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Employers Schedule Campus Information Sessions

Three employers, hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of available jobs, will hold information sessions at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Recruiting on campus are Advantage Resourcing-Ford, in Rooms 110/112 of the Parkes Automotive Technology Center; First Quality, in Room 205 of the Bush Campus Center; and Universal Health Services Inc., in Room E252 of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. (Advantage will conduct interviews Wednesday in CC, Room 202.) For details, including open positions and applicable academic majors, consult the Career Services’ flier: On-Campus Recruitment

The Dye Is Cast for Successful Homecoming Week

Members of the Blue Crew, supervised by General Services' Gary T. Pandolfi, form a school-spirited bucket brigade. (Photo by Allison A. Bressler)

The officers and adviser of the Blue Crew campus-pride organization stand before the Veterans' Fountain, appropriately colored for Homecoming. From left are Jessica R. Wiegand, a business administration: marketing concentration major from Trout Run; Kacie L. Weaver, an applied human services student from Harrisburg; Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life; and Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College.

A pre-Homecoming tradition was renewed outside the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center shortly after sunrise Monday, as General Services and the Blue Crew tinted the Veterans’ Fountain in advance of the week’s activities. The officers and adviser of the Wildcat booster organization joined Charley A. Kern, director of facilities engineering for GS; John M. Chernego, environmental specialist; and Gary T. Pandolfi, refrigeration, heating and plumbing mechanic, in the third annual kickoff event.

Penn College Homecoming Celebration to Be Held Oct. 7-11

The Homecoming Carnival returns to the Madigan Library lawn from Oct. 9-11.

Alumni, students, employees and friends of Pennsylvania College of Technology can reminisce about “Our Proud Penn College Days” – a line from the institution’s alma mater – as they celebrate Homecoming 2015 from Oct. 7-11.

Among the public highlights are a Homecoming Carnival from 6 p.m. to closing time Friday, 1 p.m. to close on Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Bartlebaugh Amusements Inc. is set up on the Madigan Library lawn, with thrill rides, games, food and fun. Eh440, an a cappella group from Canada, will perform on the midway at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Southern Hospitality

The latest addition to Penn College’s YouTube channel features 2010 graduate George E. Logue III, who relies on his education as the owner/chef of Acme Barbecue & Catering, a culinary staple in downtown Williamsport. “The knowledge of the professors – every single culinary or hospitality instructor – was amazing,” said Logue, a proud member of a world champion barbecue team. “Couldn’t have asked for a better school to go to. I feel like I left there, not having any questions.”

Weekend Events Definitely ‘Family-Friendly’

Enjoying the carnival atmosphere are Patrick C. Frazier, an automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis student from Nazareth, and his parents.

The three-day potpourri of activities that comprised Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Parent & Family Weekend provided students and their guests with a variety of opportunities to reconnect – whether watching athletics, engaging in some competition of their own, exploring the community just beyond campus or just kicking back.

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Alumnus Helps to Improve Access to Safe Water in Rural India

“Headloading” fresh water requires several trips a day and can cause physical ailments. Photo courtesy of Wello

A woman demonstrates WaterWheel 2.5, a rolling water tank that eases the daily burden of fetching water in rural India. Photo courtesy of Wello

Jason C. Gross, '05, plastics and polymer engineering technology

From the Fall 2015 issue of One College Avenue magazine: In rural India, women travel sometimes miles to retrieve safe, clean drinking water for their families, carrying a gallon or two at a time in pots atop their heads. Penn College plastics graduate Jason C. Gross, ’05, helped to ease that burden by lending his expertise to a unique product. Read “Clean Water to Go”

Seasoned Students, Alum Orient New Construction Management Majors

Students vie to build the tallest tower from marshmallows and toothpicks ...

The second annual Construction Management Freshman Orientation, in which new students were broken into small teams and attended three presentations, was held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

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Building the ‘New’ Route 15

A bypass that will ease congestion along U.S. Route 15 in the area of Shamokin Dam and Hummels Wharf has been the desire of drivers for decades. Photo courtesy of PennDOT

Maggie (Powers) Jackson, ’08, is project manager for a $669 million construction project that will result in a limited-access highway that stretches from the current freeway end on Route 15 north of Selinsgrove to the four-lane section of Route 147 south of Montandon.

Groundbreaking for a bridge that will cross the Susquehanna River’s West Branch near Winfield is expected in October. The bridge represents the first of seven contracts that, by 2024, will complete a 13-mile bypass to ease traffic congestion along U.S. Route 15. Artist’s rendering courtesy of PennDOT

From the Fall 2015 edition of One College Avenue magazine: The groundbreaking for a new bridge this fall will mark the first tangible progress on a highway construction plan that has been decades in the making. The 13-mile, $669 million project will provide a bypass around the congested Shamokin Dam area. A 2008 civil engineering technology alumna will oversee it. Read “Building the ‘New 15′”

Video Showcases Hospitality Grad, on the Ride of His Life

Planning a family trip to the amusement park during these dog days of summer? A timely addition to Penn College’s YouTube channel spotlights alumnus Brian Knoebel, who used his food and hospitality management degree to secure a future in the family business: Knoebels, America’s largest free-admission amusement park. Today, the 1993 Penn College grad is one of the key operators of the Elysburg park, which has been making happy memories for nearly 90 years. “I’m very proud of my degree. Pennsylvania College of Technology prepares for the future,” Knoebel said. “The course selection …was very intriguing. Because of the culinary, because of the management, because of the hospitality. Those three facets right there – that was so similar to my jobs here in the park.” (Knoebel was also featured in the Spring 2011 issue of One College Avenue, Penn College’s magazine.)

Presidential Student Ambassadors Mark 20th Year of Service

Presidential Student Ambassadors for 2015-16 at Penn College are, first row, from left: Michelle D. Kachik, Alexandra M. Lehman, Stephanie E. Falcone and Morgan N. Keyser; second row, from left: Daniel T. Kreger, Ryan S. Schrimp, Maggie K. Calkins, Ashley N. Irish, Kayla M. Jackson and Calah D. Doyka; third row, from left: Ryan Monteleone, Tyler R. Filipowski, Victoria L. Kostecki, Stephanie M. Puckly, Katelyn A. Wertz, Bryan M. Behm and Rafael Correa; back row, from left: Emily K. Lutz, Josiah D. Stoltzfus, Semeon R. DeBarros, Anthony D. Gobbi, Alexander R. Wetzel, Kyle D. Bomboy, James S. Alger and Tylor J. Burkett. Absent for the photo due to studying abroad are: Garrett D. Corneliussen, Bhismadut B. Contractor and Logan M. Tubiello.

Twenty-eight students are serving as Presidential Student Ambassadors for the 2015-16 academic year at Pennsylvania College of Technology, marking the 20th year student ambassadors have been spreading good will on campus.

The student ambassadors promote Penn College to prospective and current students and their families, guests, alumni, business partners and friends of the college. They are selected for their demonstration of leadership, campus involvement, academic achievement and Penn College pride.

“The Presidential Student Ambassadors play such an integral role in the Admissions Office,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions and enrollment event services. “They help to be the face of the college by providing student tours, completing various tasks around the Admissions Office and by helping prospective students see the endless possibilities available to them at Penn College. Fall tours are already underway, and the Ambassadors are hard at work. With the help of our Ambassadors, we hope to have a busy and successful year!”

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‘Pack the Park’ Pregame Honors Championship Wildcats

All hands on deck: The Penn College Wildcats, who knocked off SUNY Poly, Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks en route to the conference title in May, show off their championship rings.

Students, employees and alumni were among the 1,963 fans attending Penn College’s 16th annual “Pack the Park Night” in Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field this week. On the night after the Williamsport Crosscutters clinched their first Pinckney Division title in a decade, the celebratory air continued with the pregame presentation of championship rings to members of the college’s Wildcat baseball team, who topped the North Eastern Athletic Conference this season. General admission tickets and shuttle service to and from campus were provided free of charge, there were games and giveaways throughout the evening, and a handful of students were chosen for the opportunity to win $10,000 toward college expenses. The ‘cutters, who lost 8-4 to the Auburn Doubledays, play their first postseason playoff game Wednesday.

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Alumnus Receives Award for Work on Building Standards

Jeffrey L. Erdly

A 1972 engineering drafting graduate of Williamsport Area Community College, a Penn College predecessor, recently received the E. George Stern Award of Excellence from the ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings. Jeffrey L. Erdly, CEO of Masonry Preservation Services Inc., was honored for continuous and outstanding achievements during his tenure with ASTM – known until 2001 as the American Society for Testing and Materials. An expert on masonry preservation technology, his 30-year-old company specializes in architectural maintenance and restoration, masonry preservation, building envelope diagnostics and more. Erdly was profiled in the Spring 2014 issue of One College Avenue and was selected as the college’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2004.

Penn College Grads’ List for Summer Semester Released

The list of graduates for the Summer 2015 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been issued by the Registrar.

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Penn College Boasts Another ‘Rising Star’ in Plastics Industry

Matthew K. Peterman

Plastics News has included a second Penn College graduate among its “Rising Stars” in the industry: Matthew K. Peterman, who earned a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology in May. Peterman, an award-winning Resident Assistant during his Penn College years, is a manufacturing development engineer/operations rotation engineer with TE Connectivity Ltd. in Winston-Salem, N.C. “Look around and grasp fully how much of your everyday life is affected by plastics,” the Phoenixville native said. “If you can understand that plastics has driven the advancement of our society since its initial introduction, then you will understand how amazing it can be to be part of the industry. The only limit in the plastics industry is how far you want to go and how much you want to put into it.” As reported earlier, classmate Ryan N. Troiano was also selected.

Industry Publication Features Q&A With Plastics Alum

Ryan N. Troiano

Ryan N. Troiano, who earned a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology from Penn College in May, was recently featured as an industry “Rising Star” in a trade publication. Plastics News profiled Troiano, originally from Lake Ariel, employed as a title development and project engineer with Greiner Packaging Corp. in Pittston. “I became interested in the plastics industry after an open house at Penn College, when I saw all of the processing/lab equipment and heard about other students’ experiences,” said Troiano, who was awarded multiple industry scholarships while at the college.