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Two-Day WDCE Course Focuses on Project Management

In today’s business world, project managers are called upon to lead and motivate stakeholders to meet the challenging objectives of assignments ranging from small tasks to multimillion-dollar projects. Well-led projects are completed on time and under budget, effectively and efficiently, and are recognized by all team members as a positive experience.

A June 15-16 Project Management Application course offered by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology can help managers significantly improve the likelihood of success at all levels. Among the topics to be discussed are stopping cost overruns, improving return on investment, enhancing teamwork and improving communication.

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‘Cross Training’ Classes to Return in Future Semesters

Shakeem J. Thomas, an emergency management technology major from Brooklyn, N.Y., lifts weights in the Field House.

Dara M. McConnell, of Camp Hill, enrolled in dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, and applied management major Timothy L. Kuntz, of Wyalusing, go through their exercises.

Exercise science major/intern Jacob D. Green (right), of Houtzdale, supervises the class. Working out (from left) are Courtney M. McCartan, of West Mifflin, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration; Kashiki E. Harrison, Williamsport, general studies; and Thomas.

McConnell registers progress and determination.

The Penn College Fitness Center this semester introduced Cross Training, the latest addition to its Fitness & Wellness Promotion Series. The one-hour group exercise class involves small circuit-based exercises that are targeted toward burning calories while staying strong and fit. Classes accommodate participants of all fitness levels, from beginners to advanced athletes, on various techniques. The focus is on a progressive format that involves components of cardio, powerlifting and functional calisthenics. The Cross Training classes were offered on Wednesdays in the mezzanine of the Field House, and will continue in future semesters. Participation is free to all members of the Penn College community with a valid ID card. “Look for advertised postings throughout campus and at the Fitness Center (Bush Campus Center, second floor) for details about future classes,” said Domenick S. Schiraldi-Irrera, fitness center assistant (who also provided photos). “Bring a friend and we’ll see you there for another great exercise class offered here at Penn College!”

Drone (Quadcopter) Technology Course Scheduled at Penn College

Summertime means ballgames, picnics, nature and … drones.

Are you aware of the latest Federal Aviation Administration regulations involving drones? Do you need quadcopter control lessons? Are you interested in meeting other drone enthusiasts?

Just in time for the summer months, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a Drone Quadcopter Technology course beginning in June.

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Board OKs Loan Consolidation, Easement for Sewer Project

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday authorized the consolidation of two existing loans for the Community Arts Center and approved an easement through the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center property for a regional sewer project.

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Governor Hosts Roundtable to Stem Opioid ‘Epidemic’

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and State Sen. Gene Yaw (second from right) welcome Gov. Tom Wolf to campus Thursday morning. At left is Gary Tennis, secretary of the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

The president talks about the startup of Project Bald Eagle (originally the Heroin Task Force) from a funding coalition of Penn College, Lycoming College, Susquehanna Health and Lycoming County.

Panelists fill the front of the Thompson Professional Development Center's Mountain Laurel Room.

Yaw and Wolf converse after the formal panel discussion.

The governor answers questions from a number of media representatives on hand for the event.

Community-based and statewide responses to opioid and heroin abuse in Pennsylvania were discussed at a campus roundtable hosted on Thursday by Gov. Tom Wolf and state Sen. Gene Yaw. A diverse panel comprising Project Bald Eagle board members and others – representing state and local government, law enforcement, health care, treatment facilities and the clergy – openly talked about one of the gravest problems ever to hit rural counties. Wolf and Yaw both said the issue goes far beyond geographic boundaries, however, just as it transcends politics, gender and economic standing. No strangers to disagreement, the two earnestly pledged to work collaboratively to stem the alarming tide of addiction and overdose. “This is not a bipartisan concern,” the governor stressed. “It’s a nonpartisan concern.” Yaw began the conversation by pointing out there are nearly as many fatal overdoses in the commonwealth each year than there were Pennsylvanians killed during the entire Vietnam War. Recalling that anti-war protests spilled into the streets and consumed the national consciousness in the ’60s, he asked why such a passionate response has not greeted this latest threat. “It’s a medical epidemic,” he added. “We can’t arrest our way out of the problem.” Befitting the venue, one of the suggested weapons is knowledge. “This is not a junkie-on-the-street disease,” said college President Davie Jane Gilmour, who chairs the Project Bald Eagle coalition of local forces battling the issue. “We need to address that stigma with education – in our communities, in our churches, everywhere we can reach people. We need to share the true story and acknowledge a different set of perceptions so that people aren’t ashamed to say, ‘I lost a family member; I lost a friend.'” Thursday’s hourlong session was an offshoot of the Yaw-chaired Center for Rural Pennsylvania, which has heard 50 hours of related testimony in nine hearings since 2014. Eyewitness News reporter Cody Butler attended; his piece is scheduled to air at 5:30 p.m. (and on other WBRE newscasts).

Penn College Attains ‘Tree Campus USA’ Recognition

Penn College representatives acknowledge designation as a “Tree Campus USA” outside the green grounds of The Victorian House on main campus. From left are Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr.; Don J. Luke, director of facilities operations; Andrea L. Mull, horticulturist/grounds and motorpool supervisor; and Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forestry. The plaque will be installed in the Student & Administrative Services Center and the flag will fly outside the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, home to the college’s forest technology and landscape/horticulture majors.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with “Tree Campus USA” recognition for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging employees and students in conservation goals.

“This collaborative effort from the forestry, horticulture and General Services departments highlights the college’s commitment to the environment and maintaining a beautiful campus,” said Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

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Session Tackles Ins/Outs of Intellectual Property Law

A Bush Campus Center audience learns what is – and what isn't – copyright-protected ...

... during an informative session with attorney Austin P. White.

Librarians (foreground from left) Judy J. Zebrowski, Patricia A. Scott and Alan W. Buck are among those who help students and employees balance copyright and academic "fair use."

One of the attorneys overseeing Penn College’s trademark/copyright issues presented a professional development session this past week that offered a glimpse into the permitted use of protected material for educational purposes. Held in Penn’s Inn and open to employees and students – particularly those in paralegal/legal assistant majors – “Stay Legal: Third-Party Content in the Classroom” featured Austin P. White, of the McCormick Law Firm. The session was organized by The Copyright and Fair Use Advisory Committee, Madigan Library and the college’s Professional Development Office.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

WDCE Offering Four-Session Series for Front-Line Supervisors

Four classes comprise the Front Line Supervisor Spring Series being offered by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology beginning in May.

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Pillars of Strength

The day's winners: Kordell C. Teenie and Emylee R. Shultz

Shultz flips a tire on her way to overall victory.

5,000 pounds is quite a haul!

Teenie, harnessed to three and a half tons of vehicle

Competitors and spectators commingle outside the Field House.

The Wildcat Strongman/Strongwoman Competition, featuring 10 male students and one female, was held this past week near Penn College’s General Services Warehouse. The students competed in four events: stationary truck pull, tire flip, log press and harnessed truck pull. In the stationary pull, competitors had to stand upright on a line and pull a 5,000-pound Ford F-150 to them with just the power generated by their upper bodies. In the tire flip, they were tasked with flipping a 600-pound tractor tire for 40 yards. The log press had the competitors lift a log weighing 70 pounds from the ground to an overhead position. (Many added weight to the log, with the largest completed lift of the day topping out at 180 pounds.) Finally, the harnessed truck pull had competitors strapped to a 7,000-pound Nissan Titan in order to pull it 80 yards. All 11 participants competed at their highest levels, with Emylee R. Schultz, of Muncy, and Kordell C. Teenie, of Lewistown, coming out on top to win $25 Sheetz gift cards. Other competitors were Ryan S. Belack, of Halifax; Daniel R. Gilson, of Gloucester, Massachusetts; John A. Gondy, of Glenmoore; Zachary R. Hopple, of Boyertown; Harold C. “Chris” Lampe IV, of Phoenixville; Terrance M. Miller, of Mercersburg; Aubin I, “A.J.” Sevrin, of Lehighton; Anson T. Spisak, of Corning, New York; and Benjamin A. Wood, of Boyertown. The event was sponsored by the Penn College Powerlifting Team, which meets from 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays and 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays in the Field House mezzanine.
Photos by Lisa J. Worth, coordinator of Fitness Center/club sports, and Emmanuel A. Balaguer, coach

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

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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A Few of Their Favorite Things

Students’ answers to a simple question – “What is your favorite thing about Penn College? – form the basis of a new commercial airing in a variety of television markets around the state. The 30-second spot, partially filmed at the “Yell(ow) It Out” basketball games on Feb. 19, has also been added to the college’s YouTube channel.

College’s Industrial Design Major Ranked in Comparative Online Study

College Values Online

Penn College’s industrial design major has been identified as one of the field’s top-valued undergraduate offerings in the country. The ranking by College Values Online considered tuition, financial aid and return on investment, as well as the number of minors, concentrations or areas of emphases offered. The college was ranked 20th on a list of 30 institutions, culled from the more than 60 schools that were evaluated. College Values Online’s mission is to provide assistance in selecting the best college for each individual situation through rankings of schools and various degree programs, in addition to information on numerous career options from a value perspective. The major – among the bachelor’s degrees within the college’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies – is the first (and only) of its kind in Pennsylvania.

Practical Nursing Information Sessions to Be Held in Wellsboro

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Outreach Practical Nursing Program, located in the Wellsboro Area School District offices, will host an information session on Tuesday, May 10, for those interested in nursing as a career.

The session will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the former music room at the district’s administration building.

Natalie O. DeLeonardis, coordinator of the Outreach Practical Nursing Program, will discuss admission requirements, the application process, tuition and financial aid, as well as licensure and job opportunities for graduates. There will be an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.

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Annual Reception Honors Institution’s Indispensable Donors

Nicholas J. Ensig of Control Solutions Group Inc., snaps a shot of his company’s Heritage Society plate. Ensig is a 2005 graduate of Penn College's four-year building automation technology major. He also holds a certificate in plumbing and an associate degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology (both 2003).

President Gilmour welcomes the crowd along with Debra M. Miller (right), vice president for institutional advancement, ready to present tokens of appreciation.

Jere Knisely, with SECO Tools LLC, accepts his company’s Heritage Society recognition.

Always stepping up to the plate – and moving up to the Visionary Society level on Tuesday – is the Cunningham family. From left: Mark, Denise, Marsha, Mike, Carol, Jim and Don.

Ryan and Katie Flood from Highway Equipment and Supply Co. make their way through the various food stations, ably staffed by hospitality students.

Personal and corporate support from Penn College’s friends – contributions that provide scholarships, hands-on equipment and other benefits to students – were acknowledged Tuesday evening in a 12th annual reception in the Student & Administrative Services Center. College President Davie Jane Gilmour recognized those whose names were newly added to the Donor Wall in the building lobby, as well as those whose continuing generosity lifted them to a new level of giving.

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‘Kite Day’ Takes Children on Literary Flight of Fancy

Who says kids have short attention spans?

Hillebrand interacts with CLC youngsters during a fun-filled hour.

Valerie L. Fessler, director of annual giving, and her daughter, Alice, share the magic of storytelling.

Getting involved at an early age!

Siblings Colton and Kaylee Styers with the tale of Mole and Bear, who make a kite and find themselves on a windy-day adventure.

Author and illustrator Will Hillebrand visited Penn College’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center on Friday, part of this year’s “One Book, Every Young Child” initiative to encourage preschool development of literacy development in preschoolers. The center’s children, joined by families and early childhood education students at the college, each received a copy of “Kite Day.” The local visit was arranged through James V. Brown Library; “One Book, Every Young Child” is made possible through a collaboration of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Please Touch Museum, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children and The Pennsylvania Child Care Association. This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered through the DoE’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer