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Award-Winning Alumnus to Speak Thursday in ACC

Jeff Erdly

Jeff Erdly

Members of the campus community – particularly students in construction-related majors – are encouraged to attend a lecture by Jeff Erdly, a 1972 graduate of Williamsport Area Community College and a world-renowned authority on building and masonry preservation, who will speak at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Sponsored by the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the Penn College Alumni Relations Office, Erdly will present “Just Another Brick in the Wall? A Building Science Education – Its Value to Society, and Roadmap to Building Your Career.” The chief executive officer and co-founder of Masonry Preservation Services Inc., Erdly was profiled in the Spring 2014 issue of One College Avenue. He was also selected as the college’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2004 in recognition of his personal and professional accomplishments, his contributions toward the college (including his establishment of a scholarship in memory of his parents), and the high regard in which he is held in the community.

‘Career Day’ Whets Students’ Appetite for Vocational Success
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A Central Mountain High School student plugs components into a Raspberry Pi, a computer that can fit into the palm of your hand but is powerful enough to run a home media center and more.

Students narrowing their occupational choices gained some real-world focus on Friday, as the Outreach for K-12 Office again hosted Career Day on Penn College campuses. Held in the spring for seventh- to ninth-graders and in the fall for high school freshmen through seniors, the event gives regional school districts the opportunity to brings groups of students to delve into potential careers through hands-on activities, tours of facilities, and discussions with in-the-know students and on-the-job faculty.

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‘French Favorites’ Bake Sale Set for Wednesday

The Advanced Patisserie Operations class will hold a “French Favorites” bake sale from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Join Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and students – including managers Sarah R. Nichols, of Williamsport, a technology management major; and Theodore J. “T.J.” Persing, a baking and pastry arts student from South Williamsport – for artisan breads, pastries and candies. More information, including a product list and details on preordering a specially decorated cake, follows: French Favorites

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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More Than 2,000 Jobs, Internships Offered at This Week’s Career Fairs
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James G. Theisen (with blue alumni ribbon at center), a 2004 graduate in landscape/nursery technology, was part of the recruitment effort by the Dover-based Hively Landscapes.

Nearly 200 employers were on campus this week, looking to fill more than 2,000 positions from among Penn College’s “degrees that work.” At three sessions over two days, including breakout offerings for specific majors, employers (including a number of Fortune 500 companies and other industry heavyweights) sought interns and new graduates who are technically skilled and prepared to enter today’s workforce. A Monday fair in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center highlighted majors within the School of Health Sciences, while Tuesday morning’s Field House event – moved onto main campus from the Schneebeli Earth Science Center – was geared toward natural resources technologies students. The Career Fair wrapped up Tuesday afternoon with a wide-open field of opportunities for students in all six of the college’s six academic schools.

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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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Self-Reflective Talk Offers ‘How-to’ Hints on Personal Satisfaction

Drawing from life lessons, Jacob R. Miller advises students not to "dwell on failure, but own up to your shortcomings."

As the latest Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member chosen to deliver the David London My Last Words Lecture, Jacob R. Miller shared a simple barometer of student success: “I would like to think that, at the end of every day, no matter what they have done that day, they can face themselves in the mirror.”

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‘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 →

Documentary Film Among ‘National Coming Out Day’ Activities

"Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine" to be shown Monday in Penn's Inn

“Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine” to be shown Monday in Penn’s Inn

A showing of the feature documentary, “Matthew Shepard Is a Friend of Mine,” will highlight Penn College’s observance of National Coming Out Day on Monday. “National Coming Out Day is important to the Penn College community as we acknowledge the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied individuals in our community and celebrate with them, notably in this past year with victories for marriage equality nationwide and in Pennsylvania,” said Sara H. Ousby, associate director of student activities for diversity and cultural life. “This year, our movie screening honors the memory of Matthew Shepard” –  a gay young man who was tortured and murdered in one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history. Directed by Michel Josue, a close friend of Shepard’s, the film revisits the case with never-before-seen photos, rare video footage, and new revelations about an all-too-brief life. A Pride Table, where students can pick up “Ally” and “Coming Out Day” buttons, will be staffed on the Keystone Dining Room patio from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday. The movie will be screened in Penn’s Inn (second floor, Bush Campus Center) at 7 p.m., accompanied by refreshments and followed by a discussion. Related activities are scheduled for later in the week: a Safe Zone professional-development session for college employees from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday and an LGBTQA Coffee Chat at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Multicultural Lounge (CC, first floor).

Pre-Registration Set for Friday Night’s Benefit ‘Glow Run’

Homecoming event to benefit Running Without ED

Homecoming event to benefit Running Without ED

Pre-registration will be held Thursday for the following night’s milelong “Glow Run,” an after-dark Homecoming event that hopes to shed light on eating disorders. Advance signups will be accepted from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Hager Lifelong Education Center lobby, just outside the Keystone Dining Room. Proceeds (donations of $5 for students and $10 for faculty/staff/public are suggested) will benefit Running Without ED. Registration will also be available on-site a half-hour before Friday’s 9:15 p.m. run/walk; free T-shirts, food and glow sticks/necklaces/bracelets will be given to participants. The fundraiser occurs midway through that evening’s Homecoming schedule, which includes a bonfire at 8 p.m. near Dauphin Hall and a 9 p.m. race warmup by the Penn College Physical Fitness Specialist Club. At 9:45 p.m., speakers Julie H. Carr, of Souderton, a nursing major and founder of the college’s Running Without ED student chapter, and Karen L. Martin, an associate professor of medical-surgical nursing, will discuss the mental health issues surrounding eating disorders. Yoga will follow at 10 p.m., led by Clayton A. King, a part-time faculty member in fitness/lifetime sports.

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.

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 →

Then … Now … and All This Week!

Infusing the Veterans' Fountain with colorful Wildcat Pride ...

Infusing the Veterans’ Fountain with colorful Wildcat Pride …

... and celebrating the outcome as tinted water plumes upward. Joining Gary T. Pandolfi (center), a General Services refrigeration, heating and plumbing mechanic, are (from left) "Blue Crew" officers Jessica J. Eisley, Samuel R. Scheide, Anthony D. Gobbi and Jessica R. Wiegand.

… and celebrating the outcome as tinted water plumes upward. Joining Gary T. Pandolfi (center), a General Services refrigeration, heating and plumbing mechanic, are (from left) “Blue Crew” officers Jessica J. Eisley, Samuel R. Scheide, Anthony D. Gobbi and Jessica R. Wiegand.

A student pours hot chocolate at Alumni Relations' homecoming hospitality table outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.

A student pours hot chocolate at Alumni Relations’ homecoming hospitality table outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.

As her Blue Crew colleagues head to class and work, Eisely stays behind to paint a challengingly uneven "canvas."

As her Blue Crew colleagues head to class and work, Eisely stays behind to paint a challengingly uneven “canvas.”

Wildcat Pride Week, the run-up to Penn College’s Oct. 10-12 Homecoming celebration, began at first light on Monday morning. Officers of the Blue Crew joined General Services bright and early to turn the water in the Veterans’ Fountain a deep Wildcat Blue, then moved eastward to leave their mark on “The Rock.” Alumni Relations added to the prelude, serving coffee, cookies and hot chocolate to students traveling to and from classes.

Faculty Member to Deliver ‘Last Words’ in Popular Lecture Series

Jacob R. Miller

Integrity – on the job and in one’s life – will be the central theme when a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member delivers his hypothetically parting thoughts this month in an annually anticipated campus lecture.

Jacob R. Miller, an associate professor and department head of computer information technology, is this year’s presenter in the David London My Last Words Lecture Series, which asks student-nominated faculty to express their thoughts as if it was their final opportunity to share insight and offer inspiration.

The address will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. A plaque presentation and reception will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

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Lady Wildcats, Fans Raise Breast-Cancer Awareness at Volleyball ‘Pink Out’

Sara M. Jordan, of Unityville, a nine-year survivor of breast cancer – and captain of the Pink Powerhouses team in the Oct. 25 Making Strides of Lycoming County walk in Montoursville's Indian Park – enlists the crowd for the ongoing fight.

Sara M. Jordan, of Unityville, a nine-year survivor of breast cancer – and captain of the Pink Powerhouses team in the Oct. 25 Making Strides of Lycoming County walk in Montoursville’s Indian Park – enlists the crowd for the ongoing fight.

Fans at the "Pink Out,"  some wearing Wildcat Blue, show their colors ...

Fans at the “Pink Out,” some wearing Wildcat Blue, show their colors …

... and their Penn College pride.

… and their Penn College pride.

Sophie Coldsmith (10) is enthusiastically greeted by teammates Courtney Gernert (2) and Samantha Pogash.

Sophie Coldsmith (10) is enthusiastically greeted by teammates Courtney Gernert (2) and Samantha Pogash.

Mascot and friend engage in a dance-off during a break in the volleyball action.

Mascot and friend engage in a dance-off during a break in the volleyball action.

The Penn College women’s volleyball team – in coordinated headbands, hair ribbons and socks – joined fans for this week’s traditional Bardo Gym “Pink Out” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The squad’s Wednesday match against Penn State Berks included pink popcorn, fun and games, and a $50 Sheetz gift card to the “pinkest” person in the stands. The match was sponsored by the Off-Campus Housing Organization and Wildcat Athletics.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

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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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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