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College Budget, Bond Refunding, CAC Board Approved

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors on Thursday approved a 2016-17 budget that includes the smallest increase in tuition and fees since the college began its affiliation with Penn State in 1989.

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Budget Again Has Lowest Tuition Increase Since PSU Affiliation

For the second consecutive year, the Pennsylvania College of Technology budget, approved Thursday by the college’s board of directors, features the smallest annual tuition increase (2.03 percent) since the institution began its affiliation with Penn State in 1989.

When tuition and fees are combined, the increases specified within the 2016-17 budget are even lower: 1.71 percent for Pennsylvania residents, who account for 89 percent of the college’s total enrollment, and 1.87 percent for out-of-state students.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour said minimizing the tuition increase was once again the guiding principle for the senior administration team drafting the budget.

“We recognize the impact that college costs have on students and their families,” Gilmour said. “Our aim in budgeting is to continue delivering the first-rate technology education that is our hallmark, while operating in the most cost-effective manner possible. Given our success in placing graduates in good jobs in high-demand career fields, a Penn College education remains a sound investment.”

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Bond Refunding to Generate Savings for Penn College

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors has approved the advanced refunding of the college’s 2008 bond series, which supported the Stage X Building Program.

Suzanne T. Stopper, vice president for finance/CFO, told the board Thursday that interest rates are extremely favorable now, and refunding will generate significant financial savings for the college through a reduction of interest costs.

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College Tops Regional List of Red Cross Bloodmobile Sites

Red Cross volunteers staff a donor check-in table outside Penn's Inn ...

... where faculty/staff and students contributed a region-topping number of pints last year.

The American Red Cross recently ran the numbers of its Top 10 blood-collection locations in Northeastern Pennsylvania … and Penn College was at the head of the list for 2015.  A total of 799 units was donated on campus last year; Bloomsburg and Lock Haven universities were second and third at 695 and 534 pints, respectively. In a related report, College Health Services said 49 units – with the potential to save 147 lives – were collected during a June 15 mini-visit to the Bush Campus Center. Online appointments are being accepted for the next drive at Penn College, set for noon-6 p.m. Sept. 7-8.

NSSC Accepts Energy-Efficiency Award on Behalf of Industry Partner

Alison A. Diehl, director of Penn College’s National Sustainable Structures Center, accepts The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council Energy Star award from Jacob Moss, deputy director of the EPA Climate Protection Partnerships Division.

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, national sponsor of the Building Operator Certification program that trains and certifies workers in best practices for energy efficiency, has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2016 Energy Star Award.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s National Sustainable Structures Center is part of the network of licensed providers nationwide helping to administer the BOC program. Alison A. Diehl, NSSC director, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the award on behalf of the nonprofit and its training coalition.

“EPA does an outstanding job in recognizing industry partners that are achieving real impacts on energy-efficiency efforts,” Diehl said. “We are proud to represent NEEC and the national Building Operator Certification, a program that teaches facilities personnel to improve occupant comfort while maximizing facility efficiency.”

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Fun With Food

Dining Services' Mike Dinan schools his cherubic chefs.

Steven Lingg takes a healthy bite ...

... while brother Ryan prefers a more deliberative pace.

Munchable masterpieces

Enjoying the experience is camp counselor Melissa K. Stabley, a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major from Williamsport.

Youngsters enrolled in Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE practiced some kitchen wizardry on Tuesday. Gathering in and around the patio/courtyard of the Keystone Dining Room, the boys and girls made flatbread pizza appetizers, whole-wheat blueberry muffins and homemade Nutella … and enjoyed one of the best parts of food preparation: eating what they prepared! Cooking projects aren’t all that’s on the menu, however; in its second of seven weeks of activities, the camp offers regular field trips, games and – like any perfect summer – old and new friends.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Garden Variety? Not With This Crew!

"Blooming Branches" fashioned by General Services' Grounds Division.

Penn College’s inventive and industrious General Services department has done it again, crafting attractive “Blooming Branches” to colorfully display annuals outside Madigan Library and the Thompson Professional Development Center. “Instead of the traditional look, the horticulture crew wanted an edgy, modern version,” explained Andrea L. Mull, horticulturist/grounds and motorpool supervisor. The time was ripe, as the metal posts that were formerly used were in poor condition and unlikely to survive another season. The Grounds Division purchased stainless steel last fall in order to build a bagged salt hopper, and Chad M. Aloisio, master mechanic, grounds/motorpool, designed and created the self-watering showpieces from the remaining material.

Regional Visitors Hope to Facilitate European Import of Marcellus Gas

Strittmatter discusses ShaleNET's successes in workforce development.

Guests mingle with their hosts before boarding their coach back to Washington, D.C.

Daniel R. Mendell, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructor, explains the virtual-reality world of wellfield training simulation, through which miscues can be ascertained and corrected ... without costly consequences.

Parties interested in the international export of natural gas included Penn College in a fact-finding visit to the region this week. Meeting with ShaleNET personnel in the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center were representatives of LNG Allies Inc., a nonprofit research and advocacy group; the American Petroleum Institute; Anadarko Petroleum; the embassies of Croatia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia; and the European Parliament Liaison Office. While on campus, the working group heard presentations from Robert Montgomery, Anadarko’s production engineering manager for the Appalachian Basin; John F. Strittmatter, director of the ShaleNET U.S. Regional Hub; Diane H. Bubb, ShaleNET U.S. case manager; and David Yoxtheimer, an extension associate with the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. The coalition’s two-day stay also featured a breakfast meeting with the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, as well as tours of the Panda Patriot power plant in Clinton Township and the Energy Transfer Partners compressor station along Route 87.

Alberts Family Scholarship Established at Penn College

Linda and Ed Alberts

A local couple has recognized the excellence of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s plastics program with a new scholarship.

Established by Ed and Linda Alberts, the Alberts Family Scholarship will benefit students enrolled in the plastics and polymer engineering technology bachelor-degree major and the plastics and polymer technology associate-degree program.

The Alberts own Montoursville-based Ralph S. Alberts Company Inc., known as one of the country’s most resourceful full-service, multifaceted, custom molder of plastics and foams.

“We have been challenged by the world’s continuing demands for creativity and technology,” according to Ed and Linda Alberts. “This has enabled our business to grow and provide jobs for the past 53 years. We thank Penn College for providing the education needed in our industry.”

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Students’ Civic Contribution Noted in Newscast

Student builders acknowledged

A ribbon rests atop a pillar constructed by Penn College masonry students. (Photo by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies)

Penn College’s involvement in construction of the Lycoming County Sensory Garden is noted in a Newswatch 16 piece previewing this weekend’s ribbon-cutting at the Fairfield Township facility. In addition to footage of a sign acknowledging The School of Construction & Design Technologies’ contribution, Kristina Papa’s segment features Christina Dorward, a master gardener and chair of the Sensory Garden Committee, and her husband, Dennis, associate professor of construction management/building construction work at the college.

Short-Term Training Scheduled at Penn College

Openings remain for a 15-day Ready-to-Work Field Service Worker and Roustabout Training program offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The short-term, full-time training – which runs from July 6-26 – prepares participants to work in the following industry sectors: energy, construction, warehousing/logistics and manufacturing. Students experience classroom and hands-on learning by instructors with real-world work experience.

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WAHS Student Honored by Penn College Gallery

Abigail DeBloois

Fine art by Abigail DeBloois, a student at Williamsport Area High School, is on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College through June 30.

DeBloois received an Artistic Excellence Award from The Gallery at Penn College. The honor recognizes outstanding artistic talent and achievement in the visual arts and is given to a student who demonstrates skill in his or her selected medium and knowledge of the artistic process. The award includes a gift certificate to The College Store and an opportunity to exhibit artwork in the gallery lobby.

DeBloois’ featured artworks are portraits created in a variety of media. The student exhibit coincides with an exhibition of acrylic glass art by Margaret Smithers-Crump, a Houston artist.

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PPL Gifts to Penn College Bring STEM Activities to High Schoolers

Courtesy of a donation by PPL, participants in Penn College’s SMART Girls summer camp will have access to the Carnegie Science Center’s Mobile Fab Lab, which is equipped with 3-D printers, laser and vinyl cutters, a Shop Bot and more. (Photo provided)

PPL is providing financial support for Pennsylvania College of Technology programs designed to provide educational experience in science, math, engineering and technology to high school students.

The gifts, totaling $5,500, will support a summer camp for high school girls and a program that offers Penn College courses in Pennsylvania high schools.

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Penn College Athletes Complete Year of Transition

With five first-year coaches at the helm, this marked a transition year for many Pennsylvania College of Technology athletes as the college completed its second of four years as a provisional member of NCAA Division III.

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Le Jeune Chef Receives ‘Reader’s Choice’ Award From Area Newspaper

Michael R. Triassi, Le Jeune Chef’s director of sales and restaurant operations, accepts a Reader’s Choice Award from Becky Fitzwater, an advertising representative for the Milton Standard-Journal.

Le Jeune Chef Restaurant recently received the silver among restaurants in the Milton Standard-Journal’s first Reader’s Choice Awards. The Standard-Journal ran its Reader’s Choice contest form in its daily newspapers, allowing readers to write in their favorites in 170 categories. Becky Fitzwater, an advertising representative for the newspaper, recently delivered a certificate to the restaurant, signifying that it was the second-highest vote-getter in the Best Restaurant category. Le Jeune Chef presents a fine-dining experience hosted by the college’s School of Business & Hospitality. The restaurant offers a gourmet menu, much of it prepared by students, and features the area’s most extensive wine list. The full list of award winners will be announced in the newspaper’s June 1 edition.