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Centennial Reception, Concert Say ‘Thanks’ to Scholarship Donors

A full house in the Field House! The Centennial event invited all campaign donors to an autumn buffet. Attendees including alumni, current and retired employees and other friends and supporters, enjoyed such treats as mashed sweet potatoes, a selection of "sliders" and a choice of desserts from the college's fine-dining restaurant.

A full house in the Field House! The Centennial event invited all campaign donors to an autumn buffet. Attendees including alumni, current and retired employees, and other friends and supporters enjoyed such treats as mashed sweet potatoes, a selection of “sliders” and a choice of desserts from the college’s fine-dining restaurant.

Surrounded by colorful stage lighting befitting the festive affair, President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes more than 500 people – including students – to the post-buffet concert at the CAC.

Surrounded by colorful stage lighting befitting the festive affair, President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes more than 500 people – including students – to the post-buffet concert at the CAC.

One of the funnier moments of the evening was when the band offered a free copy of its new Christmas CD to the first audience member "to get up here." Two eager fans took the words literally, leaping onto the stage. Erin N. Shaffer (standing in white top), daughter of Myra K. Shaffer, institutional advancement and foundation assistant, was proclaimed the winner (although the band gave a second CD to the other fan.)

One of the funnier moments of the evening was when the band offered a free copy of its new Christmas CD to the first audience member “to get up here.” Two eager fans took the words literally, leaping onto the stage. Erin N. Shaffer (standing in white top), daughter of Myra K. Shaffer, institutional advancement and foundation assistant, was proclaimed the winner (although the band gave a second CD to the other fan.)

Home Free, which received two standing ovations by night's end, takes the stage.

Home Free, which received two standing ovations by night’s end, takes the stage.

Chris Rupp, who founded Home Free with his brother Adam, signs autographs for young fans in the Capitol Lounge following the show.

Chris Rupp, who founded Home Free with his brother Adam, signs autographs for young fans in the Capitol Lounge following the show.

In appreciation of their contributions to the Penn College Scholarship Campaign, donors were treated to a casual Saturday evening of tasty and tuneful entertainment. The celebration began with a Le Jeune Restaurant-catered buffet at the Field House and continued at the Community Arts Center with a private performance by Home Free, the a cappella country group that won the fourth season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” More than $5.7 million has been donated to the campaign, which, for 2014-15, has already more than doubled the scholarship support to students prior to the start of the campaign in 2011.

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 →

Dental Hygienist Visits Children’s Learning Center

Myreta Churba works with youngsters at the college's Dunham Children's Learning Center.

Myreta Churba works with youngsters at the college’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center.

Myreta Churba, a part-time faculty member and 1984 alumna, recently presented dental hygiene lessons at Penn College’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center. Churba is a community outreach dental hygienist with Susquehanna Community Health and Dental Center. In addition to Thursday’s class activities, some children received dental cleanings and screenings on-site if their parents had enrolled them in the program.
Photo by Regina G. Andes, assistant group leader, Children’s Learning Center

College ‘Giving Tree’ Again Provides Outlet for Holiday Generosity

The Penn College "Giving Tree"

The Penn College “Giving Tree”

Interested in helping someone less fortunate in the Williamsport community this holiday season? A Penn College “Giving Tree,” bearing tags of individuals (children 3 months to 12 years, and senior citizens) who could benefit from your generous donation, is located in the Student Activities Office. The process for sponsoring someone is easy; instructions are available alongside the “Giving Tree” (Bush Campus Center, first floor) or on the myPCT portal.

Consider Penn College in Your Year-End Giving Plans

If you are considering making a charitable donation as the 2014 tax year comes to a close, please remember the Penn College employee campaign. Gifts of all sizes help students succeed and will be put to use immediately.

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Penn College Women Set for Basketball Opener

The Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s basketball team starts its season this week while the men’s basketball team got going Saturday and the college’s wrestling team had its first home match of the campaign, also on Saturday.

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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. Continue reading →

Twice-Yearly Conference Affirms Alliance Between College, K-12 Educators

– Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid, talks with the educators about important deadlines and other considerations of which students must be reminded.

– Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid, talks with the educators about important deadlines and other considerations of which students must be reminded.

Kay E. Dunkleberger, coordinator of disability services, talks with educators.

Kay E. Dunkleberger, coordinator of disability services, talks with educators.

Whit Worman, director of the physician assistant program, leads a tour group.

Whit Worman, director of the physician assistant program, leads a tour group.

Penn College’s Outreach for K-12 Office hosted its biannual College & Career Readiness Conference on Friday, providing a professional development opportunity for K-12 educators, mainly school counselors. The educators were offered tours of various academic programs and small-group conversations on such topics as disability services, the financial aid process, and Penn College NOW, the college’s dual enrollment program. The participants also attended a session titled  “Manufacturing Your Career in Pennsylvania,” a new free resource that teachers and counselors can use to engage students in career opportunities in manufacturing. The goal of the conference is not only to introduce the educators to the college’s academic programs, but also to address topics that will help them as they help to prepare their students to make decisions about their post-high school paths.

High School Students Test Business Plans’ Feasibility in Entrepreneurship Challenge

Tim Keohane, of the Small Business Development Center at Lock Haven University, provides a lesson on “elevator speeches” before giving students a chance to work on theirs.

Tim Keohane, of the Small Business Development Center at Lock Haven University, provides a lesson on “elevator speeches” before giving students a chance to work on theirs.

Mark A. Ciavarella, assistant professor of business administration/management at Penn College, coaches one of several groups from Montgomery Area Senior High School.

Mark A. Ciavarella, assistant professor of business administration/management at Penn College, coaches one of several groups from Montgomery Area Senior High School.

A group from SUN Tech works on its business plan.

A group from SUN Tech works on its business plan.

Carolyn Shirk, of EconomicsPennsylvania, talks with a group from SUN Tech.

Carolyn Shirk, of EconomicsPennsylvania, talks with a group from SUN Tech.

High school students from across the region spent most of Friday in Penn’s Inn, where the School of Business & Hospitality partnered with EconomicsPennsylvania to present the Entrepreneurship Challenge. Mark A. Ciavarella, assistant professor of business administration/management, along with Carolyn Shirk of EconomicsPennsylvania and Tim Keohane, of the Small Business Development Center at Lock Haven University, taught the students how to take their business ideas from a concept to a plan, coaching them in the basic elements of a viable business plan. EconomicsPennsylvania is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to ensure every young person in Pennsylvania understands the essential economic and financial literacy concepts.

Hundreds Join Late-Night ‘Madness’ to Greet Basketball Season

A great student turnout for Midnight Madness

A great student turnout for Midnight Madness

The men's squad fires up the crowd ...

The men’s squad fires up the crowd …

... while the Wildcat women join the dance team's performance.

… while the Wildcat women join the dance team’s performance.

Students participate in the "Fan Knockout."

Students participate in the “Fan Knockout.”

Approximately 400 students turned out for the Penn College Midnight Madness on Thursday night to help kick off the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball season. Held in Bardo Gym, the event featured interviews with the coaches, team introductions, prizes, giveaways and a Battle of the Sexes 3-point contest. The Penn College Dance team performed a well-choreographed number that included many of the Wildcat basketball players, and the night wrapped up with a scrimmage between the men’s and women’s teams. Athletics thanks Gwendolyn Ntim, who sang a gorgeous National Anthem, and the Penn College Diners Club for providing delicious snacks for the event. Good luck to the Wildcats this season!
Photos by Lizze A. Robinholt, secretary/receptionist for athletics

Eighth-Graders Tour Manufacturing Lab in After-School Visit

A Williamsport Area Middle School eighth-grader handles the controls of an industrial robot.

A Williamsport Area Middle School eighth-grader handles the controls of an industrial robot.

Penn College student John M. Good IV (in hat) demonstrates computer-aided drafting to a pair of middle-schoolers.

Penn College student John M. Good IV (in hat) demonstrates computer-aided drafting to a pair of middle-schoolers.

Middle-schoolers take a close look at a CNC-machined wrench before watching the process.

Middle-schoolers take a close look at a CNC-machined wrench before watching the process.

Eighth-graders in Williamsport Area Middle School’s after-school program visited a Penn College gem on Thursday: its automated manufacturing lab. There, Penn College students showed them the ropes of computer-aided drafting, CNC machining, robotics and hydraulics. The session was led by John M. Good III, instructor of automation and computer integrated manufacturing. Students in the after-school program visit the college once a week in a partnership coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office. The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

A Picture Worth 100 Years

"100" on the lawn

“100” on the lawn

Celebrating 100 years of hands-on education (and a brisk moment of coats-on necessity), the Penn College community gathered Thursday for an aerial commemoration of the institution’s ongoing Centennial. Scores of students and employees – and one canine member of the family – enthusiastically braved the chill to form a “100” on the Madigan Library Lawn.
Photo by Carlos Ramos, web designer/interactive media specialist

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 →

Culinary Duo Prepares Seasonal Treat in Live Broadcast

Student Daniel A. Horst and Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management and culinary arts, talk with "PA live!" co-host Dave Kuharchik.

Student Daniel A. Horst and Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management and culinary arts, talk with “PA live!” co-host Dave Kuharchik.

Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management and culinary arts, assisted by Daniel A. Horst, a culinary arts and systems student from Harrisonburg, Virginia, appeared on WBRE-TV’s “PA live! Thursday afternoon. In segments with co-hosts Dave Kuharchik and Jasmine Brooks, they prepared Roasted Butternut Squash Soup.

Human Services Students Host Ten Thousand Villages Sale

Unique handmade gifts from diverse cultures are available at the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale, set for Nov. 19-21 at Pennsylvania College of Technology's Bush Campus Center.

Students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host a fair-trade sale Nov. 19-21 in the lobby of the Bush Campus Center.

The annual sale, which is open to the public, helps working poor in other countries.

Facilitated by students in the Community and Organizational Change course, the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale will feature 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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Gallery at Penn College Exhibits Colorful Spectacle in Oil Paintings

"Roman Holiday," diptych, 2013, oil on canvas, 50" x 80", by Jennifer R. A. Campbell

Oil paintings exploring “a colorful spectacle of a ridiculous world” are in the spotlight for the next exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library.

“Lotus Eaters,” showcasing works by painter Jennifer R.A. Campbell, explores the meeting point of theater and painting in a collection of elaborately staged tableaux that depict enigmatic episodes in the ongoing drama of contemporary life. The exhibit runs Nov. 14 through Dec.14. A Meet the Artist reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, featuring a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m.

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A College Family Dinner, at Students’ Second Home

Bradley M. Webb, director of student affairs administration and one of the evening's servers, talks with colleagues from the Residence Life Office.

Bradley M. Webb, director of student affairs administration and one of the evening’s servers, talks with colleagues from the Residence Life Office.

A seasonal centerpiece helps set the mood.

A seasonal centerpiece helps set the mood.

Student leader Emma J. Sutterlin enjoys a pre-holiday meal.

Student leader Emma J. Sutterlin enjoys a pre-holiday meal.

Members of the college community mingle over a family-style meal.

Members of the college community mingle over a family-style meal.

Cookies an ever-popular item at Dining Services events

Cookies an ever-popular item at Dining Services events

Members of the Penn College community, including administrators and Student Affairs personnel, served a family-style Thanksgiving dinner this week in the Keystone Dining Room. More than 80 people enjoyed turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, beverage and dessert – a mouth-watering menu planned and prepared by Dining Services.
Photos by Dalaney A. Vartenisian, student photographer

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