News: Alumni

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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‘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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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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Recent Aviation Alumnus Wins SkillsUSA Gold

Marc T. Kaylor

Marc T. Kaylor

Marc T. Kaylor, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance technology, was a gold medalist in that category at last month’s SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. A student photographer during his last two years at Penn College, he will begin work July 28 as a Cessna Citation mechanic at the Stewart International Airport in New York state’s southern Hudson Valley. Among students and recent alumni to take part in the June 23-27 event – the 50th annual for SkillsUSA – Kaylor is the college’s 35th national medalist. (It was his second trip to Kansas City; he placed second in 2013.) “Thank you to all of my professors that helped me make it this far. Also, thank you to (welding instructor/adviser) James Colton II for taking the time to travel with us to Kansas City and being such a great supporter of Skills,” Kaylor said. “And, of course, thank you to all of the students who made it to SkillsUSA.” Watch PCToday for more.

Penn College Celebrates Centennial, Anniversary of PSU Affiliation

In this 1989 photo, from left, Penn State President Bryce Jordan, Gov. Robert P. Casey, Penn College President Robert L. Breuder and Penn College Board Chairman Rep. Alvin C. Bush commemorate legislation creating Pennsylvania College of Technology as an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University.

This year’s Centennial observance at Pennsylvania College of Technology, celebrating 100 years of adult education at an institution nationally known for providing graduates the practical tools with which to build substantial and sustainable careers, will include a July gathering of those who helped chart that historic course.

The yearlong commemoration coincides with another watershed anniversary: 25 years since Penn College was created as a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University on July 1, 1989.

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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 →

Wayne Township Landfill Scholarship Initiated at Penn College

From left are Michael L. Crist, Wayne County Landfill environmental manager; Max T. Persun, operations manager at the landfill; Jay B. Alexander, landfill general manager; James H. Maguire, chair of the Clinton County Solid Waste Authority Board of Directors; and Debra M. Miller, Penn College’s director of corporate relations. (Photo provided)

Officials at the Wayne Township Landfill in Clinton County have established a scholarship fund to benefit Pennsylvania College of Technology students enrolled in diesel and heavy equipment majors.

The fund will generate two $1,000 awards each year to full-time students from Clinton and Lycoming counties. Preference will be given to those seeking two-year degrees in heavy equipment technology (including the technician, operator and Caterpillar equipment emphases) or diesel technology.

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As Fiscal Clock Ticks Down, Alumni Urged to Step Up

With barely a week of business days left in the fiscal year, the Institutional Advancement Office is only 35 alumni givers shy of its 842-donor goal. That objective, tied to Penn College’s Strategic Plan, is to double the number of alumni contributors from 2009-14 in honor of the college’s 100th anniversary. First-time alumni donors are still eligible for the Penn College Foundation’s Next Centennial Scholarship match, which adds $250 to every initial gift of at least $25. With each combined donation, a one-time scholarship will be awarded to a first-year student in the major from which the donor graduated. A loyal base of contributing graduates suggests that the college is worthy of support from fellow alumni, industry partners, students and friends of the college, and shows prospective students that alumni value their Penn College degrees and campus experiences. “As I visit with alumni from ages 23 to 83, the commonality among them is their pride in the degree they earned, and the personal and professional accomplishments that resulted,” said Valerie L. Fessler, annual giving specialist. “I am confident that they will demonstrate that pride by helping us meet this goal and support our students.”

Student-Restored Vehicle Honored Among Select Company

The Wolf Wagon emerges from its transport trailer.

The Wolf Wagon emerges from its transport trailer.

The vehicle's wide-open "eyes" match those of the rapt spectators it attracts.

The vehicle’s wide-open “eyes” match those of the rapt spectators it attracts.

An impressive honor for an inspired restoration

An impressive honor for an inspired restoration

Among those sharing the sunshine are current Penn College student Sean M. Hunter (in the center of the group at left) and 2014 alumnus Carmen Cicioni (right).

Among those sharing the sunshine are current Penn College student Sean M. Hunter (in the center of the group at left) and 2014 alumnus Carmen Cicioni (right).

Alongside their labor of love − and accompanied by Patricia B. Swigart and her son, Steve − are (standing from left) Hunter, Cicioni and Levesque.

Alongside their labor of love − and accompanied by Patricia B. Swigart and her son, Steve − are (standing from left) Hunter, Cicioni and Levesque.

The Verrill Wolf Wagon, a one-of-a-kind automobile meticulously restored by Penn College students, won the “Dawn of a New Era” award at The Elegance at Hershey last weekend. The distinctive 1953 vehicle is owned by Patricia B. Swigart of Hummelstown, and was judged the best post-World War II car at the celebrated concourse event. “We’re in the big leagues now,” said Roy H. Klinger, instructor of collision repair. “I’m very, very proud of our students for reaching the level of an invitation-only show.” The car was originally taken to Hershey merely to be displayed as the eye-catching rarity it is, but the judges liked it so much that they insisted it be placed into competition. “Not only was the car a hit at The Elegance at Hershey, but the boys that were there representing Pennsylvania College of Technology were helpful and equally proud of the work done,” Swigart told PCToday. “As the restoration program at Penn College is not yet well-known, this was a great time to inform the attendees from all over the country … to not only hear of the program, but see their exquisite work. We are extremely proud to have such a fine school available for interested, talented young people.” Some of the world’s finest vintage and antique automobiles graced The Hotel Hershey gardens for the June 13-15 event, attended by a number of Penn College alumni, current students and prospects in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. Among them were May graduates Carmen Cicioni and Ryan J. Levesque; and automotive restoration technology majors Sean M. Hunter, of Livingston, New Jersey, and Andrew B. Switch, of Lancaster. The trophy will be displayed by the school, which has been invited to take the Wolf Wagon to other such events − including the March 13-15 Concours d’Elegance at Amelia Island, Florida, the East Coast precursor to the prestigious August showcase at Pebble Beach, California. As Swigart told the Hemmings Daily blog, “I just own the car; the students did all the work.”
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Instructor, Recent Grad Part of Live TV Broadcast

Chef Charles Niedermyer and recent graduate Ching Chan prepare for their live appearance at WBRE’s studios.

Chef Charles Niedermyer and recent graduate Ching Chan prepare for their live appearance at WBRE’s studios.

A faculty member and an alumna of Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality appeared on WBRE’s “PA live!” broadcast Tuesday afternoon. Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts and culinary arts, and Ching Chan, who graduated last month with an associate degree in baking and pastry arts, demonstrated how to make a summer fruit tart. The pair also talked with host Dave Kuharchik about Chan’s “Best in Show” honors at the recent Grand Pastry Buffet and discussed the school’s related majors.
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Richard and Mildred Taylor Memorial Scholarship Established

A memorial scholarship to benefit Penn College students who are veterans or active members of the military has been established by college alumni/employees Erin S. and Walter J. Shultz (who served in the Navy from 1993-99).

An employee of Pennsylvania College of Technology and her husband, who also works for the college, have established an annual scholarship in memory of her grandparents.

Erin S. Shultz, coordinator of career development, and Walter J. Shultz, director of the Office of Instructional Technology, created the scholarship to memorialize Erin’s grandparents, Richard and Mildred Taylor.

The first award from the Richard and Mildred Taylor Memorial Scholarship will be made in 2014-15. The scholarship benefits students who are veterans or active members of the U.S. military.

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Banquet/Reunion Adds to EMS-Related Scholarship Funds

Among the night's alumni honorees are, from left, Scott B. Tempesco, '03, Paramedic of the Year; Tamara G. Ings, '07, Preceptor of the Year; and Amy S. Newvine, '90, EMT of the Year.

Among the night’s alumni honorees are, from left, Scott B. Tempesco, ’03, Paramedic of the Year; Tamara G. Ings, ’07, Preceptor of the Year; and Amy S. Newvine, ’90, EMT of the Year.

Scholarships in memory of two alumni are noted by Mark A. Trueman, director of paramedic technology programs.

Scholarships in memory of two alumni are noted by Mark A. Trueman, director of paramedic technology programs.

Program graduates gather on the PDC patio for a reunion memento.

Program graduates gather on the PDC patio for a reunion memento.

Newspaper clippings, patches and headgear are among the memorabilia displayed at the event.

Newspaper clippings, patches and headgear are among the memorabilia displayed at the event.

More than $2,300 in Penn College student assistance was raised at the recent Susquehanna Regional EMS Appreciation Banquet and Alumni Reunion, which celebrated 35 years of paramedic excellence at the institution. Held at the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center, the annual event allowed for reminiscence and recognition among graduates of the School of Health Sciences’ emergency-response majors.
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Penn College Registrar Issues Spring 2014 Graduation Roster

The Spring 2014 list of Pennsylvania College of Technology graduates has been released by the Registrar’s Office.

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‘Excellent’ Students Selected to Attend National Restaurant Show

Two students in baking, pastry and culinary arts majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology were selected by faculty to receive the “Award of Excellence,” which included an educational trip to the National Restaurant Association’s 2014 NRA Show.

The May graduates, Amy E. Lynn, who earned an associate degree in baking and pastry arts, and Lewis D. Robinson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and systems and an associate degree in baking and pastry arts, were selected based on their academic records and their service to Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality.

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Yaw Holds Annual Legislative Eye-Opener for Area High School Students

Clint Cullison, '04, business administration: marketing, a senior associate with Greenlee Partners, LLC, returned to his alma mater to participate in break-out sessions focused on "State Government: How It Really Works!"

Clint Cullison, ’04, business administration: marketing, a senior associate with Greenlee Partners, LLC, returned to his alma mater to participate in break-out sessions focused on “State Government: How It Really Works!”

The senator and college President Davie Jane Gilmour welcome the Field House audience.

The senator and college President Davie Jane Gilmour welcome the Field House audience.

Drew Crompton, counsel/chief of staff to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, warms up the morning session crowd with "Dynamics of the Legislative Process."

Drew Crompton, counsel/chief of staff to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, warms up the morning session crowd with “Dynamics of the Legislative Process.”

Yaw congratulates the winners of the Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarships.

Yaw congratulates the winners of the Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarships.

The students and other guests returned to the Field House for lunch atop red-and-white-checked picnic tablecloths..

The students and other guests returned to the Field House for lunch atop red-and-white-checked picnic tablecloths..

More than 300 participants from 16 high schools throughout the region visited Penn College on Thursday for state Sen. Gene Yaw’s annual Student Government Seminar – the largest such Senate-organized event in the commonwealth. “This seminar is a great opportunity for high school students to interact with their local, state and federal officials,” said Yaw, who chairs the college’s board of directors. “The seminar allows students to develop legislation, debate important issues with key policymakers, offer their personal input and vote on ‘mock’ bills in an open session. The intent is for students to obtain a better understanding of the legislative process and develop professional relationships that can open the door for future internships and job opportunities.” The students and their advisers had access to federal officials; state legislators; members of Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration; community leaders; representatives of the legal, medical, environmental and transportation sectors; lobbyists; and the media. Also on the day’s agenda, two enrollees for the fall semester were announced as scholarship recipients.

Saving History: Alumnus Preserves Yesterday’s Workmanship

At the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, Erdly’s company determined where water was entering the building then implemented the pilot phase of repairs.

At the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, Erdly’s company determined where water was entering the building then implemented the pilot phase of repairs.

Jeff Erdly, '72

Jeff Erdly, ’72

Jeff Erdly inspects exterior walls on Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Bush Campus Center.

Jeff Erdly inspects exterior walls on Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Bush Campus Center.

From the Spring 2014 One College Avenue: Alumnus Jeff Erdly, ’72, knows how a building breathes, how it ages and how to keep it viable for future generations. He’s used that knowledge on some of the East Coast’s most stately structures.

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