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Get to Know Penn College During Fall Open House
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Penn College’s Open House on Sunday, Oct. 26, will include activities for community visitors from 2-4 p.m.

The diverse “degrees that work” offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the college’s Open House on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Held amid a yearlong Centennial celebration at the college, Open House gives prospective students and their families a convenient opportunity to sample campus life and to explore bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs – “degrees that work” – in more than 100 different career areas.

“Open House is where you can find out what Penn College is all about,” said Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid. “State-of-the-art labs, classrooms, dining facilities and residence halls distinguish Penn College as the place where you can earn a degree and stand apart from other graduates. When you visit, you’ll know it’s the right place to launch your career.”

In addition, members of the public interested in visiting a century-old anchor of the community are invited to a Centennial Community Event from 2 to 4 p.m.

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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 →

Faculty Member Presents Findings at International Health Conference

Tina M. Evans

The department head in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s applied health studies major recently returned from England, where she presented new recommendations for palliative care.

Tina M. Evans, associate professor of applied health studies, was lead author for a paper titled “Palliative Care: A global development update, challenges and policy recommendations.” Palliative care serves to treat symptoms, discomfort and stress caused by a serious illness. The paper provided a systematic review of the palliative model of health care and global trends in palliative care, and offered recommendations to improve this specific sector of the medical system.

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English Faculty Member at Penn College Earns Doctorate

Bruce A. Wehler

Bruce A. Wehler, instructor of English composition at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently earned his doctorate of education in adult education from Penn State.

Wehler successfully defended his dissertation, titled “Until All the Pieces Fit: A Hermeneutic Phenomenology of the Informal Learning of Selected Foster Parents in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

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Welding Materials Donated to Penn College

Welding students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are benefiting from a recent donation made by Gemma Power Systems, a leading engineering, procurement and construction company.

A subsidiary of Argan Inc., GPS donated surplus welding materials including various welding electrodes for carbon and alloy steels that are utilized in the shielded metal arc, gas tungsten arc and flux cored arc welding processes.

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Flu Shots Available Through College Health Services

Penn College Health Services will administer flu shots to faculty, staff, students, dependents (9 and older), spouses, retirees and alumni in Room 150 of the Bush Campus Center from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. No appointment is necessary during those hours; the cost of the vaccine is $15. Payment will be accepted in cash, check (made payable to Penn College) or credit card. The seasonal flu can interfere with your studies, causing missed classes, missed assignments and failed exams. More importantly, the flu can cause serious health complications. While all students and employees are encouraged to be vaccinated yearly, vaccinations are especially important for caregivers and those who live with children younger than six months; pregnant women; health care providers; emergency medical services personnel; and individuals with underlying health conditions, including asthma, diabetes, suppressed immune systems, heart disease, kidney disease, and neurocognitive and neuromuscular disorders. The only medical reason why someone should not receive the flu vaccine is an allergy to eggs, neomycin or polymixin, or a previous life-threatening reaction to an influenza vaccine, Health Services noted.

Faculty Member to Review Book by Next Presenter in Colloquia Series

David S. Richards

David S. Richards

David S. Richards, a professor of physics at Penn College, will discuss Alan Lightman’s “Einstein’s Dream” during the next James V. Brown Book Review Luncheon this Friday afternoon. The international best-seller is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a Swiss patent office. The author explores how the lives of ordinary people in Switzerland would be changed in the various realities of time imagined by Einstein as he develops his theory of relativity. Richard’s review offers a timely introduction to Lightman – a theoretical physicist, educator, novelist and essayist – the next speaker in the college’s Centennial Colloquia Series. “Our Home in the Material Universe” will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Book Review Luncheons are held in the Lowry Room on the third floor of Brown Library’s Welch Family Wing, starting with lunch at noon. (The reservation deadline for a paid meal has passed, but attendees are welcome to bring their own bag lunches or takeout food.) The review itself will begin at 12:30 p.m. and last about a half-hour. Metered parking is available in the adjacent Market Street lot. More about the Centennial Colloquia Series is available in the event flier: Our Home in the Material Universe

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 →

Welcome, Tech Scholars!

Fun and games in the "Fish Tank"

Fun and games in the “Fish Tank”

Computer information technology faculty Anita R. Wood, assistant professor, and Daniel W. Yoas, associate professor, share in the good times.

Computer information technology faculty Anita R. Wood, assistant professor, and Daniel W. Yoas, associate professor, share in the good times.

An introductory occasion

An introductory occasion

The recipients of Penn College’s S-STEM Tech Scholar Scholarships, selected through a five-year National Science Foundation grant, recently got acquainted with their faculty and peer mentors over a friendly competition. Hosted in the Gaming Lab’s new study area, located on the second floor of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center, the students and faculty competed to see who had the best gamer skills. The students “surprisingly” came out on top in the competition, which was just the start of welcoming the Tech Scholars to the Penn College family.
Photos by Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean, School of Industrial, Computing and Engineering Technologies

CAs Serve Up Some Serious Sweetness for ‘Pink Out’ Observance

Commuter Assistants Morgan N. Keyser and Todd D. Robatin

Commuter Assistants Morgan N. Keyser and Todd D. Robatin

Penn College’s annual observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month got a nourishing nudge from Commuter Assistants Morgan N. Keyser and Todd D. Robatin on Tuesday. The pair themed their weekly “Peanut Butter and Jelly Time” in honor of the campus “Pink Out,” offering tinted Marshmallow Fluff to all who stopped by the Bush Campus Center Commuter Lounge in appropriately colored dress.
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Culinary Student Wins ‘Golden’ Opportunity to Compete in Vegas
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Jessica N. Felton holds her "Golden Ticket," seconds after Gerri F. Luke, interim dean of business and hospitality, and Chef Paul E. Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, delivered the surprising news in her Cakes and Decorations class.

Jessica N. Felton, a culinary arts and systems major from State College, has won the right to represent Pennsylvania College of Technology at this year’s World Food Championships in Las Vegas. She was among six School of Business & Hospitality students who vied Monday night for a “Golden Ticket” to compete in the Nov. 12-18 event. The entry was granted by award-winning chef and television host Ben Vaughn, who visited campus earlier this month; the college will pay airfare and lodging. Other participants in the on-campus competition were culinary arts and systems majors Christopher S. Kasler, of Kendall Park, New Jersey; Zachary A. Knol, of Annville; and Victoria L. Zablocky, of Jersey Shore; and baking and pastry arts students Katlyn J. Hackling, of Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, and Victoria L. Kostecki, of Center Valley. Two flights of students, whose dishes were timed from prep to plate, were judged by faculty members under WFC guidelines and the school’s standards for sanitation and safety. Scores were tabulated in a variety of categories covering execution, appearance and taste, and the winner was announced at noon Tuesday in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

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Diner’s Club Tours Area Vineyard, Plans Fall Activities

Kneeling: Amber S. English, Lewistown, hospitality management. Standing, from left: Katelynn M. Watson, Milton, culinary arts technology; Jessica N. Felton, State College, culinary arts and systems; Jessica R. Wollet, Williamsport, culinary arts technology; Alex D. Mytinger, New Berlin, occupational therapy assistant; and Dr. Chuck Zaleski, owner of Fero Vineyards & Winery.

Kneeling: Amber S. English, Lewistown, hospitality management. Standing, from left: Katelynn M. Watson, Milton, culinary arts technology; Jessica N. Felton, State College, culinary arts and systems; Jessica R. Wollet, Williamsport, culinary arts technology; Alex D. Mytinger, New Berlin, occupational therapy assistant; and Dr. Chuck Zaleski, owner of Fero Vineyards & Winery.

A winery tour

A winery tour

Harvest helpers

Harvest helpers

The Penn College Diner’s Club recently visited Fero Vineyards & Winery just outside Lewisburg, where the students helped to harvest grapes for pinot noir wine and toured the facility’s processing operation. The club has several more outings planned, including visits to Williamsport’s First Friday, participation in Oktoberfest events, ice-carving demonstrations at Penn College’s Open House, and trick-or-treating at local hospitals.
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Discounted ‘VoicePlay’ Tickets Available at CC Through Oct. 10

VoicePlay

VoicePlay

Straight from NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” a-cappella sensation VoicePlay will perform live at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. The Bush Campus Center has a limited number of tickets available for Penn College students, staff and employees at just $12.50 in the orchestra floor section of the Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at the CC information desk through Friday, Oct. 10, by cash, check or credit card. After Oct. 10, tickets can be purchased at full price directly from the CAC box office. For complete show information, visit www.caclive.com. A remix video of “Chandelier” is available at the group’s website. The Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College, is at 220 W. Fourth St. (just a few blocks from campus).

College Hosts Reunions for WACC, Welding, Construction, Tutors

As part of its Oct. 10-12 Centennial Homecoming, Pennsylvania College of Technology will host four reunions, each inviting alumni to share their memories and revel in the weekend’s theme: “Then … Now … Forever Proud.”

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Loss and Legacy: Honoring the Dedication, Respect and Devotion of a Son and Employee

Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07

Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07

The family and employer of the late Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07, gather in front of Penn College’s Donor Wall to commemorate Amerikohl Mining’s $1 million scholarship donation in Kanouff’s memory.

The family and employer of the late Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07, gather in front of Penn College’s Donor Wall to commemorate Amerikohl Mining’s $1 million scholarship donation in Kanouff’s memory.

The scholarship’s first recipient, Forrest S. Martin, hugs Kanouff’s mother, Ramona.

The scholarship’s first recipient, Forrest S. Martin, hugs Kanouff’s mother, Ramona.

From the Fall 2014 One College Avenue: Alumnus Steelyn G. Kanouff’s employer and family – and the recipient of a scholarship in his name – strive to honor the memory of the 28-year-old who died last year. Read the full story.

Penn College Golfers Await Postseason; Men’s Tennis Team Gets Under Way

The Pennsylvania College of Technology golf team had two outings last week in its final tune-up before the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships and the college’s men’s tennis team tasted action for the first time.

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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.

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