Members of the campus community – particularly students in construction-related majors – are encouraged to attend a lecture by Jeff Erdly, a 1972 graduate of Williamsport Area Community College and a world-renowned authority on building and masonry preservation, who will speak at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Sponsored by the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the Penn College Alumni Relations Office, Erdly will present “Just Another Brick in the Wall? A Building Science Education – Its Value to Society, and Roadmap to Building Your Career.” The chief executive officer and co-founder of Masonry Preservation Services Inc., Erdly was profiled in the Spring 2014 issue of One College Avenue. He was also selected as the college’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2004 in recognition of his personal and professional accomplishments, his contributions toward the college (including his establishment of a scholarship in memory of his parents), and the high regard in which he is held in the community.
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Information technology majors from Pennsylvania College of Technology proved their prowess at a recent cybersecurity competition. A five-member Penn College contingent finished second at the Altamira Hackathon in Fairfax, Virginia.
Conducted at George Mason University, the competition required participants to test their skills around the Atari game Scram. Team members controlled various aspects of a nuclear reactor while protecting their computer network and attacking the computing resources of other teams.
“Events such as the Altamira Hackathon give students an opportunity to exercise their skills in a competitive environment,” said Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer information technology, who accompanied the students with Jacob R. Miller, associate professor of computer information technology. “We are very impressed with the performance of our second-place team and all the Penn College students who participated. They did an outstanding job representing the college.”
Veronica C. Ciavarella, instructor of geology and environmental science at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently received her doctorate of education in adult education from Penn State.
Focused on distance education and, specifically, the use of labs in online geology courses, Ciavarella defended her dissertation, “Exploratory Qualitative Case Study of Lab-Type Activity Interactions in an Online Geoscience Course.”
Two employers will hold informational meetings Tuesday for Penn College students and alumni. Representatives of Advantage Resourcing-Ford will be on hand at 3:30 p.m. in Rooms 110-12 of the Parkes Automotive Technology Center; follow-up interviews with automotive- and diesel-related majors will be scheduled for Wednesday in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center. Wegmans Food Markets will meet with interested School of Business & Hospitality majors at 3:30 p.m. in Room B2110 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center. For details, including available positions and academic areas of interest, consult the employers’ fliers: Employer Sessions
A collaborative project between Penn College students and their Williamsport Area High School counterparts entered its final phase Monday morning, as a 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V was adorned with the Millionaire logo to accent its new finish in cherry-and-white school colors. The car was donated to the high school’s automotive department by a Williamsport Area School District employee last year, and, with financial support from the WASD Education Foundation, has been given new life as a showpiece for parades, Homecoming and other events. Collision repair students from the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies worked on the car for nearly a year, painstakingly painting and clear-coating the luxury coupe. Vinyl decals of the high school’s emblematic top hat, gloves and cane were fabricated in the college’s graphic design lab and affixed by faculty and students from the high school’s Career and Technical Education program. Penn College students from Shaun D. Hack’s Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair Applications class visited from an adjacent lab to watch the application. After some final touch-up of the vehicle’s trim in College Avenue Labs, the once-blue car will be returned to the district, where automotive students will be in charge of maintaining the “Millionaire-mobile.”
Senior Courtney Gernert, of Palmyra, has been named the North Eastern Athletic Conference Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 19. The graphic design major had a milestone week for the Wildcats, compiling 70 kills, 86 digs and 15 service aces across five matches, while reaching 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs for her career. She had a kills/digs double-double in all five matches on the week, including 20 kills and 21 digs in a 3-2 win over Cazenovia College. She also reached both career milestones in style: She tallied her 1,000th dig against University of Valley Forge during Senior Night while smacking her 1,000th kill on match point against Cazenovia. Gernert is now fifth in the NEAC in digs (367), digs per set (4.03) and points per set (3.6); sixth in both kills (2.76) and kills per set (3.03); and seventh in points (331). This is Gernert’s second NEAC Player of the Week selection on the year. She and the Lady Wildcats close out the season Wednesday with a 7 p.m. match at Susquehanna University.
Prior to their respective Sunday matches against Penn State Abington, the Penn College soccer teams honored their graduating seniors. Each of the student-athletes – one on the women’s squad and six on the men’s – was presented with a framed team photo while being acknowledged by coaches, family and other supporters during the pregame ceremonies.
Pennsylvania State Police made their annual visit to Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center recently to give students a front-line understanding of the laws and regulations governing commercial traffic on the commonwealth’s highways. Trooper Cory Beaver, along with Motor Carrier Enforcement Officers Dave Kelch and Will Latchet, outlined the extent of responsibility and liability that a servicing technicion holds in insuring that the vehicles they maintain and repair are within guidelines. Diesel technology and heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis majors also witnessed an actual roadside commercial vehicle safety evaluation.
Photos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies
New this semester, Le Jeune Chef Restaurant offers a 20-percent discount to Penn College students who’d like to enjoy “an education in fine dining.” The relaxing gourmet venue is operated by the School of Business & Hospitality and serves as a living laboratory for students in hospitality management, culinary arts, and baking and pastry arts majors. The restaurant is open to the public for lunch each weekday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and for dinner Wednesday to Saturday from 5:30-8 p.m. Lunch menus offer a choice of soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts, as well as specials developed by culinary-arts interns. Thursday night dinners are prepared by students in the Classical Cuisines of the World course, with each week featuring classically prepared fare from a different old-world region. Upcoming menus include Champagne, France; Alsace, France; The British Isles; and Northern Italy. On Wednesday and Friday evenings, the Regional American Cuisine class takes over, with menus that explore the cultural specialties of the U.S. Upcoming Regional American Cuisine dinners will feature Chesapeake Bay, the Heartland, Floribbean and New Orleans. Students may use flex dollars or declining-balance meal plans, as well as cash or credit. To view menus, visit the restaurant’s website. To make reservations, call 570-320-CHEF (570-320-2433).
Hopeful of improvement over its ninth-place finish of a year ago in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships, the Pennsylvania College of Technology golf team placed eighth among 22 teams during two-day competition on Penn State’s Blue Course that ended Tuesday.
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.
Penn College women’s volleyball honored its two graduating seniors, Kaitlyn A. Klein and Courtney L. Gernert, before a stellar crowd in Bardo Gym on Thursday night. Head coach Monica Brown presented the seniors with mementos – their framed jerseys – prior to the start of the game and college President Davie Jane Gilmour was also in attendance to honor the student-athletes. Klein, a graphic design major from Lock Haven, is a two-year member of the squad. She has been a top attacker for the Wildcats with a total of 164 kills, 43 aces and 55 total blocks. She not only performs on the court, but also in the classroom: This past year, she was named to the 2013 Penn State University Athletic Conference All-Academic team. Courtney Gernert, a graphic design major from Palmyra, has been a four-year member of the squad. She has been one of the most decorated volleyball players in Penn College history with a total of 970 kills, 1,001 digs and 183 aces. In 2013, she was named PSUAC First team All-Conference, PSUAC All-academic, and USCAA secondteam All-American. This year, in the team’s first season of the North Eastern Athletic Conference,Courtney was named Conference Player of the week early in the season.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer
Students narrowing their occupational choices gained some real-world focus on Friday, as the Outreach for K-12 Office again hosted Career Day on Penn College campuses. Held in the spring for seventh- to ninth-graders and in the fall for high school freshmen through seniors, the event gives regional school districts the opportunity to brings groups of students to delve into potential careers through hands-on activities, tours of facilities, and discussions with in-the-know students and on-the-job faculty.
Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality majors will cook and serve free samples to patrons of the Williamsport Growers Market on Saturday, Oct. 25.
The students will demonstrate their dishes – all made with ingredients donated by vendors at the market – and serve samples beginning at 8 a.m.
Students in the college’s Catering class visit the Growers Market every year as part of the market’s customer appreciation event. It provides a valuable learning opportunity, as the students practice planning a menu and ordering and organizing supplies for an off-site event, interacting directly with food producers while working with the freshest, most nutritious ingredients. All vendors at the Williamsport Growers Market must produce at least 80 percent of the products they sell.
The Advanced Patisserie Operations class will hold a “French Favorites” bake sale from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Join Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and students – including managers Sarah R. Nichols, of Williamsport, a technology management major; and Theodore J. “T.J.” Persing, a baking and pastry arts student from South Williamsport – for artisan breads, pastries and candies. More information, including a product list and details on preordering a specially decorated cake, follows: French Favorites