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Veterans Assisting Veterans at Penn College

Chester M. Beaver (second from left), veterans affairs specialist for Penn College’s Financial Aid Office, with (from left) Veterans Administration work-study students Michael D. Seitzer, Sarah E. Ruhlman and Jacob M. Heuman.

While Veterans Day (Nov. 11) provides an annual salute to the countless individuals who have served in the U.S. armed forces, veterans’ advocacy is a daily priority at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Four active and former military personnel who provide assistance to their fellow veterans at the college’s Financial Aid Office personify that priority. Their service facilitating the transition from soldier to student was one of the factors considered by Victory Media in naming Penn College a Military Friendly School for the sixth consecutive year.

Retired Army Master Sgt. Chester M. Beaver is the college’s veterans affairs coordinator. In that role, Beaver certifies veteran student enrollment to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and ensures that educational benefit payments are verified and applied to their student accounts. He also oversees three veteran students hired under the VA Work-Study Program.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarah E. Ruhlman (Coast Guard), of New Oxford, a web and interactive media major; Pfc. Jacob M. Heuman (Pennsylvania Army National Guard), of Boiling Springs, majoring in building automation technology; and retired Sgt. 1st Class Michael D. Seitzer (Army/Marines), of Williamsport, a business management major, are the college’s VA Work-Study students for the 2014-15 academic year. All devote 20 to 25 hours per week to the college’s Veterans Affairs Office.

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Fright-Night Double-Feature Offers Howlingly Good Time
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The Wildcat and his costumed cohort

Back-to-back Halloween events provided family-friendly fun Wednesday night, beginning with the fifth annual Trick or Treat Night at the Village at Penn College. Residents of the on-campus housing complex went all-out for the younger children of students, employees and alumni, handing out goodies in a safe, controlled environment. (Many more images are available via Penn College Alumni Relations on Facebook.) The popular event was followed by a party in the Rose Street Courtyard, complete with novelties, giveaways, a dual obstacle course, food, T-shirts and prizes.

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Industry Officials Celebrate HVAC Scholars in Campus Visit

From left, National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals representatives Angel Gonzales, Art Nelsen and Judy Garber join Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies; students Roger C. Bruso, Thomas E. Daros Jr. and Michael J. Boylston; and HVAC faculty members Kenneth E. Welker Jr. and Richard C. Taylor outside the PDC.

From left, National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals representatives Angel Gonzales, Art Nelsen and Judy Garber join Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies; students Roger C. Bruso, Thomas E. Daros Jr. and Michael J. Boylston; and HVAC faculty members Kenneth E. Welker Jr. and Richard C. Taylor outside the PDC.

Representatives of the National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals visited Penn College this week, getting a closer look at an institution that has steadily produced industry scholarship recipients in recent years. OESP Executive Director Judy Garber, Education Committee Director Angel Gonzales and Scholarship Committee member Art Nelsen joined School of Construction & Design Technologies administration, faculty and students for lunch in the Thompson Professional Development Center. They also toured the school’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning labs and the student-designed and -built Victorian House. Among those attending were three of this year’s Penn College winners of OESP’s Dave Nelsen Scholarships (named for Art’s brother, the National Association of Oil Heating Service Managers’ Education Committee chair who died in 1998): Michael J. Boylston, of Carmel, New York, and Roger C. Bruso, of Feeding Hills, Massachusetts, both enrolled in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology; and Thomas E. Daros Jr., of North Salem, New York, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology major. A fourth recipient, Evan J. Aigeldinger, graduated in May with an associate degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology. Representing the school were Marc E. Bridgens, dean; Richard C. Taylor, associate professor of plumbing and heating; and Kenneth E. Welker Jr., HVAC technology lecturer. “OESP and its predecessor, NAOHSM, have been extremely helpful to our students through these $5,000 scholarships that they have made available,” Taylor said. “I am very proud of our students for pursuing them – and winning them.”

Physical Fitness Instructor/Alum Running NYC Marathon for Charity

Emily B. Miller, at the Oct. 13 Steamtown Marathon

Transcending the personal benefits of running, an instructor of fitness and lifetime sports is entering this year’s New York City Marathon to bring attention to a debilitating neurological condition.

Emily B. Miller, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences and a 2002 graduate of Penn College’s physical fitness specialist major, is running the Nov. 2 race as a fundraiser for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation in honor of a friend’s father. Dystonia is a neurological disorder that causes muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily, creating twisting movements and abnormal postures and making movement difficult.

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College Holds Centennial Open House
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Victoria Krueger, a student ambassador stationed in an information tent by "The Rock," points a family in the right direction.

Penn College welcomed prospective students, their families and friends, and its community neighbors to Fall Open House on Sunday. Helpful employees, students and alumni were on hand throughout the day to enable exploration of academic programs, student life, and the college’s campuses and facilities. The student-focused portion of the day was held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; free transportation was provided to and from the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood and the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville. A Community Centennial Event, inviting the public to help celebrate 100 years of adult education, was from 2-4 p.m.

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Flu Shots No Longer Available Through College Health Services

Nursing student Taylor K. Pompili fills a needle with the flu vaccine.

Nursing student Taylor K. Pompili fills a needle with the flu vaccine.

Nursing student Abby C. Busch checks the temperature of freshman nursing student Ryan D. Zimmerman prior to administering his vaccine.

Nursing student Abby C. Busch checks the temperature of freshman nursing student Ryan D. Zimmerman prior to administering his vaccine.

Nursing student Tricia Zapata administers a flu shot in the college’s Health Services facility.

Nursing student Tricia Zapata administers a flu shot in the college’s Health Services facility.

Students in Penn College’s Fundamentals of Nursing course collaborated with College Health Services to provide flu vaccine to more than 100 members of the college community on Oct. 2. The project was a collaborative effort with Carl L. Shaner, director of college health services; Terri A. Stone, instructor of nursing; Tushanna M. Habalar, learning laboratory coordinator for nursing education; and Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator for nursing education. “A special thanks to all Health Services staff and nursing faculty who participated to make it a successful learning experience for students,” Stone said. Additional nursing faculty overseeing students included Christine M. Shimp, Pamela W. Baker and Gina L. Bross, all instructors of nursing, and Pamela J. Jablonski, part-time instructor of practical nursing. College Health Services has sold out of this season’s flu vaccine and urges those in need to contact their primary-care physicians and/or local pharmacies.

Funeral Services to Be Held Friday for Retired Faculty Member

Services will be held in Wisconsin on Friday for Joseph P. Miglio, a former faculty member who died Saturday, Oct. 18, at the age of 90. Miglio taught at Penn College from August 1990 to March 2002, retiring as an associate professor of machine tool technology. Arrangements are being handled by Cress’ in Stoughton, Wisconsin, which posted a full obituary to its website.

Plastics Students, Faculty Mentor Attend Industry Conference

On hand for presentation of SPE's Carrie Fox Solin Memorial Scholarship awards are (from left) John R. Bartolomucci, assistant professor of plastics and polymer engineering technology at Penn College; scholarship recipients Bryan T. Robinson, of Penn College, and Samuel Moore, of Pittsburg (Kansas) State University; and Paul M. Herring, an associate professor of plastics engineering technology at Pitt State.

On hand for presentation of SPE’s Carrie Fox Solin Memorial Scholarship awards are (from left) John R. Bartolomucci, assistant professor of plastics and polymer engineering technology at Penn College; scholarship recipients Bryan T. Robinson, of Penn College, and Samuel Moore, of Pittsburg (Kansas) State University; and Paul M. Herring, an associate professor of plastics engineering technology at Pitt State.

Robinson and Julia I. Gilchrist (joined at the conference by classmate Thomas J. Ryder, who is not pictured) represented Penn College at a display table.

Robinson and Julia I. Gilchrist (joined at the conference by classmate Thomas J. Ryder, who is not pictured) represented Penn College at a display table.

Three Penn College students and a faculty member, including a Society of Plastics Engineers national scholarship recipient, attended the recent 30th annual SPE Blow Molding Division Conference in Chicago. Thomas J. Ryder, of Muncy; Julia I. Gilchrist, of Hanover; and Bryan T. Robinson, of Gilbertsville – all plastics and polymer engineering technology majors – helped staff a tabletop display and represented the college throughout the exhibits area, conference sessions, and among students attending from other colleges and universities. During the event, Robinson received the second half of his two-year $6,000 Carrie Fox Solin Memorial Scholarship from the organization. The group was accompanied by John R. Bartolomucci, assistant professor of plastics and polymer engineering technology, who was one of five panelists in a “Training Resources for Blow Molders” discussion. Moderated by Geoff Ward, of Argi Industrial Plastics, the panel also included Penn State Erie, the Behrend College; Ferris State; Calhoun Community College and Paulson Training Programs.
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Geology, Environmental Science Faculty Member Earns Doctorate

Veronica C. Ciavarella

Veronica C. Ciavarella, instructor of geology and environmental science at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently received her doctorate of education in adult education from Penn State.

Focused on distance education and, specifically, the use of labs in online geology courses, Ciavarella defended her dissertation, “Exploratory Qualitative Case Study of Lab-Type Activity Interactions in an Online Geoscience Course.”

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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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‘Career Day’ Whets Students’ Appetite for Vocational Success
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A Central Mountain High School student plugs components into a Raspberry Pi, a computer that can fit into the palm of your hand but is powerful enough to run a home media center and more.

Students narrowing their occupational choices gained some real-world focus on Friday, as the Outreach for K-12 Office again hosted Career Day on Penn College campuses. Held in the spring for seventh- to ninth-graders and in the fall for high school freshmen through seniors, the event gives regional school districts the opportunity to brings groups of students to delve into potential careers through hands-on activities, tours of facilities, and discussions with in-the-know students and on-the-job faculty.

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Radiography Seniors Hold ‘Pink Out’

Clinical supervisors Lauren E. Reed (far left, back row) and Karen L. Plankenhorn (far right, back row) join the senior class of radiographers in a "Pink Out."

Clinical supervisors Lauren E. Reed (far left, back row) and Karen L. Plankenhorn (far right, back row) join the senior class of radiographers in a “Pink Out.”

Honoring a traditional October observance that is closely aligned with their chosen career path, radiography seniors observed a “Pink Out” on Wednesday. “I encouraged my class to dress in pink … in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said  Karen L. Plankenhorn, clinical supervisor for radiography. “I worked as a mammographer prior to coming to the college and I teach the Mammography class in the spring, so breast-cancer awareness is near and dear to me.”
Photo by Cletus G. Waldman Jr., clinical director for radiography

New Experiences, Old Friends
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Blue skies and a welcoming atmosphere greeted late-morning arrivals for Saturday's numerous activities.

Homecoming 2014, a spectacular continuation of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial celebration, made institutional history while honoring it. Marked by the first-ever campus carnival, the inaugural reunion for Williamsport Area Community College alumni and employees, and an Oktoberfest, “Then … Now … Forever Proud” offered nearly a full week of activities that can’t even fit into an online gallery of more than 140 photos. More images from the week’s activities – which included a faculty lecture, a gallery opening, dedication of a conversation-starting art installation, several other get-togethers and the latest Athletic Hall of Fame induction – are available via Penn College Alumni Relations on Facebook.

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Self-Reflective Talk Offers ‘How-to’ Hints on Personal Satisfaction

Drawing from life lessons, Jacob R. Miller advises students not to "dwell on failure, but own up to your shortcomings."

As the latest Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member chosen to deliver the David London My Last Words Lecture, Jacob R. Miller shared a simple barometer of student success: “I would like to think that, at the end of every day, no matter what they have done that day, they can face themselves in the mirror.”

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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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