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Penn College Workforce Development Scholarship Established

Shannon M. Munro, left, and Tracy L. Brundage made pledges to fund the initial awards from the Penn College Workforce Development Scholarship.

A scholarship has been created at Pennsylvania College of Technology by administrators in Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College.

The Penn College Workforce Development Scholarship was established by Tracy L. Brundage, assistant vice president for workforce and economic development, and Shannon M. Munro, executive director of workforce development and continuing education.

The annual scholarship will benefit full-time, nontraditional – 24 years old or older – students from Bradford, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga or Union counties enrolled in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies at Penn College.

Brundage and Munro have made pledges to fund the initial awards from the scholarship.

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Students Develop Company, Sell Product for Scholarship Fund

Students in a Business Planning and Operations class raised more than $1,200 for a scholarship fund for Penn College students as part of a class assignment to form a company and develop and sell a product. The course is taught by Mark A. Ciavarella, assistant professor of business administration/management, seventh from left.

As part of a hands-on learning activity, business students at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently developed and sold a product to raise money for a scholarship fund.

The 16 students, enrolled in the Business Planning and Operations course, were tasked with forming a company, choosing a product, electing leaders, and writing a business plan, in addition to developing and selling the product.

From among three products pitched by the class, the students chose to form the company Billtown Bargains, selling cards that provide discounts to 18 Williamsport-area businesses.

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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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Memorial Scholarship Established for Radiography Graduate

A scholarship has been created at Pennsylvania College of Technology memorializing Bethany G. Hughes, an August graduate of the college’s radiography program who was killed in an automobile accident in Fairfield Township on Nov. 22.

The Bethany Hughes Memorial Radiography Scholarship has been established by the Hughes family: her father, Charles; mother, Kathleen; and sister, Heidi.

The scholarship is endowed and will generate initial awards of $1,000 annually. It will benefit full-time radiography students in their second year of study who have completed their first summer clinical experience and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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‘Silent Auction’ Makes Big Noise in Scholarship Coffers

A Penn College tow hook, fabricated by campus welders, awaits bidders.

A Penn College tow hook, fabricated by campus welders, awaits bidders.

Timothy B. Boring, a building automation technology: electrical technology concentration major from New Florence, considers some summertime fun.

Timothy B. Boring, a building automation technology: electrical technology concentration major from New Florence, considers some summertime fun.

Who can resist THAT face? A hand-carved wooden bear appears to sniff out buyers in the Bush Campus Center air.

Who can resist THAT face? A hand-carved wooden bear appears to sniff out buyers in the Bush Campus Center air.

Emily E. Grimes, of Coalport, a pre-dental hygiene student, surveys the sale items.

Emily E. Grimes, of Coalport, a pre-dental hygiene student, surveys the sale items.

A basket, attractively and bountifully prepared by the Admissions Office, in unsurprising Wildcat Blue.

A basket, attractively and bountifully prepared by the Admissions Office, in unsurprising Wildcat Blue.

The Student Legacy Leadership Scholarship Fund got a $668 boost from Thursday’s Student Government Association “Silent Auction” in Penn’s Inn. “Things went well overall,” said Dionisios D. Tomboris, student chair for the event. “People really swarmed at the end to make last-minute bids.” SGA created the scholarship in 2006 and has worked diligently ever since to increase the fund and its annual gifts.
Photos by Craig R. Urey, student photographer

Retired Dean, Family Establish Scholarship at Penn College

Donald O. Praster

A retired administrator and former faculty member who served Pennsylvania College of Technology for nearly four decades has established a scholarship – along with his wife and family – for students in the academic school that he led.

Donald O. Praster served in a variety of roles at Penn College, including dean of industrial and engineering technologies, department head, and welding faculty member. He retired in June 2012.

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Golf Classic to Feature PGA Touring Pro Jason Bohn

Jason Bohn

PGA Tour professional and Lewisburg native Jason Bohn will headline the 28th Annual Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Golf Classic, to be held on Monday, June 23, at the Williamsport Country Club.

Proceeds from the event, sponsored by Wolyniec Construction Inc., benefit the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship – a quasi-endowed scholarship fund exceeding $1 million.

Since the first awards from the fund were made in 1990, more than $500,000 has been distributed to students enrolled at Penn College.

At the Foundation Golf Classic, Bohn will conduct a clinic for participants in the morning and then play a portion of one hole with each foursome during the tournament. Afterward, a reception and dinner will be held on Penn College’s campus, giving participants and their guests more time to interact with Bohn.

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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 →

‘Silent Auction’ to Benefit Legacy Scholarship at Penn College

SGA auction to benefit legacy scholarship.

The Student Government Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold its annual Silent Auction on Thursday, March 27, to benefit a student-nurtured scholarship fund that spotlights community involvement and campus leadership.

The public is invited to attend the auction, to be held from noon to 5 p.m. in Penn’s Inn on the second floor of Penn College’s Bush Campus Center.

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$1 Million Scholarship Fund Memorializes Penn College Alumnus

Steelyn G. Kanouff

A western Pennsylvania mining company has established a $1 million scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology to honor an alumnus employee who died July 31 while working in his beloved field of equipment repair.

Amerikohl Mining Inc. and its owner and president, John Stilley, endowed the fund in memory of Steelyn G. Kanouff, who graduated in 2007 with an associate degree in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis. An Indiana County workplace accident claimed the life of the 28-year-old Kanouff, a heavy equipment technician with the Butler-based company.

“Steelyn’s passing was a horrible tragedy for all of us at Amerikohl Mining. We will all miss him terribly. I could not have asked nor hoped for a more dedicated and competent employee,” Stilley said. “From his first day on the job, Steelyn exhibited a positive attitude, a work ethic second to none, a thorough understanding of his job and responsibilities, and, most importantly, a contagious team spirit that permeated across all levels and made us all better – both professionally and personally.”

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Students Learn Alongside Visiting Chefs in Scholarship Benefit

Baking and pastry arts student Kristina M. Williams adds chocolate “ribbons” to petit fours, a “gift” for guests following the meal.

Baking and pastry arts student Kristina M. Williams adds chocolate “ribbons” to petit fours, a “gift” for guests following the meal.

Chef Brian O’Hea guides culinary arts and systems student Sammera T. Fleming in plating eggplant caponata, the first course.

Chef Brian O’Hea guides culinary arts and systems student Sammera T. Fleming in plating eggplant caponata, the first course.

The fourth course, New England “Chowder,” included pan-seared diver sea scallops, potato and pork ravioli, bacon lardoons, pickled celery, chive oil and celeriac chips, and was finished with clam cream.

The fourth course, New England “Chowder,” included pan-seared diver sea scallops, potato and pork ravioli, bacon lardoons, pickled celery, chive oil and celeriac chips, and was finished with clam cream.

Chef Shanna O’Hea discusses plating for the dessert: Chocolate financier cake, mint chocolate chip ice cream, raspberry compote and almond brittle.

Chef Shanna O’Hea discusses plating for the dessert: Chocolate financier cake, mint chocolate chip ice cream, raspberry compote and almond brittle.

After the final dishes are plated, the “back of the house” gathers for a photo.

After the final dishes are plated, the “back of the house” gathers for a photo.

Chefs Shanna and Brian O’Hea, chefs/owners of Kennebunk Inn and its restaurant, Academe Maine Brasserie & Tavern, visited campus as part of the School of Business and Hospitality’s Visiting Chef Series. Over three days, the couple lent their expertise, visiting a variety of culinary arts, baking and pastry arts and hospitality management classes and personally guiding Penn College students through the preparation of Friday’s Visiting Chef Dinner in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. The elegant, five-course dinner not only provides valuable experience for students, but also raises funds for annual scholarship awards.

Automotive Alumnus Memorialized Through Scholarship Fund

A scholarship has been established by Volkswagen of America Inc. and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation/Automotive Youth Educational System in memory of a Pennsylvania College of Technology automotive technology alumnus.

Zachary C. Teter, who graduated in August 2011 with an associate degree, was killed in a March 19 vehicle accident in Schuylkill County. He was employed by J. Bertolet Volkswagen in Orwigsburg and, at the time of his death, was enrolled in a Volkswagen training program.

“We are honored to be selected to memorialize an alumnus with such a generous and thoughtful scholarship gift,” said Colin W. Williamson, dean of the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

Chosen during the Spring 2014 semester to receive the Zachary C. Teter Memorial Automotive Scholarship was David T. Chavey, an automotive technology major from Hershey. He will be eligible to receive additional awards this fall and next spring, each in the same amount of approximately $4,400, contingent upon maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or better.

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Maine Restaurateurs to Headline Penn College Visiting Chef Dinner

Brian and Shanna Katherine Horner O’Hea

The next installment of the Visiting Chef Series at Pennsylvania College of Technology will bring a taste of Maine, as chefs Brian O’Hea and Shanna Katherine Horner O’Hea mentor students to prepare an elegant benefit dinner.

The O’Heas are the chefs/owners of Kennebunk Inn and its restaurant, Academe Maine Brasserie & Tavern, where the couple, who bought the facility in 2003, use contemporary culinary creativity to transform the 18th-century dining room.

The Visiting Chef Series provides students pursuing associate and bachelor’s degrees in baking and pastry arts, culinary arts and hospitality management with an opportunity to work alongside renowned chefs. Under the Visiting Chefs’ guidance, the students produce a grand meal that raises money for scholarship funds. The Spring 2014 Visiting Chef Dinner will be held Feb. 21.

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Scholarship Honors Memory of Longtime Faculty Member

Bruce A. Emig works with a student in this 2010 photo.

Bruce A. Emig, a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member who died in May 2013 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, has been memorialized by a scholarship at the college.

Emig’s wife, Cindy, endowed the scholarship in his memory.

Emig was an assistant professor of HVAC technology who had been employed at Penn College since 1989. He had a deep passion for the college and for providing a solid technical/professional foundation for his HVAC students who entered the workforce.

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Schneider Electric Establishes Endowed Scholarship at Penn College

Hunter S. Forney, of Shippensburg, is the first recipient of an award from the Schneider Electric Scholarship.

Schneider Electric has established an endowed scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology as part of the Penn College Scholarship Campaign.

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Foundation Board Member, Wife Establish Memorial Scholarship

As part of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Scholarship Campaign, Penn College Foundation Board of Directors member Paul H. Rooney Jr. and his wife, Tacie, have established an annual scholarship in memory of Tacie’s parents.

First preference for awards from the C. Leroy and Evelyn M. Kimble Scholarship is for full-time students who have graduated from a Lycoming County high school and are enrolled in the residential construction technology and management bachelor-degree major. The scholarship is renewable as long as the recipient maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.

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