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Penn College Selects Three as Community Assistants

From left, students Justin A. Ball, of Sandy Ridge%3B Justine R. Wareham, of Hollidaysburg%3B and Andrew R. Christoffel, of Lancaster, have been selected as community assistants at Pennsylvania College of Technology.Pennsylvania College of Technology has designated three student leaders to serve as community assistants for the 2008-09 academic year. The students will serve as a resource for off-campus students, help to promote a safer off-campus community and enhance the link between the college administration and off-campus students.

Selected from more than 15 applicants were: Justin A. Ball, of Sandy Ridge, a sophomore in the business administration: management concentration major; Andrew R. Christoffel, of Lancaster, a senior in the environmental technology management major; and Justine R. Wareham, of Hollidaysburg, a senior in the aviation maintenance technology major.

Now in its third year, the Community Assistant Program is recognized nationally for its creativity and impact on students living off campus. Not only do the students serve as a resource, but they also plan programs and activities.

“I am extremely excited with the students we have this year,” said Elliott Strickland, special assistant for student affairs and student development, and adviser to the CA Program. “Justine, Justin and Andrew are three of our best student leaders.”

The students have already coordinated a program known as “Tastes of Williamsport,” in which local restaurants visited campus and provided various dishes for students, and a “Vine Avenue Block Party.”

“It’s a great program,” said Christoffel, who spearheaded the event. “We block off an entire city block and have free food, games and music. Students love it.”

While many social events are offered, the community assistants also focus on educational programs.

“Last year, we held programs on campus violence, legal rights and responsibilities, and student health and safety,” Christoffel explained.

Strickland added, “It’s great to see students who are not only concerned with themselves and the campus, but who are also focused on their lives off campus and how students can be positive members of the community.”

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