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Penn College Workforce Development Scholarship Established
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Shannon M. Munro, left, and Tracy L. Brundage made pledges to fund the initial awards from the Penn College Workforce Development Scholarship.

A scholarship has been created at Pennsylvania College of Technology by administrators in Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College.

The Penn College Workforce Development Scholarship was established by Tracy L. Brundage, assistant vice president for workforce and economic development, and Shannon M. Munro, executive director of workforce development and continuing education.

The annual scholarship will benefit full-time, nontraditional – 24 years old or older – students from Bradford, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga or Union counties enrolled in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies at Penn College.

Brundage and Munro have made pledges to fund the initial awards from the scholarship.

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Student Investors Benefit From Business Grads’ Financial Acumen

Shawn A. Wilson, left, and Seth A. Martin offer practical career insights to students in the technology-filled Financial Markets Investments Lab. Wilson said the technology at Penn College helped to attract him as a prospective student.

Shawn A. Wilson, left, and Seth A. Martin offer practical career insights to students in the technology-filled Financial Markets Investments Lab. Wilson said the technology at Penn College helped to attract him as a prospective student.

Among Wilson’s pointers is how not to win over a client.

Among Wilson’s pointers is how not to win over a client.

Martin talks about the challenges of working with multiple generations of investors.

Martin talks about the challenges of working with multiple generations of investors.

Business administration alumni Seth E. Martin, ’08, and Shawn A. Wilson, ’00, returned to campus Tuesday to speak with members of the Student Managed Investment Fund. Martin is an investment officer at The Bryn Mawr Trust Co. Wilson owns S.A. Wilson & Associates, a financial planning firm in Lewistown and State College. The two talked about some of the things they valued most about their Penn College educations and discussed the challenges of the finance industry.

Student Volunteers Sought for Streambank Cleanup

Penn College students are invited to take part in a streambank cleanup organized by Clinton County CleanScapes, an area nonprofit that holds a number of such community-service events each year, from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Students will remove tires and flood debris from the banks of Loyalsock Creek in Gamble Township; gloves, trash bags, safety vests and lunch will be provided. Registration by noon Thursday is requested, either by calling CCC Project Director Elisabeth Lynch McCoy at 570-726-3511 or by email. Complete information – including directions, recommended attire, available volunteer positions and a required waiver – follows: Cleanup Details and Waiver

Faculty Member, Students Present at Penn State Symposium

A Pennsylvania College of Technology chemistry faculty member and two students were invited speakers recently at the Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology.

Kelly B. Butzler, associate professor of chemistry; Meghan C. Cunningham, a sophomore in individual studies from Williamsport; and Brian M. McKeon Jr., a freshman in general studies from Trout Run, co-presented a session titled “Flipping the Classroom: Is it Worth the Hype?”

A “flipped classroom” is a blended learning approach to a standard classroom. The presentation offered perspectives on teaching and learning in a variety of courses, how students and teachers perceive a flipped classroom, and how the flexible approach affects students’ learning outcomes.

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Technological Tool Spotlights Interconnected, Fragile World

Noe discusses the varied experiences that inform Aldo Leopold's work.

Noe discusses the varied experiences that inform Aldo Leopold’s work.

Using index cards and pencils distributed in the lobby, attendees are asked to define "environment," "perspective" and "ethics," and to explore the connections among the ideas behind those words.

Using index cards and pencils distributed in the lobby, attendees are asked to define “environment,” “perspective” and “ethics,” and to explore the connections among the ideas behind those words.

Leopold meets "The Lorax" among Cooley's career catalysts.

Leopold meets “The Lorax” among Cooley’s career catalysts.

The presenters lead a "virtual field trip" thousands of miles aloft, thanks to Google Earth.

The presenters lead a “virtual field trip” thousands of miles aloft, thanks to Google Earth.

Pat Murphy, 1989's Master Teacher and a member of the Centennial Colloquia Committee, buys a copy of Leopold's "Sand County Almanac" from Matt P. Branca, director of The College Store.

Pat Murphy, 1989′s Master Teacher and a member of the Centennial Colloquia Committee, buys a copy of Leopold’s “Sand County Almanac” from Matt P. Branca, director of The College Store.

Building on the common ground between distinct specialties, two faculty members challenged audience members Tuesday to discard the exclusionary nature of either/or thinking and find balance between their lives and the world around them. And in so doing, Rob Cooley, an assistant professor of anthropology and environmental science, and Mark D. Noe, a professor of English, personified Penn College’s cross-disciplinary approach to student learning – where “true education” connects disparate individuals to their shared space. Noe and Cooley presented “Google Meets Aldo Leopold: Information, Technology, and 21st-Century Environmental Ethics,” the latest offering in the college’s Centennial Colloquia Series. The pair combined resonant readings from Leopold’s timeless prose, vocabulary homework and images from Google Earth to lead a “virtual field trip” from the stage of the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Punctuating Leopold’s recognition of the tenuous balance between humans and their environment, the tour presented stark confirmation of man’s imprint: residual logging cribs in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River (and remnants of acid mine drainage where it meets the North Branch), air pollution over China, loss of waterfowl habitat in Maryland, and contraction of the Arctic ice cap, among them. The program, introduced by Deb A. Buckman, assistant professor of chemistry/environmental science, was followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception in Wrapture.

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 Horticulture Club Polishes Community Gem

Instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. (in hat); Dorland Miller, president of the Lose Community Garden (left); and Seth J. Wyncoll, a landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis major from Kempton; clear twigs and other debris from a city landmark.

Instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. (in hat); Dorland Miller, president of the Lose Community Garden (left); and Seth J. Wyncoll, a landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis major from Kempton; clear twigs and other debris from a city landmark.

Visible beyond the in-ground signage along Maynard Street, volunteers beautify the legacy of J. Roman Way.

Visible beyond the in-ground signage along Maynard Street, volunteers beautify the legacy of J. Roman Way.

Filling hayracks with coco liner and potting soil in preparation for annuals are landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis students Nathan J. Gennaria, of Bloomsburg (left), and Kyle N. Johnson, of Liverpool.

Filling hayracks with coco liner and potting soil in preparation for annuals are landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis students Nathan J. Gennaria, of Bloomsburg (left), and Kyle N. Johnson, of Liverpool.

Making a timely visit to Way’s Garden, the faculty adviser and several members of Penn College’s Horticulture Club spent Earth Day afternoon helping to beautify a municipal oasis at West Fourth and Maynard streets. Wielding rakes, pushing wheelbarrows and toting trash cans, the students and horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. – along with Bob Esposito, president of the Way’s Garden Commission, and community gardener Dorland Miller – helped clear a winter’s worth of fallout and get the neighborhood jewel ready for spring planting. Just a few blocks from Penn College, which is in the midst of a Centennial celebration, Way’s Garden is marking its own 100th anniversary this year. (The park’s actual birthday was in 2013, but an unofficial observance will kick off May 31 with a public unveiling of plans for a grand restoration.)

72/72 Campaign Tops Goal, Affirms Importance of All Gifts

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 exceeded its goal, attracting 75 new gifts as of Thursday’s midnight deadline. The Penn College Foundation added $250 to every donation of $25 or more, resulting in nearly $21,000 in new scholarship funds to help students with the cost of their education. “The Penn College Foundation wanted to demonstrate to alumni that their financial support of the institution has a direct impact on the lives of current and future students,” said Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. “We’re thrilled with the response to the challenge, are pleased to provide the additional scholarship aid to first-year students this coming fall and hope that other alumni will continue to give, because every gift truly does make a difference.” While the 72-hour campaign is over, donations to the Penn College Fund are still being accepted.

Building Operator Certification National Sponsor Honored by EPA

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, the national sponsor of the Building Operator Certification program that trains and certifies workers in best practices for energy efficiency, has been chosen by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 2014 ENERGY STAR Award.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s National Sustainable Structures Center is part of the network of licensed providers nationwide helping to administer the BOC program.

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Students Develop Company, Sell Product for Scholarship Fund

Students in a Business Planning and Operations class raised more than $1,200 for a scholarship fund for Penn College students as part of a class assignment to form a company and develop and sell a product. The course is taught by Mark A. Ciavarella, assistant professor of business administration/management, seventh from left.

As part of a hands-on learning activity, business students at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently developed and sold a product to raise money for a scholarship fund.

The 16 students, enrolled in the Business Planning and Operations course, were tasked with forming a company, choosing a product, electing leaders, and writing a business plan, in addition to developing and selling the product.

From among three products pitched by the class, the students chose to form the company Billtown Bargains, selling cards that provide discounts to 18 Williamsport-area businesses.

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Limited Slots Available for Summer Program at Children’s Learning Center

The Dunham Children’s Learning Center will offer a summer program from June 9 to Aug. 8 for children who have completed kindergarten or first grade (up to age 7). Hours will be 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fridays. Enrollment will be full time only*, Monday through Friday, for $150 per week. Discounts will be available for eligible Penn College students and subsidized child care through the Child Care Information Services will be welcome. For further information or to enroll, contact Barbara J. Albert, center director, or call 570-320-8026.

* Penn College students who are taking summer classes that are not scheduled for Fridays may opt to enroll for just Monday through Thursday.

Student to Discuss May 3 Talladega Race During Wednesday Radio Interview

Scott D. Hubler

Scott D. Hubler

Penn College student and ARCA driver Scott D. Hubler will be a guest during Wednesday’s “Trophy Michaels Show” on ESPN 92.3FM in Selinsgrove. The interview will air at 5:15 p.m. and can be accessed online.  Hubler, a building automation technology major from Coplay, is scheduled to compete in his second ARCA race on Saturday, May 3. That race, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at Talladega Speedway, will air nationwide on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 10 a.m. In February, Hubler raced at Daytona International Speedway in the Lucas Oil 200.

Student Activities Banquet Honors Those Who Left Their Mark on 2013-14
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Julie H. Carr (left), a nursing major from Souderton, and Lauren J. Crouse, an applied human services student from Turbotville, each received a $1,000 award from the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship.

With commencement barely a month away, Penn College’s campus leaders recently brought the curtain down on another impressive year. The annual Student Activities Awards Banquet, held Wednesday in Penn’s Inn, shone the spotlight on a number of deserving individuals and organizations, many of whom took home awards for academic achievement, philanthropy, community service and mentorship.

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Stroll Through Time: Walking Trail Provides Snapshots of History

The History Trail compares today's Penn College with the campus of yesterday.

The History Trail compares today’s Penn College with the campus of yesterday.

 Opened in 1914 as Williamsport High School, the Klump Academic Center is the most historic landmark on campus. Adult vocational classes, held in the high school basement, led to the development of Williamsport Technical Institute (officially named in 1941), Williamsport Area Community College (1965), and Pennsylvania College of Technology (1989).

Opened in 1914 as Williamsport High School, the Klump Academic Center is the most historic landmark on campus. Adult vocational classes, held in the high school basement, led to the development of Williamsport Technical Institute (officially named in 1941), Williamsport Area Community College (1965), and Pennsylvania College of Technology (1989).

From the Spring 2014 One College Avenue: A photo essay captures a glimpse of the history shared on the 17 kiosks that delineate Penn College’s History Trail, an easy walking path around main campus. The trail invites visitors and alumni to acquaint – or reacquaint – themselves with the college.

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 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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