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Student Club to Host Walkathon to Help Individuals With Disabilities

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Club will host a walkathon on campus Oct. 30.

The walkathon is scheduled 5-9 p.m. and includes laps around the campus mall. Fifteen percent of the walk’s proceeds will be given to initiatives that support individuals with physical disabilities. The remainder will support activities by the Occupational Therapy Assistant Club.

Registration for the walkathon is $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event. Participants can raise money for their registration – or go above – by asking friends and family to donate toward each lap they complete.

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Students Among ‘Evacuees’ in County Disaster Simulation

Tommie L. Smith (with clipboard), of Montgomery, an accounting student who works with the Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency, gathers biographical information from Ronald D. Parks, of Jersey Shore, an emergency management technology major simulating contamination with radiation particles. Among others involved in the exercise, in which Parks had to be "decontaminated" before joining the general population in the mass-care shelter, is Charles E. O'Brien Jr. (background), a Penn College Police officer.

Tommie L. Smith (with clipboard), of Montgomery, an accounting student who works with the Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency, gathers biographical information from Ronald D. Parks, of Jersey Shore, an emergency management technology major simulating contamination with radiation particles. Among others involved in the exercise, in which Parks had to be “decontaminated” before joining the general population in the mass-care shelter, is Charles E. O’Brien Jr. (background), a Penn College Police officer.

A mock evacuation site is in full swing in the halls of Montoursville Area High School.

A mock evacuation site is in full swing in the halls of Montoursville Area High School.

Kyle G. Stavinski, an emergency medical services major from Elysburg, undergoes radiological "screening" during the Lycoming County drill.

Kyle G. Stavinski, an emergency medical services major from Elysburg, undergoes radiological “screening” during the Lycoming County drill.

Ten Penn College students – eight from the emergency management technology major and two from the paramedic program – attended this week’s disaster exercise hosted by the Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency. The scenario, held at Montoursville Area High School and featuring involvement by the American Red Cross, was based on a nuclear accident at PPL’s Susquehanna Steam Electric Station near Berwick. Students role-played being evacuees from the zone surrounding the nuclear power plant and underwent simulated radiological testing and monitoring.
Photos provided by David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management technology

Flu Shots No Longer Available Through College Health Services

Nursing student Taylor K. Pompili fills a needle with the flu vaccine.

Nursing student Taylor K. Pompili fills a needle with the flu vaccine.

Nursing student Abby C. Busch checks the temperature of freshman nursing student Ryan D. Zimmerman prior to administering his vaccine.

Nursing student Abby C. Busch checks the temperature of freshman nursing student Ryan D. Zimmerman prior to administering his vaccine.

Nursing student Tricia Zapata administers a flu shot in the college’s Health Services facility.

Nursing student Tricia Zapata administers a flu shot in the college’s Health Services facility.

Students in Penn College’s Fundamentals of Nursing course collaborated with College Health Services to provide flu vaccine to more than 100 members of the college community on Oct. 2. The project was a collaborative effort with Carl L. Shaner, director of college health services; Terri A. Stone, instructor of nursing; Tushanna M. Habalar, learning laboratory coordinator for nursing education; and Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator for nursing education. “A special thanks to all Health Services staff and nursing faculty who participated to make it a successful learning experience for students,” Stone said. Additional nursing faculty overseeing students included Christine M. Shimp, Pamela W. Baker and Gina L. Bross, all instructors of nursing, and Pamela J. Jablonski, part-time instructor of practical nursing. College Health Services has sold out of this season’s flu vaccine and urges those in need to contact their primary-care physicians and/or local pharmacies.

Anthony Gobbi SGA’s Latest ‘Student of the Month’
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Anthony D. Gobbi

Anthony D. Gobbi, of Haymarket, Virginia, a junior in the building automation technology: heating, ventilation and air conditioning concentration, has been chosen as October’s Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“He is very good at getting people involved and excited about Penn College,” his nominator noted. “Anthony has a natural talent for leading people and making them feel included in whatever he is doing.”

For Gobbi, “whatever he is doing” crisscrosses a lot of territory: He is a Presidential Student Ambassador, a director of the Blue Crew, social chairman of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity, and a participant in the Penn College Lacrosse Club and intramural athletics.

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Prospective Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Employers on campus

Employers on campus

Two employers will hold informational meetings Tuesday for Penn College students and alumni in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Representatives of Lincoln Electric will be on hand at 3:30 p.m. in Room A106 of the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center; Ring Container Technologies will be in Room E256 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. Follow-up interviews by both companies will be scheduled for Wednesday in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center. For details, including available positions and academic areas of interest, consult the employers’ fliers: Employer Information Sessions

Student-Constructed ‘Bridges’ Open to Inspection

'Bridging the Gap' entries on display in LEC

‘Bridging the Gap’ entries on display in LEC

The 23rd annual “Bridging the Gap” competition, featuring bridges constructed by architectural technology students solely from paper and glue, is under way in the Hager Lifelong Education Center. The entries can be seen in the LEC’s second-floor hallway; members of the Penn College community are encouraged to vote for their favorite and guess which will prove to be the strongest. The bridges will be on display until the destructive-testing portion of the contest, which will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room B2014 of the LEC.
Photo by Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architectural technology

Plastics Students, Faculty Mentor Attend Industry Conference

On hand for presentation of SPE's Carrie Fox Solin Memorial Scholarship awards are (from left) John R. Bartolomucci, assistant professor of plastics and polymer engineering technology at Penn College; scholarship recipients Bryan T. Robinson, of Penn College, and Samuel Moore, of Pittsburg (Kansas) State University; and Paul M. Herring, an associate professor of plastics engineering technology at Pitt State.

On hand for presentation of SPE’s Carrie Fox Solin Memorial Scholarship awards are (from left) John R. Bartolomucci, assistant professor of plastics and polymer engineering technology at Penn College; scholarship recipients Bryan T. Robinson, of Penn College, and Samuel Moore, of Pittsburg (Kansas) State University; and Paul M. Herring, an associate professor of plastics engineering technology at Pitt State.

Robinson and Julia I. Gilchrist (joined at the conference by classmate Thomas J. Ryder, who is not pictured) represented Penn College at a display table.

Robinson and Julia I. Gilchrist (joined at the conference by classmate Thomas J. Ryder, who is not pictured) represented Penn College at a display table.

Three Penn College students and a faculty member, including a Society of Plastics Engineers national scholarship recipient, attended the recent 30th annual SPE Blow Molding Division Conference in Chicago. Thomas J. Ryder, of Muncy; Julia I. Gilchrist, of Hanover; and Bryan T. Robinson, of Gilbertsville – all plastics and polymer engineering technology majors – helped staff a tabletop display and represented the college throughout the exhibits area, conference sessions, and among students attending from other colleges and universities. During the event, Robinson received the second half of his two-year $6,000 Carrie Fox Solin Memorial Scholarship from the organization. The group was accompanied by John R. Bartolomucci, assistant professor of plastics and polymer engineering technology, who was one of five panelists in a “Training Resources for Blow Molders” discussion. Moderated by Geoff Ward, of Argi Industrial Plastics, the panel also included Penn State Erie, the Behrend College; Ferris State; Calhoun Community College and Paulson Training Programs.
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Penn College Information Technology Students Excel at ‘Hackathon’

Penn College IT majors had a strong showing at the recent Altamira Hackathon in Fairfax, Virginia. College participants were (front row, from left) Evelyn E. Hill, of Muncy; Madelyn M. Lanoue, of Dallastown; David M. Mossop, of Newark, Delaware; Zachary L. Lundberg, of Warren; Donald E. McCoy, of Watsontown (2014 graduate); and Brian S. Stringer, of McVeytown. Back row, from left: Derek E. Teay, of Northampton; Tucker J. Harner, of Leesport; Drew Pacell, of Ottsville; Jeremy W. Rennicks, of Williamsport; Jerome T. Czachor, of Dickson City; and Adam T. Check, of Great Falls, Virginia. (Photo by Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer information technology)

Information technology majors from Pennsylvania College of Technology proved their prowess at a recent cybersecurity competition. A five-member Penn College contingent finished second at the Altamira Hackathon in Fairfax, Virginia.

Conducted at George Mason University, the competition required participants to test their skills around the Atari game Scram. Team members controlled various aspects of a nuclear reactor while protecting their computer network and attacking the computing resources of other teams.

“Events such as the Altamira Hackathon give students an opportunity to exercise their skills in a competitive environment,” said Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer information technology, who accompanied the students with Jacob R. Miller, associate professor of computer information technology. “We are very impressed with the performance of our second-place team and all the Penn College students who participated. They did an outstanding job representing the college.”

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Spiffed-Up ‘Millionaire’ Moves Ever Closer to Stepping Out

From left, WASD graphic-design students Zach Miller and Chase Campbell assist their CTE instructor, Timothy A. Miller,  in applying a vinyl decal ...

From left, WASD graphic-design students Zach Miller and Chase Campbell assist their CTE instructor, Timothy A. Miller, in applying a vinyl decal …

... and working out the air bubbles for a smooth, professional look.

… and working out the air bubbles for a smooth, professional look.

Kevin P. Sullivan (left), lab coordinator for programs in Penn College's School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, assists Miller on a side-door application. The two men were also among those involved in the extensive (and impressive) vinyl wrap of a FedEx cargo plane donated to the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

Kevin P. Sullivan (left), lab coordinator for programs in Penn College’s School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, assists Miller on a side-door application. The two men were also among those involved in the extensive (and impressive) vinyl wrap of a FedEx cargo plane donated to the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

Zach Miller applies a placard acknowledging the WASD Education Foundation's funding of the project.

Zach Miller applies a placard acknowledging the WASD Education Foundation’s funding of the project.

Celebrating a Millionaire moment

Celebrating a Millionaire moment

A collaborative project between Penn College students and their Williamsport Area High School counterparts entered its final phase Monday morning, as a 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V was adorned with the Millionaire logo to accent its new finish in cherry-and-white school colors. The car was donated to the high school’s automotive department by a Williamsport Area School District employee last year, and, with financial support from the WASD Education Foundation, has been given new life as a showpiece for parades, Homecoming and other events. Collision repair students from the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies worked on the car for nearly a year, painstakingly painting and clear-coating the luxury coupe. Vinyl decals of the high school’s emblematic top hat, gloves and cane were fabricated in the college’s graphic design lab and affixed by faculty and students from the high school’s Career and Technical Education program. Penn College students from Shaun D. Hack’s Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair Applications class visited from an adjacent lab to watch the application. After some final touch-up of the vehicle’s trim in College Avenue Labs, the once-blue car will be returned to the district, where automotive students will be in charge of maintaining the “Millionaire-mobile.”

Gernert Again Named Conference ‘Player of the Week’

Courtney Gernert

Courtney Gernert

Senior Courtney Gernert, of Palmyra, has been named the North Eastern Athletic Conference Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 19.  The graphic design major had a milestone week for the Wildcats, compiling 70 kills, 86 digs and 15 service aces across five matches, while reaching 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs for her career.  She had a kills/digs double-double in all five matches on the week, including 20 kills and 21 digs in a 3-2 win over Cazenovia College.  She also reached both career milestones in style: She tallied her 1,000th dig against University of Valley Forge during Senior Night while smacking her 1,000th kill on match point against Cazenovia. Gernert is now fifth in the NEAC in digs (367), digs per set (4.03) and points per set (3.6); sixth in both kills (2.76) and kills per set (3.03); and seventh in points (331).  This is Gernert’s second NEAC Player of the Week selection on the year. She and the Lady Wildcats close out the season Wednesday with a 7 p.m. match at Susquehanna University.

Women’s, Men’s Soccer Teams Pay Tribute to Graduating Seniors

Pregame ceremonies honor soccer seniors

Prior to their respective Sunday matches against Penn State Abington, the Penn College soccer teams honored their graduating seniors. Each of the student-athletes – one on the women’s squad and six on the men’s – was presented with a framed team photo while being acknowledged by coaches, family and other supporters during the pregame ceremonies.

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Students Afforded 20-Percent Discount to Savor Le Jeune Chef

The staff of Le Jeune Chef Restaurant stands ready to serve ...

The staff of Le Jeune Chef Restaurant stands ready to serve …

... with an enticing discount to encourage students' patronage.

… with an enticing discount to encourage students’ patronage.

New this semester, Le Jeune Chef Restaurant offers a 20-percent discount to Penn College students who’d like to enjoy “an education in fine dining.” The relaxing gourmet venue is operated by the School of Business & Hospitality and serves as a living laboratory for students in hospitality management, culinary arts, and baking and pastry arts majors. The restaurant is open to the public for lunch each weekday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and for dinner Wednesday to Saturday from 5:30-8 p.m. Lunch  menus offer a choice of soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts, as well as specials developed by culinary-arts interns. Thursday night dinners are prepared by students in the Classical Cuisines of the World course, with each week featuring classically prepared fare from a different old-world region. Upcoming menus include Champagne, France;  Alsace, France; The British Isles; and Northern Italy. On Wednesday and Friday evenings, the Regional American Cuisine class takes over, with menus that explore the cultural specialties of the U.S. Upcoming Regional American Cuisine dinners will feature Chesapeake Bay, the Heartland, Floribbean and New Orleans. Students may use flex dollars or declining-balance meal plans, as well as cash or credit. To view menus, visit the restaurant’s website. To make reservations, call 570-320-CHEF (570-320-2433).

‘Senior Night’ Honors Soon-to-Be Grads on Women’s Volleyball Squad

Kaitlyn A. Klein (15) and Courtney L. Gernert (2) join their families and coaches for a Senior Night tribute during Thursday's match against the University of Valley Forge.

Kaitlyn A. Klein (15) and Courtney L. Gernert (2) join their families and coaches for a Senior Night tribute during Thursday’s match against the University of Valley Forge.

A milestone mark: Thanks to Thursday night's performance, Gernert stands at 1,001 digs in her four-year Wildcat career, making her the college's all-time leader in that category.

A milestone mark: Thanks to Thursday night’s performance, Gernert stands at 1,001 digs in her four-year Wildcat career, making her the college’s all-time leader in that category.

The team tops its opponent, 3-0, during action in Bardo Gym.

The team tops its opponent, 3-0, during action in Bardo Gym.

Penn College women’s volleyball honored its two graduating seniors, Kaitlyn A. Klein and Courtney L. Gernert, before a stellar crowd in Bardo Gym on Thursday night. Head coach Monica Brown presented the seniors with mementos – their framed jerseys – prior to the start of the game and college President Davie Jane Gilmour was also in attendance to honor the student-athletes. Klein, a graphic design major from Lock Haven, is a two-year member of the squad. She has been a top attacker for the Wildcats with a total of 164 kills, 43 aces and 55 total blocks. She not only performs on the court, but also in the classroom: This past year, she was named to the 2013 Penn State University Athletic Conference All-Academic team. Courtney Gernert, a graphic design major from Palmyra, has been a four-year member of the squad.  She has been one of the most decorated volleyball players in Penn College history with a total of 970 kills, 1,001 digs and 183 aces. In 2013, she was named PSUAC First team All-Conference, PSUAC All-academic, and USCAA secondteam All-American. This year, in the team’s first season of the North Eastern Athletic Conference,Courtney was named Conference Player of the week early in the season.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Penn College Catering Students Return to Growers Market Oct. 25

Pennsylvania College of Technology culinary arts technology student Cassandra R. Brochu serves visitors at the Williamsport Growers Market in 2011.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality majors will cook and serve free samples to patrons of the Williamsport Growers Market on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The students will demonstrate their dishes – all made with ingredients donated by vendors at the market – and serve samples beginning at 8 a.m.

Students in the college’s Catering class visit the Growers Market every year as part of the market’s customer appreciation event. It provides a valuable learning opportunity, as the students practice planning a menu and ordering and organizing supplies for an off-site event, interacting directly with food producers while working with the freshest, most nutritious ingredients. All vendors at the Williamsport Growers Market must produce at least 80 percent of the products they sell.

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‘French Favorites’ Bake Sale Set for Wednesday

The Advanced Patisserie Operations class will hold a “French Favorites” 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 students – including managers Sarah R. Nichols, of Williamsport, a technology management major; and Theodore J. “T.J.” Persing, a baking and pastry arts student from South Williamsport – for artisan breads, pastries and candies. More information, including a product list and details on preordering a specially decorated cake, follows: French Favorites

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