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‘Open House’ Crowds Brave Storm for Informative Visit to Penn College

Unfazed by the forecast and undeterred as they explored the fall bounty of Penn College, Open House guests hit the ground early to get all their questions answered before then-Hurricane Sandy could put a damper on their mission. Information sessions, laboratory presentations and campus thoroughfares were full of visitors, all of them eager to learn more about the college’s “degrees that work” – and all of them assisted in their quest by helpful, knowledgeable and affable students, faculty and staff. For any prospective guest who was uncomfortable traveling due to the imminent storm (a storm that ultimately resulted in the precautionary closing of Penn College for two and a half days), the institution offers a number of alternative dates for campus tours, including Saturday, Nov. 10. To select an alternative tour date, visit online or call the Admissions Office at 570-327-4761 or 800-367-9222.

– Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/editor-One College Avenue;
Carol A. Lugg, coordinator of matriculation and retention, School of Natural Resources Management;
Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday; and Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor

Todd S. Woodling, assistant professor of building automation technologies/HVAC electrical, talks with lab visitors in the Carl Building Technologies Center.
Todd S. Woodling, assistant professor of building automation technologies/HVAC electrical, talks with lab visitors in the Carl Building Technologies Center.

Carolyn R. Strickland, assistant vice president for academic services, relays valuable information during an overview in the ACC Auditorium.
Carolyn R. Strickland, assistant vice president for academic services, relays valuable information during an overview in the ACC Auditorium.

Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation technology, welcomes guests – and details this year's donation of a former FedEx freighter to the college's aviation-maintenance fleet – during an information session in the Thompson Professional Development Center.
Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation technology, welcomes guests – and details this year’s donation of a former FedEx freighter to the college’s aviation-maintenance fleet – during an information session in the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Networking in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center atrium are student organizations within the School of Business and Computer Technologies, including the Web Design and Multimedia Club (left) and Association for Computing Machinery (center).
Networking in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center atrium are student organizations within the School of Business and Computer Technologies, including the Web Design and Multimedia Club (left) and Association for Computing Machinery (center).

Autumn leaves and umbrellas were the hallmark of the day for a nice crowd of visitors willing to brave the impending storm.
Autumn leaves and umbrellas were the hallmark of the day for a nice crowd of visitors willing to brave the impending storm.

Open House guests crowd the Bush Campus Center.
Open House guests crowd the Bush Campus Center.

Baseball coach Chris Howard talks with a potential Wildcat during a Meet the Coaches event in the CC TV Lounge.
Baseball coach Chris Howard talks with a potential Wildcat during a Meet the Coaches event in the CC TV Lounge.

The College Store, abuzz with brisk sales
The College Store, abuzz with brisk sales

Ambassador Maggie K. Calkins directs guests to an open check-in station during an early-morning rush in the Field House.
Ambassador Maggie K. Calkins directs guests to an open check-in station during an early-morning rush in the Field House.

Joan E. Shade, secretary to the dean of business and computer technologies, helpfully points the way from inside an information tent .
Joan E. Shade, secretary to the dean of business and computer technologies, helpfully points the way from inside an information tent .

The Madigan Library's spacious first floor is transformed into a marketplace of off-campus housing options.
The Madigan Library’s spacious first floor is transformed into a marketplace of off-campus housing options.

Girded for battle against the elements, a family heads toward the Campus Center.
Girded for battle against the elements, a family heads toward the Campus Center.

A family receives direction to its next destination in the ACC from Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science.
A family receives direction to its next destination in the ACC from Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour offers a brief welcome in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.
Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour offers a brief welcome in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Eugene M. McAvoy, dean of academic services and first year programs, provides general information.
Eugene M. McAvoy, dean of academic services and first year programs, provides general information.

Chef Frank M. Suchwala, assistant professor of hospitality management and culinary arts, carves a pumpkin ...
Chef Frank M. Suchwala, assistant professor of hospitality management and culinary arts, carves a pumpkin …

Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director of dining services, transforms pulp into a countenance.
Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director of dining services, transforms pulp into a countenance.

A tour group attempts to keep the rain off.
A tour group attempts to keep the rain off.

Tim Weston, associate professor of plastics technology, talks with a group in the ATHS.
Tim Weston, associate professor of plastics technology, talks with a group in the ATHS.

Edward A. Henninger, dean of business and computer technologies, answers questions following a school overview.
Edward A. Henninger, dean of business and computer technologies, answers questions following a school overview.

A nursing student offers insight to a prospective student and her family.
A nursing student offers insight to a prospective student and her family.

Nathan D. Smyth, assistant dean of health sciences, answers questions.
Nathan D. Smyth, assistant dean of health sciences, answers questions.

Linda M. Barnes, associate director of occupational therapy assistant, discusses the major.
Linda M. Barnes, associate director of occupational therapy assistant, discusses the major.

A radiography student helps a visiting family identify the problems in sample X-rays.
A radiography student helps a visiting family identify the problems in sample X-rays.

Robert L. Eyring, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major, talks with a prospective student and his father.
Robert L. Eyring, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major, talks with a prospective student and his father.

Visitors bustle across a wet Campus Center lawn.
Visitors bustle across a wet Campus Center lawn.

Michael A. Petrizio, a culinary arts technology student, represents the Multicultural Society at the Student Involvement Fair in the Campus Center.
Michael A. Petrizio, a culinary arts technology student, represents the Multicultural Society at the Student Involvement Fair in the Campus Center.

Anne K. Soucy, assistant dean of construction and design technologies, presides over a general information session for prospective students of the school.
Anne K. Soucy, assistant dean of construction and design technologies, presides over a general information session for prospective students of the school.

David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, talks with a group in the ceramics lab.
David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, talks with a group in the ceramics lab.

Automotive instructor Christopher A. Trapani discusses classes.
Automotive instructor Christopher A. Trapani discusses classes.

A group gathers to talk with faculty in the Honda PACT laboratory.
A group gathers to talk with faculty in the Honda PACT laboratory.

Bill Mack, dean of industrial and engineering technologies, talks scholarship during an information session.
Bill Mack, dean of industrial and engineering technologies, talks scholarship during an information session.

Alumnus Micah A. Metzel, on another return trip to Open House
Alumnus Micah A. Metzel, on another return trip to Open House

Diesel technology alumnus John D. Motto, in the refrigeration lab
Diesel technology alumnus John D. Motto, in the refrigeration lab

Christopher S. Weaver, instructor of diesel equipment technology, and May 2012 graduate Benjamin J. Patton lead walking tours through the heavy equipment lab.
Christopher S. Weaver, instructor of diesel equipment technology, and May 2012 graduate Benjamin J. Patton lead walking tours through the heavy equipment lab.

Dennis P. Skinner, assistant professor of horticulture, with the ready-to-harvest first crop in the hydroculture lab at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, a joint project with the School of Hospitality.
Dennis P. Skinner, assistant professor of horticulture, with the ready-to-harvest first crop in the hydroculture lab at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, a joint project with the School of Hospitality.

Horticulture lab assistant Justin A. Shelinski shows off this season's poinsettias, adding their traditional holiday color to the ESC greenhouses.
Horticulture lab assistant Justin A. Shelinski shows off this season’s poinsettias, adding their traditional holiday color to the ESC greenhouses.

Forest technology Laurie A. Nau gives back to her alma mater, volunteering as an Open House guide in the School of Natural Resources Management.
Forest technology Laurie A. Nau gives back to her alma mater, volunteering as an Open House guide in the School of Natural Resources Management.

Carl J. Bower Jr., horticulture instructor, answers questions from the curious.
Carl J. Bower Jr., horticulture instructor, answers questions from the curious.

Forest technology students Cameron J. Cool and Kyle A. Gibson enlightened visitors to the ESC sawmill.
Forest technology students Cameron J. Cool and Kyle A. Gibson enlightened visitors to the ESC sawmill.

Forestry instructor Eric C. Easton at the "log yard"
Forestry instructor Eric C. Easton at the “log yard”

... and adds detail to a toothy grin
… and adds detail to a toothy grin

 

 

 

 

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