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11.06.2018

Silenced voices echo through survivor’s search for ‘normal’

An emergency management technology major who is a survivor of last year’s Las Vegas shooting shared her story with fellow Pennsylvania College of Technology students and faculty Monday night in the Student & Administrative Services Center’s Presentation Room.

Emergency management, human services, nursing and emergency medical services/paramedic students were among those who listened intently and respectfully to Robyn N. Wolfe’s harrowing story. Her husband, William “Bill” Wolfe Jr., was the sole Pennsylvania fatality in the horrific mass shooting that claimed 58 lives and injured more than 800 people.

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11.06.2018

Human services students see firsthand example of civic impact

Human services students and faculty engaged in an enlightening educational outing on Friday with a visit to the Hazleton One Community Center, which was launched by Hazleton native and beloved Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon.

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Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students
10.26.2018

Human services students host ‘HOPE’ opioid awareness event

Human services students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are inviting the campus community and the public to attend “PCT HOPE,” a unique opioid awareness event to be held Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Penn’s Inn on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center.

Standing for “Help Open People’s Eyes,” the PCT HOPE gathering aims to “humanize the local opioid epidemic.” The event is an outreach effort by students in the college’s Service Learning in Sociology class and is being organized in cooperation with the West Branch Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission.

PCT HOPE will feature an interactive mural, speakers, information booths and giveaways. A “reaction tree,” where guests can post stories and their responses to the event, will also be a key feature – and one symbolizing growth.

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Events Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students
11.13.2017

Challenge Accepted! College Wins Community Cup, Helps Raise $17,000 for Salvation Army

The Salvation Army of Williamsport will receive about $17,000 to be used for essential services to local families, thanks to Saturday’s Community Challenge.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to the event resulted in the college winning the Community Cup, a traveling trophy presented to the organization with the greatest participation. Penn College logged 30 registered guests and 22 volunteers, including students enrolled in the Community and Organizational Change course and a number of student-athletes. The Penn College cross-country team served as an event sponsor.

“The volunteers from the human services program and athletics were incredible and helped to make a very special event,” said Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications, who serves as vice chairman of the local Salvation Army Board of Directors.

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10.31.2017

Human Services Class Assists Community Challenge

Racing to the finish, students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology are focused on completing an important assignment – helping to coordinate the third annual Community Challenge, benefiting the Salvation Army of Williamsport, which assists about 400 area families each month.

Set for Saturday, Nov. 11, the year’s Community Challenge features 5K, 10K and half-marathon trail races at the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority’s watershed property, 1600 Mosquito Valley Road, DuBoistown. Nearly 225 runners, ages 4 through 74, have already signed up to participate, with registration open until midday Wednesday, Nov. 8.

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05.01.2017

Minority Student Scholarship Established at Penn College

Current and former Pennsylvania College of Technology students who were members of the student organization Minorities Lending Knowledge have established The Start to Finish Minority Student Scholarship at the college.

The students are: Kacie L. Weaver, of Harrisburg, a 2016 alumna who earned a bachelor’s degree in applied human services; Kyani L. Lawrence, a former applied human services student from 2013-16 who transferred to a college in her hometown of New Rochelle, New York; and Wilmer I. Clase, of Lancaster, a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration student who is set to graduate with a bachelor’s degree this month.

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11.15.2016

Community Challenge Raises $12,000 to Support Salvation Army

This year’s Community Challenge supporting the Salvation Army of Williamsport raised $12,000, thanks to the efforts of numerous volunteers and participants including many from Pennsylvania College of Technology.

On Nov. 12, the final event in the Community Challenge series, a 5K run/walk was held at Williamsport Area High School. Penn College had over 30 volunteers at the event including students enrolled in the college’s Community and Organizational Change course who devoted part of their fall semester to the nonprofit endeavor.

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Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students
11.02.2016

Student-Organized ‘CommUNITY Day’ Exceeds Expectations

Penn College Police Officer Jen J. Bowers interacts with a costumed campus visitor.
Penn College Police Officer Jen J. Bowers interacts with a costumed campus visitor.
Picking their "spots" near the drive-in
Picking their “spots” near the drive-in
Guests try their hand at mechanized competition, courtesy of the Students Wildcats of Robotic Design.
Guests try their hand at mechanized competition, courtesy of the Students Wildcats of Robotic Design.
Members of the Williamsport Bureau of Fire display Engine 14-1 from the Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Members of the Williamsport Bureau of Fire display Engine 14-1 from the Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Power Rangers and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle get comfortable for a photo.
Power Rangers and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle get comfortable for a photo.

A “CommUNITY Day,” intended to celebrate diversity and foster residents’ connectedness with police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel, was held Saturday afternoon in the parking lot just north of Penn College’s Bush Campus Center. Organized by nine human services students in D. Robert Cooley’s Service Learning in Sociology class, the event was free and open to the public. “We surpassed our goal of having 200 children attend,” said Ashley N. Irish, of Williamsport, an alumnus now enrolled in applied human services. “We had our intended interactions between the community and local agencies –  including Williamsport police and fire, Penn College Police and EMS. Through our event, we raised over $350 for the American Rescue Workers.” Attractions included games, raffles, an auction, food and music, and a “trunk-or-treat” display of decorated cars and trucks.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Events Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students
09.28.2016

Human Services Class Lends Expertise to Community Challenge

Students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology are lending their expertise to an important local cause – the Community Challenge supporting the Salvation Army of Williamsport.

This year’s Community Challenge offers two events: the Salvation Army 10K & 20K Trail Race, set for Saturday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m., and the Salvation Army Community Challenge 5K Run/Walk, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m.

Ten students in the college’s Community and Organizational Change course are devoting their fall semester to the nonprofit endeavor that raises funds to support the local Salvation Army’s tutoring, mentoring, food distribution, and financial planning and budgeting courses.

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09.16.2016

Faculty Member Attains Psychologist Licensure, Logs Clinical Service

Susan Slamka, assistant professor of human services/psychology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has attained licensure as a psychologist in Pennsylvania and recently completed one year of full-time clinical service at the Children’s Development Center, a division of Hope Enterprises Inc., in Williamsport. The accomplishments were achieved during Slamka’s 2015-16 sabbatical.

Slamka completed the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology and the Pennsylvania Psychology Law Exam, both required for licensure as a psychologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications
09.02.2016

Student Affairs Personnel Assume Director Posts at Penn College

Two Student Affairs employees at Pennsylvania College of Technology were promoted to director-level positions at the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

Anthony J. Pace was named director of student activities, and Katie L. Mackey is the new director of campus and community engagement.

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03.31.2016

Kacie L. Weaver Named Penn College ‘Student of the Month’

Kacie L. Weaver, an applied human services student from Harrisburg, has been chosen as the March “Student of the Month” at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“Kacie is one of those people you meet in life and you’re immediately captivated by her aura of care. She’s the kind of person this world needs more of,” her nominator wrote. “From friends, family to complete strangers, Kacie is always there for support, encouragement or just a simple remark to make you laugh.”

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Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students
11.18.2015

WBRE Promotes Students’ Fair-Trade Sale

Artisans' vibrant handiwork on display
Artisans’ vibrant handiwork on display
A cashbox for a cause
A cashbox for a cause
The junction of playfulness and intricacy
The junction of playfulness and intricacy
Unique seasonal items included on the sale tables
Unique seasonal items included on the sale tables

Eyewitness News’ Cody Butler visited the Bush Campus Center on Wednesday for the Ten Thousand Villages fair-trade sale that continues through Friday. The sale, facilitated each year by students in the Community and Organizational Change course, benefits the working poor in more than three-dozen nations. Butler’s report, including an interview with student Trista B. Musser, of Selinsgrove, was broadcast Wednesday evening. The sale continues from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Events Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students
11.16.2015

Human Services Students to Host Ten Thousand Villages Sale

Students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host a fair-trade sale Nov. 18-20 in the lobby of the Bush Campus Center. The annual sale helps working poor in other countries.

Facilitated by students enrolled in the course Community and Organizational Change, the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale features unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware, and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

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11.16.2015

Students Partner With Nonprofit to Address Community Needs

A warm welcome at Firetree Place
A warm welcome at Firetree Place
Students gather for a photo along with their professor, D. Robert Cooley (upper right).
Students gather for a photo along with their professor, D. Robert Cooley (upper right).
Eager and energetic young friends have fun at Firetree Place.
Eager and energetic young friends have fun at Firetree Place.
Applied human services seniors Stacey L. French (center background) and Tima Cummings (foreground) assist with creative and crafty endeavors.
Applied human services seniors Stacey L. French (center background) and Tima Cummings (foreground) assist with creative and crafty endeavors.
Every cool party has to have a sound system! Christopher J. Morrin (upper right) brought along two of his homemade sound systems. Here, he poses with other Penn College friends – including members of the Wildcat basketball teams.
Every cool party has to have a sound system! Christopher J. Morrin (upper right) brought along two of his homemade sound systems. Here, he poses with other Penn College friends – including members of the Wildcat basketball teams.

Eighteen Penn College students in the Service Learning in Sociology course sponsored a free community day on Saturday at Firetree Place, 600 Campbell St., Williamsport. The four-hour event, “Fall Into Firetree Place,” featured arts and crafts, music, food, face-painting, games, and appearances by Penn College’s dance team, men’s and women’s basketball teams, and the Wildcat mascot. “The SOC410 students begin their semester with a sociological evaluation of our local community and identify a significant sociocultural challenge,” said the students’ instructor, D. Robert Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science. “Then, they establish a partnership with a local human service organization and develop a semester-long service learning project to address this problem in a way that meets the needs of the client, the community, and also allows the students to apply the specialized skills they have learned in their classroom work.” Marking its first anniversary this month, Firetree Place is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and personal enrichment to area youth, families and seniors through comprehensive programs, camps, workshops and seminars.

Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students