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Balloon Festival’s Website Highlights Student’s Work

Before completing her bachelor’s degree in web and interactive media from Pennsylvania College of Technology in May, Rebecca M. Gardner had already added a successful website rebuild to resume, and happy clients to boot.

In the months since, her work has been put to good use in promoting the annual hot air balloon festival organized by the Rotary Clubs of Lycoming County.

BalloonFest, Air Show & So Much More is scheduled for Sept. 16 at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville.

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Electrical Students Display Skills in Industry-Sponsored Contest

From left: Nick Smith, of Schaedler Yesco Distribution; electrical technology majors Tyler W. Lauver and Theodore C. Reynolds III; and James Knight, of IDEAL.

About a dozen Penn College students in electrical-related majors tested their skills during a recent IDEAL National Championship qualifying event on campus. Created to promote electrical careers, the competition required students to cut, strip, terminate and test using professional tools from IDEAL Industries Inc. Students were timed on how quickly they completed various tasks. Electrical technology majors Theodore C. Reynolds III, of Muncy, and Tyler W. Lauver, of Mifflinburg, recorded the fastest times at the event. Reynolds clocked in at 83 seconds and Lauver finished in 93 seconds. While the impressive times didn’t qualify the students for the next stage of the national competition, Reynolds received an electrical fish tape for his first-place showing.
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Blood Donors Answer Two-Day ‘Call to Action’

Blood drive collects 178 pintsThe American Red Cross collected a total of 178 pints of blood during Penn College’s first two-day blood drive of the fall semester, a particularly rewarding result given shortages both regionally and in storm-stricken states. “Your effort shows your generosity, selflessness and dedication to helping others,” noted Carl L. Shaner, College Health Services director. “We collectively answered the ‘call to action’ that the Red Cross initiated due to critical shortages of blood in Texas and the surrounding areas.” Thirty percent of the blood will meet local demands here and a majority will aid in blood shortages where drives can’t be held due to the destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey. “Of course, the real winners are the patients in need of blood,” Shaner added in an email to the campus community. “Your effort is truly appreciated by the blood recipients, their loved ones and all of us here at Penn College.” Every pint potentially saves three lives, so 534 people ultimately could benefit from the contributions by students, faculty and staff. The next Bloodmobile visit will be Nov. 15-16 in Penn’s Inn, on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center.

Dining Services Celebrates Autumn at Artisanal Marketplace

Woodcarver Liam M. McCay, an applied technology studies major from Bloomsburg, offers a live demo of his time-honored craft.

Movie posters are artfully repurposed as notebook covers.

Also sharing hands-on expertise is alumna Alyssa L. Fink, an assistant baker in Dining Services.

Terraria on display

Dining Services’ Fall Artisan Market, a showcase of items from “funky scarves” and stoneware pottery to tote bags and handmade jewelry, brought a touch of the bazaar to the Bush Campus Center on Wednesday evening. The next market, featuring holiday items, is set for 5-8 p.m. Nov. 1.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Award-Winning Documentary Series Explores Why Math Matters

Filming “Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters” led Christopher J. Leigh, video production coordinator at Penn College, to scale a mountain in the Shawangunk Ridge, an internationally famous rock climbing area within the Mohonk Preserve in New York state. Leigh interacts with members of the Shawanpunk climbing team featured in the documentary.

Mountain climbers, a superhero and the legendary video game pioneer who founded Atari join with faculty to explain the importance of mathematics when Pennsylvania College of Technology’s award-winning public television series returns this fall.

“Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters” explores the link between math, computers and technology and helps connect the study of math with real-world experiences that engage student interests.

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Phi Mu Delta Chapter Attains National ‘Gold’

Phi Mu DeltaPhi Mu Delta fraternity has recognized the Mu Xi Chapter at Pennsylvania College of Technology as one of only five in the nation to reach the Gold Standard during the Spring 2017 semester.

 

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Music Club Sponsoring Eight-Week Exploration of Faith

Table topics: Material in the SASC lobby sets the agenda for the weeks to come.

Speaker William F. Covert Jr., an adjunct member of the college's mathematics faculty, continues the conversation with Rachel Bouscaren, of Williamsport.

Cullen S. Berfield, the reigning "Penn College Star," adds music to the mix.

Event organizer James C. Hendrie (center), a software development and information management major, talks with an attendee.

“Bible on Trial,” a two-month series of conversations, sponsored by the Penn College Music Club and held at 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the Student & Administrative Services Center’s first-floor presentation room, began this week. The opening topic in the program, which provides students with a venue for informal discussion of spirituality, was “The Bible and Validity Testing.” Scheduled for future consideration are: Sept. 12, “Creation vs. Evolution”; Sept. 19, “Everything Metaphysical (Angels and Demons)”; Sept. 26, “Free Will vs. Determinism”; Oct. 3, “Love & Relationship vs. Rules & Religion”; Oct. 10, “Jesus – Myth, Man, Martyr or More?”; Oct. 17, “The Bible and Sex”; and Oct. 24, “The Bible and Mind-Altering Substances.”
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Got Books? Make Art!

Old books await "upcycling" ...

... in a second-floor display at Madigan Library.

Gallery challenge puts old books back in circulation.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to transform old books into art through an exciting artistic endeavor: “Old Books/New Lives.” A project of The Gallery at Penn College and Madigan Library, the effort offers used books for “upcycling” into works of art. A growing trend, upcycling is the practice of converting old or discarded items into useful or beautiful objects. The resulting creations will be displayed on the first floor of the library in January and February, a complement to a juried exhibition of altered books showcased in The Gallery at Penn College. That exhibit, “Books Undone,” will include works from artists around the country. To help support budding book artists, a series of workshops will be offered on campus this semester, and participants are also welcome to work on their projects independently. Books are available at an “Old Books/New Lives” display table on the second floor of the library. “We are pleased to invite the campus community to participate in this unique ‘upcycling’ challenge,” said Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery director. Lutz adds that a search of #Bookart will offer plenty of ideas, and a selection of inspirational books are on hold for viewing at the library’s Circulation Desk. Works can be handed in anytime during the Fall 2017 semester, but are due by Dec. 7. Questions can be emailed to the gallery.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Penn College to Celebrate New Era for Wildcat Athletics

A new era in athletics

Wildcat Athletics at Pennsylvania College of Technology enters a bold new era this fall, competing as a full member of NCAA Division III.

To celebrate, the college is holding a free, family-friendly event on Sept. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. on the Field House lawn. Participants can learn more about Wildcat Athletics teams, meet the new Wildcat mascot, celebrate the launch of the Wildcat Club, and enjoy music and refreshments. Registration is appreciated.

Afterward, at 7 p.m., attendees can cheer on the Wildcat women’s soccer team as it faces crosstown rival Lycoming College on the Athletic Field, or the Wildcat women’s volleyball team, as it competes against Penn State Abington in Bardo Gym.

“Our Wildcat athletes are an integral part of student life, contributing on the playing field and off,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour. “With full NCAA Division III membership, our student-athletes now can compete for national championships, further enhancing institutional pride. This event will celebrate the significant role Wildcat Athletics plays in the full college experience offered on campus.”

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IT Students Featured on Panel at Industry Festival

Penn College information technology students (from left) Timothy M. Kainzbauer, of Mifflinburg; Matthew J. Danner, of Old Forge; James C. Temoshenko, of Kane; and John J. Aumiller, of Beavertown; conduct a panel discussion at MAGLabs, a festival devoted to video-game fandom, in Alexandria, Va.

Four Pennsylvania College of Technology information technology students shared their expertise during a panel discussion at a recent festival devoted to video- game fandom.

Timothy M. Kainzbauer, of Mifflinburg; Matthew J. Danner, of Old Forge; James C. Temoshenko, of Kane; and John J. Aumiller, of Beavertown, discussed resources and software available to independent game developers during MAGLabs in Alexandria, Virginia. The three-day event brought together video-game celebrities, developers, students and fans to celebrate the industry and showcase ways to impact game culture.

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Presidential Student Ambassadors Begin Year of Service

Front row, from left: Michelle D. Kachik, Cassandra D. Henderson, Maepearl E. St. George and Dianna R. Weaver. Middle row, from left: Majid Al-Amri, Cera N. Blunk, Kayla M. Jackson, Lindsey A. King, Erin N. Shaffer and Thomas A. D’Arcy; Back row, from left: Ryan Monteleone, Jonathan R. Hendrickson, Troy A. Stair, Travis J. Scholtz, Alexander C. McDonnell, Nathaniel H. Lyon and David M. Zlotnicki. Not pictured: Kelsey L. McKenrick, Mary K. Slipe, Logan M. Tubiello and Alexander R. Wetzel.

Twenty-one students are serving as Presidential Student Ambassadors for the 2017-18 academic year at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Selected for their demonstration of leadership, involvement, academic achievement and campus pride, the student ambassadors promote Penn College to prospective and current students and their families, guests, alumni, business partners and friends of the college.

“The Presidential Student Ambassadors are such a huge part of the Admissions team,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events and services. “They make such a great first impression on our prospective students; it’s hard to imagine not having them around! The ambassadors are already hard at work, and we’re so excited to see what’s in store for this great group of students this year!”

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Rules of Engagement

The Wildcat Events Board makes it clear how much fun involvement can be.

The Field House was at the center of several recent events that featured the very heart of Penn College: its students. This past week’s Fall Fusion and Part-Time Job Fair catered to those looking for occasional employment and/or ways to get involved with campus and community organizations, and a dodgeball tournament among First Year Experience classes provided stress relief after the opening weeks of the fall semester. (Finishing in first- to fifth-place, respectively, were I Love Kitties, Paul’s Disciples, The Winning Team, Lightning McLean and Team HA.)

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Well-Rounded: Campus Involvement Reflects Appreciation for Life

Hanna Williams. Photo by Tia G. La

From the Fall 2017 Penn College Magazine: Student-athlete Hanna Williams’ farming childhood established her work ethic; tragedy inspired her to make the most of her student experience. Read “Well-Rounded.”

Three Weeks Down? Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

Students delight in creating personal fabric pieces – patches that reflect a campus organization, department, culture, etc. – for a representative quilt that will be sewn and displayed at the college.

“PC3,” a three-week opportunity for student fun and games (while making friends AND adhering to the class schedule), draws to a close … but not before PCToday photographers document another round of campus activities to kick off a new academic year. Recent days have offered a full slate of events, including the pet-friendly Hot Dog, You’re Here! meet-and-greet, a Multicultural Lawn Party, a Second Saturday Jamboree and Sex Ed Boot Camp.

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Foundation Honors Two Penn College Students

Penn College welding and fabrication engineering technology majors Alexander M. Barlow (left), of Hanover, and Nathaniel H. Lyon, of Fredericksburg, were awarded $1,500 scholarships each from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association.

A foundation dedicated to manufacturing careers has honored two Pennsylvania College of Technology welding students with scholarships.

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, awarded $1,500 scholarships to Alexander M. Barlow, of Hanover, and Nathaniel H. Lyon, of Fredericksburg. Both students are seeking bachelor’s degrees in welding and fabrication engineering technology.

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