NYC Kids Get 'Fresh' Taste of Postsecondary Possibilities
– Photos by Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday
Michael J. Reed, interim dean of science, humanities and visual communications, welcomes children to campus with an enticing preview of the excitement and opportunity that lay ahead. His family was a Fresh Air host and among those accompanying the group on Monday's tour.
Admissions representative Emily A. Weaver challenges the perceptions of her young audience - many of them getting their first exposure to a college campus.
A Madigan Library walk-through includes a stop to check out Jay Leno's autograph on a Bugatti.
Inquisitive participants pause to appreciate The Victorian House gardens and gazebo.
Having heard repeated references to "hands-on education," the group sees a stunning example: the welded "Student Bodies" installation along the campus mall.
Not unlike anyone who sees it, the latest guests are captivated by the one-of-a-kind Verrill Wolf Wagon.
Jamir and Henry climb aboard a 1902 Nash.
In a lab full of priceless automobiles being restored by Penn College students, the visitors are allowed several supervised violations of the "look, but don't touch" rule. The youngsters take turns cranking a Ford Model T coil tester, generating enough voltage to illuminate a small light bulb.
Ten-year-old Monroe takes his turn starting a vintage automobile engine, helped by collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger.
Welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson holds up a baseball glove, being replicated on a much larger scale in a metal sculpture to be installed at Williamsport Hospital.
Watching Patterson work, their eyes shielded from the intensity of the arc light
Eyes alive with enthusiasm and mind brimming with questions, 8-year-old Noel satisfies his curiosity in the welding lab.
With seemingly boundless spurts of energy, the young guests shoot hoops with Wildcat soccer coach Tyler S. Mensch and (not pictured) Lizze A. Robinholt, secretary/receptionist for athletics.
Seven-year-old Jonathan holds up fingers to help photographers count down to the optimum group shot.