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Resident Students Get Help Considering New ‘Lease’ on Life

Josiah D. Stoltzfus and Kayla M. Peters satisfy the curiosity of potential off-campus tenants.

Students interested in moving off-campus attend a Jan. 27 session in the SASC.

Informative booklet offers practical pointers

A Jan. 20 Off-Campus Housing Expo in the Keystone Dining Room ...

... put students in touch with college-approved local landlords.

The Off-Campus Living and Commuter Services Office, along with the community assistants and Off-Campus Housing Organization, are hosting several events for Penn College students looking to move off-campus next year.  The first Off-Campus Housing Expo was held Jan. 20 in the Keystone Dining Room, where students met with property owners from Penn College’s approved list.  A second expo was held Wednesday night in the Bush Campus Center, and another on main campus will be from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 1 in the KDR.  Two more expos are scheduled at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center’s Nature’s Cove: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 15-16. The CAs and OCHO have also teamed up to offer several educational sessions with topics related to off-campus living.  Kayla M. Peters, vice president of OCHO, and Community Assistant Josiah D. Stoltzfus presented the first of three sessions on Jan. 27.  The series continues on Monday, Feb. 8, with “Understanding Your Off-Campus Lease” and Tuesday, March 22 with “Get Your Security Deposit Back,”  both at 7:30 p.m. in Penn’s Inn (CC, second floor).
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Registrar Appointed at Penn College

Heather A. Swimley

Pennsylvania College of Technology has named Heather A. Swimley as registrar.

Swimley, who began her duties in January, had served as assistant registrar at the college since July 2014.

She succeeds longtime registrar Denny L. Dunkleberger, who will retire in March. Dunkleberger will serve as acting director of admissions until his retirement takes effect March 30.

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Penn College Appoints Director of Physician Assistant Program

Lynn Eckrote

Lynn Eckrote has been named director of the Physician Assistant Program at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Eckrote, who had served as a clinical director before being named interim director of the program, began her employment at Penn College in 2014.

“The same high level of enthusiasm, collaboration, dedication and professionalism Lynn brought to our clinical directorship will translate well in her new role as program director,” said Edward A. Henninger, dean of the college’s School of Health Sciences. “We fully expect that Lynn will make a positive and lasting impact on the program’s mission of producing high-quality health professionals who contribute effective, evidence-based and compassionate care.”

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Dispelling Misconception Through Comedy

Negin Farsad (left) and Dean Obeidallah perform in the intimate space of Penn's Inn...

A Student Activities program designed to erase stereotypes and embrace diversity – through the prism of stand-up – was held Friday in the Bush Campus Center. Comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah (who, earlier in the day, screened their film, “The Muslims Are Coming!” there) returned to Penn’s Inn for an evening comedy performance and an enlightening question-and-answer session. Their appearance coincided with “Muslim/American, American/Muslim,” an exhibit of black-and-white photography at The Gallery at Penn College through March 4.

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College Hosts Increasingly Popular SkillsUSA Competition

The various categories in Friday's competition among high school students reflected the skills imparted every day on Penn College's campuses, from collision repair ...

... to heating, ventilation and air conditioning ...

... to hospitality ...

... to manufacturing ...

... and, in this team contest, construction carpentry.

Nearly 300 regional high school students competed in 35 skill and 18 leadership contests as Penn College hosted the SkillsUSA District 6 competition Friday. First-place winners in those events, held in a variety of campus labs and other locations,  will advance to the Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Championships (April 13-15) at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. The event has grown from 68 students in 2013 to this year’s total of 281 students and 35 high school advisers.
Photos by Zachery T. Kane, student photographer

ROTC Cadets Tour Lycoming Engines Manufacturing Facility

From left are Capt. Garrett Ruud, assistant professor of military science at Penn College and ROTC operations officer; Carolyn R. Strickland, the college's vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; Walter V. Gower, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; Cadets Hayley Sparks, Daniel J. Pulinski, Craig W. Robbins and Daniel G. Curtin; Lt. Col. Michael S. Kavadias, director of military science at Bucknell University; and Master Sgt. Sean McGlensey, Bucknell's senior military instructor.

The group is led on a factory tour by Michael Kraft (left), Lycoming Engines' senior vice president and general manager.

Three ROTC students from Penn College were among four Bison Battalion cadets who recently toured Lycoming Engines, where they attended a Veterans Day flag-folding ceremony in November. Cadet Craig W. Robbins, an aviation maintenance technology major, wanted to share with the rest of his battalion the importance of Lycoming Engines – a community fixture since 1929 and one of the college’s longest-running industrial partners. He was joined by Penn College Cadets Daniel G. Curtin, a manufacturing engineering technology student, and Daniel H. Pulinski, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; as well as Cadet Hayley Sparks, of Bloomsburg University.
Photos provided by Lycoming Engines

College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic Open to Students, Public

The dental hygiene clinic, a learning laboratory for students enrolled in Penn College’s dental hygiene majors, is open to students and the general public. Services include cleanings, examinations, X-rays, fluoride treatments and sealants. Examination results and X-rays can be sent to the patient’s regular dentist. The dental hygiene clinic is in Room W222 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.  Appointments can be made by calling ext. 4500.

Financial Aid Office to Offer Free FAFSA Completion Sessions

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer free sessions in March and April to help students, prospective students and families complete the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Both sessions will be in Room 1049 on the first floor of Penn College’s Student & Administrative Services Center (the building adjacent to the large American flag at the college’s main entrance off Maynard Street).

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Steer Sets Scoring Record in Otherwise Cheerless Week

For the week completed on Saturday, Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams went winless, all in North Eastern Athletic Conference games, while the college’s wrestling team was idle.

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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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Local Auto Dealership Establishes Scholarship at Penn College

From left, Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, with Bill Brown and Brian Peace, scholarship benefactors from the Murray Motor Group.

A scholarship fund has been established for automotive students at Pennsylvania College of Technology by the Murray Motor Group.

The idea for the scholarship fund was initiated by Brian Peace, managing partner of the Murray Motor Group and a 1984 graduate of Penn College’s predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College.

The fund will provide annual merit-based awards to full-time students who have successfully completed two semesters at the college. Preference will be given to graduates of high schools in Lycoming and Snyder counties who are enrolled in automotive technology management, automotive service sales and marketing, automotive technology, automotive technology: Ford ASSET, and collision repair technology.

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College Store Kicks Off Exhibition of Instructors’ Artwork

Instructor's stained glass displayed in store window

A collection of faculty member Keith M. Whitesel’s stained glass is on display in The College Store during February, the first in a series of mini-galleries featuring artists who teach noncredit classes at Penn College. An instructor of electrical technology/occupations in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Whitesel is teaching Stained Glass for Beginners through Workforce Development & Continuing Education starting Feb. 22. A second class, Stained Glass: Level II, will begin April 11. Stop by The College Store to see his beautiful works of art as they glimmer in the sun – and revisit throughout the year as other media (photography, jewelry, etc.) are exhibited. (The pieces of art are not for sale.)

Penn College Student Among Farm Show Scholarship Recipients

Pennsylvania College of Technology student Paige E. Pearson, of Williamsburg, was among recipients of the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship. From left are her parents, Lyle and Trisha Pearson; Paige Pearson; Scott Sechler, owner of Bell and Evans; and Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.

A student in the baking and pastry arts major at Pennsylvania College of Technology was awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation.

Paige E. Pearson, of Williamsburg, was among 28 Farm Show Scholarship recipients. Her award was presented Jan. 12 at the Farm Show by Scott Sechler, owner of Bell & Evans, and Pennsylvania Rep. Judy Ward, R-Blair County.

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College Emissaries Tout ‘degrees that work’ at Mentor Event

Brad M. Martin (center) and alumnus Peter J. Shkuda (right) speak with ACE Mentor participants about the 100-percent placement rate among Penn College's construction management graduates. (Photo by Susan Martin)

Representatives of the School of Construction & Design Technologies recently traveled to an ACE affiliate event hosted at Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational Technical School. ACE Mentor Mike Weidner, of Weidner Construction Services in Mechanicsburg, and Jason E. Krick, an assistant professor in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s construction management major, coordinated the opportunity to introduce ACE Mentor participants and their parents to the college’s “degrees that work.”

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Stabler Scholarship Fund Established at Penn College

A scholarship fund has been established at Pennsylvania College of Technology with a $530,000 grant from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg.

Preference for awards from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Scholarship Fund at Penn College will be given to first-year students enrolled full time in an Associate of Applied Science degree major ­that is nontraditional for their gender.

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