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Nearly 1,000 Earn ‘degrees that work’ in Weekend Ceremonies

Kadeem D. Carter, collision repair technology graduate, and family revel in the joy of the day.

Three commencement ceremonies were held May 13-14 for the nearly 1,000 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2016 semester. Friday afternoon’s exercises at the Community Arts Center featured students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. Students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences received their degrees Saturday morning, while those in the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies crossed the magnificent stage during the afternoon. Student speakers were Anthony D. Gobbi, who received a bachelor’s degree in building automation technology on Friday; Cortney Lyn Weaver, who earned an associate degree in dental hygiene on Saturday morning; and Jessica R. Wiegand, who received a bachelor’s in business administration: marketing concentration Saturday afternoon. The college also bestowed a pair of Excellence in Teaching Awards and four alumni awards.

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Award-Winning Employees Catalyst for ‘Global Responsibility’

Closing out the 2015-16 school year with a Thursday morning message to campus colleagues, President Davie Jane Gilmour honored meritorious employees who “have inspired us all to be more caring … more productive … and more vital members of this priceless Penn College community.” And looking ahead to the challenges of tomorrow, with 10 little words as a road map, she rallied others to follow that example when opening potential students’ eyes to Pennsylvania College of Technology. “It is important that everyone in the room realize that recruiting is a global responsibility. All of us play one of the key roles in the process,” she said. “All of us play a part and, without all of us working together, we cannot achieve our goals.”

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President Mobilizes Auxiliary Ambassadors to ‘Spread Our Name’

President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Spring 2016 semester with a wide-ranging address, effectively deputizing all faculty and staff as Admissions Office representatives and rallying them to publicly share Pennsylvania College of Technology’s unique attributes. While outlining phenomenal growth in outreach to prospects, as well as an enhanced focus on branding – to travelers in “a galaxy far, far away” and in markets closer to home – she said the challenge is clear. “We have over 100 majors that are recession-proof, our graduates get jobs, we have an excellent placement rate of 96 percent, we provide the full collegiate experience to our students – residence life, collegiate athletics, clubs and organizations, and national competitions – and outstanding industry recognition of our programs and graduates,” she told a Klump Academic Center audience Friday morning. “Why is it so hard for us to spread our name and enroll students?”

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Read the 2014-15 Annual Report Edition of One College Avenue

Winter 2015/Annual Report cover

The Winter 2015/Annual Report issue of One College Avenue, Penn College’s official magazine, is on its way to mailboxes. You can also read it online or pick up a copy in building lobbies across campus. In this issue: The president looks forward with confidence to 2020; industrial and human factors design students complete a product redesign for an industry giant; a part-time physician assistant faculty member recalls his volunteer time in an Ebola clinic. Plus many highlights from 2014-15. Visit to share stories and leave your comments.

College Among Partners in Award-Winning Anti-Drug Initiative

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, chair of Project Bald Eagle, and Beth McMahon (at podium), executive director of Project Bald Eagle, welcome the large crowd to the award ceremony in the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center.

State Sen. Gene Yaw – who chairs the board of directors for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, which held hearings statewide on heroin and opioid addiction – addresses the group. He was one of the first to meet Fred Wells Brason II, executive director of Project Lazarus (the North Carolina task force that inspired the local initiative), who traveled to campus for the presentation. The senator also is chair of the college's board of directors.

The award says: “In recognition of exemplary contributions to rural health in Pennsylvania, the 2015 Rural Health Program of the Year Award is presented to Project Bald Eagle.”

Penn College's leadership role and financial support of Project Bald Eagle – partnering with Lycoming County, Susquehanna Health and Lycoming College – is represented by the president.

Lisa Davis (at podium), director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, awards Project Bald Eagle the Rural Health Program of the Year award (still “veiled” on small table at right) following a number of individual honors recognizing committee chairs (far right in line). Those awards were presented by the three people at the far left in line – (from left) Beth McMahon; Shea Madden, director of the West Branch Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission; and Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts, vice chair of Project Bald Eagle.

Project Bald Eagle – A product of the Heroin Task Force, an organization comprising diverse community groups collaborating to address rising opioid use in Lycoming County, was honored as a Rural Health Program of the Year at Penn College on Friday afternoon. The award, which recognizes “an exemplary health program that addresses an identified need in a rural community,” was presented by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health during a ceremony in the Thompson Professional Development Center. Also joining the distinguished guests for the awards presentation were students and staff from all Lycoming County school districts. More information is available in Project Bald Eagle’s official announcement of the award: Project Bald Eagle Award

Fall Open House: Something Special in the Air

In colors coordinated with nature, a family tours campus with Ambassador Bryan M. Behm.

The rain ceased and the smiles poured forth Sunday as the campus community flung wide its doors to potential students, their families and friends at Fall Open House. A pleasant autumn day on a beautiful campus provided the backdrop for an in-depth look at academic programs, student life and facilities. Helpful employees, students and alumni were on hand throughout the day, as hundreds upon hundreds of visitors crisscrossed Penn College to discover the nationally recognized home of “degrees that work.”

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President Apt Choice for Conference Lineup

President Davie Jane Gilmour is joined at the NACA conference by student attendees Brittany R. Terpstra, Wildcat Events Board president, and Kashiki E. Harrison, the organization's co-events coordinator.

Penn College’s president spoke Friday morning at the National Association for Campus Activities’ Mid-Atlantic Conference underway in Buffalo, New York. During a morning educational session, Davie Jane Gilmour discussed “Leadership: Values, Vision, Voice” with an audience of students and campus-life professionals. Representatives of the college’s Wildcat Events Board attend the regional conference each fall; this year’s theme is “A League of Our Own,” making the president – who also serves as chair of the Little League International Board of Directors – an especially appropriate selection as featured speaker.
Photo by Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life (and WEB adviser)

A Solar Selfie?

Sunrise spectacle

Wednesday’s fiery sunrise provided a seasonal reminder that not all of fall’s color is in the foliage; the vivid sky show caught the eye of many on campus and during the morning commute – including President Davie Jane Gilmour, who savored the moment in this cell-phone photo from her office window.

Wide-Ranging Presidential Q&A Published Online

Z. Kelly Queijo

The CEO and founder of Smart College Visit, who spent time on campus in mid-July, has posted a profile of Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “We offer recession-proof majors that help sons and daughters fulfill a passion that will change their lives,” the president told Z. Kelly Queijo. “If they like hands-on learning and want to experience breadth and depth of opportunity, they should take a look at Penn College.”

Penn College Salon Dinner Series Debuts

Salon Dinner participants (from left) are Chad Dornan, college adviser and founder of Leonard Andrew Consulting; Alan Lightman; President Davie Jane Gilmour; Cory Tanner, a Penn College alumnus and user experience developer for DockYard; Marisa McCarthy, director, special education, Madison Park Career & Technical Vocational High School; Jennifer Smith, career and technical director, Madison Park Career & Technical Vocational High School; and Paul Hemphill, higher education blogger and college counselor.

President Davie Jane Gilmour hosted Penn College’s inaugural Salon Dinner Series event Sept. 30 in Boston. The event featured Alan Lightman, renowned physicist and author (“Einstein’s Dreams”) and professor of the practice of the humanities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, addressing the subject of applied technology in higher education. The college’s Salon Dinner Series provides a chance for educators, parents, companies, nonprofits, media and others to come together in an intimate, exclusive setting to discuss a wide range of meaningful, hot-button topics concerning the state of job prospects for today’s youth.

Every Day Is Manufacturing Day at Penn College

In honor of National Manufacturing Day, Penn College invited innovative companies Gilson Boards and Pneu-Dart to campus to interact with students, faculty and staff on Friday. The companies fit right in at the college, which features a number of manufacturing-related degrees and a new innovation leadership minor … although many potential students and their parents aren’t aware of the natural connection. “I think the perception of manufacturing still to a great length is that it’s dark, dirty, low-paying, expendable positions that you don’t need a lot of background, experience or training for,” says David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, in a video added to the college’s YouTube channel. “And that’s really just not accurate.”

Explore Penn College’s ‘Degrees That Work’ at Oct. 25 Open House

Penn College’s Oct. 25 Open House provides an ideal opportunity to explore “degrees that work.”

The distinctive, hands-on academic programs offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education, will be highlighted at Open House on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Held twice a year, Open House at Penn College provides prospective students and their families an opportunity to sample campus life and learn about 100-plus bachelor’s and associate degrees and certificates.

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Presidential Student Ambassadors Mark 20th Year of Service

Presidential Student Ambassadors for 2015-16 at Penn College are, first row, from left: Michelle D. Kachik, Alexandra M. Lehman, Stephanie E. Falcone and Morgan N. Keyser; second row, from left: Daniel T. Kreger, Ryan S. Schrimp, Maggie K. Calkins, Ashley N. Irish, Kayla M. Jackson and Calah D. Doyka; third row, from left: Ryan Monteleone, Tyler R. Filipowski, Victoria L. Kostecki, Stephanie M. Puckly, Katelyn A. Wertz, Bryan M. Behm and Rafael Correa; back row, from left: Emily K. Lutz, Josiah D. Stoltzfus, Semeon R. DeBarros, Anthony D. Gobbi, Alexander R. Wetzel, Kyle D. Bomboy, James S. Alger and Tylor J. Burkett. Absent for the photo due to studying abroad are: Garrett D. Corneliussen, Bhismadut B. Contractor and Logan M. Tubiello.

Twenty-eight students are serving as Presidential Student Ambassadors for the 2015-16 academic year at Pennsylvania College of Technology, marking the 20th year student ambassadors have been spreading good will on campus.

The student ambassadors promote Penn College to prospective and current students and their families, guests, alumni, business partners and friends of the college. They are selected for their demonstration of leadership, campus involvement, academic achievement and Penn College pride.

“The Presidential Student Ambassadors play such an integral role in the Admissions Office,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions and enrollment event services. “They help to be the face of the college by providing student tours, completing various tasks around the Admissions Office and by helping prospective students see the endless possibilities available to them at Penn College. Fall tours are already underway, and the Ambassadors are hard at work. With the help of our Ambassadors, we hope to have a busy and successful year!”

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New Year’s Onset Brings Presidential Muster: ‘Let’s Get to Work’

President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Fall 2015 semester with an all-college address to faculty and staff in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, renewing a campuswide covenant to enthusiastically attract new students and efficiently engage those already enrolled. “We need to openly and carefully examine what we do, how we do it, and how it relates to our mission with students,” she said Thursday morning. “It’s not the time to lessen your commitment to the college or our mission. On the contrary, now more than ever, we need each person in the room focused on our work and our mission. Our future depends on it.”

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Blogger’s Campus Visit Produces Two More Glowing Posts

Countdown to College Coach

A blogger who channels her own experiences as a national resource for parents of rising college students has added two more postings from her trip to Penn College earlier this spring. In “Why Choose Penn College,” Shaffer gives parents five sound reasons why the institution could be a good fit for their daughters and sons; another recent article talks up the variety of scholarship opportunities – and the college’s convenient way in which students can apply for all of them at once.