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Penn College Unveils New Wildcat Athletics Logo

Penn College's redesigned wildcat logo heralds a new era in athletics.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s long-standing tradition of bold innovation and institutional pride has a new look reflecting those qualities. The college on Wednesday revealed a new athletic logo depicting a strong, powerful and proud wildcat.

The new mark, created by Skye Dillon, of Skye Design Studios (which has experience branding some of the most recognized organizations and properties in sports nationwide), features a full-body wildcat perched atop Bald Eagle Mountain alongside the West Branch of the Susquehanna River – icons of the scenic landscape surrounding Penn College. The wildcat, shaded in white, metallic grey and royal blue, is oriented with its head panned slightly to the right. The new logo replaces a 25-year-old mark.

“With our move toward full NCAA Division III membership, our athletic teams competing in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, and full-time coaches who recruit student-athletes to the college, it was time for the wildcat to take on a fresh, new look,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “I commend the committee from across campus that guided this process. The striking new logo and related marks reflect a new era in Penn College Athletics.”

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WTI Reunion Takes Grads on Round Trip Through History

Enjoying the Aviation Center surroundings are John Hertel, (left) ’48, agricultural equipment and repair, and ‘49, electric and acetylene welding, and Ralph Mills, ’58, plumbing.

The Lumley Aviation Center proved to be a popular venue for Friday’s 17th annual reunion for graduates of Williamsport Technical Institute, a Penn College predecessor from 1941-65. Alumni and their guests, totaling about 75 attendees, enjoyed swapping stories, savoring lunch and listening to remarks by President Davie Jane Gilmour. Presentations on forestry, industrial design, athletics and veterans affairs were also on the agenda. Forest technology students Nicholas J. Fedele and Nancy M. Summers shared their passions for the major, as did Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology. Discussing exciting activities in industrial design were students Dwight D. Alexander, Sean P. Christy and Brett F. Warkoski, and their professor, Thomas E. Ask. Offering insights into the college’s evolving athletics efforts were John D. Vandevere, director of athletics; Lauren S. Herr, a women’s soccer student-athlete enrolled in construction management; and Chris H. Howard, head baseball coach. Chet Beaver, financial aid specialist for veterans services, detailed progress of the Penn College Patriot Scholarship and introduced student veterans on hand to assist with luncheon logistics. Following lunch, Walter V. Gower, assistant dean for transportation and natural resources technologies, took participants on a tour of the hangar, where many reveled in viewing aviation equipment and chatting with students performing various tasks on the tarmac.

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Penn College Archers Have Great Weekend

One of six Wildcat archers earning All-East Team honors,Chelsea Douglass was also among the multiple medalists in weekend competition.

Four first-place finishes, four seconds, three thirds and six All-East Team selections. It was a very good weekend (April 22-23) for the Pennsylvania College of Technology archery squad as it hosted the Eastern Regional Outdoor Collegiate Championships.

“The weekend could not have turned out better for our only home match of the season,” coach Chad Karstetter said. “There was a little rain and it was cool on Saturday, but very little wind. And we had a perfect day on Sunday for archery.”

In all, 111 archers from 17 colleges and universities competed. Sunday’s great weather also gave local spectators a good opportunity to witness the action, said the coach, in his 15th season.

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Nine Karate Club Members Attain Rankings at Weekend Event

The Penn College Shotokan Karate Club ran a successful belt promotion on campus this past weekend. Nine students from the club, along with members from Lycoming College, Bucknell University and (State College) Shotokan, demonstrated their skills and achieved belt rankings:

Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera earned first kyu black belt, putting him in position to test for black belt.

Wildcat Golfers Fourth in NEAC Play; Tennis Season Ending

Pennsylvania College of Technology golfers finished fourth in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championships over the weekend, the season ends this week for college’s tennis teams and the baseball and softball squads continue their march toward postseason playoff spots.

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Penn College Golfers Set for Championships

The season ends this week for Pennsylvania College of Technology golfers as they compete Saturday and Sunday in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championships. Also on the weekend, the archery team hosts the Eastern Regional Outdoor Collegiate Championships.

Last week, while taking advantage of a dry spell and paced by a women’s softball team that won all eight of its games, four spring sports teams posted a combined 14-4 record, including wins by the men’s and women’s tennis squads for the first time this year.

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Wildcat Dance Team Unveils Spring Production

The Wildcat Dance Team dazzles beneath the Penn College seal in a Broadway jazz number set to "Express."

Swirling and whirling through a solo turn to Andra Day's "Rise Up" is Amber R. Fleming, a legal assistant/paralegal studies major from Williamsport.

Kaitlyn E. Miller (foreground), of Montgomery, an applied health studies: radiography concentration student, shimmers with her teammates under the lights.

Rachel E. Winand, Zoey J. Graybill, Katelyn N. Neece and Amy L. Lautsbaugh take the stage for an ensemble piece accompanied by Christina Aguilera's "I Am a Good Girl."

Leaping and bounding, the dance team entertains the ACC audience.

Penn College’s Wildcat Dance Team held its spring “Take the Stage” fundraiser Saturday afternoon in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, the first of two performances within the week. Team members showcased numerous styles of dance throughout the production, including jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, street funk, modern, Broadway jazz, character, cheer, commercial jazz, baton and contemporary. The musical selections that accompanied the choreography represented a variety of  traditional, urban, and contemporary. All proceeds from the show will support the Wildcat Dance Team in achieving its fundraising goals. The production, “certain to bring joy to dance enthusiasts of all ages,” will be reprised for students, staff and faculty only in a free performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Doors to the auditorium will open at 7:30 that evening.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Karate Club Members All Win Medals on Road Trip

Coach George T. Vance Jr. (front row, left) and the 2016-17 martial arts club.

The Penn College Shotokan Karate Club had a very successful weekend in Newport, Rhode Island, as four members of the club made the long trip worthwhile by winning medals in several events. John B. Preine, Kody R. Dibble, Jonathan P. Bailey and Robert P. (Bobby) Kerestes III joined students from four other institutions for the final collegiate event of the year: host Salve Regina University, The College of William and Mary, The University of Massachusetts and Brown University. Prieine brought home a silver medal in kata (forms), and bronze medals in both individual and team kumite (sparring). Dibble also earned bronze medals in the two kumite events. Not to be outdone, newcomers Bailey and Kerestes represented their school successfully. Kerestes brought home a bronze medal in team kumite, while Bailey took three bronze medals for individual and team kumite and individual kata. The club will finish the school year with an April 22 belt promotion on campus.

Penn College Teams Go 4-6

In yet another week when the schedule was hampered by weather-related postponements, Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports teams went a combined 4-6. Nine scheduled contests were washed out.

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Coaches’ Collective ‘Game Face’ Catches Charitable Contributions

Courageously stepping up (and sitting down), the Penn College Athletics staff elects to receive. Front row (from left): Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation; Tyler S. Mensch; men's soccer coach/game day manager; Matt J. Blymier, assistant director of athletics/sports information director; Chris H. Howard, baseball coach/game day manager; John F. McNichol Jr., women's soccer coach/game day manager; and Ryan S. Callahan, men's basketball coach/sports information assistant. Back row (from left): Lauren Healy, women's basketball coach/student-athlete development assistant; Derrick Winters and Joanna Entz, athletic trainers; John D. Vandevere, director of athletics; and Jackie Klahold, softball coach/senior women's administrator.

Howard (left) and McNichol, in post-pie mode

Blymier takes his turn on the other side of the fun.

Taking (more than) one for the team, to the altruistic tune of nearly $300

The Penn College Athletics Department held a “Pie the Coaches” fundraiser to kick off NCAA Division III Week on Monday, collecting $285 toward Autism Speaks’ awareness efforts. For a buck or two, donors could toss pies at their chosen Wildcat personality in the Keystone Dining Room.
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Penn College Baseball Sports 2-1 Week

During a week in which there were more postponements than there was play for Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports teams, the sun shone, figuratively, on the baseball team that went 2-1 and the golf team that ended third in a six-team event on Sunday.

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Penn College Women’s Tennis Team to Open

The last of the Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports teams is scheduled to step into action this week when the women’s tennis squad travels to College of St. Elizabeth at 1 p.m. Saturday in North Eastern Athletic Conference play. Also this week, conference play is set to begin for the college’s baseball and softball teams.

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Penn College Golf Season Set to Open, Weather Permitting

Whether Mother Nature allows it to become a reality remains to be seen, but the Pennsylvania College of Technology golf team is scheduled to open its spring season later this week.

“We had a couple of nice days (in February) and I was getting excited. Now, I look at the forecast and it certainly threw a wrench into things as far as getting the guys out and trying to prepare them,” eighth-year coach Matt Haile said of his team, whose opener is set for March 26 at Bryn Athyn College. And with only four outings on the slate prior to the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championships from April 22-23, every day counts.

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Penn College Men’s Tennis Team Set to Open

The men’s tennis team at Pennsylvania College of Technology is set to open its season this week while the baseball and softball teams are coming off great early-season showings over the past week, when they went a combined 9-6 during action in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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Get a Jump on Your Future at Penn College’s April 1 Open House

The modern Pennsylvania College of Technology campus will host prospective students and their families for an Open House on Saturday, April 1, during which visitors can explore 100-plus academic majors in a variety of career fields.

For more than 100 years, Pennsylvania College of Technology and its predecessors have tailored their curricular offerings to students’ dreams and employers’ needs. That responsiveness to businesses and their future employees – and the flexibility to foresee tomorrow’s jobs – will be on ample display at the college’s April 1 Open House.

All of the institution’s newest opportunities, as well as the rewarding careers in time-tested fields, will be available to visitors at the college.

“Open House is such a great opportunity for students and their families to experience what makes Penn College such a unique place to learn,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events and services. “Through countless activities, prospective students will get an insider’s glimpse of life as a Penn College student.”

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