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IT Students Take a Walk on the Wildlife Side

Faculty members Golshan (left) and Yoas staff the grill with perfection ...
Faculty members Golshan (left) and Yoas staff the grill with perfection …
... satisfying a pavilion full of hungry hikers.
… satisfying a pavilion full of hungry hikers.
And what's a cookout without the melted-marshmallow joy of s'mores?
And what’s a cookout without the melted-marshmallow joy of s’mores?
Students take to the foothills, surrounded by the natural beauty of Penn's Woods.
Students take to the foothills, surrounded by the natural beauty of Penn’s Woods.
Interested in "whoooooooo" dropped by for an informational presentation is this owl, part of the park's Fall Festival attractions.
Interested in “whoooooooo” dropped by for an informational presentation is this owl, part of the park’s Fall Festival attractions.

More than 30 students representing all of Penn College’s information technology majors hiked and picnicked at Little Pine State Park this past weekend, enjoying a beautiful woodland Sunday that coincided with the site’s annual Fall Festival. “Most students hiked the mountains and were just able to disconnect from their smartphones – literally, because there was no cell service!” said Ryan Monteleone, of Stevens, an information assurance and cyber security major and mentor for the IT Living-Learning Community. The LLC co-sponsored the event, along with a number of student organizations: The Association for Computing Machinery, the Association of Professional Programmers, the Gamers’ Guild and the Information Security Association. Along for the trip were Bahram Golshan and Daniel W. Yoas, associate professors of computer information technology. “Getting out in nature with students from other IT clubs was a significant means to talk through courses, college life and where our careers were going,” said James N. Ahern, of Mechanicsburg, an information assurance and cyber security major. “I also enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the history of information technology with Dr. Yoas.”
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