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Penn College Spring Commencement Set for May 13-14

Penn College will hold three commencement ceremonies at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport on May 13-14 for the nearly 1,000 students who have petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2016 semester.

Commencement will be held May 13-14 for the nearly 1,000 students who have petitioned to graduate following the spring semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Three ceremonies will be offered at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with more than 800 students expected to march.

At 3 p.m. on Friday, May 13, a ceremony will be held for students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications.

On Saturday, May 14, there are two ceremonies scheduled. At 10 a.m., students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences will receive their degrees. At 1:30 p.m., a ceremony will be offered for students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

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Cooking Low and Slow in Billtown

George E. Logue III, '10, has found his home as chef/owner of Acme Barbecue & Catering Co. in downtown Williamsport.

From the Spring 2016 One College Avenue magazine: A calm demeanor and appreciation for life are part of the recipe at a culinary arts alumnus’s popular restaurant in downtown Williamsport. Bonus: Get the recipe for Acme Barbecue’s “Baked Pit Beans.” Read “Cooking Low and Slow in Billtown.”

WTI Alumni Swap Stories, Make New Memories at 16th Reunion

Charles O’Connor, ’51, electrical, peruses college history publications with Robb C. Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

Fifty graduates of Williamsport Technical Institute, a Penn College predecessor that existed under that name from 1941-65, returned Friday for the 16th annual WTI reunion. While on campus, they reminisced with one another, evoking the people and places of the college’s past. With youthful exuberance, they recalled dinners at Danny’s Diner, quotes from favorite instructors and moves to buildings around the community as course offerings evolved. They also heard presentations from students Cortney L. Weaver, a dental hygiene student from Williamsport, and Erik G. Knecht, a manufacturing engineering technology student from Cranesville, who shared information about their academic majors, and student-veterans Cody R. Harriman, an emergency management technology student from Muncy Valley, and Bradly Lantz, a pre-physician assistant student from Cogan Station, who talked with the group about the Penn College experience for veterans. Following a Le Jeune Chef lunch, Emily K. Lutz, an applied management student and hospitality management graduate, guided the group on a tour of the hospitality department’s labs.

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Graphic Design Alumni Return to Campus to Share Insights

Graphic design graduates (from left) Erin M. Schlesinger, Madison M. Miller, Kyle R. Taylor and Michael A. Siemianowski share their insights with current students in a recent alumni panel.

Four graduates of the graphic design major at Pennsylvania College of Technology returned to campus recently to share their insights with current students.

The alumni panel discussion was sponsored by Penn College’s student chapter of AIGA, a professional association for design.

The alumni who served on the panel are: Madison M. Miller, ’14, graphic designer at Weis Markets, Sunbury; Erin M. Schlesinger, ’14, graphic designer for Burson-Marsteller in Washington, D.C.; Michael A. Siemianowski, ’13, art director at Chemistry Communications, Pittsburgh; and Kyle R. Taylor, ’13, graphic and web designer for Blackboard Inc. in State College.

“This is a great way for current students to see the end result of their education,” said Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design and adviser to the student AIGA chapter. “These alums, who are only a few years out of college, are doing amazing work and are becoming leaders in their field.”

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Near-Grads Find One-Stop Convenience at Outdoor ‘Finale’

A long line forms even before the start of Grad Finale. First and second in line (at right) are building automation technology seniors and Campus View Resident Assistants Cody A. Forke, of Gilbertsville, and Christopher J. Morrin, of Morrisville. Forke has a degree in electrical technology (’14) and Morrin graduated from heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology in 2015.

A new item available in The College Store: a "Penn College Grad” baseball cap with "2016" on the back!

Nathaniel E. Brown, a business administration: management concentration senior from Philadelphia, diligently fills out a poster overflowing with thanks to his many supporters.

Warding off the morning chill by the Bush Campus Center fire pit is Hamad H. Almarri, a student from Saudi Arabia anticipating his degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology.

A mother-and-son graduating duo from Williamsport: Adam M. Bailey, information technology: web applications development concentration, and Wendy J. Gee, health information technology, start their celebrations early!

Soon-to-depart students with questions about commencement and postgraduate life – everything from the life span of student email to tickets for their big day to student loans – checked off their to-do list at Tuesday’s Grad Finale on the Bush Campus Center patio. Staff from Alumni Relations, Career Services, Financial Aid, Registrar, The College Store and Workforce Development & Continuing Education were available for the convenience of petitioned students, who could pick up commencement tickets, purchase caps and gowns, and learn more about alumni benefits at one handy location.

Silent Auction to Benefit College’s Student Leadership Scholarship

SGA Silent Auction back for seventh year

The Student Government Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host its seventh annual Silent Auction on Friday, April 29, to benefit the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship Fund.

The auction will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the first floor of Madigan Library. All proceeds from the event – which is open to the public – will go directly toward increasing the endowment of the fund, which currently awards two $1,000 scholarships annually to students who play leadership roles at the college.

“The Student Government Association’s Silent Auction is a collaborative effort between the organization and the Penn College community. This great event helps to benefit student leaders who consistently give back to our institution,” said Anthony J. Pace, assistant director of student activities for student organizations and orientation. “SGA members work tirelessly to plan, organize and implement a successful auction each year. I have no doubt that this year’s auction will be the best yet!”

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Subaru Magazine Features ’07 Automotive Grad

James S. Riedel

Personal vehicle upgraded with professional know-how

James S. Riedel, a 2007 graduate of Penn College’s automotive technology management major, is featured in the latest issue of Subaru’s Drive Performance magazine for his 2006 WRX STI. “At first glance, (he) does not seem like the type to create a monster vehicle capable of flinging him around a racetrack,” the article notes of Riedel, technical training development manager at Subaru of America. “A self-described closet nerd with an affable demeanor, hipster-issue beard, and undercut hair style, you might assume he uses a fixed-gear bicycle as his primary mode of transport. But this couldn’t be further from the truth …” Riedel was a two-term president of the college’s Student Government Association during his Penn College tenure, and was instrumental in establishing the Student Legacy Leadership Scholarship Fund.

Scholarship Established in Memory of Joseph E. Logue

Joseph E. Logue

An alumnus of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s predecessor institution will be memorialized through an endowed scholarship established by his mother.

The Joseph E. Logue Memorial Scholarship, initiated by Elizabeth Stark Logue, will benefit students who are enrolled full time in the college’s four-year manufacturing engineering technology major or the two-year majors of automated manufacturing technology or machine tool technology. Logue, who died in May 2015, was a 1983 graduate of Williamsport Area Community College’s machinist general program.

“Joe really enjoyed his college classes and never complained like he did when he was in high school, especially about his homework,” his mother said. “He learned a lot in college because he really enjoyed his trade.”

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Annual Reception Honors Institution’s Indispensable Donors

Nicholas J. Ensig of Control Solutions Group Inc., snaps a shot of his company’s Heritage Society plate. Ensig is a 2005 graduate of Penn College's four-year building automation technology major. He also holds a certificate in plumbing and an associate degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology (both 2003).

President Gilmour welcomes the crowd along with Debra M. Miller (right), vice president for institutional advancement, ready to present tokens of appreciation.

Jere Knisely, with SECO Tools LLC, accepts his company’s Heritage Society recognition.

Always stepping up to the plate – and moving up to the Visionary Society level on Tuesday – is the Cunningham family. From left: Mark, Denise, Marsha, Mike, Carol, Jim and Don.

Ryan and Katie Flood from Highway Equipment and Supply Co. make their way through the various food stations, ably staffed by hospitality students.

Personal and corporate support from Penn College’s friends – contributions that provide scholarships, hands-on equipment and other benefits to students – were acknowledged Tuesday evening in a 12th annual reception in the Student & Administrative Services Center. College President Davie Jane Gilmour recognized those whose names were newly added to the Donor Wall in the building lobby, as well as those whose continuing generosity lifted them to a new level of giving.

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For 25 Years, One College Avenue’s Had It ‘Covered’

One College Avenue's Winter 1994-95 cover, featuring Maureen A. Beckert, '94

Maureen A. Beckert, '94

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Penn College’s magazine, One College Avenue, we revisit some of our earliest covers and catch up with the “cover models.” Read “25th Anniversary: We’ve Got it Covered.”

Artful Retirees Draw Mention in National Publication

Scholarship fund boosted through auction of handcrafted woodwork.

A rocking chair, created by a pair of Penn College retirees to be auctioned for a Fall 2015 scholarship fundraiser, has caught the attention of Fine Woodworking magazine. Frederick T. Gilmour, a professional artist, college retiree and alumnus, designed the chair after seeing original work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Scotland. William F. Geyer, who retired in 2013-14 as a faculty member in the School of Construction & Design Technologies, used the sketches to make a prototype from poplar and the final piece from walnut. The chair, as well as a side table designed and built by Geyer, fetched a total of $3,675 at a Sept. 25 Penn College Foundation benefit in Madigan Library.

Helping Hands, Amiable Hosts Steer Guests Toward Fruitful Future

Ambassador Ryan Monteleone and Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist, playfully show off essential Open House swag: an activity guide and a convenient carry-all for information gathered throughout the day.

Whatever vestiges of winter lingered in the air and in the forecast, Saturday’s Open House visitors found abundant warmth in the amity and assistance of Penn College students, faculty/staff and alumni. The campus community helped potential students and their families process a seemingly overwhelming amount of information, putting into manageable and easy-to-understand form all the reasons why enrollment at a national exemplar could be one of the best decisions they make.

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‘Women in STEM’ Panel Shares Insight

A Penn's Inn audience listens Tuesday to a trio of "Women in STEM" panelists ...

Discovery Machine's Anna L. Griffith ...

Maggie (Powers) Jackson, from PennDOT ...

... and Davie Jane Gilmour, Penn College president.

The success and contribution of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math were celebrated with a panel discussion this past week in the Bush Campus Center. Anna L. Griffith, chief executive officer and co-founder of Discovery Machine; Maggie (Powers) Jackson, a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation project engineer and 2008 alumna (profiled in the Fall 2015 issue of One College Avenue); and Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour shared their journeys as female leaders and answered questions about their experiences.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Record Number of Employers Vie for Penn College Students

A Penn College student takes a business card from Ring Container Technologies, a Hanover firm on campus to talk with manufacturing engineering technology majors.

The number of employers at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s recent Career Fair reflected the strong nationwide employment outlook for the Class of 2016.

A school-record 214 companies participated in the recent Career Fair at the college’s main campus and Lumley Aviation Center. Those employers offered 2,500-plus job and internship opportunities for students from all six of the college’s academic schools.

“The consistent feedback I received this year is that there are not enough students in many of our majors to fill the needs of our employers,” said Erin S. Shultz, coordinator of career development at Penn College. “The shortage speaks to the growing demand for our students in a strengthening job market.”

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Penn College Students Finish Strong at Horticulture Competition

The Penn College contingent gathers during the recent National Collegiate Landscape Competition held at Mississippi State University: Front row, from left, Aaryn C. Hoy, Norristown, and Kenneth E. Zeager Jr., Bainbridge. Middle row, from left, instructor Carl J. Bower Jr.; students Justin M. Rinehimer, Mountain Top, Zachary M. Meling, Hawley, Joshua T. Posey, York Haven, and Ryan Rousseau, Pipersville; and alumni mentor Ronald A. Burger. Back row, from left, Elliot C. Redding, Gettysburg, and Kyle M. Richardson, Hopewell, N.J.

Six Pennsylvania College of Technology horticulture students were among the top finishers in their respective categories during the 40th annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition held recently in Starkville, Mississippi.

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