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Penn College Unveils New Wildcat Athletics Logo

Penn College's redesigned wildcat logo heralds a new era in athletics.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s long-standing tradition of bold innovation and institutional pride has a new look reflecting those qualities. The college on Wednesday revealed a new athletic logo depicting a strong, powerful and proud wildcat.

The new mark, created by Skye Dillon, of Skye Design Studios (whose recent design for the NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship was showcased nationwide), features a full-body wildcat perched atop Bald Eagle Mountain alongside the West Branch of the Susquehanna River – icons of the scenic landscape surrounding Penn College. The wildcat, shaded in white, metallic grey and royal blue, is oriented with its head panned slightly to the right. The new logo replaces a 25-year-old mark.

With our move toward full NCAA Division III membership, our athletic teams competing in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, and full-time coaches who recruit student-athletes to the college, it was time for the wildcat to take on a fresh, new look,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “I commend the committee from across campus that guided this process. The striking new logo and related marks reflect a new era in Penn College Athletics.”

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President Gilmour Among Honorees at Chamber Event

President Davie Jane Gilmour accepts the 2017 Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce President’s Award from Vincent J. Matteo (left), Chamber president/CEO, and Roger D. Jarrett, chairman of the Chamber Board.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour was presented with the President’s Award at Wednesday’s 131st Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. Other honors bestowed at the event, held at The Genetti Hotel in downtown Williamsport, were the Phillips/Plankenhorn Small Business Award to Anthony H. Visco Jr., Architects; the Large Business Award to Larson Design Group; and the Emerging Business Award to Farrington Place. (Larson Design employs more than 80 graduates of the college and its predecessors, including Williamsport Area Community College; Visco is a WACC alumnus and member of Penn College’s Architectural Technology Advisory Committee.)

President Welcomes Year of ‘New Ideas, New Approaches, Constant Questioning’

Detailing a variety of initiatives to bolster the college community – including intervention for students in mental-health crisis, emergency funds for employees beset by challenges and a call for civility toward one another – President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Spring 2017 semester with an all-college address to faculty and staff. With vision enhanced by 39 years on campus, she also looked optimistically toward meeting tomorrow’s challenges together. “I have been through more difficult times than we face today. What encourages me is all of you – your commitment, your passion and your support,” the president said. “Let us join energy and work to make 2017 a year for the record books for Penn College. Success is not enough; we need to thrive to attain our vision as a national leader in applied technology education.”

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Penn College Commencement Set for Dec. 17

Caleb E. Cartmell

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport for the nearly 300 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate after the Fall 2016 semester.

The student speaker for the ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m., will be Caleb E. Cartmell, of Honesdale, who will receive an Associate of Applied Science in automotive technology. Cartmell will also be presented with the President’s Award for leadership and service to the college. He returns in Spring 2017 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology management.

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Board Approves Master’s Degree Program in Physician Assistant

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors has approved a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies – the first graduate degree program ever to be offered at the institution, a special mission affiliate of Penn State.

Penn College plans to begin offering courses leading to the master’s degree in the fall of 2017, with conferring of degrees to begin in 2022.

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Homecoming & Family Weekend Showered With Sweet Memories

Anthony J. Pace (right), the college's new director of student activities, with student leaders Alexandra M. Lehman and Nicholas V. Walker, and a phenomenal feline VIP.

Mother Nature was among the parents in town for Penn College’s first Homecoming & Family Weekend, bringing persistent rain but failing to deter attendees from enjoying a full schedule of activities centered around “Our Proud Penn College Days.” The turbulent weather prompted relocation of a number of those events, but the celebration – the first-ever melding of two formerly separate observances – went off with nary a hitch. Among the weekend offerings were a four-day carnival; dessert receptions in each of the college’s six academic schools; soccer matches; the Athletic Hall of Fame induction and banquet; an alumni golf outing; guided tours of campus and historic Williamsport; a tailgating lunch with President Davie Jane Gilmour; and an Oktoberfest that included a reunion of past student ambassadors, Student Government Association members and orientation leaders.

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Little League Begins With Big Burst of ‘Penn College Pride’

A pennant-worthy group of campus volunteers shares a memorable moment with a Hall of Famer.

Pennsylvania College of Technology proudly welcomed some Most Valuable Players to Williamsport on Wednesday, hosting its eighth annual picnic for the 16 teams in the Little League Baseball World Series. In a laid-back atmosphere before tournament play begins Thursday, the athletes, coaches and umpires relaxed under tents outside the Bush Campus Center before taking part in the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street. This year’s Grand Marshal was Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, a 14-time All-Star and two-time National League MVP with the Cincinnati Reds, who mingled on campus for a memorable start to the Series. The day’s festivities caught the attention of media covering the teams, including this report from Time Warner Cable and video from the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin in New York’s Southern Tier (following the Mid-Atlantic representatives from Maine-Endwell Little League in Endwell, New York).

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President Maps Direction for Institutional Success, Cooperative Commitment

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Fall 2016 semester Thursday morning with an all-college message to faculty and staff, enumerating their collaborative progress in attracting the students who are key to the institution’s sustainability. “I know that, together, we will continue to develop a strategic approach to recruitment – an approach that will seek new ways to respond to our challenges, an approach that will highlight the value and distinction of a Penn College degree, and an approach that will be successful because of the contributions of every single one of us.,” she said.

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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)