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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.

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College Tops Regional List of Red Cross Bloodmobile Sites

Red Cross volunteers staff a donor check-in table outside Penn's Inn ...

... where faculty/staff and students contributed a region-topping number of pints last year.

The American Red Cross recently ran the numbers of its Top 10 blood-collection locations in Northeastern Pennsylvania … and Penn College was at the head of the list for 2015.  A total of 799 units was donated on campus last year; Bloomsburg and Lock Haven universities were second and third at 695 and 534 pints, respectively. In a related report, College Health Services said 49 units – with the potential to save 147 lives – were collected during a June 15 mini-visit to the Bush Campus Center.

‘Senior Visit Day’ Opens 12th-Graders’ Eyes to Campus Opportunities

Mitchell J. Berninger and Lauren J. Crouse, Lead Links in the college's Connections orientation program, point the way to an illuminating day!

Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology, gives families a glimpse into class and career dynamics.

Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions/enrollment services, shares a laugh with a daughter and mother.

Scott A. Geist (far left), director of surgical technology, escorts guests along the campus mall on a gorgeous day.

Connections Link Duncan Rodriguez welcomes visitors to the Klump Academic Center for the day’s kickoff talk.

Penn College held the first of three Senior Visit Days on Friday, welcoming students heading into their final year of high school. After a welcome session with President Davie Jane Gilmour, the visitors heard academic presentations and toured labs, got an overview of financial aid and college life, took a peek at on-campus housing, lunched in the Keystone Dining Room, and had access to Admissions Office representatives to resolve all of their last-minute questions. Additional Senior Visit Days are set for July 16 and 29; campus tours are also available at 2:30 p.m. daily, Monday through Thursday.

NSSC Accepts Energy-Efficiency Award on Behalf of Industry Partner

Alison A. Diehl, director of Penn College’s National Sustainable Structures Center, accepts The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council Energy Star award from Jacob Moss, deputy director of the EPA Climate Protection Partnerships Division.

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, national sponsor of the Building Operator Certification program that trains and certifies workers in best practices for energy efficiency, has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2016 Energy Star Award.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s National Sustainable Structures Center is part of the network of licensed providers nationwide helping to administer the BOC program. Alison A. Diehl, NSSC director, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the award on behalf of the nonprofit and its training coalition.

“EPA does an outstanding job in recognizing industry partners that are achieving real impacts on energy-efficiency efforts,” Diehl said. “We are proud to represent NEEC and the national Building Operator Certification, a program that teaches facilities personnel to improve occupant comfort while maximizing facility efficiency.”

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Three Cheers for the Red, White … and Blue, Blue Skies

Sunny skies boost the turnout – whether on foot, on bikes or on scooters.

Williamsport’s 33rd annual Flags Across America March traveled to the Penn College campus from the nearby Peter Herdic Transportation Museum on Tuesday evening, convening for a brief celebration under the 1,800-square-foot American flag that flies outside the Student & Administrative Services Center.

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Memorial Service Thursday for Professor Emeritus

Barbara Helen Williams

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday for Barbara Helen Williams, a professor emeritus at Penn College, who died Monday. The service for Williams, a member of the engineering drafting technology faculty at the college (and its Williamsport Area Community College predecessor) from 1980-96, will be at Muncy First United Methodist Church, 602 South Market St., Muncy.

July’s ‘First Friday’ to Include Faculty Member’s Artwork

"The Piscophilist," by David M. Moyer

David M. Moyer, an assistant professor of graphic design at Penn College, will be among exhibitors during downtown Williamsport’s First Friday celebration of the arts next month. “David Moyer: The Naturalist,” showcasing the faculty member’s printmaking artistry, will open from 6-10 p.m. July 1 at Gallery 425, 425 Market Street. Moyer – who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware and a Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore – joined the college’s full-time faculty in the Fall 2000 semester.

Fun With Food

Dining Services' Mike Dinan schools his cherubic chefs.

Steven Lingg takes a healthy bite ...

... while brother Ryan prefers a more deliberative pace.

Munchable masterpieces

Enjoying the experience is camp counselor Melissa K. Stabley, a dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major from Williamsport.

Youngsters enrolled in Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE practiced some kitchen wizardry on Tuesday. Gathering in and around the patio/courtyard of the Keystone Dining Room, the boys and girls made flatbread pizza appetizers, whole-wheat blueberry muffins and homemade Nutella … and enjoyed one of the best parts of food preparation: eating what they prepared! Cooking projects aren’t all that’s on the menu, however; in its second of seven weeks of activities, the camp offers regular field trips, games and – like any perfect summer – old and new friends.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Garden Variety? Not With This Crew!

"Blooming Branches" fashioned by General Services' Grounds Division.

Penn College’s inventive and industrious General Services department has done it again, crafting attractive “Blooming Branches” to colorfully display annuals outside Madigan Library and the Thompson Professional Development Center. “Instead of the traditional look, the horticulture crew wanted an edgy, modern version,” explained Andrea L. Mull, horticulturist/grounds and motorpool supervisor. The time was ripe, as the metal posts that were formerly used were in poor condition and unlikely to survive another season. The Grounds Division purchased stainless steel last fall in order to build a bagged salt hopper, and Chad M. Aloisio, master mechanic, grounds/motorpool, designed and created the self-watering showpieces from the remaining material.

Regional Visitors Hope to Facilitate European Import of Marcellus Gas

Strittmatter discusses ShaleNET's successes in workforce development.

Guests mingle with their hosts before boarding their coach back to Washington, D.C.

Daniel R. Mendell, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructor, explains the virtual-reality world of wellfield training simulation, through which miscues can be ascertained and corrected ... without costly consequences.

Parties interested in the international export of natural gas included Penn College in a fact-finding visit to the region this week. Meeting with ShaleNET personnel in the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center were representatives of LNG Allies Inc., a nonprofit research and advocacy group; the American Petroleum Institute; Anadarko Petroleum; the embassies of Croatia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia; and the European Parliament Liaison Office. While on campus, the working group heard presentations from Robert Montgomery, Anadarko’s production engineering manager for the Appalachian Basin; John F. Strittmatter, director of the ShaleNET U.S. Regional Hub; Diane H. Bubb, ShaleNET U.S. case manager; and David Yoxtheimer, an extension associate with the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. The coalition’s two-day stay also featured a breakfast meeting with the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, as well as tours of the Panda Patriot power plant in Clinton Township and the Energy Transfer Partners compressor station along Route 87.

Alberts Family Scholarship Established at Penn College

Linda and Ed Alberts

A local couple has recognized the excellence of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s plastics program with a new scholarship.

Established by Ed and Linda Alberts, the Alberts Family Scholarship will benefit students enrolled in the plastics and polymer engineering technology bachelor-degree major and the plastics and polymer technology associate-degree program.

The Alberts own Montoursville-based Ralph S. Alberts Company Inc., known as one of the country’s most resourceful full-service, multifaceted, custom molder of plastics and foams.

“We have been challenged by the world’s continuing demands for creativity and technology,” according to Ed and Linda Alberts. “This has enabled our business to grow and provide jobs for the past 53 years. We thank Penn College for providing the education needed in our industry.”

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Students’ Civic Contribution Noted in Newscast

Student builders acknowledged

A ribbon rests atop a pillar constructed by Penn College masonry students. (Photo by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies)

Penn College’s involvement in construction of the Lycoming County Sensory Garden is noted in a Newswatch 16 piece previewing this weekend’s ribbon-cutting at the Fairfield Township facility. In addition to footage of a sign acknowledging The School of Construction & Design Technologies’ contribution, Kristina Papa’s segment features Christina Dorward, a master gardener and chair of the Sensory Garden Committee, and her husband, Dennis, associate professor of construction management/building construction work at the college.

Industrial Design Professor Authors Engineering Book

Thomas E. Ask

Creative design and mechanical engineering merge in a new book written by a Pennsylvania College of Technology professor of industrial design.

“Engineering for Industrial Designers and Inventors: Fundamentals for Designers of Wonderful Things,” written by Thomas E. Ask, was recently released by publisher O’Reilly Media.

The 216-page book is aimed at students, product and mechanical designers and inventive makers.

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Smiling Into Summer

It's chin-licking good!

"KJ," a singer-songwriter from the Lewisburg area, motivates her audience ...

... and gives young voices an empowering turn at the microphone.

Wearing T-shirts that they tie-dyed for the occasion, children (announced by Barbara J. Albert, director) get "high fives" from a line of CLC well-wishers along the road to kindergarten.

Ice cream, check. Pretzel, check. Happy child, check.

The Dunham Children’s Learning Center recently held an ice cream social to celebrate the end of another year, with treats for all … and special recognition for the boys and girls “moving on” to academic adventures.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Future Bakers, Set Your Mind on 1 Degree for 60 Seconds

A “Your Class in 60 Seconds” video added to the Penn College YouTube channel visits the Advanced Baking & Pastry Operations class, which instills such principles including menu planning, creating and selling products and bakery operation. From conception to final patisserie sale, students receive a tremendous hands-on education throughout the course.  “You’ll come to class with your plans for the day and your strong work ethic,” says Victoria L. Kostecki, who holds Penn College degrees in baking and pastry arts (2014) and applied management (2016). “Writing the menu is a combination of baking and pastry methodology, dynamic communication skills and teamwork. Once the menu has been developed, you work to create the items you plan to sell.”

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