College holds first in series of 'reimagined' Open Houses

Published 09.10.2021

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It's nothing but blue skies as automotive instructor Mike M. Faryniak Jr. (far left), leads a group of visitors on a stroll past the welded "Student Bodies," en route to the nearby Parkes Automotive Technology Center. Fresh from a tour of the nursing labs, Ethan Kelly and his mother, Jennifer, from Selinsgrove, bask in the overall warmth of campus outside the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. Kelly is also interested in exploring heavy equipment, electrical and welding – a wide range of possibilities with one definite goal: becoming a Penn College student.A young visitor (at left) from Cornwall, N.Y., enjoys hearing a student perspective from Trent E. Donley (motioning at computer), a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration major from State College. Leading the tour of the architecture labs is Rob A. Wozniak (standing), associate professor of architectural technology.Christa Matlack (on right), head coach of women's soccer, takes a prospect and her mother through Madigan Library – just one of the visually appealing, awe-inspiring places on campus. Admissions' Jen M. Cullin-Hetrick (center) assists a family from New Jersey.Penn College unveiled its "reimagined" Open House format on Friday, kicking off a series of fall visitation opportunities designed to guide potential enrollees as they explore their college options. The day featured an introductory admissions presentation, followed by academic tours and a wide-ranging menu of elective activities. "Our new Open Houses are the perfect way to visit campus year-round," said Jen M. Cullin-Hetrick, coordinator of admissions events and communications. "Prospective students can tour up to two academic areas before exploring the rest of what we have to offer. Whether they are just starting the college search process or they’re enrolling this spring, they can truly make the day theirs." Additional Fall Open Houses – following a model built on feedback from campus partners and prospective students – will be hosted Sunday, Sept. 26; Friday, Oct. 8; Saturday, Oct. 23; Saturday, Nov. 6; and Friday, Nov. 19.