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Penn College Summer Commencement to Be Held Aug. 9
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A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, for the nearly 270 students who have petitioned to graduate following the summer sessions at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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

The student speaker is Kaitlin M. Savidge, of Northumberland, who will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in emergency medical services. Prior to commencement, Savidge will receive the Susquehanna Health Program Award for Paramedic, the Dennis R. Dougherty Award for Paramedic and the Paramedic Director’s Award.

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‘Pack the Park’ Celebrates College Centennial With Crosscutters

"Pack the Park" on July 22!

“Pack the Park” on July 22!

Show your Centennial pride by wearing Penn College, Williamsport Area Community College or Williamsport Technical Institute clothing and be eligible to win prizes during Tuesday’s “Pack the Park” night at Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field. Alumnus Nicholas D. Biddle (’07, graphic design) will sing the National Anthem and Allen “Sonny” Yearick (’46, machining), the first Little League alumnus to play professional baseball, will throw out the first pitch. Pick up your free tickets at the Student and Administrative Services Center information desk, Student Activities information desk (Bush Campus Center, first floor) or by contacting the Alumni Relations Office. Come out and watch the Williamsport Crosscutters take on the Batavia Muckdogs; gates open at 6 p.m.; game time is 7:05.

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 →

As Sun Sets on Another ‘Connections’ Group, Student Links Keep Things Light

Emma J. Sutterlin, a Connections Link and applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, enlivens the Uno table ...

Emma J. Sutterlin, a Connections Link and applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, enlivens the Uno table …

... with a contagious expressiveness that spills over into a game of Life with Peter B. McCartney, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Newark, Delaware.

… with a contagious expressiveness that spills over into a game of Life with Peter B. McCartney, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Newark, Delaware.

Comedian Michael Dean Ester, an orientation tradition, entertains the Connections crowd in Dauphin Hall.

Comedian Michael Dean Ester, an orientation tradition, entertains the Connections crowd in Dauphin Hall.

Incoming first-year students are mentored by seasoned campus veterans: from left, Links Kyle D. Bomboy, a physician assistant major from Unityville; Sutterlin; Jessica R. Wiegand, of Trout Run, enrolled in business administration: marketing concentration; and Gabrielle M. Leister, of Mifflintown, majoring in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration.

Incoming first-year students are mentored by seasoned campus veterans: from left, Links Kyle D. Bomboy, a physician assistant major from Unityville; Sutterlin; Jessica R. Wiegand, of Trout Run, enrolled in business administration: marketing concentration; and Gabrielle M. Leister, of Mifflintown, majoring in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration.

Trevor I. Brandt (wearing a blue Link shirt), a web and interactive media major from Cashtown, helps smiles erupt during some serious Quizzo competition.

Trevor I. Brandt (wearing a blue Link shirt), a web and interactive media major from Cashtown, helps smiles erupt during some serious Quizzo competition.

The Connections orientation program continues through the summer, giving students and their guests a comprehensive welcome to Penn College. Small-group interaction allows students to get to know the campus – and one another – as they (and their parents) ease the growing pains of transition. While daytime sessions cover a variety of important topics relating to college life, there is ample time to unwind with board games, playing cards, trivia and other ice-breakers. And who better to help document the after-hours fun than an in-the-know student?
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Penn College Celebrates Centennial, Anniversary of PSU Affiliation

In this 1989 photo, from left, Penn State President Bryce Jordan, Gov. Robert P. Casey, Penn College President Robert L. Breuder and Penn College Board Chairman Rep. Alvin C. Bush commemorate legislation creating Pennsylvania College of Technology as an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University.

This year’s Centennial observance at Pennsylvania College of Technology, celebrating 100 years of adult education at an institution nationally known for providing graduates the practical tools with which to build substantial and sustainable careers, will include a July gathering of those who helped chart that historic course.

The yearlong commemoration coincides with another watershed anniversary: 25 years since Penn College was created as a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University on July 1, 1989.

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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 →

Orientation Program Connects Students, Parents to Penn College Community

Connections participants gather in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Connections participants gather in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Residence Life coordinator Matthew C. Helf highlights a crucial topic: "Living away from home."

Residence Life coordinator Matthew C. Helf highlights a crucial topic: “Living away from home.”

The Links prepare for their vital interaction with incoming students.

The Links prepare for their vital interaction with incoming students.

 An afternoon session in Penn's Inn focuses on interaction with classmates, faculty and staff ...

An afternoon session in Penn’s Inn focuses on interaction with classmates, faculty and staff …

... including helpful advice from Sara H. Ousby, associate director of student activities for diversity and cultural life.

… including helpful advice from Sara H. Ousby, associate director of student activities for diversity and cultural life.

Penn College held the first of its summerlong Connections sessions this week, preparing new students and their families for the imminent start of the fall semester. Through presentations and activities, Connections staff – including crucial involvement from student Links – share practical information on everything from buying books and choosing a meal plan to roommate survival and balancing academic rigor with stress relief. Five more sessions are scheduled in coming weeks, followed by special one-day programs for nontraditional and transfer students.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Class Completes Centennial Mosaic Artwork at Penn College

A mosaic created for Penn College’s Centennial by eight students and an instructor adorns a wall at the Physician Assistant Center on the main campus.

Piecing together approximately 14,000 fragments of ceramic tile, marble, mirror and stones, eight students and an instructor took one month to create a beautiful legacy in the center of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus.

The Centennial Mosaic, designed by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, is now complete on a wall of the Physician Assistant Center in the middle of campus. Measuring approximately 17 by 25 feet, the mosaic’s design relates to “social connectedness, paths travelled, dreams and the pleasure of learning through hands-on work,” according to Stabley.

For the installation of the artwork, Stabley led a team of students enrolled in a three-credit course titled, “The Art of the Mosaic.” The class met four days a week from May 19 through June 19.

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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 →

Transfer Pacts Established With PA Highlands Community College

Graduates of several associate-degree programs from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College who wish to transfer to Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from agreements that ease their transition to baccalaureate-degree studies.

Transfer agreements have been approved for Pennsylvania Highlands students in accounting, business management and restaurant/culinary management; additional agreements are being developed. The agreements allow students to choose course work that will fulfill requirements at both institutions and minimize the loss of academic credit.

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Student-Restored Vehicle Honored Among Select Company

The Wolf Wagon emerges from its transport trailer.

The Wolf Wagon emerges from its transport trailer.

The vehicle's wide-open "eyes" match those of the rapt spectators it attracts.

The vehicle’s wide-open “eyes” match those of the rapt spectators it attracts.

An impressive honor for an inspired restoration

An impressive honor for an inspired restoration

Among those sharing the sunshine are current Penn College student Sean M. Hunter (in the center of the group at left) and 2014 alumnus Carmen Cicioni (right).

Among those sharing the sunshine are current Penn College student Sean M. Hunter (in the center of the group at left) and 2014 alumnus Carmen Cicioni (right).

Alongside their labor of love − and accompanied by Patricia B. Swigart and her son, Steve − are (standing from left) Hunter, Cicioni and Levesque.

Alongside their labor of love − and accompanied by Patricia B. Swigart and her son, Steve − are (standing from left) Hunter, Cicioni and Levesque.

The Verrill Wolf Wagon, a one-of-a-kind automobile meticulously restored by Penn College students, won the “Dawn of a New Era” award at The Elegance at Hershey last weekend. The distinctive 1953 vehicle is owned by Patricia B. Swigart of Hummelstown, and was judged the best post-World War II car at the celebrated concourse event. “We’re in the big leagues now,” said Roy H. Klinger, instructor of collision repair. “I’m very, very proud of our students for reaching the level of an invitation-only show.” The car was originally taken to Hershey merely to be displayed as the eye-catching rarity it is, but the judges liked it so much that they insisted it be placed into competition. “Not only was the car a hit at The Elegance at Hershey, but the boys that were there representing Pennsylvania College of Technology were helpful and equally proud of the work done,” Swigart told PCToday. “As the restoration program at Penn College is not yet well-known, this was a great time to inform the attendees from all over the country … to not only hear of the program, but see their exquisite work. We are extremely proud to have such a fine school available for interested, talented young people.” Some of the world’s finest vintage and antique automobiles graced The Hotel Hershey gardens for the June 13-15 event, attended by a number of Penn College alumni, current students and prospects in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. Among them were May graduates Carmen Cicioni and Ryan J. Levesque; and automotive restoration technology majors Sean M. Hunter, of Livingston, New Jersey, and Andrew B. Switch, of Lancaster. The trophy will be displayed by the school, which has been invited to take the Wolf Wagon to other such events − including the March 13-15 Concours d’Elegance at Amelia Island, Florida, the East Coast precursor to the prestigious August showcase at Pebble Beach, California. As Swigart told the Hemmings Daily blog, “I just own the car; the students did all the work.”
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Penn College Students Add $4,000 to Scholarship Fund

Two student groups at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently donated more than $4,000 to a scholarship fund that will help future students.

The Penn College chapter of Enactus, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise, donated $2,282 to the Small Business/Entrepreneurship Scholarship, while students in a Business Planning and Operations class donated $1,779 to the fund.

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Executive Order on Loan Repayment Prompts Media Visit

WBRE on campus

WBRE on campus

Eyewitness News reporter Valerie Tysanner visited main campus Tuesday for local feedback on White House action to cap eligible students’ annual loan payments at 10 percent of discretionary income. Her piece – featuring comments from Tristan J. Mauck, a first-year web and interactive media major from Philadelphia, and Dennis L. Correll, Penn College’s associate dean of admissions and financial aid – aired during several WBRE newscasts and was posted to the PAHomePage website.

Heavy-Equipment Students Awarded National Tool Scholarships

Mike Rowe

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students are among 51 of the nation’s highest-achieving construction equipment technology majors awarded tool scholarships from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation.

Receiving scholarships of $1,000 each are Matthew A. Hartzell, of Knox, and Jesse R. Rhodes, of McVeytown, both heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis majors. Hartzell is also working toward an associate degree in diesel technology.

The students were selected from Associated Equipment Distributors-accredited or -affiliated technical colleges for their high cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Fall 2013 semester. Penn College is the lone Pennsylvania institution on AED’s list, attaining accreditation for its two-year majors in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis and heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis majors.

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Manufacturing Students Excel at International Baja Competition

Benjamin D. Lopatofsky, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Williamsport, navigates the college's car during the four-hour endurance race at Baja SAE-Kansas. He and his teammates came in third, the highest finish Penn College has recorded in the marquee event at the Baja SAE competition.

Pennsylvania College of Technology manufacturing students were driven to succeed at a recent international showcase simulating real-world engineering. The Penn College contingent placed third out of nearly 100 teams in the marquee event at Baja SAE in Pittsburg, Kansas.

The Society of Automotive Engineers competition required students to design and build off-road cars to be tested in various categories. Penn College met the challenge in the four-hour endurance race. The students’ dune buggy-like vehicle completed 52 laps over a rugged 1.5-mile course to finish third, the highest ranking in the college’s nine-year history at the event.

“I am very proud of this group of students for their hard work and dedication in accomplishing this result, as well as their contribution to the overall reputation, standing and prestige of Penn College,” said John G. Upcraft, instructor of automated manufacturing and machining and the students’ adviser.

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‘Wrap’ Artists Prepare to Sheathe Plane in College Attire

A behemoth on the tarmac, the plane seems even more enormous when partially pulled into the spacious Lumley Aviation Center hangar.

A behemoth on the tarmac, the plane seems even more enormous when partially pulled into the spacious Lumley Aviation Center hangar.

Collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger (left) and aviation instructor Michael R. Robison begin the laborious process of painting over the plane's prior corporate identity.

Collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger (left) and aviation instructor Michael R. Robison begin the laborious process of painting over the plane’s prior corporate identity.

A retired Boeing 727 donated to Penn College in March 2012 will soon wear the logo of its owner, courtesy of an effort than spans several of the institution’s academic schools. The former FedEx Express plane made its last flight more than two years ago, when it was delivered to the Lumley Aviation Center for a new life among the college’s instructional fleet. That new life includes a new coat, which was designed by Kyle R. Taylor for an illustration class taught by Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design. (A 2013 graphic design graduate, Taylor is now employed by Schoolwires Inc. in State College.) Moving the plane was quite an exercise, involving faculty/staff from the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies and the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Welders from the latter school fabricated an adapter for a hitch on the light-duty diesel lab’s GMC 3500 truck, which pushed and pulled the 727 from the west pad to the hangar. Transportation faculty/staff recently began washing, sanding and painting the tail section, the first steps toward wrapping the plane in a collegiate cocoon of vinyl. Kevin P. Sullivan, lab coordinator for programs in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, is overseeing students’ output of the various pieces that will attractively cover the aircraft. Watch PCToday for more on the project.

Penn College Online Video Honored With Telly Award

Nicole Reyes-Molina, a student from Lancaster, seen here in action for the Wildcat women’s basketball team, was profiled in a Penn College video that earned a Telly Award.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has won its second Telly Award of the year, thanks to a video featuring an inspirational student.

“Masonry with Nicole” is a bronze winner for motivational online video programming in the 35th annual international competition.

The nearly four-minute video features Nicole Reyes-Molina, of Lancaster, a student in the building construction technology: masonry emphasis major.

Reyes-Molina is shown excelling in a nontraditional major as she juggles classroom work, extensive hands-on training in Penn College’s Construction Masonry Building and playing for the women’s intercollegiate basketball team.

Her documented efforts are all the more impressive considering she is deaf.

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Grand Pastry Buffet Includes Student Competition

“Best in Show” was awarded to baking and pastry arts student Ching Chan, of Milton, for her petit fours tray at Penn College’s Grand Pastry Buffet.

Baking and pastry arts students at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently furnished a lavish “Grand Pastry Buffet” for the college’s scholarship donors and recipients, showcasing two years of education.

Featuring tables filled with eye-pleasing pastries, the buffet also featured decorative centerpieces made from chocolate, pastillage and blown sugar, all using the theme “masquerade.”

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