News about Information Technology

Successful Alumna Shares Vision, Visibility With Club Members

The 2013 alum interacts with IT majors on return to campus.

Visiting grad gets a big-screen welcome.

Penn College’s newly formed Game Development Club recently hosted a visit by Anna Maree Manciet, of Alienware Live, whose Penn College degrees include a 2013 bachelor’s in web design and multimedia. She shared interesting stories and knowledge of the responsibilities and technical aspects of being a producer and on-air personality of a popular Twitch.tv live-stream channel. Among the topics covered were the technical configuration of hardware and software for a live stream, tips and advice on building and managing an audience, and various methods of charity work that she has had the opportunity to do throughout her career. “We were very excited to have her visit. Many of our guests took a lot of interesting information away from the event,” said organization President James C. Temoshenko, of Kane, an information technology sciences-gaming and simulation major. “The club is taking inspiration by planning some live-streaming events of our own in the near future.”
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Penn College Students, Faculty Attend ‘Women in Technology’ Event

Female students and faculty from Penn College demonstrated their commitment to technology at the recent College to Careers: Women in Technology Conference in Harrisburg.

More than 25 female students and faculty from Pennsylvania College of Technology demonstrated their commitment to technology by attending a recent statewide event in Harrisburg.

During the College to Careers: Women in Technology Conference, the Penn College contingent experienced a panel discussion with eight women technology leaders and enjoyed networking opportunities.

“It was a very valuable experience for our students,” said Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, who helped organize Penn College’s participation. “The students were able to not only listen to, but also interact with many impressive women in technology. The conference reinforced that gender should never be a barrier to success in technology-focused careers.”

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Penn College IT Faculty Member Featured in Publication

Lisa Bock

A major information technology publication is highlighting the expertise and accomplishments of a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member.

The November/December issue of IBM Systems Magazine–Mainframe edition showcases Lisa Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology, as one of a dozen women role models in the IT field.

Bock is described in the story, written by Shirley S. Savage, as a “security ambassador, who has spent 20 demanding years in IT.”

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College Receives Grant to Boost Cyber Security Workforce

The National Science Foundation has recognized Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to tomorrow’s workforce by awarding the institution a grant intended to bolster the pipeline of information assurance/cyber defense professionals.

The $438,391 CyberCorps grant will facilitate the college’s efforts to excite high school students about rewarding careers in cyber security. The college is developing an after-school program for high schoolers, who will earn college credit for free while being introduced to the academic and professional aspects of the information security field.

“There is a tremendous demand for qualified professionals in the information assurance/cyber defense sector,” said Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer science and the college’s principal investigator for the grant. “The opportunities are varied, and salaries in the field are well above the national average. This program can be a valuable introduction and steppingstone to fulfilling careers.”

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Trio of Penn College Faculty Present at IT Conference

IT faculty present at conference

Three Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members shared their expertise at a major information technology gathering.

Lisa R. Bock and Anita R. Wood, assistant professors of computer information technology, and Denise S. Leete, associate professor of web and interactive media, presented at the COMMON 2016 Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans.

COMMON is the world’s largest association of IBM and IBM-compatible information technology users. The organization consists of professionals involved with the application of IBM Power Systems and related platforms.

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IT Students Take a Walk on the Wildlife Side

Faculty members Golshan (left) and Yoas staff the grill with perfection ...

... satisfying a pavilion full of hungry hikers.

And what's a cookout without the melted-marshmallow joy of s'mores?

Students take to the foothills, surrounded by the natural beauty of Penn's Woods.

Interested in "whoooooooo" dropped by for an informational presentation is this owl, part of the park's Fall Festival attractions.

More than 30 students representing all of Penn College’s information technology majors hiked and picnicked at Little Pine State Park this past weekend, enjoying a beautiful woodland Sunday that coincided with the site’s annual Fall Festival. “Most students hiked the mountains and were just able to disconnect from their smartphones – literally, because there was no cell service!” said Ryan Monteleone, of Stevens, an information assurance and cyber security major and mentor for the IT Living-Learning Community. The LLC co-sponsored the event, along with a number of student organizations: The Association for Computing Machinery, the Association of Professional Programmers, the Gamers’ Guild and the Information Security Association. Along for the trip were Bahram Golshan and Daniel W. Yoas, associate professors of computer information technology. “Getting out in nature with students from other IT clubs was a significant means to talk through courses, college life and where our careers were going,” said James N. Ahern, of Mechanicsburg, an information assurance and cyber security major. “I also enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the history of information technology with Dr. Yoas.”
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Short Video Touts Career Opportunities for Cyber Security Grads

Where can graduates of Penn College’s information assurance and cyber security bachelor’s degree expect to work? Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer information technology, provides possible avenues for fulfilling careers in a short Guggenheim Productions video added to the college’s YouTube channel. “The hacker needs one way in and, as a professional, you have to protect against all possible ways in,” Gorka tells cyber security major Ryan Monteleone. “So we have the harder job, which makes it more exciting and more fun.”

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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