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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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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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Artistry in Aerospace: The ‘Vinyl’ Frontier

A full-bodied view illuminates the scope of the project, which crisscrosses curricular turf and covers the breadth of the Boeing 727.

A full-bodied view illuminates the scope of the project, which crisscrosses curricular turf and covers the breadth of the Boeing 727.

Kevin P. Sullivan (rear), lab coordinator for programs in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, and Timothy A. Miller, lab assistant I, graphic design project, smooth out a tail section emblazoned with a Penn College trademark ...

Kevin P. Sullivan (rear), lab coordinator for programs in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, and Timothy A. Miller, lab assistant I, graphic design project, smooth out a tail section emblazoned with a Penn College trademark …

... and oblige the photographer's request for an above-ground wave.

… and oblige the photographer’s request for an above-ground wave.

An inspiring word offers a fitting comment on the work itself: painstakingly encasing the plane in a vinyl shell that announces its new owner while prominently honoring the donor.

An inspiring word offers a fitting comment on the work itself: painstakingly encasing the plane in a vinyl shell that announces its new owner while prominently honoring the donor.

Putting the "lift" in "facelift," the two high-flying men at work ply their craft.

Putting the “lift” in “facelift,” the two high-flying men at work ply their craft.

An impressive undertaking, befitting one of the largest donations in the institution’s history, is nearing completion at the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville. As storm clouds gave way to resumption of the work this past week, patient artisans continued to wrap a donated Boeing 727 jet in a snug-fitting vinyl shroud. The plane’s nose-to-tail makeover, as much protective as it is decorative, emblematically replicates the transformational benefit of a Penn College degree.

As Sun Sets on Another ‘Connections’ Group, Student Links Keep Things Light

Emma J. Sutterlin, a Connections Link and applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, enlivens the Uno table ...

Emma J. Sutterlin, a Connections Link and applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, enlivens the Uno table …

... with a contagious expressiveness that spills over into a game of Life with Peter B. McCartney, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Newark, Delaware.

… with a contagious expressiveness that spills over into a game of Life with Peter B. McCartney, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Newark, Delaware.

Comedian Michael Dean Ester, an orientation tradition, entertains the Connections crowd in Dauphin Hall.

Comedian Michael Dean Ester, an orientation tradition, entertains the Connections crowd in Dauphin Hall.

Incoming first-year students are mentored by seasoned campus veterans: from left, Links Kyle D. Bomboy, a physician assistant major from Unityville; Sutterlin; Jessica R. Wiegand, of Trout Run, enrolled in business administration: marketing concentration; and Gabrielle M. Leister, of Mifflintown, majoring in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration.

Incoming first-year students are mentored by seasoned campus veterans: from left, Links Kyle D. Bomboy, a physician assistant major from Unityville; Sutterlin; Jessica R. Wiegand, of Trout Run, enrolled in business administration: marketing concentration; and Gabrielle M. Leister, of Mifflintown, majoring in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration.

Trevor I. Brandt (wearing a blue Link shirt), a web and interactive media major from Cashtown, helps smiles erupt during some serious Quizzo competition.

Trevor I. Brandt (wearing a blue Link shirt), a web and interactive media major from Cashtown, helps smiles erupt during some serious Quizzo competition.

The Connections orientation program continues through the summer, giving students and their guests a comprehensive welcome to Penn College. Small-group interaction allows students to get to know the campus – and one another – as they (and their parents) ease the growing pains of transition. While daytime sessions cover a variety of important topics relating to college life, there is ample time to unwind with board games, playing cards, trivia and other ice-breakers. And who better to help document the after-hours fun than an in-the-know student?
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

WDCE Client Development Specialist Named at Penn College

John F. Blasdell

John F. Blasdell has been hired as a client development specialist with Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Blasdell will provide expertise and leadership for WDCE client-development initiatives and operations in northcentral Pennsylvania. He will have responsibility for development, implementation and management of client projects in the areas of education, training and consultation.

“John’s lengthy experience in meeting the workforce-training needs of employers is a welcome addition to WDCE at Penn College,” said Shannon M. Munro, WDCE executive director. “We look forward to providing customized training, with a focus on fulfilling technical-skill needs, in the region.”

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‘Play Ball!’ – Summer Campers Enjoy Road Trip to Minor-League Game

Camp ESCAPE meets Champ, one of the RailRiders' photogenic mascots.

Camp ESCAPE meets Champ, one of the RailRiders’ photogenic mascots.

From left, campers Jake Belford, Beckett Gilmour and Tyler Gilbert show off their prized souvenirs: foul balls caught during Wednesday's game.

From left, campers Jake Belford, Beckett Gilmour and Tyler Gilbert show off their prized souvenirs: foul balls caught during Wednesday’s game.

The weather was hot (and the game even hotter) as Camp ESCAPE traveled to PNC Park in Moosic for the afternoon half of a Wednesday doubleheader between the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and the Charlotte Knights. The RailRiders won the game, 7-2, and tallied more than 10 hits – which meant Red Robin coupons for the entire crowd.  The restaurant’s jingle, played over and over again, had campers eagerly yelling “Yummm” with every RailRider hit!
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation

Penn College Professor Visits Chinese Manufacturing Facility

Inside the Chinese facility making the Zeepro 3D printer, a worker positions part of a cell-phone case in a precision milling and engraving machine.

Manufacturing students at Pennsylvania College of Technology will be exposed to international insights this fall, thanks to the unique summer travels of one of their professors.

Eric K. Albert, associate professor of automated manufacturing and machining, recently returned from China where he toured a midsized manufacturing facility for Zeepro Inc., a company producing consumer market 3-D printers.

“The Chinese facility had machines similar to the ones in our own manual and automated manufacturing labs,” Albert said. “I got a fantastic look at the level of technology and processes they were using to make finished goods. I was given permission to photograph the entire plant, including their manufacturing lines. Those photos alone will be valuable for class use.”

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