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Penn State Vice Provost Appointed to Penn College Board

Blannie E. Bowen

Blannie E. Bowen, vice provost for academic affairs at The Pennsylvania State University, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors.

Bowen, whose appointment was made by the Corporation for Penn State, succeeds the retiring John J. Cahir, board vice president, who served on the board for 20 years. Penn College is a special mission affiliate of Penn State.

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Courses to Benefit Mid-Level Managers, Front-Line Supervisors

A pair of multi-session leadership programs, to be offered this fall by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology, are designed to aid managers and supervisors.

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Board Member, Alumna Establish Penn College Scholarship

From left, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, Mary Ann and Steve Johnson.

A member of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors and his wife, an alumna of the legal assistant/paralegal studies program, have established a fully endowed scholarship at the college.

The Steve and Mary Ann Johnson Scholarship will benefit students who are enrolled full time; have served in the U.S. military, are on active duty, are enlisted in the Reserves or National Guard, or are dependents of a veteran who was 75-percent disabled or died because of their service; have an academic standing of sophomore or greater; and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

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Center Hosts ‘Maker Week’ for Early Elementary Students

Children smile at a freshly printed toy.

Before they headed back to elementary school, a group of children at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center got a hands-on taste of the technical world, exploring how things are made.

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Educators Invited to Connect with Award-Winning Television Series

Teachers, school counselors, education administrators and homeschooling parents interested in incorporating practical experiences and career exploration into lesson planning are invited to take part in a free workshop – “Working Class: Connecting Classrooms & Careers” – on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 9-11 a.m. at WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston.

Developers of the workshop say giving students the opportunity to connect their academic studies with real-world activities in a variety of career fields can encourage curiosity and increase the desire to learn more about the subject matter.

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Penn College Ranked Seventh Among Public Regional Colleges North

Penn College very favorably ranked in latest survey.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has earned its best-ever ranking in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges compilation.

Penn College is ranked seventh among public colleges (and tied for 13th overall, when private institutions are included) in the Regional Colleges North category.

According to the Best Colleges rankings materials, regional colleges “focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts (which account for fewer than half of bachelor’s degrees granted) and in fields such as business, nursing and education.”

The information for the 2017 Best Colleges rankings was collected during Spring and Summer 2016 through U.S. News’ annual statistical survey of colleges.

The annual rankings were announced Tuesday by the publication. Most of the rankings will be included in a “Best Colleges 2017” guidebook, which can be purchased online and in retail outlets on Oct. 4.

Short-Term Roustabout Training Scheduled at 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 Oct. 3-21 – 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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Thousands of Motorcycles Pass Campus in 9/11 Tribute

The "rolling memorial" to victims and heroes, 15 years after Sept. 11, 2001, roars past the college.

Stars, stripes and supporters line the street for the passing parade.

Two women display their patriotism in front of Bardo Gym.

A somber day, punctuated by the exhilarating freedom of the open road

The Penn College community turned out in support of the 15th annual 911 Memorial Coalition motorcycle ride as it traveled past campus along West Third Street on Sunday. Thousands of motorcyclists took part in the nearly 40-mile ride, which honors those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks, and pays tribute to veterans and first responders. After a memorial service and other activities, the ride will begin at 3 p.m. at the Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Hall near Montgomery. The group rode north on Route 15; through South Williamsport, DuBoistown and the Newberry section of Williamsport; and on through downtown, Loyalsock Township and Montoursville before returning to eastern Lycoming County and its starting point.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Arts Center Collaboration Enhances Lycoming College Access

From left, Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour, Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte and Community Arts Center Board Chairman William J. Martin gather on stage at the Arts Center.

Lycoming College will have expanded access to the Community Arts Center – a wholly owned subsidiary of Pennsylvania College of Technology in downtown Williamsport – to present performing arts, academic and community outreach events.

An agreement reached by the Arts Center and the two colleges allows Lycoming to use the historic 2,100-seat venue (the restored former Capitol Theatre) for events such as band and choral performances, recitals, musicals and music galas, speakers, film series, and related activities.

In addition, the Arts Center may provide internship or job-shadowing opportunities for Lycoming students pursuing careers in performing arts administration, and students may also participate in master classes offered by Arts Center performers. The Arts Center facility, including its Capitol Lounge, may serve as a venue for Lycoming College development and marketing activities. The collaboration also paves the way for Lycoming College and Penn College to jointly sponsor performances and student events. The Arts Center already serves as the site for Penn College commencement ceremonies, and it could be designated as a rain venue for Lycoming’s commencement, among other academic uses.

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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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Lecturer to Discuss Potential Solutions to Global Food Insecurity

Gary Sojka

In a world that already faces food-insecurity issues and a strained agricultural production system, how will we feed an additional 2 billion people in the coming decades?

That’s one of the dilemmas to be posed by a former Bucknell University president during the opening edition of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s 2016-17 Colloquia Series. The presentation by Gary A. Sojka, which is free and open to the public, is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

Sojka’s talk – “Feeding the Future: Can We Nourish 9.7 Billion People in 2050?” – will aim to answer that question … and more: What decisions can we make today to help us meet the needs of tomorrow? Where do we focus our social and technological efforts? Just how many individuals can the environment sustain before the wheels fall off?

And, perhaps most important for the students more likely to survive into that not-so-distant year, why should they care?

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Original Foundation Director Dies at Age 80

McDonald (left) joins two other original board members – George E. Logue Sr. (center) and William D. Davis Sr. – for the Penn College Foundation's 30th anniversary in 2011. Logue died the following year, Davis in 2014.

Services will be announced for Peyton D. McDonald, 80, a founding member and former president of the Penn College Foundation, who died Thursday, Sept. 1, at his Loyalsock Township home. A graduate of Bucknell University and a longtime local broker, McDonald was a familiar face on a number of boards, including Hope Enterprises, Lycoming United Way and Divine Providence Hospital. A full obituary was published in the Sept. 3 editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

Regulators Get Firsthand Glimpse of College’s Oil/Gas Industry Training

Tracy L. Brundage (left), vice president for workforce development, explains ETEC's significance as a vehicle for teaching teamwork and safety before introducing her colleagues in that enterprise. From left center are Diane H. Bubb, ShaleNET U.S. case manager; Craig Konkle, energy development emergency response coordinator for the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety; and Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructor.

Hard-hatted ETEC visitors watch a live burn from a safe distance ...

... while capturing the simulation on cellphone cameras.

Ladlee and Bubb watch from the control tower as Moore lights another of the facility's realistic props.

Gary Eide (left), representing the Virginia Bureau of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Division of Gas and Oil, uses a self-propelled welder to heat-seal an absorbent mat. Aiding the demonstration are (from left center) New Pig field operations manager Drew Huff; Moore; and Beth Powell, the company's vice president and general manager.

Regulators from 17 states and four Canadian provinces toured the region Wednesday, stopping by the Center for Business & Workforce Development on Penn College’s main campus and the Energy Technology Education Center to its south. The visit was arranged by James R. Ladlee, interim assistant director of energy, entrepreneurship and community development programs for Penn State Cooperative Extension.  Following a stop at the wellfield training lab, facilitated by Daniel R. Mendell, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructor, the group was treated to a variety of demonstrations at ETEC (a collaborative training site for current and prospective gas-industry employees, as well as emergency response crews). New Pig Energy, among the generous corporate partners in the center’s operation, showcased its spill-containment liner before the guests traveled to lunch and other industry-related locations.

Global Technology Leader Entrusts Welding Equipment to College

Penn College’s welding program receives equipment entrustment from Fronius USA LLC. From left are Michael J. Nau, welding instructor; Tom Farley, Fronius sales application technician; and Ty E. Rhinehart, welding instructor.

The excellence of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program has been recognized by one of the world’s technology leaders in arc welding. Fronius USA LLC is generously entrusting equipment to support the education of welding students.

Approximately 350 Penn College students will use the Fronius welding equipment during the 2016-17 academic year. The equipment includes six TPS/i units, two TPS CMT units, 10 MagicWave 3000 units, and one Robotic DC TIG/Plasma unit.

“We feel honored and fortunate to receive such a generous equipment loan from Fronius,” said David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “Our welding students are going to enjoy tremendous benefits from working on the equipment.”

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Gallery Receives Private Grant for 10th Anniversary Catalog

The “Take Ten” catalog documents the 10th anniversary exhibition at The Gallery at Penn College.

In support of a catalog documenting its 10th anniversary celebration, The Gallery at Penn College has received a $5,250 grant from a private foundation based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation awarded funding to support the gallery’s “Take Ten” catalog, created as part of the special anniversary exhibition running through Oct. 9.

The foundation is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of contemporary visual art, primarily through the support of catalogs and other publications produced by organizations outside the nation’s cultural centers that document exhibitions of work by emerging or under-recognized artists.

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