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Young audience absorbed by STEM-onstrations

A pupil from the Sullivan County School District learns the principles of pneumatics, courtesy of West Pharmaceutical Services.

Organizations from across the region came together on Thursday on the Penn College campus to provide fun and educational activities in science, technology, engineering and math for elementary- and middle-school students. Families were invited to an evening event in the Field House, and during the day, fifth-graders from many area schools attended a sneak preview that also included a live science show by The Franklin Institute and the School of Business & Hospitality’s popular “Taste of Technology” presentation – complete with fun and delicious demonstrations of physical and chemical phase changes in food – by Chef Frank M. Suchwala, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, and baking and culinary arts students. Students and employees from several other Penn College academic programs also participated. The event is coordinated on campus by the Office of College Transitions and First Year Initiatives and sponsored by Penn College, Lycoming College and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

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Events Students

Music to one’s ears (and taste buds)

Myal Soul fills CC Commons with uncommon musical talent.
Myal Soul fills CC Commons with uncommon musical talent.
The Jamaican flag adorns a bowl of fried plantains, adding Caribbean flair to the bill of fare.
The Jamaican flag adorns a bowl of fried plantains, adding Caribbean flair to the bill of fare.
Posters, including one honoring authors Alice Walker and Langston Hughes, celebrate contributions of African-Americans.
Posters, including one honoring authors Alice Walker and Langston Hughes, celebrate contributions of African-Americans.
Buttons reflect an array of cultural and historic experience.
Buttons reflect an array of cultural and historic experience.
Students applaud the entertainment.
Students applaud the entertainment.

Students enjoyed live reggae and a savory meal at Wednesday’s Soul Food Buffet, held (in the aftermath of a snowstorm, no less) in the Bush Campus Center as part of Penn College’s Black History Month observance. The dinner is among a series of commemorative activities organized by Diversity & Community Engagement; upcoming events include a Diversi-tea Dialogue, focusing on black poets and their works, at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 105C of the Campus Center, and a free showing of “42,” a film about baseball’s Jackie Robinson, at 7 that night in the Student & Administrative Services Center presentation room.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Events Faculty & Staff Students

Tickets ‘totally’ available for 80s Murder Mystery Dinner

Becker (left) and Meszaros, students in Chef Michael J. Ditchfield's catering class, were instrumental in the dinner planning. (Photo by Trisha M. Temple, coordinator of student activities-programming)
Becker (left) and Meszaros, students in Chef Michael J. Ditchfield’s catering class, were instrumental in the dinner planning. (Photo by Trisha M. Temple, coordinator of student activities-programming)

Join Student Activities for “an evening of lace, ruffles and neon” in a retro Murder Mystery Dinner themed around “My Killer 80s Prom.” Janelle R. Becker, a culinary arts and systems student from Fort Loudon, and Lauren N. Meszaros, a culinary arts technology major from Starruca, created the playful menu for the dinner, which will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Thompson Professional Development Center. Tickets are $16.95 for Penn College students (flex, declining balance and credit cards accepted) and $19.95 for college faculty and staff; patrons – who are encouraged to don their finest period-appropriate attire – can register online or at the Bush Campus Center information desk. For more, consult the event poster: Murder Mystery Dinner

Events Faculty & Staff

Boy Scouts earn merit badges during annual STEM visit

Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture, leads a session on soil and water conservation.
Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture, leads a session on soil and water conservation.
College Avenue Labs was the venue for budding forensics professionals, schooled by police Officer Riley F. Donahoe ...
College Avenue Labs was the venue for budding forensics professionals, schooled by police Officer Riley F. Donahoe …
... in proper fingerprinting techniques.
… in proper fingerprinting techniques.
Joshua J. Rice, a plastics instructor (and alumnus of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies), delivers a primer on composite materials.
Joshua J. Rice, a plastics instructor (and alumnus of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies), delivers a primer on composite materials.

The fourth annual STEM Merit Badge College was held on campus last weekend, providing regional Boy Scouts with an opportunity to earn up to three badges each in a variety of science-, technology-, engineering- and mathematics-related activities. Sponsored by Penn College and the Susquehanna Council, Boy Scouts of America, the popular event offers an exciting blend of well-equipped instructional labs and knowledgeable mentors. Among this year’s options were electricity, landscape architecture, plumbing, welding, chemistry, dentistry and graphic arts.
Photos by J.J. Boettcher, student photographer

Civil Engineering & Surveying Construction & Design Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Students Welding

MTC expansion topic for Engineers Week roundtable

Panelists to discuss MTC expansion during Engineers Week roundtable.

Engineers WeekTeam members involved in expansion of the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center at Penn College will discuss their roles and responsibilities during a roundtable session from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday in Room 104 of College Avenue Labs.

Hosted by the college’s Civil Engineering and Surveying Department and the School of Construction & Design Technologies, the event will connect the campus community to the civil engineers, surveyors, architects, construction managers, contractors and others whose expertise is vital to the ongoing project.

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Dining Services Events Students

Valentine’s Day dinner is served!

Love is in the air at Dauphin Hall.
Love is in the air at Dauphin Hall.
Lining up for flank steak ...
Lining up for flank steak …
... lovingly carved and served by Dining Services' Donna M. Lyons.
… lovingly carved and served by Dining Services’ Donna M. Lyons.
Even the cappuccino machine donned festive finery for the occasion!
Even the cappuccino machine donned festive finery for the occasion!
Delectable desserts included this chocolate-and-raspberry temptation.
Delectable desserts included this chocolate-and-raspberry temptation.

Food-lovers found sweetheart deals at Dining Services’ Valentine’s Day buffet, held in advance of the holiday … and in spite of not-so-nice weather. Tuesday’s mouth-watering Capitol Eatery menu included lobster ravioli, pork persillade, roasted fresh vegetables and homemade bread.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Events Students

New ‘Penn College Star’ rises from stageful of talent

The new reigning champion celebrates with her cash winnings.

Tiana M. Rawls-White, a culinary arts technology major from Northumberland, captured the 2019 “Penn College Star” title with a prize-winning vocal performance among seven accomplished challengers. Singer Amber L. Way, of Port Matilda, enrolled in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration, placed second; and mechatronics engineering technology student Kyle B. Linscott, a Williamsporter who sang and played guitar to original music, was the third-place finisher. Jarred J. Jones, whose talent was BMX tricks, was chosen as “Fan Favorite.” Four other musicians performed: singers Skyla E. Feerrar, Danielle M. Fidler and Kai K. Marshall, and Perry R. Leslie Wheat, who played original music on bass guitar. Students Cole A. Gehman and Trevor J. Route shared master-of-ceremonies duties at the sixth annual talent show, held this past week in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium under the sponsorship of the Wildcat Events Board.

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Events Faculty & Staff Students

‘Dream Week’ stirs community to social change

Penn College students and employees were among the 250-or-so people who gathered for the More Than a Meal food-packing event.

Penn College recently partnered with the Beloved Community Council, Lycoming College and STEP AmeriCorps during “Dream Week,” leveraging the power of volunteers to help tackle local challenges and advance the Martin Luther King’s vision of equal opportunity. The planning committee this week held its wrap-up meeting and provided additional photos of the various events that honor Rev. Dr. King’s mid-January birthday and facilitate community collaboration on the eve of February’s Black History Month observance. Among those activities were a downtown Peace Walk and memorial tribute to community leader Richard C. James, a joint service project on behalf of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and engaging conversations on race, culture and politics.

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Events Faculty & Staff Students

Yell(ow) It Out prompts public discourse on private struggles

Yellow ribbons, tied to campus trees in advance of Tuesday's storm, offer a beacon of hope.

Yellow ribbons, T-shirts and banners provided a vibrant contrast to the wintry landscape – and a vital symbol of support – as the Penn College community raised its collective voice for suicide prevention. In the annual Yell(ow) It Out observance, all were encouraged to wear the appropriate color and post on social media using the #pcthope hashtag to show their solidarity. Resource tables were located across campus providing information on suicide prevention and education. Ribbons and T-shirts were available, and students wrote messages on flags that will be displayed outdoors. The observance also included QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training for students and employees, empowering them to intercede when they notice someone experiencing depression or having potentially suicidal thoughts. The effort attracted the attention of WNEP’s Kristina Papa, who compiled a news segment that debuted at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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College Transitions Events Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Plastics & Polymer

Families invited to Science Festival on Feb. 21

Local businesses, colleges and other organizations will provide fun, hands-on STEM activities for elementary and middle school students during a Feb. 21 Science Festival in Penn College’s Field House. The free, public event is scheduled from 5-8 p.m.

Elementary and middle school students and their families are invited to a Science Festival on the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus on Thursday, Feb. 21.

The festival is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. in the college’s Field House and features hands-on activities designed to spark excitement about science, math, engineering and technology.

The Field House will be filled with fun activities and demonstrations presented by local organizations that include businesses, high school and college faculty and students, and the Society of Plastics Engineers’ PlastiVan. The event is intended to make learning fun.

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Events Gallery

Artwork indelibly melds beauty, soul-searching

“Artemisia” (in foreground) by Carol Brookes stands among a stunning lineup of sculptures.
“Artemisia” (in foreground) by Carol Brookes stands among a stunning lineup of sculptures.
A student makes notes about Sergio Gomez’s inspiring “New Beginnings I.”
A student makes notes about Sergio Gomez’s inspiring “New Beginnings I.”
Gneich and Jefferson (at center) converse with students.
Gneich and Jefferson (at center) converse with students.
Teresa Hofheimer’s “Children Who Don’t Sleep” offers a haunting image.
Teresa Hofheimer’s “Children Who Don’t Sleep” offers a haunting image.
The exhibition’s curator addresses the crowd that spanned the length of the gallery.
The exhibition’s curator addresses the crowd that spanned the length of the gallery.

“Art can go where the law has not. Art can lead public discussion to a tipping point,” said Cheryl Jefferson, executive producer of “The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions,” during a campus talk on Thursday. Jefferson and Charles Gniech,  curator of the exhibition, delivered their remarks at an evening reception in The Gallery at Penn College. Attended by a large crowd of students, faculty, staff and community members, the gathering offered an opportunity to explore the collection of thought-provoking works created by 21 artists. The aim of the fine art exhibition is to raise awareness of global human rights violations and promote social change. “The Art of Influence” is on display through Feb. 28. Located on the third floor of Madigan Library, the gallery is open from 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

Events Faculty & Staff Students

Mobile display shares facts behind the artifacts

Paying tribute to everyday items that are far from ordinary – including the desktop pencil sharpener, ice cream scoop, egg beater, dustpan and fountain pen.
Paying tribute to everyday items that are far from ordinary – including the desktop pencil sharpener, ice cream scoop, egg beater, dustpan and fountain pen.
Among those viewing the informative installation on Wednesday are Isabelle R. Oscar, of Williamsport, enrolled in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration, and Jahmel Blunt, an engineering design technology major from Scranton. 
Among those viewing the informative installation on Wednesday are Isabelle R. Oscar, of Williamsport, enrolled in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration, and Jahmel Blunt, an engineering design technology major from Scranton.
William C. Davis (a Texas professor and brother of actor Ossie Davis) brought us Dasani bottled water and instant mashed potatoes.
William C. Davis (a Texas professor and brother of actor Ossie Davis) brought us Dasani bottled water and instant mashed potatoes.
Little-known history moves to center stage in portable museum.
Little-known history moves to center stage in portable museum.
The legacy of Garrett A. Morgan includes the three-position traffic light and the gas mask.
The legacy of Garrett A. Morgan includes the three-position traffic light and the gas mask.

A traveling museum honoring the contributions of African-American inventors, from George Washington Carver’s groundbreaking scientific discoveries to the lesser-known faces behind societal icons, helped the Penn College community observe Black History Month. Sammie L. Davis, coordinator of diversity and cultural life, facilitated the unique collection of inventions on the first floor of Madigan Library from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Curators Clifton Brown and Leland Scott were on hand to interact with visitors and answer questions about the displays, each of which includes a patent date, biographical sketch, and additional historical information and facts. “People are often surprised to learn who is responsible for inventing or improving upon so many of the products and items we see and use every day,” said Brown, a Chrysler retiree who founded the pop-up museum (and related exhibits that celebrate other African-American notables, from sports figures to musicians to civil-rights pioneers). “And I want people to know that there’s enough history to celebrate year-round, not just in February!” As the state’s first Gold Star Library in the PA Forward Star Program, Madigan Library was a natural to house the Ohio-based exhibition; African American History on Wheels epitomizes the “civic and social literacy” skill that helps form the five-sided foundation of the commonwealth’s library initiative. For a complete list of campus programming, check out the Diversity and Community Engagement portal site or this year’s poster: Black History Month
Most photos by J.J. Boettcher, student photographer

Dental Hygiene Events Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Free dental services available to children on March 2

Pennsylvania College of Technology dental hygiene students Abigail S. Way, ’17, of Williamsport, and Rebekah L. Caretti, ’18, of Weedville, provide free preventive dental services to a child during the 2017 Sealant Saturday event at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Volunteer dentists, dental hygienists and dental hygiene students will again provide free services in the Penn College Dental Hygiene Clinic during Sealant Saturday on March 2.

Free dental care – including screenings, sealants, fluoride varnish treatment and education – is available to children ages 7 to 15 on Saturday, March 2, in the Pennsylvania College of Technology Dental Hygiene Clinic.

The event is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association as part of its Sealant Saturday initiative. Sealant Saturday events are held across the state.

The Penn College event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. The college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic is on the second floor in the west wing of the Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

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Dining Services Events Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

‘Nature’s Cove’ celebrates new look with grand reopening

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently celebrated a grand reopening of its Nature’s Cove dining unit at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center campus. The dining unit received new seating and other upgrades.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently held a grand reopening celebration for Nature’s Cove, one of its 10 dining units.

Nature’s Cove updated its dining room with new cabinets and countertops, a larger soda fountain and updated merchandising coolers, additional seating with new dining room chairs, and a fresh coat of paint.

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Donors honored for steadfast confidence in college mission

Megan M. Mecouch paints a compelling picture of her life-changing international experience.

The generous support of Pennsylvania College of Technology students by two donor groups – The 1914 Society and The Pillar Society – was readily affirmed in the Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge on Saturday evening.

The 1914 Society recognizes individuals and families who make an annual commitment of $1,000 or more to the college; The Pillar Society’s members have named the college or the Penn College Foundation as beneficiaries of planned gifts.

President Davie Jane Gilmour greeted donors and thanked them for their enduring support of Penn College, while Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement, provided an overview of how their far-reaching thoughtfulness impacts students.

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