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Grant to Enhance Nutrition, Physical Activity Lessons for Children

Youngsters in Penn College’s Children’s Learning Center practice their coordination skills on “stilts,” which are among the materials purchased through a grant to enhance physical activity and nutrition lessons.

The Robert & Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology received a $500 grant to enhance activities and lessons that teach children about healthy lifestyles.

“We will be using the grant to update our nutrition and physical activity policies and practices to reflect current research about best practices for young children,” said Barbara J. Albert, director of the Children’s Learning Center.

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Seventh-Graders Add to Career Toolkit During Campus Visit

A middle-schooler feels the weight of a sledgehammer as Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, shows the group several tools of the concrete masonry trade, including …

A middle-schooler feels the weight of a sledgehammer as Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, shows the group several tools of the concrete masonry trade, including …

… a diamond-tip saw …

… a diamond-tip saw …

… and a float.

… and a float.

Participants watch as concrete tumbles in a mixer.

Participants watch as concrete tumbles in a mixer.

A youngster shovels green concrete to fill a paver mold.

A youngster shovels green concrete to fill a paver mold.

Seventh-graders from Williamsport Area Middle School’s after-school program made a visit recently to the concrete masonry facilities in Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies. Under the direction of Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, the young students learned the tools of the trade and made concrete pavers. Participants in the after-school program visit the college once a week (seventh-graders on Wednesday and eighth-graders on Thursday) through a partnership coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office. The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Penn College Concludes Black History Month Observance

Cade Cassel assists storyteller Joanna Maddox, who portrayed astronaut Mae Jemison during Penn College's Feb. 2 Soul Food Dinner.

Cade Cassel assists storyteller Joanna Maddox, who portrayed astronaut Mae Jemison during Penn College’s Feb. 2 Soul Food Dinner.

Penn College joined in the national observance of Black History Month through a series of events during February. The annual Soul Food Dinner, held in Penn’s Inn, kicked off the month on Feb. 2. Guests weren’t deterred by the snowy evening and heard the story of Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, as told by performer Joanna Maddox. The Race Experience kiosk, on display in Madigan Library, challenged the community to consider that race is a created social construct with no genetic definition. The month continued with a candid discussion at the “What’s Race Got to Do With It?” roundtable featuring student panelists – Wilmer I. Clase, of Lancaster, architectural technology; Norma T. Fuentes-Montesino, of Port Royal, early childhood education; and Kacie L. Weaver, of Harrisburg, applied human services – as well as the Rev. Sam Hwang, pastor of The First Presbyterian Church of Williamsport. On Feb. 20-21, Penn College partnered with the Williamsport Black Repertory Theater to host “A Raisin in the Sun” on the Klump Academic Center Auditorium stage. Proceeds from ticket sales benefited the Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action. The month concluded with a film screening of Justin Simien’s award-winning satire “Dear White People,” which focuses on the experiences of black students at a prestigious and predominately white university.
Photo by Kimberly R. Cassel, director of student activities

Impact Fees to Fund $15,000 in Regional ShaleNET Scholarships

Pennsylvania College of Technology will provide $15,000 in ShaleNET scholarships to veterans, unemployed and underemployed residents of Bradford County.

The scholarships are made possible by Act 13 funding – fees levied on each gas well drilled in the Marcellus Shale formation – recently approved by the Bradford County Commissioners.

In an agreement similar to those enacted for residents of Lycoming and Tioga counties, Penn College will offer tuition-free training – $1,000 for each of 15 qualified Bradford County students – to provide the basic skills and certifications required for entry-level employment in the oil and natural gas industry.

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Penn College and WVIA to Host Workshop for Educators

Connecting career awareness to secondary school classroom activities will be the focus of an upcoming workshop for educators presented by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media.

Teachers, school counselors and other interested educators are invited to attend “Working Class: Promoting Classroom and Career Connections” on Friday, April 24, from 9-11 a.m. at WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston.

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Grab a Dose of Spring Before Exhibit Closes

A child's wonder takes root in a blanket of sunshine yellow.

A child’s wonder takes root in a blanket of sunshine yellow.

A captivated mind asks, "How DOES that garden grow?"

A captivated mind asks, “How DOES that garden grow?”

Mother-daughter smiles that could warm the harshest winter

Mother-daughter smiles that could warm the harshest winter

For the second time since the exhibit opened in mid-January, Jessica A. Justice, a 2008 nursing alumna, brought her 4-month-old daughter, Piper, for a visit to “Line: Drawn and Stitched” at The Gallery at Penn College. Showcasing intricate thread installations by Toronto artist Amanda McCavour, the show closes Thursday. Located on the third floor of the Madigan Library, the exhibit can be enjoyed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 2-7 p.m. Thursday. Justice, a Williamsport resident, is an obstetrics nurse at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg.

Penn College Awarded Gold for Centennial Marketing Campaign

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s efforts to publicize its 2014 Centennial celebration were honored with a Gold Award in the 30th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report.

Penn College received a Gold Award in the Total Public Relations Program category for a submission that included a variety of Centennial-related works produced during the 2014 calendar year.

Among the materials submitted for judging were a documentary film, “Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education”; a commemorative book, “Marketing With a Mission: Building the Brand That Became Pennsylvania’s Premier Technical College”; Centennial banners; brochures, posters, fliers, programs and invitations created for various campus events; paid advertisements; a Centennial calendar; website content; and an effort targeting multiple social media platforms.

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New Penn College Major Designed for Future Sport & Event Managers

A new concentration in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s suite of business administration majors is designed to help prepare those who seek a management career in the sports or events industries.

The bachelor’s degree in business administration: sport and event management concentration is built around a strong business core, providing students with an extensive background in the areas of marketing, finance, accounting, human resources and management, accompanied by a detailed focus on both sport and event activities.

“This is a big growth area in industry,” said Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration/management at Penn College.

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Anderson Equipment Co. Boosts Support for Penn College Students

Anderson Equipment Co.

Anderson Equipment Co.

Heavy construction equipment technology students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are benefiting from the ongoing generosity of the Anderson Equipment Co., which supplemented a recent equipment loan with the donation of an engine and other machine components.

Among the gifts from Anderson, a distributor of earthmoving and mobile equipment with 20 locations from Maine to West Virginia, was a 272-horsepower Komatsu WA470-6 engine.

“This is a great addition to our heavy equipment engine lab,” said Chris S. Weaver, a diesel equipment technology instructor in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Management. “Until now, we did not have an engine meeting Tier 3 emission requirements with common rail-fuel injection. Because of Anderson’s generous donation, we can expose our heavy equipment students to technology that is being used in the industry.”

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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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Klingerman Family Scholarship Established at Penn College

From left, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and scholarship donors Monica and Daniel Klingerman

Daniel and Monica Klingerman have established an endowed scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Daniel Klingerman is chairman and chief executive officer of The Liberty Group, a Williamsport-based development company that invests in, acquires, develops and manages commercial properties. He has been a member of the Penn College Foundation Board of Directors since 2005.

Initial award preferences for the Klingerman Family Scholarship are for first-year students who are graduates of the Loyalsock Township or the Bloomsburg Area school districts.

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Financial Aid Office to Offer Free FAFSA Completion Sessions

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer two free sessions on the main campus in Williamsport in March and April to help students, prospective students and families complete the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Both sessions will be held in Room 1049 of Penn College’s Student & Administrative Services Center (the building adjacent to the large American flag at the college’s main entrance off Maynard Street).

The first session will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21. Attendees will be invited to complete and submit their 2015-16 FAFSAs using the center’s computers before the session ends at 12:30 p.m.

During the second session, on Tuesday, April 7, the Financial Aid Office staff will be available from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

At both sessions, the staff will assist attendees as needed with the online FAFSA completion process.

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‘Race Experience’ Brings Participants Face-to-Face With Diversity, Cultural Identity

Gage M. Okonski, of Reading, enrolled in the residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, is joined in The Race Experience by his girlfriend, Chelsea Lorah, of Reading.

Gage M. Okonski, of Reading, enrolled in the residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, is joined in The Race Experience by his girlfriend, Chelsea Lorah, of Reading.

Construction management student Byron B. Reber, of Stevens, considers words that reflect the positivity of our differences ...

Construction management student Byron B. Reber, of Stevens, considers words that reflect the positivity of our differences …

... then chooses among the options for his change in appearance.

… then chooses among the options for his change in appearance.

A Public Relations & Marketing co-worker temporarily assumes camera duty for Dalaney T. Vartenisian, seated for a personal perspective on her photo assignment.

A Public Relations & Marketing co-worker temporarily assumes camera duty for Dalaney T. Vartenisian, seated for a personal perspective on her photo assignment.

Phillip E. McCoy, of Linden, a construction management major who accompanied Reber to the library, assesses his new persona.

Phillip E. McCoy, of Linden, a construction management major who accompanied Reber to the library, assesses his new persona.

Members of the Penn College community, curious about how they would look with altered ethnicity, have visited The Race Experience this past week in Madigan Library. The kiosk, a touch-screen installation on the library’s first floor through Friday, takes a digital photograph and transforms it to literally let participants see themselves in a different skin. The booth is designed to facilitate a healthy dialogue on the value of diversity, allowing visitors to share the face-morphing photos via social media and to reflect on societal factors that perpetuate racism and discrimination. Co-sponsored by the Student Government Association, the interactive display – with a mantra of “There is only race: the human race” – reinforces the college’s cross-campus commitment as a Community of Respect.
Most photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

New Technology Overwhelming? Let Penn College Help!

Are you or a loved one overwhelmed with today’s technology? Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers an introductory iPad and iPhone course for adults 55 and older.

The iPad & iPhone for Adults 55+ class, designed for those new to iPad/iPhone technology, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, March 19 and 26, in the college’s Center for Business & Workforce Development. The cost is $99.

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Quick Start Leadership Program to Be Offered at Penn College

High performers are often selected for leadership roles based on demonstrated technical skills.

A 10-hour noncredit program at Pennsylvania College of Technology next month will assist individuals in launching leadership careers using several common approaches. The sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 and 19 at the Center for Business & Workforce Development on Penn College’s main campus in Williamsport.

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