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Shoulder-to-shoulder and ready to serve, Links congregate on the porch of The Victorian House. From left are Ferguson, Conklin, Santaella, Mills, Wiest, Highland, Murren, Eaton, Becker, Harriman, Decker and Morrin.
Shoulder-to-shoulder and ready to serve, Links congregate on the porch of The Victorian House. From left are Ferguson, Conklin, Santaella, Mills, Wiest, Highland, Murren, Eaton, Becker, Harriman, Decker and Morrin.
Anthony J. Pace, director of student engagement, delivers a Health and Safety primer in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.
Anthony J. Pace, director of student engagement, delivers a Health and Safety primer in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.
Families enjoy a Keystone Dining Room brunch.
Families enjoy a Keystone Dining Room brunch.
Hey! Let’s take a photo with Herbie! The Links are literally "bug"-eyed with enthusiasm in Madigan Library.
Hey! Let’s take a photo with Herbie! The Links are literally “bug”-eyed with enthusiasm in Madigan Library.
Joining the Links as their orientation intern is a familiar face – David A. Gadalla (front center), who earned his bachelor's in aviation maintenance technology last month. Gadalla is serving as an orientation intern, the first alumnus to do so, before he heads to graduate school in Pittsburgh this fall.
Joining the Links as their orientation intern is a familiar face – David A. Gadalla (front center), who earned his bachelor’s in aviation maintenance technology last month. Gadalla is serving as an orientation intern, the first alumnus to do so, before he heads to graduate school in Pittsburgh this fall.

Incoming Fall 2019 students and their families attended the first of the season’s Connections sessions this week, getting their lay of the Penn College landscape before the glorious swirl of Welcome Weekend. Following an itinerary that will echo throughout the summer, college employees and student assistants – called “Links” in recognition of the relationships they forge – provided invaluable information on college life, in and out of class. This summer’s Connections Links are: Janelle R. Becker, of Fort Loudon, culinary arts and systems; Emily K. Conklin, Port Allegany, dental hygiene: health and policy administration concentration; Lacey A. Decker, Emporium, pre-dental hygiene; David Eaton, Harrisburg, web and interactive media; Patrick C. Ferguson, Williamsport, business administration: marketing concentration; Hallie S. Harriman, Mifflinburg, information technology sciences: gaming and simulation; Michael E. Highland II, Slatington, electronics and computer engineering technology; Shawnee M. Mills, Waldorf, Maryland, plastics and polymer engineering technology; Joey M. Morrin, Morrisville, graphic design; Alaina M. Murren, Aspers, dental hygiene; Natascha G. Santaella, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, applied management; and Sophia G. Wiest, Butler, entrepreneurial innovation. Ferguson and Conklin are serving as “Lead Links.” The campus will greet another five orientation groups next month, including one session (July 8-9) that is already full and a one-day program solely for adult learners (July 22).
Second and third photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer

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