On a gorgeous fall Sunday (Oct. 23), Pennsylvania College of Technology welcomed prospective students, their families and friends to Open House. Traveling to campuses full of friendly faculty/staff, current enrollees and knowledgeable alumni, visitors got an in-depth look at the college's "degrees that work" and the instructional facilities that support them, as well as a bountiful helping of Wildcat ambience and undeniable goodwill.
— Photos by Larry D. Kauffman, digital publishing specialist/photographer; Michael S. Fischer, student photographer;
Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor; Carol A. Lugg, coordinator of matriculation and retention, School of Natural Resources Management;
Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations assistant; and Mike Cunningham, chief information officer
Check-in at the Field House gets attendees off to a friendly, helpful start.
Walking along the well-maintained campus grounds
Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of off-campus living/commuter services (standing) and Community Assistant Brandy L. Krause, backed by off-campus landlords in The Madigan Library
Offering warm, welcoming smiles were Student Ambassadors such as Whitnie-Rae Mays and Brandon S. Haney.
Armed with answers, collision repair students Jacob N. Wood (left) and Anthony T. Cook stand by the restored1965 Mustang in The Madigan Library lobby.
Got questions? The information station was just one of the spots to stop for answers.
Carolyn R. Strickland, assistant vice president for academic services, conducts an information session in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.
Heavy Equipment Rodeo participants, spectators and judges alike weren't deterred by stubborn early-morning fog at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.
Guests enjoy autumn strolls and sights on campus.
One of the newest labs on campus, providing dual-screen comparison for students in the School of Business and Computer Technologies' web and interactive media major, was among those showcased at Open House.
Natural Resources Management alumni (from left) Micah A. Metzel, John D. Motto and Ethan P. Jandreau share their experience with guests touring ESC diesel labs.
Photographer Michael S. Fischer was among the many students on hand to assist with the day.
An Open House attendee leaves the Bush Campus Center with her purchases from The College Store, which offered a 20-percent discount for the day.
Bradley M. Webb, director of student affairs administration, welcomes visitors to the Klump Academic Center.
Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics (standing), joins Wildcat coaches for a session in the Bush Campus Center.
Thomas W. Whitehouse, a residential construction technology and management major, answers questions in the Carl Building Technologies Center.
Helpful faculty and staff keep the check-in lines moving.
The Capitol Eatery was among the Dining Services units open for business.
The Susquehannock Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, a partner in the college's planned automotive restoration technology major, brought along a vintage vehicle. The 1925 Studebaker Duplex Phaeton with California top is owned by Larry Keller and was driven by Paul Derr, both AACA regional members.
With the college's solar panels and sunshine as a backdrop, Thomas E. Ask, associate professor of industrial and human factors design, leads guests along a walkway.
Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation technology, provides an academic overview to a standing-room-only crowd in the Thompson Professional Development Center.
Along a sun-dappled campus mall, Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction, pauses to offer guidance.
Frank M. Suchwala, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, touches up one of the glorious ice sculptures presented by the School of Hospitality.
Admissions representative Sarah R. Shott walks a prospective student through the online application process.
Forest technology students Evan P. Naughton (left) and Cameron J. Cool offer demonstrations at the ESC.
Welding instructor Mike Nau talks with a family in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.
Framed by the dancing waters of the Veterans Fountain, Student Ambassador Kevin E. Brookhart leads a small group tour.
Ed Hollingsworth, associate professor of machine tool technology and automated manufacturing technology, assists guests in College Avenue Labs.
Kimberly R. Cassel, director of student activities, joins staff and Student Government Association representatives in discussing a vibrant campus community.
Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost (center), mingles with guests in the SASC atrium.
Financial aid assistant Betty J. Lentz fields inquiries.
The dental hygiene lab is abuzz with Open House visitors.
Open House visitors congregate in the SASC atrium.
Backpacks and hard hats were the wardrobe of the day near the ESC sawmill.
Computer information technology alumnus James R. Carpenter talks about the new gaming and simulation major outside the School of Business and Computer Technologies.
Instructor Joseph E. LeBlanc beckons guests to enter the "Haunted Physics" lab ...
... where he made science somewhat less frightening!
Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology, employs proper chain-saw maintenance during demonstrations at the ESC ...
.. while School of Hospitality students on main campus find another use for a most versatile piece of equipment
The past and future merge in the collision repair lab, as an antique automobile provides a window for faculty member Loren R. Bruckhart to talk with a potential student and his family.
Campus activity as seen from aloft, behind The Madigan Library clock tower
An ice sculpture, on display outside the Hager Lifelong Education Center.
Blue backpacks filled with worthwhile information were among the Open House necessities.
Open House attendees get information on the diverse majors within the School of Integrated Studies.
Alumna Kelly A. Braun, Class of '10, visits with a family in the dental hygiene lab.
A competitor in the Heavy Equipment Rodeo shows his stuff.
Masonry instructor Richard R. Motter Jr. has fun with visitors during a hands-on exercise in the new Construction Masonry Building.
Open House guests traverse a campus aflame with fall color.
A radiography student provides an "inside look" at his major
Taking a breather outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.
Resident Assistant Azeez O. Salu conducts a residence hall tour in Rose Street Commons.
Industrial and Engineering Technologies faculty member Richard K. Hendricks Jr. shares his knowledge with an interested family.
Guests get personal attention from David Kay, vice president for college services (right), and Jim Cunningham, vice president for information technology.
Dave Probst, assistant professor of drafting and computer aided design, offers a close-up look at the college's applied technology hallmark.
School of Hospitality faculty Craig A. Cian and Mike Ditchfield help visitors to the school's display outside Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.
Kimberly M. Heffner, an ’08 graduate in occupational therapy assistant, speaks with a prospective student and family.
The Gamers Guild, one of the many student organizations open to membership.
Steven H. Wallace, assistant dean of transportation technology, assists visitors in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center.
Families enjoy warming up with free, hot drinks at the beverage station on the campus mall.