The Penn College community is invited to a Tuesday afternoon President’s Forum by Tina M. Evans, associate professor of applied health studies, who will discuss the International Conference on Healthcare Systems & Global Business Issues during the 3:30 p.m. presentation in Room W205 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. Evans’ invitation to present at the conference, held in June at Harlaxton College in the United Kingdom, resulted from the double-blind peer review of her paper. In addition to her presentation – “Palliative Care: A Global Development Update, Challenges and Policy Recommendations” – and her attendance at the conference sessions, she had the opportunity to visit teaching/learning medical facilities in Nottingham, including the Queen’s Medical Centre, a specialty care hospital and the largest teaching hospital in Europe. The conference, attended by international medical delegates, provided information on European medical education as well as on the workings of several of the world’s health care systems. In addition, a session on adapting online health care courses for international audiences fit Evans’ teaching interests. She will share her learning experience with forum attendees. Evans is the second awardee from the Strategic Initiative Fund, created by President Davie Jane Gilmour to increase the college’s presence at the national (or, in this case, international) level via presentations and/or leadership. Interested faculty and staff can learn more about the fund through the president’s page on the myPCT Web portal.
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Need fitting attire for the “Pink Out” women’s volleyball game later this month? Then bring a white T-shirt and meet Penn College Athletics behind the Field House at 6 p.m. Wednesday, and tie-dye it pink in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Then wear the shirt 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.
A wide-ranging representation of the Penn College community – students and employees alike – contributed to record-setting results at Sunday’s sixth annual Greater Lycoming County “Out of the Darkness” Walk for Suicide Prevention and Awareness at Indian Park in Montoursville. Each fall, family members, friends and colleagues walk several miles together in hundreds of communities across the country to prevent suicide, raise awareness, and end the stigma that surrounds depression and other mental disorders. With each step, walkers endeavor to save lives, honor loved ones lost to suicide and financially support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s mission. The Montoursville event raised more than $19,000 toward its $20,000 goal; donations will be accepted online through Dec. 31. The local effort also made history by attracting about 350 walkers, far exceeding the approximately 260 in 2013. Among the Penn College participants were the Students Making a Contribution organization and a PCT Cares team of Student Affairs professionals. Students and employees were also represented in other groups, such as the Junior League and the Williamsport/Lycoming Young Professionals; a number of college counselors staffed the Serenity Tent; and the walk was again coordinated by Joe Miller, manager of audio-visual services, and his wife, Donna.
Photos provided by Caleb G. Schirmer, a technology management student from Sugarloaf, and Shawnalee E. Miller
After early-week losses, Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s and men’s soccer teams had good outings late in the week against teams that came into their North Eastern Athletic Conference matches with perfect conference records.
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.
Nearly 40 members of the Keystone Region Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club, traveling to campus under ideal conditions Friday, brought about 20 examples from history’s longest-running vehicle manufacturer to the home of the nation’s oldest continuous automotive program. Club members in vintage automobiles talked with interested students and faculty from Penn College’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, lunched with Institutional Advancement officials at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, and toured the college’s automotive restoration technology labs. The visit dovetailed with an annual picnic outside the Parkes Automotive Technology Center, where school administrators served hot dogs and other fare, and where such activities as the Push Rod Drop and Piston Ring Toss added an automotive spin to carnival-type challenges. Watch PCToday for more on the visit, including a scholarship opportunity through the Studebaker National Foundation.
Kelly Bieda Butzler, associate professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently received her doctorate of education, specializing in e-learning, from Northcentral University, an accredited online university based in Arizona.
Butzler defended her dissertation, “The Effects of Motivation on Achievement and Satisfaction in a Flipped Classroom Learning Environment.”
The Advanced Patisserie Operations class will hold a “Welcome Back, Penn College!” bake sale from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Join Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and his students for artisan breads, pastries and candies … and watch PCToday for more themed bake sales throughout 2014-15. A product list for this introductory event follows: Welcome Back!
Photos provided by the School of Business & Hospitality
Partners within ShaleNET’s Eastern Region Hub gathered at Penn College on Wednesday for a variety of presentations and wide-ranging discussion of educational and occupational trends in the natural gas field. A number of industry representatives were on hand for the meeting, which was held in the Thompson Professional Development Center and included a video of student testimonials from a recent “roustabout” graduation. The daylong session concluded with a tour of the consortium’s well-site trainer and the college’s mechatronics lab, both in the Center for Business & Workforce Development.
Sandra L. Richmond has been appointed director of nursing at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
As director, Richmond, who has been a full-time faculty member at Penn College since 2012, will oversee the college’s five nursing majors.
“Sandy Richmond brings an impressive combination of clinical, educational and administrative experiences to the leadership of the Nursing Program,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs and provost. “She is passionate about her profession and respected by her peers.”
The latest in Penn College’s Centennial Colloquia Series tackled issues near and dear to virtually everyone in the audience: employing the newest technological tools available to ensure identity protection – and balancing such factors as privacy and cost-effectiveness in the process. Lisa R. Bock, an assistant professor of computer information technology, presented “Who Am I; Who Do I Claim to Be? Protecting Identity in the 21st Century” on Tuesday night in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Adding to the series’ engaging focus on the historic upshot of gizmos and gadgets, Bock weighed the promise (and pitfalls) of biometrics: identifying individuals through a variety of unique personal traits. Her presentation will soon be available through the college’s YouTube Channel.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer
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 →
Dining Services hosted its second annual “Talk Like a Pirate … Eat Like a Pirate” event in the Capitol Eatery from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, a buccaneers’ bash that served as a prelude to Friday’s international celebration of seafaring scalawags. Appropriately attired employees served up a cleverly crafted (and titled) menu – with Castaway Pork Loin, Jolly Roger Rice and Shipwrecked Chowder among the evening’s offerings.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer
This fall, Penn College launched the Safe Zone program, an initiative designed to make campus a safer place for all students. Announced by President Davie Jane Gilmour at an all-college meeting of faculty and staff in August, Safe Zones is an employee professional development program designed to increase campus understanding and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, and provide support and a greater sense of community for LGBTQA students. Faculty and staff interested in the initiative can attend one of the upcoming Safe Zone trainings on Sept. 30, Oct. 3, Oct. 7 or Oct. 14 by registering through the online Employee Information System. Additional trainings will be scheduled for December’s Faculty Development days. Individuals who have completed the training may choose to display the Safe Zone logo (at left) in their work space to designate they are an ally for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students. Students are able to attend Ally Training to learn more about positive ally behaviors and creating a safe and inclusive campus. The inaugural Ally Training is scheduled from 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Students planning to attend can RSVP by email to Sara H. Ousby, associate director of student activities for diversity and cultural life. More about Penn College’s LGBTQA resources is available through the Student Activities website.
A marathon runner, who turned unimaginable debilitation into enduring determination, will bring her inspiring story to a Pennsylvania College of Technology audience on Sept. 22.
Monday’s presentation by Janet Oberholtzer, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on the college’s main campus in Williamsport.
Oberholtzer experienced a number of life adventures far beyond the Mennonite culture of her family’s Berks County dairy farm – she was a seamstress, community organizer and business owner – but nothing would prepare her for May 20, 2004, the day her world changed.
Beginning Oct. 2, Penn College Health Services will administer flu shots to faculty, staff, students, dependents (9 and older), spouses, retirees and alumni in Room 150 of the Bush Campus Center from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. No appointment is necessary during those hours; the cost of the vaccine is $15. Payment will be accepted in cash, check (made payable to Penn College) or credit card. The only medical reason why someone should not receive the flu vaccine is an allergy to eggs, neomycin or polymixin, or a previous life-threatening reaction to an influenza vaccine, Health Services noted.