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MLK Organization Holds Yearly Fashion Show

Kacie L. Weaver, an applied human services student from Harrisburg, shimmers under the ACC lights.

Kacie L. Weaver, an applied human services student from Harrisburg, shimmers under the ACC lights.

Strikingly making the scene are Glendalis Guadarrama, a nursing major from Avondale, and Wilmer I. Chase, of Lancaster, enrolled in architectural technology.

Strikingly making the scene are Glendalis Guadarrama, a nursing major from Avondale, and Wilmer I. Chase, of Lancaster, enrolled in architectural technology.

Nursing major Chesnya I. Cherulus, of Elmont, New York, lets loose her inner nerd. At right is the evening's emcee, Antony Griffin-Betterson, of Philadelphia, studying residential construction technology and management.

Nursing major Chesnya I. Cherulus, of Elmont, New York, lets loose her inner nerd. At right is the evening’s emcee, Antony Griffin-Betterson, of Philadelphia, studying residential construction technology and management.

Peforming Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" is Gwendolyn A. Ntim, a pre-nursing major from Yonkers, New York.

Peforming Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is Gwendolyn A. Ntim, a pre-nursing major from Yonkers, New York.

A celebratory closing to a classy night

A celebratory closing to a classy night

Minorities Lending Knowledge held its fourth annual fashion show in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on Saturday evening. Members of the group, as well as other students and campus organizations, children and siblings volunteer to model. Multiple scenes from Penn College Pride to Future Career – even a touch of Disney’s “Frozen” for the kids – could be seen throughout. “Every year the group works hard to put on the fashion show and gives its absolute best to entertain the audience,” said Kacie L. Weaver, president of the organization (formerly known as the Multicultural Society). “Expect to hear about the next fashion show in Spring ’16. All are welcome to attend and participate!”
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer 

Unexpected Nature Portraits Are Focus of Next Gallery Exhibit

Photographer Robin Germany's image "Holly Lake: Buds" is part of a series of visuals captured by using a high dynamic range camera secured in underwater housing.

Intimate and unexpected portraits of nature will fill The Gallery at Penn College for its next exhibit, “Sim-Biotic,” running March 17 through April 23.

Spotlighting the works of photographer Robin Germany, the exhibition brings together three bodies of work representing the Texas artist’s investigations of the natural world as it reflects and deflects its human neighbors.

Through the lens of philosophy, Germany makes photographs that inquire into the nature of being human and the humanness of nature. “Surface Tension,” “A Difficult Nature” and “On The Brink” are the series offering a view of nature inextricably intertwined with humans and laden with implications for the future. Germany’s works are achieved through a variety of photographic equipment including a high dynamic range camera secured in underwater housing and a 120-pinhole camera.

A meet-the-artist reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, featuring a 5:30 p.m. gallery talk. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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College Holds First ‘Lavender Graduation’

G. Patrick Butler, a 2007 computer information systems graduate now working for Amtrak in Philadelphia, recounts what attracted him to Penn College in the first place: the people, the personal interaction and the positive attitude of a clerk in the Wildcat Express convenience store.

G. Patrick Butler, a 2007 computer information systems graduate now working for Amtrak in Philadelphia, recounts what attracted him to Penn College in the first place: the people, the personal interaction and the positive attitude of a clerk in the Wildcat Express convenience store.

Sara H. Ousby (left), the college's associate director of student activities for diversity and cultural life, congratulates Bethany M. Reppert for her selfless campus/community activism. "She doesn't do things for the credit," Ousby said. "She simply does what she thinks is the right thing to do."

Sara H. Ousby (left), the college’s associate director of student activities for diversity and cultural life, congratulates Bethany M. Reppert for her selfless campus/community activism. “She doesn’t do things for the credit,” Ousby said. “She simply does what she thinks is the right thing to do.”

PC Alliance President Wesley G. Ginnick honors his organization's partners.

PC Alliance President Wesley G. Ginnick honors his organization’s partners.

The keynoter (center) is reunited with Student Affairs personnel from his Penn College days. From left are Kimberly R. Cassel, director of student activities; Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of off-campus living and commuter services; and Timothy J. Mallery, assistant director of residence life.

The keynoter (center) is reunited with Student Affairs personnel from his Penn College days. From left are Kimberly R. Cassel, director of student activities; Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of off-campus living and commuter services; and Timothy J. Mallery, assistant director of residence life.

Penn College’s first Lavender Graduation – celebrating the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and their allies – was held Friday evening in the Thompson Professional Development Center. Alumnus G. Patrick Butler, a student during the founding year of the PC Alliance organization, was the guest speaker for the event. “I was proud to be there at the beginning and even more proud to be here tonight,” he said. “And I’m proud to see my alma mater moving with the times.” Such events, now held at nearly 50 colleges and universities nationwide, are an educational opportunity for the entire campus community, Butler said. “We are all people and expect to be treated as such. We live in a very interdependent world; do we go through life with fists up or open hands?” The graduation paid tribute to Bethany M. Reppert, of Minersville, who will receive her Bachelor of Science degree in applied human services in May. In welcoming remarks by President Davie Jane Gilmour and in the keynote address, the senior was reminded of the personal and professional resource that Penn College represents. “Your education is a framework, a starting point, a running start to your career,” Butler told her. “Put your degree to work – not just for you, but for the betterment of society.” The night included honors for a number of others that have supported PC Alliance in its advocacy. Receiving kudos from organization President Wesley G. Ginnick, a construction management student from Altoona, were Sigma Pi fraternity, the Wildcat Events Board, Student Government Association, Equality Central PA and The Planet Bar in downtown Williamsport. The graduation was the culmination of Pride Week, which included campus speakers, films and a symposium.

May 4 Deadline Set for 2015-16 Colloquia Proposals

Daniel J. Doyle

Daniel J. Doyle

Proposals will be accepted until May 4 from faculty, staff and retirees interested in being considered as presenters for the Daniel J. Doyle Technology & Society Colloquia Series, opening in the Fall 2015 semester. Following the success of last year’s Centennial Colloquia, President Davie Jane Gilmour announced that the ongoing series would be dedicated in honor of Daniel J. Doyle, a professor emeritus and the college’s 1984 Master Teacher. Proposals will be accepted by email through next month’s deadline. More information is available in the official flier, distributed Friday in employee mailboxes: Colloquia Series

Sealant Saturday Serves 56 Children in 2015, 1,000 Since 2003

Brittany N. Hall, of York, with a young patient who just had sealants placed

Pennsylvania College of Technology students and faculty teamed with community volunteers on March 21 to treat 56 children as part of the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association’s statewide Sealant Saturday initiative.

In the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, which was one of several Sealant Saturday sites statewide, the volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental hygiene students gave each child a dental screening and fluoride varnish and placed 290 sealants.

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Gov. Wolf Visits Energy Technology Education Center
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President Davie Jane Gilmour greets Gov. Tom Wolf upon his arrival.

In his first visit since taking office in January, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf toured the Energy Technology Education Center on Wednesday in support of postsecondary education that meets the needs of regional and statewide employers. “Our citizens must have access to the education and training that jobs require, particularly as we continue to grow our energy industry,” he said. “Reinvesting in programs (such as ShaleNET) will help prepare people for jobs that pay.” ETEC, a training site for current and prospective gas-industry employees and emergency response crews, is a collaboration among Penn College, Lycoming County and industry partners.

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Reception Acknowledges Gifts Integral to Student Success

Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement, talks with William Knecht, who, along with his wife, supports the Marie E. Knecht Scholarship.

Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement, talks with William Knecht, who, along with his wife, supports the Marie E. Knecht Scholarship.

President Davie Jane Gilmour thanks Virginia Thompson, treasurer of the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, which reached Heritage Society status on the Donor Wall.

President Davie Jane Gilmour thanks Virginia Thompson, treasurer of the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, which reached Heritage Society status on the Donor Wall.

The Donor Wall offers a reflective backdrop for Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations, and friends.

The Donor Wall offers a reflective backdrop for Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations, and friends.

The earliest arrivals mingle in the SASC lobby, a stellar setting for a distinguished event.

The earliest arrivals mingle in the SASC lobby, a stellar setting for a distinguished event.

The president welcomes guests, honorees' gifts by her side.

The president welcomes guests, honorees’ gifts by her side.

Individuals and corporations alike were recognized Tuesday night during the 11th annual reception for Friends of Penn College who provide significant support or planned gifts. Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour recognized new contributors and those whose ongoing benevolence in the past year elevated them to a new category on the Donor Wall in the Student and Administrative Services Center lobby.

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100-Year Memories Safely Cocooned … Until College Sesquicentennial

The General Services crew undertakes a weighty task.

The final activities of Penn College’s illustrious Centennial observance – the filling, sealing and installation of an institutional snapshot from that 2014 celebration – took place this week in a first-floor corner of Madigan Library. Various historical and commemorative items were loaded into the time capsule on Thursday, and the contents were sealed with argon gas the following day. On Wednesday morning, the high-grade, stainless steel container was maneuvered into a glass-block repository built by the School of Construction & Design Technologies. The time capsule and its archival treasure will remain undisturbed until reopened in 50 years. A montage of Centennial activities, colorfully and energetically composed from a year’s worth of photos, has been incorporated into a video on the Penn College YouTube channel.

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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 →

Dance Team Holds Fundraising Performance

The Wildcat Dance Team serves up a spirited number.

The Wildcat Dance Team serves up a spirited number.

Deaundra A. McCants, a human services major from Wellsboro, fronts a performance of "Like a Boy," with support from Kayla L. Hurt (left), a pre-occupational therapy assistant student from Williamsport, and Amanda M. Brodecki, of Levittown, enrolled in pre-dental hygiene.

Deaundra A. McCants, a human services major from Wellsboro, fronts a performance of “Like a Boy,” with support from Kayla L. Hurt (left), a pre-occupational therapy assistant student from Williamsport, and Amanda M. Brodecki, of Levittown, enrolled in pre-dental hygiene.

A lyrical duet to "Love Me Like You Do" is performed by (from left) Amber R. Fleming, a pre-nursing student from Williamsport, and Alexandra M. Lehman, also of Williamsport, studying business management.

A lyrical duet to “Love Me Like You Do” is performed by (from left) Amber R. Fleming, a pre-nursing student from Williamsport, and Alexandra M. Lehman, also of Williamsport, studying business management.

Kayla L. Hurt soars above the ACC stage.

Kayla L. Hurt soars above the ACC stage.

Alexandra M. Lehman gets into character.

Alexandra M. Lehman gets into character.

The Wildcat Dance Team held its spring Take the Stage fundraiser Saturday afternoon in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The production showcased styles ranging from jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, street funk, modern, pointe, Broadway jazz, character, contemporary and Latin rhythms.  The musical selections that accompanied the choreography were a variety of traditional, urban and contemporary. All proceeds from this production support the Wildcat Dance Team in achieving its fundraising goals.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

College’s Inaugural ‘Pride Week’ Celebrates Campus Diversity

Movie screenings and informative discussions are among the public events as Pennsylvania College of Technology this month observes its first Pride Week in recognition of students’ sexual diversity.

The April 13-17 schedule comprises speakers, dialogue and documentaries designed to celebrate the contributions of – and provide an atmosphere of equality and security for – the college’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

“We are excited to launch Pride Week and look forward to the event growing in years to come,” said Sara H. Ousby, associate director of student activities for diversity and cultural life. “We want to celebrate all students that attend Penn College, and Pride Week allows us to show support and celebrate our students who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning their sexuality and gender. Pride Week also creates a space for students who may not be educated about issues relating to gender and sexuality to learn more and ask questions.”

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SGA to Host Silent Auction for Student Leader Legacy Scholarship

The Student Government Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host its sixth annual Silent Auction on Friday, May 1, to benefit the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship Fund.

The event will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Madigan Library at the college. All proceeds from the auction will go directly toward increasing the endowment of the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship Fund. The scholarship benefits students who play leadership roles at the college.

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Visiting ‘Tuskegee’ Veteran Undertakes Postwar Mission

A crowd gathers in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium to hear "The History of the Tuskegee Airmen" presented by Eugene J. Richardson Jr.

A crowd gathers in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium to hear “The History of the Tuskegee Airmen” presented by Eugene J. Richardson Jr.

Richardson details the struggles and triumphs of the 992 African-American military pilots trained in Tuskegee, Alabama, from 1941-46.

Richardson details the struggles and triumphs of the 992 African-American military pilots trained in Tuskegee, Alabama, from 1941-46.

Pre-Tuskegee pilots included "local boy" Emory Conrad Malick (1881-1958), who grew up in Huntingdon and Northumberland counties and was the first licensed African-American aviator.

Pre-Tuskegee pilots included “local boy” Emory Conrad Malick (1881-1958), who grew up in Huntingdon and Northumberland counties and was the first licensed African-American aviator.

Richardson receives considerable applause as he shows his Congressional Gold Medal, presented to the Tuskegee Airmen in March 2007 in the Capitol Rotunda.

Richardson receives considerable applause as he shows his Congressional Gold Medal, presented to the Tuskegee Airmen in March 2007 in the Capitol Rotunda.

Footage of WWII endeavors enhances the presentation.

Footage of WWII endeavors enhances the presentation.

One of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, black pilots who flew in the face of prewar misconceptions and distinguished themselves in military service, shared a compelling history lesson with a Penn College audience on Tuesday afternoon. In a visit arranged by the Student Activities Office, Eugene J. Richardson Jr. – president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. and chair of its speakers bureau – detailed the hard-fought combat successes of African-American airmen in World War II. While he never personally saw battle, Richardson recounted the performance of those who did: members of the 332nd Fighter Group who ran airborne interference for white servicemen in the skies over Europe and North Africa. “They didn’t know that the pilots were black,” he said of the escorted bombardiers. “They just knew that they met you on time and protected you from the enemy.” Among those accompanying Richardson to Williamsport was Aaron Watkins, a graduate of Tuskegee University and its aviation program, who is helping his mentor keep the story alive. While the service of the Tuskegee Airmen was depicted on screen in the George Lucas-produced “Red Tails,” Richardson said he feels compelled to supplement that big-budget exposure with some old-school inspiration for a new generation. “These people look like you,” he tells African-American youngsters during his frequent classroom visits. “They could do it; you can do it.”

April 18 Memorial Service to Honor Faculty Member

John J. Messer

John J. Messer

A campus memorial service for John J. Messer, an assistant professor of web and interactive media who died Jan. 5 at age 49, will be held from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Mountain Laurel Room of the Thompson Professional Development Center. Messer’s brave fight against glioblastoma multiforme was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of One College Avenue magazine; a scholarship fund was established in his memory.

Penn College Student’s Aerial Images on Display in Gallery Lobby

An exhibit of aerial images taken by student Maxwell A. Davert, of Greene, Rhode Island, is on display through April 23 at The Gallery at Penn College.

Aerial images captured by Pennsylvania College of Technology student Maxwell A. Davert are on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of the Madigan Library, through April 23.

Davert, a senior in building science and sustainable design from Greene, Rhode Island, has gathered numerous still and video images using a quadcopter with an integrated, high-definition camera. The collection of images on display includes eight color photographs of the Penn College campus and 10 videos, offered via two television screens. The videos feature the campus, local area and other venues, including natural sites in Davert’s home state.

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Former Member of Tuskegee Airmen to Speak at Penn College

Eugene Richardson, at left rear in this file photo of the Tuskegee Airmen, will deliver a free public lecture at Penn College at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.

A member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the popular name for a group of African-American military pilots who served during World War II, will share his experiences during a free lecture this month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Eugene Richardson, president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., will speak at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The public is welcome.

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