News: Alumni

Alumnus Honored at Chamber Education Celebration

Roger D. Jarrett ('73, business management) is joined by Tammy M. Rich, alumni relations director (left), and Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement, at Thursday's Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Education Celebration.

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.

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Grab a Dose of Spring Before Exhibit Closes

A child's wonder takes root in a blanket of sunshine yellow.

A child’s wonder takes root in a blanket of sunshine yellow.

A captivated mind asks, "How DOES that garden grow?"

A captivated mind asks, “How DOES that garden grow?”

Mother-daughter smiles that could warm the harshest winter

Mother-daughter smiles that could warm the harshest winter

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 Named ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Caleb G. Schirmer

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.

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Alumnus Honored by State Association as ‘Outstanding Educator’

Joseph C. Luther

Joseph C. Luther

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

Prospective Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Employers to hold on-campus information sessions

Employers to hold on-campus information sessions

Three potential employers will hold information sessions at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for Penn College students and alumni. Representatives of Shipley Energy will be in Room 2054 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center, Subaru of America will be on hand in Room 133 of the Parkes Automotive Technology Center and recruiters for Independence Construction Materials will be in Room B2110 of the LEC. Free pizza and soda will be available at all three sessions. For details on the open positions and the applicable academic majors, consult the Career Services’ fliers: Information Sessions

Citing Flawed Analysis, Website Corrects Erroneous Crime Ranking

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.

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President Issues Message About Campus Safety

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour has responded to a recent online article about campus crime, meeting the “disturbing” and “terribly misleading” headline with accurate statistics, an administrative commitment to student and employee safety, and confidence in the Penn College Police department’s proactive enforcement efforts.

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Facebook Balloting Chooses 2015’s ‘Alumni Sweethearts’

Bradley T. and Janae B. Rydbom, married Sept. 20 in Strasburg, are this year's Penn College Alumni Sweethearts.

Bradley T. and Janae B. Rydbom, married Sept. 20 in Strasburg, are this year’s Penn College Alumni Sweethearts.

Congratulations to Bradley T. and Janae B. (Rohrer) Rydbom, selected as Penn College’s Alumni Sweethearts for 2015. Dozens of married graduates submitted their wedding photos to Alumni Relations on Facebook, with the winner determined by the number of “likes” received by the end of Valentine’s Day Eve. (The Rydboms gathered a total of 362!) Janae, a 2014 alumna of the two-year occupational therapy assistant major, and Brad, whose two diplomas include a 2012 bachelor’s degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology, will return for an overnight stay in The Victorian House and dinner in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Watch PCToday for more in advance of their trip back to campus.

Video Follows Faculty Member’s Preparation for ‘World Cup’ Finals

A new addition to Penn College’s YouTube Channel focuses on Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II, an instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, a finalist to represent the United States at the 2016 Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie (the “World Cup of Bread Baking”). He will compete in Rhode Island against two other talented chefs the first weekend in March to determine who will be Team USA’s breakfast pastry specialist during next year’s international event in Paris. While the competition brings distinction to Niedermyer and his colleagues in the School of Business & Hospitality, his preparation has proved inspirational for students. “I’ve been bringing in new flavors and new techniques to class,” the 2000 alumnus says. “It’s allowed me to be a good example to them about if you want to pursue something, you go for it. It’s in perfect harmony with class.”

Graphic Design Students, Alumni Win Advertising Accolades

The "Lucky Break Lanes" logo earned Brenna C. Richner, '14 graphic design, an Award of Distinction from American Graphic Design & Advertising's annual awards competition. The entry was also a finalist in the "Best of Category Award" for logos.

Four seniors enrolled in graphic design at Pennsylvania College of Technology and three graphic design alumni recently earned recognition in the American Graphic Design & Advertising awards, a national competition recognizing excellence in design by professionals and students.

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Art of ‘Collaboration’ Honors President’s Service

A close-up of a section of "Collaboration," created by Frederick T. Gilmour, a professional artist, former college employee and alumnus

A new sculpture visually honoring the art of collaboration and the service of Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour graces a wall in the Student & Administrative Services Center.

Created by Gilmour’s husband, Frederick T. Gilmour, a professional artist, retired college employee and alumnus, the 23-foot metal sculpture was recently installed on the third floor of the campus building, near the college’s executive offices.

“From an aesthetic standpoint, the piece represents collaboration and collegiality on the part of an administrative team,” Fred Gilmour said. “It embodies the give and take, the polishing and redirecting of ideas, and the willingness to explore numerous concepts to create a meaningful, cohesive outcome. The addition of color, texture and reflectivity allow for visual interest. They also are representative of the occasional divergent idea that seems not to ‘fit,’ but ultimately has great influence on the final result.”

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Admissions Rep Willingly Falls Under Theatrical ‘Spell’

Mark R. Capellazzi (front row, center) joins his castmates for an informal curtain call.

Mark R. Capellazzi (front row, center) joins his castmates for an informal curtain call.

Admissions representative Mark R. Capellazzi was among the audience volunteers invited to take part in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” which ended its two-week run at the Community Theatre League on Sunday. Recruited at Saturday night’s performance in the 100 W. Third St. venue, he and three other patrons bravely joined the cast on stage as Act I spellers in the musical comedy. Capellazzi (also a Penn College alumnus) proved to be a very good sport – making repeated trips to the microphone with increasingly difficult words, joining an impromptu dance number and, when eliminated from the competition, returning to his seat with a juice box as consolation. Colleague Sarah R. Shott snapped the souvenir photo during an after-show “meet and greet” with the CTL actors, who enthusiastically accommodated their “co-star.”

Penn College Cook to Compete in Regional Competition

Cody J. Miller, head cook in Penn College’s Capitol Eatery, was selected to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Region Culinary Challenge sponsored by the National Association of College & University Food Services.

A head cook in one of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s most popular dining venues was selected as one of 10 participants in the National Association of College & University Food Services Mid-Atlantic Region Culinary Challenge.

Cody J. Miller, a 2012 graduate of the college with a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and systems, will compete against chefs from college campuses across the region on March 8, during NACUFS’s Mid-Atlantic Region annual conference.

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It’s Safe to Say: IT Students Make Impression at Security Convention

Faculty members, alumni and students alike attend ShmooCon2015.

Faculty members, alumni and students alike attend ShmooCon2015.

A sizable Penn College contingent attended ShmooCon, the East Coast “hacker” convention, held Jan. 16-18 at the Washington (D.C.) Hilton. Three faculty members in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies – along with 11 graduates, 18 current students and a former student – were among those attending. The annual event covers such related topics as demonstrating technology exploitation, inventive software and hardware solutions to security issues, and provides for open discussions of critical information security issues. Two information technology: information assurance and security concentration majors, David M. Mossop, of Newark, Delaware, and Joseph M. Eak, of Bayville, New Jersey, attended on merit-based “Shmooze a Student” scholarships that paid their $150 registration fee and gave them $200 each to offset travel and meal costs. Students attended presentations and Fire Talks (15-minute presentations that challenge speakers to dive into the core of their content in a more relaxed environment than the traditional 30- to 90-minute conference format), explored Lockpick Village and teamed with professional hackers for the Hack Fortress competition. Each team comprises members playing Team Fortress 2 and members solving hacking challenges. Both gamers and hackers can contribute to the overall score of the team: Hackers can earn points for the gamers to purchase “equipment” in the game and gamers can find clues to assist hackers in solving the puzzles. The Penn College team, which won that event at ShmooCon 2014, placed second this year. Students had the opportunity to speak with the many vendors in attendance about job opportunities, and many submitted resumes for internships and permanent positions.
Photo provided by Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer information technology

Well-‘Liked’ Wedding Photos to Determine This Year’s ‘Alumni Sweethearts’

Penn College's "Alumni Sweethearts" of 2014 – Joshua A. and Aurora D. (DiRocco) Bonner – on their June 7, 2008, wedding day.

Penn College’s “Alumni Sweethearts” of 2014 – Joshua A. and Aurora D. (DiRocco) Bonner – on their June 7, 2008, wedding day.

The 2015 Penn College Alumni Sweetheart Contest is underway! More than three-dozen graduate couples submitted wedding photos, and the voting has begun. The photo with the most “likes” via Penn College Alumni Relations on Facebook will win dinner for two in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and an overnight stay in The Victorian House. Sweetheart entries shared on Alumni Relations’ wall were compiled into a photo gallery, gathering “likes” from friends until 11:59 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Despite that superstitious lead-in, there’s nothing but good luck afoot: The contest winner will be announced the following day … on Valentine’s Day! (Last year’s winners, from the Class of 2003, are pictured at left.)

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