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Tragedy Reminds PA Student What Patient ‘Care’ Is All About
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Filippo D. “Flip” Borsellino

Pennsylvania College of Technology physician assistant student Filippo D. “Flip” Borsellino, now looking forward to his final two rounds of clinical internships before graduating in August, encountered a doctor, a community – and a tragedy – that have helped to shape his goals as a health care provider.

In September, Borsellino was in the first days of his very first “clinical rotation,” a Family Practice Internship with Dr. Stephen J. Renzi in Troy, when the community was shaken by the death of a 7-year-old boy. The boy had been riding in a cart behind his father’s bicycle when the bike and a pickup truck collided.

Borsellino said that the boy’s family had just moved to Troy from the South, but what he witnessed in the family’s new hometown was inspiring and admirable.

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3-D Printers Build Penn College Students’ Expertise

3-D printing is much more than a buzz term at Penn College. The printers are a reality for students, who long have engaged in additive manufacturing in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. “They are driving the car instead of just looking at it from a distance in the showroom,” says Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, in a video added to the college’s YouTube Channel. “A number of our students are actually directly hired into a company because they can, in fact, either work in an already set-up environment or set one up themselves.”

Penn College Student Receives Mapworks Scholarship

Dalaney T. Vartenisian

For her response to a national contest regarding how participation in a program offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology helped her, a Penn College student was recently selected to receive a Mapworks Scholarship.

The recipient, Dalaney T. Vartenisian, of Trout Run, is a Dean’s List student in the college’s Web and interactive media major and holds a part-time job on campus as a student photographer.

The Mapworks Scholarship is a national contest for first- and second-year college students who have participated in the Mapworks program. Mapworks is an online retention-management tool that helps facilitate student success. It identifies at-risk students early in the academic year and provides tools to coordinate and manage support and necessary interventions for these students. Penn College began using Mapworks in the fall of 2011 for all first-year students.​

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LCCC Grads Gain Streamlined Path for Continued Architectural Study

Students in Luzerne County Community College’s architectural engineering technology associate-degree program will benefit from a recently signed agreement that establishes a clear and efficient path to complete a bachelor’s degree in building science and sustainable design at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

After completing a strong foundation with an associate degree at LCCC, students have the opportunity to continue the career ladder at Penn College and complete coursework that prepares them to enter careers as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design specialists, sustainable designers or architectural project team members. In addition to new-building design, students have the opportunity to gain skills that are vital to historic preservation and the renovation and reuse of existing structures.

“We look forward to welcoming the Luzerne County Community College students to our campus and providing a seamless pathway to the bachelor’s degree,” said Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies at Penn College. “The articulation agreement provides a benefit to the student, the industry and both institutions. Being the next step in the lifelong learning process is exciting.”

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Spring 2015 Roster of Penn College Graduates Published
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The list of graduates for the Spring 2015 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been released.

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College’s Spring 2015 Dean’s List Announced
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The Spring 2015 dean’s list has been issued at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Peggy Madigan Scholarship Awarded to Jersey Shore Student

Sapphire Naugle is awarded the 2015 Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship by state Sen. Gene Yaw (left) and Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. Naugle, a senior at Jersey Shore Area High School, will be a plastics and polymer engineering technology major at Penn College starting this fall.

A Jersey Shore Area High School student was presented with the 2015-16 Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Sapphire Naugle, of Jersey Shore, will enroll in the plastics and polymer engineering technology baccalaureate major at Penn College for Fall 2015.

The scholarship – named in memory of the late wife of former state Sen. Roger A. Madigan, who represented the 23rd District – may be used to help defray the costs of tuition, fees, books, tools and other required supplies. Applicants are required to write an essay describing the community service they have performed and the value that service has added to the community.

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Blogger Writes Glowingly About College’s ‘Working World Within’

Countdown to College Coach

Countdown to College Coach

A college-prep expert, who helps parents navigate the maze of higher education, is writing about Penn College for a national audience. Suzanne Shaffer, author of the Parents Countdown to College Coach blog, extensively toured campus on April 29-30. “Once students graduate from Penn College, they can hit the ground running. It’s not necessary for employers to train them on basic techniques or skills,” she writes in the just-posted second installment. “They are familiar with equipment, tools, practices and techniques used to work at their chosen career immediately after graduation. Employers hire Penn College students because they know these students have been trained properly and are familiar with their products, services and equipment.” Shaffer’s introductory piece, “Degrees That Work: One College’s Best-Kept Secret,” debuted earlier in the month. Shaffer is supplementing her blog with references to Penn College on social media.

‘Penn College Awards’ Honor Dazzling Dozen From Class of ’15

Twelve leading members of the Class of 2015 were honored at Thursday’s Penn College Awards banquet at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, an annual celebration of the outstanding students who help shape their world through service to community, campus and peers.

“Penn College is a great place because of students like you. Thank you for your hard work. Thank you for your service to the college and the community,” said Bradley M. Webb, director of student affairs administration. “And thank you for enriching the lives of your fellow students.”

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Welding Students Bring ‘Student Bodies’ to Life in YouTube Video

Following the lead of metal sculptor and welding instructor Michael K. Patterson, welding majors at Penn College employed their skills to create “Student Bodies,” abstract human forms that line the main campus mall. The project, one of three outdoor art installations dedicated during the college’s 2014 Centennial celebration, is chronicled in a new YouTube video. “The school obviously gives us a lot. A lot of skills. A lot of stuff we can take out into the world,” says Peter K. Ptacek,  a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Lewisburg. “It’s just really nice to be able to leave something behind.”

More Than 900 Graduate in Spring Commencement Ceremonies
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Seeming superheroes keep their date with a diploma.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held three commencement ceremonies May 15-16 for more than 900 students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2015 semester. The Friday afternoon proceedings at the Community Arts Center honored students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Construction & Design Technologies. The School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies were featured Saturday morning, while students from the the School of Health Sciences and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications graduated during the afternoon session. Student speakers were Matthew J. Glodowski, of Hainesport, New Jersey, awarded a bachelor’s degree in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration on Friday; Andrew S. Manley, of Cogan Station, who earned two bachelor’s degrees – information technology sciences: gaming and simulation, and software development and information management on Saturday morning; and Bethany M. Reppert, of Minersville, who received a bachelor’s degree in applied human services Saturday afternoon. The college also bestowed three Excellence in Teaching Awards and three alumni awards.

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Penn College’s May 2015 Graduates Honored

Pennsylvania College of Technology has presented student achievement awards to its May 2015 graduates.

More than 900 students petitioned to graduate at the conclusion of the spring semester, and three commencement ceremonies were held May 15-16 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport. Penn College is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University.

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Soon-to-Be-Grads Grab One More Tool on Way to Work

Matthew D. Bohlen

Matthew D. Bohlen

Ryan T. Fry

Ryan T. Fry

Zachary R. Beaver

Zachary R. Beaver

Zachary A. Green

Zachary A. Green

Four students graduating Friday from the School of Construction & Design Technologies spent much of the day in the carpentry lab, demonstrating their acquired talents in hopes of attaining a Pennsylvania Builders Association advanced skill endorsement. For several hours, the students – Zachary R. Beaver, of Danville; Matthew D. Bohlen, of Lancaster; Ryan T. Fry, of Nazareth; and Zachary A. Green, of Kensington, Maryland – were put through a series of competencies developed by Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology, based on industry standards. Under the watchful eyes of faculty (including Whitmyer and Barney A. Kahn IV, instructor of building construction technology), the students demonstrated layouts for wall, stairs, rafters and porches; framing skills; exterior finishing; drywall; and trim and millwork. The PBA, which has endorsed the college’s building construction technology and building construction technology: masonry emphasis majors, offers the advanced skill credential to increase students’ credibility as they enter the labor force. Fry is earning his degree in residential construction technology and management; the others are graduating in building construction technology. Windows, longer-length lumber and other materials used in the testing were donated by Your Building Centers.

Forest Technology Student Receives Memorial Scholarship

A forest technology student at Pennsylvania College of Technology has received a scholarship from a fund that memorializes a longtime regional leader in the lumber industry.

Harley R. Heichel, of Wellsboro, received the $1,000 award from the Richard P. Lauchle Forestry Scholarship Fund created by the Keystone Wood Products Association and administered by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. The check was presented during the association’s recent annual membership dinner, held at The Watson Inn in Watsontown.

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Champion Archer Demonstrates Skill for Visiting Cub Scout Pack

An attentive crowd watches a champion at work.

An attentive crowd watches a champion at work.

Precision under the waning sun

Precision under the waning sun

A new "fan club" forms

A new “fan club” forms

The boys from Cub Scout Pack 38 (and their parents) were treated to an archery exhibition by Wildcat All-American Kendel F. Baier on Wednesday evening, leaving campus quite impressed with her prowess and accuracy. “We truly appreciate your time and consideration,” Scout leader Gigi Dammer told the Jersey Shore resident. “What a pleasure it was for you to show my young Cub Scouts how determination, practice and hard work really pay off!” The group, from St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Loyalsock Township, watched Baier shoot balloons off the targets from 55 yards. She also shot at the 77-yard target used by recurve archers at the outdoor practice range off Rose Street. The college’s Athlete of the Year in 2014 and a national bowhunter champion, Baier will graduate this weekend with a degree in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration.
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