Responding to Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour’s convocation “call-out,” members of President’s Council donned ultra-business-casual garb and courageously met the ALS Foundation’s “ice bucket challenge” on Thursday afternoon. Wildcat student-athletes did the honors outside the Student and Administrative Services Center, as the group of good sports took the brunt of the cascading chill – all in the name of charity.
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Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration/management at Pennsylvania College of Technology, had a research paper accepted for publication in International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Science.
His paper, titled “Juniata County: How the Labor Market of a Small, Rural Pennsylvania County Survived the Great Recession,” was published in the journal’s August 2014 edition (Volume 2, No. 6).
Baumgardner’s paper analyzes the effects of the recession of 2007-09 on employment rates in Juniata County, examining whether fragments of the economy were resistant to the downturn, and if so, whether there were legitimate reasons.
Shawn A. Kiser, director of the dental hygiene program at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was recently elected chairman of the board of directors for the Northcentral Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center.
“I’m excited to work with Shawn as our new board chair as we continue to grow and support the health and well-being of our rural communities in northcentral Pennsylvania,” said Rebecca Charles, executive director for the center.
The School of Business & Hospitality’s Chef Todd M. Keeley and three students recently traveled to York Technical Institute to meet Chef Joseph Cumm, winner of the Aug. 11 episode of Food Network’s “King of Cones” competition. On the show, Cumm defeated three competitors with three ice cream treats – each including an assigned mystery ingredient. Cumm has been an instructor with the The Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts at YTI Career Institute-Lancaster for three years and owns EdenJoes Cakery in York with his wife. In 2013, he won “The Art of Cake” competition at Pastry Live, and will return this year as a judge. Cumm has also been selected as one of several dozen Cake Artists to teach at CakeFest 2015 in Louisiana in February. The Penn College students had the opportunity to watch the four-part challenge and listen to Chef Cumm share his career and Food Network experience.
In an impressive reversal of tradition – the custom of unwrapping a present before showing it to others – Pennsylvania College of Technology has actually enhanced a gift’s value by covering it.
A Boeing 727 airplane, donated to Penn College in March 2012 after being retired from FedEx Express cargo service, was recently (and attractively) sheathed in vinyl in a project that began with a graphic-design class and eventually involved several academic schools and college employees.
Adding to its primary role as a real-world training tool for students at the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville, the institution’s largest single corporate donation now doubles as its biggest billboard. The repurposed plane greets visitors to the Williamsport Regional Airport, including those who will attend the college’s Open House on Sunday, Oct. 26.
For a first-year college student, stepping onto a new campus and beginning classes can be overwhelming. For a returning student, an unsuccessful first semester can add a lot of pressure, especially if the student is not certain how to avoid making the same mistakes.
At Pennsylvania College of Technology, an academic mentoring program is designed to help those students.
Joshua I. Bobenrieth, of Port Allegany, graduated in May with a degree in electronics and computer engineering technology, a faculty award and a plan to continue his education in aerospace engineering. But in his first semester, he was anything but confident.
“I was having a hard time adjusting to college life,” he said. “After a few weeks, I was stressed and needed help, so I asked my instructor and was directed to the mentor program.”
The campus community is invited to a President’s Forum presentation at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday by William F. Stepp III, associate professor of aviation, who will highlight his Heli-Expo experience in Anaheim, Calif., and share information on the industry. Andrew L. Stamey, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance technology – and one of two student attendees at the conference – will add his insights during the presentation in Room W204 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. Attendance at the February conference allowed Stepp to participate in meetings of the Helicopter Association’s International Technical Committee, of which he is a member. The experience yielded two scholarships for student attendees (Stamey and Marc T. Kaylor, another May graduate), teaching materials for the aviation department, contacts for student internships and/or employment, as well as sources of additional equipment donations. Stepp is the first awardee from the Strategic Initiative Fund, created by President Davie Jane Gilmour to increase the college’s presence at the national level via presentations and/or leadership within national associations. Interested faculty and staff can learn more about the fund through the president’s page on the myPCT Web portal.
As chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour helped make the 68th annual Little League Baseball World Series one to remember. While tending to Welcome Weekend and other fall startup activities back on campus, the president navigated a cyclonic Little League schedule that began with a campus picnic for the 16 participating teams and ended with Sunday’s championship between Seoul, South Korea, and Chicago. Among her official duties during this 75th-anniversary year for LLB were the enshrinement of retired major leaguer (and Lycoming County favorite son) Mike Mussina and the annual Challenger Division exhibition game. Adding to the college’s visibility were students from the School of Health Sciences, who provided medical care for players and coaches as well as outreach to the thousands of fans on hand for the Series.
Pennsylvania College of Technology recently appointed Christopher P. Ray as client development director for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College, which partners with companies to provide short-term training and project support.
Ray brings more than 20 years of sales, management and business-development experience to the newly created post. He will work closely with WDCE’s professional staff to coordinate training and project support to industries across Pennsylvania and beyond.
This week’s fifth annual “Hot Dog, You’re Here!” event (that’s 35 years by canine count), again gave Penn College students the opportunity to connect with faculty/staff dog owners who offered welcoming smiles, listening ears and therapeutic access to their very special friends. The well-received mixer is sponsored by Counseling Services and, while moved into the Field House under threat of rain, the spirit of goodwill was undampened.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer
Penn College’s Admissions Office accepted the “ice bucket challenge” on behalf of the ALS Foundation on Thursday, as staff members subjected themselves to a shivery soaking at the wickedly willing hands of Student Ambassadors. Joseph J. Balduino, the college’s director of recruitment, had dared his colleagues – a plan that backfired when he realized he’d be part of any response – so, sporting a T-shirt from Lycoming College, his alma mater and former employer, Balduino kicked off the challenge with assistance from the Penn College Wildcat. After the mascot poured a bucket of ice water over Balduino’s head, the students followed suit with the rest of the Admissions staff. Shedding his Lycoming shirt in favor of Penn College garb, Balduino then challenged Lycoming’s Admissions Office staff, as well as Daniel P. Miller, vice president for student life; and (with a good-natured “Welcome to Williamsport”) first-year Lycoming President Kent C. Trachte.
A Pennsylvania College of Technology chemistry faculty member recently presented her innovative teaching methods in an online conference featuring international participants and attendees.
Kelly B. Butzler, associate professor of chemistry, presented “Flipped at an Open-Enrollment College” during an Online ConfChem conference focused on the “flipped classroom” and hosted by the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Education’s Committee on Computers in Chemical Education. Butzler’s presentation also included a weeklong discussion about her paper.
A “flipped classroom” is a blended learning approach to a standard classroom; it moves lectures online, outside of class, and moves assignments into the classroom where teachers can provide guidance and answer questions.
A student faced with leaving school remains, thanks in large part to an academic mentor who went the extra mile to seek help from other staff. Academic mentors are Penn College employees who volunteer to meet regularly with students who seek guidance and moral support. Read the full story in the Fall 2014 One College Avenue.
The marketability of students in two of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s construction majors, already a credible source for employers assembling a qualified workforce, has been bolstered by a professional endorsement from the Pennsylvania Builders Association.
The college’s building construction technology and building construction technology: masonry emphasis majors, both offered through the School of Construction & Design Technologies, recently received the endorsement of the PBA – the voice of the home-building industry in the Keystone State.
Pennsylvania College of Technology recently welcomed new full-time faculty, including employees who served the college in other roles before joining – or returning to – the teaching ranks.
The 19 “new” faculty members include those who began their Penn College employment with the Fall 2014 semester, as well as those who started with the Spring 2014 semester in January.
“Penn College has a long-standing tradition of excellent teaching,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “This group of new faculty is poised to carry on that tradition well into the future. These newest faculty members bring exceptional credentials from both their educational and professional backgrounds. We are very pleased to welcome them to the Penn College family.”