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Grant to Enhance Nutrition, Physical Activity Lessons for Children

Youngsters in Penn College’s Children’s Learning Center practice their coordination skills on “stilts,” which are among the materials purchased through a grant to enhance physical activity and nutrition lessons.

The Robert & Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology received a $500 grant to enhance activities and lessons that teach children about healthy lifestyles.

“We will be using the grant to update our nutrition and physical activity policies and practices to reflect current research about best practices for young children,” said Barbara J. Albert, director of the Children’s Learning Center.

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Seventh-Graders Add to Career Toolkit During Campus Visit

A middle-schooler feels the weight of a sledgehammer as Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, shows the group several tools of the concrete masonry trade, including …

A middle-schooler feels the weight of a sledgehammer as Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, shows the group several tools of the concrete masonry trade, including …

… a diamond-tip saw …

… a diamond-tip saw …

… and a float.

… and a float.

Participants watch as concrete tumbles in a mixer.

Participants watch as concrete tumbles in a mixer.

A youngster shovels green concrete to fill a paver mold.

A youngster shovels green concrete to fill a paver mold.

Seventh-graders from Williamsport Area Middle School’s after-school program made a visit recently to the concrete masonry facilities in Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies. Under the direction of Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, the young students learned the tools of the trade and made concrete pavers. Participants in the after-school program visit the college once a week (seventh-graders on Wednesday and eighth-graders on Thursday) through a partnership coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office. The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Penn College Concludes Black History Month Observance

Cade Cassel assists storyteller Joanna Maddox, who portrayed astronaut Mae Jemison during Penn College's Feb. 2 Soul Food Dinner.

Cade Cassel assists storyteller Joanna Maddox, who portrayed astronaut Mae Jemison during Penn College’s Feb. 2 Soul Food Dinner.

Penn College joined in the national observance of Black History Month through a series of events during February. The annual Soul Food Dinner, held in Penn’s Inn, kicked off the month on Feb. 2. Guests weren’t deterred by the snowy evening and heard the story of Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, as told by performer Joanna Maddox. The Race Experience kiosk, on display in Madigan Library, challenged the community to consider that race is a created social construct with no genetic definition. The month continued with a candid discussion at the “What’s Race Got to Do With It?” roundtable featuring student panelists – Wilmer I. Clase, of Lancaster, architectural technology; Norma T. Fuentes-Montesino, of Port Royal, early childhood education; and Kacie L. Weaver, of Harrisburg, applied human services – as well as the Rev. Sam Hwang, pastor of The First Presbyterian Church of Williamsport. On Feb. 20-21, Penn College partnered with the Williamsport Black Repertory Theater to host “A Raisin in the Sun” on the Klump Academic Center Auditorium stage. Proceeds from ticket sales benefited the Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action. The month concluded with a film screening of Justin Simien’s award-winning satire “Dear White People,” which focuses on the experiences of black students at a prestigious and predominately white university.
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Wedding Cake Competition Pays Tasty, Tuneful Tribute to ‘Love Songs’
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The theme of the day

Penn College’s annual wedding cake competition and display Tuesday offered a look at the talents of students in a Cakes Decorating II course taught by Chef Sue L. Mayer, assistant professor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts. The competitors edibly expressed the theme “Love Songs,” with cakes representing memorable lyrics from several eras.

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‘Spring Fever’ Bake Sale Set for March 18

The Advanced Patisserie Operations class will hold a timely “Spring Fever” bake sale – the fifth of eight sales scheduled for the Spring 2015 semester – from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 18, in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Managers are Laura D. Rice, a baking and pastry student from Sunbury, and Alivia L. Bollock, a hospitality management major from Gaines. Join Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and students for artisan breads, pastries and candies. A product list, including instructions for pre-ordering a specialty cake by noon Friday, March 13, follows: Spring Fever

Impact Fees to Fund $15,000 in Regional ShaleNET Scholarships

Pennsylvania College of Technology will provide $15,000 in ShaleNET scholarships to veterans, unemployed and underemployed residents of Bradford County.

The scholarships are made possible by Act 13 funding – fees levied on each gas well drilled in the Marcellus Shale formation – recently approved by the Bradford County Commissioners.

In an agreement similar to those enacted for residents of Lycoming and Tioga counties, Penn College will offer tuition-free training – $1,000 for each of 15 qualified Bradford County students – to provide the basic skills and certifications required for entry-level employment in the oil and natural gas industry.

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Visiting Chef Series and Hospitality Students: A Palatable Pairing
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Culinary arts and systems students Sarae D. Davis (left), of Nescopeck, and Brianna R. Helmick, of Hershey, help to assemble a “trout napoleon” for the first course.

The School of Business & Hospitality welcomed three guests during the latest edition of its Visiting Chef Series last week. Brian McClure, beverage director of The Greenbriar, a luxury resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, worked with the school’s faculty to develop a menu that exemplified how wine can be paired with foods that are salty, sweet, sour, bitter or umami. He then visited the school last week to share his expertise with students and with guests at the Visiting Chef Dinner, where he introduced each course and its accompanying wine and circulated to speak with guests about the pairings. Also sharing their know-how with students were Laura Tornichio-Vidal, northeast territory sales manager for Guittard Chocolate (which donates all of the chocolate the school uses each year) and Amy Rosenfield, owner of Mon Aimee Chocolat, a retail specialty shop in Pittsburgh (and the regional distributor for Guittard). The pair offered two chocolate-tasting sessions to School of Business & Hospitality students and employees, helping them to discern flavors and textures in chocolate and how they  might be paired with other flavors. The five-course Visiting Chef Series dinner on Friday, prepared and served by students and faculty, raised funds for student scholarships.

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Penn College and WVIA to Host Workshop for Educators

Connecting career awareness to secondary school classroom activities will be the focus of an upcoming workshop for educators presented by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media.

Teachers, school counselors and other interested educators are invited to attend “Working Class: Promoting Classroom and Career Connections” on Friday, April 24, from 9-11 a.m. at WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston.

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Grab a Dose of Spring Before Exhibit Closes

A child's wonder takes root in a blanket of sunshine yellow.

A child’s wonder takes root in a blanket of sunshine yellow.

A captivated mind asks, "How DOES that garden grow?"

A captivated mind asks, “How DOES that garden grow?”

Mother-daughter smiles that could warm the harshest winter

Mother-daughter smiles that could warm the harshest winter

For the second time since the exhibit opened in mid-January, Jessica A. Justice, a 2008 nursing alumna, brought her 4-month-old daughter, Piper, for a visit to “Line: Drawn and Stitched” at The Gallery at Penn College. Showcasing intricate thread installations by Toronto artist Amanda McCavour, the show closes Thursday. Located on the third floor of the Madigan Library, the exhibit can be enjoyed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 2-7 p.m. Thursday. Justice, a Williamsport resident, is an obstetrics nurse at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg.

Penn College Part of Another Successful THON

Penn College's student THON contingent included (from left) MacKenzie L. Martin, of Thompsontown; dancers Stephanie C. Myers and Sarah M. Luprek; campus chair Emma J. Sutterlin, of State College, holding Zoey Witmer, daughter of Katelyn A. Keefer, of Northumberland; Brianna M. Young, of Fayetteville, N.C.; and James S. Alger, of Campbelltown.

Penn College’s student THON contingent included (from left) MacKenzie L. Martin, of Thompsontown; dancers Stephanie C. Myers and Sarah M. Luprek; campus chair Emma J. Sutterlin, of State College, holding Zoey Witmer, daughter of Katelyn A. Keefer, of Northumberland; Brianna M. Young, of Fayetteville, N.C.; and James S. Alger, of Campbelltown.

Another portrait of encouragement: Clockwise from left are Lillian L. "Lily" Pakradooni, of Shillington; Satterlin and Witmer; Brieona R. Broadwater, of Berlin; and Young.

Another portrait of encouragement: Clockwise from left are Lillian L. “Lily” Pakradooni, of Shillington; Satterlin and Witmer; Brieona R. Broadwater, of Berlin; and Young.

“For the kids” (and for its second consecutive year), Penn College sent two dancers and an invaluable support network of cheerleading friends, classmates and donors to the recent Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon – more simply known as THON. The nation’s largest student-run philanthropy, the yearlong effort raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. Representing Penn College Benefiting THON on the floor of the 46-hour dance marathon, held in late February at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center to benefit the Four Diamonds Fundwere Sarah M. Luprek, of Berlin, enrolled in health arts: practical nursing emphasis, and Stephanie C. Myers, a culinary arts and systems major from Catawissa. “THON was an amazing experience for me, especially as a freshman. I would do it again if I got the chance,” Myers said. “It was great to see the smiles on the children’s faces during the weekend. For those 46 hours, it was like they were just normal kids having the times of their lives. Being able to just hang out with those kids for a little bit is something special, and I am proud to have represented Penn College at THON.” The Penn College organization held a number of fundraisers throughout the year, coupled with street-side collections and online donations, contributing to THON’s overall total of $13,026,653.53.
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Student-Athletes Mentor Girls at ‘Women in Sports Day’ Event
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Kaitlyn M. Young, of Harrisonburg, Va., shares the proper way to set a volleyball ...

Student-athletes from several Penn College teams shared their knowledge and love of sports with two-dozen girls who attended clinics in Bardo Gymnasium on Saturday. Groups of first- through sixth-graders rotated among three stations set up throughout the gym, having fun – and learning fundamentals – from their encouraging and enthusiastic “coaches.” Representing the Lady Wildcats during the inaugural Women in Sports Day were Chelsea M. Burger, Danielle M. Mowery, Anna-Marie Raybuck, Hanna C. Schoenly and Jamie L. Steer, basketball; Robyn E. Beddow, Jordan A. Courter, Hailee L. Hartman and Hanna M. Williams, soccer; and Sophie M. Coldsmith, Keri D. Fargus and Kaitlyn M. Young, volleyball.

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Penn College Baseball, Softball Teams Set for Division III Play

Someone once sang, “Nothing would be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning,” and Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball coach Chris Howard and softball coach Roger Harris couldn’t agree more.

Howard’s baseball team is scheduled to open its season Friday with a single game at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, before playing eight games over five days in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Harris’ softball squad is also headed to Myrtle Beach, where it will play nine games over five days. As the season progresses, both teams will compete for the first time as provisional members of NCAA Division III in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employee

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 Awarded Gold for Centennial Marketing Campaign

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s efforts to publicize its 2014 Centennial celebration were honored with a Gold Award in the 30th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report.

Penn College received a Gold Award in the Total Public Relations Program category for a submission that included a variety of Centennial-related works produced during the 2014 calendar year.

Among the materials submitted for judging were a documentary film, “Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education”; a commemorative book, “Marketing With a Mission: Building the Brand That Became Pennsylvania’s Premier Technical College”; Centennial banners; brochures, posters, fliers, programs and invitations created for various campus events; paid advertisements; a Centennial calendar; website content; and an effort targeting multiple social media platforms.

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Caleb G. Schirmer Named ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Caleb G. Schirmer

Caleb G. Schirmer, of Sugarloaf, a technology management major at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been chosen as the February Student of the Month.

Schirmer, who earned an associate degree in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis in 2014, is president of the Off-Campus Housing Organization and secretary of Students Making a Contribution.

He is also a member of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), a Student Government Association senator from the School of Business & Hospitality, and an English tutor in Penn College’s Writing Center. He supports a number of additional student organizations, including the Horticulture Club and Penn College Benefiting THON.

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