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Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Employers to recruit at Penn College

Hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of job prospects, two employers will hold information sessions on campus at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday: Victaulic in Room B2057 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center and Corning Inc. in Room 104 of College Avenue Labs. (Corning will schedule follow-up interviews for Wednesday in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center.) For details, including available positions and applicable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Employers on Campus

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

Alum’s Senior Project Featured in Plastics Journal

Bryan T. Robinson

The current issue of a prominent plastics-industry trade journal features the work of a recent Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate.

Thermoforming Quarterly, a journal of the thermoforming division of the Society of Plastics Engineers, devotes six pages to the senior project of Bryan T. Robinson, of Gilbertsville, a 2015 plastics & polymer engineering technology graduate.

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Award-Winning Architecture Alum Cheers, Challenges Current Students

An instructive and inspiring Homecoming

An architectural technology alumnus returned to Penn College for Homecoming Weekend and, while on campus, spoke with first-year students in his former major and served as a guest juror for upper-level students in building science and sustainable design. Michael A. Gibble (at far left in the accompanying photo) started the day with a presentation to the Introduction to Architecture class, sharing the career path from his 2000 associate degree to earning a bachelor’s at Catholic University of America. “I love coming back to see how my story can inspire freshmen on the possibilities to dream big,” said Gibble, CEO of Gibble Enterprises Holdings, a diversified venture capital, private equity and holdings company. Holdings comprise a private equity firm, involvement in architecture and construction (including ownership of the KMA Architecture Group, which specializes in health care projects), the food and beverage industry, and real estate and real estate development. After a morning of emboldening entry-level students, Gibble – recipient of the college’s 2005 Alumnus Achievement Award – moved into the juror role, providing feedback to students in Architectural Design Studio IV. “I also enjoy critiquing the upperclassmen on their projects as a way to prepare them for the real world, “ he said. And that, he did. “Today, I realized I’m moving closer to graduation,” said Adam T. Knoebel, of Montoursville, a junior in building science and sustainable design. “Having Mike work with us was a wake-up call that I’m going to be putting these skills to work, in the workplace, very soon.” Daniel L. Brooks (second from right), instructor of architectural technology, coordinated the visit.
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Penn College Pride as Abundant as Sunshine for Homecoming ’15

A temporary ('though no-less-eye-catching) enhancement to the Penn College skyline

A gorgeous autumn weekend set the stage for a variety of Homecoming events – a year after the institution’s Centennial, but no less celebratory of “Our Proud Penn College Days.”

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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.”