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Building a home … away from home

The group, en route to South Carolina

Ten students and two staff mentors from Penn College traveled to South Carolina this month, a nearly 600-mile journey as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge. The group worked on a house in the Marion County community of Mullins, where the local Habitat organization is using autoclaved aerated concrete – an eco-friendly building material, resistant to extreme weather conditions – for the first time. Students who made the Alternative Spring Break trip are Hunter C. Dubbs, Bendersville, software development and information management; Aniah T. Ellerbee, Tannersville, building construction technology; Cas D. Henderson, Hazel Hurst, business administration: banking and finance concentration; Abby K. Kohler, Mar Lin, pre-practical nursing; Stacy L. Lash, Pottsville, applied human services; Adriana S. Lee, Williamsport, landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; Kimberly P. Masullo, Effort, building construction technology; Alaina M. Murren, Aspers, dental hygiene; Princy Prasad, Philadelphia, pre-physician assistant studies; and Michael V. Saylor, Gettysburg, residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration. They were accompanied by Sammie L. Davis, coordinator of diversity and cultural life (who provided the photos), and Cathy E. Gamez, hall coordinator for Rose Street Commons. “Habitat for Humanity is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and learn something new,” Prasad said. “I went from learning biology and anatomy to learning how to bore a hole into a block!” Penn College is one of three institutions involved in the ongoing construction project; crews from Siena and Hamilton colleges also worked at the site over their respective hiatus from classes.

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Alumni Events Students

Spring Career Fair

Plastics and polymer engineering technology students Cassie N. Shook, of Wesport, and Evan M. Prough, of Lock Haven, visit with a graduate of their major: B. Braun Medical Inc.'s Daniel M. Dietrich.

Business and industry from across the country attended Penn College’s on-campus Career Fair this week to offer thousands of opportunities to tomorrow makers. Students and alumni attending the fair – chronicled in this PCToday photo gallery – purposefully strolled the Field House and Bardo Gymnasium in search of recruiters with whom to network and learn what internship and job opportunities are available. Tuesday’s opening of Penn College’s two-day Career Fair attracted broadcast interest from the area’s NBC and ABC affiliates. WBRE’s Morgan Parrish and WNEP’s Kristina Papa both visited campus Tuesday, talking with Career Services staff, students and employers involved in the premier networking event.

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Civil Engineering & Surveying Construction & Design Technologies Students

Students earn ‘Chapter of the Year’ honors from land surveyors

Among the Penn College students on hand to receive “Chapter of the Year” honors from the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors are (from left) Glenn C. Johnson, of Sweet Valley, club president and a scholarship recipient; Jason K. Broadt, of Bloomsburg; secretary; member Jacob G. Stoner, of Scottdale; and Michael A. Mikitish, of Pittston, vice president. Mikitish is a civil engineering technology major; the others are enrolled in surveying technology.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology student chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors received top honors at this year’s annual conference in Hershey – fitting news for the observance of National Surveyors Week (March 18-22).

In addition to being named 2018-19 Chapter of the Year – one of 18 such organizations in the commonwealth to be considered by the society’s selection committee – Penn College student Glenn C. “Cody” Johnson, of Sweet Valley, a surveying technology major and club president, was awarded a Pennsylvania Land Surveyors’ Foundation scholarship for the second straight year.

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College Transitions Events Faculty & Staff Students

Young audience absorbed by STEM-onstrations

A pupil from the Sullivan County School District learns the principles of pneumatics, courtesy of West Pharmaceutical Services.

Organizations from across the region came together on Thursday on the Penn College campus to provide fun and educational activities in science, technology, engineering and math for elementary- and middle-school students. Families were invited to an evening event in the Field House, and during the day, fifth-graders from many area schools attended a sneak preview that also included a live science show by The Franklin Institute and the School of Business & Hospitality’s popular “Taste of Technology” presentation – complete with fun and delicious demonstrations of physical and chemical phase changes in food – by Chef Frank M. Suchwala, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, and baking and culinary arts students. Students and employees from several other Penn College academic programs also participated. The event is coordinated on campus by the Office of College Transitions and First Year Initiatives and sponsored by Penn College, Lycoming College and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

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Events Students

New ‘Penn College Star’ rises from stageful of talent

The new reigning champion celebrates with her cash winnings.

Tiana M. Rawls-White, a culinary arts technology major from Northumberland, captured the 2019 “Penn College Star” title with a prize-winning vocal performance among seven accomplished challengers. Singer Amber L. Way, of Port Matilda, enrolled in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration, placed second; and mechatronics engineering technology student Kyle B. Linscott, a Williamsporter who sang and played guitar to original music, was the third-place finisher. Jarred J. Jones, whose talent was BMX tricks, was chosen as “Fan Favorite.” Four other musicians performed: singers Skyla E. Feerrar, Danielle M. Fidler and Kai K. Marshall, and Perry R. Leslie Wheat, who played original music on bass guitar. Students Cole A. Gehman and Trevor J. Route shared master-of-ceremonies duties at the sixth annual talent show, held this past week in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium under the sponsorship of the Wildcat Events Board.

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Events Faculty & Staff Students

‘Dream Week’ stirs community to social change

Penn College students and employees were among the 250-or-so people who gathered for the More Than a Meal food-packing event.

Penn College recently partnered with the Beloved Community Council, Lycoming College and STEP AmeriCorps during “Dream Week,” leveraging the power of volunteers to help tackle local challenges and advance the Martin Luther King’s vision of equal opportunity. The planning committee this week held its wrap-up meeting and provided additional photos of the various events that honor Rev. Dr. King’s mid-January birthday and facilitate community collaboration on the eve of February’s Black History Month observance. Among those activities were a downtown Peace Walk and memorial tribute to community leader Richard C. James, a joint service project on behalf of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and engaging conversations on race, culture and politics.

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Events Faculty & Staff Students

Yell(ow) It Out prompts public discourse on private struggles

Yellow ribbons, tied to campus trees in advance of Tuesday's storm, offer a beacon of hope.

Yellow ribbons, T-shirts and banners provided a vibrant contrast to the wintry landscape – and a vital symbol of support – as the Penn College community raised its collective voice for suicide prevention. In the annual Yell(ow) It Out observance, all were encouraged to wear the appropriate color and post on social media using the #pcthope hashtag to show their solidarity. Resource tables were located across campus providing information on suicide prevention and education. Ribbons and T-shirts were available, and students wrote messages on flags that will be displayed outdoors. The observance also included QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training for students and employees, empowering them to intercede when they notice someone experiencing depression or having potentially suicidal thoughts. The effort attracted the attention of WNEP’s Kristina Papa, who compiled a news segment that debuted at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Dining Services Events Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

‘Nature’s Cove’ celebrates new look with grand reopening

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently celebrated a grand reopening of its Nature’s Cove dining unit at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center campus. The dining unit received new seating and other upgrades.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently held a grand reopening celebration for Nature’s Cove, one of its 10 dining units.

Nature’s Cove updated its dining room with new cabinets and countertops, a larger soda fountain and updated merchandising coolers, additional seating with new dining room chairs, and a fresh coat of paint.

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Alumni Sports Students

A hardwood homecoming

Alumni hoopsters join current Wildcat athletes and coaches in a midcourt mingle.

The third annual Alumni Basketball Reunion Weekend brought members of past Wildcat teams back to Penn College for several campus events organized by Alumni Relations and Athletics. In addition to a Friday evening alumni reception, the guests took part in a coed game on their former Bardo Gymnasium home court and enjoyed lunch prior to watching a Saturday doubleheader against SUNY-Cobleskill.

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Alumni Corporate Relations Events Faculty & Staff Sports Students

Alexander dealerships recognized for all-star support of students

Aubrey Alexander accepts a framed #9 Wildcat jersey, representing his Penn College graduation year.

The Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, with 18 locations that employ a number of Penn College alumni, was honored Wednesday for its inspiring generosity and ongoing dedication to Wildcat Athletics. Through scholarship support, mentorship and other substantial contributions – including new scoreboards in Bardo Gymnasium – the Alexander family’s financial commitment was noted by the Wildcat Club as “creating lasting impact for our student-athletes and the athletic facilities they call home.” Among those on hand for Corporate Partner Day during a basketball doubleheader against the College of Saint Elizabeth was Aubrey Alexander, a 2009 business administration graduate and member of the Penn College Foundation Board of Directors.

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Alumni Events Faculty & Staff President Students

Freeze-framing a day to remember

As faculty march to the stage, anticipation and fulfillment blend on a student's radiant face.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Fall 2018 commencement on Saturday, Dec. 22, in the Community Arts Center, bringing down the curtain − as winter officially arrives and the new year nears − on another season of academic success. The student speaker was Katherine Lynne Mertes, of Williamsport, who was awarded a bachelor’s degree in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration. Also addressing the Class of ’18 was Joanna K. Flynn, associate professor of mathematics, who was presented with the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award in May. Civil engineering technology alumna Margaret A. Jackson received the Alumni Achievement Award during the ceremony, at which more than 300 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Steven P. Johnson, president of UPMC Susquehanna and a member of the college’s Board of Directors.

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Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Business & Hospitality Management Students

Winners announced in Penn College Food Show

As part of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual Food Show, culinary arts technology students Summer L. Showers, left, of Aspers, and Chelsea L. Gray, of Marysville, receive the Chef Eugene Mattucci Best of Show award for their “Game Meats From the Hunt” platter and charcuterie board.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently announced the winners of its annual Food Show.

The Food Show provides a venue for students to share their final projects in several courses and to gain feedback from industry professionals who judge their work. At the same time, it offers a learning experience for high school students interested in hospitality-related careers, who make a visit to the show as part of a daylong campus experience.

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Electrical Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Students

Penn College electrical students help power park

Ian J. Chilcote, of Altoona, was one of 15 electrical technology students from tasked with installing electrical power.

Pennsylvania College of Technology electrical students powered their education throughout the fall semester by employing their skills at a regional park.

The 15 second-semester students installed electrical service at Lime Bluff Recreation Area in Hughesville. What began in the heat of August ended in December’s chill as the students worked about five hours a week at the complex.

“The work they did can’t be replicated in the lab due to the nature of it,” said Joseph R. Raup, instructor of electrical technology/occupations and teacher of the Construction Lab II-Commercial course charged with the project. “We don’t have the area to do the trenching and the underground type of work.”

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Dining Services Events Students

Hugs and home fries: a Finals Week recipe for reprieve

Athletics and Residence Life proved to be able partners for Dining Services. Keeping the parade moving are (from left) Christa Matlack, women's soccer coach; Jamie R. Miller, wrestling coach; Residence Life coordinator Blaise E. Marshall; and baseball coach Chris H. Howard.

As Finals Week makes its presence known, peppering students with an exam-filled onslaught of exhaustion, Penn College thoughtfully provides sustenance and sanctuary for the battle against end-of-semester burnout. Among the events that form the cornerstone of the anti-anxiety attack? Dining Services’ 21st Midnight Breakfast − second only to commencement in traditional longevity − on Thursday night, preceded by Wednesday’s Madigan Library visit from therapy dogs that live to be loved.

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