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Masonry Students Aid Sensory Garden, Feel Community’s Gratitude

A “Penn College 2015” brick signifies the workmanship by instructor Glenn R. Luse (in suspenders) and nine students from his Advanced Masonry class, who constructed accessible flower beds at the Lysock View Complex.

Nine masonry students from Pennsylvania College of Technology recently installed accessible flower beds at the Lysock View Complex in Montoursville, receiving personal satisfaction and public acknowledgment of their much-appreciated community service.

The students, from instructor Glenn R. Luse’s Advanced Masonry Principles class, raised the beds to wheelchair height at the Lycoming County Sensory Garden so that disabled residents have an equal opportunity to exercise their green thumbs. In the process, the construction majors – who are used to having their projects disassembled at the end of class – have a tangible and lasting reminder of their shared skills.

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Last updated November 24, 2015 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Faculty & Staff, Students | 3 Comments

PCN Segment Set to Include Member of Plastics Faculty


Tim Weston, associate professor of plastics and polymer technology, is scheduled to be one of the guests on “PMA Perspective” at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on PCN, the Pennsylvania Cable Network. “PMA Perspective” is produced by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association and examines business, government and politics. Weston is slated to be interviewed regarding the plastics industry’s connection to hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale.  Check local listings for PCN’s channel designation on your cable system.

A Grand Way to Say ‘Thanks’

An owl adds a whimsical touch to Jessica N. Felton’s chocolate sculpture.

Charlie Brown’s iconic zigzag stripe adds character to Ana Nicole Uribe’s display, which celebrated “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

The talented hands behind the buffet, with their instructor (from left) Marissa R. Dimoff, Jenna Zaremba, Jessica N. Felton, Sabrina Smith, Tiffany A. Reese, Jazmin R. Walker, Ana Nicole Uribe and Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts and culinary arts.

A harvest-season cake was a whole-class project and a focal point of the buffet.

Jazmin R. Walker’s chai turkey creampuffs set the seasonal stage.

Students in the Pastry Food Show and Buffet Presentations Concepts course – a capstone class in the baking and pastry arts major – presented a delectable fall-themed Grand Pastry Buffet on Nov. 20, just in time for the Thanksgiving feast. Seven students displayed their skill through chocolate and sugar centerpieces, taste-tempting cakes and bite-sized confections during an event that honored the college’s 1914 Society, who were guests of Institutional Advancement at the event, held in the Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge.

Fictitious Patient Teaches Real-Life Lesson on Teamwork

Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator in nursing, gathers students onstage in the Academic Center Auditorium for a debriefing.

Students representing various majors talk through a patient’s case with Tushanna M. Habalar, instructor of nursing (in gray sweater).

Michelle A. Walczak, associate professor of nursing, asks students to consider the patient’s emotions as first responders arrive.

Nursing students listen to the outlook of peers in other health disciplines.

The School of Health Sciences held the first of two Interdisciplinary Professional Experiences of the year for Penn College students on Nov. 20, involving more than 100 students from four academic programs in a case study that helped them think through a patient’s health care experience through the eyes of other professionals – as well as the patient. The students gathered in small groups – with at least one representative from each of the involved programs on every team – to discuss the fictional case of “Mrs. Smith,” a busy working mom whose vehicle crashes when she experiences an apparent stroke. Students talked through the role of each medical provider who will encounter the patient and what information each professional needs from the others. “The main focus is communication,” said Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator in nursing, who helped to facilitate the event. In the spring, the School of Health Sciences will hold a hands-on IPE event, using actors to simulate patients with emergency health concerns.

Career-Readiness Conference Asks – and Answers – ‘Have You Ever?’

Paul R. Watson II, dean of academic services and college transitions, addresses a filled Mountain Laurel Room in the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Chef Richard J. McGlynn III, head cook in the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, leads a “Have you ever …” session. His topic: “Have you ever prepared food tableside?”

Kenneth E. Welker, HVAC technology lecturer, guides a tour of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning labs. It was one of 11 concurrent tours of campus labs.

In his “Have you ever …” hands-on session, Craig A. Mliler, instructor of engineering design technology, guides educators in designing a roller coaster.

Educators from Southern Columbia Area and Susquehanna Township school districts get a hands-on lesson in mold-making in the industrial and human factors design lab.

More than 80 school counselors and other educators attended a College & Career Readiness Conference at Penn College on Nov. 20, where they learned about the emerging field of mechatronics, toured the college’s programs, participated in hands-on learning activities, and gained insight that they can use as they guide students in making career and college decisions. The event is coordinated once each semester by the College Transitions Office.

Four Martial Artists Reach New Belt Levels at College Event

Penn College martial arts coach George T. Vance Jr., a part-time faculty member in fitness and lifetime sports, demonstrates.

Penn College's John B. Preine (left), of Philadelphia, and teammate Eric M. Russell.

Seminar attendees practice en masse

Hunter D. Gibson (left) and Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera

Hard work and dedication paid dividends for several members of the Penn College Martial Arts Club as the college hosted a belt promotion on Saturday. Penn College students joined their counterparts from Lycoming College, Bucknell University, Nittany Shotokan and Bath, New York, in a training seminar and test. Eric M. Russell, of Mill Hall; Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera, of Highland Mills, New York; and Hunter D. Gibson, of Carlisle; all earned a full-step promotion and are purple belts. Alton “A.J.” Hinson, of Pottsville, also moved up a full step to earn his green belt. Next for the club is a training camp and tournament at Penn College in February.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Employers to recruit at Penn College

Hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of job prospects, two employers will hold information sessions on campus at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday: Victaulic in Room B2057 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center and Corning Inc. in Room 104 of College Avenue Labs. (Corning will schedule follow-up interviews for Wednesday in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center.) For details, including available positions and applicable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Employers on Campus

Welders’ Quick Work Helps ‘Little Leaguer’ Find His Swing Again

Equally at "home" in the welding lab or on the job site, Erica L. Strittmatter makes repairs to a downtown landmark.

From left: Welding instructor Michael K. Patterson; welding and fabrication engineering technology majors Erica L. Strittmatter, of Williamsport, and Bethany L. Kohl, of Milton; welding technology major Daryl T. Schrimp, of Williamsport; and welding instructor Steve J. Kopera.

Thanks to Penn College welding students and faculty, the downtown display commemorating Williamsport as the birthplace of Little League Baseball is whole once again. At the request of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, the Penn College contingent reattached a portion of a bat that was broken off one of the life-sized, bronze “Bases Loaded” statues last month. It took the college crew only 41 minutes to complete the task in Market Street Square.

The project is also featured on the college’s YouTube Channel:

Time-Honored Greetings Return to Campus Mall

Madigan Library

In what has become a heartwarming and eagerly awaited tradition at Penn College, 29 student organizations and seven campus offices say “Happy Holidays” through large wooden cards installed on the mall outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. The cards will be lighted at 5 p.m. Dec. 2, when President Davie Jane Gilmour announces which were the most popular in online voting. (There will be free cocoa and cookies, too!)

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Series Memento Touchingly Delivered in Honor of Former Little Leaguer

One of the site's two memorial pools shimmers in the footprint of the original Twin Towers.

A Little League pin marks the name of Michael F. Cammarata, killed in the line of duty at age 22.

One World Trade Center, dubbed the "Freedom Tower" during construction, rises into the clear, blue November sky over Manhattan.

A Penn College employee and longtime Little League Baseball World Series team “uncle” made an emotional trip to New York City on Saturday, carrying a commemorative pin in tribute to a former Little Leaguer who was the youngest firefighter to die on Sept. 11, 2001. “As team hosts, we order pins to give to the players that participate in the Series,” said Marlin R. Cromley, a cashier/customer service associate in The College Store, who kept one of this year’s pins in reserve. “The one pin I saved was for this very moment, that of placing it on the name of Michael F. Cammarata. On behalf of the Little League World Series team uncles, I wanted to let Mr. Cammarata’s family know that their son and brother will always be in our thoughts. I placed my hand on his name 32 times – one time for each team host.” Coincidentally, Cammarata’s position number was 9 (right field) and his uniform number was 11 – 9/11. Little League retired that number, which he wore as a member of the South Shore Little League from Staten Island, New York, that finished third at the 1991 Series. It now adorns the right-field wall at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, never to be worn again by any Series player. Cromley and his wife, Brenda, were among those on board a Student Activities-organized bus trip to the city.
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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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Wildcat Athletic Teams See 0-4 Week

Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams went a combined 0-3 last week and the wrestling team lost its lone match.

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Painting the Campus Red (and Other Holiday Hues)

A star-spangled greeting from the Penn College Veterans Club

The Physician Assistant Club puts a 3-D spin on a board-game favorite.

From stir stick to seasonal expression

In play as at work, members of the Penn College Construction Association wield the tools of the trade.

The Construction Management Association finds a novel use for caution tape.

Artistic and enthusiastic representatives of three-dozen campus organizations and offices converged at the General Services building along Reach Road on Tuesday, tasked in a decidedly party-like atmosphere with turning blank wooden canvases into holiday greeting cards. The cards will be lighted (and the winners announced) at 5 p.m. Dec. 2.
Photos by Dalaney A. Vartenisian, student photographer

Hughesville High Schoolers Visit College Plastics Labs

Visiting East Lycoming School District students hear from the college's Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics & polymer technology and department head,

The guests learn how a recreational mainstay is manufactured by injection molding.

The impressive machinery in the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center's Thermoforming Center of Excellence is demonstrated by program manager Christopher J. Gagliano (left).

A group of 34 engineering-minded students from Hughesville High School visited the campus’ plastics laboratories Wednesday morning in a tour arranged by Anne K. Soucy, assistant professor of plastics technology and liaison to the Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program. Students representing grades nine through 12 were able to tour the college’s thermoforming, blow molding, extrusion, rotational molding and injection molding labs, where Penn College students provided demonstrations of the equipment.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Taking the High Road

Using a lab vehicle as a convenient visual aid ...

... Trooper Cory Beaver brings student up-to-date on prevailing motor carrier regulations.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Cory Beaver, accompanied by Motor Carrier Enforcement Officer Will Latchet, made their annual visit to Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center on Thursday afternoon. The visit provided an opportunity for diesel and heavy equipment technology students to witness an actual roadside commercial vehicle safety evaluation. The officers explained the extent of responsibility and liability of the driver, as well as the servicing technician, to ensure the commercial vehicles they operate, maintain and repair are within regulatory guidelines. Beaver discussed load securement, permits and driver violations, as well as the Compliance, Safety and Accountability point-assessment system associated with motor carrier vehicles and operators. “Whether heavy equipment technicians, operators hauling the equipment or diesel technicians inspecting the trucks and trailers, having the state police and motor carrier inspectors come in to speak is a great way for our students to become educated early on about the laws and regulations that are currently being enforced,” said Mark E. Sones, diesel equipment technology instructor.
Photos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies/library computer assistant

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