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Penn College Appoints Alumni Relations Director

Kimberly R. Cassel

Kimberly R. Cassel has been named director of alumni relations at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Cassel had been director of student activities at Penn College since 2008. She began her employment with the college in 2004 as assistant director of student development. She was appointed associate director of student activities for Greek life and leadership in 2007.

Previously, Cassel was assistant director of campus activities and programs at Bucknell University from 2002-04.

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Penn College’s Summer 2016 Graduates Listed

The roster of graduates for the Summer 2016 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been issued.

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2016 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2016

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Athletics Department has announced its 2016 Hall of Fame class: Greg Solyak, 2011, men’s basketball; Tamara Pavlov, ’11, women’s cross-country; Craig Flint, ’09, men’s basketball/golf; and Bambi Hawkins, women’s volleyball coach.

The inductees will enter the Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 30, in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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Summer ’16 Grads Relish Their Day in the Sun

Pearls of wisdom and a wide smile are worn by surgical technology grad Kelly L. Jones.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement on Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Hashim Abbas Alfulful, of Saudi Arabia, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. ceremony. More than 200 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Steven P. Johnson, a member of the Penn College Board of Directors. During the ceremony, Penn College also presented an Alumni Achievement Award to Megan E. Wright, a 2012 graduate of the college’s physician assistant program.

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Physician Assistant Honored With Alumni Achievement Award

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour (left) presents the Alumni Achievement Award to Megan E. Wright, of Hummelstown.

A physician assistant at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center received the Alumni Achievement Award at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Summer 2016 commencement ceremonies, held Aug. 6 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

Megan E. Wright, a 2012 graduate of the college’s physician assistant program, is employed as a physician assistant in Hershey’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation department. She’s been engaged in an effort to establish a new consult service for the department and also serves on the Advanced Practice Council, which represents more than 300 physician assistants and nurse practitioners throughout the Penn State Hershey Health system.

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Landscape Alumnus Gives Back for Those Who Gave All

Jeremy L. Thorne at Arlington National Cemetery

An honors graduate of Penn College’s two-year landscape/horticulture technology major was among more than 400 volunteer landscape professionals taking part in Monday’s 20th anniversary Renewal & Remembrance day of service arranged by the National Association of Landscape Professionals at Arlington National Cemetery. It was the third straight year of participation for Jeremy L. Thorne, who graduated in May 2013 with degrees in the landscape technology and plant production emphases of what was then called “ornamental horticulture.” “This was my third year in a row going and I plan to go every year. It’s a great experience and a great opportunity to serve those who have served our country so that the families may find comfort when visiting their loved ones,” said Thorne, owner/president of ThorneCare Landscape Services, LLC, in Lewisburg and Sugarloaf. “The (NALP) is a special group of people who give of their time in peak season to give back. It’s an honor to work at Arlington National Cemetery each year to help beautify the sacred grounds.”
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Penn College Graduate Designs Logo for City’s 150th Anniversary

Zachary G. Bird

Williamsport is marking its sesquicentennial this year, and a 150th anniversary logo designed by a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate is part of the celebrations.

Zachary G. Bird, of South Williamsport, who graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science in graphic design, combined modern design sensibilities with historical elements to create the logo. Featuring a two-man crosscut saw and the outline of a baseball home plate, the symbol pays homage to Williamsport’s heritage as the “Lumber Capital of the World” in the late 19th century and as the birthplace of Little League Baseball.

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Future Bakers, Set Your Mind on 1 Degree for 60 Seconds

A “Your Class in 60 Seconds” video added to the Penn College YouTube channel visits the Advanced Baking & Pastry Operations class, which instills such principles including menu planning, creating and selling products and bakery operation. From conception to final patisserie sale, students receive a tremendous hands-on education throughout the course.  “You’ll come to class with your plans for the day and your strong work ethic,” says Victoria L. Kostecki, who holds Penn College degrees in baking and pastry arts (2014) and applied management (2016). “Writing the menu is a combination of baking and pastry methodology, dynamic communication skills and teamwork. Once the menu has been developed, you work to create the items you plan to sell.”

Graphic Design Alumnus Earns Silver Awards in District Contest

Zachary G. Bird

Zachary G. Bird, of South Williamsport, won two silver awards in the Student American Advertising Awards District 2 competition, held recently in New York City.

Bird graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design.

His “Bijou Theatre Arts & Events Guide” in the special event materials category and his “Is College Tuition Really Too High?” magazine feature were the two designs honored at the district level. Both designs had captured gold awards in the regional competition hosted by the American Advertising Federation Northeast Pennsylvania, making them eligible to move on to the district contest.

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European Trip Blends Sustainability, Antiquity

Pride among the ruins

Enjoying a cross-cultural experience

Thirty-nine students from the ACH 270 (European Sustainable Building, Historical Architecture and Art) class joined two faculty members on a recent nine-day, four-city educational tour of Italy. The students – accompanied on their May 18-26 adventure by Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor of architectural technology, and Daniel L. Brooks, instructor of architectural technology – visited Venice, Vicenza, Florence and Rome. “As an HVAC graduate, I enjoyed the opportunity to see how another culture views heating and cooling,” said Bradley G. Willis, who earned a bachelor’s degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design in May. “For example, while in Italy, I learned cooling set points of 78-80 (degrees Fahrenheit) are acceptable where the U.S. has a preference for the 70-72F range. This experience allowed me have a broader view of the advancement of HVAC systems, as well as cultural differences that affect our global industry.” Another new alumnus, Timothy S. Shook, offered a similar endorsement of the study-abroad program. “Being able to see the ancient buildings in person, after studying them at Penn College, created an unforgettable experience for me,” said the graduate in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration. “An experience including learning, visualizing and fun that will stay with me forever.”
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Student Redesigns Surgical Instrument

Penn College’s Elizabeth A. Snedeker is on her way to becoming a biomedical engineer. The industrial design major devoted her senior project to redesigning a common, yet troublesome surgical instrument used for partial-knee replacements. Her design has impressed a prominent orthopedic surgeon, as well as the maker of the current extractor tool. “It was astounding to know that I had this opportunity and maybe I could do something with it,” said Snedeker, who graduated May 14 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and human factors design. “Realistically, what I would like to do at the end of this is to have my design and have surgeons using my tool in order to make it more effective and efficient.”

Spring 2016 Dean’s List Compiled

The dean’s list for the Spring 2016 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been issued.

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Penn College Releases List of Spring 2016 Graduates

The roster of Spring 2016 graduates from Pennsylvania College of Technology has been issued by the Registrar’s Office.

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Faculty Member, Family Serve Community Dinner

Barbara K. Emert-Strouse (right), and her family, including May culinary arts and systems graduate Scott L. Neff (with hat), join forces in the kitchen of Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport to serve a free meal to the community.

Barbara K. Emert-Strouse, assistant professor of dental hygiene, was joined by her family, including Scott L. Neff, a May culinary arts and systems graduate, in serving a free dinner for the community recently at Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport. The “Pay It Forward” dinner began as a class project for students in the college’s Community Dental Health course and has evolved into a volunteer project for second-year dental hygiene students and Emert-Strouse’s family. The church offers a free meal for the community on the first Saturday of each month, and Emert-Strouse and her family provided the groceries and the manpower to prepare and serve the May edition.
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Penn College Graduates Commissioned in ROTC Ceremony

From left, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, Daniel G. Curtin, of Berwick; Craig W. Robbins, of Newton, New Jersey; Daniel H. Pulinski, of Penfield, New York; Kyle A. Csorba; of Trenton, New Jersey; and Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost.

Four new Pennsylvania College of Technology graduates experienced a second milestone during the college’s commencement weekend: commissioning as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Kyle A. Csorba, of Trenton, New Jersey; Daniel G. Curtin, of Berwick; Daniel H. Pulinski, of Penfield, New York; and Craig W. Robbins, of Newton, New Jersey, received the honor during an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps ceremony at Bucknell University.

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