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Penn College Embraces the PlastiVan

The Society of Plastics Engineers’ PlastiVan program recently visited Penn College to educate area students about the wonders of plastics and the rich career opportunities in the field. Students enjoyed hands-on activities revealing the power of plastics and toured the college’s plastics labs. Sekisui SPI sponsored the PlastiVan’s visit at the college, which is featured in this YouTube video:

Watch PCToday for more on the PlastiVan’s visit.

President Gilmour Among Honorees at Chamber Event

President Davie Jane Gilmour accepts the 2017 Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce President’s Award from Vincent J. Matteo (left), Chamber president/CEO, and Roger D. Jarrett, chairman of the Chamber Board.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour was presented with the President’s Award at Wednesday’s 131st Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. Other honors bestowed at the event, held at The Genetti Hotel in downtown Williamsport, were the Phillips/Plankenhorn Small Business Award to Anthony H. Visco Jr., Architects; the Large Business Award to Larson Design Group; and the Emerging Business Award to Farrington Place. (Larson Design employs more than 80 graduates of the college and its predecessors, including Williamsport Area Community College; Visco is a WACC alumnus and member of Penn College’s Architectural Technology Advisory Committee.)

Camp ESCAPE Registration Begins March 6

Members of the Penn College community are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible (starting Monday, March 6) for Camp ESCAPE (Enjoy Summer Camp at Penn College, Everyone), which offers seven weeks of fun for boys and girls aged 6-14. Campers don’t need to be sports enthusiasts, as the schedule includes a variety of weekly field trips, cooking projects, games, and activities such as kickball and dodgeball. Enrollment is limited to 30 children per day; the cost is $100 per week, regardless of drop-off/pickup times. Camp hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m. and late pickup ends at 5 p.m. The schedule: Week 1 (June 5-8), trip to Knoebels Grove on June 7; Week 2 (June 12-15), trip to Delgrosso’s Amusement Park on June 14; Week 3 (June 19-22), trip to Lake Tobias on June 21; Week 4 (June 26-29) trip to Tilt Studio on June 28; Week 5 (July 10-13) trip to Lewisburg Park and Pool on July 12; Week 6 (July 17-20), trip to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders baseball game on July 19; Week 7 (July 24-27), trip to Sunbury Pool on July 26.

Employers to Meet With Students, Alumni

EmployersIn search of students and alumni in a variety of academic majors, two employers will visit campus next week. Recruiters from First Quality Enterprises Inc. will be in Room E140 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and representatives of Horst Construction will be in Room B2044 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. For details, consult the Career Services flier: Employers on Campus

WDCE Courses Designed to Improve Supervisors’ Performance

Two components of Front-Line Supervisor leadership training will be offered this spring through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Each course runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on two successive Wednesdays in Room 312 of the college’s Klump Academic Center.

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Penn College Shotokan Karate Club Hosts East Coast Camp

In formation behind Penn College coach George T. Vance Jr., martial artists prepare for a belt-promotion event last fall.

Multiple training sessions and a tournament were included as the Penn College Shotokan Karate Club hosted the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union camp this past weekend. The two-day camp featured Sensei Robin Reilly, an internationally known karateka and author of four books on karate training. He is a member of the Shihankai for the International Shotokan Karate Federation, the upper echelon of technical expertise. Representing Penn College at the camp were John B. Preine, Kody R. Dibble, Jason S. Murphy, Destiny R. Barto and Timothy L. Pegg. The kata (forms) team of Preine, Dibble and Barto placed third; Preine also placed second in purple belt kumite (sparring). Next up is the East Coast Championships in April, hosted by Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, and the club will host a belt-promotion event the third week in April.

Educator Opens Door to Genuine Dialogue Between Disparate Voices

The keynote speaker engages the PDC crowd.

The multimedia program incorporates other people's insights as a tool for self-reflection, such as video of Charles Rangel, who left office last month after more than 45 years as a congressman from New York.

Pens and paper are available throughout the Mountain Laurel Room, as participants are encouraged to record their emotions during the evening's talk.

Penn College’s observance of Black History Month continued this past week with a campus appearance by Valencia D. Clay, a middle school humanities teacher and author of “Soundless Cries Don’t Lead to Healing: A Critical Guide to Cultural Consciousness.” Her interactive presentation, held Thursday in the Thompson Professional Development Center and followed by a book-signing, challenged audience members to candidly assess how their unique experiences have shaped their perceptions of others. Other commemorative events included a showing of the Oscar-nominated documentary, “13th;” themed Quizzo competition and a Madigan Library table display. On tap for this week is the annual Soul Food Dinner from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Capitol Eatery, which will include a cooking demonstration, slam poetry, a dance competition and trivia.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Movie-Themed ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’ Saturday in PDC

Murder Mystery Dinner set for Saturday

The Penn College community is invited to join the Student Activities Office for “Lights! Camera! Murder!” a Hollywood whodunit to be held Saturday night in the Thompson Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room. While socializing and schmoozing, careers will be made, secrets will be revealed, scandals will be broken … and a homicide will happen. With a V.I.P. victim and the attendees suspect, you will be called upon to find the criminal by cracking this red-carpet caper. Will it be an aspiring actress, tired of living in the shadows? Or possibly a livid lover who has been pushed too far? As the night unfolds, so will a web of lies and scandals intricately woven to point to a killer. It is up to you to uncover the clues or the culprit will remain concealed. Come walk the red carpet for a night of secrets, celebrities and scandal! Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the show begins at 6:30. Tickets are $15.75 for students (flex, declining balance or credit card accepted) and $20 for employees (credit card). Registration is required by noon Friday and is limited to 112 people.  For more information, contact Student Activities by email or by calling 570-327-4763. The School of Business & Hospitality’s menu for the evening follows: “Murder Mystery Dinner” Menu

Season of Change Arrives for Penn College Athletes

As the weather shows signs of change, so do the seasons at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams wrapped things up last week, wrestlers conclude their season this Saturday in a national tournament and, on the same day, the college’s baseball and archery teams are scheduled to step into action for the first time.

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Spilling the Beans on Chocolate’s Trek From Cacao to Kitchen

Laura Tornichio-Vidal, northeast territory sales manager for Guittard Chocolate Co., makes a return trip to Penn College to conduct an educational chocolate tasting.

Jahyah J. Barbour, a culinary arts technology student from Chambersburg, and Ashley R. Potrzebowski, a culinary arts technology student from Williamsport, show the star of the afternoon’s presentation …

… a tray of chocolates with such varieties as criollo, trinitario and forester.

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, helps to guide the tasting.

Katlyn J. Hackling, who is pursuing degrees in both culinary arts and systems and baking and pastry arts, initiates the first step in chocolate tasting by evaluating its color tone.

The Guittard Chocolate Co.’s Laura Tornichio-Vidal visited the college’s hospitality department on Friday, offering a lesson in chocolate production and tasting. During the hourlong presentation, Tornichio-Vidal – who is the northeast territory sales manager for Guittard – walked students through the complex journey of a cacao bean, from its pollination on a cacao tree by the tiny midge fly, to the care taken by farmers as they harvest, ferment and then sun-dry the beans before delivering them to port, often by mule or handcart. Each harvest is small, grown on farms of 10 acres or less, Tornichio-Vidal explained. She also guided the students through the technique of chocolate tasting – an evaluation that will help them determine what chocolate to employ in various uses. She advised the students to first consider a chocolate’s color, then its “snap” when broken or bitten into, then its aroma, and finally its taste. The students tasted chocolates from Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia and Madagascar. Guittard donates all of the chocolate used in Penn College’s hospitality majors.

Campus Science Festival Entertains as It Inspires

Prospective members of Penn College's Class of 202? enjoy an educational day out of the classroom and onto an engaging campus.

More than 1,500 fifth-graders from nearly a dozen local and area school districts participated in Thursday’s sixth annual Science Festival at Penn College, gaining hands-on insight into a host of related careers. The youngsters were treated to a variety of captivating campus demonstrations during the day, and families were invited to a Field House full of attractions during the three-hour evening session.

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Company Establishes Plastics Scholarship at Penn College

Penn College plastics students work in an extrusion lab under the direction of Gary E. McQuay, center, engineering manager for the Plastics Innovation Resource Center at the college. Sekisui SPI, part of Sekisui Chemical Co., is establishing a scholarship for first-year plastics students at Penn College.

A leading global thermoplastics company will reward students’ interest in plastics by establishing two $7,000 scholarships at Pennsylvania College of Technology for Fall 2017.

Preference for the Sekisui SPI Workforce Development Scholarship will be given to first-year students seeking a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology, who reside in Pennsylvania or Michigan and rank in the top third of their high school graduating class.

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High School Girls Encouraged to Explore Careers in Construction

Construction management major Lauren S. Herr, of Lititz, is among the organizers and mentors for Penn College’s March 20 “Framing Your Future” event for high school girls.

High school girls who want to explore opportunities in the construction industry are invited to a “Framing Your Future” event on Monday, March 20, hosted by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Construction & Design Technologies.

The day – open to young women in grades nine through 12 – will kick off at 9 a.m. in Penn’s Inn, on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center.

Female students will acquaint participants with the construction-related majors available at Penn College, followed by an Etiquette Luncheon, at which industry mentors will introduce each table of girls to networking and proper dining in a business atmosphere. The afternoon will conclude with a panel of women representing current students, alumnae and industry, followed by a virtual field trip to a construction site before the day wraps up at 3 p.m.

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Adjunct, Alumna Honored with National Cancer Service Award

June Kilgus Zimmerman (second from right) receives the American Cancer Society's Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award in Atlanta last month.

A longtime adjunct faculty member and college alumna was recently honored with a national American Cancer Society award for her work with cancer patients and their families.

June Kilgus Zimmerman, an oncology social worker at UPMC Susquehanna’s Cancer Center, received the ACS Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award at a ceremony last month in Atlanta. The prestigious national honor recognizes leadership in serving the complex needs of cancer patients and their families.

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‘French Favorites’ Patisserie Sale Set for Feb. 22

"Liberté, égalité, fraternité" ... and patisserie

Berries and cream form the French tricolour.

Treats await at Feb. 22 sale.

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II’s Advanced Baking and Pastry Operations class will hold a “French Favorites” sale from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Student managers are baking and pastry arts majors Merissa N. Aucker, of Middleburg; Natascha G. Santaella, of Puerto Rico; Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie; Katie M. Weakland, of Pennsylvania Furnace; and Adelyn A. Zimmerman, of Orwigsburg. More details, including a product list, follow: French Favorites

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