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Penn College Awarded Gold for Centennial Marketing Campaign
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Pennsylvania College of Technology’s efforts to publicize its 2014 Centennial celebration were honored with a Gold Award in the 30th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report.

Penn College received a Gold Award in the Total Public Relations Program category for a submission that included a variety of Centennial-related works produced during the 2014 calendar year.

Among the materials submitted for judging were a documentary film, “Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education”; a commemorative book, “Marketing With a Mission: Building the Brand That Became Pennsylvania’s Premier Technical College”; Centennial banners; brochures, posters, fliers, programs and invitations created for various campus events; paid advertisements; a Centennial calendar; website content; and an effort targeting multiple social media platforms.

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Live TV Show to Feature College’s Chief Academic Officer

Paul L. Starkey

Paul L. Starkey

WPSU

WPSU

Paul L. Starkey, Penn College’s vice president for academic affairs/provost, will be a guest on WPSU-TV’s “Conversations LIVE” program at 8 p.m. Thursday. In the hourlong program, host Patty Satalia will discuss career and vocational education with Starkey and the other scheduled guest, David L. Passmore, distinguished professor of education and operations research at Penn State. They’ll answer questions from the host and from viewers.

Professor Serves as Judge for On-Campus STEM Competition

David S. Richards

A Pennsylvania College of Technology professor served as a judge for the regional Governor’s PA STEM Competition held recently on the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

David S. Richards, professor of physics, was one of four judges for the high school competition coordinated regionally by BLaST Intermediate Unit 17. While learning about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers, teams were required to design, build and present a device addressing a real-world problem with the goal of improving the quality of life for Pennsylvania residents.

Teams from Williamsport Area High School and Hughesville High School competed to be the top school from Intermediate Unit 17’s four-county region and advance to the state finals in May at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster.

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Assistant Dean of Construction & Design Technologies Named

Carol A. Lugg

Carol A. Lugg has been named assistant dean for the School of Construction & Design Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Lugg most recently was director of the Office of Transfer Initiatives, smoothing incoming students’ pathways to bachelor’s degrees and furthering articulation agreements with two-year institutions in majors that dovetail with Penn College’s academic offerings.

“Carol is a great addition to the leadership team in Construction & Design Technologies,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “She has extensive experience in higher education in a number of roles. I am impressed with her commitment to students and effective teaching. She is creative and brings great enthusiasm to her work.”

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Citing Flawed Analysis, Website Corrects Erroneous Crime Ranking

With Tuesday night’s finding that a website wrongly included Penn College on a list of unsafe campuses, President Davie Jane Gilmour has updated the institution’s response.

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President Issues Message About Campus Safety

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour has responded to a recent online article about campus crime, meeting the “disturbing” and “terribly misleading” headline with accurate statistics, an administrative commitment to student and employee safety, and confidence in the Penn College Police department’s proactive enforcement efforts.

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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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Tickets Available for ’60s-Themed ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’

'60s-themed Murder Mystery Dinner coming to PDC

’60s-themed Murder Mystery Dinner coming to PDC

Student tickets ($16) are on sale at the Bush Campus Center Information Desk for “The Tragical Tripp,” a far-out 1960s murder mystery dinner, to be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Thompson Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room. Tickets ($20) for Penn College faculty and staff will be available starting Feb. 17. For more information on the dinner, for which 1960s clothing is encouraged, consult the colorful event poster – designed in appropriate period psychedelia – by Mitch Berninger, a student marketing assistant in the Student Activities Office: Murder Mystery Dinner

Video Follows Faculty Member’s Preparation for ‘World Cup’ Finals

A new addition to Penn College’s YouTube Channel focuses on Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II, an instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, a finalist to represent the United States at the 2016 Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie (the “World Cup of Bread Baking”). He will compete in Rhode Island against two other talented chefs the first weekend in March to determine who will be Team USA’s breakfast pastry specialist during next year’s international event in Paris. While the competition brings distinction to Niedermyer and his colleagues in the School of Business & Hospitality, his preparation has proved inspirational for students. “I’ve been bringing in new flavors and new techniques to class,” the 2000 alumnus says. “It’s allowed me to be a good example to them about if you want to pursue something, you go for it. It’s in perfect harmony with class.”

College’s Centennial Colloquia Culminate in Panel Discussion

Moderator James E. Cunningham, retired vice president for information technology and business process improvement, notes that campus lectures will continue as the Dan Doyle Science, Technology and Society Colloquia Series. Doyle, faculty emeritus and the college's Master Teacher in 1984, was a driving force behind the college's just-ended Centennial celebration.

Moderator James E. Cunningham, retired vice president for information technology and business process improvement, notes that campus lectures will continue as the Dan Doyle Science, Technology and Society Colloquia Series. Doyle, faculty emeritus and the college’s Master Teacher in 1984, was a driving force behind the college’s just-ended Centennial celebration.

Faculty panelists drawn from this past year's Centennial Colloquia Series field a question from the audience. From left are Dorothy J. Gerring and Robert A. Wozniak, associate professors of architectural technology; Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology; Mark D. Noe, professor of English-composition; Rob Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science; and Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science.

Faculty panelists drawn from this past year’s Centennial Colloquia Series field a question from the audience. From left are Dorothy J. Gerring and Robert A. Wozniak, associate professors of architectural technology; Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology; Mark D. Noe, professor of English-composition; Rob Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science; and Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science.

A biometric image on a smartphone – technology only recently embraced by Bock (third from left) – recalls her September lecture on identity protection.

A biometric image on a smartphone – technology only recently embraced by Bock (third from left) – recalls her September lecture on identity protection.

While recognizing the role of technology in effecting change, Gerring said it is but one factor in converting public will into progressive action.

While recognizing the role of technology in effecting change, Gerring said it is but one factor in converting public will into progressive action.

Nursing major Sadie E. Bebko, of Allegany, N.Y., defends her generation against the suggestion that reliance on technology has left her peers unable to read a map or finish a book. While she and her peers avail themselves of shortcuts, she rebutted, they are more than capable of processing and retaining the complex information necessary to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens.

Nursing major Sadie E. Bebko, of Allegany, N.Y., defends her generation against the suggestion that reliance on technology has left her peers unable to read a map or finish a book. While she and her peers avail themselves of shortcuts, she rebutted, they are more than capable of processing and retaining the complex information necessary to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens.

Six Penn College faculty members, who combined for four enlightening and provocative lectures during 2014’s Centennial Colloquia Series, reconvened on campus Wednesday night for a roundtable recap. The discussion, titled “Riding the Wave of Technological Change: Revolution or Evolution?” was held in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The group (Dorothy J. Gerring, Robert A. Wozniak, Lisa R. Bock, Mark D. Noe, Rob Cooley and Craig A. Miller) ably kicked around the connection between technology and progress, entertaining questions from moderator James E. Cunningham and the audience.
Photos by Elizabeth S. Greis, student photographer

‘Race Experience’ Brings Participants Face-to-Face With Diversity, Cultural Identity

Gage M. Okonski, of Reading, enrolled in the residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, is joined in The Race Experience by his girlfriend, Chelsea Lorah, of Reading.

Gage M. Okonski, of Reading, enrolled in the residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, is joined in The Race Experience by his girlfriend, Chelsea Lorah, of Reading.

Construction management student Byron B. Reber, of Stevens, considers words that reflect the positivity of our differences ...

Construction management student Byron B. Reber, of Stevens, considers words that reflect the positivity of our differences …

... then chooses among the options for his change in appearance.

… then chooses among the options for his change in appearance.

A Public Relations & Marketing co-worker temporarily assumes camera duty for Dalaney T. Vartenisian, seated for a personal perspective on her photo assignment.

A Public Relations & Marketing co-worker temporarily assumes camera duty for Dalaney T. Vartenisian, seated for a personal perspective on her photo assignment.

Phillip E. McCoy, of Linden, a construction management major who accompanied Reber to the library, assesses his new persona.

Phillip E. McCoy, of Linden, a construction management major who accompanied Reber to the library, assesses his new persona.

Members of the Penn College community, curious about how they would look with altered ethnicity, have visited The Race Experience this past week in Madigan Library. The kiosk, a touch-screen installation on the library’s first floor through Friday, takes a digital photograph and transforms it to literally let participants see themselves in a different skin. The booth is designed to facilitate a healthy dialogue on the value of diversity, allowing visitors to share the face-morphing photos via social media and to reflect on societal factors that perpetuate racism and discrimination. Co-sponsored by the Student Government Association, the interactive display – with a mantra of “There is only race: the human race” – reinforces the college’s cross-campus commitment as a Community of Respect.
Most photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

‘Wings’ Fundraiser Benefits THON, Construction Association

Charitable construction students and supportive faculty, representing Penn College's active PCCA chapter, mingle at the fundraiser. Back row, from left, are Vincent S. DelMonte, of Berlin, N.J., and instructors Barney A. Kahn IV and Richard M. Sarginger. Seated, from left, are students Mark A. Lapszynski, of Kennett Square, and Michael J. Leventhal, of King of Prussia.

Charitable construction students and supportive faculty, representing Penn College’s active PCCA chapter, mingle at the fundraiser. Back row, from left, are Vincent S. DelMonte, of Berlin, N.J., and instructors Barney A. Kahn IV and Richard M. Sarginger. Seated, from left, are students Mark A. Lapszynski, of Kennett Square, and Michael J. Leventhal, of King of Prussia.

Mixing food and philanthropy is this smiling trio of dental hygiene majors (from left): Chelsea E. Miller, of Chambersburg; Morgan E. Moberg, of Huntingdon; and Paige T. Messinger, of East Berlin.

Mixing food and philanthropy is this smiling trio of dental hygiene majors (from left): Chelsea E. Miller, of Chambersburg; Morgan E. Moberg, of Huntingdon; and Paige T. Messinger, of East Berlin.

Tickets bear the names of the organizational beneficiaries.

Tickets bear the names of the organizational beneficiaries.

Students from varied majors (but a unified objective) enjoy a collegial night out. From left are Chad L. Royer, of Ephrata; Michael S. Goetz, of Harleysville; Joshua L. Blank, of West Chester; Katelyn N. Sides, of Lebanon; and Evan R. Hughes, of Newton, N.J.

Students from varied majors (but a unified objective) enjoy a collegial night out. From left are Chad L. Royer, of Ephrata; Michael S. Goetz, of Harleysville; Joshua L. Blank, of West Chester; Katelyn N. Sides, of Lebanon; and Evan R. Hughes, of Newton, N.J.

Two more students from the School of Health Sciences – Victoria Krueger (left), of Staten Island, N.Y., and Abigail C. Buglio, of Harrisburg – happily help the cause.

Two more students from the School of Health Sciences – Victoria Krueger (left), of Staten Island, N.Y., and Abigail C. Buglio, of Harrisburg – happily help the cause.

A recent Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser co-sponsored by Penn College Benefiting THON and the Penn College Construction Association collected about $300 to be shared by the two student groups. Max Bower, secretary of the Off-Campus Housing Organization and organizer of the second annual event at the Loyalsock Township restaurant, this week got the final total from the Feb. 4 fundraiser, in which 10 percent of all pre-tax sales from ticket-carrying guests were split by the campus organizations. PCCA’s share is $100, with the balance going to the college’s THON chapter for the fight against pediatric cancer. This is the second year for Penn College’s involvement in the 46-hour dance marathon, held at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund. Dancers in this year’s THON, to be held Feb. 20-22, will be Sarah M. Luprek, of Berlin, enrolled in health arts: practical nursing emphasis, and Stephanie C. Myers, a culinary arts and systems major from Catawissa. Interested donors can visit the THON Web page, click “Donate Now” and select Penn College as their organization of choice.
Photos by Elizabeth S. Greis, student photographer

Art of ‘Collaboration’ Honors President’s Service

A close-up of a section of "Collaboration," created by Frederick T. Gilmour, a professional artist, former college employee and alumnus

A new sculpture visually honoring the art of collaboration and the service of Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour graces a wall in the Student & Administrative Services Center.

Created by Gilmour’s husband, Frederick T. Gilmour, a professional artist, retired college employee and alumnus, the 23-foot metal sculpture was recently installed on the third floor of the campus building, near the college’s executive offices.

“From an aesthetic standpoint, the piece represents collaboration and collegiality on the part of an administrative team,” Fred Gilmour said. “It embodies the give and take, the polishing and redirecting of ideas, and the willingness to explore numerous concepts to create a meaningful, cohesive outcome. The addition of color, texture and reflectivity allow for visual interest. They also are representative of the occasional divergent idea that seems not to ‘fit,’ but ultimately has great influence on the final result.”

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Video Crew Visits Plastics Labs in Advance of International Trade Show

Dave Pinskey (center) and Mike Lomma prep for an interview with Brittany L. Delmo, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Milford, about why she chose Penn College.

Dave Pinskey (center) and Mike Lomma prep for an interview with Brittany L. Delmo, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Milford, about why she chose Penn College.

Before the camera rolls, producer Nell Abom conducts a pre-interview with plastics and polymer engineering technology student Cody J. Fisher, of Blandon.

Before the camera rolls, producer Nell Abom conducts a pre-interview with plastics and polymer engineering technology student Cody J. Fisher, of Blandon.

Christopher J. Gagliano (left), the PIRC's program and technical service manager, leads a tour for the day's guests.

Christopher J. Gagliano (left), the PIRC’s program and technical service manager, leads a tour for the day’s guests.

Seth E. Cook (above) and Heith A. Hicks – students of Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics and polymer engineering technology and department head – are filmed during a practical exercise in the injection molding lab. Cook, of Mountville, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology; Hicks, of Williamsport, is enrolled in the two-year plastics and polymer technology major.

Seth E. Cook (above) and Heith A. Hicks – students of Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics and polymer engineering technology and department head – are filmed during a practical exercise in the injection molding lab. Cook, of Mountville, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology; Hicks, of Williamsport, is enrolled in the two-year plastics and polymer technology major.

Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics and polymer technology, coolly awaits his opportunity to discuss the industry-relevant research, development and education available in the college's plastics labs.

Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics and polymer technology, coolly awaits his opportunity to discuss the industry-relevant research, development and education available in the college’s plastics labs.

A production team from Harrisburg spent much of Tuesday in Penn College’s plastics laboratories, preparing for a brief video that will be shown at NPE: The International Plastics Showcase from March 23-27 in Orlando, Fla. Gathering footage and conducting interviews for the Team Pennsylvania Pavilion in the Orange County Convention Center were Nell Abom, a communications consultant working with the state Department of Community and Economic Development, and Commonwealth Media Services’ Mike Lomma, director of videography, and Dave Pinskey, audio engineer. The three-person crew toured labs in each of five featured processes (injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, rotational molding and thermoforming) and talked with students, faculty and Plastics Innovation & Resource Center Director C. Hank White about the hands-on education offered both on the curricular side and in helping the industry remain competitive. Penn College is one of only five colleges in the nation offering degree programs in plastics accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, and boasts unique National Centers of Excellence in rotational molding and thermoforming – distinctions that will be highlighted in the video, as well.

Admissions Rep Willingly Falls Under Theatrical ‘Spell’

Mark R. Capellazzi (front row, center) joins his castmates for an informal curtain call.

Mark R. Capellazzi (front row, center) joins his castmates for an informal curtain call.

Admissions representative Mark R. Capellazzi was among the audience volunteers invited to take part in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” which ended its two-week run at the Community Theatre League on Sunday. Recruited at Saturday night’s performance in the 100 W. Third St. venue, he and three other patrons bravely joined the cast on stage as Act I spellers in the musical comedy. Capellazzi (also a Penn College alumnus) proved to be a very good sport – making repeated trips to the microphone with increasingly difficult words, joining an impromptu dance number and, when eliminated from the competition, returning to his seat with a juice box as consolation. Colleague Sarah R. Shott snapped the souvenir photo during an after-show “meet and greet” with the CTL actors, who enthusiastically accommodated their “co-star.”

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