The Writing on the Wall
A handcrafted addition to a hallway in Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies – espousing “honesty,” “integrity” and “respect” – shows off students’ skills while offering bywords for the campus community. From a seed planted with faculty last fall by Marc E. Bridgens, dean of the school, the idea grew into a spring project for Peter Kruppenbacher’s CCM 440 (Woodworking: Art, Craft and Design) classes. “We worked with Rob Wozniak in the architecture area to find a font that would work,” the assistant professor of building construction technology said, “and he printed out full-size templates for us to use as patterns.” Two sections of Kruppenbacher’s class worked on the letters off and on between other projects throughout the semester, helping to lay out, cut, prepare and install the letters on a wall near the carpentry labs in the Carl Building Technologies Center.
Last updated May 31, 2016 | Posted in Architectural Technology, Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Students | Leave a comment
Penn College Athletes Complete Year of Transition
With five first-year coaches at the helm, this marked a transition year for many Pennsylvania College of Technology athletes as the college completed its second of four years as a provisional member of NCAA Division III.
Last updated May 29, 2016 | Posted in General Information, Sports, Wildcat Weekly | Leave a comment
Ten First-Year Students Awarded President’s Scholarships
Ten students beginning their postsecondary education at Pennsylvania College of Technology this fall have each been awarded $3,000 annual President’s Scholarships.
High school seniors are invited to apply for a President’s Scholarship if they are enrolling as full-time Penn College students, have a class rank within the top 10 percent and meet established SAT requirements.
“You are a member of a very select group of new students who have demonstrated the ability to achieve a superior academic record, while simultaneously contributing generously of your time and talents in your high school and community in meaningful ways,” Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour said in notifying each of the recipients. “This scholarship program was designed to recognize extraordinarily talented individuals, like you, who appreciate that learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom. We know that the opportunities available to you at Penn College will enable you to continue to learn, grow and develop as a responsible member of society, and we are excited to welcome a student of your caliber.”
Last updated May 27, 2016 | Posted in Scholarships, Students | Leave a comment
Longtime Record of Service Typifies Penn College Employees
A number of employees at Pennsylvania College of Technology are reaching service milestones in 2015-16, including one attaining the 40-year mark. Penn College employees marking additional milestones of a quarter century or more include: 35 years, four; 30 years, 13; and 25 years, five.
“These dedicated employees are committed to ensuring Penn College remains true to its unique mission,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour. “We are grateful for their service to the institution.”
Last updated May 26, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff | One Comment
Student Redesigns Surgical Instrument
Penn College’s Elizabeth A. Snedeker is on her way to becoming a biomedical engineer. The industrial design major devoted her senior project to redesigning a common, yet troublesome surgical instrument used for partial-knee replacements. Her design has impressed a prominent orthopedic surgeon, as well as the maker of the current extractor tool. “It was astounding to know that I had this opportunity and maybe I could do something with it,” said Snedeker, who graduated May 14 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and human factors design. “Realistically, what I would like to do at the end of this is to have my design and have surgeons using my tool in order to make it more effective and efficient.”
Last updated May 26, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Industrial & Human Factors Design, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students | 2 Comments
Magical Creations Express Nature’s Fragility
An artist’s “lifelong love affair with water – our most precious resource” is seen in the fragile-looking forms flowing throughout The Gallery at Penn College’s exhibit, “Full Circle.” Tuesday night’s opening featured a talk by artist Margaret Smithers-Crump, who led visitors on a voyage through her life inspirations and artistic processes. Smithers-Crump grew up on an island in Lake Muskoka in Ontario, Canada, and now resides in Houston. Her “magical creations” utilizing Plexiglas are designed to imply “fragility” and stir awe, as well as ecological concern for and commitment to our natural environments. “Full Circle” runs through June 30. The gallery’s summer hours are 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. On Sundays. The gallery is closed on Saturdays and Mondays.
First and third photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
Last updated May 25, 2016 | Posted in Events, Gallery | Leave a comment
Penn College Provides Timely Workshop Topics to Health Care Pros
Suicide prevention training was a lead topic when the School of Health Sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted a continuing education workshop for health care professionals who serve as educators to the college’s students while they complete rotations at area health care facilities.
According to recent data, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the United States among 15- to 24-year-olds.
“Suicide has affected our communities, including Penn College, in a very disturbing way,” said Barbara J. Natell, director of the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and one of the coordinators for the workshop. “The problem is escalating to epidemic proportions. Anything we can do to heighten awareness and interventions – with prevention at its core – should be promoted.”
Last updated May 23, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences | Leave a comment
Penn College Welcomes New Employees
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.
Last updated May 23, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff | Leave a comment
Penn College Releases List of Spring 2016 Graduates
The roster of Spring 2016 graduates from Pennsylvania College of Technology has been issued by the Registrar’s Office.
Last updated May 23, 2016 | Posted in Alumni | Leave a comment
Spring 2016 Dean’s List Compiled
The dean’s list for the Spring 2016 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been issued.
Last updated May 23, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Students | One Comment
Between Classes, Faculty Turn Focus to More Effective Teaching Practices
The Summer Teaching Institute, a day and a half of professional development, recently offered faculty the opportunity to gain new information, improve skills and associate with colleagues in the relaxed atmosphere of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. Among the topics at this year’s end-of-semester event were tools for student assessment, selection of general-education electives for advisees, staying apprised of workforce trends, creative and collaborative “makerspaces,” and teaching with technology. Guest speakers were Kyle D. Bowen, director of education technology services at Penn State; Kyle L. Peck, a research fellow, professor of education and co-director of Penn State’s Department of Learning and Performance Systems; and Gary R. Hafer, professor of English at Lycoming College. The institute was overseen by Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction, and the Professional Development Office.
Last updated May 23, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff | Leave a comment
Penn College 10th in National Softball Tourney
It was a three-and-out for the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s softball team at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships last week, but first-year coach Jackie Klahold looked at the experience as a plus.
“Any postseason experience is a positive, especially for our team. Being as young as we are, we’re hoping that with our returners coming back and having that year of experience collegiately and postseason-wise under their belts, and (with) our incoming freshman class, that we will be able to compete over the next three or four years in the postseason,” Klahold said.
Last updated May 22, 2016 | Posted in Sports, Wildcat Weekly | Leave a comment
Picnic Offers Good Time, Aids Good Cause
Penn College colleagues ended the first Friday of summer hours with a third annual Employee and Retiree Picnic in and around the Field House. Lunch was catered by the alumni-owned Acme Barbecue; the afternoon also included indoor and outdoor games, raffles and catch-up socializing before the closer-than-you-think start of fall classes. Nonperishable food items were collected to support The Cupboard at Penn College, an initiative in support of students experiencing food insecurity.
Last updated May 20, 2016 | Posted in Dining Services, Events, Faculty & Staff | One Comment
Yucatan Travelers Share Study-Abroad Experiences
Among the engaging end-of-semester activities that occurred across campus in recent weeks were presentations by students in MTH 156 (Mathematics in Non-European Cultures). Gathering in the Bush Campus Center TV Lounge, the students offered insights into their study-abroad adventures in Mexico earlier this year. The unique course blends mathematics, anthropology and cultural adventures, and is led by D. Robert Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science, and Curt E. Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics. This year’s student group represented a diverse range of majors including manufacturing and engineering technology, industrial and human factors design, studio arts, construction management, and pre-physician assistant. The Penn College class traveled to the Yucatan peninsula, specifically the Mexican states of Yucatan and Campeche. This year’s outing marked the fifth time Cooley and Vander Vere have guided students in the exploration of ancient Maya civilization.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
A previous MTH 156 travel experience was showcased in this video on the college YouTube channel:
Last updated May 20, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students | Leave a comment
The World at Their Feet
Thirteen students from the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies this week began a 10-day journey to France and Italy, where they will visit exclusive automotive museums and body shops. The students are traveling with Roy H. Klinger, instructor of collision repair, and are part of two study-abroad courses – International Automotive Studies and the International Automotive Field Experience – offered through the college’s International Programs Office.
Photo by Roy H. Klinger
Last updated May 19, 2016 | Posted in Automotive, Collision Repair & Restoration, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment