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Award-Winning Filmmaker to Discuss Illegal Immigration

Jesus Nebot

Jesus Nebot

Jesus Nebot will present “Illegal Immigration: A Humanitarian Perspective” in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Part of Penn College’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, will focus on the social and economic impacts of illegal immigration. Participants will have the opportunity to voice their opinions about immigration reform and find out “what politicians and newscasters are not telling us about illegal immigration.” Nebot will return to the ACC Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. Thursday for a special showing of his award-winning film, “No Turning Back,” a thought-provoking immigration story inspired by actual events that reflects upon the need to transcend our judgment of other cultures and points of view in order to live peacefully and harmoniously in a diverse society. Nebot wrote, directed, produced and stars in this critically acclaimed film, which has been viewed by millions of people in 78 countries and is the winner of 23 international awards. Both events are free and open to the public.

Three Penn College Sports Teams Step Into Action

The fall seasons for three Pennsylvania College of Technology sports teams are getting under way as the golf and women’s cross-country teams opened on Saturday and the men’s tennis team opens Sept. 23.

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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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Chef Shares Occupational Ups, Downs and All-Around ‘Simple’ Philosophy

Vaughn addresses an attentive group culinary arts, baking and pastry arts and hospitality management students in the SASC Presentation Room.

Vaughn addresses an attentive group culinary arts, baking and pastry arts and hospitality management students in the SASC Presentation Room.

Adding a visual aid to his vivid storytelling, Vaughn “toasts” bread.

Adding a visual aid to his vivid storytelling, Vaughn “toasts” bread.

Many students sought to record their visit with the chef.

Many students sought to record their visit with the chef.

Vaughn’s humorous storytelling accompanies evening talk on “Sustaining Your Career in a Changing Industry.”

Vaughn’s humorous storytelling accompanies evening talk on “Sustaining Your Career in a Changing Industry.”

Award-winning chef, television host and author Ben Vaughn spent the day on campus Wednesday, visiting classes in the School of Business & Hospitality and providing talks to both the public and to students in hospitality-related majors. His afternoon demonstration for students included practical – and frank – lessons from the pitfalls and successes of his own career. An evening lecture in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, part of the college’s William C. Butler Lecture Series, addressed the need for a nationwide return to “simple food.” During his talk with students, he announced that he is giving one “golden ticket” to a Penn College student to compete at the World Food Championships (for which he is a host) this November in Las Vegas. In the coming weeks, the college will host a competition to determine who it will send to the event.

Executive Director Earns Doctorate From Drexel University

Brian L. Cygan

The executive director for assessment, research and planning at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently received a doctorate in educational leadership and management from Drexel University.

Brian L. Cygan, of Lock Haven, and originally of Butler, defended his dissertation, “Technical College Choice: An Action Research, Mixed Methods Study of Influences on the Enrollment Decisions of Students Admitted to a Technical College,” on Aug. 28 in Harrisburg.

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‘Jersey Boys’ Film to Be Screened at Community Arts Center

"Jersey Boys"

“Jersey Boys”

Jersey Boys,” director Clint Eastwood’s big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical about The Four Seasons, opens this weekend at the Community Arts Center.  The 134-minute film, rated R for language, will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday and Monday through Wednesday (Sept. 13 and 15-17). Admission is $5 and doors open a half-hour before show time.

 

Denim Artist Honors Working-Class Perseverance in Material World

"Totemic Figures" beckons further investigation of "Those of Us Still Living," on exhibit through Oct. 1.

“Totemic Figures” beckons further investigation of “Those of Us Still Living,” on exhibit through Oct. 1.

One of James Arendt's daughters is depicted in a piece titled "Harper (Firecracker)." Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery manager, embroidered the artworks'  titles on denim as an ingenious alternative to the gallery's standard printed labels.

One of James Arendt’s daughters is depicted in a piece titled “Harper (Firecracker).” Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery manager, embroidered the artworks’ titles on denim as an ingenious alternative to the gallery’s standard printed labels.

The artist motions during a gallery talk that ranged from his personal life and inspirations to his concerns over unemployment and the importance of meaningful work …

The artist motions during a gallery talk that ranged from his personal life and inspirations to his concerns over unemployment and the importance of meaningful work …

… and discusses the "toughness" that he wanted to sew into "Meghann" – via rivets – to honor a niece. He explained that he works with denim because it is "the working-class fabric."

… and discusses the “toughness” that he wanted to sew into “Meghann” – via rivets – to honor a niece. He explained that he works with denim because it is “the working-class fabric.”

A crowd of about 150 patrons visits the Gallery at Penn College for the exhibit's opening.

A crowd of about 150 patrons visits the Gallery at Penn College for the exhibit’s opening.

The steadfastness of the human spirit, interpreted through the enduring qualities of denim, is championed in “Those of Us Still Living,” on display in The Gallery at Penn College through Oct. 1.  A reception and remarks by artist James Arendt were held Tuesday evening in the gallery, located on the third floor of Madigan Library. Hours for the free exhibit are 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The gallery is closed Mondays and Saturdays.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Commuter/Off-Campus Student Leaders Off to Strong Start

This year's off-campus living and commuter services student staff (from left): Todd D. Robatin, Morgan N. Keyser, Sarah Boyer and Lauren J. Crouse.

The dawning of the Fall 2014 semester has been a busy one for Penn College’s new off-campus living and commuter services student staff: Commuter Assistants Todd D. Robatin and Morgan N. Keyser and Community Assistants Lauren J. Crouse and Sarah Boyer.

The student staff arrived in early August and participated in five days of training, learning the ins and outs of their positions. Only four weeks into the semester, they have already excelled in assisting other students, providing outreach through the traditional Walk Around Event and creating several programs to engage the college’s off-campus population.

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Chef Ben Vaughn Lecture Rescheduled to Sept. 10

Chef Ben Vaughn (center), with Chef Charles R. Niedermyer's Advanced Patisserie Operations class on Wednesday morning

A lecture at Pennsylvania College of Technology by award-winning chef and television host Ben Vaughn has been rescheduled to Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center auditorium.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Sustaining Your Career in a Changing Industry: How to Find Your Food Voice.”

Vaughn is a popular TV personality best known as a host on the Food Network. He’s also the host of the World Food Championships and is a recurring judge on the hit FYI television series based on the event.

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Student Organization Collecting ‘Troopons’ to Aid Military Families

Wondering what to do with that ever-growing pile of newspaper inserts and magazines in the recycling bin? Harvest them for “Troopons” – Coupons for Troops – and help a caring campus organization ease the financial burden on military families.

Students Making a Contribution is conducting a coupon drive from Thursday through Veterans Day (Sept. 11-Nov. 11), collecting manufacturers’ cents-off coupons to benefit service personnel both here at home and those stationed overseas, where currency-exchange rates are often less than favorable.

“We want to honor Penn College’s history of being military-friendly by helping out current servicemen, servicewomen and their families,” said SMAC President Bethany M. Reppert, an applied human services major from Pottsville.

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Welding Students Share ‘Bodies’ of Work in Captivating Art Project

Artist and welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson (left) installs a chef creation with the help of Chad L. Karstetter, General Services horticulturist/motor pool lead person (in yellow), and Steve J. Kopera, welding lecturer.

Artist and welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson (left) installs a chef creation with the help of Chad L. Karstetter, General Services horticulturist/motor pool lead person (in yellow), and Steve J. Kopera, welding lecturer.

The chef sculpture features a bowl of soup and saltine crackers among its appetizing details.

The chef sculpture features a bowl of soup and saltine crackers among its appetizing details.

Timothy S. Turnbach (right) welding instructor, invited college president Davie Jane Gilmour and Paul Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, to write – and weld! – their names into a book held by another figure in "Student Bodies." Here, Gilmour writes her name before welding …

Timothy S. Turnbach (right) welding instructor, invited college president Davie Jane Gilmour and Paul Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, to write – and weld! – their names into a book held by another figure in “Student Bodies.” Here, Gilmour writes her name before welding …

... and Turnbach (foreground) assists Starkey with the finishing touches.

… and Turnbach (foreground) assists Starkey with the finishing touches.

After their turns at the torch, Gilmour and Starkey visit the campus mall to delight in the ongoing installation of "Student Bodies."

After their turns at the torch, Gilmour and Starkey visit the campus mall to delight in the ongoing installation of “Student Bodies.”

“Student Bodies” – a fanciful procession of abstract, life-size human forms through the pulsing heart of campus – continues to take shape between the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and West Third Street. Sculptor and Penn College faculty member Michael K. Patterson has worked with welding students for nearly a year on the marriage of craft and creativity, forged solely of scrap-metal from their lab, and recently began installing the cavalcade of professionals and pedestrians along sidewalk islands of grass. Scheduled for dedication next month, the work is one of three Centennial art projects breathing new life into familiar surroundings.

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 Among Region’s Top Public Institutions in U.S. News Rankings

Pennsylvania College of Technology has again earned Top 10 status among the best public, four-year colleges in the northern region of the country in the 2015 edition of the Best Colleges rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.

Penn College is tied for No. 28 in the category of Top Regional Colleges North – along with Farmingdale State College (SUNY) and SUNY College of A&T-Cobleskill – up from No. 29 in 2013. In an overall assessment of the Best Regional Colleges North that includes public colleges only, Penn College is tied (with the same two institutions) at No. 8.

Penn College is also recognized in the Web-exclusive Best Colleges for Veterans category. The college ranks No. 9 in the Regional Colleges North listings (No. 2 among the public colleges listed).

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Free Student Tickets Available to ‘Last Comic Standing – Live Tour!’ Sept. 30 at CAC

"Last Comic Standing – Live Tour!"

“Last Comic Standing – Live Tour!”

Penn College has a limited number of free student tickets to see “Last Comic Standing – Live Tour!” coming to the Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30. The tickets, one each per semester per student, are available starting Tuesday at the Bush Campus Center Information Desk. Hours are 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and noon-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Once the free tickets are gone, students can buy tickets there for $30 each (cash, check or credit card) through Sept. 19. After that date, tickets can be obtained directly from the Arts Center. The Emmy-nominated laughfest, entering its ninth season on NBC, is known for showcasing the world’s funniest comics. Past contestants include Ralphie May, Amy Schumer, Kathleen Madigan, Todd Glass and many others. Rod Man, recent winner of the show’s eighth season, will join the top four finalists for this month’s live performance. The Arts Center, just a few blocks from campus at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the college.

Equipment Rodeo, Presentations Showcase State’s Energy Producers

Welding students Daniel J. Peppernick, left, of Spring Run (welding and fabrication engineering technology) and Teague W. Ohl, of Cogan Station (welding technology) help visitors to use a virtual reality welding simulator.

Welding students Daniel J. Peppernick, left, of Spring Run (welding and fabrication engineering technology) and Teague W. Ohl, of Cogan Station (welding technology) help visitors to use a virtual reality welding simulator.

Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant and instructor, talks with a visitor.

Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant and instructor, talks with a visitor.

Joseph P. Hanstine, of Lakewood, maneuvers the bucket under a PVC cage to pull a sled without knocking either the soccer ball from the sled or the tennis balls from the cage.

Joseph P. Hanstine, of Lakewood, maneuvers the bucket under a PVC cage to pull a sled without knocking either the soccer ball from the sled or the tennis balls from the cage.

Sheldon N. Smith, of Harleysville, carefully places a pipe.

Sheldon N. Smith, of Harleysville, carefully places a pipe.

August graduate Ashley M. Baker, of Coudersport, plucks a soccer ball from its perch on a traffic cone.

August graduate Ashley M. Baker, of Coudersport, plucks a soccer ball from its perch on a traffic cone.

Penn College was among participants in Saturday’s PA Energy Games at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds. The event featured educational exhibits, a heavy equipment rodeo, panel discussions and musical performances. The college was well-represented at Hughesville, with three student teams enrolled in heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis competing in a heavy equipment rodeo with industry representatives. In addition, David C. Pistner, director of energy initiatives for the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education, moderated a question-and-answer session on Education & Training. In the exhibit hall, Penn College employees and students staffed a busy booth with information about the college’s ShaleNET initiatives and its welding; heating, ventilation & air conditioning; and building sciences majors.

Gernert Named NEAC Volleyball ‘Player of the Week’

Courtney Gernert

Courtney Gernert

Senior outside hitter Courtney Gernert, a graphic design major from Palmyra, has been named the North Eastern Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 7.  Gernert helped the Lady Wildcats to a 3-0 week, recording double-doubles against Keystone College, Penn State Harrisburg and King’s College.  In the team’s tri-match on Saturday, she tallied 14 kills against King’s, which came into the match undefeated. She totaled 15 kills in her best match of the week against Keystone. This is Gernert’s first NEAC honor of the year. So far this season, she leads Penn College and the NEAC in kills with 76. She is second in the conference in both points (87.5) and points per set (4.0). Gernert and the Lady Wildcats get back into action at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, when they host Alfred (New York) State.

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