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Penn College Adds Financial Counseling, Computerized Accounting

Roy A. Fletcher, assistant professor of business administration/banking and finance, leads a class in Penn College’s Financial Markets Investment Lab. For Fall 2016, the college will add computerized accounting coursework to its accounting majors, as well as a minor in financial counseling.

In Fall 2016, Pennsylvania College of Technology will add to its business offerings a minor in financial counseling. Additionally, updates to coursework in accounting majors will prepare graduates to use and build secure accounting information systems for their future employers.

The changes continue the college’s trademark responsiveness to community and industry needs.

The financial counseling minor gives students the background to help clients improve their financial well-being. They’ll be equipped to educate clients about sound financial principles and guide them to overcoming debt, improving money management, developing financial goals and strategies, and working through financial challenges.

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Penn College Students Repeat National Scholarship Winners

Penn College students among recipients of scholarships from the national association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals

Pennsylvania College of Technology students have received two of the five $5,000 national scholarships awarded this year by the Oil and Energy Service Professionals and its co-sponsors.

Penn College winners are Michael J. Boylston, of Carmel, New York – his third consecutive OESP scholarship – and Thomas E. “Ted” Daros Jr., of North Salem, New York. Boylston is enrolled in building automation technology and Daros, who was also a 2015 recipient, is a heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology major.

“It is exciting to see students that have such a passion for the industry,” said Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies. “The support that the Oil and Energy Service Professionals organization provides through these scholarships is a tremendous benefit for these outstanding students. I am sure that the education they receive through the use of these scholarships will be acknowledged for years to come in their HVAC careers.”

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Penn College Summer Commencement Set for Aug. 6

Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold a Summer Commencement ceremony Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

More than 230 students have petitioned to graduate in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Summer Commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

The student speaker for the ceremony, Hashim Abbas Alfulful, of Saudi Arabia, will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology.

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Senator Gets Firsthand Look at Manufacturing’s Strength

President Gilmour welcomes Sen. Casey to campus and remarks on the important role his father, then governor of Pennsylvania, played in the institution's past.

Casey checks out products created in the labs, including Penn College key-ring tags, with guidance from student Wilson R. Michael (at right).

Casey extends a warm greeting to student Noah L. Martin …

… who then shows the distinguished visitor the tensile tester in the polymer lab.

Shannon M. Munro discusses industry partnerships and national plastics seminars conducted by the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center as JoAnn M. Otto, PIRC assistant, looks on.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, featured in Penn College’s award-winning “Working Class” documentary, toured the main campus plastics labs during a visit to Lycoming County on Wednesday. The Democratic senator, whose father, former Gov. Robert P. Casey, signed the legislation that created the college in 1989, got a close-up affirmation of applied technology’s pre-eminence in the 21st-century workforce. Industry-standard equipment, strong job placement and impressive starting salaries are among the program’s hallmarks, and collaborative relationships through the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center allow students to resolve real-world challenges on up-to-the-minute machinery. Taking part in the tour of the injection molding and polymer testing labs were college President Davie Jane Gilmour; Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction; Shannon M. Munro, executive director of Workforce Development & Continuing Education; Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology; Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics technology; and Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. They were joined by plastics and polymer engineering technology students – and PIRC research assistants – Abdulaziz S. Alomani and Omar A. Aljallal, of Saudi Arabia; Noah M. Martin, of South Williamsport; Logan A. Tate, of Williamsport; and Wilson R. Michael, of Hughesville.

Helping New Students Blossom With Confidence

Links bloom where they're planted!

Penn College’s busy student Links, crucial liaisons in the orientation process, are wrapping up their traditional (and transitional) summer duties as another academic year draws ever closer. The students have completed a half-dozen two-day Connections sessions and, this week, are holding single-day programs for adult learners and transfer students. Their duties will resume before and during next month’s Welcome Weekend, with additional responsibilities in the fall semester before concluding with an abbreviated Connections assignment for Spring 2017.

Students Earn Industry Certification

For the second consecutive year, more than 50 Pennsylvania College of Technology students proved their computer-aided design prowess by passing a prominent industry certification test.

The students successfully completed the Certified SolidWorks Associate exam. SolidWorks is a 3-D modeling, computer-aided software program employed by more than 3 million product designers and engineers worldwide. It is one of several 3-D modeling software applications used by students enrolled in Penn College’s engineering design technology and industrial design bachelor-degree majors and the engineering CAD technology associate degree.

“We are so proud of the students,” said Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor and department head of engineering design technology. “Their performance on the exam reflects not only their hard work in the classroom, but their sincere dedication to the field. The certification will certainly help them stand out in the job market upon graduation.”

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Student Artists Piece Together Another Mealtime Mosaic

Delicious artwork is served!

A mosaic overflowing with healthy options

Within each piece, the artists’ names can be found.

A scoop of summertime

Brianna M. Young, a Residence Life summer conference assistant, stops by Dauphin (with a Popsicle in hand) to check out the new works of art. Young is a senior in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration hailing from Fayetteville, N.C.

A hungry handful of awesome art has been served up by campus artists at the Capitol Eatery in Dauphin Hall. Six mosaic pieces – a spoon, fork, knife, plate of pancakes, ice cream cone and bowl of fruit – now grace a corner of the cafeteria. The artistic effort was led by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, and showcases the talents of 11 students enrolled in the Art of the Mosaic course during the Spring 2016 semester. The student artists are: Shakira E. Alleyne, of Brooklyn, New York, enrolled in individual studies; Kaitlyn L. Andersen, Mastic, New York, nursing; Delaney W. Blubaugh, Waynesboro, technology management; Rachel A. Eirmann, Bellefonte, individual studies; Leslie M. Medina, Kennett Square, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration; Morgan L. Royer, Spring Mills, graphic design; Haley J. Singer, Bellefonte, graphic design; Alayna C. Thomas, nursing, South Williamsport; Amanda M. Turner, Dover, graphic design; Henry M. Velez, Milford, residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; and Ryan S. Wilk, Coal Township, pre-nursing. Crissy L. McGinness, director of dining services, arranged for the artwork as she did for another creative cutlery project crafted by welding students and installed in the Keystone Dining Room in May.

Incoming Veteran Student Awarded ‘Help A Hero’ Scholarship

An incoming first-year student at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship administered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship,” awarded jointly by the VFW and the national Sport Clips Haircuts chain, was granted to Preston A. Emert, of Montoursville, a veteran and member of the Army National Guard who will begin classes as a pre-nursing major during the Fall 2016 semester.

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Emergency Management Interns Help Communities

Penn College emergency management technology students, including Emily V. Lenhart (right), of New Tripoli, participate in a tornado disaster exercise at the Emergency Operations Center in Williamsport.

Six students enrolled in emergency management technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology are honing their skills and helping their communities while serving in internships this summer.

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Air-Transport Crew Briefs EMS Students From Ground Up

A Life Flight crew – always made up of a pilot, flight registered nurse and paramedic, introduce students to Life Flight operations.

Paramedic Gregg Martuccio straps a student volunteer in for transport.

A crew from Geisinger Medical Center’s Life Flight medical transport fleet made its annual landing on the Madigan Library lawn on Thursday. The crew walked students in the Operations and Rescue Practices for the Paramedic course through safety procedures around the helicopter – one of seven in the Life Flight fleet. Students learned how to prepare for a Life Flight landing at an emergency scene and protocol for transferring a patient from on-ground care to the flight crew. Several Penn College graduates have become Life Flight medics.

Newly Connected Students Take Giant Step Toward College Life

Kimberly R. Cassel (on stage), director of student activities, and the Links warm up the Klump Academic Center crowd.

Lauren J. Crouse (kneeling), an applied human services major and one of this summer's lead Links, gets acquainted with her assigned first-year students.

The Connections beach ball, a toss-able conversation piece that probingly elicits answers to the day's important questions – Favorite jelly bean flavor? iPhone or Android? High school nickname? – lands with Amber M. Gardner. The Sugar Grove resident will be a pre-dental hygiene student this fall.

Jonathan W. Best (right), an incoming electronics and computer engineering technology major from Downington, has fun with the ice-breaker activity.

A gregarious bunch, those Links, having as much fun as anyone during their introduction to Connections participants

And just like that, the first week of Connections – Penn College’s summer orientation program facilitated by helpful staff and student Links – is history. A comprehensive schedule of activities provides a healthy mix of fun and information, from buying books and selecting a meal plan to learning about academic expectations and social opportunities, that gird new students and their families for the choices and challenges ahead. The next session will begin shortly after the Fourth of July holiday, as enrollees and parents alike celebrate (and occasionally mourn) their impending independence from one another.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Penn College Team Excels at International Competition

Nathan M. Eckstein, of Cambridge Springs, navigates the Penn College (No. 71) car during the four-hour endurance race at Baja SAE Rochester. Penn College claimed fifth place in the event.

A determined group of Pennsylvania College of Technology students enrolled in manufacturing-related majors proved to be among the best in the world at a recent high-powered international competition.

The nine-member Penn College contingent produced three top-five showings for individual events and finished 11th overall out of 98 collegiate teams at Baja SAE Rochester. The demanding Society of Automotive Engineers competition held at Rochester Institute of Technology required students to design and build a single-seat, off-road vehicle to be inspected by industry judges and to survive various performance tests.

“I am very proud of these students. They worked so hard, and it was great to see their effort pay off against tough competition,” said John G. Upcraft, instructor of automated manufacturing and machining and the team’s adviser. “We’ve participated in Baja SAE for about 10 years, and this is the best we have done overall. The students proved that they can beat teams from much larger schools.”

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‘Links’ Eager to Help New Students Greet Their Future

This summer's Links and Madigan Library: two sources of valuable information for Penn College students.

Front row (from left): Nina L. Walk, of Bellefonte, graphic design; Lindsey A. King, Hanover, pre-applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration; Alexandra D. Petrizzi, Langhorne, dental hygiene: health policy & administration concentration; David A. Gadalla, Carlisle, aviation maintenance technology; Lauren J. Crouse, Turbotville, applied human services; Alexis J. Medero, Levittown, civil engineering technology. Back row (from left): Caleb E. Cartmell, Honesdale, automotive technology management: automotive technology concentration; Mitchell J. Berninger, Williamsport, web and interactive media; Everett B. Appleby, Wilkes-Barre, building science and sustainable design: building construction technology concentration; Grant A. McCauley, Muncy, emergency management technology; Alexander R. Wetzel, Sunbury, industrial design; Duncan Rodriguez, Kunkletown, nursing.

The Summer 2016 Connections Links are ready to welcome guests to campus for Penn College’s orientation program starting Monday and running through July 21. Six two-day sessions (for first-year enrollees) and two one-day sessions (for adult learners and transfers) will prepare students and their families for the new experiences and challenges of college life. Offering their friendly faces at those sessions are 12 Connections Links, seasoned and knowledgeable student leaders ready to facilitate networking and answer a wide range of questions.

Grads Keep Cool, Maintain Public Safety in Crises

The School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications’ emergency management technology major is the focus of a new video on Penn College’s YouTube channel. The four-year degree prepares graduates for careers ranging from disaster planning specialist to public health preparedness coordinator through a comprehensive understanding of the phases of emergency management.

Manufacturing Student Among Competitors on ABC’s ‘BattleBots’

Team Hammertime includes Penn College student Alexander J. Horne (far left).

A student in Penn College’s manufacturing engineering technology major will compete on ABC’s “BattleBots” when the popular series begins its second season at 8 p.m. Thursday. Alexander J. Horne, of West Chester, co-designed and built the 250-pound robot – named SubZero – that will face off for Team Hammertime in the show’s opening round. An article about Horne (and his longtime fascination with bot-building) was published in a recent edition of his hometown paper, the Daily Local News.