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The winter version of Student Affairs’ popular “Hot Dog, You’re Back!” mixer, recently held in the Field House, provided an opportunity for Penn College students to get reacclimated in the company of friendly pets and the faculty/staff bipeds who cherish them. The now-biannual event has proved to be among the campus’s most popular since it debuted in 2010.

– Photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer

The event's warm intent is embodied in the welcoming temperament of Winnie, a golden retriever owned by Drew R. Potts, assistant professor of civil engineering technology.
The event’s warm intent is embodied in the welcoming temperament of Winnie, a golden retriever owned by Drew R. Potts, assistant professor of civil engineering technology.

Marci M. Hessert, secretary to the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, brought her crowd-pleasing German shepherd, Odin.
Marci M. Hessert, secretary to the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, brought her crowd-pleasing German shepherd, Odin.

Students make friends with Jett and Bruno, playful pugs accompanied by owner/alumni relations specialist Rhonda S. Walker (foreground).
Students make friends with Jett and Bruno, playful pugs accompanied by owner/alumni relations specialist Rhonda S. Walker (foreground).

Embracing the "wag more, bark less" mentality
Embracing the “wag more, bark less” mentality

Rocky Mountain, a Labrador retriever owned by Lizze R. Winters (right), first year student transition coordinator, attracts an appreciative crowd.
Rocky Mountain, a Labrador retriever owned by Lizze R. Winters (right), first year student transition coordinator, attracts an appreciative crowd.

"Paw" de deux? Employees' pets get acquainted at midcourt ...
“Paw” de deux? Employees’ pets get acquainted at midcourt …

... dropping to the proper level for a nose-to-nose assessment.
… dropping to the proper level for a nose-to-nose assessment.

Dexter, the canine companion of Cathy E. Gamez, Rose Street Commons hall coordinator, is never far from a willing student handler. Joining him in the Field House is Resident Assistant Kyle T. Hansen, a building automation technology student from Waldwick, N.J.
Dexter, the canine companion of Cathy E. Gamez, Rose Street Commons hall coordinator, is never far from a willing student handler. Joining him in the Field House is Resident Assistant Kyle T. Hansen, a building automation technology student from Waldwick, N.J.

Lori E. Pepperman's multitasking beagle, Lillie, indulges student attention while keeping both eyes on the camera. Pepperman is a financial aid specialist for educational loan programs.
Lori E. Pepperman’s multitasking beagle, Lillie, indulges student attention while keeping both eyes on the camera. Pepperman is a financial aid specialist for educational loan programs.

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