Penn College’s role in training workers for the natural gas industry – credit and noncredit programs, the collaborative ShaleNET consortium and the Energy Technology Education Center south of Williamsport – drew prominent mention in The Philadelphia Inquirer over the weekend. The article, headlined “Students Get Crash Course in Shale Industry,” is on the front page of the business section in Sunday’s print edition and was posted to the newspaper’s website.
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If you are considering making a charitable donation as the 2013 tax year comes to a close, please remember the Penn College Foundation. Gifts of all sizes help students succeed and will be put to use immediately.
Six members of the Penn College Martial Arts Club team showcased their skills during a belt promotion hosted in the Field House on Saturday. JeremyP. Hansen, Alexander J. Hilton, Nnenna K. Uguru, Kenneth P. McGullam, Lewis C. Muya and Eric M. Russell participated in a training clinic and test with students from Penn State and Bucknell universities, and Lycoming College. Russell, Muya and McGullam earned yellow belts; Uguru received an orange-belt rating; and Hansen and Hilton earned green-belt rank. The club will continue its East Coast Collegiate Karate Union tournament schedule after the winter break when members travel to Penn State on Feb. 1.
Two members of the Residence Life Office’s “Street Team,” a group of 15 freshmen in student housing committed to improving campus life through community service, spearheaded the recent collection of items for the U.S. Army’s 539th Transportation Company in Kuwait. Army Specialist Gaven D. Crosby, an information technology: network specialist concentration major from Benton, and Eric T. McMahon, of Oil City, enrolled in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration, delivered Operation Care Package parcels to the college’s Mail Services Center on Friday for overseas shipment. The pair, aided by residence life coordinator Kas A. Williams, got a huge boost from David E. Machamer, a part-time member of the business administration faculty who felt particularly connected to the project due to his son’s service in Iraq several years ago. Machamer, human resources manager at PMF Industries Inc. on Reach Road, was the leading contributor and went so far as to promote the collection effort through fliers in company employees’ pay stubs. Resident Assistants and other students from across campus also donated to the drive, which collected flashlights, toiletries, magazines and other items.
Photo provided by the Residence Life Office
Penn College delayed its opening by two hours Monday morning due to icy conditions. The make-up time for final exams that were to be held at 8 a.m. Monday is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 14). Questions regarding rescheduled exams can be directed to course faculty or school offices.
Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams closed out their week (Dec. 1-7) on Saturday in fine fashion as both tasted victory for the first time this season. The college’s wrestling team was idle.
The traditional end-of-the-year showcase of final projects by students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Business & Hospitality was held Friday in the Thompson Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room, from hors d’oeuvres and ice sculptures to desserts, cakes and the always-anticipated chocolate houses auctioned to benefit Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity.
Students heading into Finals Week found respite at Thursday’s Midnight Breakfast in the Capitol Eatery, among Penn College’s longest (and certainly one of its yummiest) traditions. Attendees were treated to free pancakes, ice cream and a well-stocked toppings bar, along with music by J.D. Eicher and relaxing massages.
Photos by Marc T. Kaylor, student photographer
Schneider Electric has established an endowed scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology as part of the Penn College Scholarship Campaign.
Recognizing Pennsylvania College of Technology among its core partners for educating the next generation of construction managers, one of the largest general contractors in the United States has donated a piece of job-site technology to the institution.
On campus for a recent Career Fair, Mid Atlantic District representatives of the Colorado-based Hensel Phelps brought along a solar-powered wireless kiosk for use by students.
A prototype of equipment that Hensel Phelps crews use in the field, the unit is equipped with a computer monitor, Wi-Fi Internet access, and the capability to upload project software so superintendents and subcontractors can access the most current models, schedules and other information without leaving the worksite.
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.
Photos by Marc T. Kaylor, student photographer
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.