News about Faculty & Staff

‘Distinguished Staff’ Nominations Due March 17

Each year, Penn College recognizes outstanding employees through its Distinguished Staff Awards program. The Distinguished Staff Awards Committee, which oversees the nomination and recommendation of award-winners, encourages employees to take the time to complete a nomination form to promote the recognition of a colleague. Penn College is extremely proud of its employees and the job they do to the benefit of students each and every day.  The DSA program is one way in which that contribution is recognized. To view the award eligibility guidelines, nomination requirements and the online form, visit the Human Resources portal site. Employees are encouraged to carefully read guidelines and instructions and to prepare the necessary information prior to submission. Nomination forms must be submitted online; simply enter the gathered information into the fields provided and click the “Submit” button. Completed forms must be submitted no later than March 7. Questions can be addressed to the Human Resources Office at DIF 53 or by telephone at 570-326-3761 ext. 7414 or 4151.

Colloquium Connects Technology, Personal Relationships

Faculty members (from left) John D. Maize, Sandra Lakey and Joe Loehr will present a colloquium focused on technology and interpersonal communication on Feb. 23 at Penn College.

The intersection of technology, interpersonal communication and human relationships takes center stage in a colloquium set for Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“Technology and Interpersonal Relationships: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” will be presented by Sandra Lakey, associate professor of speech communication-composition; Joe Loehr, associate professor of mass media communication/English-composition; and John D. Maize, instructor of speech communication-composition. All are faculty members in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications at Penn College.

Free and open to the public, the event is the third presentation of the Daniel J. Doyle Technology & Society Colloquia Series. A reception will follow.

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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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Dean, Professor Establish Scholarship for Marketing Students

The first recipient of Penn College’s Luke-Moff Marketing Scholarship, Gwendolyn A. Lavelle (center), of Pocono Summit, meets with the scholarship’s founders, Steven J. Moff, professor of business administration: management and marketing, and Gerri F. Luke, dean of business and hospitality. Lavelle is sophomore in business administration: marketing concentration.

Two marketing professionals and longtime Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members have established a scholarship to benefit students majoring or minoring in marketing at the college.

The Luke-Moff Marketing Scholarship was initiated by Gerri F. Luke, dean of the School of Business & Hospitality at Penn College, and Steven J. Moff, professor of business administration: management and marketing. Primary preference for the scholarship is given to full-time students who maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA and are pursuing a major in business administration: marketing concentration or a minor in marketing.

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Registrar Appointed at Penn College

Heather A. Swimley

Pennsylvania College of Technology has named Heather A. Swimley as registrar.

Swimley, who began her duties in January, had served as assistant registrar at the college since July 2014.

She succeeds longtime registrar Denny L. Dunkleberger, who will retire in March. Dunkleberger will serve as acting director of admissions until his retirement takes effect March 30.

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Penn College Appoints Director of Physician Assistant Program

Lynn Eckrote

Lynn Eckrote has been named director of the Physician Assistant Program at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Eckrote, who had served as a clinical director before being named interim director of the program, began her employment at Penn College in 2014.

“The same high level of enthusiasm, collaboration, dedication and professionalism Lynn brought to our clinical directorship will translate well in her new role as program director,” said Edward A. Henninger, dean of the college’s School of Health Sciences. “We fully expect that Lynn will make a positive and lasting impact on the program’s mission of producing high-quality health professionals who contribute effective, evidence-based and compassionate care.”

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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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College Store Kicks Off Exhibition of Instructors’ Artwork

Instructor's stained glass displayed in store window

A collection of faculty member Keith M. Whitesel’s stained glass is on display in The College Store during February, the first in a series of mini-galleries featuring artists who teach noncredit classes at Penn College. An instructor of electrical technology/occupations in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Whitesel is teaching Stained Glass for Beginners through Workforce Development & Continuing Education starting Feb. 22. A second class, Stained Glass: Level II, will begin April 11. Stop by The College Store to see his beautiful works of art as they glimmer in the sun – and revisit throughout the year as other media (photography, jewelry, etc.) are exhibited. (The pieces of art are not for sale.)

College Emissaries Tout ‘degrees that work’ at Mentor Event

Brad M. Martin (center) and alumnus Peter J. Shkuda (right) speak with ACE Mentor participants about the 100-percent placement rate among Penn College's construction management graduates. (Photo by Susan Martin)

Representatives of the School of Construction & Design Technologies recently traveled to an ACE affiliate event hosted at Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational Technical School. ACE Mentor Mike Weidner, of Weidner Construction Services in Mechanicsburg, and Jason E. Krick, an assistant professor in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s construction management major, coordinated the opportunity to introduce ACE Mentor participants and their parents to the college’s “degrees that work.”

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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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Retired Penn College Employee Establishes Scholarship Fund

A Pennsylvania College of Technology retiree has established a merit-based scholarship that will ultimately be funded through a bequest.

Begun by Juliann T. Pawlak, a 27-year employee who retired in 2011, the scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better in one of the following Penn College majors: building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration, building science and sustainable design: building construction technology concentration, civil engineering technology, residential construction technology and management: architectural technology concentration, electronics and computer engineering technology, and engineering design technology.

“I am tremendously appreciative of Julie’s thoughtfulness in establishing this scholarship,” said Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. “Julie has been a consistent supporter of the college, both as an employee and since she has retired. Planning for a future gift from her estate further demonstrates her desire to help Penn College students succeed and, for this, the entire Penn College community is grateful.”

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Confection Connection Sweetens Students’ Field Experience

Behind the scenes, students Courtney K. Brown, of Hanover; Jeffrey L. Bretz, of Quakertown, Lloyd A. Shope, of Blanchard, prepare sample boxes of Guittard Chocolate.

An inviting sample of Guittard’s high-end single-origin chocolates and blends.

At Guittard’s trade show booth, from left, baking and pastry arts students Sarah I. Tielman, of Tatamy; Lloyd A. Shope, of Blanchard; and Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie; with Laura Tornichio-Vidal, northeast territory sales manager for Guittard.

Baking and pastry arts students made a recent weekend trip to the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show, where they worked alongside Laura Tornichio-Vidal, northeast territory sales manager for Guittard Chocolate Co., to prepare samples. The show, held Jan. 9-11 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, is hosted by the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia. It is the largest trade show dedicated to the retail confectioner and attracts exhibitors and speakers from across the country and around the world. Tornichio-Vidal presented “A Guided Tasting of Blends and Single-Origin Chocolate” at the show, sharing information about flavor development from field to table, giving special attention to the important topics of sustainability and fair trade. Guittard is an important supporter of the college’s hospitality majors, donating all of the chocolate the programs use. The students were accompanied by Chefs Todd M. Keeley and Charles R. Niedermyer, instructors of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, who provided the photos. “It’s always a pleasure to work with Guittard; they are so thoughtful and precise with their actions. It’s great for the students to see how a company makes decisions with the customers’ experience in mind,” Niedermyer said. “We also really benefited from attending the lecture and Laura’s chocolate expertise.”

Dean of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Appointed

Michael J. Reed

Michael J. Reed has been named dean of the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Reed, who had served as interim dean for the school since July, has more than 20 years of leadership, teaching and counseling experience. Previously, he served as assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications at Penn College, working collaboratively with the mathematics, natural sciences and communications faculty.

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New Penn College/WVIA TV Series Connects Education, Careers

Student video production assistant Kashiki E. Harrison views the website for “Working Class,” a new TV series produced by Penn College in partnership with WVIA, which will encourage viewers to make an impact by pursuing careers that reflect their personal talents and interests. Harrison, of Williamsport, and fellow student videographer Jeffrey A. Stanley, of Stewartstown, assist with the series.

Students and teachers who connect learning with real work experiences will be featured in a new series premiering this month on public television.

“Working Class” will encourage viewers to make an impact in the world by pursuing careers that reflect their personal talents and interests. The first episode in the series, which is produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology in partnership with WVIA Public Media, will premiere in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. on WVIA.

Following the broadcast premiere, series content also will be shared via the Penn College and WVIA websites and on YouTube. Viewers also may follow the series on Facebook and Twitter.

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Memorial Service Set for Emeritus Professor, First Director of ESC

Joseph G. Sick

A memorial service will be held Saturday for Joseph G. Sick, a longtime faculty member at both of Penn College’s predecessors (Williamsport Technical Institute and Williamsport Area Community College) and first director of the Earth Science Center. He retired as a professor emeritus in 1983 after 34 years’ employment. During his tenure at WACC, he served as a professor and director of the Earth Science Division for 18 years. The service will be at 2 p.m. in Pine Street United Methodist Church. A 2007 interview with Sick, conducted by Daniel J. Doyle, an emeritus professor of history at the college, is available in MP3 format on the Madigan Library’s WTI podcast page.