an EMT in College Health Services, provides a lifesaving demo.
Scouts bundle up to survey the landscape under the day's brisk sunshine.
Scouts bundle up to survey the landscape under the day’s brisk sunshine.
Electronics instructor Ken J. Kinley shares his quarter-century-plus experience.
Electronics instructor Ken J. Kinley shares his quarter-century-plus experience.
Going green: Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture, takes his young audience outside to explore the well-landscaped main campus.
Going green: Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture, takes his young audience outside to explore the well-landscaped main campus.
Kyle P. Amon (in red shirt), an engineering design technology student from Lafayette Hill, supervises a hands-on lab exercise.
Kyle P. Amon (in red shirt), an engineering design technology student from Lafayette Hill, supervises a hands-on lab exercise.

State-of-the-art instructional facilities and experienced faculty/staff enabled 164 Scouts from four states (Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) to earn up to three merit badges during Saturday’s fifth annual Merit Badge College on campus. “Penn College offered five of the 10 least-earned badges across all of Scouting (landscape architecture, composite materials, drafting, American labor and surveying),” noted Bradley M. Webb, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “Each of these badges links strongly to an academic program at the college. Since we are able to offer these ‘rare’ badges, our event – in coordination with the Susquehanna Council – is becoming a “go-to” event for Scouts throughout the U.S.”
Photos by Juvy A. Orillaza, student photographer

February 18, 2020
Events Faculty & Staff Students

Yellow rays of hope

Cheerleaders and their beloved mascot add the week's signature hue to their customary team colors.

“Yellow It Out,” an annual initiative aimed at suicide prevention and awareness, was marked with a number of campuswide events that brightly illuminated a most noteworthy topic. Events included Tuesday’s dialogue with an expert on “Dealing With Stereotypes,” men’s/women’s basketball games against Lancaster Bible College on Wednesday, and informational tables and other displays of advocacy – from apparel to outdoor lighting – throughout the week.

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