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12.03.2021

Midnight Breakfast supplies sustenance for studying

Residence Life staff – including Kyle W. Kern (left), housing coordinator for Campus View and The Village apartments – joined Dining Services in making sure students were satisfactorily fed.
Residence Life staff – including Kyle W. Kern (left), housing coordinator for Campus View and The Village apartments – joined Dining Services in making sure students were satisfactorily fed.
Takeout container overflows with late-night study aids.
Takeout container overflows with late-night study aids.

One of Penn College’s tastiest traditions returned Thursday night, providing 430 students with a Midnight Breakfast to fuel their finals study sessions. In accordance with COVID-19 precautions, this year’s meal was served takeout only and included a breakfast sandwich, home fries, bacon, beverage and a snack. Dining Services also filled a large Keystone Dining Room table with giveaways, along with a drawing for a drone and other prizes.
Photos by Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services marketing assistant

Dining Services Events Faculty & Staff Students
11.30.2021

Popular poinsettia sale returns to ESC greenhouse

Poinsettias – including some eye-catching new varieties – add a burst of seasonal color.
Poinsettias – including some eye-catching new varieties – add a burst of seasonal color.
Variegated plants are among the ESC greenhouse inventory.
Variegated plants are among the ESC greenhouse inventory.

The annual poinsettia sale at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center greenhouse begins Wednesday and runs until this year’s limited inventory is sold. The hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays (closed Saturday and Sunday), and all sales are on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices are $10 for 7-inch plants and $8 for 6-inch plants. There will be no early sales or holds, and everything is “cash and carry.” (The ESC is at 203 Allenwood Camp Lane,  Montgomery – about 10 miles south of main campus, just off Route 15.)
Photos by Marci M. Hessert, office assistant to the assistant dean of diesel technology and natural resources

Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Landscape/Horticulture Students
11.24.2021

Campus forum to review significant cases before Supreme Court

Craig A. MillerSupreme Court cases to be discussedThe latest in an series of timely discussions, informal and informational, will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Penn’s Inn (Bush Campus Center, second floor).

Craig A. Miller, associate professor of history/political science at Penn College, will moderate discussion of major issues before the U.S. Supreme Court this term.

Of particular interest is whether the United States can sue Texas in federal court to prohibit enforcement of a state abortion law, and whether New York’s denial of concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violates the Second Amendment. (Miller provided the links so attendees can review the relevant facts and listen to the attorneys’ oral arguments to the justices.)

Hot food and beverages will be provided; the event is free and open to the community.

Events Faculty & Staff Students
11.19.2021

Dining Services delivers pre-Thanksgiving fun, feast

A two-handed delivery sends a frozen bird "flying" toward a bank of soda-bottle pins.
A two-handed delivery sends a frozen bird “flying” toward a bank of soda-bottle pins.
A plateful of "Yum"
A plateful of “Yum”
Friends enjoy each other's company, as well as home cooking at their "home away from home."
Friends enjoy each other’s company, as well as home cooking at their “home away from home.”
Decorations were hand-picked by John L. Carpenter Jr., of Carpenter’s Farm in Linden, a senior in the plastics and polymer engineering technology major.
Decorations were hand-picked by John L. Carpenter Jr., of Carpenter’s Farm in Linden, a senior in the plastics and polymer engineering technology major.
With a fresh-baked pumpkin pie on the line, a student bowler hopes his aim is true.
With a fresh-baked pumpkin pie on the line, a student bowler hopes his aim is true.

Dining Services kicked off the holiday season Thursday with “Turkey Bowling” and a turkey dinner. The Keystone Dining Room invited students to try their hand at “bowling” a 10-pound frozen turkey in exchange for a bag of candy corn and a chance to win one of five homemade pumpkin pies. Events of the day continued at Capitol Eatery with a full Thanksgiving meal that included herb roasted turkey with mulled apple cider glaze, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potato bake, green bean casserole, baked corn, orange cranberry sauce, Cajun cornbread stuffing with chorizo, maple roasted vegetables, bourbon pecan pie, pumpkin pie, apple pie, apple cider and a harvest spinach salad.
Photos by Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services marketing assistant

Dining Services Events Students
11.18.2021

Native American touch flavors CC’s lunch offerings

Taco fixin's are accompanied by a poster that explores Native American culture and encourages an accurate appraisal of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Taco fixin’s are accompanied by a poster that explores Native American culture and encourages an accurate appraisal of the Thanksgiving holiday.
A statement developed over the summer respects that Indigenous peoples were original stewards of the property from which the campus arose.
A statement developed over the summer respects that Indigenous peoples were original stewards of the property from which the campus arose.
The legend of "The Three Sisters" references the complementary crops that sustained Indigenous society.
The legend of “The Three Sisters” references the complementary crops that sustained Indigenous society.
The serve-yourself tables feature food from Tomahawks, a taco shop on Chestnut Street in Mifflinville.
The serve-yourself tables feature food from Tomahawks, a taco shop on Chestnut Street in Mifflinville.

A lunchtime display in the Bush Campus Center on Thursday helped celebrate Native American History Month, including food that honors the area’s Indigenous culture. Alumnus Joseph M. Haber (’11, radiography) catered from his Tomahawks taco restaurant in Mifflinburg, which honors his Mohawk roots both in its decor and by using such ingredients as ground venison, red beans, smoked cranberries, cider-braised turkey, corn and roasted squash. The display included information about “The Three Sisters,” the agricultural intertwining of squash, corn and beans; as well as Penn College’s land acknowledgement.
Photos by Meghan Delsite Coleman, assistant director of student engagement

Events
11.16.2021

CAC fragrantly dressed for ‘Victorian Christmas,’ beyond

From atop the scissor lift, General Services' Mark E. Clary (left), plumber, and Joseph P. Helminiak, carpenter/maintenance worker, beautify the CAC.
From atop the scissor lift, General Services’ Mark E. Clary (left), plumber, and Joseph P. Helminiak, carpenter/maintenance worker, beautify the CAC.

It’s that time of the year again – Victorian Christmas weekend in historic Williamsport! The Hager Lifelong Education Center loop will be the first stop for the event’s Saturday trolley shuttle. (Every stop along the route will be marked with a life-size nutcracker sign.) Penn College’s General Services Department obtained two Fraser firs from Shelinski’s Tree Farm, owned and operated by horticulture instructor Justin Shelinski, for display in the Community Arts Center: a 20-footer for the first floor and a 14-foot tree for the Capitol Lounge. The Arts Center is a fitting inclusion on this year’s tour, the theme of which is “Visual Arts of the Victorian Era.” The grounds crew picked up and delivered the trees to the CAC on Tuesday, and joined with the GS maintenance team to place and decorate them for the holiday tradition. The evergreens will remain on-site until recycled after the new year, sure to brighten the season for those attending Penn College’s fall commencement (Dec. 18) and other events at the 220 W. Fourth St. venue.
Photo by Andrea L. Dildine, horticulturist/grounds and motorpool manager

Events Faculty & Staff General Information
11.11.2021

Competitors, audience welcome robots’ comeback contest

The Student Wildcats of Robotic Design sponsored a well-received Fall Robot Competition in Penn College’s Field House on Saturday, a daylong return to battle after a COVID-related break in the action. “After a one-year hiatus of a public SWORD event, I think the turnout was fantastic,” said Ryan J. Bohenek, of Bloomsburg, club president (and a welding and fabrication engineering technology student). “New SWORD members for this year got a taste of what they can achieve when they put their minds to it. Some members had great success with their designs, achieving multiple wins and only suffering minor damage. Others found some ‘flaws’ in their designs and learned what worked and what did not. But never did a single member give up or throw in the towel. Through teamwork and problem-solving, everyone in the club put their minds together to make sure every member of the SWORD club had a blast, and everyone is excited for next year.”

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Engineering Technologies Events Students
11.10.2021

In ‘Box City,” empathy picks up as mercury drops

Penn College’s Student Engagement Office partnered with the American Rescue Workers on Friday night for “Box City,” held outside the Bush Campus Center to raise awareness of homelessness and hunger. “I organized this event in the hope of showing how members of the homeless community are affected as the winter months begin,” said student leader Kellor A. Schooley, of Turbotville, enrolled in network administration and engineering technology. “Participants really enjoyed the event – but not the cold with it, dropping down to 26 degrees.” Attendees heard from William Coleman, ARW’s director of shelters; played bingo around the CC fire pit (learning more about the issues between rounds); and warmed themselves with soup. Some also constructed overnight quarters out of cardboard boxes to approximate the plight of the homeless.

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Events Students
11.09.2021

Dinner & Auction raises $600,000-plus for student scholarships

The 13th Foundation Dinner & Auction at Pennsylvania College of Technology generated commitments totaling $600,700 for student scholarships.

Sponsored by Lycoming Engines, the event began with a silent auction reception hosted in the Center for Career Design – a space and operation comprising the Penn College Foundation, Alumni Relations, Career Services, Corporate Relations and Donor Relations – where collaboration bolsters opportunities for students, alumni and industry partners.

A total of 49 items (25 silent auction and 24 live auction) were auctioned, including items made or donated by students, alumni and current or retired faculty. Ron Roan, of Roan Inc. Auctioneers & Appraisers, donated professional services, as he has done for many years.

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Alumni College Relations Events Faculty & Staff Students
11.04.2021

The wheels on the cab go ‘Ka-ching!’

Another fun WEB event, thanks to (from left) McKenna N. Myers (Promotions and Marketing Team Lead), Lauryn A. Stauffer (Wildcat Wednesday Team Lead), Sophia G. Wiest (Live Entertainment Team Lead), and Caila N. Flanagan (Chair).
Another fun WEB event, thanks to (from left) McKenna N. Myers (Promotions and Marketing Team Lead), Lauryn A. Stauffer (Wildcat Wednesday Team Lead), Sophia G. Wiest (Live Entertainment Team Lead), and Caila N. Flanagan (Chair).
The cart awaits its next passenger outside the CC, where the Fitness Center windows beautifully reflect the waning afternoon.
The cart awaits its next passenger outside the CC, where the Fitness Center windows beautifully reflect the waning afternoon.
From a table filled with snacks and info, Wiest talks with a contestant about WEB's campus offerings.
From a table filled with snacks and info, Wiest talks with a contestant about WEB’s campus offerings.
The "Cash Cab" makes another loop, whizzing past Madigan Library in an autumnal blur.
The “Cash Cab” makes another loop, whizzing past Madigan Library in an autumnal blur.

With a borrowed golf cart and a battery of Penn College-related questions, the Wildcat Events Board gave away $250 in short order during its less-than-trivial version of “Cash Cab” this week. Drawing from the Discovery Channel game show, WEB’s latest “Wildcat Wednesday” program took contestants for an often profitable spin from the Bush Campus Center entrance. Before boarding, students were given information about the organization and the activities that it sponsors – information that paid off if they paid attention! WEB also got the scoop on what respondents would like to see added to the menu of events. (A hint to one of the top answers: It’s spelled B-I-N-G-O.)
Photos by Alexis M. Burrell, student photographer

Events Students
11.03.2021

A tribute to first-generation students – and the shoulders on which they lean

"Proud first-gen college student" buttonPennsylvania College of Technology joins in the observance of National First-Generation College Student Day on Monday, Nov. 8, recognizing the proud campus pioneers – generally defined as individuals whose parents do not have bachelor’s degrees – and the college employees and resources helpfully smoothing the trails that they blaze.

Students and employees who self-identify as first-generation college students – and Penn College has hundreds of them! – can stop by the LEAP Center (first floor, Student & Administrative Services Center) from 3-5 p.m. that day to share their stories and receive buttons to wear in honor of their chosen route.

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Events Faculty & Staff Students
11.01.2021

Now showing on a screen near you: ‘Another Halloween Sequel’

Penn College’s busily imaginative student organizations filled the weekend calendar so full that it spilled over into a second PCToday photo gallery! Wrapping up the Halloween happenings were the Wildcat Event Board’s “Pumpkin Fest,” moved into the Field House by Friday evening’s rain; Sunday afternoon’s “Trunk or Treat” car show sponsored by a coalition of vehicle-related student organizations (and rescheduled from Saturday due to showers); and Halloween evening’s “Zombie Laser Tag,” moved indoors by the threat of rain – but ultimately more deluged by the walking (and sprinting) dead.

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Events Students
10.30.2021

Enter if you dare!

Halloween Week saw a typical mix of fun and fright across the Penn College campus – whether dressing up for co-workers; serving up “eerie entrees, scary sides and hauntingly delicious desserts” at Dining Services’ annual “Boofet” in Capitol Eatery; or scaring up a giddily gory time at the American Welding Society chapter’s “Arc Asylum.” (The fun’s just beginning, too. Watch PCToday early in the week for more tricks and treats!)

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Dining Services Events Faculty & Staff Students
10.29.2021

An artful treat at gallery’s meet-and-greet

An array of technology is visible – including in the hands of Adam J. Miller, manager of instructional media production, who captures footage of the exhibit.
An array of technology is visible – including in the hands of Adam J. Miller, manager of instructional media production, who captures footage of the exhibit.
A group of engaged graphic design students oblige a photographer’s request at the exhibit’s title wall.
A group of engaged graphic design students oblige a photographer’s request at the exhibit’s title wall.
In front of a color-rich creation, May discusses her process.
In front of a color-rich creation, May discusses her process.

Graphic design students, as well as college and community members, enjoyed an intimate conversation Thursday night with artist Jeanette May in The Gallery at Penn College. As part of the reception for her “Tech Vanitas” exhibit, the Brooklyn, New York, photographer delivered a talk, sharing her inspirations and process, and answering questions on color and design. She also met post-talk with a group of graphic design students who further engaged her in questions and conversation.

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Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Events Gallery Students
10.27.2021

IT expert treats students to tales of foiling hackers’ trickery

Eager to absorb an expert's insight (and get class credit for attending), students check in.
Eager to absorb an expert’s insight (and get class credit for attending), students check in.
Matthews shares decades of experience with his audience ...
Matthews shares decades of experience with his audience …
... in a far-reaching discussion of threats and thwarts.
… in a far-reaching discussion of threats and thwarts.
When the voice is this credible, note-taking is a must.
When the voice is this credible, note-taking is a must.
Faculty retiree Lisa Bock, author of several books, returns to campus for a door-prize giveaway of numerous copies.
Faculty retiree Lisa Bock, author of several books, returns to campus for a Halloween door-prize giveaway of numerous copies.

Appropriately invited by Penn College’s Information Security Association, an authority on network intrusion (and subsequent containment) offered a keynote presentation in the Student & Administrative Services Center on Tuesday afternoon. The campus organization arranged for the appearance by Jon Matthews, vice president of digital forensics and incident response for CyberMaxx, in conjunction with October’s designation as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The speaker provided a 45-minute overview of such relevant issues as ransomware and remediation, drawing on a substantial resume that includes U.S. Army counterintelligence work.
Photos by Alexis M. Burrell, student photographer

Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Information Technology Students