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05.30.2022

Students given generous head start on Alaskan adventure

A local custom furniture business is supporting Pennsylvania College of Technology students in their upcoming global experience in Alaska.

Zach Wahl, founder of Brick Mill Craft Furniture Co., based in Williamsport, donated $300 for 12 human services & restorative justice students to purchase travel-size toiletries and other necessities for their June service-learning trip.

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05.26.2022

Industry pros’ informal talk adds to students’ formal education

Advice from industry partners led to the creation of the Human Services & Restorative Justice Coffee & Conversation series this past semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology, and plans are underway to continue the initiative in the fall. Hosting three speakers across three months of Spring 2022, the sessions provided candid conversations on hot topics impacting the HSJ field.

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04.26.2022

Pinwheels planted to bring awareness to child abuse

During Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, “pinwheel gardens” have been popping up around the country in an effort to bring awareness to child abuse, and a local display of pinwheels recently arose in a field next to the Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Co.

The display is a cooperative effort of the Human Services and Restorative Justice Club at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Old Lycoming Township Police Department, Lycoming County Children & Youth Services, Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police, Pennsylvania State Police, and the Child Advocacy Center of the Central Susquehanna Valley, a division of Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

Representatives from the organizations gathered on Friday, April 22, to plant 500 of the traditionally blue pinwheels. The number of pinwheels represents the children assisted in the past year by LCYS.

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Business, Arts & Sciences Human Services & Restorative Justice Students
04.13.2022

Survivors, advocates take unified stand at ‘Take Back’ event

Survivors and supporters gather under the glow of the PDC’s Mountain Laurel Room lights.
Survivors and supporters gather under the glow of the PDC’s Mountain Laurel Room lights.
Human Services and Restorative Justice Club executive board officers and volunteer club members gather to honor the evening.
Human Services and Restorative Justice Club executive board officers and volunteer club members gather to honor the evening.
Cody R. Englehart, a junior in human services & restorative justice, offered introductory remarks and concluding comments.
Cody R. Englehart, a junior in human services & restorative justice, offered introductory remarks and concluding comments.
HSJ Club pins, ribbons and candles
HSJ Club pins, ribbons and candles

A survivor speak-out, candlelight vigil and resource sharing highlighted a “Take Back the Night” event held Friday in the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Coinciding with Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, the gathering was co-sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement, the Human Services and Restorative Justice Club, and the Williamsport branch of YWCA Northcentral PA.

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04.11.2022

Wellness Fair brings light touch to weighty issues

Healthy hands-on engagement stirred in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Bush Campus Center last week as the first Wildcat Wellness Fair shared a wide range of self-care activities. A collaboration of the new Positive Psychology (PSY410) class and Counseling Services, the event filled the CC lobby, stretched down a hallway and poured out onto the portico facing the campus mall. The festive feeling and visible smiles hearkened back to prepandemic days more than two years ago, and appropriately enough stress management, social connection and mental health were the topics of conversation.

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03.25.2022

‘Culture Cafe’ returns travel to academic menu

Faculty members hold display boards touting the Global Experiences trips that they will be leading. From left are Rob Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science (Alaska); Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts (Italy); Kathleen V. McNaul, LEAP adviser-international (representing Roy H. Klinger, collision repair instructor, traveling with students to Italy and France); and Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor of architecture (Spain).
Faculty members hold display boards touting the Global Experiences trips that they will be leading. From left are Rob Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science (Alaska); Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts (Italy); Kathleen V. McNaul, LEAP adviser-international (representing Roy H. Klinger, collision repair instructor, traveling with students to Italy and France); and Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor of architecture (Spain).
Stunning images from the various locations on Jabbour's itinerary catch the eye, much like they enticed the 40-plus students booked for the 14-day adventure.
Stunning images from the various locations on Jabbour’s itinerary catch the eye, much like they enticed the 40-plus students booked for the 14-day adventure.
Beneath the red and yellow of Spain's national flag, patrons enjoy a tantalizing meal plated by Dining Services workers Michael I. McNary (also a student in emergency management and homeland security) and Mackensie R. Polys.
Beneath the red and yellow of Spain’s national flag, patrons enjoy a tantalizing meal plated by Dining Services workers Michael I. McNary (also a student in emergency management and homeland security) and Mackensie R. Polys.
Seafood Paella, among the evening's savory dishes
Seafood Paella, among the evening’s savory dishes
John F. Chappo, assistant professor of history/history of technology, talks with Kayla N. Berry, of Waldorf, Md., about international opportunities for learning. Berry is enrolled in the four-year welding and fabrication engineering technology major.
John F. Chappo, assistant professor of history/history of technology, talks with Kayla N. Berry, of Waldorf, Md., about international opportunities for learning. Berry is enrolled in the four-year welding and fabrication engineering technology major.

Student Affairs’ Culture Cafe, held Thursday evening in the Capitol Eatery, allowed the campus community to “Eat, Drink and Travel!” – exploring global learning opportunities while indulging in a Spanish-themed fest. On hand to preview imminent trips, and to whet students’ appetite for enlightening travel in future semesters, were faculty members leading excursions to various destinations: a human services and restorative justice trip to Anchorage, working with YWCA Alaska; immersion into Italy’s sumptuous cuisine; a tour among the iconic automakers of France and Italy; and a firsthand appreciation of the architecture of Spain.

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11.16.2021

Scholarship opens opportunities

Sydney M. TeleskyWere it not for a middle school field trip to campus, Sydney M. Telesky wouldn’t have given Pennsylvania College of Technology a second look; father Nick holds two degrees from the institution (electrical technology, ’02, and building automation technology, ’04) and she once yearned for a “different experience” than his. That visit, however, led to a summer camp … then to Penn College NOW classes in high school … and eventually to her enrollment as a human services and restorative justice student.

A selflessly committed campus leader – she is a writing tutor, a Student Government Association officer and a college relations assistant – Telesky is among those giving thanks this month to a collegewide support network of faculty, employees, classmates, friends and donors.

“As a full-time student, I have three part-time jobs and an internship, as I am attempting to pay all my tuition, rent and other necessities fully out of my own pocket,” Telesky wrote in a blog entry. “The scholarship aid that I receive is incredibly helpful – paying for tuition and textbooks to succeed in my classes, and allowing me to become more involved at Penn College instead of working additional shifts to make my college career possible.”

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11.15.2021

November’s ‘Service Saturday’ spreads holiday cheer

Twenty-two Penn College students who enjoy volunteering their time – including members of student organizations and the Wildcat women’s basketball team – gathered with Shannon L. Skaluba, student organization specialist, in CC Commons on Saturday to write heartfelt messages of gratitude in nearly 450 holiday cards for military personnel. The cards were donated by Sarah R. Yoder, coordinator of admissions operations, and her husband, Adam J., an industrial technology specialist with Workforce Development; as well as Chet Beaver, coordinator of veteran and military services; and Skaluba.

The cards will be distributed with the help of Sarah, who has worked with the United Soldiers and Sailors of America program for the last several years. Her brother, Michael Shott, is a first lieutenant in the Army on active duty, currently serving stateside following a recent deployment.

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11.12.2021

Outdoor recreation inspires leadership

Colin G. Browne Jr.Each November brings another opportunity for Penn College students to “Give Thanks” – a peer-to-peer initiative to express gratitude for those who invest in their success – and 2021 is no exception. This year’s observance again includes several blog posts, starting with a New York City native who has found a home within the expansive shelter of Penn’s Woods. Colin G. Browne Jr.’s blog entry, drawn from his grateful remarks at the August dedication of the Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course, recounts his exposure to he college’s natural surroundings through Rob Cooley’s “Outdoor Recreation as a Therapeutic Tool” course. “I realize that much of what I have learned in this class, and all the other lessons I have learned thus far during my academic career at Penn College, are valuable lessons that I, and others, do not always think about using,” wrote Browne, who aims to someday lead a youth advocacy support group.

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10.22.2021

Candlelight vigil illuminates life-or-death issue

The national recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and its Week of Action (Oct. 18-24) was honored on the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus with a Purple Thursday candlelight vigil at the front of Klump Academic Center.

The human services & restorative justice major collaborated with Student Engagement and the Williamsport branch of YWCA Northcentral PA to host the public event.

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08.18.2021

Challenge Course furthers skills ‘to make the world a better place’

Campuswide ingenuity and the generosity of a longtime supporter have produced the Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course at Penn College. Architecture and concrete science students; General Services personnel; and Rob Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science, played vital roles in developing and building the course. Brent and Daria Fish funded the project in honor of Brent’s father, William H. Fish, a respected businessman, community leader and friend of the college. A wide variety of student and industry groups will use the course to enhance problem-solving, leadership, teamwork and communication skills. “The purpose of a challenge course is to create structured, physical outdoor activities that draw people together,” Cooley explains in a video on the college’s YouTube channel. “It’s not me up at the whiteboard or me at the computer telling them what to do. It’s me presenting a challenge and stepping back. The collective effort is what solves the problem and creates the learning experience.”

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08.12.2021

College dedicates Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course

The Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course, the creation of which involved the same collaborative spirit that it will nurture in those who use it, was dedicated Aug. 11 on the wooded southcentral side of Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Challenge Course – a remarkable project funded by Brent and Daria Fish in memory of Brent’s father, William H. Fish – “will foster leadership and team-building skills for generations of students, faculty, alumni and industry partners,” said Loni N. Kline, vice president for college relations. Brent is president of Fish Real Estate, and Daria is head of corporate communications for OxiWear.

An interdisciplinary focus was reflected throughout the development and construction process, which involved the college’s General Services Department, architectural technology and concrete science classes, a helping of off-campus inspiration, and a picnic table donated by the Sigma Pi philanthropic fraternity.

The intricate design includes a bridge that honors the Fish family’s appreciation for the outdoors: stainless steel railings resembling fly-fishing rods, with hooks dangling from lines that drop to a dry creek bed below.

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08.07.2021

Alumni Achievement Award presented to human services grad

LaQuinn N. Thompson, a 2016 alumnus of Pennsylvania College of Technology, was honored with an Alumni Achievement Award at the college’s Summer 2021 Commencement ceremony at the Community Arts Center.

The Alumni Achievement Award is presented to a graduate of the past 10 years in recognition of noteworthy career accomplishments that demonstrate the importance of a Penn College education. Thompson, who was born and raised in York, earned a bachelor’s degree in applied human services from Penn College.

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07.24.2021

Magazine chronicles kayak outing’s ‘transformational impact’

Pennsylvania Angler & Boater magazineAn article in the July/August issue of Pennsylvania Angler & Boater features a field trip taken by Rob Cooley’s Outdoor Recreation as a Therapeutic Tool course during the spring semester. The class traveled to nearby Rose Valley Lake, accompanied by Lycoming College’s director of outdoor learning and education, for an enjoyable and insightful day of kayaking. Students making the trip were Colin G. Browne Jr., Cody R. Englehart, Brad S. Grenoble, Payge C. Hess, Kai K. Marshall, Krystle J. Richardson, Nicole M. Smulligan and Devon M. Wasson. Grenoble is an emergency management technology major; the others are enrolled in human services and restorative justice. The magazine piece was facilitated by Douglas M. Hess, manager of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s Benner Spring State Fish Hatchery in Centre County (and Payge Hess’ father). Included are a number of quotes about the day’s positive effects on members of the group, from enjoyment of local wildlife to the accent on their chosen field – such as this from Wasson: “There is something about just being on the water that is so calming to me and brings me that instant stress relief that everyone needs.”

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06.14.2021

Human services students highlight benefits of Pennsylvania Youth Survey

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students and their professor recently shared their expertise as part of Pennsylvania Prevention Week 2021, which encourages citizens across the commonwealth to recognize the importance of substance abuse prevention as a priority for public health.

In an 18-minute video, students Alexandria M. George and Cydney L. Ginter and faculty member Elizabeth E. Winder discussed “Utilizing the PAYS in Higher Education.” The PAYS (Pennsylvania Youth Survey) is a survey of sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th grade students that gathers insights into young people’s behavior, attitudes and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence.

“I routinely use this survey to help my students better understand data-driven decision making and to help them understand how to prescribe evidence-based programs based on targeted, community need,” said Winder, assistant professor of human services and restorative justice.

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