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Penn College Summer Commencement to Be Held Aug. 9
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A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, for the nearly 270 students who have petitioned to graduate following the summer sessions at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

The student speaker is Kaitlin M. Savidge, of Northumberland, who will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in emergency medical services. Prior to commencement, Savidge will receive the Susquehanna Health Program Award for Paramedic, the Dennis R. Dougherty Award for Paramedic and the Paramedic Director’s Award.

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From Screen to Stage, CAC Announces 2014-15 Season

Community Arts Center announces 2014-15 season

Soaring off the screen and onto the Community Arts Center stage, the 2014-15 season will bring many of the freshest, funniest and most beloved small-screen personalities and shows to your favorite area theater this season, such as Voiceplay (Oct. 17), Mythbusters (Nov. 21), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Dec. 3), Sid the Science Kid (Feb. 3), Sister Act (Feb. 19) and many others.

There will also be plenty to get up and sing about as legendary rockers Kansas (Oct.11), The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks (Dec. 1), Creedence Clearwater Revisited (Feb. 28), and Three Dog Night (March 27) light up the CAC stage. An entertainment force from the South Pacific, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra (Jan. 8) will delight crowds of all ages as they reinterpret hit songs.

From the first show of the season, “Last Comic Standing” Sept. 30, until the end of the season, “Wild Kratts Live” on May 1, the CAC’s schedule is packed with entertainment featuring cutting-edge comedy, family-friendly shows, bold experiments, culinary craftsmen, expert magicians, music legends and pretty much anything else you could ask for. As always, there are plenty of shows with discounted student tickets.

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College Awarded $1,000 Grant for Students’ Sexual-Health Awareness

A $1,000 grant has been awarded to Pennsylvania College of Technology to enhance students’ sexual-health awareness during the 2014-15 academic year.

As one of 20 institutions to receive funding from the Female Health Co., Penn College will use the money for an information campaign about the company’s FC2 female condom, including supplies and educational materials.

The money will also fund Sex-Ed Boot Camp on Wednesday, Aug. 27, an annual event that promotes safe and respectful relationships through discussion of intimacy, health, contraception and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

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‘Pack the Park’ Fans Celebrate College Centennial With Ninth-Inning Heroics
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Enjoying family time at the ballpark are Tammy M. Rich, director of alumni relations, and daughter Ashley.

Before a “Pack the Park” audience of 1,914 – appropriate attendance for a Penn College Centennial event – the Williamsport Crosscutters delivered a walk-off 6-5 win over the Batavia Muckdogs on Tuesday night. Fans arriving at Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field were greeted by college employees at several display tables, and those wearing Penn College, Williamsport Area Community College or Williamsport Technical Institute clothing were eligible to win a variety of raffle prizes. Alumnus Nicholas D. Biddle (’07, graphic design) sang the National Anthem and Allen “Sonny” Yearick (’46, machining), the first Little League alumnus to play professional baseball, threw out the first pitch.

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Couple Return to ACC, Where Six-Decade Love Connection Was Born

Jim and Betty Stephenson revisit a campus landmark ...

Jim and Betty Stephenson revisit a campus landmark …

... and the stage where they met 62 years ago.

… and the stage where they met 62 years ago.

Klump Academic Center regularly hosts Penn College’s summer Connections program, acquainting incoming students and their families with the exhilaration and expectations of campus life. Coinciding with an orientation session earlier this month, the college had two additional VIPs: a New Castle couple who met in the building’s auditorium as high school students in February 1952. Jim and Betty Stephenson had been selected as violinists in that year’s All-State Orchestra Festival, hosted at what was then Williamsport High School. The course of true love being what it is,  they separated … then reconnected … then embarked on a postal courtship that led to marriage in 1958. During a break in the July 15 Connections session, the Stephensons asked Anthony J. Pace, assistant director of student activities for student organizations and orientation, to photograph them in front of the building. “I bet you don’t know why we want you to take this picture, do you?” Jim Stephenson asked, before recounting their journey. Retired and traveling around Pennsylvania, Pace was told, the couple wanted to revisit Williamsport “and they weren’t sure if the building still existed or if they’d even be able to go inside.” Thanks to an obliging college employee, the Stephensons got their wish and PCToday readers get a reminder of life’s occasional happily-ever-after moments. “Their story was full of love, laughter and an obvious excitement to be visiting the place that had brought them together so many years ago,” Pace said.

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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HACC Counselors Discuss Transfer Options During Campus Visit

Visitors from Harrisburg Area Community College get together with their Penn College counterparts outside the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Visitors from Harrisburg Area Community College get together with their Penn College counterparts outside the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, doubles as laboratory tour guide.

Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, doubles as laboratory tour guide.

Six transfer counselors from Harrisburg Area Community College traveled to Penn College this week to learn more about the transfer process. During their stay, the counselors reviewed current and potential articulation agreements, and, with their academic program peers, discussed advisement from two-year degrees into Penn College’s four-year programs. The counselors also had the opportunity to tour academic labs, hear about services offered to international students and study-abroad opportunities, visit Madigan Library, and enjoy lunch and conversation at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. “This was a great opportunity to collaborate with Penn College faculty to create transfer paths for our students,” said Gina Bowers-Miller, a counselor and faculty member in HACC’s Computer Information Security program.  “The exchange provided the opportunity for us to forge meaningful connections with our counterparts at Harrisburg Area Community College and between our shared program areas,”  said Clifford P. Coppersmith, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications at Penn College. “We look forward to following up with visits by HACC students to our programs in the fall to further their knowledge of these continuing educational opportunities in paralegal studies and emergency management.” HACC is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, so, in the spirit of institutional celebrations, enjoyed Penn College’s Centennial additions around campus, including the mosaic and the History Trail. The visit was coordinated by the Office of Transfer Initiatives, charged with fostering stronger relationships with community college partners.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, director of transfer initiatives  

Camp ESCAPE Welcomes Return of Gorgeous Weather

Prepping for sun-baked goodness

Prepping for sun-baked goodness

Tennis courts beckon under blue skies.

Tennis courts beckon under blue skies.

Solitude in the shade

Solitude in the shade

Nothing but net

Nothing but net

Wednesday was just too nice for planned indoor activities, so Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE ignored the agenda and ventured outside for lunch (and beyond). After days of high humidity and frequent rainstorms, campers took advantage of pleasant weather to play tennis, basketball, sand volleyball and Capture the Flag. And at the end of all that exercise, a reward: s’mores in their own solar-powered pizza ovens. The youngsters were allowed to play games, try a new sport, read a book (or an iPad) or simply sit in a group and talk … provided they stay outdoors and meet the goal of enjoying a beautiful day!
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation

Retired Into Educational Service, Former FedEx Plane Gets ‘Airtime’ on WNEP

Sullivan's son, Alex B., a lab assistant for the graphic-design project, uses a heat gun to smooth out a vinyl panel.

Sullivan’s son, Alex B., a lab assistant for the graphic-design project, uses a heat gun to smooth out a vinyl panel.

While work continues on the "degrees that work" tail section, Papa talks with Williamson about the rare benefit of having such an aircraft in the college's instructional fleet.

While work continues on the “degrees that work” tail section, Papa talks with Williamson about the rare benefit of having such an aircraft in the college’s instructional fleet.

The multimedia journalist captures "B-roll" footage of David E. Maurer, assistant lab coordinator, as he works on an overlay acknowledging the FedEx donation.

The multimedia journalist captures “B-roll” footage of David E. Maurer, assistant lab coordinator, as he works on an overlay acknowledging the FedEx donation.

Sullivan relays his pride in the student-assisted outcome of a logistically and climatologically challenging endeavor.

Sullivan relays his pride in the student-assisted outcome of a logistically and climatologically challenging endeavor.

As a donated Boeing 727 nears the end of a two-month makeover, Newswatch 16 reporter Kristina Papa visited Penn College’s Lumley Aviation Center on Wednesday to prepare a story about the monumental exterior work on the former FedEx transport plane. Taping her segment outside the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville, Papa interviewed Colin A. Williamson, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Kevin P. Sullivan, lab coordinator for programs in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, about both the “wrap” project and the long-term curricular applications for aviation students. The piece initially was broadcast at 5:30 p.m. on WNEP.

Voice Actor/Musician Joins Roster of ‘Wildcat Comic Con’ Talent

Eric Stuart

Eric Stuart, who has voiced characters for such hit shows as “Pokémon” and “Yu-Gi-Oh!” and toured with rock legends including Peter Frampton and Ringo Starr, will be among the industry luminaries at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Sept. 27 Wildcat Comic Con.

A frequent VIP at such events due to his high-profile resume, the Brooklyn, New York-born Stuart is nonetheless grounded and humbled by his success.

“For every ‘Pokémon’ I have worked on, there are 25 shows that never went anywhere,” he said. “To be a big part of pop culture is amazing. Hearing fans say, ‘You are the voice of my childhood’ means more to me than you know. When your show is known by 5-year-olds and grandparents alike, you know you’re doing something right.”

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Employer’s Former Office Site Gets Distinctive Campus Landmark

A commemorative heavy-construction blade is lifted off the truck ...

A commemorative heavy-construction blade is lifted off the truck …

... hoisted high above the ground ...

… hoisted high above the ground …

... and positioned as a singular historical marker.

… and positioned as a singular historical marker.

A substantial piece of construction equipment – and a noteworthy segment of neighborhood history – was installed Tuesday near the front of Penn College’s Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. The massive steel blade was lowered onto the former site of the Lycoming Construction Co., which occupied the property from 1943-80. The latter years of that period marked the company’s transition to Allison Crane & Rigging, which delivered the hefty keepsake and provides ongoing employment opportunities for current students and alumni alike. The blade was donated by Larry Allison Jr. in memory of his father, Larry Sr.; his grandfather, Herbert L.; and his great-grandfather, Herbert F., founder of the business. The equipment was provided by the George Logue family, and will be incorporated into the college’s award-winning History Trail with informational signage and attractive landscaping.

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 Appoints Director of Academic Services

Wendy A. Miller

Wendy A. Miller has been named director of academic services at Pennsylvania College of Technology, effective July 1.

Miller began her employment at Penn College in 2004. Most recently, she served as assistant registrar.

In her new position, she has responsibility for student academic issues, including oversight of academic-review processes, appeals and re-enrollment. Additionally, she oversees the Academic Affairs budget and collaborates with school deans to prioritize and coordinate the purchase of instructional equipment and upgrades to academic spaces.

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Two Named to Director Positions at Penn College

Two longtime employees have been appointed to director’s positions in the General Services department at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Effective July 1, Charley A. Kern was named director of facilities engineering; Don J. Luke became director of facilities operations. Both report directly to Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

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Educator/Archaeologist James P. Bressler Dies

James P. Bressler, by the eponymous Heritage Trail on Loyalsock Township's Canfield Island

James P. Bressler, by the eponymous Heritage Trail on Loyalsock Township’s Canfield Island

The funeral will be Saturday for James P. Bressler, whose 30-year contribution to Penn College’s predecessor institutions was matched by a reputation as the area’s pre-eminent archaeologist. A full obituary for Bressler, who died Tuesday, July 8, at the age of 99, is published in the July 14 editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Among the initial faculty members recruited by Williamsport Technical Institute President George H. Parkes in 1945, Bressler established an agricultural education program on farmland in Muncy Township and later taught English. He served as dean of applied arts when WTI became Williamsport Area Community College in 1965; he retired a decade later as director of vocational education, lending full-time attention – and his very name – to a number of local archaeological pursuits. Bressler’s rich legacy was featured in the Fall 2012 issue of One College Avenue magazine; he also was interviewed as part of the college’s Oral History Project. The service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Faith Alliance Church, 2405 Bottle Run Road, Williamsport, preceded by a half-hour visitation.

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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