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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.

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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 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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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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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.”

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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 →

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.

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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 →

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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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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Technological Tool Spotlights Interconnected, Fragile World

Noe discusses the varied experiences that inform Aldo Leopold's work.

Noe discusses the varied experiences that inform Aldo Leopold’s work.

Using index cards and pencils distributed in the lobby, attendees are asked to define "environment," "perspective" and "ethics," and to explore the connections among the ideas behind those words.

Using index cards and pencils distributed in the lobby, attendees are asked to define “environment,” “perspective” and “ethics,” and to explore the connections among the ideas behind those words.

Leopold meets "The Lorax" among Cooley's career catalysts.

Leopold meets “The Lorax” among Cooley’s career catalysts.

The presenters lead a "virtual field trip" thousands of miles aloft, thanks to Google Earth.

The presenters lead a “virtual field trip” thousands of miles aloft, thanks to Google Earth.

Pat Murphy, 1989's Master Teacher and a member of the Centennial Colloquia Committee, buys a copy of Leopold's "Sand County Almanac" from Matt P. Branca, director of The College Store.

Pat Murphy, 1989′s Master Teacher and a member of the Centennial Colloquia Committee, buys a copy of Leopold’s “Sand County Almanac” from Matt P. Branca, director of The College Store.

Building on the common ground between distinct specialties, two faculty members challenged audience members Tuesday to discard the exclusionary nature of either/or thinking and find balance between their lives and the world around them. And in so doing, Rob Cooley, an assistant professor of anthropology and environmental science, and Mark D. Noe, a professor of English, personified Penn College’s cross-disciplinary approach to student learning – where “true education” connects disparate individuals to their shared space. Noe and Cooley presented “Google Meets Aldo Leopold: Information, Technology, and 21st-Century Environmental Ethics,” the latest offering in the college’s Centennial Colloquia Series. The pair combined resonant readings from Leopold’s timeless prose, vocabulary homework and images from Google Earth to lead a “virtual field trip” from the stage of the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Punctuating Leopold’s recognition of the tenuous balance between humans and their environment, the tour presented stark confirmation of man’s imprint: residual logging cribs in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River (and remnants of acid mine drainage where it meets the North Branch), air pollution over China, loss of waterfowl habitat in Maryland, and contraction of the Arctic ice cap, among them. The program, introduced by Deb A. Buckman, assistant professor of chemistry/environmental science, was followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception in Wrapture.

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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 →

Stroll Through Time: Walking Trail Provides Snapshots of History

The History Trail compares today's Penn College with the campus of yesterday.

The History Trail compares today’s Penn College with the campus of yesterday.

 Opened in 1914 as Williamsport High School, the Klump Academic Center is the most historic landmark on campus. Adult vocational classes, held in the high school basement, led to the development of Williamsport Technical Institute (officially named in 1941), Williamsport Area Community College (1965), and Pennsylvania College of Technology (1989).

Opened in 1914 as Williamsport High School, the Klump Academic Center is the most historic landmark on campus. Adult vocational classes, held in the high school basement, led to the development of Williamsport Technical Institute (officially named in 1941), Williamsport Area Community College (1965), and Pennsylvania College of Technology (1989).

From the Spring 2014 One College Avenue: A photo essay captures a glimpse of the history shared on the 17 kiosks that delineate Penn College’s History Trail, an easy walking path around main campus. The trail invites visitors and alumni to acquaint – or reacquaint – themselves with the college.

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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 →

For 72 Hours, Foundation to Match New Alumni Gifts Tenfold – Count ’em – Tenfold

72 donors in 72 hours

72 donors in 72 hours

Act now! With a diverting message designed to elicit giggles while it solicits donations (and with all the subtlety of the late-night infomercials it so pointedly parodies), the Penn College Scholarship Campaign is offering first-time alumni benefactors a sweet opportunity to help current students. The Penn College Foundation is hoping to attract 72 gifts in 72 hours, from midnight Monday through midnight Thursday. (An online ticker will count down as each new donor pitches in.) If a contribution of $25 or more is received from an alumnus or alumna who hasn’t donated in the past, the foundation will contribute $250 in that person’s name. With the combined donation, a one-time scholarship will be awarded to a first-year student in the major from which the alum graduated. To help sell the campaign, admissions representative Sarah R. Shott and Matthew A. Wagner, a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration major from Selinsgrove, co-star in an attention-getting video modeled after those witching-hour hucksters who peddle products to bleary-eyed insomniacs. “As part of the college’s Centennial, increasing alumni participation in the Penn College Fund is a priority,” said Valerie L. Fessler, annual giving specialist. “We thought this playful video would be a fun and engaging way to generate support from our social media audiences. I can’t wait to see our alumni step up to the challenge!”

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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 Weave Information Technology With Environmental Views

Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members Rob Cooley and Mark D. Noe will present a session on technology and environmental ethics on April 22 as part of the college’s Centennial Colloquia Series.

Titled “Google Meets Aldo Leopold: Information, Technology, and 21st-Century Environmental Ethics,” the presentation by Cooley and Noe will define environmental ethics through Leopold’s perspective and then consider the multiple viewpoints modern technology brings to our understanding of the issues.

Leopold, a professional forester, ecologist and writer in the early days of the U.S. Forest Service, wrote “A Sand County Almanac,” a collection of essays focused on informing the general public of how the natural world works and inspiring people to take action to ensure the future health of the land and water that sustains all life.

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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 →

Centennial Mosaic Project Seeks Materials, Volunteers

A detail from a large commissioned mosaic created by David A. Stabley last summer

A mosaic art installation is set to unfold on the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus this spring, and students and employees are invited to join in the assemblage by donating materials and volunteering time.

The Centennial Mosaic, designed by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, will be created on the south 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 traveled, dreams and the pleasure of learning through hands-on work,” according to Stabley.

For the mosaic project, Stabley is seeking donations of ceramic tile, marble and mirror.

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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 →

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