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Ceramic Exhibit, Benefit Auction Underway in Gallery Lobby

Ceramic artists (from left) pose with their works: Anna B. Graef, State College, electrical technology; John S. Krause, Lebanon, graphic design; Carrie A. Myers, Williamsport, graphic design, and David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture.

Mugs created by Penn College art faculty await silent bidders.

Stabley (second from left) and student visitors enjoy looking at Graef’s works.

Activity is brisk at the silent bidding station for the one-of-a-kind clay mugs being auctioned to benefit the Penn College Employee Emergency Fund.

Stabley sharing his artistic insights with student guests to the gallery lobby.

An exhibit by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, and some of his Ceramics III students officially opened Thursday afternoon in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College. The show, as well as a concurrent silent auction of 10 clay mugs, runs through Thursday, Dec. 8, on the third floor of Madigan Library. The mugs were created by Stabley and nine colleagues among the college’s full- and part-time art faculty. Bidders have until 4 p.m. Dec. 8 to submit offers; money raised will benefit the Penn College Employee Emergency Fund. The gallery is open from 1-4 p.m. Sundays; 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Holiday Tree Recognizes Gift of Veterans’ Service

Navy veteran Jennifer L. Nicholson, an applied health studies: radiography concentration major from Lock Haven (and a Veterans Affairs work-study student in the college’s Financial Aid Office), adds the 2016 ball filled with the 120 ribbons sold by college veterans.

With Old Glory appropriately waving above him, General Services horticulture technician Matthew P. Barrett ascends via bucket truck to those hard-to-reach spots.

One of the tree's 401 stars, representing a self-identified veteran enrolled and/or employed at Penn College, is nestled among the branches.

Bundled against the biting wind, Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for enrollment management, pitches in.

As Friday dawned, the fully decorated tree stands in tribute to the college's military family.

Veteran students and employees, joined by supportive Penn College colleagues, gathered in Thursday’s dusky chill to adorn the Veterans Holiday Tree. Decorated for the third year, the Vanderwolf limber pine provides a tangible reminder of the servicemen and women across campus: more than 400 star-shaped ornaments are displayed near the entrance to the Student & Administrative Services Center. Tucked among the decorations are two glass balls containing hundreds of ribbons purchased during Veterans Club “Giving Tree” fundraisers in the past two seasons. People paid $1 each for ribbons inscribed with the names of family members or loved ones who served (or are serving) in various branches of the military, generating money for the Fisher House Foundation for veterans and their families. The holiday tree effort is spearheaded by veterans services specialist Chet Beaver.

Board Approves Audit Report, Bids Farewell to Longtime Member

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday accepted the college’s audited financial statements for Fiscal 2016 and authorized an update to a college policy dealing with items requiring board approval.

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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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Winning Holiday Cards Announced in Year-End Tradition

President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes the Penn College community to the annual card-lighting. At left are Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities, and Noah L. English, Student Government Association president.

The Veterans Club entry shines at the southwestern apex of the card display.

Pointing out a favorite

Festivities (moved into the ATHS lobby) included refreshments and custom-made greeting cards.

With a homespun holiday vibe, Mail & Document Services skated to gold-medal honors.

The creativity on display in the holiday cards arrayed along the campus mall was honored in a traditional (and traditionally rainy) lighting ceremony inside and outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center on Wednesday night. The Penn College Veterans Club claimed the top prize among student groups: $200 for its organizational account. The Penn College Construction Association was second ($150) and Cru, third ($100). In the Offices and Departments category, first place went to Mail & Document Services, participating employees of which will be served lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Madigan Library was second and The College Store placed third; each of those winners will be treated to breakfast at Le Jeune Chef. The winners were selected by the 615 faculty/staff and student voters who chose their favorites in online balloting over the past week.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Students Sharpen Leadership Skills Through ‘Boot Camp’ Experience

"Boot Camp" graduates celebrate, certificates in hand.

A graduation ceremony was held recently for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Leadership Boot Camp, a six-week series meant to provide students with fun and educational opportunities to develop and enhance their leadership skills.

Forty students in three groups participated in this year’s program, which began in early October and covered a variety of topics from effective communication to civility to sound decision-making.

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Successful Alumna Shares Vision, Visibility With Club Members

The 2013 alum interacts with IT majors on return to campus.

Visiting grad gets a big-screen welcome.

Penn College’s newly formed Game Development Club recently hosted a visit by Anna Maree Manciet, of Alienware Live, whose Penn College degrees include a 2013 bachelor’s in web design and multimedia. She shared interesting stories and knowledge of the responsibilities and technical aspects of being a producer and on-air personality of a popular Twitch.tv live-stream channel. Among the topics covered were the technical configuration of hardware and software for a live stream, tips and advice on building and managing an audience, and various methods of charity work that she has had the opportunity to do throughout her career. “We were very excited to have her visit. Many of our guests took a lot of interesting information away from the event,” said organization President James C. Temoshenko, of Kane, an information technology sciences-gaming and simulation major. “The club is taking inspiration by planning some live-streaming events of our own in the near future.”
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Accounting Society, Readers Worldwide to Benefit From Book Drive

Can’t sell your textbook?  Donate it! Penn College’s Accounting Society is running a book drive on behalf of Better World Books, an organization that aims to improve global literacy. Watch for the green collection bins at such campus locations as the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center, Klump Academic Center, and the Keystone Dining Room. “If you cannot sell your textbook, placing it in one of the bins will ensure the book is recycled for use by someone in need,” said club adviser Michael D. Shipman, instructor of business administration/accounting, “and the Accounting Society will receive $1 for each book in its only fall fundraiser.” The drive, organized by organization President Stephanie J. Michaud, of Linden, will run through the end of Finals Week.

Prospective Employer to Meet With Students, Alumni

Fronius

Recruiting among Penn College students and alumni to fill a welding engineer internship, Fronius USA LLC will visit campus this week. Representatives of the company, which has entrusted welding majors with equipment during the current academic year, will hold two information sessions in College Avenue Labs on Thursday: noon in Room 154 and at 3:30 p.m. in Room 104. Fronius will conduct interviews Friday in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center. For details, consult the Career Services flier: Fronius

Student Ceramics Exhibit, Mug Auction Announced

Two of the mugs to be auctioned at the ceramics exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College

A ceramics exhibit by four students and one faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology – “4+1=Five Hands in Clay” – will be offered Dec. 1-8 in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College. The exhibit will also feature an auction of 10 clay mugs on display from Nov. 29 through Dec. 8.

An opening reception is set for Thursday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

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Penn College Basketball Teams Set for Conference Play

Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams begin North Eastern Athletic Conference action with home games on Wednesday and road games Saturday and Sunday this week after going a combined 1-3 this past week.

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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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Chevron Continues Support for Penn College Education, Training

Chevron continues investment

Through its Workforce Development & Continuing Education office, Pennsylvania College of Technology has received $416,685 from Chevron U.S.A. to support scholarships, curriculum development and ongoing outreach in energy and manufacturing.

Penn College will continue the promising practices first started through ShaleNET, a U.S. Department of Labor grant aimed at providing training and education in these important industry sectors.

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Penn College Commencement Set for Dec. 17

Caleb E. Cartmell

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport for the nearly 300 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate after the Fall 2016 semester.

The student speaker for the ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m., will be Caleb E. Cartmell, of Honesdale, who will receive an Associate of Applied Science in automotive technology. Cartmell will also be presented with the President’s Award for leadership and service to the college. He returns in Spring 2017 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology management.

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PCCA, Visiting Scouts Build Rapport in Carpentry Lab

Building construction technology major Michael J. Deragon, of Fort Washington, helps Joey Boler Santoyo with a keepsake toolbox. The boy is the grandson of Stanley G. Boler, who retired in 2012 from the electronics and computer engineering technology faculty; his mother, Amanda, is a 1998 graduate in legal assistant-paralegal.

Whitmyer, who is also an assistant coach for the Wildcat baseball team, helps a young carpenter channel his determination.

Near the end of a successful evening, students and visitors gather for a commemorative photo.

Helping a Cub Scout get the job done is Alexander J. Kosylo, of Pittsburgh, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration.

James C. Feingold (left), of Freehold, N.J., a residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration student, helps Steven C. Fox and son. The elder Fox is a Penn College alumnus, graduating in 2008 with an associate degree in electromechanical maintenance technology.

The Penn College Construction Association mentored Pack 24 from Muncy on Monday night, helping the Cub Scouts assemble birdhouses and toolboxes in the hands-on environment of the School of Construction & Design Technologies. With guidance from Cub Master Stephen D. Puzio and Barney A. Kahn IV and Levon A. Whitmyer, instructors of building construction technology, the students worked with the Scouts to safely craft their handmade souvenirs. Before the youngsters and chaperones left, take-home treasures proudly tucked under their arms, they toured instructional space in the Carl Building Technologies Center.

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