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Zimmerman Scholarship Established at Penn College
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June and Thomas Zimmerman have established a scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Two faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology who are also alumni of the institution ­­have established a building-to-endowed scholarship at the college.

The scholarship was created by Thomas A. Zimmerman, an associate professor of psychology who has worked at Penn College since 1984, and June Kilgus Zimmerman, a part-time sociology faculty member who is also employed as an oncology social worker by the Susquehanna Health Cancer Center.

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Penn College Has Seat at Roundtable on Value of Apprenticeships

Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development at Penn College, speaks with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez during a Dec. 11 Philadelphia visit.

Three representatives of Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology were on hand when the U.S. Department of Labor recently made available $100 million in grant funding for apprenticeships.

Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development; John F. Strittmatter, ShaleNET U.S. regional hub director; and David C. Pistner, director of energy initiatives, attended the Dec. 11 announcement in the Philadelphia School District by Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez.

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Frontier Communications Donates $5,000 to College’s K-12 Efforts

Frontier Communications’ Jennifer Sherwood, left, presents a check to Debra M. Miller, Penn College’s director of corporate relations.

Frontier Communications has contributed $5,000 to two Pennsylvania College of Technology initiatives that benefit high school students.

The company’s contribution, delivered by Jennifer Sherwood, a Frontier enterprise account executive, was made through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program in support of the college’s SMART Girls and Penn College NOW programs.

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Nine Students Pass State Agriculture Department’s Pesticide Exam

Nine students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies passed the Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification test administered Nov. 24.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture representative Jason Kehoe presided over the examination, which allows licensees to become applicators in one or more of 26 categories that cover a range of pest-control situations.

“This gives the students an opportunity to set themselves apart from their competition,” said Carl J. Bower Jr., a horticulture instructor at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center. “Even if they don’t do any spraying, they are a much more informed employee for having taken and passed this test.”

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Consider Penn College in Your Year-End Giving Plans

If you are considering making a charitable donation as the 2014 tax year comes to a close, please remember the Penn College employee campaign. Gifts of all sizes help students succeed and will be put to use immediately.

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Welding Student Takes Scrap Metal From Dumpster to Dazzling

Michael A. Cramer proudly displays his artistry in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.

Michael A. Cramer proudly displays his artistry in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.

The headdress took about a month to complete ...

The headdress took about a month to complete …

... with painstaking detail that confirms the work involved.

… with painstaking detail that confirms the work involved.

Inspired by a picture and encouraged by a faculty mentor, a first-year welding and fabrication engineering technology major has replicated a Native American headdress with impressive intricacy and realism. Michael A. Cramer, of Mahaffey, a student in Michael K. Patterson’s Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting course this past semester, fashioned his creation entirely from scrap steel. “I always wanted to make one out of metal, but never thought I could … until I got the chance to do any project I wanted,” he said. “I told Mike about it and he immediately gave me the OK and seemed excited about it.” Cramer said it took more than two weeks to form, hammer out and color all of the feathers, then another week and a half to make the headband and put it all together. “I really think that the details, such as the small engraving and the color, bring it to life,” said the student, who added that Patterson was never far away with ready answers to any questions. “I loved a quote that Mike wrote on a white board: ‘Take the metal to places it has never been,'” Cramer said. “I think I will use that for the rest of my life working with metal. I think that welding is seen by a lot of people as ‘just a dirty job that can pay well – ‘Why would anyone want to do this?’ – but I want to show people that working with metal is more than that. You can make such beautiful things out of scrap metal in a Dumpster. I want my work to be inspirational to others and maybe get them to try welding and working with metal.”
Photos by Matthew W. Nolan, welding lecturer

Four Penn College Wrestlers Get Wins at Nittany Lion Open

Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestlers gained some valuable experience while competing in the Penn State Nittany Lion Open and its men’s and women’s basketball teams split in action through Saturday.

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Students From Austria Study Semester of Business at Penn College

S. Jordan Stammer, center, a student in Penn College’s culinary arts technology major, takes the dinner order of Anita K. Fink, left, and Katharina M. Sutter, both exchange students from Fachhochschule Vorarlberg in Dornbirn, Austria, during a Classical Cuisines of the World dinner in the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. The meal featured foods from the Alsace region of France, just a few hours from the students’ home university.

Two Austrian students spending a semester exchange at Pennsylvania College of Technology will return with valuable perspectives from their months in the Keystone State.

“Our experience here showed us that it is important to be open to other cultures, other points of view and other opinions,” said Katharina M. Sutter. “Furthermore, it is important – especially in a new country – to be open to your classmates, neighbors and people you meet. An open attitude helps to come into contact with these people.”

The students recently talked about their experience over a student-prepared classic European dinner in the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

Sutter and travel mate, Anita K. Fink, are participants in a semester exchange program between Penn College and Fachhochschule Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn, Austria. Students in their fifth semester of international business majors at FH Vorarlberg are encouraged to study abroad. During that semester, students from around the world study at Vorarlberg.

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‘Giving Tree’ Donors Brighten Holidays for Dozens

A colorful collection of holiday gifts awaits pickup in the Student Activities Office.

A colorful collection of holiday gifts awaits pickup in the Student Activities Office.

Steve Wenzel, from the Salvation Army in Williamsport, wheels a binload of donations through the Bush Campus Center.

Steve Wenzel, from the Salvation Army in Williamsport, wheels a binload of donations through the Bush Campus Center.

Co-workers in the Student Activities Office help shuttle gift bags to the Salvation Army van ...

Co-workers in the Student Activities Office help shuttle gift bags to the Salvation Army van …

... and accept the agency's appreciation for helping make the holidays happier for needy local residents.

… and accept the agency’s appreciation for helping make the holidays happier for needy local residents.

Forty less-fortunate members of the Williamsport community – infants, children and senior citizens – will benefit from the generous donations to the Student Activities Office’s “Giving Tree.” It didn’t take long for the tree to be stripped of its gift tags after it was installed in mid-November, as Penn College students and employees visited the Bush Campus Center to spread the holiday spirit. On Thursday afternoon, The Salvation Army’s Steve Wenzel collected the donations, helped during the load-in by Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life; Anthony J. Pace, assistant director of student activities for student organizations/orientation; Shannon L. Skaluba, information center assistant; and Jessica R. Wiegand, student activities assistant.

Human Services Students Donate to ‘Wounded Warriors’

From left: Jenice L. Phillips-Harrold, Williamsport; Amanda R. Tyler, Brockport; Erin L. Sullivan, Elizabethtown; Chad E. Hahn (presenter), Hughesville; Paul Spurgin (recipient), Keystone Wounded Warriors; Travis S. Draper, Williamsport; LaQuinn N. Thompson, York; April M. Tucker, Muncy; Jessica J. Eisely, Middleburg; Brittany E. Goldinger, Bainbridge; Chelsea D. Woodland, State College; Meagan R. Fenstermacher, Blossburg; Deborah E. Wells, Montoursville; and Stacey L. French, Montoursville. Goldinger is a human services major; the rest are enrolled in applied human services.

From left: Jenice L. Phillips-Harrold, Williamsport; Amanda R. Tyler, Brockport; Erin L. Sullivan, Elizabethtown; Chad E. Hahn (presenter), Hughesville; Paul Spurgin (recipient), Keystone Wounded Warriors; Travis S. Draper, Williamsport; LaQuinn N. Thompson, York; April M. Tucker, Muncy; Jessica J. Eisely, Middleburg; Brittany E. Goldinger, Bainbridge; Chelsea D. Woodland, State College; Meagan R. Fenstermacher, Blossburg; Deborah E. Wells, Montoursville; and Stacey L. French, Montoursville. Goldinger is a human services major; the rest are enrolled in applied human services.

Deb Q. Bechtel’s Community and Organizational Change class this week presented a veterans organization with a $300 donation, representing a portion of proceeds from last month’s fair-trade sale in the Bush Campus Center. The students, who arranged and staffed the Ten Thousand Villages sale from Nov. 19-21, were allowed to give to charity 10 percent of their $3,000-plus in sales. The class chose the Keystone Wounded Warriors and, during its final exam on Wednesday, presented executive director Paul Spurgin with the check. Bechtel, instructor of human services/social science, also noted that the class spent Friday of Fall Break learning more about The Salvation Army and volunteering in its retail store. Watch PCToday for more on the donation.

A Frosty Farewell to Fall
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The Victorian House, dressed for the season

Penn College offers something to enjoy in all seasons, but takes on a particularly pleasant air as winter approaches. Several inches of snow fell across the area overnight, prompting a two-hour delay Thursday morning and offering a glacial glimpse at what’s ahead.

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Relive ‘100 Moments’ in Magazine’s Latest Issue

One College Avenue Winter 2014 cover

One College Avenue Winter 2014 cover

Trolleys of the Williamsport Railway Co. outside the car barn that would later become an administrative and classroom building for Williamsport Technical Institute and Williamsport Area Community College.

Trolleys of the Williamsport Railway Co. outside the car barn that would later become an administrative and classroom building for Williamsport Technical Institute and Williamsport Area Community College.

Neil Diamond and the New York Subway perform for the college’s Fall Weekend in 1967.

Neil Diamond and the New York Subway perform for the college’s Fall Weekend in 1967.

Encompassing national firsts and fond personal memories, “100 Moments in College History” takes a look at the college’s first 100 years. Read it in the latest edition of One College Avenue, the Penn College magazine, along with the President’s Message and more.

Band of Ukuleles to Light Up CAC Stage

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

The Penn College family is included in a holiday sale for next month’s Community Arts Center appearance by the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra. Get half off adult tickets in the orchestra section (starting at $12.50) through Wednesday, Dec. 31. In addition, all student tickets are just $5 throughout the theater! Go online and enter promotional code XMASTREAT, then proceed to “Buy.” The discount price will appear once you click on a seat. This offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets. Full-price adult tickets are $35, $30 and $25. The loge and balcony are closed for this event. If you call or stop by the box office, please be sure to give the promotional code before purchasing tickets. Discounted student ticket prices are available for pre-school through college. College students must present valid student ID on the night of the show. Renowned for its winning combination of charming humor, its disarmingly small instruments and its sublime musicality, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is one of the world’s great modern ukulele acts. Hailing from the home of “The Hobbit” movies, the orchestra will bring an irresistible New Zealand heartland feel to the Arts Center’s stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8. The orchestra presents the ukulele as it’s never been played before, featuring songs made famous by such artists as Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Hall and Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Kenny Rogers, and Kings of Leon – alongside tunes from the South Pacific – packaged into a spectacular, unmissable funfest. The wildly popular ensemble creates instant joy and lasting magic wherever it goes, armed with high-octane ukulele solos, heavenly harmonies and outrageous costumes. Its members’ comedic banter is spontaneous, and, when the group bursts into song, the sweet sounds can silence a room in a nanosecond or bring a crowd of thousands to its feet. For more information on the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra and to hear its music, please visit the Arts Center’s website, click on “shows” in the header and choose “Music” from the dropdown menu. The Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College, is located just a few blocks from campus at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport.

Tree Decorations Honor Penn College’s Military Family

Student veterans – along with supportive friends from the Financial Aid, Admissions and Registrar’s offices at Penn College – pause for a photo during the tree’s decoration.

A seasonal accent to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main entrance has gift-wrapped an opportunity for the institution to recognize its military family. A 25-foot-tall tree pays tribute to the students and employees who are veterans.

The Vanderwolf blue limber pine is adorned with 408 stars, fashioned by servicemen enrolled in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. The stars honor the 373 students and 35 employees who have identified themselves as veterans.

“We want to show all the veterans in the Penn College family that we are thinking about them,” said Chester M. Beaver, the college’s veterans affairs coordinator. “We also want the community to know how many veterans are on campus. By seeing the large number of stars on the tree, we hope people understand that veterans are an important part of the college community.”

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Faculty Member to Compete for Spot on Team USA of Baking

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts at Pennsylvania College of Technology, confers with students as they prepare desserts for a special event. Niedermyer is a candidate to join Team USA at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie – the World Cup of Baking – in 2016.

A member of the baking and pastry arts faculty at Pennsylvania College of Technology will compete this month to become a member of the team that will represent the United States at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie – sometimes called the World Cup of Baking – in France in 2016.

“Everybody tells me it’s an enormous amount of work and energy,” said Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, of State College, an instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts. “But on the other side, you become so much better at your craft.” (Niedermyer was interviewed by WBRE’s Valerie Tysanner for a piece that aired during Wednesday’s evening newscasts.)

Team USA is sponsored by the Bread Bakers Guild of America, for which Niedermyer has served as a volunteer for several years. Nine countries will be accepted to compete at the Coupe du Monde, held every four years. Team USA has an automatic bid to the competition based on its silver medal at the 2012 event.

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