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Spring 2015 Roster of Penn College Graduates Published
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The list of graduates for the Spring 2015 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been released.

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College’s Spring 2015 Dean’s List Announced
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The Spring 2015 dean’s list has been issued at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Penn College Archers Finish Third in Nation
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Pennsylvania College of Technology archers used three first-place finishes to end third overall at the U.S. Outdoor Collegiate National Championships in Harrisonburg, Virginia, over the weekend. In addition, the Wildcats had eight All-Americans.

“We shot strong all weekend, and I am very proud of how we finished,” said coach Chad Karstetter, who is in his 13th season. “The team rounds were exciting and nerve-wracking to watch. With such strong teams from other colleges and universities most finishes came down to the last end of arrows or the closest to the center arrow.”

The fact that the Wildcats finished so high nationally even was more impressive, considering that its recurve teams could not compete due to scheduling conflicts.

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Penn College Student Receives Mapworks Scholarship

Dalaney T. Vartenisian

For her response to a national contest regarding how participation in a program offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology helped her, a Penn College student was recently selected to receive a Mapworks Scholarship.

The recipient, Dalaney T. Vartenisian, of Trout Run, is a Dean’s List student in the college’s Web and interactive media major and holds a part-time job on campus as a student photographer.

The Mapworks Scholarship is a national contest for first- and second-year college students who have participated in the Mapworks program. Mapworks is an online retention-management tool that helps facilitate student success. It identifies at-risk students early in the academic year and provides tools to coordinate and manage support and necessary interventions for these students. Penn College began using Mapworks in the fall of 2011 for all first-year students.​

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LCCC Grads Gain Streamlined Path for Continued Architectural Study

Students in Luzerne County Community College’s architectural engineering technology associate-degree program will benefit from a recently signed agreement that establishes a clear and efficient path to complete a bachelor’s degree in building science and sustainable design at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

After completing a strong foundation with an associate degree at LCCC, students have the opportunity to continue the career ladder at Penn College and complete coursework that prepares them to enter careers as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design specialists, sustainable designers or architectural project team members. In addition to new-building design, students have the opportunity to gain skills that are vital to historic preservation and the renovation and reuse of existing structures.

“We look forward to welcoming the Luzerne County Community College students to our campus and providing a seamless pathway to the bachelor’s degree,” said Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies at Penn College. “The articulation agreement provides a benefit to the student, the industry and both institutions. Being the next step in the lifelong learning process is exciting.”

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Plastics Professionals Converge on Penn College Campus

Aided by student Madison T. Powell (left), a part-time Plastics Innovation & Resource Center research assistant, Gary E. McQuay (right), PIRC engineering manager, preps attentive participants for the hands-on portion of the workshop.

The renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology extended its expertise to plastics professionals throughout the country by hosting the seventh annual Hands-On Rotational Molding & Advanced Materials Workshop earlier this month.

With support from the Association of Rotational Molders and the Society of Plastics Engineers Rotational Molding Division, the PIRC’s workshop brought 31 individuals to campus, representing various sectors of the plastics industry and 11 states.

“It was tremendous to host diverse plastics professionals from throughout the country for this year’s workshop,” said Gary E. McQuay, PIRC engineering manager. “Attracting such talent on an annual basis speaks to the high quality of both the workshop and our plastics facilities at Penn College.”

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Digital Photography Course Scheduled at Penn College

Discover your creative side and learn from an industry professional how to take stunning digital photographs when Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers a three-week digital photography course this summer.

The classes, taught by Wayne Palmer, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays from June 11-25 in the Center for Business & Workforce Development on the college’s main campus in Williamsport. The cost is $199.

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Mythic Sculptures, Drawings Exhibited at Penn College

Two of Ed Smith's bronze sculptures: "Hercules with Club" (left), and "Beggar," bronze, 15" high.

A world-renowned sculptor and artist will exhibit his bronze sculptures and drawings in “Though much is taken, much abides …,” running May 28 through June 26 at The Gallery at Penn College.

Ed Smith, a Guggenheim Fellow in sculpture and drawing, and an associate member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, will be on hand for a Meet the Artist Reception set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, featuring a 5:30 p.m. gallery talk. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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Wildcats’ First Year of NCAA Affiliation Seen as ‘Smashing Success’

Highlighted by its baseball championship team, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s first year as a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference as a provisional member of NCAA Division III was a smashing success.

“I am extremely pleased on how our athletics program transitioned to the NCAA Division III level,” said Scott Kennell, college director of athletics. “As a first-year provisional member, our programs remained competitive throughout the entire year and we captured our first-ever NEAC championship. We are looking to make an even bigger splash within the conference this up and coming year.”

“It’s a great atmosphere we have right now. It has catapulted the whole program into something bigger than we had even hoped,” baseball coach Chris Howard said after winning the title. “I think, first and foremost, I learned that we certainly belong at the D-III level. We can play with anybody.”

The college has three more years as a provisional NCAA member before becoming a full member.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

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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Campus’ Children Celebrate With Fuzzy Friends, Family Fun

Newest arrivals aid children's understanding of life's wondrous cycle.

Newest arrivals aid children’s understanding of life’s wondrous cycle.

Children and their families board the Hiawatha for a journey upriver and back.

Children and their families board the Hiawatha for a journey upriver and back.

It has been a week of celebrations at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center. The young preschool class at Penn College has been studying animals and, as part of the study, incubated chicken eggs. The incubator and eggs were provided by the Lycoming County Cooperative Extension Office. On Wednesday, children arrived to find five newly hatched chicks. By Friday, there were 12 chicks that were taken to a local farm. Children and families, who watched with delight as the chicks hatched, observed the changes in the first days of life. On Thursday, the families enjoyed a cruise on the Hiawatha paddlewheeler. “This was a wonderful celebration of the friendships forged this year and the children’s growth and learning,” said Barbara J. Albert, director of the child care center. “Despite the chilly weather, families welcomed the opportunity to experience the outdoors with their children.”
Photos by Neva E. Simcox, group leader, Children’s Learning Center, and Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing

Theatrical Venue Bolsters College Employees’ Job Performance

Senior Vice President William J. Martin points out the grandeur of the Community Arts Center for a stageful of Penn College's Classified personnel.

Senior Vice President William J. Martin points out the grandeur of the Community Arts Center for a stageful of Penn College’s Classified personnel.

Classified staff from Penn College were bused to and from the Community Arts Center on Wednesday for a daylong professional-development program. The agenda included a tour of the CAC with William J. Martin, senior vice president, and Rob Steele, executive director of the facility; a preview of upcoming shows and other events; and a question-and-answer session. Martin also provided an orientation to the college’s history, organization, operation and culture; and a primer on assertiveness techniques was offered by Kathy W. Zakarian, assistant director of counseling, and counselor Jacklyn R. Leitzel.
Photo by Shawnalee E. Miller, Career Services secretary

‘Showcase’ Touts Technology’s Successful Use in Service of Students

Nursing's Terri A. Stone, Christine B. Kavanagh and Sandra L. Richmond (from left) detail PLATO's helpful streamlining of student remediation.

Nursing’s Terri A. Stone, Christine B. Kavanagh and Sandra L. Richmond (from left) detail PLATO’s helpful streamlining of student remediation.

Susan Slamka and James R. Dougherty III outline the role of video in human service students' role-playing exercises.

Susan Slamka and James R. Dougherty III outline the role of video in human service students’ role-playing exercises.

Six members of Penn College’s faculty/staff who embrace technology to enhance their engagement with students recently shared their success stories with co-workers at an Instructional Technology Showcase. Held in Madigan Library, the afternoon event provided three informative presentations: Nursing instructors Terri A. Stone and Christine B. Kavanagh, joined by Sandra L. Richmond, director of nursing, discussed “PLATO Intelligent Agents Identify Students at Risk;” Susan Slamka, assistant professor of human services/psychology, and James R. Dougherty III, assistant director, classroom technology and A/V services, offered “One Button Studio: One Click to Video Production Is a Success for Human Services Students;” and Kim E. Shipman, coordinator of instructional technology and technology training, explained “Using Doseri to Engage Students in the Classroom.”

Peggy Madigan Scholarship Awarded to Jersey Shore Student

Sapphire Naugle is awarded the 2015 Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship by state Sen. Gene Yaw (left) and Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. Naugle, a senior at Jersey Shore Area High School, will be a plastics and polymer engineering technology major at Penn College starting this fall.

A Jersey Shore Area High School student was presented with the 2015-16 Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Sapphire Naugle, of Jersey Shore, will enroll in the plastics and polymer engineering technology baccalaureate major at Penn College for Fall 2015.

The scholarship – named in memory of the late wife of former state Sen. Roger A. Madigan, who represented the 23rd District – may be used to help defray the costs of tuition, fees, books, tools and other required supplies. Applicants are required to write an essay describing the community service they have performed and the value that service has added to the community.

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Blogger Writes Glowingly About College’s ‘Working World Within’

Countdown to College Coach

Countdown to College Coach

A college-prep expert, who helps parents navigate the maze of higher education, is writing about Penn College for a national audience. Suzanne Shaffer, author of the Parents Countdown to College Coach blog, extensively toured campus on April 29-30. “Once students graduate from Penn College, they can hit the ground running. It’s not necessary for employers to train them on basic techniques or skills,” she writes in the just-posted second installment. “They are familiar with equipment, tools, practices and techniques used to work at their chosen career immediately after graduation. Employers hire Penn College students because they know these students have been trained properly and are familiar with their products, services and equipment.” Shaffer’s introductory piece, “Degrees That Work: One College’s Best-Kept Secret,” debuted earlier in the month. Shaffer is supplementing her blog with references to Penn College on social media.

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