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Chamber Holds Timely ‘PM Exchange’ Amid Centennial Excitement
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With "mocktails" hot and cold, from a chill-chasing brew of apple cider, vanilla ice cream and cinnamon to the refreshing bite from a Maroon Dragon, student mixologists had refreshments covered.

Members and guests of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce visited main campus in the midst of Penn College’s yearlong 100th-birthday celebration, encouraged to take a leisurely autumn stroll among the institution’s three new outdoor art installations: the Centennial Mosaic, “These Trees” and “Student Bodies.” The Chamber’s latest PM Exchange, providing the area business community with an informal opportunity to network and socialize, was held under a tent outside the Thompson Professional Development Center.

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Winning Their Share: WTI Students, Faculty Support WWII Efforts

Williamsport Technical Institute students examine a gas mask, circa 1941.

Williamsport Technical Institute students examine a gas mask, circa 1941.

An aviation mechanic student works on an airplane engine. The student was later placed as an Army Air Corps aviation mechanic.

An aviation mechanic student works on an airplane engine. The student was later placed as an Army Air Corps aviation mechanic.

From the Fall 2014 One College Avenue magazine: To help train men and women for war-related production, the institution overhauled its curriculum from 1940-45, reinforcing a growing national reputation. Read the full story.

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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 →

New Experiences, Old Friends
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Blue skies and a welcoming atmosphere greeted late-morning arrivals for Saturday's numerous activities.

Homecoming 2014, a spectacular continuation of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial celebration, made institutional history while honoring it. Marked by the first-ever campus carnival, the inaugural reunion for Williamsport Area Community College alumni and employees, and an Oktoberfest, “Then … Now … Forever Proud” offered nearly a full week of activities that can’t even fit into an online gallery of more than 140 photos. More images from the week’s activities – which included a faculty lecture, a gallery opening, dedication of a conversation-starting art installation, several other get-togethers and the latest Athletic Hall of Fame induction – are available via Penn College Alumni Relations on Facebook.

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Penn College Dedicates ‘Student Bodies’ Centennial Sculpture

Abstract human forms, crafted from thousands of pounds of scrap metal, parade up the mall on the main campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology. Titled "Student Bodies," the Centennial art installation features 78 life-size structures created by more than 50 welding students.

As part of its Centennial anniversary, Pennsylvania College of Technology welcomed 78 new “students” this fall, many of which just might be around for the institution’s bicentennial.

Some of these “freshmen” could sustain a broken body part, and others might corrode. But if welding majors, faculty and staff did their job correctly, the “Student Bodies” Centennial Sculpture will be still standing in 2114.

Augmenting the campus mall, the large-scale project features 78 abstract human forms made of scrap-metal pieces welded together. The college formally dedicated “Student Bodies” today during homecoming festivities. It’s the third recent art installation meant to enrich the college’s outdoor environment.

“This work of art is a testament to the creative abilities and technical skills of our college community,” said Davie Jane Gilmour, president. “It’s very rewarding to know that students, faculty, staff and visitors will be able to marvel at these creations for generations to come.”

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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 →

‘Einstein’s Dreams’ Author Alan Lightman to Present Lecture

Alan Lightman

Theoretical physicist and author of the award-winning novel “Einstein’s Dreams,” Alan Lightman, will speak at Pennsylvania College of Technology at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 as part of its Centennial Colloquia Series.

Lightman is one of the first professors to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and humanities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

An international bestseller, “Einstein’s Dreams” is one of the most widely read books on university campuses. Lightman’s most recent book of essays, “The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew,” features work focused on modern physics and philosophy.

At Penn College, Lightman will introduce a presentation developed specifically for the college’s Centennial Colloquia Series. Titled “Our Home in the Material Universe,” the talk will examine the significance, potential and limitations of major scientific and technological discoveries.

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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 →

Faculty Member to Review Book by Next Presenter in Colloquia Series

David S. Richards

David S. Richards

David S. Richards, a professor of physics at Penn College, will discuss Alan Lightman’s “Einstein’s Dreams” during an on-campus reprise of his recent James V. Brown Book Review Luncheon at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Mountain Laurel Room of the Thompson Professional Development Center. The international best-seller is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a Swiss patent office. The author explores how the lives of ordinary people in Switzerland would be changed in the various realities of time imagined by Einstein as he develops his theory of relativity. Richards’ review offers a timely introduction to Lightman – a theoretical physicist, educator, novelist and essayist – the next speaker in the college’s Centennial Colloquia Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

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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 →

Get to Know Penn College During Fall Open House

Penn College’s Open House on Sunday, Oct. 26, will include activities for community visitors from 2-4 p.m.

The diverse “degrees that work” offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the college’s Open House on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Held amid a yearlong Centennial celebration at the college, Open House gives prospective students and their families a convenient opportunity to sample campus life and to explore bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs – “degrees that work” – in more than 100 different career areas.

“Open House is where you can find out what Penn College is all about,” said Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid. “State-of-the-art labs, classrooms, dining facilities and residence halls distinguish Penn College as the place where you can earn a degree and stand apart from other graduates. When you visit, you’ll know it’s the right place to launch your career.”

In addition, members of the public interested in visiting a century-old anchor of the community are invited to a Centennial Community Event from 2 to 4 p.m.

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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 →

‘These Trees’ Art Installation Weaves Cross-Campus Connections

"These Trees," an environmental art installation at Pennsylvania College of Technology, created by environmental artists Kathy Bruce and Alastair R. Noble, weaves together Shakespearean text and natural materials.

The third large-scale art installation created to celebrate Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial has woven together not only text and trees, but students from across campus.

Over two weeks, more than 160 students from various majors participated in the creation of “These Trees,” an art piece utilizing a variety of tree species harvested from Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center and installed on the west lawn of the Bush Campus Center at the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

Working alongside internationally known environmental artists Kathy Bruce and Alastair R. Noble, the students assisted in creating Bruce and Noble’s vision of a spiraling text quoting William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”

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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 →

Penn College Homecoming Offers Full Slate of Activities

Themed “Then … Now … Forever Proud,” Centennial Homecoming at Pennsylvania College of Technology invites alumni back to their alma mater Oct. 10-12.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of education on Penn College’s campus. In November 1914, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette reported that 15,000 people attended a three-day celebration to mark the dedication of the city’s new high school building – now Penn College’s Klump Academic Center.

The community is again invited to join the celebration: a three-day Homecoming Carnival on the Madigan Library lawn near the main entrance. The carnival opens Friday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m.

From adult education classes held in the new high school’s shops grew Williamsport Technical Institute, which became Williamsport Area Community College and, 25 years ago, Pennsylvania College of Technology, a special mission affiliate of Penn State.

From those roots, a culture of statewide and national leadership in applied technology education and workforce development has blossomed. Homecoming provides an opportunity for alumni and students alike to reminisce on their place in the college’s rich history – and to join with students in ongoing traditions.

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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 →

Colloquium Presenter Goes Beyond Passwords to Future of ID Security

Lisa R. Bock addresses her audience, before the eerie specter of online treachery.

Lisa R. Bock addresses her audience, before the eerie specter of online treachery.

With eyes wide open, the speaker assesses the benefits and risks of iris-recognition technology ...

With eyes wide open, the speaker assesses the benefits and risks of iris-recognition technology …

... and gazes toward tomorrow's biometric solutions.

… and gazes toward tomorrow’s biometric solutions.

Students in the ACC balcony take heed and jot notes during the night's informative presentation.

Students in the ACC balcony take heed and jot notes during the night’s informative presentation.

A Centennial banner is a timely backdrop for the colloquium.

A Centennial banner is a timely backdrop for the colloquium.

The latest in Penn College’s Centennial Colloquia Series tackled issues near and dear to virtually everyone in the audience: employing the newest technological tools available to ensure identity protection – and balancing such factors as privacy and cost-effectiveness in the process. Lisa R. Bock, an assistant professor of computer information technology, presented “Who Am I; Who Do I Claim to Be? Protecting Identity in the 21st Century” on Tuesday night in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Adding to the series’ engaging focus on the historic upshot of gizmos and gadgets, Bock weighed the promise (and pitfalls) of biometrics: identifying individuals through a variety of unique personal traits. The presentation has been the college’s YouTube Channel.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

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 →

Hundreds Enjoy ‘Parent & Family Weekend’ Festivities

Kyani L. Lawrence (center), a first-year pre-nursing major from New Rochelle, New York, who also served as a Connections Link this summer, poses with her family in Wrapture.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s three-day Parent & Family Weekend, in which hundreds of participants joined with their favorite students to help celebrate the institution’s Centennial, offered a packed calendar of activities that included informal access to the president and senior administration, entertainment, food, games, tours and a popular “mocktail” competition.

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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 →

Welding Students Share ‘Bodies’ of Work in Captivating Art Project

Artist and welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson (left) installs a chef creation with the help of Chad L. Karstetter, General Services horticulturist/motor pool lead person (in yellow), and Steve J. Kopera, welding lecturer.

Artist and welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson (left) installs a chef creation with the help of Chad L. Karstetter, General Services horticulturist/motor pool lead person (in yellow), and Steve J. Kopera, welding lecturer.

The chef sculpture features a bowl of soup and saltine crackers among its appetizing details.

The chef sculpture features a bowl of soup and saltine crackers among its appetizing details.

Timothy S. Turnbach (right) welding instructor, invited college president Davie Jane Gilmour and Paul Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, to write – and weld! – their names into a book held by another figure in "Student Bodies." Here, Gilmour writes her name before welding …

Timothy S. Turnbach (right) welding instructor, invited college president Davie Jane Gilmour and Paul Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, to write – and weld! – their names into a book held by another figure in “Student Bodies.” Here, Gilmour writes her name before welding …

... and Turnbach (foreground) assists Starkey with the finishing touches.

… and Turnbach (foreground) assists Starkey with the finishing touches.

After their turns at the torch, Gilmour and Starkey visit the campus mall to delight in the ongoing installation of "Student Bodies."

After their turns at the torch, Gilmour and Starkey visit the campus mall to delight in the ongoing installation of “Student Bodies.”

“Student Bodies” – a fanciful procession of abstract, life-size human forms through the pulsing heart of campus – continues to take shape between the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and West Third Street. Sculptor and Penn College faculty member Michael K. Patterson has worked with welding students for nearly a year on the marriage of craft and creativity, forged solely of scrap-metal from their lab, and recently began installing the cavalcade of professionals and pedestrians along sidewalk islands of grass. Scheduled for dedication next month, the work is one of three Centennial art projects breathing new life into familiar surroundings.

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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 →

Lecture to Explore Emerging Technologies for Identity Protection

Lisa R. Bock

Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member Lisa R. Bock will present a lecture that explores the technology of identity protection and its ramifications on Sept. 16 as part of the college’s Centennial Colloquia Series.

Rapid technological advances since the Internet became public have opened many opportunities, but with them come threats to our identities, safety and financial resources. Passwords alone are simply not enough to protect us.

In her talk, “Who Am I; Who Do I Claim to Be? Protecting Identity in the 21st Century,” Bock explores biometric technology as a means of identity protection. Unlike a password or a smart card, biometric technology identifies an attribute that not only is unique to the individual but also defies duplication. Those attributes include fingerprints, iris, voice or facial recognition.

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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 →

President Sees Promise of Tomorrow in Honoring Students’ Investment Today

Just past the midpoint of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s yearlong Centennial celebration, President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Fall 2014 semester with an all-college address to faculty and staff. “Focus on today and look to tomorrow,” she said Thursday morning, recapping a hectic summer before outlining initiatives aimed at student success and faculty/staff engagement. “Take time to attend to those students who have invested their money and time in Penn College. They seek a full, rounded college education with all that we can provide for an excellent Penn College experience.”

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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 →

Penn College, Little League Celebrate Anniversaries in ‘Grand Slam’ Fashion
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Admissions representative Sarah R. Shott snaps a selfie with a home-state favorite, the Mid-Atlantic team from Philadelphia.

Soggy turned to sunny just in time Wednesday for Pennsylvania College of Technology to once again welcome visitors to Williamsport for the Little League Baseball World Series. On the evening before play begins in South Williamsport, the college hosted its traditional cookout for the Series teams on the lawn outside the Bush Campus Center. Little League players, coaches, team “uncles,” umpires and baseball legend Dave Winfield enjoyed picnic fare and the company of one another before they (and their college hosts) participated in the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street. Accompanied by the college’s ever-popular Wildcat mascot, Penn College volunteers handed out giveaways – including balsa airplanes and commemorative pins – on their well-received journey downtown. Rounding out the teams’ campus visit was a brief stop in The Gallery at Penn College for a Little League-related art exhibit. The college was featured in at least two live newscasts from campus: on WPVI in Philadelphia and on CBS Chicago (go to “Sports Videos” at lower right). And Patriot News coverage, which was also picked up in Alabama, included a roundup of photos at the PennLive website.

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