News about Faculty & Staff

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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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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College Tops Regional List of Red Cross Bloodmobile Sites

Red Cross volunteers staff a donor check-in table outside Penn's Inn ...

... where faculty/staff and students contributed a region-topping number of pints last year.

The American Red Cross recently ran the numbers of its Top 10 blood-collection locations in Northeastern Pennsylvania … and Penn College was at the head of the list for 2015.  A total of 799 units was donated on campus last year; Bloomsburg and Lock Haven universities were second and third at 695 and 534 pints, respectively. In a related report, College Health Services said 49 units – with the potential to save 147 lives – were collected during a June 15 mini-visit to the Bush Campus Center. Online appointments are being accepted for the next drive at Penn College, set for noon-6 p.m. Sept. 7-8.

‘Senior Visit Day’ Opens 12th-Graders’ Eyes to Campus Opportunities

Mitchell J. Berninger and Lauren J. Crouse, Lead Links in the college's Connections orientation program, point the way to an illuminating day!

Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology, gives families a glimpse into class and career dynamics.

Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions/enrollment services, shares a laugh with a daughter and mother.

Scott A. Geist (far left), director of surgical technology, escorts guests along the campus mall on a gorgeous day.

Connections Link Duncan Rodriguez welcomes visitors to the Klump Academic Center for the day’s kickoff talk.

Penn College held the first of three Senior Visit Days on Friday, welcoming students heading into their final year of high school. After a welcome session with President Davie Jane Gilmour, the visitors heard academic presentations and toured labs, got an overview of financial aid and college life, took a peek at on-campus housing, lunched in the Keystone Dining Room, and had access to Admissions Office representatives to resolve all of their last-minute questions. Additional Senior Visit Days are set for July 16 and 29; campus tours are also available at 2:30 p.m. daily, Monday through Thursday.

NSSC Accepts Energy-Efficiency Award on Behalf of Industry Partner

Alison A. Diehl, director of Penn College’s National Sustainable Structures Center, accepts The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council Energy Star award from Jacob Moss, deputy director of the EPA Climate Protection Partnerships Division.

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, national sponsor of the Building Operator Certification program that trains and certifies workers in best practices for energy efficiency, has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2016 Energy Star Award.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s National Sustainable Structures Center is part of the network of licensed providers nationwide helping to administer the BOC program. Alison A. Diehl, NSSC director, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the award on behalf of the nonprofit and its training coalition.

“EPA does an outstanding job in recognizing industry partners that are achieving real impacts on energy-efficiency efforts,” Diehl said. “We are proud to represent NEEC and the national Building Operator Certification, a program that teaches facilities personnel to improve occupant comfort while maximizing facility efficiency.”

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Memorial Service Thursday for Professor Emeritus

Barbara Helen Williams

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday for Barbara Helen Williams, a professor emeritus at Penn College, who died Monday. The service for Williams, a member of the engineering drafting technology faculty at the college (and its Williamsport Area Community College predecessor) from 1980-96, will be at Muncy First United Methodist Church, 602 South Market St., Muncy.

July’s ‘First Friday’ to Include Faculty Member’s Artwork

"The Piscophilist," by David M. Moyer

David M. Moyer, an assistant professor of graphic design at Penn College, will be among exhibitors during downtown Williamsport’s First Friday celebration of the arts next month. “David Moyer: The Naturalist,” showcasing the faculty member’s printmaking artistry, will open from 6-10 p.m. July 1 at Gallery 425, 425 Market Street. Moyer – who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware and a Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore – joined the college’s full-time faculty in the Fall 2000 semester.

Garden Variety? Not With This Crew!

"Blooming Branches" fashioned by General Services' Grounds Division.

Penn College’s inventive and industrious General Services department has done it again, crafting attractive “Blooming Branches” to colorfully display annuals outside Madigan Library and the Thompson Professional Development Center. “Instead of the traditional look, the horticulture crew wanted an edgy, modern version,” explained Andrea L. Mull, horticulturist/grounds and motorpool supervisor. The time was ripe, as the metal posts that were formerly used were in poor condition and unlikely to survive another season. The Grounds Division purchased stainless steel last fall in order to build a bagged salt hopper, and Chad M. Aloisio, master mechanic, grounds/motorpool, designed and created the self-watering showpieces from the remaining material.

Students’ Civic Contribution Noted in Newscast

Student builders acknowledged

A ribbon rests atop a pillar constructed by Penn College masonry students. (Photo by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies)

Penn College’s involvement in construction of the Lycoming County Sensory Garden is noted in a Newswatch 16 piece previewing this weekend’s ribbon-cutting at the Fairfield Township facility. In addition to footage of a sign acknowledging The School of Construction & Design Technologies’ contribution, Kristina Papa’s segment features Christina Dorward, a master gardener and chair of the Sensory Garden Committee, and her husband, Dennis, associate professor of construction management/building construction work at the college.

Industrial Design Professor Authors Engineering Book

Thomas E. Ask

Creative design and mechanical engineering merge in a new book written by a Pennsylvania College of Technology professor of industrial design.

“Engineering for Industrial Designers and Inventors: Fundamentals for Designers of Wonderful Things,” written by Thomas E. Ask, was recently released by publisher O’Reilly Media.

The 216-page book is aimed at students, product and mechanical designers and inventive makers.

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Diligently Restored, Dazzlingly Arrayed

Automobiles fill the Penn College landscape in this view to the northeast from atop the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

Pennsylvania College of Technology provided a stunning backdrop for the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Grand National Meet from Thursday through Saturday, an exciting and extraordinary event that was the largest ever held by the organization. A joint project of the AACA Susquehannock Region and the Penn College Classic Cruisers student group, the gathering attracted more than 600 cars, trucks and motorcycles and thousands of participants and spectators. Activities for registrants and their families included tours of campus and local attractions, informative sessions in instructional labs, and social get-togethers … and two free events were open to the community: Friday’s keynote address by Lyn St. James in the Field House and Saturday’s car show – breathtakingly featuring 40 to 50 million dollars’ worth of automobiles – along the campus mall. A motivational speaker, St. James is a seven-time Indianapolis 500 competitor, the Indy’s first female Rookie of the Year and one of the “Top 100 Female Athletes of the Century” as chosen by Sports Illustrated. In addition to the photo gallery that follows, the memorable event is captured in a video on the college’s YouTube channel:

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European Trip Blends Sustainability, Antiquity

Pride among the ruins

Enjoying a cross-cultural experience

Thirty-nine students from the ACH 270 (European Sustainable Building, Historical Architecture and Art) class joined two faculty members on a recent nine-day, four-city educational tour of Italy. The students – accompanied on their May 18-26 adventure by Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor of architectural technology, and Daniel L. Brooks, instructor of architectural technology – visited Venice, Vicenza, Florence and Rome. “As an HVAC graduate, I enjoyed the opportunity to see how another culture views heating and cooling,” said Bradley G. Willis, who earned a bachelor’s degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design in May. “For example, while in Italy, I learned cooling set points of 78-80 (degrees Fahrenheit) are acceptable where the U.S. has a preference for the 70-72F range. This experience allowed me have a broader view of the advancement of HVAC systems, as well as cultural differences that affect our global industry.” Another new alumnus, Timothy S. Shook, offered a similar endorsement of the study-abroad program. “Being able to see the ancient buildings in person, after studying them at Penn College, created an unforgettable experience for me,” said the graduate in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration. “An experience including learning, visualizing and fun that will stay with me forever.”
Photos by Willis and Jabbour

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.”

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Penn College Provides Timely Workshop Topics to Health Care Pros

Penn College’s Brian J. Schurr, counselor, and Jen Hammond, coordinator of tutoring, lead a session on suicide awareness and intervention for the health professionals who help to educate Penn College health sciences students during clinical rotations at area health care facilities.

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.”

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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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