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Summer Camps Provide Practical Mix of Education, Enjoyment


A series of academic-based camps at Pennsylvania College of Technology included enough information to satisfy minds hungry for challenge, while not forgetting that it IS summer. A wrap-up photo gallery reflects the unique career opportunities represented at Architecture Odyssey Camp, Designing a Digital Future Camp, Future Restaurateurs Career Camp, Advanced Restaurateurs Career Camp, Graphic Design Summer Studio, Health Careers Camp, SMART Girls Summer Camp, Creative Art Camp and Youth Training for Athletic Development Camp.

– Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer; Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor;
and Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies

Architecture campers gather near a campus mosaic with Dorothy J. Gerring (rear left), associate professor of architectural technology, and Shelby Weaver Splain (right), education and outreach coordinator from the State Historic Preservation Office. “I was excited to talk to the campers about one of my passions – historic preservation," Splain said. "Any time I can get out and talk to people, especially students, I’m there! There is so much to share about preservation and I hope I inspired at least one camper to think more about the role of preservation in their world.”
Architecture campers gather near a campus mosaic with Dorothy J. Gerring (rear left), associate professor of architectural technology, and Shelby Weaver Splain (right), education and outreach coordinator from the State Historic Preservation Office. “I was excited to talk to the campers about one of my passions – historic preservation,” Splain said. “Any time I can get out and talk to people, especially students, I’m there! There is so much to share about preservation and I hope I inspired at least one camper to think more about the role of preservation in their world.”

A perfect metaphor for a Penn College head start: turning a dream into a possibility
A perfect metaphor for a Penn College head start: turning a dream into a possibility

Local architect Anthony H. Visco Jr., an alumnus of Williamsport Area Community College and member of Penn College's Architectural Technology Advisory Committee, leads students on a walking tour of Millionaire's Row.
Local architect Anthony H. Visco Jr., an alumnus of Williamsport Area Community College and member of Penn College’s Architectural Technology Advisory Committee, leads students on a walking tour of Millionaire’s Row.

After a day of exploring careers within the field of architecture, campers relax with an evening Etiquette Meal at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.
After a day of exploring careers within the field of architecture, campers relax with an evening Etiquette Meal at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

At "Designing a Digital Future Camp," an enterprising young man programs an Ozobot ...
At “Designing a Digital Future Camp,” an enterprising young man programs an Ozobot …

... a STEM education program that turns technology users into technology makers.
… a STEM education program that turns technology users into technology makers.

In the very definition of "applied technology," campers translate knowledge into new skills under the time-tested tutelage of Sandra Gorka ...
In the very definition of “applied technology,” campers translate knowledge into new skills under the time-tested tutelage of Sandra Gorka …

... and Daniel W. Yoas, both associate professors of computer information technology.
… and Daniel W. Yoas, both associate professors of computer information technology.

A luscious burst of color and a light touch of cutlery ...
A luscious burst of color and a light touch of cutlery …

... produce stunning creations by future restaurateurs.
… produce stunning creations by future restaurateurs.

Chef Frank M. Suchwala, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, takes campers under his toque.
Chef Frank M. Suchwala, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, takes campers under his toque.

Invoking the hands-on hallmark of a Penn College education
Invoking the hands-on hallmark of a Penn College education

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, demonstrates the skill at hand ...
Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, demonstrates the skill at hand …

... giving his advanced restaurateurs the confidence and courage to go it alone.
… giving his advanced restaurateurs the confidence and courage to go it alone.

Finding a happy home in the kitchen
Finding a happy home in the kitchen

Side-by-side with Chef Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts
Side-by-side with Chef Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts

Engaged young artists contemplate their assignments during the Graphic Design Summer Studio.
Engaged young artists contemplate their assignments during the Graphic Design Summer Studio.

A budding graphic designer researches images for her project – a make-believe coffee shop located in Hawaii.
A budding graphic designer researches images for her project – a make-believe coffee shop located in Hawaii.

With Nicholas L. Stephenson (in plaid shirt at right), instructor of graphic design, students and their families enjoy an exhibit of the campers’ logo and stationery set projects …
With Nicholas L. Stephenson (in plaid shirt at right), instructor of graphic design, students and their families enjoy an exhibit of the campers’ logo and stationery set projects …

… where a young camper takes a parting shot of the professional portfolio-worthy design creations.
… where a young camper takes a parting shot of the professional portfolio-worthy design creations.

Health Careers Camp participants enjoyed learning in fields including physical therapy assistant – represented by Nancy E. Wood, program director.
Health Careers Camp participants enjoyed learning in fields including physical therapy assistant – represented by Nancy E. Wood, program director.

An intubation demo in the paramedic lab
An intubation demo in the paramedic lab

Campers stabilize a colleague for safe, secure transport
Campers stabilize a colleague for safe, secure transport

Barbara J. Natell, director of the college's occupational therapy assistant program, charters a unique fishing expedition.
Barbara J. Natell, director of the college’s occupational therapy assistant program, charters a unique fishing expedition.

A SMART Girl paints the building that will house her team’s “She Rocks: From Print to Air,” one of 10 new businesses established for the town of “Dreamville.” The three-girl team developed a business plan for the town’s media center (including radio and television stations and a recording studio), designed and printed a building, and produced 3-D printed headphones.
A SMART Girl paints the building that will house her team’s “She Rocks: From Print to Air,” one of 10 new businesses established for the town of “Dreamville.” The three-girl team developed a business plan for the town’s media center (including radio and television stations and a recording studio), designed and printed a building, and produced 3-D printed headphones.

The appropriately nontraditional building for Lioness Wearable Tech for Women. Among the manufacturer and retailer’s products are personal computers, smart watches, Bluetooth ear pieces, smart glasses, cell phones and accessories.
The appropriately nontraditional building for Lioness Wearable Tech for Women. Among the manufacturer and retailer’s products are personal computers, smart watches, Bluetooth ear pieces, smart glasses, cell phones and accessories.

Technology allows a SMART Girl to work even smarter.
Technology allows a SMART Girl to work even smarter.

Layer by layer, a 3-D printer “builds” one of businesses that will serve the needs of Dreamville citizens.
Layer by layer, a 3-D printer “builds” one of businesses that will serve the needs of Dreamville citizens.

Faculty member Deborah L. Stabley combines the method and the medium: patterned Zentangle drawings on clay tile ...
Faculty member Deborah L. Stabley combines the method and the medium: patterned Zentangle drawings on clay tile …

... and surrounds herself with Creative Art campers (who also learned drawing and casting, printmaking and textiles).
… and surrounds herself with Creative Art campers (who also learned drawing and casting, printmaking and textiles).

Diligence, design are fused in the creative crucible of the studio.
Diligence, design are fused in the creative crucible of the studio.

Molding a sense of satisfaction
Molding a sense of satisfaction

You think the Old Masters didn't start when they were young?
You think the Old Masters didn’t start when they were young?

Youth Training for Athletic Development Camp helps youngsters exercise the proper way ...
Youth Training for Athletic Development Camp helps youngsters exercise the proper way …

... with recognized guidelines and experienced faculty such as John M. Arrigonie, exercise science faculty member.
… with recognized guidelines and experienced faculty such as John M. Arrigonie, exercise science faculty member.

(And the smiles show that fitness can be fun)
(And the smiles show that fitness can be fun)

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