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Campus’ Children Celebrate With Fuzzy Friends, Family Fun

Newest arrivals aid children's understanding of life's wondrous cycle.

Newest arrivals aid children’s understanding of life’s wondrous cycle.

Children and their families board the Hiawatha for a journey upriver and back.

Children and their families board the Hiawatha for a journey upriver and back.

It has been a week of celebrations at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center. The young preschool class at Penn College has been studying animals and, as part of the study, incubated chicken eggs. The incubator and eggs were provided by the Lycoming County Cooperative Extension Office. On Wednesday, children arrived to find five newly hatched chicks. By Friday, there were 12 chicks that were taken to a local farm. Children and families, who watched with delight as the chicks hatched, observed the changes in the first days of life. On Thursday, the families enjoyed a cruise on the Hiawatha paddlewheeler. “This was a wonderful celebration of the friendships forged this year and the children’s growth and learning,” said Barbara J. Albert, director of the child care center. “Despite the chilly weather, families welcomed the opportunity to experience the outdoors with their children.”
Photos by Neva E. Simcox, group leader, Children’s Learning Center, and Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing

Blogger Writes Glowingly About College’s ‘Working World Within’
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Countdown to College Coach

Countdown to College Coach

A college-prep expert, who helps parents navigate the maze of higher education, is writing about Penn College for a national audience. Suzanne Shaffer, author of the Parents Countdown to College Coach blog, extensively toured campus on April 29-30. “Once students graduate from Penn College, they can hit the ground running. It’s not necessary for employers to train them on basic techniques or skills,” she writes in the just-posted second installment. “They are familiar with equipment, tools, practices and techniques used to work at their chosen career immediately after graduation. Employers hire Penn College students because they know these students have been trained properly and are familiar with their products, services and equipment.” Shaffer’s introductory piece, “Degrees That Work: One College’s Best-Kept Secret,” debuted earlier in the month. Shaffer is supplementing her blog with references to Penn College on social media.

President Honors Co-Workers, Rallies College for ‘Tough Questions’ Ahead

President Davie Jane Gilmour closed out the 2014-15 academic year by recognizing the Penn College employees whose galvanizing work ethic will prevail against the formidable opportunities that await on the other side of summer break. “I am confident in our future and in our meeting the challenges that lie ahead,” she said. “As you well know, for me, they are opportunities. I hope you join me on the journey and continue to work to allow Penn College to become the national leader in applied technology education we deserve to be.”

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Unique Photo Backdrop Prepped for Grads’ Weekend Celebration

Strickland, Moore, Kelly and Leitzel (from back to front) apply a steady touch to the task at hand.

Strickland, Moore, Kelly and Leitzel (from back to front) apply a steady touch to the task at hand.

The finished product, displayed by Bressler and Moore, awaits Spring 2015 graduates and their families.

The finished product, displayed by Bressler and Moore, awaits Spring 2015 graduates and their families.

Student Affairs staff – led by Todd R. Moore, marketing specialist, and Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life – painted “The Rock” on Wednesday morning in advance of the weekend’s three commencement ceremonies. Joining them in giving the campus landmark an appropriate fresh coat, complete with the #pctgrad hashtag for sharing photos via social media, were Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; Bradley M. Webb, director of student affairs administration; counselors Mary Lee L. Kelly and Jacklyn R. Leitzel; Jennifer McLean, director of counseling, college health and disability services and director of career services; Crissy L. McGinniss, director of dining services; Shelley L. Moore, assistant director of career services; and Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of off-campus living and commuter services.
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Penn College Approves In-State Tuition Rates for Jamestown Grads

Pennsylvania College of Technology established an agreement that affords graduates of Jamestown Community College the opportunity to enroll at Penn College at the current Pennsylvania in-state rates.

Graduates must have earned an associate degree from Jamestown Community College to qualify.

“Jamestown Community College has grown to a multicampus institution, with graduates that often live and work in the counties that border Pennsylvania. The out-of-state tuition was creating a barrier between our institutions,” said Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction at Penn College. “We have an opportunity with Jamestown to collaboratively broaden access to baccalaureate-degree attainment in the Twin Tier region and strengthen the economic base.”

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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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Bulgarians’ Fact-Finding Tour Includes Stop at College, Regional Sites

Regional authorities on the environmental/regulatory, county planning and community impacts of oil and gas operations share insights in a pre-lunch session.

Regional authorities on the environmental/regulatory, county planning and community impacts of oil and gas operations share insights in a pre-lunch session.

Outside the Thompson Professional Development Center, the group pauses with Thomas B. Murphy (back row, second from right), Penn State Extension educator and co-director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center of Outreach and Research; and David C. Pistner (back row, right), director of special projects for Workforce Development & Continuing Education.

Outside the Thompson Professional Development Center, the group pauses with Thomas B. Murphy (back row, second from right), Penn State Extension educator and co-director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center of Outreach and Research; and David C. Pistner (back row, right), director of special projects for Workforce Development & Continuing Education.

A Bulgarian delegation, fresh from a conference in Houston, visited Penn College and regional gas-related sites on Friday to continue its discussion of shale-energy development in the United States. The group is meeting with key stakeholder voices on the workforce, economic, legislative and regulatory impacts of shale development, and included a college stopover in its firsthand assessment. Comprising the group were Delian Dobrev, chair of the Energy Committee in Parliament, former minister of energy and close contact of the prime minister; Zhecho Stankov, deputy minister of energy; Delian Dimitrov, member of the Board of Directors of Bulgartransgaz (gas system operator of Bulgaria); Nikolai Nikolov, Ministry of Energy; and American Embassy representatives Emily Taneva and Sally Behrhorst.

Practical Nursing Information Session to Be Held in Wellsboro

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

The session will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, June 22, in the former music room of the school district’s administration building.

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Camp ESCAPE Sold Out

No more registrations are being accepted for Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE, as all seven weeks of fun summer activities are filled.

Agreements Provide Continuing-Ed Pathway for Delaware Tech Grads

From left, Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies at Penn College; Kathern R. Friel, acting dean of instruction at Delaware Technical Community College; and Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies at Penn College, attend Delaware Tech’s Engineering Technology Fair to inform students of an agreement establishing a path for Delaware Tech graduates to pursue bachelor’s degrees at Penn College.

Students earning associate degrees in several majors at Delaware Technical Community College will benefit from recently signed agreements that provide an avenue to a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The agreements provide students from four Delaware Tech majors with a streamlined transition to junior-level standing in bachelor-degree majors, without duplicating courses.

“We are excited about these transfer agreements with Penn College,” said Brent Mitchell, department chair and program adviser at Delaware Tech. “This partnership provides our graduates with more opportunities to pursue a bachelor’s degree in fields that are in-demand.”

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Careening Toward Finals, Students ‘Paws’ for Friendly Intervention

Kenzie, a golden retriever, mutely delivers multiple doses of affection.

Kenzie, a golden retriever, mutely delivers multiple doses of affection.

An eager friend stands ready to please.

An eager friend stands ready to please.

Event's popularity obvious from above

Event’s popularity obvious from above

Big relief, no matter the size

Big relief, no matter the size

Koda, a Leonberger with a heart to match his stature, proves to be a cherished guest.

Koda, a Leonberger with a heart to match his stature, proves to be a cherished guest.

Pre-finals comfort – canine-style – was delivered to Madigan Library on Thursday, as four-legged, tail-wagging visitors spent an hour easing test anxiety for Penn College students. Certified therapy dogs, whose job description includes absorbing jitters through selfless hugs, lowered the collective blood pressure of a steady crowd near the main circulation desk. The event was arranged by library support services assistant Blair E. Mattocks (who, as owner of a retired racing greyhound, knows firsthand the health benefits of pooch-petting).
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

T-Shirts Quietly Break Silence About Domestic Violence

T-shirt testimony aired on library "clothesline"

T-shirt testimony aired on library “clothesline”

Daylight illuminates a problem that needn't be faced alone.

Daylight illuminates a problem that needn’t be faced alone.

Karissa N. Stone, a work-study student in Madigan Library, reminds patrons of The Clothesline Project.

Karissa N. Stone, a work-study student in Madigan Library, reminds patrons of The Clothesline Project.

T-shirts and markers await fresh messages of survival and solidarity.

T-shirts and markers await fresh messages of survival and solidarity.

A timeless message, silently broadcast

A timeless message, silently broadcast

The Clothesline Project, a way for women affected by violence to express their emotions, has returned to Madigan Library through Thursday. T-shirts bearing testimony to the enduring problem, designed by survivors and their supporters, are pinned to the clothesline in hopes that their hanging will lead to healing.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Staff/Faculty Team Cruises Past Students in Slow-Pitch Softball Game

The staff/faculty team: victors in the yearly slow-pitch matchup ...

The staff/faculty team: victors in the yearly slow-pitch matchup …

... and their student rivals.

… and their student rivals.

A team of Penn College students, taking on a staff/faculty squad in the annual slow-pitch softball challenge, struck first Monday as it scored in the top of the first inning thanks to a single by Tommy Walton. The employee team responded in the bottom of the inning, as John McNichol hit a two-run triple and Eric Tupper added a single to bring him home. That made the score 3-1 in favor of the staff/faculty. The students struck again in the second inning, thanks to a few fielding errors by their opponents, and Rich DeJesus hit a two-run single to put the student’s up by a 4-3 tally. The bottom of the second was a different story, with the staff/faculty team batting around the order to erupt for 13 runs! The scoring was led by McNichol and Scott Kennell, each of whom had 3 RBIs in the inning. Derrick Winters and Jeremy Bottorf added two RBIs, and Matt Blymier, Eric Tupper and Gabriel Nepita-Mejia added one each. Chester Rogers then took the mound again with a comfortable lead and dazzled as the students were held scoreless in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Staff/faculty bats cooled off in their half of those innings, as well. Rogers came out in the top of the sixth looking to continue his gem of a game, but the students weren’t going down without a fight. Fueled by a Nathaniel Brown-led rally in the dugout, students scored five times in the sixth inning. Mike Cliggett, Walton, Andre Torres, Tim Stasulli, Andrew Zwigard, Rich Wood and Brown each had big hits to cut the staff/faculty lead in half (18-9). The staff/faculty team added some insurance: Winters led off the inning with a single, Blymier hit into a fielder’s choice and Kennell followed with a triple. McNichol, Bottorf, Tupper, Nepita-Mejia and Rogers all added singles to put the staff/faculty team up 21-9 – a winning edge that Rogers preserved by pitching a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
Photos by Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation

Penn College Authorized Training Center for Autodesk Certification

College an Autodesk Authorized Training Center

College an Autodesk Authorized Training Center

As an Autodesk Authorized Training Center and Authorized Certification Center, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is taking part in a Certification Day on May 8.

Certification exams will be administered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on various Autodesk products used in architecture, engineering and digital arts fields. Preregistration for the tests, to be given in the Center for Business & Workforce Development on Penn College’s main campus, is required by visiting online and selecting the college’s site code from the drop-down menu.

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Board Authorizes Bond Refinancing

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday authorized refinancing of the college’s 2005 bond series to generate financial savings from reduced interest costs.

Refinancing, said Suzanne T. Stopper, vice president for finance/CFO, is being undertaken at this time because of favorable interest rates. Closing is expected in June.

The board action allows the college administration to request that the Lycoming County Authority issue tax-exempt bonds on the college’s behalf in an amount not to exceed $11 million. There is no new money included in the borrowing.

When first approved 10 years ago, the Series 2005 bond issue included money for capital projects – like construction of the Madigan Library and the Center for Business & Workforce Development – as well as funds for refinancing the 1997 series bonds.

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