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Where Child’s Play Meets Meaningful Work

With a work ethic befitting her T-shirt (which reads “Try to Keep Up”) a girl lays brick after brick.

A child smooths yellow-dyed concrete to cast a stepping stone.

“Jordan B.” carefully adds a brick to an archway. Twenty of 20 arches built throughout the morning remained intact when the wooden form was extracted.

Girls who didn’t hesitate to get their hands dirty share a sandy high-five.

After a morning of hands-on learning that would make any parent proud, the group gathers for a photo.

A group of more than 35 youngsters gathered in the Construction Masonry Building on Thursday for Penn College’s celebration of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Before spending the afternoon shadowing their parents, the children learned about careers in masonry, courtesy of the School of Construction & Design Technologies. With help from a legion of students, faculty members Glenn R. Luse, instructor of construction masonry, and Franklin H. Reber, instructor of building construction technology, taught the visitors to make colored concrete stepping stones, lay a straight and sturdy wall of brick, artistically apply stone to a wall, and construct gravity-defying brick archways. Following cleanup and the distribution of certificates in the CMB by dean of construction and design technologies Marc E. Bridgens, student ambassadors led the group on a tour of campus before they headed to lunch in the Capitol Eatery. The event is sponsored by the President’s Office and Human Resources.

Student Activities Banquet Honors Campus Luminaries

Front row (from left): Lauren J. Crouse, Student Leader of the Year; Elizabeth L. Landis, of Columbia, an emergency management technology major who accepted the award for Community Betterment Program; Morgan N. Keyser, of Cogan Station, a graphic design student who accepted the award for Outstanding Community Service Program; Hanna J. Williams, New Student Leader of the Year; and Hannah G. Maize, Riverside, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major who accepted the Outstanding Student Organization award on behalf of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Second row (from left): Bryonna A. Aldubayan, Student Leader Committed to Social Justice and Diversity; SGA President Caleb E. Cartmell, an automotive management technology student from Honesdale; Jeffrey R. Hasiak, Greek New Member; and Austin D. Adams, Center Valley, information technology: network specialist concentration, and Ryan W. Conklin, Beech Creek, information technology sciences-gaming and simulation, representing the Association of Professional Programmers, chosen as the Most Improved Student Organization. Back row (from left): Everett B. Appleby, SGA Senator of the Year and Student Leader Legacy Scholarship recipient; Josiah D. Stoltzfus, a construction management major from Morgantown, honored for Yell(ow) It Out, Outstanding Program; Jon R. Hallinstad Jr., a residential construction technology and management student from Germansville, who accepted awards including Greek Academic Achievement Award on behalf of the Omega Delta Sigma veterans fraternity; Greek honoree Paul M. Lasell, also one of the year's Student Leader Legacy Scholarship recipients; and Gregory C. Hidlay, of Catawissa, enrolled in information technology: network specialist concentration and a member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity chapter, celebrated for Outstanding Philanthropy and for its new Jump for St. Jude event.

An impressive roster of students and campus organizations recently stepped into the much-deserved spotlight of Penn’s Inn, receiving accolades for their contributions to Penn College and the broader community during the 2016-17 academic year.

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Mentored Students Dazzle at Silver-Anniversary ‘Chef’ Dinner

The star-studded Spring 2017 Visiting Chef lineup (from left): Tramonto, Folse, Gardner and Wressell.

World-class chefs spent several days on the Penn College campus to impart their wisdom while they guided students in the production of the 25th Anniversary Visiting Chef Dinner, held April 7. Chefs Rick Tramonto, John Folse, Donald Wressell and Elaine Gardner spent time in classrooms, where they shared their culinary journeys and offered professional insight, and in the School of Business & Hospitality’s kitchens, where they offered hands-on lessons while producing the $125-a-plate fundraising dinner, which helps to provide scholarships for students in the college’s baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, and hospitality management majors. Tramonto and Folse, who separately have received the highest honors in culinary arts and have authored several award-winning cookbooks, offered additional talks for the public in the Madigan Library, where they endeavored to inspire students to pursue both big dreams and a career of service to others. Together, the pair are the founders of Home on the Range: Folse Tramonto Restaurant Development LLC. Their first joint venture, Restaurant R’evolution, opened in New Orleans’ French Quarter in 2012 and was named Restaurant of the Year by New Orleans Magazine. In 2014, they opened Seafood R’evolution in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Wressell, who was pastry chef for the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for 19 years, has led gold-medal U.S. teams in the World Pastry Team Championship and Le Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in France, and has brought home many medals himself. Gardner is the chef at Dizengoff in Philadelphia and was, while working at Zahav, featured in a PhillyVoice article that highlighted “six talented Philly sous chefs making their bosses look good.”

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Penn College Unveils New Wildcat Athletics Logo

Penn College's redesigned wildcat logo heralds a new era in athletics.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s long-standing tradition of bold innovation and institutional pride has a new look reflecting those qualities. The college on Wednesday revealed a new athletic logo depicting a strong, powerful and proud wildcat.

The new mark, created by Skye Dillon, of Skye Design Studios (which has experience branding some of the most recognized organizations and properties in sports nationwide), features a full-body wildcat perched atop Bald Eagle Mountain alongside the West Branch of the Susquehanna River – icons of the scenic landscape surrounding Penn College. The wildcat, shaded in white, metallic grey and royal blue, is oriented with its head panned slightly to the right. The new logo replaces a 25-year-old mark.

“With our move toward full NCAA Division III membership, our athletic teams competing in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, and full-time coaches who recruit student-athletes to the college, it was time for the wildcat to take on a fresh, new look,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “I commend the committee from across campus that guided this process. The striking new logo and related marks reflect a new era in Penn College Athletics.”

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Governance Celebrates Anniversary With Informative Drop-In Session

Outgoing and incoming members of College Council line a stairwell between floors of the Bush Campus Center.

The leadership of Penn College Governance over the past three decades – 16 chairs from past to present – is depicted in a commemorative PowerPoint slide.

A Tuesday celebration in Penn’s Inn marked this year’s 30th anniversary of Penn College’s Governance system. About 100 members of the campus community – students, deans and faculty/staff – stopped by for coffee and cookies, chatted with representatives about the role of internal governance at the college, and shared ideas for the future.  A brief PowerPoint presentation highlighted the history and significant accomplishments of Governance. Among those on hand to visit with were Tina M. Evans, associate professor of applied health studies, chair; Edward J. Almasy, associate professor of electronics, vice chair; and Craig A. Miller, associate professor of history/political science.

More Than 140 Students Installed Into Campus Honor Societies

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently held induction ceremonies for three honor society chapters, among the institution’s traditional end-of-semester activities in celebration of student accomplishment.

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On This Four-Wheeled Weekend, All Roads Lead to Penn College

Sean M. Hunter, of Livingston, N.J., knowledgeably leads an AACA tour group through the College Avenue Labs automotive restoration facilities.

A campus with one of the nation’s oldest continuing automotive programs was a fitting venue for a pair of events: a Saturday car show sponsored by the Classic Cruisers Club and the Penn College Motorsports Association, followed by a Sunday visit from members of the Hershey Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America.

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Artistic Alchemy Engages Guests at Closing Reception

Gallery guests discuss the works of “Private Domain.”

A group of Girl Scouts explores Derrberry’s creative narratives.

The artist discusses the thought processes behind her creations.

Interested patrons fill the gallery space for the artist’s talk.

A sizeable crowd turned out in The Gallery at Penn College on Thursday evening for a closing reception for “Private Domain,” an exhibit of richly hued, large-scale photorealistic paintings by Virginia Derryberry, a recently retired professor of painting and drawing at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The artist mingled with guests during the reception and delivered a gallery talk focused on her process and the concept of alchemy in her works. The exhibit was on display March 14 through April 20. During her two-day stay on campus, Derryberry shared her expertise with students enrolled in Modern Art and the Contemporary Image (ART 330), taught by Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design. She also toured the art studios in the Bush Campus Center and dined in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

‘Design: 2017’ Presents Graphic Design Student Portfolios

"Design 2017"

Seventeen graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Design: 2017,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held Friday, April 28, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the gallery, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library. The design work will be on display through May 12.

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Feeding the Need

Food donations are hand-delivered by R. Colby Janowitz, a culinary arts and systems student from Westminster, Md.

Hunger Awareness Week was observed April 17-21, with a number of Dining Services-sponsored events to call attention to a sobering fact: One in five Penn College students has experienced hunger or food insecurity. Among the activities were an Open House at The Cupboard, a food pantry for students; a Tuesday cookout; a free spaghetti dinner; and information tables at three campus dining units.

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Applauding the Helpful Hands in ‘Hands-On’ Education

With the donor wall reflecting an atmosphere of appreciation, President Gilmour addresses the gathering as Debra M. Miller prepares to present gifts to contributors.

Jacob J. Sandfort, a hospitality management freshman from Wyalusing, adds finishing touches to the culinary array.

Carl N. Beaver, an inductee to the Pillar Society, receives a pin and appreciation from the president.

Representing the Student Government Association is its president, Caleb E. Cartmell, a junior in automotive management technology from Honesdale.

The SASC lobby offers a lovely setting for celebration.

The individual and corporate benefactors who donate to scholarships, laboratory equipment and other encouragement for Penn College students were celebrated at Tuesday evening’s 13th annual Donor Wall Recognition Reception, held in the Student & Administrative Services Center. President Davie Jane Gilmour recognized contributors whose names have been added to the Donor Wall in the SASC lobby, as well as those whose enduring generosity carried them to heightened plateaus of giving. Gilmour also acknowledged the service of Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement, who was directing her final Donor Wall reception due to her upcoming retirement.

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Robots Rumble in Creative Expression of Students’ Know-How

Student Austin M. Adams, Center Valley, won the Rocket Science Cone with his "Rowbot" entry.

Members of S.W.O.R.D.'s executive board savor the fruits of their organizational labors. From left are Alexander J. Horne, West Chester; Timothy R. Thompson, Stephens City, Va.; and Michael E. Zalatan, Center Valley.

Student (and raffle-winner) Danielle S. Flannery, Morrisville, took home a 3-D printer.

No bad seats for THIS sporting event!

Thirty-six robots, 14 from off-campus, participated in Saturday’s “S.W.O.R.D. Fights 3: Revenge of the Wedge,” sponsored by the Student Wildcats of Robotic Design in Penn College’s Field House. The event attracted eight “antweight” (1-pound) and 28 “beetleweight” (3-pound) competitors, facing off in a knockout-style tourney. Organizers are already organizing a similar competition for the fall semester.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

‘Pride Week’ Cultivates Respectful Campus Environment

Members of the planning committee paint The Rock in advance of Pride Week activities. From left are Lloyd A. Shope, Catherine E. Gamez, Kyle T. Pechtold, Michael D. Penwell and Trevor I. Brandt.

The third annual Pride Week, embracing diversity and exploring the challenges faced by Penn College’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, is being marked through Friday. Discussions, a documentary, entertainment and faculty/staff development will take place across campus, uniting the community and fostering an atmosphere of equality for all. Pride Week Committee members are, from PC Alliance, students Samantha R. Labate, Kyle T. Pechtold and Lloyd A. Shope; employees Trevor I. Brandt, admissions representative; Amie K. Fox, assistant director of residence life, residence education; Catherine E. Gamez, residence hall coordinator, Rose Street Commons; and Michael D. Pennwell, residence life coordinator, upperclassmen area; and Bridget Callahan from Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies, interning with College Health Services. A schedule of activities follows: Pride Week
Photo by Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement

Speaker Shares His Ongoing Triumph Over Despair

Hines shares his life-saving regimen for coping with his diagnosis of bipolar disorder ...

... and recounts his transcendent story later in the evening.

A billboard outside the ACC stresses the importance of QPR Training (Question, Persuade and Refer) in reading the warning signs of emotional crisis.

Kevin Hines’ will to live and stay mentally healthy were displayed in a pair of presentations at Penn College on Tuesday: “The Art of Wellness,” a professional development activity in Penn’s Inn during the afternoon, followed by a free public lecture in Klump Academic Center. Motivated by the speaker’s compelling tale of survival after a suicidal leap off the Golden Gate Bridge, audiences were empowered to develop strategies for maintaining their own mental health.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Before May’s Big Event, a ‘Finale’ to Pave the Way

With three Spring Commencement exercises just around the corner, the Bush Campus Center was the place to be.

Surrounded by diploma frames and other commemorative items, Jessica L. Laubach, textbook operations assistant, rings up another sale.

Soon-to-be-grads check out the selection of class rings.

Doing brisk business in caps and gowns is Lisa M. Dincher, the store's operations manager.

The College Store turned Penn’s Inn into a commencement-focused shopping mall on Tuesday afternoon, hosting a Grad Finale for students on the verge of May graduation. Prizes, food, caps and gowns, and tickets to the May 19-20 Community Arts Center ceremonies were among the attractions at the event, held from noon-4 p.m.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer