News: Centennial

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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100 Years Young: A Look at the First Half of the Centennial Celebration

Students gather in Bardo Gym for a concert by Grammy-winning quintet Switchfoot.

Students gather in Bardo Gym for a concert by Grammy-winning quintet Switchfoot.

Winfield Tannehill, '57, and his wife, Dorothy, peek through one of the vintage cars on display in conjunction with the Automotive Centennial.

Winfield Tannehill, ’57, and his wife, Dorothy, peek through one of the vintage cars on display in conjunction with the Automotive Centennial.

Actor and television producer/host John Ratzenberger helps to kick off the celebration with presentations for students and employees.

Actor and television producer/host John Ratzenberger helps to kick off the celebration with presentations for students and employees.

Penn College’s 100th birthday has brought with it events for the entire community: From colloquia to concerts and car shows, a photo essay in the Fall 2014 One College Avenue relives the Centennial celebration … so far. Visit the full photo essay.

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 →

Penn College Holds Summer Commencement
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Katelyn E. Watson, a radiography grad from Turbotville, marks the day with a true Penn College legacy family, including her father, Chip (far left), a 1980 Williamsport Area Community College graduate who majored in heavy construction equipment.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement ceremony Saturday morning at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Kaitlin M. Savidge, of Northumberland, who received an Associate of Applied Science degree in emergency medical services, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. event. 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 a Distinguished Alumni Award to James E Cunningham for four decades of service to college and community.

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Marking Time, in (Somewhat) Round Numbers

Collaboration and enumeration

Collaboration and enumeration

There’s safety in numbers, the adage reminds … but did you know there’s artistry, too? Check out this living Centennial tableau, in which 25 youngsters from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center put their heads together – OK, their heads AND their feet – to depict the Penn College milestone. With another academic year soon upon us, so begins the latter half of the Centennial events calendar, including special art installations on campus, Homecoming, colloquia and Open House.

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 →

Contributors to College Legacy Gather for Centennial Celebration
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Three of the college's presidents, whose administrations span nearly four decades of the institution's 100-year history, gather at Friday's Centennial Gala. Joining Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour are Robert L. Breuder (left), who served from 1981-97, and William H. Feddersen, who led Williamsport Area Community College from 1974-80.

A Centennial Gala, bringing together an invited assortment of pivotal players in the institution’s growth from homegrown phenomenon to national pacesetter, was held Friday at Penn College. The day featured lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and campus tours, as well as a reception, remarks and dinner buffet in Madigan Library.

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Employer’s Former Office Site Gets Distinctive Campus Landmark

A commemorative heavy-construction blade is lifted off the truck ...

A commemorative heavy-construction blade is lifted off the truck …

... hoisted high above the ground ...

… hoisted high above the ground …

... and positioned as a singular historical marker.

… and positioned as a singular historical marker.

A substantial piece of construction equipment – and a noteworthy segment of neighborhood history – was installed Tuesday near the front of Penn College’s Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. The massive steel blade was lowered onto the former site of the Lycoming Construction Co., which occupied the property from 1943-80. The latter years of that period marked the company’s transition to Allison Crane & Rigging, which delivered the hefty keepsake and provides ongoing employment opportunities for current students and alumni alike. The blade was donated by Larry Allison Jr. in memory of his father, Larry Sr.; his grandfather, Herbert L.; and his great-grandfather, Herbert F., founder of the business. The equipment was provided by the George Logue family, and will be incorporated into the college’s award-winning History Trail with informational signage and attractive landscaping.

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 →

Penn College Celebrates Centennial, Anniversary of PSU Affiliation

In this 1989 photo, from left, Penn State President Bryce Jordan, Gov. Robert P. Casey, Penn College President Robert L. Breuder and Penn College Board Chairman Rep. Alvin C. Bush commemorate legislation creating Pennsylvania College of Technology as an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University.

This year’s Centennial observance at Pennsylvania College of Technology, celebrating 100 years of adult education at an institution nationally known for providing graduates the practical tools with which to build substantial and sustainable careers, will include a July gathering of those who helped chart that historic course.

The yearlong commemoration coincides with another watershed anniversary: 25 years since Penn College was created as a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University on July 1, 1989.

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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 →

Class Completes Centennial Mosaic Artwork at Penn College

A mosaic created for Penn College’s Centennial by eight students and an instructor adorns a wall at the Physician Assistant Center on the main campus.

Piecing together approximately 14,000 fragments of ceramic tile, marble, mirror and stones, eight students and an instructor took one month to create a beautiful legacy in the center of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus.

The Centennial Mosaic, designed by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, is now complete on a wall of the Physician Assistant Center in the middle of campus. Measuring approximately 17 by 25 feet, the mosaic’s design relates to “social connectedness, paths travelled, dreams and the pleasure of learning through hands-on work,” according to Stabley.

For the installation of the artwork, Stabley led a team of students enrolled in a three-credit course titled, “The Art of the Mosaic.” The class met four days a week from May 19 through June 19.

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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 →

Penn College History Trail Merits National Recognition

Penn College’s award-winning History Trail includes a sign at the entrance to Madigan Library.

The History Trail, a commemorative walking tour of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus that vibrantly connects visitors to the institution’s century of accomplishment, has been nationally recognized for helping to “make the past more meaningful for all Americans.”

Penn College was recently notified by the American Association for State and Local History that the trail, installed last fall in conjunction with the college’s 100th anniversary, was among the projects honored with an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards.

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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 →

1987 Spotlight – A Touch of the Poet

Maya Angelou obliges an autograph-seeker during a 1987 campus visit.

Maya Angelou obliges an autograph-seeker during a 1987 campus visit.

Wednesday morning’s death of poet/novelist Maya Angelou brought to mind her March 1987 appearance at the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, where a capacity crowd gathered as part of Williamsport Area Community College’s Women’s Series. “Everyone could sense her strong presence immediately and her energy pervaded the evening,” a student reviewer would later write in the Spotlight campus newspaper. “Anyone would have found it difficult not to enjoy the delightful, emotional reading or to laugh at her humorous insights.”

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 →

Celebrating 100 Years – and One Special Day

"The Rock" dons a new coat for commencement.

“The Rock” dons a new coat for commencement.

Readily recalling his stint as a billboard painter, Todd R. Moore returns to his campus roots.

Readily recalling his stint as a billboard painter, Todd R. Moore returns to his campus roots.

Members of the Centennial graduating class and their families have an appropriate backdrop for their keepsake photos this commencement weekend. Penn College’s Centennial logo has been painted on “The Rock,” just in time for those memory-making moments with graduation VIPs. The logo was hand-painted by Todd R. Moore, a 1986 advertising art alumnus and creative director for Lamar Outdoor. The “canvas” was prepped late last week by his wife, Shelley L., assistant director of career services; Sara H. Ousby, associate director of student activities for diversity and cultural life; and Allison Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life. Also featured on the campus landmark is the official #PCTGrad hashtag to accompany celebratory Instagram, Twitter and Facebook posts.

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 →

College Co-Workers Take Respite for Centennial Fun

Retirees and employees pass through the Field House, hoping to hit paydirt in the "Ticket to Win It" raffle.

Retirees and employees pass through the Field House, hoping to hit paydirt in the “Ticket to Win It” raffle.

President Davie Jane Gilmour (right) and colleagues put their best feet (and hands) forward in a lively game of 3-D Twister. Clockwise from left are Carolyn R. Strickland, assistant vice president for academic services; Sue A. Mahaffey, coordinator of academic services; and Kendel F. Baier, stock clerk/cashier in The College Store.

President Davie Jane Gilmour (right) and colleagues put their best feet (and hands) forward in a lively game of 3-D Twister. Clockwise from left are Carolyn R. Strickland, assistant vice president for academic services; Sue A. Mahaffey, coordinator of academic services; and Kendel F. Baier, stock clerk/cashier in The College Store.

The Student Affairs teams of "Staff Infection" and "Staff Infection B" combined for four game-day wins:  kickball, tug-of-war, volleyball and Wiffle ball.

The Student Affairs teams of “Staff Infection” and “Staff Infection B” combined for four game-day wins: kickball, tug-of-war, volleyball and Wiffle ball.

Matt R. Haile, a network specialist in Information Technology Services – and the Wildcats' golf coach – tries his hand in a Ladder Golf match.

Matt R. Haile, a network specialist in Information Technology Services – and the Wildcats’ golf coach – tries his hand in a Ladder Golf match.

Employees enjoy picnic fare such as pulled pork, chicken, cole slaw and cupcakes.

Employees enjoy picnic fare such as pulled pork, chicken, cole slaw and cupcakes.

Penn College threw open the brief window between finals and commencement and welcomed its employees to a semester-ending Centennial Picnic on the Athletic Field on Friday. Surrounded by goodwill and sunshine, co-workers and retirees enjoyed food from Acme Barbecue (prepared by owner/culinary alumnus George E. Logue III) and a healthy spirit of cooperation in games that tested skill, coordination, stamina and brain power.

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 →

From Horseless Carriage to Boundless Future

President Davie Jane Gilmour joins K. Venkatesh Prasad (left) and Robert C. Kreipke in a slice of history.

One of the longest-running instructional programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology – and one of the oldest continuous automotive programs in the nation – celebrated its 100th anniversary Friday in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. “The story of American automobiling and the history of this college have been entwined throughout an eventful century,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour, as the college simultaneously marks its own Centennial, “and I have no doubt that the years ahead will be every bit as exciting.” A pair of speakers from the Ford Motor Co. put the milestone into perspective with engaging presentations on past and future: Robert C. Kreipke, corporate historian, and K. Venkatesh Prasad, group and senior technical leader for vehicle design and infotronics. The day also included an outdoor lunch for students, an antique-car show and an afternoon reception.

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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 →

Fourteenth Annual WTI Reunion Coincides With College’s ’14 Centennial
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William Frick ('55, auto mechanics) sports a Williamsport Technical Institute baseball hat and chats with Jon Engel ('60, electrical).

About 50 graduates of Williamsport Technical Institute, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s earliest forerunner, were among the distinguished visitors Friday for a 14th annual reunion. Held during the college’s ongoing Centennial celebration, the alumni and their guests enjoyed lunch and reminiscence in the Thompson Professional Development Center, as well as other campus activities.

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