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‘Welcome Weekend’ Provides Sunny Start to Students’ Bright Future

New and returning students greeted the start of a new semester during Penn College’s traditional Welcome Weekend festivities. After checking in on Saturday – and checking out their accommodations – the fall class processed into the Rose Street Courtyard for an official welcome, fireworks display and a hypnotist. Sunday brought social activities, information sessions and a game show, and Monday included sustenance for that all-important first day of classes.

−  Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer;
Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday; and Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer

A phalanx of volunteers makes unloading and move-in a breeze, a hands-off boon for families pulling up to campus housing.
A phalanx of volunteers makes unloading and move-in a breeze, a hands-off boon for families pulling up to campus housing.

Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost, and Todd R. Moore, Student Affairs marketing specialist, make light work of a potentially overwhelming task.
Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost, and Todd R. Moore, Student Affairs marketing specialist, make light work of a potentially overwhelming task.

While not carrying its original cargo, a box of belongings is treated with appropriate care by Shelley L. Moore, assistant director of career services.
While not carrying its original cargo, a box of belongings is treated with appropriate care by Shelley L. Moore, assistant director of career services.

Job-shadowing? Volunteers use the day's ample sunshine to spell out "PCT" behind Dauphin Hall.
Job-shadowing? Volunteers use the day’s ample sunshine to spell out “PCT” behind Dauphin Hall.

Admissions representative Sarah R. Shott, among those providing encouragement and optimism on moving day
Admissions representative Sarah R. Shott, among those providing encouragement and optimism on moving day

Marissa L. Clyde (second from left), a pre-dental hygiene major from Fombell, joins parents, sisters and grandmothers in her new "home away from home."
Marissa L. Clyde (second from left), a pre-dental hygiene major from Fombell, joins parents, sisters and grandmothers in her new “home away from home.”

Yellow shirts mark members of the "U-Hall Crew."
Yellow shirts mark members of the “U-Hall Crew.”

Teamwork gets the job done.
Teamwork gets the job done.

Out of chaos comes order!
Out of chaos comes order!

Laden vehicles proved no match for ready-to-serve Welcome Weekend helpers.
Laden vehicles proved no match for ready-to-serve Welcome Weekend helpers.

Making clear her destination is Olivia J. Hawbecker, a Web and interactive media major from Chambersburg, as she heads into her York Hall apartment.
Making clear her destination is Olivia J. Hawbecker, a Web and interactive media major from Chambersburg, as she heads into her York Hall apartment.

Sharing a laugh and taking a breather
Sharing a laugh and taking a breather

Dining Services provides a picnic lunch (and a welcome patch of shade) in the courtyard.
Dining Services provides a picnic lunch (and a welcome patch of shade) in the courtyard.

Connections Links (from left) Sarah A. Mongiello, Emma J. Sutterlin and Chelsey M. Carnrike get some furry assistance in greeting the students they oriented throughout the summer.
Connections Links (from left) Sarah A. Mongiello, Emma J. Sutterlin and Chelsey M. Carnrike get some furry assistance in greeting the students they oriented throughout the summer.

To the applause of employees, first-year students enter Rose Street Commons for the official start of their Penn College adventure.
To the applause of employees, first-year students enter Rose Street Commons for the official start of their Penn College adventure.

After processing through a double-lined assembly of college employees, the students take their seats for Convocation.

A three-day poster sale offers options for personalizing residential space.
A three-day poster sale offers options for personalizing residential space.

As she did when they toured campus at Open House and attended Connections orientation, President Davie Jane Gilmour makes students feel they made the best choice for their education and college experience.
As she did when they toured campus at Open House and attended Connections orientation, President Davie Jane Gilmour makes students feel they made the best choice for their education and college experience.

The Links lead the singing of Penn College's alma mater, hoping to familiarize students from Day One.
The Links lead the singing of Penn College’s alma mater, hoping to familiarize students from Day One.

Student Government Association President Zachary T. Peachey welcomes his peers.
Student Government Association President Zachary T. Peachey welcomes his peers.

Fireworks explode in the southwestern nighttime sky.
Fireworks explode in the southwestern nighttime sky.

Hypnotist Eric Mena interacts with Lauren J. Crouse, a Connections Link.
Hypnotist Eric Mena interacts with Lauren J. Crouse, a Connections Link.

Falling under the spell
Falling under the spell

An obliging photographer snapped a shot of the college mascot with James P. Gallagher, of Chalfont, a building construction technology student who wasn't carrying a phone on the first day of classes. This one's for you, Mom!
An obliging photographer snapped a shot of the college mascot with James P. Gallagher, of Chalfont, a building construction technology student who wasn’t carrying a phone on the first day of classes. This one’s for you, Mom!

Setting a proper example is Bradley M. Webb, who begins the Fall 2015 semester as the new assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.
Setting a proper example is Bradley M. Webb, who begins the Fall 2015 semester as the new assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.

Coffee, donuts, fruit and other morning fuel were provided at multiple locations on Monday.
Coffee, donuts, fruit and other morning fuel were provided at multiple locations on Monday.

With the help of Todd R. Moore, Student Affairs marketing specialist, Calen B. Heeter lets the folks back home know he's heading to class. The Emlenton resident is a construction management major.
With the help of Todd R. Moore, Student Affairs marketing specialist, Calen B. Heeter lets the folks back home know he’s heading to class. The Emlenton resident is a construction management major.