Student Life Highlights

Students celebrate the year's end at annual WEBStock

Athletics finalized plans to affiliate with the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, providing opportunities for student athletes to compete for national championships and all-American status. Penn College joined nine other teams in the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference in agreeing to join the USCAA. [press release]

Four students received All-American honors from the National Archery Association: Daniel J. Wido, Zachary M. Plannick, Brock J. Smith and Lindsey K. Fackler. [press release]

Seven intercollegiate athletic teams won championships in 2007-08; 111 students received PSUAC Academic All-Conference honors, and six coaches were awarded Coach of the Year honors. [press release]


Coaches of the Year

Career Services established an advisory board of representatives from the department, each academic school and other college departments, as well as two industry representatives from the local community - Susquehanna Health and Primus Technologies.

Counseling instituted a formal "on-call" rotation to ensure that a responder is available for consultation or assessment 24/7 to serve students who experience a mental health crisis; counselors act as a resource to Penn College Police and Residence Life staff who normally triage these situations. Counselor Lawrence Emery renewed his National Board of Certified Counselors certification. Counseling and Residence Life facilitated the Basics/AWARE program to strengthen student retention and success through intervention, incorporating a therapeutic edge to risk assessment. [press release]

Financial Aid worked with the Admissions Office to target resources to foster youth who are interested in Penn College and may be eligible for additional aid. A campus wide educational program attended by 35 staff members provided information on foster-youth issues and how to serve and promote the success of foster youth at Penn College.

Student Health Services was recognized by the Lycoming County DUI Taskforce for continuing support and education regarding drug and alcohol misuse, especially by those under the influence in a motorized vehicle. The department also hosted the North Central Taskforce Point of Dispensing Managers' Conference to look at how to effectively recruit volunteers and open and effectively manage a POD unit. Carl Shaner, director, was named president-elect for the Nurse Directed Section of the American College Health Association for 2008-09.

Residence Life established a Cultural Life Committee of faculty, staff and students to develop and implement programming related to diversity and social justice issues; participated in the national RecycleMania program by implementing the first year of a comprehensive, campus-wide recycling program (with General Services); and established a Blue Light Program with RAs serving as human "blue lights" to distribute alcohol-awareness information to students headed for a night out. RAs worked with the YWCA/Wise Options, painting rooms for women and children who are victims of domestic violence; collected nonperishable food items from residents at the end of the year and donated the items to Williamsport's local food bank; and volunteered, as part of a Reslife FUNction series at Grace Street Commons, where student staff baked cookies, made jewelry, put furniture together and shared experiences with the residents.

Student Affairs and Residence Life came under new leadership in 2008 when Ward W. Caldwell was named the college's chief student affairs officer and Rick Surita was appointed to succeed Caldwell as director of residence life. [press release]

Penn College Police introduced a new emergency telephone system with the assistance of General Services and Information Technology Services. Nine existing emergency telephones were updated, and five new phones were added to the system. The new telephones have video-monitoring capabilities and are centrally monitored by the police.

Student Activities unveiled a new Greek life system that attracted lots of student excitement. Five fraternities were invited to give formal campus presentations. Phi Mu Delta and Sigma Nu were selected to officially begin recruiting in the spring semester, and Chi Phi will join the campus in the fall. [press release]

In a partnership with River Valley Transit, Lycoming College and the College Town committee, a pilot program to offer a late-night shuttle for college students who wish to travel to local venues off campus was tested. Two trial weekends produced a combined student ridership of roughly 300.

A revamped 2007 Homecoming attracted record interest from student organizations, which raised $2,900 for the American Red Cross through the event. Homecoming events included a car show to raise money for the Student Leader Legacy Fund and a fair with music, food, student organizations and alumni activities.

The Wildcat Events Board and the Residence Hall Association, with representatives from Health Services and Athletics, presented "Walk-It-Out" to benefit the American Cancer Society; 225 members of the campus community walked for six hours and collected more than $7,700 in donations. [press release]

Student Activities Awards for 2007-08