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‘Out of the Darkness’ Walk Collects Nearly $9,000

A team of Penn College student-athletes, captained by Jackie Klahold, head softball coach/senior woman administrator, gathers near the start of the eighth annual Out of the Darkness Greater Lycoming Walk.

Event organizer Mallory L. Weymer, Penn College’s coordinator of student health and wellness/suicide prevention specialist, welcomes walkers and reflects on the shattering death of a friend that cemented her personal connection to the cause.

Counseling Services staffed a Serenity Tent in the ATHS atrium, providing a supportive and contemplative space for anyone in need. From left are counselors Brian J. Schurr, Mary Lee L. Kelly and Michael S. DiPalma.

Walkers poignantly honor the memory of Charlotte C. "Charley" Roxberry, a plastics and polymer technology student lost to suicide in June 2015.

Acknowledging a photographer during a stroll for healing and hope

Saturday evening’s Penn College walk aimed at bringing the topic of suicide “Out of the Darkness” attracted 227 participants and raised $8,957 to fund local preventive efforts and awareness events. In partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, teams of bundled-up walkers – some paying tribute to friends and family members, others joining in support and solidarity – traversed campus in a 5K loop that began and ended at the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. The highest overall individual fundraiser was Eileen Sodano, the highest community team fundraiser was “In Memory of Rhian,” the highest fundraiser among campus teams was Penn College Welding and the highest among student organizations was Phi Mu Delta (members of which were stationed along the route to direct foot traffic). Donations will be accepted through Dec. 31.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Cross-Country Teams Headed for NEAC Championships

With their regular season behind them, Pennsylvania College of Technology cross-country runners are preparing for the end-of-the-season North Eastern Athletic Conference Championships. Men’s and women’s action is scheduled Saturday at Lancaster Bible College.

“It’s been a pretty fair season,” second-year coach Nick Patton said of his men’s squad. “We’ve got a lot of new people, so we’re still figuring out the 8K (race distance), but overall I’m pretty impressed with the progress we’ve made from the beginning to the end. The team as a whole has made progress.”

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Wildcat Women’s Volleyball Team Has Three-Win Week

Led by the women’s volleyball team that posted three wins, Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports teams put together a combined 5-6 week in action through Sunday. In women’s soccer, the Wildcats, third in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, face key tests against second-place Lancaster Bible and first-place SUNY Poly this week.

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Fall Tennis Seasons End for Wildcats

In action over the past week, the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s tennis team ended its fall season and the women’s soccer team dropped its first match of the campaign in North Eastern Athletic Conference play.

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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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Women’s Soccer Team Has 2-1 Week for Penn College

With two wins against one loss, the women’s soccer team again led Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports teams last week, and it stayed unbeaten in North Eastern Athletic Conference matches.

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Upperclassmen Show No Mercy in Defeating Freshmen, 42-7

Emerging victorious from a Homecoming tradition, a team of upperclassmen ...

... handily defeated a never-say-die freshman lineup.

The freshmen started Wednesday’s annual Homecoming flag football game in possession, driving the ball downfield to take an early 7-0 lead … and that was it.  The squad of upperclassmen went on to score 42 unanswered points to defeat the first-year team, 42-7.  The upperclassmen scored on touchdown passes, touchdown runs and interceptions returned for touchdowns.  Determined not to give up, the freshmen made one final drive to within the upperclassmen’s 20-yard line, only to have the ball intercepted as time ran out. (Watch for more early next week when a Homecoming photo gallery is posted to PCToday.)
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation

Hartman Earns Multiple ‘Player of the Week’ Honors

Hailee L. Hartman

Penn College junior Hailee L. Hartman earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s top honor when she was named the Division III Women’s Player of the Week. The award comes a day after she was named Player of the Week by the North Eastern Athletic Conference – both mark the first time any player at Penn College has garnered either award. A nursing major, Hartman helped lead her teammates to two wins on the week, improving their record to 5-3-1 overall (4-0 NEAC) and tallying 11 points for herself. The junior forward from Lampeter recorded five goals for the week, two of which came in the second half of the Wildcats’ 5-0 blanking of Wilson College. She went on to record a hat trick and an assist in the Wildcats’ 6-1 defeat of Gallaudet University. Hartman is currently second in the conference, with 18 points on the year, and is tied for NEAC lead in goals with eight.

Penn College Women Stay Unbeaten in NEAC

Sparked by the offensive play of junior Hailee Hartman, who had five goals, the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s soccer team put together a 2-1 week and stayed unbeaten in North Eastern Athletic Conference action.

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Penn College Women Set to Step Into NEAC Volleyball Action

After 10 nonconference matches, the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s volleyball team steps into North Eastern Athletic Conference competition later this week.

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Sibling Rivalry

Sharp-shooting sisters Kierstin, left, and Jamie Steer.

Jamie and Kierstin Steer show off record-setting game balls.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: Sisters Kierstin Steer, ’13, and Jamie Steer grew up playing basketball with other kids in their neighborhood before setting back-to-back scoring records for the Wildcats. Read “Sibling Rivalry.”

Penn College Golfers Open on Wednesday

A new home course to practice and play on and so many players out for the team that eliminations were required have Pennsylvania College of Technology golf coach Matt Haile smiling.

Wildcat golfers become the last Penn College fall sports team to begin its season when they take to the links on Wednesday at Keuka College.

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Penn College Men’s Tennis Coach Has High Hopes

The season began in five fall sports for Pennsylvania College of Technology athletes last week and, this week, the men’s tennis team is set for its first action when it plays at crosstown rival Lycoming College on Monday.

Ethan Rosler, of Bloomsburg, and Austin Adams, of Center Valley, are the lone returning players from last season, when Penn College finished 2-10 overall: 1-4 in the fall and 1-6 in the spring (0-4 in North Eastern Athletic Conference play). But first-year coach John Machak has high hopes for improvement. Rosler finished fourth at No. 3 singles in the conference playoffs.

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‘Pack the Park’ Crowd Enjoys National Pastime in Local Landmark

Smiles and Wildcat blue fill the stands of BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

For the 17th year Wednesday, Penn College students and employees enjoyed “Pack the Park Night” with the Williamsport Crosscutters. Free tickets were available across campus and complimentary bus service transported students safely to and from BB&T Ballpark. Fans saw a 4-2 win by the hometown favorites, who posted a winning season in their division but fell just short of a playoff berth. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable outing – with fun, friends and food!

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Penn College Fall Sports Begin

Last fall was a time of transition as several Pennsylvania College of Technology teams were under new head coaches. As this season begins, there is just one new coach in the fold and all are ready to roll.

In openers on Thursday, the women’s tennis team travels to Elmira College for a 4 p.m. start, the men’s and women’s cross-country teams compete at the Misericordia Invitational at 6 p.m. and the women’s soccer team hosts King’s College at 7 p.m. On Friday, the men’s soccer team travels to Westminster College for a 5 p.m. match and the women’s volleyball team hosts Alfred State College, also at 5.

In coming weeks, the men’s tennis team takes to the courts Sept. 5 at Lycoming College and the men’s golf team hits the links Sept. 14 at the Keuka College Invitational.

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