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Visitors Soak in Campus, Spring Sunshine at Open House


The Penn College community welcomed prospective students, their families and their friends to Spring Open House on Saturday. The entire campus was open for exploration, with knowledgeable and friendly students, employees and alumni around every corner to help potential enrollees and other guests make the most of their stay.

– Photos by J.J. Boettcher and Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographers;
Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor; and Larry D. Kauffman, digital publishing specialist/photographer

Welding and fabrication engineering technology student Nathaniel H. Lyon, of Fredericksburg, engages prospective students with a friendly face during the check-in process.
Welding and fabrication engineering technology student Nathaniel H. Lyon, of Fredericksburg, engages prospective students with a friendly face during the check-in process.

Visitors check in at the Field House, where helpful employees, students and alumni provide a welcome and wealth of information.
Visitors check in at the Field House, where helpful employees, students and alumni provide a welcome and wealth of information.

Admissions counselor Melinda D. Heckman addresses a full house during the day’s first general information session in the Academic Center Auditorium.
Admissions counselor Melinda D. Heckman addresses a full house during the day’s first general information session in the Academic Center Auditorium.

Endowed with an overview of the college, visitors leave the Academic Center Auditorium and head to the labs and classrooms they might someday occupy as students.
Endowed with an overview of the college, visitors leave the Academic Center Auditorium and head to the labs and classrooms they might someday occupy as students.

Paramedic Director Chris Boyer (left) and Brady L. Breon (right), assistant professor of paramedic, stand ready in the program’s well-equipped lab with students James A. Babinetz, of Doylestown; Gabrielle E. Hileman, of Hughesville; and Andee M. Lauritsen, of West Chester.
Paramedic Director Chris Boyer (left) and Brady L. Breon (right), assistant professor of paramedic, stand ready in the program’s well-equipped lab with students James A. Babinetz, of Doylestown; Gabrielle E. Hileman, of Hughesville; and Andee M. Lauritsen, of West Chester.

Kevin Yokitis, instructor of electrical technologies and occupations, talks with a prospective student and his family in one of several labs where electronics and computer engineering technology students apply hands-on learning to theory.
Kevin Yokitis, instructor of electrical technologies and occupations, talks with a prospective student and his family in one of several labs where electronics and computer engineering technology students apply hands-on learning to theory.

Health information technology students, joined by Dan Christopher, assistant professor of health information technology, greet people in the west wing of the Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.
Health information technology students, joined by Dan Christopher, assistant professor of health information technology, greet people in the west wing of the Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.

For his senior project, Korey T. Keyser, an aviation maintenance technology student from Waldorf, Md., is finishing body work on one of the Aviation Center’s fleet. During Open House, he assembled the wing fuel cell.
For his senior project, Korey T. Keyser, an aviation maintenance technology student from Waldorf, Md., is finishing body work on one of the Aviation Center’s fleet. During Open House, he assembled the wing fuel cell.

Lauren S. Herr, a construction management student from Lititz, and Bernice C. Weaver, a residential construction technology and management student from Newville, represent the Women in Construction club at the Student Involvement Fair.
Lauren S. Herr, a construction management student from Lititz, and Bernice C. Weaver, a residential construction technology and management student from Newville, represent the Women in Construction club at the Student Involvement Fair.

Charles E. O’Brien, a Penn College police officer, talks with visitors about the 1929 Ford Model A coupe he restored with advice from the college’s automotive restoration faculty.
Charles E. O’Brien, a Penn College police officer, talks with visitors about the 1929 Ford Model A coupe he restored with advice from the college’s automotive restoration faculty.

Electronics and computer engineering technology students talk with visitors about their projects.
Electronics and computer engineering technology students talk with visitors about their projects.

Electronics and computer engineering technology student Norman C. Sabin, of Williamsport, staffs a table for the college’s IEEE student chapter. IEEE is a worldwide professional organization for engineering, computing and technology professionals.
Electronics and computer engineering technology student Norman C. Sabin, of Williamsport, staffs a table for the college’s IEEE student chapter. IEEE is a worldwide professional organization for engineering, computing and technology professionals.

Sandra L. Richmond, dean of nursing and health sciences, introduces students to health sciences programs during an information session.
Sandra L. Richmond, dean of nursing and health sciences, introduces students to health sciences programs during an information session.

Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer information technology, and David A. Becker, instructor of information technology, talk with a prospect.
Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer information technology, and David A. Becker, instructor of information technology, talk with a prospect.

Dave A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, talks to prospective students about the awesome art electives and art majors on campus, including courses in ceramics.
Dave A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, talks to prospective students about the awesome art electives and art majors on campus, including courses in ceramics.

Forest technology students pull a slab of chestnut oak (also called rock oak) from the Earth Science Center’s sawmill.
Forest technology students pull a slab of chestnut oak (also called rock oak) from the Earth Science Center’s sawmill.

Roy H. Klinger, instructor of collision repair, shows visitors an example of his department’s work.
Roy H. Klinger, instructor of collision repair, shows visitors an example of his department’s work.

In the industrial design lab, Professor Thomas E. Ask shows off the college’s hands-on component by mixing and pouring resin so that visitors can make molds.
In the industrial design lab, Professor Thomas E. Ask shows off the college’s hands-on component by mixing and pouring resin so that visitors can make molds.

Eye candy on wheels waits for visitors between College Avenue Labs and the Machining Technologies Center.
Eye candy on wheels waits for visitors between College Avenue Labs and the Machining Technologies Center.

Web and interactive media students Cindy L. English, of Montoursville, Molly A. Amato, of Levittown, Malachi J. Atkinson, of Macungie, and Elisha R. Arantowicz, of Birdsboro, pose in new matching T-shirts that promote their major.
Web and interactive media students Cindy L. English, of Montoursville, Molly A. Amato, of Levittown, Malachi J. Atkinson, of Macungie, and Elisha R. Arantowicz, of Birdsboro, pose in new matching T-shirts that promote their major.

Aviation maintenance technology student Jacob J. Buss, of Northampton, works on his senior project: building a test unit for use by future aviation students. He’s accepted a position after graduation with LV Avionics.
Aviation maintenance technology student Jacob J. Buss, of Northampton, works on his senior project: building a test unit for use by future aviation students. He’s accepted a position after graduation with LV Avionics.

In the Machining Technologies Center, manufacturing engineering technology student and Baja team member Shujaa AlQahtani, of State College, talks with visitors about the off-road vehicles that students build each year for competition.
In the Machining Technologies Center, manufacturing engineering technology student and Baja team member Shujaa AlQahtani, of State College, talks with visitors about the off-road vehicles that students build each year for competition.

The sun warms up a campus tour.
The sun warms up a campus tour.

Prospective student-athletes learn about the college’s NCAA Division III sports programs in the Athletics Office.
Prospective student-athletes learn about the college’s NCAA Division III sports programs in the Athletics Office.

Timothy L. Yarrington refers to a visual aid as he talks with visitors about the college’s brewing and fermentation science degree.
Timothy L. Yarrington refers to a visual aid as he talks with visitors about the college’s brewing and fermentation science degree.

A sample of the book knowledge behind brewing.
A sample of the book knowledge behind brewing.

Franklin H. Reber, instructor of building construction technology, tells a prospective student about the industry demand for concrete specialists. The college will welcome its first group of concrete science technology students in the fall.
Franklin H. Reber, instructor of building construction technology, tells a prospective student about the industry demand for concrete specialists. The college will welcome its first group of concrete science technology students in the fall.

Prospective students and other guests progress past the “Student Bodies” sculptures.
Prospective students and other guests progress past the “Student Bodies” sculptures.

Dental hygiene student Kelsey L. McKenrick, of Gilbertsville, and Bambi A. Hawkins, learning lab coordinator for the paramedic program, greet and direct visitors to health sciences and information technology.
Dental hygiene student Kelsey L. McKenrick, of Gilbertsville, and Bambi A. Hawkins, learning lab coordinator for the paramedic program, greet and direct visitors to health sciences and information technology.

Ross E. Lapides, an aviation maintenance technology student from Saint Johns, Fla., works on his senior project, building a new antenna structure that will place antennas parallel with the airstream.
Ross E. Lapides, an aviation maintenance technology student from Saint Johns, Fla., works on his senior project, building a new antenna structure that will place antennas parallel with the airstream.

Alicia McNett, instructor of computer information technology, chats with visitors who are interested in gaming and simulation.
Alicia McNett, instructor of computer information technology, chats with visitors who are interested in gaming and simulation.

A prospective student helps Chef Paul Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, with a demonstration in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, a live-learning lab for the School of Business & Hospitality.
A prospective student helps Chef Paul Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, with a demonstration in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, a live-learning lab for the School of Business & Hospitality.

Visitors tour the nursing program’s pediatrics/labor and delivery lab.
Visitors tour the nursing program’s pediatrics/labor and delivery lab.

In another display of hands-on learning, Michael A. Dincher, assistant professor of horticulture, leads students in a landscaping project at the Earth Science Center. On Saturday, the students removed a portion of a stone wall and continued to dig out clay soil that retained excess moisture. The new landscape design will include a walkway and seating area.
In another display of hands-on learning, Michael A. Dincher, assistant professor of horticulture, leads students in a landscaping project at the Earth Science Center. On Saturday, the students removed a portion of a stone wall and continued to dig out clay soil that retained excess moisture. The new landscape design will include a walkway and seating area.

Ashley M. Lyons, secretary to residence life, talks with a prospective student in Dauphin Hall.
Ashley M. Lyons, secretary to residence life, talks with a prospective student in Dauphin Hall.

Behind the tail of the college’s Boeing 727, Bill Stepp III talks with a prospective student about the college’s aviation majors.
Behind the tail of the college’s Boeing 727, Bill Stepp III talks with a prospective student about the college’s aviation majors.

Roy A. Fletcher, assistant professor of banking and finance, speaks with guests about business degrees in the Financial Markets Lab.
Roy A. Fletcher, assistant professor of banking and finance, speaks with guests about business degrees in the Financial Markets Lab.

Families learn about the college’s hospitality majors while Chef Paul Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, calls on the help of a prospective student to demonstrate classical cooking techniques. Also assisting is culinary arts and systems student David O. Spriache, of Reading, left.
Families learn about the college’s hospitality majors while Chef Paul Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, calls on the help of a prospective student to demonstrate classical cooking techniques. Also assisting is culinary arts and systems student David O. Spriache, of Reading, left.

A prospective nursing student from South Williamsport and her mother pose happily before the School of Health Sciences information session.
A prospective nursing student from South Williamsport and her mother pose happily before the School of Health Sciences information session.

Barney A. Kahn, instructor of building construction technology, walks a family through the concrete masonry lab.
Barney A. Kahn, instructor of building construction technology, walks a family through the concrete masonry lab.

A pair reviews Open House materials in the Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center lobby.
A pair reviews Open House materials in the Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center lobby.

Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor of architectural technology, connects with students during the Construction & Design Technologies school information session.
Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor of architectural technology, connects with students during the Construction & Design Technologies school information session.

Tia G. La, a pre-physician assistant student from Guam, promotes her club, Minorities Lending Knowledge, at the Student Involvement Fair.
Tia G. La, a pre-physician assistant student from Guam, promotes her club, Minorities Lending Knowledge, at the Student Involvement Fair.

Craig Aldenderfer, a 1990 graduate of the college’s forest technology major, talks about his work as a fire supervisor for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry. He was one of three forest technology alumni who returned to talk about their careers.
Craig Aldenderfer, a 1990 graduate of the college’s forest technology major, talks about his work as a fire supervisor for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry. He was one of three forest technology alumni who returned to talk about their careers.

Dauphin Hall, the meeting place for housing tours, is a busy hub for those curious about residence life at Penn College – or hungry for an all-you-can-eat meal from Capitol Eatery.
Dauphin Hall, the meeting place for housing tours, is a busy hub for those curious about residence life at Penn College – or hungry for an all-you-can-eat meal from Capitol Eatery.

Maj. Jonathon M. Britton speaks to prospective students about the benefits, challenges and opportunities of being an ROTC cadet in the Bald Eagle Battalion.
Maj. Jonathon M. Britton speaks to prospective students about the benefits, challenges and opportunities of being an ROTC cadet in the Bald Eagle Battalion.

Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of web and interactive media, provides an information session about the major.
Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of web and interactive media, provides an information session about the major.

Chet Beaver (right), coordinator of veteran and military services, offers information about the Veterans Center and campus benefits, opportunities and resources.
Chet Beaver (right), coordinator of veteran and military services, offers information about the Veterans Center and campus benefits, opportunities and resources.

 

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