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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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Faculty Member, Culinary Senior to Appear on Live TV

"PA live!"

Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, is scheduled to show viewers how to make compressed melon salad on Monday’s edition of “PA live!” on WBRE. She’ll be joined in the demonstration by Christopher S. Kasler, a senior in the college’s culinary arts and systems major. The show is set to air 4-5 p.m.

Director of Athletics Appointed at Penn College

John D. Vandevere

Following a national search, John D. Vandevere has been named director of athletics at Pennsylvania College of Technology, President Davie Jane Gilmour announced.

“John brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in athletics,” Gilmour said. “He will certainly bring the energy and enthusiasm that we look for in a leader.”

Vandevere, who takes over the athletics leadership role following the departure of Scott Kennell, will be responsible for the management and development of Penn College’s 15 intercollegiate programs, club sports, intramurals and the Fitness Center, effective Aug. 30.

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College Store’s Public Face Captured in Private Moment

Team "Uncle" Marlin R. Cromley reassures Japan's Rio Inoue after the team's 2-1 loss to Curacao on Saturday.

Penn College employee Marlin R. Cromley, renewing his longtime August commitment as a team “uncle” at the Little League Baseball World Series, is featured in a photograph posted to Major League Baseball’s website over the weekend. The photo by Alex Trautwig encapsulates – beautifully, genuinely and emotionally – a Japan player’s tears and torment and his host’s offer of solace and support. As a cashier/customer service associate in The College Store, Cromley is accustomed to diplomatically dealing with students and other members of the public from his front-end cash register. In more than a decade at the Series, Cromley said, he feels fortunate and humbled to also see a more personal side of life. “Moments like that just happen,” he explained. “They’re kids. Outside the (International) Grove and on the field, everyone expects the best out of them. We’re privileged that they let us see them at their most tender moments, too, when they’re sometimes at their lowest, and we just try to console them the best we can.”

Penn College Appoints Alumni Relations Director

Kimberly R. Cassel

Kimberly R. Cassel has been named director of alumni relations at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Cassel had been director of student activities at Penn College since 2008. She began her employment with the college in 2004 as assistant director of student development. She was appointed associate director of student activities for Greek life and leadership in 2007.

Previously, Cassel was assistant director of campus activities and programs at Bucknell University from 2002-04.

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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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Little League Begins With Big Burst of ‘Penn College Pride’

A pennant-worthy group of campus volunteers shares a memorable moment with a Hall of Famer.


Pennsylvania College of Technology proudly welcomed some Most Valuable Players to Williamsport on Wednesday, hosting its eighth annual picnic for the 16 teams in the Little League Baseball World Series. In a laid-back atmosphere before tournament play begins Thursday, the athletes, coaches and umpires relaxed under tents outside the Bush Campus Center before taking part in the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street. This year’s Grand Marshal was Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, a 14-time All-Star and two-time National League MVP with the Cincinnati Reds, who mingled on campus for a memorable start to the Series. The day’s festivities caught the attention of media covering the teams, including this report from Time Warner Cable and video from the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin in New York’s Southern Tier (following the Mid-Atlantic representatives from Maine-Endwell Little League in Endwell, New York).

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‘Welcome Weekend’ Conditions: Hot, Humid and Altogether Helpful

Admissions representative Salvatore Vitko (in yellow shirt) and Resident Assistant Mary K. Slipe (far right) help the family of James F. Bowman IV. Bowman, of Fleetwood, is enrolled in automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis.

New and not-so-new Penn College students ushered in the 2016-17 academic year during Welcome Weekend, the traditional lead-in to the start of the semester. In the midst of getting acquainted with living arrangements and co-habitants alike, the Fall 2016 class of first-year students processed into the Rose Street Courtyard on Saturday evening for an official welcome to campus, an awesome fireworks display and an amusingly unpredictable performance by a hypnotist. Additional activities were held Sunday, wrapping up with time to spare so no one would snooze through that 8 a.m. class!

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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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Plastics Professionals Converge at Penn College for Workshop

Plastics and polymer engineering technology major Noah L. Martin (third from left, in blue shirt), of South Williamsport, works closely with participants in the recent Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop at Penn College.

Pennsylvania College of Technology and its Plastics Innovation & Resource Center brought plastics professionals from 10 states and Canada to campus for the recent Seventh Annual Hands-On Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop.

The 32 participants, representing 21 companies, experienced presentations and hands-on sessions during the three-day workshop. Topics included heating technology, diagnostic tools, and thermoforming process techniques and troubleshooting.

Mark Strachan, senior technology director for First Quality Packaging Solutions in West Palm Beach, Florida, and former president of the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division, served as keynote instructor.

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Mobilized for Move-In!

Welcome to Penn College!

With an infinite supply of helpfulness, empathy and expertise, Penn College’s Residence Life staff and Resident Assistants – who gathered outside the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center on Thursday – will be among those greeting first-year students and their families as they arrive for Welcome Weekend. Leaving home and moving into on- or off-campus housing, not to mention the transition to college life and the anxious thrill of starting classes, offer a potentially overwhelming supply of information and advice. Not to worry! Faculty/staff, students and alumni volunteers will be readily available to help, and a variety of campus locales (Admissions, Bursar, College Store, Financial Aid, Registrar, Residence Life, the ID Center, College Health Services, Dining Services and Disability Services, among them) have extended hours for students’ start-up needs.

President Maps Direction for Institutional Success, Cooperative Commitment

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Fall 2016 semester Thursday morning with an all-college message to faculty and staff, enumerating their collaborative progress in attracting the students who are key to the institution’s sustainability. “I know that, together, we will continue to develop a strategic approach to recruitment – an approach that will seek new ways to respond to our challenges, an approach that will highlight the value and distinction of a Penn College degree, and an approach that will be successful because of the contributions of every single one of us.,” she said.

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Penn College Welcomes New Full-Time Faculty

Among the latest additions to the Pennsylvania College of Technology community are full-time faculty members for the Fall 2016 semester, as provided by the Human Resources Office (all effective Aug. 11).

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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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College Hosts Plastics Extrusion Workshop for National Audience

Ian C. Killian (center), a plastics and polymer engineering technology student from South Williamsport, supervises a hands-on exercise for industry professionals during the Extrusion Seminar offered by Penn College’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

Plastics industry professionals from throughout the country converged at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center for the 18th Annual Extrusion Seminar & Hands-On Workshop.

Forty-four participants, representing 25 companies and 13 states, attended the three-day event led by extrusion experts Chris Rauwendaal and Kirk M. Cantor. Rauwendaal, president of Rauwendaal Extrusion Engineering Inc. in Auburn, California, has nearly 40 years of industry experience. Cantor, a professor of plastics and polymer technology at Penn College, has taught extrusion for more than 29 years.

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