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Nine of 12 College Medalists Headed to SkillsUSA Nationals


Nine Pennsylvania College of Technology students from a variety of majors will compete at the National SkillsUSA Conference from June 23-28 in Kansas City, Mo., after winning gold medals at the state level. Three other students in the college contingent finished second in their respective categories at the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held April 9-11 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

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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 Teams Go Combined 8-6 During Week

Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball and softball teams continued their seasons while the men’s tennis team won both of its matches as the season neared a finish.

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Penn College Garners Trio of ‘CUPPIE’ Awards

The Fall 2013 issue of One College Avenue, the magazine for Pennsylvania College of Technology, featured CUPPIE Award-winning writing and photography.

Pennsylvania College of Technology was honored recently with three CUPPIE Awards – presented for creative excellence in marketing and communications in education – by CUPRAP, The Association of Communicators in Education.

The college earned Gold and Bronze CUPPIEs in the Public Relations/Media Relations Feature Article category of the competition, as well as a Bronze CUPPIE in the Photography – News or Feature Photo category.

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Early Childhood Faculty Member Serves as Peer Reviewer

Billie A. Coffman

Billie A. Coffman, associate professor of early childhood education at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was recently asked by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education, to serve on a peer review team to evaluate another college’s proposed child care professional associate-degree program.

As a peer reviewer, Coffman was responsible for evaluating the course content in the degree program, reviewing all of the course syllabi and faculty credentials, and submitting a final report with recommendations for approval of the program.

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Dance Team to Hold ‘Take the Stage’ Fundraiser on May 3

The Wildcat Dance Team will hold its spring “Take the Stage” dance production at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The biannual event includes performances by guest students from the Milissa Augustine Dance Academy. Penn College’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium on Saturday afternoon for its winter production. A fundraiser for the group, the event also features performances by guest students from the Milissa Augustine Dance Academy. Billed as “certain to bring joy to dance enthusiasts of all ages,” the production will showcase numerous styles of dance from jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, street funk and modern to pointe, Broadway jazz, character, contemporary, baton and African rhythms – all to the accompaniment of traditional, urban and contemporary music.  Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Penn College students and $8 for the general public; all proceeds from the production support the Wildcat Dance Team.

Back-and-Forth Lead Changes Go Against Extramural Hoops Team

The Penn College team, prepped for crosstown contest

The Penn College team, prepped for crosstown contest

Game time in the Lyco gym

Game time in the Lyco gym

In an extramural basketball game with Lycoming College on Wednesday, Penn College came ready to play … but came up short. Lycoming was hot from the start, missing very few shots, but Penn College weathered the storm and took the lead midway through the first half. Lycoming battled back, as well, and the half ended with Penn College up 30-28. Lycoming used halftime to regroup and reclaimed the lead in a 12-4 run. Penn College clawed back and the game once again was a classic seesaw match-up, but a persistent Lycoming edged its way to a double-digit lead. That’s when Nathaniel Brown started hitting 3-pointers and, with one minute left, Lycoming’s edge was pared to two: 64-62.  Penn College started fouling and stopped scoring, and Lycoming made its free throws to win the game, 70-66. Brown was the college’s leading scorer with 27 points. James Boylan added 18, Rob Beckett chipped in 12, Mike Cliggett added seven points and Aaron Workman had two. Nate Jeffries and Rich DeJesus didn’t score, but had numerous assists and rebounds for Penn College. The next extramural basketball will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, when Penn College hosts Lock Haven University.
Photos and game summary by Jeremy R. Bottorf, intramural assistant

Alumni Campaign Draws Ever Closer to 72-Donor Goal

72 donors in 72 hours

72 donors in 72 hours

The Penn College Scholarship Campaign’s online appeal to attract 72 first-time alumni donors in 72 hours is steaming toward its goal, with 61 new gifts as of Thursday morning. “With just 17 hours remaining in the challenge, I am incredibly excited to report that our alums are rising to the occasion,” said Valerie L. Fessler, annual giving specialist. “Many have taken a leadership role among their alumni friends and co-workers to be advocates for this unique opportunity to help Penn College students.” The challenge continues through midnight Thursday.

Penn College Athletics Pens Nike Deal with Lids Team Sports

An agreement between Penn College, Nike adds trademark "swoosh" to Wildcat gear. (Composite artwork by Jennifer A. George, student affairs information specialist)

Pennsylvania College of Technology Athletics has partnered with Lids Team Sports to have Nike become the official provider of uniforms, footwear and equipment for its intercollegiate athletic teams.  The three-year agreement will begin July 1 with the department procuring the Nike products exclusively from Lids.

“We are extremely excited to announce this partnership,” athletic director Scott E. Kennell said.  “By doing this we are linking our department to one of the top international athletic brands.  This will only augment our athletic strategic plan to elevate the identity of our strong athletic tradition.”

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Special Pricing Offered for Supervisory Training at Penn College

Due to the successful launch and subsequent offerings of the Team Leader/Supervisor Program, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering the summer sessions at a reduced rate.

The research-based, instructor-led program is anchored around 32 leadership competencies identified throughout multiple industry clusters across the commonwealth. The noncredit training is rich with practical and relevant learning activities that can be immediately applied in the workplace.

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National Science Foundation Grant to Support ‘STEM’ Majors

The National Science Foundation is recognizing Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to applied technology education with a $616,417 grant to benefit students.

Provided through the NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, the five-year grant aims to increase retention, degree completion and career preparation for students in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies at Penn College.

The majority of the grant’s funds will be devoted to scholarships. Approximately 20 students will be awarded scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of four years. The first scholarships will be awarded during the 2014-15 academic year.

“This grant allows us to bring high-performing students to Penn College who might otherwise not have the means to do so,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “It is likely to be a life-changing opportunity for these students. They will ultimately gain an education that will prepare them for a lifetime of success.”

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Graphic Design Students Earn Advertising Accolades

Award-winning Penn College graphic design students are, from left: Madison M. Miller, of Danville; Morgan A. Hummel, of Northumberland; Morgan T. Jennings, of Canton; Kimberly S. Filko, of State College; and Erin M. Schlesinger, of Lock Haven.

Five graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently earned American Advertising Awards in the American Advertising Federation Northeast Pennsylvania competition. The students earned three Silver, three Gold and Best in Show honors, capturing seven of the 13 student awards presented by the organization. Additionally, one student’s work has been selected for publication in an international design annual. Continue reading →

K-12 Guests Explore Educational Topics Relevant to Student Preparedness

Beverly A. Hunsberger, center, college transition specialist in the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office, leads a roundtable discussion on Penn College NOW: Dual Enrollment.

Beverly A. Hunsberger, center, college transition specialist in the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office, leads a roundtable discussion on Penn College NOW: Dual Enrollment.

Anne K. Soucy, assistant dean of construction and design technologies, in purple, leads a group of educators through the HVAC and plumbing labs.

Anne K. Soucy, assistant dean of construction and design technologies, in purple, leads a group of educators through the HVAC and plumbing labs.

Penn College’s Outreach for K-12 Office hosted its semiannual College and Career Readiness Conference on campus Tuesday. The event offers opportunities for educators to participate in roundtable discussions on topics designed to help them prepare their students for life after high school, attend an educational session on a “hot topic” and learn through campus tours about the offerings available to their students. The event’s Hot Topic session was titled “Promising Practices on the K-12 School Counseling Plans.” A school counseling plan is required as part of the Pennsylvania School Code. The session was presented by two schools in the second and third year of implementing their respective plans.

Camp ESCAPE Slots Filling Up Quickly; Sign Up Today!

Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE, seven weeks of activities for boys and girls aged 8-14, is three-quarters’ full already … and, with an ad in the latest Webb Weekly, members of the campus community are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible. Daily enrollment is limited to 30 youngsters; the cost is $95 per week or $25 a day, regardless of drop-off or pickup times. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday; early drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m. and late pickup ends at 5 p.m. Scheduled field trips are:  Penn State All-Sports Museum, Penn State Planetarium and The Creamery (June 9-12 ); Knoebels Amusement Resort (June 16-19);  DelGrosso’s Amusement Resort (June 23-26); a  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders baseball game (July 7-10);  Tipton Water Park (July 14-17);  Liberty Splashland (July 21-24); and Knoebels Crystal Pool (July 28-31). For more information, contact intramural assistant Jeremy R. Bottorf at ext. 3721 or by email.

Longsderff Named PSUAC ‘Pitcher of the Week’

Josh Longsderff

Josh Longsderff

Senior Josh Longsderff, of Columbia, has been named the Penn State University Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the period ending April 13. Longsderff captured two of the team’s six wins on the week, including a complete-game shutout against Penn State York. In his seven innings of work, he allowed just three hits, no walks and struck out 10. A residential construction technology and management major, Longsderff leads the Wildcats and the PSUAC with a total of five wins on the season so far. He has an era of 2.59 with 29 strikeouts and only seven earned runs in 24.1 innings. Next up, Longsderff and the Wildcats travel to Penn State Beaver on Thursday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.

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