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Penn College Archers Ready to Open

The Pennsylvania College of Technology archery team is set to open while the college’s basketball and wrestling squads continue their seasons.

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THON Donations Enhance Blood Drive’s Life-Saving Potential

Blood drive nets 227 pints for Red Cross, $908 for THON

Blood drive nets 227 pints for Red Cross, $908 for THON

This week’s two-day campus visit by the Red Cross Bloodmobile collected 227 pints (120 on Tuesday and 107 the following afternoon), topping the 190-unit goal in spite of a Wednesday snowstorm. The Red Cross contributed $4 to the fight against pediatric cancer on behalf of each successful donor, so Penn College Benefiting THON will receive $908. Donors were also entered into a drawing for one of three hourlong massages in College Health Services; winners were students Alicia A. Brant, Tyler D. Hodge and Zachary D. Reese. Also helping the cause were Papa John’s, which provided pizza, and Weis Markets, which supplied baked goods for the post-donation canteen.

Well-‘Liked’ Wedding Photos to Determine This Year’s ‘Alumni Sweethearts’

Penn College's "Alumni Sweethearts" of 2014 – Joshua A. and Aurora D. (DiRocco) Bonner – on their June 7, 2008, wedding day.

Penn College’s “Alumni Sweethearts” of 2014 – Joshua A. and Aurora D. (DiRocco) Bonner – on their June 7, 2008, wedding day.

Graduate couples who met while pursuing their degrees are invited to submit their favorite wedding photos and explain, in 140 characters or less, why they should be named the 2015 Alumni Sweetheart Couple. The photo with the most “likes” via Penn College Alumni Relations on Facebook will win dinner for two in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and an overnight stay in The Victorian House. Sweetheart entries shared on Alumni Relations’ wall before Friday, Jan. 30, will be placed in a photo gallery on Monday, Feb. 2. Each entrant can then encourage friends to “like” their photo until 11:59 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Despite that superstitious lead-in, there’s nothing but good luck afoot: The contest winner will be announced the following day … on Valentine’s Day! (Last year’s winners, from the Class of 2003, are pictured at left.)

Penn College Engages in STEM Awareness in Tioga County

Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology at Penn College, center, shares scientific insights with Tioga County eighth graders at the STEM Awareness Career Day.

A biology professor and an assistant dean from the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications at Pennsylvania College of Technology presented at the first STEM Awareness Career Day, held recently at Wellsboro Area High School’s administration building.

Conducted by the Tioga County Development Corp. in conjunction with Shell Appalachia and several other organizations, the event drew approximately 530 Tioga County eighth-graders from all three county school districts – Northern Tioga, Southern Tioga and Wellsboro.

Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology (anatomy and physiology), and Michael J. Reed, assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: liberal arts and sciences, were among educators offering insights into the exciting opportunities available in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Penn College at Wellsboro Offers Computer Classes

Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro will offer several computer classes this spring at Wellsboro Area Senior High School.

The classes are taught by qualified instructors at a comfortable pace for all levels of adult learners. They are held in a relaxed computer classroom environment, allowing students to learn, experiment and ask questions. Classes are hands-on, with one student per computer station.

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Poet Wields Words to Redefine Himself, Change Others’ Attitudes

Jason Carney engages his ACC Auditorium audience ...

Jason Carney engages his ACC Auditorium audience …

... punctuating his call to action ...

… punctuating his call to action …

... with a uniquely personal perspective.

… with a uniquely personal perspective.

Observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day with an appearance at Penn College, a celebrated poet, memoirist and teacher enlisted fervent voices for a national dialogue about racism and other manifestations of hatred. Jason Carney was Monday night’s featured speaker in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, continuing the campus’s involvement in Dream Week activities. Interweaving a multigenerational story about the roots of prejudice with powerful poetry that showed his redemption as a cycle-breaking activist for change, the former skinhead encouraged his audience to rise above crippling apathy and divisive language. The week’s events also included a Day of Service, a faculty/staff writing workshop with Carney and a community discussion of nonviolence and inclusiveness.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Prospective Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Employers schedule campus visits

Employers schedule campus visits

Two employers will hold informational meetings at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, for Penn College students and alumni. Representatives of Anderson Equipment Co. will be in Room 122 of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center (with an equipment display beginning at 3) and recruiters from Trane will be in Room B2060 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center. Those seeking to be interviewed by Anderson the following day (in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center) are asked to bring their resumes to the information session. For details, including available positions and academic areas of interest, consult Career Services’ fliers: Employers

Scholarship Campaign Exceeds Goal, Raises $6.4 Million

Campaign generates more than twice its original goal in private scholarship support.

Capping a year of celebration to commemorate the Centennial anniversary of Pennsylvania College of Technology, the institution’s most significant fundraising effort more than doubled its original goal, raising $6.4 million in private scholarship support.

The success of the Penn College Scholarship Campaign will allow the Penn College Foundation to provide more than twice the amount of scholarship aid to students than it did prior to the launch of the campaign in 2011.

“Penn College is poised to become a national leader in applied technology education,” said Davie Jane Gilmour, the college’s president. “The success of the Scholarship Campaign will help hundreds of students have access to that education.”

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Penn College Makes Friends, Memories at State Farm Show
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Culinary arts and systems majors Brianna E. Bucklin (left), of Whitehall, and Victoria L. Zablocky, of Jersey Shore, serve vegetable-filled hush puppies and slaw to audience members.

Penn College’s exciting two- and four-year majors were on display throughout the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg (Jan. 10-17), where representatives of the Admissions Office and the college’s six academic schools entertained, educated – and even fed – the throng attending the traditional agricultural expo.

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Free, Discounted Tickets Available for ‘Sing-Off Live! Tour’

"The Sing-Off Live! Tour"

“The Sing-Off Live! Tour”

NBC’s No. 1-rated a cappella music competition returns to the road for its second national “The Sing-Off Live! Tour” with a stop at the Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. The Student Activities Office has a limited number of free tickets available for Penn College students. In addition, reduced-price seats in the loge are available to students and employees at just $20. Tickets can be purchased at the Bush Campus Center’s Information Desk through Friday, Feb. 13, with cash, check or credit card. After Feb. 13, tickets can be purchased directly at the Arts Center at the full $42.50 price. No refunds or exchanges on tickets. “The Sing-Off Live! Tour” features fan favorite groups VoicePlay and Street Corner Symphony, plus the The Exchange and the Melodores from Vanderbilt University. The groups will perform their a cappella versions of this year’s chart-topping hits, as well as favorite arrangements from the TV show. The Community Arts Center, a wholly owned Penn College subsidiary is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport, just a few blocks from campus.

Penn College Teams Taste Victory

Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling and women’s basketball teams each scored victories over the past week.

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Visiting Chef Dinner Features Luxury Resort’s Beverage Director

Brian McClure

The Spring 2015 edition of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Visiting Chef Series will feature Brian McClure, beverage director for The Greenbrier, widely regarded as one of the world’s finest luxury resorts.

Penn College’s Visiting Chef Series provides students pursuing associate and bachelor’s degrees in baking and pastry arts, culinary arts and hospitality management with an opportunity to work alongside renowned hospitality-industry professionals. As a culmination to the visit, the students produce a grand meal that raises money for scholarship funds. The Spring 2015 Visiting Chef Dinner will be held Feb. 27.

During the event, McClure will share his knowledge of wine with diners as they experience the elegant five-course meal prepared by students and faculty. While on campus, he will also speak to students in the Hospitality and Beverage Management Service and Controls course.

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Penn College ‘Soul Food Dinner’ Adds Storytelling to Menu

Astronaut Mae Jemison, as portrayed by Joanna Maddox

The public is invited to attend a night of food, fellowship and storytelling as Pennsylvania College of Technology kicks off Black History Month in February.

The college’s annual Soul Food Dinner – scheduled this year for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in Penn’s Inn on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center – will feature a performance by Joanna Maddox as Mae C. Jemison. Jemison, whose historic voyage on the Space Shuttle Endeavor in September 1992 is the inspiration for Maddox’s storytelling, was the first African-American female astronaut to ever travel into space.

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‘Working Class’ Documentary Added to College YouTube Channel

“Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education,” which chronicles the rich and challenging history of Penn College and its predecessors, can be viewed on the college’s YouTube Channel. The one-hour documentary – which premiered Jan. 8 on campus and continues to be shown on public television – was co-produced by the college and WVIA Public Media in conjunction with the institution’s 2014 Centennial. The film will be rebroadcast on WVIA at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15; 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27; 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29; and 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1.

Baier Latest ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Kendel F. Baier

Kendel F. Baier, of Jersey Shore, a senior in the building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration, has been chosen as the December/January Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Exemplifying both academics and athletics, Baier maintains a full course load and is a national bowhunter champion on the Penn College archery team.

Among her accomplishments, she was selected as the college’s 2014 Female Athlete of the Year.

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