Penn College Magazine Spring 2018



The Sky's No Limit

Using the power of the atmosphere, glider pilot Michael R. Robison, a Penn College aviation instructor, soars among
world-class competitors.

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Student studying malt

Brewing: Seriously Sciency

Nationally recognized brewing expert
Tim Yarrington teaches the modern science of an age-old craft in the college’s brewing and fermentation science major.

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Filling earthbag

Rebuilding Nepal

Residential construction technology and management graduate Daniel J. LaSota builds sustainable, earthquake-resistant homes in remote Himalayan villages.

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The Wildcat's face

The Wildcat's Changing Face

We take a look at the evolution of the Wildcat,
a steadfast symbol since intercollegiate sports began at Penn College predecessor Williamsport Area Community College in 1966.

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Kimberly Asbury

Expert Tips

These tips come from the 2017 International Grand Champion of Biscuits, Kimberly Asbury, a graduate who is pastry chef and general manager for BuzzCatz Coffee and Sweets in Orange Beach, Alabama.

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Niche CC Commons

CC Commons
“This is the place to be!” says Joshua E. Rosenberger about CC Commons, a hub of student activity in the Bush Campus Center. The space offers ample opportunity to shoot pool (for free!), grab dinner, study or hang out with friends. And every Thursday night, there’s Quizzo. CC Commons is one of 10 Penn College dining units. The favorite food in CC Commons? Cheesesteaks rule! The unit also offers popular BYO (build your own) salads, burgers, quesadillas and chef-created entrees. The busiest times in the popular space typically fall Monday through Wednesday during dinner.

Tia G. La, a pre-physician assistant student from Guam, serves as a community peer educator, a new student leadership role devoted to peer education in the areas of health and wellness, suicide and violence prevention, and diversity and inclusiveness.

The Cupboard is a nonprofit food pantry providing assistance to students in need. Products include soups, sauces, pasta, cereal, peanut butter and other nonperishable food items. A survey by Dining Services found nearly 60 percent of respondents had skipped a meal at least once because they didn’t have the money or resources to eat. Various student groups have gathered donations for the space, which opened in Fall 2016.

- Battle of the billiards buffs! Joshua E. Rosenberger (in blue plaid), of Fayetteville, and Jesse L. Thompson (in T-shirt), of Morrisdale, play pool daily. “It’s about 50-50 on who wins,” Thompson says. “It’s a huge stress reliever and most certainly is the place to be. Even if you don’t play pool, it’s a great environment, and I’ve made a lot of friends here.” Although they graduated from different high schools, they both took the college’s Construction Hand and Power Tools course at their schools through the Penn College NOW program. Rosenberger is enrolled in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; Thompson is in building construction technology.

CC Commons

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Outdoor photograph

Inside front cover: Stars shine on students during the inaugural Penn College Outdoor Weekend, a camping trip to the 400-plus acre living laboratory that is the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

Students using old-timey two person saw

Back cover: At the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, Penn College Woodsman Team member Kristin E. Cavanaugh demonstrates the cross-cut competition. Sitting on the log is teammate Tyler W. Lauver. The 2017-18 team is made up of eight students from several majors. The team is always recruiting new members and will next compete at the Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet and Stihl Timbersports Collegiate Series Mid-Atlantic Qualifier.

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