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Longtime Industry Partner Entrusts Welding Equipment to College

Representatives from Penn College’s welding department and Miller Electric Manufacturing Co. mark the company’s equipment loan to the program. From left are Matt W. Nolan, welding instructor; Michael C. Schelb, welding lecturer; Rick Conrad, field application engineer at Miller; Rick Scharenbroch, industrial district manager at Miller; and Timothy S. Turnbach, welding instructor.

A leading welding company is augmenting its strong relationship with Pennsylvania College of Technology by entrusting nearly $250,000 worth of equipment to the school.

Miller Electric Manufacturing Co. made the two-year equipment loan to benefit approximately 350 welding students at the college. Students seeking a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, an associate degree in welding technology, or a certificate in welding will use the entrusted arc welding equipment.

“We greatly appreciate Miller Electric’s generosity and commitment to welding’s future,” said David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “Their continued support of our current students, not to mention many of our graduates, is a testament to the quality of our welding department at Penn College.”

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Last updated January 19, 2017 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement, Welding | One Comment

‘Dream Week’ Keynoter Brings Message of Unity to Campus

Washington conducts a professional-development session in Penn's Inn, challenging those in higher education to engage one another in building community.

At the consultant's direction, participants rise to shake hands with someone they didn't know well ...

... an exercise that was repeated that evening in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Washington also urged attendees to sit with an erstwhile stranger for the remainder of the program, busting through comfort zones into an area of mutual acceptance.

Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement, introduces Washington ...

... who closed out the Martin Luther King-related celebration with inspiring words.

In a pair of events that were both interactive and inclusive, a Baltimore-based consultant helped round out Penn College’s observance of Dream Week on Thursday. Jamie Washington facilitated an afternoon session for employees and students – “Leadership and Diversity in the 21st Century” –and returned to campus that evening for a public lecture, “The Content of Our Character: Doing the Work to Live Out the Dream of Inclusion.” The evening appearance by the speaker, founder and president of the Washington Consulting Group, was featured in a front-page article in Friday’s editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Gallery Exhibit Suffused With Cross-Cultural Insight

The exhibit’s title is featured on The Gallery’s glass entryway.

Students and community visitors explore Nazari’s abstract works.

The artist shares personal and professional inspirations.

Capturing a memory of “Transformation"

“Inside Out,” an installation of acrylic on wood panels, sets the stage for the artist’s talk.

An engaged and attentive audience gathered in The Gallery at Penn College on Thursday evening for a Meet the Artist reception featuring Zahra Nazari and her exhibit “Transformation.” Nazari shared stories of her childhood growing up in Iran and her explorations as an artist living in America. Based in Manhattan, Nazari’s creative work is flourishing via numerous awards, grants and fellowships. A fan of architecture, she draws inspiration for her paintings from New York City’s modern designs and blends those sensibilities with the ancient structures of her homeland. Cultural change, shifting environments and the energy inherent in cities fold into her abstract pieces. “Transformation” is on display through March 2 and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 2-7  p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; and 1-4 p.m. Sundays (closed Mondays and Saturdays).

Marine Corps to Meet With Students, Alumni

U.S. Marine Corps

Recruiting among students and alumni in all of Penn College’s four-year majors, the Marine Corps Officer Program will visit campus Tuesday. Representatives will be in the Hager Lifelong Education Center lobby (near the Penn Central dining unit) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For details, consult the Career Services flier: Marine Officer Program

Series Acclimates Transfer Students to Penn College

Jennifer I. Watson, coordinator of transfer initiatives, engages her audience at Tuesday's session.

Students gather in the Thompson Professional Development Center along with presenters (from left at rear) Sal Vitko and Allison A. Bressler, assistant directors of student activities, and Watson.

Tabletop questions offer a steppingstone to participation.

Paul R. Watson II, dean of academic services and college transitions, offers a word to the "whys" of policies and procedures.

Newly enrolled transfer students benefited this week from the first session in the “Transfer Transitions: Staying Connected” program being held this semester. When students transfer to Penn College with more than 15 credits, they are exempt from First Year Experience classes and miss out on valuable information about specific institutional processes. The series helps transfer students to network with one another, and to connect with campus resources and personnel to aid their success. Topics during the 90-minute presentation were campus involvement, Penn College procedures and policies (such as fairness and academic dishonesty), midterm grades and reports, scheduling and advising weeks, and career options and networking. Other sessions are scheduled for March 16 and April 18.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Waste Management Gift Benefits Innovative Educational Programs

Brian Fuhrman, public sector solutions major account manager for Waste Management, presents a check to Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations for Pennsylvania College of Technology. The $8,500 gift will support the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and SMART Girls summer camp. Both are for high school students.

Waste Management recently provided $8,500 to Pennsylvania College of Technology to help support two innovative programs that serve high school students throughout Pennsylvania.

The gift will be used for the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and SMART Girls summer camp.

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‘Transformation’ Opens New Year at Penn College Gallery

Zahra Nazari’s "The World Is Beautiful Before It Is True,” acrylic on canvas, 48 x 84 inches

An inspired blend of ancient Iranian culture and modern Manhattan architecture, “Transformation” opens 2017 in The Gallery at Penn College. Running from Jan. 12 through March 2, the exhibit showcases works by Zahra Nazari, a native of Iran who resides and works in New York City.

A Meet the Artist Reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, featuring an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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Helping Hands (and Feet) Add Meaning to King Tribute

Phi Mu Delta President Paul M. Lasell, of Williamsport, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major

Unselfish in their community commitment and undeterred by winter’s chill, about 225 people participated in Monday’s 10th annual Peace Walk to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King. Members of the Penn College community (with notable contributions from fraternity members and Wildcat student-athletes) were among those gathering at Lycoming College’s Lamade Gymnasium for the kickoff event, and more than 150 walkers – honoring the theme of a day ON rather than a holiday off – stuck around to perform service projects on behalf of 15 local nonprofits (West End Christian Community Center, Saving Grace Shelter, American Rescue Workers, Sojourner Truth Ministries, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Footprints of Montgomery, New Love Center Food Pantry, Family Promise of Lycoming County, West House, Center City Food Bank, Firetree Place, Transitional Living Center and the Salvation Army in Williamsport, Muncy and Lock Haven). The two colleges were co-organizers, along with STEP Inc. AmeriCorps and the Beloved Community Council.

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‘Dream Week’ Guest to Facilitate Discussion, Deliver Keynote Address

Jamie Washington

The president and founder of a multicultural organizational development firm, a self-described “instrument of change,” will be the keynote speaker as Pennsylvania College of Technology continues its Dream Week reflections on the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr.

“The Content of Our Character: Doing the Work to Live Out the Dream of Inclusion” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday by Jamie Washington, whose Baltimore-based Washington Consulting Group has been named one of the Top 10 Global Diversity Consultants in the world. The presentation, free and open to the public, will be in Penn College’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

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Penn College Athletes Give Back to Community

Being an athlete at Pennsylvania College of Technology means more than hitting a ball or scoring a goal: It means giving back to the community and, during the Fall 2016 semester, Wildcats completed 1,648 community service hours.

Wildcat athletes volunteered at 10 events, on campus and in the Williamsport community, and helped raise $1,575 for various charitable organizations. Organized by the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, all athletic programs participated in at least one event including walks to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and sexual assault, marathons supporting the Salvation Army, cleaning up the Susquehanna River Walk and Logue Park, helping incoming students move in, volunteering at Firetree Place, hosting a youth soccer clinic, and participating in No-Shave November.

Last year, the department reached slightly more than 3,000 community service hours and is on pace to surpass that total by the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

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Alumna Establishes Scholarship for Hospitality Students

An alumna and longtime adviser of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality department has established a scholarship to benefit students pursuing careers in the same field.

The Diane L. Dorner Scholarship will benefit first- and second-year students in several of Penn College’s hospitality-related majors: culinary arts and systems, culinary arts technology, hospitality management, and business administration: sport and event management concentration.

Dorner graduated from Williamsport Area Community College, Penn College’s immediate predecessor, in 1979 with an associate degree in food and hospitality management. She is district manager for Carrols LLC, a Burger King franchisee that operates more than 700 restaurants in 16 states.

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Penn College Names Associate VP for Human Resources

Hillary E. Hofstrom

Pennsylvania College of Technology has named Hillary E. Hofstrom associate vice president for human resources and expanded the responsibilities of two other longtime administrators in the Human Resources Office.

Hofstrom, who had been director of employee relations and compliance, will oversee all activities within Human Resources. She will report to Suzanne T. Stopper, vice president for finance/CFO, and Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. She will also serve on President’s Council.

LaDonna J. Caldwell remains director of compensation and benefits but takes on new responsibilities within Human Resources. She will be responsible for administering the college’s wage and salary programs, supervising the employee benefits program, administering the job/position analysis process, partnering with Financial Operations on the salary increment process, reviewing and authorizing all college personnel actions for payroll, and supporting professional development and the onboarding process.

Molly J. Steele-Schrimp, who had been compensation and benefits specialist, becomes manager of employment. She will conduct new-employee orientations and exit interviews, serve as the initial contact for college employee benefit problems and information, process new and updated salary-system calculations, manage the employee leave of absence process, partner in the administration of worker’s compensation, and assure compliance with state Department of Transportation regulations related to employees using CDL licenses. She will also serve as the college’s deputy coordinator and lead investigator of Title VII, Title IX and Section 504/ADA for employment.

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Penn College Plastics Student Awarded Scholarship

Logan A. Tate

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student is one of seven nationwide recipients of a scholarship from the Plastics Pioneers Association.

The nonprofit, membership organization awarded a $3,000 scholarship to Logan A. Tate, of Williamsport, for his commitment to becoming a hands-on professional in the plastics industry as a technician or engineer.

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‘The World Is Waiting. Are You Ready?’

Johnathan T. Capps, an applied technology studies major from North Wales, poses that vital question during the second in a planned series of 30-second branding spots newly posted to the Penn College’s YouTube channel. Thanks to degrees that work, Penn College students are empowered to be tomorrow’s dreamers, pioneers and leaders. Along with the college’s first branding-campaign commercial – which featured welding and fabrication engineering technology major Stephanie M. Puckly asking, “What if you could change the world?” – the spots air on various broadcast and cable outlets in Pennsylvania and online.

Homeowners Invited to Undergo Student-Led Energy Audits

auditStudents in the Renewable Energy Technologies course are looking for homes in which to perform energy audits, identify energy-saving measures and recommend renewable systems. To qualify, a home must be a freestanding single-family dwelling. Students will come to the house and evaluate it as part of their course requirements. They will produce a report that will document how airtight the home is and where it leaks air, recommend ways in which energy use and comfort can be improved, and show how renewable energy (photovoltaic and solar thermal systems) can be integrated. Those interested in volunteering their homes are asked to email Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architectural technology, and include an address, phone number and email. What secrets does your house keep?  The students will find out using a blower door test and infrared thermal imaging. The images above show the corner/ceiling of a client’s bedroom: on the left is what it actually looks like; on the right is a thermal image.  The images were taken on a cold winter day, so the interior of the house was warm (yellow colors in second image) and the places where there is missing or compromised insulation in the ceiling and air infiltration on walls are cold (which shows as blue in the right-hand photo). “My husband, Jeff, and I were pleased to have our home chosen by a team of two students for the energy audit,” said Kimberly M. Antion, secretary to the School of  Construction & Design Technologies. “The students conducted themselves very professionally while in our home.  They explained what they were going to do and asked questions of my husband and me when necessary.  The blower-door test produced some startling results that Jeff and I are now in the process of remediating. We are both glad that we had this energy audit done on our home. It will not only save us energy dollars, but also contribute to reducing the carbon footprint.”

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