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President’s Council Answers ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’
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With moral support from the Wildcat, vice president for academic affairs/provost Paul L. Starkey issues the “ice bucket challenge” to the office of Lycoming College President Kent Trachte.

With moral support from the Wildcat, vice president for academic affairs/provost Paul L. Starkey issues the “ice bucket challenge” to the office of Lycoming College President Kent Trachte.

President’s Council braces for a dousing at the hands of student-athletes. Council members, from left, are David Kay, vice president for college services; Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development; Joseph S. Yoder, associate vice president for public relations & marketing; Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; Mike Cunningham, vice president for information technology/chief information officer; Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; and Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost.

President’s Council braces for a dousing at the hands of student-athletes. Council members, from left, are David Kay, vice president for college services; Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development; Joseph S. Yoder, associate vice president for public relations & marketing; Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; Mike Cunningham, vice president for information technology/chief information officer; Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; and Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost.

Challenge met!

Challenge met!

Responding to Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour’s convocation “call-out,” seven members of President’s Council donned ultra-business-casual garb and courageously met the ALS Foundation’s “ice bucket challenge” on Thursday afternoon. Wildcat student-athletes did the honors outside the Student and Administrative Services Center, as the group of good sports took the brunt of the cascading chill – all in the name of charity.

Wildcats’ NCAA Kickoffs Begin Friday With Women’s Volleyball, Soccer

WIldcats' NCAA era about to begin!

WIldcats’ NCAA era about to begin!

Students, faculty/staff and the public are invited to cheer Penn College’s new affiliation with the NCAA in a series of free Wildcat athletics events starting Friday. Giveaways (including sunglasses and temporary tattoos), halftime competitions, a Fan Zone and concessions will be featured, beginning with women’s volleyball against Lycoming College at 5 p.m. Friday in Bardo Gym and women’s soccer against Rosemont College at 7:30 Friday night on the athletic field. Other home kickoff contests will be men’s soccer against Alfred State at 7 p.m. Sept. 2, women’s tennis versus Lebanon Valley College at 4 p.m. Sept. 18 and men’s tennis against Misericordia University at 4 p.m. Sept. 23. Stay in touch throughout the Fall 2014 season by visiting Wildcat Athletics’ new website.

Sexologists Give ‘Boot’ to Misconceptions With Frankness, Freebies

Students enthusiastically vie for T-shirts and other giveaways, rewards for correctly answering questions from the stage.

Students enthusiastically vie for T-shirts and other giveaways, rewards for correctly answering questions from the stage.

As they have for several years, Frater (background) and Lastique captivate a Penn College audience with their no-nonsense approach.

As they have for several years, Frater (background) and Lastique captivate a Penn College audience with their no-nonsense approach.

Taking the evening's message home, with swag and self-awareness.

Taking the evening’s message home, with swag and self-awareness.

Making a return trip to Penn College, authors Joni Frater and Esther Lastique renewed their “Sex Ed Boot Camp” presentation for about 500 students in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on Wednesday night. With humor, patience, sensitivity and straightforward answers, the pair facilitated a matter-of-fact discussion of sexual health and intimacy – a respectful dialogue with their young audience about smart decisions (and the life-altering consequences of poor ones). The visit was organized by Student Activities and College Health Services, and partially funded through a grant from the Female Health Co.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Paulhamus to Head Wildcat Cross-Country Program for 2014 Season

Michael J. Paulhamus

Michael J. Paulhamus

Former head coach Michael J. Paulhamus has agreed to step in as head of the Penn College men’s and women’s cross-country program for the 2014 season. Paulhamus will run the program for head coach David J. Mendez, who has taken a leave of absence for the season. “We’re excited to have coach Paulhamus help us out this season,” said Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics. “He’s one of the most decorated coaches in Penn College history and I know he will do well stepping in for coach Mendez.” Paulhamus has been one of the most successful coaches at Penn College since starting in 2001. He was named Men’s Cross-Country Coach of the Year 10 times and Women’s Cross-Country Coach of the Year twice. From 2003-12, his men’s teams were undefeated and claimed 10 consecutive conference championships. In 2009, the Wildcat men had their best finish under Paulhamus as the USCAA national runners-up. Paulhamus will begin immediately, prepping the team for its first invitational on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Penn State Abington.

Supervisory Program to Begin Sept. 11 at Penn College

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering the first of four modules in its Team Leader/Supervisor Program beginning Sept. 11.

The research-based, instructor-led program is anchored around 32 competencies identified in industry clusters across the commonwealth, and is appropriate for current or prospective first-line supervisors and team leaders.

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Economics Research Published in International Journal

Chip D. Baumgardner

Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration/management at Pennsylvania College of Technology, had a research paper accepted for publication in International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Science.

His paper, titled “Juniata County: How the Labor Market of a Small, Rural Pennsylvania County Survived the Great Recession,” was published in the journal’s August 2014 edition (Volume 2, No. 6).

Baumgardner’s paper analyzes the effects of the recession of 2007-09 on employment rates in Juniata County, examining whether fragments of the economy were resistant to the downturn, and if so, whether there were legitimate reasons.

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Dental Hygiene Director Elected Chair of Local AHEC Board

Shawn A. Kiser

Shawn A. Kiser, director of the dental hygiene program at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was recently elected chairman of the board of directors for the Northcentral Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center.

“I’m excited to work with Shawn as our new board chair as we continue to grow and support the health and well-being of our rural communities in northcentral Pennsylvania,” said Rebecca Charles, executive director for the center.

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Free Student Tickets Available for Several CAC Shows

Limited student tickets available

Limited student tickets available

A limited number of free tickets are available to Pennsylvania College of Technology students for some of this season’s Community Arts Center shows. In order to give the most students the opportunity to attend a free performance, a student with a valid Penn College ID may pick up one ticket for one performance per semester, while supplies last. Students will have the opportunity to receive additional tickets if any remain unclaimed one week before the performance date.

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Students Meet ‘Food Network’ Competitor During Trip to York

The School of Business & Hospitality’s Chef Todd M. Keeley and three students recently traveled to York Technical Institute to meet Chef Joseph Cumm, winner of the Aug. 11 episode of Food Network’s “King of Cones” competition. On the show, Cumm defeated three competitors with three ice cream treats – each including an assigned mystery ingredient.  Cumm has been an instructor with the The Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts at YTI Career Institute-Lancaster for three years and owns EdenJoes Cakery in York with his wife. In 2013, he won “The Art of Cake” competition at Pastry Live, and will return this year as a judge. Cumm has also been selected as one of several dozen Cake Artists to teach at CakeFest 2015 in Louisiana in February. The Penn College students had the opportunity to watch the four-part challenge and listen to Chef Cumm share his career and Food Network experience.

Red Cross Blood Drive Set for Sept. 3-4 in Penn’s Inn

Bloodmobile to visit Sept. 3-4The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon-6 p.m. Sept. 3-4 in Penn’s Inn (second floor, Bush Campus Center). Join the Red Cross and College Health Services in their lifesaving mission by scheduling an appointment today!

Inside and Out, Events Offer Student Options as Ample as Day’s Sunshine

Sun, shade and dozens of chances to get involved: There's something for nearly everyone at Fall Fiesta!

Penn College students seeking paying jobs and personal enrichment found a varied menu at the ninth annual Fall FIESTA (Friends, Involvement, Employment and Socializing on a Tuesday Afternoon) and the corresponding Part-Time Job Fair, at which employers and nonprofits alike served up a smorgasbord of spare-time opportunities. The events, co-sponsored by Student Activities and Career Services, were held from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday on the mall outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and the nearby Thompson Professional Development Center.

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Major at Penn College Receives Industry Recertification

The American Design Drafting Association recently recertified Pennsylvania College of Technology’s engineering CAD technology major.

The associate-degree major prepares students for mechanical and engineering drafting positions in manufacturing- and engineering-based industries using advanced 2-D and 3-D CAD applications. Graduates also can continue their education in the college’s engineering design technology baccalaureate major.

“This recertification by the ADDA is an important credential for our program, and we are proud that we have maintained it since 1997,” said Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering design technology. “The ADDA stamp of approval helps ensure our program is the best it can be for students.”

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From Student Design to Employee Application, ‘It’s a Wrap’

A former FedEx Express 727 cargo plane has been repainted and wrapped with a design appropriately reflecting Pennsylvania College of Technology's innovation and technology.

In an impressive reversal of tradition – the custom of unwrapping a present before showing it to others – Pennsylvania College of Technology has actually enhanced a gift’s value by covering it.

A Boeing 727 airplane, donated to Penn College in March 2012 after being retired from FedEx Express cargo service, was recently (and attractively) sheathed in vinyl in a project that began with a graphic-design class and eventually involved several academic schools and college employees.

Adding to its primary role as a real-world training tool for students at the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville, the institution’s largest single corporate donation now doubles as its biggest billboard. The repurposed plane greets visitors to the Williamsport Regional Airport, including those who will attend the college’s Open House on Sunday, Oct. 26.

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Academic Mentors Provide Resource for Student Success

Joshua I. Bobenrieth, a recent electronics and computer engineering technology graduate from Port Allegany, meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

For a first-year college student, stepping onto a new campus and beginning classes can be overwhelming. For a returning student, an unsuccessful first semester can add a lot of pressure, especially if the student is not certain how to avoid making the same mistakes.

At Pennsylvania College of Technology, an academic mentoring program is designed to help those students.

Joshua I. Bobenrieth, of Port Allegany, graduated in May with a degree in electronics and computer engineering technology, a faculty award and a plan to continue his education in aerospace engineering. But in his first semester, he was anything but confident.

“I was having a hard time adjusting to college life,” he said. “After a few weeks, I was stressed and needed help, so I asked my instructor and was directed to the mentor program.”

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‘Field House Frenzy’ Reminds Campus of Intramural Opportunities

"Intramural Champions" T-shirts were a popular draw at Monday's "Field House Frenzy."

“Intramural Champions” T-shirts were a popular draw at Monday’s “Field House Frenzy.”

The Plinko board awaits its next contestant.

The Plinko board awaits its next contestant.

A Root Beer Pong competitor takes his turn at the Field House, headquarters for Penn College intramurals.

A Root Beer Pong competitor takes his turn at the Field House, headquarters for Penn College intramurals.

The Field House Frenzy was the place to be Monday night as students turned out in hopes of winning at Plinko, playing a sport, signing up for an intramural event, trying to win a T-shirt and (of course) enjoying the free food! The evening started off with an Intramural Fantasy Football League Draft, which reportedly led to some humorously good-natured “trash talk” and analysis of teams once they were drafted. Students then packed the Field House and enjoyed the games and the Root Beer Pong tournament did not disappoint, as 11 teams tried their best to win Intramural Champion T-shirts. After the doubles competition, the students faced off against their former partners in a singles tournament. “The night was filled with fun and just a great atmosphere altogether,” said Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation (who also provided photos). “Be sure to stop at the Field House and sign up for an intramural event. Students, staff and faculty members will see we really do offer something for everyone!”

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