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Marketing Internship on Target for Penn College Student-Athlete

Penn College’s Justus K. Leimbach, a student in business administration: marketing concentration and an All-American member of the college’s archery team, poses with the Lancaster Barnstormers’ Pete Andrelczyk, who twice caught Leimbach’s first “pitch,” a soft-tipped arrow shot from the pitcher’s mound. Leimbach, of Westminster, Maryland, threw out the pitch as part of a community relations project for Lancaster Archery supply, where he is a marketing intern this summer.

When Pennsylvania College of Technology student-athlete Justus K. Leimbach stood atop the pitcher’s mound at Clipper Magazine Stadium – home of the Lancaster Barnstormers professional baseball team – to “throw” the honorary first pitch on June 19, he did not take the usual stance.

An All-American archer and business administration: marketing student at Penn College, Leimbach instead drew his S.A.F.E.-brand bow and fired a soft-foam-tip arrow toward home plate – where his spot-on aim was caught by the skilled glove of the Barnstormers’ Pete Andrelczyk.

The pitch was part of a community relations project for Lancaster Archery Supply, where Leimbach is completing an internship in the marketing department. The Westminster, Maryland, native plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Penn College in August.

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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 Summer Commencement to Be Held Aug. 8

Penn College’s Summer Commencement will take place Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, for the nearly 270 students who have petitioned to graduate following the summer sessions at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

The student speaker will be Kyle Gregory Stavinski, of Elysburg, who will be awarded an associate degree in emergency medical services.

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Five Penn College Students Earn Gold Medals at SkillsUSA Nationals

Penn College's SkillsUSA contingent recently returned from national competition with five first-place medals. Front row, from left: Kyle T. Potts, of Colver; Randall J. Haynes, Julian; Ian M. Dorman, Mill Hall; and Bradley L. Hayden, Milton, Vermont. Second row, from left: Matthew R. Harman Jr., Sellersville; Jerome T. Czachor, Dickson City; Kenneth J. "Jeremy" Williams, Westminster, Maryland; and adviser James N. Colton II. Instructor Michael Damiani is in the back row.

Five students from Pennsylvania College of Technology earned first-place medals during the 51st annual National SkillsUSA Conference, held recently in Louisville, Kentucky.

Bringing home the gold – and bringing to 40 the number of top Penn College winners in national competition over the years – were Matthew R. Harman Jr., of Sellersville; Randall J. Haynes, of Julian; and Ian M. Dorman, of Mill Hall, who competed as a team in the Automated Manufacturing Technology category; Kyle T. Potts, of Colver, Technical Drafting; and Bradley L. Hayden, of Milton, Vermont, Welding.

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Penn College Economics Professor Active at Conference

Abdul B. Pathan

An economics professor at Pennsylvania College of Technology presented a paper and offered other expertise at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Economics Association, held recently at Penn State Berks in Reading.

Abdul B. Pathan presented a paper titled “Ready-Made Garments Trade of Bangladesh and USA” at the gathering. The paper focuses on the growth, problems and prospects of ready-made garment production and issues of trade between Bangladesh and the Western world, with special reference to the United States.

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Faculty Member Presents at Engineering Education Conference

Thomas E. Ask

Thomas E. Ask, professor of industrial and human factors design at Pennsylvania College of Technology, participated in the American Society of Engineering Education’s conference, held recently at Villanova University.

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CPWDC Supports Penn College’s SMART Girls Camp

At Penn College’s SMART Girls summer camp, Amanda Kelly – of Holy Spirit High School, Absecon, New Jersey – shows the 3-D-printed project she and her teammates developed. The girls pitched their fictitious business (Sirens of Sound) and product, a non-electrical amplifier for smartphones, to camp mentors as part of a “Shark Tank”-like showcase.

The Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp. recently provided financial support to a Pennsylvania College of Technology initiative that helps connect teen girls with potential careers.

Penn College’s SMART (Science and Math Applications in Real World Technologies) Girls program is a four-day summer camp that provides an opportunity for girls in grades 9-11 to experience math and science as a foundation for careers in technology.

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Campers Find Refreshing Respite in Cool-Down ESCAPE

Heat, humidty no match for Splashland's refuge ...

... as confirmed with a watery wave and a thumbs-up.

Campers gather on the hill overlooking Howard J. Lamade Stadium, site of next month's Little League Baseball World Series.

Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE continued its simmering summer this week with a beat-the-heat dip at Liberty Splashland in Northumberland, as well as a visit to the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in South Williamsport. The boys and girls, aged 8-14, are winding down a seven-week schedule of campus activities and road trips to a variety of attractions. Next week will be the season’s final session, as the youngsters travel to Knoebels for one more water day as they coast to the imminent start of the school year.
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation

Region’s Students to Perform ‘Oklahoma!’ at CAC This Weekend

Area students brush up their choreography during a CAC rehearsal.

The first-ever Student Summer Stock production at the Community Arts Center will be the classic musical, “Oklahoma!” with three performances: at 7:30 p.m. on July 24-25 and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on July 26.

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Extrusion Workshop Renews Worldwide Spotlight on PIRC

Penn College plastics technology professor Kirk M. Cantor (second from left) engages seminar participants.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s internationally renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center attracted a fitting global audience when it hosted its 17th Annual Extrusion Seminar & Hands-On Workshop, drawing attendees from the United States, Canada and Turkey.

Forty participants from 25 companies, many of them new to the industry, were led by extrusion experts Chris Rauwendaal and Penn College plastics technology professor Kirk M. Cantor in an informative three-day balance of classroom instruction and hands-on activities in the institution’s well-appointed labs.

“We have the perfect venue to host successful programs such as this seminar. Penn College has invested heavily in excellent equipment and facilities,” Cantor said. “The fact that many of our attendees come from companies that have sent people in the past is evidence that they are getting great value when they come here.

“We continue to attract attendees from all over the world. These programs are great opportunities to show off Penn College to decision-makers from across the globe.”

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Manufacturing Alum Featured Among Magazine’s Industry All-Stars

David M. Huston

David M. Huston, who graduated from Penn College in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology, has been chosen among the country’s future leaders in manufacturing by a national publication. Manufacturing Engineering magazine included Huston in its recent third annual “30 Under 30” issue, which celebrates 30 people under the age of 30 who “have demonstrated exceptional talent and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics – fields that are essential underpinnings to a career in manufacturing.” Huston provided the news to the college’s Alumni Relations Office, asking that it be shared with the faculty in his major “who had such a positive influence on my schooling and career.” He also noted that the industry is putting higher demand and focus on hiring young people to replace a retiring workforce. “Penn College has given me the skill-set and knowledge to get my career off to a great start,” he wrote. “It is my firm belief that (the college) graduates premier talent with the hands-on ‘know-how’ that other colleges/universities can’t compete with.”

Wildcats Accepted for Second Year of NCAA Division III Membership

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has approved Pennsylvania College of Technology to advance to its second year of provisional membership in Division III, effective Sept. 1.

The announcement comes following the first year of provisional membership in Division III for Penn College. The five-year membership process consists of an exploratory year and four years of provisional membership. The membership process “includes educational and operational benchmarks that introduce institutions to the Division III philosophy and the best practices of model Division III institutions,” according to the NCAA.

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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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Dental Hygiene Students Offer Care at Nicaraguan School

Penn College dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration student Carrie M. Derk, of Chambersburg, offers a demonstration of proper tooth-brushing technique to children in the Santo Domingo neighborhood of Managua, Nicaragua

Six Pennsylvania College of Technology students and their instructor recently traveled to Nicaragua, where they provided dental care for students at a school for very poor children.

La Escuelita (The Little School) is in the Santo Domingo section of the city of Managua. The community was declared uninhabitable following a 1972 earthquake, but the poorest of the city continued to settle in the area. Still, much of Santo Domingo has not been rebuilt. Many adults hold informal jobs selling food and drinks at the large Oriental Market.

“The most surprising experience in Nicaragua was to see these children and their families who had so little, but were so happy in life,” said student Carrie M. Derk, of Chambersburg.

“Everyone was so warm and friendly,” added Claudia N. Naylor, of Littlestown. “I expected to see despair, but instead I saw people with a zest for life.”

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Seasonal Work Provides High-Profile Eyeful on Main Campus

Scaffolding rises above the ATHS, where skylight repairs have understandably affected access to the building.

Tethered to a lift and shod in suction cups, a worker diligently refurbishes the skylight's skeleton.

During renovations, Keystone Dining Room patrons are detoured to another entrance further up the mall.

The red roof will remain, but a vastly new look – including glass panels etched with the college seal – will soon greet visitors to the LEC.

Penn College Proud? Say it with flowers!

Summer: a time for relaxation, family vacations, baseball … and preparation for the start of another exciting academic year. Amid an assortment of activities, including the Connections orientation program and a variety of fun and educational camps, Penn College’s main campus has been dressed in yellow caution tape and blessed with green thumbs as fall nears. Working on deadline (and working around this season’s near-daily threat of thunderstorms) crews on two prominent projects are making conspicuous progress. Demolition work continues at the entrance to the Hager Lifelong Education Center, where renovation will extend handicapped accessibility and enlarge the patio space. The LEC improvements include two firsts, according to Andrew M. Richardson, General Services clerk of the works/construction manager: Natural stone veneer will be attractively featured on the exterior and a Snow and Ice Melt system will keep the ramps, stairs and patio safely dry in the winter. Wilk Contracting Inc., South Williamsport, is the general contractor for the project, and college GS staff have been trained to install the hydronic SIM system. To the south, at the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center, employees of the Wisconsin-based Super Sky Products are repairing leaks and other damage that has resulted from the misdirected channeling of rainwater off the atrium. Cleaning out old caulking and resealing the skylight has proved a painstaking task, requiring patience and – because workmen are scaling the steeply pitched roof – a decided degree of surefootedness. While the work has been apparent to those traveling the campus mall, visitors to the Field House area are getting another striking visual courtesy of GS horticulturalists. “PCT,” spelled out in floral glory, adorns the fence east of the basketball court.

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