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Fall Open House: Something Special in the Air


The rain ceased and the smiles poured forth Sunday as the campus community flung wide its doors to potential students, their families and friends at Fall Open House. A pleasant autumn day on a beautiful campus provided the backdrop for an in-depth look at academic programs, student life and facilities. Helpful employees, students and alumni were on hand throughout the day, as hundreds upon hundreds of visitors crisscrossed Penn College to discover the nationally recognized home of “degrees that work.”

– Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian and Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographers;
Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor; Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist;
and Cletus G. Waldman Jr., interim director of radiography

Open House visitors from Berks County flash friendly smiles for a photographer alongside the Bush Campus Center.
Open House visitors from Berks County flash friendly smiles for a photographer alongside the Bush Campus Center.

Alicia A. Maines, a May graduate in dental hygiene, was among the Penn College alumni returning for the day.
Alicia A. Maines, a May graduate in dental hygiene, was among the Penn College alumni returning for the day.

Attendance spilled upward to the balcony for several of the morning's general information sessions, led by Lynn Y. Frey, assistant director of admissions ...
Attendance spilled upward to the balcony for several of the morning’s general information sessions, led by Lynn Y. Frey, assistant director of admissions …

... and admissions representative Sean M. Stout.
… and admissions representative Sean M. Stout.

Presidential Student Ambassadors Morgan N. Keyser (foreground) and Victoria L. Kostecki were among the check-in volunteers walking campus guests through the day ahead.
Presidential Student Ambassadors Morgan N. Keyser (foreground) and Victoria L. Kostecki were among the check-in volunteers walking campus guests through the day ahead.

Gentlemen-in-waiting: Resident Assistants George W. Settle III (left) and Tyler D. Hodge stand ready to host their next housing tours.
Gentlemen-in-waiting: Resident Assistants George W. Settle III (left) and Tyler D. Hodge stand ready to host their next housing tours.

Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics & polymer technology and department head, greets an interested crowd in the atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.
Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics & polymer technology and department head, greets an interested crowd in the atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

John R. Smigley and his mother, April Ace, enjoy the warm hospitality of RAs Chesnya I. Cherulus (left) and Kacie L. Weaver. Smigley traveled from East Stroudsburg to check out electrical technology.
John R. Smigley and his mother, April Ace, enjoy the warm hospitality of RAs Chesnya I. Cherulus (left) and Kacie L. Weaver. Smigley traveled from East Stroudsburg to check out electrical technology.

President Davie Jane Gilmour greets a Klump Academic Center audience, setting the tone for their day of exploration.
President Davie Jane Gilmour greets a Klump Academic Center audience, setting the tone for their day of exploration.

Bearing check-in backpacks full of tools for their journey, prospective students traverse campus.
Bearing check-in backpacks full of tools for their journey, prospective students traverse campus.

Displaying a brag-worthy brand
Displaying a brag-worthy brand

Chef Frank M. Suchwala, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, joins School of Hospitality students for a literal "Taste of Technology."
Chef Frank M. Suchwala, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, joins School of Hospitality students for a literal “Taste of Technology.”

The accessibility of college administrators is evident in a prospect's interaction with Michael J. Reed, interim dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications.
The accessibility of college administrators is evident in a prospect’s interaction with Michael J. Reed, interim dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications.

Terri A. Stone (left), assistant professor, shares insight into the interactive learning environment afforded the college's nursing majors.
Terri A. Stone (left), assistant professor, shares insight into the interactive learning environment afforded the college’s nursing majors.

The college's proven Military Friendly track record is exemplified by Chester M. Beaver, a full-time veterans affairs coordinator in the Financial Aid Office.
The college’s proven Military Friendly track record is exemplified by Chester M. Beaver, a full-time veterans affairs coordinator in the Financial Aid Office.

Denise S. Leete, associate professor of web and interactive media, is joined by Zane R. Sensenig (left) and John D. Pater, 2014 graduates in that major.
Denise S. Leete, associate professor of web and interactive media, is joined by Zane R. Sensenig (left) and John D. Pater, 2014 graduates in that major.

Ambassador Tyler R. Filipowski answers questions from a tour group.
Ambassador Tyler R. Filipowski answers questions from a tour group.

The School of Construction & Design Technologies' architectural technology wing offers a display of student projects ...
The School of Construction & Design Technologies’ architectural technology wing offers a display of student projects …

... as well as sustainability advocates from the U.S. Green Building Council student organization.
… as well as sustainability advocates from the U.S. Green Building Council student organization.

David M. Zlotnicki, an electronics and computer engineering technology major from Oil City, shows off his work with the Raspberry Pi mini-computer.
David M. Zlotnicki, an electronics and computer engineering technology major from Oil City, shows off his work with the Raspberry Pi mini-computer.

In colors coordinated with nature, a family tours campus with Ambassador Bryan M. Behm.
In colors coordinated with nature, a family tours campus with Ambassador Bryan M. Behm.

Culinary arts and systems student Christopher S. Kasler, of Kendall Park, N.J., creates a flaming coffee drink in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.
Culinary arts and systems student Christopher S. Kasler, of Kendall Park, N.J., creates a flaming coffee drink in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, delivers one of the six academic-school overviews taking place across campus.
David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, delivers one of the six academic-school overviews taking place across campus.

A family readily gets answers from Ambassador Anthony D. Gobbi.
A family readily gets answers from Ambassador Anthony D. Gobbi.

Visitors to the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville got a close-up view of the cockpit of a Falcon 20 passenger jet, among the varied instructional aircraft on-site.
Visitors to the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville got a close-up view of the cockpit of a Falcon 20 passenger jet, among the varied instructional aircraft on-site.

The gamlng and simulation major is represented by Spyke M. Krepshaw (left), instructor of computer information technology.
The gamlng and simulation major is represented by Spyke M. Krepshaw (left), instructor of computer information technology.

An attentive crowd lends its collective ear.
An attentive crowd lends its collective ear.

Carl J. Bower Jr., a member of the horticulture faculty, meets with a family.
Carl J. Bower Jr., a member of the horticulture faculty, meets with a family.

On a campus shuttle, families from Washington, D.C., and Lansdale enjoy sharing the highlights of their Penn College explorations.
On a campus shuttle, families from Washington, D.C., and Lansdale enjoy sharing the highlights of their Penn College explorations.

Fall Open House, held amid evocative campus banners, offers an opportunity to “create” one’s own future.
Fall Open House, held amid evocative campus banners, offers an opportunity to “create” one’s own future.

Ghoulish goodies await guests in the Capitol Eatery.
Ghoulish goodies await guests in the Capitol Eatery.

Linda M. Barnes (center), an associate professor of occupational therapy assistant, is joined by alumni volunteers Hannah Marie Scheibeler (left) and Stephanie Michelle Feldser, both of whom graduated this year.
Linda M. Barnes (center), an associate professor of occupational therapy assistant, is joined by alumni volunteers Hannah Marie Scheibeler (left) and Stephanie Michelle Feldser, both of whom graduated this year.

A campus mall sidewalk teems with visitors as far as the eye can see (or feet can walk).
A campus mall sidewalk teems with visitors as far as the eye can see (or feet can walk).

A father and son - both interested in their educational options - learn about additive manufacturing from Dave A. Probst (left), assistant professor of engineering design technology.
A father and son – both interested in their educational options – learn about additive manufacturing from Dave A. Probst (left), assistant professor of engineering design technology.

Instructor William F. Stepp IV takes a tour group through the hangar at the Lumley Aviation Center.
Instructor William F. Stepp IV takes a tour group through the hangar at the Lumley Aviation Center.

Josiah D. Stoltzfus, a Presidential Student Ambassador and a Community Assistant, leads a pack of eager visitors on a walking tour (as a shuttle bus departs from the Bush Campus Center).
Josiah D. Stoltzfus, a Presidential Student Ambassador and a Community Assistant, leads a pack of eager visitors on a walking tour (as a shuttle bus departs from the Bush Campus Center).

The Field House bustles during families' arrival.
The Field House bustles during families’ arrival.

Associate Dean Sharon K. Waters helps visitors understand the rewards and expectations of majors in the School of Health Sciences.
Associate Dean Sharon K. Waters helps visitors understand the rewards and expectations of majors in the School of Health Sciences.

An early childhood education classroom provides a comfortable setting for a sit-down with Thomas C. Heffner, assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: programs.
An early childhood education classroom provides a comfortable setting for a sit-down with Thomas C. Heffner, assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: programs.

Visitors are impressed by the spaciousness of Dauphin Hall facilities.
Visitors are impressed by the spaciousness of Dauphin Hall facilities.

Aspects of the new physical therapy assistant major are explained by director Nancy E. Wood.
Aspects of the new physical therapy assistant major are explained by director Nancy E. Wood.

The colors of autumn and the comfort of coffee add to the pleasures of the day.
The colors of autumn and the comfort of coffee add to the pleasures of the day.

A seasonal - and technical - treat in the CAD labs: the in-progress plans by one class to create a “punkin' chunkin'” device.
A seasonal – and technical – treat in the CAD labs: the in-progress plans by one class to create a “punkin’ chunkin’” device.

Nursing/practical nursing alumna Barbara Reynolds – who joined husband Joseph H. as this year's Humanitarian/Citizenship Award recipients – was a first-time volunteer, reuniting with Dottie M. Mathers, an associate professor of medical-surgical nursing.
Nursing/practical nursing alumna Barbara Reynolds – who joined husband Joseph H. as this year’s Humanitarian/Citizenship Award recipients – was a first-time volunteer, reuniting with Dottie M. Mathers, an associate professor of medical-surgical nursing.

Aviation’s Tylor J. Burkett, one of the day’s ever-helpful Student Ambassadors.
Aviation’s Tylor J. Burkett, one of the day’s ever-helpful Student Ambassadors.

On a blustery autumn day, that star-spangled banner yet waves.
On a blustery autumn day, that star-spangled banner yet waves.

Nathan Michaels, a bus driver with River Valley Transit, signals his approval as the day “rolls” on. Visitors availed themselves of free rides on shuttles around main campus and to the Lumley Aviation Center and Schneebeli Earth Science Center.
Nathan Michaels, a bus driver with River Valley Transit, signals his approval as the day “rolls” on. Visitors availed themselves of free rides on shuttles around main campus and to the Lumley Aviation Center and Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

In just one of the college's exemplary hands-on labs, Karen L. Plankenhorn, interim clinical director for radiography, provides personal attention to Open House guests.
In just one of the college’s exemplary hands-on labs, Karen L. Plankenhorn, interim clinical director for radiography, provides personal attention to Open House guests.

As visitors grab coffee at a hospitality stop, Ambassador Alexandra M. Lehman makes Open House attendees feel at home.
As visitors grab coffee at a hospitality stop, Ambassador Alexandra M. Lehman makes Open House attendees feel at home.

One of the country's fastest-growing occupations is detailed by Daniel K. Christopher, assistant professor of health information technology.
One of the country’s fastest-growing occupations is detailed by Daniel K. Christopher, assistant professor of health information technology.

Diesel equipment technology instructor Claude T. Witts enlightens a labful at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.
Diesel equipment technology instructor Claude T. Witts enlightens a labful at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

Assessing the fleet in the hangar, where dreams take wing
Assessing the fleet in the hangar, where dreams take wing

Forest technology alumna Laurie A. Nau, a frequent ESC volunteer, helps promote her favorite major.
Forest technology alumna Laurie A. Nau, a frequent ESC volunteer, helps promote her favorite major.

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