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Prospective Employers to Meet With Students, Alumni

Hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of job possibilities, four employers will visit campus in the coming week. Radius Systems will hold an information session at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Room 112 of the Carl Building Technologies Center, and representatives of John Deere will meet twice that day with interested applicants in College Avenue Labs – at 11 a.m. in Room 104 and at 3:30 p.m. in Room 107. Albright Care Services will hold a Nursing Recruitment Day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center atrium, and Ring Container recruiters will be on hand at at 3:30 that afternoon in CAL, Room 107. (Two of the employers will hold interviews in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center: John Deere (on Wednesday, Oct. 26) and Ring Container (on Friday, Oct. 28). For details, including available positions and applicable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Employers on Campus

Alumni Augment Time-Tested Credibility of College’s Career Fair

Construction management student Tamara D. Altom, of Williamsport, visits the Gilbane Building Co. table. Representing the Baltimore-based company are Ryan P. Becker (left) and Kyle J. Williams, both alumni of the college's School of Construction & Design Technologies.

More than 235 employers, whose representatives included hundreds of Penn College graduates, attended Tuesday’s Career Fair in Bardo Gym and the Field House.

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Restoration Majors Mentor Tomorrow’s Automotive Artisans

Di Liberto captivates his audience ...

... and Von Zwehl coaches a potential successor during an AACA youth program in Hershey.

Behind the wheel and on top of the world

Members of the Penn College Classic Cruisers club and students in the college’s automotive restoration technology major traveled to Hershey last weekend to proudly represent their school and again help the Hershey chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America with its youth event. Honoring this year’s racing theme for the program, which was held during the AACA Eastern Regional Fall Meet, the college took along a donated Formula Ford Continental Series racer and a former mini-Indy stock car. The youth program was run by Penn College students Anthony D. Di Liberto, of New Milford, New Jersey;  Luke C. Miller, of Grasonville, Maryland; Andrew B. Moyer, of Hughesville; Preston T. Rose, of Berryville, Virginia; and Dillon K. Von Zwehl, of Mahweh, New Jersey. They expertly guided the youngsters through disassembly of the mini-Indy car so that the restored go-kart can be reassembled next year. Members and alumni prepared video for the club’s Facebook page, demonstrating a virtual paint simulator and other tools of their craft; also participating in Hershey events were Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and faculty members Roy H. Klinger and Chad H. Rudloff.
Photos by Rose, an automotive restoration technology major

Design Code

 Tom Giannattasio, ’06, translates ideas to pixels in a WeWork space in Washington, D.C. He is product manager for InVision, working with the likes of Adobe, Twitter, LinkedIn and Uber.

Giannattasio's Macaw app bridges the designer-developer gap.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: Graphic design grad Tom Giannattasio’s innovative design/development tool catches the attention of Google, Adobe and InVision, which bought the software. Read “Design Code.”

Penn College/WVIA Documentary Explores Green Career Options

“When you’re in high school, and you’re thinking about a career, you could think about what’s just going to make you a lot of money, or you could think about something that you’re going to be happy doing for the rest of your life.”

This advice, from a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate working at one of the world’s great gardens, is offered in “Working Class: Build & Grow Green,” an hourlong documentary premiering Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. on WVIA Public Media.

The second episode of a Telly Award-winning series produced by Penn College and WVIA, “Working Class: Build & Grow Green” invites viewers to consider a wide range of options available to those who are considering “green” careers, which support wise use of natural resources.

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Scholarship Awarded During Farm Reps’ Informational Visit

Chef Paul Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, initiates a sausage-related straw poll.

Joe Moore, territory sales representative for Jones Dairy Farm, and Kate Hunter, ’00, a food broker for Peak Sales & Marketing, talk encouragingly with students about the many directions their careers can take.

From left, Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation; Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Scholarship recipient Robert E. Wood; Joe Moore, territory sales manager for Jones Dairy Farm; Kate Hunter, manager for Peak Sales & Marketing; and Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts and culinary arts and hospitality department head.

Representatives of Jones Dairy Farm, a 127-year-old family-owned-and-operated leader in all-natural breakfast sausage, visited campus Thursday to provide an educational session to students in hospitality-related majors and to recognize the 2016-17 recipient of the Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Scholarship, established by the company for Penn College students. The scholarship was awarded to Robert E. Wood, of Williamsport. Wood is a senior in the culinary arts and systems major and was selected for his active involvement in hospitality department events, many of which call for volunteers. During their visit, Joe Moore, territory sales manager for Jones Dairy Farm, and Kate Hunter, a food broker for Peak Sales & Marketing who earned degrees from Penn College in culinary arts technology and food and hospitality management in 2000, talked with students about the wide variety of food industry careers to which their degrees could lead. They also provided a sausage tasting and educated students about quality considerations in the making of sausage products.

Homecoming & Family Weekend Showered With Sweet Memories

Anthony J. Pace (right), the college's new director of student activities, with student leaders Alexandra M. Lehman and Nicholas V. Walker, and a phenomenal feline VIP.

Mother Nature was among the parents in town for Penn College’s first Homecoming & Family Weekend, bringing persistent rain but failing to deter attendees from enjoying a full schedule of activities centered around “Our Proud Penn College Days.” The turbulent weather prompted relocation of a number of those events, but the celebration – the first-ever melding of two formerly separate observances – went off with nary a hitch. Among the weekend offerings were a four-day carnival; dessert receptions in each of the college’s six academic schools; soccer matches; the Athletic Hall of Fame induction and banquet; an alumni golf outing; guided tours of campus and historic Williamsport; a tailgating lunch with President Davie Jane Gilmour; and an Oktoberfest that included a reunion of past student ambassadors, Student Government Association members and orientation leaders.

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Penn College Dedicates Technology-Driven Dental Hygiene Facility

Abigail S. Way, of Montoursville, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, reviews features of new workstations in Penn College’s renovated Dental Hygiene Clinic with Dr. John Hayes and Dr. Sharon Hayes, who have served as supervising dentists for the clinic.

Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted a dedication ceremony on Sept. 29 to celebrate its renovated Dental Hygiene Clinic.

The clinic is the hub for hands-on learning in the college’s dental hygiene majors and provides low-cost dental care for the community.

“Having the joy of ‘living through’ three dental hygiene clinics on this campus is quite a milestone,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “I am so proud of this new and improved facility. ‘State-of-the-art’ does not do it justice. It’s beautiful, functional and technology-driven – a great addition to our campus.”

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Culinary Grad Wins National Competition

Paul “PJ” Lemoncelli, who earned a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts technology from Penn College in 2006, was named the Best In-Flight Executive Chef of 2016 during the International Flight Services Association’s annual chefs competition. Four competing chefs were tasked with preparing an appetizer and entrée in 30 minutes, using five required ingredients. Lemoncelli is an executive chef at the Moosic location for Preferred Meals. Preferred Meals provides nutritious meals to schools and senior citizen facilities, as well as airlines, military, health care, private-label and co-packing businesses.

Setting the Stage for Making Memories

General Services' Gary T. Pandolfi, refrigeration, heating and plumbing mechanic, is assisted by Emily K. Helmus, an applied management major from Middletown, and Austin R. Ayars, of Easton, enrolled in business administration: banking and finance concentration. Both are members of the Student Government Association executive board.

The waters of the Veterans' Fountain adopt a Wildcat Blue tint for Homecoming & Family Weekend.

Adorned with lyrics from the college alma mater, a landmark stands ready for weekend photo ops.

Preparations for Homecoming & Family Weekend at Penn College include the traditional dyeing of the Veterans’ Fountain by General Services and student helpers and the painting of the campus rock by Todd Moore, student affairs marketing specialist.
First two photos by Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities

From Grad to Employee, Passionate Pride Prevails

Elizabeth A. Biddle – who holds a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology and an associate degree in plastics and polymer technology from Penn College – proudly serves her alma mater as director of corporate relations. In a two-minute video prepared by Guggenheim Productions, she displays her ongoing passion for the college and the vast opportunities it provides for today’s students. “What we do here at Penn College is so special and so unique and so powerful,” Biddle tells student interviewer Ryan Monteleone. “And I want to be a part of that 1,000 percent every single day.”

Board Member, Alumna Establish Penn College Scholarship

From left, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, Mary Ann and Steve Johnson.

A member of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors and his wife, an alumna of the legal assistant/paralegal studies program, have established a fully endowed scholarship at the college.

The Steve and Mary Ann Johnson Scholarship will benefit students who are enrolled full time; have served in the U.S. military, are on active duty, are enlisted in the Reserves or National Guard, or are dependents of a veteran who was 75-percent disabled or died because of their service; have an academic standing of sophomore or greater; and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

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The Whole Picture

Cindy Spinello, '84. Photo courtesy of John Gardner, The Lewisburg Studio

Backed by her husband, Greg, right, and former Gov. Tom Corbett, Spinello speaks at the signing of the Pennsylvania Breast Density Notification Act.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: Reeling from a late-stage breast cancer diagnosis, Cindy Spinello, ’84, pushed for legislation that could prevent the same outcome for others. Read “The Whole Picture.”

Phonathon Connects Students With Those Who Came Before

Building relationships on common ground

Nine student development assistants are in the midst of a Penn College phonathon – calling alumni to learn about life after graduation, filling them in on the latest campus happenings and asking for support.

“My goal is to educate and engage current students in the importance and impact of philanthropy at Penn College,” said Becky J. Shaner, manager of alumni and student engagement. “The phonathon gives student callers insight into the impact that alumni generosity has for students like them, while providing the opportunity to develop their communication skills and network with alumni.”

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Thriving Software Designer Found Life’s Purpose at Penn College

Tom Giannattasio has been fascinated with design since childhood, an interest led him to a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Penn College. After graduating in 2006, he worked as a software designer for the likes of Apple and Twitter before creating his own web-design tool, Macaw. Today, Giannattasio is director of product, design tools at InVision App in Washington, D.C. As his career continues to flourish, he remains “extremely thankful” for his education. As he says in a video posted to the college’s YouTube channel, “It filled a piece of my life that I needed before I could go out and actually succeed in the real world.” (Giannattasio’s story is also featured in the Fall 2016 issue of Penn College Magazine.)