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CAL Doubles as ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ During Pre-Show Tour
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Leno first toured the restoration and collision repair labs. Here, he inspects the Verrill Wolf Wagon with student guides (from left) Andrew B. Switch, of Lancaster; Joseph M. Kretz, of Plymouth, New Hampshire, and Sean M. Hunter, of Livingston, New Jersey.

Leno first toured the restoration and collision repair labs. Here, he inspects the Verrill Wolf Wagon with student guides (from left) Andrew B. Switch, of Lancaster; Joseph M. Kretz, of Plymouth, New Hampshire, and Sean M. Hunter, of Livingston, New Jersey.

With the wind in his hair, Leno tools around campus driving the Scripps-Booth Model D with Robert J. Hiller, of Hawley, as his student passenger.

With the wind in his hair, Leno tools around campus driving the Scripps-Booth Model D with Robert J. Hiller, of Hawley, as his student passenger.

Sharing a laugh in the lab

Sharing a laugh in the lab

Collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger provides some last-minute instructions before Leno takes a spin in the Wolf Wagon with Switch.

Collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger provides some last-minute instructions before Leno takes a spin in the Wolf Wagon with Switch.

A group photo, with the guest of honor in a Bugatti, includes college President Davie Jane Gilmour (right) and Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies (left).

A group photo, with the guest of honor in a Bugatti, includes college President Davie Jane Gilmour (right) and Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies (left).

Jay Leno, whose flair for comedy is matched by a passion for collectible automobiles, visited Penn College on Sunday prior to his evening performance at the Community Arts Center. Meeting with students, faculty and administrators in College Avenue Labs, Leno toured the automotive restoration and collision repair facilities, and took a quartet of vintage vehicles for a road test: a 1916 Scripps-Booth Model D, a 1953 Verrill Wolf Wagon, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport and a 1965 Ford Mustang. Watch PCToday later Monday for an expanded photo gallery.

Year-End Tradition Honors Students, Organizations for Exemplary Service
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Next year's SGA President Zachary T. Peachey (right) accepts the gavel from predecessor Ryan A. Gibson in an annual tradition.

The annual Student Activities Awards Banquet recently honored student organizations, student leaders and advisers for their contributions to the Penn College campus and the greater Williamsport community during the 2014-15 academic year. The guest speaker was Barbara Hudock, CEO and founding partner of the Hudock Capital Group, LLC, who shared stories and experiences that have helped shape her leadership over the course of an extremely successful career. More than 50 nominations were received for fewer than 20 honors, including two new awards in this year’s ceremony: Student Leader Committed to Social Justice and Diversity, and Penn College Community Betterment Program of the Year. The annual passing-of-the-gavel ceremony closed out the evening as Zachary T. Peachey was sworn in as the Student Government Association president for the 2015-16 academic year.

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Video Details Manufacturing Students’ Creation of Battery Pack

Penn College manufacturing engineering technology students Brian J. Pernot and Bryce L. Kuszmaul have spent the past year constructing, impressively from scratch, an intricate battery pack intended for lithium batteries and an electric car. The project – featured in a video added to the college’s YouTube Channel – was exciting and challenging, and serves as a real-world template for the pair. “It’s going to give them a jump on what they’re really going to be doing when they graduate from here and enter the workforce,” said Howard W. Troup, maintenance mechanic/millwright at the college.

Seasons End for Two Teams, Baseball Squad Gears Up for Playoffs

The Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball team is gearing up for North Eastern Athletic Conference postseason action after finishing fourth during the regular season while seasons ended for the softball and women’s tennis teams last week.

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Student Leadership Opportunities Focus of National Presentations

Five members of the Student Affairs staff at Pennsylvania College of Technology presented at two far-reaching national conferences in March, spreading the word about innovative opportunities for student leadership on campus and in the community.

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Kept Resolutions Pay Off for Fitness Center Members

Fitness Center assistant Domenick S. Schiraldi-Irrera (right) joins winners (from left) Daniel F. Warner, Michael R. Triassi, Beverly A. Hunsberger, Tobey M. Robison and student Cody L. Hagen.

Fitness Center assistant Domenick S. Schiraldi-Irrera (right) joins winners (from left) Daniel F. Warner, Michael R. Triassi, Beverly A. Hunsberger, Tobey M. Robison and student Cody L. Hagen.

Penn College students, staff and faculty participated in a Fitness Center promotional event to help encourage members to see through fitness-oriented goals set as New Year’s resolutions. The Resolutions Fitness Challenge began the second week of classes and ended April 10, hosting 28 completing participants actively involved for the nearly semesterlong duration.  Participants checked in and recorded workout programs on a daily basis to accumulate points to meet time-based goals. Several tiers of prizes were awarded upon completion of goal checkpoints in addition to grand-prize packages awarded to six finalists. Prizes were Penn College nutrition shaker bottles, water bottles, T-shirts, workout towels, thumb drives and free one-semester memberships for staff/faculty.  Top student awards were given to Jillian Helmus, of Middletown, an on-site power generation major who reached 60 points, and Cody L. Hagen, of Lancaster, an automotive technology management: automotive technology concentration major who amassed 63 points. Staff/faculty grand prizes were awarded to Beverly A. Hunsberger, college transition specialist at Outreach for K-12; Michael R. Triassi, director of sales and restaurant operations for the School of Business & Hospitality; Tobey M. Robison, senior financial system analyst; and Daniel F. Warner, web programmer/analyst. The program was well-received by members and is projected to be offered again in the Spring 2016 semester.

Camp ESCAPE Slots Going Quickly; Sign Up Today!

The first four weeks of Camp ESCAPE, summer fun for boys and girls aged 8-14, are filled already, so members of the Penn College community are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible. Campers don’t need to be sports enthusiasts, as the schedule includes a variety of weekly field trips, cooking projects, games and activities such as kickball and dodgeball. The camp runs through July 30, and costs $95 a week or $25 a day. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with early drop-off starting at 7:30 a.m. and late pickup extended to 5 p.m. at no extra charge. (There is no camp the week of June 29, due to the Fourth of July holiday.) The remaining weeks and field trips are: July 13-16, Tipton Waterworks on July 14; July 20-23, Liberty Splashland on July 21; and July 27-30, Knoebel’s Crystal Pool on July 28. For more information, consult the camp brochure: Camp ESCAPE

College’s Plastics Resources to Be Touted at European Conference

Christopher J. Gagliano (left), program and technical service manager for the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center, leads European visitors through Penn College’s Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

European visitors’ recent first impression of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center will lead to a second look when they promote the facility to a continental conference next year.

The four international guests and their American host talked with employees and students in labs featuring each of the college’s five plastics processes (injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, rotational molding and thermoforming) during a March tour of the PIRC and its Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

The group also learned from Director C. Hank White about the PIRC’s role in helping the industry remain competitive.

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Famed Skilled-Trades Advocate Again Honors Penn College Students

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students are among 56 nationwide recipients of tool scholarships from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation.

Receiving $1,000 each to offset the substantial outlay that students invest in the tools that will carry them into their eventual careers are Sam E. Helbling, of Pittsburgh, enrolled in heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis, and Tyler W. Mosher, of Kintnersville, majoring in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis.

They are among two people chosen from each of 28 Associated Equipment Distributors-affiliated technical colleges for their high cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Fall 2014 semester. Both of the recipients’ associate-degree majors are accredited by AED, making Penn College the only Pennsylvania institution on the association’s roster.

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Graphic Design Portfolios to Be Showcased at Penn College Gallery

Design students' portfolios on display in college gallery

Fourteen graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Design: 2015,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held Friday, May 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the gallery, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library. The design work will be on display through May 15.

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Golf Classic to Feature PGA Touring Pro David Toms

David Toms to headline June 29 scholarship benefit.

Thirteen-time PGA Tour winner David Toms will headline the 29th annual Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Golf Classic, scheduled for Monday, June 29, at the Williamsport Country Club.

Proceeds from the event, sponsored by Fisher Mining Co., benefit the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship, a quasi-endowed scholarship fund exceeding $1 million.

Since 1990, more than $550,000 has been awarded from the fund to Penn College students.

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T-Shirts Quietly Break Silence About Domestic Violence

T-shirt testimony aired on library "clothesline"

T-shirt testimony aired on library “clothesline”

Daylight illuminates a problem that needn't be faced alone.

Daylight illuminates a problem that needn’t be faced alone.

Karissa N. Stone, a work-study student in Madigan Library, reminds patrons of The Clothesline Project.

Karissa N. Stone, a work-study student in Madigan Library, reminds patrons of The Clothesline Project.

T-shirts and markers await fresh messages of survival and solidarity.

T-shirts and markers await fresh messages of survival and solidarity.

A timeless message, silently broadcast

A timeless message, silently broadcast

The Clothesline Project, a way for women affected by violence to express their emotions, has returned to Madigan Library through Thursday. T-shirts bearing testimony to the enduring problem, designed by survivors and their supporters, are pinned to the clothesline in hopes that their hanging will lead to healing.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

SGA to Host Silent Auction for Student Leader Legacy Scholarship

The Student Government Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host its sixth annual Silent Auction on Friday, May 1, to benefit the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship Fund.

The event will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Madigan Library at the college. All proceeds from the auction will go directly toward increasing the endowment of the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship Fund. The scholarship benefits students who play leadership roles at the college.

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Six Members of College’s Martial Arts Club Attain New Belt Levels

Martial artists from Penn College and other other clubs gather in Bardo Gym during the locally hosted weekend event.

Martial artists from Penn College and other other clubs gather in Bardo Gym during the locally hosted weekend event.

After a very successful competitive season in the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union, the Martial Arts Club capped off its year Saturday with a belt promotion in Bardo Gym. Participating in the event were Lycoming College, Bucknell University, Nittany Shotokan and Penn College. Six members of the Penn College club advanced their belt rankings. Alton J. “A.J.” Hinson, of Pottsville, and John B. Preine, of Philadelphia, both moved to orange belt level. Hunter D. Gibson, of Carlisle, and Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera, of Highland Mills, New York, moved to green belt level. Eric M. Russell, of Mill Hall, earned purple belt ranking, while Alexander J. Hilton, of Saegertown, made brown belt rank. Club members will finish their training for this year during the next two weeks, but are looking forward to resuming in August.
Photo by George T. Vance Jr., part-time faculty, fitness and lifetime sports

Staff/Faculty Team Cruises Past Students in Slow-Pitch Softball Game

The staff/faculty team: victors in the yearly slow-pitch matchup ...

The staff/faculty team: victors in the yearly slow-pitch matchup …

... and their student rivals.

… and their student rivals.

A team of Penn College students, taking on a staff/faculty squad in the annual slow-pitch softball challenge, struck first Monday as it scored in the top of the first inning thanks to a single by Tommy Walton. The employee team responded in the bottom of the inning, as John McNichol hit a two-run triple and Eric Tupper added a single to bring him home. That made the score 3-1 in favor of the staff/faculty. The students struck again in the second inning, thanks to a few fielding errors by their opponents, and Rich DeJesus hit a two-run single to put the student’s up by a 4-3 tally. The bottom of the second was a different story, with the staff/faculty team batting around the order to erupt for 13 runs! The scoring was led by McNichol and Scott Kennell, each of whom had 3 RBIs in the inning. Derrick Winters and Jeremy Bottorf added two RBIs, and Matt Blymier, Eric Tupper and Gabriel Nepita-Mejia added one each. Chester Rogers then took the mound again with a comfortable lead and dazzled as the students were held scoreless in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Staff/faculty bats cooled off in their half of those innings, as well. Rogers came out in the top of the sixth looking to continue his gem of a game, but the students weren’t going down without a fight. Fueled by a Nathaniel Brown-led rally in the dugout, students scored five times in the sixth inning. Mike Cliggett, Walton, Andre Torres, Tim Stasulli, Andrew Zwigard, Rich Wood and Brown each had big hits to cut the staff/faculty lead in half (18-9). The staff/faculty team added some insurance: Winters led off the inning with a single, Blymier hit into a fielder’s choice and Kennell followed with a triple. McNichol, Bottorf, Tupper, Nepita-Mejia and Rogers all added singles to put the staff/faculty team up 21-9 – a winning edge that Rogers preserved by pitching a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
Photos by Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation

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