Last updated January 8, 2016 | Posted in General Information, President | One Comment
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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?”
Read the 2014-15 Annual Report Edition of One College Avenue
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.
Last updated December 3, 2015 | Posted in Announcements, Health Sciences, Industrial & Human Factors Design, One College Avenue, Physician Assistant, President, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications | Leave a comment
College Among Partners in Award-Winning Anti-Drug Initiative
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
Last updated November 13, 2015 | Posted in Events, President | Leave a comment
Fall Open House: Something Special in the Air
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.”
Last updated October 25, 2015 | Posted in Admissions, Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, President, Students | This gallery contains 53 photos. | Tagged as gallery | One Comment
President Apt Choice for Conference Lineup
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)
Last updated October 23, 2015 | Posted in Events, President, Students | Leave a comment
A Solar Selfie?
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.
Last updated October 14, 2015 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, General Information, President, Students | Leave a comment
Wide-Ranging Presidential Q&A Published Online
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.”
Last updated October 9, 2015 | Posted in Admissions, General Information, President | Leave a comment
Penn College Salon Dinner Series Debuts
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.
Last updated October 9, 2015 | Posted in Events, President | Leave a comment
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.”
Last updated October 2, 2015 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Events, Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Plastics & Polymer, President, Students | Leave a comment
Explore Penn College’s ‘Degrees That Work’ at Oct. 25 Open House
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.
Last updated October 2, 2015 | Posted in Admissions, Business & Hospitality, Construction & Design Technologies, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, President, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
Presidential Student Ambassadors Mark 20th Year of Service
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!”
Last updated September 3, 2015 | Posted in Admissions, Alumni, President, Students | 2 Comments
Blogger’s Campus Visit Produces Two More Glowing Posts
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.
Last updated June 18, 2015 | Posted in General Information, President |
Presidential Interview Available Through SiriusXM Radio
A satellite radio appearance by Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour aired twice Thursday and is available through SiriusXM’s On Demand feature. The president was interviewed for a segment on Wharton Business Radio (Channel 111) while at the Forbes Women’s Summit in New York City on June 9-10. “Technology is in every program we have,” Gilmour told Dan Loney, host of Knowledge@Wharton. “We talk about the fact that our programs and our majors are recession-proof. If you need an HVAC technician, building automation – the building we’re in today is being controlled by computers in a back room (regulating) our comfort, our ability to hear and function. Those programs and majors are in great demand. Young people today want to do something with technology, so, whether it’s computer animation or cybersecurity or any kind of automotive repair or construction management, there’s technology in all of it. Students are coming to us because they see the value of this diverse education. You don’t grow up thinking about being a plastics technologist, you don’t grow up thinking about having a four-year degree in welding and fabrication, taking the metal to places it’s never been. So as we do career awareness, we’re seeing many more first-time college-goers coming to Penn College. College, for us, is no longer, ‘I’m coming to find myself.’ Students who come to us are saying, ‘I know where I want to be. Help me get there.'” The interview also covered the college’s interdisciplinary approach to learning – 3-D printing students helping automotive restoration majors, for instance – as well as transfer opportunities, the exercise science major beginning this fall, programs such as SMART Girls that steer young women toward technological careers, and the president’s rewarding involvement at the helm of Little League Baseball.
Last updated June 16, 2015 | Posted in General Information, President |
National Blogger Touts Penn College in Two More Posts
A national higher-education blogger, offering parents of college-bound teens a lifeline in the sea of options, has posted two more articles distilled from her late-April visit to Penn College. In one of those postings, Suzanne Shaffer tells of the distinction between career preparation and merely getting a job after graduation. “That’s the key,” she writes. “Students at Penn College don’t just earn a degree; they discover their true passion and learn the skills to pursue it.” Shaffer’s other recent post, “Penn College Has a Vision for Tomorrow’s Students,” details the on-campus summer camps and the college’s “Degrees That Work” television series.
Last updated June 10, 2015 | Posted in Admissions, Faculty & Staff, General Information, President, Students |
Blogger Writes About College’s ‘Working World Within’
A college-prep expert, who helps parents navigate the maze of higher education, is writing about Penn College for a national audience. Suzanne Shaffer, author of the Parents Countdown to College Coach blog, extensively toured campus on April 29-30. “Once students graduate from Penn College, they can hit the ground running. It’s not necessary for employers to train them on basic techniques or skills,” she writes in the just-posted second installment. “They are familiar with equipment, tools, practices and techniques used to work at their chosen career immediately after graduation. Employers hire Penn College students because they know these students have been trained properly and are familiar with their products, services and equipment.” Shaffer’s introductory piece, “Degrees That Work: One College’s Best-Kept Secret,” debuted earlier in the month. Shaffer is supplementing her blog with references to Penn College on social media.
Last updated May 21, 2015 | Posted in Admissions, Faculty & Staff, General Information, President, Students |