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2017 ‘Sweethearts’ Chosen From 11 Alumni Couples

This year's Alumni Sweethearts: Megan L. (Miller) and Robert A. Brightbill

Congratulations to Megan L. (Miller) and Robert A. Brightbill, winners of Penn College’s 2017 Alumni Sweethearts contest. The Harrisburg couple met at Penn College in the early ’90s and have been married for 22 years. Robert is a 1992 building construction technology graduate and Megan earned dental hygiene degrees in 1993 and 2001. As part of the sixth annual Sweethearts contest, the Brightbills received 292 votes (or “likes”) for their photo on Alumni Relations’ Facebook page. Ten other couples vied for the honor. Megan and Robert will return to campus soon to enjoy dinner for two in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and an overnight stay in The Victorian House. Watch PCToday for more coverage of their visit to campus.

Hands-On Experience Turns Chemistry Course Into Career Path

The Society of Plastics Engineers’ Eve Vitale shows an example of a thermoformed product.

Nicholas C. Moore, of Lock Haven, guides a group of students through the plastics and polymer technology department’s materials testing lab. Moore, who completed Penn College NOW courses in the Keystone Central School District, holds junior-level standing in his fourth semester in the plastics and polymer engineering technology major.

Students measure borax and a polymer used in white glue to form a thermoset compound.

Stirring a concoction, students observe an endothermic reaction as new chemical bonds form.

The result is a “slime” that, Vitale tells the students, was used in the filming of “Ghostbusters.”

Seventy Keystone Central School District chemistry students converged on Penn College on Tuesday to learn how their chemistry lessons apply to the field of plastics. During a four-hour stay on campus, they took part in a variety of plastics experiments courtesy of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ PlastiVan program. Under the instruction of SPE Foundation Director Eve Vitale, the students learned about the chemistry of plastics and future career options while they made several polymers of their own. The PlastiVan’s visit was sponsored by Sekisui SPI, of Bloomsburg. The program travels to schools and companies throughout North America, educating people of all ages about the chemistry, history, processing, manufacturing, sustainability and application of plastics, all through hands-on experiences that spark scientific curiosity. In addition, the Keystone Central students took student-led tours of the college’s plastics and polymer laboratories and of the campus. More than half of the students in attendance are enrolled in Penn College’s Fundamentals of Chemistry course, taught during the school day by Keystone Central instructors through the Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program.

March 25 Event to Offer Free Preventive Dental Services to Children

Free dental care – including sealants, fluoride varnish treatments, education and screenings – will be available to children ages 7-15 on Saturday, March 25, when Pennsylvania College of Technology will be a host site for the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Sealant Saturday initiative.

Sealant Saturday events are held across the state. The Penn College event will take place 9 a.m. to noon in the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, which is in Room 227 on the west wing of the Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.

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Gaming Student Mentors Teen in Potentially Life-Changing Encounter

The lesson is a success!

Pennsylvania College of Technology facilitated “A Little Love” this month for a young technology fan available for adoption. The college’s gaming and simulation lab in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center hosted WBRE-TV’s monthly segment that showcases children seeking a permanent family. Chris Langlois, WBRE’s morning co-anchor, watched Penn College information technology sciences-gaming and simulation student James C. Temoshenko, of Kane, share his expertise with 13-year-old Mitchell. The Feb. 5 experience served as a confidence booster and career-exploration activity for the teenager, who proved to be a quick study in developing a computer game. (He even created a personalized second level to the game during the 60-minute lesson!) The segment is scheduled to air throughout the day on Wednesday –  at 4:20, 5:20 and 6:20 a.m. on WBRE/WYOU; at 11:20 a.m. (WBRE); at 12:15 p.m. (WYOU) and during the 5 p.m. newscast on WBRE – and is available online.

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Variety of Continuing Education Courses Coming to St. Marys

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology continues its outreach to northern Pennsylvania with a variety of courses this season.

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Adobe Software Classes Scheduled at Penn College

Instruction in two of Adobe Systems’ creative software programs will be offered this spring through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Dan Ryan Builders to Meet With Students, Alumni

Dan Ryan Builders

Recruiting among students and alumni for construction interns and superintendents, representatives of Dan Ryan Builders will visit campus at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Room B2060 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center. The Frederick, Maryland-based employer will conduct interviews the following day in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center. For details, consult the Career Services flier: Dan Ryan Builders

Activist to Speak on Sexual Health, Violence Prevention

Laci Green

YouTube activist Laci Green will discuss sexual health and the prevention of sexual violence during a March 1 presentation in Lycoming College’s Keiper Recreation Center. The 7:30 p.m. program is free and open to Penn College students, faculty and staff with a valid student ID. Green will share an in-depth look at our culture’s attitudes and responses to sexual violence, noting that one in four female students and one in six male students are sexually violated while earning their degree. The statistics for other marginalized groups are even more grim. Using pop-culture examples, videos and discussion questions, she will illuminate the problem and help bring it to a halt. Her presentation is geared to a mature audience. The Oakland, Calif.-based speaker hosts an online sex education show called “Sex Plus” on YouTube that reaches 5 million young adults every month and is viewed in all 196 countries. She has worked with more than 100 universities, conferences, military groups and government offices on sexual health and sexual violence prevention efforts. She is also the host and writer of MTV Braless and produces an educational series for Planned Parenthood. Green graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and holds a certificate in rape and dating violence crisis counseling.

Penn College Announces Donation of Vehicles by FedEx Freight

Amid six trucks that were donated in the past year, FedEx Freight representatives and Penn College faculty gather outside the Schneebeli Earth Science Center to share career advice with diesel technology students.

Five trucks – four Volvos and a Kenworth, all in the 2003-08 model-year range – have been added to the instructional fleet in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s diesel equipment technology program through ongoing support from FedEx Freight.

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Funeral Wednesday for Penn College’s Legislative Architect

In this 1989 photo, from left, Penn State President Bryce Jordan, Gov. Robert P. Casey, Penn College President Robert L. Breuder and Penn College Board Chairman Rep. Alvin C. Bush commemorate legislation creating Pennsylvania College of Technology as an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University.

Former State Rep. Alvin C. Bush, the indomitable patriarch of Pennsylvania College of Technology and chairman of the institution’s board of directors for its first decade, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the age of 93. The Muncy area Republican served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1961-70 and from 1985-94, sponsoring the groundbreaking (and bipartisan) legislation that gave birth to Penn College as a special mission affiliate of Penn State. “It was the crowning achievement for me,” Bush said, when interviewed as part of the college’s oral-history project. “It was unique – and it still is. At the time Penn College was created, I don’t think there was anything like it in the country. And I’m not sure that isn’t still true.” Accorded “chairman emeritus” status when he left the board, his guiding presence remained: the Bush Campus Center bears his name, and he and his wife, Elizabeth, established the Alvin Bush Family Scholarship to benefit business administration students at the college. An obituary was published in Monday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette, and colleagues reminisced in a weekend PennLive article. The funeral will be at noon Wednesday in Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St., Williamsport, preceded by an hourlong visitation.

Seasons Winding Down for Basketball, Wrestling Teams

Coming off a combined 0-6 week, the regular seasons end this week for Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball and wrestling teams.

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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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Penn College Adds Physical Therapist Assistant Degree

Penn College physical therapist assistant student Kathleen L. Carey, of Montoursville, assesses the deep tendon reflexes of classmate Angela M. Cipolla, of Williamsport, during a practice exercise.

Pennsylvania College of Technology welcomed the first class of students into its new Physical Therapist Assistant Program this spring, following a semester of prerequisite coursework.

The two-year degree program culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree; students wishing to continue their studies to the bachelor’s level may continue in the applied health studies major.

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Jordan M. Scott Chosen as ‘Student of the Month’

Jordan M. Scott

Jordan M. Scott, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, has been chosen as the January “Student of the Month” at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Board Grants ‘Emeritus’ Status, Welcomes New Member

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday granted “director emeritus” status to a member who retired in December and welcomed his successor to his first meeting.

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