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‘Dream Week’ Keynoter Brings Message of Unity to Campus

Washington conducts a professional-development session in Penn's Inn, challenging those in higher education to engage one another in building community.

At the consultant's direction, participants rise to shake hands with someone they didn't know well ...

... an exercise that was repeated that evening in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Washington also urged attendees to sit with an erstwhile stranger for the remainder of the program, busting through comfort zones into an area of mutual acceptance.

Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement, introduces Washington ...

... who closed out the Martin Luther King-related celebration with inspiring words.

In a pair of events that were both interactive and inclusive, a Baltimore-based consultant helped round out Penn College’s observance of Dream Week on Thursday. Jamie Washington facilitated an afternoon session for employees and students – “Leadership and Diversity in the 21st Century” –and returned to campus that evening for a public lecture, “The Content of Our Character: Doing the Work to Live Out the Dream of Inclusion.” The evening appearance by the speaker, founder and president of the Washington Consulting Group, was featured in a front-page article in Friday’s editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Marine Corps to Meet With Students, Alumni

U.S. Marine Corps

Recruiting among students and alumni in all of Penn College’s four-year majors, the Marine Corps Officer Program will visit campus Tuesday. Representatives will be in the Hager Lifelong Education Center lobby (near the Penn Central dining unit) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For details, consult the Career Services flier: Marine Officer Program

Series Acclimates Transfer Students to Penn College

Jennifer I. Watson, coordinator of transfer initiatives, engages her audience at Tuesday's session.

Students gather in the Thompson Professional Development Center along with presenters (from left at rear) Sal Vitko and Allison A. Bressler, assistant directors of student activities, and Watson.

Tabletop questions offer a steppingstone to participation.

Paul R. Watson II, dean of academic services and college transitions, offers a word to the "whys" of policies and procedures.

Newly enrolled transfer students benefited this week from the first session in the “Transfer Transitions: Staying Connected” program being held this semester. When students transfer to Penn College with more than 15 credits, they are exempt from First Year Experience classes and miss out on valuable information about specific institutional processes. The series helps transfer students to network with one another, and to connect with campus resources and personnel to aid their success. Topics during the 90-minute presentation were campus involvement, Penn College procedures and policies (such as fairness and academic dishonesty), midterm grades and reports, scheduling and advising weeks, and career options and networking. Other sessions are scheduled for March 16 and April 18.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Helping Hands (and Feet) Add Meaning to King Tribute

Phi Mu Delta President Paul M. Lasell, of Williamsport, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major

Unselfish in their community commitment and undeterred by winter’s chill, about 225 people participated in Monday’s 10th annual Peace Walk to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King. Members of the Penn College community (with notable contributions from fraternity members and Wildcat student-athletes) were among those gathering at Lycoming College’s Lamade Gymnasium for the kickoff event, and more than 150 walkers – honoring the theme of a day ON rather than a holiday off – stuck around to perform service projects on behalf of 15 local nonprofits (West End Christian Community Center, Saving Grace Shelter, American Rescue Workers, Sojourner Truth Ministries, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Footprints of Montgomery, New Love Center Food Pantry, Family Promise of Lycoming County, West House, Center City Food Bank, Firetree Place, Transitional Living Center and the Salvation Army in Williamsport, Muncy and Lock Haven). The two colleges were co-organizers, along with STEP Inc. AmeriCorps and the Beloved Community Council.

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‘Dream Week’ Guest to Facilitate Discussion, Deliver Keynote Address

Jamie Washington

The president and founder of a multicultural organizational development firm, a self-described “instrument of change,” will be the keynote speaker as Pennsylvania College of Technology continues its Dream Week reflections on the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr.

“The Content of Our Character: Doing the Work to Live Out the Dream of Inclusion” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday by Jamie Washington, whose Baltimore-based Washington Consulting Group has been named one of the Top 10 Global Diversity Consultants in the world. The presentation, free and open to the public, will be in Penn College’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

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Penn College Plastics Student Awarded Scholarship

Logan A. Tate

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student is one of seven nationwide recipients of a scholarship from the Plastics Pioneers Association.

The nonprofit, membership organization awarded a $3,000 scholarship to Logan A. Tate, of Williamsport, for his commitment to becoming a hands-on professional in the plastics industry as a technician or engineer.

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‘The World Is Waiting. Are You Ready?’

Johnathan T. Capps, an applied technology studies major from North Wales, poses that vital question during the second in a planned series of 30-second branding spots newly posted to the Penn College’s YouTube channel. Thanks to degrees that work, Penn College students are empowered to be tomorrow’s dreamers, pioneers and leaders. Along with the college’s first branding-campaign commercial – which featured welding and fabrication engineering technology major Stephanie M. Puckly asking, “What if you could change the world?” – the spots air on various broadcast and cable outlets in Pennsylvania and online.

Homeowners Invited to Undergo Student-Led Energy Audits

auditStudents in the Renewable Energy Technologies course are looking for homes in which to perform energy audits, identify energy-saving measures and recommend renewable systems. To qualify, a home must be a freestanding single-family dwelling. Students will come to the house and evaluate it as part of their course requirements. They will produce a report that will document how airtight the home is and where it leaks air, recommend ways in which energy use and comfort can be improved, and show how renewable energy (photovoltaic and solar thermal systems) can be integrated. Those interested in volunteering their homes are asked to email Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architectural technology, and include an address, phone number and email. What secrets does your house keep?  The students will find out using a blower door test and infrared thermal imaging. The images above show the corner/ceiling of a client’s bedroom: on the left is what it actually looks like; on the right is a thermal image.  The images were taken on a cold winter day, so the interior of the house was warm (yellow colors in second image) and the places where there is missing or compromised insulation in the ceiling and air infiltration on walls are cold (which shows as blue in the right-hand photo). “My husband, Jeff, and I were pleased to have our home chosen by a team of two students for the energy audit,” said Kimberly M. Antion, secretary to the School of  Construction & Design Technologies. “The students conducted themselves very professionally while in our home.  They explained what they were going to do and asked questions of my husband and me when necessary.  The blower-door test produced some startling results that Jeff and I are now in the process of remediating. We are both glad that we had this energy audit done on our home. It will not only save us energy dollars, but also contribute to reducing the carbon footprint.”

Penn College Issues List of Fall 2016 Graduates

The list of Fall 2016 graduates from Pennsylvania College of Technology has been released.

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Fall 2016 Dean’s List Announced

The Fall 2016 dean’s list has been released at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Penn College Contingent Participates in Conferences

J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology at Penn College, holds his Autodesk Expert Elite Award, which was presented to him for his outstanding contribution to Autodesk community forums.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students and faculty were big winners recently in Las Vegas. The contingent attended two major industry conferences during the same week.

Representatives from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies participated in FABTECH 2016 and the Autodesk University conference. FABTECH is the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in North America; the Autodesk event is geared to those who utilize the company’s computer-aided design software.

J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology, received special recognition at the Autodesk conference. He completed the Inventor 2017 certified professional exam and was presented with the Autodesk Expert Elite Award for his outstanding contribution to Autodesk community forums.

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Free Student Tickets Available for Several CAC Shows

Limited student tickets available

A limited number of free tickets are available to Pennsylvania College of Technology students for several of this season’s Community Arts Center shows. In order to give the most students the opportunity to attend a free performance, a student with a valid Penn College ID may pick up one ticket for one performance per semester, while supplies last. For shows deemed “family friendly,” a student with a valid Penn College ID may pick up four tickets for one performance per semester. Students will have the opportunity to receive additional tickets if any remain unclaimed one week before the performance date.

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iLuminate: The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have in the Dark!

iLuminate

From “America’s Got Talent” and a recent New York City tour, iLuminate will light up the Community Arts Center’s stage – literally – at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Bush Campus Center Information Desk has a limited number of free tickets available to students, plus tickets to sell for a discounted price of $20 for students, faculty and staff.  Penn College students and employees can buy additional tickets for family members at the Campus Center, as well, while supplies last. (Please note: only students can get into the theater with a student ticket. Students are ages preschool through college. All tickets will be checked at the door. College students must present valid student ID night of show.) iLuminate is an entertainment technology company that combines state-of-the-art technology with electrifying entertainers who perform in the dark to create the ultimate performing-arts experience. Founded by dancer and software engineer Miral Kotb, iLuminate enables performers, choreographers, engineers, technicians, stylists and artistic directors to produce explosive performances with customized wireless-lighting programs. The results are extraordinary lighting effects choreographed with phenomenal dance moves that take viewers on an exhilarating ride. All orders must be paid with cash, check or credit card. 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 the offer ends Feb. 1. For complete show details and a video clip, visit the CAC website. The Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of the college, is at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport (just a few blocks from campus). Complimentary Show Shuttle service will be available for the show.

Jan. 17-18 Blood Drive to Benefit THON

THON to benefit from Jan. 17-18 blood donations

College Health Services and the American Red Cross encourage the campus community to donate much-needed blood during their drive, scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 17-18 in Penn’s Inn.  Online appointments to contribute to this lifesaving mission are available, and each presenting donor will result in a $4 donation to the THON fight against pediatric cancer. All donors will receive Pizza Hut pizza, a beverage and a “We Challenge U” T-shirt after their contribution. In addition, successful donors will be entered in a Health Services-sponsored drawing for one of three $50 Sheetz gift cards.

Penn College at Wellsboro Holds Practical Nursing Graduation

Fourteen students graduated Dec. 15 from the Practical Nursing Program at Penn College at Wellsboro. Front row (from left): Marie L. Andrews, Lori A. Laubenstein, Jami N. Andrews and Megan M. Legerlotz. Back row (from left): Sarah A. Blass, Kayre Piaquadio, Adrienne M. Foresman, Kathy Simmons, Emma L. McCleary, Haley A. Henry, Charlene Jones, Lori A. Cummings, Sheenah E. Pellicano and Melissa A. Lehman.

Fourteen students recently graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Technology North Campus Outreach Practical Nursing Program.

The ceremony was held Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Wellsboro Area School District Administration Building, followed by a reception for family and friends.

The students selected Natalie O. DeLeonardis, former coordinator of the North Campus Outreach Practical Nursing Program, as speaker for the ceremony.

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