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Cisco Academy Hosts Alumnus’ Presentation

Daniel J. Clarke, among the Penn College alumni who frequently (and magnanimously) return to campus for current students' benefit

PowerPoint slides depict a global explosion of information and the technology needed to manage it, creating a need for careers beyond imagination.

Clarke's return visit, one of many he has made since his 2007 graduation, was organized by faculty member Jeff Weaver (left).

Daniel J. Clarke, a systems engineer for Cisco Systems who earned four information technology degrees from Penn College in 2007, returned Thursday to share his knowledge on “the Internet of Things” and provide tips on how to be successful in the information technology field. Clarke’s real-world insight, shared in a Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center classroom, was facilitated by Jeff Weaver, associate professor of electronics. Penn College is a Cisco Networking Academy that offers classes to prepare students for Cisco Certified Network Associate.  For more information about Cisco certifications or how to schedule for a class, stop by Weaver’s office (Center for Business & Workforce Development, Room 156), or contact him at 326-3761, ext. 7702, or by e-mail.
Photos by Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist

Radiography Students Hold Their Own in ‘Technibowl’ Competition

Penn College radiography students compete at Hershey

Radiography students recently attended a “Technibowl” competition at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, competing with similar schools in the immediate area (Geisinger Medical Center, Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, College of Misericordia, Penn State and the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences). Two-student teams from all schools participated in three rounds of 30 board certification-style questions, with points earned for each correct answer. Penn State claimed the top three places. While students from each school were at different points in their education – Penn College students won’t graduate for nearly a year after some of their competitors – Jessica L. Reed, of South Williamsport, and Aaron R. Curry, of Hamburg, finished just out of third place. Georgia T. Grey, clinical supervisor, and Karen L. Plankenhorn, interim clinical director, chaperoned the group.
Photo by Karen L. Plankenhorn

Penn College Early Educators’ Outreach Benefits Children

Early childhood students Khloe L. Musser (left), of Lemont, and Megan E. McCaslin, of Williamsport, display 72 boxes of children’s items collected by the Early Educators club as part of the Jared Box Project, which aims to uplift the spirits of children in hospitals.

The Early Educators student organization at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently completed three service projects benefiting children.

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College Adds Luster to Silver-Anniversary Train Expo

25th annual Toy Train Expo nears

Delivering tables to Park Place on Wednesday are (from left) Penn College General Services custodians Patrick J. Kimble, Brian D. Hopple, Patrick M. Breen, Joseph M. Rieck and Jeff G. Rotoli.

The 25th Annual Will Huffman Toy Train Expo at Park Place, “celebrating the magic and nostalgia of toy trains,” will be held this weekend at Williamsport’s historic Park Place (800 W. 4th St.). The Expo will  feature approximately 25 operating layouts and displays by nearly three-dozen exhibitors, including three Penn College employees: Max E. Ameigh, noncredit instructor/trainer and a former faculty member in advertising art; Patrick M. Breen, a first-shift custodian at the Bush Campus Center, and his wife Laura; and Cletus G. Waldman, interim director of radiography. The college is well-represented by a number of other traditional volunteers, as well. “We greatly appreciate the support of the Penn College General Services crew,” said Eric W. Huffman, a shipping/receiving worker at the college. “They have faithfully delivered dozens of 6- and 8-foot tables for the Expo’s use for many, many years. And Mike Cunningham (vice president for information technology/chief information officer) and Brad Miller (manager of technical support) have furnished computers to run train-simulation software whenever we’ve had the extra space.” The $2 admission fee for adults includes a hand-stamp allowing access to the Thomas T. Taber Museum, which will feature an exhibit of loaned trains and railroad artifacts in its Community Room; and the Peter Herdic Transportation Museum, which will offer guided tours of the 1949 Pullman “Colonial Series” Railcar behind the building. Admission is free for children. Portions of this year’s donations benefit United Churches’ Food Pantry, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and St. Anthony’s Center. Canned goods will also be accepted. For more information – including giveaways, food, locomotive races, and photo opportunities with Santa and other holiday celebrities – visit the Expo website. The Toy Train Expo is organized by Will Huffman’s sons, Eric and Bruce, who are proud to carry on their father’s vision of “a gift for the community for children of all ages.”
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WBRE Promotes Students’ Fair-Trade Sale

Artisans' vibrant handiwork on display

A cashbox for a cause

The junction of playfulness and intricacy

Unique seasonal items included on the sale tables

Eyewitness News’ Cody Butler visited the Bush Campus Center on Wednesday for the Ten Thousand Villages fair-trade sale that continues through Friday. The sale, facilitated each year by students in the Community and Organizational Change course, benefits the working poor in more than three-dozen nations. Butler’s report, including an interview with student Trista B. Musser, of Selinsgrove, was broadcast Wednesday evening. The sale continues from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Jones Dairy Farm Establishes Scholarship for Culinary Students

Representatives of Jones Dairy Farm visited Penn College’s hospitality programs to present the first Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Scholarship to a student. From left are Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts; Joe Moore, territory sales manager for Jones Dairy Farm; scholarship recipient Sarah B. Fiedler, a culinary arts and systems student from Lock Haven; Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation; and Kate Hunter, manager for Peak Sales & Marketing, who earned associate degrees in food and hospitality management and culinary arts technology from Penn College in 2000.

Jones Dairy Farm, a 126-year-old family-owned-and-operated business and leader in all-natural breakfast sausage for the food service and retail industries, has extended its support for culinary arts education around the country by establishing an annual scholarship for Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

The Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Scholarship will benefit two students each year who are enrolled in the college’s culinary arts and systems bachelor-degree major or the culinary arts technology associate-degree major, have successfully completed two semesters, and have achieved a GPA of 2.75 or higher.

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Penn College Scholarship to Reward Sustainable Lifestyle

A new scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit students who demonstrate a passion and commitment to sustainability.

“Sustainability is more than just a buzzword. It is becoming a core value for many businesses and organizations,” said Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. “This scholarship will reward students who not only take the topic of sustainability seriously when presented in the classroom, but who also put it into practice through their activities on campus and in the community.”

An anonymous donor established the fund with the goal of building to an endowment of at least $25,000, after which it will become a permanent source of scholarships through the annual Penn College Awards program administered by the Student Activities Office.

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Students’ Creative Talents at Work for Penn College

Creative students at work

Four students are employed by Public Relations & Marketing at Pennsylvania College of Technology, using their video editing and photography talents to help publicize Penn College people, programs and events.

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‘Stuff the Truck’ Tradition Grows to Battle Hunger

Donations were collected at dropoff receptacles at five campus locations since late October.

Brittany R. Terpstra (right), a student assistant in the Student Activities Office, tallies Omega Delta Sigma's prize-winning contribution.

Kimberly R. Cassel, director of student activities, adds to a donation barrel.

A heartened Sara H. Ousby watches as SGA President Zachary T. Peachey (center) and a Pepsi volunteer "Stuff the Truck."

Donations en route to local Salvation Army chapter.

Penn College’s third annual Stuff the Truck food drive brought in more than 1,300 nonperishable items to benefit the Williamsport Salvation Army Food Pantry. Students Making a Contribution, the Office for Diversity & Community Engagement and Pepsi partnered to sponsor the event, which will help local families in need this Thanksgiving. Participants were able to load their items into the Pepsi truck in the Bush Campus Center Loop on Tuesday and enjoy cider in the building’s lobby. Student organizations brought in a whopping 941 items, according to Sara H. Ousby, director of diversity and community engagement. Omega Delta Sigma, the national veterans fraternity, was the top organizational donor with 376 items and will win a bowling night for its members. Other campus groups that donated to the cause were Cru, Baja SAE, Health Information Association, Students of Musical Development, Construction Management Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Penn College Classic Cruisers, American Institute of Architecture Students, PCT 4×4 Club, Legal Society, Diesel Performance Club, Student Government Association and the Association for Computing Machinery. Wildcat student-athletes also participated with a sizable donation.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

College ‘Giving Tree’ Again Provides Outlet for Holiday Generosity

"Giving Tree" installed in Student Activities Office

Interested in helping a local child in need this holiday season? The Penn College “Giving Tree,” bearing tags representing scores of newborns to 12-year-olds who could benefit from your generous donation, is located in the Student Activities Office. The process for sponsoring someone is easy; instructions for students, employees, organizations and offices are available alongside the tree (Bush Campus Center, first floor) or on the myPCT portal.
Photo by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Human Services Students to Host Ten Thousand Villages Sale

Handcrafted ornaments like these will be among the offerings at the Ten Thousand Villages sale at Penn College from Nov. 18-20.

Students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host a fair-trade sale Nov. 18-20 in the lobby of the Bush Campus Center. The annual sale helps working poor in other countries.

Facilitated by students enrolled in the course Community and Organizational Change, the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale features unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware, and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

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Sociology Faculty Member Presents at State Conference

Richard Sahn

A sociology faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology presented two papers and chaired a session at the 65th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society, held recently at Edinboro University.

Richard Sahn, instructor of psychology/sociology, presented “The School of the Americas as an Indication of Plutocratic Quid Pro Quo: What’s In It for the Ordinary American?” during the “Ideology and Religion” session, which he also chaired. At the “Quo Vadis? Pennsylvania Sociology at a Crossroads” session, he presented the paper “Sociology Under Attack: Can We Survive?”

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‘Community Cup’ Awarded to Penn College for 5K Participation

The community-minded Penn College contingent

Taking off (and pitching in)

Local programs benefit from local generosity.

Michael J. Reed, interim dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications – and vice chairman of the local Salvation Army Board of Directors – rounds the track on his way to a second-place finish in his age category.

Civic spirit heats up a brisk race day.

Penn College’s representation at Saturday’s Community Challenge 5K Walk/Run at Williamsport Area High School, which raised more than $8,000 to support the Lycoming County Salvation Army, reached award-winning proportions. The event attracted more than 140 registrants and about 50 spectators and volunteers … and the college’s role in that was enough to bring home the Community Cup, the traveling trophy presented to the organization that had the greatest impact/participation at the event. The Lycoming County Salvation Army helps approximately 400 area families each month; proceeds from the race will be used to sustain local support programs such as tutoring, mentoring, food distribution, and financial planning and budgeting courses.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Students Partner With Nonprofit to Address Community Needs

A warm welcome at Firetree Place

Students gather for a photo along with their professor, Rob Cooley (upper right).

Eager and energetic young friends have fun at Firetree Place.

Applied human services seniors Stacey L. French (center background) and Tima Cummings (foreground) assist with creative and crafty endeavors.

Every cool party has to have a sound system! Christopher J. Morrin (upper right) brought along two of his homemade sound systems. Here, he poses with other Penn College friends – including members of the Wildcat basketball teams.

Eighteen Penn College students in the Service Learning in Sociology course sponsored a free community day on Saturday at Firetree Place, 600 Campbell St., Williamsport. The four-hour event, “Fall Into Firetree Place,” featured arts and crafts, music, food, face-painting, games, and appearances by Penn College’s dance team, men’s and women’s basketball teams, and the Wildcat mascot. “The SOC410 students begin their semester with a sociological evaluation of our local community and identify a significant sociocultural challenge,” said the students’ instructor, Rob Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology/environmental science. “Then, they establish a partnership with a local human service organization and develop a semesterlong service learning project to address this problem in a way that meets the needs of the client, the community, and also allows the students to apply the specialized skills they have learned in their classroom work.” Marking its first anniversary this month, Firetree Place is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and personal enrichment to area youth, families and seniors through comprehensive programs, camps, workshops and seminars.

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

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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