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Heavy-Gauge Thermoforming Workshop Draws Participants’ Praise

Christopher J. Gagliano (left) leads workshop attendees on a tour of the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center's Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

The Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently hosted 21 industry professionals from seven states for its seventh annual national Hands-On Heavy-Gauge/Sheet-Fed Thermoforming Workshop.

The three-day course featured presentations from renowned industry experts and hands-on sessions focusing on materials, tooling, technique, diagnostics, machine maintenance and safety.

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Penn College Summer Commencement Set for Aug. 6

Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold a Summer Commencement ceremony Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

More than 230 students have petitioned to graduate in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Summer Commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

The student speaker for the ceremony, Hashim Abbas Alfulful, of Saudi Arabia, will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology.

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Blood Donors Encouraged to Ease Crucial Need

Blood drive to be held Sept. 7-8

Donors are crucial at the next Penn College visit of the American Red Cross blood program, set for noon-6 p.m. Sept. 7-8 in Penn’s Inn (Bush Campus Center, second floor). Members of the campus community are encouraged to join College Health Services and Red Cross in their lifesaving mission by making an online appointment and donating in honor of the 9/11 anniversary. Blood is urgently needed to respond to patient emergencies – including accident and burn victims; heart surgery and organ transplant patients; and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. All presenting donors will receive Papa John’s pizza.

Girls Have Fun With Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Technology

A participant in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SMART Girls summer camp paints the building that will house her team’s “She Rocks: From Print to Air,” one of 10 new businesses established for the town of “Dreamville.” The three-girl team developed a business plan for the town’s media center (including radio and television stations and a recording studio), designed and printed a building, and produced 3-D printed headphones.

A recent summer camp at Pennsylvania College of Technology saw high school girls dreaming up their own businesses while learning the science behind digital fabrication.

Thirty-five teens recently attended SMART Girls at Penn College. The camp – which stands for Science and Math in Real-world Technologies – was supported in part by a $12,650 grant from the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp.

During the five-day camp, the girls formed 10 teams, each of which was assigned a type of business to fulfill the needs of “Dreamville, USA,” residents. Businesses ranged from tech companies to a health care provider, and from an arts boutique to television and radio stations.

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Receptive Gallery Crowd Greets City Native’s Return

Michelle Ramin hugs a friend near the title wall for her exhibition.

Life imitates art imitating life: A family takes a selfie with "Mona Lisa, IRL," which shows museum visitors taking cellphone photos of the da Vinci masterpiece.

A large crowd turns out for the inaugural exhibit of a new academic year.

The artist talks with gallery patrons.

Visitors replicate cellphone activity in a displayed piece.

The Gallery at Penn College hosted a homecoming for a Williamsport native-turned-San Francisco artist Thursday evening. Michelle Ramin and her artwork drew a large crowd of the artist’s family, friends and fans – as well as other gallery-goers – for the opening of “The Sky’s (Not) The Limit,” a collection of oil paintings, watercolors and colored-pencil pieces. During her gallery talk, Ramin led her guests on a literal and artistic tour of her works from early pencil pieces that could take up to six months to create to her more recent oil paintings, a medium she said affords more brisk movement across the canvas. The artist discussed how her creations often reveal hidden metaphors with masks, from literal balaclavas to cellphone screens that give users a barrier from reality and interactions with others. The show, the first exhibit of the 2016-17 academic year, runs through Aug. 14. The gallery’s summer hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed Saturdays and Mondays.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Summer Camps Provide Practical Mix of Education, Enjoyment

Invoking the hands-on hallmark of a Penn College education

A series of academic-based camps at Pennsylvania College of Technology included enough information to satisfy minds hungry for challenge, while not forgetting that it IS summer. A wrap-up photo gallery reflects the unique career opportunities represented at Architecture Odyssey Camp, Designing a Digital Future Camp, Future Restaurateurs Career Camp, Advanced Restaurateurs Career Camp, Graphic Design Summer Studio, Health Careers Camp, SMART Girls Summer Camp, Creative Art Camp and Youth Training for Athletic Development Camp.

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Rotomolding Workshop Unites Industry Professionals, Experts

Gary E. McQuay, PIRC engineering manager, demonstrates a materials grinder in Penn College’s Rotational Molding Center of Excellence.

More than two dozen professionals recently gathered at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center to learn about rotational molding from some of the most knowledgeable practitioners in the business.

A total of 28 employees from 17 companies and nine states (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee) were represented at the eighth annual Hands-On Rotational Molding and Advanced Materials Workshop, joined by participants from Canada and India.

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City Native Travels From San Francisco to Exhibit at Penn College

“Learning about Rousseau,” oil on canvas, 18 inches by 28 inches

A woman who grew up in Williamsport and credits early mentors with stirring her creativity and curiosity, is returning “home” to exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College.

Michelle Ramin, an artist who lives and teaches in San Francisco, will begin the gallery’s 2016-17 exhibit season with her show, “The Sky’s (Not) The Limit,” a collection of oil paintings, watercolors and colored-pencil pieces.

Ramin’s exhibit opens on Thursday, July 14, with a Meet the Artist Reception set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., featuring an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. The show runs through Aug. 14. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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Newly Connected Students Take Giant Step Toward College Life

Kimberly R. Cassel (on stage), director of student activities, and the Links warm up the Klump Academic Center crowd.

Lauren J. Crouse (kneeling), an applied human services major and one of this summer's lead Links, gets acquainted with her assigned first-year students.

The Connections beach ball, a toss-able conversation piece that probingly elicits answers to the day's important questions – Favorite jelly bean flavor? iPhone or Android? High school nickname? – lands with Amber M. Gardner. The Sugar Grove resident will be a pre-dental hygiene student this fall.

Jonathan W. Best (right), an incoming electronics and computer engineering technology major from Downington, has fun with the ice-breaker activity.

A gregarious bunch, those Links, having as much fun as anyone during their introduction to Connections participants

And just like that, the first week of Connections – Penn College’s summer orientation program facilitated by helpful staff and student Links – is history. A comprehensive schedule of activities provides a healthy mix of fun and information, from buying books and selecting a meal plan to learning about academic expectations and social opportunities, that gird new students and their families for the choices and challenges ahead. The next session will begin shortly after the Fourth of July holiday, as enrollees and parents alike celebrate (and occasionally mourn) their impending independence from one another.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Children Celebrate ‘Fourth’ in Feet-First Procession

A child circles the parade route with speed and good cheer.

With wind in her hair and sun on her shoulders, a child delights in the occasion.

A star-spangled child pedals down the parade route.

A child harnesses his pedal power.

Streamers, flags and school-made necklaces add to the festive feel.

The Dunham Children’s Learning Center – the on-campus facility for child care and early childhood education – held its annual bike parade, a pre-Independence Day celebration. Children decked their bikes, trikes and scooters in red, white and blue and rode in loops in front of Penn College’s Parkes Automotive Technology Center, delighting parents and other parade-goers.


PGA Tour Professional ‘Chips In’ on Behalf of Scholarship Fund

Ryan Palmer

The visiting pro makes it look easy ...

... holing an approach shot during a short-iron demo.

The tourney crowd soaks up pointers (and plentiful sunshine).

Palmer talks with golfers – including Robb Dietrich (far right), executive director of the Penn College Foundation – at the first tee. (Photo by Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist)

As the sundial crept toward summer’s official arrival on Monday, a Williamsport Country Club crowd enjoyed a benefit visit from pro golfer Ryan Palmer. The winner of three PGA Tour events, Palmer conducted a morning clinic and participated in other activities during the 30th annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic. The event has resulted in $625,000 in scholarship assistance since 1990, with another $55,000 in aid expected to be awarded this year. The first-place team was from Phillips Office Solutions (Trey Phillips, Mark Lauer, Davis Peck and Bill Knapsack); Allison Crane & Rigging (Larry Allison Jr., Tyler Richardson, Michael Richardson and Eric McNulty) finished second. Other prize-winners included Tyler Richardson, individual low net (59), and McNulty, individual low gross (71). Closest-to-the-pin honors went to McNulty, Hole No. 3; Bob Pursell, No. 10; Bill Manos, No. 15; and Maurice Bower, No. 17. An Eyewitness News segment about the tournament aired during WBRE/WYOU’s 11 p.m. newscast.

‘Senior Visit Day’ Opens 12th-Graders’ Eyes to Campus Opportunities

Mitchell J. Berninger and Lauren J. Crouse, Lead Links in the college's Connections orientation program, point the way to an illuminating day!

Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology, gives families a glimpse into class and career dynamics.

Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions/enrollment services, shares a laugh with a daughter and mother.

Scott A. Geist (far left), director of surgical technology, escorts guests along the campus mall on a gorgeous day.

Connections Link Duncan Rodriguez welcomes visitors to the Klump Academic Center for the day’s kickoff talk.

Penn College held the first of three Senior Visit Days on Friday, welcoming students heading into their final year of high school. After a welcome session with President Davie Jane Gilmour, the visitors heard academic presentations and toured labs, got an overview of financial aid and college life, took a peek at on-campus housing, lunched in the Keystone Dining Room, and had access to Admissions Office representatives to resolve all of their last-minute questions. Additional Senior Visit Days are set for July 16 and 29; campus tours are also available at 2:30 p.m. daily, Monday through Thursday.

Three Cheers for the Red, White … and Blue, Blue Skies

Sunny skies boost the turnout – whether on foot, on bikes or on scooters.

Williamsport’s 33rd annual Flags Across America March traveled to the Penn College campus from the nearby Peter Herdic Transportation Museum on Tuesday evening, convening for a brief celebration under the 1,800-square-foot American flag that flies outside the Student & Administrative Services Center.

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Smiling Into Summer

It's chin-licking good!

"KJ," a singer-songwriter from the Lewisburg area, motivates her audience ...

... and gives young voices an empowering turn at the microphone.

Wearing T-shirts that they tie-dyed for the occasion, children (announced by Barbara J. Albert, director) get "high fives" from a line of CLC well-wishers along the road to kindergarten.

Ice cream, check. Pretzel, check. Happy child, check.

The Dunham Children’s Learning Center recently held an ice cream social to celebrate the end of another year, with treats for all … and special recognition for the boys and girls “moving on” to academic adventures.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

WAHS Student Honored by Penn College Gallery

Abigail DeBloois

Fine art by Abigail DeBloois, a student at Williamsport Area High School, is on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College through June 30.

DeBloois received an Artistic Excellence Award from The Gallery at Penn College. The honor recognizes outstanding artistic talent and achievement in the visual arts and is given to a student who demonstrates skill in his or her selected medium and knowledge of the artistic process. The award includes a gift certificate to The College Store and an opportunity to exhibit artwork in the gallery lobby.

DeBloois’ featured artworks are portraits created in a variety of media. The student exhibit coincides with an exhibition of acrylic glass art by Margaret Smithers-Crump, a Houston artist.

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