A Celebration for the Centuries

photos by Public Relations & Marketing staff.

WITH MUCH TO CELEBRATE, the college continued its look back on the first century of education on the Penn College campus during the second half of 2014. Events invited alumni, retirees and the community to reminisce and to share in the institution's first steps into a second century.

'Student Bodies' installation. Photo by Cindy Davis Meixel.

Life-size, abstract human figures line the walking mall from its intersection with West Third Street to the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. Faculty member Michael K. Patterson and approximately 50 weldi g students used 7,000 pounds of scrap metal to create the 78 figures that make up the "Student Bodies" installation.

'These Trees' installation. Photo by Cindy D. Meixel.

Students and employees wove trees and text to form a sculptural art installation that reads: "These trees shall be my books." Working alongside internationally known environmental artists Kathy Bruce and Alastair R. Noble, the students used tree branches harvested from the Schneebeli Earth Science Center property to create the spiraling text, at the center of which is a wooden bench that reads "And in their barks my thoughts." The quotation is from William Shakespeare's "As You Like It." The environmental art should last at least two years.

Homecoming Carnival. Photo by Larry D. Kauffman.

A four-day Homecoming Carnival lights up the Madigan Library lawn.

Centennial Gala in Madigan Library. Photo by Cindy Davis Meixel.

A Centennial Gala brings together former presidents and other pivotal players in the institution's growth. The day featured campus tours, as well as a reception, remarks and dinner buffet in Madigan Library.

Computing machinery from the past. Photo by Becky J. Shaner.

A display in an information technology lab shows a visual history of computer machinery during the Centennial Community Event at Fall Open House.

Homecoming bonfire. Photo by Dalaney T. Vartenisian.

A Homecoming tradition: A bonfire near Rose Street Commons draws crowds.

WACC Reunion. Photo by Larry D. Kauffman.

Chalmer Van Horn, left, emeritus associate professor of drafting, Dale A. Metzker, retired associate professor of printing and publishing, and Bernadette Eck Servey, retired secretary to the provost, partake in a panel discussion among Williamsport Area Community College-era employees during the college's first WACC Reunion.

Alan Lightman addresses Klump Academic Center audience. Photo by Dalaney T. Vartenisian.

Theoretical physicist and award-winning author of "Einstein's Dreams," Alan Lightman, addresses the Academic Center Auditorium audience as part of the Centennial Colloqia Series. He noted the need to step back from the fast pace enabled by high-speed communiation technology and to find the stillness required to consider – as individuals and as a nation – "where we are going."

Mosaic installation. Photo by Dalaney T. Vartenisian.

Student Mechelle L. Hawkins and David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, add pieces to the Centennial Mosaic. The mosaic was designed by Stabley and installed on an exterior wall of the Physician Assistant Center by students in Stabley's three-credit summer course called The Art of the Mosaic.

A look back at the events comprising Penn College's Centennial celebration.