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College Holds Centennial Open House

Penn College welcomed prospective students, their families and friends, and its community neighbors to Fall Open House on Sunday. Helpful employees, students and alumni were on hand throughout the day to enable exploration of academic programs, student life, and the college’s campuses and facilities. The student-focused portion of the day was held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; free transportation was provided to and from the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood and the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville. A Community Centennial Event, inviting the public to help celebrate 100 years of adult education, was from 2-4 p.m.

– Photos by Tom Wilson, writer-editor-PCToday; Abdullah H. Muaddi, student photographer;
Jennifer A. Cline, writer/editor-One College Avenue; Cletus G. Waldman, clinical director of radiography;
Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies;
Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor; and Jon W. Hart, instructor of building automation technologies/HVAC electrical

Encouraging the social-media sharing of Open House moments, President Davie Jane Gilmour poses for a selfie.
Encouraging the social-media sharing of Open House moments, President Davie Jane Gilmour poses for a selfie.

Victoria Krueger, a student ambassador stationed in an information tent by "The Rock," points a family in the right direction.
Victoria Krueger, a student ambassador stationed in an information tent by “The Rock,” points a family in the right direction.

School of Business & Hospitality majors are outlined by Gerri F. Luke, interim dean, during an overview session.
School of Business & Hospitality majors are outlined by Gerri F. Luke, interim dean, during an overview session.

The Alumni Relations Office served a commemorative cake in the Victorian House.
The Alumni Relations Office served a commemorative cake in the Victorian House.

Carlos Ramos, web designer/interactive media strategist, helps a family map out its day.
Carlos Ramos, web designer/interactive media strategist, helps a family map out its day.

Among Open House V.I.P.s was Dayne A. "Andy" Lash, a 1992 business management graduate, considering re-enrollment in the occupational therapy assistant major. Lash was featured on the cover of the first issue of One College Avenue magazine in Winter 1991-92.
Among Open House V.I.P.s was Dayne A. “Andy” Lash, a 1992 business management graduate, considering re-enrollment in the occupational therapy assistant major. Lash was featured on the cover of the first issue of One College Avenue magazine in Winter 1991-92.

The oldest building on campus teems with youthful energy – 100 years young, in fact – as a standing-room-only crowd files out of a Klump Academic Center information session.
The oldest building on campus teems with youthful energy – 100 years young, in fact – as a standing-room-only crowd files out of a Klump Academic Center information session.

Making fun use of instructional equipment were students in the renewable energy technologies major, who took photos with the Solmetric Suneye 210 Shade analysis tool in front of the Electrical Technologies Center. The equipment uses a fisheye lens oriented vertically to capture a calibrated digital photo of the entire sky, including the horizon (and any obstructions such as trees), as seen from the perspective of a photovoltaic solar array. While students ordinarily use the tool for calculation of solar access for a specific longitude and latitude, they promoted their major at Open House by taking snapshots of and emailing the photos to prospects in gratitude for their attendance. Clockwise from top are Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; President Gilmour; Jon W. Hart, instructor of building automation technologies/HVAC electrical; and students Nicholas Gaviola, of East Hampton, New York, and Christopher G. Schmid, of Dallas.
Making fun use of instructional equipment were students in the renewable energy technologies major, who took photos with the Solmetric Suneye 210 Shade analysis tool in front of the Electrical Technologies Center. The equipment uses a fisheye lens oriented vertically to capture a calibrated digital photo of the entire sky, including the horizon (and any obstructions such as trees), as seen from the perspective of a photovoltaic solar array. While students ordinarily use the tool for calculation of solar access for a specific longitude and latitude, they promoted their major at Open House by taking snapshots of and emailing the photos to prospects in gratitude for their attendance. Clockwise from top are Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; President Gilmour; Jon W. Hart, instructor of building automation technologies/HVAC electrical; and students Nicholas Gaviola, of East Hampton, New York, and Christopher G. Schmid, of Dallas.

Emergency Medical Services students Crystal E. Van Aken, of Emmaus, and Kierstin M. Slesienski, of Bensalem, stand ready to greet the community with a display of defibrillators from the 1980s through today.
Emergency Medical Services students Crystal E. Van Aken, of Emmaus, and Kierstin M. Slesienski, of Bensalem, stand ready to greet the community with a display of defibrillators from the 1980s through today.

Joseph T. Pecsi, of Pittsgrove, a student in information technology information assurance and security concentration and an employee of Altamira Technologies Corp., shared a crowd-pleasing creation: a robotically controlled Etch-a-Sketch that even rotated to shake the drawn image off the screen.
Joseph T. Pecsi, of Pittsgrove, a student in information technology information assurance and security concentration and an employee of Altamira Technologies Corp., shared a crowd-pleasing creation: a robotically controlled Etch-a-Sketch that even rotated to shake the drawn image off the screen.

Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology, greets a tour group outside the Schneebeli Earth Science sawmill ...
Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology, greets a tour group outside the Schneebeli Earth Science sawmill …

... where students provided live demonstrations of turning logs into lumber.
… where students provided live demonstrations of turning logs into lumber.

Welding lecturer James C. Tanner explains a Cloos robotic welder on loan to the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Tanner was just one of the many welding faculty on hand to greet Open House guests, scores of whom pre-registered for tours of the lab.
Welding lecturer James C. Tanner explains a Cloos robotic welder on loan to the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Tanner was just one of the many welding faculty on hand to greet Open House guests, scores of whom pre-registered for tours of the lab.

Engineering design technology students Allen M. Higley (left), of Dushore, and Ryan K. Fisher, of Bethel, talk with Barry R. Stiger, vice president for institutional advancement, about their PVC-framed vehicles.
Engineering design technology students Allen M. Higley (left), of Dushore, and Ryan K. Fisher, of Bethel, talk with Barry R. Stiger, vice president for institutional advancement, about their PVC-framed vehicles.

Standing amid the college's fleet of instructional aircraft are Walter V. Gower (left), an assistant professor of aviation, and a pair of Open House visitors.
Standing amid the college’s fleet of instructional aircraft are Walter V. Gower (left), an assistant professor of aviation, and a pair of Open House visitors.

Barney A. Kahn (left), instructor of building construction technology, and Thomas J, Mulfinger, associate professor of building construction technology, show how to make molding.
Barney A. Kahn (left), instructor of building construction technology, and Thomas J, Mulfinger, associate professor of building construction technology, show how to make molding.

Joseph E. LeBlanc, assistant professor of physics, demonstrates the “magic” of electrical current in the “haunted physics lab.”
Joseph E. LeBlanc, assistant professor of physics, demonstrates the “magic” of electrical current in the “haunted physics lab.”

With a latter-day "degrees that work" forest technology video as background, a display of logging artifacts reflects the day's historical theme.
With a latter-day “degrees that work” forest technology video as background, a display of logging artifacts reflects the day’s historical theme.

While students in the Introductory Baking course go about their classwork, a display shows off the handiwork of their predecessors.
While students in the Introductory Baking course go about their classwork, a display shows off the handiwork of their predecessors.

Community Assistant Sarah Boyer and Commuter Assistant Todd D. Robatin are the oh-so-pleasant gatekeepers for the Off-Campus Housing Expo in Madigan Library,
Community Assistant Sarah Boyer and Commuter Assistant Todd D. Robatin are the oh-so-pleasant gatekeepers for the Off-Campus Housing Expo in Madigan Library,

In keeping with the "now and then" thread that ran through the Centennial Community Event, the School of Construction & Design Technologies combined today's industry-standard curriculum with a slide show of bygone days.
In keeping with the “now and then” thread that ran through the Centennial Community Event, the School of Construction & Design Technologies combined today’s industry-standard curriculum with a slide show of bygone days.

Squash becomes art in Le Jeune Chef, thanks to talent of students in the School of Business & Hospitality’s Artistic Buffet Decoration course.
Squash becomes art in Le Jeune Chef, thanks to talent of students in the School of Business & Hospitality’s Artistic Buffet Decoration course.

Jonathan F. DeRoner, a computer aided product design major from Thurmont, Maryland, gives a potential student a close-up look at his course work in College Avenue Labs.
Jonathan F. DeRoner, a computer aided product design major from Thurmont, Maryland, gives a potential student a close-up look at his course work in College Avenue Labs.

With an earnestness that honors the difficult decision of choosing a college, recruitment director Joseph J. Balduino answers a family's questions.
With an earnestness that honors the difficult decision of choosing a college, recruitment director Joseph J. Balduino answers a family’s questions.

The college's new provisional membership in NCAA Division III generated traffic for Wildcat coaches, who were headquartered in the Bush Campus Center TV lounge.
The college’s new provisional membership in NCAA Division III generated traffic for Wildcat coaches, who were headquartered in the Bush Campus Center TV lounge.

Chris S. Weaver, instructor of diesel equipment technology, presides over a full-house lab tour.
Chris S. Weaver, instructor of diesel equipment technology, presides over a full-house lab tour.

The Student Involvement Fair offered a variety of options for out-of-classroom learning, including a Guatemalan study-abroad program backed by Penn College faculty members Curt E. Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics, and Rob Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology and environmental science.
The Student Involvement Fair offered a variety of options for out-of-classroom learning, including a Guatemalan study-abroad program backed by Penn College faculty members Curt E. Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics, and Rob Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology and environmental science.

Ambassador Stephanie M. Puckly makes guests feel at home while waiting for a check-in slot to open.
Ambassador Stephanie M. Puckly makes guests feel at home while waiting for a check-in slot to open.

Daniel W. Yoas, associate professor of computer information technology, discusses opportunities and expectations in the IT world.
Daniel W. Yoas, associate professor of computer information technology, discusses opportunities and expectations in the IT world.

River Valley Transit buses – a Main Campus circulator, as well as hourly shuttles to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and Lumley Aviation Center – await departure outside the Carl Building Technologies Center.
River Valley Transit buses – a Main Campus circulator, as well as hourly shuttles to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and Lumley Aviation Center – await departure outside the Carl Building Technologies Center.

Sandra L. Richmond, director of nursing, leads a session.
Sandra L. Richmond, director of nursing, leads a session.

In a presentation titled "HVAC Applications: Old Theory and New Appearances," a still-functioning 1930s-era refrigerator is displayed not far from today's cooling equipment.
In a presentation titled “HVAC Applications: Old Theory and New Appearances,” a still-functioning 1930s-era refrigerator is displayed not far from today’s cooling equipment.

Hardly a given on a near-November afternoon: sun warm enough to melt students' impressive ice sculptures.
Hardly a given on a near-November afternoon: sun warm enough to melt students’ impressive ice sculptures.

The day's ample sunlight shines through a Centennial collage of photos denoting natural resources-related majors over the past 45 years.
The day’s ample sunlight shines through a Centennial collage of photos denoting natural resources-related majors over the past 45 years.

Students show visitors the ropes of the Surgical Technology Program’s simulated operating room.
Students show visitors the ropes of the Surgical Technology Program’s simulated operating room.

Presidential Student Ambassador Kyle D. Bomboy leads a tour westward from the Bush Campus Center.
Presidential Student Ambassador Kyle D. Bomboy leads a tour westward from the Bush Campus Center.

Prospects and their families fill a nursing laboratory.
Prospects and their families fill a nursing laboratory.

The clearing of trees along Airport Road allows an unimpeded view of the donated FedEx cargo jet, wrapped in vinyl and reborn as a teaching tool (and as a very visible billboard for the college's aviation center).
The clearing of trees along Airport Road allows an unimpeded view of the donated FedEx cargo jet, wrapped in vinyl and reborn as a teaching tool (and as a very visible billboard for the college’s aviation center).

Prospective students and their families receive an informative tour of the Dental Hygiene Clinic.
Prospective students and their families receive an informative tour of the Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Among the diesel technology graduates returning to share their success stories were John D. Motto (left) and Daniel H. Mohlenhoff, 2011 alumni who joined instructor Justin W. Beishline's presentation. Grads from all of the college's academic schools volunteered their services for the day.
Among the diesel technology graduates returning to share their success stories were John D. Motto (left) and Daniel H. Mohlenhoff, 2011 alumni who joined instructor Justin W. Beishline’s presentation. Grads from all of the college’s academic schools volunteered their services for the day.

Construction management students (from left) Matthew W. Bonenberger, of Lansdale; Charles J. Lutz, of Reading; and Ryan M. Huber, of Valencia, demonstrate the porousness of concrete.
Construction management students (from left) Matthew W. Bonenberger, of Lansdale; Charles J. Lutz, of Reading; and Ryan M. Huber, of Valencia, demonstrate the porousness of concrete.

Nursing faculty members and students show a prospect the high-tech workings of SimMan.
Nursing faculty members and students show a prospect the high-tech workings of SimMan.

Families travel past the Victorian House, where Alumni Relations waited to greet alumni.
Families travel past the Victorian House, where Alumni Relations waited to greet alumni.

Outside the Machining Technologies Center, two impressive vehicles – a Jaguar and student-manufactured “mini Baja” car – are conversation starters.
Outside the Machining Technologies Center, two impressive vehicles – a Jaguar and student-manufactured “mini Baja” car – are conversation starters.

Michael P. Covone, associate professor of applied health studies, talks with visitors.
Michael P. Covone, associate professor of applied health studies, talks with visitors.

A student ambassador guides a group outside the Bardo Gymnasium.
A student ambassador guides a group outside the Bardo Gymnasium.

Books donated by the Smithsonian Institution provide a look at the plumbing industry of the past.
Books donated by the Smithsonian Institution provide a look at the plumbing industry of the past.

Admissions representative Caleb J. Swartz discusses diesel and heavy construction equipment majors with a family from Huntingdon.
Admissions representative Caleb J. Swartz discusses diesel and heavy construction equipment majors with a family from Huntingdon.

Graphic design major Zachary G. Bird, of South Williamsport, was among the students who thoughtfully fielded visitors' questions in the CC art labs.
Graphic design major Zachary G. Bird, of South Williamsport, was among the students who thoughtfully fielded visitors’ questions in the CC art labs.

Edward A. Henninger, dean of health sciences, provides an overview of the school and its programs.
Edward A. Henninger, dean of health sciences, provides an overview of the school and its programs.

Guiding guests toward a productive day is Rebecca A. Steer, secretary to the dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.
Guiding guests toward a productive day is Rebecca A. Steer, secretary to the dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.

Off-campus landlords form a shopping mall of sorts in the Madigan Library atrium.
Off-campus landlords form a shopping mall of sorts in the Madigan Library atrium.

Kathleen V. McNaul, academic services specialist: transition communications, speaks at a session on transfer students.
Kathleen V. McNaul, academic services specialist: transition communications, speaks at a session on transfer students.

The always-impressive Victorian House wears its Sunday best for Open House visitors.
The always-impressive Victorian House wears its Sunday best for Open House visitors.

The ESC floral design lab attracts artistic attention.
The ESC floral design lab attracts artistic attention.

Sean M. Hunter, an automotive restoration technology major from Livingston, New Jersey, shows off the restored 1970 Chevelle Super Sport in College Avenue Labs. The latest collaboration between students and the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, the car recently brought home a first-place junior award.
Sean M. Hunter, an automotive restoration technology major from Livingston, New Jersey, shows off the restored 1970 Chevelle Super Sport in College Avenue Labs. The latest collaboration between students and the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, the car recently brought home a first-place junior award.

A vintage Apple computer is among the exhibits in a "museum" of outmoded gaming and information technology.
A vintage Apple computer is among the exhibits in a “museum” of outmoded gaming and information technology.

Minorities Lending Knowledge, the former Multicultural Society, was among the student organizations with a presence in the Bush Campus Center.
Minorities Lending Knowledge, the former Multicultural Society, was among the student organizations with a presence in the Bush Campus Center.

Jenna E. Kline and Gaven D. Crosby, Resident Assistants at The Village at Penn College, strike an amiable pose between tours of on-campus housing at Dauphin Hall.
Jenna E. Kline and Gaven D. Crosby, Resident Assistants at The Village at Penn College, strike an amiable pose between tours of on-campus housing at Dauphin Hall.

Campus visitors are greeted at check-in by Presidential Student Ambassadors Morgan N. Keyser and Trevor I. Brandt.
Campus visitors are greeted at check-in by Presidential Student Ambassadors Morgan N. Keyser and Trevor I. Brandt.

Friendly guests take a smile break with a student photographer.
Friendly guests take a smile break with a student photographer.

A meet-the-dean session with Colin W. Williamson, of the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies
A meet-the-dean session with Colin W. Williamson, of the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Timothy E. Weston (left), associate professor of plastics and polymer engineering technology, and Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics and polymer technology, share their expertise with a visiting family.
Timothy E. Weston (left), associate professor of plastics and polymer engineering technology, and Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics and polymer technology, share their expertise with a visiting family.

Penn College's threefold emphasis on practical laboratory experience is front-and-center in an Admissions Office presentation.
Penn College’s threefold emphasis on practical laboratory experience is front-and-center in an Admissions Office presentation.

The atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center invites respite, refreshment and regrouping during the Open House experience.
The atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center invites respite, refreshment and regrouping during the Open House experience.

Culinary arts technology student James E. Culp, of Northumberland, shows a couple around the hospitality facilities during the Centennial Community Event.
Culinary arts technology student James E. Culp, of Northumberland, shows a couple around the hospitality facilities during the Centennial Community Event.

A display of landscaping equipment through the years
A display of landscaping equipment through the years

Resident Assistant Anders T. Felton accompanies a group through Rose Street Commons.
Resident Assistant Anders T. Felton accompanies a group through Rose Street Commons.

Radiography students introduce visitors to interesting X-ray images.
Radiography students introduce visitors to interesting X-ray images.

A frequent volunteer at college events, retired engineering drafting faculty member Chalmer Van Horn again shares his day – and meticulously hand-drawn student projects from his personal collection.
A frequent volunteer at college events, retired engineering drafting faculty member Chalmer Van Horn again shares his day – and meticulously hand-drawn student projects from his personal collection.

A convenient addition to check-in at the Field House: Open House information projected from the second floor.
A convenient addition to check-in at the Field House: Open House information projected from the second floor.

Blue skies and autumn glory – down on the ground and up in the mountains – welcomed visitors to campus along with the three Centennial art installations. This one, "Student Bodies," was crafted by welding technology students and faculty.
Blue skies and autumn glory – down on the ground and up in the mountains – welcomed visitors to campus along with the three Centennial art installations. This one, “Student Bodies,” was crafted by welding technology students and faculty.

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