News about Faculty & Staff

Phi Mu Delta Chapter Aids Volunteer Effort at Food Bank

From left are Ryan J. Bollinger, of Glenolden, applied management; John E. Jones, of Cape May Court House, N.J., welding and fabrication engineering technology; Paul M. Lasell, of Williamsport, plastics and polymer engineering technology; and Raymond L. Long, of Forest City, building automation technology.

Four brothers from the Phi Mu Delta fraternity’s Xi Mu chapter at Penn College this week joined the Fabulous Food Packers in helping families served by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

Ryan J. Bollinger, John E. Jones, Paul M. Lasell and Raymond L. Long worked with the award-winning group of college employees led by Marianne E. DePasqua, a client development specialist with Workforce Development & Continuing Education.

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Scouts’ ‘Merit Badge College’ Returns for Second Year in Apt Locale

Penn College Police Officer Matthew C. Jodun works with a Boy Scout.

Electrical technologies instructor Scott A. Seroskie duplicates the participatory nature of the college courses that he teaches.

Working toward their badges in sculpture, Scouts put into practice the skills learned from David A. Stabley, a member of the college's art faculty.

Stephenson's well-equipped lab is the perfect arena for those earning their Graphic Arts badges.

Penn College hosted the second annual Merit Badge College on Saturday, drawing 170 Boy Scouts from several local councils (and a few from such farther reaches as Luzerne and Centre counties). Scouts could register for up to three badges from among the 22 offered, ranging from sustainability/architecture and fingerprinting to welding and automotive maintenance. Faculty in five of the college’s academic schools taught the labs, providing the young men a true picture of the college’s hands-on approach, and the Admissions Office gave a brief presentation and distributed backpacks full of information. Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of web and interactive media, developed and managed the online registration site for the event, and graphic design instructor Nicholas L. Stephenson worked with a student to design the commemorative patch.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

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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Penn College Embraces the PlastiVan

The Society of Plastics Engineers’ PlastiVan program recently visited Penn College to educate area students about the wonders of plastics and the rich career opportunities in the field. Students enjoyed hands-on activities revealing the power of plastics and toured the college’s plastics labs. Sekisui SPI sponsored the PlastiVan’s visit at the college, which is featured in this YouTube video:

Watch PCToday for more on the PlastiVan’s visit.

President Gilmour Among Honorees at Chamber Event

President Davie Jane Gilmour accepts the 2017 Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce President’s Award from Vincent J. Matteo (left), Chamber president/CEO, and Roger D. Jarrett, chairman of the Chamber Board.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour was presented with the President’s Award at Wednesday’s 131st Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. Other honors bestowed at the event, held at The Genetti Hotel in downtown Williamsport, were the Phillips/Plankenhorn Small Business Award to Anthony H. Visco Jr., Architects; the Large Business Award to Larson Design Group; and the Emerging Business Award to Farrington Place. (Larson Design employs more than 80 graduates of the college and its predecessors, including Williamsport Area Community College; Visco is a WACC alumnus and member of Penn College’s Architectural Technology Advisory Committee.)

Camp ESCAPE Registration Begins March 6

Members of the Penn College community are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible (starting Monday, March 6) for Camp ESCAPE (Enjoy Summer Camp at Penn College, Everyone), which offers seven weeks of fun for boys and girls aged 6-14. Campers don’t need to be sports enthusiasts, as the schedule includes a variety of weekly field trips, cooking projects, games, and activities such as kickball and dodgeball. Enrollment is limited to 30 children per day; the cost is $100 per week, regardless of drop-off/pickup times. Camp hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m. and late pickup ends at 5 p.m. The schedule: Week 1 (June 5-8), trip to Knoebels Grove on June 7; Week 2 (June 12-15), trip to Delgrosso’s Amusement Park on June 14; Week 3 (June 19-22), trip to Lake Tobias on June 21; Week 4 (June 26-29) trip to Tilt Studio on June 28; Week 5 (July 10-13) trip to Lewisburg Park and Pool on July 12; Week 6 (July 17-20), trip to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders baseball game on July 19; Week 7 (July 24-27), trip to Sunbury Pool on July 26.

Movie-Themed ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’ Saturday in PDC

Murder Mystery Dinner set for Saturday

The Penn College community is invited to join the Student Activities Office for “Lights! Camera! Murder!” a Hollywood whodunit to be held Saturday night in the Thompson Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room. While socializing and schmoozing, careers will be made, secrets will be revealed, scandals will be broken … and a homicide will happen. With a V.I.P. victim and the attendees suspect, you will be called upon to find the criminal by cracking this red-carpet caper. Will it be an aspiring actress, tired of living in the shadows? Or possibly a livid lover who has been pushed too far? As the night unfolds, so will a web of lies and scandals intricately woven to point to a killer. It is up to you to uncover the clues or the culprit will remain concealed. Come walk the red carpet for a night of secrets, celebrities and scandal! Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the show begins at 6:30. Tickets are $15.75 for students (flex, declining balance or credit card accepted) and $20 for employees (credit card). Registration is required by noon Friday and is limited to 112 people.  For more information, contact Student Activities by email or by calling 570-327-4763. The School of Business & Hospitality’s menu for the evening follows: “Murder Mystery Dinner” Menu

Campus Science Festival Entertains as It Inspires

Prospective members of Penn College's Class of 202? enjoy an educational day out of the classroom and onto an engaging campus.

More than 1,500 fifth-graders from nearly a dozen local and area school districts participated in Thursday’s sixth annual Science Festival at Penn College, gaining hands-on insight into a host of related careers. The youngsters were treated to a variety of captivating campus demonstrations during the day, and families were invited to a Field House full of attractions during the three-hour evening session.

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Adjunct, Alumna Honored with National Cancer Service Award

June Kilgus Zimmerman (second from right) receives the American Cancer Society's Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award in Atlanta last month.

A longtime adjunct faculty member and college alumna was recently honored with a national American Cancer Society award for her work with cancer patients and their families.

June Kilgus Zimmerman, an oncology social worker at UPMC Susquehanna’s Cancer Center, received the ACS Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award at a ceremony last month in Atlanta. The prestigious national honor recognizes leadership in serving the complex needs of cancer patients and their families.

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Penn College Staff to Present at ‘Business Growth Conference’

Pennsylvania College of Technology personnel are teaming up with MANTEC, a leading consultant to manufacturers in Southcentral Pennsylvania, for four sessions at next month’s fifth Business Growth Conference in Lancaster County.

The conference will be from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 30 at the Spooky Nook Sports complex, 75 Champ Blvd., Manheim.

Representatives of the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education office will each present two sessions of their respective mini-courses: Consultant Steve Quelet will offer an Industrial Arc Flash Safety Workshop from 9 to 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 to 3:30 p.m., and Thomas W. Fry, an industrial technology specialist, will present a Programmable Logic Controllers Workshop during those same time slots.

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Activist to Speak on Sexual Health, Violence Prevention

Laci Green

YouTube activist Laci Green will discuss sexual health and the prevention of sexual violence during a March 1 presentation in Lycoming College’s Keiper Recreation Center. The 7:30 p.m. program is free and open to Penn College students, faculty and staff with a valid student ID. Green will share an in-depth look at our culture’s attitudes and responses to sexual violence, noting that one in four female students and one in six male students are sexually violated while earning their degree. The statistics for other marginalized groups are even more grim. Using pop-culture examples, videos and discussion questions, she will illuminate the problem and help bring it to a halt. Her presentation is geared to a mature audience. The Oakland, Calif.-based speaker hosts an online sex education show called “Sex Plus” on YouTube that reaches 5 million young adults every month and is viewed in all 196 countries. She has worked with more than 100 universities, conferences, military groups and government offices on sexual health and sexual violence prevention efforts. She is also the host and writer of MTV Braless and produces an educational series for Planned Parenthood. Green graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and holds a certificate in rape and dating violence crisis counseling.

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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Amid a Lotta Night Music, a ‘Star’ Is Born

Top finishers (from right): Berfield, Bowes and Stansbury

Industrial design major Cullen S. Berfield was selected as this year’s “Penn College Star” following Wednesday’s fourth annual competitive showcase of campus talent. The Jersey Shore resident, one of nine musicians to perform, was chosen by a panel of judges and text votes from audience members. Kristen E. Bowes, of Wayne, a web and interactive media student, was second, and Heaven A. Stansbury, of Williamsport, enrolled in general studies, placed third. The event, held in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, was sponsored by the Off-Campus Housing Organization, assisted by the Student Activities Office, college audiovisual technicians and Students of Musical Development (who sang the national anthem and the alma mater).

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College Honored for Role in Students’ Building-Code Certification

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Two groups of Pennsylvania College of Technology students were recently on hand when the School of Construction & Design Technologies was honored by the International Code Council for participation in the Certification of Achievement program, which puts a recognized career-building tool into the hands of construction-related majors.

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Penn College Labs Inspiring Venue for SkillsUSA State Qualifier

Students from Lycoming Career and Technology Center gather in the Field House ...

... where competitors awaited the results of the day's competition.

Hundreds of guests got a taste of the distinctive Penn College experience last week, as main campus hosted SkillsUSA District 6 secondary competition in more than 50 occupational areas. A total of 238 students from the region – representing Columbia Montour Area Vocational Technical School, Keystone Central Career and Technology Center, Lycoming Career and Technology Center, Northern Tier Career Center, Northumberland County Career and Technology Center, Schuylkill Technology Center (north and south campuses), SUN Area Technical Institute, Wellsboro High School and Williamsport Area High School – competed, accompanied to their various contests by scores of advisers and others. “Everything went well and the students had a great time,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA coordinator. “I would like to thank everyone who helped to either set up, run or judge a contest. It means a lot to these schools that our faculty and administration are willing to host this contest for them. This event allowed almost 300 people to see our campus and labs.” First-place winners will advance to the 50th annual Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Championships (April 19-21) in Hershey.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer