In anticipation of the wintry weather that is being forecast, and out of respect for employees’ holiday travel plans, Penn College (all work shifts) will close at noon Wednesday, Nov. 26.
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Planning and implementing a milestone event – specifically, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial celebration – was the subject of a recent staff presentation at a Fall 2014 Conference for CUPRAP-The Association of Communicators in Education, held at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr.
Judith A. Fink, website content manager and supervisor of alumni/advancement marketing, and Joseph S. Yoder, associate vice president for public relations and marketing, presented “Staging a Milestone Anniversary: Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial.”
The Centennial honors the 100-year history of the institution, from the inception of vocational and adult education classes at Williamsport High School through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College and Penn College. It also celebrates the present-day institution, a special mission affiliate of Penn State, with a variety of events built around the college’s vision, values and strategic goals.
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 →
Students representing nearly all of the majors in the School of Health Sciences gathered in the Thompson Professional Development Center on Friday to learn from one another as they discussed their differing roles in a medical case. The “tabletop” Interdisciplinary Professional Event is designed to help students understand the perspectives and duties of others on a medical team in the interest of holistic treatment for their future patients. The school provides its students with a hands-on IPE in the spring, when actors simulate medical emergencies across campus.
Photo by Kim A. Speicher, dental hygiene instructor
The Penn College Martial Arts Club Team hosted four clubs for a clinic and belt promotion from noon-3:30 p.m. Saturday in Bardo Gym. Penn College students Jack E. Bish II, of Red Lion; Hunter D. Gibson, of Carlisle; Alexander J. Hilton, of Saegertown; Alton J. “A.J.” Hinson, of Pottsville; John B. Preine, of Philadelphia; Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera, of Highland Mills, New York; and Eric M. Russell, of Mill Hall, all successfully completed the belt requirements for their respective levels. Bish, Gibson, Hinson and Preine earned yellow belt status on their first test; Ramos-Sonera earned an orange belt ranking; Russell made green belt; and Hilton is second-level purple belt. Penn College will host the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union collegiate camp and tournament on Feb. 14-15.
Two employers will hold informational meetings at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for Penn College students and alumni. U&S Services representatives will be in Room B2118 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center and McClure Co. recruiters will be in Room 104 of College Avenue Labs. (U&S will also scheduled interviews for Wednesday in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center.) For details, including available positions and academic areas of interest, consult the employers’ fliers: Information Sessions
The children and families of the Dunham Children’s Learning Center enjoyed a festive Family Appreciation Tea on Thursday. The event featured snacks prepared by the children: pumpkin pie parfaits, oatmeal cookies, banana bread, trail mix and fresh vegetables. Each family also contributed to a Chain of Thankfulness, writing on a strip of paper something about which to be grateful. The strips were then used to create a chain that now adorns the lobby – a daily reminder of how much we have to appreciate!
Photos by Linda M. Cowher, assistant group leader, Children’s Learning Center
An intermediate-level Microsoft Excel class will be offered in December through Penn College at Towanda in the Central Bradford Progress Authority building.
The noncredit class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, in Suite 1, Room 1 of One Progress Plaza, 1 Elizabeth St., Towanda. The cost is $159.
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.
Pennsylvania College of Technology sports teams went a combined 0 for 5 during the period of Nov. 16-22, but put up strong efforts in each of their outings.
“It was cold. No, forget that – it was bitter cold,” Jeremy R. Bottorf said as he recapped the Penn College intramural flag football team’s Thursday road matchup with Lock Haven University. Looking to get revenge for last year’s loss at LHU, Penn College rallied in a 34-33 stunner. “This time, the team was new, younger, quicker, more explosive, and, in the end, that proved to be the difference,” said the coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation.
Gold Medalist Shares Ice-Carving Mastery With Students
Chef Robert Lo Furno, a competitive ice carver, food service director for Aramark at the University of Delaware, and father of baking and pastry arts student Nicole C. Lo Furno, visited Pennsylvania College of Technology, where he and his wife, Monica – also an accomplished ice carver – spent Thursday in the courtyard outside the Keystone Dining Room working alongside School of Business & Hospitality students to share the tricks of the trade. Working well after dark, students in Chef Craig A. Cian’s Artistic Buffet Decoration course used the Lo Furnos’ specialty tools and lessons in technique to produce six ice sculptures that remain on display outside the dining hall’s atrium.
A reception and artist’s talk were held Thursday at The Gallery at Penn College, which is hosting an exhibit of fascinating and colorful oil paintings by Jennifer R.A. Campbell through Dec. 14. “Lotus Eaters” can be viewed on the third floor of Madigan Library during regular gallery hours: 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The gallery is closed Mondays and Saturdays – and from Nov. 26-30 for the Thanksgiving Break.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer
There hasn’t been a significant snowfall in the area yet, but there was a definite seasonal flurry in the General Services warehouse on Wednesday evening. Continuing a beloved year-end activity, Penn College’s student organizations and campus offices spent several hours working on their respective holiday cards. The large-scale greetings will be transported next week from the Reach Road facility to main campus, where they will be installed prior to an official lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. Watch PCToday for photos of all of this year’s creations; the college community can then vote via the myPCT portal for its favorites.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer
The Advanced Patisserie Operations course completed its Trade Show activity Wednesday. As part of the course, the students develop a product line or business concept and put their marketing lessons to work by creating and staffing a display that includes product packaging, menus or price lists, business cards and other marketing materials, as well as samples. Their innovations included gluten-free cookies, pretzel-bread croissants, and bialy rolls topped with onions and poppy seeds.
Nearly 100 sky lanterns drifted over campus Wednesday night in a fundraiser for children battling pediatric cancer, as members of Penn College Benefiting THON draw nearer to February’s culminating 46-hour dance marathon at Penn State. For $1 each, supporters could purchase a paper lantern to be illuminated and cast aloft on the lawn outside the Thompson Professional Development Center. The second-year organization is hoping to top its inaugural collection of $13,000 in 2013-14, and will be “canning” – carrying canisters to collect local donations from passing cars and pedestrians in well-traveled areas – on Dec. 5-7. Interested donors can also visit the THON Web page, click “Donate Now” and select Penn College as their organization of choice. The annual “no-sleeping, no-sitting” dance marathon will be held Feb. 20-22 in Bryce Jordan Center; THON has raised more than $114 million since 1977.