The family of the late Ryan and Karen English recently delivered a check to Pennsylvania College of Technology to be added to a scholarship fund started in 2011 by Ryan in support of students in the electronics and computer engineering technology majors.
The Ryan and Karen English Marcellus Measurement Scholarship will provide perpetual annual awards. Ryan English established the fund after working with faculty and students in the academic program at the college.
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Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center hosted its annual Extrusion Seminar & Hands-On Workshop in June, attracting 45 participants from 29 companies in the United States and Canada.
The workshop, led by extrusion experts Chris Rauwendaal and Penn College plastics technology professor Kirk M. Cantor, included course topics presented in a classroom setting, as well as hands-on training using the college’s industry-standard equipment.
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Three prize winners and five honorable mentions were selected from among 24 area artists whose work was selected for the Lycoming County Juried Art Exhibition – titled “Art Alive!” – at The Gallery at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
The exhibition, which runs through June 28, features fine art in a variety of media and showcases the unique vision and emerging aesthetic ideas within Lycoming County.
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George E. Logue, left, being cited as an outstanding alumnus of Williamsport Area Community College by Clyde E. Williamson, chairman of the board of trustees.
George E. Logue Sr., joined by Peyton D. McDonald (left) and William D. Davis Sr. (right), was among the charter directors of the former Williamsport Area Community College Foundation honored upon the group’s 30th anniversary in June 2011.
With imminent gubernatorial approval to rename a Lycoming County bridge in memory of George E. Logue Sr., we pause to honor the visionary contributions of a distinguished alumnus. Logue died Oct. 30, 2012, after a wide-ranging entrepreneurial career – but not before sharing the rich story of his success. Recounting his early years as a youth influenced by Williamsport Technical Institute’s founding director through his innovative life’s work, Logue speaks proudly of his heritage, his legacy and his longtime connection to the institution.
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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.
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Repairs under way
Scaffolding frames the entrance to Penn College’s Bardo Gymnasium, off West Third Street, where work crews are enhancing structural integrity and pedestrian safety by securing loose bricks.
Lunchtime patrons craft a portable meal, adding ground beef, cheese and other “fixin’s” to their bags of chips during a fundraiser in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.
Incoming club President Tonya N. Krug, of Williamsport (center) and 2013-14 Vice President Kathryn M. Slivinski present a $235 check to a Relay for Life representative. Both are enrolled in Penn College’s applied health studies: radiography concentration major.
Penn College’s Medical Imaging Club recently presented Williamsport Relay for Life with $235, proceeds from a “walking taco” sale held at the end of the spring semester. Representatives of the student organization delivered their fundraising check during the May 17 “Relay” event, held at the Williamsport Area High School to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Photos provided by Karen L. Plankenhorn, clinical supervisor for radiography
David L. Evans, professor of biology, offered PCToday a Tuesday peek at nature’s fragile botanical beauty: a night-blooming cactus native to his Yuma County, Ariz., roots. It was a gift from the Evans’ daughter about a decade ago, and has produced single flowers a few times over the past several years. Pollinated in the wild largely by bats drawn to its intoxicating fragrance, the plant exploded with six blooms Monday night – blossoms that would wilt and fade with prolonged exposure to the morning sun streaming through Evans’ second-floor office in the Hager Lifelong Education Center. (Until next year, that is, when the cactus renews its short-lived cause for celebration.)
President Gilmour greets Canada’s entry during a campus cookout for the 2012 Little League Baseball World Series teams.
Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour’s groundbreaking appointment as chair of the Little League Baseball Inc. Board of Directors has attracted national attention, including online coverage through Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports. The story has also been distributed nationally by The Associated Press and will be published in newspapers across the country.
Friday’s 30th annual God, Country and Community Flag March – a rain-or-shine event in which the latter brightly prevailed – traveled from downtown Williamsport to the 1,800-square-foot “Stars and Stripes” that flies above Penn College’s main entrance. Waving, wearing and celebrating Old Glory, participants clapped along with patriotic music, saluted active-duty and veteran servicemen and women, listened to community leaders, and joined in a Flag Day recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance designated nationally for 7 p.m. sharp. Awards were presented in a number of categories by Anthony DiSalvo, who has organized the flag march throughout its three-decade history, and the crowd enjoyed ice cream sandwiches on a picture-perfect weekend evening.
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As they have for the past four years, horticulture faculty and staff from Penn College’s School of Natural Resources Management served as judges for state FFA Activities Week. This year’s gathering, held June 11-13 at The Pennsylvania State University’s main campus, attracted nearly 1,400 high school students and chaperones from throughout the state for agriculture-related contests, performances and other activities. Carl J. Bower Jr., instructor, and Dennis P. Skinner, assistant professor, judged the Public Speaking-Conservation category of Career Development Events, while laboratory assistant Justin Shelinski judged Floriculture entries. Bower also judged the Nursery & Landscape CDE, for which he serves as co-chair.
Walter V. Gower, assistant professor of aviation, outlines the fleet of aircraft available for student instruction.
Classified employee Shawnalee E. Miller at the controls
Aviation instructor Michael R. Robison leads a tour group outside the hangar.
Penn College Police Officer/Investigator Jen J. Bowers (right), with Ellen K. Cero, secretary to the director of college health services, demonstrates techniques for fending off an attacker
Classified staff from Penn College traveled to Montoursville for a full slate of professional-development activities on Thursday, blending practical information with a peek at the Lumley Aviation Center not often available to campus-bound employees. Aviation faculty provided a tour of the center (including the retired Boeing 727 donated by FedEx), and the staff members learned tips for “Surviving and Succeeding at Difficult Conversations” and engaged in S.A.F.E. – Self-Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange – with a representative of law enforcement. In an extension of the college’s commitment to lifelong learning, full-time employees are required to participate in eight hours of professional development each fiscal year to enrich themselves, their offices/departments, and the institution and its students.
Photos by Shawnalee E. Miller, Career Services secretary, and Jaimee L. Kopp, General Services secretary
Participants at the 2013 Wildcat Comic Con will have the opportunity to bring their own superheroes or supervillains to life – and try to perfect those Halloween costumes a month early – during a Sept. 28 contest on Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus in Williamsport.
The one-day Wildcat Comic Con has been refined from last year’s event, and the cosplay (or costume play) competition is no exception.
“First, we will have separate categories for adults and kids; both categories have prize winners,” said Tracey Amey, director of Penn College’s Madigan Library. “Second, our voting this year is ‘hallway-style,’ meaning our Comic Con attendees will be the judges. Each receives a ticket to vote for his or her favorite adult and child costume. Our attendees get to have as much fun as our entrants!”
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Iconic entranceway sentinel
The community flag inspires many young artists to create replicas, including this paper mosaic, crafted by Georgia Randall, a child enrolled at Little Treasures Preschool in South Williamsport.
Appearing in the Spring 2013 issue of One College Avenue magazine: Although it stands at Penn College’s main entrance, the iconic 1,800-square-foot American flag is owned by the community. And it has supporters of all ages.
The iconic black and yellow of CAT equipment lends familiarity to instructor training.
Caterpillar’s Dan Johnson works with several secondary instructors at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood.
Workshop attendee Kevin Grove, a diesel mechanics instructor at Franklin County Career and Technology Center
Cleveland Brothers is in the midst of a workshop for secondary and postsecondary diesel instructors, providing them an opportunity to learn about the latest developments with Caterpillar equipment. During training that ends Friday at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center, the instructors are exploring topics such as Tier 4 emissions interim, troubleshooting and failure analysis, as well as gaining insight into how those technologies can be incorporated into their classrooms. “I appreciate the investment that Cleveland Brothers is providing for us at the grass-roots level of education,” said Jack Neidig, a SUN Vo-Tech instructor (who also teaches a Penn College NOW dual-enrollment course at his school). “It is important that those of us teaching in the technical fields have access to upgraded training.” Dan Johnson, a trainer for Caterpillar, said, “We enjoy the opportunity to provide instruction on the latest and greatest that Caterpillar has to offer. We want them to take this back into their classrooms and enlighten the students on the constantly changing standards within industry.” Twenty instructors participated in the weeklong event, with Penn College diesel equipment technology faculty joining high school teachers from throughout the state.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, coordinator of matriculation and retention, School of Natural Resources Management