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College Hosts Reunions for WACC, Welding, Construction, Tutors
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As part of its Oct. 10-12 Centennial Homecoming, Pennsylvania College of Technology will host four reunions, each inviting alumni to share their memories and revel in the weekend’s theme: “Then … Now … Forever Proud.”

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Diner’s Club Tours Area Vineyard, Plans Fall Activities

Kneeling: Amber S. English, Lewistown, hospitality management. Standing, from left: Katelynn M. Watson, Milton, culinary arts technology; Jessica N. Felton, State College, culinary arts and systems; Jessica R. Wollet, Williamsport, culinary arts technology; Alex D. Mytinger, New Berlin, occupational therapy assistant; and Dr. Chuck Zaleski, owner of Fero Vineyards & Winery.

Kneeling: Amber S. English, Lewistown, hospitality management. Standing, from left: Katelynn M. Watson, Milton, culinary arts technology; Jessica N. Felton, State College, culinary arts and systems; Jessica R. Wollet, Williamsport, culinary arts technology; Alex D. Mytinger, New Berlin, occupational therapy assistant; and Dr. Chuck Zaleski, owner of Fero Vineyards & Winery.

A winery tour

A winery tour

Harvest helpers

Harvest helpers

The Penn College Diner’s Club recently visited Fero Vineyards & Winery just outside Lewisburg, where the students helped to harvest grapes for pinot noir wine and toured the facility’s processing operation. The club has several more outings planned, including visits to Williamsport’s First Friday, participation in Oktoberfest events, ice-carving demonstrations at Penn College’s Open House, and trick-or-treating at local hospitals.
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Discounted ‘VoicePlay’ Tickets Available at CC Through Oct. 10

VoicePlay

VoicePlay

Straight from NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” a-cappella sensation VoicePlay will perform live at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. The Bush Campus Center has a limited number of tickets available for Penn College students, staff and employees at just $12.50 in the orchestra floor section of the Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at the CC information desk through Friday, Oct. 10, by cash, check or credit card. After Oct. 10, tickets can be purchased at full price directly from the CAC box office. For complete show information, visit www.caclive.com. A remix video of “Chandelier” is available at the group’s website. The Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College, is at 220 W. Fourth St. (just a few blocks from campus).

Loss and Legacy: Honoring the Dedication, Respect and Devotion of a Son and Employee

Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07

Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07

The family and employer of the late Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07, gather in front of Penn College’s Donor Wall to commemorate Amerikohl Mining’s $1 million scholarship donation in Kanouff’s memory.

The family and employer of the late Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07, gather in front of Penn College’s Donor Wall to commemorate Amerikohl Mining’s $1 million scholarship donation in Kanouff’s memory.

The scholarship’s first recipient, Forrest S. Martin, hugs Kanouff’s mother, Ramona.

The scholarship’s first recipient, Forrest S. Martin, hugs Kanouff’s mother, Ramona.

From the Fall 2014 One College Avenue: Alumnus Steelyn G. Kanouff’s employer and family – and the recipient of a scholarship in his name – strive to honor the memory of the 28-year-old who died last year. Read the full story.

Penn College Golfers Await Postseason; Men’s Tennis Team Gets Under Way

The Pennsylvania College of Technology golf team had two outings last week in its final tune-up before the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships and the college’s men’s tennis team tasted action for the first time.

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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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Penn College Hosts Third ‘Wildcat Comic Con’

With the contest judges on either side, the adult cosplay winners prepare to take another bow.

The third time for Wildcat Comic Con went beyond charming into the realm of enchantment, as presenters and the public bonded over graphic novels, cosplay, gaming and other common interests. The event, held across Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus on a gorgeous fall Saturday, put a unique educational spin on popular culture – and left hundreds upon hundreds of attendees already anticipating a fourth installment.

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‘These Trees’ Art Installation Weaves Cross-Campus Connections

"These Trees," an environmental art installation at Pennsylvania College of Technology, created by environmental artists Kathy Bruce and Alastair R. Noble, weaves together Shakespearean text and natural materials.

The third large-scale art installation created to celebrate Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial has woven together not only text and trees, but students from across campus.

Over two weeks, more than 160 students from various majors participated in the creation of “These Trees,” an art piece utilizing a variety of tree species harvested from Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center and installed on the west lawn of the Bush Campus Center at the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

Working alongside internationally known environmental artists Kathy Bruce and Alastair R. Noble, the students assisted in creating Bruce and Noble’s vision of a spiraling text quoting William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Penn College Homecoming Offers Full Slate of Activities

Themed “Then … Now … Forever Proud,” Centennial Homecoming at Pennsylvania College of Technology invites alumni back to their alma mater Oct. 10-12.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of education on Penn College’s campus. In November 1914, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette reported that 15,000 people attended a three-day celebration to mark the dedication of the city’s new high school building – now Penn College’s Klump Academic Center.

The community is again invited to join the celebration: a three-day Homecoming Carnival on the Madigan Library lawn near the main entrance. The carnival opens Friday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m.

From adult education classes held in the new high school’s shops grew Williamsport Technical Institute, which became Williamsport Area Community College and, 25 years ago, Pennsylvania College of Technology, a special mission affiliate of Penn State.

From those roots, a culture of statewide and national leadership in applied technology education and workforce development has blossomed. Homecoming provides an opportunity for alumni and students alike to reminisce on their place in the college’s rich history – and to join with students in ongoing traditions.

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Student Takes Welding Skills to Children’s Home in Middle East

Penn College student George W. Settle III, of Dillsburg, gathers with residents of Home of Hope, a facility for street children near Beirut, Lebanon. Settle, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, spent seven weeks at the home to teach welding and make repairs.

Pennsylvania College of Technology student George W. Settle III visited the Middle East this summer with plans to teach a handful of boys how to weld. After his seven-week visit, he learned far more than he taught.

Settle, of Dillsburg, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology at the college. He spent seven weeks at Home of Hope in the village of Kehale, Lebanon, about 10 miles from Beirut. The home provides shelter, education, socialization and recreation for street children, many of whom who have been used, abused or abandoned.

“I learned that, while most of us take for granted a loving embrace and a tender kiss, there are kids that are dying for just a hint of such tenderness; dying to be loved,” Settle said.

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Wednesday Tie-Dyeing Event Aids ‘Pink Out’ Prep

Rebecca J. Sisson, a pre-nursing  major from Nottingham (and a member of the Wildcat Dance Team) effects a spiral design with a fork.

Rebecca J. Sisson, a pre-nursing major from Nottingham (and a member of the Wildcat Dance Team) effects a spiral design with a fork.

A few squirts of the color du jour

A few squirts of the color du jour

Hands busily ply the tie-dyers' craft.

Hands busily ply the tie-dyers’ craft.

Raising awareness, dunk after dunk

Raising awareness, dunk after dunk

Shawn Bradley, assistant women's volleyball coach and a 2013 Penn College alumnus, adds his hands-on expertise.

Shawn Bradley, assistant women’s volleyball coach and a 2013 Penn College alumnus, adds his hands-on expertise.

Those in need of fitting attire for the “Pink Out” women’s volleyball game later this month found their solution Wednesday behind the Field House, where white T-shirts were tie-dyed pink in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Penn College community is encouraged to wear pink shirts – or hoodies or sweaters or headbands or whatever! – to Bardo Gym for a home contest against Penn State Berks, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. There will be free pink popcorn at the volleyball match, sponsored by the Off-Campus Housing Organization and Penn College Athletics, and a $50 Sheetz gift card will be awarded to the “pinkest” person in attendance. Information about breast cancer will be available and donations to the Making Strides Foundation will be accepted.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Jeffrey C. Comitz Named Semester’s First ‘Student of the Month’

Jeffrey C. Comitz

Jeffrey C. Comitz, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology major from Hughesville, has been chosen as the first Student of the Month of the Fall 2014 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Scheduled to graduate in May 2016, Comitz is a member of the student chapter of ASHRAE (formerly known as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers). He also interns as an energy management technician with the college’s General Services department, works part time at Planet Fitness and is enrolled in an online class for transfer credits.

“Jeff serves as a wonderful role model to the student body, showcasing his tremendous work ethic and academic abilities,” said one of his many nominators, “He is an ideal representation to employers and prospective students of the HVAC program offered here at Penn College and the caliber of professionals it produces.”

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Penn College’s ‘Wildcat Comic Con’ Gains Stature in Short Time

Wildcat Comic Con 2014

Expanded funding from the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau and representation from an industry superstar reflect the increasing credibility of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wildcat Comic Con over three brief years.

The bureau awarded a $10,000 grant to Penn College for the Sept. 27 event, twice as much as was allocated when the Comic Con debuted in 2012.

“The Wildcat Comic Con is a great opportunity for those in the region and from out-of-state to come and experience all that a ‘Con’ is about, with the comics, gamers and artists on campus showcasing the comics and gaming industries,” said Jason C. Fink, executive director of the visitors bureau (who attended with his children in both prior years).

“The unique thing about this ‘Con’ is that there is more focus on the ‘how to’ of things, such as drawing distinctive characters, getting published and trademarking. However, it wouldn’t be a ‘Con’ without the cosplay, and that always brings out the best and most creative in attendees.”

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Penn College Plastics Professor Presents at Conference

Kirk M. Cantor

A Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member conducted two presentations at a recent international plastics conference.

Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics and polymer technology, presented “Materials & Extrusion for Roll-Fed Thermoforming” and “Essentials of Stable Sheet Extrusion” at the Society of Plastics Engineers 23rd Annual Thermoforming Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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Employers Schedule On-Campus Information Sessions

Employers schedule recruitment visits

Employers schedule recruitment visits

Two employers, hoping to fill positions in a variety of academic majors, will hold informational meetings at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for Penn College students and alumni. Fluor representatives will be on hand in Room 104 of College Avenue Labs at that time, and will schedule interviews to be conducted the following day in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center. Eaton will hold its session in CC, Room 205. Free pizza and soda will be available at both sessions. For details, including available positions and majors of interest, consult the flier: Employer Sessions

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