News about Institutional Advancement

Lumber-Kiln Project Gets $1,000 Boost From Industry Group

Paul Lyskava (left), executive director of the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association, presents a $1,000 donation to Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology at Penn College, and Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations.

A $1,000 grant toward the purchase of a new lumber-drying kiln chamber for forestry students at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been provided by the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association.

The kiln will enhance the industry-standard curriculum for students in Penn College’s two-year forest technology major.

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PGA Tour Professional ‘Chips In’ on Behalf of Scholarship Fund

Ryan Palmer

The visiting pro makes it look easy ...

... holing an approach shot during a short-iron demo.

The tourney crowd soaks up pointers (and plentiful sunshine).

Palmer talks with golfers – including Robb Dietrich (far right), executive director of the Penn College Foundation – at the first tee. (Photo by Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist)

As the sundial crept toward summer’s official arrival on Monday, a Williamsport Country Club crowd enjoyed a benefit visit from pro golfer Ryan Palmer. The winner of three PGA Tour events, Palmer conducted a morning clinic and participated in other activities during the 30th annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic. The event has resulted in $625,000 in scholarship assistance since 1990, with another $55,000 in aid expected to be awarded this year. The first-place team was from Phillips Office Solutions (Trey Phillips, Mark Lauer, Davis Peck and Bill Knapsack); Allison Crane & Rigging (Larry Allison Jr., Tyler Richardson, Michael Richardson and Eric McNulty) finished second. Other prize-winners included Tyler Richardson, individual low net (59), and McNulty, individual low gross (71). Closest-to-the-pin honors went to McNulty, Hole No. 3; Bob Pursell, No. 10; Bill Manos, No. 15; and Maurice Bower, No. 17. An Eyewitness News segment about the tournament aired during WBRE/WYOU’s 11 p.m. newscast.

Alberts Family Scholarship Established at Penn College

Linda and Ed Alberts

A local couple has recognized the excellence of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s plastics program with a new scholarship.

Established by Ed and Linda Alberts, the Alberts Family Scholarship will benefit students enrolled in the plastics and polymer engineering technology bachelor-degree major and the plastics and polymer technology associate-degree program.

The Alberts own Montoursville-based Ralph S. Alberts Company Inc., known as one of the country’s most resourceful full-service, multifaceted, custom molder of plastics and foams.

“We have been challenged by the world’s continuing demands for creativity and technology,” according to Ed and Linda Alberts. “This has enabled our business to grow and provide jobs for the past 53 years. We thank Penn College for providing the education needed in our industry.”

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Firm Establishes Scholarship Fund for Masonry Students’ Benefit

Debra M. Miller, Penn College’s vice president for institutional advancement, accepts a check for The Witmer Group Scholarship from Roger Derr (left), senior vice president-masonry restoration, and Ken Schwebel, company president.

A Pennsylvania-based, nationally recognized masonry subcontracting business that regularly recruits graduates of Pennsylvania College of Technology has established an annual scholarship at the institution.

The fund was begun by The Witmer Group, headquartered in Mount Joy, and will generate two $2,500 awards each year to full-time students who have successfully completed two semesters at the college. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the building construction technology: masonry emphasis major who have a minimum GPA of 2.75.

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Grand Pastry Buffet Unites Scholarship Recipients With Donors

A chocolate sculpture by Dylan H. Therrien, of Reading, helps to dress a table.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Keystone Dining Room hosted a grand celebration of scholarship, skill and generosity during the April 30 Grand Pastry Buffet and Scholarship Reception.

While baking and pastry arts students displayed some of their final works before graduation, students who have received scholarships met those who established the funds from which they benefited. The Penn College Foundation provides more than 200 scholarships.

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Foundation Earmarks Scholarships to Penn College

Acknowledging Haas Automation Inc.’s ongoing support of Penn College students are (from left) Richard K. Hendricks, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing; Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement; and Ed Kilgallon, president of the Lance Co. The Bensalem Haas Factory Outlet is an affiliate of the Lance Co.

A prominent American manufacturing education foundation is supporting Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to the field by awarding $20,000 in scholarship funds for the 2016-17 academic year.

The Gene Haas Foundation has earmarked five $4,000 scholarships for students enrolled in four manufacturing programs at the college: manufacturing engineering technology bachelor’s degree, automated manufacturing technology and machine tool technology associate degrees, and machinist general certificate.

“Our country needs a strong manufacturing economy, yet the skills gap in American manufacturing is very real. Careers in manufacturing are many, and they provide a good stable income and lifestyle,” said Kathy Looman, director of the Gene Haas Foundation.

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SGA ‘Silent Auction’ Benefits Student Scholarship Funds

Bidders assess the items on the Madigan Library auction block ...

... including a papier-mache elephant (and two winged pigs elsewhere up for sale) crafted by Dennis R. Dorward, associate professor of construction management/building construction ...

... a table donated by retiree (and accomplished woodworker) Barry R. Stiger ...

... Penn College Pride bags from the President's Office ...

... and a "chef-created dinner for two" to be prepared by Dining Services' Christopher R. Grove and donated by Grove (an alumnus) and Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life

With a boost from ticket sales for a Snap-on toolbox raffle, Friday’s Student Government Association Silent Auction raised $4,127 toward the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship. The total – benefiting from the 63 campus and community bidders vying for items and services donated by more than 50 employees, students, alumni and friends of the college – is a considerable increase over the approximate $2,300 raised last year. Two toolboxes were given away during the event in the Madigan Library, with $2,660 in proceeds split between The College Store Scholarship Fund and the SGA Leader Legacy Scholarship Fund (awarded by SGA each year to Penn College students who display exemplary leadership). The tool chests were won by Terry San Angelo, of Quakertown, whose son, Drew, will be a freshman in Fall 2017, and Tanya Berfield, manager of College Transitions.

WTI Alumni Swap Stories, Make New Memories at 16th Reunion

Charles O’Connor, ’51, electrical, peruses college history publications with Robb C. Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

Fifty graduates of Williamsport Technical Institute, a Penn College predecessor that existed under that name from 1941-65, returned Friday for the 16th annual WTI reunion. While on campus, they reminisced with one another, evoking the people and places of the college’s past. With youthful exuberance, they recalled dinners at Danny’s Diner, quotes from favorite instructors and moves to buildings around the community as course offerings evolved. They also heard presentations from students Cortney L. Weaver, a dental hygiene student from Williamsport, and Erik G. Knecht, a manufacturing engineering technology student from Cranesville, who shared information about their academic majors, and student-veterans Cody R. Harriman, an emergency management technology student from Muncy Valley, and Bradly Lantz, a pre-physician assistant student from Cogan Station, who talked with the group about the Penn College experience for veterans. Following a Le Jeune Chef lunch, Emily K. Lutz, an applied management student and hospitality management graduate, guided the group on a tour of the hospitality department’s labs.

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Ryan Palmer to Be Visiting Pro for 2016 Annual Golf Classic

Ryan Palmer, visiting pro for the 2016 Penn College Foundation Golf Classic

PGA Tour professional Ryan Palmer will be the visiting pro for the 2016 Penn College Foundation Golf Classic, to be held Monday, June 20, at the Williamsport Country Club.

Proceeds from the annual event, now in its 30th year, benefit the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship, a quasi-endowed scholarship fund exceeding $1 million. More than $600,000 has been awarded from the fund since 1990. Fisher Mining Co. is the title sponsor for this year’s Golf Classic.

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Silent Auction to Benefit College’s Student Leadership Scholarship

SGA Silent Auction back for seventh year

The Student Government Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host its seventh annual Silent Auction on Friday, April 29, to benefit the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship Fund.

The auction will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the first floor of Madigan Library. All proceeds from the event – which is open to the public – will go directly toward increasing the endowment of the fund, which currently awards two $1,000 scholarships annually to students who play leadership roles at the college.

“The Student Government Association’s Silent Auction is a collaborative effort between the organization and the Penn College community. This great event helps to benefit student leaders who consistently give back to our institution,” said Anthony J. Pace, assistant director of student activities for student organizations and orientation. “SGA members work tirelessly to plan, organize and implement a successful auction each year. I have no doubt that this year’s auction will be the best yet!”

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Scholarship Established in Memory of Joseph E. Logue

Joseph E. Logue

An alumnus of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s predecessor institution will be memorialized through an endowed scholarship established by his mother.

The Joseph E. Logue Memorial Scholarship, initiated by Elizabeth Stark Logue, will benefit students who are enrolled full time in the college’s four-year manufacturing engineering technology major or the two-year majors of automated manufacturing technology or machine tool technology. Logue, who died in May 2015, was a 1983 graduate of Williamsport Area Community College’s machinist general program.

“Joe really enjoyed his college classes and never complained like he did when he was in high school, especially about his homework,” his mother said. “He learned a lot in college because he really enjoyed his trade.”

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Annual Reception Honors Institution’s Indispensable Donors

Nicholas J. Ensig of Control Solutions Group Inc., snaps a shot of his company’s Heritage Society plate. Ensig is a 2005 graduate of Penn College's four-year building automation technology major. He also holds a certificate in plumbing and an associate degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology (both 2003).

President Gilmour welcomes the crowd along with Debra M. Miller (right), vice president for institutional advancement, ready to present tokens of appreciation.

Jere Knisely, with SECO Tools LLC, accepts his company’s Heritage Society recognition.

Always stepping up to the plate – and moving up to the Visionary Society level on Tuesday – is the Cunningham family. From left: Mark, Denise, Marsha, Mike, Carol, Jim and Don.

Ryan and Katie Flood from Highway Equipment and Supply Co. make their way through the various food stations, ably staffed by hospitality students.

Personal and corporate support from Penn College’s friends – contributions that provide scholarships, hands-on equipment and other benefits to students – were acknowledged Tuesday evening in a 12th annual reception in the Student & Administrative Services Center. College President Davie Jane Gilmour recognized those whose names were newly added to the Donor Wall in the building lobby, as well as those whose continuing generosity lifted them to a new level of giving.

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Alumnus Establishes Penn College Scholarship

Paul and Erika Sykes

An alumnus of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s forerunner is supporting the future of the school with a new scholarship.

Paul and Erika Sykes, of Royal Oak, Michigan, have established a scholarship through a bequest in their will. The scholarship will benefit graduates of Williamsport Area High School who enroll at Penn College.

Paul Sykes is a 1988 graduate of the former Williamsport Area Community College, where he earned an associate degree in electronics technology.

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Students Work, Learn Alongside Visiting Chef

Students Patrick R. Cook, of Tioga; Kathryn R. Knause, of Catawissa; and James E. Culp, of Northumberland, absorb the chef’s advice.

Penn College students worked alongside renowned Chef David Danielson, executive chef at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, during last week’s Spring 2016 Visiting Chef Series. During Danielson’s stay on campus, he led the students in preparing a five-course meal that benefits scholarship funds. In addition, he conducted interviews to select students who will join the Churchill Downs culinary team to serve well over 100,000 Kentucky Derby visitors in May. In addition to Churchill Downs, Danielson has worked in top kitchens around the world, including his term as executive chef at the United Nations Plaza Hotel in New York, and catered such large-scale event as the Super Bowl, U.S. Open Tennis Tournament and Grammy Awards.

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First National Bank Donates to Programs That Benefit High-Schoolers

First National Bank’s Peter Bower (left), senior vice president and commercial banking team leader, and Chris Sullivan, vice president and market manager, deliver a $10,000 donation to Penn College’s Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations. The contribution will support the college’s SMART Girls and Penn College NOW programs for high school students.

First National Bank recently donated $10,000 to two innovative Pennsylvania College of Technology initiatives.

FNB’s Peter Bower, senior vice president and commercial banking team leader, and Chris Sullivan, vice president and market manager, delivered the gift to the college. The contribution was made through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program in support of the college’s SMART Girls and Penn College NOW programs.

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