News about Students

Setting the Stage for Making Memories

General Services' Gary T. Pandolfi, refrigeration, heating and plumbing mechanic, is assisted by Emily K. Helmus, an applied management major from Middletown, and Austin R. Ayars, of Easton, enrolled in business administration: banking and finance concentration. Both are members of the Student Government Association executive board.

The waters of the Veterans' Fountain adopt a Wildcat Blue tint for Homecoming & Family Weekend.

Adorned with lyrics from the college alma mater, a landmark stands ready for weekend photo ops.

Preparations for Homecoming & Family Weekend at Penn College include the traditional dyeing of the Veterans’ Fountain by General Services and student helpers and the painting of the campus rock by Todd Moore, student affairs marketing specialist.
First two photos by Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities

Penn College Hosting ‘Fall Brawl 2016’ Robotic Design Competition

A student group at Pennsylvania College of Technology is inviting community members to join the fight by participating in “Fall Brawl 2016” on Oct. 22. The event will feature small robots engaging in big battles for bragging rights.

Sponsored by the Student Wildcats of Robotic Design, the competition encourages participants to design, fabricate and test “beetleweight” robots (maximum of three pounds) before engaging in “combat” to determine the toughest bot.

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Students Celebrate National Surgical Technologists Week

Members of the Penn College surgical technology class of 2017 gather for National Surgical Technologists Week. Standing (from left) are Travis J. Honicker, of Coal Township; Katelyn M. Bittner, of Williamsport; Melina S. Digruttola, of Spring Grove; Kelob J. Herman, of Jersey Shore; Sydney N. Caurvina, of Portage; Cynthia M. Wilt, of Hughesville; Sarah J. Palm, of Hesston; Janell M. Remensnyder, of Alexandria; and Michael R. Harer of Williamsport. Seated front (from left) are Megan L. Hawk, of Williamsport; Daniele A. Hebert, of Mechanicsburg; Cindy M. Ruiz, of Easton; and Rebecca L. Knee, of Williamsport.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s surgical technology major joined hospitals and colleges throughout the country in celebrating National Surgical Technologists Week, Sept. 18-24.

National Surgical Technologists Week is a promotional event by the Association of Surgical Technologists to celebrate those who work in the field. This year’s theme was “Get Hooked.” To help educate others about the field of surgical technology, surgical technology students set up a display in the Madigan Library.

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Penn College Students Compete in IDEAL Event

Electrical technology major Joseph L. Brubaker, of Port Trevorton, displays the digital multimeter he earned for recording the fastest time during the recent IDEAL National Championship qualifying event at Penn College. With Brubaker (from left) are: Eric W. Newcomer, electrical technology/occupations lecturer at the college; James Knight, of IDEAL; and Nick Smith, of Schaedler Yesco.

Approximately 20 Pennsylvania College of Technology students in electrical-related majors recently sharpened their skills by competing in an IDEAL National Championship qualifying event on campus.

Geared to support and promote electrical careers, the competition required students to cut, strip, terminate and test using professional IDEAL tools, such as wire connectors, wire strippers, screwdrivers, testers and lineman’s pliers. Students were timed on how quickly they successfully completed all the tasks.

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Presidential Student Ambassadors Begin Year of Service

Presidential Student Ambassadors for the 2016-17 academic year at Penn College are, first row (from left): Alexandra M. Lehman, Dianna R. Weaver, Kayla M. Jackson and Morgan N. Keyser. Second row (from left): Bryan M. Behm, Lindsey A. King, Michelle D. Kachick and Erin N. Shaffer. Third row (from left): David M. Zlotnicki, Semeon R. DeBarros, Alexander R. Wetzel, Cassandra D. Henderson, Kelsey L. McKenrick and Logan M. Tubiello. Fourth row (from left): Efrem K. Foster, Josiah D. Stoltzfus, Garrett D. Corneliussen, Ryan Monteleone and Jonathan R. Hendrickson.

Nineteen students are serving as Presidential Student Ambassadors for the 2016-17 academic year at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Selected for their demonstration of leadership, involvement, academic achievement and campus pride, the student ambassadors promote Penn College to prospective and current students and their families, guests, alumni, business partners and friends of the college.

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Prospective Employers to Meet With Students, Alumni

Employers to visit campus

Hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of job possibilities, two employers will visit campus in the coming week. Southeast Toyota Distributors will hold an information session at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Rooms 110-12 of the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. (Toyota will also hold interviews Sept. 28 in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center.) Evangelical Community Hospital will hold a Recruitment Day for nursing students from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29 in Room W204 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. For details, including available positions and applicable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Employers to visit

Culinary Arts Students Research, Present Foods of the U.S.

Second-year culinary arts technology student Dylan C. Williams, of Bellefonte, will lead his classmates in preparing an Oktoberfest meal at the Millheim Fire Co. grounds on Sept. 24.

Real-life kitchen management skills are part of the educational experience for students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s culinary arts majors, who serve as student managers in the college’s on-campus restaurant, and sometimes off-site.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, second-year culinary arts technology student Dylan C. Williams, of Bellefonte, will lead his classmates in preparing an Oktoberfest meal at the Millheim Fire Co. grounds, where the small Centre County borough holds an annual festival to raise funds for its volunteer fire company.

The festival is sponsored by Millheim’s Elk Creek Café and Aleworks, which invites the college’s culinary arts program to take part, and the Millheim Business Community.

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Agreements Clear Path for Students to Pursue Additional Degrees

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently approved articulation agreements with several other institutions to ease students’ pathways to further education.

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‘Beer Run’ Drives Home Life-Saving Message

Carl L. Shaner (left), director of College Health Services, keeps students fed ... with a helping hand from James E. Bies, assistant chief of Penn College Police.

A passenger steadies himself against the impaired driving and judgment wrought by "drunk goggles" ...

... which also complicate life for a pedestrian.

Counselor Brian J. Schurr, a friendly face and earnest advocate for students' health and well-being

Among the participating members of Ivy R. Avery's First Year Experience class are Jonathan Mendez-Avecedo, an exercise science student from Allentown, and Erika R. Cowan, a pre-dental hygiene major from Warren.

The effects of alcohol consumption on motorists’ mobility and reaction time were made abundantly clear (and, thankfully, in the injury-free safety of a controlled environment) during the Golf Cart Beer Run on the Thompson Professional Development Center lawn. Students took turns driving a golf cart, donated by the White Deer Golf Course, through a circuitous obstacle course while wearing vision-impairing “drunk goggles.” The annual exercise, to be conducted again from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, is part of Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week featuring College Health Services, Penn College Police, Counseling Services and others. Other events will help students learn how to drink safely and smartly, how to get help when they need it, and what resources are available for them on campus and in the community.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

One Hand Washes the Other in Greeks’ Service Project

Suds, service mix outside police headquarters.

Officers Justin M. Hakes (left) and Charles E. O'Brien get to know their Greek benefactors.

Waterlogged footprints easily lead police to campus-minded "culprits."

Penn College Police got a Friday visit from members of the campus’s Greek organizations, who washed the department’s vehicles in what they plan to be an annual service project. Austen J. Caron, who chairs the Greek Senate, reached out to Chief Chris Miller, who said the officers enjoyed speaking with the students from Phi Mu Delta, Sigma Pi and Omega Delta Sigma. “Greek Life of Penn College is proud to volunteer time to give back to the law enforcement that keeps our campus safe,” said Caron, a building automation technology: heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology concentration major from Higganum, Connecticut.
Photos provided by Penn College Police

Limited Number of Discounted Student Tickets Available for ‘Cirque’ Show

Cirque Éloize Saloon

The Community Arts Center’s 2016-17 new season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with Cirque Éloize Saloon, sponsored by Penn College. The Bush Campus Center has a limited number of $15 orchestra tickets available for purchase by students, from now until the night of the show. Orders must be paid with cash, check or credit card. Students may get four per valid ID. By purchasing at the Campus Center, the 4-percent service fee that the Arts Center box office charges will be waived. There are no refunds or exchanges, and all tickets must be for students. Adult tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 570-326-2424. Members of the Canadian cirque troupe can dangle horizontally from a vertical pole, jump off a two-story building, spin, strut, juggle, dance and even create the illusion of a speeding locomotive. Yet they can’t always keep those 10-gallon cowboy hats on! The flying headgear is one of many endearing qualities of “Saloon,” a Western-themed, circus theater extravaganza where extraordinary acrobatics are presented with an “Aw shucks, Ma’am” demeanor. Complete show details and a video clip can be found at the CAC website. The Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of the college, is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport (just a few blocks from campus).

Phonathon Connects Students With Those Who Came Before

Building relationships on common ground

Nine student development assistants are in the midst of a Penn College phonathon – calling alumni to learn about life after graduation, filling them in on the latest campus happenings and asking for support.

“My goal is to educate and engage current students in the importance and impact of philanthropy at Penn College,” said Becky J. Shaner, manager of alumni and student engagement. “The phonathon gives student callers insight into the impact that alumni generosity has for students like them, while providing the opportunity to develop their communication skills and network with alumni.”

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Miniature Golf Big-Time Fun for Campus LLC

A night of collegial fun under the lights

Jacob R. Miller, associate professor of computer science, holds the flagstick as Daniel W. Yoas, associate professor of computer information technology, lines up his putt.

Gathered by the gazebo

Penn College’s Information Technology Living-Learning Community enjoyed a relaxing evening at Hooplas Family Fun & Grill this past week, as 17 students and four faculty members gathered to play miniature golf at the Muncy Township attraction. “It was a great time for everyone to release some stress now that tests are in full swing,” said Ryan Monteleone, of Stevens, an information assurance and cyber security major and LLC mentor (who also supplied the photos). “While we may have lost some balls in the water, everyone had a blast and we left with smiles and laughter!” The group is one of the college’s five Living-Learning Communities – themed housing arrangements for first-year residents centered around automotive, health sciences, hospitality, IT and leadership.

College Health Services to Administer Flu Vaccine

Penn College Health Services will provide flu shots for faculty, staff, students, dependents (age 9 years and older) and spouses in Room 150 of the Bush Campus Center during the coming week. Vaccinations will be available from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday. The cost of the flu vaccine is $15.  Payment will be accepted in the form of cash, check (made payable to Penn College), Health Savings Accounts or credit card. The only medical reason why someone should not receive the flu vaccine is an allergy to eggs, neomycin or polymixin, or if that person has had a life-threatening reaction to an influenza vaccine.

Students Get Their ‘Faire’ Share at Elizabethan Event

Renaissance re-enactors displayed authentic costumes and customs.

A fencer's friendly face betrays the seriousness at swords' point.

Banished to the stocks is Jake C. Forelli, an engineering design technology major from Damascus.

A latter-day take on a centuries-old pursuit

Signage makes sure patrons aren't at a loss for words.

A Renaissance Feast & Faire, an evening of jousting, feasting and considerable carousing, was held Wednesday in and around Dauphin Hall. Students enjoyed a meal of roasted turkey, ribs, vegetables, roasted potatoes, fritters and savory desserts in the “Great Hall” of Dining Services’ Capitol Eatery, while the Society for Creative Anachronism provided period entertainment in the adjoining courtyard.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer