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05.14.2021

Adding hope to math

Mathematics faculty members Ed Owens, associate professor, and Lisa D. Jacobs, instructor, piloted an experiment to help students who were struggling in mathematics courses by adding a lab component to a math class that is required in many majors. In the five years since, the percentage of students passing the course has soared.
Mathematics faculty members Ed Owens, associate professor, and Lisa D. Jacobs, instructor, piloted an experiment to help students who were struggling in mathematics courses by adding a lab component to a math class that is required in many majors. In the five years since, the percentage of students passing the course has soared.
MTH 180 tools
MTH 180 tools
Building science and sustainable design student Christine A. Limbert says the course has helped her to complete calculations in her architectural classes.
Building science and sustainable design student Christine A. Limbert says the course has helped her to complete calculations in her architectural classes.

From the Spring 2021 Penn College Magazine: An experiment launched in 2016 to model a math course on the lecture-lab template of other Penn College courses is multiplying student success. Read “Adding hope to math.”

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05.07.2021

Revolutionizing robotics

X’s experiments at its headquarters in Mountain View, California, include robots sorting waste into bins dedicated to landfill, recycling and compost. The goal of the Everyday Robot Project is to produce machines that possess the humanlike capacity to learn and adapt. Fletcher Ewing, ’98, is senior mechanical engineer for the project.
X’s experiments at its headquarters in Mountain View, California, include robots sorting waste into bins dedicated to landfill, recycling and compost. The goal of the Everyday Robot Project is to produce machines that possess the humanlike capacity to learn and adapt. Fletcher Ewing, ’98, is senior mechanical engineer for the project.
Fletcher Ewing, '98
Fletcher Ewing, ’98

From the Spring 2021 Penn College Magazine: Extraordinary curiosity led Fletcher Ewing, ’98, from childhood Soap Box Derbies to an innovation-filled career. His latest role is senior mechanical engineer for X, developing robots with the humanlike capacity to learn. Read “Revolutionizing Robotics.”

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04.30.2021

A flight nurse’s calling

Stephanie Suzadail, '14
Stephanie Suzadail, ’14, aboard a Geisinger Life Flight helicopter

From the Spring 2021 Penn College Magazine: Having weathered many challenges herself, Geisinger Life Flight’s Stephanie Suzadail, ’14, loves to provide calm in the center of the storm. Read “A flight nurse’s calling.”

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03.26.2021

Read the Spring 2021 Penn College Magazine

Penn College Magazine cover Spring 2021
Penn College Magazine cover Spring 2021

The latest edition of Penn College Magazine – on its way to mailboxes and available at magazine.pct.edu – highlights Penn College’s prowess in STEM education. Features include a piece by President Davie Jane Gilmour encouraging a wider view of STEM careers and their benefits; stories celebrating the success of a lecture-plus-lab math course and the opening of the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center; and a look at alumni making the most of their Penn College educations in the fields of robotics (with X, The Moonshot Factory) and nursing (with Geisinger Life Flight). Pick up a copy in lobbies across campus or read and comment online.

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10.12.2020

Penn College Family: Playful diversion

Can you find the dog in this video call? Images courtesy of Eliza Whyman
Can you find the dog in this video call? Images courtesy of Eliza Whyman
Eliza R. Whyman
Eliza R. Whyman, ’17
Find the chopsticks
Find the chopsticks in this image, one of six “spot it” brain teasers by graphic design alumna Eliza Whyman.

From the Fall 2020 Penn College Magazine: Members of the Penn College Family across the globe used their skills in a variety of ways to help others during the pandemic’s shelter-in-place orders, including graphic design alumna Eliza R. Whyman, ’17, who resides and works in England. See more about her timely brain teasers.

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10.05.2020

Designer of signs

Signage for Bigfire restaurant at Universal CityWalk Orlando is among Karges' design work. (Photo courtesy of Universal Studios)
Signage for Bigfire restaurant at Universal CityWalk Orlando is among Karges’ design work. (Photo courtesy of Universal Studios)
Cory D. Karges, '14
Cory D. Karges, ’14
Karges' work greets visitors to Universal Resort's Aventura Hotel. (Photo courtesy of Universal Studios)
Karges’ work greets visitors to Universal Resort’s Aventura Hotel. (Photo courtesy of Universal Studios)

From the Fall 2020 Penn College Magazine: Work is a thrill ride for industrial designer Cory D. Karges, ’14, whose designs for Sign Producers Inc. are seen by millions at theme parks Universal, Disney and others. Read “Designer of Signs.”

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09.28.2020

Making Makers

 In the facility's Gilmour Tinkertorium, welding students pore over online images that can be readily rendered in vinyl to adorn their toolboxes.

In the facility’s Gilmour Tinkertorium, welding students pore over online images that can be readily rendered in vinyl to adorn their toolboxes.
Mason Peters, applied management and heating, ventilation & air conditioning technology, shapes a piece from cherry and black walnut that was harvested at the college's Schneebeli Earth Science Center.
Mason Peters, applied management and heating, ventilation & air conditioning technology, shapes a piece from cherry and black walnut that was harvested at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center.
Anthony F. O'Koren, who earned a bachelor's degree in applied technology studies in May and is now the college's makerspace attendant, has shared his knowledge and practiced new skills in the Dr. Welch Workshop.
Anthony F. O’Koren, who earned a bachelor’s degree in applied technology studies in May and is now the college’s makerspace attendant, has shared his knowledge and practiced new skills in the Dr. Welch Workshop.
Barbara J. LeGeyt, a welding and fabrication engineering technology student, plies her craft in the makerspace.
Barbara J. LeGeyt, a welding and fabrication engineering technology student, plies her craft in the makerspace.

From the Fall 2020 Penn College Magazine: Makers from all majors learn from one another as they bring ideas to life in The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College. Read more in “Making Makers.”
(Photos were taken before social distancing/masking protocols were instituted on campus.)

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09.21.2020

Trading uniforms

Connor Burke
Connor Burke
Gillian Sinnott
Gillian Sinnott

From the Fall 2020 Penn College Magazine: When spring sports were canceled and classes were moved online, two athletes traded their jerseys for scrubs. Read their stories in “Trading Uniforms.”

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08.20.2020

Read the Fall 2020 Penn College Magazine

Fall 2020 Penn College Magazine cover
Fall 2020 Penn College Magazine cover

The Fall 2020 edition of Penn College Magazine is on its way to mailboxes and campus lobbies. You can also read and share stories on the magazine’s website. This issue features the college’s work with the Vatican on The Living Chapel; the impressive work being done by students in the Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College; the Penn College family’s varied responses to the COVID-19 closure; and more!

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07.27.2020

Restoring smiles and lives for those in recovery

At the college's May 2019 commencement ceremony, Lisa M. Zimmer celebrates the culmination of her 12-year journey to a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene.
At the college’s May 2019 commencement ceremony, Lisa M. Zimmer celebrates the culmination of her 12-year journey to a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.
smiles4recovery is a burgeoning nonprofit that was born of Zimmer's senior project.
smiles4recovery is a burgeoning nonprofit that was born of Zimmer’s senior project.

From the Spring 2020 Penn College Magazine: Lisa M. Zimmer’s resolute spirit has borne her through a 12-year journey to a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene that included overcoming opioid addiction and developing a senior project, now a nonprofit organization, to provide oral health care to those in recovery. Read “Restoring smiles and lives.”

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07.20.2020

Penn College Family: Scooping up skills

Jonathan G. Vasconcelos sits in a Volvo EC220 excavator recently loaned to the college by Volvo Construction Equipment, facilitated by Highway Equipment & Supply Co.
Jonathan G. Vasconcelos sits in a Volvo EC220 excavator recently loaned to the college by Volvo Construction Equipment, facilitated by Highway Equipment & Supply Co.

From the Spring 2020 Penn College Magazine: “Volvo is king in Portugal,” said heavy construction equipment technology student Jonathan G. Vasconcelos as he sat in a Volvo EC220 excavator recently loaned to the college by Volvo Construction Equipment and facilitated by Highway Equipment & Supply Co. Vasconcelos was born in Massachusetts, but his family hails from the Azores, a nine-island archipelago off the coast of Portugal. Read more about his experiences as a member of the Penn College Family in “Scooping up skills.”

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07.13.2020

Lindbergh’s boots and cosmonaut chicken

At the Smithsonian Institution’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Daniel Ravizza stands in a hangar full of objects that shaped aviation history. The center is the annex of the National Air and Space Museum.
At the Smithsonian Institution’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Daniel Ravizza stands in a hangar full of objects that shaped aviation history. The center is the annex of the National Air and Space Museum.
Ravizza helped to conserve famous aviator Charles Lindbergh’s insulated flying boots. In 1927, Lindbergh was the first to complete a solo flight across the Atlantic, flying nonstop from New York to Paris.
Ravizza helped to conserve famous aviator Charles Lindbergh’s insulated flying boots. In 1927, Lindbergh was the first to complete a solo flight across the Atlantic, flying nonstop from New York to Paris.
Ravizza’s first project for the Smithsonian was cans of space food – including cans of Soviet veal, chicken and cheese that dated from 1969. “I had to open these cans from the bottom and remove the contents,” Ravizza said. “This was done with lots of PPE (personal protective equipment)!”
Ravizza’s first project for the Smithsonian was cans of space food – including cans of Soviet veal, chicken and cheese that dated from 1969. “I had to open these cans from the bottom and remove the contents,” Ravizza said. “This was done with lots of PPE (personal protective equipment)!”
Ravizza reinstalls the mercury boiler into the mercury bombardment ion engine/thruster on the SERT-1 (Space Electric Rocket Test 1), a NASA probe that was launched July 20, 1964, to test electrostatic ion thruster design. The conservation team took the spacecraft completely apart to remove the liquid mercury.
Ravizza reinstalls the mercury boiler into the mercury bombardment ion engine/thruster on the SERT-1 (Space Electric Rocket Test 1), a NASA probe that was launched July 20, 1964, to test electrostatic ion thruster design. The conservation team took the spacecraft completely apart to remove the liquid mercury.

From the Spring 2020 Penn College Magazine: In a Smithsonian Institution conservation lab, Daniel Ravizza, a 2014 manufacturing engineering technology graduate, combines his hands-on skills, meticulous nature and passion for history. The treasures he helps to preserve range from spacecraft and space food to the boots and helmet of legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh. Read “Lindy’s boots and cosmonaut chicken.”

 

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07.06.2020

Making a difference with every dish

Chef Robert Wood, '17, stands in the dining room of Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen, a "community restaurant" in Toms River, N.J., where he is executive chef.
Chef Robert Wood, ’17, stands in the dining room of Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen, a “community restaurant” in Toms River, N.J., where he is executive chef.
The Soul Kitchen's manifesto is communicated clearly on its wall. Portions seen here.
The Soul Kitchen’s manifesto is communicated clearly on its wall. Portions seen here.
Wood and Soul Kitchen volunteers strive to provide wholesome food to clients, about half of whom pay for their meal.
Wood and Soul Kitchen volunteers strive to provide wholesome food to clients, about half of whom pay for their meal.
Wood, one of the restaurant's three paid staff members, preps in the Soul Kitchen's restaurant.
Wood, one of the restaurant’s three paid staff members, preps in the Soul Kitchen’s restaurant.

From the Spring 2020 Penn College Magazine: Rob Wood, ’17, is executive chef for the restaurant of a literal rock star. But it’s his clients who inspire him. Read “Making a difference with every dish.”

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03.05.2020

Read Penn College Magazine’s Spring 2020 edition

The Spring 2020 issue of Penn College Magazine features the college’s new electron beam welder, turf field and NCAA lacrosse team; celebrates alumni who are feeding those who are hungry, restoring smiles for those recovering from addiction, and preserving aviation artifacts for the Smithsonian Institution; and looks at the well-lived life of former Penn College provost Veronica M. Muzic. Pick up a copy in lobbies across campus, or read and share online.

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10.14.2019

Expert Tips: Preserve family photos

A photo from Scott's personal collection
A photo from Scott’s personal collection
A photo from Scott's personal collection
A photo from Scott’s personal collection
A photo from Scott's personal collection
A photo from Scott’s personal collection

From the Fall 2019 Penn College Magazine: Is Great Aunt Harriet looking a little pale these days? Former Penn College archivist and librarian Patricia A. Scott, ’71, shares expert advice to help you keep your family’s treasured memories looking their best. Read “Expert Tips.”

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