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Student Development Assistants encourage peers to ‘give thanks’

Joining the Penn College Wildcat in urging their peers to "Give Thanks, Paw It Forward" are (from left) Student Development Assistants Wesley S. McCray, an engineering design technology major from Corry; Mary C. Watts, of Quakertown, information assurance and cyber security; Jordyn M. Kahler, of York, dental hygiene, Jonathan R. Hendrickson, of Cowansville, software development and information management; Miles K. Lampkin, of Horsham, software development and information management; Andy P. Luzeckyj, of Southampton, automotive technology management; and Malcolm K. Lampkin, of Horsham, and in the same major as his twin brother.

Student Development Assistants from the office of Institutional Advancement engaged the campus community in various “give thanks” initiatives throughout the month of November. 

They teamed up with Dining Services encouraging peers to “paw” it forward at various campus eateries by donating their flex or declining meal-plan dollars, all in support of The Cupboard and the battle against hunger.

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Gratitude: It’s what’s for dinner

Web developer Michael Richards and son adorably see eye-to-eye over CLC cuisine.

A pair of traditional events helped kick off the holidays Thursday: a festival of Fall Family Fun at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center and Penn College’s annual free Thanksgiving dinner. Parents and grandparents attended the center’s celebration, held each fall in joyful appreciation as the semester draws to an close. A short distance away in the Keystone Dining Room, students enjoyed an employee-served menu that included turkey, filling, gravy, corn, mashed potatoes, beverages and dessert.

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Events Faculty & Staff Workforce Development

Summit illustrates benefits of schools’ pre-apprenticeship programs

Michele Edwards, human resources manager at First Quality Enterprises, the summit’s sponsor and a participant in the college's apprenticeship program, discusses “Why industry is engaged in pre-apprenticeship.”

Workforce Development at Penn College welcomed scores of school administrators, counselors and teachers Tuesday to its 2019 Pre-Apprenticeship Summit, where educators learned how to prepare today’s high school students for the in-demand, high-skilled careers of tomorrow. A full agenda covered various facets of pre-apprenticeships – what they are, the benefits of integration into the secondary curriculum, and how they can pave students’ path to both college and career. Featured speakers at the Thompson Professional Development Center event were Eric Ramsay, director of the Apprenticeship and Training Office, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; Christina Herman, Career Ready specialist for the state Department of Education; and Stephen Herzenberg, executive director of the Keystone Research Center. Also presenting was Ross A. Berger, a client development specialist at the college.

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Faculty & Staff Students

2019 holiday cards

Penn College Pep Band

Holiday cards created by student organizations and Penn College departments, artistically delivering “Season’s Greetings” across the campus community, went on display Monday on the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center lawn. (The first 32 photos are from student groups, followed by nine entries from college offices.)

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Faculty & Staff Students

Canvassing the neighborhood

Disability Services enlists a multigenerational band of collaborators.

A pre-winter tradition continued Wednesday at the General Services building along Reach Road, where employees and students celebrated Penn College’s rich diversity by fashioning 41 oversized wooden holiday cards. The completed handiwork will be installed outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center shortly before Thanksgiving, and a lighting ceremony – which will also illuminate the main campus decorations and a veterans tree near Madigan Library – will accent the display at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4.

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Events Faculty & Staff Gallery Makerspace Students

Gallery artist-in-residence bridges tradition, technology during workshops

Repko interacts with students during a “Bridging the Gaps” workshop, where participants built bridges representing the past, present and future as they relate to the artist’s work.

“Jeff Repko was the ideal choice for our first artist-in-residence in the ‘Material Matters’ series as his work combines traditional materials with digital fabrication methods,” said Penny Griffin Lutz, director of The Gallery at Penn College. In addition to a public reception for his exhibit, “In Proximity,” Repko’s five-day residency (Nov. 5-9) featured workshops in the gallery and The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College. “His artistic vision was a perfect fit for Penn College’s community of makers,” Lutz added. “He took advantage of the equipment in the makerspace to begin a new sculpture, and he enjoyed the one-on-one time he spent with students, educators and the public during hands-on workshops. Jeff felt so welcomed by our campus community!” “In Proximity” is on display through Dec. 11 in The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Madigan Library. Hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed Mondays and Saturdays and will be closed Nov. 27-Dec. 1. The “Material Matters: Past, Present, Future” series will include two additional short-term artist residencies over the next two years and is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Art and Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Students’ wood sculptures on display in downtown Williamsport

Wooden mask sculptures crafted by Pennsylvania College of Technology students are on display at the new office and gallery space of Lycoming Arts in downtown Williamsport.

The artistry of 12 Pennsylvania College of Technology students and a professor is gracing the new office and gallery space of Lycoming Arts, 46 W. Fourth St.

As part of a Wood Sculpture art elective, the class crafted masks, inspired by a study of African masks. Each mask was hand-carved with chisels, mallets and rasps, and the students were encouraged to experiment with shape, color, texture, mixed media additions and other design elements.

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Engineering Design Technology Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Students

Annual contest ‘draws’ attention to students’ online modeling skills

David J. Cadden, of West Chester, placed first in Walker's class.

Engineering design technology and engineering CAD technology majors in multiple sections of Technical Drawing I and Detailing I classes (CCD 103-104) recently participated in the sixth annual virtual pumpkin-carving contest. Engineering design technology faculty – Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor, and instructors Craig A. Miller and Shane A. Schreck – provided photos of their students’ work, which filled their corner of College Avenue Labs with a seasonal display of software sorcery.

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Faculty & Staff General Information Students

If a picture paints a thousand words … start adding ’em up!

The group absorbs the astonishingly beautiful view from Band Rocks.

“I think the natural beauty in our area is distinctive to the college,” said Thomas E. Ask, professor of industrial design. For “at least 12 years,” Ask has taken his Penn College students (and some of their friends) on optional excursions to explore that beauty, namely at Rock Run. Located about 30 miles north of campus in the McIntyre Wild Area of Loyalsock State Forest near Ralston in Lycoming County, Rock Run offers an abundance of crystal clear streams, waterfalls, trails and cliffs to discover. “The students love our adventures,” Ask related. “I usually go once in the fall as a way for new students to get to know one another in the major. It’s a nice team-building exercise. Many students in our major are from the Philly and New Jersey area, so this is all new. I’ve been climbing since I was in college, so I love to share the fun.” The cliff they scaled on a recent expedition was a small one that Ask has used with newcomers for many years. Not from this area, the professor says he learned about Rock Run from a student years ago. The region’s scenic beauty continues to inspire him (and his young charges). “We are within an hour of downhill and cross-country skiing, rock climbing, caving, sailing, kayaking, powerboating, backpacking and hiking,” Ask added, expounding on the options. “Nature provides a refuge from the stress and dynamics of campus life.”

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Teamwork makes the screams work

Friends hold onto each other in the "haunted" welding lab, banking on safety in numbers.

Campus neighborhoods were alive with the shrieking, giggling sounds of Halloween again this season, as a crowded slate of activities helped Penn College students, employees and friends toll the witching hour. Among the boo-tiful bounty were The Village’s annual family night; welding’s “Arc Asylum 5.0,” which has grown more elaborately eerie each year; a “Trunk or Treat” automotive showcase; a “Karaoke Costume Party,” sponsored by the Student Engagement Office; Dining Services’ colorful Halloween Boofet; creative co-workers and students in “Guess who?” garb; and horticulture students’ whimsical scarecrows in nearby Way’s Garden.

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Impressed by campus, speaker empowers energy allies

Edward J. Maginn, Dorini Family professor of energy studies at Notre Dame University, walks his audience through sources, usage and challenges in providing for the world’s energy demands.

While some may view the ever-increasing energy appetite of an ever-growing global population with gloom and alarm, a guest lecturer from the University of Notre Dame shared a more optimistic take Tuesday on meeting that societal demand (and solving such attendant issues of air quality and energy storage). Edward J. Maginn presented “Energy 101” as part of Penn College’s Technology & Society Colloquia Series, appearing through an ongoing partnership between the college and the Notre Dame Club of Greater Williamsport. In a 50-minute presentation that was as informative and accessible as its title implies, Maginn was upbeat in balancing current fuel sources and the magnitude of their consumption with the human and technological wherewithal to ensure sufficient supply for decades to come. Not that the work will be easy. As investment in energy solutions trails other economic sectors – health care and defense, among them – Maginn said, “We need more people and resources to address this.” And while detailing the exciting research being done at his home campus, Maginn enlisted his Penn College audience as colleagues in the challenging fight. “Your generation is going to have to fix this,” he told students, bolstered by what he saw earlier in the day during tours of automotive and HVAC labs. “We’re up to the challenge, but we have to believe that we can fix it. Do we have the will?” A full-length video of the Klump Academic Center Auditorium presentation will be available soon on the college’s YouTube channel.

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Think Penn College is for you? You’re right as rain!

Fashionably protected from the elements

The weather was as mercurial as you’d expect from autumn in Pennsylvania – persistent precipitation giving way to scrumptious sunshine – but Fall Open House at Penn College was much more predictable: a daylong forecast of helpful employees, students and alumni, all eager to guide the stream of visitors that wound its way from building to building, hoping to join an imminent cohort of “tomorrow makers.”

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