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National Science Foundation Grant to Support ‘STEM’ Majors
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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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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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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 →

Alumni Campaign on Track to Meet 72-Hour Goal

72 donors in 72 hours

72 donors in 72 hours

It was a successful first day for the Penn College Scholarship Campaign’s online appeal to attract 72 first-time alumni donors in 72 hours. “Alumni are up for the challenge,” said Valerie L. Fessler, annual giving specialist. “We received 29 gifts from a variety of donors, including one Williamsport Area Community College alum, six Penn College faculty/staff alumni and even a current student!” The challenge continues through midnight Thursday.

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.

Easter Bake Sale to Be Held Wednesday

The popular Easter bake sale, the final of the spring semester for the Advanced Patisserie Operations class, will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday at Le Jeune Patissier (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). The sale will be managed by Kirsten E. Foti, of Landing, N.J., and Briana L. Klingler, of Port Matilda, baking and pastry arts students; and Lewis D. Robinson, a culinary arts and systems major from Bellefonte. Although the deadline for pre-orders has passed, additional products will be available on-site.

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.

AWS Student Chapter Hosts Welding Merit Badge Program

The American Welding Society Student Chapter at Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted its first Welding Merit Badge program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the college’s Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.

Fourteen Boy Scouts (ages 13-16) attended, representing six troops from central Pennsylvania – a couple of which drove more than an hour to participate. The event was sponsored by the AWS Penn College Student Chapter, with members Matthew K. Stahlnecker, of Cogan Station; Scott F. Hutton, of Williamsport; Tyler A. Grove, of Perkasie; Alexander M. Martenas, of Berwick; Joshua T. Marvin, of Shickshinny; Nicholas C. Choiniere, of Millbury, Mass.; and Jason J. Bimle, of Altoona, participating. Stahlnecker and Marvin are welding technology students; the others major in welding and fabrication engineering technology.

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From Garb to Grub, ‘Finale’ Has Imminent Grads Covered

Displaying one of the hottest ensembles of the season

Displaying one of the hottest ensembles of the season

All smiles at The College Store's traveling register is Jaret C. Brumbach, of Boyertown. Graduating with an associate degree in building construction technology, he already has a job lined up with J.R. Wegman Construction, of Douglassville.

All smiles at The College Store’s traveling register is Jaret C. Brumbach, of Boyertown. Graduating with an associate degree in building construction technology, he already has a job lined up with J.R. Wegman Construction, of Douglassville.

Soon-to-be-alumni enjoy the convenience of tackling pre-commencement tasks in one locale.

Soon-to-be-alumni enjoy the convenience of tackling pre-commencement tasks in one locale.

Tammy M. Rich, director of alumni relations (background) , and Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist, check in future alums.

Tammy M. Rich, director of alumni relations (background) , and Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist, check in future alums.

The school-by-school lineup for Penn College's May 16-17 commencement ceremonies

The school-by-school lineup for Penn College’s May 16-17 commencement ceremonies

Nearly 450 students who have petitioned to graduate in one of May’s three commencement ceremonies breezed through their last-minute chores at Monday’s Grad Finale. Held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Penn’s Inn, near-alumni could snag their Community Arts Center tickets for the big day; buy their caps and gowns; order announcements; learn about their alumni benefits, such as career services, scholarship opportunities, campus privileges and their lifetime Penn College e-mail accounts; and enjoy free food and other giveaways.
Photos by Marc T. Kaylor, student photographer, and Becky J. Shaner (center image)

Students Picked to Prepare Food for Kentucky Derby Fans

At the 2013 Kentucky Derby, Penn College students Eileen Harrington, of Springfield, Va., (left) and Laura A. Rozzi, of Reading, (a May 2013 graduate) prepare food for guests. Penn College students, including Harrington, will return for the 140th running of the Derby on May 3.

Nearly 40 Pennsylvania College of Technology students have been selected to cook for thousands at the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday of May.

The Kentucky Derby, known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” is set to celebrate its 140th

running this spring. Steeped in tradition, the event attracts more than 150,000 guests, including its fair share of celebrities.

At Churchill Downs, students will prepare foods for guests in suites and luxury boxes throughout the facility, including The Mansion, a lavish, invitation-only venue added to the facility last year.

Students are also assigned to the main kitchen, Jockey Club Suites, Turf Club Lounge, Finish Line Suites and the Plaza Balcony. In the days leading up to the May 3 Derby, in addition to preparing thousands of pounds of ingredients for the main event, several students will prepare food for “Dawn at the Downs,” a popular Louisville tradition that gives visitors an opportunity to enjoy breakfast in Millionaires Row while watching the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders conduct morning workouts.

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For 72 Hours, Foundation to Match New Alumni Gifts Tenfold – Count ’em – Tenfold

72 donors in 72 hours

72 donors in 72 hours

Act now! With a diverting message designed to elicit giggles while it solicits donations (and with all the subtlety of the late-night infomercials it so pointedly parodies), the Penn College Scholarship Campaign is offering first-time alumni benefactors a sweet opportunity to help current students. The Penn College Foundation is hoping to attract 72 gifts in 72 hours, from midnight Monday through midnight Thursday. (An online ticker will count down as each new donor pitches in.) If a contribution of $25 or more is received from an alumnus or alumna who hasn’t donated in the past, the foundation will contribute $250 in that person’s name. With the combined donation, a one-time scholarship will be awarded to a first-year student in the major from which the alum graduated. To help sell the campaign, admissions representative Sarah R. Shott and Matthew A. Wagner, a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration major from Selinsgrove, co-star in an attention-getting video modeled after those witching-hour hucksters who peddle products to bleary-eyed insomniacs. “As part of the college’s Centennial, increasing alumni participation in the Penn College Fund is a priority,” said Valerie L. Fessler, annual giving specialist. “We thought this playful video would be a fun and engaging way to generate support from our social media audiences. I can’t wait to see our alumni step up to the challenge!”

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 →

ShaleNET Training at Penn College Approved for Veterans Assistance

Several ShaleNET certificate training offerings at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for veterans eligible under a VA training assistance program.

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Honor Society’s Penn College Chapter Inducts Five Business Students

Delta Mu Delta inductees, from left: Shane M. Beckman, Megan N. Whiteman, Stephen B. Wozniak, Zachary J. Buterbaugh and Cory L. Buckles.

Delta Mu Delta inductees, from left: Shane M. Beckman, Megan N. Whiteman, Stephen B. Wozniak, Zachary J. Buterbaugh and Cory L. Buckles.

The School of Business & Hospitality inducted five students Friday into the Penn College chapter of the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business. Those inducted during a ceremony in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant were Shane M. Beckman, of Linden, accounting; Cory L. Buckles, of South Williamsport, business administration: small business and entrepreneurship concentration; Zachary J. Buterbaugh, of Conestoga, accounting; Megan N. Whiteman, of South Williamsport, accounting; and Stephen B. Wozniak, of Williamsport, business administration: management concentration. Gerri F. Luke, professor of business administration/management, presided over the induction. Membership in Delta Mu Delta is available to candidates for the baccalaureate degree in a business-related major who have completed at least one-half of the work required for the degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and who are in the top 20 percent of their college class in cumulative average grades. In addition, they must be approved – in writing – by the dean of business and hospitality.
Photo by Frederick W. Becker, dean of business and hospitality

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