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Holiday Tree Recognizes Gift of Veterans’ Service

Navy veteran Jennifer L. Nicholson, an applied health studies: radiography concentration major from Lock Haven (and a Veterans Affairs work-study student in the college’s Financial Aid Office), adds the 2016 ball filled with the 120 ribbons sold by college veterans.

With Old Glory appropriately waving above him, General Services horticulture technician Matthew P. Barrett ascends via bucket truck to those hard-to-reach spots.

One of the tree's 401 stars, representing a self-identified veteran enrolled and/or employed at Penn College, is nestled among the branches.

Bundled against the biting wind, Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for enrollment management, pitches in.

As Friday dawned, the fully decorated tree stands in tribute to the college's military family.

Veteran students and employees, joined by supportive Penn College colleagues, gathered in Thursday’s dusky chill to adorn the Veterans Holiday Tree. Decorated for the third year, the Vanderwolf limber pine provides a tangible reminder of the servicemen and women across campus: more than 400 star-shaped ornaments are displayed near the entrance to the Student & Administrative Services Center. Tucked among the decorations are two glass balls containing hundreds of ribbons purchased during Veterans Club “Giving Tree” fundraisers in the past two seasons. People paid $1 each for ribbons inscribed with the names of family members or loved ones who served (or are serving) in various branches of the military, generating money for the Fisher House Foundation for veterans and their families. The holiday tree effort is spearheaded by veterans services specialist Chet Beaver.

Board Approves Audit Report, Bids Farewell to Longtime Member

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday accepted the college’s audited financial statements for Fiscal 2016 and authorized an update to a college policy dealing with items requiring board approval.

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Baseball Equipment Donations Sought by Greek Life for Cuba

Curt Vander Vere swings at a pitch from Anthony V. Rode while playing baseball with Cuban youngsters near Ernest Hemingway's house in suburban Havana.

Members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Greek Life have teamed up with a math professor to solicit donations of used baseball equipment to be sent to young baseball players in Cuba.

The college community is asked to look for baseball bats, gloves and balls while at home for the Thanksgiving break and bring the equipment back to campus. Donation boxes will be in central locations in numerous campus buildings: the Bush Campus Center, Student & Administrative Services Center, Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center, Dauphin Hall, The Village, Campus View, and Hager Lifelong Education Center.

The outreach was inspired by a chance encounter on the grounds of Ernest Hemingway’s home in a suburb of Havana. There, Curt Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics, and three of his former students saw a team of young baseball players and their coach engaged in a game, making do with only a few pieces of old equipment.

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College Offers Digital Photography Course, Just in Time for Holidays

Those planning to receive or give a full-featured digital camera this holiday season might consider a companion gift certificate for “Mastering Your Advanced Digital Camera,” a digital photography class offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Gallery at Penn College Announces ‘People’s Choice’ Winner

Amanda McCavour’s large-scale embroidery installation, “Accumulate,” is the recipient of the People’s Choice award from the “Take Ten” exhibit held at The Gallery at Penn College.

Artist Amanda McCavour’s large-scale embroidery installation titled “Accumulate” has been named the winner of the People’s Choice award from the “Take Ten” exhibition held at The Gallery at Penn College this fall.

The Toronto-based artist will receive a $500 cash prize.

A special 10th-anniversary exhibition, “Take Ten” featured works from 25 past exhibiting artists representing each of the gallery’s 10 years. For the six and a half weeks of the exhibit, visitors were encouraged to vote for their favorite work of art on a computer stationed in the gallery.

“Visitors were impressed by the variety of media and the high quality of the work created by the 25 artists included in the Take Ten exhibition,” said Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery director. ”We were pleased with the number of visitors that attended the show and celebrated this milestone with us.”

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College’s Role as PFEW Host Featured in Newscast

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week

Penn College’s annual participation with Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, a summer program that offers rising high school juniors and seniors a unique and challenging opportunity to run their own businesses, was mentioned in a recent news story on WHTM in Harrisburg. The piece is introduced by Flora Posteraro, a co-anchor at the ABC affiliate whose son is a PFEW graduate. Students who attend qualify for a $2,000 scholarship to the college; the 2017 session will be July 30-Aug. 5.

A Veterans Day Salute From a Thankful Campus

College's military family recognized on Veterans Day

The Pennsylvania College of Technology community pays grateful tribute to those among us who have served (or continue to serve) the United States of America. PCToday urges all to salute the selfless devotion of these compatriots, whom we acknowledge through this honor roll.

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Campus Veterans Again Embrace ‘Giving Tree’ Fundraiser

The Giving Tree recognizes veterans in five branches of service, as well as first responders.

Ribbons, lights adorn tree of tribute.

Gathering donations are veterans Mallory C. Maurer (left), nursing, of Towanda, and Jennifer L. Nicholson, applied health studies: radiography concentration, of Lock Haven.

Stars in their own right

Penn College veterans are again sponsoring the Giving Tree to raise money for the Fisher House Foundation, best known for a network of comfort homes where families of wounded veterans can stay at no cost while their loved ones receive treatment. For a $1 donation, members of the Penn College community can hang a ribbon on the tree in the name of a family member or loved one who has served or is serving in the military. The Giving Tree will be on display in the Bush Campus Center (near the Photo ID Center and ATM) through Friday. Veteran students will collect donations at the following times: 12:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-noon Thursday and 1-4 p.m. Friday. All of the ribbons will be placed inside the clear 2017 ornament to be hung on the veterans holiday tree in front of the Student and Administrative Services Center.

Partnership Brings STEM Concepts to Life for Area K-12 Students

Keith Cremer, left, an eighth-grade science teacher in the South Williamsport Area School District, and Dan Zerbe, who teaches STEM and other courses in the East Lycoming School District, strategize to use the materials on hand to slow down the vessel that they’ve designed to carry an egg from a second-floor balcony to the ground level.

Activities to teach science, math and creative thinking were the focus for four days when Pennsylvania College of Technology partnered with BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 (which serves the needs of schools in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties) to provide training from the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center.

For two days, 40 middle school teachers from across the state gathered in the college’s Penn’s Inn, where curriculum designers from NICERC led them through hands-on activities that the teachers can, in turn, use in their classrooms. For the next two days, high school teachers gathered.

The activities implement the “engineering design process.” In one of three modules middle school teachers practiced, they used common items – plastic foam cups, straws and cotton balls – to devise a vessel that would protect an egg when it was dropped from a second-floor balcony.

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Sweet Charity? It’s Right Under Your Nose!

Autumn M. Devine, president of SMAC, adds a little levity to her sales duties. Devine is an emergency management technology student from Mars.

The mustache lollipops come in milk chocolate, dark chocolate and dark chocolate mint.

Students Making a Contribution is selling chocolate mustache lollipops to support the Lycoming County United Way.  SMAC members were in the lobby of the Hager Lifelong Education Center (just outside the Keystone Dining Room) for the first of their “Mustache Mondays” this week, and will resume sales in the Bush Campus Center at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and 21. Lollipops – which sell for $1 each – are available in milk chocolate, dark chocolate and dark chocolate mint.

Financial Aid Information Nights Set at Two Local High Schools

Free Financial Aid Information Nights will be hosted at two local schools in November and January.

The first session will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at Williamsport Area High School, Room A124, and the second will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the South Williamsport Junior/Senior High School cafeteria. Students and parents from either school can attend either event.

The all-encompassing sessions are to help students, prospective students and families understand the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Applicants should note that the 2017-18 FAFSA can be completed three months earlier than in past years and will use income data from 2015.

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College Receives Grant to Boost Cyber Security Workforce

The National Science Foundation has recognized Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to tomorrow’s workforce by awarding the institution a grant intended to bolster the pipeline of information assurance/cyber defense professionals.

The $438,391 CyberCorps grant will facilitate the college’s efforts to excite high school students about rewarding careers in cyber security. The college is developing an after-school program for high schoolers, who will earn college credit for free while being introduced to the academic and professional aspects of the information security field.

“There is a tremendous demand for qualified professionals in the information assurance/cyber defense sector,” said Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer science and the college’s principal investigator for the grant. “The opportunities are varied, and salaries in the field are well above the national average. This program can be a valuable introduction and steppingstone to fulfilling careers.”

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Second Group of Concrete Wedges Rises at ‘Garden’ Site

Reber's class fills the forms for one of 18 upright pillars that will hold plaques of recognition.

An earlier pour shows the configuration of wedges atop a geometric pad.

The Campus Center roof provides a perfect "big picture" vantage point.

Another set of vertical walls for Penn College’s Recognition Garden was erected this week by Franklin H. Reber, instructor of construction technology, and students from one of three classes working on the project. Using Centre Concrete’s conveyer truck just west of the Bush Campus Center, the group (which also built the wooden forms) poured the second of three units that will hold commemorative plaques. The site, to be dedicated in the spring, is a successor to the inscribed bricks that line the Hagan Way entrance to main campus.
Photos by Andrew M. Richardson, General Services clerk of the works/construction manager

College’s Leadership Training Series Reaches National Audience

Through its Workforce Development & Continuing Education (WDCE) office, Pennsylvania College of Technology began an ambitious project in 2015 to develop a new leadership training program for companies.

In partnership with respected program developers representing many employment sectors, a curriculum was built to hone the skills of front-line leaders, mid-level managers and senior executives. It incorporates online materials and was crafted with customizable modules based on industry type and/or company-specific input.

Dubbed the Penn College Leadership Series, the program rolled out late last year and has quickly become an acclaimed training product reaching a national audience.

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College’s Madigan Library Part of ‘Star’-Quality Statewide Initiative

Penn College’s Madigan Library is among the participants in the statewide launch of the Pennsylvania Library Association’s PA Forward Star Library Program.

Highlighting Pennsylvania libraries and their role in powering progress throughout the commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Library Association announced the January rollout of the PA Forward Star Library Program during its annual state conference earlier this month.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library is among the participants in next year’s statewide launch of the initiative.

“The Star Library Program is designed to showcase libraries, to create opportunities to make connections with local communities and stakeholders, and to demonstrate how libraries are truly integral to the progress and future of Pennsylvania and our residents,” said Christi Buker, executive director of the Pennsylvania Library Association. “PA Forward provides the framework that gives a collective voice to libraries throughout the state. This new program will take PA Forward to the next level and, in turn, showcase and reinforce the value our libraries provide to communities and to our individual development.”

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