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Admissions Office Issues ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to Crosstown Counterparts
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A "bucket brigade" of Student Ambassadors, representing Greek Life, athletics or some of the college's "degrees that work," forms at the main entrance.

A “bucket brigade” of Student Ambassadors, representing Greek Life, athletics or some of the college’s “degrees that work,” forms at the main entrance.

Dennis L. Correll, associate dean of admissions and financial aid, helps the college mascot avoid soggy sneakers.

Dennis L. Correll, associate dean of admissions and financial aid, helps the college mascot avoid soggy sneakers.

Joseph J. Balduino gamely accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge ...

Joseph J. Balduino gamely accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge …

... and is handily doused by a Wildcat Waterfall.

… and is handily doused by a Wildcat Waterfall.

In a west-to-east wave, students dump bucket after frosty bucket over Admissions Office co-workers.

In a west-to-east wave, students dump bucket after frosty bucket over Admissions Office co-workers.

Penn College’s Admissions Office accepted the “Ice Bucket Challenge” on behalf of the ALS Foundation on Thursday, as staff members subjected themselves to a shivery soaking at the wickedly willing hands of Student Ambassadors. Joseph J. Balduino, the college’s director of recruitment, had dared his colleagues – a plan that backfired when he realized he’d be part of any response – so, sporting a T-shirt from Lycoming College, his alma mater and former employer, Balduino kicked off the challenge with assistance from the Penn College Wildcat. After the mascot poured a bucket of ice water over Balduino’s head, the students followed suit with the rest of the Admissions staff. Shedding his Lycoming shirt in favor of Penn College garb, Balduino then challenged Lycoming’s Admissions Office staff, as well as Daniel P. Miller, vice president for student life; and (with a good-natured “Welcome to Williamsport”) first-year Lycoming President Kent C. Trachte.

Penn College’s Summer 2014 Graduating Class Published
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The names of Summer 2014 graduates have been released by the Pennsylvania College of Technology Registrar’s Office.

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College Announces Summer 2014 Dean’s List
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The dean’s list for the Summer 2014 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been announced.

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Renowned Chef to Present Lecture at Penn College

Chef Ben Vaughn

Food Network host and James Beard Award nominee Chef Ben Vaughn will offer a free public lecture Sept. 4 at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Vaughn’s talk, part of the college’s William C. Butler Lecture Series, is titled “Sustaining Your Career in a Changing Industry: How to Find Your Food Voice.”

While presented from the point of view of a culinary professional, sustainability in one’s craft is an appropriate message for students and professionals in any field, explained Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts.

The lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

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Campus Housing Communities Break Bread – and Break the Ice – During Startup BBQ

First-year representatives from each of the four Living-Learning Communities are, from left: Logan R. Brooks, automotive technology management: automotive technology concentration, Damascus, Maryland; Kerianne Connelly, pre-dental hygiene, Feasterville-Trevose; Naja B. Williams, baking and pastry arts, East Orange, New Jersey; and Joseph H. Griep, information technology sciences-gaming and simulation, Le Roy, New York.

First-year representatives from each of the four Living-Learning Communities are, from left: Logan R. Brooks, automotive technology management: automotive technology concentration, Damascus, Maryland; Kerianne Connelly, pre-dental hygiene, Feasterville-Trevose; Naja B. Williams, baking and pastry arts, East Orange, New Jersey; and Joseph H. Griep, information technology sciences-gaming and simulation, Le Roy, New York.

Shirts honoring each of the four communities are lined up for participants.

Shirts honoring each of the four communities are lined up for participants.

In the atrium of the PDC, Living-Learning Community students line up for engaging eats, including sandwiches, baked beans and macaroni salad.

In the atrium of the PDC, Living-Learning Community students line up for engaging eats, including sandwiches, baked beans and macaroni salad.

Paul L. Starkey, Penn College’s vice president for academic affairs/provost, addresses the gathering of Living-Learning Community students and their faculty, staff and student mentors.

Paul L. Starkey, Penn College’s vice president for academic affairs/provost, addresses the gathering of Living-Learning Community students and their faculty, staff and student mentors.

Taking a healthy bite of barbecue are Health Sciences freshmen: from left are Benjamin D. Meier, pre-physician assistant, Fleetwood; John D. Henigin, pre-nursing, Indiana; Austin T. Startoni, pre-nursing, Lebanon; and Timothy F. Schwartzer, pre-emergency medical services, Bensalem.

Taking a healthy bite of barbecue are Health Sciences freshmen: from left are Benjamin D. Meier, pre-physician assistant, Fleetwood; John D. Henigin, pre-nursing, Indiana; Austin T. Startoni, pre-nursing, Lebanon; and Timothy F. Schwartzer, pre-emergency medical services, Bensalem.

Students in Penn College’s Living-Learning Communities – themed housing arrangements for first-year Dauphin Hall residents in majors related to automotive, health sciences, hospitality or information technology – were treated to a get-acquainted barbecue in the Thompson Professional Development Center on Tuesday evening.

Chemistry Faculty Member Presents Paper in Global Forum

Kelly B. Butzler

A Pennsylvania College of Technology chemistry faculty member recently presented her innovative teaching methods in an online conference featuring international participants and attendees.

Kelly B. Butzler, associate professor of chemistry, presented “Flipped at an Open-Enrollment College” during an Online ConfChem conference focused on the “flipped classroom” and hosted by the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Education’s Committee on Computers in Chemical Education. Butzler’s presentation also included a weeklong discussion about her paper.

A “flipped classroom” is a blended learning approach to a standard classroom; it moves lectures online, outside of class, and moves assignments into the classroom where teachers can provide guidance and answer questions.

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Prospective Employer to Recruit on Campus

Henkels & McCoy

Henkels & McCoy

Representatives of Henkels & McCoy NetWorks will hold an information session with Penn College students and alumni at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Room E140 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. For more details, including available positions and desirable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Henkels & McCoy

Couture, Cosplay to Blend at Sept. 27 Wildcat Comic Con

Pamela Ptak: in person ...

A contestant on Lifetime TV’s “Project Runway” fashion-design series will be a presenter at this year’s Wildcat Comic Con at Pennsylvania College of Technology, as well as a judge for the event’s popular cosplay competition.

Pamela Ptak, a designer on Season 7 of the show, will join her husband, Marvel and DC Comics artist Scott Hanna, at the “con,” to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. The pair run the Arts and Fashion Institute in Riegelsville and regularly accompany each other to conventions across the country.

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The Power of an Ally: Academic Mentors Provide Another Resource for Success

Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar’s Office.

Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.

Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.

A student faced with leaving school remains, thanks in large part to an academic mentor who went the extra mile to seek help from other staff. Academic mentors are Penn College employees who volunteer to meet regularly with students who seek guidance and moral support. Read the full story in the Fall 2014 One College Avenue.

College’s Construction, Masonry Majors Gain Key Credential

The marketability of students in two of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s construction majors, already a credible source for employers assembling a qualified workforce, has been bolstered by a professional endorsement from the Pennsylvania Builders Association.

The college’s building construction technology and building construction technology: masonry emphasis majors, both offered through the School of Construction & Design Technologies, recently received the endorsement of the PBA – the voice of the home-building industry in the Keystone State.

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Gallery Reception Held as LLB-Themed Art Exhibit Heads for Home
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The artist shares his enthusiasm for works created by area young people.

A “meet the artist” reception was held Monday for a colorful campus exhibit that celebrates popular culture and this year’s 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball. “Collective Pop,” featuring the work of Charles Fazzino and Lycoming County school students, continues in The Gallery at Penn College through Sunday. Hours for the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library, are 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays (closed Saturdays and Mondays).

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New Faculty Bring Experience, Diverse Backgrounds to Penn College

Front row, from left: Craig Zimmerman, instructor of building automation technologies; Kenneth E. Welker Jr., lecturer in HVAC technology; Mark W. Wilson, lecturer in graphic design; Christine B. Kavanagh, instructor of nursing; John F. Chappo, assistant professor of history/history of technology; Tanae A. Traister, instructor of nursing; Mary E. Erdman, instructor of nursing; Ashley D. Holmes, instructor of health information technology; Tammy A. Miller, lecturer in biology; and Summer L. Bukeavich, instructor of business administration: management and marketing. Back row, from left: Craig A. Miller, instructor of engineering design technology; Robert A. Way, instructor of HVAC technology; Michael Damiani, instructor of aviation maintenance; Shaun D. Hack, lecturer in collision repair; David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management/social science; Michael J. Reed, assistant dean, School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Robert K. Vlacich, instructor of automotive service; and Bonnie L. Heintzelman, instructor of nursing. Not present: Anne K. Soucy, assistant professor of plastics technology.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently welcomed new full-time faculty, including employees who served the college in other roles before joining – or returning to – the teaching ranks.

The 19 “new” faculty members include those who began their Penn College employment with the Fall 2014 semester, as well as those who started with the Spring 2014 semester in January.

“Penn College has a long-standing tradition of excellent teaching,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “This group of new faculty is poised to carry on that tradition well into the future. These newest faculty members bring exceptional credentials from both their educational and professional backgrounds. We are very pleased to welcome them to the Penn College family.”

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Newscast Spotlights Penn College Presence at LLWS

Penn College on WBRE

Penn College on WBRE

Eyewitness News reporter Valerie Tysanner visited South Williamsport on Monday for a story about Penn College physician assistant students serving on the medical team for the Little League Baseball World Series. The piece premiered in the 5 p.m. newscast and featured interviews with students Donald Wieder, of Williamsport, and Jason A. Genco, of Middleburg, and Sue Swank-Caschera, assistant professor, physician assistant.

Penn College Athletes Prep for Season Openers

Preseason practice is under way and first games as a provisional member of both the NCAA Division III and North Eastern Athletic Conference loom on the horizon for Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports athletes.

Three Penn College teams open their seasons Aug. 29: men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. Starting a week later will be the women’s tennis team, which opens Sept. 2, and cross-country teams, which open Sept. 6.

Another difference this season has the college’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis teams playing split fall and spring seasons, with most of the action for all three coming in the spring. The first golf match is set for Sept. 21 and the initial men’s tennis match is slated for Sept. 23.

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Buoyant Reception Greets Students, Start of New Semester
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Hopeful tennis team member Joseph H. Griep, an information technology sciences: gaming and simulation freshman from Le Roy, New York, moves his gear into Dauphin Hall.

Penn College’s “Welcome Weekend,” held Saturday and Sunday on main campus, gently and helpfully guided new and returning students toward the start of classes. Student leaders, faculty/staff and alumni – all wearing T-shirts identifying them as the go-to gang to satisfy any last-minute questions – offered a collectively friendly face to the Fall 2014 members of the college community. New enrollees and transfers moved into on- and off-campus apartments, academic and social activities filled the schedule, and crucial offices offered convenient extended hours in advance of Monday’s official opening of the 2014-15 academic year. Among the high notes of this overture to fall were a convocation parade of first-year students, reunions enjoyed and new friendships begun, “Wildcat Welcome” refreshments, and a chilling and charitable surprise from college President Davie Jane Gilmour.

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