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Drafting Major at Penn College Receives Industry Recertification
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The American Design Drafting Association recently recertified Pennsylvania College of Technology’s engineering CAD technology major.

The associate-degree major prepares students for mechanical and engineering drafting positions in manufacturing- and engineering-based industries using advanced 2-D and 3-D CAD applications. Graduates also can continue their education in the college’s engineering design technology baccalaureate major.

“This recertification by the ADDA is an important credential for our program, and we are proud that we have maintained it since 1997,” said Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering design technology. “The ADDA stamp of approval helps ensure our program is the best it can be for students.”

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Free Student Tickets Available for Several CAC Shows

Limited student tickets available

Limited student tickets available

A limited number of free tickets are available to Pennsylvania College of Technology students for some of this season’s Community Arts Center shows. In order to give the most students the opportunity to attend a free performance, a student with a valid Penn College ID may pick up one ticket for one performance per semester, while supplies last. Students will have the opportunity to receive additional tickets if any remain unclaimed one week before the performance date.

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Students Meet ‘Food Network’ Competitor During Trip to York

The School of Business & Hospitality’s Chef Todd M. Keeley and three students recently traveled to York Technical Institute to meet Chef Joseph Cumm, winner of the Aug. 11 episode of Food Network’s “King of Cones” competition. On the show, Cumm defeated three competitors with three ice cream treats – each including an assigned mystery ingredient.  Cumm has been an instructor with the The Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts at YTI Career Institute-Lancaster for three years and owns EdenJoes Cakery in York with his wife. In 2013, he won “The Art of Cake” competition at Pastry Live, and will return this year as a judge. Cumm has also been selected as one of several dozen Cake Artists to teach at CakeFest 2015 in Louisiana in February. The Penn College students had the opportunity to watch the four-part challenge and listen to Chef Cumm share his career and Food Network experience.

Red Cross Blood Drive Set for Sept. 3-4 in Penn’s Inn

Bloodmobile to visit Sept. 3-4The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon-6 p.m. Sept. 3-4 in Penn’s Inn (second floor, Bush Campus Center).  Join the Red Cross and College Health Services in their lifesaving mission by scheduling an appointment today!

Inside and Out, Events Offer Student Options as Ample as Day’s Sunshine

Sun, shade and dozens of chances to get involved: There's something for nearly everyone at Fall Fiesta!

Students seeking paying jobs and personal enrichment found a varied menu at the ninth annual Fall FIESTA (Friends, Involvement, Employment and Socializing on a Tuesday Afternoon) and the corresponding Part-Time Job Fair, at which employers and nonprofits alike served up a smorgasbord of spare-time opportunities. The events, co-sponsored by Student Activities and Career Services, were held from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday on the mall outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and the nearby Thompson Professional Development Center.

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From Student Design to Employee Application, ‘It’s a Wrap’

A former FedEx Express 727 cargo plane has been repainted and wrapped with a design appropriately reflecting Pennsylvania College of Technology's innovation and technology.

In an impressive reversal of tradition – the custom of unwrapping a present before showing it to others – Pennsylvania College of Technology has actually enhanced a gift’s value by covering it.

A Boeing 727 airplane, donated to Penn College in March 2012 after being retired from FedEx Express cargo service, was recently (and attractively) sheathed in vinyl in a project that began with a graphic-design class and eventually involved several academic schools and college employees.

Adding to its primary role as a real-world training tool for students at the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville, the institution’s largest single corporate donation now doubles as its biggest billboard. The repurposed plane greets visitors to the Williamsport Regional Airport, including those who will attend the college’s Open House on Sunday, Oct. 26.

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Academic Mentors Provide Resource for Student Success

Joshua I. Bobenrieth, a recent electronics and computer engineering technology graduate from Port Allegany, meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

For a first-year college student, stepping onto a new campus and beginning classes can be overwhelming. For a returning student, an unsuccessful first semester can add a lot of pressure, especially if the student is not certain how to avoid making the same mistakes.

At Pennsylvania College of Technology, an academic mentoring program is designed to help those students.

Joshua I. Bobenrieth, of Port Allegany, graduated in May with a degree in electronics and computer engineering technology, a faculty award and a plan to continue his education in aerospace engineering. But in his first semester, he was anything but confident.

“I was having a hard time adjusting to college life,” he said. “After a few weeks, I was stressed and needed help, so I asked my instructor and was directed to the mentor program.”

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‘Field House Frenzy’ Reminds Campus of Intramural Opportunities

"Intramural Champions" T-shirts were a popular draw at Monday's "Field House Frenzy."

“Intramural Champions” T-shirts were a popular draw at Monday’s “Field House Frenzy.”

The Plinko board awaits its next contestant.

The Plinko board awaits its next contestant.

A Root Beer Pong competitor takes his turn at the Field House, headquarters for Penn College intramurals.

A Root Beer Pong competitor takes his turn at the Field House, headquarters for Penn College intramurals.

The Field House Frenzy was the place to be Monday night as students turned out in hopes of winning at Plinko, playing a sport, signing up for an intramural event, trying to win a T-shirt and (of course) enjoying the free food! The evening started off with an Intramural Fantasy Football League Draft, which reportedly led to some humorously good-natured “trash talk” and analysis of teams once they were drafted. Students then packed the Field House and enjoyed the games and the Root Beer Pong tournament did not disappoint, as 11 teams tried their best to win Intramural Champion T-shirts. After the doubles competition, the students faced off against their former partners in a singles tournament. “The night was filled with fun and just a great atmosphere altogether,” said Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation (who also provided photos). “Be sure to stop at the Field House and sign up for an intramural event. Students, staff and faculty members will see we really do offer something for everyone!”

Lancaster/York ‘Tinkerbells’ Win First-Ever ‘Wildcat Wars’
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Red-shirted members of the Dauphin Hall team have their attempted group picture invaded by photo-bombing opponents.

The Tinkerbells, representing Lancaster and York halls, topped two of the day’s four events (kickball and dodgeball) to amass 40 points and win Penn College’s inaugural “Wildcat Wars” competition Saturday. The team managed to hold off the “V Squad Mafia,” from The Village at Penn College, which placed second in three events to finish close behind with 37 points. Rounding out the field in hard-fighting fashion were the four remaining teams: “CDJ” (Clinton, Delaware and Juniata halls), winner of the foul-shot contest, finishing with 36 points; “Dauphin Kills” (Dauphin Hall), winner of the afternoon’s final Capture the Flag event, 27 points; the “Party Animals” (Off-Campus), 21 points; and “CVA All the Way” (Campus View Apartments), 20 points. “The event saw more than 200 students cram the Field House and Intramural Field in hopes that their team would dominate the Wildcat Wars,” said Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation. “At the end of the day, everyone enjoyed a picnic dinner to replenish all of the energy that was lost during the rough-and-tough competition.”

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Attendance at National Aviation Event to Be Discussed by Faculty, Alumnus

William F. Stepp III

William F. Stepp III

The campus community is invited to a President’s Forum presentation at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday by William F. Stepp III, associate professor of aviation, who will highlight his Heli-Expo experience in Anaheim, Calif., and share information on the industry. Andrew L. Stamey, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance technology – and one of two student attendees at the conference – will add his insights during the presentation in Room W204 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. Attendance at the February conference allowed Stepp to participate in meetings of the Helicopter Association’s International Technical Committee, of which he is a member. The experience yielded two scholarships for student attendees (Stamey and Marc T. Kaylor, another May graduate), teaching materials for the aviation department, contacts for student internships and/or employment, as well as sources of additional equipment donations. Stepp is the first awardee from the Strategic Initiative Fund, created by President Davie Jane Gilmour to increase the college’s presence at the national level via presentations and/or leadership within national associations. Interested faculty and staff can learn more about the fund through the president’s page on the myPCT Web portal.

President Keeps College in World Spotlight While Going to Bat for LLB
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In her capacity as chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, Gilmour addresses the 25,000-plus crowd at Howard J. Lamade Stadium for Sunday's title matchup.

As chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour helped make the 68th annual Little League Baseball World Series one to remember. While tending to Welcome Weekend and other fall startup activities back on campus, the president navigated a cyclonic Little League schedule that began with a campus picnic for the 16 participating teams and ended with Sunday’s championship between Seoul, South Korea, and Chicago. Among her official duties during this 75th-anniversary year for LLB were the enshrinement of retired major leaguer (and Lycoming County favorite son) Mike Mussina and the annual Challenger Division exhibition game. Adding to the college’s visibility were students from the School of Health Sciences, who provided medical care for players and coaches as well as outreach to the thousands of fans on hand for the Series.

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Three Penn College Teams Open Friday

When three Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports teams take to the field Friday, two of them will be under new head coaches.

Rafael Morais, with the men’s soccer team, and John McNichol, with the women’s soccer squad, will make their debuts – the men open at Baptist Bible College at 4 p.m. and the women host Rosemont College at 7:30 p.m. – while Monica Brown returns for her second season as coach of the women’s volleyball team that gets under way at 5 p.m. at crosstown rival Lycoming College.

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Client Development Director Named for WDCE at Penn College

Christopher P. Ray

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently appointed Christopher P. Ray as client development director for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College, which partners with companies to provide short-term training and project support.

Ray brings more than 20 years of sales, management and business-development experience to the newly created post. He will work closely with WDCE’s professional staff to coordinate training and project support to industries across Pennsylvania and beyond.

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College Among Sponsors at Unveiling of LLB’s ‘Diamond’ Anniversary Gift

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, stands at "home base" for the group that sponsored the catcher statue, joined by Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte (left foreground); state Sen. Gene Yaw (to Gilmour's left), chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors, who unveiled the sculpture; and Williamsport All-Star Little Leaguers. A plaque denoting the colleges' sponsorship adorns the backstop.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, stands at “home base” for the group that sponsored the catcher statue, joined by Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte (left foreground); state Sen. Gene Yaw (to Gilmour’s left), chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors, who unveiled the sculpture; and Williamsport All-Star Little Leaguers. A plaque denoting the colleges’ sponsorship adorns the backstop.

The northeast corner of Market Square – third base in the ballfield layout, from which this photo was taken – is but one landmark in the sprawling commemorative project.

The northeast corner of Market Square – third base in the ballfield layout, from which this photo was taken – is but one landmark in the sprawling commemorative project.

Before the unveiling, the two colleges' mascots and presidents gather for a group photo.

Before the unveiling, the two colleges’ mascots and presidents gather for a group photo.

Co-sponsored by Penn College, the catcher is one of 10 life-sized bronze statues created by Utah artist Matt Glenn for the "Bases Loaded" project.

Co-sponsored by Penn College, the catcher is one of 10 life-sized bronze statues created by Utah artist Matt Glenn for the “Bases Loaded” project.

Rounding out the Penn College squad is Wildcat second baseman Jeremy D. Rall, a business administration: management concentration major from Williamsport, who played in the Original Little League eight years ago.

Rounding out the Penn College squad is Wildcat second baseman Jeremy D. Rall, a business administration: management concentration major from Williamsport, who played in the Original Little League eight years ago.

In celebration of Little League Baseball’s 75th anniversary and coinciding with championship weekend of this year’s Little League World Series just across the river, downtown Williamsport was the site of a very special dedication Friday afternoon. Officially marking the city as LLB’s birthplace, the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau and supportive friends unveiled “Bases Loaded,” a spacious recreation of a baseball diamond at Market and West Third streets. Penn College and Lycoming College co-sponsored the catcher in the lineup, one of 10 bronze statues that represent those who have participated in Little League (including softball and the Challenger Division) over the years – ethnically varied players of both genders, in uniforms old and new, along with an umpire to represent the thousands of volunteers at the heart of the organization. The only statue that depicts a specific person is that of the manager, Carl E. Stotz, who founded LLB in 1939 and whose name is on the bridge that connects Williamsport to the latter-day South Williamsport home of the Series.

Counseling Services’ ‘Pet’ Project Relieves Student Jitters

Shelly and Robert C. Karschner Jr., master mechanic for the General Services motorpool, brought along Australian shepherds "Bristol" and "Dover."

Shelly and Robert C. Karschner Jr., master mechanic for the General Services motorpool, brought along Australian shepherds “Bristol” and “Dover.”

Career Services secretary Shawnalee E. Miller and "Gus," a Maltese who helped put students at ease

Career Services secretary Shawnalee E. Miller and “Gus,” a Maltese who helped put students at ease

"Bear," a Boston bulldog, was one of two dogs accompanying Patrick McCabe, coordinator of admissions/enrollment event services, and his wife, Deserae. (The other was "Layla," a Boston bulldog.)

“Bear,” a Boston bulldog, was one of two dogs accompanying Patrick McCabe, coordinator of admissions/enrollment event services, and his wife, Deserae. (The other was “Layla,” a Boston bulldog.)

Katrina A. Sinclair, a part-time member of the history faculty, with "Harry Truman," a Jack Russell terrier

Katrina A. Sinclair, a part-time member of the history faculty, with “Harry Truman,” a Jack Russell terrier

Resident assistant Kristen E. Bowes, a web and interactive media major from Wayne, meets "Hershey," a perfectly named chocolate Labrador retriever owned by Karen E. Wright, graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

Resident assistant Kristen E. Bowes, a web and interactive media major from Wayne, meets “Hershey,” a perfectly named chocolate Labrador retriever owned by Karen E. Wright, graduation assistant in the Registrar’s Office.

This week’s fifth annual “Hot Dog, You’re Here!” event (that’s 35 years by canine count), again gave Penn College students the opportunity to connect with faculty/staff dog owners who offered welcoming smiles, listening ears and therapeutic access to their very special friends. The well-received mixer is sponsored by Counseling Services and, while moved into the Field House under threat of rain, the spirit of goodwill was undampened.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

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