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15 Students Learning, Working at Iconic Maryland Shore Restaurants

Pennsylvania College of Technology culinary arts and systems student Randall Colby Janowitz, of Westminster, Maryland, works in the kitchen of one of Phillips Seafood’s Ocean City, Maryland, restaurants. Janowitz is completing his second internship with the company, which hired 15 interns from Penn College’s hospitality majors this summer.

A record 15 Pennsylvania College of Technology students were hired by Phillips Seafood to serve internships in the iconic Maryland company’s Ocean City establishments this summer.

Phillips has hired an increasing number of students from the college’s culinary arts majors for more than eight years, but this year, with the company in need of even more summer staff, executive chef Randy Stanley made a visit to the Penn College campus to recruit.

“In my 26 years of working for Phillips, virtually every season the backbone of our back-of-house staff has been young college students from Maryland and Pennsylvania,” Stanley said. “The students from Penn College have always been among our most valued employees. They are bright, eager, polite and professional. The time of year that the students are available – mid-May to mid-August – works very well for us here in Ocean City.”

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Penn College Summer Commencement to Be Held Aug. 8

Penn College’s Summer Commencement will take place Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, 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 will be Kyle Gregory Stavinski, of Elysburg, who will be awarded an associate degree in emergency medical services.

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Manufacturing Alum Featured Among Magazine’s Industry All-Stars

David M. Huston

David M. Huston, who graduated from Penn College in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology, has been chosen among the country’s future leaders in manufacturing by a national publication. Manufacturing Engineering magazine included Huston in its recent third annual “30 Under 30” issue, which celebrates 30 people under the age of 30 who “have demonstrated exceptional talent and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics – fields that are essential underpinnings to a career in manufacturing.” Huston provided the news to the college’s Alumni Relations Office, asking that it be shared with the faculty in his major “who had such a positive influence on my schooling and career.” He also noted that the industry is putting higher demand and focus on hiring young people to replace a retiring workforce. “Penn College has given me the skill-set and knowledge to get my career off to a great start,” he wrote. “It is my firm belief that (the college) graduates premier talent with the hands-on ‘know-how’ that other colleges/universities can’t compete with.”

Alumnus Among Top Competitors in Employer’s Skills-Testing

Under the critical eye of a judge and his clipboard, Brian P. Weidner competes ...

... in a series of skills tests ...

... that pitted him against other top-performing Ryder technicians.

After only 20 months on the job, Brian P. Weidner – a 2011 diesel technology graduate working as a Tech 3 for Ryder Systems Inc. – tested his way into the third level of his employer’s prestigious Top Tech Competition. During the awards ceremony, the alumnus from Quakertown said, his mentor cited Weidner’s educational background at his technical high school and his degree from Penn College.
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Alumni Raise Toast, ‘Jolly Roger’ During Baseball Trip to Pittsburgh

Jonathan R. Hurr, a 2008 mass media communication graduate, and friend

Entering Pirate territory in the colors of that "other" Pennsylvania team are the Bitting family from Lewistown. From right are Dad Jeffrey L. Bitting, a 1985 construction carpentry alumnus; daughter Lauren D., a nursing major; Mom Cathy; and Scott A., who earned a degree in computer aided drafting technology in 2014. At left is Scott's girlfriend, Shelby D. Lyter, of Allensville, a nursing major.

The Pittsburgh skyline provides a scenic backdrop for the home team's 4-3 victory.

More than 40 alumni and friends met at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon in Pittsburgh on June 13 to network before that afternoon’s game between the hometown Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies in PNC Park. The group was treated to an on-field Big & Rich concert after the game, too!
Photos by Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist

Students ‘Ramp Up’ Production, Delivering in Advance of Derby Day

Myers, Matson-Warner and Mullner (from left) attach the ramp's trigger mechanism Thursday morning.

Surveying with pride their know-how and craftsmanship, the students are joined by faculty member Troup (second from right).

Matson-Warner demonstrates the starting ramp's ease of use, sending two cars on a brief parking-lot jaunt. (The maiden run was coincidentally witnessed by school dean David R. Cotner, who readily expressed his pride in the project results.)

When competitors in Saturday’s Williamsport Soap Box Derby are launched down Market Street, precision Penn College handiwork will ensure a consistent start in their dash to the finish. Answering a request from event organizers, four students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies formulated and built the ramp that will send racers on their speedy descent from Brandon Park to Little League Boulevard. “I supervised and answered questions when they had them,” said Howard W. Troup, maintenance mechanic/millwright, “but this was entirely designed and custom-made by students.” After the college (a derby co-sponsor) was provided with official specifications, which mainly asked that the ramp’s release and reset mechanism be handily operated by a seated volunteer, Troup turned the project over to Matthew J. Horner, of Marion, an automated manufacturing technology major who earned an associate degree in automotive technology last year. Working from Horner’s blueprints and making modifications as appropriate, three others – Robert W. Myers, of Montoursville, a manufacturing engineering technology major; Michael B. Mullner, of Kendall, New Jersey, enrolled in machine tool technology; and John I. Matson-Warner, of South Williamsport, who majors in welding and fabrication engineering technology – fashioned a nearly 7-foot-wide aluminum ramp that is as aesthetic as it is functional. More lightweight and portable than its rigid steel predecessor, the ramp includes bubble levels and scissor jacks on both sides to avoid misalignment and to effect a uniform start in the scores of head-to-head races throughout the day. “And we used bronze bushings, so it should last 100 years,” Troup added. (Two winners in the weekend race, a local tradition revived in 2010, will go on to compete at the national level in Akron, Ohio.) Soap Box Derby officials are picking up the ramp on Friday morning, and, with a commendable nod toward quality control and customer service, the students plan to be at the starting line at 6 a.m. Saturday for installation and to make sure that volunteers understand its operation.

Spring 2015 Roster of Penn College Graduates Published

Derek E. Teay, Northampton, Bachelor of Science, Software Development & Information ManagementThe list of graduates for the Spring 2015 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been released.

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Alumni Couple Answers ‘I Do’ to ‘Who Loves Penn College?’

On the other side of the camera while a student photographer at Penn College, the former Whitnie-rae Mays makes a radiant photo subject with her dashing new husband.

Heavy morning rain left town in time for the alumni nuptials.

Graduation wasn’t the only milestone event at Penn College over the weekend. Alumni Whitnie-rae Mays, who holds a 2012 associate degree in advertising art and a 2014 bachelor’s in applied technology studies, and Timothy D. Haldeman,’11, manufacturing engineering technology, feel such a connection to the campus that they were married in front of Madigan Library on Saturday.

More Than 900 Graduate in Spring Commencement Ceremonies

Seeming superheroes keep their date with a diploma.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held three commencement ceremonies May 15-16 for more than 900 students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2015 semester. The Friday afternoon proceedings at the Community Arts Center honored students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Construction & Design Technologies. The School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies were featured Saturday morning, while students from the the School of Health Sciences and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications graduated during the afternoon session. Student speakers were Matthew J. Glodowski, of Hainesport, New Jersey, awarded a bachelor’s degree in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration on Friday; Andrew S. Manley, of Cogan Station, who earned two bachelor’s degrees – information technology sciences: gaming and simulation, and software development and information management on Saturday morning; and Bethany M. Reppert, of Minersville, who received a bachelor’s degree in applied human services Saturday afternoon. The college also bestowed three Excellence in Teaching Awards and three alumni awards.

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Penn College Honors Three Alumni at Commencement

Pennsylvania College of Technology bestowed honors upon three alumni during Spring 2015 commencement ceremonies held May 15-16 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

Adam J. Yoder, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, received the Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award on May 15. Joseph H. and Barbara A. Reynolds, of Williamsport, were presented with the Humanitarian/Citizenship Award during the same ceremony. Michael K. Patterson, of Oval, received a Mentorship Award on May 16.

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Four ‘Sustainable’ Seniors on Their Way to Architectural Grad School

Four soon-to-be alumni of Penn College's four-year building science and sustainable design major are heading to graduate school. From left are Cody J. Wood, of Berwick; Reece A. Gonsar, of Halifax; Kendel F. Baier, of Jersey Shore; and Ryan J. Litzinger, of Patton. (Photo by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies)

Four seniors from Penn College’s building science and sustainable design bachelor-degree major will be heading off to graduate school, the largest number since the program’s inception in 2011.

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Employee-Focused Centennial Event Returns in Year No. 101

On what was likely the hottest day of spring, the picnic tent offers welcome shade.

Crissy L. McGinniss, director of dining services, doubles as bingo caller.

Alumnus George E. Logue III serves up succulent pulled pork and citrus chicken

Friendly competitions include volleyball in a summery sand pit ...

... and a few rounds of Wildcat Corn Hole, here played by teammates Barry L. Loner, facilities supervisor, and Brenda A. Wiegand, internal facilities coordinator.

An end-of-semester employee picnic, held for a second year due to its popularity during Penn College’s 2014 Centennial, was held in and around the Field House on Friday. Co-workers formed teams for a variety of competitive (and a number of less-cutthroat) games, retirees returned, sunshine and good company prevailed, raffles tempted prize-hunters, and alumnus George E. Logue III served phenomenal fare from his Acme Barbecue takeout and catering restaurant.

Graduation Ends (for Now) Family’s 20-Year History at Penn College

The Bird family, of Canton, has sent five sons to Penn College since 1995. From left, Ross; Guston; their mother, Janice; Mitchell; their father, the late James ("Jim"); Jennings; and Seth.

When T. Mitchell Bird walks across the Community Arts Center’s stage on May 16 and receives a bachelor’s degree, he will turn the page toward a new life and end one of the longest, unique chapters in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s history.

Mitchell will become the last of five siblings to earn a degree from the college. Since 1995, at least one “Bird brother” has been enrolled at the institution. Counting Mitchell’s pending graduation, the five brothers, all Dean’s List students, have earned eight degrees.

“Some people will say they can’t afford Penn College. I say, ‘You cannot afford not to go to Penn College,’” says matriarch Janice Bird, 69. “You get a good job in your field after you graduate. All our boys are doing well. They received an education to obtain not only a beginning position, but they all moved up. I’m 100-percent Penn College.”

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Penn College to Hold Three Commencement Ceremonies May 15-16

Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold three commencement ceremonies May 15-16 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport for more than 900 students who are expected to graduate following the Spring 2015 semester.

On Friday, May 15, at 3 p.m., a ceremony will be held for graduates from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Construction & Design Technologies.

A ceremony for graduates from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m.

On Saturday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m., a ceremony will be held for graduates from the School of Health Sciences and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications.

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Father-Son Project Transports Longtime Mentor Back to Campus

Johnathan L. (left) and Robert Capps, with their collaboration outside College Avenue Labs

Robert Capps, a 2013 recipient of an Alumni Mentorship Award and a frequent face at campus Career Fairs, returned to Penn College on Friday in a Cobra that he built with his son last year. Capps, of Allan A. Myers (formerly American Infrastructure) and his son, Johnathan L., built the vehicle in their home garage, finishing it just in time for the young man to drive it to his senior prom.  The elder Capps drove it to Williamsport from just outside Philadelphia to meet up with Johnathan and his friends.  Capps’ son is a student in the mechatronics engineering technology major, a member of the Baja SAE Team and a competitor in last weekend’s Green Grand Prix in New York state.
Photo by Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement