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Popular poinsettia sale begins at ESC greenhouse

Poinsettias add splash of seasonal color at ESC.

Variegated plants are among the limited inventory.

The annual Poinsettia Sale at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center greenhouse is underway, and runs until all plants are 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. Inventory is limited this year and is expected to sell out fast! There will be no early sales or holds, and everything is “cash and carry.”

Penn College Fall Commencement set for Dec. 22 at Arts Center

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Fall 2018 Commencement ceremony will be held Dec. 22 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport.

A commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 22, for the nearly 320 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate following the Fall 2018 semester.

The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with 235 students expected to march.

The student speaker will be Katherine Lynne Mertes, of Williamsport, who will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration.

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Student-run event gives robots fighting chance

The theater of battle fills with participants and spectators.

Action heats up in the competition cage.

A steady hand on the controller ... and in capturing the contest on cellphone video.

The makings of a winner?

Penn College hosted battles of ingenuity during SWORD Fall Fights 2018 in the Field House. Approximately 45 combat robots, designed and built by Penn College students and members of the public, “fought” in the double-elimination tournament on Nov. 17. About 130 people attended the daylong event, which featured 1- and 3-pound weight classes. “In an event like this, students get to see engineering in action,” said Craig A. Miller, instructor of engineering design technology and adviser to the Student Wildcats of Robotic Design Club, which sponsored the event.  “They design, build and test their robots against other builders.  They see what works and what does not and make design improvements in an effort to make their robots more competitive.”

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Counting blessings, countering need

Service with a smile: Gayle M. Kielwein, student activities accounting assistant, delivers comfort food to thankful guests.

A free family-style Thanksgiving dinner was served to 620 students Monday night − the equivalent of three full seatings in the Keystone Dining Room! − and an earlier “Soup for the Soul” benefit helped ensure that such bounty could be shared by those struggling with food insecurity. Sponsored by the Student Engagement Task Force and served by a cross-section of campus employees, the traditional dinner with all the fixin’s was delayed from Thursday due to last week’s storm. CC Commons was the site for the Nov. 14 event, at which the first 50 registrants received a meal of chicken tortilla or cheddar broccoli soup served in handcrafted bowls made by Penn College ceramic students. Part of the college’s Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week, both activities featured donations of cash and canned goods to The Cupboard, the college’s food pantry. Institutional Advancement added to the week of gratitude with its “Thank a Donor” and “One Tray at a Time” initiatives.

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Student leaders impressively complete six-week ‘boot camp’

Three aviation students, who didn’t realize each other had signed up for the leadership series until their first boot camp class, enjoy the final festivities. From left: Brent H. Thomson, Kate M. Ruggiero and Kerelos M. Bekhit.

Moore delivers an inspiring talk on the initiative and persistence involved in being a leader.

Amanda J. Confer (left) receives her certificate from Bressler.

A graduation ceremony was held Monday evening for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s latest participants in Leadership Boot Camp, a six-week series designed to provide students with a set of skills that will enable them to assume leadership positions in the near future.

Twenty-seven students engaged in the optional offering for the Fall 2018 semester, covering a range of topics from effective communication to civility.

The event’s keynote speaker, Shelley L. Moore, director of career services, led students through a leadership discussion and challenged each participant to continue to identify tangible ways to build on the program’s foundation. Leadership Boot Camp facilitator, Allison A. Bressler, associate director of student activities for new student program leadership, congratulated her students for their initiative and presented each with a certificate and a professional portfolio.

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Near-grads check their list … and mark it ‘Done!’

An acknowledged leader among his classmates and fellow veterans alike, Efrem K. Foster, an applied management major from Williamsport, finds another familiar face.

Karen E. Wright, graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office, distributes tickets to December's commencement ceremony.

Taking near-final steps toward a date with their diplomas are Rachel J. Cressman (left), a nursing major from West Milton, and Amanda N. Suda, of Harrisburg, graduating in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis.

Colorfully inviting mounds of Penn College logo wear await purchase ...

... including headgear personalized for specific academic majors.

The College Store overflowed with soon-to-be alumni on Tuesday afternoon as it hosted a Grad Finale for students who will cross the Community Arts Center stage on Dec. 22. Commencement tickets, information about student loans and veterans benefits, caps and gowns, and career advice for the postgraduate world were handily available in one Bush Campus Center locale.
Photos by J.J. Boettcher, student photographer

Students bring societal crisis down to personal level

Applied human services majors LaTricia M. Scutching (left), of Plymouth Meeting, and Estee E. McLaughlin, of Muncy, stand before a treeful of encouraging and motivational messages.

Seth Fredericks, a certified recovery specialist with the West Branch Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission, shares his personal journey and his professional experience.

Student organizers, in T-shirts of advocacy and outreach, command the floor.

Morgan L. Keller, of Shermans Dale, invited mother Stacy to the event that her class so diligently planned.

Among the presenters is Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts, who, with her colleagues on the bench, effects a coordinated court response.

Human services students at Penn College collaborated on a successful opioid awareness event Saturday night in Penn’s Inn, invoking positivity and compassion in helping the community understand dependency’s insidious impact. PCT HOPE, organized by the Service Learning in Sociology class in cooperation with the West Branch Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission, aimed to “Help Open People’s Eyes” through accessibility and lack of judgment. “I feel we succeeded at spreading awareness, hope and empathy in a unique way that I don’t think has been attempted here in Williamsport before,” applied human services major Jernae A. Drummond said. DJ Choices (Bryon Carey, a board-certified recovery specialist) donated his time to the effort; Lycoming College alumna Kaitlin Lunger screened “No Limits, No Boundaries,” her documentary about three local individuals – a recovering addict, an addict’s daughter and a Williamsport Bureau of Police officer – dealing with opioid abuse; and the class presented an interactive exhibit that put a human face on addiction and its scope. “I thought the students did a fantastic job,” said D. Robert Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science. “The event was polished, flowed well, and did a great job of engaging visitors with resources, information and personal stories on the part of the presenters.”
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Celebrating uncommon allegiance

Stars, stripes and a patriotic serving line

Giveaways – everyday reminders of selfless service – are offered by college veterans organizations.

Empty tables across campus, courtesy of the college's Veterans Affairs Office, pay silent tribute to fallen heroes.

Students pay tribute through their patronage of Bush Campus Center dining unit.

A Veterans Celebration, sponsored by Dining Services in CC Commons, offered “all-American fare” to the Penn College community on Thursday. The event, one of several on campus in conjunction with Veterans Day, gave students pause to honor the military service of their classmates.
Photos by J.J. Boettcher, student photographer 

High school students celebrate STEM Day at Penn College

Students from Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School program paths for small robots called Ozobots using colored markers – a way to code without a computer. The activity was one of several that high school students explored at Pennsylvania College of Technology on Nov. 8 as part of a National STEM Day celebration.

To celebrate National STEM Day, Pennsylvania College of Technology welcomed nearly 100 high school students to campus on Nov. 8.

“STEM” is short for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“In an ever-changing, increasingly complex world, it’s more important than ever that our nation’s youth are prepared to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems, make sense of information, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions,” says the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation & Improvement. “These are the kinds of skills that students develop in science, technology, engineering and math.”

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Well-timed colloquium speaker visits on eve of armistice’s centenary

Prefacing the lecture with an appreciation of his own students, as well as those he met earlier that day in Penn College classes, Deak applauds the inspiring influence that learners bring to the teaching process.

Mere days before the 100th anniversary of World War I’s end, a visiting associate professor of European history at Notre Dame transcended the numbers normally used in assessing casualties … talking instead of the emotional upshot and psychological toll that lend deeper understanding to the staggering loss. Through a collaboration between Penn College and the Notre Dame Club of Greater Williamsport, John Deak presented “The Limits of Modern Warfare: Stalemate, Technology, and the Isonzo Front in the First World War” as part of the college’s Technology & Society Colloquia Series. Sharing his research into an area about which most Americans know little – the dozen battles between the Austro-Hungarian and Italian armies near the Isonzo River – the speaker illustrated for his rapt Klump Academic Center listeners how technology factors into the seemingly eternal desire to subdue one’s enemies. A full-length video of the presentation can be found on the college’s YouTube channel:

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Conference guides enterprising high school students

Mark A. Ciavarella, associate professor of business administration/management, teaches high school students about the steps of writing a business plan during an Entrepreneurship Challenge event at the college.

A team from Bradford Area School District develops a business plan for an ice cream shop.

Students from Berwick Area School District hash out their target audience and sales territory. They are pitching a business that manufacturers an add-on component for hybrid vehicles.

High school students participating in the Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy’s Entrepreneurship Challenge gathered in the college’s Penn’s Inn facility on Wednesday for a one-day conference to help them define and develop their business concepts and write a summary business plan. They were guided in the activity by Mark A. Ciavarella, associate professor of business administration/management at Penn College, and Tim Keohane, director of the Small Business Development Center at Lock Haven University. PennCFL sponsors local, regional and statewide competitions that allow students to pitch new business ideas. The Penn College event was the first of three such conferences the organization is hosting this month at area colleges. Following the conference, the students return to their schools to complete and submit their business plans for prizes. The top three teams are invited to PennCFL’s state competition.

THON Fall Festival fills courtyard with focused fun

'tis the season for painting pumpkins

Giant Jenga requires dexterity and a keen eye to dislodge just the right block ...

... which isn't always "the right block!"

Free candy: A sweet incentive for a serious cause

Community Peer Educator Alexis J. Medero lofts a beanbag toward its target.

An early November day in the Rose Street Commons courtyard provided a fitting locale for a recent Fall Festival with Penn College Benefiting THON, a student organization linked to the annual February dance marathon at Penn State. Designed to raise awareness and funds for the fight against pediatric cancer, the event included three hours’ worth of games, crafts and treats.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

‘Hall-o-Wars?’ Them’s fightin’ words!

Taking deliberate aim

Residence hall and off-campus teams competed in a weeklong series of challenges – dodgeball, a Mario Kart tournament, pumpkin carving, Quizzo and bowling – during the recent “Hall-o-Wars” competition.

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Things that go ‘Yum’ in the night

Students queue up for creepy, cobwebbed cuisine.

Come closer ... if you dare.

Jessica L. Cavanaugh, a substitute Dining Services employee, serves up ribs to the passing parade of patrons. The Lewistown resident is a health information management student at the college.

Make no bones about it: Capitol Eatery has food to die for!

Dining Services’ Halloween Boofet re-inhabited Capitol Eatery this past week, offering students an appetizing menu of “eerie entrees, scary sides and hauntingly delicious desserts.”
Photos by J.J. Boettcher, student photographer

Penn College hosting FAFSA completion sessions

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology is aiding college students, prospective students and families in completing the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The college is hosting free FAFSA completion sessions on its main campus for staff to assist with the online application. The FAFSA is required by colleges and universities to determine student eligibility for federal and state grants, loans and some scholarships.

The sessions are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 24, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Both will be in Room 1049 of the college’s Student & Administrative Services Center. Students currently enrolled or planning to attend any college or university are invited. Students who are 23 or younger should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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