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Board OKs Graduate-Degree Proposal, PCEA Contract Amendment

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday endorsed a graduate-degree proposal related to the Physician Assistant Program and approved an amendment to the Penn College Education Association contract to allow for implementation of a Consumer Driven Health Plan system.

Pending additional approvals, there could be Penn College students enrolled in a master’s degree program for physician assistant by Fall 2018.

Before the college can offer the master’s degree for physician assistant, its implementation must again be approved by the Penn College Board of Directors, as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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Last updated February 12, 2016 | Posted in General Information | One Comment

Ross Joins 1,000-Point Sisterhood as Seasons Near End

Playing all of their games in North Eastern Athletic Conference action last week, the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams went a combined 0-4. The regular season concludes this week as each team plays four games, with their finales on Saturday at Bardo Gymnasium. Wildcat wrestlers also close out their season Saturday, at Muhlenberg College.

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Global Company Donates Cutting Tools to Penn College

From left, Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations at Penn College; Don Graham, manager of education and technical services for Seco Tools Inc.; and Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor of automated manufacturing and machining.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is one of just a dozen schools nationwide – and the only institution in the commonwealth – to receive equipment recently donated by Seco Tools Inc.

A leading global provider of metal-cutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking and toolholding, Seco donated equipment to the college’s manufacturing programs, including a variety of Niagara Cutter-brand carbide and high-speed end mills and carbide and high-speed steel drills.

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Student Nurses Lead Collection of Hats, Gloves for Center

Members of Penn College’s Student Nurses’ Association gather with a tree full of hats, gloves and scarfs to be donated to the New Love Center in Jersey Shore. From left are Emily L. Gardner, a nursing student from McClure; SNA President Monica A. Flexer, a nursing student from Williamsport; Treasurer Josalynn M. Heichel, a nursing student from Millerstown; and Secretary Chad R. Guiswite, a nursing student from Loganton.

Demonstrating its desire to help keep the community healthy, the Student Nurses’ Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently led a hat, glove and scarf drive to benefit clients of The New Love Center in Jersey Shore.

The center provides weekday lunches, a food pantry and other services in the Jersey Shore area. It is a project of the Jersey Shore Ministerium, a group made up of pastors of the 34 Christian churches and directors of social help organizations in the Jersey Shore area.

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Cuisine, Comedy Highlight Annual ‘Soul Food Dinner’

Enjoying the Soul Food Dinner are (from left) Veronica J. Grimes, a legal assistant-paralegal studies major from Williamsport; Benjamin L. Thayer, a residential construction technology and management student from Hampton, N.J.; and Meagan L. Dosch, of Aspers, enrolled in business administration: marketing concentration.

Rib-sticking comfort food

The audience mood is buoyed ...

.. by the night's entertainment, whose credits include "BET's Comic View."

Nursing major Chesnya I Cherelus, of Elmont, N.Y. (also visible in the photo at far left), captures the evening on her cell-phone camera.

Student Activities’ Soul Food Dinner, headlined this year by comedian Ronnie Jordan, returned Tuesday to Penn’s Inn. The menu included fried catfish, shrimp and grits, red beans and rice, and yams. Part of Penn College’s observance of Black History Month, the popular (and tasty) event has been held annually since 2012.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of job prospects, three employers will hold information sessions next week. Representatives of Reco Equipment Inc. will be in Room 120 of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Custom Training Group personnel will be in Rooms 110 and 112 of the Parkes Automotive Technology Center at 3:30 that afternoon, and Ametek recruiters will be in Room E140 of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. (Reco will conduct follow-up interviews Wednesday in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center.) For details, including available positions and applicable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Information Sessions

Phlebotomy Short Course Offered at College’s Wellsboro Campus

Is a rewarding career in health care in your future? Penn College at Wellsboro is offering a short course in phlebotomy beginning in April.

The six-week, part-time program combines classroom theory and clinical experience to help prepare you to become a phlebotomy technician. Students attend two evening classes per week at the Wellsboro High School Administration building beginning April 18 and ending May 25. One week of clinical will be scheduled in June.

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Daniel G. Curtin Named Penn College ‘Student of the Month’

Daniel G. Curtin

Daniel G. Curtin, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Berwick, has been chosen as the February Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Affiliated with the Bison Battalion, the Bucknell University-based ROTC program that includes Penn College, Curtin served two years as captain of the Color Guard team and one term as president of Cadet Council. He has also participated (among other activities) in the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program to Thailand, the Cadet Leadership Course, Drill Cadet Leadership Training, and the Scabbard and Blade Society.

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Student Nurses Hold ‘Healthy Hearts’ in Caring Hands

Participating SNA members (clockwise from rear left) are Kasandra L. Smoyer, of Spring Mills; Chad R. Guiswite, of Loganton; Rene Ramirez, of Jersey Shore; and Kimberly A. Lindsey, of Milton.

Giveaways share the wellness message.

An attentive Lindsey engages her patient ...

... as nursing majors provide "on the cuff" answers.

In recognition of Healthy Hearts Week, members of the Student Nurses’ Association volunteered to conduct lunchtime blood-pressure screenings outside the Keystone Dining Room on Wednesday. Among the week’s other activities is participation in a pledge, through which faculty/staff and students are committing to healthier lifestyles. Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist, said members of the Penn College community can take the Healthy Hearts pledge through Friday in the Bush Campus Center lobby.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Balloting Begins for 2016 ‘Alumni Sweethearts’

Bradley T. and Janae B. (Rohrer) Rydbom

Love is in the air with onset of the 2016 Penn College Alumni Sweetheart Contest! Wedding pictures shared with Alumni Relations by 14 graduate couples were gathered into an online gallery, collecting “likes” from friends until 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. The pair whose photo is deemed most popular via Penn College Alumni Relations on Facebook will win dinner in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and an overnight stay in The Victorian House. The contest winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day. (Last year’s Alumni Sweethearts,  Bradley T. and Janae B. (Rohrer) Rydbom, are pictured at left.)

Alumni Savor Belated Winter Fun on Area Slopes

Turning out for a family-friendly frolic are Francis D. "Dave" Nevill (2009, electronics engineering technology); his wife, the former Deandra M. Lupacckino (2008, baking and pastry arts) and daughter Amelia.

Making the 70-foot drop are (from left) Corbin W. Konoski, a 2013 information technology alum; Elizabeth Kidd, a 2013 business management graduate; and Paul C. McGinty, who earned his IT degree in 2012.

Ready are action is this group centered around Asya M. Allen (2007, environmental technology management) and Aaron E. Biddle (2003, welding and fabrication engineering technology). Biddle is also a welding instructor at his alma mater.

A total of 116 Penn College alumni and guests enjoyed a Saturday morning on the snow-tube slide at the Ski Sawmill Family Resort in Morris. Alumni relations specialist Becky J. Shaner captured some of the fun moments, sharing several photos with PCToday and posting many more to Facebook.

‘Distinguished Staff’ Nominations Due March 7

Each year, Penn College recognizes outstanding employees through its Distinguished Staff Awards program. The Distinguished Staff Awards Committee, which oversees the nomination and recommendation of award-winners, encourages employees to take the time to complete a nomination form to promote the recognition of a colleague. Penn College is extremely proud of its employees and the job they do to the benefit of students each and every day.  The DSA program is one way in which that contribution is recognized. To view the award eligibility guidelines, nomination requirements and the online form, visit the Human Resources portal site. Employees are encouraged to carefully read guidelines and instructions and to prepare the necessary information prior to submission. Nomination forms must be submitted online; simply enter the gathered information into the fields provided and click the “Submit” button. Completed forms must be submitted no later than March 7. Questions can be addressed to the Human Resources Office at DIF 53 or by telephone at 570-326-3761 ext. 7414 or 4151.

Exercise Science Student Pushes Clients Toward Healthier Lives

Enrolling in the exercise science major at Penn College proved to be the right prescription for Zachary N. Austin, who sought to develop skills he could use to help people. Officially recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the two-year major prepares graduates for a variety of rewarding careers and enhances their academic preparation for advanced degrees. “Throughout being here, I’ve learned so much hands-on experience, knowledge. Definitely gives me that experience I need to learn and know, especially when I take it into effect after college,” Austin says in a video added to the college’s YouTube channel. “What would surprise people about this major is actually all the information and everything they need to learn – with management, nutrition, kinesiology, anatomy, biology, physiology.”

Colloquium Connects Technology, Personal Relationships

Faculty members (from left) John D. Maize, Sandra Lakey and Joe Loehr will present a colloquium focused on technology and interpersonal communication on Feb. 23 at Penn College.

The intersection of technology, interpersonal communication and human relationships takes center stage in a colloquium set for Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“Technology and Interpersonal Relationships: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” will be presented by Sandra Lakey, associate professor of speech communication-composition; Joe Loehr, associate professor of mass media communication/English-composition; and John D. Maize, instructor of speech communication-composition. All are faculty members in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications at Penn College.

Free and open to the public, the event is the third presentation of the Daniel J. Doyle Technology & Society Colloquia Series. A reception will follow.

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Mentor Serves Up Pizza, Movie Night for Hospitality LLC

Students, from left, Lloyd A. Shope, of Blanchard; Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie; Natascha G. Santaella, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico; Nathan Diaz, of Reading;  Merissa N. Aucker, of Middleburg; and Alexis L. Kepley, of Reading, gather with an enviable spread of goodies for their movie night.

A pre-movie selfie in a comfortably furnished Dauphin Hall lounge.

Members of the Hospitality Living-Learning Community gathered Friday for pizza and a movie, courtesy of their faculty mentor. Fitting for the first-year students in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts and hospitality management majors, the group watched “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a 2014 comedy/drama about a family that leaves India for France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred eatery. The group is mentored by Chef Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts. Penn College’s Residence Life Office offers a variety of living-learning communities on campus, each designed to give students in like majors opportunities to expand their knowledge outside the classroom.
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