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Homegrown musical talent to perform at CAC

Gabe StillmanThe Gabe Stillman Band, fronted by “one of the most promising young blues talents on the scene today,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Community Arts Center. A Williamsport native and alumnus of the Uptown Music Collective – who also spent a few formative years at Penn College’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center – Stillman formed the band in 2015, shortly after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Since landing in the final eight at the 35th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and further honored as the recipient of the esteemed Gibson Guitar Award, he and his band have focused on expanding their footprint on a national and international level.  A new release is planned in mid-2021, joining two others: “The Grind” and “Flying’ High” (backed by the legendary Nighthawks). Tickets, priced at $25, are available through the CAC website. Per Gov Tom Wolf’s directives, Centers for Disease Control guidelines and college policies, all patrons will be required to wear masks (no exceptions) and seating will be socially distanced with mandatory temperature checks upon entry.

February 9, 2021
Alumni Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Events Faculty & Staff Gallery

‘Second Nature’ exhibit offers inspiration for journaling

“Second Nature,” featuring works by an area graphic designer, Sarah Patterson, is available for viewing on the website of The Gallery at Penn College.

An area graphic designer’s 100-day dedication to a drawing and writing practice has culminated in an exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College. “Second Nature,” featuring works by Sarah Patterson, also offers inspiration on establishing a journaling routine.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Gallery at Penn College is temporarily closed to the general public; however, highlights from the exhibit can be viewed on the gallery’s website. The virtual display shares supplemental resources including journaling exercises and prompts. Penn College students will also be invited to consider a journaling practice during the exhibit’s run through April 9.

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February 4, 2021
Alumni Career Services College Relations Events Faculty & Staff Students

321 … countdown to a career!

Staff help physician assistant students with resume writing in the spacious office layout, which accommodates individual attention in a socially distanced environment.
Staff help physician assistant students with resume writing in the spacious office layout, which accommodates individual attention in a socially distanced environment.
Visiting the station for ordering business cards is Olalekan L. “Larry” Showunmi, a senior in physician assistant studies from Dover.
Visiting the station for ordering business cards is Olalekan L. “Larry” Showunmi, a senior in physician assistant studies from Dover.
Constance J. “Connie” Plankenhorn (left), of Williamsport, and Chaela Swink, of Hughesville – seniors in physician assistant studies – enjoy the view of the library lawn from a high-top table in the inviting entryway.
Constance J. “Connie” Plankenhorn (left), of Williamsport, and Chaela Swink, of Hughesville – seniors in physician assistant studies – enjoy the view of the library lawn from a high-top table in the inviting entryway.
Olivia A. Forney, of Williamsport (foreground), another physician assistant studies major, refines her resume.
Olivia A. Forney, of Williamsport (foreground), another physician assistant studies major, refines her resume.
PA majors explore the options in the Career Gear clothes closet, which helps students make impactful impressions at job interviews and networking opportunities.
PA majors explore the options in the Career Gear clothes closet, which helps students make impactful impressions at job interviews and networking opportunities.

Students got acquainted with the many services available at Penn College’s new Center for Career Design – the consolidated home of College Relations in Room 321 of Madigan Library – during a Wednesday morning event. The center will foster collaboration among students, graduates and employers to ensure students’ career readiness, while enhancing alumni connections and fulfilling unmet workforce needs for the college’s business/industry partners.

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February 4, 2021
Events

‘Arrrrrrrre ya ready, kids?!?’

"The SpongeBob Musical"

The Community Arts Center soon will accept video auditions for its 2021 Student Summer Stock production of “The SpongeBob Musical.”

Directed by Lycoming College theater professor C. Austin Hill (who also directed the 2019 summer production of “Newsies”), the show will explode onto the CAC stage July 30-Aug. 1 (COVID permitting).

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February 4, 2021
Admissions Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Events Faculty & Staff Students

Branding workshop to kick off informative community series

Tammy M. RichLocal businesses can learn about creating and marketing a brand – and get to know Penn College in the process – during a virtual workshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. First in a planned series of community events covering a variety of topics, the session features Tammy M. Rich, associate professor of business administration/management/event management, and several of her students. More information, including a registration form, is available through the college’s Admissions Office.

January 28, 2021
Events Faculty & Staff Students

‘Dream Week’ encourages community strength through cooperation

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther KingPennsylvania College of Technology students and employees are invited to participate in a series of virtual events and community outreach to mark Dream Week, the annual observance that honors the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King through the national celebration of his Jan. 18 birthday.

“The theme for this year’s Dream Week is ‘Better Together,’ focusing on how we can support one another during these trying times,” said Sammie L. Davis, Penn College’s coordinator of diversity and student engagement. “In addition to the events, we are encouraging folks to give back by making donations at local nonprofits during the week. The pandemic has really highlighted the need that already existed in Williamsport, so what better time to give back than during Dream Week!”

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January 15, 2021
Events

‘Closer to Home’ series to reopen CAC stage

Aaron Kelly

The Community Arts Center is starting the new year welcoming local musicians to the Bill Martin Stage for its new Closer to Home series. The artists slated for the series so far are Gabe Stillman (Feb. 27), Aaron Kelly (March 13) and Craig Thatcher (March 27). Centers for Disease Control guidelines will be in effect, and Gov. Tom Wolf’s mandate will be followed closely through socially distanced seating and safety protocols.

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January 15, 2021
Alumni Automotive Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Students

Graduating automotive major commissioned as Army officer

Ana Coste pins gold bars onto the uniform of her son, Andrew Placencia, of Reading, during his commissioning as an Army second lieutenant in a Dec. 12 ceremony at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology senior was commissioned as an Army second lieutenant in an outdoor ceremony held Saturday morning at the college.

Joined in person on the Bush Campus Center patio by family members and online by livestreaming well-wishers, Andrew Placencia, of Reading – a Bald Eagle Battalion ROTC cadet earning a degree in automotive technology management – will be branched into the Army Ordnance Corps.

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Architecture & Sustainable Design Engineering Technologies Events Gallery Students

Online exhibit highlights globally inspired architectural designs

Architecture and Sustainable Design

A restaurant in Argentina, an aquarium in Ireland and a resort in Singapore are just a few of the awe-inspiring architectural design concepts created by Pennsylvania College of Technology students and available for viewing in an online exhibit titled “Architecture & Sustainable Design.”

The virtual display opened Dec. 4 on the website of The Gallery at Penn College and showcases the talents of 15 seniors in the college’s Bachelor of Science degree major in architecture and sustainable design: John H. Bernbaum, Waynesboro; Collin J. Egelhoff, Loganton; David B. Fischetti, Mechanicsburg; Stephanie A. Flick, Wind Gap; Kristina M. Holland, Mechanicsburg; Taylor J. Hurst, Etters; Liam W. Jones, Reading; Chad M. Karper, Hummelstown; Olivia Kleman, Shamokin; Austin J. Kohl, Pittsburgh; Damon T. Liuzzo, Carbondale; Keegan B. Mack, Kingsley; Drew P. Miller, Williamsport; Donald J. Reisch, Lititz; and Dylan T. Spanier, Dillsburg.

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December 7, 2020
Events Faculty & Staff Students

Campus volunteers blanket community with hope, heart

Sisters of Theta Phi Alpha sorority with signed cards
Sisters of Theta Phi Alpha sorority with signed cards
Handwritten holiday cards await delivery to servicemen and women.
Handwritten holiday cards await delivery to servicemen and women.
Bernice C. Weaver (left), of Newville, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, and Skylar J. Merrick, a pre-radiography major from Mansfield, sort donated clothing for Dwell Orphan Care.
Bernice C. Weaver (left), of Newville, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, and Skylar J. Merrick, a pre-radiography major from Mansfield, sort donated clothing for Dwell Orphan Care.
Dwell's Hope Chest, "a closet for children who need things of their own"
Dwell’s Hope Chest, “a closet for children who need things of their own”
Jordan C. Palmer (left), a pre-radiography major from Honesdale, and Daija S. Mehaffie, of York, in pre-dental hygiene, work on the agency's year-end mailing.
Jordan C. Palmer (left), a pre-radiography major from Honesdale, and Daija S. Mehaffie, of York, in pre-dental hygiene, work on the agency’s year-end mailing.

Students who enjoy giving back to their community participated in two (community) Service Saturday opportunities on Nov. 14. The first was a holiday card-signing for military personnel, held in the CC Commons dining unit in the Bush Campus Center. Fifteen students and Allison Bressler Grove, director of the Office of Student Engagement, volunteered their time to write approximately 350 heartfelt holiday messages to those in the armed services. The signed cards then went to Sarah R. Yoder, coordinator of admissions operations, who sees that they are distributed every year (her brother is on active duty). The second volunteer opportunity was held at Dwell Orphan Care in Williamsport. Five students and Shannon L. Skaluba, student organization and information center specialist, assisted with sorting clothing and other items for The Hope Chest, which provides new and gently used clothing, shoes and necessities for foster and adoptive children of all ages. In addition, prep work was done for Dwell’s year-end (community) Service Saturdayappeal mailing. Interested in volunteering? Email the Office of Student Engagement to be added to the (community) Service Saturday interest list.
Photos provided by Shannon L. Skaluba

November 17, 2020
Events Faculty & Staff Scholarships Students

SGA fall fundraiser to benefit Student Leader Legacy Scholarship

Items include gift baskets assembled and donated by the Wildcat Events Board ...
Items include gift baskets assembled and donated by the Wildcat Events Board …
... Dining Services ...
… Dining Services …
... The College Store ...
… The College Store …
... and esports.
… and esports.

Join the Student Government Association from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday (Nov. 17-19) for its fall fundraiser in the Bush Campus Center lobby. All proceeds from the event benefit the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship, which is awarded annually to students that display exemplary leadership in the Penn College community. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Student Government Association was not able to host its annual silent auction fundraiser in Spring 2020. After various discussions, SGA decided that hosting this fall fundraiser would be a great additional way to raise funds for the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship,” said David Eaton, SGA’s vice president of finance and a web and interactive media student from Harrisburg. “I would like to thank the SGA finance committee in advance for helping with the creation, execution and turnout of the event.” Bidders on the various items, donated by the Penn College and Williamsport communities, can register on-site with an SGA representative and need not be present when the winners are announced.
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November 17, 2020
Events Faculty & Staff Gallery Students

Campus community invited to gallery exhibit

QR codes offering audio files by the artist are a new feature in the exhibition space.
QR codes offering audio files by the artist are a new feature in the exhibition space.
Haviland's prints mimic waves on the gallery floor.
Haviland’s prints mimic waves on the gallery floor.

Students and employees of Pennsylvania College of Technology are invited to visit The Gallery at Penn College to view the current exhibit: Melissa Haviland’s “You can’t take it with you …

The free exhibit can be viewed through Dec. 3 on Mondays, from 2 to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1 to 7 p.m.; Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library. As with all other campus locations, masks and social distancing are required.

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November 4, 2020
Alumni Career Services College Relations Events Students

Career Fair’s virtual transition no hindrance to student-employer connection

Pennsylvania College of Technology students embarked on a new approach to career exploration through the first-ever Virtual Career Fair. This Career Services-hosted event was held Oct. 20-21.

“Over the two days (for a period of 12 hours), 154 companies and 468 students connected through nearly 1,000 video chats – an impressive number of professional conversations in the pursuit of internship and career placement,” said Shelley Moore, director of career services.

Penn College’s career fairs have shown continued growth since 2009. The Spring 2020 Career Fair – slated to have more than 450 employers in attendance – had to be canceled due to the complexities of the coronavirus pandemic. Such complexities remained an obstacle as the plans commenced for Fall 2020.

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November 3, 2020
Events Gallery

Virtual exhibit offers audio explorations by artist

The Gallery at Penn College is offering Melissa Haviland’s “You can’t take it with you …” as a virtual exhibit online. The gallery is temporarily closed to the general public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although The Gallery at Penn College is temporarily closed to the general public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has adapted by offering virtual exhibits to enjoy online.

Artist Melissa Haviland’s “You can’t take it with you …” exhibit can be viewed on the gallery’s website and includes audio clips by the artist.

“In addition to creating new work for this show, Melissa Haviland recorded audio descriptions for her five installations, so all visitors could have a fuller experience and understanding of the artwork,” said Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery director. “While our artist-in-residence program has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created a place to view, listen and learn in the virtual sphere that we hope our audience will enjoy.”

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October 23, 2020
Alumni Aviation Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Students

College provides invaluable assist during airport ’emergency’

Jets of water shoot from airport-owned apparatus.

Penn College students, faculty and equipment were integral to Saturday’s simulated emergency at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville. A triennial requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration, this year’s drill featured a smoky runway collision that allowed crews the opportunity to test the strengths and weaknesses of their response systems. Matthew D. Krepps, an instructor of aviation maintenance technology, coordinated the college’s involvement in the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority exercise, which included student “victims” and two planes from the Lumley Aviation Center’s instructional fleet: a recently donated CL-600 Challenger corporate jet and an older Sabreliner aircraft. A fog machine was used in the latter plane to obscure the vision of rescue workers without using actual smoke that would choke the student volunteers acting as injured passengers.

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