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Prospective Employer to Recruit on Campus

Henkels & McCoy

Henkels & McCoy

Representatives of Henkels & McCoy NetWorks will hold an information session with Penn College students and alumni at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Room E140 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. For more details, including available positions and desirable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Henkels & McCoy

Buoyant Reception Greets Students, Start of New Semester
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Hopeful tennis team member Joseph H. Griep, an information technology sciences: gaming and simulation freshman from Le Roy, New York, moves his gear into Dauphin Hall.

Penn College’s “Welcome Weekend,” held Saturday and Sunday on main campus, gently and helpfully guided new and returning students toward the start of classes. Student leaders, faculty/staff and alumni – all wearing T-shirts identifying them as the go-to gang to satisfy any last-minute questions – offered a collectively friendly face to the Fall 2014 members of the college community. New enrollees and transfers moved into on- and off-campus apartments, academic and social activities filled the schedule, and crucial offices offered convenient extended hours in advance of Monday’s official opening of the 2014-15 academic year. Among the high notes of this overture to fall were a convocation parade of first-year students, reunions enjoyed and new friendships begun, “Wildcat Welcome” refreshments, and a chilling and charitable surprise from college President Davie Jane Gilmour.

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Penn College, Little League Celebrate Anniversaries in ‘Grand Slam’ Fashion
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Admissions representative Sarah R. Shott snaps a selfie with a home-state favorite, the Mid-Atlantic team from Philadelphia.

Soggy turned to sunny just in time Wednesday for Pennsylvania College of Technology to once again welcome visitors to Williamsport for the Little League Baseball World Series. On the evening before play begins in South Williamsport, the college hosted its traditional cookout for the Series teams on the lawn outside the Bush Campus Center. Little League players, coaches, team “uncles,” umpires and baseball legend Dave Winfield enjoyed picnic fare and the company of one another before they (and their college hosts) participated in the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street. Accompanied by the college’s ever-popular Wildcat mascot, Penn College volunteers handed out giveaways – including balsa airplanes and commemorative pins – on their well-received journey downtown. Rounding out the teams’ campus visit was a brief stop in The Gallery at Penn College for a Little League-related art exhibit. The college was featured in at least two live newscasts from campus: on WPVI in Philadelphia and on CBS Chicago (go to “Sports Videos” at lower right). And Patriot News coverage, which was also picked up in Alabama, included a roundup of photos at the PennLive website.

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Penn College Holds Summer Commencement
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Katelyn E. Watson, a radiography grad from Turbotville, marks the day with a true Penn College legacy family, including her father, Chip (far left), a 1980 Williamsport Area Community College graduate who majored in heavy construction equipment.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement ceremony Saturday morning at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Kaitlin M. Savidge, of Northumberland, who received an Associate of Applied Science degree in emergency medical services, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. event. More than 200 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Steven P. Johnson, a member of the Penn College Board of Directors. During the ceremony, Penn College also presented a Distinguished Alumni Award to James E Cunningham for four decades of service to college and community.

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Distinguished Alumnus Honored at Summer Commencement

James E. Cunningham receives congratulations from Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour for his Distinguished Alumni Award.

Pennsylvania College of Technology presented its Distinguished Alumni Award to James E. Cunningham, of Montoursville, during Summer 2014 commencement ceremonies held Aug. 9 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to those who have made significant contributions in their chosen fields, demonstrated the importance of their Penn College education, participated in leadership roles within the community, and demonstrated a commitment to the college and community relations.

Cunningham graduated from Penn College’s immediate predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College, in 1973 with an Associate of Applied Science in computer science. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in technology management from Penn College.

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Physical Fitness Instructor/Alum Running NYC Marathon for Charity

Emily B. Miller, at the Oct. 13 Steamtown Marathon

Transcending the personal benefits of running, an instructor of fitness and lifetime sports is entering this year’s New York City Marathon to bring attention to a debilitating neurological condition.

Emily B. Miller, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences and a 2002 graduate of Penn College’s physical fitness specialist major, is running the Nov. 2 race as a fundraiser for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation in honor of a friend’s father. Dystonia is a neurological disorder that causes muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily, creating twisting movements and abnormal postures and making movement difficult.

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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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