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No Escape From Heat … but No Shortage of Summer Fun, Either

S'mores bake in the July sun.

The abbreviated cooking time leaves scant opportunity for sand volleyball ...

... and a hastened call to the snack table!

Mother Nature turned up the temperature for the seventh and final week of Camp ESCAPE, Penn College’s summer getaway that has featured a mix of indoor/outdoor fun along with field trips and other activities for the past two months. On Monday, with 90-degree readings and humidity to match, the youngsters made s’mores in foil-lined “ovens” crafted from pizza boxes. “We played a quick game of large sand volleyball while they cooked,” said Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation (who also provided the photos). “Which, needless to say, didn’t take too long!”

Blood Donors Encouraged to Ease Crucial Need

Blood drive to be held Sept. 7-8

Donors are crucial at the next Penn College visit of the American Red Cross blood program, set for noon-6 p.m. Sept. 7-8 in Penn’s Inn (Bush Campus Center, second floor). Members of the campus community are encouraged to join College Health Services and Red Cross in their lifesaving mission by making an online appointment. Blood is urgently needed to respond to patient emergencies – including accident and burn victims; heart surgery and organ transplant patients; and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. All presenting donors will receive Papa John’s pizza.

CAC Presents Season of ‘Lights, Laughter and Legends’

Community Arts Center announces 2016-17 season

Just when you thought the lineup at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport couldn’t get any better, the 2016-17 season is announced and thrills abound! As usual, there is something for everyone – from the very young to the young at heart – and it is all bigger, brighter, funnier and even more mesmerizing than ever.

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Senator Gets Firsthand Look at Manufacturing’s Strength

President Gilmour welcomes Sen. Casey to campus and remarks on the important role his father, then governor of Pennsylvania, played in the institution's past.

Casey checks out products created in the labs, including Penn College key-ring tags, with guidance from student Wilson R. Michael (at right).

Casey extends a warm greeting to student Noah L. Martin …

… who then shows the distinguished visitor the tensile tester in the polymer lab.

Shannon M. Munro discusses industry partnerships and national plastics seminars conducted by the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center as JoAnn M. Otto, PIRC assistant, looks on.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, featured in Penn College’s award-winning “Working Class” documentary, toured the main campus plastics labs during a visit to Lycoming County on Wednesday. The Democratic senator, whose father, former Gov. Robert P. Casey, signed the legislation that created the college in 1989, got a close-up affirmation of applied technology’s pre-eminence in the 21st-century workforce. Industry-standard equipment, strong job placement and impressive starting salaries are among the program’s hallmarks, and collaborative relationships through the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center allow students to resolve real-world challenges on up-to-the-minute machinery. Taking part in the tour of the injection molding and polymer testing labs were college President Davie Jane Gilmour; Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction; Shannon M. Munro, executive director of Workforce Development & Continuing Education; Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology; Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics technology; and Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. They were joined by plastics and polymer engineering technology students – and PIRC research assistants – Abdulaziz S. Alomani and Omar A. Aljallal, of Saudi Arabia; Noah M. Martin, of South Williamsport; Logan A. Tate, of Williamsport; and Wilson R. Michael, of Hughesville.

Keystone STARS Funding Supports Early Childhood Facility

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Robert & Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center received a Keystone STARS Merit Award and a Keystone STARS Education and Retention Award totaling $37,452 for 2015-16.

Funds from the grants are used for equipment and supplies, professional development for Children’s Learning Center staff, and the center’s accreditation costs.

The center used grant funds to purchase teaching materials and furnishings, including a sensory table, dramatic play props, and equipment to help develop motor skills, as well as materials for cognition, social studies, math, science, literacy, nutrition and music.

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Helping New Students Blossom With Confidence

Links bloom where they're planted!

Penn College’s busy student Links, crucial liaisons in the orientation process, are wrapping up their traditional (and transitional) summer duties as another academic year draws ever closer. The students have completed a half-dozen two-day Connections sessions and, this week, are holding single-day programs for adult learners and transfer students. Their duties will resume before and during next month’s Welcome Weekend, with additional responsibilities in the fall semester before concluding with an abbreviated Connections assignment for Spring 2017.

Lumber-Kiln Project Gets $1,000 Boost From Industry Group

Paul Lyskava (left), executive director of the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association, presents a $1,000 donation to Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology at Penn College, and Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations.

A $1,000 grant toward the purchase of a new lumber-drying kiln chamber for forestry students at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been provided by the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association.

The kiln will enhance the industry-standard curriculum for students in Penn College’s two-year forest technology major.

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Practical Nursing Information Session to Be Held in Wellsboro

Excellent career opportunities for licensed practical nurses exist in area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, personal-care facilities and human-service organizations.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Outreach Practical Nursing Program, located in the Wellsboro Area School District offices, will host an information session for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, in the former music room at the school district’s administration building.

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Girls Have Fun With Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Technology

A participant in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SMART Girls summer camp paints the building that will house her team’s “She Rocks: From Print to Air,” one of 10 new businesses established for the town of “Dreamville.” The three-girl team developed a business plan for the town’s media center (including radio and television stations and a recording studio), designed and printed a building, and produced 3-D printed headphones.

A recent summer camp at Pennsylvania College of Technology saw high school girls dreaming up their own businesses while learning the science behind digital fabrication.

Thirty-five teens recently attended SMART Girls at Penn College. The camp – which stands for Science and Math in Real-world Technologies – was supported in part by a $12,650 grant from the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp.

During the five-day camp, the girls formed 10 teams, each of which was assigned a type of business to fulfill the needs of “Dreamville, USA,” residents. Businesses ranged from tech companies to a health care provider, and from an arts boutique to television and radio stations.

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Students Earn Industry Certification

For the second consecutive year, more than 50 Pennsylvania College of Technology students proved their computer-aided design prowess by passing a prominent industry certification test.

The students successfully completed the Certified SolidWorks Associate exam. SolidWorks is a 3-D modeling, computer-aided software program employed by more than 3 million product designers and engineers worldwide. It is one of several 3-D modeling software applications used by students enrolled in Penn College’s engineering design technology and industrial design bachelor-degree majors and the engineering CAD technology associate degree.

“We are so proud of the students,” said Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor and department head of engineering design technology. “Their performance on the exam reflects not only their hard work in the classroom, but their sincere dedication to the field. The certification will certainly help them stand out in the job market upon graduation.”

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Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of Attack in Louisiana

Flags at half-staff

By White House proclamation, American flags on campus are at half-staff in memory of the victims of Sunday’s attack in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The flags will remain lowered until sunset Friday. (Flags were already at half-staff to mourn the victims of last week’s terrorist attack in Nice, France; that order expired Tuesday.)

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

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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Vintage Packard Donated to College’s Auto Restoration Program

Eleanor Packard stands by the 1947 Packard Custom Super Clipper that has been donated to Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major.

A 1947 Packard Custom Super Clipper has been entrusted to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s automotive restoration program by Eleanor Packard, whose late husband – while no relation to the manufacturer – had a longtime connection to the classic American luxury car.

John Neal Packard, of Fallston, Maryland, was a retired engineering executive whose near-lifelong enthusiasm for Packards began at age 10. He organized car shows, borrowed a Packard limousine to chauffeur all three of his daughters on their wedding days, and – after he died in January 2006 – was transported to the cemetery in a Packard hearse, followed by a procession of other Packard owners in their iconic vehicles.

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Receptive Gallery Crowd Greets City Native’s Return

Michelle Ramin hugs a friend near the title wall for her exhibition.

Life imitates art imitating life: A family takes a selfie with "Mona Lisa, IRL," which shows museum visitors taking cellphone photos of the da Vinci masterpiece.

A large crowd turns out for the inaugural exhibit of a new academic year.

The artist talks with gallery patrons.

Visitors replicate cellphone activity in a displayed piece.

The Gallery at Penn College hosted a homecoming for a Williamsport native-turned-San Francisco artist Thursday evening. Michelle Ramin and her artwork drew a large crowd of the artist’s family, friends and fans – as well as other gallery-goers – for the opening of “The Sky’s (Not) The Limit,” a collection of oil paintings, watercolors and colored-pencil pieces. During her gallery talk, Ramin led her guests on a literal and artistic tour of her works from early pencil pieces that could take up to six months to create to her more recent oil paintings, a medium she said affords more brisk movement across the canvas. The artist discussed how her creations often reveal hidden metaphors with masks, from literal balaclavas to cellphone screens that give users a barrier from reality and interactions with others. The show, the first exhibit of the 2016-17 academic year, runs through Aug. 14. The gallery’s summer hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed Saturdays and Mondays.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Student Artists Piece Together Another Mealtime Mosaic

Delicious artwork is served!

A mosaic overflowing with healthy options

Within each piece, the artists’ names can be found.

A scoop of summertime

Brianna M. Young, a Residence Life summer conference assistant, stops by Dauphin (with a Popsicle in hand) to check out the new works of art. Young is a senior in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration hailing from Fayetteville, N.C.

A hungry handful of awesome art has been served up by campus artists at the Capitol Eatery in Dauphin Hall. Six mosaic pieces – a spoon, fork, knife, plate of pancakes, ice cream cone and bowl of fruit – now grace a corner of the cafeteria. The artistic effort was led by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, and showcases the talents of 11 students enrolled in the Art of the Mosaic course during the Spring 2016 semester. The student artists are: Shakira E. Alleyne, of Brooklyn, New York, enrolled in individual studies; Kaitlyn L. Andersen, Mastic, New York, nursing; Delaney W. Blubaugh, Waynesboro, technology management; Rachel A. Eirmann, Bellefonte, individual studies; Leslie M. Medina, Kennett Square, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration; Morgan L. Royer, Spring Mills, graphic design; Haley J. Singer, Bellefonte, graphic design; Alayna C. Thomas, nursing, South Williamsport; Amanda M. Turner, Dover, graphic design; Henry M. Velez, Milford, residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; and Ryan S. Wilk, Coal Township, pre-nursing. Crissy L. McGinness, director of dining services, arranged for the artwork as she did for another creative cutlery project crafted by welding students and installed in the Keystone Dining Room in May.

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