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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.

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. Watch PCToday on Monday for more photos.

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 →

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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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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‘Pack the Park’ Fans Celebrate College Centennial With Ninth-Inning Heroics
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Enjoying family time at the ballpark are Tammy M. Rich, director of alumni relations, and daughter Ashley.

Before a “Pack the Park” audience of 1,914 – appropriate attendance for a Penn College Centennial event – the Williamsport Crosscutters delivered a walk-off 6-5 win over the Batavia Muckdogs on Tuesday night. Fans arriving at Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field were greeted by college employees at several display tables, and those wearing Penn College, Williamsport Area Community College or Williamsport Technical Institute clothing were eligible to win a variety of raffle prizes. Alumnus Nicholas D. Biddle (’07, graphic design) sang the National Anthem and Allen “Sonny” Yearick (’46, machining), the first Little League alumnus to play professional baseball, threw out the first pitch.

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Couple Return to ACC, Where Six-Decade Love Connection Was Born

Jim and Betty Stephenson revisit a campus landmark ...

Jim and Betty Stephenson revisit a campus landmark …

... and the stage where they met 62 years ago.

… and the stage where they met 62 years ago.

Klump Academic Center regularly hosts Penn College’s summer Connections program, acquainting incoming students and their families with the exhilaration and expectations of campus life. Coinciding with an orientation session earlier this month, the college had two additional VIPs: a New Castle couple who met in the building’s auditorium as high school students in February 1952. Jim and Betty Stephenson had been selected as violinists in that year’s All-State Orchestra Festival, hosted at what was then Williamsport High School. The course of true love being what it is,  they separated … then reconnected … then embarked on a postal courtship that led to marriage in 1958. During a break in the July 15 Connections session, the Stephensons asked Anthony J. Pace, assistant director of student activities for student organizations and orientation, to photograph them in front of the building. “I bet you don’t know why we want you to take this picture, do you?” Jim Stephenson asked, before recounting their journey. Retired and traveling around Pennsylvania, Pace was told, the couple wanted to revisit Williamsport “and they weren’t sure if the building still existed or if they’d even be able to go inside.” Thanks to an obliging college employee, the Stephensons got their wish and PCToday readers get a reminder of life’s occasional happily-ever-after moments. “Their story was full of love, laughter and an obvious excitement to be visiting the place that had brought them together so many years ago,” Pace said.

Penn College Summer Commencement to Be Held Aug. 9

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, for the nearly 270 students who have petitioned to graduate following the summer sessions at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

The student speaker is Kaitlin M. Savidge, of Northumberland, who will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in emergency medical services. Prior to commencement, Savidge will receive the Susquehanna Health Program Award for Paramedic, the Dennis R. Dougherty Award for Paramedic and the Paramedic Director’s 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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HACC Counselors Discuss Transfer Options During Campus Visit

Visitors from Harrisburg Area Community College get together with their Penn College counterparts outside the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Visitors from Harrisburg Area Community College get together with their Penn College counterparts outside the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, doubles as laboratory tour guide.

Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, doubles as laboratory tour guide.

Six transfer counselors from Harrisburg Area Community College traveled to Penn College this week to learn more about the transfer process. During their stay, the counselors reviewed current and potential articulation agreements, and, with their academic program peers, discussed advisement from two-year degrees into Penn College’s four-year programs. The counselors also had the opportunity to tour academic labs, hear about services offered to international students and study-abroad opportunities, visit Madigan Library, and enjoy lunch and conversation at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. “This was a great opportunity to collaborate with Penn College faculty to create transfer paths for our students,” said Gina Bowers-Miller, a counselor and faculty member in HACC’s Computer Information Security program.  “The exchange provided the opportunity for us to forge meaningful connections with our counterparts at Harrisburg Area Community College and between our shared program areas,”  said Clifford P. Coppersmith, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications at Penn College. “We look forward to following up with visits by HACC students to our programs in the fall to further their knowledge of these continuing educational opportunities in paralegal studies and emergency management.” HACC is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, so, in the spirit of institutional celebrations, enjoyed Penn College’s Centennial additions around campus, including the mosaic and the History Trail. The visit was coordinated by the Office of Transfer Initiatives, charged with fostering stronger relationships with community college partners.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, director of transfer initiatives  

Camp ESCAPE Welcomes Return of Gorgeous Weather

Prepping for sun-baked goodness

Prepping for sun-baked goodness

Tennis courts beckon under blue skies.

Tennis courts beckon under blue skies.

Solitude in the shade

Solitude in the shade

Nothing but net

Nothing but net

Wednesday was just too nice for planned indoor activities, so Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE ignored the agenda and ventured outside for lunch (and beyond). After days of high humidity and frequent rainstorms, campers took advantage of pleasant weather to play tennis, basketball, sand volleyball and Capture the Flag. And at the end of all that exercise, a reward: s’mores in their own solar-powered pizza ovens. The youngsters were allowed to play games, try a new sport, read a book (or an iPad) or simply sit in a group and talk … provided they stay outdoors and meet the goal of enjoying a beautiful day!
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation

Retired Into Educational Service, Former FedEx Plane Gets ‘Airtime’ on WNEP

Sullivan's son, Alex B., a lab assistant for the graphic-design project, uses a heat gun to smooth out a vinyl panel.

Sullivan’s son, Alex B., a lab assistant for the graphic-design project, uses a heat gun to smooth out a vinyl panel.

While work continues on the "degrees that work" tail section, Papa talks with Williamson about the rare benefit of having such an aircraft in the college's instructional fleet.

While work continues on the “degrees that work” tail section, Papa talks with Williamson about the rare benefit of having such an aircraft in the college’s instructional fleet.

The multimedia journalist captures "B-roll" footage of David E. Maurer, assistant lab coordinator, as he works on an overlay acknowledging the FedEx donation.

The multimedia journalist captures “B-roll” footage of David E. Maurer, assistant lab coordinator, as he works on an overlay acknowledging the FedEx donation.

Sullivan relays his pride in the student-assisted outcome of a logistically and climatologically challenging endeavor.

Sullivan relays his pride in the student-assisted outcome of a logistically and climatologically challenging endeavor.

As a donated Boeing 727 nears the end of a two-month makeover, Newswatch 16 reporter Kristina Papa visited Penn College’s Lumley Aviation Center on Wednesday to prepare a story about the monumental exterior work on the former FedEx transport plane. Taping her segment outside the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville, Papa interviewed Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Kevin P. Sullivan, lab coordinator for programs in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, about both the “wrap” project and the long-term curricular applications for aviation students. The piece initially was broadcast at 5:30 p.m. on WNEP.

Voice Actor/Musician Joins Roster of ‘Wildcat Comic Con’ Talent

Eric Stuart

Eric Stuart, who has voiced characters for such hit shows as “Pokémon” and “Yu-Gi-Oh!” and toured with rock legends including Peter Frampton and Ringo Starr, will be among the industry luminaries at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Sept. 27 Wildcat Comic Con.

A frequent VIP at such events due to his high-profile resume, the Brooklyn, New York-born Stuart is nonetheless grounded and humbled by his success.

“For every ‘Pokémon’ I have worked on, there are 25 shows that never went anywhere,” he said. “To be a big part of pop culture is amazing. Hearing fans say, ‘You are the voice of my childhood’ means more to me than you know. When your show is known by 5-year-olds and grandparents alike, you know you’re doing something right.”

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