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Farm Show Abuzz With Fruitful ‘degrees that work’

Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty/staff and students are continuing their hands-on tradition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg (Jan. 5-12), offering a daily menu of activities to showcase the varied “degrees that work” available among the college’s eight academic schools. (YouTube video)

– Photos by Whitnie-rae Mays, student photographer;
Steven K. McCoy, coordinator of matriculation and retention for the School of Construction and Design Technologies; Nathan D. Smyth, assistant dean of health sciences;
Elizabeth G. Verbos, coordinator of admissions/enrollment event services; and Mallory L. Weymer, admissions representative

Stacie Hart (whose husband, Jon W., is an instructor of building automation technologies/HVAC electrical) shows off a cake that she entered into Farm Show competition, as well as the fourth-place ribbon she earned with her apple pie.
Stacie Hart (whose husband, Jon W., is an instructor of building automation technologies/HVAC electrical) shows off a cake that she entered into Farm Show competition, as well as the fourth-place ribbon she earned with her apple pie.

Equipped with toolbox kits for do-it-yourself assembly, Steven K. McCoy, coordinator of matriculation/retention for the School of Construction and Design Technologies (left), and Terry L. Smith Jr., a building construction technology major from Trout Run, prepare for the day’s festivities.
Equipped with toolbox kits for do-it-yourself assembly, Steven K. McCoy, coordinator of matriculation/retention for the School of Construction and Design Technologies (left), and Terry L. Smith Jr., a building construction technology major from Trout Run, prepare for the day’s festivities.

Two more satisfied customers leave the booth with a toolbox ripe for toting their Farm Show swag.
Two more satisfied customers leave the booth with a toolbox ripe for toting their Farm Show swag.

Lynne Miller, sister of alumnus Gregory J. Miller (a Spring 2012 graduate in building automation technology) stopped by the booth to share in the fun.
Lynne Miller, sister of alumnus Gregory J. Miller (a Spring 2012 graduate in building automation technology) stopped by the booth to share in the fun.

A hands-on activity for all ages!
A hands-on activity for all ages!

Admissions representative Patrick McCabe greets visitors to the Penn College display.
Admissions representative Patrick McCabe greets visitors to the Penn College display.

Who's more interested in whom?
Who’s more interested in whom?

Sniffing out a visitor to the livestock area
Sniffing out a visitor to the livestock area

A perennial favorite is the dairy sculpture, this year recreating the "PA Preferred" logo with 1,000 pounds of butter.
A perennial favorite is the dairy sculpture, this year recreating the “PA Preferred” logo with 1,000 pounds of butter.

Logo headgear frames the proceedings.
Logo headgear frames the proceedings.

Screened-in scrutiny, poultry-style
Screened-in scrutiny, poultry-style

Chicks make their entrance in an endlessly fascinating incubation attraction.
Chicks make their entrance in an endlessly fascinating incubation attraction.

Carol A. Lugg, coordinator of matriculation and retention for the School of Natural Resources Management, challenges passersby with puzzlers from the "quiz wheel."
Carol A. Lugg, coordinator of matriculation and retention for the School of Natural Resources Management, challenges passersby with puzzlers from the “quiz wheel.”

Justin Shelinski, a laboratory assistant for horticulture, shows off lettuce grown in the college's new hydroponic greenhouse.
Justin Shelinski, a laboratory assistant for horticulture, shows off lettuce grown in the college’s new hydroponic greenhouse.

An unofficial "dairy princess" adorably savors an ice cream cone.
An unofficial “dairy princess” adorably savors an ice cream cone.

Chef Paul, with School of Hospitality students on the Culinary Connection stage Monday
Chef Paul, with School of Hospitality students on the Culinary Connection stage Monday

Serving up étouffée, a classic Louisiana stew of shrimp and sausage
Serving up étouffée, a classic Louisiana stew of shrimp and sausage

The public lines up for tasty giveaways.
The public lines up for tasty giveaways.

Chef Paul Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, with Victoria L. Zablocky, a culinary arts and systems major from Jersey Shore.
Chef Paul Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, with Victoria L. Zablocky, a culinary arts and systems major from Jersey Shore.

From a top agricultural state, only the freshest produce
From a top agricultural state, only the freshest produce

Ching Chan, a baking and pastry arts student from Milton
Ching Chan, a baking and pastry arts student from Milton

Enjoying their "prep time" are culinary arts and systems majors Kristina M. Wisneski, of Whitehall, and Lewis D. Robinson, of Bellefonte.
Enjoying their “prep time” are culinary arts and systems majors Kristina M. Wisneski, of Whitehall, and Lewis D. Robinson, of Bellefonte.

State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, who also serves on the Penn College Board of Directors, interviews admissions representative Sean M. Stout on Thursday for a “Focus on Pennsylvania” video segment.
State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, who also serves on the Penn College Board of Directors, interviews admissions representative Sean M. Stout on Thursday for a “Focus on Pennsylvania” video segment.

Scott A. Geist, director of surgical technology, greets Wednesday visitors to the college's booth.
Scott A. Geist, director of surgical technology, greets Wednesday visitors to the college’s booth.

It's never too soon to start thinking about a career!
It’s never too soon to start thinking about a career!

Scott A. Geist engages young visitors during their real-world peek at tools from the operating room.
Scott A. Geist engages young visitors during their real-world peek at tools from the operating room.

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