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‘Shiver Me Timbers and Pass the Stew’ – It’s Time to Talk (and Eat) Like Pirates!

Smilingly sailing aboard their Dining Services friendship are (from left) Krystal S. Zelazny, assistant manager; Patti E. Durrwachter, assistant cook; and CJ L. Binderup,  dining services worker.

Smilingly sailing aboard their Dining Services friendship are (from left) Krystal S. Zelazny, assistant manager; Patti E. Durrwachter, assistant cook; and CJ L. Binderup, dining services worker.

Cupcakes and muffins front a display of plundered booty.

Cupcakes and muffins front a display of plundered booty.

Sporting stylish headgear, a kitchen pirate helps patrons "scarf down" their meal.

Sporting stylish headgear, a kitchen pirate helps patrons “scarf down” their meal.

Students navigate the themed menu.

Students navigate the themed menu.

A co-worker's low blow from the high seas

A co-worker’s low blow from the high seas

Dining Services hosted its second annual “Talk Like a Pirate … Eat Like a Pirate” event in the Capitol Eatery from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, a buccaneers’ bash that served as a prelude to Friday’s international celebration of seafaring scalawags. Appropriately attired employees served up a cleverly crafted (and titled) menu – with Castaway Pork Loin, Jolly Roger Rice and Shipwrecked Chowder among the evening’s offerings.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Waste Management Adds to Financial Support of College Programs

Brian M. Fuhrman, left, major account manager for Waste Management Inc., delivers a donation to Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

For the fourth consecutive year, Waste Management Inc. has contributed to a pair of Pennsylvania College of Technology programs that distinctly benefit high school students.

Through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, the company contributed $8,389 to support the college’s SMART Girls and Penn College NOW initiatives.

The foundation is an approved Educational Improvement Organization under the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s EITC program. SMART Girls and Penn College NOW, overseen by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office, qualify as “innovative educational programs” under the law.

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Award-Winning Filmmaker to Discuss Illegal Immigration

Jesus Nebot

Jesus Nebot

Jesus Nebot will present “Illegal Immigration: A Humanitarian Perspective” in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Part of Penn College’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, will focus on the social and economic impacts of illegal immigration. Participants will have the opportunity to voice their opinions about immigration reform and find out “what politicians and newscasters are not telling us about illegal immigration.” Nebot will return to the ACC Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. Thursday for a special showing of his award-winning film, “No Turning Back,” a thought-provoking immigration story inspired by actual events that reflects upon the need to transcend our judgment of other cultures and points of view in order to live peacefully and harmoniously in a diverse society. Nebot wrote, directed, produced and stars in this critically acclaimed film, which has been viewed by millions of people in 78 countries and is the winner of 23 international awards. Both events are free and open to the public.

Chef Ben Vaughn Lecture Rescheduled to Sept. 10

Chef Ben Vaughn (center), with Chef Charles R. Niedermyer's Advanced Patisserie Operations class on Wednesday morning

A lecture at Pennsylvania College of Technology by award-winning chef and television host Ben Vaughn has been rescheduled to Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center auditorium.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Sustaining Your Career in a Changing Industry: How to Find Your Food Voice.”

Vaughn is a popular TV personality best known as a host on the Food Network. He’s also the host of the World Food Championships and is a recurring judge on the hit FYI television series based on the event.

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Student Organization Collecting ‘Troopons’ to Aid Military Families

Wondering what to do with that ever-growing pile of newspaper inserts and magazines in the recycling bin? Harvest them for “Troopons” – Coupons for Troops – and help a caring campus organization ease the financial burden on military families.

Students Making a Contribution is conducting a coupon drive from Thursday through Veterans Day (Sept. 11-Nov. 11), collecting manufacturers’ cents-off coupons to benefit service personnel both here at home and those stationed overseas, where currency-exchange rates are often less than favorable.

“We want to honor Penn College’s history of being military-friendly by helping out current servicemen, servicewomen and their families,” said SMAC President Bethany M. Reppert, an applied human services major from Pottsville.

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Penn College Among Region’s Top Public Institutions in U.S. News Rankings

Pennsylvania College of Technology has again earned Top 10 status among the best public, four-year colleges in the northern region of the country in the 2015 edition of the Best Colleges rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.

Penn College is tied for No. 28 in the category of Top Regional Colleges North – along with Farmingdale State College (SUNY) and SUNY College of A&T-Cobleskill – up from No. 29 in 2013. In an overall assessment of the Best Regional Colleges North that includes public colleges only, Penn College is tied (with the same two institutions) at No. 8.

Penn College is also recognized in the Web-exclusive Best Colleges for Veterans category. The college ranks No. 9 in the Regional Colleges North listings (No. 2 among the public colleges listed).

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College Awarded Consignment of Robotic Welder

Equipment on consignment from CLOOS Robotic Welding Inc. frames Penn College welding lecturer James C. Tanner in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.

A leading manufacturer of welding robots has acknowledged the excellence of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program.

The college recently received a three-year consignment of a CLOOS QRC 350 Robot and supporting equipment from CLOOS Robotic Welding Inc., a subsidiary of Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH, in Haiger, Germany. CLOOS Robotic Welding, based in Schaumburg, Illinois, provides customized automated turn-key welding solutions throughout North America.

“Adding a robotic workstation from a company such as CLOOS is a big benefit for our students,” said David R. Cotner, dean of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies.     “Robotic welding has become much more prevalent throughout industry in recent years, and it’s essential that students have exposure to the latest technologies. Our welding graduates are already in high demand, and this addition to the program will make them even more marketable.”

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Le Jeune Chef Restaurant Again Receives Wine Spectator Award

Wine Spectator magazine recently released its annual Restaurant Wine List Awards program, again naming Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant among the “Best of Award of Excellence” recipients.

The restaurant is one of 883 worldwide to earn the magazine’s second-tier “Best of” award. Only 74 restaurants received the top-tier “Grand Award,” and 2,789 restaurants received the magazine’s “Award of Excellence.”

A robust wine list helps to fulfill Le Jeune Chef’s role in offering “an education in fine dining,” providing opportunities for the hospitality management and culinary arts students who gain hands-on experience in the restaurant to learn about wine service and food-and-wine pairings, and benefiting patrons who wish to learn more about wine.

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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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Youth Leadership Program-Funded Project Featured on Newscast

Benjamin C. Nesselrodt is interviewed for a WNEP newscast.

Benjamin C. Nesselrodt is interviewed for a WNEP newscast.

Newswatch 16 visited the East Lycoming School District last week for a Labor Day Weekend story about an outdoor science classroom built as part of Penn College’s Youth Leadership Program. Hughesville High School students Patrick R. Hiller, Benjamin C. Nesselrodt and Megan E. Shaner – all members of the Class of 2015 – were awarded $800 for their first-place project to build the Little Spartan Science Center at Ashkar Elementary School. WNEP multimedia journalist Kristina Papa’s piece briefly highlights the al-fresco instructional area, which will include a weather station, birdwatching, and interesting flowers and shrubs. As part of their award-winning effort, the students installed the seating and built the path that leads to the platform.

New Noncredit Computer Courses Scheduled at Penn College

For those looking to sharpen their computer skills while learning something new, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering several easy-to-learn computer courses.

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Benefactor of Penn College Diesel, Aviation Programs Dies

Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr.

Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr.

Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr., a retired Williamsport orthodontist whose philanthropic contributions benefit students in Penn College’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the age of 85. Welch and his wife, Mary, are among those enshrined on the college’s Donor Wall as members of the Millionaire’s Society. Their generosity is also reflected in the hangar at the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville, the diesel lab at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood and a scholarship fund for diesel technology students – all of which bear the Welch family’s name. A full obituary can be found on the website of the Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

Supervisory Program to Begin Sept. 11 at Penn College

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering the first of four modules in its Team Leader/Supervisor Program beginning Sept. 11.

The research-based, instructor-led program is anchored around 32 competencies identified in industry clusters across the commonwealth, and is appropriate for current or prospective first-line supervisors and team leaders.

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Major at Penn College Receives Industry Recertification

The American Design Drafting Association recently recertified Pennsylvania College of Technology’s engineering CAD technology major.

The associate-degree major prepares students for mechanical and engineering drafting positions in manufacturing- and engineering-based industries using advanced 2-D and 3-D CAD applications. Graduates also can continue their education in the college’s engineering design technology baccalaureate major.

“This recertification by the ADDA is an important credential for our program, and we are proud that we have maintained it since 1997,” said Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering design technology. “The ADDA stamp of approval helps ensure our program is the best it can be for students.”

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President Keeps College in World Spotlight While Going to Bat for LLB
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In her capacity as chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, Gilmour addresses the 25,000-plus crowd at Howard J. Lamade Stadium for Sunday's title matchup.

As chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour helped make the 68th annual Little League Baseball World Series one to remember. While tending to Welcome Weekend and other fall startup activities back on campus, the president navigated a cyclonic Little League schedule that began with a campus picnic for the 16 participating teams and ended with Sunday’s championship between Seoul, South Korea, and Chicago. Among her official duties during this 75th-anniversary year for LLB were the enshrinement of retired major leaguer (and Lycoming County favorite son) Mike Mussina and the annual Challenger Division exhibition game. Adding to the college’s visibility were students from the School of Health Sciences, who provided medical care for players and coaches as well as outreach to the thousands of fans on hand for the Series.

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