News about Faculty & Staff

College Health Services Administering Flu Vaccine

Penn College Health Services will provide flu shots for faculty, staff, students, dependents (age 9 years and older) and spouses in Room 150 of the Bush Campus Center. Vaccinations will be available from 8:30-4:30 p.m. daily. The cost of the flu vaccine is $15.  Payment will be accepted in the form of cash, check (made payable to Penn College), Health Savings Accounts or credit card. The second line of defense? Healthy habits like hand-washing, sneezing into the bend of your elbow, getting enough sleep and eating right can help your body defend itself against influenza. College Health Services encourages the campus community to stay healthy and prevent the spread of this preventable disease.

Grace, Gratitude Imbue Lecturer’s ‘Last Words’

Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities, welcomes the crowd and introduces this year's "My Last Words" presenter.

Penn's Inn offers an intimate setting ...

... for Tina M. Evans to impart "12 Words That Will Change Your Life."

Sandra Lakey (right foreground) the faculty member who delivered the My Last Words lecture in 2008, is among those attending Evans' presentation.

The speaker talks with Charles T. Crawford, a pre-physician assistant major from Chadds Ford.

Tina M. Evans, an associate professor of applied health studies, delivered this year’s David London My Last Words lecture Tuesday night, providing her Penn’s Inn audience with a dozen deceptively simple words that are profoundly powerful enough to change lives: “I love you,” “I forgive you,” “Please forgive me,” “Thank you” and “Goodbye.” The series – which asks each nominated speaker to share purportedly parting thoughts – memorializes London, an associate professor of speech communication/composition who died in May 2008. Evans’ talk will soon be posted to Penn College’s YouTube channel; watch PCToday for notification.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

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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From Grad to Employee, Passionate Pride Prevails

Elizabeth A. Biddle – who holds a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology and an associate degree in plastics and polymer technology from Penn College – proudly serves her alma mater as director of corporate relations. In a two-minute video prepared by Guggenheim Productions, she displays her ongoing passion for the college and the vast opportunities it provides for today’s students. “What we do here at Penn College is so special and so unique and so powerful,” Biddle tells student interviewer Ryan Monteleone. “And I want to be a part of that 1,000 percent every single day.”

‘My Last Words’ Lecture to Offer Insight, Inspiration on Sept. 27

Tina M. Evans

Tina M. Evans, an associate professor of applied health studies at Pennsylvania College of Technology, will present this year’s David London My Last Words lecture.

Penn College’s My Last Words Lecture Series challenges each year’s selected faculty member to offer thoughts to the community as if they know it was their last opportunity to share insight and offer inspiration. Speakers are nominated by students and alumni.

Evans’ talk is titled “12 Words That Will Change Your Life.” The lecture is scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Penn’s Inn, on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center. It is free and open to the community.

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Miniature Golf Big-Time Fun for Campus LLC

A night of collegial fun under the lights

Jacob R. Miller, associate professor of computer science, holds the flagstick as Daniel W. Yoas, associate professor of computer information technology, lines up his putt.

Gathered by the gazebo

Penn College’s Information Technology Living-Learning Community enjoyed a relaxing evening at Hooplas Family Fun & Grill this past week, as 17 students and four faculty members gathered to play miniature golf at the Muncy Township attraction. “It was a great time for everyone to release some stress now that tests are in full swing,” said Ryan Monteleone, of Stevens, an information assurance and cyber security major and LLC mentor (who also supplied the photos). “While we may have lost some balls in the water, everyone had a blast and we left with smiles and laughter!” The group is one of the college’s five Living-Learning Communities – themed housing arrangements for first-year residents centered around automotive, health sciences, hospitality, IT and leadership.

Faculty Member Attains Psychologist Licensure, Logs Clinical Service

Susan Slamka

Susan Slamka, assistant professor of human services/psychology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has attained licensure as a psychologist in Pennsylvania and recently completed one year of full-time clinical service at the Children’s Development Center, a division of Hope Enterprises Inc., in Williamsport. The accomplishments were achieved during Slamka’s 2015-16 sabbatical.

Slamka completed the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology and the Pennsylvania Psychology Law Exam, both required for licensure as a psychologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Concrete Pour Brings ‘Garden’ Project Closer to Completion

As concrete flows down the chute into reinforced forms constructed last week, students scramble into action in this view from the Campus Center roof.

Franklin H. Reber adds to his Concrete Construction students' hands-on instruction through a keen eye sharpened by years of field experience.

The School of Construction & Design Technologies vehicle provides an apt backdrop for the bustling jobsite, where students polish their skills today while leaving a landmark for years to come.

Students and mentor use a variety of tools to spread and smooth the concrete during Wednesday's pour.

The project will eventually tie all three pads into a singular commemorative space.

Students poured the first of three concrete pads Wednesday for Penn College’s Recognition Garden, under construction on the Bush Campus Center lawn. The project – a collaboration of faculty, students and General Services staff – is a successor to the honorary and memorial bricks that border the main entrance to campus. The second pad will be poured Friday and the third on Monday; students will then start constructing forms for the 6-foot vertical concrete wedges that will hold the commemorative plaques.

Physics Faculty Present Talks at Conference

Physics faculty present talks

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology physics faculty members presented talks at the American Association of Physics Teachers – Central Pennsylvania Section conference, held recently at Moravian College, Bethlehem.

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Penn College Sweetens Show’s Anniversary Telecast

Celebrating the fifth anniversary of "PA Live!" are (from left) co-host Dave Kuharchik; Penn College's Shope, Santaella and Trometter; and co-host Valerie Tysanner.

An assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts joined two baking and pastry arts students on a special fifth-anniversary episode of WBRE’s “PA Live!” program on Tuesday. Chef Mary G. Trometter and students Natascha G. Santaella, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and Lloyd A. Shope, of Blanchard, presented a cake made by students in the college’s baking and pastry arts major to help celebrate the show’s anniversary. Faculty and students from the college’s School of Business & Hospitality have provided demonstrations in the “PA Live!” kitchen several times, with another appearance set for October.

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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‘Working Class’ TV Episode Earns Telly Award

"Working Class"

The premiere episode of “Working Class,” a public television series produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, has earned a 2016 Telly Award.

The series was honored with a bronze award statue and certificate.

The Telly Award is acknowledged as a premier award for film and video productions, including outstanding local, regional and cable programming. The 36th annual competition this year considered more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents.

“Working Class: Dream and Do,” which premiered in January, appears regularly on WVIA. It also has aired on other Pennsylvania public television stations including WHYY and MindTV in Philadelphia, WQED in Pittsburgh, WLVT in Allentown, and WPSU in State College.

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Penn College Homecoming/Family Weekend: A Winning Combination

Two popular fall events at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been merged into a singular Homecoming & Family Weekend, to be held this year from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

The college traditionally held Parent & Family Weekend in late September, followed by Homecoming a few weeks later.

“We knew there was overlap,” explained Kimberly R. Cassel, the college’s director of alumni relations. “People coming for Parent & Family Weekend were also alumni, and graduates coming to Homecoming obviously were parents. Some were coming to both, which was just too much for their schedule.”

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$25 Discounted Tickets Available at CC for Tracy Morgan Stand-Up

Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan, star of NBC’s “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live,” has returned to stand-up comedy with his “Picking Up the Pieces” tour, with a stop at the Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. The Bush Campus Center has a limited number of $25 discounted orchestra tickets available for purchase by Penn College students, staff and faculty until Saturday, Oct. 1. Orders must be paid with cash, check or credit card. There is no limit on tickets that can be purchased at the Campus Center. By purchasing at the Campus Center, the 4-percent service fee that the Community Arts Center box office charges will be waived. There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets. After Oct. 1, tickets may be purchased by calling the CAC box office at 570-326-2424 or online. A year after Morgan’s bus was totaled by an out-of-control 18-wheeler, an incident that killed fellow comic Jimmy Mac, he gave his first interview to Matt Lauer on the “Today” show in which he promised he would return to stand-up. “I love comedy, I’ll never stop loving her,” he said. “I’ll get back to making you laugh, I promise.” For complete show details and a video clip, visit the CAC website. The Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College, is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport (just a few blocks from campus).

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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