Under gorgeous conditions befitting the first Monday of summer, touring PGA pro Jason Bohn was the featured attraction at the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic. The 28th annual tournament was preceded by a clinic, at which the Lewisburg native offered a crowd-pleasing display. Proceeds from the event, held at the Williamsport Country Club, have provided more than a half-million dollars in scholarship assistance to Penn College students over the years.
Officials at the Wayne Township Landfill in Clinton County have established a scholarship fund to benefit Pennsylvania College of Technology students enrolled in diesel and heavy equipment majors.
The fund will generate two $1,000 awards each year to full-time students from Clinton and Lycoming counties. Preference will be given to those seeking two-year degrees in heavy equipment technology (including the technician, operator and Caterpillar equipment emphases) or diesel technology.
With barely a week of business days left in the fiscal year, the Institutional Advancement Office is only 35 alumni givers shy of its 842-donor goal. That objective, tied to Penn College’s Strategic Plan, is to double the number of alumni contributors from 2009-14 in honor of the college’s 100th anniversary. First-time alumni donors are still eligible for the Penn College Foundation’s Next Centennial Scholarship match, which adds $250 to every initial gift of at least $25. With each combined donation, a one-time scholarship will be awarded to a first-year student in the major from which the donor graduated. A loyal base of contributing graduates suggests that the college is worthy of support from fellow alumni, industry partners, students and friends of the college, and shows prospective students that alumni value their Penn College degrees and campus experiences. “As I visit with alumni from ages 23 to 83, the commonality among them is their pride in the degree they earned, and the personal and professional accomplishments that resulted,” said Valerie L. Fessler, annual giving specialist. “I am confident that they will demonstrate that pride by helping us meet this goal and support our students.”
An employee of Pennsylvania College of Technology and her husband, who also works for the college, have established an annual scholarship in memory of her grandparents.
Erin S. Shultz, coordinator of career development, and Walter J. Shultz, director of the Office of Instructional Technology, created the scholarship to memorialize Erin’s grandparents, Richard and Mildred Taylor.
The first award from the Richard and Mildred Taylor Memorial Scholarship will be made in 2014-15. The scholarship benefits students who are veterans or active members of the U.S. military.
Two student groups at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently donated more than $4,000 to a scholarship fund that will help future students.
The Penn College chapter of Enactus, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise, donated $2,282 to the Small Business/Entrepreneurship Scholarship, while students in a Business Planning and Operations class donated $1,779 to the fund.
More than $2,300 in Penn College student assistance was raised at the recent Susquehanna Regional EMS Appreciation Banquet and Alumni Reunion, which celebrated 35 years of paramedic excellence at the institution. Held at the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center, the annual event allowed for reminiscence and recognition among graduates of the School of Health Sciences’ emergency-response majors.
Photos provided by the Alumni Relations Office
Baking and pastry arts students at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently furnished a lavish “Grand Pastry Buffet” for the college’s scholarship donors and recipients, showcasing two years of education.
Featuring tables filled with eye-pleasing pastries, the buffet also featured decorative centerpieces made from chocolate, pastillage and blown sugar, all using the theme “masquerade.”
Students from Sayre and Milan were presented with 2014-15 Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarships on Thursday at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Caleb J. Maenza, of Sayre, a student at North Rome Christian School, will enroll in the pre-occupational therapy major this fall at Penn College.
Jessica M. Stevens, of Milan, a senior at Athens Area High School, will enroll in the forest technology major for Fall 2014.
The scholarship – named in memory of the late wife of former state Sen. Roger A. Madigan, who represented the 23rd District – may be used to help defray the costs of tuition, fees, books, tools and other required supplies. Applicants are required to write an essay describing the community service they have performed and the value that service has added to the community.
Chalmer Van Horn, a retired faculty member who taught engineering drafting for nearly three decades at Pennsylvania College of Technology and its two predecessor institutions, has endowed two scholarships at the college, including one that honors the memory of his wife of 56 years, Ruth Ann.
The Ruth Ann Van Horn Nursing Scholarship gives preference to full-time students who are enrolled in the practical nursing major, are prior recipients and are enrolled to earn their registered nursing or Bachelor of Science nursing degrees.
Ruth Ann Van Horn received a registered nursing degree from the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing in 1953 and worked in the emergency room at Muncy Valley Hospital from 1956 until the late 1960s, when she left nursing due to ill health.
Two recent events showcased the final projects of students in culinary, baking and pastry arts majors. The annual Culinary and Pastry Experience on Friday featured final projects from six classes: Cakes and Decorations, Principles of Chocolate Works, Sugar Art, Classical and Specialty Dessert Presentation, Baking and Pastry Applications for the Culinary Lab, and Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment. Students in the latter two courses are in the final semester of the culinary arts and systems bachelor’s degree. Each developed a menu that included a dessert and entrée, set up shop and served samples to event visitors. Judges for the Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment portion of the event were Drew Kendall, store chef for Wegmans Food Markets in Williamsport; Kim Morrison, of Cakes for Occasions in State College; and Frank Priore, executive chef of the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre. On Sunday, students in the final semester of the baking and pastry arts major showcased the variety of skills they have mastered during their Penn College classes at the Grand Pastry Buffet. Featuring both their buffet presentation skills – through sugar art and chocolate centerpieces – and their baking skills, the buffet also served as the centerpiece to an event that brought scholarship recipients and donors together.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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