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Gallery artist-in-residence bridges tradition, technology during workshop

Repko interacts with students during a “Bridging the Gaps” workshop, where participants built bridges representing the past, present and future as they relate to the artist’s work.

“Jeff Repko was the ideal choice for our first artist-in-residence in the ‘Material Matters’ series as his work combines traditional materials with digital fabrication methods,” said Penny Griffin Lutz, director of The Gallery at Penn College. In addition to a public reception for his exhibit, “In Proximity,” Repko’s five-day residency (Nov. 5-9) featured workshops in the gallery and The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College. “His artistic vision was a perfect fit for Penn College’s community of makers,” Lutz added. “He took advantage of the equipment in the makerspace to begin a new sculpture, and he enjoyed the one-on-one time he spent with students, educators and the public during hands-on workshops. Jeff felt so welcomed by our campus community!” “In Proximity” is on display through Dec. 11 in The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Madigan Library. Hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed Mondays and Saturdays and will be closed Nov. 27-Dec. 1. The “Material Matters: Past, Present, Future” series will include two additional short-term artist residencies over the next two years and is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Events Faculty & Staff Students

Nov. 13-14 blood drive targets donor shortfall

American Red CrossIn order to meet patients’ ongoing needs and alleviate a nationwide blood shortage, College Health Services and the American Red Cross encourage the Penn College community to donate during this month’s two-day Bloodmobile stop on main campus. The visit will be from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 13-14  on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center, and successful donors will be rewarded with a free T-shirt, pizza and baked goods. Schedule a visit online and save 15 minutes on appointment day by using the convenient RapidPass to complete the pre-donation readings and answer health history questions.

Events Faculty & Staff Students

College to defend Community Cup in Saturday’s benefit trail races

The Salvation Army Community Challenge

There’s still time to sign up for the 2019 Community Challenge, featuring 5K, 10K and half-marathon trail races set for Saturday, Nov. 9. The event raises funds for the Salvation Army of Williamsport, which assists about 400 area families each month.

Runners, hikers and walkers are encouraged to sign up by 11:59 a.m. Wednesday at the registration site, where participants can elect to join the Pennsylvania College of Technology team. Donations are also accepted at the site, where donors can assign funding to a specific team member.

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Events

Tickets on sale for Lewis Black show at CAC

Lewis BlackTickets are available for a Feb. 29 performance by Grammy Award-winning comedian Lewis Black, bringing his “It Gets Better Every Day” tour to the Community Arts Center. The longest-running contributor to Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Black is one of today’s most prolific and popular performers – one of the few to sell out such renowned theaters as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Main Stage at the Mirage in Las Vegas and Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. Tickets are available online, on the CACLive! app, by phone at 570-326-2424 or at the box office. The Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College, is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport (just a few blocks from campus).

Dining Services Events Faculty & Staff Students

Teamwork makes the screams work

Friends hold onto each other in the "haunted" welding lab, banking on safety in numbers.

Campus neighborhoods were alive with the shrieking, giggling sounds of Halloween again this season, as a crowded slate of activities helped Penn College students, employees and friends toll the witching hour. Among the boo-tiful bounty were The Village’s annual family night; welding’s “Arc Asylum 5.0,” which has grown more elaborately eerie each year; a “Trunk or Treat” automotive showcase; a “Karaoke Costume Party,” sponsored by the Student Engagement Office; Dining Services’ colorful Halloween Boofet; creative co-workers and students in “Guess who?” garb; and horticulture students’ whimsical scarecrows in nearby Way’s Garden.

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Dining Services Events Students

This tailgate has responsibility as its goal

Educational "know your pour" activity takes aim at risky, reckless drinking.
Educational “know your pour” activity takes aim at risky, reckless drinking.
Friends gather in CC Commons, where food was plentiful and TVs broadcast a pigskin smorgasbord.
Friends gather in CC Commons, where food was plentiful and TVs broadcast a pigskin smorgasbord.
And speaking of food ...
And speaking of food …
... Dining Services delivered the goods, per usual.
… Dining Services delivered the goods, per usual.

Food and football were the featured attractions this past weekend, but safety and accountability were the vital message as Student Affairs sponsored a Game Day get-together in CC Commons. The “tailgate” was the culminating event in a week of activities that included themed bingo and Quizzo events, TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) alcohol responsibility training, and an Alcohol Awareness Fair that hosted vendors and the PennDOT Distracted Driving Simulator. (The traditional “Golf Cart Beer Run” was canceled due to rain.) “The educational opportunities that take place during Alcohol Awareness Week place strong emphasis on personal responsibility, awareness of health consequences and bystander intervention techniques,” said Jennifer McLean, associate dean of student affairs. “Through awareness and simulated experiences, we work to help students make informed and responsible decisions about their behaviors around alcohol.” Saturday’s activities included an interactive “know your pour” event; information about safe and responsible alcohol consumption; and instructive games employing impairment goggles: cornhole to demonstrate how gross motor skills are influenced while drinking, and pool to demonstrate how judgment and spatial reasoning are affected by alcohol. Students were also educated on Penn College’s Good Samaritan and Medical Amnesty policies, in place to help them get help when they or their friends have overconsumed.
Photos by Juvy A. Orillaza, student photographer

Events

Impressed by campus, speaker empowers energy allies

Edward J. Maginn, Dorini Family professor of energy studies at Notre Dame University, walks his audience through sources, usage and challenges in providing for the world’s energy demands.

While some may view the ever-increasing energy appetite of an ever-growing global population with gloom and alarm, a guest lecturer from the University of Notre Dame shared a more optimistic take Tuesday on meeting that societal demand (and solving such attendant issues of air quality and energy storage). Edward J. Maginn presented “Energy 101” as part of Penn College’s Technology & Society Colloquia Series, appearing through an ongoing partnership between the college and the Notre Dame Club of Greater Williamsport. In a 50-minute presentation that was as informative and accessible as its title implies, Maginn was upbeat in balancing current fuel sources and the magnitude of their consumption with the human and technological wherewithal to ensure sufficient supply for decades to come. Not that the work will be easy. As investment in energy solutions trails other economic sectors – health care and defense, among them – Maginn said, “We need more people and resources to address this.” And while detailing the exciting research being done at his home campus, Maginn enlisted his Penn College audience as colleagues in the challenging fight. “Your generation is going to have to fix this,” he told students, bolstered by what he saw earlier in the day during tours of automotive and HVAC labs. “We’re up to the challenge, but we have to believe that we can fix it. Do we have the will?” A full-length video of the Klump Academic Center Auditorium presentation will be available soon on the college’s YouTube channel.

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Jewelry-makers draw inspiration from concrete lab

Raw materials await artisans' hands
Raw materials await artisans’ hands
Crafting keepsakes
Crafting keepsakes
Students and employees beautifully explored concrete's versatility.
Students and employees beautifully explored concrete’s versatility.

A jewelry workshop, a recent fundraiser for Penn College’s ConCreate Design Club, allowed participants to personalize a small concrete pendant that could be placed on a necklace or keychain. “The workshop was the first one carried out by the club and we plan on having more throughout the year,” said Joseph F. DiBucci, the organization’s founder and president. “The club is focused around teaching students and faculty about the multiple uses of concrete with a more hands-on approach.”
Photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer

Art and Graphic Design Events Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Eyes front! There’s a new exhibit in town

Students and instructor, concealed by their creations
Students and instructor, concealed by their creations
Incorporating barbed wire into his masterpiece, Cole E. Gamber crafted “Angry Bull.” The Elizabethtown resident is enrolled in information technology: network specialist concentration.
Incorporating barbed wire into his masterpiece, Cole E. Gamber crafted “Angry Bull.” The Elizabethtown resident is enrolled in information technology: network specialist concentration.
Thomas D. Roberts took his inspiration from traditional African tribes’ use of red with black and white triangles. Roberts, of Pittsburgh, is a construction management major.
Thomas D. Roberts took his inspiration from traditional African tribes’ use of red with black and white triangles. Roberts, of Pittsburgh, is a construction management major.
Basing his work on an African tiger fish, Benjamin L. Reighard took a big bite out of his assignment. The Williamsport resident is a construction management student.
Basing his work on an African tiger fish, Benjamin L. Reighard took a big bite out of his assignment. The Williamsport resident is a construction management student.
The class proudly (and literally) faces its audience in advance of an end-of-semester exhibit.
The class proudly (and literally) faces its audience in advance of an end-of-semester exhibit.

The handiwork of 12 Penn College students in a Wood Sculpture (ART142) class will be on display for First Friday, Nov. 1, in downtown Williamsport. The wooden masks will be showcased through early December at the new office and gallery space of Lycoming Arts, 46 W. Fourth St., next to Alabaster Coffee Roaster & Tea Co. The students’ instructor, David A. Stabley, engages his class in an exploration of traditional African masks as part of idea development. This is the second time that such an exhibit has graced the downtown arts scene; last year, the masks were displayed in the Community Arts Center. Lycoming Arts is an organization advocating for the arts in Lycoming County.

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Think Penn College is for you? You’re right as rain!

Fashionably protected from the elements

The weather was as mercurial as you’d expect from autumn in Pennsylvania – persistent precipitation giving way to scrumptious sunshine – but Fall Open House at Penn College was much more predictable: a daylong forecast of helpful employees, students and alumni, all eager to guide the stream of visitors that wound its way from building to building, hoping to join an imminent cohort of “tomorrow makers.”

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Soup lovers ‘Paw It Forward’ at benefit for food pantry

Unique stoneware is arrayed in CC Commons.
Unique stoneware is arrayed in CC Commons.
Dining Services catering attendant Crystal E. Way (left) serves Hope Miller-Cupp (foreground) and Donna K. Culton, both employed in the college's Human Resources Office.
Dining Services catering attendant Crystal E. Way (left) serves Hope Miller-Cupp (foreground) and Donna K. Culton, both employed in the college’s Human Resources Office.
A tasty, inexpensive way to fight hunger
A tasty, inexpensive way to fight hunger
Angie E. Myers (center), director of annual giving, encourages Soup for the Soul participants to "Paw It Forward."
Angie E. Myers (center), director of annual giving, encourages Soup for the Soul participants to “Paw It Forward.”
Paw prints, bearing the names of Penn College donors to The Cupboard, are destined for public display on campus.
Paw prints, bearing the names of Penn College donors to The Cupboard, are destined for public display on campus.

Thursday’s Soup for the Soul event, at which 90 people were warmly served chicken tortilla or cheddar broccoli soup in handcrafted bowls (created and donated by students in David A. and Deborah L. Stabley’s ceramic classes, as well as General Services’ Gary T. Pandolfi), benefited the Penn College’s food pantry. The $8 donation on behalf of The Cupboard, located near the CC Commons site of the fundraising lunch, also included roll, dessert and a beverage. During the meal, Institutional Advancement kicked off its “Paw It Forward” campaign to aid The Cupboard. Donations during the next month will be recognized with paw prints to be displayed in the Keystone Dining Room.
Photos by Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services’ marketing assistant

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‘Material Matters’ series launches with industrial artwork

A detail of “Endless Waltz: Crescendo” (acrylic, paint and wood, 3 feet by 3 feet by 6 feet), which is among the industrial artwork on display in Jeff Repko’s “In Proximity” exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College through Dec. 11

Pennsylvania’s industrial and manufacturing history will be explored through art and art materials with Pennsylvania College of Technology’s unique series, “Material Matters: Past, Present, Future.” Offering exhibits, artist residencies, workshops and other programming, the series opens with an exhibition of industrial sculptures and paintings by Pittsburgh native Jeff Repko.

Repko’s “In Proximity,” on display Oct. 23 to Dec. 11 in The Gallery at Penn College, includes a public reception Thursday, Nov. 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. The reception coincides with Repko’s artist residency, featuring four workshops.

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Newswatch 16 visits ‘PA Build My Future’

Student Christine Limbert begins Fall Break by mentoring others.WNEP’s Chris Keating visited campus for Thursday’s PA Build My Future, filing a report on the second annual introduction of secondary students to the wide-open world of construction and design careers. Keating visited indoor and outdoor exhibits facilitated by industry sponsors, Penn College faculty and current students (who gave up a day of Fall Break to excitedly represent their respective majors). Included in the broadcast were Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies; building construction technology instructor Levon A. Whitmyer; Christine A. Limbert, of Curwensville, enrolled in architectural technology; and Lucas Vandergrift, a sophomore at Wellsboro High School who was among the day’s 929 students from nearly 30 high schools and career and technical centers.
(“PA Build My Future photo gallery)