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Penn College News

Live TV Show to Feature College’s Chief Academic Officer

Paul L. Starkey

Paul L. Starkey

WPSU

WPSU

Paul L. Starkey, Penn College’s vice president for academic affairs/provost, will be a guest on WPSU-TV’s “Conversations LIVE” program at 8 p.m. Thursday. In the hourlong program, host Patty Satalia will discuss career and vocational education with Starkey and the other scheduled guest, David L. Passmore, distinguished professor of education and operations research at Penn State. They’ll answer questions from the host and from viewers.

Alumnus Honored by State Association as ‘Outstanding Educator’

Joseph C. Luther

Joseph C. Luther

A 2002 graduate of Penn College’s landscape/nursery technology major, now an instructor at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, has been named Pennsylvania’s Outstanding New Career and Technical Educator for 2014 by the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education. A faculty member at the Pleasant Gap institution since 2009, Joseph C. Luther was recently profiled in the school’s newsletter: Landscaping Alumnus

Prospective Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Employers to hold on-campus information sessions

Employers to hold on-campus information sessions

Three potential employers will hold information sessions at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for Penn College students and alumni. Representatives of Shipley Energy will be in Room 2054 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center, Subaru of America will be on hand in Room 133 of the Parkes Automotive Technology Center and recruiters for Independence Construction Materials will be in Room B2110 of the LEC. Free pizza and soda will be available at all three sessions. For details on the open positions and the applicable academic majors, consult the Career Services’ fliers: Information Sessions

Amid Winter’s Chill, Hotly Contested Game Goes Students’ Way

Students triumph as hardwood rivalry continues

Students triumph as hardwood rivalry continues

The MVP heads for the hoop.

The MVP heads for the hoop.

Students ride offensive surge to victory.

Students ride offensive surge to victory.

Faculty/staff fall shy of making it two in a row.

Faculty/staff fall shy of making it two in a row.

Avenging last year’s 20-point intramural loss to a faculty/staff squad, a team of Penn College students this week notched a 66-59 overtime win in a seasonal Bardo Gym tradition. Athletic director Scott Kennell was the game’s Most Valuable Player, despite being on the losing side. The employee team was ahead by nine at the half, but the students stepped up the pace of the game and the faculty/staff challengers just couldn’t keep up.  They had a chance to win the game, but a missed opportunity at the free-throw line gave the students the exciting OT victory.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Science Festival Offers Hands-On Activities for Children, Families

During a previous Science Festival at Penn College, a Williamsport Area High School student uses a black light and a glowing gel to help another student learn about germs and hand-washing.

A Science Festival at Pennsylvania College of Technology on Thursday, March 19, will provide a variety of fun math and science demonstrations for local children and their families.

The event, scheduled from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Penn College Field House, is sponsored by the college and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

The Science Festival’s hands-on math and science demonstrations are geared toward elementary and middle school students, as well as their families. The experiments are designed to make learning fun and to stimulate children’s interest in math, science and the exciting careers in related fields.

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Professor Serves as Judge for On-Campus STEM Competition

David S. Richards

A Pennsylvania College of Technology professor served as a judge for the regional Governor’s PA STEM Competition held recently on the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

David S. Richards, professor of physics, was one of four judges for the high school competition coordinated regionally by BLaST Intermediate Unit 17. While learning about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers, teams were required to design, build and present a device addressing a real-world problem with the goal of improving the quality of life for Pennsylvania residents.

Teams from Williamsport Area High School and Hughesville High School competed to be the top school from Intermediate Unit 17’s four-county region and advance to the state finals in May at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster.

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Anderson Equipment Co. Boosts Support for Penn College Students

Anderson Equipment Co.

Anderson Equipment Co.

Heavy construction equipment technology students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are benefiting from the ongoing generosity of the Anderson Equipment Co., which supplemented a recent equipment loan with the donation of an engine and other machine components.

Among the gifts from Anderson, a distributor of earthmoving and mobile equipment with 20 locations from Maine to West Virginia, was a 272-horsepower Komatsu WA470-6 engine.

“This is a great addition to our heavy equipment engine lab,” said Chris S. Weaver, a diesel equipment technology instructor in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Management. “Until now, we did not have an engine meeting Tier 3 emission requirements with common rail-fuel injection. Because of Anderson’s generous donation, we can expose our heavy equipment students to technology that is being used in the industry.”

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Classmates’ Appetizer, Entrée Judged in ‘Mystery Basket’ Challenge

Team Pork Buttz enters the “field” of competition with confidence.

Team Pork Buttz enters the “field” of competition with confidence.

Inspired by a list of required ingredients, students produce house-made ricotta cheese quenelle with citrus salad atop a cauliflower and cheese crust.

Inspired by a list of required ingredients, students produce house-made ricotta cheese quenelle with citrus salad atop a cauliflower and cheese crust.

Team Grateful Bread carefully scores its classmates’ culinary creations.

Team Grateful Bread carefully scores its classmates’ culinary creations.

The team’s entrée: spice-rubbed and smoke-fired rabbit with dumplings.

The team’s entrée: spice-rubbed and smoke-fired rabbit with dumplings.

Senior-level students in the culinary arts and systems major completed their first Mystery Basket challenge of the semester on Friday as part of their coursework in Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment, a capstone class taught by Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts. Half the class – known as Team Pork Buttz – was tasked with using not only a list of required “market basket” ingredients, but also a pair of “mystery ingredients” revealed the morning of the competition, to create two courses to be judged by their classmates, known as Team Grateful Bread. Using the required ingredients (dill pickle, juniper berries, elbow macaroni and cauliflower) plus the “mystery” ingredients of fresh, whole rabbit and Guinness beer, Team Pork Buttz produced an appetizer course of house-made ricotta cheese quenelle with citrus salad on top of a cauliflower and cheese crust, plus an entrée of spice-rubbed and smoke-fired rabbit with dumplings and Guinness/juniper berry with hint of chocolate reduction. The timed contests follow American Culinary Federation competition standards.
Photos by Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts

Season Ends for Penn College Basketball Teams

A foam Wildcat paw, a giveaway at a recent hoops doubleheader, lends silent support to the home team.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling teams closed out their seasons this past week.

In basketball on Saturday at Bryn Athyn, the women won, 72-64, to complete a 13-12 overall season, 12-8 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference; and the men lost, 74-71, to end 3-22 overall and 2-16 in the NEAC.

In wrestling on Feb, 15, six Penn College grapplers placed among the top six in their respective weight classes at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Invitational at Penn State’s Rec Hall.

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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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Black History Month Continues With Classic Stage Drama, Film Satire

Local theater company to present "Raisin in the Sun"

Local theater company to present “Raisin in the Sun”

"Dear White People"

“Dear White People”

The Williamsport Black Repertory Theater will present “Raisin in the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry’s acclaimed 1959 play about the clashing dreams within a Chicago family, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Tickets for the Tony-nominated drama, part of the college’s observance of Black History Month, are available at the Bush Campus Center Information Desk – $3 for students, $5 for faculty/staff and the public. Proceeds benefit the Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action After-School Academic Enrichment Program. The ACC Auditorium will also be the venue for “Dear White People,” a satirical portrait of race relations featuring a college student whose controversial radio show sparks a media frenzy of epic proportions. Admission is free for the R-rated movie, which will be shown at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Basketball ‘Red Out’ Supports Heart-Health Awareness

The "Blue Crew" changed its color for the night ... but not its Wildcat loyalty.

The “Blue Crew” changed its color for the night … but not its Wildcat loyalty.

Alicia Ross, who scored 15 points on the night, defends her home court.

Alicia Ross, who scored 15 points on the night, defends her home court.

The Wildcat Dance Team, properly accessorized (as always)

The Wildcat Dance Team, properly accessorized (as always)

The appropriately clad team mascot cheers the men's team, as James Boylan (33) and Thomas Ross (22) go to work.

The appropriately clad team mascot cheers the men’s team, as James Boylan (33) and Thomas Ross (22) go to work.

A banner at the gym entrance spreads the word.

A banner at the gym entrance spreads the word.

In support of February’s designation as American Heart Month, Penn College observed a “Red Out” during its women’s and men’s basketball games against Lancaster Bible College on Tuesday. Fans were encouraged to wear red clothing and fill the Bardo Gymnasium stands, and a number of activities helped call attention to cardiac wellness. The evening featured free T-shirts and foam Wildcat paws, waterproof Bluetooth headphones for the winner of the “Wearing the Most Red” award and a fitness watch for the “Knockout Game” victor. Raffle tickets were sold to faculty/staff for a free Fitness Center membership, with proceeds donated to the American Heart Association.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Assistant Dean of Construction & Design Technologies Named

Carol A. Lugg

Carol A. Lugg has been named assistant dean for the School of Construction & Design Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Lugg most recently was director of the Office of Transfer Initiatives, smoothing incoming students’ pathways to bachelor’s degrees and furthering articulation agreements with two-year institutions in majors that dovetail with Penn College’s academic offerings.

“Carol is a great addition to the leadership team in Construction & Design Technologies,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “She has extensive experience in higher education in a number of roles. I am impressed with her commitment to students and effective teaching. She is creative and brings great enthusiasm to her work.”

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Citing Flawed Analysis, Website Corrects Erroneous Crime Ranking

With Tuesday night’s finding that a website wrongly included Penn College on a list of unsafe campuses, President Davie Jane Gilmour has updated the institution’s response.

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President Issues Message About Campus Safety

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour has responded to a recent online article about campus crime, meeting the “disturbing” and “terribly misleading” headline with accurate statistics, an administrative commitment to student and employee safety, and confidence in the Penn College Police department’s proactive enforcement efforts.

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