News: Faculty & Staff

Chemistry Faculty Member Earns Doctorate in E-Learning

Kelly Bieda Butzler

Kelly Bieda Butzler, associate professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently received her doctorate of education, specializing in e-learning, from Northcentral University, an accredited online university based in Arizona.

Butzler defended her dissertation, “The Effects of Motivation on Achievement and Satisfaction in a Flipped Classroom Learning Environment.”

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Richmond Named Director of Nursing at Penn College

Sandra L. Richmond

Sandra L. Richmond has been appointed director of nursing at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

As director, Richmond, who has been a full-time faculty member at Penn College since 2012, will oversee the college’s five nursing majors.

“Sandy Richmond brings an impressive combination of clinical, educational and administrative experiences to the leadership of the Nursing Program,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs and provost. “She is passionate about her profession and respected by her peers.”

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Colloquium Presenter Goes Beyond Passwords to Future of ID Security

Lisa R. Bock addresses her audience, before the eerie specter of online treachery.

Lisa R. Bock addresses her audience, before the eerie specter of online treachery.

With eyes wide open, the speaker assesses the benefits and risks of iris-recognition technology ...

With eyes wide open, the speaker assesses the benefits and risks of iris-recognition technology …

... and gazes toward tomorrow's biometric solutions.

… and gazes toward tomorrow’s biometric solutions.

Students in the ACC balcony take heed and jot notes during the night's informative presentation.

Students in the ACC balcony take heed and jot notes during the night’s informative presentation.

A Centennial banner is a timely backdrop for the colloquium.

A Centennial banner is a timely backdrop for the colloquium.

The latest in Penn College’s Centennial Colloquia Series tackled issues near and dear to virtually everyone in the audience: employing the newest technological tools available to ensure identity protection – and balancing such factors as privacy and cost-effectiveness in the process. Lisa R. Bock, an assistant professor of computer information technology, presented “Who Am I; Who Do I Claim to Be? Protecting Identity in the 21st Century” on Tuesday night in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Adding to the series’ engaging focus on the historic upshot of gizmos and gadgets, Bock weighed the promise (and pitfalls) of biometrics: identifying individuals through a variety of unique personal traits. Her presentation will soon be available through the college’s YouTube Channel.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

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 →

Training Opportunities Accompany Launch of Campus ‘Safe Zones’

'Safe Zone' training available for campus community

‘Safe Zone’ training available for campus community

This fall, Penn College launched the Safe Zone program, an initiative designed to make campus a safer place for all students. Announced by President Davie Jane Gilmour at an all-college meeting of faculty and staff in August, Safe Zones is an employee professional development program designed to increase campus understanding and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, and provide support and a greater sense of community for LGBTQA students. Faculty and staff interested in the initiative can attend one of the upcoming Safe Zone trainings on Sept. 30, Oct. 3, Oct. 7 or Oct. 14 by registering through the online Employee Information System. Additional trainings will be scheduled for December’s Faculty Development days. Individuals who have completed the training may choose to display the Safe Zone logo (at left) in their work space to designate they are an ally for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students. Students are able to attend Ally Training to learn more about positive ally behaviors and creating a safe and inclusive campus. The inaugural Ally Training is scheduled from 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Students planning to attend can RSVP by email to Sara H. Ousby, associate director of student activities for diversity and cultural life. More about Penn College’s LGBTQA resources is available through the Student Activities website.

Flu Shots Available Through College Health Services Starting Oct. 2

Beginning Oct. 2, Penn College Health Services will administer flu shots to faculty, staff, students, dependents (9 and older), spouses, retirees and alumni in Room 150 of the Bush Campus Center from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. No appointment is necessary during those hours; the cost of the vaccine is $15. Payment will be accepted in cash, check (made payable to Penn College) or credit card. The only medical reason why someone should not receive the flu vaccine is an allergy to eggs, neomycin or polymixin, or a previous life-threatening reaction to an influenza vaccine, Health Services noted.

Hundreds Enjoy ‘Parent & Family Weekend’ Festivities

Kyani L. Lawrence (center), a first-year pre-nursing major from New Rochelle, New York, who also served as a Connections Link this summer, poses with her family in Wrapture.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s three-day Parent & Family Weekend, in which hundreds of participants joined with their favorite students to help celebrate the institution’s Centennial, offered a packed calendar of activities that included informal access to the president and senior administration, entertainment, food, games, tours and a popular “mocktail” competition.

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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 →

Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Executive Director Earns Doctorate From Drexel University

Brian L. Cygan

The executive director for assessment, research and planning at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently received a doctorate in educational leadership and management from Drexel University.

Brian L. Cygan, of Lock Haven, and originally of Butler, defended his dissertation, “Technical College Choice: An Action Research, Mixed Methods Study of Influences on the Enrollment Decisions of Students Admitted to a Technical College,” on Aug. 28 in Harrisburg.

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Student Organization Collecting ‘Troopons’ to Aid Military Families

Wondering what to do with that ever-growing pile of newspaper inserts and magazines in the recycling bin? Harvest them for “Troopons” – Coupons for Troops – and help a caring campus organization ease the financial burden on military families.

Students Making a Contribution is conducting a coupon drive from Thursday through Veterans Day (Sept. 11-Nov. 11), collecting manufacturers’ cents-off coupons to benefit service personnel both here at home and those stationed overseas, where currency-exchange rates are often less than favorable.

“We want to honor Penn College’s history of being military-friendly by helping out current servicemen, servicewomen and their families,” said SMAC President Bethany M. Reppert, an applied human services major from Pottsville.

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Welding Students Share ‘Bodies’ of Work in Captivating Art Project

Artist and welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson (left) installs a chef creation with the help of Chad L. Karstetter, General Services horticulturist/motor pool lead person (in yellow), and Steve J. Kopera, welding lecturer.

Artist and welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson (left) installs a chef creation with the help of Chad L. Karstetter, General Services horticulturist/motor pool lead person (in yellow), and Steve J. Kopera, welding lecturer.

The chef sculpture features a bowl of soup and saltine crackers among its appetizing details.

The chef sculpture features a bowl of soup and saltine crackers among its appetizing details.

Timothy S. Turnbach (right) welding instructor, invited college president Davie Jane Gilmour and Paul Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, to write – and weld! – their names into a book held by another figure in "Student Bodies." Here, Gilmour writes her name before welding …

Timothy S. Turnbach (right) welding instructor, invited college president Davie Jane Gilmour and Paul Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, to write – and weld! – their names into a book held by another figure in “Student Bodies.” Here, Gilmour writes her name before welding …

... and Turnbach (foreground) assists Starkey with the finishing touches.

… and Turnbach (foreground) assists Starkey with the finishing touches.

After their turns at the torch, Gilmour and Starkey visit the campus mall to delight in the ongoing installation of "Student Bodies."

After their turns at the torch, Gilmour and Starkey visit the campus mall to delight in the ongoing installation of “Student Bodies.”

“Student Bodies” – a fanciful procession of abstract, life-size human forms through the pulsing heart of campus – continues to take shape between the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and West Third Street. Sculptor and Penn College faculty member Michael K. Patterson has worked with welding students for nearly a year on the marriage of craft and creativity, forged solely of scrap-metal from their lab, and recently began installing the cavalcade of professionals and pedestrians along sidewalk islands of grass. Scheduled for dedication next month, the work is one of three Centennial art projects breathing new life into familiar surroundings.

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 →

Equipment Rodeo, Presentations Showcase State’s Energy Producers

Welding students Daniel J. Peppernick, left, of Spring Run (welding and fabrication engineering technology) and Teague W. Ohl, of Cogan Station (welding technology) help visitors to use a virtual reality welding simulator.

Welding students Daniel J. Peppernick, left, of Spring Run (welding and fabrication engineering technology) and Teague W. Ohl, of Cogan Station (welding technology) help visitors to use a virtual reality welding simulator.

Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant and instructor, talks with a visitor.

Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant and instructor, talks with a visitor.

Joseph P. Hanstine, of Lakewood, maneuvers the bucket under a PVC cage to pull a sled without knocking either the soccer ball from the sled or the tennis balls from the cage.

Joseph P. Hanstine, of Lakewood, maneuvers the bucket under a PVC cage to pull a sled without knocking either the soccer ball from the sled or the tennis balls from the cage.

Sheldon N. Smith, of Harleysville, carefully places a pipe.

Sheldon N. Smith, of Harleysville, carefully places a pipe.

August graduate Ashley M. Baker, of Coudersport, plucks a soccer ball from its perch on a traffic cone.

August graduate Ashley M. Baker, of Coudersport, plucks a soccer ball from its perch on a traffic cone.

Penn College was among participants in Saturday’s PA Energy Games at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds. The event featured educational exhibits, a heavy equipment rodeo, panel discussions and musical performances. The college was well-represented at Hughesville, with three student teams enrolled in heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis competing in a heavy equipment rodeo with industry representatives. In addition, David C. Pistner, director of energy initiatives for the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education, moderated a question-and-answer session on Education & Training. In the exhibit hall, Penn College employees and students staffed a busy booth with information about the college’s ShaleNET initiatives and its welding; heating, ventilation & air conditioning; and building sciences majors.

Adviser to Phi Mu Delta Chapter Honored With National Award

Jeffrey D. Filko (holding plaque) celebrates a national award with his Phi Mu Delta brethren.

Jeffrey D. Filko (holding plaque) celebrates a national award with his Phi Mu Delta brethren.

Jeffrey D. Filko, assistant director of Dining Services and adviser to Penn College’s Mu Xi chapter of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity, was honored Friday with the Dr. Albert D. Nutting Award as the country’s outstanding chapter adviser. “Jeff has helped Phi Mu Delta at Penn College become a very strong chapter nationally,” said John D. Wuest, an engineering design technology major from Severna Park, Maryland. “He has provided vision on becoming better gentlemen, both as mentors and as brothers. Phi Mu Delta is very honored to have Jeff Filko as its chapter adviser.”
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One-Time Bonus Payment Available to State’s Persian Gulf Veterans

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs reminds Pennsylvania veterans that they have until next Aug. 31 to apply for a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice if they served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990-Aug. 31, 1991. To apply, visit the department’s Persian Gulf Veterans Bonus website.

Lecture to Explore Emerging Technologies for Identity Protection

Lisa R. Bock

Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member Lisa R. Bock will present a lecture that explores the technology of identity protection and its ramifications on Sept. 16 as part of the college’s Centennial Colloquia Series.

Rapid technological advances since the Internet became public have opened many opportunities, but with them come threats to our identities, safety and financial resources. Passwords alone are simply not enough to protect us.

In her talk, “Who Am I; Who Do I Claim to Be? Protecting Identity in the 21st Century,” Bock explores biometric technology as a means of identity protection. Unlike a password or a smart card, biometric technology identifies an attribute that not only is unique to the individual but also defies duplication. Those attributes include fingerprints, iris, voice or facial recognition.

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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 →

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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