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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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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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From Horseless Carriage to Boundless Future

President Davie Jane Gilmour joins K. Venkatesh Prasad (left) and Robert C. Kreipke in a slice of history.

One of the longest-running instructional programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology – and one of the oldest continuous automotive programs in the nation – celebrated its 100th anniversary Friday in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. “The story of American automobiling and the history of this college have been entwined throughout an eventful century,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour, as the college simultaneously marks its own Centennial, “and I have no doubt that the years ahead will be every bit as exciting.” A pair of speakers from the Ford Motor Co. put the milestone into perspective with engaging presentations on past and future: Robert C. Kreipke, corporate historian, and K. Venkatesh Prasad, group and senior technical leader for vehicle design and infotronics. The day also included an outdoor lunch for students, an antique-car show and an afternoon reception.

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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 →

Unprecedented Gift Among Those Acknowledged at Donor Reception
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Principals of Amerikohl Mining Inc. and the family of Steelyn G. Kanouff gather near the SASC Donor Wall.

Contributions to Penn College – some monetary, others in-kind … and all of them crucial to students obtaining “degrees that work” – were celebrated at Wednesday’s 10th annual Donor Wall Recognition Reception in the Student and Administrative Services Center. “I am humbled to once again thank each and every one of you for your support and interest in Penn College.” President Davie Jane Gilmour said. “As you look around our campuses, you should take pride in knowing that your gifts have made a significant impact on the quality of programming and academic life that we offer, and that our student body is here, in part, because of your generosity.” Added to the top level of the Donor Wall was Amerikohl Mining Inc., which endowed a $1 million scholarship in memory of 2007 alumnus Steelyn G. Kanouff. On hand were Amerikohl representatives John Stilley, owner and president, sons Jake and Jamie, and Todd Fiedor; Steelyn’s parents, Gary and Ramona, and his fiancee, Hailey Fink. (Earlier in the day, during a brief and bittersweet ceremony at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, Gilmour introduced the first recipient from the scholarship fund: Forrest S. Martin, a diesel technology student from Greencastle.) Many of the donors are participating in the Penn College Scholarship Campaign, a multiyear initiative that coincides with the college’s 2014 Centennial. “I am pleased to inform you that this campaign has raised over $5.3 million in scholarship support through gifts, pledges and planned gifts,” the president noted. “This additional support means that, in 2014-15, the Penn College Foundation will be able to more than double the amount of scholarship support provided to students prior to the start of the campaign in 2011.” Joining the Ambassador’s Society were Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Brentwood Industries, Computer Designs, Dennis and Verna Correll, Bruce and Cindy Emig, Anita Gibbons, Hudock Moyer Wealth Resources, the Family of Jacob D. Parkes, Schneider Electric, Sikorsky Aerospace Services, Al and Judy Styrcula, Waste Management and Watsontown Brick. Added to the Heritage Society roster were American Gas Association and UGI Utilities. Moving into the Heritage Society were Brubacher Excavating Inc. and Patricia Shoff Rambo (a faculty retiree and 1994′s Master Teacher); rising into the Visionary Society were EcoSave Automation, Tuck and Marilyn Frazier, FTS International, Honeywell, M&T Bank, The College Store and the West Branch Susquehanna Builders Association.

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Campus Family Meets, Greets – and Tweets – at Open House
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Automotive instructor Christopher A. Trapani, among the faculty for the new Mopar CAP major, lends an attentive ear.

Penn College welcomed Open House guests for a Saturday full of activities and information about the diverse “degrees that work” offered on its campuses. In the first of two such events during the institution’s Centennial year, visitors toured  the college with Presidential Student Ambassadors, visited instructional labs, got answers to all manner of questions – from financial aid to housing to meal plans – and talked with ever-helpful faculty/staff, students and alumni about academic and campus life.

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Students Honored as ‘Good Samaritans’ at Heroes Breakfast

President Davie Jane Gilmour joins (from left) Thomas P. Veres, of Scarsdale, N.Y.; Leonardo Tejeda, of New Rochelle, N.Y.; and Anthony V. Rode, of Lords Valley; prior to Friday's Red Cross Heroes Breakfast at The Genetti Hotel.

President Davie Jane Gilmour joins (from left) Thomas P. Veres, of Scarsdale, N.Y.; Leonardo Tejeda, of New Rochelle, N.Y.; and Anthony V. Rode, of Lords Valley; prior to Friday’s Red Cross Heroes Breakfast at The Genetti Hotel.

Among those attending on behalf of the student heroes are representatives of Penn College Police, College Health Services, Student Affairs and administration and faculty from the School of Construction & Design Technologies (in which the students' majors are housed).

Among those attending on behalf of the student heroes are representatives of Penn College Police, College Health Services, Student Affairs and administration and faculty from the School of Construction & Design Technologies (in which the students’ majors are housed).

The students recount their fire-rescue story  in a video accompanying their accolades.

The students recount their fire-rescue story in a video accompanying their accolades.

Penn College alumnus Casey S. Lowmiller (center), a 2008 graduate in emergency medical services, is among the morning's other honorees.

Penn College alumnus Casey S. Lowmiller (center), a 2008 graduate in emergency medical services, is among the morning’s other honorees.

Three Penn College students who entered a burning building without hesitation on Sept. 22, ultimately shepherding four people (and a few cats) to safety, were among those honored at Friday’s fifth annual American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast.  Anthony V. Rode, of Lords Valley; Leonardo Tejeda, of New Rochelle, N.Y.; and Thomas P. Veres, of Scarsdale, N.Y.  – joined at The Genetti Hotel by their families and other supporters – were presented with “Good Samaritans” awards by college President Davie Jane Gilmour. Video profiles compiled by the Red Cross’ Northcentral PA Chapter and shared with the audience recounted tales of heroism in nine categories, including the city fire rescue. “The last thing three carefree college students needed was to become involved with someone else’s drama, (but) life doesn’t always go as planned,” the narrator said of the Penn College trio. “The fabulous threesome all said their mothers, while proud, were also a bit cross with their actions, each asking, ‘Why would you do something like that?’ Their answers were all the same: ‘Someone had to.’ Acting on instinct and showing skills and maturity beyond the standard reputation assigned to young men in college, they taught us lessons in bravery; smart, quick thinking; and decency.” Rode is a construction management major, Tejeda is an architectural technology student and Veres is enrolled in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration. Honored in the “Pet Rescue” category was Casey S. Lowmiller, a 2008 graduate of Penn College’s emergency medical services major, one of two South Williamsport firefighters who saved a 5-week-old puppy that was trapped within a wall at a Market Street home.

Penn College Honored by Sons of the American Revolution

The Tiadaghton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution has presented Pennsylvania College of Technology with a Certificate of Commendation for its display of the American flag at the college’s main entrance off Maynard Street in Williamsport.

A plaque and a letter of commendation were delivered to Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and retired Senior Vice President William J. Martin by Thomas E. Gouldy, president of the Tiadaghton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and an alumnus of both Penn College predecessors: Williamsport Area Community College and Williamsport Technical Institute.

Also on hand for the college was Anthony J. DiSalvo, organizer of the annual God, Country and Community Flag March, who has served as chairman of the National Flag Foundation’s local chapter and spearheaded the initial effort – with Martin in 2000 – to have the 30-by-60-foot flag displayed on campus as part of the Flags Across America initiative.

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‘Cheers’ Mail Carrier Delivers Fan Letter to Hands-On Learning
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John Ratzenberger tells Penn College students that their skills are to America's success "what spinach it to Popeye." "Imagine if all the truck drivers pulled off the road for a day or a week ... all the welders, electricians, carpenters, plumbers," he said in the Klump Academic Center. "Civilization would grind to a halt."

“What’s your favorite David Niven movie?” John Ratzenberger asked an audience of Penn College students Thursday, quickly proving that celebrity – even for an Oscar-winning box-office king of the 1940 and ’50s – lasts about a generation at best. “It’s not the actors, it’s not the sports stars,” he said. “They’re just a little piece of the icing on the cake. If you want to be truly famous, invent something that furthers mankind. Wake up each morning and put your hand to something useful.” Known for portraying postal worker Cliff Claven on “Cheers” and as a beloved voice actor for every Pixar film ever made, Ratzenberger has found his favorite role as an advocate for skilled American labor. He visited Thursday and Friday as a special centennial guest, touring campus and talking with students, employees and friends of the college during presentations in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium and the Community Arts Center. “I wanted to be with my heroes,” he told students. “People who actually know how to make things. The only thing that makes the country strong is manufacturing; it’s what brought us to the dance.”

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College President Helps Baseball Fans Survive Winter’s Wait

President Gilmour joins lineup at "Hot Stove" event.

President Gilmour joins lineup at “Hot Stove” event.

In her capacity as chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour attended Monday’s Williamsport Crosscutters Hot Stove Banquet. The annual charity event, held at The Genetti Hotel, helps eager baseball fans get through the seemingly interminable months before major-league Opening Day. Pictured, from left, are Ryne Sandberg, new manager of the Philadelphia Phillies; Cody Asche, Phillies third baseman (and former Crosscutter); President Gilmour; Joe Jordan, director of player development for the Phillies; Gregg Murphy, field reporter for Phillies TV broadcasts; and former major leaguer (and Montoursville native) Tom O’Malley, hitting coach for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan. The evening, which include the auctioning of sports memorabilia, raised more than $5,000 for the Lycoming County Special Olympics.
Photo provided by the Williamsport Crosscutters

Governor Unveils ‘Energy = Jobs’ Guidebook During Campus Visit
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The college president introduces the day's guest of honor ...

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett made a Tuesday visit to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood, where – surrounded by the workforce of tomorrow, embodied by diesel technology and on-site power generation majors – he presented a 73-page resource guide designed to attract business and industry investors to the energy-rich commonwealth. “Whether from the well pad to the corner grocery store, the expansion of our energy sector has made Pennsylvanians better off and made us the vanguard of American energy independence,” the first-term Republican told an audience of students, college employees and the media. “This is an ‘all of the above and below’ strategy. It endorses every path, from gas wells running a mile below the earth to wind power high above.” The governor, joined by area legislators and state Labor and Industry Secretary Julia K. Hearthway, also toured the Energy Technology Education Center along nearby Route 15, a collaborative provider of hands-on training to emergency responders and to new and incumbent workers in the natural gas field.

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Yearlong Centennial Celebration Looks at Past, Present and Future

For the past century, Pennsylvania College of Technology and its predecessors filled a unique position in higher education, focused on applied technology and emerging workforce needs. Throughout 2014, the college invites alumni and the public to join the campus community in celebrating milestones of its first 100 years and exploring the future of technology and society.

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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 →

Presidential Address Balances Legacy, Focus on Tomorrow

Beginning a year that celebrates the institution’s history while defining its future, President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Spring 2014 semester – and Penn College’s centennial – with an all-college address to faculty and staff. “It is all of us today – each of us in this room – who will determine how the beginning of the next 100 years is remembered,” she said Friday morning. “I ask each of us to remember we leave footprints and fingerprints every day, and that is an incredible responsibility.”

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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 →

Grads’ Gleaming Accomplishments Make Season Bright
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Paul A. McGinn, a business administration: marketing concentration graduate from South Williamsport, celebrates with his family.

With abundant smiles easily cutting through the drizzle (and one of the most buoyantly boisterous crowds in memory), Pennsylvania College of Technology held its final commencement ceremony of 2013 Saturday for nearly 300 students who petitioned to graduate following the fall semester. The student speaker for the 11 a.m. proceedings in the Community Arts Center was Eric J. Palanko, of Latrobe, who was awarded a bachelor’s degree in legal assistant/paralegal studies. In addition to honoring the day’s capped-and-gowned VIPs, the college recognized a 2004 graduate with an Alumni Achievement Award.

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