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Crosscutters Make Pre-Game Stop at Camp ESCAPE

The 'cutters added their signatures to caps and other campers' keepsakes.

Camp ESCAPE kids meet the players (from left): Mayer, O'Brien, Melendez and Lindow.

Beating the heat with some indoor fun

Ballplayers face a formidable lineup!

Four members of the Williamsport Crosscutters, back at BBT Park after a trio of early-season games in State College, visited Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE on Monday morning. Pitchers Orestes Melendez and Ethan Lindow, infielder Stoney O’Brien and right fielder Danny Mayer joined the youngsters for dodgeball in the Field House, signed a number of items brought in for autographing and met with some very inquisitive campers. (In case anyone is wondering, hockey is the second-favorite sport for many of the teammates.) The ‘cutters face three home games against the Auburn Doubledays this week.
 Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of athletics for club sports, intramurals and camps

Majestic Campus Centerpiece Enjoys Banner Day

A swirl of stars and stripesThursday’s 35th annual God, Country and Community Flag March traveled from nearby Nichols Place to the base of the 60-by-30-foot “Old Glory” gently waving in the pre-summer breeze above Penn College’s main entrance. Scout troops, veterans organizations and community members were on hand for the early-evening parade, which culminated in performances by the Repasz Band, participation in a National Pledge of Allegiance at 7 p.m., and awards to the largest and best-decorated groups of marchers. The Williamsport Sun-Gazette was on hand for the festivities, providing front-page coverage and an accompanying photo spread: Flag March 2018

Upcoming CAC Act Returning to PBS This Month

BeniseVirtuoso guitarist Benise, a self-taught street performer who has traveled to venues around the world, will appear at the Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22. In advance of that engagement, “The Prince of Spanish Guitar” will be featured this month in his fourth PBS special. “Fuego! – Spirit of Spain” will premiere at 8 p.m. Tuesday on WVIA and be rebroadcast several times throughout the month, there and on other public television stations. Tickets for the CAC performance, part of the facility’s 25th anniversary season, will be available in the coming weeks at the Arts Center website, by phone at 570-326-2424 or at the box office.

Tuesday’s Bloodmobile Aims to Alleviate Summer Donor Shortage

American Red CrossIn order to meet patients’ needs over the critical summer months, College Health Services and the American Red Cross encourage the Penn College community to donate during Tuesday’s Bloodmobile stop on main campus. The visit will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center, and successful donors will be rewarded with free pizza and beverages. Every unit of blood collected has the potential to save three lives; online appointments are being accepted.

‘Impossible Dream’ Within Reach at CAC Summer Production

"Man of La Mancha"The Community Arts Center, in collaboration with Lycoming College, will present the 2018 Student Summer Stock production of “Man of La Mancha” from July 27-29. Inspired by “Don Quixote,” Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century masterpiece, the Tony Award winner is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Powerful, brutal, hilarious and heartbreaking, “Man of La Mancha” celebrates the transforming power of perception and how hope can alter even the most desperate reality. The show’s cast is comprised of 25 excelling students from 10 high schools in Lycoming and five surrounding counties; Aaron White, a member of Lycoming College’s theater department, is directing. Student Summer Stock has become a hub for fostering and developing young theater artists, a true testament to the quality and quantity of talent in the region. The program provides students the opportunity to collaborate with professional theater-makers and a skilled technical staff, delivering powerful performances on top-notch sets, in lush costumes and under dynamic lighting from professional designers. “Man of La Mancha,” with a celebrated score that includes “The Impossible Dream” and “Dulcinea,” will be no exception! Take a thrilling ride through the imagination of Don Quixote de La Mancha, knight errant and defender of the right; shows are 7:30 p.m. July 27-28 and 2:30 p.m. July 29. Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Center website, by phone at 570-326-2424 or at the box office.

Region’s Artistic Bounty Manifest at Exhibit’s Opening Reception

A Sunday afternoon offers artistic adventures.

The Gallery at Penn College filled with around 200 guests on Sunday, celebrating the opening reception of the Regional Juried Exhibition 2018. Forty of the 51 artists featured in the exhibit attended the reception, along with “an incredible outpouring of support from friends, family and art patrons,” according to Gallery Director Penny Griffin Lutz. “We received many positive comments about the quality of the work in the show, as well as the range of media represented,” Lutz added. “We live in an area with many exceptional artists and were happy to feature just a sampling of the creative work happening in our region.” At the reception, six awards were presented: first place and a $750 cash prize to Anna Kell, of Lewisburg, for her painting, “Specimen Bouquet”; second place and a $500 cash prize to Becky McDonah, of Millersville, for her wearable art, “Adorning Implements of Extraction: A Tribute to Tweezers and the Sliver”; third place and a $350 cash prize to Vicki Renn, of Sunbury, for her watercolor, “The Ladies of the Club”; honorable mention and a $250 cash prize to John McKaig, of Williamsport, for his print, “Queer Insomnia II”; the President’s Award and a $200 cash prize to Michael Hower, of Enola, for his photograph, “Lock Ridge”; and the Director’s Award and a $200 cash prize to Joelle Cicak, of Harrisburg, for her sculpture, “The Last of the East Fork Pack.” The exhibition is on display through July 27 in the gallery, on the third floor of the Madigan Library. Summer hours for the gallery are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. (The gallery will be closed July 1-4, as well as Saturdays and Mondays.)

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Exhibition at Penn College Celebrates Regional Art Talent

Exhibit logoA celebration of the diversity and quality of regional art will be hosted by The Gallery at Penn College with its Regional Juried Exhibition 2018, set for May 29 through July 27.

Showcasing 63 creative pieces by 51 artists representing 35 Pennsylvania cities and towns, the exhibition includes a reception set for Sunday, June 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the gallery, located on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The fine art display features work by emerging and established contemporary artists. An open-themed exhibition, the show highlights recent work in a variety of styles and media by artists residing within 100 miles of Williamsport. Among the mediums included are: metal, stoneware, textile, photography, printmaking, mixed media, and paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic, and pen and ink.

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Let the Games – and Summer Hours – Begin!

A rainy forecast moved much of the event inside, but a fair amount of sun still lighted the way to check-in and the canned-food collection bins.

 Employees enjoy a catered lunch

Attendees received raffle tickets for a tempting selection of giveaways ... with additional entries awarded for donations to the campus food pantry.

Campus Quizzo was among the entertainment under roof ...

... while spirited games of cornhole sprang up from the Field House lawn.

For the fifth year, the campus family ended the first Friday of summer hours with an Employee/Retiree Picnic in and around the Field House. The 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. gathering featured lunch from Mel’s Deli & Café in Montoursville, a variety of indoor and outdoor diversions, and the opportunity for leisurely conversation after another hectic academic year. Nonperishables were again collected to support The Cupboard, which assists Penn College students experiencing food insecurity.

Sen. Yaw Hosts Government Seminar for Area High School Students

Young leaders from South Williamsport are ready to debate the issues.

A total of 240 students from 16 school districts in Bradford, Lycoming and Union counties converged on Pennsylvania College of Technology’s campus on Thursday to participate in the annual Student Government Seminar hosted by state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), who also serves as chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors. The seminar gives high school students the opportunity to debate important issues, develop legislation and vote on “mock bills” in an open session.

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Spring 2018 Career Day

A student from Midd-West Middle School prepares a mold in a session led by Franklin H. Reber that taught them to make concrete stepping stones.

The College Transitions Office hosted its Spring Career Day on Monday, welcoming 1,283 seventh- to ninth-graders from across northcentral Pennsylvania. Faculty provided more than 40 sessions in Penn College’s labs to help the visitors explore careers and learn about college expectations. Schools attending were Mifflin County Middle School, North Penn-Mansfield Jr./Sr. High School, Cowanesque Valley Junior-Senior High School, North Penn-Liberty Jr./Sr. High School, Milton Middle School, Midd-West Middle School, Jersey Shore Area Middle School and Canton High School.

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Spring Commencement: A Mid-May Extravaganza of Emotion

Eyewear for the day, vision for the future

Pennsylvania College of Technology held three commencement ceremonies May 11-12 for more than 900 students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2018 semester. The Friday afternoon proceedings at the Community Arts Center honored students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. Saturday morning featured The School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences, while students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies graduated during the afternoon session. Student speakers were Hanna Jo Williams, of Marion, New York, awarded a bachelor’s degree in industrial and human factors design and an associate degree in studio arts on Friday; Glendalis Guadarrama, of Avondale, who received a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Saturday morning’s session; and Alexandra M. Lehman, of Williamsport, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration: sport and event management concentration to close out the festive weekend. The college also bestowed three teaching honors – the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award and two Excellence in Teaching Awards – as well as a pair of alumni awards.

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Students’ Winning Proposal Calls Attention to Human Trafficking

Hughesville High School students (from left) Lauren Hall, Valerie Ammar-Khodja and Logan Woolcock were awarded $1,791 to realize a planned Race to Freedom in late August.

Acting locally to spotlight a worldwide concern, three Hughesville High School juniors are planning a 5K Race for Freedom this summer to make the community more aware of human trafficking.

The students – Valerie Ammar-Khodja, Lauren Hall and Logan Woolcock – were presented with a $1,791 check during a Penn College Youth Leadership graduation ceremony on May 3. The judges were so impressed by the initiative that it was fully funded as the sole winner of the program’s Social Change Competition.

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Penn College Names Web Competition Winners

Lehigh Career & Technical Institute students Alexander Cevicelow (left) and Nicholas Gerancher (right) won the Penn College Web Competition, held recently at Penn College. Watching them complete their website is LCTI graduate and current Penn College web and interactive media student, Malachi J. Atkinson.

A team from Lehigh Career & Technical Institute was recently named the winner in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s first Penn College Web Competition.

High schools were invited to bring teams of two to four students to Penn College’s campus on April 20, where they were provided text and images and tasked with developing a small website, with all code created by the competitors.

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Visitors Feast on Data, Delectables During Hospitality Capstones

Students in the Pastry Food Show and Buffet Presentation Concepts course, which presents the Grand Pastry Buffet, take a pre-event photo with two of their faculty members: Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, (left) and Chef Todd M. Keeley, instructors of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts.

Students in hospitality majors presented a variety of eye-catching senior projects across campus on the final day of the Spring 2018 semester. The annual Grand Pastry Buffet, a capstone project that requires baking and pastry arts students to combine the skills they’ve learned throughout their associate-degree careers, was held in the Thompson Professional Development Center for high school students who are interested in hospitality careers. The high schoolers’ day started with a visit to the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, where they received an overview of the program and listened to research presentations by senior students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in culinary arts and systems. They also toured campus and hospitality labs and ate lunch in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Also culminating the semester was a display of final projects by students in the Cakes and Decorations course in the Madigan Library.

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College’s Restoration Camp Featured in National Classic-Car Blog

Penn College’s second annual Automotive Restoration Camp, to be offered June 17-20, is featured in a recent edition of Hemmings Daily. As instructor Roy H. Klinger points out in the article, “auto restoration spans a range of disciplines,” and the camp is the best way to give those considering a future in the trade a sampling of each. The overnight camp – among the array of engaging opportunities to be held on campus – will include introductions to upholstery, metalforming and sheet-metal working; hands-on instruction in pinstriping and use of the paint simulator; and a spin in the college-owned Ford Model T. Attendees will also enjoy a field trip to the Eagles Mere Auto Museum in nearby Sullivan County, which houses roughly 75 cars from the 1950s and ’60s, and, in addition to knowledge gained, can take home their upholstery and metal-shaping projects.
Automotive Restoration Camp is filled, but a waiting list is being compiled should vacancies arise.

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