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Assistant School Dean Appointed at Penn College
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Michael J. Reed

Michael J. Reed has been appointed assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: liberal arts and sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Reed comes to Penn College from the Williamsport Area School District, where he most recently served as head principal at Williamsport Area High School.

“Mike Reed is a welcome addition to the leadership of the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Mike has more than 20 years of experience in progressively more responsible positions. He has consistently built collaborative teams among his faculty to improve teaching and learning. He has excelled in every endeavor, and we look forward to him joining the Penn College family.”

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Services Pending for Former Member of HVAC Faculty, School Administration

Donald L. Belles, a former assistant professor of HVAC technology who also served as interim/temporary dean of construction and design technologies, has died. Watch PCToday for more about services for Belles, who was employed at Penn College (and its predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College) from August 1984 to July 2001.

College Provides Blue-Ribbon Backdrop in Debut as Dog Show Host

Cooling off in unison on a comfortable patch of shade

Cooling off in unison on a comfortable patch of shade

Judges assess entries as they move through the conformation ring.

Judges assess entries as they move through the conformation ring.

A contestant obliges some hands-on attention ...

A contestant obliges some hands-on attention …

... while another shares some face-to-face communication.

… while another shares some face-to-face communication.

A well-groomed center of attention, even when out of the ring

A well-groomed center of attention, even when out of the ring

A new community audience was exposed to Penn College on Sunday and Monday, as main campus hosted the Bald Eagle Kennel Club’s 2014 All-Breed Points Show. Centered around the college’s Field House and Athletic Field, the American Kennel Club-approved show attracted two- and four-legged visitors from a wide geographic area – and rave reviews for the venue from handlers, vendors and spectators. The event also provided the opportunity for some kid/canine chemistry during a drop-in by youngsters and staff from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center.
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Diesel Instructor Honored With Caterpillar ‘Pathfinder’ Award

Mark E. Sones is presented with the 2014 Pathfinder to Excellence faculty award by Mary A. Sullivan, executive director of Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

An instructor in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s diesel equipment technology program has been honored with Caterpillar Inc.’s annual Pathfinder to Excellence faculty award.

Mark E. Sones, who teaches in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, received the award during a recent advisory meeting of Caterpillar officials and dealers.

“I’m pleased that Mark received this recognition. It acknowledges that what he does on a daily basis makes a difference in the lives of his students,” said Mary A. Sullivan, executive director of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies. “This is a great way for him to receive the ‘Thank you’ he deserves.”

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Inspiring Colleagues, Varied Workshops Prep Part-Time Faculty for Tasks Ahead

Keynoted John D. Maize engages his audience.

Keynoted John D. Maize engages his audience.

Counselor Michael S. DiPalma outlines how Counseling Services can aid faculty in fostering student success.

Counselor Michael S. DiPalma outlines how Counseling Services can aid faculty in fostering student success.

In preparation for the 2014-15 academic year, part-time instructors attended an Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Day at Penn College on Saturday. The daylong event – organized by Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction, and the Professional Development Office – included a variety of workshops to help faculty hone their skills in anticipation of the fall semester. Keynote speaker John D. Maize, instructor of speech communication-composition, shared “10 Things Not to Do” when connecting with classes, focusing on how to overcome miscues that discourage students from becoming involved and excited learners. Among other topics discussed by participants were media in the classroom, social networking, classroom conduct, outcomes assessment and curricular incorporation of Web tools. The instructors were also treated to an “issues and answers” panel discussion featuring recipients of the college’s annual Part-Time Excellence in Teaching Award.
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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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Contributors to College Legacy Gather for Centennial Celebration
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Three of the college's presidents, whose administrations span nearly four decades of the institution's 100-year history, gather at Friday's Centennial Gala. Joining Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour are Robert L. Breuder (left), who served from 1981-97, and William H. Feddersen, who led Williamsport Area Community College from 1974-80.

A Centennial Gala, bringing together an invited assortment of pivotal players in the institution’s growth from homegrown phenomenon to national pacesetter, was held Friday at Penn College. The day featured lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and campus tours, as well as a reception, remarks and dinner buffet in Madigan Library.

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Boeing 727′s Makeover Continues to Draw Media Interest

WBRE interviews school dean

WBRE interviews school dean

Tysanner gets a closer look at the plane's labyrinthine landing gear, just one area for aviation students' hands-on learning.

Tysanner gets a closer look at the plane’s labyrinthine landing gear, just one area for aviation students’ hands-on learning.

The plane's student-designed sheath beautifies a generous gift and promotes Penn College values.

The plane’s student-designed sheath beautifies a generous gift and promotes Penn College values.

Eyewitness News reporter Valerie Tysanner interviewed Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, on Thursday for a piece about the former FedEx plane donated to Penn College – recently cocooned in vinyl and ready for another academic year of training students at the Lumley Aviation Center.

Dental Hygiene Instructor Presents Thesis at ADHA Session

Kelly A. Braun

A Pennsylvania College of Technology alumna and adjunct instructor was invited to present her master’s thesis during the American Dental Hygienists Association annual session in Las Vegas.

Kelly A. Braun, a registered dental hygienist in the dental medicine/oral surgery department at Geisinger Medical Center, earned both an associate degree in dental hygiene and a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene: health policy and administration from Penn College. In August 2013, she completed a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene.

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Medical Helicopter Adds to EMS Students’ Real-World Perspective

Life Flight paramedic Gregg Martuccio (center), joined by John Summers, a visiting medical student, discusses the "situational awareness" needed to avoid contact with the craft's tail rotor.

Life Flight paramedic Gregg Martuccio (center), joined by John Summers, a visiting medical student, discusses the “situational awareness” needed to avoid contact with the craft’s tail rotor.

Martuccio and nurse John Harahus secure Stephen M. Yonkin, a pre-paramedic technician major from Dushore ...

Martuccio and nurse John Harahus secure Stephen M. Yonkin, a pre-paramedic technician major from Dushore …

... for transport by student volunteers into the helicopter.

… for transport by student volunteers into the helicopter.

Students step up for a peek inside.

Students step up for a peek inside.

The aircraft lifts off shortly after 9:30 a.m.

The aircraft lifts off shortly after 9:30 a.m.

A four-man Life Flight crew from Geisinger Health System landed outside Penn College’s Madigan Library on Thursday morning to share insight with students in the Operations and Rescue Practices for the Paramedic course. The helicopter, piloted by Capt. Curt Haldeman and based at the nearby Williamsport Regional Airport, stayed on-site for about an hour to answer questions and acquaint the class with the particulars of health-care delivery from above. Later in the day, the students trained in emergency-vehicle operation in a parking lot on the northwest side of campus.

From Screen to Stage, CAC Announces 2014-15 Season

Community Arts Center announces 2014-15 season

Soaring off the screen and onto the Community Arts Center stage, the 2014-15 season will bring many of the freshest, funniest and most beloved small-screen personalities and shows to your favorite area theater, such as Voiceplay (Oct. 17), Mythbusters (Nov. 21), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Dec. 3), Sid the Science Kid (Feb. 3), Sister Act (Feb. 19) and many others.

There will also be plenty to get up and sing about as legendary rockers Kansas (Oct.11), The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks (Dec. 1), Creedence Clearwater Revisited (Feb. 28), and Three Dog Night (March 27) light up the CAC stage. An entertainment force from the South Pacific, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra (Jan. 8) will delight crowds of all ages as they reinterpret hit songs.

From the first show of the season, “Last Comic Standing” Sept. 30, until the last, “Wild Kratts Live” on May 1, the CAC’s schedule is packed with entertainment featuring cutting-edge comedy, family-friendly shows, bold experiments, culinary craftsmen, expert magicians, music legends and pretty much anything else you could ask for. As always, there are plenty of shows with discounted student tickets.

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College Awarded $1,000 Grant for Students’ Sexual-Health Awareness

A $1,000 grant has been awarded to Pennsylvania College of Technology to enhance students’ sexual-health awareness during the 2014-15 academic year.

As one of 20 institutions to receive funding from the Female Health Co., Penn College will use the money for an information campaign about the company’s FC2 female condom, including supplies and educational materials.

The money will also fund Sex-Ed Boot Camp on Wednesday, Aug. 27, an annual event that promotes safe and respectful relationships through discussion of intimacy, health, contraception and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

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‘Pack the Park’ Fans Celebrate College Centennial With Ninth-Inning Heroics
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Enjoying family time at the ballpark are Tammy M. Rich, director of alumni relations, and daughter Ashley.

Before a “Pack the Park” audience of 1,914 – appropriate attendance for a Penn College Centennial event – the Williamsport Crosscutters delivered a walk-off 6-5 win over the Batavia Muckdogs on Tuesday night. Fans arriving at Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field were greeted by college employees at several display tables, and those wearing Penn College, Williamsport Area Community College or Williamsport Technical Institute clothing were eligible to win a variety of raffle prizes. Alumnus Nicholas D. Biddle (’07, graphic design) sang the National Anthem and Allen “Sonny” Yearick (’46, machining), the first Little League alumnus to play professional baseball, threw out the first pitch.

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Couple Return to ACC, Where Six-Decade Love Connection Was Born

Jim and Betty Stephenson revisit a campus landmark ...

Jim and Betty Stephenson revisit a campus landmark …

... and the stage where they met 62 years ago.

… and the stage where they met 62 years ago.

Klump Academic Center regularly hosts Penn College’s summer Connections program, acquainting incoming students and their families with the exhilaration and expectations of campus life. Coinciding with an orientation session earlier this month, the college had two additional VIPs: a New Castle couple who met in the building’s auditorium as high school students in February 1952. Jim and Betty Stephenson had been selected as violinists in that year’s All-State Orchestra Festival, hosted at what was then Williamsport High School. The course of true love being what it is,  they separated … then reconnected … then embarked on a postal courtship that led to marriage in 1958. During a break in the July 15 Connections session, the Stephensons asked Anthony J. Pace, assistant director of student activities for student organizations and orientation, to photograph them in front of the building. “I bet you don’t know why we want you to take this picture, do you?” Jim Stephenson asked, before recounting their journey. Retired and traveling around Pennsylvania, Pace was told, the couple wanted to revisit Williamsport “and they weren’t sure if the building still existed or if they’d even be able to go inside.” Thanks to an obliging college employee, the Stephensons got their wish and PCToday readers get a reminder of life’s occasional happily-ever-after moments. “Their story was full of love, laughter and an obvious excitement to be visiting the place that had brought them together so many years ago,” Pace said.

Penn College Summer Commencement to Be Held Aug. 9

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, for the nearly 270 students who have petitioned to graduate following the summer sessions at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

The student speaker is Kaitlin M. Savidge, of Northumberland, who will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in emergency medical services. Prior to commencement, Savidge will receive the Susquehanna Health Program Award for Paramedic, the Dennis R. Dougherty Award for Paramedic and the Paramedic Director’s Award.

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