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Penn College IT Students Capture Digital ‘Flag’

Pennsylvania College of Technology students reached the virtual summit during a recent competition for information security practitioners. A team consisting of four information technology majors won the wireless “capture the flag” event during the Security B-Sides DC Conference in Washington, D.C.

Competing against students from other schools, as well as IT professionals, the Penn College team successfully employed radio frequency signals to access the opposition’s computer system and capture the “digital flag” stored on the system.

Members of the winning Penn College team were information assurance and security concentration majors Jeremy W. Rennicks, of Williamsport; David M. Mossop, of Newark, Delaware; Douglas S. Wilson, of Wellsville; and Zachary L. Lundberg, of Warren.

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‘American Bakery Classics’ Sale Set for Wednesday

The Advanced Patisserie Operations class will hold an “American Bakery Classics” 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 Haylee N. Swartz, of Newport, and Diana N. Lindner, of North White Plains, New York, both baking and pastry arts majors – for artisan breads, pastries and candies. More information, including a product list and instructions for pre-ordering a specially decorated cake, follows: American Bakery Classics

Industry Officials Celebrate HVAC Scholars in Campus Visit

From left, National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals representatives Angel Gonzales, Art Nelsen and Judy Garber join Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies; students Roger C. Bruso, Thomas E. Daros Jr. and Michael J. Boylston; and HVAC faculty members Kenneth E. Welker Jr. and Richard C. Taylor outside the PDC.

From left, National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals representatives Angel Gonzales, Art Nelsen and Judy Garber join Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies; students Roger C. Bruso, Thomas E. Daros Jr. and Michael J. Boylston; and HVAC faculty members Kenneth E. Welker Jr. and Richard C. Taylor outside the PDC.

Representatives of the National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals visited Penn College this week, getting a closer look at an institution that has steadily produced industry scholarship recipients in recent years. OESP Executive Director Judy Garber, Education Committee Director Angel Gonzales and Scholarship Committee member Art Nelsen joined School of Construction & Design Technologies administration, faculty and students for lunch in the Thompson Professional Development Center. They also toured the school’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning labs and the student-designed and -built Victorian House. Among those attending were three of this year’s Penn College winners of OESP’s Dave Nelsen Scholarships (named for Art’s brother, the National Association of Oil Heating Service Managers’ Education Committee chair who died in 1998): Michael J. Boylston, of Carmel, New York, and Roger C. Bruso, of Feeding Hills, Massachusetts, both enrolled in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology; and Thomas E. Daros Jr., of North Salem, New York, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology major. A fourth recipient, Evan J. Aigeldinger, graduated in May with an associate degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology. Representing the school were Marc E. Bridgens, dean; Richard C. Taylor, associate professor of plumbing and heating; and Kenneth E. Welker Jr., HVAC technology lecturer. “OESP and its predecessor, NAOHSM, have been extremely helpful to our students through these $5,000 scholarships that they have made available,” Taylor said. “I am very proud of our students for pursuing them – and winning them.”

Guerrero, Dressler Earn All-Conference Honors in Men’s Soccer

Hector Guerrero

Hector Guerrero

Christian Dressler

Christian Dressler

Two Penn College juniors were among those chosen when the North Eastern Athletic Conference announced its Men’s Soccer All-Conference selections Wednesday. Hector Guerrero, of Mexico City, earned Second Team honors as a goalkeeper, and Christian Dressler, of McAlisterville, was Third Team as a defender. NEAC All-Conference teams are determined by votes from the coaches of each member institution and are based solely on athletic performance during the year. Guerrero had a stellar season, totaling eight wins in 17 games played with a 1.3-goals-against average, a .827 save percentage and 105 saves. The business administration: management concentration major was ranked in the top five in the NEAC in all three categories. In addition, he recorded four shutouts. Dressler, a building automation technology student, was no slouch helping in those four shutouts as a central defender. He made 15 starts on the season, recording a goal and an assist along the way.

Lady Wildcats Place Three on Soccer All-Conference List

Valeria Passalacqua

Valeria Passalacqua

Jordan Courter

Jordan Courter

Caitlin McCarthy

Caitlin McCarthy

The North Eastern Athletic Conference announced its Women’s Soccer All-Conference selections Wednesday and Penn College senior Valeria Passalacqua, of McAlisterville; sophomore Jordan Courter, of Mill Hall; and freshman Caitlin McCarthy, of State College, were among them. All three student-athletes made Third-Team, All-Conference: Passlacqua as a forward, McCarthy as a midfielder and Courter as a defender. NEAC All-Conference teams are determined by votes from the coaches of each member institution and are based solely on athletic performance. Passalacqua, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major, led the Lady Wildcats in scoring on the year with seven goals while adding two assists in 16 games. Courter, a pre-occupational therapy assistant student, was the keystone of the team’s defense, helping in its four conference wins – including three shutouts in her 15 games. McCarthy, a physician assistant major, saw action in 12 matches despite missing several games due to injury, totaling a goal and three assists.

‘Race to Zero’ Presentation to Be Held Thursday in ACC

"Race to Zero"

“Race to Zero”

Want a $0.00 energy bill? It is possible! The Penn College community can learn how at Thursday’s “Race to Zero” presentation, set for 3:30 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Everyone will learn about current standards that can be used to design houses that produce as much energy as they use. All students are invited to be part of the U.S. Department of Energy Student Design Competition team, putting their combined skills – architecture; surveying; construction management; estimating; interior design; landscaping; and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems – toward a Habitat for Humanity home to be built in the Brodart neighborhood of Williamsport in the summer of 2015. Their design will be submitted in the DOE contest, intended to inspire and develop the next generation of building science professionals.

Students Take Restored Car to Hershey, Return Victorious – Again

Automotive restoration technology students with the Chevelle outside Madigan Library

Automotive restoration technology students with the Chevelle outside Madigan Library

A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport, fastidiously restored by Penn College students over the past three years, won a first-place junior award at the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Eastern Regional Fall Meet held this month in Hershey. “This was truly an amazing opportunity for the automotive restoration technology students of the college,” collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger said. “Student hands completed each and every task with precision.” The junior trophy, the highest that could have been awarded on the vehicle’s initial entry, came in one of the most competitive classes – and in a field dominated by restoration professionals. “The 1970 Chevelle has been a great learning experience,” said Robert J. Hiller, of Hawley. “It has enabled me to do a few things I never thought I would ever do, like laying out stripes and using the different steps required to apply them to the car, and putting in a bow-type headliner. The Chevelle has also helped me understand the importance of research; the research helped us complete the car as correctly as we could down to each nut and bolt. The car has taught me the importance of the minor details and how they are the difference between a good restoration and a very good restoration.” Watch PCToday for more on the junior award, the second won by an AACA Museum car restored at Penn College.

Aramark Healthcare Schedules On-Campus Recruitment Visit

Aramark

Aramark

Aramark Healthcare representatives will hold an informational meeting for Penn College students and alumni in Room 205 of the Bush Campus Center at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Priority will be given to assorted majors in the School of Health Sciences and the School of Business & Hospitality, but others are welcome to attend. For details, including available positions and academic areas of interest, consult the employers’ fliers: Aramark

Culinary, Horticulture Students Exhibit Floral Handiwork in Elective

Sharing the fruits of their hands-on study of floral-design techniques are Brianna E. Bucklin ...

Sharing the fruits of their hands-on study of floral-design techniques are Brianna E. Bucklin …

... Alexander R. Campolongo ...

… Alexander R. Campolongo …

... Darren J. Layre ...

… Darren J. Layre …

... Chris J. Troxell ...

… Chris J. Troxell …

... and Brandy N. White.

… and Brandy N. White.

Acquiring an appreciation of basic floral-design principles – and colorfully applying those elements in their course work – students in Karen R. Ruhl’s Art of Floral Design class produced strikingly original and stunningly beautiful projects at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center this past week. Those whose craft is displayed here are culinary arts and systems majors Brianna E. Bucklin, of Whitehall, Alexander R. Campolongo, of State College, and Darren J. Layre, of Hatboro; Chris J. Troxell, of Summit Hill, enrolled in ornamental horticulture: landscape technology emphasis; and Brandy N. White, of Lewisburg, an ornamental horticulture: plant production emphasis student.

Photos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies

Off-Campus Residents Enjoy Literal ‘Field Trip’ to Area Pumpkin Patch

The autumn excursion to Ard's Farm included games outside the corn maze ...

The autumn excursion to Ard’s Farm included games outside the corn maze …

... and a hayride to the pumpkin patch.

… and a hayride to the pumpkin patch.

Community Assistants Lauren J. Crouse and Sarah Boyer took a group of off-campus students to Ard’s Farm in Lewisburg on Friday for a bit of seasonal fun. The trip included a hayride, a take-home pumpkin from the patch, a wander through the Big Country Corn Maze and a hot dog/s’mores campfire roast. The Off-Campus Housing Organization helped with the cost of the
Photos provided by Boyer, a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration student from Great Mills, Maryland

Students Among Top Performers in Worldwide Business Game

Continuing a tradition of excellence, a team of Pennsylvania College of Technology business students cracked the Top 10 in an international business-simulation game, while another entered the Top 100 in two categories among competitors from colleges and universities around the world.

The Business Strategy Game is a total enterprise activity, through which each team manages a virtual athletic footwear company competing in a global marketplace. All participating teams are ranked weekly in four categories: overall game-to-date score, earnings per share, return on average equity and stock price.

There were close to 3,900 teams from 240 colleges and universities competing the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5, when the Penn College teams first cracked the Top 100, and nearly 4,400 teams from 266 colleges participating the following week.

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Students, Local Growers Collaborate in Farm-to-Plate Experience

Culinary arts and systems students Rachel A. Mertz and Sammera T. Fleming serve a variety of cake.

Culinary arts and systems students Rachel A. Mertz and Sammera T. Fleming serve a variety of cake.

Culinary arts and systems student Dallas A. Tyree – one of the event’s student managers – serves a kale-and-white-bean dish to market visitor David L. Evans, professor of biology (anatomy and physiology).

Culinary arts and systems student Dallas A. Tyree – one of the event’s student managers – serves a kale-and-white-bean dish to market visitor David L. Evans, professor of biology (anatomy and physiology).

The School of Business & Hospitality’s Catering class made its annual visit Saturday to the Williamsport Growers Market, where they prepared a menu of free samples made from ingredients donated by market vendors. It is a valuable learning opportunity for Penn College students, as they interact with growers and work with fresh, local ingredients while practicing their skills at off-site catering. The class is taught by Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, and the “customer appreciation” visit to the market is coordinated with the help of Anne Nordell, of Beech Grove Farm and a member of the Williamsport Outdoor Growers Association.

Penn College Cisco Networking Academy to Host Technology Demonstration

Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco Networking Academy

NetBrain Technologies Inc. will provide Penn College students with a demonstration of its map-driven, network-automation software during a virtual conference, scheduled from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Room E140 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. The presentation will feature Christel Glaser, an account executive with the Burlington, Massachusetts-based company, the mission of which is to empower professionals by making network management simple and visual with transformational technology. NetBrain’s customer base includes organizations in health care, financial services, the government and telecommunications, including AT&T, BP, MITRE, Lockheed Martin, NASA and the U.S. Army. The presentation will demonstrate to students the power of NetBrain’s map-based automation to discover, document and troubleshoot business-critical, enterprise-grade networks to simplify and reduce the efforts associated with network management. The demo, hosted by the Penn College Cisco Networking Academy, is an opportunity for all information technology students to learn about some amazing technology from network professionals. For more information, contact Jeff B. Weaver, associate professor of electronics, or Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of information technology.

Four Talented Students Advance to Final Round of ‘Penn College Star’

Fun with the evening's student hosts: George W. Settle III, last year's champion, and Lauren J. Crouse, OCHO vice president

Fun with the evening’s student hosts: George W. Settle III, last year’s champion, and Lauren J. Crouse, OCHO vice president

A panoramic view of a co-host, the audience and performers waiting in the wings

A panoramic view of a co-host, the audience and performers waiting in the wings

Magician Jonathan D. Straub enthralls the Dauphin Hall crowd.

Magician Jonathan D. Straub enthralls the Dauphin Hall crowd.

Four students – all of them music-makers in some form or another – have moved on to the finale of the “Penn College Star” talent competition, vying to be the winner when the last round is held at 9 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The top finishers in this past week’s second round, as chosen by audience text messages and judges’ scores, are James C. Hendrie, of Gettysburg, a software development and information management major; Lucas P. Crawford, a manufacturing engineering technology student from New Bethlehem; Gwendolyn A. Ntim, of Yonkers, New York, a pre-nursing student; and Kyle T. Smithmyer, of Huntingdon, enrolled in surveying technology. Other contestants during Wednesday’s event were Jonathan D. Straub, a graphic design student from Williamsport who performed magic, and Brett F. Warkoski, of Lancaster, a guitarist/songwriter/vocalist majoring in industrial and human factors design. Round-two judges were Dining Services manager Jason K. Eichensehr; Michael J. Hersh, digital media production assistant; and Julia I. Gilchrist, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Hanover who was among last year’s competitors. “Penn College Star” is sponsored by the Off-Campus Housing Organization and the Residence Life and Student Activities offices.
Photos by Whitnie-rae Mays, an applied technology studies major from Williamsport

College Holds Centennial Open House
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Victoria Krueger, a student ambassador stationed in an information tent by "The Rock," points a family in the right direction.

Penn College welcomed prospective students, their families and friends, and its community neighbors to Fall Open House on Sunday. Helpful employees, students and alumni were on hand throughout the day to enable exploration of academic programs, student life, and the college’s campuses and facilities. The student-focused portion of the day was held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; free transportation was provided to and from the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood and the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville. A Community Centennial Event, inviting the public to help celebrate 100 years of adult education, was from 2-4 p.m.

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