News about Institutional Advancement

Longtime Industry Partner Entrusts Welding Equipment to College

Representatives from Penn College’s welding department and Miller Electric Manufacturing Co. mark the company’s equipment loan to the program. From left are Matt W. Nolan, welding instructor; Michael C. Schelb, welding lecturer; Rick Conrad, field application engineer at Miller; Rick Scharenbroch, industrial district manager at Miller; and Timothy S. Turnbach, welding instructor.

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.”

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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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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.

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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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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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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.”

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Scholarship Memorializing EMS Trailblazer Fully Endowed

From left, Mark A. Trueman, director of the Paramedic Technology Program; Linda Patrick, daughter of the late William E. Henry; Kelle Johnson, his fiancée; Molly J. Durland, recipient of the William E. Henry Memorial Scholarship; Heather, Matthew and Lilly Henry, William’s daughter-in-law, son and granddaughter; and Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

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.

Quilt Raffle Raises More Than $1,800 for Schuman Scholarship

A handmade quilt ...

... "created with love" in memory of Chester D. Schuman, a 34-year employee of the college ...

... is delivered to winner Angela L. Frontz (right) by Sarah S. Moore, one of Schuman's two daughters.

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

West Chester Company Donates Gas Chromatograph to Penn College

Michael J. Reed, dean of the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications at Penn College, accepts a donated PeakSimple 2000 gas chromatograph from Kate Bowes Harris, of Hilltop Enterprises, based in West Chester.

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.

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College Foundation Marks 35 Years of Support to Students

The Parkes Automotive Technology Center is transformed into a banquet space complete with autumnal and automotive accents.

A mix of Le Jeune Chef Restaurant waitstaff and hospitality management students stand ready to serve authentic Oktoberfest fare. From left: Amber F. Buck, Jennifer A. Moyer, Denis V. Younken, Crystal L. Harker, Noeiris Pliego and Taylor M. Barrett.

Seasonal décor complements the festive occasion honoring the generosity of donors and their support of students.

Five of the Foundation’s executive directors were on hand for the event. From left: current executive director Robb C. Dietrich, and former executive directors Joann Kay, Frederick T. Gilmour, Lenore G. Penfield and Dennis L. Correll.

College President Davie Jane Gilmour and George E. "Herman" Logue Jr., foundation chairperson, welcomed guests and acknowledged three and a half decades of success.

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.

A Valued Present From the Vibrant Past

A leaf-shrouded legacy invites passersby to sit a spell.

Charitable high school classmates (from left) are Loretta Franzi, Geraldine Barnes, Harold Ingram, Kenneth Johnson and James Walbridge.

A plaque commemorates the group's benevolence.

Graphic design students Joseph N. Colyer, of Selinsgrove, and Felicia R. Hartzler, of Dover, stop by to greet and chat with the ’49 classmates.

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.

Board Member, Alumna Establish Penn College Scholarship

From left, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, Mary Ann and Steve Johnson.

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.

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Phonathon Connects Students With Those Who Came Before

Building relationships on common ground

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.”

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Original Foundation Director Dies at Age 80

McDonald (left) joins two other original board members – George E. Logue Sr. (center) and William D. Davis Sr. – for the Penn College Foundation's 30th anniversary in 2011. Logue died the following year, Davis in 2014.

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.

Global Technology Leader Entrusts Welding Equipment to College

Penn College’s welding program receives equipment entrustment from Fronius USA LLC. From left are Michael J. Nau, welding instructor; Tom Farley, Fronius sales application technician; and Ty E. Rhinehart, welding instructor.

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.”

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