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Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Employers to visit

Hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of job prospects, two employers will hold information sessions next week on main campus. Representatives of Ebro North America will be in Room 154 of College Avenue Labs at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and Susquehanna Health recruiters will be in Room W208 of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center at 3 p.m. Thursday. (Ebro will conduct follow-up interviews Wednesday in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center.) For details, including available positions and applicable majors, consult the Career Services flier: On-Campus Recruiting

College Emissaries Tout ‘degrees that work’ at Mentor Event

Brad M. Martin (center) and alumnus Peter J. Shkuda (right) speak with ACE Mentor participants about the 100-percent placement rate among Penn College's construction management graduates. (Photo by Susan Martin)

Representatives of the School of Construction & Design Technologies recently traveled to an ACE affiliate event hosted at Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational Technical School. ACE Mentor Mike Weidner, of Weidner Construction Services in Mechanicsburg, and Jason E. Krick, an assistant professor in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s construction management major, coordinated the opportunity to introduce ACE Mentor participants and their parents to the college’s “degrees that work.”

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Fall 2015 Graduation Roster Announced at Penn College

The list of Fall 2015 graduates has been issued at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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A Winter Wonderland of Grads, Grins and Gratitude

Ana Nicole Uribe, baking and pastry arts graduate from Lewisburg, beams with pride.

On a rarity of late – a blustery, chilly day that added appropriate atmosphere for an event called “Winter Commencement” – Pennsylvania College of Technology held its yearend graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Community Arts Center. The student speaker was Jay Michael Rhoads Jr., of South Williamsport, who received an Associate of Applied Science in automotive restoration technology; Jason C. Gross, of Williston, Vermont, received the Alumni Humanitarian Award. More than 250 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the Penn College Board of Directors.

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Penn College Plastics Alumnus Honored for Humanitarian Efforts

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presented the Alumni Humanitarian Award to Jason C. Gross, ’05, plastics and polymer engineering technology, at winter commencement exercises held Dec. 19.

A plastics and polymer engineering technology graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored for devoting his time and talent to a project enhancing access to clean water in developing countries.

Jason C. Gross, of Williston, Vermont, received the Alumni Humanitarian Award at Penn College’s winter commencement ceremonies held Dec. 19 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport. The award is bestowed upon graduates of the institution who’ve provided distinguished community or volunteer service and presented themselves as dedicated and loyal alumni.

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Consider Penn College in Your Year-End Giving Plans

If you are considering making a charitable donation as the 2015 tax year comes to a close, please remember the Penn College Fund. Gifts of all sizes help students succeed and will be put to use immediately.

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Penn College’s Winter Commencement Set for Dec. 19

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 19, for the nearly 260 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate after the Fall 2015 semester.

The ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

The student speaker will be Jay Michael Rhoads Jr., of South Williamsport, who will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in automotive restoration technology. Rhoads, a Dean’s List student, is also being presented with the President’s Award for leadership and service to the college.

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Cisco Academy Hosts Alumnus’ Presentation

Daniel J. Clarke, among the Penn College alumni who frequently (and magnanimously) return to campus for current students' benefit

PowerPoint slides depict a global explosion of information and the technology needed to manage it, creating a need for careers beyond imagination.

Clarke's return visit, one of many he has made since his 2007 graduation, was organized by faculty member Jeff Weaver (left).

Daniel J. Clarke, a systems engineer for Cisco Systems who earned four information technology degrees from Penn College in 2007, returned Thursday to share his knowledge on “the Internet of Things” and provide tips on how to be successful in the information technology field. Clarke’s real-world insight, shared in a Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center classroom, was facilitated by Jeff Weaver, associate professor of electronics. Penn College is a Cisco Networking Academy that offers classes to prepare students for Cisco Certified Network Associate.  For more information about Cisco certifications or how to schedule for a class, stop by Weaver’s office (Center for Business & Workforce Development, Room 156), or contact him at 326-3761, ext. 7702, or by e-mail.
Photos by Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist

Culinary Arts Alumnus Guides Students in Hands-On Kitchen Lesson

Chef Lance Smith, executive chef of The Millworks in Harrisburg and a 2006 Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate, returned to the college to guide culinary arts students, including Dallas A. Tyree, of Stillwater, left, in butchering hogs and making hams, bratwursts and other products.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology culinary arts alumnus, who recently returned to his hometown of Harrisburg to become executive chef for an up-and-coming “hyper-local” restaurant, visited the college to guide students in a hands-on lesson in butchering – and ultimately, sustainability.

Chef Lance Smith received his bachelor’s degree from Penn College in 2006. He is executive chef of The Millworks, a new restaurant, art gallery and artists’ studio in Harrisburg, where he focuses on creating seasonal, sustainable menus. Prior to taking the helm at The Millworks, Smith was part of the critically acclaimed Smoke Restaurant in Dallas, Texas, where he was chef de cuisine, working alongside James Beard Award-winning Chef Tim Byers in creating one of the nation’s leading restaurants in wood-fired cuisine.

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Alumnus Endows a ‘Sweet’ Scholarship for Major

The past president of the nation’s largest independent honey company and his wife have endowed a scholarship for machining students at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Kitt and Bill Gamber Scholarship will benefit full-time students enrolled in the college’s machine tool technology associate-degree major. Typical careers for graduates of the program include toolmaker, machinist, CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technician, production technician and manufacturing assistant.

Gamber graduated from Penn College predecessor Williamsport Technical Institute in 1959 with a certificate in tool making. Married for more than 50 years, Gamber and his wife, Kitt, have two children and seven grandsons.

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Congressman Among Panelists for Foreign-Policy Roundtable

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino will be among the panelists for “The Future of American Foreign Policy,” the latest in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s series of topical roundtable discussions, to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Joining him in the free, public event, which is scheduled for Penn’s Inn on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center, will be David Mitchell, associate professor of political science and international relations and co-chair of the department of international relations at Bucknell University, and Caroline Payne, assistant professor of political science and coordinator of international studies at Lycoming College.

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Company Reps Keep Culinary Students Rapt With Bacon

Joe Moore, territory sales manager for Jones Dairy Farm, offers “Bacon 101.”

Kate (Bishop) Hunter, ’00, shows students the difference in bacon thicknesses.

Alivia L. Bollock joins Classical Cuisines of the World classmates in plating bacon samples they prepared earlier.

Students make notes on the texture and taste of two brands of bacon.

Representatives of Jones Dairy Farm, including Kate (Bishop) Hunter, who graduated in 2000 with degrees in food and hospitality management and culinary arts technology, visited campus on Thursday to educate students about bacon – one of the company’s products – and to present the first Jones Dairy Farm Scholarship at Penn College to student Sarah B. Fiedler, a culinary arts and systems student from Lock Haven. Hunter is a manager in her family’s food brokerage firm, Peak Sales & Marketing, in Harrisburg. “Coming over the mountain (to Williamsport), I get teary-eyed,” she said. “It’s a homecoming to come here and show what the college has done for me.” She was joined by Joe Moore, territory sales manager for Jones Dairy Farm, a Wisconsin-based producer of top-quality breakfast meats. Moore explained the process for making bacon and for comparing products before the students participated in a bacon tasting, comparing texture and taste among brands, thicknesses and smoke flavors.

Fall Open House: Something Special in the Air

In colors coordinated with nature, a family tours campus with Ambassador Bryan M. Behm.

The rain ceased and the smiles poured forth Sunday as the campus community flung wide its doors to potential students, their families and friends at Fall Open House. A pleasant autumn day on a beautiful campus provided the backdrop for an in-depth look at academic programs, student life and facilities. Helpful employees, students and alumni were on hand throughout the day, as hundreds upon hundreds of visitors crisscrossed Penn College to discover the nationally recognized home of “degrees that work.”

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Alumni Prep Students on Verge of Diving Into Labor Pool

Kayla A. Gross, an applied management student from Danville, talks with 2011 business administration: banking and finance alumna Amy (Dibble) Chervinsky.

Business students chat in the SASC lobby.

Chris Frantz, ’05, business management, talks to an attentive audience that filled the SASC presentation room.

A student asks alumni for their book recommendations.

Greg Miller, ’12, building automation technology, answers one among a bounty of student questions.

Four Penn College alumni returned to campus Thursday evening to network with business students and offer practical tips for their coming immersion in the job market. Those who spoke were Chris Frantz, ’05, business management, who is director of marketing for Savoy Furniture; Amy (Dibble) Chervinsky, ’11, business administration: banking and finance concentration, who is an associate commercial loan officer for Chemung Canal Trust Co.; Tamara Pavlov, ’11, business administration: management concentration, who is a registered adviser representative for Moff & Associates; and Greg Miller, ’12, building automation technology: heating, ventilation & air conditioning technology concentration. Before networking over refreshments, the alumni spoke to a filled Student and Administrative Services Center presentation room about such topics as work ethic, resume and networking tips, internships, soft skills, problem-solving and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while putting in long working hours.

Fall Career Fair Attracts Highest Student Attendance Ever

Thomas A. D'Arcy, of Mechanicsburg, enrolled in engineering design technology, explores career options with Alyssa Rogers, a Larson Design Group recruiting coordinator.

Joshua T. Alderfer, who majored in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis from 2012-14, helped staff the B. Blair Corp. booth.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.'s Jared Hoover (right) talks with Daniel H. Pulinski, of Penfield, N.Y., a residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration major.

Part of Tuesday's record-setting crowd interacts with potential employers.

From left, 2014 information technology graduates Dionisios D. Tomboris and Donald E. McCoy – representing the Federal Reserve Board – reunite with Jerome T. Czachor, an information assurance and cyber security major from Dickson City.

A total of 1,469 students and eight alumni – the highest student attendance on record – stopped by one of Tuesday’s two Career Fairs at the Field House or Bardo Gymnasium. More than 2,400 full- and part-time positions, internships, and international, summer or other seasonal jobs were offered to fairgoers by the 191 employers who attended.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer