25th Anniversary IssueVol. 25, Issue 1 Spring 2016

One College Avenue turns 25:
News, Then and Now

One College Avenue turns 25: News, Then and Now

A look at how the news in One College Avenue’s premiere issue, which was printed in 1991, compares with the Penn College campus of 2016.

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25th Anniversary:
We’ve Got It Covered

25th Anniversary: We’ve Got It Covered



When an automotive restoration technology student returns to his hometown after graduation, his trek will take him halfway across the world, to his family’s rental car empire and automobile collection in India.

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Unexpected Reunion

Unexpected Reunion

A student-athlete from Trinidad attends his first Wildcat men’s soccer team meeting to find a familiar face on the team.

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Cooking Low and Slow in Billtown

Cooking Low and Slow in Billtown

Help Coming Through the First Years

Help Coming Through the First Years

Printed issue

Spring 1991 Front cover. Cover photo by Cindy Davis Meixel.


Spring 2016 Front cover. Cover photo by Cindy Davis Meixel.


Front cover: To commemorate One College Avenue’s 25th anniversary, this issue’s cover is a throwback to our debut issue. Our 2016 student faces are, from left: Emma J. Sutterlin, of State College, who majors in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration; Wilmer I. Clase, of Lancaster, who majors in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration; and Amanda M. Brodecki, of Levittown, a student in pre-dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration.

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Spring 2016

A Sky Lantern. Photo by Caleb G. Schirmer.

Penn College Benefiting THON, the local arm of the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, raised more than $200 through a Sky Lantern Release. Other fundraisers by the group included a 5K, penny war and bake sales, culminating in THON Weekend (Feb. 19-21), a 46-hour dance marathon in Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $127 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Students throwing shoes. Photo by Cindy Davis Meixel.

Students in a photography course led by Keith A. Vanderlin (far left), assistant professor of graphic design, offer an impromptu, light-hearted (or footloose?) challenge to a passing photographer by tossing their footwear into the air. The hallway rotunda serves as a gallery where students and faculty can view one another’s work.

NicheChildren’s Learning Center Courtyard

Let’s go outside! Children, parents, work-study students and teachers make the most of the Robert & Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center outdoor area. To call it an area for “play” only would not do it justice, although it all looks like fun. Science, water play, dress-up, literacy, gardening, and gross- and fine- motor-skill development are all going on.

How important is it to be outside? Director Barbara J. Albert says the current recommendation for kids’ time outdoors is between 1.5 and two hours each day. The children go outside twice a day, year-round, if the temperature is between 20 and 90 degrees. There is no shortage of activities, in part thanks to Penn College students who have lent their skill and expertise to build a tepee, deck and herb garden. Many student projects have incorporated natural materials, as opposed to more common manufactured playground equipment.
Sarah K. Patterson, graphic designer/project coordinator

Childrens Learning Center. Photo by Larry D. Kauffman.

Student Tamara A. Wagner settles her daughter Raygan before heading off for the rigors of the nursing program. “Knowing my daughter is right here on campus while I am in class keeps me focused and motivated during the day. I know she is being cared for well while I’m in class.”

Amber L. Weeks, health information technology, brings her 3-year-old son, Declan, to the center for care during the day while she takes classes. In addition to being a parent and student, Amber spent four years in the Marine Corps as a corporal field radio operator.

“My mother still asks me when I’m going to grow up,” says Tracy R. Shoffler. Parlaying a natural instinct for play and expertise in operating her own home day care, Tracy is working toward the early childhood director competency credential.

Early childhood education student Ryan B. Kauffman spots children working on their gross motor skills in the outdoor area. A weather buff, Ryan is a good one to check on the forecast before heading outside with the kids.

High-five! Bear Bunch Group Leader Neva E. Simcox encourages children as they follow the path of stepping stones and jump into a hoop. The Children’s Learning Center focuses on building more physical challenges into children’s daily routines not only to increase fitness, but to get their bodies and brains ready to learn. The children use the playground year-round for activities such as water play in the summer, jumping into leaves in the fall, sledding in the winter and planting a vegetable garden in the spring.

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