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Assistant School Dean Appointed at Penn College
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Michael J. Reed

Michael J. Reed has been appointed assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: liberal arts and sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Reed comes to Penn College from the Williamsport Area School District, where he most recently served as head principal at Williamsport Area High School.

“Mike Reed is a welcome addition to the leadership of the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Mike has more than 20 years of experience in progressively more responsible positions. He has consistently built collaborative teams among his faculty to improve teaching and learning. He has excelled in every endeavor, and we look forward to him joining the Penn College family.”

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New Noncredit Computer Courses Scheduled at Penn College

For those looking to sharpen their computer skills while learning something new, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering several new, easy-to-learn computer courses.

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Penn College Welcomes JCC Transfer Students

Thomas E. Ask, right, professor of industrial and human factors design at Penn College, works on a clay model with a student. Students from Jamestown Community College may transfer to Penn College and complete a Bachelor of Science in industrial and human factors design.

Jamestown Community College and Pennsylvania College of Technology have established a seamless pathway for students interested in pursuing an innovative and interdisciplinary degree that incorporates art, design and engineering. 

By completing prescribed coursework at Jamestown Community College, students may transfer to Penn College and complete a Bachelor of Science in industrial and human factors design. 

The degree prepares students to design marketable products in the fields of industrial design and product and packaging design, as well as the emerging and growing field of human factor and sustainable design.

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Rotational Molding Workshop Draws Worldwide Participants

Margie Chappell, of Elkamet, East Flat Rock, North Carolina, takes a photo of a powder classifier as Brock Snyder, of Akro-Plastics in Kent, Ohio, and Shelby Fischer, a PIRC research assistant and plastics and polymer technology major, observe.

With assistance from the Association of Rotational Molders, the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology attracted a record number of participants for its sixth annual Hands-On Rotational Molding Workshop.

The recent event brought five students and 40 plastics professionals to campus, representing 14 states, as well as Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

“It was quite satisfying to serve such a diverse group of individuals for this year’s workshop,” said Gary E. McQuay, PIRC engineering manager. “ARM was instrumental in promoting the workshop and providing discounts to those who registered on its website. Attracting a growing number of professionals is a testament to ARM’s commitment, the quality of the workshop and the outstanding facilities at Penn College.”

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Services Monday for Former Member of HVAC Faculty, School Administration

Donald L. Belles

Donald L. Belles

Donald L. Belles, a former assistant professor of HVAC technology who also served as interim/temporary dean of construction and design technologies, died Tuesday at age 64. An obituary for Belles, who was employed at Penn College (and its predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College) from August 1984 to July 2001, has been posted to the Sanders Mortuary website.

College Provides Blue-Ribbon Backdrop in Debut as Dog Show Host

Cooling off in unison on a comfortable patch of shade

Cooling off in unison on a comfortable patch of shade

Judges assess entries as they move through the conformation ring.

Judges assess entries as they move through the conformation ring.

A contestant obliges some hands-on attention ...

A contestant obliges some hands-on attention …

... while another shares some face-to-face communication.

… while another shares some face-to-face communication.

A well-groomed center of attention, even when out of the ring

A well-groomed center of attention, even when out of the ring

A new community audience was exposed to Penn College on Sunday and Monday, as main campus hosted the Bald Eagle Kennel Club’s 2014 All-Breed Points Show. Centered around the college’s Field House and Athletic Field, the American Kennel Club-approved show attracted two- and four-legged visitors from a wide geographic area – and rave reviews for the venue from handlers, vendors and spectators. The event also provided the opportunity for some kid/canine chemistry during a drop-in by youngsters and staff from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center.
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Diesel Instructor Honored With Caterpillar ‘Pathfinder’ Award

Mark E. Sones is presented with the 2014 Pathfinder to Excellence faculty award by Mary A. Sullivan, executive director of Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

An instructor in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s diesel equipment technology program has been honored with Caterpillar Inc.’s annual Pathfinder to Excellence faculty award.

Mark E. Sones, who teaches in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, received the award during a recent advisory meeting of Caterpillar officials and dealers.

“I’m pleased that Mark received this recognition. It acknowledges that what he does on a daily basis makes a difference in the lives of his students,” said Mary A. Sullivan, executive director of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies. “This is a great way for him to receive the ‘Thank you’ he deserves.”

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Inspiring Colleagues, Varied Workshops Prep Part-Time Faculty for Tasks Ahead

Keynoted John D. Maize engages his audience.

Keynoted John D. Maize engages his audience.

Counselor Michael S. DiPalma outlines how Counseling Services can aid faculty in fostering student success.

Counselor Michael S. DiPalma outlines how Counseling Services can aid faculty in fostering student success.

In preparation for the 2014-15 academic year, part-time instructors attended an Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Day at Penn College on Saturday. The daylong event – organized by Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction, and the Professional Development Office – included a variety of workshops to help faculty hone their skills in anticipation of the fall semester. Keynote speaker John D. Maize, instructor of speech communication-composition, shared “10 Things Not to Do” when connecting with classes, focusing on how to overcome miscues that discourage students from becoming involved and excited learners. Among other topics discussed by participants were media in the classroom, social networking, classroom conduct, outcomes assessment and curricular incorporation of Web tools. The instructors were also treated to an “issues and answers” panel discussion featuring recipients of the college’s annual Part-Time Excellence in Teaching Award.
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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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Contributors to College Legacy Gather for Centennial Celebration
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Three of the college's presidents, whose administrations span nearly four decades of the institution's 100-year history, gather at Friday's Centennial Gala. Joining Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour are Robert L. Breuder (left), who served from 1981-97, and William H. Feddersen, who led Williamsport Area Community College from 1974-80.

A Centennial Gala, bringing together an invited assortment of pivotal players in the institution’s growth from homegrown phenomenon to national pacesetter, was held Friday at Penn College. The day featured lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and campus tours, as well as a reception, remarks and dinner buffet in Madigan Library.

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Boeing 727′s Makeover Continues to Draw Media Interest

WBRE interviews school dean

WBRE interviews school dean

Tysanner gets a closer look at the plane's labyrinthine landing gear, just one area for aviation students' hands-on learning.

Tysanner gets a closer look at the plane’s labyrinthine landing gear, just one area for aviation students’ hands-on learning.

The plane's student-designed sheath beautifies a generous gift and promotes Penn College values.

The plane’s student-designed sheath beautifies a generous gift and promotes Penn College values.

Eyewitness News reporter Valerie Tysanner interviewed Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, on Thursday for a piece about the former FedEx plane donated to Penn College – recently cocooned in vinyl and ready for another academic year of training students at the Lumley Aviation Center.

Dental Hygiene Instructor Presents Thesis at ADHA Session

Kelly A. Braun

A Pennsylvania College of Technology alumna and adjunct instructor was invited to present her master’s thesis during the American Dental Hygienists Association annual session in Las Vegas.

Kelly A. Braun, a registered dental hygienist in the dental medicine/oral surgery department at Geisinger Medical Center, earned both an associate degree in dental hygiene and a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene: health policy and administration from Penn College. In August 2013, she completed a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene.

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Medical Helicopter Adds to EMS Students’ Real-World Perspective

Life Flight paramedic Gregg Martuccio (center), joined by John Summers, a visiting medical student, discusses the "situational awareness" needed to avoid contact with the craft's tail rotor.

Life Flight paramedic Gregg Martuccio (center), joined by John Summers, a visiting medical student, discusses the “situational awareness” needed to avoid contact with the craft’s tail rotor.

Martuccio and nurse John Harahus secure Stephen M. Yonkin, a pre-paramedic technician major from Dushore ...

Martuccio and nurse John Harahus secure Stephen M. Yonkin, a pre-paramedic technician major from Dushore …

... for transport by student volunteers into the helicopter.

… for transport by student volunteers into the helicopter.

Students step up for a peek inside.

Students step up for a peek inside.

The aircraft lifts off shortly after 9:30 a.m.

The aircraft lifts off shortly after 9:30 a.m.

A four-man Life Flight crew from Geisinger Health System landed outside Penn College’s Madigan Library on Thursday morning to share insight with students in the Operations and Rescue Practices for the Paramedic course. The helicopter, piloted by Capt. Curt Haldeman and based at the nearby Williamsport Regional Airport, stayed on-site for about an hour to answer questions and acquaint the class with the particulars of health-care delivery from above. Later in the day, the students trained in emergency-vehicle operation in a parking lot on the northwest side of campus.

From Screen to Stage, CAC Announces 2014-15 Season

Community Arts Center announces 2014-15 season

Soaring off the screen and onto the Community Arts Center stage, the 2014-15 season will bring many of the freshest, funniest and most beloved small-screen personalities and shows to your favorite area theater, such as Voiceplay (Oct. 17), Mythbusters (Nov. 21), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Dec. 3), Sid the Science Kid (Feb. 3), Sister Act (Feb. 19) and many others.

There will also be plenty to get up and sing about as legendary rockers Kansas (Oct.11), The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks (Dec. 1), Creedence Clearwater Revisited (Feb. 28), and Three Dog Night (March 27) light up the CAC stage. An entertainment force from the South Pacific, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra (Jan. 8) will delight crowds of all ages as they reinterpret hit songs.

From the first show of the season, “Last Comic Standing” Sept. 30, until the last, “Wild Kratts Live” on May 1, the CAC’s schedule is packed with entertainment featuring cutting-edge comedy, family-friendly shows, bold experiments, culinary craftsmen, expert magicians, music legends and pretty much anything else you could ask for. As always, there are plenty of shows with discounted student tickets.

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College Awarded $1,000 Grant for Students’ Sexual-Health Awareness

A $1,000 grant has been awarded to Pennsylvania College of Technology to enhance students’ sexual-health awareness during the 2014-15 academic year.

As one of 20 institutions to receive funding from the Female Health Co., Penn College will use the money for an information campaign about the company’s FC2 female condom, including supplies and educational materials.

The money will also fund Sex-Ed Boot Camp on Wednesday, Aug. 27, an annual event that promotes safe and respectful relationships through discussion of intimacy, health, contraception and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

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