Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend - 2017
– Photos by Tia G. La, J.J. Boettcher and Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographers;
Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor;
Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor; Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday;
Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies;
Angie E. Myers, director of annual giving; and Rhonda S. Walker, alumni relations specialist
A banner along Maynard Street sets a welcoming tone.
Students from the School of Business & Hospitality’s Wine & Beverage Management class share their “mocktail” creations during a mixology tasting. From background to foreground are Noeiris Pliego, of Reading, hospitality management; Samantha K. Lelko, of Perkiomenville, hospitality management; and Jacob W. Parobek, of Seltzer, culinary arts and systems.
Hospitality management student Noeiris Pliego spoons maraschino cherries into her “Crand-Dandy Cooler,” featuring cranberry, pineapple, orange and lemon juices and club soda.
Families gather on the Bush Campus Center patio for a thirst-quenching mixology demonstration and live tunes by Whosah.
Jacob M. Sekela, a culinary arts and systems student from Douglassville, ladles his “Apple Cinnamon Slimtini” with sugar-free cinnamon syrup, Appletini-flavored Crystal Light, apple slices and cinnamon.
Culinary arts and system student Melyce E. Kenyon’s table sets the mood for her beverage. Kenyon is from Canton.
“Coconut Love Child,” the concoction of Christopher J. Shreckengost, a culinary arts and systems student from Cadogan, is made with mango and pineapple juices, sugar, coconut extract, club soda and coconut-flavored whipped cream.
Whosah, an indie-pop band from Minneapolis, entertains on the patio.
Lead singer Spencer Grimes performs an upbeat, eclectic mix.
Families relax by the fire pit and at patio tables outside the Campus Center.
The parents and girlfriend of construction management student Peter B. Hopke made the trip from Metuchen, in central New Jersey, to spend quality time, including a Friday round of pool in CC Commons.
Nicholas E. Mills breaks open a game. Mills, of Tyrone, is enrolled in building construction technology: masonry emphasis.
The new Wildcat logo adorns this year's Hall of Fame ring.
Worthy of a Wildcat roar is this Hall of Fame gathering (from left): Steven D. Bull, Zachary M. Plannick, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, LeRoy Joiner, William J. DeAngelo and Athletics Director John D. Vandevere.
Jewelry boxes (that light when opened!) await the newest inductees before the banquet.
Guests at the Hall of Fame Banquet, held in the Thompson Professional Development Center, enjoy images from inductees’ Wildcat days.
DeAngelo’s mother captures a keepsake as he poses with his father, grandfather, college president and athletics director.
Joiner, who traveled to campus from his home in Colorado, steps up to receive accolades from President Gilmour.
Rings on kings! Showing off their hard-earned Hall of Fame hardware are (from left) LeRoy Joiner, Steven D. Bull, William J. DeAngelo and Zachary M. Plannick.
Among Bull’s team of supporters for the evening was his brother, Brent M., (right), ’11, automated manufacturing technology, and ’12, manufacturing engineering technology.
Battle of the bling! Plannick and his wife of seven days, Jessica, stage a lighthearted ring rivalry.
The National Poster Retrospecticus in The Gallery at Penn College offers an artistic respite for visitors including graphic design and printing alumni.
In addition to alumni, graphic design students and their families enjoyed the colorful venue of the art gallery on the third floor of the Madigan Library.
In The Gallery at Penn College, Nicholas L. Stephenson (center), graphic design instructor, chats with graphic design alumni James “Jim” W. Schweitzer, ’01, and Stephanie M. Boback, ’03. Schweitzer, who enjoys participating in alumni art exhibits, says his alma mater “is still a part of my life,” and the college “is more like a family versus just going to an institute of higher learning.”
Toasting their reunion at Oktoberfest are (from left) Semeon R. DeBarros, ’17, aviation maintenance technology and applied management; Charles M. Stankye IV, ’16, residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; and LaQuinn N. Thompson, ’16, applied human services.
Amber glow, Wildcat blue and sunshine make for an idyllic Homecoming.
Reveling in a happy Homecoming are (from left) Nicole C. LoFurno, ’15, baking and pastry arts, and ’16, applied management; Katelyn A. Wertz, ’16, dental hygiene and ’17, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration; and Trevor I. Brandt, ’16, applied technology studies.
The Wolf Pack returns! A group of alumni who referred to themselves as the “Wolf Pack” when they were students returned wearing matching T-shirts. From left are Morgan A. Olbrich, ’12, automotive technology and ’13, welding and fabrication engineering technology; Ian D. Hoffman, ’13, ornamental horticulture: landscape technology emphasis; Jennifer L. Karchner, ’12, health information coding specialist and ’13, health information technology; Karchner’s fiancé, Jay Bolash; Gary J. Murdock, ’12 diesel technology and ‘14 on-site power generation; and Danielle N. Margroff, ’13, information technology: web and applications development concentration.
Enjoying the Residence Life Reunion are former Resident Assistants (from right) Cory M. Roth, ’13, electrical technology and electromechanical maintenance technology, and ’15, building automation technology; Eileen Harrington, ’14, hospitality management, and ’16, technology management; Kristen E. Bowes, ’17, web and interactive media; Gaven D. Crosby, an emergency management technology student; and friend Rachael E. Malek, an applied human services major.
As the sun begins to set on a summerlike October Saturday, the patio of the Thompson Professional Development Center warms with conversation.
Frames of reference: A lineup of group photos takes former RAs back to their proud Penn College days.
Sharing some lupine love: “We became very close and loyal to each other during college," Olbrich says of the Wolf Pack, emblematic of the important relationships that continue after graduation. "Although we may be far apart now, no matter the distance, we’re still there for each other.”
The Cunningham family – steeped in college tradition as alumni, employees and scholarship donors – celebrates Oktoberfest.
Middle school sweethearts who are now married, Kaitlyn (Kennedy) and Christopher M. DiStasio attended Penn College together, enrolled in the same major – business administration: small business and entrepreneurship concentration. Since graduating in 2011, they enjoy regularly returning to Williamsport and their alma mater.
Cousins Aaron C. McCoppin (left) and Charles P. Ott enjoy the day together. McCoppin, ’06, information technology: network specialist concentration, traveled from Boston, where he works as a network consultant. “I’m using my degree 100 percent," he said. "I’m doing great things with my education." McCoppin, who started the Association for Computing Machinery as a student, talked Ott into attending Penn College for the same major.
Building science and sustainable design alumni David J. VanDoren, Tyler L. Walter, Ashley M. Beatty, Katelyn M. Roskosky and Erica L. Schreffler clearly enjoy meeting up in the architectural technology lab.
Building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration major Danielle M. Clawson, of Indiana ...
In an overhead shot that showcases the double-decker layout of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning lab, HVAC technology major Jared J. Mooney. of Palmerton, talks shop.
... and classmate Noah D. Haring, of Hanover, show family members the tools of their chosen career.
The Wilson College keeper is kept busy in goal, where the Wildcats landed four shots in a shutout win.
Jeremy R. Bottorf (center), coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation, distributes some Wildcat mementos during a break in the athletics action.
Making an "ultimate" workout look easy
Threading the needle, connecting with a teammate
The closest thing to a Frisbee "uniform": matching shirt and shades!
Participants in Saturday morning's Ultimate Frisbee matchup – including mentor Kirk M. Cantor (front row, second from right), professor of plastics and polymer technology – gather under Old Glory outside the SASC.
A River Valley Transit trolley takes on passengers interested in exploring Historic Williamsport neighborhoods near main campus.
Sharing a rock-solid sentiment
One of two Susquehanna Trailways-owned buses to bear the Penn College name catches more than a few eyes.
Increasingly sighted on local streets, a number of food trucks bring their wares to soccer patrons and other weekend guests.
Gavin M. Orr, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Columbia Cross Roads, and mother Maris
Goalkeeper Malcolm Kane makes another stop during the Wildcats' 1-0 win.
The Wildcats' Greg Dorsch goes one-on-one with opponent Aaron Russ.
Blue and white balloons mirror the Saturday sky.
Tayla Derr, who assisted Hailee Hartman in one of the day's goals, exhibits winning ball control.
Midfielder Jane Herman sets the pace, shadowed closely by Ashlee Bourquin of the Wilson College Phoenix.
A toasty Thursday bonfire lights the autumn night, a beckoning beacon for the coming days' activities.
Safety first, as a perimeter keeps the curious from straying too close ...
Basking in the warmth of friendship AND a weekend without classes
Penn College's finest combine security with outreach as campus representatives.
... and fire apparatus is on standby.
Blue lights make clear that this place is noticeably special, indeed.
A rainbow of festivity
The library landscape takes on a different hue during the after-hours frivolity.
Those closest to the stage add color commentary to the proceedings.
In the blissful thick of things
Celebrating what Parent & Family Weekend is all about!
Information assurance and cyber security major Brandon A. Bauman, of Hellertown, soaks up some Saturday sunshine with mother Francesca and sister Madison.
Community Peer Educator Tasia A. Werkmeister, of Altoona, meets up with her parents ...
... and leads a tour of her nursing lab.
... dyed blue for the occasion.
Surveying technology student Jacob K. Broadt, of Bloomsburg, indulges his sweet tooth.
Students, families and alumni stop for photos at the Veterans' Fountain ...
Thomas M. Czaus II, of Morgantown, enrolled in information technology sciences-gaming and simulation, reunites with parents Thomas and Rosemary.
Lead Student Development Assistant Ryan Monteleone (right) poses with a family ...
That's the way the campus crowd bounces!
Whatever its incarnation – and obviously including this newest version – the Wildcat mascot is never at a loss for friends.
... and joins colleagues to boost awareness of the Wildcat Club.
Who needs "Humans of New York" when there are "The Friendly Faces of Penn College?"
A family photo gives two girls the opportunity to model the hat and earwarmers they won in a halftime game.
Making attractive use of the campus's unique floral backdrop are Andrew S. Parker, a residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration major from Hightstown, N.J., and guests.
Plastics and polymer engineering technology student Jacob S. Virden, of Whiteford, Md., scales a campus landmark for a photo with his sisters.
Whether eating on the run during a busy day ...
Gail Bricker, of Southampton, gets acquainted with friends of son Charles E. (in plaid), majoring in information technology: network specialist concentration.
... or breaking bread while seated, no one left the Capitol Eatery hungry.
Dauphin Hall was the site for a pregame Brunch With the President on Saturday.
... and baking and pastry arts major Natascha G. Santaella and her mother are more than happy to display their handiwork.
Wildcat-themed dish gardens were also on the Saturday schedule ...
Williamsport Wine & Design leads a group painting class in their collective rendition of a familiar face,
Kassidy A. Svenson, of Auburn, an applied human services major, joins her parents in hand-painting a keepsake.
Guided by The Glaze to Be, a local business that helps people of all skill levels to find their inner artist, attendees fashion commemorative wine glasses.
The family of Allison P. Turner, of Ephrata, joins the pre-physician assistant studies major for an expressive art project.
The new Athletics logo is projected onto the west side of the Campus Center, just one of the visual attractions for weekend participants.
The CC fire pit illuminates the outdoor activities ... and provides a welcome seasonal warmup.
Andrea L. Solenberger (right), an applied management student from Harrisburg, brought along a friend to personalize their Wildcat portraits.
Intently creating mosaic picture frames on an art-filled Saturday night are (from left) Destiny D. Green, Shinglehouse, pre-nursing; Alicia C. Carper, Altoona, human services; and Allison M. Mosher, Tioga, pre-dental hygiene.
Victor F. Marchioni, a Williamsport Area Community College welding grad who transitioned into an adventuresome career in aviation, talks with faculty member Thomas D. Inman during a Homecoming Week return to the Lumley Aviation Center.
Donald J. McTarnaghan, a 1966 WACC construction graduate, showing no signs of retirement at age 72, shares a laugh with (from left) student Patrick J. Kelly; Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology (and assistant baseball coach); and student Aaron F. White. Kelly and White, representing the Penn College Construction Association, led the alumnus on a School of Construction & Design Technologies tour prior to his classroom presentation.
Angie E. Myers (left) director of annual giving, and Kimberly R. Cassel, director of alumni relations, greet golfers at White Deer.
Matt R. Haile (center), an employee, alumnus and Wildcat golf coach, fronts some tee-ready talent.
The winning foursome: Kash Bartlow, Kevin Bartlow, Kohltin Bartlow and Jeff Sheaffer.
Leaving their inhibitions at the clubhouse, a playful quartet dons costumes for some photo fun. From left: Walter V. Gower, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; Michele M. Mach and her husband, Chef Paul E., an assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts; and Dennis F. Ringling, a retired forestry professor at the college.
We now return you to our regularly scheduled golf outing!
A walkway explodes in atypical fall colors, drawing weekend visitors to activities in and around the Campus Center.