News: Institutional Advancement

Employer’s Former Office Site Gets Distinctive Campus Landmark

A commemorative heavy-construction blade is lifted off the truck ...

A commemorative heavy-construction blade is lifted off the truck …

... hoisted high above the ground ...

… hoisted high above the ground …

... and positioned as a singular historical marker.

… and positioned as a singular historical marker.

A substantial piece of construction equipment – and a noteworthy segment of neighborhood history – was installed Tuesday near the front of Penn College’s Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. The massive steel blade was lowered onto the former site of the Lycoming Construction Co., which occupied the property from 1943-80. The latter years of that period marked the company’s transition to Allison Crane & Rigging, which delivered the hefty keepsake and provides ongoing employment opportunities for current students and alumni alike. The blade was donated by Larry Allison Jr. in memory of his father, Larry Sr.; his grandfather, Herbert L.; and his great-grandfather, Herbert F., founder of the business. The equipment was provided by the George Logue family, and will be incorporated into the college’s award-winning History Trail with informational signage and attractive landscaping.

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2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Penn College Celebrates Centennial, Anniversary of PSU Affiliation

In this 1989 photo, from left, Penn State President Bryce Jordan, Gov. Robert P. Casey, Penn College President Robert L. Breuder and Penn College Board Chairman Rep. Alvin C. Bush commemorate legislation creating Pennsylvania College of Technology as an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University.

This year’s Centennial observance at Pennsylvania College of Technology, celebrating 100 years of adult education at an institution nationally known for providing graduates the practical tools with which to build substantial and sustainable careers, will include a July gathering of those who helped chart that historic course.

The yearlong commemoration coincides with another watershed anniversary: 25 years since Penn College was created as a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University on July 1, 1989.

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Golf Pro Mixes Fun, Fundamentals at Annual Scholarship Benefit

A textbook swing in a storybook setting

A textbook swing in a storybook setting

Among those gathered around the visiting pro as he scopes out the landscape are Marc E. Bridgens, the college's dean of construction and design technologies (left); Wildcat   golf coach Matt Haile (in blue shirt and sunglasses, behind Bohn); and Barry R. Stiger, vice president for institutional advancement (in yellow hat, at right).

Among those gathered around the visiting pro as he scopes out the landscape are Marc E. Bridgens, the college’s dean of construction and design technologies (left); Wildcat
golf coach Matt Haile (in blue shirt and sunglasses, behind Bohn); and Barry R. Stiger, vice president for institutional advancement (in yellow hat, at right).

With winning ease, Bohn blasts out of the sand.

With winning ease, Bohn blasts out of the sand.

Members of the gallery watch how it's done.

Members of the gallery watch how it’s done.

His aim is true.

His aim is true.

Under gorgeous conditions befitting the first Monday of summer, touring PGA pro Jason Bohn was the featured attraction at the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic. The 28th annual tournament was preceded by a clinic, at which the Lewisburg native offered a crowd-pleasing display. Proceeds from the event, held at the Williamsport Country Club, have provided more than a half-million dollars in scholarship assistance to Penn College students over the years.

Wayne Township Landfill Scholarship Initiated at Penn College

From left are Michael L. Crist, Wayne County Landfill environmental manager; Max T. Persun, operations manager at the landfill; Jay B. Alexander, landfill general manager; James H. Maguire, chair of the Clinton County Solid Waste Authority Board of Directors; and Debra M. Miller, Penn College’s director of corporate relations. (Photo provided)

Officials at the Wayne Township Landfill in Clinton County have established a scholarship fund to benefit Pennsylvania College of Technology students enrolled in diesel and heavy equipment majors.

The fund will generate two $1,000 awards each year to full-time students from Clinton and Lycoming counties. Preference will be given to those seeking two-year degrees in heavy equipment technology (including the technician, operator and Caterpillar equipment emphases) or diesel technology.

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As Fiscal Clock Ticks Down, Alumni Urged to Step Up

With barely a week of business days left in the fiscal year, the Institutional Advancement Office is only 35 alumni givers shy of its 842-donor goal. That objective, tied to Penn College’s Strategic Plan, is to double the number of alumni contributors from 2009-14 in honor of the college’s 100th anniversary. First-time alumni donors are still eligible for the Penn College Foundation’s Next Centennial Scholarship match, which adds $250 to every initial gift of at least $25. With each combined donation, a one-time scholarship will be awarded to a first-year student in the major from which the donor graduated. A loyal base of contributing graduates suggests that the college is worthy of support from fellow alumni, industry partners, students and friends of the college, and shows prospective students that alumni value their Penn College degrees and campus experiences. “As I visit with alumni from ages 23 to 83, the commonality among them is their pride in the degree they earned, and the personal and professional accomplishments that resulted,” said Valerie L. Fessler, annual giving specialist. “I am confident that they will demonstrate that pride by helping us meet this goal and support our students.”

Richard and Mildred Taylor Memorial Scholarship Established

A memorial scholarship to benefit Penn College students who are veterans or active members of the military has been established by college alumni/employees Erin S. and Walter J. Shultz (who served in the Navy from 1993-99).

An employee of Pennsylvania College of Technology and her husband, who also works for the college, have established an annual scholarship in memory of her grandparents.

Erin S. Shultz, coordinator of career development, and Walter J. Shultz, director of the Office of Instructional Technology, created the scholarship to memorialize Erin’s grandparents, Richard and Mildred Taylor.

The first award from the Richard and Mildred Taylor Memorial Scholarship will be made in 2014-15. The scholarship benefits students who are veterans or active members of the U.S. military.

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Penn College Students Add $4,000 to Scholarship Fund

Two student groups at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently donated more than $4,000 to a scholarship fund that will help future students.

The Penn College chapter of Enactus, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise, donated $2,282 to the Small Business/Entrepreneurship Scholarship, while students in a Business Planning and Operations class donated $1,779 to the fund.

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Grand Pastry Buffet Includes Student Competition

“Best in Show” was awarded to baking and pastry arts student Ching Chan, of Milton, for her petit fours tray at Penn College’s Grand Pastry Buffet.

Baking and pastry arts students at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently furnished a lavish “Grand Pastry Buffet” for the college’s scholarship donors and recipients, showcasing two years of education.

Featuring tables filled with eye-pleasing pastries, the buffet also featured decorative centerpieces made from chocolate, pastillage and blown sugar, all using the theme “masquerade.”

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Two Awarded Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarships

From left, state Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors; Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship recipients Caleb J. Maenza, of Sayre, and Jessica M. Stevens, of Milan; and Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

Students from Sayre and Milan were presented with 2014-15 Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarships on Thursday at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Caleb J. Maenza, of Sayre, a student at North Rome Christian School, will enroll in the pre-occupational therapy major this fall at Penn College.

Jessica M. Stevens, of Milan, a senior at Athens Area High School, will enroll in the forest technology major for Fall 2014.

The scholarship – named in memory of the late wife of former state Sen. Roger A. Madigan, who represented the 23rd District – may be used to help defray the costs of tuition, fees, books, tools and other required supplies. Applicants are required to write an essay describing the community service they have performed and the value that service has added to the community.

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Retired Faculty Member Establishes Two Endowed Scholarships

Chalmer Van Horn (left) with his final engineering drafting student, William P. Woodley, in 1991

Chalmer Van Horn, a retired faculty member who taught engineering drafting for nearly three decades at Pennsylvania College of Technology and its two predecessor institutions, has endowed two scholarships at the college, including one that honors the memory of his wife of 56 years, Ruth Ann.

The Ruth Ann Van Horn Nursing Scholarship gives preference to full-time students who are enrolled in the practical nursing major, are prior recipients and are enrolled to earn their registered nursing or Bachelor of Science nursing degrees.

Ruth Ann Van Horn received a registered nursing degree from the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing in 1953 and worked in the emergency room at Muncy Valley Hospital from 1956 until the late 1960s, when she left nursing due to ill health.

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Hospitality Students’ Final Projects Deliciously Dazzle in Weekend Events
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A blown-sugar fish by Nathan D. Strouse, of Spring Mills, receives first place.

Two recent events showcased the final projects of students in culinary, baking and pastry arts majors. The annual Culinary and Pastry Experience on Friday featured final projects from six classes: Cakes and Decorations, Principles of Chocolate Works, Sugar Art, Classical and Specialty Dessert Presentation, Baking and Pastry Applications for the Culinary Lab, and Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment. Students in the latter two courses are in the final semester of the culinary arts and systems bachelor’s degree. Each developed a menu that included a dessert and entrée, set up shop and served samples to event visitors. Judges for the Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment portion of the event were  Drew Kendall, store chef for Wegmans Food Markets in Williamsport; Kim Morrison, of Cakes for Occasions in State College; and Frank Priore, executive chef of the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre. On Sunday, students in the final semester of the baking and pastry arts major showcased the variety of skills they have mastered during their Penn College classes at the Grand Pastry Buffet. Featuring both their buffet presentation skills – through sugar art and chocolate centerpieces – and their baking skills, the buffet also served as the centerpiece to an event that brought scholarship recipients and donors together.

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From Horseless Carriage to Boundless Future

President Davie Jane Gilmour joins K. Venkatesh Prasad (left) and Robert C. Kreipke in a slice of history.

One of the longest-running instructional programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology – and one of the oldest continuous automotive programs in the nation – celebrated its 100th anniversary Friday in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. “The story of American automobiling and the history of this college have been entwined throughout an eventful century,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour, as the college simultaneously marks its own Centennial, “and I have no doubt that the years ahead will be every bit as exciting.” A pair of speakers from the Ford Motor Co. put the milestone into perspective with engaging presentations on past and future: Robert C. Kreipke, corporate historian, and K. Venkatesh Prasad, group and senior technical leader for vehicle design and infotronics. The day also included an outdoor lunch for students, an antique-car show and an afternoon reception.

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

72/72 Campaign Tops Goal, Affirms Importance of All Gifts

72 donors in 72 hours

72 donors in 72 hours

The Penn College Scholarship Campaign’s online appeal to attract 72 first-time alumni donors in 72 hours exceeded its goal, attracting 75 new gifts as of Thursday’s midnight deadline. The Penn College Foundation added $250 to every donation of $25 or more, resulting in nearly $21,000 in new scholarship funds to help students with the cost of their education. “The Penn College Foundation wanted to demonstrate to alumni that their financial support of the institution has a direct impact on the lives of current and future students,” said Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. “We’re thrilled with the response to the challenge, are pleased to provide the additional scholarship aid to first-year students this coming fall and hope that other alumni will continue to give, because every gift truly does make a difference.” While the 72-hour campaign is over, donations to the Penn College Fund are still being accepted.

Students Develop Company, Sell Product for Scholarship Fund

Students in a Business Planning and Operations class raised more than $1,200 for a scholarship fund for Penn College students as part of a class assignment to form a company and develop and sell a product. The course is taught by Mark A. Ciavarella, assistant professor of business administration/management, seventh from left.

As part of a hands-on learning activity, business students at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently developed and sold a product to raise money for a scholarship fund.

The 16 students, enrolled in the Business Planning and Operations course, were tasked with forming a company, choosing a product, electing leaders, and writing a business plan, in addition to developing and selling the product.

From among three products pitched by the class, the students chose to form the company Billtown Bargains, selling cards that provide discounts to 18 Williamsport-area businesses.

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For 72 Hours, Foundation to Match New Alumni Gifts Tenfold – Count ’em – Tenfold

72 donors in 72 hours

72 donors in 72 hours

Act now! With a diverting message designed to elicit giggles while it solicits donations (and with all the subtlety of the late-night infomercials it so pointedly parodies), the Penn College Scholarship Campaign is offering first-time alumni benefactors a sweet opportunity to help current students. The Penn College Foundation is hoping to attract 72 gifts in 72 hours, from midnight Monday through midnight Thursday. (An online ticker will count down as each new donor pitches in.) If a contribution of $25 or more is received from an alumnus or alumna who hasn’t donated in the past, the foundation will contribute $250 in that person’s name. With the combined donation, a one-time scholarship will be awarded to a first-year student in the major from which the alum graduated. To help sell the campaign, admissions representative Sarah R. Shott and Matthew A. Wagner, a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration major from Selinsgrove, co-star in an attention-getting video modeled after those witching-hour hucksters who peddle products to bleary-eyed insomniacs. “As part of the college’s Centennial, increasing alumni participation in the Penn College Fund is a priority,” said Valerie L. Fessler, annual giving specialist. “We thought this playful video would be a fun and engaging way to generate support from our social media audiences. I can’t wait to see our alumni step up to the challenge!”

Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

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