Thirty-three Penn College students were welcomed Monday evening as the latest Awesome Women Exemplars during Student Activities’ 10th annual reception. Held in the Mountain Laurel Room of the Thompson Professional Development Center, the event included a welcome by Kimberly R. Cassel, director of student activities, and a keynote address by Meagan Murray, honored by the college in 2009 with an Alumni Citizenship/Humanitarian Award.
Saturday’s biting breeze and snowy commute confirmed it: It’s still March in Pennsylvania! Far more predictable was what campus visitors found all day at Penn College’s Spring Open House, as helpful and personable students, employees and alumni encouraged potential enrollees and other visitors to explore a national leader in applied technology education.
Horticulture students from Pennsylvania College of Technology finished in the top 10 of three categories in the Professional Landscape Network’s 39th annual Student Career Days held in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The eight-member Penn College contingent competed in 14 landscape-related contests during the March 11-15 event, in addition to visiting the career fair, and networking with more than 800 students and numerous industry professionals from across the country. Traveling with the group were instructor/1993 alumnus Carl J. Bower Jr. and 1978 graduate Ronald A. Burger, an Alumni Mentorship Award winner in 2013.
An alumnus of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s landscape/horticulture program was recently honored with the first Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Professional Landscape Network.
Jeremy L. Thorne, who graduated in May 2013 with degrees in the landscape technology and plant production emphases of the college’s two-year ornamental horticulture major (since renamed landscape/horticulture technology), was presented with the award during PLANET’s Student Career Days competition at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships will hold an information session for Penn College students and alumni at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 110 of the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. For details on the information sessions, including open positions and the applicable academic majors, consult the Career Services’ flier: Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships
Career Fairs Attract Record Number of Employers
Nationally, employment projections are encouraging for the Class of 2015. Recent career fairs at Pennsylvania College of Technology reflected that positive reality.
Approximately 210 employers offering more than 2,400 jobs and internships participated in the spring career fairs at the college’s main campus and Lumley Aviation Center. The number of employers, including several Fortune 500 companies, was an all-time high, according to Erin S. Shultz, coordinator of career development.
“It was so large we outgrew our capacity and had a waiting list for employers hoping to attend,” Shultz said. “That is a good problem to have! Technical education and hands-on training are in demand, and our students and alumni are highly recruited.”
The Penn College Construction Association expanded its opportunity to interact with potential employers with an invitation to remain on campus for a social event following this week’s Career Fair. Using Penn’s Inn as the backdrop, club members opened the social with a brief introduction to the purpose of the club. Officers highlighted several of their community service projects while their guests enjoyed a much-needed break to sit and enjoy the presentation. “We wanted to give students and prospective employers an opportunity to continue conversations from the Career Fair in a more informal setting,” said Ryan T. Fry, PCCA president. “While I graduate in May, my goal is for this social event to becoming a sustaining activity for future Penn College students.” After the brief presentation of club activities, the students, employers and faculty members enjoyed casual talk about the industry. For faculty, it was also an opportunity to catch up with alumni now working in the field. “I’ve been involved with the club since I started at Penn College. Being involved has allowed me to become engaged with the community,” said Vincent S. DelMonte, PCCA vice president. “The club provided me with additional avenues to apply my skills. I like to call this club my ‘free class,’” he added with a laugh.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean, construction and design technologies
The latest addition to the Penn College YouTube Channel features three engaging students in a two-minute celebration of rigorous academics and high-energy campus life. Join Jessica N. Felton, a culinary arts and systems student from State College; Garrett D. Corneliussen, of Hickory, North Carolina, enrolled in welding and fabrication engineering technology; and aviation maintenance technology major Bryan M. Behm, of Fleetwood, as they share why they chose the college for their “degrees that work.” Then help spread the word through social media!
After a 15-month effort that culminated in last week’s final round in Providence, Rhode Island, Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II was not selected to compete at the 2016 Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie in France. The instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts and 2000 Penn College alumnus learned Thursday that he did not make the cut in the breakfast pastry category as a member of the three-person Team USA. “Penn College is an amazing place to work with amazing individuals in all departments. I would not have made it to the finals without the help I received,” the School of Business & Hospitality faculty member said. “Trying out for the team was an awesome experience from beginning to end. I was proud to wear Penn College on my chef jacket along the way.”
The diverse “degrees that work” offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the college’s Open House on Saturday, March 28.
Held twice a year, Open House provides prospective students and their families a convenient opportunity to sample campus life and to explore bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs – “degrees that work” – in more than 100 distinct career areas.
“Spring Open House is an excellent opportunity to learn about our hands-on approach to learning in which students work with experienced faculty and the latest equipment and technologies,” said Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid. “The entire campus is open for visitors to experience everything: our state-of-the-art labs, classrooms, dining facilities, residence halls, an active campus life and athletics. When you visit, you’ll know it’s the right place to earn your degree and launch your career.”
Roger D. Jarrett, a successful businessman, community volunteer and alumnus of Pennsylvania College of Technology predecessor institution Williamsport Area Community College, received an Alumni of the Year Award at the 14th annual Education Celebration hosted by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.
The event honors selected individuals nominated by their educational institutions and focuses on the positives that result from cooperation between local school districts, colleges and businesses. The Education Celebration was conducted March 5 at the Genetti Hotel in downtown Williamsport.
Jarrett graduated from WACC in 1973 with an associate degree in business management and continued his education at Shippensburg University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1975.
For the second time since the exhibit opened in mid-January, Jessica A. Justice, a 2008 nursing alumna, brought her 4-month-old daughter, Piper, for a visit to “Line: Drawn and Stitched” at The Gallery at Penn College. Showcasing intricate thread installations by Toronto artist Amanda McCavour, the show closes Thursday. Located on the third floor of the Madigan Library, the exhibit can be enjoyed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 2-7 p.m. Thursday. Justice, a Williamsport resident, is an obstetrics nurse at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg.
Caleb G. Schirmer, of Sugarloaf, a technology management major at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been chosen as the February Student of the Month.
Schirmer, who earned an associate degree in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis in 2014, is president of the Off-Campus Housing Organization and secretary of Students Making a Contribution.
He is also a member of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), a Student Government Association senator from the School of Business & Hospitality, and an English tutor in Penn College’s Writing Center. He supports a number of additional student organizations, including the Horticulture Club and Penn College Benefiting THON.
A 2002 graduate of Penn College’s landscape/nursery technology major, now an instructor at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, has been named Pennsylvania’s Outstanding New Career and Technical Educator for 2014 by the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education. A faculty member at the Pleasant Gap institution since 2009, Joseph C. Luther was recently profiled in the school’s newsletter: Landscaping Alumnus
With Tuesday night’s finding that a website wrongly included Penn College on a list of unsafe campuses, President Davie Jane Gilmour has updated the institution’s response.