Eight students enrolled in an advanced-level cake decorating course showed off their intricate artistry Thursday, displaying with deserved pride their “Destination Wedding” cakes. Following judging and an exhibition in the Thompson Professional Development Center, the cakes were moved to the college’s Madigan Library. Participating students are Samantha-Jo M. Bradley, of Middlebury Center; Ashley E. Gentzyel, of Lock Haven; Amy E. Lynn, of Bloomsburg; Katelyn E. Paulhamus, of Montoursville; Theodore J. Persing, of South Williamsport; Taylor Potter, of Towanda; Lynnette F. Stegmaier, of Muncy Valley; and Kristina M. Williams, of South Williamsport. All are baking and pastry arts majors, except for Gentzyel (technology management) and Stegmaier (professional baking).
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Students from Montoursville Area High School, St. John Neumann Academy, Montgomery Area School District and homeschoolers from Tioga County convened at Penn College for a SMART Girls experience. During their stay Friday, they attended sessions in emergency management and additive manufacturing. SMART Girls – Science and Mathematics in Real-World Technologies for Girls – aims to keep young women interested in math and science by demonstrating how the subjects apply in interesting careers.
Pennsylvania College of Technology alumnus George E. Logue III – a successful entrepreneur, award-winning chef, Army combat veteran, philanthropist and community volunteer – was one of the honorees at Thursday’s 13th annual Education Celebration at The Genetti Hotel.
Presented by the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, the event focuses on the positives that result from cooperation between local school districts and business/industry.
The Penn College community is reminded that daylight saving time returns this weekend; clocks should be turned ahead an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday. The change remains in effect until Nov. 2, when we “fall back” to standard time. Fire officials nationwide acknowledge that this is an opportune time to change the batteries in smoke detectors, as well.
A Pennsylvania College of Technology welding student is one of 20 nationwide recipients of a manufacturing scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year.
Brandon M. Platt, Blairsville, a junior seeking a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International. To be eligible, applicants must be full-time students, meet a specified GPA and be enrolled in an engineering or manufacturing-related course of study leading to a career in manufacturing.
Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students were among only eight selected internationally to receive a Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technology Scholarship from Helicopter Association International’s Technical Committee.
Andrew L. Stamey, of Danville, and Marc T. Kaylor, of Lebanon, seniors in the college’s four-year aviation maintenance technology major, were recently awarded scholarships that provide a tuition waiver for manufacturing training schools and a stipend to offset expenses.
The return of movies to the Community Arts Center continues this weekend with two showings of “The Summit” at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The blend of “breathtaking cinematography and jaw-dropping re-enactments” tells of the deadliest day in the history of K2, when 11 mountain climbers died. Admission is $5 for the R-rated movie, which runs 95 minutes. Visit the CAC website for a schedule of other upcoming films, including a free April 22 screening of “20 Feet From Stardom,” this year’s winner of the Academy Award for best documentary feature.
Penn State football coach James Franklin and other head coaches from the university will bring the Penn State Coaches Caravan tour to Pennsylvania College of Technology on Tuesday, May 20.
The lunchtime stop at Penn College will be one of 17 Coaches Caravan events planned in May. More details – including location and registration information for the event at Penn College – will be available soon.
Jonathan F. DeRoner, a computer aided product design student from Thurmont, Md., has been chosen as the Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
DeRoner, scheduled to graduate in May 2015, is a Resident Assistant in The Village Apartments and is heavily involved in the Phi Mu Delta Fraternity and its volunteer and community work.
“Jonathan is one of the most dedicated and loyal people I have ever supervised,” his Residence Life nominator said. “He works tirelessly and without complaint and he gives whatever project or task he is working on his full attention. He is always the first person to get work done that is assigned to him and he follows up by asking what else he can do to help.”
A photo blog celebrating the people of Pennsylvania College of Technology has been launched by the college.
“One College Family,” a collection of short profiles of students, alumni and employees, was inspired by the popular “Humans of New York” photo blog featuring portraits gathered in New York City.
“I’m a big fan of ‘Humans of New York’ and the amazing connections and outreach it has, and I felt a similar project could be created here at Penn College,” said Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor. “I hope One College Family will be another way of capturing and showcasing the energy of our fascinating and incredibly talented students, alumni, faculty and staff.”
More than 40 architecture students from The Pennsylvania State University traveled to Penn College’s Construction Masonry Building on Wednesday, an annual visit that acquaints them with the practical upshot of their designs and reinforces the benefits of masonry as a construction medium. Aided by faculty and students from the college’s School of Construction & Design Technologies, the Penn State guests moved from station to station in half-hour intervals, working hands-on with a variety of building materials – many of them donated by the college’s industry partners.
Thomas C. Heffner, assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been invited to serve as a program chair for the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation peer review team.
In this capacity, Heffner will lead a group of other early childhood education professionals from across the nation in a review March 10-12. The peer review team will travel to a host institution to observe its program in action for three days. The team reads the program’s self-study report, conducts a site visit that includes interviews and observations, and provides a summary of the team’s findings for NAEYC’s commission review.
“The 14th Annual Happy Hours, Mardi Gras-Style!” held Tuesday in Penn’s Inn got students in the mood for a stress-free (and problem-free) Spring Break. In addition to comprehensive information about travel smarts and safe behavior, there were free “Fat Tuesday”-inspired food and refreshments, music, prizes – and the traditional nonalcoholic “mix-off” competition. Student-concocted “mocktails” were judged and sampled at the event, which was hosted by counselor Michael S. DiPalma. The evening was co-sponsored by Counseling Services, the Student Activities Office, College Health Services, Dining Services and the School of Business & Hospitality.
Photos by Craig R. Urey, student photographer
Thirteen Penn College student-athletes made the short trip to Williamsport’s Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School on Tuesday to take part in the annual “Reading with the Wildcats” program. The student-athletes staged a play based on Dr. Seuss’ “Daisy-Head Mayzie,” read books to individual classrooms and answered questions about how reading helps them in their academic pursuits. The initiative is part of “Read Across America,” which celebrates the importance of reading and typically coincides with the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Photos by Jami L. Hughes, coordinator of intercollegiate athletics and sports information