Campus News Highlights 2012-13

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Renting Textbooks?

A student refers to her well-marked textbook in the Madigan Library. Photo by Cindy Davis Meixel.It’s a new trend nationwide that was offered at The College Store for the first time in 2012-13. In the spring semester, 680 students rented 985 titles – an increase of 200 students and nearly 400 books over the fall semester. The College Store reports $120,000 in income from book rentals for the year and $80,000 in savings for the students who participated. While purchased books can typically be sold back at the end of the semester, there’s no guarantee. Renters pay less upfront and simply turn their books in when classes end.

Well-Rounded in Wellness

The free-weight room in the Campus Center Fitness Center. A satellite Fitness Center is in Dauphin Hall. Photo by Whitnie-rae MaysA Wellness Mentor program, a collaboration between Counseling Services and College Health Services, was created to provide students with motivation and guidance related to wellness. Specifically, the program offers assistance in developing an exercise program, as well as techniques for stress management and anxiety reduction.

Designing for a Cause

Snyder County Coalition for Kids logo, designed by Christopher J. Cosgrove.Christopher J. Cosgrove, a graphic design student from Jefferson Township, designed and produced a logo for Snyder County Coalition for Kids, a newly formed nonprofit that aims to provide youth development and delinquency prevention in the central Pennsylvania county. The logo-design project was part of the Graphic Design, Corporate Identity class, taught by Sung Choi. The logo will be used on all of the organization’s advertising and correspondence. The class also wwwed the logo for Penn College’s Fresh dining unit.

Veggies Save Dough

A group tours the hydroculture garden at the Earth Science Center. Photo by Cindy Davis Meixel.Dining Services partnered with the School of Hospitality to develop the Campus Community Garden, a hydroculture and raised-bed garden at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. As of April 2013, the garden provided almost 900 heads of lettuce and 54 pounds of tomatoes for use in the college’s dining units, providing a cost savings between $1,600 and $2,000 for Dining Services.

Students Initiate Music Fest to Benefit Shelter

Mystery Fyre performs at Winter Fest, a benefit sponsored by Students of Musical Development. Photo by Marc T. Kaylor.The Students of Musical Development and the Wildcat Events Board collaborated on a new program – Winter Fest – with proceeds benefiting Williamsport’s Saving Grace Shelter. The facility, operated by American Rescue Workers, is a 24-bed emergency shelter providing 14 days of lodging for individuals, families and veterans in a homelessness crisis.

Preserving Automotive Legacies

Automotive restoration technology students, with instructor Roy H. Klinger, inspect a 1907 Duryea. Photo by Larry D. Kauffman.A 1907 Duryea was among automotive gems arriving on campus for long-term loan in 2012-13. The vehicles – which also include a 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, a 1970 Chevelle Super Sport and a 1909 Chalmers – will be restored to museum quality by students in the automotive restoration major. The Duryea first served as a research project, as students delved into its history and learned about its unique features. Students will repair the Pennsylvania-made vehicle’s worn upper-body areas and return the car to running order before giving it back to the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles in Berks County.

Serving Pennsylvania’s Workforce

Firefighters quell flames during a simulated emergency at the Energy Technology Education Center. Photo by Larry D. Kauffman.In 2012-13, ShaleNET, a grant-funded program to prepare the workforce for careers in natural gas, served more than 14,000 individuals, provided more than 1,000 industry-recognized certifications or on-the-job trainings, and placed 3,318 participants into jobs.

The initiative received a gold Excellence in Economic Development award from the International Economic Development Council.

The National Sustainable Structures Center enrolled nearly 1,000 people in 2012-13. The center provided training and certification to Pennsylvania’s Weatherization Assistance Program, provided lead-safety training to Housing and Urban Development workers, became the licensing agency for the Building Operator Certification in six states, and was awarded a subcontract from UGI to provide quality control for its Low Income Usage Reduction Program.

Simulated Health Emergencies Help Students Collaborate

Student nurses gather the vital signs of an actor playing a heart attack patient outside the Fitness Center. Photo by Marc T. Kaylor.Penn College’s Nursing, Paramedic Technology and Physician Assistant programs staged two days of mock emergencies that provided opportunities for more than 100 students to observe one another’s roles. Volunteer actors played the roles of four patients, ranging from a Fitness Center heart attack victim to a teen hit by a bike. "The event is intended to help the School of Health Sciences demonstrate that we truly live out our mission and philosophy statements,"said Tushanna M. Habalar, learning lab coordinator for nursing education, one of many employees in the School of Health Sciences who helped with the event.

Lecturers Bring History to Campus

A crowded house turns out to hear the Holocaust survivor, pictured with a friend shortly after the allied liberation of the Nazi death camps. Photo by Michael J. Hersh.With an infectious smile and a youthful spirit, 89-year-old Esther Bauer addressed a Klump Academic Center Auditorium audience in April. Bauer was 18 when she and her parents were deported to a ghetto in what is now the Czech Republic, and after two years was moved to the Auschwitz death camp. Bauer speaks to students so they will "learn what happened and see to it that it never happens again."Watch Bauer’s talk on the college’s YouTube Channel.

Other notable lecturers in 2012-13 included Jeff Mahl, who recounted his great-grandfather George N. Schuster’s 1908 car excursion from New York to Paris, and Byron Hurt, director of "Soul Food Junkies."

By the Numbers: Career Services

4,060 job opportunities at 2012-13 Career Fairs
2,000+ student and alumni attendance at 2012-13 Career Fairs
349 employers at 2012-13 Career Fairs
144 employability workshops offered in Penn College classrooms
25 financial literacy workshops provided in First Year Experience classrooms