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Quilt Raffle Raises More Than $1,800 for Schuman Scholarship

A handmade quilt ...

... "created with love" in memory of Chester D. Schuman, a 34-year employee of the college ...

... is delivered to winner Angela L. Frontz (right) by Sarah S. Moore, one of Schuman's two daughters.

A recent quilt raffle raised $1,810 for the Chester D. Schuman Memorial Scholarship, which honors the former director of admissions and award-winning coach of the Wildcat golf team. Angela L. Frontz, a mathematics instructional specialist in the Academic Success Center, won the 71- by 83-inch quilt, which was handcrafted in Penn College colors by Schuman’s wife, Pam; his sister, Kaye; and friend Kathy Eshelman. The family is grateful to all the college employees, friends, family and alumni who purchased tickets to benefit the scholarship fund.
Photos by Sarah S. Moore, deaf services specialist, and Dawn M. Dickey, assistant director, Disability Services

West Chester Company Donates Gas Chromatograph to Penn College

Michael J. Reed, dean of the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications at Penn College, accepts a donated PeakSimple 2000 gas chromatograph from Kate Bowes Harris, of Hilltop Enterprises, based in West Chester.

Students enrolled in natural sciences courses at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from a recent donation of a PeakSimple 2000 gas chromatograph by Al Silkroski, president and chief executive officer of Hilltop Enterprises, based in West Chester.

“The gas chromatograph is an essential piece of equipment that separates, identifies and quantifies a wide variety of organic chemicals in a mixture,” said Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology. “This GC gives our organic chemistry students hands-on experience with a sophisticated instrument found in many different types of industries, and allows students to monitor their chemical reactions and check the purity of their products.”

The equipment will also be used in science courses required for the college’s new associate degree in brewing and fermentation science, which officially launches in Fall 2017.

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Short-Term Roustabout 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 Nov. 14 to Dec. 6 – 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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Brushing Up on a New Dental Hygiene Clinic

Penn College dental hygiene students are applying their extensive hands-on skills in a newly renovated clinic. The 5,300-square-foot facility, dedicated in late September and featured in a video on college’s YouTube channel, features advanced technology and continues the college’s tradition of offering low-cost dental care to the community.”The clinic has made an amazing transformation. It’s modern, state-of-the-art,” said Alexandra D. Petrizzi, a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major from Langhorne. “I walked in and a big smile came on my face!”

Noncredit EMT Course Scheduled for Three Area Locations

A noncredit Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Jan. 9, will be offered at three locations by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The course meets National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards and Instructional Guidelines and is intended to prepare students for National Registry cognitive and psychomotor examinations at the EMT level.

The course comprises 50 hours of lecture and 100 hours of practical learning. Students will select one of three sites: Penn College’s main campus in Williamsport, Penn College at Wellsboro or Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg.

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Brewing, Fermentation Science Degree Launched at Penn College

Penn College will offer an Associate of Applied Science in Brewing and Fermentation Science in response to the booming craft brewing industry’s need for skilled employees.

A brewing and fermentation science degree – the first of its kind in Pennsylvania – is being launched by Pennsylvania College of Technology in response to the craft brewing industry’s need for skilled employees.

The new Associate of Applied Science degree will combine the science, technology and management skills required to meet the growing consumer demand for unique craft beers.

“We’re working closely with industry to make a scientifically literate and technically skilled brewer with the experience necessary to thrive in the growing brewing industry,” said Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology.

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Campus Drop Box Limits Unwanted Access to Medications

A pharmaceutical drop box in College Health Services is a repository for medicine that is expired or is no longer needed.

A medication drop box, designed for year-round disposal of outdated or unneeded pharmaceuticals – both over-the-counter and prescription – has been installed in the lobby area of Penn College Health Services (Room 150, Bush Campus Center). The box was obtained from Lycoming County District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.

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New Professional Development Courses Among November Offerings

Five professional development courses – four of them new to the schedule – will be held in November by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Community Arts Center Names Whitnack Co-Executive Leader, Hires Arts Consulting Group to Lead Transition

Dave Whitnack

The Community Arts Center, along with Pennsylvania College of Technology, announced today that the organization will transition to a new dual-leadership model with previously named Operations Director Dave Whitnack as one part of the organization’s dual executive office.

The arts consulting firm SiG Productions has been engaged to help guide the transition and conduct a search for the additional member of the executive team.

SiG previously worked with the Community Arts Center to review the organization’s day-to-day operations and provide insight on strategies for growth moving forward. The Arts Center’s Board of Directors voted at its last monthly meeting to adopt a series of recommendations proposed by SiG, which includes a dual executive office – a model very common among peer organizations in the industry.

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A Valued Present From the Vibrant Past

A leaf-shrouded legacy invites passersby to sit a spell.

Charitable high school classmates (from left) are Loretta Franzi, Geraldine Barnes, Harold Ingram, Kenneth Johnson and James Walbridge.

A plaque commemorates the group's benevolence.

Graphic design students Joseph N. Colyer, of Selinsgrove, and Felicia R. Hartzler, of Dover, stop by to greet and chat with the ’49 classmates.

Members of Williamsport High School’s Class of 1949 donated a bench that has been installed in the shade of their alma mater – now Penn College’s Klump Academic Center. Five classmates, part of a 10- to 20-member group that gets together monthly at The Villa restaurant in Loyalsock Township, stopped by Thursday to check out their gift and to get a firsthand feel for the comfortable respite it provides students and visitors to campus. The class had money left over from its last reunion in 2004 and kicked around a number of ideas of how and where to spend it. “We finally decided about two years ago that a bench would be appropriate,” spokesman Kenneth Johnson said. “We looked at locations around the city, at the hospitals … and then thought, ‘Well, we went to school here!'” The group had no shortage of stories to tell and no shyness about sharing those memories with current Penn College students who will benefit from their generosity, happily engaging with a few of them as they exited the east side of the building.

Board Approves Master’s Program, Director Emeritus Designation

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors on Thursday approved the institution’s first-ever graduate degree offering, as well as the parameters for the college’s state budget request and “director emeritus” status for its retiring vice chairman. The board also elected officers for 2016-17.

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Board Approves Master’s Degree Program in Physician Assistant

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors has approved a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies – the first graduate degree program ever to be offered at the institution, a special mission affiliate of Penn State.

Penn College plans to begin offering courses leading to the master’s degree in the fall of 2017, with conferring of degrees to begin in 2022.

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Coming to the CAC: A Show You Will Never Remember


Do you want to be hypnotized? Or just watch others be hypnotized? Then don’t miss HypnoHype at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. The Bush Campus Center has a limited number of $25 orchestra tickets available for purchase beginning Friday by students, faculty and staff. Orders must be paid with cash, check or credit card. Members of the college community may get four tickets per valid ID. By purchasing at the Campus Center, the 4-percent service fee that the Arts Center box office charges will be waived. There are no refunds or exchanges, and the offer ends Oct. 13. Fast-paced and action-packed, Hypnohype is a high-energy, comedy hypnosis show. Hilariously written by Colin Mochrie (from Whose Line Is It Anyway?), the show stars master hypnotist Asad Mecci, whose jaw-dropping performances have captivated audiences worldwide. It’s the most spectacular show you will never remember! Complete show details and a video clip can be found at the CAC website. The Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of the college, is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport (just a few blocks from campus).

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 November and January to help students, prospective students and families complete the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Both sessions will be offered in Room SASC/1049 on the first floor of Penn College’s Student and Administrative Services Center (the building adjacent to the large American flag at the college’s main entrance off Maynard Street).

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Pacts Ease Path to Further Education in Emergency Management

Students in Penn College’s emergency management technology major practice their future career roles at a City of Williamsport emergency operations center during a simulated tornado disaster.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently approved articulation agreements with three institutions to help associate-degree graduates further their education with a bachelor’s degree in emergency management technology.

The agreements provide a clear transition to Penn College for graduates of the State University of New York Broome County Community College’s associate degree in homeland security; Delaware Technical and Community College’s associate degree in homeland security and emergency management; and Raritan Valley Community College’s emergency services associate degree.

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