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Human Services Students Host Ten Thousand Villages Sale

Unique handmade gifts from diverse cultures are available at the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale, set for Nov. 19-21 at Pennsylvania College of Technology's Bush Campus Center.

Students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host a fair-trade sale Nov. 19-21 in the lobby of the Bush Campus Center.

The annual sale, which is open to the public, helps working poor in other countries.

Facilitated by students in the Community and Organizational Change course, the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale will feature 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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Academic Mentors Provide Resource for Student Success

Joshua I. Bobenrieth, a recent electronics and computer engineering technology graduate from Port Allegany, meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

For a first-year college student, stepping onto a new campus and beginning classes can be overwhelming. For a returning student, an unsuccessful first semester can add a lot of pressure, especially if the student is not certain how to avoid making the same mistakes.

At Pennsylvania College of Technology, an academic mentoring program is designed to help those students.

Joshua I. Bobenrieth, of Port Allegany, graduated in May with a degree in electronics and computer engineering technology, a faculty award and a plan to continue his education in aerospace engineering. But in his first semester, he was anything but confident.

“I was having a hard time adjusting to college life,” he said. “After a few weeks, I was stressed and needed help, so I asked my instructor and was directed to the mentor program.”

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The Power of an Ally: Academic Mentors Provide Another Resource for Success

Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.

A student faced with leaving school remains, thanks in large part to an academic mentor who went the extra mile to seek help from other staff. Academic mentors are Penn College employees who volunteer to meet regularly with students who seek guidance and moral support. Read the full story in the Fall 2014 One College Avenue.

Nicole M. Sailor Selected as SGA’s ‘Student of the Month’

Nicole M. Sailor

Nicole M. Sailor, an applied human services major from Williamsport, has been chosen as the Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Scheduled to graduate in May 2015, Sailor has been a student member and subgroup leader of the Early Childhood Education Center’s Middle States Steering Committee for reaccreditation. She also works in the college’s Madigan Library, has been active in the Human Services Club, and was selected by faculty to be a mentor to incoming students.

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Revealing a ‘Hidden’ Problem: Students Share Facts About Homelessness

With her classmates assembled behind her, Lacy D. Schnoonover talks with WBRE Eyewitness News reporter Valerie Tysanner.

Did you know that the average age of a homeless person is 9? These and other facts about homelessness are compiled by applied human services students in the Spring 2014 issue of One College Avenue, the college’s official magazine. Students in the Service Learning in Sociology course researched homelessness and organized an overnight awareness event on the streets of Williamsport.

Bethany M. Reppert 2013’s Final ‘Student of the Month’

Bethany M. Reppert

Bethany M. Reppert, an applied human services major from Pottsville, has been chosen as the Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Reppert is a member and secretary of the Students Making a Contribution organization, a student mentor and a part-time employee at the college’s Madigan Library.

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Students Organize Fair-Trade Sale in Solidarity With World’s Working Poor

Amie J. Glace, an applied human services major from Montoursville, models a scarf and maraca that were  available at the Ten Thousand Villages sale.

Among the applied human services majors operating the sale are, from left, Tyler R. Mausteller, of South Williamsport; Annie M. Wolf, of Williamsport; Kacie L. Weaver, of Harrisburg; Amie J. Glace; and Nicole M. Sailor, of Williamsport.

Kacie L. Weaver displays a scarf that was among the fair-trade sale items.

One of many novel items is displayed by Nicole M. Sailor.

Students in the Community and Organizational Change class taught by Deb Q. Bechtel, instructor of human services/social science, successfully organized and staffed a Ten Thousand Villages sale Wednesday through Friday in the Bush Campus Center. The annual sale features unique, handmade gifts such as jewelry, home decor and personal accessories. Ten Thousand Villages is one of the world’s largest fair-trade organizations, striving to improve the lives of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 37 countries throughout the world.
Photos by Craig R. Urey, student photographer

Students’ Community Service Serves Often-Invisible ‘Community’

Takin' it to the streets are (standing from left) faculty member D. Robert Cooley and applied human services students Tyler R. Mausteller, of South Williamsport; Gretchen T. Chambers, of St. Peters; Eve A. Allen, of Williamsport; Andrea K. Grande, of Williamsport; Ashley N. Myers, of Williamsport; and Brittany L. Ohnmeiss, of Muncy. Kneeling are Lacy D. Schoonover (left), of Williamsport, and Rachel K. Young, of Montgomery.

Applied human services majors in D. Robert Cooley’s Service Learning in Sociology class raised public awareness – and more than $1,200 – to help Family Promise of Lycoming County Inc. aid local residents experiencing the challenges of homelessness. The students set up a temporary “city” of cardboard boxes outside the Lycoming County Court House on Friday evening/Saturday morning, collecting more than $600 in cash. An online campaign at gofundme.com raised roughly the same amount. They also collected a large supply of clothing, toiletries and food items for Family Promise, whose executive director Melissa Magargle brought her two daughters and stayed the evening. From 6-10 p.m., the group enjoyed live acoustic music by Students of Musical Development (a Penn College campus organization); singer/songwriter Shawn Strickland; and Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history and political science. “It was fantastic,” said Cooley, an assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science. “We also helped two homeless people who came to our event get shelter for the night. An individual from the community who had once experienced homelessness in Wlliamsport, but who now is employed and has a home with his family, spent the night with us, too, and shared his story.”

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Penn College Human Services Students Focus on Homeless Plight

Students in the Sociology 410 class are joined by supporters (including the Penn College Wildcat) prior to the Oct. 19 Mummers' Parade ...

Human services students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are inviting the community to join them in sleeping on the streets in a cardboard “box city” on Friday, Nov. 1, in downtown Williamsport.

Starting at 5 p.m., students enrolled in Sociology 410 (Service Learning in Sociology) will gather in front of the Lycoming County Courthouse at West Third and Pine streets. The students will create a temporary “city” of cardboard boxes to symbolize the challenges of homelessness. Visitors are welcome to make a donation and get a box of their own to decorate and add to the “city.” Donations of canned goods, toiletries and gently used clothing will be accepted at the event and turned over to Family Promise of Lycoming County Inc. to assist clients through the winter season.

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Student Intern Organizes Self-Defense Workshop at Brown Library

Women from the campus community are welcome to attend a free self-defense workshop, part of a Penn College student’s internship at the James V. Brown Library, to be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 15-16 in the library’s Lowry Theatre. The event was organized by Bethany M. Reppert, an applied human services major from Pottsville, whose internship capstone involves presenting a program for adults. Reppert partnered with the Golden Dragon Training Center for the two-part presentation, which is divided into a Thursday class on safety tips and a Friday demonstration of self-defense techniques. Interested participants can register and learn more through the library website.

Classmates Hone Collaboration, Communication in Purposeful Outdoor Exercise

Students literally learn the ropes under the ever-watchful eye of their faculty "spotter, an assistant professor of human services/social science who is retiring in August after more than 25 years of teaching.

Traversing the low ropes in a trust- and team-building challenge.

Sure-footed sneakers

A "family tree?" Mother Nature provides convenient support for twins Kelcie L. (left) and Kaitlyn A. Murray, applied human services majors from Scranton.

A grateful grasp of a helping hand

In a summer class that began as many of their friends were leaving campus for a breather, 11 students in LaRue R. Reese’s Outdoor Recreation as a Therapeutic Tool class – a mix of applied human services and occupational therapy assistant majors – traveled to Montoursville’s Indian Park on Thursday. Reese, wrapping up more than a quarter-century as a faculty member, terms it a “toolbox course – they gain a whole bunch of tools they can employ in their career.” Among the activities was the Mohawk Walk, in which the students rely on one another to navigate taut ropes suspended just above the ground.

Jamie Steer Earns Weekly USCAA, PSUAC Basketball Honors

Jamie Steer

Freshman Jamie Steer (South Williamsport) was named both the Penn State University Athletic Conference and United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 27. Steer led the Wildcats in a 2-1 week, averaging 21 points and 12.7 rebounds in the three games with two double-doubles. In addition, Steer scored a season and personal-high 33 points in the team’s win against Central Penn College. This is Steer’s first weekly honor of the year. So far this season, the human services major is leading the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 18.7 points per game. The average ranks her third among all players in the PSUAC.

Human Services Students Raise Nearly $3,000 for Working Poor

Students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted an event on campus in November that raised $2,968 for an international cause.

Fourteen students, all enrolled in the course Community and Organizational Change, hosted a Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale, offering fair-trade handcrafted goods from around the world.

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Global Artisans’ Work Available for Purchase at Popular Annual Sale

Woven baskets beautifully beckon shoppers.

A delicate angel, standing watch

Human services students staff sale in CC lobby.

The Nativity, fashioned by hand

A little birdie, as intricate as it is vibrant

A fair-trade sale of colorfully handmade items, organized each year by students in a human services course at Penn College, is being held in the Bush Campus Center through Friday. The Ten Thousand Villages Festival sale features sustainable jewelry, holiday ornaments, baskets and many other items crafted by the world’s working poor. Sale hours are 1-7 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.

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. 14-16 in 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 will feature handcrafted goods. Items include sustainable jewelry, ornaments, baskets, candleholders, soaps, musical instruments, wood and stone statuary, and other home-décor items from around the world.

Ten Thousand Villages is one of the world’s oldest fair-trade organizations. The nonprofit group works with more than 100 artisan groups in more than 30 countries. Fair trade enables the artisans to earn a fair wage and provides the opportunity for a higher quality of life.

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