News: Information Technology

Voice Actor/Musician Joins Roster of ‘Wildcat Comic Con’ Talent

Eric Stuart

Eric Stuart, who has voiced characters for such hit shows as “Pokémon” and “Yu-Gi-Oh!” and toured with rock legends including Peter Frampton and Ringo Starr, will be among the industry luminaries at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Sept. 27 Wildcat Comic Con.

A frequent VIP at such events due to his high-profile resume, the Brooklyn, New York-born Stuart is nonetheless grounded and humbled by his success.

“For every ‘Pokémon’ I have worked on, there are 25 shows that never went anywhere,” he said. “To be a big part of pop culture is amazing. Hearing fans say, ‘You are the voice of my childhood’ means more to me than you know. When your show is known by 5-year-olds and grandparents alike, you know you’re doing something right.”

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‘Digital Futures Camp’ Offers Fun and Games … With Purpose

Campers design logos in the Mac lab.

Campers design logos in the Mac lab.

Participants get game-creation guidance from Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of computer information technology, and Anita R. Wood, assistant professor of computer information technology ...

Participants get game-creation guidance from Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of computer information technology, and Anita R. Wood, assistant professor of computer information technology …

... and Adobe Illustrator pointers from Nicholas L. Stephenson, graphic design instructor.

… and Adobe Illustrator pointers from Nicholas L. Stephenson, graphic design instructor.

Already a tradition after only three years: the donning of camp T-shirts for an "official" group photo

Already a tradition after only three years: the donning of camp T-shirts for an “official” group photo

College's abundance of technology showcased during lab-based workshops

College’s abundance of technology showcased during lab-based workshops

Penn College’s third annual “Designing a Digital Future Camp” introduced dozens of high school students to an enticing two-day menu of career-based workshops this week. The campers – rising sophomores, juniors and seniors – learned about employment opportunities during eight sessions (four each) in gaming and web and interactive media; developed personal computer games and mobile applications; networked with faculty, staff and students; and got a slice of campus life during an overnight stay in college housing. The event, which has attracted capacity crowds since its debut in 2012, culminated in a gaming tournament Wednesday afternoon.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Mirroring Their Hosts, Career Day Visitors Learn by Doing

After learning about construction materials, students from Milton Area Middle School explore Penn College student projects.

After learning about construction materials, students from Milton Area Middle School explore Penn College student projects.

Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer, talks about his career path from a high school student who attended a Career Day to a National Science Foundation welder in Antarctica to a metalwork artist and entrepreneur.

Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer, talks about his career path from a high school student who attended a Career Day to a National Science Foundation welder in Antarctica to a metalwork artist and entrepreneur.

Students apply mortar to fabricated stone in the Construction Masonry Building.

Students apply mortar to fabricated stone in the Construction Masonry Building.

Students use operating-room tools in surgical technology.

Students use operating-room tools in surgical technology.

Students practice game programming with Microsoft Kodu.

Students practice game programming with Microsoft Kodu.

More than 900 middle schoolers and their chaperones visited main campus Monday, attending faculty-led sessions in many Penn College majors, all to give them a taste of career options. The event, which attracted eight school districts, was coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office.

IT Students Win Competition at Network Security Conference

Penn College information technology students work on their laptops at the recent Security B-Sides Rochester Conference. From left, are Donald E. McCoy, Watsontown; Madelyn M. Lanoue, Dallastown; Barry A. Fedon, Nazareth; Joseph W. Bourgart, Warrington; Vitali Coroban, Ashburn, Va.; and Benjamin S. Welch, State College. (Photo by team member Charles S. Austin, Pottstown)

Information technology students from Pennsylvania College of Technology distinguished themselves once again at a recent network security conference in Rochester, N.Y.

For the second consecutive year, students from Penn College’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies won the Hacker Battleship competition at the Security B-Sides Rochester Conference. The annual event features presentations from security industry experts and ethical “hacking” challenges to foster skill development in tomorrow’s IT leaders.

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Nine of 12 College Medalists Headed to SkillsUSA Nationals

SkillsUSA-Pennsylvania

Nine Pennsylvania College of Technology students from a variety of majors will compete at the National SkillsUSA Conference from June 23-28 in Kansas City, Mo., after winning gold medals at the state level.

Three other students in the college contingent finished second in their respective categories at the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held April 9-11 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

And a Penn College student/alumnus will attend as a candidate for the highest individual SkillsUSA honor: an International Degree, awarded at the rarely attained upper level of the organization’s professional-development program.

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National Science Foundation Grant to Support ‘STEM’ Majors

The National Science Foundation is recognizing Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to applied technology education with a $616,417 grant to benefit students.

Provided through the NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, the five-year grant aims to increase retention, degree completion and career preparation for students in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies at Penn College.

The majority of the grant’s funds will be devoted to scholarships. Approximately 20 students will be awarded scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of four years. The first scholarships will be awarded during the 2014-15 academic year.

“This grant allows us to bring high-performing students to Penn College who might otherwise not have the means to do so,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “It is likely to be a life-changing opportunity for these students. They will ultimately gain an education that will prepare them for a lifetime of success.”

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Penn College Professor Presents at National Computing Conference

Lisa R. Bock

A Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member presented at a recent national conference devoted to computer instructors.

Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology, led a session during the 19th annual Course Technology Computing Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Her presentation focused on packet analysis, the process of analyzing traffic over a digital network.

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Got Game? Former Student-Athletes Toss Extra Talents Into Careers

Golfer-turned-head-coach Matthew Haile helped his team stay undefeated and capture conference championships. In 2003, he was the conference individual champion – the first since 1982.

Golfer-turned-head-coach Matthew Haile helped his team stay undefeated and capture conference championships. In 2003, he was the conference individual champion – the first since 1982.

During Adam Waigand’s tenure, the Wildcats soccer team achieved a 55-14-1 record and a 2004 conference championship. An All-State selection, he helped the defense record 15 shutouts in his last two years.

During Adam Waigand’s tenure, the Wildcats soccer team achieved a 55-14-1 record and a 2004 conference championship. An All-State selection, he helped the defense record 15 shutouts in his last two years.

Lindsey Fackler was a three-time All-American archer and Academic All-American who was part of the college’s title-winning female compound team at the 2009 U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships.

Lindsey Fackler was a three-time All-American archer and Academic All-American who was part of the college’s title-winning female compound team at the 2009 U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships.

From the Spring 2014 One College Avenue: Alumni of Wildcat athletic programs apply lessons from the field, court, course and mat to their post-Penn College lives. Archery champion Lindsay Fackler, ’10, applies focus in her nursing career, while golfer Matthew Haile, ’06, now head coach, applies lessons in confidence to challenges in information technology, and Adam Waigand, ’05, uses teamwork learned on the soccer field in his work as a construction supervisor.

Network-Security Grad to Share Real-World Insight on IT Careers

Nick A. Hetrick

Nick A. Hetrick

A 2005 graduate in information technology: data communications and networking concentration will return to Penn College later this month to talk with students about their employment prospects in the field. Nick A. Hetrick, manager of IS security operations for WellSpan Health, will present, “Want to Know What It Takes to Be Successful in IT?” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in Room E140 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. His unique experiences will help students prepare for that dream job and focus on acquiring the skills they will need to fulfill their career aspirations after graduation. Hetrick will discuss how students can make the best of their college experience to get the maximum benefit from their investment – and get a leg up on the competition when graduation day finally arrives.  The event is sponsored by the Cisco Networking Academy at Penn College, which offers classes in preparation for the Cisco Certified Network Associate and CCNA Security certifications.  For more information on the certifications and how to schedule for classes, contact Jeff Weaver, associate professor of electronics, or Lisa Bock, assistant professor of information technology.

Penn College Students Provide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Pennsylvania College of Technology students again are volunteering their time to help qualified individuals as they prepare their 2013 income tax returns.

More than a dozen students, most of them majoring in accounting but also representing the college’s financial planning, legal assistant, business management and information technology majors, have undergone months of extensive training to become certified tax preparers by the Internal Revenue Service.

The free service, part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sponsored by the IRS, is designed for taxpayers who have relatively uncomplicated returns and less than $51,000 in annual income.

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Computing Marks 50th Anniversary at Penn College

In 1971, computer science students at Williamsport Area Community College, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s immediate predecessor, gain hands-on experience on one of the college’s first mainframes, a Spectra 70.

Fifty years ago, Williamsport Technical Institute installed its first computer on the campus that is now Pennsylvania College of Technology, pioneering the early development of computer science education.

The first computer had its own small room, which could accommodate about 10 students at a time gaining hands-on experience in the college’s first “data-processing” courses. What grew from those courses is a highly equipped campus that hosts five information technology majors and one computer for every three students.

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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 →

1963’s Pilot Computing Classes Mark Epoch

Members of the second graduating class of data-processing students practice on the college’s first computer, an IBM 1620 (mainly hidden in the background), in the college’s first computer lab, in Unit 6, in 1967.

Members of the second graduating class of data-processing students practice on the college’s first computer, an IBM 1620 (mainly hidden in the background), in the college’s first computer lab, in Unit 6, in 1967.

From the Winter 2013 One College Avenue magazine: Fifty years ago, with the challenge laid before him by Williamsport Technical Institute Director Kenneth E. Carl, former faculty member George E. Wolfe developed the college’s first computer courses.

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 →

Schneider Electric Establishes Endowed Scholarship at Penn College

Hunter S. Forney, of Shippensburg, is the first recipient of an award from the Schneider Electric Scholarship.

Schneider Electric has established an endowed scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology as part of the Penn College Scholarship Campaign.

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College’s IT Curriculum Celebrates Golden Milestone

Jim Cunningham, ’73, the college’s retired chief information officer and now special assistant to the president, provides an overview of his career, which encompasses a wealth of the college’s computing history.

Jim Cunningham, ’73, the college’s retired chief information officer and now special assistant to the president, provides an overview of his career, which encompasses a wealth of the college’s computing history.

Alumni, faculty and retirees gather for a group photo at an afternoon reception. At center is George P. Wolfe, who implemented not only the first computer curriculum at the college but also implemented the Technology Transfer Center, now known as Workforce Development & Continuing Education.

Alumni, faculty and retirees gather for a group photo at an afternoon reception. At center is George P. Wolfe, who implemented not only the first computer curriculum at the college but also implemented the Technology Transfer Center, now known as Workforce Development & Continuing Education.

About 35 alumni and friends, along with students, employees and retirees, spent at least part of their day Friday celebrating the golden anniversary of computing at Penn College in the at-times packed Thompson Professional Development Center. The daylong celebration included presentations by eight alumni, lunch, a campus tour and an afternoon reception featuring remarks by George P. Wolfe, who implemented and taught the first computer curriculum – then called engineering and design data processing technology – in 1963.

IT Students, Faculty Enjoy Late-Season Golfing Getaway

Derek E. Teay, Resident Assistant for the IT LLC, is surrounded by faculty support on the tee. Background, from left, are Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of  computer information technology; Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer science; and Anita R. Girton, assistant professor of computer information technology.

Derek E. Teay, Resident Assistant for the IT LLC, is surrounded by faculty support on the tee. Background, from left, are Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of computer information technology; Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer science; and Anita R. Girton, assistant professor of computer information technology. Teay is a software development and information management major.

Oliver B. Lenel makes it look easy, with a sure-handed stroke that sends his ball straight for the cup. Among others in his group is, at left background, Steven M. Umstead. Both are enrolled in the information technology: network specialist concentration.

Oliver B. Lenel makes it look easy, with a sure-handed stroke that sends his ball straight for the cup. Among others in his group is, at left background, Steven M. Umstead. Both are enrolled in the information technology: network specialist concentration.

Penn College’s Information Technology Living-Learning Community made its way to Hooplas in Muncy Township for a night of miniature golf on Tuesday. Faculty and students connected through putts, near misses and holes-in-one.  “Although this group often engages in educational learning opportunities on campus, they sure know how to cut loose and have some fun!” said Matthew C. Helf, Residence Life coordinator, who also provided the photos. The college’s Residence Life Office administers four such communities: automotive, health sciences, hospitality and information technology.

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