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Eyewitness News reporter Valerie Tysanner visited South Williamsport on Monday for a story about Penn College physician assistant students serving on the medical team for the Little League Baseball World Series. The piece premiered in the 5 p.m. newscast and featured interviews with students Donald Wieder, of Williamsport, and Jason A. Genco, of Middleburg, and Sue Swank-Caschera, assistant professor, physician assistant.

Penn College Athletes Prep for Season Openers

Preseason practice is under way and first games as a provisional member of both the NCAA Division III and North Eastern Athletic Conference loom on the horizon for Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports athletes.

Three Penn College teams open their seasons Aug. 29: men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. Starting a week later will be the women’s tennis team, which opens Sept. 2, and cross-country teams, which open Sept. 6.

Another difference this season has the college’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis teams playing split fall and spring seasons, with most of the action for all three coming in the spring. The first golf match is set for Sept. 21 and the initial men’s tennis match is slated for Sept. 23.

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Buoyant Reception Greets Students, Start of New Semester
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Hopeful tennis team member Joseph H. Griep, an information technology sciences: gaming and simulation freshman from Le Roy, New York, moves his gear into Dauphin Hall.

Penn College’s “Welcome Weekend,” held Saturday and Sunday on main campus, gently and helpfully guided new and returning students toward the start of classes. Student leaders, faculty/staff and alumni – all wearing T-shirts identifying them as the go-to gang to satisfy any last-minute questions – offered a collectively friendly face to the Fall 2014 members of the college community. New enrollees and transfers moved into on- and off-campus apartments, academic and social activities filled the schedule, and crucial offices offered convenient extended hours in advance of Monday’s official opening of the 2014-15 academic year. Among the high notes of this overture to fall were a convocation parade of first-year students, reunions enjoyed and new friendships begun, “Wildcat Welcome” refreshments, and a chilling and charitable surprise from college President Davie Jane Gilmour.

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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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Welcome to Penn College!

Helping hands to ease the hassle

Helping hands to ease the hassle

Blue skies and blue shirts will greet new students and their families as they arrive at Penn College for Welcome Weekend on Saturday, helping demystify the wheres, whys and hows of transitioning into campus life. From housing check-in to Monday’s start of classes, the college community stands ready to lend support – including Resident Assistants and Residence Life staff who gathered for a photo outside the Student & Administrative Services Center this week.

Local Cry of ‘Play Ball’ Echoes ’round the World

The parade of champions delights fan who gathered in Volunteer Stadium for Thursday's start of the LIttle League Baseball World Series.

The parade of champions delights fan who gathered in Volunteer Stadium for Thursday’s start of the LIttle League Baseball World Series.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, who chairs Little League International's Board of Directors, speaks at opening ceremonies ...

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, who chairs Little League International’s Board of Directors, speaks at opening ceremonies …

... and accepts from former major leaguer Dave Winfield a baseball signed by Hall of Famers who began as Little League players.

… and accepts from former major leaguer Dave Winfield a baseball signed by Hall of Famers who began as Little League players.

Winfield delivers the opening pitch to officially begin the 10-day tournament.

Winfield delivers the opening pitch to officially begin the 10-day tournament.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, chair of the Little League International Board of Directors during the organization’s milestone 75th year, participated in inaugural ceremonies for the 68th annual Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport on Thursday morning. Seamlessly continuing the celebration that began Wednesday with a campus cookout and crowd-pleasing parade, Gilmour set the tone for the blend of fun and fair play represented by the global youth-sports sensation. The 16 teams competing in the annual rite of summer were led into Volunteer Stadium by local baseball and softball players, just a few short hours before the opening game between Europe & Africa and Asia-Pacific. The kickoff pageantry also included an appearance by Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, grand marshal for the Grand Slam Parade, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

President Sees Promise of Tomorrow in Honoring Students’ Investment Today

Just past the midpoint of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s yearlong Centennial celebration, President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Fall 2014 semester with an all-college address to faculty and staff. “Focus on today and look to tomorrow,” she said Thursday morning, recapping a hectic summer before outlining initiatives aimed at student success and faculty/staff engagement. “Take time to attend to those students who have invested their money and time in Penn College. They seek a full, rounded college education with all that we can provide for an excellent Penn College experience.”

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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 →

Penn College, Little League Celebrate Anniversaries in ‘Grand Slam’ Fashion
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Admissions representative Sarah R. Shott snaps a selfie with a home-state favorite, the Mid-Atlantic team from Philadelphia.

Soggy turned to sunny just in time Wednesday for Pennsylvania College of Technology to once again welcome visitors to Williamsport for the Little League Baseball World Series. On the evening before play begins in South Williamsport, the college hosted its traditional cookout for the Series teams on the lawn outside the Bush Campus Center. Little League players, coaches, team “uncles,” umpires and baseball legend Dave Winfield enjoyed picnic fare and the company of one another before they (and their college hosts) participated in the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street. Accompanied by the college’s ever-popular Wildcat mascot, Penn College volunteers handed out giveaways – including balsa airplanes and commemorative pins – on their well-received journey downtown. Rounding out the teams’ campus visit was a brief stop in The Gallery at Penn College for a Little League-related art exhibit. The college was featured in at least two live newscasts from campus: on WPVI in Philadelphia and on CBS Chicago (go to “Sports Videos” at lower right). And Patriot News coverage, which was also picked up in Alabama, included a roundup of photos at the PennLive website.

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Gedon Named New Women’s Soccer Assistant

Kristen M. Gedon

Women’s soccer head coach John F. McNichol Jr. has named Kristen M. Gedon as the team’s new assistant coach for the 2014 season.

“I am very happy to add Kristen as a part of the coaching staff,” McNichol said.  “She brings a great deal of experience from her time as a player at Misericordia and as a coach with local clubs.  She has great energy and passion for the game of soccer and will be a great addition to our program and the Penn College community.”

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Dozens of Students to Serve on World Series Medical Team

Pennsylvania College of Technology students studying to become physician assistants, paramedics and dental hygienists are lending their hands and gaining valuable cultural and practical experience at the 2014 Little League Baseball World Series.

Little League’s first games were played 75 years ago just a few blocks from Penn College’s main campus, and the 11-day World Series draws thousands of fans from around the world to watch 11- to 13-year olds display athletic skill and some of the best sportsmanship on television.

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Governor Joins College President, Others at Regional Site of Power Plant

Ground broken for Pennsylvania's second shale-gas power plant

Ground broken for Pennsylvania’s second shale-gas power plant

Gov. Tom Corbett speaks at the groundbreaking for Panda Power Funds’ Patriot Energy Center in Clinton Township. Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour served as emcee for the event.

Gov. Tom Corbett speaks at the groundbreaking for Panda Power Funds’ Patriot Energy Center in Clinton Township. Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour served as emcee for the event.

Ceremonially breaking ground Tuesday morning for Panda Power Funds’ Patriot Energy Center in Clinton Township, Lycoming County, are (from left in left photo): State Rep. Garth Everett, who serves on the Penn College Board; Gregory Snyder, vice president, region executive, Siemens Energy Inc.; Gov. Tom Corbett; William F. Griffin, CEO, Gemma Power Systems; state Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the Penn College Board; Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour; and Todd W. Carter, president and senior partner, Panda Power Funds. The shale-gas power plant is expected to begin commercial operation by mid-2016 and power up to 1 million homes while contributing nearly $6 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy.

100 Years Young: A Look at the First Half of the Centennial Celebration

Students gather in Bardo Gym for a concert by Grammy-winning quintet Switchfoot.

Students gather in Bardo Gym for a concert by Grammy-winning quintet Switchfoot.

Winfield Tannehill, '57, and his wife, Dorothy, peek through one of the vintage cars on display in conjunction with the Automotive Centennial.

Winfield Tannehill, ’57, and his wife, Dorothy, peek through one of the vintage cars on display in conjunction with the Automotive Centennial.

Actor and television producer/host John Ratzenberger helps to kick off the celebration with presentations for students and employees.

Actor and television producer/host John Ratzenberger helps to kick off the celebration with presentations for students and employees.

Penn College’s 100th birthday has brought with it events for the entire community: From colloquia to concerts and car shows, a photo essay in the Fall 2014 One College Avenue relives the Centennial celebration … so far. Visit the full photo essay.

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 →

Student-Restored Automobile Piques Interest of Australian TV Series

Patricia B. Swigart is interviewed by Mark Fletcher, host of Australia's "Classic Restos."

Patricia B. Swigart is interviewed by Mark Fletcher, host of Australia’s “Classic Restos.”

A rare Verrill Wolf Wagon automobile, restored to award-winning quality last semester by Penn College students, is included in a recent addition to an Australian television show’s YouTube Channel. (EDITOR’S NOTE: The “Wolf Wagon” segment runs between 8:11-10:32.) “Classic Restos,” hosted by Mark “Fletch” Fletcher, caught up with vehicle owner Patricia B. Swigart during The Elegance at Hershey concourse event in mid-June. The 1953 car − a fiberglass behemoth nearly 25 feet long and weighing more than 5,000 pounds − won the “Dawn of a New Era” trophy at the show. While the segment as edited does not mention Penn College or its automotive restoration technology major, Swigart has been gracious and complimentary in past comments about the students’ work on her eye-catching prototype from the Chrysler family.

New Full-Time Faculty Among Those Welcomed to Penn College

Among the latest additions to the Pennsylvania College of Technology community are new or transferred full-time faculty members for the Fall 2014 semester, as provided by the Human Resources Office (all effective Aug. 14).

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Penn College Holds Summer Commencement
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Katelyn E. Watson, a radiography grad from Turbotville, marks the day with a true Penn College legacy family, including her father, Chip (far left), a 1980 Williamsport Area Community College graduate who majored in heavy construction equipment.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement ceremony Saturday morning at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Kaitlin M. Savidge, of Northumberland, who received an Associate of Applied Science degree in emergency medical services, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. event. More than 200 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Steven P. Johnson, a member of the Penn College Board of Directors. During the ceremony, Penn College also presented a Distinguished Alumni Award to James E Cunningham for four decades of service to college and community.

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