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‘Pride Week’ Cultivates Respectful Campus Environment

Members of the planning committee paint The Rock in advance of Pride Week activities. From left are Lloyd A. Shope, Catherine E. Gamez, Kyle T. Pechtold, Michael D. Penwell and Trevor I. Brandt.

The third annual Pride Week, embracing diversity and exploring the challenges faced by Penn College’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, is being marked through Friday. Discussions, a documentary, entertainment and faculty/staff development will take place across campus, uniting the community and fostering an atmosphere of equality for all. Pride Week Committee members are, from PC Alliance, students Samantha R. Labate, Kyle T. Pechtold and Lloyd A. Shope; employees Trevor I. Brandt, admissions representative; Amie K. Fox, assistant director of residence life, residence education; Catherine E. Gamez, residence hall coordinator, Rose Street Commons; and Michael D. Pennwell, residence life coordinator, upperclassmen area; and Bridget Callahan from Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies, interning with College Health Services. A schedule of activities follows: Pride Week
Photo by Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement

Before May’s Big Event, a ‘Finale’ to Pave the Way

With three Spring Commencement exercises just around the corner, the Bush Campus Center was the place to be.

Surrounded by diploma frames and other commemorative items, Jessica L. Laubach, textbook operations assistant, rings up another sale.

Soon-to-be-grads check out the selection of class rings.

Doing brisk business in caps and gowns is Lisa M. Dincher, the store's operations manager.

The College Store turned Penn’s Inn into a commencement-focused shopping mall on Tuesday afternoon, hosting a Grad Finale for students on the verge of May graduation. Prizes, food, caps and gowns, and tickets to the May 19-20 Community Arts Center ceremonies were among the attractions at the event, held from noon-4 p.m.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Penn College Students Help Build Better Community

Gwendolyn M. Wagner (left) and Katherine L. Mertes (right foreground), both interviewed for broadcast – work with classmates at Calvary Baptist Church.

Proudly exhibiting their community service are (front row) Mason M. Miller, of Chambersburg, and Luse; (middle row) Nicholas J. Hufnagle, Williamsport; Mertes, Williamsport; Alexander J. Kosylo, Pittsburgh; William M. "Billy" Johnson, Glen Mills; Shane A. Hines, Clymer; Austin N. Moscariello, New Columbia; and Wagner, Cressona; (back row) Joseph N. Prigmore, Virginia Beach, Va.; James G Vile Jr., Sheffield; and Weston P. Buck, Woodland.

A view from the top

Students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies’ Concrete Construction class (BCT 238) traveled to Calvary Baptist Church this past week, completing a project begun last fall and attracting the attention of a passing television reporter. WBRE’s Cody Butler stopped by the Washington Boulevard church, where instructor Glenn R. Luse’s masonry students built two 20-foot-long brick and block planters at the main entrance. The planters were covered for winter and students of Harry W. Hintz Jr., instructor of construction technology, completed the project this season. “We fabricated and installed colored and polished concrete copings (caps) on top of their brickwork.  This spring, the concrete class visited the site and made wood templates … of the planters, returned to our lab and duplicated the precise shape of the planters (by) snapping chalk lines on the floor,” said Hintz, an instructor of construction technology. “We then divided the shapes into manageable sections, fabricated forms, installed glass chips and reinforcing steel inside the forms, ordered a very specific concrete mix with color from Centre Concrete, placed and finished the concrete, removed the forms and polished the finished tops with four different wet-sand diamond grit pads, sealed the final pieces and installed them April 5 on top of the brickwork.” Butler’s report, which aired during evening newscasts, has been posted to PAhomepage.com.
Photos by Luse and Hintz

Group Honors Surveyor’s Legacy Through Student Award

Surveying technology faculty and students were among those attending a recent dinner meeting of the Susquehanna Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors. Front row (from left): Colton L. Copenhaver, McClure; Madison L. Carts, State College; and Dustin M. Houck, Petersburg. Back row (from left): Mark A. Valchar, Petersburg; Brock L. Gosling, Denver; faculty member Eric D. Henneberger; Derick L. Weaver, student award recipient; Howard L. Knapp V, Titusville; and Shawn L. Sheeley Jr., Kersey.

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors hosted its Ed Dobeck Memorial Award dinner meeting Thursday at Penn College, an annual event that enables regional land surveyors to welcome surveying technology students into the profession. Eric D. Henneberger, PSLS chapter president and instructor of surveying technology at the college, opened the meeting, and Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies, officially welcomed the students and surveyors. Howard D. Taylor, a Professional Land Surveyor based in Northumberland County, presented a touching tribute to the late Ed Dobeck, a widely respected land surveyor who contributed to PSLS and his community and also mentored many in the room. The 2017 Ed Dobeck Memorial Award recipient is Derick L. Weaver, of Narvon, set to graduate next month with an associate degree in surveying technology. The award, presented each May in advance of commencement, recognizes a surveying student who has demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, extracurricular activity and professionalism.
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Alliance With Chocolate-Maker Sweetens Students’ Education

A partnership with Guittard Chocolate Co., the oldest continuously family-owned and -operated chocolate-making business in the United States – and exclusive chocolate provider to the college’s School of Business & Hospitality – is giving Penn College students and eye-opening and mouth-watering appreciation for quality. “I love their chocolate,” said Natascha G. Santaella, an applied management student from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. “I know the difference between like having a really good chocolate and having just like an OK chocolate.” Laura Tornichio-Vidal, northeast territory sales manager, who provided students with a primer on production and tasting in a February visit to campus, said Guittard prides itself on collaborating with the top schools across the country. “What I really appreciate about working with Penn College is that the program is top-notch from beginning to end,” she explained.

Penn College Students to Feed Hungry Fans at Kentucky Derby

Penn College student Kori A. Treaster, of Lewistown, staffs a kitchen at Churchill Downs as she helps prepare food for guests at the 2016 running of the Kentucky Derby. Treaster and 27 other Penn College students will return for Derby Week in May.

Twenty-eight Pennsylvania College of Technology students have been selected by Levy Restaurants to help serve an expected crowd of more than 160,000 at the 2017 running of the storied Kentucky Derby on May 6.

The Derby, an icon of Southern tradition, is the longest-running sporting event in the United States, first run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1875 before a crowd of 10,000. The race has continued each year since, despite world wars and the Great Depression.

Penn College students, who will be accompanied by Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts at the college, have served Derby Week internships for more than 25 years. Churchill Downs Executive Chef David Danielson and representatives of Levy Restaurants, which manages food operations at the track, came to campus in February to interview students.

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Students From Across Region, Range of Health Disciplines Collaborate at Summit

Groups – including the one in foreground, facilitated by Judy Quinti, assistant professor of exercise science – discuss a case in several rooms of the Bush Campus Center.

As part of an event that spanned 11 participating colleges – and the Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center – and involved 868 health and allied health students and nearly 150 health care professionals as facilitators, the eighth annual Collaborative Care Summit convened at Pennsylvania College of Technology on April 5.

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Wildcat Dance Team Unveils Spring Production

The Wildcat Dance Team dazzles beneath the Penn College seal in a Broadway jazz number set to "Express."

Swirling and whirling through a solo turn to Andra Day's "Rise Up" is Amber R. Fleming, a legal assistant/paralegal studies major from Williamsport.

Kaitlyn E. Miller (foreground), of Montgomery, an applied health studies: radiography concentration student, shimmers with her teammates under the lights.

Rachel E. Winand, Zoey J. Graybill, Katelyn N. Neece and Amy L. Lautsbaugh take the stage for an ensemble piece accompanied by Christina Aguilera's "I Am a Good Girl."

Leaping and bounding, the dance team entertains the ACC audience.

Penn College’s Wildcat Dance Team held its spring “Take the Stage” fundraiser Saturday afternoon in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, the first of two performances within the week. Team members showcased numerous styles of dance throughout the production, including jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, street funk, modern, Broadway jazz, character, cheer, commercial jazz, baton and contemporary. The musical selections that accompanied the choreography represented a variety of  traditional, urban, and contemporary. All proceeds from the show will support the Wildcat Dance Team in achieving its fundraising goals. The production, “certain to bring joy to dance enthusiasts of all ages,” will be reprised for students, staff and faculty only in a free performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Doors to the auditorium will open at 7:30 that evening.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Student Among Helicopter Association’s Scholarship Recipients

Zachary D. Reese, an aviation maintenance technology major from Littlestown, will attend a factory training school with his Helicopter Association International scholarship.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student was among only eight in the world to receive a Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technology Scholarship from Helicopter Association International’s Technical Committee.

Zachary D. Reese, of Littlestown, a junior in the college’s four-year aviation maintenance technology major, was recently awarded a scholarship that provides a tuition waiver for a helicopter manufacturer training school and a stipend to offset expenses. Reese will attend the Airbus EC-145 helicopter factory school.

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Comfort Food: The Cupboard Helps Feed Students in Need

A Dining Services employee pulls food from The Cupboard's shelves for a client to pick up.

From the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine: Anecdotal evidence, referrals from vigilant faculty and results of a student questionnaire prompt Dining Services to establish a free-food pantry for students who might otherwise go hungry. Read “Comfort Food.”

Brittany R. Terpstra Named ‘Student of the Month’

Brittany R. Terpstra

Brittany R. Terpstra, a web and interactive media major from Jim Thorpe, has been chosen as the March “Student of the Month” at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Terpstra, described by her nominator as “putting herself ‘out there’ in a positive light,” has served as the president and marketing coordinator for the Wildcat Events Board. She has also been a Presidential Student Ambassador, a “Link” in the college’s Connections orientation program and a summer event assistant for the Student Activities Office.

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Graphic Design Alumni Advise Students on World of Work

Alumni returning to their graphic design roots are (from left): Bigger, Cosgrove, Januchowski, Hoover, Gray and Chandler.

Stephenson (right) chats up his former students prior to their panel discussion in the Bush Campus Center.

Chandler shares insight into her real-world design experience.

A roomful of future graphic designers listens to Januchowski’s sage advice.

Six recent graduates of Penn College’s graphic design major returned this past weekend to share their wisdom with current students. The alumni are Emily C. Bigger, ’14; Breanne M. Chandler, ’16; Christopher J. Cosgrove, ’13; Brody W. Gray, ’15; Erica M. Hoover, ’15, and Alexa A. Januchowski, ’16. They shared their experiences in the field and job-searching tips. Bigger is a graphic designer at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Harrisburg; Chandler works as a graphic designer at Avesis Inc., Owings Mills, Maryland; Cosgrove is a web designer with Otreva, Scranton; Gray is senior graphic designer at Sire Advertising Inc., Selinsgrove; Hoover is employed as a graphic designer at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove; and Januchowski is a graphic designer at Design 446, Manasquan, New Jersey. “You won’t appreciate the education you’re getting until you’re out there in the field,” Januchowski said. “At the job interviews I had, they were extremely impressed with the design work that’s being done here and how prepared the graduates are.” In addition to encouraging students to “be aggressive when applying for jobs,” Cosgrove advised, “Always keep learning – design changes rapidly. And stay inspired!” This is the second year for the event, organized by the college’s student chapter of AIGA, a professional association for design, and Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design and adviser to the student AIGA chapter.

Fraternity’s ‘Fly World’ Event Raises $1,300-Plus for St. Jude Hospital

Worlds of fun intersect in trampoline dodgeball.

Phi Mu Delta gathers to celebrate a successful charity fundraiser at the Elmira Street attraction.

Penn College’s Phi Mu Delta fraternity chapter recently held a “Jump for St. Jude,” charity event at the Fly World trampoline park in Williamsport to benefit the St. Jude Research Hospital. The fraternity had been planning the event for the entire semester and was very eager to see how well it would go, as this is the first time its members have worked with Fly World. Phi Mu Delta set up promotion tables around campus spreading the word about the benefit, as well as selling specially created T-shirts. The event itself consisted of a Basket Raffle, dunk contests and T-shirt sales to help raise money for its national philanthropic partner. The event was hugely successful, organizers said, seeing support from not only the students of Penn College, but also faculty/staff and the Greater Williamsport community. The grand total that Phi Mu Delta raised from the event was upwards of $1,300, aided by Fly World’s $650 donation of half the admission proceeds back to the fundraiser. “With so much dedication from all of the fraternity brothers, the organizations and companies who donated raffle baskets, and the Fly World staff, we were able to make this a smash hit and plan on making it an annual event,” said Paul M. Lasell, chapter president and a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Williamsport.
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Alumnus Delivers Airbus Donation to Penn College Alma Mater

Students look over part of the Airbus donation in the Aviation Center hangar.

A generous donation of $275,000 worth of airplane parts will enhance the real-world instructional environment for aviation students at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

David J. Barr, a quality management inspector with Airbus who graduated from Penn College with an aviation technology degree in 1997, brought the equipment to the Lumley Aviation Center hangar during the fall semester.

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Kindle Giveaway Adds to Prospective Blood Donors’ Incentive

Blood donors in demand April 12-13

College Health Services and the American Red Cross have a message for prospective blood donors: “Hope begins with you!” Members of the Penn College community are encouraged to give much-needed blood during the next drive, scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. April 12-13 in the Field House.  Online appointments to contribute to this lifesaving mission are available, and each donor will have the chance to win a Kindle Fire HD7. All donors will receive Pizza Hut pizza and a beverage after their contribution.