Last updated January 19, 2017 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement, Welding | One Comment
News about Institutional Advancement
Longtime Industry Partner Entrusts Welding Equipment to College
A leading welding company is augmenting its strong relationship with Pennsylvania College of Technology by entrusting nearly $250,000 worth of equipment to the school.
Miller Electric Manufacturing Co. made the two-year equipment loan to benefit approximately 350 welding students at the college. Students seeking a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, an associate degree in welding technology, or a certificate in welding will use the entrusted arc welding equipment.
“We greatly appreciate Miller Electric’s generosity and commitment to welding’s future,” said David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “Their continued support of our current students, not to mention many of our graduates, is a testament to the quality of our welding department at Penn College.”
Waste Management Gift Benefits Innovative Educational Programs
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.
Last updated January 18, 2017 | Posted in College Transitions, General Information, Institutional Advancement | Leave a comment
Alumna Establishes Scholarship for Hospitality Students
An alumna and longtime adviser of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality department has established a scholarship to benefit students pursuing careers in the same field.
The Diane L. Dorner Scholarship will benefit first- and second-year students in several of Penn College’s hospitality-related majors: culinary arts and systems, culinary arts technology, hospitality management, and business administration: sport and event management concentration.
Dorner graduated from Williamsport Area Community College, Penn College’s immediate predecessor, in 1979 with an associate degree in food and hospitality management. She is district manager for Carrols LLC, a Burger King franchisee that operates more than 700 restaurants in 16 states.
Last updated January 13, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships | Leave a comment
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.”
Last updated January 11, 2017 | Posted in Architectural Technology, Art, Web Design & Interactive Media, Aviation, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Construction & Design Technologies, Emergency Management, General Information, Health Information Technology, Health Sciences, Industrial Design, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement, Plastics & Polymer, Scholarships, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
Industry Group Adds $5,000 to College’s Lumber-Kiln Upgrade
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.
Last updated December 13, 2016 | Posted in Forestry, General Information, Institutional Advancement, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
Consider Penn College in Your Year-End Giving Plans
If you are considering making a charitable donation as the 2016 tax year comes to a close, please remember the Penn College Fund. Gifts to the Penn College Fund provide scholarships, purchase the latest equipment and technology necessary to give our students the skills they need to compete in industry, and support the academic programs that make ours “degrees that work.”
Last updated November 20, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships, Students | Leave a comment
Scholarship Memorializing EMS Trailblazer Fully Endowed
The family of William E. Henry gathered on campus Thursday to deliver a check that brings the scholarship fund established in his name to fully endowed status. Henry was a pioneer in Lycoming County’s emergency medical services. He was in the first graduating class from the Williamsport Hospital School of Paramedic Training – the Penn College emergency medical services program’s predecessor – and served many vital roles as a leader, instructor and paramedic. The William E. Henry Memorial Scholarship is open to students in the college’s emergency medical services associate-degree major or paramedic technician certificate major who are residents of Bradford, Clinton, Lycoming, Potter, Sullivan Tioga and Union counties and who have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Molly J. Durland, an emergency medical services student from Dushore, is the 2016-17 recipient and joined the family for a photo. The family gathered later Thursday evening to celebrate the scholarship becoming fully endowed and to remember the life and contributions of Henry.
Last updated October 28, 2016 | Posted in Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic, Health Sciences, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships, Students | Leave a comment
Quilt Raffle Raises More Than $1,800 for Schuman Scholarship
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
Last updated October 21, 2016 | Posted in General Information, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships | Leave a comment
West Chester Company Donates Gas Chromatograph to Penn College
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.
Last updated October 20, 2016 | Posted in Brewing & Fermentation Science, General Information, Institutional Advancement, Natural Science, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications | Leave a comment
College Foundation Marks 35 Years of Support to Students
The Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation celebrated its 35th anniversary Sunday, honoring its past and present directors and the countless donors who have made “degrees that work” a reality for thousands of students. The Penn College Foundation was established in 1981 as the Williamsport Area Community College Foundation, awarding its first scholarships – totaling $2,902 – two years later. The foundation has since surpassed $13 million in total assets and, during the 2015-16 academic year, provided $620,398 in aid to students.
Last updated October 10, 2016 | Posted in Events, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships | Leave a comment
A Valued Present From the Vibrant Past
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.
Last updated October 7, 2016 | Posted in General Information, Institutional Advancement, Students | Leave a comment
Board Member, Alumna Establish Penn College Scholarship
A member of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors and his wife, an alumna of the legal assistant/paralegal studies program, have established a fully endowed scholarship at the college.
The Steve and Mary Ann Johnson Scholarship will benefit students who are enrolled full time; have served in the U.S. military, are on active duty, are enlisted in the Reserves or National Guard, or are dependents of a veteran who was 75-percent disabled or died because of their service; have an academic standing of sophomore or greater; and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
Last updated September 20, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, General Information, Institutional Advancement, Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Scholarships, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications | Leave a comment
Phonathon Connects Students With Those Who Came Before
Nine student development assistants are in the midst of a Penn College phonathon – calling alumni to learn about life after graduation, filling them in on the latest campus happenings and asking for support.
“My goal is to educate and engage current students in the importance and impact of philanthropy at Penn College,” said Becky J. Shaner, manager of alumni and student engagement. “The phonathon gives student callers insight into the impact that alumni generosity has for students like them, while providing the opportunity to develop their communication skills and network with alumni.”
Last updated September 19, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Institutional Advancement, Students | Leave a comment
Original Foundation Director Dies at Age 80
Services will be announced for Peyton D. McDonald, 80, a founding member and former president of the Penn College Foundation, who died Thursday, Sept. 1, at his Loyalsock Township home. A graduate of Bucknell University and a longtime local broker, McDonald was a familiar face on a number of boards, including Hope Enterprises, Lycoming United Way and Divine Providence Hospital. A full obituary was published in the Sept. 3 editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
Last updated September 7, 2016 | Posted in General Information, Institutional Advancement | Leave a comment
Global Technology Leader Entrusts Welding Equipment to College
The excellence of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program has been recognized by one of the world’s technology leaders in arc welding. Fronius USA LLC is generously entrusting equipment to support the education of welding students.
Approximately 350 Penn College students will use the Fronius welding equipment during the 2016-17 academic year. The equipment includes six TPS/i units, two TPS CMT units, 10 MagicWave 3000 units, and one Robotic DC TIG/Plasma unit.
“We feel honored and fortunate to receive such a generous equipment loan from Fronius,” said David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “Our welding students are going to enjoy tremendous benefits from working on the equipment.”
Last updated August 30, 2016 | Posted in General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement, Welding | Leave a comment