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‘Hot Dog, You’re Here!’

The dog days of summer took on a new meeting at Pennsylvania College of Technology on Aug. 18, when a unique icebreaker united first-year students with employees and their dogs. Held on the Rose Street Commons, “Hot Dog, You’re Here!” provided the opportunity for faculty and staff to welcome and engage new students over the common ground of pet ownership, conversation and free food. “Remember that salient issues for the (students’) first years … are fitting in, making friends, fighting homesickness, … fear of not being smart enough to do college work, and feeling overwhelmed,” participating dog owners were told by Kathy S. Wurster assistant director of counseling services. “It is our job to talk with them and feel out how they are making the transition to college.” More than a dozen college employees brought their pets to the event, and plans already are under way for a more successful program next fall.

— Photos by Sarah K. Mariano, student photographer

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