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Human Services Class Lends Expertise to Community Challenge

Some of the students in the Community and Organizational Change course discuss logistics in support of the Community Challenge. From left are Holly N. Engel, Montoursville; Sabrina A. Schubert, Clarks Summit; Brooke L. Gray, Muncy; Mandy M. Myers, Duke Center; Travis R. Neyhart, Jersey Shore; and Tierney N. Lookingbill, York. All of the students are enrolled in the applied human services major.

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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September 28, 2016
Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Faculty Member Attains Psychologist Licensure, Logs Clinical Service

Susan Slamka

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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September 16, 2016
Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

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

Kacie L. Weaver

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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March 31, 2016
Events Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

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

November 18, 2015
Events Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Human Services Students to Host Ten Thousand Villages Sale

Handcrafted ornaments like these will be among the offerings at the Ten Thousand Villages sale at Penn College from Nov. 18-20.

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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November 16, 2015
Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

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 semesterlong 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.

November 16, 2015
Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Human Services Faculty Members Present at Conference

Two human services faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently presented student-advising ideas at the 37th  annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, held at St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Deb Q. Bechtel, instructor of human services/social science, and Susan Slamka, assistant professor of human services/psychology, presented “It Takes a Village: Suggestions for Advising Students at the Program Level” during one of the conference’s poster presentation sessions.

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March 19, 2015
Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Human Services Students Donate Funds to Veterans Group

From left: Jenice L. Phillips-Harrold, Williamsport; Amanda R. Tyler, Brockport; Erin L. Sullivan, Elizabethtown; Chad E. Hahn (presenter), Hughesville; Paul Spurgin (recipient), Keystone Wounded Warriors; Travis S. Draper, Williamsport; LaQuinn N. Thompson, York; April M. Tucker, Muncy; Jessica J. Eisely, Middleburg; Brittany E. Goldinger, Bainbridge; Chelsea D. Woodland, State College; Meagan R. Kolk, Blossburg; Deborah E. Wells, Montoursville; and Stacey L. French, Montoursville. Goldinger is a human services major; the rest are enrolled in applied human services.

Students enrolled in a Community and Organizational Change class at Pennsylvania College of Technology raised more than $3,000 for a worldwide fair-trade organization and donated a portion of their sales to a veterans group based in Berks County.

The human services class conducted a Ten Thousand Villages sale last month and was permitted to donate 10 percent of its sales total to another nonprofit of its choice. The class chose Keystone Wounded Warriors Inc., of Blandon.

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December 18, 2014
Events Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Handcrafted Goods Available at Student-Arranged Sale

Ten Thousand Villages sale transforms CC lobby into an international bazaar.
Ten Thousand Villages sale transforms CC lobby into an international bazaar.
Holiday ornaments among sale items ...
Holiday ornaments among sale items …
... along with jewelry ...
… along with jewelry …
... and a line of basketry all the way to the elevator.
… and a line of basketry all the way to the elevator.
Sale continues through Friday
Sale continues through Friday

The annual fair-trade sale organized by human services students in the Community and Organizational Change course is being held through Friday in the lobby of Penn College’s Bush Campus Center. The Ten Thousand Villages Festival sale features artisanal items from various other countries’ working poor.
Photos by Abdullah H. Muaddi, student photographer

November 19, 2014
Events Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

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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November 13, 2014
Alumni Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

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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August 26, 2014
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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.
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.
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.

August 19, 2014
Human Services & Restorative Justice Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

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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April 11, 2014
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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.
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.

March 30, 2014