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Penn Highlands - Square LogoPennsylvania Highlands Community College is celebrating the fall season by planning several free events open to the public, including students, faculty, and staff, and members of the community.  The events will be hosted at the Penn Highlands Richland Campus at 101 Community College Way, and include the following:

  • Monday, October 27, from 6pm to 7:30pm: A community trick or treat will be held throughout the Richland Campus for children 12 and under.  This will be combined with fall games and crafts for the children, and a haunted house.
  • Tuesday, October 28 at 12:30pm to 2pm: In the LGI, speaker Stan Gordon will present a seminar on the topic of “Past & Present Mysterious Encounters of Pennsylvania”.  Gordon has been involved with the investigation of thousands of mysterious encounters from across Pennsylvania. He has appeared on numerous local and network TV news and documentary shows, including the Syfy Channel, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and Fox News Channel. He has been featured on many television shows, including Unsolved Mysteries, Sightings, Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and Creepy Canada.
  • Wednesday, October 29, from Noon to 2pm: In the LGI, a film maker Blair Murphy will show his award winning film “Zombie Dream” starring Eric Roberts (Julia Roberts’ brother), Marvel Comic’s Stan Lee, and an outstanding local cast.  The film just won “Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast” at the Los Angeles Fear + Fantasy Film Festival in Burbank, California.  It has been seen by thousands across the country.   The movie was filmed over three year period at several locations, including in Cambria and Somerset counties.  After the movie, Blair and some of the local actors will have a question and answer session.  Interested in making your own movie?  Don’t miss this!   Blair also has a vampire movie called Jugular Wine from the 1990s available in Blockbuster stores.  Some scenes in both movies may not be appropriate for a younger audience, viewer discretion advised.
  • Thursday, October 30, from 12:30pm to 2pm: Held in the Cyber Lounge, a themed murder mystery, “A Spooky Hollow Horror” will occur.  The grand celebration of the new owner has been overshadowed by the spine-chilling murder of one of the guests.  Since everyone is a suspect, this ghoulish gang is out for an afternoon of fright and horror!  All guests will have fun playing their unique characters and investigating this unpredictable outcome.  Contact Jake Goch to register at 814.262.6486 or jgoch@pennhighlands.edu.
  • Friday, October 31, from 12:30pm to 2pm: Held in the Cyber Lounge, a reading of select works by Edgar Allen Poe will be done by students. Works include “The Raven”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, and others. Come and join us for an afternoon of eerie literary fun listening to some of Poe’s psychological thrillers! For die hard Poe fans, feel free to come dressed in your best 1840s period attire.

Further details on any of the events can be obtained by contacting Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Student Activities at 814.262.6463 or studentactivities@pennhighlands.edu.

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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College will be hosting an open house on Thursday, October 23rd, from 4pm to 7pm, at each of its five locations: Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Richland, and Somerset.

Individuals attending this open house at any of the College’s locations will gain insight on the educational possibilities being offered, including outstanding degree programs, transfer options, and opportunities for continuing education. Information on student life, including clubs and activities, will also be available. All guests will be able to speak with College representatives regarding their future educational goals.

Pennsylvania Highlands has been serving community members for the past 20 years with quality and affordable academic options, including degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

“At Pennsylvania Highlands, we realize that the individuals in our community are the future,” states Pennsylvania Highlands President, Dr. Walter Asonevich. “We strive to make our programs affordable, and our course offerings convenient. I think that prospective students will see that we are willing to work with them to ensure their success.”

To learn more about Pennsylvania Highlands, visit our open house on Thursday, October 23, at one of these facilities:

For additional information, contact any of the Pennsylvania Highlands locations directly or call toll-free at 1.888.385.PEAK. You can also find Pennsylvania Highlands online at http://www.pennhighlands.edu.

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Penn Highlands Anniversary Logo1Pennsylvania Highlands Community College began the celebration of its twentieth year with a picnic at its Richland Campus.  The picnic, held on Friday, September 5, 2014, marks 20 years to the day that the first classes were held at what w

as formerly known as Cambria County Area Community College. Those in attendance included Cambria County Commissioners Mark Wissinger and Tom Chernisky, Congressman Keith Rothfus, Senator John Wozniak, and Representative Bryan Barbin.

“Realistically, a twenty year old College is still in its infancy,” said Pennsylvania Highlands President Dr. Walter Asonevich.  “We are well aware of the tremendous strides we have taken to get to where we are right now, but we are also cognizant of the potential that exists for this College as we head into our next twenty years and beyond.  There is obviously much reason to celebrate.”

The former Cambria County Area Community College started offering classes on September 5, 1994, utilizing space at a number of locations throughout Cambria County, including Hiram G. Andrews, Central Park Complex, Bishop Carrol High School, Concurrent Technology Corporation and Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center.  “We taught classes all over the county,” said current Professor of Business Management, Sandy Schrum.  “Our cars were our offices and we would get office furniture and supplies donated from other businesses. It definitely felt like we were trying to overcome overwhelming odds at the time, but seeing how far we have come is so rewarding.”

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College now boasts a 125,000 square foot main campus in Richland and has other locations in Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Somerset and Blair Counties. Serving approximately 2,000 students per year, the College has educated over 27,000 students since its inception and has 105 full-time and over 100 part-time employees.

“It’s awesome to see our growth.” said current employee and former student, Scott Beamer.  “I used to have to visit two or three different locations to take classes.  There was a time when every department in the College, from the President’s Office to the Marketing Department shared two rooms at the Hiram G. Andrews Center.  Look at us now.”

Commissioner Wissinger, who was a commissioner when the College started in 1994, reflected on the growth of the College and its impact on the community, “We took a leap of faith in starting the College, but I remember Ron Budash saying if you build it they will come.  What the College has been able to accomplish in twenty years is phenomenal.  I look forward to the next twenty years.”

The growth of the College is a testament to the support the Cambria County community has provided.  “This College is a perfect example of what can happen when people within a community put their faith behind something and work to see it through.” said College President, Dr. Walter Asonevich.

To commemorate the anniversary, Penn Highlands’ students, faculty, staff and Board members will join together to participate in twenty acts of kindness throughout the community.  These will include volunteering at local nonprofits, collecting items for the elderly, veterans, food banks and animal shelters, participating in United Way Day of Caring and hosting groups at the College.

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Penn Highlands Ebensburg StackedThere is no better time than the present to start planning for your future! The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Ebensburg Center will be holding a presentation, entitled “Getting Ready for College,” for high school juniors and sophomores and their families on Thursday, July 24th at our Ebensburg facility on Route 22. The presentation will be given twice, from 2 to 3pm and from 5 to 6pm.

The presentation will focus on providing information on how to plan and properly prepare for college. In addition, it will help you understand what to expect and look for when applying for and visiting potential colleges.  Each session of the presentation will be followed-up with a question and answer segment, allowing you to ask our experienced professionals any questions that you might have.

There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be served, but remember that seating is limited for each session of this impactful presentation!  Please call 814.471.0010 if you plan to attend so that your spot is reserved.

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The Pennsylvania Highlands Community CollegePTK Logo Phi Theta Kappa Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter will be hosting an End of the Year Bash to honor local veterans on May 3rd, beginning at noon. This event will feature the Johnstown Classic Rockers and performers from the College’s Got Talent Competition.  Admission to the event is free; however, donations will gladly be accepted for our local veterans. The event will be held in the Richland Campus Auditorium at 101 Community College Way.

The Johnstown Classic Rockers have been one of the most popular groups in the area since they were formed in 1996. The group is comprised of an all-star collection of musicians and vocalists from some of the area’s most popular bands and performs music from the ’50s to the ’80s era.  Some of their music styles encompass everything from classic rock, blues, and R & B to rockabilly and theatrical rock.  They perform songs from such popular artists as Elvis, The Kinks, Janis Joplin, and even Alice Cooper to name a few.

Vocalists include Ron Piljay, Tom Pavic, and Melissa Nagle.  Musicians include Norm Chynoweth on keyboard, Ken Deater on drums, Mel Deneen on guitar, Jerry Sandusky on saxophone, and Steve Spack on bass.  The band members combine theatrics and showmanship to create a dynamite show.  The Johnstown Classic Rockers have played popular venues including the Johnstown Folk Fest, Thunder in the Valley, and the Arcadia Theater. Audience members can expect to be entertained and ‘wowed’ by this group, who are considered by many to be the top classic rockers in the entire region.

For additional information prior to the event, please contact Student Activities at 814.262.6463 or studentactivities@pennhighlands.edu.

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Sprint2014-1Pennsylvania Highlands Community College held its 7th Annual Black Bear Sprint to Success 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 12th, at the Sprint2014-2College’s Richland Campus.  Over 100 people registered for this year’s race.

Organizers would like to thank Wessel & Company for serving as the event sponsor and recruiting such a large number of participants.  Proceeds from the race will help the Pennsylvania Highlands Foundation provide funding for student scholarships, faculty development, and program support.

Results are as follows:

MALE RUN

Top Three Overall
1. Shane May, 17:34
2. Jacob Polca, 17:41
3. Conor Mulcahy, 17:47

14 And Under
1. Reed Uhlar, 20:49
2. Bradley Gearhart, 41:46
3. Errett Kaedan, 50:25

15-19
1. Collin Layton, 23:00
2. Nick Felton, 23:35

20-29
1. Matthew Adamczyk, 20:16
2. Vinnie Mulcahy, 22:08
3. Ben Long, 22:27
4. Evan Sakmar, 23:40
5. Sean McCool, 24:42
6. Kevin Merriman, 27:34
7. Raymond Weible, Jr. , 29:55
8. Derek Sheaffer, 46:38

30-39
1. Brad Eshelman, 18:29
2. Sam Schilling, 19:31
3. Brian Bell, 21:12
4. Ben Wadsworth, 23:35
5. Keith Lenhard, 24:04
6. Tom Newcomer, 25:48
7. Albert Rummell, 27:00
8. Tom Mitchell, 33:15
9. Christopher Bearer, 42:34
10. Charles Porath, 47:34

40-49
1. Michael Puruczky, 20:59
2. Mike Kick, 24:39
3. Dwayne Kaufman, 25:16

50-59
1. Greg Winger, 21:49
2. Paul Baron, 27:32
3. Ed Dreikorn, 29:42

60-69
1. George Hancock, 23:15
2. Roger Haney, 26:04
3. William Haney, 27:17
4. Eric Rummell, 27:55
5. James Cook, 31:57
6. Bob Layton, 34:07

70+
1. Doug Bradley, 36:40

FEMALE RUN

Top Three Overall
1. Catherine Muchesko, 20:22
2. Elizabeth Rummell, 22:32
3. Brenda Szelong, 23:58

14 And Under
1. Allyson Black,  29:02

15-19
1. Amber Easterbrook, 26:22
2. Sammy Jo Podrastsky, 28:30

20-29
1. Jess Petro, 24:37
2. Tiffany Sakmar, 25:36
3. Kasey Hatfield, 28:36
4. Marlissa Bearjar, 32:53
5. Janelle Mowery, 34:09
6. Kaktelyn Mouser, 46:38
7. Danni Porath, 47:34

30-39
1. Danielle Miller, 25:59
2. Michelle Maksymik, 26:33
3. Jennifer Stanek, 27:51
4. Amanda Noon, 28:43
5. Kaye Black, 29:07
6. Kristy Richardson, 29:56
7. Jill Mitchell, 35:05
8. Amber Lenhard, 39:01
9. Kristi Titus, 41:14

40-49
1. Robin Hughes, 27:21
2. Sandra Miller, 29:18
3. Tracee Stinson, 29:39
4. Amy Leventry, 29:57
5. Jan Layton, 30:27
6. Karen Teklinsky, 30:46
7. Tisha Phillips, 32:16
8. Leah Spangler, 40:44
9. Michele Rice, 41:54

50-59
1. Johanna Felton, 30:57

60-69
1. Carol Rummell, 32:34
2. Ruth Ferchalk, 36:14
3. Susan Davis, 37:13
4. Sue Hunt, 37:31

MALE WALK

Top Three Overall
1. Michael Pasierb, 37:33
2. Patrick Lehman, 40:06
3. Frank Stohon, 42:17

14 And Under
1. Donovan Lenhard, 50:27

30-39
1. Britt Williams, 50:53
2. Chad Gontkovic, 52:04

40-49
1. John Zlater, 51:41
2. Michael Benford, 54:42

50-59
1. Doug Gilpatrick, 52:22
2. Larry Brugh, 53:06

FEMALE WALK

Top Three Overall
1. Allison Kick, 36:12
2. Kaydee Swires, 42:12
3. Stephanie Stohon, 42:17

14 And Under
1. Abigail Lenhard, 44:05

15-19
1. Ashley Wray, 51:27
2. Alyssa Gilpatrick, 52:22

20-29
1. Kali Gilpatrick, 51:26
2. Allie Byrne, 51:28
3. Jill Parkins-Gontkovic, 52:08

30-39
1. Angela Novak, 42:23
2. Samantha William, 50:55
3. Stephanie Zlater, 51:52
4. Jill Gontkovic, 52:05
5. Jennifer Biggs,  54:40

40-49
1. Sharon Swires, 43:44
2. Melissa Nagle, 44:52
3. Paula Byrne, 51:29
4. Stacey Gilpatrick, 52:24

50-59
1. Kim Asonevich, 48:39
2. Brenda Orr, 52:50
3. Mindy Nitch, 53:07

60-69
1. Hope Slusher, 46:53
2. Susan Babalonis, 50:58
3. Deborah Cook, :57
4. Sharon Custer, 52:58

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President Dr. Walter Asonevich addressing the community at the College's annual State of the College event.

President Dr. Walter Asonevich addressing the community at the College’s annual State of the College event.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College President Dr. Walter Asonevich highlighted the College’s far reaching educational offerings and continued focus on providing an affordable, high quality education at the third annual State of the College Address on Tuesday.

The address featured a map designating the 17 counties of the commonwealth that have been impacted by Pennsylvania Highlands.  These areas included the four counties that currently have a Penn Highlands’ facility, locations that are served via the College’s Accelerated College Education program, areas served via online programming, and counties that have inquired about having a local facility. “I believe we have a very successful blueprint for providing smaller rural communities with access to higher education,” said Asonevich.  “Our regionalization has been very systematic and has been done to ensure that our students will reap the benefits of a quality education that remains affordable.”

Asonevich also highlighted the partnerships the College has utilized to provide hands-on learning to many students, including the Welding program’s work with JWF Industries and the Restaurant/Culinary Management program’s partnership with the Greater Johnstown School District.  He discussed the College’s commitment to providing coursework and programming that is relevant to local job opportunities and the many ways in which Penn Highlands engages local employers in the development of these programs.  Asonevich also shared that these processes are in place in the College’s Continuing Education offerings as employers can work with this department to customize trainings for their current employees.  “We are very receptive to hearing from local businesses and ensuring that we are meeting their needs when it comes to the skills they want their employees to possess.” he said.

In discussing his College’s place in the community, Asonevich took great pride in highlighting the variety of community service projects completed annually by Penn Highlands’ students, faculty, and staff.  “We are proud to be a part of each of the communities we serve and understand how opportunities such as community service projects are teachable moments.”

“Classroom learning is important, but we are also hoping to instill in our students a sense of community that will become a part of their personal and professional lives.  That is another way for us to measure our success in educating our students.” he said.

For more information about Pennsylvania Highlands, please contact us at 1.888.385.PEAK or go to www.pennhighands.edu.

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