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‘Welcome Back!’ Bake Sale to Tastily Greet New Academic Year

Student-run bake sales have it all, from fresh fruit ...

Student-run bake sales have it all, from fresh fruit …

... to decorative flourishes ...

… to decorative flourishes …

... to colorful and chocolatey goodness

… to colorful and chocolatey goodness

The Advanced Patisserie Operations class will hold a “Welcome Back, Penn College!” bake sale from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Join Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and his students for artisan breads, pastries and candies … and watch PCToday for more themed bake sales throughout 2014-15. A product list for this introductory event follows: Welcome Back!
Photos provided by the School of Business & Hospitality

Training Opportunities Accompany Launch of Campus ‘Safe Zones’

'Safe Zone' training available for campus community

‘Safe Zone’ training available for campus community

This fall, Penn College launched the Safe Zone program, an initiative designed to make campus a safer place for all students. Announced by President Davie Jane Gilmour at an all-college meeting of faculty and staff in August, Safe Zones is an employee professional development program designed to increase campus understanding and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, and provide support and a greater sense of community for LGBTQA students. Faculty and staff interested in the initiative can attend one of the upcoming Safe Zone trainings on Sept. 30, Oct. 3, Oct. 7 or Oct. 14 by registering through the online Employee Information System. Additional trainings will be scheduled for December’s Faculty Development days. Individuals who have completed the training may choose to display the Safe Zone logo (at left) in their work space to designate they are an ally for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students. Students are able to attend Ally Training to learn more about positive ally behaviors and creating a safe and inclusive campus. The inaugural Ally Training is scheduled from 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Students planning to attend can RSVP by email to Sara H. Ousby, associate director of student activities for diversity and cultural life. More about Penn College’s LGBTQA resources is available through the Student Activities website.

Flu Shots Available Through College Health Services Starting Oct. 2

Beginning Oct. 2, Penn College Health Services will administer flu shots to faculty, staff, students, dependents (9 and older), spouses, retirees and alumni in Room 150 of the Bush Campus Center from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. No appointment is necessary during those hours; the cost of the vaccine is $15. Payment will be accepted in cash, check (made payable to Penn College) or credit card. The only medical reason why someone should not receive the flu vaccine is an allergy to eggs, neomycin or polymixin, or a previous life-threatening reaction to an influenza vaccine, Health Services noted.

Automotive Residential Community Travels to Area Paintball Field

Living, learning and enjoying recreational downtime

Living, learning and enjoying recreational downtime

Eric D. Pruden – battle-stained, but still standing

Eric D. Pruden – battle-stained, but still standing

Penn College’s Automotive Living-Learning Community traveled together in early September to the Roundtop Mountain Resort for some paintball action. Automotive instructor Eric D. Pruden, LLC mentor Jackson S. Walker and Resident Assistant Kadeem D. Carter led several students in a day of paintball, good times and bonding. Community members along for the trip to Lewisberry included Austin Braxmeier, Derek A. Abreu, Kyle L. Jordan, Nicholas C. DeLambo, Logan R. Brooks and Scott J. Wagner. The college’s Residence Life Office offers four living-learning communities in on-campus housing to students enrolled in the same academic majors (automotive, health sciences, hospitality and information technology).
Photos provided by Carter, a collision repair technology student from Philadelphia

A Family’s Heritage Helps to Shape Its Future

Manufacturing engineering technology student Andrew R. Klimek monitors a project on a piece of wire-cut electric discharge machining equipment.

Manufacturing engineering technology student Andrew R. Klimek monitors a project on a piece of wire-cut electric discharge machining equipment.

Klimek shares a close bond with his grandparents, Genevieve and Andrew.

Klimek shares a close bond with his grandparents, Genevieve and Andrew.

From the Fall 2014 One College Avenue magazine: A journey that began in 1941 with a 12-year-old refugee who learned metalsmithing to survive winds its way to a grandson pursuing a degree in manufacturing engineering technology. Read the full story.

Hundreds Enjoy ‘Parent & Family Weekend’ Festivities

Kyani L. Lawrence (center), a first-year pre-nursing major from New Rochelle, New York, who also served as a Connections Link this summer, poses with her family in Wrapture.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s three-day Parent & Family Weekend, in which hundreds of participants joined with their favorite students to help celebrate the institution’s Centennial, offered a packed calendar of activities that included informal access to the president and senior administration, entertainment, food, games, tours and a popular “mocktail” competition.

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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 →

Commuter/Off-Campus Student Leaders Off to Strong Start

This year's off-campus living and commuter services student staff (from left): Todd D. Robatin, Morgan N. Keyser, Sarah Boyer and Lauren J. Crouse.

The dawning of the Fall 2014 semester has been a busy one for Penn College’s new off-campus living and commuter services student staff: Commuter Assistants Todd D. Robatin and Morgan N. Keyser and Community Assistants Lauren J. Crouse and Sarah Boyer.

The student staff arrived in early August and participated in five days of training, learning the ins and outs of their positions. Only four weeks into the semester, they have already excelled in assisting other students, providing outreach through the traditional Walk Around Event and creating several programs to engage the college’s off-campus population.

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Student Organization Collecting ‘Troopons’ to Aid Military Families

Wondering what to do with that ever-growing pile of newspaper inserts and magazines in the recycling bin? Harvest them for “Troopons” – Coupons for Troops – and help a caring campus organization ease the financial burden on military families.

Students Making a Contribution is conducting a coupon drive from Thursday through Veterans Day (Sept. 11-Nov. 11), collecting manufacturers’ cents-off coupons to benefit service personnel both here at home and those stationed overseas, where currency-exchange rates are often less than favorable.

“We want to honor Penn College’s history of being military-friendly by helping out current servicemen, servicewomen and their families,” said SMAC President Bethany M. Reppert, an applied human services major from Pottsville.

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Welding Students Share ‘Bodies’ of Work in Captivating Art Project

Artist and welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson (left) installs a chef creation with the help of Chad L. Karstetter, General Services horticulturist/motor pool lead person (in yellow), and Steve J. Kopera, welding lecturer.

Artist and welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson (left) installs a chef creation with the help of Chad L. Karstetter, General Services horticulturist/motor pool lead person (in yellow), and Steve J. Kopera, welding lecturer.

The chef sculpture features a bowl of soup and saltine crackers among its appetizing details.

The chef sculpture features a bowl of soup and saltine crackers among its appetizing details.

Timothy S. Turnbach (right) welding instructor, invited college president Davie Jane Gilmour and Paul Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, to write – and weld! – their names into a book held by another figure in "Student Bodies." Here, Gilmour writes her name before welding …

Timothy S. Turnbach (right) welding instructor, invited college president Davie Jane Gilmour and Paul Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, to write – and weld! – their names into a book held by another figure in “Student Bodies.” Here, Gilmour writes her name before welding …

... and Turnbach (foreground) assists Starkey with the finishing touches.

… and Turnbach (foreground) assists Starkey with the finishing touches.

After their turns at the torch, Gilmour and Starkey visit the campus mall to delight in the ongoing installation of "Student Bodies."

After their turns at the torch, Gilmour and Starkey visit the campus mall to delight in the ongoing installation of “Student Bodies.”

“Student Bodies” – a fanciful procession of abstract, life-size human forms through the pulsing heart of campus – continues to take shape between the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and West Third Street. Sculptor and Penn College faculty member Michael K. Patterson has worked with welding students for nearly a year on the marriage of craft and creativity, forged solely of scrap-metal from their lab, and recently began installing the cavalcade of professionals and pedestrians along sidewalk islands of grass. Scheduled for dedication next month, the work is one of three Centennial art projects breathing new life into familiar surroundings.

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 →

Free Student Tickets Available to ‘Last Comic Standing – Live Tour!’ Sept. 30 at CAC

"Last Comic Standing – Live Tour!"

“Last Comic Standing – Live Tour!”

Penn College has a limited number of free student tickets to see “Last Comic Standing – Live Tour!” coming to the Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30. The tickets, one each per semester per student, are available starting Tuesday at the Bush Campus Center Information Desk. Hours are 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and noon-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Once the free tickets are gone, students can buy tickets there for $30 each (cash, check or credit card) through Sept. 19. After that date, tickets can be obtained directly from the Arts Center. The Emmy-nominated laughfest, entering its ninth season on NBC, is known for showcasing the world’s funniest comics. Past contestants include Ralphie May, Amy Schumer, Kathleen Madigan, Todd Glass and many others. Rod Man, recent winner of the show’s eighth season, will join the top four finalists for this month’s live performance. The Arts Center, just a few blocks from campus at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the college.

Equipment Rodeo, Presentations Showcase State’s Energy Producers

Welding students Daniel J. Peppernick, left, of Spring Run (welding and fabrication engineering technology) and Teague W. Ohl, of Cogan Station (welding technology) help visitors to use a virtual reality welding simulator.

Welding students Daniel J. Peppernick, left, of Spring Run (welding and fabrication engineering technology) and Teague W. Ohl, of Cogan Station (welding technology) help visitors to use a virtual reality welding simulator.

Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant and instructor, talks with a visitor.

Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant and instructor, talks with a visitor.

Joseph P. Hanstine, of Lakewood, maneuvers the bucket under a PVC cage to pull a sled without knocking either the soccer ball from the sled or the tennis balls from the cage.

Joseph P. Hanstine, of Lakewood, maneuvers the bucket under a PVC cage to pull a sled without knocking either the soccer ball from the sled or the tennis balls from the cage.

Sheldon N. Smith, of Harleysville, carefully places a pipe.

Sheldon N. Smith, of Harleysville, carefully places a pipe.

August graduate Ashley M. Baker, of Coudersport, plucks a soccer ball from its perch on a traffic cone.

August graduate Ashley M. Baker, of Coudersport, plucks a soccer ball from its perch on a traffic cone.

Penn College was among participants in Saturday’s PA Energy Games at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds. The event featured educational exhibits, a heavy equipment rodeo, panel discussions and musical performances. The college was well-represented at Hughesville, with three student teams enrolled in heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis competing in a heavy equipment rodeo with industry representatives. In addition, David C. Pistner, director of energy initiatives for the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education, moderated a question-and-answer session on Education & Training. In the exhibit hall, Penn College employees and students staffed a busy booth with information about the college’s ShaleNET initiatives and its welding; heating, ventilation & air conditioning; and building sciences majors.

Articulation Agreements Reached With Corning Community College

Richard K. Hendricks Jr., left, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing at Penn College, leads a Spring 2014 tour of College Avenue Labs for Corning Community College’s Michael Reynolds, center, associate professor of math/physics/technology, and Dale Crandall, assistant professor of mechanical technology.

Pennsylvania College of Technology and Corning Community College have approved several articulation agreements.

Corning students will be able to plan their transfer to Penn College with minimal loss of credit and complete a degree at  Penn College’s in-state tuition rate. To receive the tuition discount, students must earn an associate degree from Corning in a major that has been aligned with a four-year pathway at Penn College.

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Environmental Grant to Fund Wetlands/Trailhead Project at ESC

The state Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $2,996 to Pennsylvania College of Technology for revitalization of wetlands and related nature-trail work at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood.

The Environmental Education Grant will be used to continue planting a wetland meadow that was begun in Fall 2013 by students in Carl J. Bower Jr.’s Sustainable Landscape Procedures and Practices class.

“We have an area that drains very poorly, and we planted it with more than 1,000 native wetland perennials,” said Bower, a horticulture instructor in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. “We will continue planting wetland perennials in this area, which will lead to a set of steps into the woods.”

Those wooden steps – which are in poor condition and will be replaced with a more natural look – are at the head of the nature-trail system that winds through the ESC’s 400-plus-acre campus, where invasive plants will be removed and replaced with native species.

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$10 Student Tickets Available for Sept. 14 ‘Pink Martini’ Concert at CAC

Pink Martini

Pink Martini

The world-famous Pink Martini orchestra will perform at the Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. Penn College students can get tickets the night of the concert for just $10* at the door with student ID; no processing fees will be included in student tickets. Pink Martini is a major international act that rarely plays anywhere but large metropolitan areas. The band’s just-released eighth studio album, “Dream a Little Dream,” features Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp, the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, made famous by “The Sound of Music.” “Pink Martini is a world-renowned group of ultra-talented musicians who play to sell-out crowds in every corner of the globe,” said Rob Steele, executive director of the arts center. “They represent the ‘gold standard’ of musicianship and their performances are described as ‘magical.’ I suspect everyone who is lucky enough to see this show will have to pinch themselves and say, ‘I can’t believe what I just saw on the stage of the CAC.'” The Community Arts Center is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport, just a few blocks from campus. The center is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College.
*Regular ticket price is $50. Seating for the student special is in the rear orchestra. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or online.

Manufacturing Students Present Baja Trophy to College President

Baja trophy presented to Penn College president

Baja trophy presented to Penn College president

Three members of the student team that placed third in the international Baja SAE endurance race this past spring – Penn College’s highest-ever finish in nearly a decade of competition – delivered the trophy to President Davie Jane Gilmour on Thursday. From left are John G. Upcraft, instructor of automated manufacturing and machining and the students’ adviser; and manufacturing majors Andrew R. Klimek, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Gilmour; James A. Depasquale, of West Simsbury, Connecticut; and Jason B. Miller, of Mount Joy. The trophy was presented in the president’s office, but will be moved to a display area on campus.
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