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President’s Council Answers ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

With moral support from the Wildcat, vice president for academic affairs/provost Paul L. Starkey issues the “ice bucket challenge” to the cabinet of Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte.

With moral support from the Wildcat, vice president for academic affairs/provost Paul L. Starkey issues the “ice bucket challenge” to the cabinet of Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte.

President’s Council braces for a dousing at the hands of student-athletes. Council members, from left, are David Kay, vice president for college services; Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development; Joseph S. Yoder, associate vice president for public relations & marketing; Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; Mike Cunningham, vice president for information technology/chief information officer; Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; and Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost.

President’s Council braces for a dousing at the hands of student-athletes. Council members, from left, are David Kay, vice president for college services; Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development; Joseph S. Yoder, associate vice president for public relations & marketing; Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; Mike Cunningham, vice president for information technology/chief information officer; Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; and Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost.

Challenge met!

Challenge met!

While unavailable Thursday, council member Barry R. Stiger, the college's vice president for institutional advancement, provided photographic proof of his participation.

While unavailable Thursday, council member Barry R. Stiger, the college’s vice president for institutional advancement, provided photographic proof of his participation.

Responding to Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour’s convocation “call-out,” members of President’s Council donned ultra-business-casual garb and courageously met the ALS Foundation’s “ice bucket challenge” on Thursday afternoon. Wildcat student-athletes did the honors outside the Student and Administrative Services Center, as the group of good sports took the brunt of the cascading chill – all in the name of charity.

Attendance at National Aviation Event to Be Discussed by Faculty, Alumnus

William F. Stepp III

William F. Stepp III

The campus community is invited to a President’s Forum presentation at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday by William F. Stepp III, associate professor of aviation, who will highlight his Heli-Expo experience in Anaheim, Calif., and share information on the industry. Andrew L. Stamey, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance technology – and one of two student attendees at the conference – will add his insights during the presentation in Room W204 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. Attendance at the February conference allowed Stepp to participate in meetings of the Helicopter Association’s International Technical Committee, of which he is a member. The experience yielded two scholarships for student attendees (Stamey and Marc T. Kaylor, another May graduate), teaching materials for the aviation department, contacts for student internships and/or employment, as well as sources of additional equipment donations. Stepp is the first awardee from the Strategic Initiative Fund, created by President Davie Jane Gilmour to increase the college’s presence at the national level via presentations and/or leadership within national associations. Interested faculty and staff can learn more about the fund through the president’s page on the myPCT Web portal.

President Keeps College in World Spotlight While Going to Bat for LLB
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In her capacity as chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, Gilmour addresses the 25,000-plus crowd at Howard J. Lamade Stadium for Sunday's title matchup.

As chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour helped make the 68th annual Little League Baseball World Series one to remember. While tending to Welcome Weekend and other fall startup activities back on campus, the president navigated a cyclonic Little League schedule that began with a campus picnic for the 16 participating teams and ended with Sunday’s championship between Seoul, South Korea, and Chicago. Among her official duties during this 75th-anniversary year for LLB were the enshrinement of retired major leaguer (and Lycoming County favorite son) Mike Mussina and the annual Challenger Division exhibition game. Adding to the college’s visibility were students from the School of Health Sciences, who provided medical care for players and coaches as well as outreach to the thousands of fans on hand for the Series.

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College Among Sponsors at Unveiling of LLB’s ‘Diamond’ Anniversary Gift

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, stands at "home base" for the group that sponsored the catcher statue, joined by Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte (left foreground); state Sen. Gene Yaw (to Gilmour's left), chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors, who unveiled the sculpture; and Williamsport All-Star Little Leaguers. A plaque denoting the colleges' sponsorship adorns the backstop.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, stands at “home base” for the group that sponsored the catcher statue, joined by Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte (left foreground); state Sen. Gene Yaw (to Gilmour’s left), chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors, who unveiled the sculpture; and Williamsport All-Star Little Leaguers. A plaque denoting the colleges’ sponsorship adorns the backstop.

The northeast corner of Market Square – third base in the ballfield layout, from which this photo was taken – is but one landmark in the sprawling commemorative project.

The northeast corner of Market Square – third base in the ballfield layout, from which this photo was taken – is but one landmark in the sprawling commemorative project.

Before the unveiling, the two colleges' mascots and presidents gather for a group photo.

Before the unveiling, the two colleges’ mascots and presidents gather for a group photo.

Co-sponsored by Penn College, the catcher is one of 10 life-sized bronze statues created by Utah artist Matt Glenn for the "Bases Loaded" project.

Co-sponsored by Penn College, the catcher is one of 10 life-sized bronze statues created by Utah artist Matt Glenn for the “Bases Loaded” project.

Rounding out the Penn College squad is Wildcat second baseman Jeremy D. Rall, a business administration: management concentration major from Williamsport, who played in the Original Little League eight years ago.

Rounding out the Penn College squad is Wildcat second baseman Jeremy D. Rall, a business administration: management concentration major from Williamsport, who played in the Original Little League eight years ago.

In celebration of Little League Baseball’s 75th anniversary and coinciding with championship weekend of this year’s Little League World Series just across the river, downtown Williamsport was the site of a very special dedication Friday afternoon. Officially marking the city as LLB’s birthplace, the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau and supportive friends unveiled “Bases Loaded,” a spacious recreation of a baseball diamond at Market and West Third streets. Penn College and Lycoming College co-sponsored the catcher in the lineup, one of 10 bronze statues that represent those who have participated in Little League (including softball and the Challenger Division) over the years – ethnically varied players of both genders, in uniforms old and new, along with an umpire to represent the thousands of volunteers at the heart of the organization. The only statue that depicts a specific person is that of the manager, Carl E. Stotz, who founded LLB in 1939 and whose name is on the bridge that connects Williamsport to the latter-day South Williamsport home of the Series.

Buoyant Reception Greets Students, Start of New Semester
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Hopeful tennis team member Joseph H. Griep, an information technology sciences: gaming and simulation freshman from Le Roy, New York, moves his gear into Dauphin Hall.

Penn College’s “Welcome Weekend,” held Saturday and Sunday on main campus, gently and helpfully guided new and returning students toward the start of classes. Student leaders, faculty/staff and alumni – all wearing T-shirts identifying them as the go-to gang to satisfy any last-minute questions – offered a collectively friendly face to the Fall 2014 members of the college community. New enrollees and transfers moved into on- and off-campus apartments, academic and social activities filled the schedule, and crucial offices offered convenient extended hours in advance of Monday’s official opening of the 2014-15 academic year. Among the high notes of this overture to fall were a convocation parade of first-year students, reunions enjoyed and new friendships begun, “Wildcat Welcome” refreshments, and a chilling and charitable surprise from college President Davie Jane Gilmour.

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Local Cry of ‘Play Ball’ Echoes ’round the World

The parade of champions delights fan who gathered in Volunteer Stadium for Thursday's start of the LIttle League Baseball World Series.

The parade of champions delights fan who gathered in Volunteer Stadium for Thursday’s start of the LIttle League Baseball World Series.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, who chairs Little League International's Board of Directors, speaks at opening ceremonies ...

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, who chairs Little League International’s Board of Directors, speaks at opening ceremonies …

... and accepts from former major leaguer Dave Winfield a baseball signed by Hall of Famers who began as Little League players.

… and accepts from former major leaguer Dave Winfield a baseball signed by Hall of Famers who began as Little League players.

Winfield delivers the opening pitch to officially begin the 10-day tournament.

Winfield delivers the opening pitch to officially begin the 10-day tournament.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, chair of the Little League International Board of Directors during the organization’s milestone 75th year, participated in inaugural ceremonies for the 68th annual Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport on Thursday morning. Seamlessly continuing the celebration that began Wednesday with a campus cookout and crowd-pleasing parade, Gilmour set the tone for the blend of fun and fair play represented by the global youth-sports sensation. The 16 teams competing in the annual rite of summer were led into Volunteer Stadium by local baseball and softball players, just a few short hours before the opening game between Europe & Africa and Asia-Pacific. The kickoff pageantry also included an appearance by Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, grand marshal for the Grand Slam Parade, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

President Sees Promise of Tomorrow in Honoring Students’ Investment Today

Just past the midpoint of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s yearlong Centennial celebration, President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Fall 2014 semester with an all-college address to faculty and staff. “Focus on today and look to tomorrow,” she said Thursday morning, recapping a hectic summer before outlining initiatives aimed at student success and faculty/staff engagement. “Take time to attend to those students who have invested their money and time in Penn College. They seek a full, rounded college education with all that we can provide for an excellent Penn College experience.”

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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 →

Penn College, Little League Celebrate Anniversaries in ‘Grand Slam’ Fashion
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Admissions representative Sarah R. Shott snaps a selfie with a home-state favorite, the Mid-Atlantic team from Philadelphia.

Soggy turned to sunny just in time Wednesday for Pennsylvania College of Technology to once again welcome visitors to Williamsport for the Little League Baseball World Series. On the evening before play begins in South Williamsport, the college hosted its traditional cookout for the Series teams on the lawn outside the Bush Campus Center. Little League players, coaches, team “uncles,” umpires and baseball legend Dave Winfield enjoyed picnic fare and the company of one another before they (and their college hosts) participated in the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street. Accompanied by the college’s ever-popular Wildcat mascot, Penn College volunteers handed out giveaways – including balsa airplanes and commemorative pins – on their well-received journey downtown. Rounding out the teams’ campus visit was a brief stop in The Gallery at Penn College for a Little League-related art exhibit. The college was featured in at least two live newscasts from campus: on WPVI in Philadelphia and on CBS Chicago (go to “Sports Videos” at lower right). And Patriot News coverage, which was also picked up in Alabama, included a roundup of photos at the PennLive website.

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Penn College Holds Summer Commencement
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Katelyn E. Watson, a radiography grad from Turbotville, marks the day with a true Penn College legacy family, including her father, Chip (far left), a 1980 Williamsport Area Community College graduate who majored in heavy construction equipment.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement ceremony Saturday morning at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Kaitlin M. Savidge, of Northumberland, who received an Associate of Applied Science degree in emergency medical services, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. event. More than 200 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Steven P. Johnson, a member of the Penn College Board of Directors. During the ceremony, Penn College also presented a Distinguished Alumni Award to James E Cunningham for four decades of service to college and community.

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Pop Culture Exhibit at Penn College Honors Little League®

"Collective Pop," on display at The Gallery at Penn College through Aug. 24, features works created by internationally renowned 3-D pop artist Charles Fazzino and area students. The exhibit celebrates the 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball.

Colorful creations by an internationally renowned  3-D pop artist are teamed with artwork by area middle and high school students in “Collective Pop,” an art exhibit celebrating pop art and the 75th anniversary of Little League®.

“Collective Pop” opened July 10 in The Gallery at Penn College and continues through Aug. 24 – the final day of the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series. A special “Meet the Artist Reception” is set for Monday, Aug. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Best known for his use of bright colors, intricate details and 3-D layering techniques that animate his images, Charles Fazzino has exhibited his work in hundreds of museums and galleries in more than 20 countries over the past 30 years.

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Contributors to College Legacy Gather for Centennial Celebration
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Three of the college's presidents, whose administrations span nearly four decades of the institution's 100-year history, gather at Friday's Centennial Gala. Joining Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour are Robert L. Breuder (left), who served from 1981-97, and William H. Feddersen, who led Williamsport Area Community College from 1974-80.

A Centennial Gala, bringing together an invited assortment of pivotal players in the institution’s growth from homegrown phenomenon to national pacesetter, was held Friday at Penn College. The day featured lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and campus tours, as well as a reception, remarks and dinner buffet in Madigan Library.

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‘Pack the Park’ Fans Celebrate College Centennial With Ninth-Inning Heroics
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Enjoying family time at the ballpark are Tammy M. Rich, director of alumni relations, and daughter Ashley.

Before a “Pack the Park” audience of 1,914 – appropriate attendance for a Penn College Centennial event – the Williamsport Crosscutters delivered a walk-off 6-5 win over the Batavia Muckdogs on Tuesday night. Fans arriving at Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field were greeted by college employees at several display tables, and those wearing Penn College, Williamsport Area Community College or Williamsport Technical Institute clothing were eligible to win a variety of raffle prizes. Alumnus Nicholas D. Biddle (’07, graphic design) sang the National Anthem and Allen “Sonny” Yearick (’46, machining), the first Little League alumnus to play professional baseball, threw out the first pitch.

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Penn College Celebrates Centennial, Anniversary of PSU Affiliation

In this 1989 photo, from left, Penn State President Bryce Jordan, Gov. Robert P. Casey, Penn College President Robert L. Breuder and Penn College Board Chairman Rep. Alvin C. Bush commemorate legislation creating Pennsylvania College of Technology as an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University.

This year’s Centennial observance at Pennsylvania College of Technology, celebrating 100 years of adult education at an institution nationally known for providing graduates the practical tools with which to build substantial and sustainable careers, will include a July gathering of those who helped chart that historic course.

The yearlong commemoration coincides with another watershed anniversary: 25 years since Penn College was created as a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University on July 1, 1989.

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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 →

Penn College History Trail Merits National Recognition

Penn College’s award-winning History Trail includes a sign at the entrance to Madigan Library.

The History Trail, a commemorative walking tour of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus that vibrantly connects visitors to the institution’s century of accomplishment, has been nationally recognized for helping to “make the past more meaningful for all Americans.”

Penn College was recently notified by the American Association for State and Local History that the trail, installed last fall in conjunction with the college’s 100th anniversary, was among the projects honored with an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards.

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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 →

President Salutes Employees for Focus on Students, Institutional Excellence

In a year-end message to the campus community, President Davie Jane Gilmour commended the daily contributions of Pennsylvania College of Technology employees toward the institution’s century-old purpose. “We celebrated 100 years of making lives better – our students’ and our own,” the president said, commemorating the past and contemplating the future. “I have faith – faith that we will stay true to our mission, faith that the people who come after us will consider our legacy and continue to make a difference in the world today because of who we are and what we do. Things will change – they always do – but, if you have a strong foundation, you have solid footing for transformation and change.”

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