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Counseling Services’ ‘Pet’ Project Relieves Student Jitters

Shelly and Robert C. Karschner Jr., master mechanic for the General Services motorpool, brought along Australian shepherds "Bristol" and "Dover."

Shelly and Robert C. Karschner Jr., master mechanic for the General Services motorpool, brought along Australian shepherds “Bristol” and “Dover.”

Career Services secretary Shawnalee E. Miller and "Gus," a Maltese who helped put students at ease

Career Services secretary Shawnalee E. Miller and “Gus,” a Maltese who helped put students at ease

"Bear," a Boston bulldog, was one of two dogs accompanying Patrick McCabe, coordinator of admissions/enrollment event services, and his wife, Deserae. (The other was "Layla," a Boston bulldog.)

“Bear,” a Boston bulldog, was one of two dogs accompanying Patrick McCabe, coordinator of admissions/enrollment event services, and his wife, Deserae. (The other was “Layla,” a Boston bulldog.)

Katrina A. Sinclair, a part-time member of the history faculty, with "Harry Truman," a Jack Russell terrier

Katrina A. Sinclair, a part-time member of the history faculty, with “Harry Truman,” a Jack Russell terrier

Resident assistant Kristen E. Bowes, a web and interactive media major from Wayne, meets "Hershey," a perfectly named chocolate Labrador retriever owned by Karen E. Wright, graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

Resident assistant Kristen E. Bowes, a web and interactive media major from Wayne, meets “Hershey,” a perfectly named chocolate Labrador retriever owned by Karen E. Wright, graduation assistant in the Registrar’s Office.

This week’s fifth annual “Hot Dog, You’re Here!” event (that’s 35 years by canine count), again gave Penn College students the opportunity to connect with faculty/staff dog owners who offered welcoming smiles, listening ears and therapeutic access to their very special friends. The well-received mixer is sponsored by Counseling Services and, while moved into the Field House under threat of rain, the spirit of goodwill was undampened.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Admissions Office Issues ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to Crosstown Counterparts
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A "bucket brigade" of Student Ambassadors, representing Greek Life, athletics or some of the college's "degrees that work," forms at the main entrance.

A “bucket brigade” of Student Ambassadors, representing Greek Life, athletics or some of the college’s “degrees that work,” forms at the main entrance.

Dennis L. Correll, associate dean of admissions and financial aid, helps the college mascot avoid soggy sneakers.

Dennis L. Correll, associate dean of admissions and financial aid, helps the college mascot avoid soggy sneakers.

Joseph J. Balduino gamely accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge ...

Joseph J. Balduino gamely accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge …

... and is handily doused by a Wildcat Waterfall.

… and is handily doused by a Wildcat Waterfall.

In a west-to-east wave, students dump bucket after frosty bucket over Admissions Office co-workers.

In a west-to-east wave, students dump bucket after frosty bucket over Admissions Office co-workers.

Penn College’s Admissions Office accepted the “Ice Bucket Challenge” on behalf of the ALS Foundation on Thursday, as staff members subjected themselves to a shivery soaking at the wickedly willing hands of Student Ambassadors. Joseph J. Balduino, the college’s director of recruitment, had dared his colleagues – a plan that backfired when he realized he’d be part of any response – so, sporting a T-shirt from Lycoming College, his alma mater and former employer, Balduino kicked off the challenge with assistance from the Penn College Wildcat. After the mascot poured a bucket of ice water over Balduino’s head, the students followed suit with the rest of the Admissions staff. Shedding his Lycoming shirt in favor of Penn College garb, Balduino then challenged Lycoming’s Admissions Office staff, as well as Daniel P. Miller, vice president for student life; and (with a good-natured “Welcome to Williamsport”) first-year Lycoming President Kent C. Trachte.

College Announces Summer 2014 Dean’s List

The dean’s list for the Summer 2014 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been announced.

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Campus Housing Communities Break Bread – and Break the Ice – During Startup BBQ

First-year representatives from each of the four Living-Learning Communities are, from left: Logan R. Brooks, automotive technology management: automotive technology concentration, Damascus, Maryland; Kerianne Connelly, pre-dental hygiene, Feasterville-Trevose; Naja B. Williams, baking and pastry arts, East Orange, New Jersey; and Joseph H. Griep, information technology sciences-gaming and simulation, Le Roy, New York.

First-year representatives from each of the four Living-Learning Communities are, from left: Logan R. Brooks, automotive technology management: automotive technology concentration, Damascus, Maryland; Kerianne Connelly, pre-dental hygiene, Feasterville-Trevose; Naja B. Williams, baking and pastry arts, East Orange, New Jersey; and Joseph H. Griep, information technology sciences-gaming and simulation, Le Roy, New York.

Shirts honoring each of the four communities are lined up for participants.

Shirts honoring each of the four communities are lined up for participants.

In the atrium of the PDC, Living-Learning Community students line up for engaging eats, including sandwiches, baked beans and macaroni salad.

In the atrium of the PDC, Living-Learning Community students line up for engaging eats, including sandwiches, baked beans and macaroni salad.

Paul L. Starkey, Penn College’s vice president for academic affairs/provost, addresses the gathering of Living-Learning Community students and their faculty, staff and student mentors.

Paul L. Starkey, Penn College’s vice president for academic affairs/provost, addresses the gathering of Living-Learning Community students and their faculty, staff and student mentors.

Taking a healthy bite of barbecue are Health Sciences freshmen: from left are Benjamin D. Meier, pre-physician assistant, Fleetwood; John D. Henigin, pre-nursing, Indiana; Austin T. Startoni, pre-nursing, Lebanon; and Timothy F. Schwartzer, pre-emergency medical services, Bensalem.

Taking a healthy bite of barbecue are Health Sciences freshmen: from left are Benjamin D. Meier, pre-physician assistant, Fleetwood; John D. Henigin, pre-nursing, Indiana; Austin T. Startoni, pre-nursing, Lebanon; and Timothy F. Schwartzer, pre-emergency medical services, Bensalem.

Students in Penn College’s Living-Learning Communities – themed housing arrangements for first-year Dauphin Hall residents in majors related to automotive, health sciences, hospitality or information technology – were treated to a get-acquainted barbecue in the Thompson Professional Development Center on Tuesday evening.

Prospective Employer to Recruit on Campus

Henkels & McCoy

Henkels & McCoy

Representatives of Henkels & McCoy NetWorks will hold an information session with Penn College students and alumni at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Room E140 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. For more details, including available positions and desirable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Henkels & McCoy

The Power of an Ally: Academic Mentors Provide Another Resource for Success

Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar’s Office.

Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.

Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.

A student faced with leaving school remains, thanks in large part to an academic mentor who went the extra mile to seek help from other staff. Academic mentors are Penn College employees who volunteer to meet regularly with students who seek guidance and moral support. Read the full story in the Fall 2014 One College Avenue.

Newscast Spotlights Penn College Presence at LLWS

Penn College on WBRE

Penn College on WBRE

Eyewitness News reporter Valerie Tysanner visited South Williamsport on Monday for a story about Penn College physician assistant students serving on the medical team for the Little League Baseball World Series. The piece premiered in the 5 p.m. newscast and featured interviews with students Donald Wieder, of Williamsport, and Jason A. Genco, of Middleburg, and Sue Swank-Caschera, assistant professor, physician assistant.

Buoyant Reception Greets Students, Start of New Semester
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Hopeful tennis team member Joseph H. Griep, an information technology sciences: gaming and simulation freshman from Le Roy, New York, moves his gear into Dauphin Hall.

Penn College’s “Welcome Weekend,” held Saturday and Sunday on main campus, gently and helpfully guided new and returning students toward the start of classes. Student leaders, faculty/staff and alumni – all wearing T-shirts identifying them as the go-to gang to satisfy any last-minute questions – offered a collectively friendly face to the Fall 2014 members of the college community. New enrollees and transfers moved into on- and off-campus apartments, academic and social activities filled the schedule, and crucial offices offered convenient extended hours in advance of Monday’s official opening of the 2014-15 academic year. Among the high notes of this overture to fall were a convocation parade of first-year students, reunions enjoyed and new friendships begun, “Wildcat Welcome” refreshments, and a chilling and charitable surprise from college President Davie Jane Gilmour.

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Helping hands to ease the hassle

Helping hands to ease the hassle

Blue skies and blue shirts will greet new students and their families as they arrive at Penn College for Welcome Weekend on Saturday, helping demystify the wheres, whys and hows of transitioning into campus life. From housing check-in to Monday’s start of classes, the college community stands ready to lend support – including Resident Assistants and Residence Life staff who gathered for a photo outside the Student & Administrative Services Center this week.

President Sees Promise of Tomorrow in Honoring Students’ Investment Today

Just past the midpoint of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s yearlong Centennial celebration, President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Fall 2014 semester with an all-college address to faculty and staff. “Focus on today and look to tomorrow,” she said Thursday morning, recapping a hectic summer before outlining initiatives aimed at student success and faculty/staff engagement. “Take time to attend to those students who have invested their money and time in Penn College. They seek a full, rounded college education with all that we can provide for an excellent Penn College experience.”

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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 →

Penn College, Little League Celebrate Anniversaries in ‘Grand Slam’ Fashion
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Admissions representative Sarah R. Shott snaps a selfie with a home-state favorite, the Mid-Atlantic team from Philadelphia.

Soggy turned to sunny just in time Wednesday for Pennsylvania College of Technology to once again welcome visitors to Williamsport for the Little League Baseball World Series. On the evening before play begins in South Williamsport, the college hosted its traditional cookout for the Series teams on the lawn outside the Bush Campus Center. Little League players, coaches, team “uncles,” umpires and baseball legend Dave Winfield enjoyed picnic fare and the company of one another before they (and their college hosts) participated in the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street. Accompanied by the college’s ever-popular Wildcat mascot, Penn College volunteers handed out giveaways – including balsa airplanes and commemorative pins – on their well-received journey downtown. Rounding out the teams’ campus visit was a brief stop in The Gallery at Penn College for a Little League-related art exhibit. The college was featured in at least two live newscasts from campus: on WPVI in Philadelphia and on CBS Chicago (go to “Sports Videos” at lower right). And Patriot News coverage, which was also picked up in Alabama, included a roundup of photos at the PennLive website.

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Dozens of Students to Serve on World Series Medical Team

Pennsylvania College of Technology students studying to become physician assistants, paramedics and dental hygienists are lending their hands and gaining valuable cultural and practical experience at the 2014 Little League Baseball World Series.

Little League’s first games were played 75 years ago just a few blocks from Penn College’s main campus, and the 11-day World Series draws thousands of fans from around the world to watch 11- to 13-year olds display athletic skill and some of the best sportsmanship on television.

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Student-Restored Automobile Piques Interest of Australian TV Series

Patricia B. Swigart is interviewed by Mark Fletcher, host of Australia's "Classic Restos."

Patricia B. Swigart is interviewed by Mark Fletcher, host of Australia’s “Classic Restos.”

A rare Verrill Wolf Wagon automobile, restored to award-winning quality last semester by Penn College students, is included in a recent addition to an Australian television show’s YouTube Channel. (EDITOR’S NOTE: The “Wolf Wagon” segment runs between 8:11-10:32.) “Classic Restos,” hosted by Mark “Fletch” Fletcher, caught up with vehicle owner Patricia B. Swigart during The Elegance at Hershey concourse event in mid-June. The 1953 car − a fiberglass behemoth nearly 25 feet long and weighing more than 5,000 pounds − won the “Dawn of a New Era” trophy at the show. While the segment as edited does not mention Penn College or its automotive restoration technology major, Swigart has been gracious and complimentary in past comments about the students’ work on her eye-catching prototype from the Chrysler family.

Penn College Holds Summer Commencement
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Katelyn E. Watson, a radiography grad from Turbotville, marks the day with a true Penn College legacy family, including her father, Chip (far left), a 1980 Williamsport Area Community College graduate who majored in heavy construction equipment.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement ceremony Saturday morning at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Kaitlin M. Savidge, of Northumberland, who received an Associate of Applied Science degree in emergency medical services, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. event. More than 200 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Steven P. Johnson, a member of the Penn College Board of Directors. During the ceremony, Penn College also presented a Distinguished Alumni Award to James E Cunningham for four decades of service to college and community.

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Student Awards Presented to Penn College Summer Graduates

Pennsylvania College of Technology has presented student achievement awards to its August graduates.

A Summer Commencement ceremony was held Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

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