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College Hosts Reunions for WACC, Welding, Construction, Tutors
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As part of its Oct. 10-12 Centennial Homecoming, Pennsylvania College of Technology will host four reunions, each inviting alumni to share their memories and revel in the weekend’s theme: “Then … Now … Forever Proud.”

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Loss and Legacy: Honoring the Dedication, Respect and Devotion of a Son and Employee

Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07

Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07

The family and employer of the late Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07, gather in front of Penn College’s Donor Wall to commemorate Amerikohl Mining’s $1 million scholarship donation in Kanouff’s memory.

The family and employer of the late Steelyn G. Kanouff, ’07, gather in front of Penn College’s Donor Wall to commemorate Amerikohl Mining’s $1 million scholarship donation in Kanouff’s memory.

The scholarship’s first recipient, Forrest S. Martin, hugs Kanouff’s mother, Ramona.

The scholarship’s first recipient, Forrest S. Martin, hugs Kanouff’s mother, Ramona.

From the Fall 2014 One College Avenue: Alumnus Steelyn G. Kanouff’s employer and family – and the recipient of a scholarship in his name – strive to honor the memory of the 28-year-old who died last year. Read the full story.

Penn College Homecoming Offers Full Slate of Activities

Themed “Then … Now … Forever Proud,” Centennial Homecoming at Pennsylvania College of Technology invites alumni back to their alma mater Oct. 10-12.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of education on Penn College’s campus. In November 1914, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette reported that 15,000 people attended a three-day celebration to mark the dedication of the city’s new high school building – now Penn College’s Klump Academic Center.

The community is again invited to join the celebration: a three-day Homecoming Carnival on the Madigan Library lawn near the main entrance. The carnival opens Friday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m.

From adult education classes held in the new high school’s shops grew Williamsport Technical Institute, which became Williamsport Area Community College and, 25 years ago, Pennsylvania College of Technology, a special mission affiliate of Penn State.

From those roots, a culture of statewide and national leadership in applied technology education and workforce development has blossomed. Homecoming provides an opportunity for alumni and students alike to reminisce on their place in the college’s rich history – and to join with students in ongoing traditions.

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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 →

Wednesday Tie-Dyeing Event Aids ‘Pink Out’ Prep

Rebecca J. Sisson, a pre-nursing  major from Nottingham (and a member of the Wildcat Dance Team) effects a spiral design with a fork.

Rebecca J. Sisson, a pre-nursing major from Nottingham (and a member of the Wildcat Dance Team) effects a spiral design with a fork.

A few squirts of the color du jour

A few squirts of the color du jour

Hands busily ply the tie-dyers' craft.

Hands busily ply the tie-dyers’ craft.

Raising awareness, dunk after dunk

Raising awareness, dunk after dunk

Shawn Bradley, assistant women's volleyball coach and a 2013 Penn College alumnus, adds his hands-on expertise.

Shawn Bradley, assistant women’s volleyball coach and a 2013 Penn College alumnus, adds his hands-on expertise.

Those in need of fitting attire for the “Pink Out” women’s volleyball game later this month found their solution Wednesday behind the Field House, where white T-shirts were tie-dyed pink in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Penn College community is encouraged to wear pink shirts – or hoodies or sweaters or headbands or whatever! – to Bardo Gym for a home contest against Penn State Berks, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. There will be free pink popcorn at the volleyball match, sponsored by the Off-Campus Housing Organization and Penn College Athletics, and a $50 Sheetz gift card will be awarded to the “pinkest” person in attendance. Information about breast cancer will be available and donations to the Making Strides Foundation will be accepted.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Employers Schedule On-Campus Information Sessions

Employers schedule recruitment visits

Employers schedule recruitment visits

Two employers, hoping to fill positions in a variety of academic majors, will hold informational meetings at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for Penn College students and alumni. Fluor representatives will be on hand in Room 104 of College Avenue Labs at that time, and will schedule interviews to be conducted the following day in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center. Eaton will hold its session in CC, Room 205. Free pizza and soda will be available at both sessions. For details, including available positions and majors of interest, consult the flier: Employer Sessions

Flu Shots Available Through College Health Services Starting Oct. 2

Beginning Oct. 2, Penn College Health Services will administer flu shots to faculty, staff, students, dependents (9 and older), spouses, retirees and alumni in Room 150 of the Bush Campus Center from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. No appointment is necessary during those hours; the cost of the vaccine is $15. Payment will be accepted in cash, check (made payable to Penn College) or credit card. The only medical reason why someone should not receive the flu vaccine is an allergy to eggs, neomycin or polymixin, or a previous life-threatening reaction to an influenza vaccine, Health Services noted.

Hundreds Enjoy ‘Parent & Family Weekend’ Festivities

Kyani L. Lawrence (center), a first-year pre-nursing major from New Rochelle, New York, who also served as a Connections Link this summer, poses with her family in Wrapture.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s three-day Parent & Family Weekend, in which hundreds of participants joined with their favorite students to help celebrate the institution’s Centennial, offered a packed calendar of activities that included informal access to the president and senior administration, entertainment, food, games, tours and a popular “mocktail” competition.

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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 →

Equipment Rodeo, Presentations Showcase State’s Energy Producers

Welding students Daniel J. Peppernick, left, of Spring Run (welding and fabrication engineering technology) and Teague W. Ohl, of Cogan Station (welding technology) help visitors to use a virtual reality welding simulator.

Welding students Daniel J. Peppernick, left, of Spring Run (welding and fabrication engineering technology) and Teague W. Ohl, of Cogan Station (welding technology) help visitors to use a virtual reality welding simulator.

Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant and instructor, talks with a visitor.

Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant and instructor, talks with a visitor.

Joseph P. Hanstine, of Lakewood, maneuvers the bucket under a PVC cage to pull a sled without knocking either the soccer ball from the sled or the tennis balls from the cage.

Joseph P. Hanstine, of Lakewood, maneuvers the bucket under a PVC cage to pull a sled without knocking either the soccer ball from the sled or the tennis balls from the cage.

Sheldon N. Smith, of Harleysville, carefully places a pipe.

Sheldon N. Smith, of Harleysville, carefully places a pipe.

August graduate Ashley M. Baker, of Coudersport, plucks a soccer ball from its perch on a traffic cone.

August graduate Ashley M. Baker, of Coudersport, plucks a soccer ball from its perch on a traffic cone.

Penn College was among participants in Saturday’s PA Energy Games at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds. The event featured educational exhibits, a heavy equipment rodeo, panel discussions and musical performances. The college was well-represented at Hughesville, with three student teams enrolled in heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis competing in a heavy equipment rodeo with industry representatives. In addition, David C. Pistner, director of energy initiatives for the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education, moderated a question-and-answer session on Education & Training. In the exhibit hall, Penn College employees and students staffed a busy booth with information about the college’s ShaleNET initiatives and its welding; heating, ventilation & air conditioning; and building sciences majors.

One-Time Bonus Payment Available to State’s Persian Gulf Veterans

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs reminds Pennsylvania veterans that they have until next Aug. 31 to apply for a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice if they served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990-Aug. 31, 1991. To apply, visit the department’s Persian Gulf Veterans Bonus website.

Prospective Employer to Recruit on Campus

Acero Precision

Acero Precision

Representatives of Acero Precision will hold an information session with Penn College students and alumni at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Room 155 of College Avenue Labs. For more details, including available positions and desirable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Acero Precision

Inside and Out, Events Offer Student Options as Ample as Day’s Sunshine

Sun, shade and dozens of chances to get involved: There's something for nearly everyone at Fall Fiesta!

Penn College students seeking paying jobs and personal enrichment found a varied menu at the ninth annual Fall FIESTA (Friends, Involvement, Employment and Socializing on a Tuesday Afternoon) and the corresponding Part-Time Job Fair, at which employers and nonprofits alike served up a smorgasbord of spare-time opportunities. The events, co-sponsored by Student Activities and Career Services, were held from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday on the mall outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and the nearby Thompson Professional Development Center.

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From Student Design to Employee Application, ‘It’s a Wrap’

A former FedEx Express 727 cargo plane has been repainted and wrapped with a design appropriately reflecting Pennsylvania College of Technology's innovation and technology.

In an impressive reversal of tradition – the custom of unwrapping a present before showing it to others – Pennsylvania College of Technology has actually enhanced a gift’s value by covering it.

A Boeing 727 airplane, donated to Penn College in March 2012 after being retired from FedEx Express cargo service, was recently (and attractively) sheathed in vinyl in a project that began with a graphic-design class and eventually involved several academic schools and college employees.

Adding to its primary role as a real-world training tool for students at the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville, the institution’s largest single corporate donation now doubles as its biggest billboard. The repurposed plane greets visitors to the Williamsport Regional Airport, including those who will attend the college’s Open House on Sunday, Oct. 26.

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Academic Mentors Provide Resource for Student Success

Joshua I. Bobenrieth, a recent electronics and computer engineering technology graduate from Port Allegany, meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

For a first-year college student, stepping onto a new campus and beginning classes can be overwhelming. For a returning student, an unsuccessful first semester can add a lot of pressure, especially if the student is not certain how to avoid making the same mistakes.

At Pennsylvania College of Technology, an academic mentoring program is designed to help those students.

Joshua I. Bobenrieth, of Port Allegany, graduated in May with a degree in electronics and computer engineering technology, a faculty award and a plan to continue his education in aerospace engineering. But in his first semester, he was anything but confident.

“I was having a hard time adjusting to college life,” he said. “After a few weeks, I was stressed and needed help, so I asked my instructor and was directed to the mentor program.”

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Attendance at National Aviation Event to Be Discussed by Faculty, Alumnus

William F. Stepp III

William F. Stepp III

The campus community is invited to a President’s Forum presentation at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday by William F. Stepp III, associate professor of aviation, who will highlight his Heli-Expo experience in Anaheim, Calif., and share information on the industry. Andrew L. Stamey, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance technology – and one of two student attendees at the conference – will add his insights during the presentation in Room W204 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. Attendance at the February conference allowed Stepp to participate in meetings of the Helicopter Association’s International Technical Committee, of which he is a member. The experience yielded two scholarships for student attendees (Stamey and Marc T. Kaylor, another May graduate), teaching materials for the aviation department, contacts for student internships and/or employment, as well as sources of additional equipment donations. Stepp is the first awardee from the Strategic Initiative Fund, created by President Davie Jane Gilmour to increase the college’s presence at the national level via presentations and/or leadership within national associations. Interested faculty and staff can learn more about the fund through the president’s page on the myPCT Web portal.

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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