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Penn College, PCEA Agree on Five-Year Contract

Pennsylvania College of Technology and the members of the Penn College Education Association – which includes full-time teaching faculty, librarians and counselors employed by the college – have agreed on a new contract that will run from 2018 through the 2022-23 academic year.

Annual salary increases specified in the five-year agreement, which takes effect in Fall 2018, are: 2018-19, 1.55 percent; 2019-20, 1.65 percent; 2020-21, 1.75 percent; 2021-22, 1.85 percent; and 2022-23, 2 percent.

The Penn College Board of Directors today Thursday to authorize the 2018-23 contract, which covers more than 290 PCEA members. The college has approximately 590 full-time nonfaculty employees.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour said faculty and administration negotiators who worked on the contract were guided by a commitment to collegiality and collaboration.

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College Appoints Vice President for College Relations

Patrick Marty

Pennsylvania College of Technology has named Patrick Marty to a senior administrator position overseeing several areas of the institution.

The appointment of Marty – who has held a variety of leadership roles in communications, news and sports media, government relations, the military and private industry – was authorized Thursday by the college’s Board of Directors.

At Penn College, a special mission affiliate of Penn State, Marty will help shape strategy to further advance the institution’s reputation across the region and nation, and will oversee Alumni Relations, Corporate Relations, and Public Relations & Marketing. He will serve on President’s Council.

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Penn College Hires Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Loni N. Kline

Loni N. Kline has been appointed vice president for institutional advancement at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Kline has served in a variety of leadership roles in advancement and development at colleges and universities. Most recently, she was associate vice president for development and donor relations at Lycoming College, a post she had held since 2014.

Her appointment was authorized Thursday by the Penn College Board of Directors. She succeeds Debra M. Miller, who is retiring in August.

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Vice President for Information Technology Named at Penn College

A.J. Lacomba

Pennsylvania College of Technology has chosen an administrator with nearly three decades’ experience in information technology in higher education to serve as vice president for information technology/chief information officer.

A.J. Lacomba will begin his duties on May 1. His appointment was authorized Thursday by the Penn College Board of Directors.

He succeeds Mike Cunningham, who will retire in December, allowing for a smooth transition of IT leadership responsibilities during the remainder of 2017.

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Board Approves PCEA Contract, Ratifies VP Appointments

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday approved a five-year contract with the Penn College Education Association, ratified electronic votes for the appointment of three vice presidents and authorized the college to continue operations at current budget levels if there is no 2017-18 state budget passed by June 30.

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Alumna’s Return Yields Product Insight, Student Aid

Kate Hunter, a 2000 culinary arts alumna, offers career insight to students in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts majors.

Chef Paul Mach records the mathematical results of students’ bacon-cooking tests.

Chris Eckard, of Anchor Food Professionals, talks through boiling point and resulting evaporation – and loss of yield – of cream.

Dylan H. Therrien, left, of Reading, was named a 2017-18 recipient of the Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Scholarship. With him (from left) are: Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations for Penn College; Kate Hunter, ’00, manager of Peak Sales and Marketing; and Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor and department head of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts.

Dylan H. Therrien, a culinary arts and systems student from Reading, learned during a visit to campus by Kate Hunter, a 2000 graduate of the college’s culinary arts technology and food and hospitality management majors, that he will receive the Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Scholarship for 2017-18. Jones Dairy Farm, a six-generation family-owned leader in breakfast sausage, established the scholarship for Penn College students in 2015. Hunter is a manager for Peak Sales & Marketing, a broker for Jones Dairy Farm products. In addition to presenting congratulations to Therrien, Hunter brought a lesson in calculating yields, using bacon from Jones Dairy Farm that was cooked and tested by students in Chef Paul Mach’s Classical Cuisines of the World course. The students calculated how much bacon and fat remained after cooking and the resulting per-slice and per-ounce cost of the cooked product. Joining Hunter was Chris Eckard, of Anchor Food Professionals, who added further insight related to dairy products, such as cream and butter. Critically evaluating cost vs. quality among competing products will serve students well in working kitchens, Mach explained.

Where Child’s Play Meets Meaningful Work

With a work ethic befitting her T-shirt (which reads “Try to Keep Up”) a girl lays brick after brick.

A child smooths yellow-dyed concrete to cast a stepping stone.

“Jordan B.” carefully adds a brick to an archway. Twenty of 20 arches built throughout the morning remained intact when the wooden form was extracted.

Girls who didn’t hesitate to get their hands dirty share a sandy high-five.

After a morning of hands-on learning that would make any parent proud, the group gathers for a photo.

A group of more than 35 youngsters gathered in the Construction Masonry Building on Thursday for Penn College’s celebration of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Before spending the afternoon shadowing their parents, the children learned about careers in masonry, courtesy of the School of Construction & Design Technologies. With help from a legion of students, faculty members Glenn R. Luse, instructor of construction masonry, and Franklin H. Reber, instructor of building construction technology, taught the visitors to make colored concrete stepping stones, lay a straight and sturdy wall of brick, artistically apply stone to a wall, and construct gravity-defying brick archways. Following cleanup and the distribution of certificates in the CMB by dean of construction and design technologies Marc E. Bridgens, student ambassadors led the group on a tour of campus before they headed to lunch in the Capitol Eatery. The event is sponsored by the President’s Office and Human Resources.

Student Activities Banquet Honors Campus Luminaries

Front row (from left): Lauren J. Crouse, Student Leader of the Year; Elizabeth L. Landis, of Columbia, an emergency management technology major who accepted the award for Community Betterment Program; Morgan N. Keyser, of Cogan Station, a graphic design student who accepted the award for Outstanding Community Service Program; Hanna J. Williams, New Student Leader of the Year; and Hannah G. Maize, Riverside, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major who accepted the Outstanding Student Organization award on behalf of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Second row (from left): Bryonna A. Aldubayan, Student Leader Committed to Social Justice and Diversity; SGA President Caleb E. Cartmell, an automotive management technology student from Honesdale; Jeffrey R. Hasiak, Greek New Member; and Austin D. Adams, Center Valley, information technology: network specialist concentration, and Ryan W. Conklin, Beech Creek, information technology sciences-gaming and simulation, representing the Association of Professional Programmers, chosen as the Most Improved Student Organization. Back row (from left): Everett B. Appleby, SGA Senator of the Year and Student Leader Legacy Scholarship recipient; Josiah D. Stoltzfus, a construction management major from Morgantown, honored for Yell(ow) It Out, Outstanding Program; Jon R. Hallinstad Jr., a residential construction technology and management student from Germansville, who accepted awards including Greek Academic Achievement Award on behalf of the Omega Delta Sigma veterans fraternity; Greek honoree Paul M. Lasell, also one of the year's Student Leader Legacy Scholarship recipients; and Gregory C. Hidlay, of Catawissa, enrolled in information technology: network specialist concentration and a member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity chapter, celebrated for Outstanding Philanthropy and for its new Jump for St. Jude event.

An impressive roster of students and campus organizations recently stepped into the much-deserved spotlight of Penn’s Inn, receiving accolades for their contributions to Penn College and the broader community during the 2016-17 academic year.

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Colorful Floral Creations Greet Library Patrons

The sights and scents of spring fill the library entrance.

Amanda N. Suda, a landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis major from Harrisburg, attractively incorporated a Hogarth Curve into her piece.

A terrarium/mini-landscape, created by horticulture student Katherine L. Kahn, of Williamsport

This abstract work was designed by Magdalen C. Bennett, of Erie, a culinary arts and systems major.

Final projects by students in The Art of Floral Design (HRT 260), an art elective taught by alumna Karen R. Ruhl, are on display in Madigan Library through Tuesday. The students – who met for lecture on main campus on Tuesdays and for lab work at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center on Thursdays – had to create their designs using the fundamental skills learned during the semester; and determine the containers, flowers and foliage required to implement their vision. The class, which is open to all academic majors, “provides an opportunity for students to express themselves in a unique art form,” said Ruhl, owner of Special Occasion Florals in Williamsport. “The basic elements and principles of design that we learn provide the foundation for a lifelong skill.”

Mentored Students Dazzle at Silver-Anniversary ‘Chef’ Dinner

The star-studded Spring 2017 Visiting Chef lineup (from left): Tramonto, Folse, Gardner and Wressell.

World-class chefs spent several days on the Penn College campus to impart their wisdom while they guided students in the production of the 25th Anniversary Visiting Chef Dinner, held April 7. Chefs Rick Tramonto, John Folse, Donald Wressell and Elaine Gardner spent time in classrooms, where they shared their culinary journeys and offered professional insight, and in the School of Business & Hospitality’s kitchens, where they offered hands-on lessons while producing the $125-a-plate fundraising dinner, which helps to provide scholarships for students in the college’s baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, and hospitality management majors. Tramonto and Folse, who separately have received the highest honors in culinary arts and have authored several award-winning cookbooks, offered additional talks for the public in the Madigan Library, where they endeavored to inspire students to pursue both big dreams and a career of service to others. Together, the pair are the founders of Home on the Range: Folse Tramonto Restaurant Development LLC. Their first joint venture, Restaurant R’evolution, opened in New Orleans’ French Quarter in 2012 and was named Restaurant of the Year by New Orleans Magazine. In 2014, they opened Seafood R’evolution in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Wressell, who was pastry chef for the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for 19 years, has led gold-medal U.S. teams in the World Pastry Team Championship and Le Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in France, and has brought home many medals himself. Gardner is the chef at Dizengoff in Philadelphia and was, while working at Zahav, featured in a PhillyVoice article that highlighted “six talented Philly sous chefs making their bosses look good.”

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Penn College Unveils New Wildcat Athletics Logo

Penn College's redesigned wildcat logo heralds a new era in athletics.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s long-standing tradition of bold innovation and institutional pride has a new look reflecting those qualities. The college on Wednesday revealed a new athletic logo depicting a strong, powerful and proud wildcat.

The new mark, created by Skye Dillon, of Skye Design Studios (which has experience branding some of the most recognized organizations and properties in sports nationwide), features a full-body wildcat perched atop Bald Eagle Mountain alongside the West Branch of the Susquehanna River – icons of the scenic landscape surrounding Penn College. The wildcat, shaded in white, metallic grey and royal blue, is oriented with its head panned slightly to the right. The new logo replaces a 25-year-old mark.

“With our move toward full NCAA Division III membership, our athletic teams competing in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, and full-time coaches who recruit student-athletes to the college, it was time for the wildcat to take on a fresh, new look,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “I commend the committee from across campus that guided this process. The striking new logo and related marks reflect a new era in Penn College Athletics.”

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Graphic Design Students Honored for Artistry, Expertise

Among honorees at the annual Flux Student Design Competition was Ainsley R. Bennett's "Surf's Up Kids Shampoo" packaging design.

The artistry and expertise of eight graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been recognized in three award competitions.

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Governance Celebrates Anniversary With Informative Drop-In Session

Outgoing and incoming members of College Council line a stairwell between floors of the Bush Campus Center.

The leadership of Penn College Governance over the past three decades – 16 chairs from past to present – is depicted in a commemorative PowerPoint slide.

A Tuesday celebration in Penn’s Inn marked this year’s 30th anniversary of Penn College’s Governance system. About 100 members of the campus community – students, deans and faculty/staff – stopped by for coffee and cookies, chatted with representatives about the role of internal governance at the college, and shared ideas for the future.  A brief PowerPoint presentation highlighted the history and significant accomplishments of Governance. Among those on hand to visit with were Tina M. Evans, associate professor of applied health studies, chair; Edward J. Almasy, associate professor of electronics, vice chair; and Craig A. Miller, associate professor of history/political science.

Alumni-Led Industry Tours Reinforce Laboratory Learning

Penn College grad Paul R. South (in red hard hat) leads students on a tour of Danzer Veneers log yard.

Students in the Forest Products (FOR 210) class took field trips Tuesday to Wheeland Lumber Co. Inc. in Liberty and to Danzer Veneer Americas in Williamsport. At Wheeland Lumber, the students toured a high-production sawmill, log yard and millwork facility with Penn College alumni Damen R. (’00, forest technology, and ’03, technology management) and Derek E. (’03, business administration: banking and finance concentration) Wheeland. At Danzer Veneer, students visited the log yard and production facility with Paul R. South, a 2016 graduate in forest technology. “Both tours were educational for the students,” said Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology, who accompanied the group and provided the photo. “It allows them to see in person and experience the manufacturing environment that is discussed in class.”

Penn College Alums Help Longwood Gardens Bloom

Known as one of the premier public horticultural displays in the world, Longwood Gardens features nearly 1,100 acres of natural beauty. Two 2005 Penn College graduates help shape that magnificent scenery by serving as senior gardeners. April J. Bevans, landscape/nursery technology, and Lauren S. Hoderny-Hill, floral design/interior plantscape, use art and science – “tools” gained at Penn College – to craft fulfilling careers at the renowned Chester County attraction. The alumnae are featured in a new YouTube video, distilled from “Working Class: Build & Grow Green,” the second episode of the Telly Award-winning series produced by the college and WVIA:

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