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Penn College to Close Wednesday
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After monitoring and assessing the potential impact of the weather system headed our way, the administration has decided to close Penn College all day on Wednesday, Nov. 26, to enable safe holiday travel for employees and students. Residence halls will close, as previously determined, at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Dining Services will operate the Keystone Dining Room from 8 to 10 a.m. Students are encouraged to begin their holiday travels as soon as possible after their final classes.

Students, Employees Share Seasonal Sentiment (and Artistic Talent)
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Student Government Association

A variety of Penn College student organizations and departments have put their best wishes forward in oversized holiday cards, installed by General Services on the campus mall Tuesday morning. Colorfully conveying messages that range from faith to frivolity, from Centennial to solemnity, the cards will be lighted at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, on the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center patio. The college community will have the opportunity to choose its favorites when the contest ballot is posted to the myPCT portal; the top three selections in student and employee categories will be announced at the traditional ceremony.

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Fourth Annual ‘Root Beer Pong’ Tourney Draws Crowd

Tables hopping with tournament action

Tables hopping with tournament action

Jahmas B. Hamilton shows off his winnings.

Jahmas B. Hamilton shows off his winnings.

The Penn College Field House was among the places to be on Monday evening, as more than 50 students jammed the Field House in hopes to become this semester’s Root Beer Pong champion.  When it was all said and done, Jahmas B. Hamilton walked away victorious.  The business administration: marketing concentration major from Silver Spring, Maryland, won a case of root beer, an Intramural Champion T-shirt and a $50 gift certificate from Dining Services. “Thank you to all who participated and worked the event,” said Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation (who also provided photos).  “It was extremely successful, with many students asking when the next tournament would be taking place.”

Health Sciences Students Talk Team Approach to Patient Care

Tushanna M. Habalar (right foreground), learning laboratory coordinator for nursing education, was among the facilitators for Friday's interdisciplinary exercise.

Tushanna M. Habalar (right foreground), learning laboratory coordinator for nursing education, was among the facilitators for Friday’s interdisciplinary exercise.

Students representing nearly all of the majors in the School of Health Sciences gathered in the Thompson Professional Development Center on Friday to learn from one another as they discussed their differing roles in a medical case. The “tabletop” Interdisciplinary Professional Event is designed to help Penn College students understand the perspectives and duties of others on a medical team in the interest of holistic treatment for their future patients. The school provides its students with a hands-on IPE in the spring, when actors simulate medical emergencies across campus.
Photo by Kim A. Speicher, dental hygiene instructor

Seven Penn College Students Succeed in Karate Testing Event

The Penn College Martial Arts Club Team hosted four clubs for a clinic and belt promotion from noon-3:30 p.m. Saturday in Bardo Gym. Penn College students Jack E. Bish II, of Red Lion; Hunter D. Gibson, of Carlisle; Alexander J. Hilton, of Saegertown; Alton J. “A.J.” Hinson, of Pottsville;  John B. Preine, of Philadelphia; Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera, of Highland Mills, New York; and Eric M. Russell, of Mill Hall, all successfully completed the belt requirements for their respective levels. Bish, Gibson, Hinson and Preine earned yellow belt status on their first test; Ramos-Sonera earned an orange belt ranking; Russell made green belt; and Hilton is second-level purple belt. Penn College will host the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union collegiate camp and tournament on Feb. 14-15.

Prospective Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Employers to recruit on campus

Employers to recruit on campus

Two employers will hold informational meetings at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for Penn College students and alumni. U&S Services representatives will be in Room B2118 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center and McClure Co. recruiters will be in Room 104 of College Avenue Labs. (U&S will also schedule interviews for Wednesday in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center.) For details, including available positions and academic areas of interest, consult the employers’ fliers: Information Sessions

Learning Center’s Families Form ‘Chain of Thankfulness’

Surveying the smorgasbord

Surveying the smorgasbord

Adding to the Chain of Thankfulness

Adding to the Chain of Thankfulness

Grateful smiles

Grateful smiles

The children and families of the Dunham Children’s Learning Center enjoyed a festive Family Appreciation Tea on Thursday. The event featured snacks prepared by the children: pumpkin pie parfaits, oatmeal cookies, banana bread, trail mix and fresh vegetables. Each family also contributed to a Chain of Thankfulness, writing on a strip of paper something about which to be grateful. The strips were then used to create a chain that now adorns the lobby – a daily reminder of how much we have to appreciate!
Photos by Linda M. Cowher, assistant group leader, Children’s Learning Center

One-Day Excel Class Offered in December

An intermediate-level Microsoft Excel class will be offered in December through Penn College at Towanda in the Central Bradford Progress Authority building.

The noncredit class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, in Suite 1, Room 1 of One Progress Plaza, 1 Elizabeth St., Towanda. The cost is $159.

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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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Penn College Athletic Teams Put Up Strong Efforts

Pennsylvania College of Technology sports teams went a combined 0 for 5 during the period of Nov. 16-22, but put up strong efforts in each of their outings.

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Penn College Presents on Centennial at Communicators Conference

Co-workers present on college Centennial

Planning and implementing a milestone event – specifically, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial celebration – was the subject of a recent staff presentation at a Fall 2014 Conference for CUPRAP-The Association of Communicators in Education, held at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr.

Judith A. Fink, website content manager and supervisor of alumni/advancement marketing, and Joseph S. Yoder, associate vice president for public relations and marketing, presented “Staging a Milestone Anniversary: Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial.”

The Centennial honors the 100-year history of the institution, from the inception of vocational and adult education classes at Williamsport High School through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College and Penn College. It also celebrates the present-day institution, a special mission affiliate of Penn State, with a variety of events built around the college’s vision, values and strategic goals.

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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 →

Never-Say-Die Attitude Brings Victory in Flag Football

Flag football squad claims an on-the-road victory.

“It was cold. No, forget that – it was bitter cold,” Jeremy R. Bottorf said as he recapped the Penn College intramural flag football team’s Thursday road matchup with Lock Haven University. Looking to get revenge for last year’s loss at LHU, Penn College rallied in a 34-33 stunner. “This time, the team was new, younger, quicker, more explosive, and, in the end, that proved to be the difference,” said the coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation.

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Gold Medalist Shares Ice-Carving Mastery With Students
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A gazelle seemingly prances through the courtyard.

Chef Robert Lo Furno, a competitive ice carver, food service director for Aramark at the University of Delaware, and father of baking and pastry arts student Nicole C. Lo Furno, visited Pennsylvania College of Technology, where he and his wife, Monica – also an accomplished ice carver – spent Thursday in the courtyard outside the Keystone Dining Room working alongside School of Business & Hospitality students to share the tricks of the trade. Working well after dark, students in Chef Craig A. Cian’s Artistic Buffet Decoration course used the Lo Furnos’ specialty tools and lessons in technique to produce six ice sculptures that remain on display outside the dining hall’s atrium.

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Gallery Crowd Welcomes Artist; Exhibit Runs Through Dec. 14

A patron studies "Salt of the Earth."

A patron studies “Salt of the Earth.”

The artist offers an evening gallery talk.

The artist offers an evening gallery talk.

"Min and Bill" are among the showcased characters in Campbell's rich tableaux.

“Min and Bill” are among the showcased characters in Campbell’s rich tableaux.

Contemplation of "Lamentation"

Contemplation of “Lamentation”

Attendees view the exhibit from near and far.

Attendees view the exhibit from near and far.

A reception and artist’s talk were held Thursday at The Gallery at Penn College, which is hosting an exhibit of fascinating and colorful oil paintings by Jennifer R.A. Campbell through Dec. 14. “Lotus Eaters” can be viewed on the third floor of Madigan Library during regular gallery hours: 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The gallery is closed Mondays and Saturdays – and from Nov. 26-30 for the Thanksgiving Break.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Classmates, Co-Workers Brush Up Their Season’s Sentiments

Huddled for the holidays, members of the Student American Dental Hygienists' Association work on their entry.

Huddled for the holidays, members of the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association work on their entry.

Paint cans tell a yuletide story of works in progress.

Paint cans tell a yuletide story of works in progress.

Surrounded by moral support, web and interactive media majors Robert L. Sloss, of Lake Harmony, and Brittany R. Terpstra, of Jim Thorpe, toil on behalf of the Wildcat Events Board.

Surrounded by moral support, web and interactive media majors Robert L. Sloss, of Lake Harmony, and Brittany R. Terpstra, of Jim Thorpe, toil on behalf of the Wildcat Events Board.

Last season's winner among college employees adds its signature to the department's 2014 card. What will it be THIS year?

Last season’s winner among college employees adds its signature to the department’s 2014 card. What will it be THIS year?

Antlers and artistry combined at the work site of the Society of Plastics Engineers student chapter. From left are Ryan N. Troiano, of Lake Ariel; Cody A. Rathmell, of Hughesville; Thomas J. Ryder, of Muncy; Brittany L. Delmo, of Milford; and Calvin L. Holland, of Huntingtown.

Antlers and artistry combined at the work site of the Society of Plastics Engineers student chapter. From left are Ryan N. Troiano, of Lake Ariel; Cody A. Rathmell, of Hughesville; Thomas J. Ryder, of Muncy; Brittany L. Delmo, of Milford; and Calvin L. Holland, of Huntingtown.

There hasn’t been a significant snowfall in the area yet, but there was a definite seasonal flurry in the General Services warehouse on Wednesday evening. Continuing a beloved year-end activity, Penn College’s student organizations and campus offices spent several hours working on their respective holiday cards. The large-scale greetings will be transported next week from the Reach Road facility to main campus, where they will be installed prior to an official lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. Watch PCToday for photos of all of this year’s creations; the college community can then vote via the myPCT portal for its favorites.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

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