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T-shirts, teamwork spread uplifting message

Organized by Student Affairs and championed through social media, the Penn College community raised its collective voice this week in the annual “Yellow It Out” observance. Students, faculty and staff were asked to wear yellow and share their photos using the #pcthope hashtag. Events throughout the week reinforced the message, and resource tables provided worthwhile information on suicide prevention and awareness.

– Photos (unless otherwise noted) by Tim Wegman, student photographer

A Bush Campus Center whiteboard brightens the hallway, bursting with encouragement to wear Wednesday's color du jour.
A Bush Campus Center whiteboard brightens the hallway, bursting with encouragement to wear Wednesday’s color du jour.

Student-athletes Alexander S. Cassada (soccer) and Hannah Burnett (volleyball) were on hand outside the Keystone Dining Room on Wednesday, collecting messages of hope at a "Crafternoon" table. Burnett, of Middlebury Center, is a physician assistant studies major; Cassada, of Chambersburg, is enrolled in network administration and engineering technology.
Student-athletes Alexander S. Cassada (soccer) and Hannah Burnett (volleyball) were on hand outside the Keystone Dining Room on Wednesday, collecting messages of hope at a “Crafternoon” table. Burnett, of Middlebury Center, is a physician assistant studies major; Cassada, of Chambersburg, is enrolled in network administration and engineering technology.

The week's schedule adorns the CC elevator, alongside one of the information tables placed around campus to spread the all-too-vital word that life-saving support is close at hand.
The week’s schedule adorns the CC elevator, alongside one of the information tables placed around campus to spread the all-too-vital word that life-saving support is close at hand.

One of the portable billboards created by Joey M. Morrin, a Presidential Student Ambassador and member of the Wildcat tennis team, delivers a relevant message for this week ... and every week. Morrin, of Morrisville, is set to graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in graphic design. (Photo by Matt Blymier, assistant director of athletics/sports information director)
One of the portable billboards created by Joey M. Morrin, a Presidential Student Ambassador and member of the Wildcat tennis team, delivers a relevant message for this week … and every week. Morrin, of Morrisville, is set to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. (Photo by Matt Blymier, assistant director of athletics/sports information director)

Justin F. Potts, a civil engineering technology major from Media, adds his empathetic voice.
Justin F. Potts, a civil engineering technology major from Media, adds his empathetic voice.

Admissions counselors Maddie L. Metzger and Bryce W. Winder gathered uniformly clad co-workers outside their Student & Administrative Services Center workspace, providing this safely distanced photo of advocacy for a vital cause.
Admissions counselors Maddie L. Metzger and Bryce W. Winder gathered uniformly clad co-workers outside their Student & Administrative Services Center workspace, providing this safely distanced photo of advocacy for a vital cause.

The College Store sold "Yellow It Out" T-shirts in advance of the observance, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness' North Central Pennsylvania affiliate. (Photo by Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday)
The College Store sold “Yellow It Out” T-shirts in advance of the observance, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ North Central Pennsylvania affiliate. (Photo by Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday)

The Academic Success Center (which provided this photo) supports suicide prevention and awareness, helping students to alleviate stress with a variety of tools for success. Clockwise from foreground are Philip G. Berry, academic services specialist: early alert communication; Tijana T. Mrkalj, of Pittsburgh, a health information management major and Tutoring Center office support staff; and Sydney M. Telesky, of Milton, a Writing Center tutor, as well as a human services and restorative justice student.
The Academic Success Center (which provided this photo) supports suicide prevention and awareness, helping students to alleviate stress with a variety of tools for success. Clockwise from foreground are Philip G. Berry, academic services specialist: early alert communication; Tijana T. Mrkalj, of Pittsburgh, a health information management major and Tutoring Center office support staff; and Sydney M. Telesky, of Milton, a Writing Center tutor, as well as a human services and restorative justice student.

Positive reinforcement, for all to see ...
Positive reinforcement, for all to see …

... posted to the windows on the dining unit's west entrance.
… posted to the windows on the dining unit’s west entrance.

A Facebook cover photo was among the commemmorative tools provided by Kimberlee R. Rusczyk, manager of social media and online marketing, to ensure consistency of the conversation.
A Facebook cover photo was among the commemmorative tools provided by Kimberlee R. Rusczyk, manager of social media and online marketing, to ensure consistency of the conversation.

Resources remind the Penn College community how to recognize a colleague's struggle and where to find a listening ear.
Resources remind the Penn College community how to recognize a colleague’s struggle and where to find a listening ear.

An ally in awareness is Liz N. Festa, of West Hempstead, N.Y., a pre-nursing student.
An ally in awareness is Liz N. Festa, of West Hempstead, N.Y., a pre-nursing student.

A perfect word on which to end: short, sweet and altogether optimistic
A perfect word on which to end: short, sweet and altogether optimistic