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History Faculty Member Assists With World AP History Exam

Craig A. Miller

A history faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology is helping to develop various components of the 2017 Advanced Placement World History Exam.

Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science, says the AP World History Exam, including the AP European and AP United States History Exams, will change format and structure in 2017. As a member of the exam’s leadership team, Miller is engaged in developing new scoring rubrics for two portions of the exam.

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Chemistry Professor Presents at Teaching Conference

Kelly Butzler

Kelly B. Butzler, associate professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania College of Technology, presented at the 12th annual Teaching Professor Conference, held recently in Atlanta.

Her presentation topic was “Take Note! The Synergistic Effects of Metacognition and the Flipped Classroom.” Butzler is an avid educational advocate for “flipped classrooms” – a blended learning approach to standard classrooms.

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Wondrous Welder Creates Ball-Glove Benchmark for Outdoor Art

A battery of helpers maneuvers the heavy handiwork into place.

Michael K. Patterson (left) with student assistant Jacob D. Poppel, of Burlington, Connecticut, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major.

A leathery look and Patterson's eye for detail lend realism to a larger-than-life enterprise.

Installed in timely fashion during the Little League Baseball World Series, the bench offers a picturesque perch.

A member of Penn College’s welding faculty, whose procession of “Student Bodies” continues to spark on-campus conversation, this week added another impressive page to his portfolio of community contributions. Michael K. Patterson worked all summer on a bench for Susquehanna Health, an oversized replica of a baseball glove he used in Little League (and has retained to this day). The welded bench weighs more than 600 pounds and swivels 360 degrees on a shaft and apparatus designed and produced by students in the college’s machining lab. It was installed Tuesday afternoon at the front entrance to the Hospitality Inn at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, which provides free accommodations to eligible patients’ families. The renovated/expanded facility, at 802 Campbell St., will be formally dedicated in mid-September. The glove accentuates the baseball theme inside and furthers the ties among Penn College, Little League and the health system. An anonymous donor provided funding for the materials and for the balance of Patterson’s time that he didn’t donate to the project. Although the bulk of the work occurred after spring classes ended, the faculty member had some assistance from students. Patterson’s civic presence also includes a sculpture on the South Williamsport side of the Susquehanna River Walk, near Maynard Street, and public artwork at West Fourth and Market streets.

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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College Volunteers in Behind-the-Scenes Report on LLB Series

Trueman (left) and Finkelstein-Diaz in WNEP report

Newswatch 16’s Kristina Papa incorporated volunteers from Penn College’s School of Health Sciences in her Tuesday report on preparations for the Little League Baseball World Series. The WNEP multimedia journalist recently interviewed Mark A. Trueman, director of paramedic technology programs; and emergency medical services and paramedic technician students Louis J. Mazzante IV, of Montoursville, and Adam N. Finkelstein-Diaz, of Stroudsburg. Series play begins in South Williamsport on Thursday, the day after the college hosts a cookout for the 16 bracketed teams before the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street.

Penn College HVAC Faculty Member Awarded Industry Grant

Kenneth E. Welker Jr.

A member of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology faculty at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been awarded a $2,500 industry grant to continue work toward his bachelor’s degree.

Kenneth E. Welker Jr., an HVAC technology lecturer and former toolroom attendant in the college’s School of Construction & Design Technologies, is the first recipient of a Dan Holohan Grant from the Oil & Energy Service Professionals.

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‘Welcome Weekend’ Provides Sunny Start to Students’ Bright Future

Making clear her destination is Olivia J. Hawbecker, a Web and interactive media major from Chambersburg, as she heads into her York Hall apartment.

New and returning students greeted the start of a new semester during Penn College’s traditional Welcome Weekend festivities. After checking in on Saturday – and checking out their accommodations – the fall class processed into the Rose Street Courtyard for an official welcome, fireworks display and a hypnotist. Sunday brought social activities, information sessions and a game show, and Monday included sustenance for that all-important first day of classes.

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Abundant Smiles Offer Happy ‘Hello’ to Campus Newcomers, Returnees

RAs – reliable and amiable – welcome the new academic year.

As the Penn College community opens its arms this Welcome Weekend to greet new and returning students, the Residence Life Office will be front-and-center among the helping hands and broad smiles. From check-in to move-in, from breaking the ice to starting classes, the friendly faces of students, faculty/staff and alumni volunteers will breezily ease any anxiety as the 2015-16 year begins. Resident Assistants and Residence Life staff – including three new coordinators – took a breather from their start-up duties for a group photo near the main campus entrance Thursday morning.

New Year’s Onset Brings Presidential Muster: ‘Let’s Get to Work’

President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Fall 2015 semester with an all-college address to faculty and staff in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, renewing a campuswide covenant to enthusiastically attract new students and efficiently engage those already enrolled. “We need to openly and carefully examine what we do, how we do it, and how it relates to our mission with students,” she said Thursday morning. “It’s not the time to lessen your commitment to the college or our mission. On the contrary, now more than ever, we need each person in the room focused on our work and our mission. Our future depends on it.”

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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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Penn College Names New Assistant Dean for Academic School

Justin W. Beishline

Justin W. Beishline has been named assistant dean for the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Beishline, who grew up in Benton and resides in Millville, had been an instructor of diesel equipment technology at the college since the Fall 2008 semester.

“Justin will be an excellent addition to the leadership team in Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “He has been an excellent teacher for a number of years and is noted for his commitment to his students. He brings creativity and a great work ethic to this new role.”

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Part-Time Faculty Sharpen Skills in Timely, Topical Ramp-Up to Fall

A workshop on Penn College's PLATO (Platform for Learning and Teaching-Online system is offered in Madigan Library by the Office of Instructional Technology.

Tina M. Evans (right), associate professor of applied health studies, facilitates a Bush Campus Center session on discovering and dealing with plagiarism and other academic dishonesty.

Award-winning part-time faculty members share strategies during a midday panel discussion in Penn's Inn. From left are Mary Ann Banks, chemistry; Tammy A. Miller, biology; Tushanna M. Habalar, nursing; Gaye R. Jenkins, sociology; and Jill M. Hicks, dental hygiene.

In a presentation titled "Expect Surprises: Observations From a Decade of Adjunct Teaching," Jenkins offers insight gleaned from 13 years as a part-time instructor.

Saturday’s Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Day drew 60 participants to Penn College, where a variety of relevant workshops were held to enhance part-time instructors’ teaching techniques and, in turn, students’ success. Among the highlights of the day – arranged by the Professional Development Office under the oversight of Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction at Penn College – was a panel discussion featuring past Part-Time Excellence in Teaching Award recipients.
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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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Reed Named Interim Dean at Penn College

Michael J. Reed

Pennsylvania College of Technology has named Michael J. Reed interim dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications.

Reed, who has more than 20 years of leadership, teaching and counseling experience, previously served as assistant dean in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, working collaboratively with the mathematics, natural sciences and communications faculty.

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Shaner Elected to Advisory Board for Red Cross Blood Region

Carl L. Shaner

Carl L. Shaner, director of College Health Services at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been elected to a three-year term on the Northeastern Pennsylvania Red Cross Blood Region Advisory Board.

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