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Prospective Employers to Meet With Students, Alumni

Employers to visit campus

Hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of job possibilities, two employers will visit campus in the coming week. Southeast Toyota Distributors will hold an information session at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Rooms 110-12 of the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. (Toyota will also hold interviews Sept. 28 in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center.) Evangelical Community Hospital will hold a Recruitment Day for nursing students from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29 in Room W204 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. For details, including available positions and applicable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Employers to visit

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.)

Penn College Homecoming/Family Weekend: A Winning Combination

Two popular fall events at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been merged into a singular Homecoming & Family Weekend, to be held this year from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

The college traditionally held Parent & Family Weekend in late September, followed by Homecoming a few weeks later.

“We knew there was overlap,” explained Kimberly R. Cassel, the college’s director of alumni relations. “People coming for Parent & Family Weekend were also alumni, and graduates coming to Homecoming obviously were parents. Some were coming to both, which was just too much for their schedule.”

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Student Affairs Personnel Assume Director Posts at Penn College

Two promoted to director-level posts

Two Student Affairs employees at Pennsylvania College of Technology were promoted to director-level positions at the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

Anthony J. Pace was named director of student activities, and Katie L. Mackey is the new director of campus and community engagement.

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Preparatory Work Begins on Recognition Garden

Plotting and prepping the site on Thursday morning are Michael L. Bremigen (left), horticulture technician, and Chad L. Karstetter, horticulturist/motorpool lead person.

Work has begun on Penn College’s Recognition Garden on the west side of the Bush Campus Center, a cooperative project involving General Services employees and three groups of students taught by Franklin H. Reber, instructor of construction technology. The attractive and handicapped-accessible site will replace the commemorative bricks that line the main entrance to campus – bricks that have weathered poorly and have been slowly deteriorating over the years. The information on them will soon be transferred onto plaques that will be mounted on 18 concrete pillars rising from three hexagonal pads. Students will start constructing the forms for the three pads and the connecting sidewalks on Sept. 7; the pillars will also be poured on-site. A formal unveiling and dedication at the garden (which will also include LED lighting, planters, green space and walkways) is planned for the spring.

Faculty Member, Culinary Senior Appear on Live TV

"PA Live!"

Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, showed viewers how to make compressed melon salad on Monday’s edition of “PA Live!” on WBRE. She was joined in the demonstration by Christopher S. Kasler, a senior in the college’s culinary arts and systems major.

A Midtown Monument to College’s Community Involvement

A grand opening ... and a grand celebration!

The Penn College family’s contributions to the new Trade & Transit Centre II (and its artistic sense of place) were unveiled at the facility’s ribbon-cutting in downtown Williamsport on Friday morning. Brett T. Mulroy, of Kresgeville, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: architectural technology concentration, was recognized for design elements that served as a template for the entry portal at the site. Among other honorees were Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design, and David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics/wood sculpture, who restored the statue of Chief Woapalane that once stood at the entrance to Brandon Park. And a certificate of appreciation was presented to Christopher E. Keiser, a 1995 landscape/nursery technology alumnus and member of the Penn College Foundation Board of Directors, employed by Larson Design Group.

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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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