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College Hosting ‘Out of the Darkness’ Suicide-Prevention Walk

A T-shirt contest for the Greater Lycoming Out of the Darkness Community Walk produced this winning design by Penn College student Angela J. Maniscalco, a health arts: practical nursing emphasis major from Muncy.

More than 250 people from throughout Williamsport are expected to participate in the eighth annual Greater Lycoming Out of the Darkness Community Walk hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Central Pennsylvania chapter and Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The walk will be held at Penn College on Saturday, Oct. 22, with registration starting at 5:30 p.m. and the walk at 6:30.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide is preventable. This fundraising walk supports the AFSP’s local and national education and advocacy programs and its bold goal of a 20-percent reduction in the annual rate of suicide by 2025.

“As an institution, we have made great efforts to educate our students and campus on the importance and power of suicide prevention. This walk is about education and healing for our campus and community,” said Mallory L. Weymer, Penn College’s coordinator of student health and wellness/suicide prevention specialist. “Suicide is a very real problem, but through education, outreach and hope, we have the power to save people’s lives.”

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Donated Pink Gowns Help Focus Attention on Breast Cancer

Dental hygiene students, colorfully cloaked as special agents for awareness

Students completing rounds in the Dental Hygiene Clinic showed their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donning pink gowns during the week of Oct. 10. The gowns were donated by Matt P. Branca, director of The College Store. Other Breast Cancer Awareness-related activities have included a bake sale hosted by College Health Services and Sigma Pi, informational tables in the Bush Campus Center and at the Madigan Library Reference Desk, and a Wear Pink Day for employees on Oct. 7.

Alumni Director Among YWCA’s 2016 ‘Women of Excellence’

Kimberly R. Cassel

Penn College’s new director of alumni relations has been chosen among this year’s Women of Excellence class at the Williamsport YWCA, honored for civic involvement in furtherance of the agency’s mission of empowerment, justice and dignity. Kimberly R. Cassel is one of 12 women who will be inducted during a Nov. 10 banquet at the Williamsport Country Club. “Kim’s community work has been extensive,” her nominator wrote. “In addition, she is all over our campus volunteering and leading projects for the betterment of our students. Kim is an excellent example of a professional woman, caring about her community and being a role model for her three boys.” Among the activities noted in her nomination are service to the Junior League in a variety of capacities, coaching in the American Youth Soccer Organization, volunteering as a reader and after-school mentor at The Center (now Firetree Place), working with Habitat for Humanity on a home in the city’s West End, preparing lunches at St. Anthony’s Center, and sorting and organizing materials for Lycoming County United Way’s annual Trash to Treasure Sale. Cassel is the 10th Penn College employee to be selected in the eight years of the Women of Excellence program. Previous honorees were Tracy L. Brundage, 2015; Kathy W. Zakarian, 2014; Carolyn R. Strickland, 2013; Karen Woland Payne, 2012; Debra M. Miller and Veronica M. Muzic (Wise Woman of the Year), 2011; Jeanette L. Carter, 2010; and Barbara J. Natell and Joann Kay, 2009.

Brewing, Fermentation Science Degree Launched at Penn College

Penn College will offer an Associate of Applied Science in Brewing and Fermentation Science in response to the booming craft brewing industry’s need for skilled employees.

A brewing and fermentation science degree – the first of its kind in Pennsylvania – is being launched by Pennsylvania College of Technology in response to the craft brewing industry’s need for skilled employees.

The new Associate of Applied Science degree will combine the science, technology and management skills required to meet the growing consumer demand for unique craft beers.

“We’re working closely with industry to make a scientifically literate and technically skilled brewer with the experience necessary to thrive in the growing brewing industry,” said Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology.

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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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Penn College Welding Students Receive Scholarships

From left, Nicholas Mercado, recruiter/talent acquisition for Air Products, is shown with Penn College welding scholarship recipients Gavin P. Bachman, of Slatington; Katya E. Pechacek, of Fayetteville, New York; and Stephanie M. Puckly, of Spartansburg. Bachman and Puckly received $2,500 Air Product Welding Scholarships. Earlier, Pechacek received a $2,500 Air Products Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship.

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology welding students are recipients of a national industry scholarship.

Stephanie M. Puckly, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Spartansburg, and Gavin P. Bachman, a welding technology major from Slatington, each received a $2,500 Air Products Welding Scholarship, provided by the Air Products Foundation.

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Students Head to Guatemala on Nursing’s First Study Abroad Trip

Students Ashley M. Otto and Kelsey L. Maneval pack Penn College backpacks that they’ll leave behind for residents of Nueva Santa Rosa, Guatemala.

Picture books and Penn College backpacks are among items donated by the campus community for the remote village.

Friend Bear finds a seat in a suitcase for the trip to Central America.

Students glean details from nursing instructor Christine B. Kavanagh. From left are H. Alex Simcox, Christina M. Mossman, Ashley M. Otto, Katherine Santoianni, Maneval and Kavanagh.

A pile of books will help supply a library or serve as waiting-room entertainment.

Five nursing students packed supplies this week that they’ll take to the small village of Nueva Santa Rosa in Guatemala. The students are enrolled in a short-term study abroad course, the first for nursing. They’ll be joined by Christine B. Kavanagh, instructor of nursing, at a clinic in a remote area of coffee plantations southeast of the capital, Guatemala City. The Penn College group will join a larger group of volunteers from Glens Falls Medical Mission, a group based in Glens Falls, New York. The students gathered this week to pack luggage with a variety of donated items, including picture books, toothbrushes, stuffed animals, and touches of Penn College that include Wildcat hand sanitizer donated by Penn College Health Services, and Penn College backpacks donated by Admissions. Many of the other items were donated by fellow students and nursing faculty via collection stations set up by the Student Nurses Association. Students making the trip are Kelsey L. Maneval, of McAlisterville; Christina M. Mossman, of Wellsboro; Ashley M. Otto, of Lehighton; H. Alex Simcox, of Montgomery; and Katherine Santoianni, of Williamsport.

Campus Drop Box Limits Unwanted Access to Medications

A pharmaceutical drop box in College Health Services is a repository for medicine that is expired or is no longer needed.

A medication drop box, designed for year-round disposal of outdated or unneeded pharmaceuticals – both over-the-counter and prescription – has been installed in the lobby area of Penn College Health Services (Room 150, Bush Campus Center). The box was obtained from Lycoming County District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.

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Manipulating Time Topic of Penn College Colloquium

David S. Richards

Scientific aspects of time and humanity’s desire to control it will be addressed at the next presentation of the Technology & Society Colloquia Series at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“Manipulating Time Using Science, Technology and Literature” will be presented by David S. Richards, professor of physics, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The gathering is free and open to the public.

“It has been scientifically proven that time is not absolute; it is a quantity that depends upon relative speeds, gravity and even space itself,” Richards writes in his presentation abstract. “How can this fact allow a person to travel into the future? Can science and technology manipulate time so that you can live a longer life? Why is relative time so important in modern technological devices? How can literature be used to manipulate time? How do memories and experiences alter our perception of time?”

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Restoration Freshman in National Race for Help With College Costs

Anthony D. Di Liberto

Anthony D. Di Liberto, a first-year student in Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major, is one of three students nationwide vying for tuition assistance from the RPM Foundation. Online voting among Di Liberto, of New Milford, New Jersey, and his two challengers (Jacob San Martin, of McPherson College, and Jonathon Camper, of the College of Charleston) will end at 3 p.m. Oct. 21. The highest vote-getter will get a share of the money collected at the Autobahn Indoor Speedway in West Nyack, New York, two days later, when fans of the Jalopnik daily automotive blog can pay to race against the website’s staff and contributors. Half of all proceeds from the go-kart races will go to the foundation, which is helping support the next generation of automotive restoration and preservation craftspeople through formal training and mentorship. People like Di Liberto, whose contest profile says, “I take great pride in knowing that, upon my graduation in May of 2018, I will begin to pursue my dream job of working full time in a hot rod or speed and custom shop, building one-of-a-kind works of art.”

Penn College Student Wins Silver at Hard-Fought Woodsmen’s Meet

Representing Penn College at a recent woodsmen's meet in North Carolina were: (front row, from left) Tyler W. Lauver, Mifflinburg; Alyssa R. McGraw, Bellefonte; Nancy M. Summers, Turbotville; and Kristin E. Cavanaugh, Bellefonte; and (second row, from left) Noah L. English, Bloomsburg; Jackson H. Gehris, Cogan Station; Anthony A. Hampton, Clearfield; G. Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forest technology; Abigail L. Hufnagle, Lewisburg; Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology; and Paul M. George, of State College.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Woodsmen’s Team traveled to the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina to compete in the 21st Annual John Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet on Oct. 1.

This is the second trip to North Carolina in as many years for the team, which is part of the college’s Forestry Club.

This year’s meet was contested by Penn College and nine other collegiate teams: Haywood Community College, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Montgomery Community College, North Carolina State University, Penn State Mont Alto, the University of Kentucky, the University of Tennessee, Warren Wilson College and West Virginia University.

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Penn College Chef to Compete in PA Pork Producers Competition

Chef Richard J. McGlynn III

Chef Richard J. McGlynn III, a member of the professional staff in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, is set to compete against seven other Pennsylvania chefs at the 2016 Taste of Elegance. The event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council.

McGlynn, who earned a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and systems from Penn College in 2013, is a sous chef in the college’s casual fine-dining restaurant. The facility serves as a learning lab for students in the college’s hospitality majors.

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New Professional Development Courses Among November Offerings

Five professional development courses – four of them new to the schedule – will be held in November by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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IT Students Take a Walk on the Wildlife Side

Faculty members Golshan (left) and Yoas staff the grill with perfection ...

... satisfying a pavilion full of hungry hikers.

And what's a cookout without the melted-marshmallow joy of s'mores?

Students take to the foothills, surrounded by the natural beauty of Penn's Woods.

Interested in "whoooooooo" dropped by for an informational presentation is this owl, part of the park's Fall Festival attractions.

More than 30 students representing all of Penn College’s information technology majors hiked and picnicked at Little Pine State Park this past weekend, enjoying a beautiful woodland Sunday that coincided with the site’s annual Fall Festival. “Most students hiked the mountains and were just able to disconnect from their smartphones – literally, because there was no cell service!” said Ryan Monteleone, of Stevens, an information assurance and cyber security major and mentor for the IT Living-Learning Community. The LLC co-sponsored the event, along with a number of student organizations: The Association for Computing Machinery, the Association of Professional Programmers, the Gamers’ Guild and the Information Security Association. Along for the trip were Bahram Golshan and Daniel W. Yoas, associate professors of computer information technology. “Getting out in nature with students from other IT clubs was a significant means to talk through courses, college life and where our careers were going,” said James N. Ahern, of Mechanicsburg, an information assurance and cyber security major. “I also enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the history of information technology with Dr. Yoas.”
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Restoration Majors Mentor Tomorrow’s Automotive Artisans

Di Liberto captivates his audience ...

... and Von Zwehl coaches a potential successor during an AACA youth program in Hershey.

Behind the wheel and on top of the world

Members of the Penn College Classic Cruisers club and students in the college’s automotive restoration technology major traveled to Hershey last weekend to proudly represent their school and again help the Hershey chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America with its youth event. Honoring this year’s racing theme for the program, which was held during the AACA Eastern Regional Fall Meet, the college took along a donated Formula Ford Continental Series racer and a former mini-Indy stock car. The youth program was run by Penn College students Anthony D. Di Liberto, of New Milford, New Jersey;  Luke C. Miller, of Grasonville, Maryland; Andrew B. Moyer, of Hughesville; Preston T. Rose, of Berryville, Virginia; and Dillon K. Von Zwehl, of Mahweh, New Jersey. They expertly guided the youngsters through disassembly of the mini-Indy car so that the restored go-kart can be reassembled next year. Members and alumni prepared video for the club’s Facebook page, demonstrating a virtual paint simulator and other tools of their craft; also participating in Hershey events were Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and faculty members Roy H. Klinger and Chad H. Rudloff.
Photos by Rose, an automotive restoration technology major

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