News: Alumni

Award-Winning Alumnus to Speak Thursday in ACC

Jeff Erdly

Jeff Erdly

Members of the campus community – particularly students in construction-related majors – are encouraged to attend a lecture by Jeff Erdly, a 1972 graduate of Williamsport Area Community College and a world-renowned authority on building and masonry preservation, who will speak at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Sponsored by the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the Penn College Alumni Relations Office, Erdly will present “Just Another Brick in the Wall? A Building Science Education – Its Value to Society, and Roadmap to Building Your Career.” The chief executive officer and co-founder of Masonry Preservation Services Inc., Erdly was profiled in the Spring 2014 issue of One College Avenue. He was also selected as the college’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2004 in recognition of his personal and professional accomplishments, his contributions toward the college (including his establishment of a scholarship in memory of his parents), and the high regard in which he is held in the community.

Honda PACT Alumnus Competes Among Region’s Top Technicians

Colby M. Tuff joins his former Penn College Honda PACT instructors, Joseph A. Tavani (left) and Charles F. Probst, who assisted corporate representatives with judging at the Acura Top Tech competition.

Colby M. Tuff joins his former Penn College Honda PACT instructors, Joseph A. Tavani (left) and Charles F. Probst, who assisted corporate representatives with judging at the Acura Top Tech competition.

Colby M. Tuff, a 2011 graduate of Penn College’s Honda PACT program, was among the top regional finalists in last weekend’s Acura Top Tech competition. The first step in the competition was for technicians to take an online exam; those with the 10 highest scores advanced to the hands-on phase at Honda’s eastern training facility in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. While Tuff didn’t claim the top prize, the 24-year-old – a technician at Elite Acura in Maple Shade, New Jersey – was the youngest contestant. In order to be Master Certified by Acura, technicians must have completed 100 percent of their factory training. Tuff is among 31 Master Technicians in Zone 2, which covers Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

More Than 2,000 Jobs, Internships Offered at This Week’s Career Fairs
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James G. Theisen (with blue alumni ribbon at center), a 2004 graduate in landscape/nursery technology, was part of the recruitment effort by the Dover-based Hively Landscapes.

Nearly 200 employers were on campus this week, looking to fill more than 2,000 positions from among Penn College’s “degrees that work.” At three sessions over two days, including breakout offerings for specific majors, employers (including a number of Fortune 500 companies and other industry heavyweights) sought interns and new graduates who are technically skilled and prepared to enter today’s workforce. A Monday fair in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center highlighted majors within the School of Health Sciences, while Tuesday morning’s Field House event – moved onto main campus from the Schneebeli Earth Science Center – was geared toward natural resources technologies students. The Career Fair wrapped up Tuesday afternoon with a wide-open field of opportunities for students in all six of the college’s six academic schools.

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New Experiences, Old Friends
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Blue skies and a welcoming atmosphere greeted late-morning arrivals for Saturday's numerous activities.

Homecoming 2014, a spectacular continuation of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial celebration, made institutional history while honoring it. Marked by the first-ever campus carnival, the inaugural reunion for Williamsport Area Community College alumni and employees, and an Oktoberfest, “Then … Now … Forever Proud” offered nearly a full week of activities that can’t even fit into an online gallery of more than 140 photos. More images from the week’s activities – which included a faculty lecture, a gallery opening, dedication of a conversation-starting art installation, several other get-togethers and the latest Athletic Hall of Fame induction – are available via Penn College Alumni Relations on Facebook.

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Penn College Inducts Five in 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

Pennsylvania College of Technology honored five former athletes, coaches and administrators in its third annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday night.

“We have such a good mix of athletes and coaches in our induction class this year,” director of athletics Scott Kennell said.  “We have representatives from sports being inducted into the Hall of Fame for the first time.  It really shows how well-rounded the programs have been and continue to be.  This is a great induction class and one truly befitting our Centennial celebrations.” The inductees are Mark Cordeiro (Penn College Class of 2009), of Granville Summit; Lisa Miller (’09), of Cogan Station; Mike Paulhamus, of South Williamsport; Andy Richardson, of Jersey Shore; and Philip Woodring (’09), of Waynesboro.

The next induction ceremony will take place during Homecoming Weekend 2015.  Nominations can be made through the Penn College athletics website.

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Then … Now … and All This Week!

Infusing the Veterans' Fountain with colorful Wildcat Pride ...

Infusing the Veterans’ Fountain with colorful Wildcat Pride …

... and celebrating the outcome as tinted water plumes upward. Joining Gary T. Pandolfi (center), a General Services refrigeration, heating and plumbing mechanic, are (from left) "Blue Crew" officers Jessica J. Eisely, Samuel R. Scheide, Anthony D. Gobbi and Jessica R. Wiegand.

… and celebrating the outcome as tinted water plumes upward. Joining Gary T. Pandolfi (center), a General Services refrigeration, heating and plumbing mechanic, are (from left) “Blue Crew” officers Jessica J. Eisely, Samuel R. Scheide, Anthony D. Gobbi and Jessica R. Wiegand.

A student pours hot chocolate at Alumni Relations' homecoming hospitality table outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.

A student pours hot chocolate at Alumni Relations’ homecoming hospitality table outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.

As her Blue Crew colleagues head to class and work, Eisely stays behind to paint a challengingly uneven "canvas."

As her Blue Crew colleagues head to class and work, Eisely stays behind to paint a challengingly uneven “canvas.”

Wildcat Pride Week, the run-up to Penn College’s Oct. 10-12 Homecoming celebration, began at first light on Monday morning. Officers of the Blue Crew joined General Services bright and early to turn the water in the Veterans’ Fountain a deep Wildcat Blue, then moved eastward to leave their mark on “The Rock.” Alumni Relations added to the prelude, serving coffee, cookies and hot chocolate to students traveling to and from classes.

College Hosts Reunions for WACC, Welding, Construction, Tutors

As part of its Oct. 10-12 Centennial Homecoming, Pennsylvania College of Technology will host four reunions, each inviting alumni to share their memories and revel in the weekend’s theme: “Then … Now … Forever Proud.”

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Loss and Legacy: Honoring the Dedication, Respect and Devotion of a Son and Employee

Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07

Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07

The family and employer of the late Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07, gather in front of Penn College’s Donor Wall to commemorate Amerikohl Mining’s $1 million scholarship donation in Kanouff’s memory.

The family and employer of the late Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07, gather in front of Penn College’s Donor Wall to commemorate Amerikohl Mining’s $1 million scholarship donation in Kanouff’s memory.

The scholarship’s first recipient, Forrest S. Martin, hugs Kanouff’s mother, Ramona.

The scholarship’s first recipient, Forrest S. Martin, hugs Kanouff’s mother, Ramona.

From the Fall 2014 One College Avenue: Alumnus Steelyn G. Kanouff’s employer and family – and the recipient of a scholarship in his name – strive to honor the memory of the 28-year-old who died last year. Read the full story.

Penn College Homecoming Offers Full Slate of Activities

Themed “Then … Now … Forever Proud,” Centennial Homecoming at Pennsylvania College of Technology invites alumni back to their alma mater Oct. 10-12.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of education on Penn College’s campus. In November 1914, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette reported that 15,000 people attended a three-day celebration to mark the dedication of the city’s new high school building – now Penn College’s Klump Academic Center.

The community is again invited to join the celebration: a three-day Homecoming Carnival on the Madigan Library lawn near the main entrance. The carnival opens Friday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m.

From adult education classes held in the new high school’s shops grew Williamsport Technical Institute, which became Williamsport Area Community College and, 25 years ago, Pennsylvania College of Technology, a special mission affiliate of Penn State.

From those roots, a culture of statewide and national leadership in applied technology education and workforce development has blossomed. Homecoming provides an opportunity for alumni and students alike to reminisce on their place in the college’s rich history – and to join with students in ongoing traditions.

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

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 →

Wednesday Tie-Dyeing Event Aids ‘Pink Out’ Prep

Rebecca J. Sisson, a pre-nursing  major from Nottingham (and a member of the Wildcat Dance Team) effects a spiral design with a fork.

Rebecca J. Sisson, a pre-nursing major from Nottingham (and a member of the Wildcat Dance Team) effects a spiral design with a fork.

A few squirts of the color du jour

A few squirts of the color du jour

Hands busily ply the tie-dyers' craft.

Hands busily ply the tie-dyers’ craft.

Raising awareness, dunk after dunk

Raising awareness, dunk after dunk

Shawn Bradley, assistant women's volleyball coach and a 2013 Penn College alumnus, adds his hands-on expertise.

Shawn Bradley, assistant women’s volleyball coach and a 2013 Penn College alumnus, adds his hands-on expertise.

Those in need of fitting attire for the “Pink Out” women’s volleyball game later this month found their solution Wednesday behind the Field House, where white T-shirts were tie-dyed pink in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Penn College community is encouraged to wear pink shirts – or hoodies or sweaters or headbands or whatever! – to Bardo Gym for a home contest against Penn State Berks, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. There will be free pink popcorn at the volleyball match, sponsored by the Off-Campus Housing Organization and Penn College Athletics, and a $50 Sheetz gift card will be awarded to the “pinkest” person in attendance. Information about breast cancer will be available and donations to the Making Strides Foundation will be accepted.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Hundreds Enjoy ‘Parent & Family Weekend’ Festivities

Kyani L. Lawrence (center), a first-year pre-nursing major from New Rochelle, New York, who also served as a Connections Link this summer, poses with her family in Wrapture.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s three-day Parent & Family Weekend, in which hundreds of participants joined with their favorite students to help celebrate the institution’s Centennial, offered a packed calendar of activities that included informal access to the president and senior administration, entertainment, food, games, tours and a popular “mocktail” competition.

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

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 →

Equipment Rodeo, Presentations Showcase State’s Energy Producers

Welding students Daniel J. Peppernick, left, of Spring Run (welding and fabrication engineering technology) and Teague W. Ohl, of Cogan Station (welding technology) help visitors to use a virtual reality welding simulator.

Welding students Daniel J. Peppernick, left, of Spring Run (welding and fabrication engineering technology) and Teague W. Ohl, of Cogan Station (welding technology) help visitors to use a virtual reality welding simulator.

Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant and instructor, talks with a visitor.

Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant and instructor, talks with a visitor.

Joseph P. Hanstine, of Lakewood, maneuvers the bucket under a PVC cage to pull a sled without knocking either the soccer ball from the sled or the tennis balls from the cage.

Joseph P. Hanstine, of Lakewood, maneuvers the bucket under a PVC cage to pull a sled without knocking either the soccer ball from the sled or the tennis balls from the cage.

Sheldon N. Smith, of Harleysville, carefully places a pipe.

Sheldon N. Smith, of Harleysville, carefully places a pipe.

August graduate Ashley M. Baker, of Coudersport, plucks a soccer ball from its perch on a traffic cone.

August graduate Ashley M. Baker, of Coudersport, plucks a soccer ball from its perch on a traffic cone.

Penn College was among participants in Saturday’s PA Energy Games at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds. The event featured educational exhibits, a heavy equipment rodeo, panel discussions and musical performances. The college was well-represented at Hughesville, with three student teams enrolled in heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis competing in a heavy equipment rodeo with industry representatives. In addition, David C. Pistner, director of energy initiatives for the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education, moderated a question-and-answer session on Education & Training. In the exhibit hall, Penn College employees and students staffed a busy booth with information about the college’s ShaleNET initiatives and its welding; heating, ventilation & air conditioning; and building sciences majors.

One-Time Bonus Payment Available to State’s Persian Gulf Veterans

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs reminds Pennsylvania veterans that they have until next Aug. 31 to apply for a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice if they served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990-Aug. 31, 1991. To apply, visit the department’s Persian Gulf Veterans Bonus website.

Prospective Employer to Recruit on Campus

Acero Precision

Acero Precision

Representatives of Acero Precision will hold an information session with Penn College students and alumni at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Room 155 of College Avenue Labs. For more details, including available positions and desirable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Acero Precision

Inside and Out, Events Offer Student Options as Ample as Day’s Sunshine

Sun, shade and dozens of chances to get involved: There's something for nearly everyone at Fall Fiesta!

Penn College students seeking paying jobs and personal enrichment found a varied menu at the ninth annual Fall FIESTA (Friends, Involvement, Employment and Socializing on a Tuesday Afternoon) and the corresponding Part-Time Job Fair, at which employers and nonprofits alike served up a smorgasbord of spare-time opportunities. The events, co-sponsored by Student Activities and Career Services, were held from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday on the mall outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and the nearby Thompson Professional Development Center.

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