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Four women delivered messages of inspiration and hope at Friday’s “Students Speak!” event in the Thompson Professional Development Center, part of Penn College’s observance of National Women’s History Month. Sharing their powerful – and empowering – stories for an appreciative audience were: Brianna E. Milden, of Nazareth, enrolled in information technology: network specialist concentration; Jennifer Nicholson, of Lock Haven, applied health studies: radiography concentration; Dessa D. Valisno, of Lock Haven, information technology: technical support technology emphasis; and Alane D. Zellars, Williamsport, human services. (Student Lynaugh H. Bobst, a human services major from Cogan Station, was prepared to participate, but was unable to attend.) The well-received event, held for the first time this year, was organized by Diversity & Community Engagement.

– Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

In "Learning to Fly," Milden acknowledges supportive friends as key to nurturing inner strength and community growth.
In “Learning to Fly,” Milden acknowledges supportive friends as key to nurturing inner strength and community growth.

Nicholson builds on a life of service, helping others to identify and achieve their goals.
Nicholson builds on a life of service, helping others to identify and achieve their goals.

"Breaking Your Silence" – Valisno candidly recounts her immigration from The Phillippines and enrollment in college, urging others to speak out when needed.
“Breaking Your Silence” – Valisno candidly recounts her immigration from The Phillippines and enrollment in college, urging others to speak out when needed.

"This is my story, not my end," Zellars says in a compelling narrative of hardships vanguished and life transformed.
“This is my story, not my end,” Zellars says in a compelling narrative of hardships vanguished and life transformed.

The speakers sit for a Q&A with audience members ...
The speakers sit for a Q&A with audience members …

... including Cathy E. Gamez, Residence Life hall coordinator for Rose Street Commons.
… including Cathy E. Gamez, Residence Life hall coordinator for Rose Street Commons.

Smiles and solidarity
Smiles and solidarity

 

 

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