Last updated May 26, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff | One Comment
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Longtime Record of Service Typifies Penn College Employees
A number of employees at Pennsylvania College of Technology are reaching service milestones in 2015-16, including one attaining the 40-year mark. Penn College employees marking additional milestones of a quarter century or more include: 35 years, four; 30 years, 13; and 25 years, five.
“These dedicated employees are committed to ensuring Penn College remains true to its unique mission,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour. “We are grateful for their service to the institution.”
Penn College Provides Timely Workshop Topics to Health Care Pros
Suicide prevention training was a lead topic when the School of Health Sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted a continuing education workshop for health care professionals who serve as educators to the college’s students while they complete rotations at area health care facilities.
According to recent data, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the United States among 15- to 24-year-olds.
“Suicide has affected our communities, including Penn College, in a very disturbing way,” said Barbara J. Natell, director of the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and one of the coordinators for the workshop. “The problem is escalating to epidemic proportions. Anything we can do to heighten awareness and interventions – with prevention at its core – should be promoted.”
Last updated May 23, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences | Leave a comment
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.
Last updated May 23, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff | Leave a comment
Between Classes, Faculty Turn Focus to More Effective Teaching Practices
The Summer Teaching Institute, a day and a half of professional development, recently offered faculty the opportunity to gain new information, improve skills and associate with colleagues in the relaxed atmosphere of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. Among the topics at this year’s end-of-semester event were tools for student assessment, selection of general-education electives for advisees, staying apprised of workforce trends, creative and collaborative “makerspaces,” and teaching with technology. Guest speakers were Kyle D. Bowen, director of education technology services at Penn State; Kyle L. Peck, a research fellow, professor of education and co-director of Penn State’s Department of Learning and Performance Systems; and Gary R. Hafer, professor of English at Lycoming College. The institute was overseen by Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction, and the Professional Development Office.
Last updated May 23, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff | Leave a comment
Picnic Offers Good Time, Aids Good Cause
Penn College colleagues ended the first Friday of summer hours with a third annual Employee and Retiree Picnic in and around the Field House. Lunch was catered by the alumni-owned Acme Barbecue; the afternoon also included indoor and outdoor games, raffles and catch-up socializing before the closer-than-you-think start of fall classes. Nonperishable food items were collected to support The Cupboard at Penn College, an initiative in support of students experiencing food insecurity.
Last updated May 20, 2016 | Posted in Dining Services, Events, Faculty & Staff | One Comment
Yucatan Travelers Share Study-Abroad Experiences
Among the engaging end-of-semester activities that occurred across campus in recent weeks were presentations by students in MTH 156 (Mathematics in Non-European Cultures). Gathering in the Bush Campus Center TV Lounge, the students offered insights into their study-abroad adventures in Mexico earlier this year. The unique course blends mathematics, anthropology and cultural adventures, and is led by D. Robert Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science, and Curt E. Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics. This year’s student group represented a diverse range of majors including manufacturing and engineering technology, industrial and human factors design, studio arts, construction management, and pre-physician assistant. The Penn College class traveled to the Yucatan peninsula, specifically the Mexican states of Yucatan and Campeche. This year’s outing marked the fifth time Cooley and Vander Vere have guided students in the exploration of ancient Maya civilization.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
A previous MTH 156 travel experience was showcased in this video on the college YouTube channel:
Last updated May 20, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students | Leave a comment
College Preps Dual-Enrollment Partners for Coming Year
On May 17-18, the College Transitions Office hosted the 135 secondary teachers who will teach Penn College NOW courses to their high school students in 2016-17. The teachers spent the morning attending sessions on “Academic Resources for Students and Teachers,” led by Monica A. McCarty, the college’s dual enrollment specialist, and librarian Helen L. Yoas; and “Instructional Strategies to Nurture Student Learning and Motivation,” taught by Pat Scheib, academic skills specialist in Penn College’s Academic Success Center. The secondary teachers spent the afternoon meeting in groups with their Penn College faculty liaisons about the courses they’ll teach next school year. Thirty-eight Penn College faculty members serve as liaisons for the program. “Secondary teachers in attendance came from each of our 40 partners across the state and teach Penn College NOW courses connected with every academic school on campus,” said McCarty, who coordinated and hosted the event with colleagues Brigette M. Cleary, secretary to academic services and college transitions, and Laura M. Machak, college transitions specialist. The professional development is a requirement of the college’s accreditation through the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. Penn College NOW is one of only two accredited dual-enrollment programs in Pennsylvania.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
Last updated May 19, 2016 | Posted in College Transitions, Events, Faculty & Staff | Leave a comment
Hands-On Visit Lets Middle-Schoolers Jump-Start Career Aspirations
More than 1,040 students and chaperones from seven area middle schools visited Tuesday, exploring a wide variety of technical careers through hands-on activities, tours of facilities, and discussions with Penn College students and faculty. Career Day, organized by the College Transitions Office is held each spring and fall; the next program, for students in ninth through 12th grade, will be held Oct. 13.
Last updated May 18, 2016 | Posted in College Transitions, Events, Faculty & Staff, Students | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment
Faculty Member, Family Serve Community Dinner
Barbara K. Emert-Strouse, assistant professor of dental hygiene, was joined by her family, including Scott L. Neff, a May culinary arts and systems graduate, in serving a free dinner for the community recently at Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport. The “Pay It Forward” dinner began as a class project for students in the college’s Community Dental Health course and has evolved into a volunteer project for second-year dental hygiene students and Emert-Strouse’s family. The church offers a free meal for the community on the first Saturday of each month, and Emert-Strouse and her family provided the groceries and the manpower to prepare and serve the May edition.
Last updated May 17, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Dental Hygiene, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences | One Comment
Nearly 1,000 Earn ‘degrees that work’ in Weekend Ceremonies
Three commencement ceremonies were held May 13-14 for the nearly 1,000 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2016 semester. Friday afternoon’s exercises at the Community Arts Center featured students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. Students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences received their degrees Saturday morning, while those in the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies crossed the magnificent stage during the afternoon. Student speakers were Anthony D. Gobbi, who received a bachelor’s degree in building automation technology on Friday; Cortney Lyn Weaver, who earned an associate degree in dental hygiene on Saturday morning; and Jessica R. Wiegand, who received a bachelor’s in business administration: marketing concentration Saturday afternoon. The college also bestowed a pair of Excellence in Teaching Awards and four alumni awards.
Last updated May 14, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, President, Students | Tagged as gallery | One Comment
Penn College Faculty Earn ‘Excellence in Teaching’ Awards
Two faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology were honored with Excellence in Teaching Awards during Spring Commencement ceremonies held May 13-14 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.
As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program at Penn College, President Davie Jane Gilmour presented Excellence in Teaching Awards to Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology, and Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history and political science.
Last updated May 14, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Individualized Programs of Study, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Plastics & Polymer, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications | Leave a comment
Annual Recognition Accorded Penn College Employees, Faculty
Pennsylvania College of Technology held its traditional Employee Recognition event on May 12, presenting awards to Distinguished Staff, a part-time instructor, faculty advisers, new members of its Quarter Century Club and employees who retired during the 2015-16 academic year.
Last updated May 12, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff | Leave a comment
Award-Winning Employees Catalyst for ‘Global Responsibility’
Closing out the 2015-16 school year with a Thursday morning message to campus colleagues, President Davie Jane Gilmour honored meritorious employees who “have inspired us all to be more caring … more productive … and more vital members of this priceless Penn College community.” And looking ahead to the challenges of tomorrow, with 10 little words as a road map, she rallied others to follow that example when opening potential students’ eyes to Pennsylvania College of Technology. “It is important that everyone in the room realize that recruiting is a global responsibility. All of us play one of the key roles in the process,” she said. “All of us play a part and, without all of us working together, we cannot achieve our goals.”
Last updated May 12, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, General Information, President | Leave a comment
Penn College Dedicates Nursing Education Center
On May 10, during National Nurses Week, Pennsylvania College of Technology dedicated its Nursing Education Center.
The Nursing Education Center occupies the first floor of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Science Center’s west wing. The facility contains 10 dedicated classrooms and seven learning labs serving more than 350 students enrolled in nursing majors at the college.
“The Penn College nursing program began in 1963 with a certificate in practical nursing; today, we offer associate and bachelor’s degrees in support of an increasing demand for highly qualified nursing professionals,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour. “Our nursing degrees incorporate Penn College core values, typified by hands-on instruction and a student-centered learning environment. These expanded and consolidated facilities enable us to produce more graduates for this rewarding career field.”
Last updated May 10, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Nursing | Tagged as gallery | One Comment
Truck Donated by FedEx Delivers Expanded Opportunity for Students
Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s diesel equipment majors now have newer equipment on which to hone their craft, thanks to a graduate’s ongoing involvement with his alma mater.
The donation of a 2006 Volvo truck was facilitated by Greg A. Moser, an alumnus of Penn College’s former diesel technology: Mack emphasis major. Based in Pocono Summit, Moser is a district fleet maintenance manager for FedEx Freight. He frequently recruits at campus career fairs and serves on the college’s Diesel Technology Advisory Committee.
Last updated May 10, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Diesel & Power Generation, Faculty & Staff, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | One Comment