Canine Companions Again Welcome New Students

Published 08.21.2015


"Hot Dog" crowd enjoys one of the college's start-up traditions.A nose for campus news?Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, gets acquainted with Finnigan, a border collie owned by Anthony J. Pace, assistant director of student activities for student organizations and orientation ...... and Dunkin, a Bernese mountain dog that belongs to alumna Whitnie-rae Haldeman.Befitting the event's name, tantalizing summer fare fills the grill.About a dozen faculty/staff pet owners brought their pooches to Rose Street Commons this past week to help first-year students transition to their new Penn College surroundings. Tuesday's sixth annual "Hot Dog, You're Here," organized by Counseling Services as a unique icebreaker, eases freshman anxiety through engaging interaction with new friends – two- and four-legged alike. At least 100 people participated in the event, which also attracted such campus offices as Academic Success and Residence Life.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer