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Working World Comes a-Calling at Career Fair

With six Penn College degrees between them (most recently in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration last year), alumni Justin D. Iman (left) and Steven J. Kanaley interacted with potential co-workers for RAL Architecture + Design Inc.

More than 225 employers attended Tuesday’s Spring Career Fair, looking  to fill thousands of jobs and internships. Nearly half of the industry representatives on hand at the fair, held in Bardo Gym and the Field House, sported blue ribbons as proud Penn College alumni!

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Inspiring Speaker Champions Circuitous Route to Life’s Rewards

Attendees line a Bush Campus Center stairway for an "awesome" group photo.

Carol A. Lugg fronts a graphical representation of her decidedly roundabout career lifeline.

Colorful table accessories include bubble soap interactively incorporated by the speaker.

Guest Leslie M. Medina, a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major, joins in the fun.

A Penn's Inn crowd celebrates exemplary students.

Thirty-five Penn College students were honored Tuesday evening as the latest Awesome Women Exemplars during a reception in Penn’s Inn, sponsored by Campus & Community Engagement. The gathering featured a welcome and award presentations by Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement, and a keynote address by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of the School of Construction & Design Technologies. Lugg shared highlights from her personal life and professional career, and encouraged the audience to consider how various “spheres” of importance (family, academic life, career, hobbies, roles, etc.) travel in a nonlinear fashion throughout one’s lifetime, often influencing and intersecting in unexpected, yet beneficial ways. As an interactive activity, she encouraged guests to blow bubbles using miniature soap bottles she’d shared prior to her talk. The 12th annual AWE event also paid homage to March as National Women’s History Month.

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Campus Roundtable Brings Timely Topics Into Focus

Craig A. Miller (left), assistant professor of history and political science, facilitates the insightful conversation, along with Art L. Counterman, an instructor of electrical technology/occupations.

... encouraging engagement by students in Penn's Inn.

Penn College’s recurring roundtable turned to “The State of Trump’s America” this week, affording a Bush Campus Center audience the opportunity for civil discourse on matters related to the current White House administration. The Student Activities Office sponsors the series, which regularly encourages the campus community to dissect and discuss pressing and provocative issues of the day.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

WEB Delivers Magical ‘Harry Potter Night’

"The wand chooses the wizard" at Ollivander's shop, but, in Dauphin Hall, you can make your own ...

... along with a magical mug!

Madison P. Shrout, a graphic design major from Peterburg, donned Gryffindor garb to pose challenging Potter questions.

Attendees could choose from a variety of

Outside looking in, at the end of a wintry week

Twenty years after author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter, the literary juggernaut and the movies that it spawned continue to captivate millions – including the Penn College students who celebrated Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this past week in the Capitol Eatery. The Wildcat Events Board sponsored the activity-filled evening, which included novelties, trivia and candy reminiscent of the book series. Interested in helping to plan campus events? Email WEB!
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

‘Italian Pasticceria’ Sale Set for Wednesday

Say "Hello" to continental confections!

Cannoli among the day's featured desserts

Fresh fruit tarts are also on the menu.

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II’s Advanced Baking and Pastry Operations class will hold an “Italian Pasticceria” sale from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 29, in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Student managers for the sale are baking and pastry arts majors Crystal A. Calaman, of Dushore; Nathan Diaz and Alexis L. Kepley, of Reading; Alesha A. Dunlap, of Worthington; and Ally T. Monborne, of Williamsport. More details, including a product list and details/deadlines for ordering a specially decorated double-layer cake, follow: Italian Pasticceria

Student Development Assistants Say ‘Thank You’ to Donors

Student development assistants share a message of indebtedness to benefactors' generosity.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s student development assistants are inspiring their peers to thank the donors who make it possible for them all to earn degrees that work.

During February, they hosted a Thank a Donor Day activity in which they encouraged students to sign an oversized “Thank you” card in appreciation of all who give their time, expertise, money, equipment, grants and more to Penn College. The development assistants used the opportunity to talk with other students about who donors are, what they provide and the benefit of those gifts.

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‘BYOC’ to the Field House This Saturday

Gamers fill the Field House for last year's event.

"BYOC 2017" to be held Saturday

Penn College’s Bring Your Own Computer 2017, “the biggest gaming event of the year,” will be held from noon to midnight Saturday, March 25, in the Field House. Hosted by a collaborative mix of gaming, technology and social clubs on campus – the Gamers’ Guild, the Association of Professional Programmers, the Game Development Club, the Association for Computing Machinery and the Information Security Association – BYOC provides 12 hours of gaming, friendly competition and socialization. Whether or not you have a gaming computer, a laptop or a console, everybody is invited to join the fun! More than 25 tournaments (including Super Smash Bros., Counter Strike: GO, Overwatch, Halo, Rocket League, League of Legends, Minecraft, Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, and many others) run all day, many of them requiring nothing more than gamers and their skill. The event will have food, door prizes and tournament prizes, and will be live-streamed by the Game Development Club on Twitch. Donations will benefit Child’s Play, a charity that provides toys and games to more than 100 hospitals worldwide. More information, including complete tournament schedules and prize lists, is available online.
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When Life Gives You Snow … Turn It Into Art!

Stabley (left) and Easton N. Latranyi, of Danville, a senior in manufacturing engineering technology ...

... strategically place snowballs into eye-pleasing position.

The final creation, topped with decorative twigs, outside the Bush Campus Center

What better way to celebrate the first day of spring than by creating a snow sculpture? That’s what students in two of David A. Stabley’s art electives did Monday in front of the Bush Campus Center. Stabley, instructor of ceramics/wood sculpture, and students in Wood Sculpture and Ceramics II classes got out of the lab and into some creative exploration. Similar to other campus projects crafted by Stabley’s students (usually in fairer weather), their creation was inspired by the environmental art of famed British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.
Most photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

‘How Do You Solve a Problem With No One Right Answer?’

A new “Your Class in 60 Seconds” video visits the Supervisor and Human Relations course of Summer L. Bukeavich, a faculty member in Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality. Through a mix of individual instruction, small-group interaction and class discussion, students apply what they learn to build the best possible solution to the situation at hand. “Our instructor challenges us, giving us difficult personnel problems we have to solve,” says Alexander C. McDonnell, a business administration: management concentration major from Brookhaven. “Unlike lecture, managers are thrown into trying situations. Through this class, we simulate various workplace scenarios and prepare to tackle these supervisory issues with a hands-on approach. We learn. We play games. We argue. We debrief and we become comfortable in uncomfortable situations.”

Tickets Available for Grammy Nominee’s Lycoming Concert

Mike Posner

Mike Posner and The Legendary Mike Posner Band will perform at Lycoming College’s Keiper Recreation Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Tickets – $15 for students and $20 for the general public – are available at the Bush Campus Center Information Desk. Posner first hit the scene in 2009 and, by 2010, released his first full-length album, “31 Minutes to Takeoff,” which includes the hits “Cooler than Me,” “Please Don’t Go” and “Bow Chicka Wow Wow.” Following that album, Posner toured with major artists (including Justin Bieber) and assisted in writing such songs as “Sugar” for Maroon 5. Posner has since released another full-length album, “At Night, Alone,” which features the chart-topper, “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.” The song made the Top 10 in 85 countries, held the No. 1 spot on the Top 40 for two weeks straight, was one of Spotify’s “Top 10 Most Streamed Songs of All Time,” and was Grammy-nominated for Song of the Year. The concert is sponsored by The Campus Activities Board of Lycoming College and Penn College. Students interested in volunteering should contact the Wildcat Events Board or Student Government Association; Penn College students can score free tickets by attending campus events or by downloading the PCT Events app and looking for push notifications for chances to win.

‘What Does It Take to Succeed?’

That’s the question raised by dental hygiene major Rachel A. Fabie in the third 30-second branding spot added to the Penn College’s YouTube channel. “It takes more than a dream. More than, ‘Someday, I will,'” the Stewartstown resident explains. “It means reaching for greatness and delivering something you didn’t know you had within you.” Cataloging some of the necessary attributes for success, Fabie issues an encouraging challenge to prospective Penn College students: “You’ve got what it takes,” she says. “Show us!” Along with the college’s first two campaign commercials – the first of which was just awarded industry honors – the spots air in a variety of media, including broadcast and cable outlets in Pennsylvania.

Horticulture Student, Graduate Featured in Trade-Show Video

A YouTube video newly posted by The Harvest Group of landscape business consultants documents an informal conversation with a current Penn College student and a graduate of the same Landscape/Horticulture Technology Program, conducted at a National Association of Landscape Professionals event last semester in Louisville, Kentucky. In the segment, “Harvesters” Bill Arman and Ed Laflamme ask two students – including Penn College’s Justin M. Rinehimer, of Mountain Top – why they are studying landscaping and what they’ll look for in a prospective employer when they graduate. One such business owner might well be interviewee Jeremy L. Thorne, a 2013 Penn College alumnus with a pair of horticulture-related degrees, who was an NALP ambassador as a student and has volunteered with the industry association ever since.

Get a Jump on Your Future at Penn College’s April 1 Open House

The modern Pennsylvania College of Technology campus will host prospective students and their families for an Open House on Saturday, April 1, during which visitors can explore 100-plus academic majors in a variety of career fields.

For more than 100 years, Pennsylvania College of Technology and its predecessors have tailored their curricular offerings to students’ dreams and employers’ needs. That responsiveness to businesses and their future employees – and the flexibility to foresee tomorrow’s jobs – will be on ample display at the college’s April 1 Open House.

All of the institution’s newest opportunities, as well as the rewarding careers in time-tested fields, will be available to visitors at the college.

“Open House is such a great opportunity for students and their families to experience what makes Penn College such a unique place to learn,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events and services. “Through countless activities, prospective students will get an insider’s glimpse of life as a Penn College student.”

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Hollywood-Themed ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’ Held in PDC

Cast members riotously play their parts ...

... and interact with dinner patrons enlisted to help get to the heart of the mystery.

Cydney L. Ginter, a legal assistant/paralegal major from Altoona – assuming a "Princess Leia" persona for the event – takes part in a spirited "Rock, Paper, Scissors" duel.

Ditchfield (background), instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, and students from the School of Business & Hospitality

April R. and Stephen A. Manley, sporting name tags identifying them as Betty Boop and Christopher Walken, decipher clues at the table. (Stephen is the executive chef at the college's Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.)

The Penn College community recently joined the Student Activities Office for “Lights! Camera! Murder!” a Hollywood whodunit in the Thompson Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room. Attendees of the mystery dinner, many of them adopting celebrity or character aliases for the evening, were called upon to navigate an intricate web of deception and crack the red-carpet killing. To supplement the crime-solving fun, Chef Michael J. Ditchfield and his catering students from the School of Business & Hospitality put together a movie-themed menu that included “Pirates of the Caribbean Shrimp Salad,” Chicken Oscar and “50 Shades Chocolate Decadence Cake.”
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Internship Takes Student Behind Scenes of PA Pro Soccer Team

Jared M. Dancho

This spring, a Pennsylvania College of Technology student is taking one more step toward a career dream to work in the sports industry.

Jared M. Dancho, of Catawissa, is studying business administration with a management concentration. With an internship in the Harrisburg City Islanders’ fan development department, he is gaining valuable real-world experience that will help him prepare for work in that field.

“I’ve always wanted to work in sports, and that’s the reason I’m pursuing a management degree,” Dancho said. “I had heard about the City Islanders when I was younger and was always interested in working for a pro soccer team.”

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