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Future-seekers meet their match at Fall Open House


Fall Open House visitors had unfettered access to Penn College’s vibrant campuses Sunday, as today’s faculty/staff, alumni and students provided them with a tantalizing view of a very real and credible tomorrow. All six academic schools put out the welcome mat through information sessions, tours and laboratory demonstrations, and guests were encouraged to explore the institution’s myriad complementary services and activities.

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor; J.J. Boettcher, student photographer;
Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday; Larry D. Kauffman, digital publishing specialist/photographer;
and Kimberlee R. Rusczyk, manager of social media/online marketing

Savoring an autumn outing and academic exploration
Savoring an autumn outing and academic exploration

Fall flora bursts from the bed of a Dodge pickup, a grabber of a water feature outside College Avenue Labs.
Fall flora bursts from the bed of a Dodge pickup, a grabber of a water feature outside College Avenue Labs.

President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes Open House attendees to the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.
President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes Open House attendees to the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Pedestrian traffic moves northward on the campus mall as families endeavor to take it all in.
Pedestrian traffic moves northward on the campus mall as families endeavor to take it all in.

Student Ambassador Maepearl E. St. George assists guests arriving at the Field House. St. George is a pre-physician assistant student from Bellefonte.
Student Ambassador Maepearl E. St. George assists guests arriving at the Field House. St. George is a pre-physician assistant student from Bellefonte.

After a standing-room-only morning presentation in Penn's Inn, David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, answers follow-up questions.
After a standing-room-only morning presentation in Penn’s Inn, David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, answers follow-up questions.

A family from Dillsburg warms up with coffee and cocoa.
A family from Dillsburg warms up with coffee and cocoa.

With new décor, the lobby of the Student & Administrative Services Center serves as a welcoming hub for information.
With new décor, the lobby of the Student & Administrative Services Center serves as a welcoming hub for information.

Aided by the persistent beat of their musical playlist, emergency medical services students Courtney L. Breon (foreground), of Jersey Shore, and Kayla M. Vincent taught more than a dozen people to do hands-only CPR.
Aided by the persistent beat of their musical playlist, emergency medical services students Courtney L. Breon (foreground), of Jersey Shore, and Kayla M. Vincent taught more than a dozen people to do hands-only CPR.

The 9 a.m. crowd fills the Field House …
The 9 a.m. crowd fills the Field House …

… and stretches out the door just as morning rains cease.
… and stretches out the door just as morning rains cease.

Students share their passion for civil engineering and surveying.
Students share their passion for civil engineering and surveying.

Tim E. Weston (center), associate professor of plastics technology, converses with alumnus Russ Ritner (’97, plastics polymer engineering technology) and family.
Tim E. Weston (center), associate professor of plastics technology, converses with alumnus Russ Ritner (’97, plastics polymer engineering technology) and family.

Among the knowledgeable faculty sharing their insight with Open House guests is Keith N. Stefanowicz, instructor of electrical technology/building automation technology/renewable energy technology.
Among the knowledgeable faculty sharing their insight with Open House guests is Keith N. Stefanowicz, instructor of electrical technology/building automation technology/renewable energy technology.

A 1956 Ford Thunderbird graces the collision repair/automotive restoration lab ...
A 1956 Ford Thunderbird graces the collision repair/automotive restoration lab …

... where metal-shaping was among the hands-on skills in evidence.
… where metal-shaping was among the hands-on skills in evidence.

Providing helpful tips during an informative morning session is Admissions Counselor Dev Devvrat.
Providing helpful tips during an informative morning session is Admissions Counselor Dev Devvrat.

Business-ready! Alumnus Caleb G. Schirmer, ’14, landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis, and ’16, applied management, returns to his alma mater to help guests.
Business-ready! Alumnus Caleb G. Schirmer, ’14, landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis, and ’16, applied management, returns to his alma mater to help guests.

Early childhood education students share their learning experiences with a prospective student.
Early childhood education students share their learning experiences with a prospective student.

At a gadget-laden table touting the college's Remote Control Club, a guest talks with Ryan S. McCrickerd, an aviation maintenance technology major from Bethlehem.
At a gadget-laden table touting the college’s Remote Control Club, a guest talks with Ryan S. McCrickerd, an aviation maintenance technology major from Bethlehem.

A family from Berwick explores the Dr. Welch Workshop – A Makerspace at Penn College and views “BattleBots” with Roberta Schwenk, makerspace assistant and a 1994 building construction technology graduate.
A family from Berwick explores the Dr. Welch Workshop – A Makerspace at Penn College and views “BattleBots” with Roberta Schwenk, makerspace assistant and a 1994 building construction technology graduate.

Creating their Wildcat Wardrobe for fall, customers scour The College Store's inventory.
Creating their Wildcat Wardrobe for fall, customers scour The College Store’s inventory.

A Makerbot basks in the glow of purposeful creation.
A Makerbot basks in the glow of purposeful creation.

The gorgeousness of autumn has arrived at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center! Justin Shelinksi (center), laboratory assistant for horticulture, leads an outdoor excursion.
The gorgeousness of autumn has arrived at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center! Justin Shelinksi (center), laboratory assistant for horticulture, leads an outdoor excursion.

Coach Chris Howard talks baseball with a family in the Bush Campus Center.
Coach Chris Howard talks baseball with a family in the Bush Campus Center.

An impressive walk-by during Open House is the site of the expanded welding labs, which will add scores of students in a popular program.
An impressive walk-by during Open House is the site of the expanded welding labs, which will add scores of students in a popular program.

Business power team: (from left) Summer L. Bukeavich, Stanley Schuyler Jr., Mark A. Ciavarella and Steven J. Moff are faculty ready to answer questions related to business administration, management and marketing.
Business power team: (from left) Summer L. Bukeavich, Stanley Schuyler Jr., Mark A. Ciavarella and Steven J. Moff are faculty ready to answer questions related to business administration, management and marketing.

Student Ambassador Lindsey A. King (center) leads a crowd in collegiate dialogue. King, from Hanover, is enrolled in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration.
Student Ambassador Lindsey A. King (center) leads a crowd in collegiate dialogue. King, from Hanover, is enrolled in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration.

A crisp autumn day welcomes visitors to campus.
A crisp autumn day welcomes visitors to campus.

The evolution of the dental hygiene program and its labs (circa 1977, 1987 and 2016) are pointed out by Barbara K. Emert-Strouse (left), assistant professor of dental hygiene.
The evolution of the dental hygiene program and its labs (circa 1977, 1987 and 2016) are pointed out by Barbara K. Emert-Strouse (left), assistant professor of dental hygiene.

Instructor Glenn R. Luse entertains visitors to the Construction Masonry Building on the northwest corner of campus.
Instructor Glenn R. Luse entertains visitors to the Construction Masonry Building on the northwest corner of campus.

The augmented reality sandbox offers a colorful complement to the autumnal day. Incorporating a 3D camera, sensor, projector and computer, the unit reveals virtual topographical contour lines, an elevation color map and simulated water on sand.
The augmented reality sandbox offers a colorful complement to the autumnal day. Incorporating a 3D camera, sensor, projector and computer, the unit reveals virtual topographical contour lines, an elevation color map and simulated water on sand.

David J. Fedor, instructor of civil engineering technology, is joined by alumnus/student Jason R. Komar, of Waymart, for an outdoor demo. Komar earned a bachelor's in civil engineering technology in May and is completing his dual degree in surveying technology.
David J. Fedor, instructor of civil engineering technology, is joined by alumnus/student Jason R. Komar, of Waymart, for an outdoor demo. Komar earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering technology in May and is completing his dual degree in surveying technology.

A welcoming trio in the SASC (from left): Rantz R. Mahaffey, admissions counselor, transfer and adult students; Tina M. Miller, director of public relations & marketing, and Student Ambassador Nathaniel H. Lyon, a welding and fabrication engineering technology student from Fredericksburg.
A welcoming trio in the SASC (from left): Rantz R. Mahaffey, admissions counselor, transfer and adult students; Tina M. Miller, director of public relations & marketing, and Student Ambassador Nathaniel H. Lyon, a welding and fabrication engineering technology student from Fredericksburg.

Visitors stop for directions at a convenient information tent staffed by LaDonna J. Caldwell (foreground), director of compensation and benefits, and Student Ambassador Elizabeth J. Wellar.
Visitors stop for directions at a convenient information tent staffed by LaDonna J. Caldwell (foreground), director of compensation and benefits, and Student Ambassador Elizabeth J. Wellar.

This family drove from Pittsburgh for their son’s second visit to the Earth Science Center.
This family drove from Pittsburgh for their son’s second visit to the Earth Science Center.

Lee A. Dawson, admissions counselor, assists a family prior to enrollment.
Lee A. Dawson, admissions counselor, assists a family prior to enrollment.

Conversation fills the newly renovated occupational therapy assistant lab. At left, Carlene L. Cabot, ’11, occupational therapy assistant, is among alumni returning to campus to assist.
Conversation fills the newly renovated occupational therapy assistant lab. At left, Carlene L. Cabot, ’11, occupational therapy assistant, is among alumni returning to campus to assist.

Honda PACT instructor Charles F. Probst staffs the major's spacious and well-stocked lab in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center.
Honda PACT instructor Charles F. Probst staffs the major’s spacious and well-stocked lab in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center.

Lt. Col. Jonathon M. Britton, professor of military science, leads an information session on the college's participation in the Bald Eagle ROTC Battalion.
Lt. Col. Jonathon M. Britton, professor of military science, leads an information session on the college’s participation in the Bald Eagle ROTC Battalion.

Still holding onto “the green” – with just a touch of autumn – campus walkways brim with activity.
Still holding onto “the green” – with just a touch of autumn – campus walkways brim with activity.

Diesel technology students Eric M. Sander (far right), of Williamsport, and Cody S. Fink (second fom right), of Lenhartsville, engage a son and father in technical banter.
Diesel technology students Eric M. Sander (far right), of Williamsport, and Cody S. Fink (second fom right), of Lenhartsville, engages a son and father in technical banter.

Advocating for the Wildcat Events Board at the Campus Life Involvement Fair are Ja'quela Dyer (left), of Dover, Del., enrolled in business administration: sport and event management concentration, and pre-nursing student Aaliyah E. Torres, of Lebanon.
Advocating for the Wildcat Events Board at the Campus Life Involvement Fair are Ja’quela Dyer (left), of Dover, Del., enrolled in business administration: sport and event management concentration, and pre-nursing student Aaliyah E. Torres, of Lebanon.

A large crowd emerges from the Thompson Professional Development Center following an overview session presented by the School of Construction & Design Technologies. (Assistant Dean Naim N. Jabbour is in the blue suit, his back to the camera.)
A large crowd emerges from the Thompson Professional Development Center following an overview session presented by the School of Construction & Design Technologies. (Assistant Dean Naim N. Jabbour is in the blue suit, his back to the camera.)

Dauphin Hall was a popular spot during Open House, with tours of student housing and an $8 buffet.
Dauphin Hall was a popular spot during Open House, with tours of student housing and an $8 buffet.

Student Ambassador Danielle R. Wesneski, an applied management major from Williamsport, leads a tour of the interested and the camera-shy alike.
Student Ambassador Danielle R. Wesneski, an applied management major from Williamsport, leads a tour of the interested and the camera-shy alike.

With new wayfinding in place, guests easily locate labs including the in-progress Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence.
With new wayfinding in place, guests easily locate labs including the in-progress Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence.

Visitors move into the Hager Lifelong Education Center.
Visitors move into the Hager Lifelong Education Center.

Whimsical chocolate creations tantalize visitors in the baking and pastry arts lab.
Whimsical chocolate creations tantalize visitors in the baking and pastry arts lab.

Marc E. Bridgens, associate professor of HVAC technology, tours visitors through the expansive double-decker facilities.
Marc E. Bridgens, associate professor of HVAC technology, tours visitors through the expansive double-decker facilities.

Reppin’ ASHRAE! Members of the student chapter of heating, refrigerating and air conditioning engineers stand ready to offer Open House assistance.
Reppin’ ASHRAE! Members of the student chapter of heating, refrigerating and air conditioning engineers stand ready to offer Open House assistance.

Sunshine and blue skies made a persistent effort to break through the clouds, brightening the greenery near the PDC.
Sunshine and blue skies made a persistent effort to break through the clouds, brightening the greenery near the PDC.

In Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, a young visitor from Wyalusing (at front in white apron) creates a delicious entrée with Paul E. Mach (in tie), assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts.
In Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, a young visitor from Wyalusing (at front in white apron) creates a delicious entrée with Paul E. Mach (in tie), assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts.

Smoke billows from the 1959 Mack “drag truck” in the diesel lab.
Smoke billows from the 1959 Mack “drag truck” in the diesel lab.

Community Peer Educators Taylor C. Gonzales and Alexis J. Medero greet a prospective student with a free T-shirt for his swag bag.
Community Peer Educators Taylor C. Gonzales and Alexis J. Medero greet a prospective student with a free T-shirt for his swag bag.

Dental hygiene student Megan P. Fitzsimmons, of Portville, N.Y., discusses X-rays with a potential student in the dental hygiene lab.
Dental hygiene student Megan P. Fitzsimmons, of Portville, N.Y., discusses X-rays with a potential student in the dental hygiene lab.

Amid walls displaying student work and a video featuring 2007 alumnus Nicholas D. Biddle, visitors hear from Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design, and other art faculty.
Amid walls displaying student work and a video featuring 2007 alumnus Nicholas D. Biddle, visitors hear from Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design, and other art faculty.

A glow-in-the-dark pendulum delights guests in the “Haunted Physics Lab.”
A glow-in-the-dark pendulum delights guests in the “Haunted Physics Lab.”

Tammy M. Rich, assistant professor of business administration/management/event management, shares entrepreneurial insights in the innovation lab.
Tammy M. Rich, assistant professor of business administration/management/event management, shares entrepreneurial insights in the innovation lab.

Radiography students discuss the tools of the trade.
Radiography students discuss the tools of the trade.

Creative campus landscaping is always a talked-about accent on Open House day.
Creative campus landscaping is always a talked-about accent on Open House day.

Visitors to the Physician Assistant Building get first-class attention from instructor Kendra F. Boell and students.
Visitors to the Physician Assistant Building get first-class attention from instructor Kendra F. Boell and students.

Madigan Library, among the stops on campus tours, commemorates academic majors observing their 25th or 50th anniversary during 2018-19.
Madigan Library, among the stops on campus tours, commemorates academic majors observing their 25th or 50th anniversary during 2018-19.

At day's end, as satisfied families head for their cars (and the Admissions Office!), traffic dwindles at the center of main campus.
At day’s end, as satisfied families head for their cars (and the Admissions Office!), traffic dwindles at the center of main campus.

 

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