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Penn College Dedicates Technology-Driven Dental Hygiene Facility

Abigail S. Way, of Montoursville, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, reviews features of new workstations in Penn College’s renovated Dental Hygiene Clinic with Dr. John Hayes and Dr. Sharon Hayes, who have served as supervising dentists for the clinic.

Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted a dedication ceremony on Sept. 29 to celebrate its renovated Dental Hygiene Clinic.

The clinic is the hub for hands-on learning in the college’s dental hygiene majors and provides low-cost dental care for the community.

“Having the joy of ‘living through’ three dental hygiene clinics on this campus is quite a milestone,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “I am so proud of this new and improved facility. ‘State-of-the-art’ does not do it justice. It’s beautiful, functional and technology-driven – a great addition to our campus.”

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Kohler Named Director of Radiography at Penn College

Regis C. Kohler

Pennsylvania College of Technology has appointed Regis C. Kohler, of Montoursville, to lead the college’s radiography program.

Kohler began his employment with the college as clinical coordinator of radiography in 1987. He then served as an associate professor in the program for 26 years, from 1990 until his appointment to director in 2016.

“We are pleased that Regis has accepted this position as director of the radiography program,” said Gerri F. Luke, dean of business and hospitality. “His appointment has been very warmly received by students and alumni, as well as our affiliated hospital representatives. We are very confident his vast experience, professionalism and knowledge will provide exceptional leadership for the program.”

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Pacts Ease Path to Further Education in Emergency Management

Students in Penn College’s emergency management technology major practice their future career roles at a City of Williamsport emergency operations center during a simulated tornado disaster.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently approved articulation agreements with three institutions to help associate-degree graduates further their education with a bachelor’s degree in emergency management technology.

The agreements provide a clear transition to Penn College for graduates of the State University of New York Broome County Community College’s associate degree in homeland security; Delaware Technical and Community College’s associate degree in homeland security and emergency management; and Raritan Valley Community College’s emergency services associate degree.

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Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Israeli Prime Minister

Flags at half-staff

By White House proclamation, American flags on campus are at half-staff in memory of Shimon Peres, the former prime minister of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize-winner, who died Wednesday at the age of 93. The flags will remain lowered until sunset Friday.

Student Learns Event-Planning Musts During Rusty Rail Internship

Penn College student Alexandra M. Lehman, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration: sport and event management concentration, spent her summer working alongside the event management team at Rusty Rail Brewing Co. in Mifflinburg.

A student from Williamsport is the first to complete a worksite internship via Pennsylvania College of Technology’s new degree in business administration: sport and event management concentration.

Alexandra M. Lehman hopes to use her degree to plan and manage conferences, fundraisers, celebrations and other such events for a large organization. She spent her summer months working with a team that does just that in the event department of the Rusty Rail Brewing Co. in Mifflinburg.

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Prospective Employers to Meet With Students, Alumni

Employers to visit campus

Hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of job possibilities, three employers will visit campus in the coming week. Matthews Collision Center will hold an information session at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in Room 107 of College Avenue Labs and representatives of L&W Engineering will meet with interested applicants at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in CAL, Room 154. (L&W will also hold interviews Oct. 6 in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center.) Susquehanna Health will hold a Recruitment Day for nursing students from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center atrium. For details, including available positions and applicable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Employers to visit

Upperclassmen Show No Mercy in Defeating Freshmen, 42-7

Emerging victorious from a Homecoming tradition, a team of upperclassmen ...

... handily defeated a never-say-die freshman lineup.

The freshmen started Wednesday’s annual Homecoming flag football game in possession, driving the ball downfield to take an early 7-0 lead … and that was it.  The squad of upperclassmen went on to score 42 unanswered points to defeat the first-year team, 42-7.  The upperclassmen scored on touchdown passes, touchdown runs and interceptions returned for touchdowns.  Determined not to give up, the freshmen made one final drive to within the upperclassmen’s 20-yard line, only to have the ball intercepted as time ran out. (Watch for more early next week when a Homecoming photo gallery is posted to PCToday.)
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation

College Health Services Administering Flu Vaccine

Penn College Health Services will provide flu shots for faculty, staff, students, dependents (age 9 years and older) and spouses in Room 150 of the Bush Campus Center. Vaccinations will be available from 8:30-4:30 p.m. daily. The cost of the flu vaccine is $15.  Payment will be accepted in the form of cash, check (made payable to Penn College), Health Savings Accounts or credit card. The second line of defense? Healthy habits like hand-washing, sneezing into the bend of your elbow, getting enough sleep and eating right can help your body defend itself against influenza. College Health Services encourages the campus community to stay healthy and prevent the spread of this preventable disease.

Hartman Earns Multiple ‘Player of the Week’ Honors

Hailee L. Hartman

Penn College junior Hailee L. Hartman earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s top honor when she was named the Division III Women’s Player of the Week. The award comes a day after she was named Player of the Week by the North Eastern Athletic Conference – both mark the first time any player at Penn College has garnered either award. A nursing major, Hartman helped lead her teammates to two wins on the week, improving their record to 5-3-1 overall (4-0 NEAC) and tallying 11 points for herself. The junior forward from Lampeter recorded five goals for the week, two of which came in the second half of the Wildcats’ 5-0 blanking of Wilson College. She went on to record a hat trick and an assist in the Wildcats’ 6-1 defeat of Gallaudet University. Hartman is currently second in the conference, with 18 points on the year, and is tied for NEAC lead in goals with eight.

Culinary Grad Wins National Competition

Paul “PJ” Lemoncelli, who earned a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts technology from Penn College in 2006, was named the Best In-Flight Executive Chef of 2016 during the International Flight Services Association’s annual chefs competition. Four competing chefs were tasked with preparing an appetizer and entrée in 30 minutes, using five required ingredients. Lemoncelli is an executive chef at the Moosic location for Preferred Meals. Preferred Meals provides nutritious meals to schools and senior citizen facilities, as well as airlines, military, health care, private-label and co-packing businesses.

Short Video Touts Career Opportunities for Cyber Security Grads

Where can graduates of Penn College’s information assurance and cyber security bachelor’s degree expect to work? Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer information technology, provides possible avenues for fulfilling careers in a short Guggenheim Productions video added to the college’s YouTube channel. “The hacker needs one way in and, as a professional, you have to protect against all possible ways in,” Gorka tells cyber security major Ryan Monteleone. “So we have the harder job, which makes it more exciting and more fun.”

Grace, Gratitude Imbue Lecturer’s ‘Last Words’

Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities, welcomes the crowd and introduces this year's "My Last Words" presenter.

Penn's Inn offers an intimate setting ...

... for Tina M. Evans to impart "12 Words That Will Change Your Life."

Sandra Lakey (right foreground) the faculty member who delivered the My Last Words lecture in 2008, is among those attending Evans' presentation.

The speaker talks with Charles T. Crawford, a pre-physician assistant major from Chadds Ford.

Tina M. Evans, an associate professor of applied health studies, delivered this year’s David London My Last Words lecture Tuesday night, providing her Penn’s Inn audience with a dozen deceptively simple words that are profoundly powerful enough to change lives: “I love you,” “I forgive you,” “Please forgive me,” “Thank you” and “Goodbye.” The series – which asks each nominated speaker to share purportedly parting thoughts – memorializes London, an associate professor of speech communication/composition who died in May 2008. Evans’ talk will soon be posted to Penn College’s YouTube channel; watch PCToday for notification.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Human Services Class Lends Expertise to Community Challenge

Some of the students in the Community and Organizational Change course discuss logistics in support of the Community Challenge. From left are Holly N. Engel, Montoursville; Sabrina A. Schubert, Clarks Summit; Brooke L. Gray, Muncy; Mandy M. Myers, Duke Center; Travis R. Neyhart, Jersey Shore; and Tierney N. Lookingbill, York. All of the students are enrolled in the applied human services major.

Students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology are lending their expertise to an important local cause – the Community Challenge supporting the Salvation Army of Williamsport.

This year’s Community Challenge offers two events: the Salvation Army 10K & 20K Trail Race, set for Saturday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m., and the Salvation Army Community Challenge 5K Run/Walk, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m.

Ten students in the college’s Community and Organizational Change course are devoting their fall semester to the nonprofit endeavor that raises funds to support the local Salvation Army’s tutoring, mentoring, food distribution, and financial planning and budgeting courses.

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Colloquium Speaker Interviewed by Sunbury Radio Station

Gary A. Sojka

Former Bucknell University President Gary A. Sojka, whose “Feeding the Future: Can We Nourish 9.7 Billion People in 2050?” kicks off Penn College’s 2016-17 Colloquia Series next week, was interviewed on WKOK radio Wednesday morning. Sojka discussed with “On the Mark” co-hosts Mark Lawrence and Joe McGranaghan his campus appearance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. (After the group covered a number of topics, the colloquium was discussed at the 55-minute mark of the archived audio.)

All the Tasty Trappings, With None of the Travel!

Automotive student Gibreel B. Conteh, of Philadelphia, feeds an appetite as big as his smile.

Mary E. Haines (left) and Barbara A. Kohler are among the Dining Services workers ...

... serving up succulent clams ...

... and shrimp and sausage.

Awash in camaraderie and clad in lobster bibs are (from left) students Cameron Brown, of Tower City; Taylor Delp, of New Berlin; Maura K. Mengel, of Mount Carmel; Haydn T. VanDyk, of Ramsey, N.J.; and Jordan A. Sims, of Norristown.

The Keystone Dining Room was the setting for a “Low Country Boil” Thursday evening, when students enjoyed the Southern coastal equivalent of a New England clambake – heaping portions of shrimp, clams, mussels, corn, potatoes and andouille sausage prepared by Penn College Dining Services.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

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