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Diner’s Club Tours Area Vineyard, Plans Fall Activities

Kneeling: Amber S. English, Lewistown, hospitality management. Standing, from left: Katelynn M. Watson, Milton, culinary arts technology; Jessica N. Felton, State College, culinary arts and systems; Jessica R. Wollet, Williamsport, culinary arts technology; Alex D. Mytinger, New Berlin, occupational therapy assistant; and Dr. Chuck Zaleski, owner of Fero Vineyards & Winery.

Kneeling: Amber S. English, Lewistown, hospitality management. Standing, from left: Katelynn M. Watson, Milton, culinary arts technology; Jessica N. Felton, State College, culinary arts and systems; Jessica R. Wollet, Williamsport, culinary arts technology; Alex D. Mytinger, New Berlin, occupational therapy assistant; and Dr. Chuck Zaleski, owner of Fero Vineyards & Winery.

A winery tour

A winery tour

Harvest helpers

Harvest helpers

The Penn College Diner’s Club recently visited Fero Vineyards & Winery just outside Lewisburg, where the students helped to harvest grapes for pinot noir wine and toured the facility’s processing operation. The club has several more outings planned, including visits to Williamsport’s First Friday, participation in Oktoberfest events, ice-carving demonstrations at Penn College’s Open House, and trick-or-treating at local hospitals.
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Discounted ‘VoicePlay’ Tickets Available at CC Through Oct. 10

VoicePlay

VoicePlay

Straight from NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” a-cappella sensation VoicePlay will perform live at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. The Bush Campus Center has a limited number of tickets available for Penn College students, staff and employees at just $12.50 in the orchestra floor section of the Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at the CC information desk through Friday, Oct. 10, by cash, check or credit card. After Oct. 10, tickets can be purchased at full price directly from the CAC box office. For complete show information, visit www.caclive.com. A remix video of “Chandelier” is available at the group’s website. The Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College, is at 220 W. Fourth St. (just a few blocks from campus).

Penn College Hosts Third ‘Wildcat Comic Con’
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With the contest judges on either side, the adult cosplay winners prepare to take another bow.

The third time for Wildcat Comic Con went beyond charming into the realm of enchantment, as presenters and the public bonded over graphic novels, cosplay, gaming and other common interests. The event, held across Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus on a gorgeous fall Saturday, put a unique educational spin on popular culture – and left hundreds upon hundreds of attendees already anticipating a fourth installment.

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‘These Trees’ Art Installation Weaves Cross-Campus Connections
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"These Trees," an environmental art installation at Pennsylvania College of Technology, created by environmental artists Kathy Bruce and Alastair R. Noble, weaves together Shakespearean text and natural materials.

The third large-scale art installation created to celebrate Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial has woven together not only text and trees, but students from across campus.

Over two weeks, more than 160 students from various majors participated in the creation of “These Trees,” an art piece utilizing a variety of tree species harvested from Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center and installed on the west lawn of the Bush Campus Center at the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

Working alongside internationally known environmental artists Kathy Bruce and Alastair R. Noble, the students assisted in creating Bruce and Noble’s vision of a spiraling text quoting William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”

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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 Homecoming Offers Full Slate of Activities
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Themed “Then … Now … Forever Proud,” Centennial Homecoming at Pennsylvania College of Technology invites alumni back to their alma mater Oct. 10-12.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of education on Penn College’s campus. In November 1914, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette reported that 15,000 people attended a three-day celebration to mark the dedication of the city’s new high school building – now Penn College’s Klump Academic Center.

The community is again invited to join the celebration: a three-day Homecoming Carnival on the Madigan Library lawn near the main entrance. The carnival opens Friday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m.

From adult education classes held in the new high school’s shops grew Williamsport Technical Institute, which became Williamsport Area Community College and, 25 years ago, Pennsylvania College of Technology, a special mission affiliate of Penn State.

From those roots, a culture of statewide and national leadership in applied technology education and workforce development has blossomed. Homecoming provides an opportunity for alumni and students alike to reminisce on their place in the college’s rich history – and to join with students in ongoing traditions.

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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 →

Student Takes Welding Skills to Children’s Home in Middle East

Penn College student George W. Settle III, of Dillsburg, gathers with residents of Home of Hope, a facility for street children near Beirut, Lebanon. Settle, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, spent seven weeks at the home to teach welding and make repairs.

Pennsylvania College of Technology student George W. Settle III visited the Middle East this summer with plans to teach a handful of boys how to weld. After his seven-week visit, he learned far more than he taught.

Settle, of Dillsburg, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology at the college. He spent seven weeks at Home of Hope in the village of Kehale, Lebanon, about 10 miles from Beirut. The home provides shelter, education, socialization and recreation for street children, many of whom who have been used, abused or abandoned.

“I learned that, while most of us take for granted a loving embrace and a tender kiss, there are kids that are dying for just a hint of such tenderness; dying to be loved,” Settle said.

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Wednesday Tie-Dyeing Event Aids ‘Pink Out’ Prep

Rebecca J. Sisson, a pre-nursing  major from Nottingham (and a member of the Wildcat Dance Team) effects a spiral design with a fork.

Rebecca J. Sisson, a pre-nursing major from Nottingham (and a member of the Wildcat Dance Team) effects a spiral design with a fork.

A few squirts of the color du jour

A few squirts of the color du jour

Hands busily ply the tie-dyers' craft.

Hands busily ply the tie-dyers’ craft.

Raising awareness, dunk after dunk

Raising awareness, dunk after dunk

Shawn Bradley, assistant women's volleyball coach and a 2013 Penn College alumnus, adds his hands-on expertise.

Shawn Bradley, assistant women’s volleyball coach and a 2013 Penn College alumnus, adds his hands-on expertise.

Those in need of fitting attire for the “Pink Out” women’s volleyball game later this month found their solution Wednesday behind the Field House, where white T-shirts were tie-dyed pink in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Penn College community is encouraged to wear pink shirts – or hoodies or sweaters or headbands or whatever! – to Bardo Gym for a home contest against Penn State Berks, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. There will be free pink popcorn at the volleyball match, sponsored by the Off-Campus Housing Organization and Penn College Athletics, and a $50 Sheetz gift card will be awarded to the “pinkest” person in attendance. Information about breast cancer will be available and donations to the Making Strides Foundation will be accepted.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Jeffrey C. Comitz Named Semester’s First ‘Student of the Month’

Jeffrey C. Comitz

Jeffrey C. Comitz, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology major from Hughesville, has been chosen as the first Student of the Month of the Fall 2014 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Scheduled to graduate in May 2016, Comitz is a member of the student chapter of ASHRAE (formerly known as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers). He also interns as an energy management technician with the college’s General Services department, works part time at Planet Fitness and is enrolled in an online class for transfer credits.

“Jeff serves as a wonderful role model to the student body, showcasing his tremendous work ethic and academic abilities,” said one of his many nominators, “He is an ideal representation to employers and prospective students of the HVAC program offered here at Penn College and the caliber of professionals it produces.”

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Employers Schedule On-Campus Information Sessions

Employers schedule recruitment visits

Employers schedule recruitment visits

Two employers, hoping to fill positions in a variety of academic majors, will hold informational meetings at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for Penn College students and alumni. Fluor representatives will be on hand in Room 104 of College Avenue Labs at that time, and will schedule interviews to be conducted the following day in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center. Eaton will hold its session in CC, Room 205. Free pizza and soda will be available at both sessions. For details, including available positions and majors of interest, consult the flier: Employer Sessions

Forestry Students Attend Association Meeting as Invited Guests

From left, students Riggle, Knable and Becker lend an ear.

From left, students Riggle, Knable and Becker lend an ear.

DCNR Secretary Ferretti

DCNR Secretary Ferretti

Wiest and Metcalf

Wiest and Metcalf

Five second-year forest technology students attended the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association annual meeting at Toftrees Resort and Conference Center in State College on Tuesday night. Joining Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forest technology, as invited guests were Kenneth A. Riggle, of Blanchard; Seth K. Knable, of McVeytown; Alec K. Becker, of Port Matilda; Mark J. Wiest, of Montgomery; and Shelby K. Metcalf, of Benton. The group heard guest  speaker Ellen M. Ferretti, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, discuss the current and future health of the commonwealth’s forest industry.
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Students Celebrate National Surgical Technologists Week

Pennsylvania College of Technology surgical technology students painted a campus landmark in honor of National Surgical Technologists Week. Atop the rock, from left, are: Reda A. Vermilya, of Turbotville; Holly M. Neely, of Lebanon; Ronald M. Furr, of Sunbury; Victoria L. Candelora, of Shamokin; Ashley Holmes, of Muncy; and Chelsea E. Oldt, of Muncy. Ground level, from left: Leah M. Aldrich, of Hallstead; Emeka K. Okereh, of Williamsport; Jade E. Stover, of Jersey Shore; Rachel L. Carlson, of Blossburg; Nola C. Hitchens, of Williamsport; Margaret H. Hartman, of Leesport; Liliya S. Stefanovich, of Port Matilda; and Allison M. Fowler, of East Berlin.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s surgical technology Class of 2015 is joining hospitals and colleges throughout the U.S. in celebrating National Surgical Technologists Week, Sept. 21-27.

The week is promoted through the Association of Surgical Technologists to recognize this important segment of the health care field. To celebrate, Penn College students painted “The Rock,” a unique campus “billboard,” and were treated to a surprise lunch to start off the week.

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College Family Helps Bring Vital Issue ‘Out of the Darkness’

A handmade remembrance in the Field of Hearts pays tribute to an absent classmate.

A handmade remembrance in the Field of Hearts pays tribute to an absent classmate.

Counselor Mary Lee L. Kelly (left) and Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, are among the day's participants.

Counselor Mary Lee L. Kelly (left) and Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, are among the day’s participants.

Another Penn College group blends camaraderie and solidarity.

Another Penn College group blends camaraderie and solidarity.

College colleagues Judi L. Barr (left), senior account in financial operations, and Shawnalee E. Miller, Career Services secretary, snap a selfie.

College colleagues Judi L. Barr (left), senior account in financial operations, and Shawnalee E. Miller, Career Services secretary, snap a selfie.

Step by step and hand-in-hand, walkers literally take strides toward their goal.

Step by step and hand-in-hand, walkers literally take strides toward their goal.

A wide-ranging representation of the Penn College community – students and employees alike – contributed to record-setting results at Sunday’s sixth annual Greater Lycoming County “Out of the Darkness” Walk for Suicide Prevention and Awareness at Indian Park in Montoursville. Each fall, family members, friends and colleagues walk several miles together in hundreds of communities across the country to prevent suicide, raise awareness, and end the stigma that surrounds depression and other mental disorders. With each step, walkers endeavor to save lives, honor loved ones lost to suicide and financially support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s mission. The Montoursville event raised more than $19,000 toward its $20,000 goal; donations will be accepted online through Dec. 31. The local effort also made history by attracting about 350 walkers, far exceeding the approximately 260 in 2013. Among the Penn College participants were the Students Making a Contribution organization and a PCT Cares team of Student Affairs professionals. Students and employees were also represented in other groups, such as the Junior League and the Williamsport/Lycoming Young Professionals; a number of college counselors staffed the Serenity Tent; and the walk was again coordinated by Joe Miller, manager of audio-visual services, and his wife, Donna.
Photos provided by Caleb G. Schirmer, a technology management student from Sugarloaf, and Shawnalee E. Miller

Training Opportunities Accompany Launch of Campus ‘Safe Zones’

'Safe Zone' training available for campus community

‘Safe Zone’ training available for campus community

This fall, Penn College launched the Safe Zone program, an initiative designed to make campus a safer place for all students. Announced by President Davie Jane Gilmour at an all-college meeting of faculty and staff in August, Safe Zones is an employee professional development program designed to increase campus understanding and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, and provide support and a greater sense of community for LGBTQA students. Faculty and staff interested in the initiative can attend one of the upcoming Safe Zone trainings on Sept. 30, Oct. 3, Oct. 7 or Oct. 14 by registering through the online Employee Information System. Additional trainings will be scheduled for December’s Faculty Development days. Individuals who have completed the training may choose to display the Safe Zone logo (at left) in their work space to designate they are an ally for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students. Students are able to attend Ally Training to learn more about positive ally behaviors and creating a safe and inclusive campus. The inaugural Ally Training is scheduled from 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Students planning to attend can RSVP by email to Sara H. Ousby, associate director of student activities for diversity and cultural life. More about Penn College’s LGBTQA resources is available through the Student Activities website.

Flu Shots Available Through College Health Services Starting Oct. 2

Beginning Oct. 2, Penn College Health Services will administer flu shots to faculty, staff, students, dependents (9 and older), spouses, retirees and alumni in Room 150 of the Bush Campus Center from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. No appointment is necessary during those hours; the cost of the vaccine is $15. Payment will be accepted in cash, check (made payable to Penn College) or credit card. The only medical reason why someone should not receive the flu vaccine is an allergy to eggs, neomycin or polymixin, or a previous life-threatening reaction to an influenza vaccine, Health Services noted.

Automotive Residential Community Travels to Area Paintball Field

Living, learning and enjoying recreational downtime

Living, learning and enjoying recreational downtime

Eric D. Pruden – battle-stained, but still standing

Eric D. Pruden – battle-stained, but still standing

Penn College’s Automotive Living-Learning Community traveled together in early September to the Roundtop Mountain Resort for some paintball action. Automotive instructor Eric D. Pruden, LLC mentor Jackson S. Walker and Resident Assistant Kadeem D. Carter led several students in a day of paintball, good times and bonding. Community members along for the trip to Lewisberry included Austin Braxmeier, Derek A. Abreu, Kyle L. Jordan, Nicholas C. DeLambo, Logan R. Brooks and Scott J. Wagner. The college’s Residence Life Office offers four living-learning communities in on-campus housing to students enrolled in the same academic majors (automotive, health sciences, hospitality and information technology).
Photos provided by Carter, a collision repair technology student from Philadelphia

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