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President’s Council Answers ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’
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With moral support from the Wildcat, vice president for academic affairs/provost Paul L. Starkey issues the “ice bucket challenge” to the cabinet of Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte.

With moral support from the Wildcat, vice president for academic affairs/provost Paul L. Starkey issues the “ice bucket challenge” to the cabinet of Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte.

President’s Council braces for a dousing at the hands of student-athletes. Council members, from left, are David Kay, vice president for college services; Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development; Joseph S. Yoder, associate vice president for public relations & marketing; Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; Mike Cunningham, vice president for information technology/chief information officer; Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; and Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost.

President’s Council braces for a dousing at the hands of student-athletes. Council members, from left, are David Kay, vice president for college services; Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development; Joseph S. Yoder, associate vice president for public relations & marketing; Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; Mike Cunningham, vice president for information technology/chief information officer; Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; and Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost.

Challenge met!

Challenge met!

While unavailable Thursday, council member Barry R. Stiger, the college's vice president for institutional advancement, provided photographic proof of his participation.

While unavailable Thursday, council member Barry R. Stiger, the college’s vice president for institutional advancement, provided photographic proof of his participation.

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.

Economics Research Published in International Journal

Chip D. Baumgardner

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.

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Dental Hygiene Director Elected Chair of Local AHEC Board

Shawn A. Kiser

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.

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Students Meet ‘Food Network’ Competitor During Trip to York

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.

From Student Design to Employee Application, ‘It’s a Wrap’

A former FedEx Express 727 cargo plane has been repainted and wrapped with a design appropriately reflecting Pennsylvania College of Technology's innovation and technology.

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.

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Academic Mentors Provide Resource for Student Success

Joshua I. Bobenrieth, a recent electronics and computer engineering technology graduate from Port Allegany, meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

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.”

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Attendance at National Aviation Event to Be Discussed by Faculty, Alumnus

William F. Stepp III

William F. Stepp III

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.

President Keeps College in World Spotlight While Going to Bat for LLB
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In her capacity as chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, Gilmour addresses the 25,000-plus crowd at Howard J. Lamade Stadium for Sunday's title matchup.

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.

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Client Development Director Named for WDCE at Penn College

Christopher P. Ray

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.

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Counseling Services’ ‘Pet’ Project Relieves Student Jitters

Shelly and Robert C. Karschner Jr., master mechanic for the General Services motorpool, brought along Australian shepherds "Bristol" and "Dover."

Shelly and Robert C. Karschner Jr., master mechanic for the General Services motorpool, brought along Australian shepherds “Bristol” and “Dover.”

Career Services secretary Shawnalee E. Miller and "Gus," a Maltese who helped put students at ease

Career Services secretary Shawnalee E. Miller and “Gus,” a Maltese who helped put students at ease

"Bear," a Boston bulldog, was one of two dogs accompanying Patrick McCabe, coordinator of admissions/enrollment event services, and his wife, Deserae. (The other was "Layla," a Boston bulldog.)

“Bear,” a Boston bulldog, was one of two dogs accompanying Patrick McCabe, coordinator of admissions/enrollment event services, and his wife, Deserae. (The other was “Layla,” a Boston bulldog.)

Katrina A. Sinclair, a part-time member of the history faculty, with "Harry Truman," a Jack Russell terrier

Katrina A. Sinclair, a part-time member of the history faculty, with “Harry Truman,” a Jack Russell terrier

Resident assistant Kristen E. Bowes, a web and interactive media major from Wayne, meets "Hershey," a perfectly named chocolate Labrador retriever owned by Karen E. Wright, graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

Resident assistant Kristen E. Bowes, a web and interactive media major from Wayne, meets “Hershey,” a perfectly named chocolate Labrador retriever owned by Karen E. Wright, graduation assistant in the Registrar’s Office.

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

Admissions Office Issues ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to Crosstown Counterparts

A "bucket brigade" of Student Ambassadors, representing Greek Life, athletics or some of the college's "degrees that work," forms at the main entrance.

A “bucket brigade” of Student Ambassadors, representing Greek Life, athletics or some of the college’s “degrees that work,” forms at the main entrance.

Dennis L. Correll, associate dean of admissions and financial aid, helps the college mascot avoid soggy sneakers.

Dennis L. Correll, associate dean of admissions and financial aid, helps the college mascot avoid soggy sneakers.

Joseph J. Balduino gamely accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge ...

Joseph J. Balduino gamely accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge …

... and is handily doused by a Wildcat Waterfall.

… and is handily doused by a Wildcat Waterfall.

In a west-to-east wave, students dump bucket after frosty bucket over Admissions Office co-workers.

In a west-to-east wave, students dump bucket after frosty bucket over Admissions Office co-workers.

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.

Chemistry Faculty Member Presents Paper in Global Forum

Kelly B. Butzler

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.

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The Power of an Ally: Academic Mentors Provide Another Resource for Success

Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar’s Office.

Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.

Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.

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.

College’s Construction, Masonry Majors Gain Key Credential

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.

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New Faculty Bring Experience, Diverse Backgrounds to Penn College

Front row, from left: Craig Zimmerman, instructor of building automation technologies; Kenneth E. Welker Jr., lecturer in HVAC technology; Mark W. Wilson, lecturer in graphic design; Christine B. Kavanagh, instructor of nursing; John F. Chappo, assistant professor of history/history of technology; Tanae A. Traister, instructor of nursing; Mary E. Erdman, instructor of nursing; Ashley D. Holmes, instructor of health information technology; Tammy A. Miller, lecturer in biology; and Summer L. Bukeavich, instructor of business administration: management and marketing. Back row, from left: Craig A. Miller, instructor of engineering design technology; Robert A. Way, instructor of HVAC technology; Michael Damiani, instructor of aviation maintenance; Shaun D. Hack, lecturer in collision repair; David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management/social science; Michael J. Reed, assistant dean, School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Robert K. Vlacich, instructor of automotive service; and Bonnie L. Heintzelman, instructor of nursing. Not present: Anne K. Soucy, assistant professor of plastics technology.

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.”

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