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Students Among Top Performers in Worldwide Business Game

Continuing a tradition of excellence, a team of Pennsylvania College of Technology business students cracked the Top 10 in an international business-simulation game, while another entered the Top 100 in two categories among competitors from colleges and universities around the world.

The Business Strategy Game is a total enterprise activity, through which each team manages a virtual athletic footwear company competing in a global marketplace. All participating teams are ranked weekly in four categories: overall game-to-date score, earnings per share, return on average equity and stock price.

There were close to 3,900 teams from 240 colleges and universities competing the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5, when the Penn College teams first cracked the Top 100, and nearly 4,400 teams from 266 colleges participating the following week.

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Students, Local Growers Collaborate in Farm-to-Plate Experience

Culinary arts and systems students Rachel A. Mertz and Sammera T. Fleming serve a variety of cake.

Culinary arts and systems students Rachel A. Mertz and Sammera T. Fleming serve a variety of cake.

Culinary arts and systems student Dallas A. Tyree – one of the event’s student managers – serves a kale-and-white-bean dish to market visitor David L. Evans, professor of biology (anatomy and physiology).

Culinary arts and systems student Dallas A. Tyree – one of the event’s student managers – serves a kale-and-white-bean dish to market visitor David L. Evans, professor of biology (anatomy and physiology).

The School of Business & Hospitality’s Catering class made its annual visit Saturday to the Williamsport Growers Market, where they prepared a menu of free samples made from ingredients donated by market vendors. It is a valuable learning opportunity for Penn College students, as they interact with growers and work with fresh, local ingredients while practicing their skills at off-site catering. The class is taught by Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, and the “customer appreciation” visit to the market is coordinated with the help of Anne Nordell, of Beech Grove Farm and a member of the Williamsport Outdoor Growers Association.

Penn College Cisco Networking Academy to Host Technology Demonstration

Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco Networking Academy

NetBrain Technologies Inc. will provide Penn College students with a demonstration of its map-driven, network-automation software during a virtual conference, scheduled from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Room E140 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. The presentation will feature Christel Glaser, an account executive with the Burlington, Massachusetts-based company, the mission of which is to empower professionals by making network management simple and visual with transformational technology. NetBrain’s customer base includes organizations in health care, financial services, the government and telecommunications, including AT&T, BP, MITRE, Lockheed Martin, NASA and the U.S. Army. The presentation will demonstrate to students the power of NetBrain’s map-based automation to discover, document and troubleshoot business-critical, enterprise-grade networks to simplify and reduce the efforts associated with network management. The demo, hosted by the Penn College Cisco Networking Academy, is an opportunity for all information technology students to learn about some amazing technology from network professionals. For more information, contact Jeff B. Weaver, associate professor of electronics, or Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of information technology.

Four Talented Students Advance to Final Round of ‘Penn College Star’

Fun with the evening's student hosts: George W. Settle III, last year's champion, and Lauren J. Crouse, OCHO vice president

Fun with the evening’s student hosts: George W. Settle III, last year’s champion, and Lauren J. Crouse, OCHO vice president

A panoramic view of a co-host, the audience and performers waiting in the wings

A panoramic view of a co-host, the audience and performers waiting in the wings

Magician Jonathan D. Straub enthralls the Dauphin Hall crowd.

Magician Jonathan D. Straub enthralls the Dauphin Hall crowd.

Four students – all of them music-makers in some form or another – have moved on to the finale of the “Penn College Star” talent competition, vying to be the winner when the last round is held at 9 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The top finishers in this past week’s second round, as chosen by audience text messages and judges’ scores, are James C. Hendrie, of Gettysburg, a software development and information management major; Lucas P. Crawford, a manufacturing engineering technology student from New Bethlehem; Gwendolyn A. Ntim, of Yonkers, New York, a pre-nursing student; and Kyle T. Smithmyer, of Huntingdon, enrolled in surveying technology. Other contestants during Wednesday’s event were Jonathan D. Straub, a graphic design student from Williamsport who performed magic, and Brett F. Warkoski, of Lancaster, a guitarist/songwriter/vocalist majoring in industrial and human factors design. Round-two judges were Dining Services manager Jason K. Eichensehr; Michael J. Hersh, digital media production assistant; and Julia I. Gilchrist, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Hanover who was among last year’s competitors. “Penn College Star” is sponsored by the Off-Campus Housing Organization and the Residence Life and Student Activities offices.
Photos by Whitnie-rae Mays, an applied technology studies major from Williamsport

College Holds Centennial Open House
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Victoria Krueger, a student ambassador stationed in an information tent by "The Rock," points a family in the right direction.

Penn College welcomed prospective students, their families and friends, and its community neighbors to Fall Open House on Sunday. Helpful employees, students and alumni were on hand throughout the day to enable exploration of academic programs, student life, and the college’s campuses and facilities. The student-focused portion of the day was held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; free transportation was provided to and from the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood and the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville. A Community Centennial Event, inviting the public to help celebrate 100 years of adult education, was from 2-4 p.m.

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Student Leaders Join Crosstown Counterparts at Lyco Homecoming

Student leaders get acquainted at crosstown bonfire.

Student leaders get acquainted at crosstown bonfire.

Student Government Association President Ryan A. Gibson, who got invited to the Lycoming College Homecoming Bonfire on Friday night, took along a group of fellow student leaders and friends. “We had a good time meeting students from Lycoming College,” said Commuter Assistant Morgan N. Keyser. “It was nice to stand around a warm bonfire on a cold night, listening to music, drinking apple cider and mingling with some newly made friends. Not to mention, it is always good to make more connections!”
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Wrestlers Prep for Opening Match, Runners Ready for Conference Postseason

The Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling team is set to hit the mats, the postseason looms for the college’s cross-country squads and the fall sports seasons have concluded for three other teams.

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Chevron Provides $60,000 for Scholarships to ShaleNET Partners

As part of its $20 million Appalachia Partnership Initiative, Chevron Corp. will provide $60,000 for scholarships to the four colleges in the ShaleNET grant consortium, including Pennsylvania College of Technology.

ShaleNET features participation from Penn College, the grant administrator; Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood; Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas; and Stark State College, Canton, Ohio. Key employers participating in ShaleNET include Chevron, Shell, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Chesapeake Energy, XTO and Encana.

Penn College will use $9,000 of $15,000 provided by Chevron to offer scholarships for  Roustabout training that prepares participants for entry-level careers in the natural gas industry. The remaining $6,000 will be designated for scholarship assistance to students enrolled in the college’s mechatronics engineering technology associate-degree major, which integrates electrical, mechanical and computer engineering into one field, offering various options for careers in manufacturing and the natural gas industry.

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Student Club to Host Walkathon to Help Individuals With Disabilities

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Club will host a walkathon on campus Oct. 30.

The walkathon is scheduled 5-9 p.m. and includes laps around the campus mall. Fifteen percent of the walk’s proceeds will be given to initiatives that support individuals with physical disabilities. The remainder will support activities by the Occupational Therapy Assistant Club.

Registration for the walkathon is $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event. Participants can raise money for their registration – or go above – by asking friends and family to donate toward each lap they complete.

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Students Among ‘Evacuees’ in County Disaster Simulation

Tommie L. Smith (with clipboard), of Montgomery, an accounting student who works with the Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency, gathers biographical information from Ronald D. Parks, of Jersey Shore, an emergency management technology major simulating contamination with radiation particles. Among others involved in the exercise, in which Parks had to be "decontaminated" before joining the general population in the mass-care shelter, is Charles E. O'Brien Jr. (background), a Penn College Police officer.

Tommie L. Smith (with clipboard), of Montgomery, an accounting student who works with the Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency, gathers biographical information from Ronald D. Parks, of Jersey Shore, an emergency management technology major simulating contamination with radiation particles. Among others involved in the exercise, in which Parks had to be “decontaminated” before joining the general population in the mass-care shelter, is Charles E. O’Brien Jr. (background), a Penn College Police officer.

A mock evacuation site is in full swing in the halls of Montoursville Area High School.

A mock evacuation site is in full swing in the halls of Montoursville Area High School.

Kyle G. Stavinski, an emergency medical services major from Elysburg, undergoes radiological "screening" during the Lycoming County drill.

Kyle G. Stavinski, an emergency medical services major from Elysburg, undergoes radiological “screening” during the Lycoming County drill.

Ten Penn College students – eight from the emergency management technology major and two from the paramedic program – attended this week’s disaster exercise hosted by the Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency. The scenario, held at Montoursville Area High School and featuring involvement by the American Red Cross, was based on a nuclear accident at PPL’s Susquehanna Steam Electric Station near Berwick. Students role-played being evacuees from the zone surrounding the nuclear power plant and underwent simulated radiological testing and monitoring.
Photos provided by David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management technology

Flu Shots No Longer Available Through College Health Services

Nursing student Taylor K. Pompili fills a needle with the flu vaccine.

Nursing student Taylor K. Pompili fills a needle with the flu vaccine.

Nursing student Abby C. Busch checks the temperature of freshman nursing student Ryan D. Zimmerman prior to administering his vaccine.

Nursing student Abby C. Busch checks the temperature of freshman nursing student Ryan D. Zimmerman prior to administering his vaccine.

Nursing student Tricia Zapata administers a flu shot in the college’s Health Services facility.

Nursing student Tricia Zapata administers a flu shot in the college’s Health Services facility.

Students in Penn College’s Fundamentals of Nursing course collaborated with College Health Services to provide flu vaccine to more than 100 members of the college community on Oct. 2. The project was a collaborative effort with Carl L. Shaner, director of college health services; Terri A. Stone, instructor of nursing; Tushanna M. Habalar, learning laboratory coordinator for nursing education; and Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator for nursing education. “A special thanks to all Health Services staff and nursing faculty who participated to make it a successful learning experience for students,” Stone said. Additional nursing faculty overseeing students included Christine M. Shimp, Pamela W. Baker and Gina L. Bross, all instructors of nursing, and Pamela J. Jablonski, part-time instructor of practical nursing. College Health Services has sold out of this season’s flu vaccine and urges those in need to contact their primary-care physicians and/or local pharmacies.

Alumnus Builds Purposeful Life on Brick-and-Mortar Foundation

Jeff Erdly takes his audience on a journey both personal and professional, from a long line of Pennsylvania farmers to his leadership of a $10 million, 60-employee business.

Jeff Erdly takes his audience on a journey both personal and professional, from a long line of Pennsylvania farmers to his leadership of a $10 million, 60-employee business.

An award-winning alumnus who established a memorial scholarship at Penn College, Erdly urges students to "make the world a better place."

An award-winning alumnus who established a memorial scholarship at Penn College, Erdly urges students to “make the world a better place.”

"I love bricks" was Erdly's obvious confession, as he employed a familiar prop to discuss "stretchers," "headers," "sliders" and other ways to orient a course of masonry work.

“I love bricks” was Erdly’s obvious confession, as he employed a familiar prop to discuss “stretchers,” “headers,” “sliders” and other ways to orient a course of masonry work.

The guest speaker talks with Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies (who introduced the afternoon lecture), and Debra M. Miller, the college's director of corporate relations.

The guest speaker talks with Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies (who introduced the afternoon lecture), and Debra M. Miller, the college’s director of corporate relations.

Erdly's philosophy seamlessly melds his jovial nature with his vocational passion: "Find something you love to do and care about it. You've got to work –  you might as well enjoy it!"

Erdly’s philosophy seamlessly melds his jovial nature with his vocational passion: “Find something you love to do and care about it. You’ve got to work – you might as well enjoy it!”

Standing in Penn College’s 100-year-old Klump Academic Center, which he characterized Thursday as “the ultimate repurposed building,” a 1972 alumnus counseled a new generation on how to construct a meaningful life in a mercurial profession. Jeff Erdly, co-founder and CEO of  Masonry Preservation Services, presented “Just Another Brick in the Wall? A Building Science Education – Its Value to Society, and Roadmap to Building Your Career.” During an hour that interwove his expertise in structural deterioration and his insights on workforce credibility, Erdly balanced the longevity of some of the world’s most recognizable structures – from the Pantheon of ancient Rome to the state Capitol in Harrisburg to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater – with the ever-shifting world that the college’s graduates will inhabit. “This industry changes so fast, at a pace that has never been seen before,” the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus Award-winner told students. “All you should know at the end of school is what you don’t know.” To punctuate his point, Erdly held up a slide rule and evoked the words of a long-ago WACC instructor who not-so-presciently told him, “the computer will never replace a draftsman.” Still, he advised construction majors to “respect the craft,” reflecting the culture that he strives to honor at his business. He also urged students to “appreciate the moment that you’re in” … and not to be “Wikipedia-smart,” but to read everything and anything along their road to lifelong learning. Concluding his talk with a Q&A and a photo of his grandchildren, Erdly saved for last what might be his most crucial nugget: “Have nothing in your life that you don’t find to be useful or beautiful.” Read more about Erdly and his illustrious career in the Spring 2014 issue of One College Avenue.

Anthony Gobbi SGA’s Latest ‘Student of the Month’

Anthony D. Gobbi

Anthony D. Gobbi, of Haymarket, Virginia, a junior in the building automation technology: heating, ventilation and air conditioning concentration, has been chosen as October’s Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“He is very good at getting people involved and excited about Penn College,” his nominator noted. “Anthony has a natural talent for leading people and making them feel included in whatever he is doing.”

For Gobbi, “whatever he is doing” crisscrosses a lot of territory: He is a Presidential Student Ambassador, a director of the Blue Crew, social chairman of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity, and a participant in the Penn College Lacrosse Club and intramural athletics.

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Prospective Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Employers on campus

Employers on campus

Two employers will hold informational meetings Tuesday for Penn College students and alumni in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Representatives of Lincoln Electric will be on hand at 3:30 p.m. in Room A106 of the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center; Ring Container Technologies will be in Room E256 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. Follow-up interviews by both companies will be scheduled for Wednesday in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center. For details, including available positions and academic areas of interest, consult the employers’ fliers: Employer Information Sessions

Student-Constructed ‘Bridges’ Open to Inspection

'Bridging the Gap' entries on display in LEC

‘Bridging the Gap’ entries on display in LEC

The 23rd annual “Bridging the Gap” competition, featuring bridges constructed by architectural technology students solely from paper and glue, is under way in the Hager Lifelong Education Center. The entries can be seen in the LEC’s second-floor hallway; members of the Penn College community are encouraged to vote for their favorite and guess which will prove to be the strongest. The bridges will be on display until the destructive-testing portion of the contest, which will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room B2014 of the LEC.
Photo by Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architectural technology

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