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Little League Begins With Big Burst of ‘Penn College Pride’

A pennant-worthy group of campus volunteers shares a memorable moment with a Hall of Famer.


Pennsylvania College of Technology proudly welcomed some Most Valuable Players to Williamsport on Wednesday, hosting its eighth annual picnic for the 16 teams in the Little League Baseball World Series. In a laid-back atmosphere before tournament play begins Thursday, the athletes, coaches and umpires relaxed under tents outside the Bush Campus Center before taking part in the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street. This year’s Grand Marshal was Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, a 14-time All-Star and two-time National League MVP with the Cincinnati Reds, who mingled on campus for a memorable start to the Series. The day’s festivities caught the attention of media covering the teams, including this report from Time Warner Cable and video from the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin in New York’s Southern Tier (following the Mid-Atlantic representatives from Maine-Endwell Little League in Endwell, New York).

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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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Students to Work Behind the Scenes at Little League World Series

When the Little League World Series begins Aug. 18, students from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Health Sciences will once again help to provide urgent and emergency health care.

Forty-four students pursuing careers as paramedics and physician assistants will lend a hand and gain valuable experience during the 11-day championship that draws thousands of spectators.

“The Little League World Series welcomes diverse players and guests from around the world, and we are so fortunate to be able to provide such a wonderful opportunity for our PA and paramedic students so close to campus,” said Edward A. Henninger, dean of the college’s School of Health Sciences.

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First-Year Automotive Students Interviewed by WNEP

WNEP on campus

Newswatch 16’s Kristina Papa visited Penn College’s main campus for a “back-to-school” story on the first day of classes, stopping by the Honda PACT lab to talk with first-year students Junior A. Arias, of Hazleton, and Jack T. Glendenning, of Doylestown, and capturing video footage of pedestrian traffic outside the Keystone Dining Room. The segment aired during Monday evening’s newscasts.

‘Welcome Weekend’ Conditions: Hot, Humid and Altogether Helpful

Admissions representative Salvatore Vitko (in yellow shirt) and Resident Assistant Mary K. Slipe (far right) help the family of James F. Bowman IV. Bowman, of Fleetwood, is enrolled in automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis.

New and not-so-new Penn College students ushered in the 2016-17 academic year during Welcome Weekend, the traditional lead-in to the start of the semester. In the midst of getting acquainted with living arrangements and co-habitants alike, the Fall 2016 class of first-year students processed into the Rose Street Courtyard on Saturday evening for an official welcome to campus, an awesome fireworks display and an amusingly unpredictable performance by a hypnotist. Additional activities were held Sunday, wrapping up with time to spare so no one would snooze through that 8 a.m. class!

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Plastics Professionals Converge at Penn College for Workshop

Plastics and polymer engineering technology major Noah L. Martin (third from left, in blue shirt), of South Williamsport, works closely with participants in the recent Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop at Penn College.

Pennsylvania College of Technology and its Plastics Innovation & Resource Center brought plastics professionals from 10 states and Canada to campus for the recent Seventh Annual Hands-On Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop.

The 32 participants, representing 21 companies, experienced presentations and hands-on sessions during the three-day workshop. Topics included heating technology, diagnostic tools, and thermoforming process techniques and troubleshooting.

Mark Strachan, senior technology director for First Quality Packaging Solutions in West Palm Beach, Florida, and former president of the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division, served as keynote instructor.

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Mobilized for Move-In!

Welcome to Penn College!

With an infinite supply of helpfulness, empathy and expertise, Penn College’s Residence Life staff and Resident Assistants – who gathered outside the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center on Thursday – will be among those greeting first-year students and their families as they arrive for Welcome Weekend. Leaving home and moving into on- or off-campus housing, not to mention the transition to college life and the anxious thrill of starting classes, offer a potentially overwhelming supply of information and advice. Not to worry! Faculty/staff, students and alumni volunteers will be readily available to help, and a variety of campus locales (Admissions, Bursar, College Store, Financial Aid, Registrar, Residence Life, the ID Center, College Health Services, Dining Services and Disability Services, among them) have extended hours for students’ start-up needs.

President Maps Direction for Institutional Success, Cooperative Commitment

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Fall 2016 semester Thursday morning with an all-college message to faculty and staff, enumerating their collaborative progress in attracting the students who are key to the institution’s sustainability. “I know that, together, we will continue to develop a strategic approach to recruitment – an approach that will seek new ways to respond to our challenges, an approach that will highlight the value and distinction of a Penn College degree, and an approach that will be successful because of the contributions of every single one of us.,” she said.

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2016 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2016

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Athletics Department has announced its 2016 Hall of Fame class: Greg Solyak, 2011, men’s basketball; Tamara Pavlov, ’11, women’s cross-country; Craig Flint, ’09, men’s basketball/golf; and Bambi Hawkins, women’s volleyball coach.

The inductees will enter the Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 30, in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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QuickBooks Accounting Software Classes to Be Offered at College

Learn to run your business better when Pennsylvania College of Technology offers two levels of QuickBooks accounting software classes this fall.

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Penn College Welcomes New Full-Time Faculty

Among the latest additions to the Pennsylvania College of Technology community are full-time faculty members for the Fall 2016 semester, as provided by the Human Resources Office (all effective Aug. 11).

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Summer ’16 Grads Relish Their Day in the Sun

Pearls of wisdom and a wide smile are worn by surgical technology grad Kelly L. Jones.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement on Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Hashim Abbas Alfulful, of Saudi Arabia, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. ceremony. More than 200 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Steven P. Johnson, a member of the Penn College Board of Directors. During the ceremony, Penn College also presented an Alumni Achievement Award to Megan E. Wright, a 2012 graduate of the college’s physician assistant program.

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Physician Assistant Honored With Alumni Achievement Award

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour (left) presents the Alumni Achievement Award to Megan E. Wright, of Hummelstown.

A physician assistant at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center received the Alumni Achievement Award at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Summer 2016 commencement ceremonies, held Aug. 6 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

Megan E. Wright, a 2012 graduate of the college’s physician assistant program, is employed as a physician assistant in Hershey’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation department. She’s been engaged in an effort to establish a new consult service for the department and also serves on the Advanced Practice Council, which represents more than 300 physician assistants and nurse practitioners throughout the Penn State Hershey Health system.

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