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Waste Management Gift Benefits Innovative Educational Programs

Brian Fuhrman, public sector solutions major account manager for Waste Management, presents a check to Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations for Pennsylvania College of Technology. The $8,500 gift will support the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and SMART Girls summer camp. Both are for high school students.

Waste Management recently provided $8,500 to Pennsylvania College of Technology to help support two innovative programs that serve high school students throughout Pennsylvania.

The gift will be used for the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and SMART Girls summer camp.

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Penn College Athletes Give Back to Community

Being an athlete at Pennsylvania College of Technology means more than hitting a ball or scoring a goal: It means giving back to the community and, during the Fall 2016 semester, Wildcats completed 1,648 community service hours.

Wildcat athletes volunteered at 10 events, on campus and in the Williamsport community, and helped raise $1,575 for various charitable organizations. Organized by the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, all athletic programs participated in at least one event including walks to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and sexual assault, marathons supporting the Salvation Army, cleaning up the Susquehanna River Walk and Logue Park, helping incoming students move in, volunteering at Firetree Place, hosting a youth soccer clinic, and participating in No-Shave November.

Last year, the department reached slightly more than 3,000 community service hours and is on pace to surpass that total by the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

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‘The World Is Waiting. Are You Ready?’

Johnathan T. Capps, an applied technology studies major from North Wales, poses that vital question during the second in a planned series of 30-second branding spots newly posted to the Penn College’s YouTube channel. Thanks to degrees that work, Penn College students are empowered to be tomorrow’s dreamers, pioneers and leaders. Along with the college’s first branding-campaign commercial – which featured welding and fabrication engineering technology major Stephanie M. Puckly asking, “What if you could change the world?” – the spots air on various broadcast and cable outlets in Pennsylvania and online.

Homeowners Invited to Undergo Student-Led Energy Audits

auditStudents in the Renewable Energy Technologies course are looking for homes in which to perform energy audits, identify energy-saving measures and recommend renewable systems. To qualify, a home must be a freestanding single-family dwelling. Students will come to the house and evaluate it as part of their course requirements. They will produce a report that will document how airtight the home is and where it leaks air, recommend ways in which energy use and comfort can be improved, and show how renewable energy (photovoltaic and solar thermal systems) can be integrated. Those interested in volunteering their homes are asked to email Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architectural technology, and include an address, phone number and email. What secrets does your house keep?  The students will find out using a blower door test and infrared thermal imaging. The images above show the corner/ceiling of a client’s bedroom: on the left is what it actually looks like; on the right is a thermal image.  The images were taken on a cold winter day, so the interior of the house was warm (yellow colors in second image) and the places where there is missing or compromised insulation in the ceiling and air infiltration on walls are cold (which shows as blue in the right-hand photo). “My husband, Jeff, and I were pleased to have our home chosen by a team of two students for the energy audit,” said Kimberly M. Antion, secretary to the School of  Construction & Design Technologies. “The students conducted themselves very professionally while in our home.  They explained what they were going to do and asked questions of my husband and me when necessary.  The blower-door test produced some startling results that Jeff and I are now in the process of remediating. We are both glad that we had this energy audit done on our home. It will not only save us energy dollars, but also contribute to reducing the carbon footprint.”

Foundation’s Generosity Endows Scholarship, Creates Opportunity

A significant grant from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation will allow students from that area to enroll in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s distinctive “degrees that work.”

The nonprofit foundation’s $500,000 contribution establishes the John E. Morgan Scholarship, which will give first preference to graduates of Tamaqua Area High School who are pursuing “a degree that is not readily available from other institutions, at a comparable price, within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

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President Welcomes Year of ‘New Ideas, New Approaches, Constant Questioning’

Detailing a variety of initiatives to bolster the college community – including intervention for students in mental-health crisis, emergency funds for employees beset by challenges and a call for civility toward one another – President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Spring 2017 semester with an all-college address to faculty and staff. With vision enhanced by 39 years on campus, she also looked optimistically toward meeting tomorrow’s challenges together. “I have been through more difficult times than we face today. What encourages me is all of you – your commitment, your passion and your support,” the president said. “Let us join energy and work to make 2017 a year for the record books for Penn College. Success is not enough; we need to thrive to attain our vision as a national leader in applied technology education.”

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Free Financial Aid Information Night Scheduled

A free Financial Aid Information Night opportunity will be available for two local schools in January.

College-bound students of all ages and their parents from South Williamsport Junior/Senior High School and Williamsport Area High School are invited to the combined event at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the South Williamsport Junior/Senior High School cafeteria.

The primary goal of the session is to assist individuals and families in understanding the financial aid process so that funds can be made available to students pursuing higher education at any college or university.

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Extended Forecast: Snowy Morning, Followed by Brand-New Day

Warm smiles fend off the morning shivers.

As snowflakes kissed the cheeks of the freshly capped and gowned, adding a seasonal touch to the affectionate encouragement from students’ family and friends, Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Fall 2016 Commencement on Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Caleb E. Cartmell, of Honesdale, who received an Associate of Applied Science degree in automotive technology, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. ceremony. Nearly 300 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the Penn College Board of Directors. (For nursing graduates, commencement was preceded by a Friday pinning ceremony, photos from which are included here.)

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Angles We Have Seen From High

Nature's beauty enhances the 3-D look of shrubbery outside the Student & Administrative Services Center.

Pedestrians have clear passage through the frosty wonderland, thanks to General Services crews.

Beautiful in any season, The Victorian House is particularly fetching in its wintry wrap.

Madigan Library's contrastingly colorful entrance wall is a beckoning beacon.

Ample sunshine accentuates the streetside snowfall along Hagan Way.

Public Relations & Marketing’s drone took to the blue skies over main campus this past week, offering an above-ground peek at stunning surroundings … before looking ahead to 2017!

Child’s Play Takes ‘Center’ Stage

Children are entranced by Kamin's talent.

Two end-of-semester events capped another fun-filled and instructive year at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center: The Penn College facility’s annual Family Appreciation get-together – in which children made turkey headbands and prepared snacks that were appropriately “gobbled” up – and a visit from mime Dan Kamin, who was in town for a holiday appearance with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

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Industry Group Adds $5,000 to College’s Lumber-Kiln Upgrade

On hand for delivery of a donation from the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania are (from left) Michael Wennin, former executive director; Steve Manginell, acting executive director; Elizabeth A. Biddle, Penn College’s director of corporate relations; and Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

A $5,000 matching grant toward the purchase of a new lumber-drying kiln chamber at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been provided by the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania Inc. through Community Conservation Partnerships Program funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

The kiln project – aided financially by other related industry groups, wood products companies, and Penn College and Williamsport Area Community College alumni and friends – will augment the hands-on curriculum for students in the college’s two-year forest technology major.

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Penn College Course to Help Prepare Students for SATs

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a course to help high school students prepare for the standardized test used as an admissions tool by many institutions of higher learning.

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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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