News about Information Technology

Miniature Golf Big-Time Fun for Campus LLC

A night of collegial fun under the lights

Jacob R. Miller, associate professor of computer science, holds the flagstick as Daniel W. Yoas, associate professor of computer information technology, lines up his putt.

Gathered by the gazebo

Penn College’s Information Technology Living-Learning Community enjoyed a relaxing evening at Hooplas Family Fun & Grill this past week, as 17 students and four faculty members gathered to play miniature golf at the Muncy Township attraction. “It was a great time for everyone to release some stress now that tests are in full swing,” said Ryan Monteleone, of Stevens, an information assurance and cyber security major and LLC mentor (who also supplied the photos). “While we may have lost some balls in the water, everyone had a blast and we left with smiles and laughter!” The group is one of the college’s five Living-Learning Communities – themed housing arrangements for first-year residents centered around automotive, health sciences, hospitality, IT and leadership.

Center Hosts ‘Maker Week’ for Early Elementary Students

Children smile at a freshly printed toy.

Before they headed back to elementary school, a group of children at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center got a hands-on taste of the technical world, exploring how things are made.

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Penn College Freshmen Bring National FBLA Ranking

Penn College students Joseph C. Lusk (left), of Linden, and Austin J. Way, of Jersey Shore, were part of a three-person team from Jersey Shore Area Senior High School taking second place in a network design competition held at the 2016 Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference.

Two freshmen students at Pennsylvania College of Technology capped their high-school careers in impressive fashion. They earned a second-place showing at the 2016 Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Atlanta.

Joseph C. Lusk, of Linden, and Austin J. Way, of Jersey Shore, were part of a three-person team from Jersey Shore Area Senior High School in FBLA’s network design competition, one of 65 business-related events.

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Three Students Win Medals in National SkillsUSA Competition

SkillsUSA

Pennsylvania College of Technology produced three medalists during the 52nd annual National SkillsUSA Conference, held recently in Louisville, Kentucky – including a repeat gold medal-winner in the Technical Drafting category.

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Cybersecurity Faculty Share Knowledge With Judges

From left: faculty members Jacob R. Miller, Sandra Gorka and Daniel W. Yoas

Three cybersecurity faculty members from Pennsylvania College of Technology shared their expertise with the legal community during the recent Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges 2016 Annual Meeting.

Jacob R. Miller and Sandra Gorka, associate professors of computer science, and Daniel W. Yoas, associate professor of computer information technology, presented “Cyber Issues in the Courtroom” for the PCSTJ, which promotes the administration of justice throughout the state by researching and disseminating information of interest to the judiciary.

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Summer Camps Provide Practical Mix of Education, Enjoyment

Invoking the hands-on hallmark of a Penn College education

A series of academic-based camps at Pennsylvania College of Technology included enough information to satisfy minds hungry for challenge, while not forgetting that it IS summer. A wrap-up photo gallery reflects the unique career opportunities represented at Architecture Odyssey Camp, Designing a Digital Future Camp, Future Restaurateurs Career Camp, Advanced Restaurateurs Career Camp, Graphic Design Summer Studio, Health Careers Camp, SMART Girls Summer Camp, Creative Art Camp and Youth Training for Athletic Development Camp.

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In Midst of Finals Prep, IT Crowd Literally Enjoys the Ride

Associate professors Sandra Gorka and Daniel W. Yoas (left), as well as Jacob R. Miller (right), accompany students from the IT Living-Learning Community for a day of fun at Knoebels.

Taking in the view from the Scenic Skyway

Gorka snaps a student-laden selfie at the park entrance.

Eight students and three faculty members from Penn College’s Information Technology Living-Learning Community headed to Knoebels Amusement Resort on April 30, savoring their last trip of the 2015-16 academic year. “It was opening weekend, so it was full of people and new rides,” said LLC mentor Ryan Monteleone, an information assurance and cyber security major from Stevens. “It was a great way for everyone to release some stress before Finals Week started.”
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Information Technology Student Honored in National Competition

Sebastian J. Peipher

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student earned first-runner-up honors in a national competition sponsored by COMMON, the world’s largest professional association of IBM technology users.

Sebastian J. Peipher, an information technology: network specialist concentration major from Middleburg, received the accolade for his submission in COMMON’s recent Student Innovation Award contest, geared to undergraduate and graduate students concentrating on information systems, enterprise computing, computing science or information technology.

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Historic Number of Penn College Students Headed to Nationals

SkillsUSA Pennsylvania

Seventeen first-place winners from Pennsylvania College of Technology have advanced to the 52nd annual National SkillsUSA Conference, to be held from June 20-24 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Three other students finished in the top four places in their respective categories during the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held earlier this month in Hershey.

“I feel great about the students’ performance at the state competition. It goes to show how well-prepared the students are from their respective fields and how great our instructors are here at the college,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “This is, by far, the most diverse group of students I’ve had go to the competition. The national competition gives us a chance to showcase our technical skills and show everyone why we’re a leader in applied technology. I hope next year we can increase the number going to nationals and continue to make the college proud.”

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Robots Go Head-to-Head in Student-Hosted Competition

Attending to details are William C. Hayden, of Greensburg, an engineering design technology major ...

,,, and Alexander J. Horne, a manufacturing engineering technology student from West Chester.

'bots ready for battle

Assembled in College Avenue Labs are (foreground, from left) Matthew A. Semmel, of Palmerton, engineering design technology; Kaylee R. Tressler, of Howard, electronics and computer engineering technology; Brandon T. Russell, of Nottingham, engineering design technology; and Timothy R. Thompson, Stephens City, Va., electronics and computer engineering technology. At rear is Michael E. Zalatan, an information technology: network specialist concentration major from Center Valley.

Sparks fly in the competitive arena.

The Student Wildcats of Robotic Design, a revitalized campus organization centered in Penn College’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, hosted a robotics competition in College Avenue Labs earlier this month. About a dozen robots, built by students from S.W.O.R.D. and members of the community, were entered in the head-to-head “Wildcat Battle of the Bots.” S.W.O.R.D., which secretary Briana L. Sheehan said looks forward to growing as a club after a period of inactivity, is open to all Penn College students. No experience with engineering or robot-building is required, noted the club officer, an engineering CAD technology student from Windber.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Penn College IT Students Impress at Security Conference

Penn College faculty, current students, alumni and former students fared well at ShmooCon 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students left a trail of success at a recent high-profile  “hacker” convention. The Penn College contingent excelled at ShmooCon 2016.

The annual event in Washington, D.C., brings together 1,500 students and professionals from the cybersecurity community to showcase inventive technology, discuss information security issues, network and test their skills.

Approximately 30 current Penn College students, alumni and former students participated at the recent conference.

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IT Students, Faculty Enjoy LLC Bowling Night

Sandra Gorka, Jacob R. Miller and Daniel W. Yoas – associate professors of computer information technology – gather with members of the IT Living-Learning Community at ABC Lanes.

Three faculty joined 10 students from Penn College’s Information Technology Living-Learning Community for a Tuesday night of bowling at ABC Lanes, near campus at 1245 Park Ave. “It was a great night with pizza, gutter balls and laughs,” said LLC mentor Ryan Monteleone, an information assurance and cyber security major from Stevens. “We were all able to just leave the homework back at campus and enjoy some time with friends and faculty.”
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Cisco Academy Hosts Alumnus’ Presentation

Daniel J. Clarke, among the Penn College alumni who frequently (and magnanimously) return to campus for current students' benefit

PowerPoint slides depict a global explosion of information and the technology needed to manage it, creating a need for careers beyond imagination.

Clarke's return visit, one of many he has made since his 2007 graduation, was organized by faculty member Jeff Weaver (left).

Daniel J. Clarke, a systems engineer for Cisco Systems who earned four information technology degrees from Penn College in 2007, returned Thursday to share his knowledge on “the Internet of Things” and provide tips on how to be successful in the information technology field. Clarke’s real-world insight, shared in a Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center classroom, was facilitated by Jeff Weaver, associate professor of electronics. Penn College is a Cisco Networking Academy that offers classes to prepare students for Cisco Certified Network Associate.  For more information about Cisco certifications or how to schedule for a class, stop by Weaver’s office (Center for Business & Workforce Development, Room 156), or contact him at 326-3761, ext. 7702, or by e-mail.
Photos by Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist

Number of ‘Tech Scholars’ Grows at Penn College

Penn College Tech Scholars include (from left): Logan T. Beidleman, Hope Mills, N.C.; Nicholas C. Moore, Lock Haven; Kelsey L. Shaak, Quakertown; Brandon A. Biesecker, Waynesboro; Connor L. Winslow, Blanchard; Christopher R. Zimpelman, Reading; Alexander M. Barlow, Hanover; Ethan M. Yoder, Denver; and Colton A. Laughman, New Oxford. Not pictured: Rylee A. Butler, Bellefonte; Margot S. Rinehart, Downingtown; and Thomas P. Tyler, Vienna, Md. (Photo by David S. Richards, professor of physics)

With support from the National Science Foundation, the number of Tech Scholars at Pennsylvania College of Technology continues to grow. Eight new students in STEM majors have been awarded scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of four years.

Those students join four returning scholarship recipients from 2014, the first year of a five-year grant designed to increase retention, degree completion and career preparation for students in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies.

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Living-Learning Community Makes Time for Leisure, Too

First-year IT students bond with faculty, one another at Hooplas.

The Information Technology Living-Learning Community recently enjoyed a night of recreation and relaxation at Hooplas Family Fun & Grill in Muncy Township, where 17 students and four faculty members gathered to play miniature golf. “It was an awesome opportunity for first-year students to be with some of the IT teachers outside of the classroom,” said Ryan Monteleone, of Stevens, an information assurance and cyber security major and LLC mentor who provided the photo. “This also gave the new students the chance to meet other new students, all while having some fun.” The group is planning a paintball trip on Oct. 11, open to students from all of Penn College’s Living-Learning Communities – themed housing arrangements for first-year residents in automotive, health sciences, hospitality and IT majors.