News: Alumni

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.

Graduate couples who met while pursuing their degrees are invited to submit their favorite wedding photos and explain, in 140 characters or less, why they should be named the 2015 Alumni Sweetheart Couple. 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 before Friday, Jan. 30, will be placed in a photo gallery on Monday, Feb. 2. Each entrant can then encourage friends to “like” their photo 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.)

Prospective Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Employers schedule campus visits

Employers schedule campus visits

Two employers will hold informational meetings at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, for Penn College students and alumni. Representatives of Anderson Equipment Co. will be in Room 122 of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center (with an equipment display beginning at 3) and recruiters from Trane will be in Room B2060 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center. Those seeking to be interviewed by Anderson the following day (in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center) are asked to bring their resumes to the information session. For details, including available positions and academic areas of interest, consult Career Services’ fliers: Employers

Scholarship Campaign Exceeds Goal, Raises $6.4 Million

Campaign generates more than twice its original goal in private scholarship support.

Capping a year of celebration to commemorate the Centennial anniversary of Pennsylvania College of Technology, the institution’s most significant fundraising effort more than doubled its original goal, raising $6.4 million in private scholarship support.

The success of the Penn College Scholarship Campaign will allow the Penn College Foundation to provide more than twice the amount of scholarship aid to students than it did prior to the launch of the campaign in 2011.

“Penn College is poised to become a national leader in applied technology education,” said Davie Jane Gilmour, the college’s president. “The success of the Scholarship Campaign will help hundreds of students have access to that education.”

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‘Working Class’ Documentary Added to College YouTube Channel

“Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education,” which chronicles the rich and challenging history of Penn College and its predecessors, can be viewed on the college’s YouTube Channel. The one-hour documentary – which premiered Jan. 8 on campus and continues to be shown on public television – was co-produced by the college and WVIA Public Media in conjunction with the institution’s 2014 Centennial. The film will be rebroadcast on WVIA at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15; 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27; 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29; and 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1.

Penn College Names Director of Corporate Relations

Elizabeth A. Biddle

Elizabeth A. Biddle has been appointed director of corporate relations at Pennsylvania College of Technology, effective Jan. 19.

Biddle has been project manager for the Outreach for K-12 Office at Penn College since 2009. In her new role, she will develop and sustain mutually beneficial relationships with business and industry to benefit students at Penn College.

“We are excited to have Liz join our team in Institutional Advancement,” said Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement at the college. “Liz brings an excellent technical background and considerable experience working with a variety of constituencies. Her professional demeanor and enthusiasm for Penn College and our mission will continue to be an asset to Penn College and prove valuable in her new role as director of corporate relations.”

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Alumnus, Employee Establish Scholarship at Penn College

Lenore Penfield, a longtime Penn College employee, and her husband, John, an alumnus of the college, have established a scholarship benefiting students enrolled in the dental hygiene and landscape/horticulture majors.

John and Lenore Penfield have established a scholarship that will benefit Pennsylvania College of Technology students enrolled in dental hygiene and landscape/horticulture majors.

John Penfield is a 1975 graduate of Penn College predecessor Williamsport Area Community College, having earned a degree in nursery management.

Lenore Penfield is a longtime employee of the college, serving as a faculty member in dental hygiene, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, director of special events and The Gallery at Penn College, and director of facilities utilization/college events (her current position).

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Dean of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies Named

Brett A. Reasner

Brett A. Reasner has been appointed dean of transportation and natural resources technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Reasner, who began his employment with Penn College in 1993, succeeds Colin W. Williamson, who retired in December.

From 1993 to 2007, Reasner was an associate professor and department head in aviation technology. He was awarded the college’s highest honor accorded to faculty –­ the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award – in 1999.

From 2007-11, Reasner served as assistant dean and associate professor in the School of Natural Resources Management. From 2011-14, he served as assistant dean and associate professor in the School of Transportation and Natural Resources Technologies.

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Fall 2014 Penn College Graduates Announced

The list of Fall 2014 graduates from Pennsylvania College of Technology has been issued by the Registrar’s Office.

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Scholarship Honors Professor Emeritus at Penn College

Darryl and Dawn Kehrer

Two alumni of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s immediate predecessor institution have established a scholarship honoring Daniel J. Doyle, professor emeritus of history and a former administrator at the college.

Darryl and Dawn (Wahler) Kehrer, both 1972 liberal arts graduates of Williamsport Area Community College, have endowed a scholarship in honor of Doyle.

“The annual award is an enduring way to honor Dan Doyle’s nearly four decades of commitment to Penn College students,” Darryl Kehrer said.

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On Cusp of Second Century, College Congratulates Final Centennial Class
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Faculty onlookers share in the joy of the class speaker's splendid day, captured with the help of chief student affairs officer Elliott Strickland.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Winter Commencement on Saturday at Williamsport’s Community Arts Center, honoring Fall 2014 graduates  and ringing down the curtain on a yearlong 100th-anniversary celebration. Student speaker Nicole Marie Reyes-Molina, of Lancaster, a deaf student who received an Associate of Applied Science in building construction technology: masonry emphasis, represented the year’s final Centennial class during the 11 a.m. event. Nearly 300 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the Penn College Board of Directors, who was surprised with a leadership award during the ceremony.

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Student Achievement Awards Presented to December Graduates

Pennsylvania College of Technology has presented student achievement awards to its December 2014 graduates.

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Centennial Documentary to Premiere in January on WVIA-TV

From its humble inception as a basement vocational-technical shop at Williamsport High School in 1914 to its standing today as a special-mission affiliate of Penn State, Pennsylvania College of Technology and its predecessor institutions have continually met workforce demands.

The college’s 100-year commitment to that noble objective is explored in a one-hour documentary airing throughout northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania in January on WVIA-TV. “Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education” will premiere on the PBS-member station on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.

Produced by Penn College and WVIA Public Media, the documentary reveals myriad challenges the college has overcome in honoring the dignity of work and embracing workforce needs. Through interviews with multiple generations of key college officials, and archival photos and video, the documentary brings to life the institution’s enduring commitment to the working class, defined not only as a group contributing to the workforce but also a classroom engaging students in traditional, general education and relevant, hands-on activities.

“We knew there were important stories to tell for our 100th anniversary about the founding of the institution and the many challenges that were faced over the past century,” said Elaine J. Lambert, special assistant to the president for creative development and public relations, and an executive producer of the documentary. “We chose to produce a film because we felt it was important to share the history in a video format in addition to printed materials.”

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

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 →

Zimmerman Scholarship Established at Penn College

June and Thomas Zimmerman have established a scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Two faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology who are also alumni of the institution ­­have established a building-to-endowed scholarship at the college.

The scholarship was created by Thomas A. Zimmerman, an associate professor of psychology who has worked at Penn College since 1984, and June Kilgus Zimmerman, a part-time sociology faculty member who is also employed as an oncology social worker by the Susquehanna Health Cancer Center.

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Consider Penn College in Your Year-End Giving Plans

If you are considering making a charitable donation as the 2014 tax year comes to a close, please remember the Penn College employee campaign. Gifts of all sizes help students succeed and will be put to use immediately.

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Band of Ukuleles to Light Up CAC Stage

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

The Penn College family is included in a holiday sale for next month’s Community Arts Center appearance by the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra. Get half off adult tickets in the orchestra section (starting at $12.50) through Wednesday, Dec. 31. In addition, all student tickets are just $5 throughout the theater! Go online and enter promotional code XMASTREAT, then proceed to “Buy.” The discount price will appear once you click on a seat. This offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets. Full-price adult tickets are $35, $30 and $25. The loge and balcony are closed for this event. If you call or stop by the box office, please be sure to give the promotional code before purchasing tickets. Discounted student ticket prices are available for pre-school through college. College students must present valid student ID on the night of the show. Renowned for its winning combination of charming humor, its disarmingly small instruments and its sublime musicality, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is one of the world’s great modern ukulele acts. Hailing from the home of “The Hobbit” movies, the orchestra will bring an irresistible New Zealand heartland feel to the Arts Center’s stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8. The orchestra presents the ukulele as it’s never been played before, featuring songs made famous by such artists as Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Hall and Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Kenny Rogers, and Kings of Leon – alongside tunes from the South Pacific – packaged into a spectacular, unmissable funfest. The wildly popular ensemble creates instant joy and lasting magic wherever it goes, armed with high-octane ukulele solos, heavenly harmonies and outrageous costumes. Its members’ comedic banter is spontaneous, and, when the group bursts into song, the sweet sounds can silence a room in a nanosecond or bring a crowd of thousands to its feet. For more information on the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra and to hear its music, please visit the Arts Center’s website, click on “shows” in the header and choose “Music” from the dropdown menu. The Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College, is located just a few blocks from campus at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport.

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