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Get to Know Penn College During Fall Open House
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Penn College’s Open House on Sunday, Oct. 26, will include activities for community visitors from 2-4 p.m.

The diverse “degrees that work” offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the college’s Open House on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Held amid a yearlong Centennial celebration at the college, Open House gives prospective students and their families a convenient opportunity to sample campus life and to explore bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs – “degrees that work” – in more than 100 different career areas.

“Open House is where you can find out what Penn College is all about,” said Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid. “State-of-the-art labs, classrooms, dining facilities and residence halls distinguish Penn College as the place where you can earn a degree and stand apart from other graduates. When you visit, you’ll know it’s the right place to launch your career.”

In addition, members of the public interested in visiting a century-old anchor of the community are invited to a Centennial Community Event from 2 to 4 p.m.

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2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Flu Shots Available Through College Health Services Starting Thursday

Beginning Thursday, Penn College Health Services will administer flu shots to faculty, staff, students, dependents (9 and older), spouses, retirees and alumni in Room 150 of the Bush Campus Center from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. No appointment is necessary during those hours; the cost of the vaccine is $15. Payment will be accepted in cash, check (made payable to Penn College) or credit card. The seasonal flu can interfere with your studies, causing missed classes, missed assignments and failed exams. More importantly, the flu can cause serious health complications. While all students and employees are encouraged to be vaccinated yearly, vaccinations are especially important for caregivers and those who live with children younger than six months; pregnant women; health care providers; emergency medical services personnel; and individuals with underlying health conditions, including asthma, diabetes, suppressed immune systems, heart disease, kidney disease, and neurocognitive and neuromuscular disorders. The only medical reason why someone should not receive the flu vaccine is an allergy to eggs, neomycin or polymixin, or a previous life-threatening reaction to an influenza vaccine, Health Services noted.

Faculty Member to Review Book by Next Presenter in Colloquia Series

David S. Richards

David S. Richards

David S. Richards, a professor of physics at Penn College, will discuss Alan Lightman’s “Einstein’s Dream” during the next James V. Brown Book Review Luncheon this Friday afternoon. The international best-seller is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a Swiss patent office. The author explores how the lives of ordinary people in Switzerland would be changed in the various realities of time imagined by Einstein as he develops his theory of relativity. Richard’s review offers a timely introduction to Lightman – a theoretical physicist, educator, novelist and essayist – the next speaker in the college’s Centennial Colloquia Series. “Our Home in the Material Universe” will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Book Review Luncheons are held in the Lowry Room on the third floor of Brown Library’s Welch Family Wing, starting with lunch at noon. (The reservation deadline for a paid meal has passed, but attendees are welcome to bring their own bag lunches or takeout food.) The review itself will begin at 12:30 p.m. and last about a half-hour. Metered parking is available in the adjacent Market Street lot. More about the Centennial Colloquia Series is available in the event flier: Our Home in the Material Universe

Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

CAs Serve Up Some Serious Sweetness for ‘Pink Out’ Observance

Commuter Assistants Morgan N. Keyser and Todd D. Robatin

Commuter Assistants Morgan N. Keyser and Todd D. Robatin

Penn College’s annual observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month got a nourishing nudge from Commuter Assistants Morgan N. Keyser and Todd D. Robatin on Tuesday. The pair themed their weekly “Peanut Butter and Jelly Time” in honor of the campus “Pink Out,” offering tinted Marshmallow Fluff to all who stopped by the Bush Campus Center Commuter Lounge in appropriately colored dress.
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Culinary Student Wins ‘Golden’ Opportunity to Compete in Vegas
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Jessica N. Felton holds her "Golden Ticket," seconds after Gerri F. Luke, interim dean of business and hospitality, and Chef Paul E. Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, delivered the surprising news in her Cakes and Decorations class.

Jessica N. Felton, a culinary arts and systems major from State College, has won the right to represent Pennsylvania College of Technology at this year’s World Food Championships in Las Vegas. She was among six School of Business & Hospitality students who vied Monday night for a “Golden Ticket” to compete in the Nov. 12-18 event. The entry was granted by award-winning chef and television host Ben Vaughn, who visited campus earlier this month; the college will pay airfare and lodging. Other participants in the on-campus competition were culinary arts and systems majors Christopher S. Kasler, of Kendall Park, New Jersey; Zachary A. Knol, of Annville; and Victoria L. Zablocky, of Jersey Shore; and baking and pastry arts students Katlyn J. Hackling, of Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, and Victoria L. Kostecki, of Center Valley. Two flights of students, whose dishes were timed from prep to plate, were judged by faculty members under WFC guidelines and the school’s standards for sanitation and safety. Scores were tabulated in a variety of categories covering execution, appearance and taste, and the winner was announced at noon Tuesday in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

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Diner’s Club Tours Area Vineyard, Plans Fall Activities

Kneeling: Amber S. English, Lewistown, hospitality management. Standing, from left: Katelynn M. Watson, Milton, culinary arts technology; Jessica N. Felton, State College, culinary arts and systems; Jessica R. Wollet, Williamsport, culinary arts technology; Alex D. Mytinger, New Berlin, occupational therapy assistant; and Dr. Chuck Zaleski, owner of Fero Vineyards & Winery.

Kneeling: Amber S. English, Lewistown, hospitality management. Standing, from left: Katelynn M. Watson, Milton, culinary arts technology; Jessica N. Felton, State College, culinary arts and systems; Jessica R. Wollet, Williamsport, culinary arts technology; Alex D. Mytinger, New Berlin, occupational therapy assistant; and Dr. Chuck Zaleski, owner of Fero Vineyards & Winery.

A winery tour

A winery tour

Harvest helpers

Harvest helpers

The Penn College Diner’s Club recently visited Fero Vineyards & Winery just outside Lewisburg, where the students helped to harvest grapes for pinot noir wine and toured the facility’s processing operation. The club has several more outings planned, including visits to Williamsport’s First Friday, participation in Oktoberfest events, ice-carving demonstrations at Penn College’s Open House, and trick-or-treating at local hospitals.
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Discounted ‘VoicePlay’ Tickets Available at CC Through Oct. 10

VoicePlay

VoicePlay

Straight from NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” a-cappella sensation VoicePlay will perform live at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. The Bush Campus Center has a limited number of tickets available for Penn College students, staff and employees at just $12.50 in the orchestra floor section of the Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at the CC information desk through Friday, Oct. 10, by cash, check or credit card. After Oct. 10, tickets can be purchased at full price directly from the CAC box office. For complete show information, visit www.caclive.com. A remix video of “Chandelier” is available at the group’s website. The Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College, is at 220 W. Fourth St. (just a few blocks from campus).

College Hosts Reunions for WACC, Welding, Construction, Tutors

As part of its Oct. 10-12 Centennial Homecoming, Pennsylvania College of Technology will host four reunions, each inviting alumni to share their memories and revel in the weekend’s theme: “Then … Now … Forever Proud.”

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Loss and Legacy: Honoring the Dedication, Respect and Devotion of a Son and Employee

Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07

Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07

The family and employer of the late Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07, gather in front of Penn College’s Donor Wall to commemorate Amerikohl Mining’s $1 million scholarship donation in Kanouff’s memory.

The family and employer of the late Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07, gather in front of Penn College’s Donor Wall to commemorate Amerikohl Mining’s $1 million scholarship donation in Kanouff’s memory.

The scholarship’s first recipient, Forrest S. Martin, hugs Kanouff’s mother, Ramona.

The scholarship’s first recipient, Forrest S. Martin, hugs Kanouff’s mother, Ramona.

From the Fall 2014 One College Avenue: Alumnus Steelyn G. Kanouff’s employer and family – and the recipient of a scholarship in his name – strive to honor the memory of the 28-year-old who died last year. Read the full story.

Penn College Golfers Await Postseason; Men’s Tennis Team Gets Under Way

The Pennsylvania College of Technology golf team had two outings last week in its final tune-up before the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships and the college’s men’s tennis team tasted action for the first time.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Penn College Hosts Third ‘Wildcat Comic Con’

With the contest judges on either side, the adult cosplay winners prepare to take another bow.

The third time for Wildcat Comic Con went beyond charming into the realm of enchantment, as presenters and the public bonded over graphic novels, cosplay, gaming and other common interests. The event, held across Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus on a gorgeous fall Saturday, put a unique educational spin on popular culture – and left hundreds upon hundreds of attendees already anticipating a fourth installment.

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‘These Trees’ Art Installation Weaves Cross-Campus Connections

"These Trees," an environmental art installation at Pennsylvania College of Technology, created by environmental artists Kathy Bruce and Alastair R. Noble, weaves together Shakespearean text and natural materials.

The third large-scale art installation created to celebrate Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial has woven together not only text and trees, but students from across campus.

Over two weeks, more than 160 students from various majors participated in the creation of “These Trees,” an art piece utilizing a variety of tree species harvested from Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center and installed on the west lawn of the Bush Campus Center at the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

Working alongside internationally known environmental artists Kathy Bruce and Alastair R. Noble, the students assisted in creating Bruce and Noble’s vision of a spiraling text quoting William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Penn College Homecoming Offers Full Slate of Activities

Themed “Then … Now … Forever Proud,” Centennial Homecoming at Pennsylvania College of Technology invites alumni back to their alma mater Oct. 10-12.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of education on Penn College’s campus. In November 1914, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette reported that 15,000 people attended a three-day celebration to mark the dedication of the city’s new high school building – now Penn College’s Klump Academic Center.

The community is again invited to join the celebration: a three-day Homecoming Carnival on the Madigan Library lawn near the main entrance. The carnival opens Friday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m.

From adult education classes held in the new high school’s shops grew Williamsport Technical Institute, which became Williamsport Area Community College and, 25 years ago, Pennsylvania College of Technology, a special mission affiliate of Penn State.

From those roots, a culture of statewide and national leadership in applied technology education and workforce development has blossomed. Homecoming provides an opportunity for alumni and students alike to reminisce on their place in the college’s rich history – and to join with students in ongoing traditions.

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Student Takes Welding Skills to Children’s Home in Middle East

Penn College student George W. Settle III, of Dillsburg, gathers with residents of Home of Hope, a facility for street children near Beirut, Lebanon. Settle, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, spent seven weeks at the home to teach welding and make repairs.

Pennsylvania College of Technology student George W. Settle III visited the Middle East this summer with plans to teach a handful of boys how to weld. After his seven-week visit, he learned far more than he taught.

Settle, of Dillsburg, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology at the college. He spent seven weeks at Home of Hope in the village of Kehale, Lebanon, about 10 miles from Beirut. The home provides shelter, education, socialization and recreation for street children, many of whom who have been used, abused or abandoned.

“I learned that, while most of us take for granted a loving embrace and a tender kiss, there are kids that are dying for just a hint of such tenderness; dying to be loved,” Settle said.

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