Penn College’s holiday cards were lighted in a seasonal ceremony near the campus mall Wednesday – the first time in recent memory that the event wasn’t wet, frigid or both. After sharing year-end wishes for the campus’s diverse family of students and employees, President Davie Jane Gilmour gave the signal that (through the magic of General Services) illuminated the creativity of 38 student organizations and college offices/departments. She also announced this year’s winners among those entries, crafted with “love, devotion and fun” and selected in online voting by nearly 500 people. Among student organizations, Early Educators placed first, the Physician Assistant Club was second and the PCT 4×4 Club placed third. In the employee category, Workforce Development & Continuing Education claimed took top honors, the Academic Success Center was second, and the Office of Transfer Initiatives finished in third place. The evening also featured Student Government Association President Michael L. Spear, who greeted the end of a busy semester and embraced the promise of a new year, and a welcome by Malinda C. Love, assistant director of student activities for diversity and cultural life. Mild temperatures allowed attendees to walk leisurely among the oversized cards; hot chocolate, coffee and cookies were served inside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. Watch PCToday for student photographer Marc T. Kaylor’s coverage of the card-lighting ceremony.
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Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold a commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 21, for the nearly 300 students who have petitioned to graduate at the end of the Fall 2013 semester.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.
The student speaker is Eric Jay Palanko, of Latrobe, who will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in legal assistant/paralegal studies. Palanko is also the recipient of the President’s Award, presented for leadership and service to the college.
The annual poinsettia sale has returned to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center greenhouse through Dec. 13. Sale hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Pricing is $11 for an 8-inch pot/five plants, $8.50 for a 7-inch pot/four plants, $6.25 for a 6 1/2-inch pot/three plants, $6 for a 6-inch pot/two plants, and $2.50 for a 4 1/2-inch pot/one plant. Sales are on a first-come, first-served basis, and the Penn College community is reminded that inventory sells out fast! No early sales, please.
Photos by Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture
Thirty-three student organizations and five Penn College offices share their big-hearted holiday wishes, appropriately delivered on larger-than-life wooden cards installed on the campus mall. The cards, many of them decorated during a festive annual gathering in the General Services warehouse, were lighted in a traditional ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Winners in student and employee categories (chosen via voting on the student/employee portal pages) were announced, and cookies and hot chocolate will add to the seasonal celebration.
In the only basketball action for Pennsylvania College of Technology last week, the men’s team hosted Rochester (Mich.) College, the defending United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division I champion. Meanwhile, Wildcat wrestlers participated Sunday in the Lock Haven University MatTown Open.
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.
For every donor at the next Penn College Bloodmobile, set for noon-6 p.m. Jan. 14-15 in Penn’s Inn, the American Red Cross will contribute $4 to the fight against pediatric cancer. Online appointments are being accepted for the two-day drive, to be held on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center. Adding to the benefit of the blood collection itself (each pint can help as many as three patients), the Red Cross will make a donation to Penn College Benefiting THON and credit it to the donor or a student organization of choice. Presenting donors will be entered in a drawing to receive one of three hourlong massages in College Health Services; all successful donors will receive pizza and beverages at the conclusion of their visit, courtesy of The Wealth Factory in Lock Haven.
Pennsylvania College of Technology will host its annual chocolate house auction on Friday, Dec. 6, to benefit Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity.
Eleven chocolate houses, ranging from log cabins and Christmas cottages to reindeer stables and Willy Wonka’s house, will be sold in silent auction at the School of Business & Hospitality’s annual Food Show.
The houses represent the final project for students in the course Principles of Chocolate Works, taught by Monica J. Lanczak, instructor of baking and pastry arts and culinary arts.
In addition to chocolate houses, the Food Show features the final projects of students enrolled in Advanced Garde Manger, Advanced Patisserie Operations, Artistic Buffet Decoration, Cakes and Decorations, Classical Cuisines of the World, Classical and Specialty Desserts, and Sugar Art courses.
The Penn College cross-country team honored graduating senior Edward S. Knyff during halftime of the Wildcat men’s basketball game Monday night. The aviation maintenance technology major from Ocean Gate, N.J., has been a four-year member of the team, helping capture three Penn State University Athletic Conference Championships and four appearances at the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships. “He has proven to be a valuable runner for the team,” head coach David J. Mendez said. “He is a dedicated member and his teammates look up to him as a leader. I have enjoyed coaching him this year and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
Photo by Lisa J. Worth, coordinator for club sports, intramural sports and marketing for athletics
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Robert and Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center was approved for four years of federal grant funding to help provide child-care access to parents pursuing higher education at the college.
Generally referred to as a “CCAMPIS” grant, which stands for “Child Care Access Means Parents in School,” the funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education and is awarded to help to make high-quality child care available to parents who are college students. Penn College will receive $102,042 for 2013-14, the first year of the four-year grant.
“This federal funding is a great opportunity for those parents who wish to complete their education without the worry of finding the additional resources for child care,” said Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid. “Keeping parents on track to complete their degree is important to their success in achieving their goal of graduation. In return, they are able to get back into the workforce, earning wages that will support their family. This is a win-win situation for not only the parent/student but for our community.”
Bethany M. Reppert, an applied human services major from Pottsville, has been chosen as the Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Reppert is a member and secretary of the Students Making a Contribution organization, a student mentor and a part-time employee at the college’s Madigan Library.
Sunday’s “Jingle Jog 5K,” sponsored by Penn College Benefiting THON, raised $750 for the fight against pediatric cancer. A total of 39 runners took part in the race, which stepped off at 2 p.m. near the college’s main campus entrance.
Photos by Marc T. Kaylor, student photographer
Transformation of a once-blue Lincoln Continental Mark V into the cherry-and-white colors of Williamsport Area High School took a visible leap forward at College Avenue Labs in recent days. Collision repair technology students Kelvin A. Ortiz, of York, and Idriss Diamaye, of Hanover Township, last week painted and clear-coated the 1979 vehicle, which was donated to the Williamsport Area School District for use in parades and other showcase events. Vinyl decals of the WAHS Millionaires’ logo – top hat, gloves and cane –will be affixed to the doors and hood before it is returned. The project is a collaboration between Penn College, which is making the exterior improvements, and the district, where automotive students will tend to the mechanical upkeep.
It was a rough week for Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams as the men lost twice and the women three times.