A college-prep expert, who helps parents navigate the maze of higher education, is writing about Penn College for a national audience. Suzanne Shaffer, author of the Parents Countdown to College Coach blog, extensively toured campus on April 29-30. “Once students graduate from Penn College, they can hit the ground running. It’s not necessary for employers to train them on basic techniques or skills,” she writes in the just-posted second installment. “They are familiar with equipment, tools, practices and techniques used to work at their chosen career immediately after graduation. Employers hire Penn College students because they know these students have been trained properly and are familiar with their products, services and equipment.” Shaffer’s introductory piece, “Degrees That Work: One College’s Best-Kept Secret,” debuted earlier in the month. Shaffer is supplementing her blog with references to Penn College on social media.
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Following the lead of metal sculptor and welding instructor Michael K. Patterson, welding majors at Penn College employed their skills to create “Student Bodies,” abstract human forms that line the main campus mall. The project, one of three outdoor art installations dedicated during the college’s 2014 Centennial celebration, is chronicled in a new YouTube video. “The school obviously gives us a lot. A lot of skills. A lot of stuff we can take out into the world,” says Peter K. Ptacek, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Lewisburg. “It’s just really nice to be able to leave something behind.”
About 60 people are attending the two-day Summer Teaching Institute, which opened Tuesday at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood. Held at the close of each academic year, the event – which includes about a dozen breakout sessions and a panel discussion – helps faculty hone their classroom/laboratory skills as they look ahead to the resumption of classes in the fall. Among the topics at this year’s institute were academic advising, online teaching tools and varied strategies for student interaction.
Faculty and several staff members across campus joined Penn College’s Outreach for K-12 staff in providing a day of career learning for just over 1,000 middle-schoolers from five area school districts. The event is designed to give participants a taste of a variety of career options, which in turn will help them to make informed decisions about their futures.
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.
More Than 900 Graduate in Spring Commencement Ceremonies
Pennsylvania College of Technology held three commencement ceremonies May 15-16 for more than 900 students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2015 semester. The Friday afternoon proceedings at the Community Arts Center honored students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Construction & Design Technologies. The School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies were featured Saturday morning, while students from the the School of Health Sciences and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications graduated during the afternoon session. Student speakers were Matthew J. Glodowski, of Hainesport, New Jersey, awarded a bachelor’s degree in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration on Friday; Andrew S. Manley, of Cogan Station, who earned two bachelor’s degrees – information technology sciences: gaming and simulation, and software development and information management on Saturday morning; and Bethany M. Reppert, of Minersville, who received a bachelor’s degree in applied human services Saturday afternoon. The college also bestowed three Excellence in Teaching Awards and three alumni awards.
Pennsylvania College of Technology bestowed Excellence in Teaching Awards upon three faculty members during commencement ceremonies held May 15-16 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport.
As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presented Excellence in Teaching Awards to Roy H. Klinger, instructor of collision repair; Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts; and John G. Upcraft, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing.
Distinguished Staff Awards and other year-end accolades were presented at an all-campus meeting observing the 20th annual Employee Recognition Week at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
In addition to Distinguished Staff Awards, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presented awards for Excellence in Academic Advising and Part-Time Teaching Excellence. The college also inducted the newest members of its Quarter Century Club and honored dozens of employees retiring in the 2014-15 academic year.
President Davie Jane Gilmour closed out the 2014-15 academic year by recognizing the Penn College employees whose galvanizing work ethic will prevail against the formidable opportunities that await on the other side of summer break. “I am confident in our future and in our meeting the challenges that lie ahead,” she said. “As you well know, for me, they are opportunities. I hope you join me on the journey and continue to work to allow Penn College to become the national leader in applied technology education we deserve to be.”
Jodi L. Binkley, of South Williamsport, received the Outstanding Early Educator Award from the Central Susquehanna Association for the Education of Young Children at its 20th annual conference, held recently in Penn’s Inn in the Bush Campus Center on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology.
The visitation and funeral will be Friday for Marlin M. Roush, a former instructor and dean at Williamsport Area Community College, who died Sunday, May 10, at his Williamsport home. Originally hired as a temporary faculty member in 1962, he retired in 1982 as dean of the Automotive, Aviation and Heavy Equipment Department. After WACC’s transformation into Penn College, he returned as a part-time theater technician from 1990-93. Calling hours for family and friends will be 10-11 a.m. Friday at Spitler’s, 733 Broad St., Montoursville, followed by the funeral at 11. A full obituary was published in The (Sunbury) Daily Item, among other area newspapers.
An end-of-semester employee picnic, held for a second year due to its popularity during Penn College’s 2014 Centennial, was held in and around the Field House on Friday. Co-workers formed teams for a variety of competitive (and a number of less-cutthroat) games, retirees returned, sunshine and good company prevailed, raffles tempted prize-hunters, and alumnus George E. Logue III served phenomenal fare from his Acme Barbecue takeout and catering restaurant.
Services will be Tuesday for Dr. William B. Urosevich, retired professor of biology (anatomy and physiology) and a 2008 Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award recipient, who died Wednesday, May 6, in Lewisburg. Dr. Urosevich, who began his full-time teaching career at Penn College in 1993, was also a recipient of the college’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997. He was an adjunct instructor before joining the faculty full-time, and he also served as adviser to the Wildcat Power Team. He retired in August 2010. He received a doctor of optometry degree with clinical honors from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia, and a Master of Science in system management from the University of Southern California. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wilkes University, and was a graduate of the U.S. Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. A visitation/viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 12, at Rooke Chapel, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, followed by services and burial from noon to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be directed to the Dr. William B. Urosevich Memorial Scholarship Fund, Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation, One College Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701. A full obituary was published in Saturday’s edition of The (Sunbury) Daily Item.
Scott A. Geist, Surgical Technology Program director at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was recently appointed to the eight-member Board of Directors of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
Geist has served as an ARC/STSA accreditation site visitor since 2009. His three-year term on its Board of Directors will begin June 1.
In their annual volleyball match against a staff/faculty team Wednesday night, students won the first set by a 25-21 score. That momentum continued in the second set, as the students charged to a 6-0 lead. The staff/faculty team clawed its way back, eventually only trailing by four (11-7), but the students went on a run to boost that score to 21-12. It was then that the staff/faculty team found some magic and made a surge of its own. Thanks to some unreturnable serves, the employees came back to tie the game at 21! Continuing its hot streak, the staff/faculty team secured the second set and won (25-22), tying the match before going into the third and final set. Employees kept the momentum going, jumping to a 9-2 lead early in the third set, with little answer from the students. But the students, not going down without a fight, mounted a comeback and cut their opponents’ lead to 13-8. The staff/faculty team then won the final two points, winning the set 15-8 and winning the match 2-1 capping off a great come-from-behind win to beat the students for the first time since 2012. Members of the student team were Melissa Stabley, Dara McConnell, Carl Baker, Vinnie DelMonte, James Boylan and Nicholas Gray. Comorising the staff/faculty team were Dan Warner, Paul Watson, Sean Stout, Elliott Strickland, Carol Lugg and Bambi Hawkins. The referee was Tim Stasulli and the scorekeeper was Rafael Correa.
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation