Students Extend ‘Tree Campus’ Mindset to Nearby Landmark
In observance of Arbor Day, five Penn College students and a faculty member braved the rain for a Friday afternoon’s work in Way’s Garden. The students planted a Cherokee Brave pink dogwood tree and several small shrubs, as well as providing some pruning in the beloved Williamsport park at West Fourth and Maynard streets. In addition to sharpening the students’ hands-on skills, the activity acknowledges the recent designation as a Tree Campus USA, which promotes trees at the college and in the community. Pictured from left are Tiffany E. Griffe, of Newville; Kyle M. Richardson, of Hopewell, New Jersey; Logan H. Booth, of New Kensington; horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr.; Elliot C. Redding, of Gettysburg; and Noah L. English, of Bloomsburg. English is enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; the others are majoring in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis.
Last updated May 2, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Landscape/Horticulture, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | One Comment
Students Ease Pre-Finals Jitters at ‘Midnight’ Oasis
More than 600 students – 601, to be exact – were served when Dining Services’ long-running Midnight Breakfast tradition was held this past week in the Keystone Dining Room. Timed each semester to help relieve the dread and panic of Finals Week, the free event serves up a yummy blend of food, music, massages and other giveaways.
Last updated May 2, 2016 | Posted in Dining Services, Events, Faculty & Staff, Students | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment
‘Cross Training’ Classes to Return in Future Semesters
The Penn College Fitness Center this semester introduced Cross Training, the latest addition to its Fitness & Wellness Promotion Series. The one-hour group exercise class involves small circuit-based exercises that are targeted toward burning calories while staying strong and fit. Classes accommodate participants of all fitness levels, from beginners to advanced athletes, on various techniques. The focus is on a progressive format that involves components of cardio, powerlifting and functional calisthenics. The Cross Training classes were offered on Wednesdays in the mezzanine of the Field House, and will continue in future semesters. Participation is free to all members of the Penn College community with a valid ID card. “Look for advertised postings throughout campus and at the Fitness Center (Bush Campus Center, second floor) for details about future classes,” said Domenick S. Schiraldi-Irrera, fitness center assistant (who also provided photos). “Bring a friend and we’ll see you there for another great exercise class offered here at Penn College!”
Last updated May 2, 2016 | Posted in Exercise Science, Faculty & Staff, General Information, Health Sciences, Students | Leave a comment
Penn College Golf, Women’s Tennis Seasons End
As the season neared completion for the Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball and softball teams, it came to an end last week for golfers and women’s tennis players.
Last updated May 1, 2016 | Posted in Sports, Wildcat Weekly | Leave a comment
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.
Last updated May 1, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff | Leave a comment
Welders Pique Career Interest for Daughters, Sons
Forty young men and women, potential Penn College students all, participated in Thursday’s 23rd annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This year’s national theme was “Sparking ‘Aha!’ Moments,” and what better venue for cultivating a sense of working-world wonderment than the college’s welding labs? Four faculty members – Jacob B. Holland, Matt W. Nolan, Michael K. Patterson and Timothy S. Turnbach – and students in the Avco Lycoming Metal Trades Center led visitors in career-focused activities through demonstrations of various welding processes. The daylong event (financially supported by the President’s Office and organized with the help of David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies) also included a campus tour with Student Ambassadors, lunch in Dauphin Hall and afternoon job-shadowing with parents and other adult mentors. Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, welcomed the group; others assisting in the day were Dining Services, Information Technology Services, and the Admissions, Professional Development, and Public Relations & Marketing offices.
Photos by Tina R. Strayer, on-boarding/professional development manager
Last updated April 29, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Welding | Leave a comment
Drone (Quadcopter) Technology Course Scheduled at Penn College
Summertime means ballgames, picnics, nature and … drones.
Are you aware of the latest Federal Aviation Administration regulations involving drones? Do you need quadcopter control lessons? Are you interested in meeting other drone enthusiasts?
Just in time for the summer months, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a Drone Quadcopter Technology course beginning in June.
Last updated April 29, 2016 | Posted in General Information, Workforce Development & Continuing Education | Leave a comment
Cake Decorator Fashions Familiar Face
Award-winning cake designer Irene Maston, named one of Brides magazine’s Top 100 Cake Designers, visited campus Thursday to provide a cake-sculpting demonstration in the Madigan Library. During her well-attended talk, she transformed a stack of triple-chocolate layer cakes to a likeness of the college’s Wildcat mascot. Maston owns Irene’s Cakes by Designs in Ludlow, Vermont, where recent Penn College baking and pastry arts graduate Kristina M. Williams is an intern. Student Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie, will serve an internship with Maston this summer. After her demonstration, Maston remained on campus to help judge Friday’s Culinary and Pastry Experience. In addition to Irene’s Cakes by Design, Maston and her husband own The Andrie Rosen Inn.
Last updated April 29, 2016 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Events | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment
First- and third-graders at St. John Neumann Regional Academy’s elementary campus got an Arbor Day visit from a Penn College horticulture instructor on Friday, along with a take-home project to nurture. Carl J. Bower Jr. (who also provided the photos) gave a presentation on the importance of trees and handed out Norway spruce seedlings to pupils and their teachers. The seedlings came from the tree farm of Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, who donated them for the observance.
Last updated April 29, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Landscape/Horticulture, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | One Comment
Board OKs Loan Consolidation, Easement for Sewer Project
The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday authorized the consolidation of two existing loans for the Community Arts Center and approved an easement through the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center property for a regional sewer project.
Last updated April 28, 2016 | Posted in General Information | Leave a comment
Popular Plant Sale Returns to ESC on Monday
The annual bedding-plant sale begins Monday at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center greenhouse. Sale hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; Wednesday hours will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Closed Saturday and Sunday.) Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis and supplies are limited. There will be no early sales or holds, and everything is cash-and-carry.
Photos by Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture
Last updated April 28, 2016 | Posted in Events, Landscape/Horticulture, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
Governor Hosts Roundtable to Stem Opioid ‘Epidemic’
Community-based and statewide responses to opioid and heroin abuse in Pennsylvania were discussed at a campus roundtable hosted on Thursday by Gov. Tom Wolf and state Sen. Gene Yaw. A diverse panel comprising Project Bald Eagle board members and others – representing state and local government, law enforcement, health care, treatment facilities and the clergy – openly talked about one of the gravest problems ever to hit rural counties. Wolf and Yaw both said the issue goes far beyond geographic boundaries, however, just as it transcends politics, gender and economic standing. No strangers to disagreement, the two earnestly pledged to work collaboratively to stem the alarming tide of addiction and overdose. “This is not a bipartisan concern,” the governor stressed. “It’s a nonpartisan concern.” Yaw began the conversation by pointing out there are nearly as many fatal overdoses in the commonwealth each year than there were Pennsylvanians killed during the entire Vietnam War. Recalling that anti-war protests spilled into the streets and consumed the national consciousness in the ’60s, he asked why such a passionate response has not greeted this latest threat. “It’s a medical epidemic,” he added. “We can’t arrest our way out of the problem.” Befitting the venue, one of the suggested weapons is knowledge. “This is not a junkie-on-the-street disease,” said college President Davie Jane Gilmour, who chairs the Project Bald Eagle coalition of local forces battling the issue. “We need to address that stigma with education – in our communities, in our churches, everywhere we can reach people. We need to share the true story and acknowledge a different set of perceptions so that people aren’t ashamed to say, ‘I lost a family member; I lost a friend.'” Thursday’s hourlong session was an offshoot of the Yaw-chaired Center for Rural Pennsylvania, which has heard 50 hours of related testimony in nine hearings since 2014. Eyewitness News reporter Cody Butler attended; his piece is scheduled to air at 5:30 p.m. (and on other WBRE newscasts).
Last updated April 28, 2016 | Posted in Events, General Information | Leave a comment
Penn College Attains ‘Tree Campus USA’ Recognition
Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with “Tree Campus USA” recognition for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging employees and students in conservation goals.
“This collaborative effort from the forestry, horticulture and General Services departments highlights the college’s commitment to the environment and maintaining a beautiful campus,” said Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.
Last updated April 28, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Forestry, General Information, Landscape/Horticulture, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
Students Pitch In, Pick Up for Earth Day
In observance of Earth Day, the U.S. Green Building Council Students of Penn College collected trash and debris last Friday on the Williamsport side of the Susquehanna Riverwalk, extending from the Hepburn Street Pump Station east to the Market Street Bridge. The 18 students filled up 20 bags of trash, and John O. Markley, secretary of the Veterans Memorial Park Commission (who was aware of the group’s project), stopped to share his appreciation. “We could visually see the difference in our cleanup efforts,” said Timothy S. Shook, of Bangor, president of the USGBC Students of Penn College. “Looking back and seeing the change we made in just a few hours was very gratifying.” The USGBC students coordinated the logistics for the day, and the American Institute of Architecture Students at Penn College supported the endeavor by supplying gloves, bags and water for the volunteers. “The students that participated enjoyed this event,” added Peter L. Gauthier, of Newville, club vice president. “Unfortunately, public spaces create opportunities for trash. We enjoyed the opportunity to dedicate our efforts at promoting healthy and sustainable environments.” True to the day’s environmental focus, the students either walked or carpooled to the worksite.
Last updated April 28, 2016 | Posted in Architectural Technology, Construction & Design Technologies | Leave a comment
Session Tackles Ins/Outs of Intellectual Property Law
One of the attorneys overseeing Penn College’s trademark/copyright issues presented a professional development session this past week that offered a glimpse into the permitted use of protected material for educational purposes. Held in Penn’s Inn and open to employees and students – particularly those in paralegal/legal assistant majors – “Stay Legal: Third-Party Content in the Classroom” featured Austin P. White, of the McCormick Law Firm. The session was organized by The Copyright and Fair Use Advisory Committee, Madigan Library and the college’s Professional Development Office.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
Last updated April 28, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, General Information, Students | Leave a comment