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1977 Montage – As Years Pass (in Years Past)

College helped America celebrate two centuries of independence.
College helped America celebrate two centuries of independence.

The time is drawing nearer to when Penn College will celebrate 100 years of education through exceptional hands-on experiences. What better way to get excited about the occasion  than to look back at how the nation’s bicentennial was observed by Williamsport Area Community College. Paging through the preceding institution’s 1977 Montage yearbook, one finds full-color photos from the city’s observance of America’s birthday. Festivities included a road rally, outdoor sporting activities and a WACC-built float in the downtown parade. Watch PCToday for an impressive schedule of activities for Penn College’s yearlong celebration in 2014.

Centennial

1968 Montage – Weighing In on a First-Year Fear

The 'Freshman 15": before and after
The ‘Freshman 15″: before and after

You’re warned about it before college and regret not taking heed after it strikes. It’s the dreadful “Freshman 15!” A  student depicted in the 1968 Montage yearbook was bold enough to  share before-and-after photos of his college weight gain. Luckily, services are offered to today’s students to help avoid the unwanted: Fitness Center memberships, healthy meal selections, participation in intercollegiate and intramural sports … even zumba classes. Don’t fall victim to the “Freshman 15”;  use the services Penn College offers. Be proactive and get fit!

Alumni Centennial

Montage – ‘Reel’-Life Inspiration

Hugh M. MacMullan
Hugh M. MacMullan
The 1971 Montage, the yearbook for Williamsport Area Community College, is dedicated to MacMullan (the first chair of the college's English department).
The 1971 Montage, the yearbook for Williamsport Area Community College, is dedicated to MacMullan (the first chair of the college’s English department).
During his naval service from 1942-46, MacMullan wrote and directed more than 100 documentaries – one of the short training films brought Gene Kelly to Williamsport. A World War II ration book is among items MacMullen donated to the college's collection.
During his naval service from 1942-46, MacMullan wrote and directed more than 100 documentaries – one of the short training films brought Gene Kelly to Williamsport. A World War II ration book is among items MacMullen donated to the college’s collection.
These lecture notes of MacMullan, a 1931 graduate of Oxford University, show his attempts to master Elizabethan script.
These lecture notes of MacMullan, a 1931 graduate of Oxford University, show his attempts to master Elizabethan script.

Through decades upon decades of sharing their real-world experiences at Penn College and its predecessors, faculty members have played an indisputably integral role in student success. What is not so obvious, especially to latter-day members of the campus community, is the professorial treasure trove that resides in the college archives. As detailed in the Spring 2013 issue of One College Avenue, Penn College’s award-winning magazine, the Hugh MacMullan Collection at the Roger and Peggy Madigan Library documents a fascinating life that embraced Hollywood, military service, and a reverence for English and its teaching.

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Alumni Centennial

Montage – The Play’s the Thing

The Drama Club adviser, identified only as "J. Taylor" and seated front row-center, is surrounded by her cast and crew as they rehearse a 1981 production of "Barefoot in the Park."
The Drama Club adviser, identified only as “J. Taylor” and seated front row-center, is surrounded by her cast and crew as they rehearse a 1981 production of “Barefoot in the Park.”
Charles Simcox directed a series of one-act plays ...
Charles Simcox directed a series of one-act plays …
... that were presented in the WACC Rec Center in 1971.
… that were presented in the WACC Rec Center in 1971.
Dylan T. Lackey (left) and Thomas G. Degan electrified audiences in 2008, when "tick, tick …BOOM!” cemented the renaissance of live theater at Penn College.
Dylan T. Lackey (left) and Thomas G. Degan electrified audiences in 2008, when “tick, tick …BOOM!” cemented the renaissance of live theater at Penn College.

As a troupe of Penn College student-actors prepares for its spring presentation of “Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.,” a stroll through the institutional archives confirms theater’s traditional foothold as a diversion from academic pursuits. While recent years have seen a resurgence of in-house stage productions, photos from 1971 and 1981 editions of Montage – the yearbook of Williamsport Area Community College – indicate that an active Drama Club is a mainstay among campus organizations. Be it comedy, musical or serious fare, students schooled in hands-on majors have long proved their prowess in less-taxing endeavors.

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Alumni Centennial

Montage – A Match Made in History

Tom Reeder, top left, takes the title at 134 pounds.
Tom Reeder, top left, takes the title at 134 pounds.
Lynn Rebert, the 154-pound champ.
Lynn Rebert, the 154-pound champ.
Coach Max Wasson, center, "calmly" suggests a plan of attack.
Coach Max Wasson, center, “calmly” suggests a plan of attack.
Wrestling returns to Penn College
Wrestling returns to Penn College

As the Wildcats prepare to host the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Mid-East Conference Championships this weekend, precedent leaves big shoes to fill. Three decades ago, competing in the Eastern Pennsylvania Community College Athletic Conference, Williamsport Area Community College wrestlers won the conference title for the third straight year to become “the winningest team on campus.” The photos above, contrasting with one taken this season under the sport’s resurgence, are from the 1973 edition of Montage, the WACC yearbook. That year’s team at the Penn College forerunner was coached by Max Wasson, who was among the inaugural inductees into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame last fall.

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Alumni Centennial

Montage – On a Historical ‘Note’

The Association, 1972
The Association, 1972
 Eddie Money, 1982
Eddie Money, 1982
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 1974
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 1974
Z.Z. Top, 1974
Z.Z. Top, 1974
Campus dance, 1972
Campus dance, 1972

Today’s Penn College students have access to more tunes than ever: MP3s filling their earbuds with new music and classics alike; and Open Mic nights, coffeehouses and other events offering the real thing in a variety of venues. Music has always been a part of the college experience, as shown in these photos from Williamsport Area Community College’s Montage yearbook. Students attend a dance at far right, and, from left, enjoy some recognizable performers from the 1970s and ’80s.

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