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College Family Helps Bring Vital Issue ‘Out of the Darkness’

A handmade remembrance in the Field of Hearts pays tribute to an absent classmate.

A handmade remembrance in the Field of Hearts pays tribute to an absent classmate.

Counselor Mary Lee L. Kelly (left) and Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, are among the day's participants.

Counselor Mary Lee L. Kelly (left) and Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, are among the day’s participants.

Another Penn College group blends camaraderie and solidarity.

Another Penn College group blends camaraderie and solidarity.

College colleagues Judi L. Barr (left), senior account in financial operations, and Shawnalee E. Miller, Career Services secretary, snap a selfie.

College colleagues Judi L. Barr (left), senior account in financial operations, and Shawnalee E. Miller, Career Services secretary, snap a selfie.

Step by step and hand-in-hand, walkers literally take strides toward their goal.

Step by step and hand-in-hand, walkers literally take strides toward their goal.

A wide-ranging representation of the Penn College community – students and employees alike – contributed to record-setting results at Sunday’s sixth annual Greater Lycoming County “Out of the Darkness” Walk for Suicide Prevention and Awareness at Indian Park in Montoursville. Each fall, family members, friends and colleagues walk several miles together in hundreds of communities across the country to prevent suicide, raise awareness, and end the stigma that surrounds depression and other mental disorders. With each step, walkers endeavor to save lives, honor loved ones lost to suicide and financially support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s mission. The Montoursville event raised more than $19,000 toward its $20,000 goal; donations will be accepted online through Dec. 31. The local effort also made history by attracting about 350 walkers, far exceeding the approximately 260 in 2013. Among the Penn College participants were the Students Making a Contribution organization and a PCT Cares team of Student Affairs professionals. Students and employees were also represented in other groups, such as the Junior League and the Williamsport/Lycoming Young Professionals; a number of college counselors staffed the Serenity Tent; and the walk was again coordinated by Joe Miller, manager of audio-visual services, and his wife, Donna.
Photos provided by Caleb G. Schirmer, a technology management student from Sugarloaf, and Shawnalee E. Miller

Penn College Soccer Teams Fare Well in Late-Week Matches

After early-week losses, Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s and men’s soccer teams had good outings late in the week against teams that came into their North Eastern Athletic Conference matches with perfect conference records.

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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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Vintage Studebakers Enhance Lunchtime Menu at ATC Cookout

Hoods up for an impromptu inspection

Hoods up for an impromptu inspection

Colin W. Williamson (left), dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Brett A. Reasner, assistant dean, keep the chow line moving.

Colin W. Williamson (left), dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Brett A. Reasner, assistant dean, keep the chow line moving.

Studebaker owners enjoy some catch-up time on a gorgeous late-summer afternoon.

Studebaker owners enjoy some catch-up time on a gorgeous late-summer afternoon.

Penn College retiree Larry L. Michael (left), a Keystone Region Chapter member for more than 45 years, talks with automotive instructor Christopher A. Trapani and a student.

Penn College retiree Larry L. Michael (left), a Keystone Region Chapter member for more than 45 years, talks with automotive instructor Christopher A. Trapani and a student.

A parade of well-maintained Studebakers traverses Penn College's main campus, turning into the ATC parking lot for a lunch date with enthusiasts.

A parade of well-maintained Studebakers traverses Penn College’s main campus, turning into the ATC parking lot for a lunch date with enthusiasts.

Nearly 40 members of the Keystone Region Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club, traveling to campus under ideal conditions Friday, brought about 20 examples from history’s longest-running vehicle manufacturer to the home of the nation’s oldest continuous automotive program. Club members in vintage automobiles talked with interested students and faculty from Penn College’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, lunched with Institutional Advancement officials at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, and toured the college’s automotive restoration technology labs. The visit dovetailed with an annual picnic outside the Parkes Automotive Technology Center, where school administrators served hot dogs and other fare, and where such activities as the Push Rod Drop and Piston Ring Toss added an automotive spin to carnival-type challenges. Watch PCToday for more on the visit, including a scholarship opportunity through the Studebaker National Foundation.

Chemistry Faculty Member Earns Doctorate in E-Learning

Kelly Bieda Butzler

Kelly Bieda Butzler, associate professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently received her doctorate of education, specializing in e-learning, from Northcentral University, an accredited online university based in Arizona.

Butzler defended her dissertation, “The Effects of Motivation on Achievement and Satisfaction in a Flipped Classroom Learning Environment.”

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‘Welcome Back!’ Bake Sale to Tastily Greet New Academic Year

Student-run bake sales have it all, from fresh fruit ...

Student-run bake sales have it all, from fresh fruit …

... to decorative flourishes ...

… to decorative flourishes …

... to colorful and chocolatey goodness

… to colorful and chocolatey goodness

The Advanced Patisserie Operations class will hold a “Welcome Back, Penn College!” bake sale from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Join Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and his students for artisan breads, pastries and candies … and watch PCToday for more themed bake sales throughout 2014-15. A product list for this introductory event follows: Welcome Back!
Photos provided by the School of Business & Hospitality

Natural Gas Partners Updated at ShaleNET Gathering

Christopher J. Legarski, a knowledge engineer with Discovery Machine Inc., outlines an immersive training tool that simulates the real world of wellfield tank-servicing. The module allows an employee to follow a prescribed procedure, step by crucial step,  within the safety of an artificial environment.

Christopher J. Legarski, a knowledge engineer with Discovery Machine Inc., outlines an immersive training tool that simulates the real world of wellfield tank-servicing. The module allows an employee to follow a prescribed procedure, step by crucial step, within the safety of an artificial environment.

Hub director John F. Strittmatter (left) with one of the day's key speakers, Peter Rozelle, from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy, Division of Advanced Energy Systems ...

Hub director John F. Strittmatter (left) with one of the day’s key speakers, Peter Rozelle, from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, Division of Advanced Energy Systems …

... and leading a tour of the full-size natural gas wellhead donated to ShaleNET U.S.

… and leading a tour of the full-size natural gas wellhead donated to ShaleNET U.S.

The projected longevity of shale development is tracked by James R. Ladlee, associate director of Penn State's Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.

The projected longevity of shale development is tracked by James R. Ladlee, associate director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.

Partners within ShaleNET’s Eastern Region Hub gathered at Penn College on Wednesday for a variety of presentations and wide-ranging discussion of educational and occupational trends in the natural gas field. A number of industry representatives were on hand for the meeting, which was held in the Thompson Professional Development Center and included a video of student testimonials from a recent “roustabout” graduation. The daylong session concluded with a tour of the consortium’s well-site trainer and the college’s mechatronics lab, both in the Center for Business & Workforce Development.

Richmond Named Director of Nursing at Penn College

Sandra L. Richmond

Sandra L. Richmond has been appointed director of nursing at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

As director, Richmond, who has been a full-time faculty member at Penn College since 2012, will oversee the college’s five nursing majors.

“Sandy Richmond brings an impressive combination of clinical, educational and administrative experiences to the leadership of the Nursing Program,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs and provost. “She is passionate about her profession and respected by her peers.”

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Colloquium Presenter Goes Beyond Passwords to Future of ID Security

Lisa R. Bock addresses her audience, before the eerie specter of online treachery.

Lisa R. Bock addresses her audience, before the eerie specter of online treachery.

With eyes wide open, the speaker assesses the benefits and risks of iris-recognition technology ...

With eyes wide open, the speaker assesses the benefits and risks of iris-recognition technology …

... and gazes toward tomorrow's biometric solutions.

… and gazes toward tomorrow’s biometric solutions.

Students in the ACC balcony take heed and jot notes during the night's informative presentation.

Students in the ACC balcony take heed and jot notes during the night’s informative presentation.

A Centennial banner is a timely backdrop for the colloquium.

A Centennial banner is a timely backdrop for the colloquium.

The latest in Penn College’s Centennial Colloquia Series tackled issues near and dear to virtually everyone in the audience: employing the newest technological tools available to ensure identity protection – and balancing such factors as privacy and cost-effectiveness in the process. Lisa R. Bock, an assistant professor of computer information technology, presented “Who Am I; Who Do I Claim to Be? Protecting Identity in the 21st Century” on Tuesday night in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Adding to the series’ engaging focus on the historic upshot of gizmos and gadgets, Bock weighed the promise (and pitfalls) of biometrics: identifying individuals through a variety of unique personal traits. Her presentation will soon be available through the college’s YouTube Channel.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

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 →

‘Shiver Me Timbers and Pass the Stew’ – It’s Time to Talk (and Eat) Like Pirates!

Smilingly sailing aboard their Dining Services friendship are (from left) Krystal S. Zelazny, assistant manager; Patti E. Durrwachter, assistant cook; and CJ L. Binderup,  dining services worker.

Smilingly sailing aboard their Dining Services friendship are (from left) Krystal S. Zelazny, assistant manager; Patti E. Durrwachter, assistant cook; and CJ L. Binderup, dining services worker.

Cupcakes and muffins front a display of plundered booty.

Cupcakes and muffins front a display of plundered booty.

Sporting stylish headgear, a kitchen pirate helps patrons "scarf down" their meal.

Sporting stylish headgear, a kitchen pirate helps patrons “scarf down” their meal.

Students navigate the themed menu.

Students navigate the themed menu.

A co-worker's low blow from the high seas

A co-worker’s low blow from the high seas

Dining Services hosted its second annual “Talk Like a Pirate … Eat Like a Pirate” event in the Capitol Eatery from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, a buccaneers’ bash that served as a prelude to Friday’s international celebration of seafaring scalawags. Appropriately attired employees served up a cleverly crafted (and titled) menu – with Castaway Pork Loin, Jolly Roger Rice and Shipwrecked Chowder among the evening’s offerings.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Training Opportunities Accompany Launch of Campus ‘Safe Zones’

'Safe Zone' training available for campus community

‘Safe Zone’ training available for campus community

This fall, Penn College launched the Safe Zone program, an initiative designed to make campus a safer place for all students. Announced by President Davie Jane Gilmour at an all-college meeting of faculty and staff in August, Safe Zones is an employee professional development program designed to increase campus understanding and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, and provide support and a greater sense of community for LGBTQA students. Faculty and staff interested in the initiative can attend one of the upcoming Safe Zone trainings on Sept. 30, Oct. 3, Oct. 7 or Oct. 14 by registering through the online Employee Information System. Additional trainings will be scheduled for December’s Faculty Development days. Individuals who have completed the training may choose to display the Safe Zone logo (at left) in their work space to designate they are an ally for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students. Students are able to attend Ally Training to learn more about positive ally behaviors and creating a safe and inclusive campus. The inaugural Ally Training is scheduled from 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Students planning to attend can RSVP by email to Sara H. Ousby, associate director of student activities for diversity and cultural life. More about Penn College’s LGBTQA resources is available through the Student Activities website.

Motivational Marathoner to Share Story of Recovery, Redemption

Janet Oberholtzer

A marathon runner, who turned unimaginable debilitation into enduring determination, will bring her inspiring story to a Pennsylvania College of Technology audience on Sept. 22.

Monday’s presentation by Janet Oberholtzer, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

Oberholtzer experienced a number of life adventures far beyond the Mennonite culture of her family’s Berks County dairy farm – she was a seamstress, community organizer and business owner – but nothing would prepare her for May 20, 2004, the day her world changed.

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Flu Shots Available Through College Health Services Starting Oct. 2

Beginning Oct. 2, 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. weekdays. 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 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.

Waste Management Adds to Financial Support of College Programs

Brian M. Fuhrman, left, major account manager for Waste Management Inc., delivers a donation to Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

For the fourth consecutive year, Waste Management Inc. has contributed to a pair of Pennsylvania College of Technology programs that distinctly benefit high school students.

Through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, the company contributed $8,389 to support the college’s SMART Girls and Penn College NOW initiatives.

The foundation is an approved Educational Improvement Organization under the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s EITC program. SMART Girls and Penn College NOW, overseen by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office, qualify as “innovative educational programs” under the law.

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Automotive Residential Community Travels to Area Paintball Field

Living, learning and enjoying recreational downtime

Living, learning and enjoying recreational downtime

Eric D. Pruden – battle-stained, but still standing

Eric D. Pruden – battle-stained, but still standing

Penn College’s Automotive Living-Learning Community traveled together in early September to the Roundtop Mountain Resort for some paintball action. Automotive instructor Eric D. Pruden, LLC mentor Jackson S. Walker and Resident Assistant Kadeem D. Carter led several students in a day of paintball, good times and bonding. Community members along for the trip to Lewisberry included Austin Braxmeier, Derek A. Abreu, Kyle L. Jordan, Nicholas C. DeLambo, Logan R. Brooks and Scott J. Wagner. The college’s Residence Life Office offers four living-learning communities in on-campus housing to students enrolled in the same academic majors (automotive, health sciences, hospitality and information technology).
Photos provided by Carter, a collision repair technology student from Philadelphia

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