Penn College’s second annual Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend had a little something for everyone – and a whole lotta of something for those getting reacquainted with their favorite students and/or former classmates! A packed weekend schedule of celebratory activities included a bonfire and paint party, the Athletic Hall of Fame banquet, outlets for artistic expression, informative visits from graduates, guided tours, soccer matches, an alumni golf tournament, a picnic brunch with President Davie Jane Gilmour, musical entertainment, and an Oktoberfest that included a reunion of past Resident Assistants.
– Photos by Tia G. La, James “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;
and Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies
A banner along Maynard Street sets a welcoming tone.
A toasty Friday bonfire lights the autumn night, a beckoning beacon for the coming days’ activities.
Students, families and alumni stop for photos at the Veterans’ Fountain …
… dyed blue for the occasion.
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.
Who needs “Humans of New York” or “Real Housewives of Wherever” when there are “The Friendly Faces of Penn College?”
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.
Goalkeeper Malcolm Kane makes another stop during the Wildcats’ 1-0 win.
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 National Poster Retrospecticus in The Gallery at Penn College offers an artistic respite for visitors including graphic design and printing alumni.
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.
Safety first, as a perimeter keeps the curious from straying too close …
… and fire apparatus is on standby.
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 Malek.
As the sun begins to set on a summerlike October Saturday, the patio of the Thompson Professional Development Center warms with conversation.
Dauphin Hall was the site for a pregame Brunch With the President on Saturday.
Those closest to the stage add color commentary to the proceedings.
The Cunningham family – steeped in college tradition as alumni, employees and scholarship donors – celebrates Oktoberfest.
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.
Hospitality management student Noeiris Pliego spoons maraschino cherries into her “Crand-Dandy Cooler,” featuring cranberry, pineapple, orange and lemon juices and club soda.
Blue and white balloons mirror the Saturday sky.
Sharing a rock-solid sentiment
Blue lights make clear that this place is noticeably special, indeed.
Midfielder Jane Herman sets the pace, shadowed closely by Ashlee Bourquin of the Wilson College Phoenix.
Increasingly sighted on local streets, a number of food trucks bring their wares to soccer patrons and other weekend guests.
Participants in Saturday morning’s Ultimate Frisbee matchup gather under Old Glory outside the SASC.
Building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration major Danielle M. Clawson, of Indiana …
… and classmate Noah D. Haring, of Hanover, show family members the tools of their chosen career.
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.
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 new Wildcat logo adorns this year’s Hall of Fame jewelry.
Whosah, an indie-pop band from Minneapolis, entertains on the patio.
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.
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.
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.
The new Athletics logo is project onto the west side of the Campus Center, just one of the visual attractions for weekend participants,
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.
In the blissful thick of things
Whether eating on the run during a busy day …
… or breaking bread while seated, no one left the Capitol Eatery hungry.
Whatever its incarnation – and obviously including this newest version – the Wildcat mascot is never at a loss for friends.
Making attractive use of a unique floral backdrop
Surveying technology student Jacob K. Broadt, of Bloomsburg, indulges his sweet tooth.
Guests at the Hall of Fame Banquet, held in the Thompson Professional Development Center, enjoy images from inductees’ Wildcat days.
That’s the way the campus crowd bounces!
Gail Bricker, of Southampton, gets acquainted with friends of son Charles E. (in plaid), majoring in information technology: network specialist concentration.
Community Peer Educator Tasia A. Werkmeister, of Altoona, meets up with her parents …
… and leads a tour of her nursing lab.
One of two Susquehanna Trailways-owned buses to bear the Penn College name catches more than a few eyes.
The closest thing to a Frisbee “uniform”: matching shirt and shades!
Basking in the warmth of friendship AND a weekend without classes
Amber glow, Wildcat blue and sunshine make for an idyllic Homecoming.
Frames of reference: A lineup of group photos takes former RAs back to their proud Penn College days.
Battle of the bling! Plannick and his wife of seven days, Jessica, stage a lighthearted ring rivalry.
Lead singer Spencer Grimes performs an upbeat, eclectic mix.
Culinary arts and system student Melyce E. Kenyon’s table sets the mood for her beverage. Kenyon is from Canton.
Families gather on the Bush Campus Center patio for a thirst-quenching mixology demonstration and live tunes by Whosah.
Celebrating what Parent & Family Weekend is all about!
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.
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.
The CC fire pit illuminates the outdoor activities … and provides a welcome seasonal warmup.
Information assurance and cyber security major Brandon A. Bauman, of Hellertown, soaks up some Saturday sunshine with mother Francesca and sister Madison.
A River Valley Transit trolley takes on passengers interested in exploring Historic Williamsport neighborhoods near main campus.
Gavin M. Orr, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Columbia Cross Roads, and mother Maris
The Wildcats’ Greg Dorsch goes one-on-one with opponent Aaron Russ.
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.
Among Bull’s team of supporters for the evening was his brother, Brent M., (right), ’11, automated manufacturing technology, and ’12, manufacturing engineering technology.
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.
Nicholas E. Mills breaks open a game. Mills, of Tyrone, is enrolled in building construction technology: masonry emphasis.
Penn College’s finest combine security with outreach as campus representatives.
Joiner, who traveled to campus from his home in Colorado, steps up to receive accolades from President Gilmour.
“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.
Families relax by the fire pit and at patio tables outside the Campus Center.
Tayla Derr, who assisted Hailee Hartman in one of the day’s goals, exhibits winning ball control.
Thomas M. Czaus II, of Morgantown, enrolled in information technology sciences-gaming and simulation, reunites with parents Thomas and Rosemary.
Making an “ultimate” workout look easy
Wildcat-themed dish gardens were also on the Saturday schedule …
… and baking and pastry arts major Natascha G. Santaella and her mother are more than happy to display their handiwork.
Plastics and polymer engineering technology student Jacob S. Virden, of Whiteford, Md., scales a campus landmark for a photo with his sisters.
A rainbow of festivity
Lead Student Development Assistant Ryan Monteleone (right) poses with a family …
… and joins colleagues to boost awareness of the Wildcat Club.
Williamsport Wine & Design leads a group painting glass in their collective rendition of a familiar face,
Jeremy R. Bottorf (center), coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation, distributes some Wildcat mementos during a break in the athletics action.
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.
Jewelry boxes (that light when opened!) await the newest inductees before the banquet.
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.
The Wilson College keeper is kept busy in goal, where the Wildcats landed four shots in a shutout win.
A family photo gives two girls the opportunity to model the hats and earwarmers they won in a halftime game.
Kassidy A. Svenson, of Auburn, an applied human services major, joins her parents in hand-painting a keepsake.
Andrea L. Solenberger (right), an applied management student from Harrisburg, brought along a friend to personalize their Wildcat portraits.
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.
Threading the needle, connecting with a teammate
The family of Allison P. Turner, of Ephrata, joins the pre-physician assistant studies major for an expressive art project.
DeAngelo’s mother captures a keepsake as he poses with his father, grandfather, college president and athletics director.
The library landscape takes on a different hue during the after-hours frivolity.