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‘French Favorites’ Bake Sale Set for Wednesday

The Advanced Patisserie Operations class will hold a “French Favorites” bake sale from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Join Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and students – including managers Sarah R. Nichols, of Williamsport, a technology management major; and Theodore J. “T.J.” Persing, a baking and pastry arts student from South Williamsport – for artisan breads, pastries and candies. More information, including a product list and details on preordering a specially decorated cake, follows: French Favorites

Allison Scholarship at Penn College Honors Three Generations

Larry Allison Jr. and his daughter, Sadie, join Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour in front of a heavy-construction equipment blade on the campus site of the former Lycoming Construction Co., predecessor of Allison Crane & Rigging. The Allison family has established a scholarship fund at the college.

Larry Allison Jr., a member of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Board of Directors and president of Allison Crane & Rigging, has created a scholarship fund at the college in honor of his father, Larry Allison Sr., who died earlier this year, as well as his grandfather and great-grandfather.

The Larry Allison Family Scholarship gives primary preference to any student who is an employee – or the dependent of an employee – of Allison Crane & Rigging, a Williamsport-based successor to Lycoming Construction Co., which was located from 1943-80 near the current site of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences building on the main campus. The site is commemorated with a bulldozer blade, plaque and historical marker.

Larry Allison Sr., grandson of Lycoming Construction Co. founder Herbert F. Allison, died Jan. 22. The scholarship honors both men, as well as Herbert L. Allison, Larry Allison Sr.’s father.

Secondary preference for the scholarship will be given to students who are Pennsylvania residents and are enrolled in one of the following programs: civil engineering technology, surveying technology, construction management, heavy construction equipment technology and diesel technology.

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Chamber Holds Timely ‘PM Exchange’ Amid Centennial Excitement
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With "mocktails" hot and cold, from a chill-chasing brew of apple cider, vanilla ice cream and cinnamon to the refreshing bite from a Maroon Dragon, student mixologists had refreshments covered.

Members and guests of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce visited main campus in the midst of Penn College’s yearlong 100th-birthday celebration, encouraged to take a leisurely autumn stroll among the institution’s three new outdoor art installations: the Centennial Mosaic, “These Trees” and “Student Bodies.” The Chamber’s latest PM Exchange, providing the area business community with an informal opportunity to network and socialize, was held under a tent outside the Thompson Professional Development Center.

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Honda PACT Alumnus Competes Among Region’s Top Technicians

Colby M. Tuff joins his former Penn College Honda PACT instructors, Joseph A. Tavani (left) and Charles F. Probst, who assisted corporate representatives with judging at the Acura Top Tech competition.

Colby M. Tuff joins his former Penn College Honda PACT instructors, Joseph A. Tavani (left) and Charles F. Probst, who assisted corporate representatives with judging at the Acura Top Tech competition.

Colby M. Tuff, a 2011 graduate of Penn College’s Honda PACT program, was among the top regional finalists in last weekend’s Acura Top Tech competition. The first step in the competition was for technicians to take an online exam; those with the 10 highest scores advanced to the hands-on phase at Honda’s eastern training facility in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. While Tuff didn’t claim the top prize, the 24-year-old – a technician at Elite Acura in Maple Shade, New Jersey – was the youngest contestant. In order to be Master Certified by Acura, technicians must have completed 100 percent of their factory training. Tuff is among 31 Master Technicians in Zone 2, which covers Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Penn College Plastics Students Recognized for Research

Research conducted by plastics and polymer engineering technology majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been recognized by the Rotational Molding Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers.

Larry Schneider, representing the board of directors of the SPE Rotational Molding Division, recently commemorated the students’ work by traveling to campus and presenting plaques to Julia I. Gilchrist, of Hanover; Thomas J. Ryder, of Muncy; Benjamin G. Robertson, of Hummelstown; and Taylor J. Smith, of Williamsport.

The four students researched powdered polyethylene and micro-pelletized polyethylene. Earlier this year, Gilchrist and Ryder delivered the team’s findings in Cleveland at RMD TOPCON, a forum for SPE members to exchange information regarding rotational molding.

“It’s quite appropriate that these four students have been recognized for their commitment to the plastics field,” said David R. Cotner, dean of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. “Their hard work in conducting the study is a great example of how students can enhance their education outside of regular class and lab sessions. Presenting their research at a well-respected industry event speaks to the quality of their work.”

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Radiography Seniors Hold ‘Pink Out’

Clinical supervisors Lauren E. Reed (far left, back row) and Karen L. Plankenhorn (far right, back row) join the senior class of radiographers in a "Pink Out."

Clinical supervisors Lauren E. Reed (far left, back row) and Karen L. Plankenhorn (far right, back row) join the senior class of radiographers in a “Pink Out.”

Honoring a traditional October observance that is closely aligned with their chosen career path, radiography seniors observed a “Pink Out” on Wednesday. “I encouraged my class to dress in pink … in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said  Karen L. Plankenhorn, clinical supervisor for radiography. “I worked as a mammographer prior to coming to the college and I teach the Mammography class in the spring, so breast-cancer awareness is near and dear to me.”
Photo by Cletus G. Waldman Jr., clinical director for radiography

Students Prepare Desserts for Area Hospital’s ‘Cookin’ Men’ Fundraiser

Goodwill ambassadors share hospitality in area benefit.

Goodwill ambassadors share hospitality in area benefit.

Who wouldn't give a student-prepared dessert a thumbs-up?!?!?

Who wouldn’t give a student-prepared dessert a thumbs-up?!?!?

Tickled pink to help raise money and breast-cancer awareness are, from left, Rachel C. Bryant, Wellsboro; Autumn E. MacInnis, Trout Run; Marci L. Cohen, Clarks Summit; and Jonathan T. Hall, Williamsport.

Tickled pink to help raise money and breast-cancer awareness are, from left, Rachel C. Bryant, Wellsboro; Autumn E. MacInnis, Trout Run; Marci L. Cohen, Clarks Summit; and Jonathan T. Hall, Williamsport.

Aglow at helping a good cause is Kelsey L. Park, of Bellefonte, joined by Victoria L. Kostecki, of Center Valley.

Aglow at helping a good cause is Kelsey L. Park, of Bellefonte, joined by Victoria L. Kostecki, of Center Valley.

Students in the Classical and Special Dessert Presentation course, taught by Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and Callie L. Proctor (’08), part-time instructor of baking and pastry arts, attended and prepared desserts for last week’s Evangelical Community Hospital’s Fourth Annual “Cookin’ Men” event. The benefit is an evening of fun, good spirits and culinary delights prepared by local male celebrities in support of the Lewisburg facility’s Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health. The event, held at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club in Selinsgrove, attracted nearly 400 guests and raised $23,000 toward the fight against breast cancer.
Photos by Brian D. Walton, coordinator of academic operations, School of Business & Hospitality

More Than 2,000 Jobs, Internships Offered at This Week’s Career Fairs
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James G. Theisen (with blue alumni ribbon at center), a 2004 graduate in landscape/nursery technology, was part of the recruitment effort by the Dover-based Hively Landscapes.

Nearly 200 employers were on campus this week, looking to fill more than 2,000 positions from among Penn College’s “degrees that work.” At three sessions over two days, including breakout offerings for specific majors, employers (including a number of Fortune 500 companies and other industry heavyweights) sought interns and new graduates who are technically skilled and prepared to enter today’s workforce. A Monday fair in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center highlighted majors within the School of Health Sciences, while Tuesday morning’s Field House event – moved onto main campus from the Schneebeli Earth Science Center – was geared toward natural resources technologies students. The Career Fair wrapped up Tuesday afternoon with a wide-open field of opportunities for students in all six of the college’s six academic schools.

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Gallery at Penn College Announces ‘100 Works!’ Winners

"Infinite Spin III: Past, Present, Future," an acrylic on canvas work by Watsontown resident Brandon L. Snyder, a 2012 graphic design graduate of Penn College, captured "Best of Show" honors in "100 Works! - The Centennial Exhibit," on display through Nov. 9 at The Gallery at Penn College.

The Gallery at Penn College announced the winners of “100 Works! – The Centennial Exhibit” at the show’s opening reception on Oct. 10, during Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Homecoming festivities.

With the theme “Past, Present, Future,” the special juried showcase celebrates the college’s Centennial. Original two- and three-dimensional artworks in any medium were accepted from Penn College students, alumni, faculty, staff and retirees, as well as alumni and retirees of the college’s predecessors: Williamsport Area Community College and Williamsport Technical Institute.

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Saccoman, Rodgers Named Conference ‘Players of the Week’

Jordan Rodgers

Jordan Rodgers

Mike Saccoman

Mike Saccoman

Junior Jordan Rodgers, Biglerville, and freshman Mike Saccoman, of Kingston, New York, have been named North Atlantic Conference* and North Eastern Athletic Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for the period ending Oct. 12.

In men’s tennis, Rodgers went a perfect 2-0 in the first flight for both doubles and singles, dropping only three games in all of his matches.  His efforts helped the Wildcats defeat both Lycoming College and Susquehanna University. In golf, Saccoman shot a season-best 77 to take third individually at the Susquehanna University Fall Invitational.  His efforts, helped the team to a third-place finish.

Rodgers (majoring in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration) and the Wildcat tennis team have completed the fall portion of their season and will get back into action next spring.  Saccoman (enrolled in automotive technology management: automotive technology concentration) and Wildcat golf just competed at the USCAA Championships, which concludes the team’s fall season.

*Beginning with the 2010 season, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in the sport of men’s and women’s tennis. The NEAC will compete as associate members of the NAC in men’s tennis, while the NAC will compete as associate members of the NEAC in women’s tennis. Members from each conference will be divided into an East and West Division for each sport, with each division holding a championship and the two divisional champions then facing off to determine the conference champion. The conference winner for each sport will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.

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Secretary of Aging Adds to Students’ Interaction at Health-Screening Clinic

Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Brian Duke addresses a group at the Messiah Senior Community Center.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Brian Duke addresses a group at the Messiah Senior Community Center.

Nursing student Kira M. Cioffi, of Williamsport, practices her blood pressure-reading skills on Secretary of Aging Brian Duke during a health-screening clinic at the senior center.

Nursing student Kira M. Cioffi, of Williamsport, practices her blood pressure-reading skills on Secretary of Aging Brian Duke during a health-screening clinic at the senior center.

Student Alex S. Bogler, of South Williamsport, checks a senior’s blood pressure as part of the health-screening clinic.

Student Alex S. Bogler, of South Williamsport, checks a senior’s blood pressure as part of the health-screening clinic.

State Secretary of Aging Brian Duke encourages Penn College nursing students to consider their work with older adults.

State Secretary of Aging Brian Duke encourages Penn College nursing students to consider their work with older adults.

Four first-semester students in Penn College’s associate-degree RN preparation major visited Messiah Senior Community Center in South Williamsport on Tuesday to provide free health screenings. Also visiting the center was the state’s secretary of aging, Brian Duke, who spoke about initiatives for the state’s older population. The relationship between Penn College’s nursing program and the STEP Office of Aging – which manages the senior center – was established nearly 20 years ago by Jane J. Benedict, associate professor of nursing, when she developed health-screening clinics for students. “Today, we continue to bring small groups of first-year … students to area STEP senior centers for health-screening clinics during each fall semester,” said Laurie A. Minium, instructor of nursing. “Our partnership with STEP is invaluable: The students are able to strengthen newly acquired nursing skills, while at the same time, the area’s older adults have the opportunity to receive free blood pressure and blood-glucose screenings. During the clinics, students interact with the seniors, staff and volunteers at the centers – focusing on proper skill technique, communication and client teaching.”

Welding Basics to Be Taught in WDCE Course at Penn College

A basic welding course is being offered this fall by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Winning Their Share: WTI Students, Faculty Support WWII Efforts

Williamsport Technical Institute students examine a gas mask, circa 1941.

Williamsport Technical Institute students examine a gas mask, circa 1941.

An aviation mechanic student works on an airplane engine. The student was later placed as an Army Air Corps aviation mechanic.

An aviation mechanic student works on an airplane engine. The student was later placed as an Army Air Corps aviation mechanic.

From the Fall 2014 One College Avenue magazine: To help train men and women for war-related production, the institution overhauled its curriculum from 1940-45, reinforcing a growing national reputation. Read the full story.

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 →

Tioga County Act 13 Funds Support Tuition-Free Natural Gas Training

Pennsylvania College of Technology will provide $50,000 in ShaleNET scholarships to 50 veterans, unemployed and underemployed residents of Tioga County.

The scholarships are made possible by Act 13 (impact fee) funding approved recently by the Tioga County Commissioners.

The college will offer tuition-free training – $1,000 per student – to provide the basic skills and certifications required for entry-level employment in the oil and natural gas industry. Classes may lead to employment in the occupations of roustabout, floorhand, completion technician and welder helper. The short-term, noncredit, certificate-awarding program trains residents in three primary skill areas identified by employers as critical to successful employment: job readiness, workplace and environmental safety, and technical awareness.

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New Experiences, Old Friends
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Blue skies and a welcoming atmosphere greeted late-morning arrivals for Saturday's numerous activities.

Homecoming 2014, a spectacular continuation of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial celebration, made institutional history while honoring it. Marked by the first-ever campus carnival, the inaugural reunion for Williamsport Area Community College alumni and employees, and an Oktoberfest, “Then … Now … Forever Proud” offered nearly a full week of activities that can’t even fit into an online gallery of more than 140 photos. More images from the week’s activities – which included a faculty lecture, a gallery opening, dedication of a conversation-starting art installation, several other get-togethers and the latest Athletic Hall of Fame induction – are available via Penn College Alumni Relations on Facebook.

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