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‘The World Is Waiting. Are You Ready?’

Johnathan T. Capps, an applied technology studies major from North Wales, poses that vital question during the second in a planned series of 30-second branding spots newly posted to the Penn College’s YouTube channel. Thanks to degrees that work, Penn College students are empowered to be tomorrow’s dreamers, pioneers and leaders. Along with the college’s first branding-campaign commercial – which featured welding and fabrication engineering technology major Stephanie M. Puckly asking, “What if you could change the world?” – the spots air on various broadcast and cable outlets in Pennsylvania and online.

Homeowners Invited to Undergo Student-Led Energy Audits

auditStudents in the Renewable Energy Technologies course are looking for homes in which to perform energy audits, identify energy-saving measures and recommend renewable systems. To qualify, a home must be a freestanding single-family dwelling. Students will come to the house and evaluate it as part of their course requirements. They will produce a report that will document how airtight the home is and where it leaks air, recommend ways in which energy use and comfort can be improved, and show how renewable energy (photovoltaic and solar thermal systems) can be integrated. Those interested in volunteering their homes are asked to email Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architectural technology, and include an address, phone number and email. What secrets does your house keep?  The students will find out using a blower door test and infrared thermal imaging. The images above show the corner/ceiling of a client’s bedroom: on the left is what it actually looks like; on the right is a thermal image.  The images were taken on a cold winter day, so the interior of the house was warm (yellow colors in second image) and the places where there is missing or compromised insulation in the ceiling and air infiltration on walls are cold (which shows as blue in the right-hand photo). “My husband, Jeff, and I were pleased to have our home chosen by a team of two students for the energy audit,” said Kimberly M. Antion, secretary to the School of  Construction & Design Technologies. “The students conducted themselves very professionally while in our home.  They explained what they were going to do and asked questions of my husband and me when necessary.  The blower-door test produced some startling results that Jeff and I are now in the process of remediating. We are both glad that we had this energy audit done on our home. It will not only save us energy dollars, but also contribute to reducing the carbon footprint.”

Foundation’s Generosity Endows Scholarship, Creates Opportunity

A significant grant from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation will allow students from that area to enroll in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s distinctive “degrees that work.”

The nonprofit foundation’s $500,000 contribution establishes the John E. Morgan Scholarship, which will give first preference to graduates of Tamaqua Area High School who are pursuing “a degree that is not readily available from other institutions, at a comparable price, within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

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Penn College Issues List of Fall 2016 Graduates

The list of Fall 2016 graduates from Pennsylvania College of Technology has been released.

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Fall 2016 Dean’s List Announced

The Fall 2016 dean’s list has been released at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Penn College Contingent Participates in Conferences

J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology at Penn College, holds his Autodesk Expert Elite Award, which was presented to him for his outstanding contribution to Autodesk community forums.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students and faculty were big winners recently in Las Vegas. The contingent attended two major industry conferences during the same week.

Representatives from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies participated in FABTECH 2016 and the Autodesk University conference. FABTECH is the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in North America; the Autodesk event is geared to those who utilize the company’s computer-aided design software.

J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology, received special recognition at the Autodesk conference. He completed the Inventor 2017 certified professional exam and was presented with the Autodesk Expert Elite Award for his outstanding contribution to Autodesk community forums.

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Free Student Tickets Available for Several CAC Shows

Limited student tickets available

A limited number of free tickets are available to Pennsylvania College of Technology students for several of this season’s Community Arts Center shows. In order to give the most students the opportunity to attend a free performance, a student with a valid Penn College ID may pick up one ticket for one performance per semester, while supplies last. For shows deemed “family friendly,” a student with a valid Penn College ID may pick up four tickets for one performance per semester. Students will have the opportunity to receive additional tickets if any remain unclaimed one week before the performance date.

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iLuminate: The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have in the Dark!


From “America’s Got Talent” and a recent New York City tour, iLuminate will light up the Community Arts Center’s stage – literally – at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Bush Campus Center Information Desk has a limited number of free tickets available to students, plus tickets to sell for a discounted price of $20 for students, faculty and staff.  Penn College students and employees can buy additional tickets for family members at the Campus Center, as well, while supplies last. (Please note: only students can get into the theater with a student ticket. Students are ages preschool through college. All tickets will be checked at the door. College students must present valid student ID night of show.) iLuminate is an entertainment technology company that combines state-of-the-art technology with electrifying entertainers who perform in the dark to create the ultimate performing-arts experience. Founded by dancer and software engineer Miral Kotb, iLuminate enables performers, choreographers, engineers, technicians, stylists and artistic directors to produce explosive performances with customized wireless-lighting programs. The results are extraordinary lighting effects choreographed with phenomenal dance moves that take viewers on an exhilarating ride. All orders must be paid with cash, check or credit card. By purchasing at the Campus Center, the 4-percent service fee that the Arts Center box office charges will be waived. There are no refunds or exchanges, and the offer ends Feb. 1. For complete show details and a video clip, visit the CAC website. The Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of the college, is at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport (just a few blocks from campus). Complimentary Show Shuttle service will be available for the show.

Jan. 17-18 Blood Drive to Benefit THON

THON to benefit from Jan. 17-18 blood donations

College Health Services and the American Red Cross encourage the campus community to donate much-needed blood during their drive, scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 17-18 in Penn’s Inn.  Online appointments to contribute to this lifesaving mission are available, and each presenting donor will result in a $4 donation to the THON fight against pediatric cancer. All donors will receive Pizza Hut pizza, a beverage and a “We Challenge U” T-shirt after their contribution. In addition, successful donors will be entered in a Health Services-sponsored drawing for one of three $50 Sheetz gift cards.

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 Basketball Teams Set for ‘Home Cooking’

After a week during which the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s teams went a combined 2-3 in road games, they are about to enter a stretch that will see six consecutive home games at Bardo Gymnasium, all in North Eastern Athletic Conference play.

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Visual Images Will Be ‘In Focus’ at Next Colloquium

Robert N. McCauley

The impact of living in a culture increasingly reliant on technologies that primarily disseminate information via visual images rather than the printed word will be examined during the next edition of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s 2016-17 Colloquia Series.

“A General Assertion Is Worth Innumerable Pictures” will be presented by Robert N. McCauley, William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor at Emory University. The free, public event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

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President Welcomes Year of ‘New Ideas, New Approaches, Constant Questioning’

Detailing a variety of initiatives to bolster the college community – including intervention for students in mental-health crisis, emergency funds for employees beset by challenges and a call for civility toward one another – President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Spring 2017 semester with an all-college address to faculty and staff. With vision enhanced by 39 years on campus, she also looked optimistically toward meeting tomorrow’s challenges together. “I have been through more difficult times than we face today. What encourages me is all of you – your commitment, your passion and your support,” the president said. “Let us join energy and work to make 2017 a year for the record books for Penn College. Success is not enough; we need to thrive to attain our vision as a national leader in applied technology education.”

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Penn College at Wellsboro Holds Practical Nursing Graduation

Fourteen students graduated Dec. 15 from the Practical Nursing Program at Penn College at Wellsboro. Front row (from left): Marie L. Andrews, Lori A. Laubenstein, Jami N. Andrews and Megan M. Legerlotz. Back row (from left): Sarah A. Blass, Kayre Piaquadio, Adrienne M. Foresman, Kathy Simmons, Emma L. McCleary, Haley A. Henry, Charlene Jones, Lori A. Cummings, Sheenah E. Pellicano and Melissa A. Lehman.

Fourteen students recently graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Technology North Campus Outreach Practical Nursing Program.

The ceremony was held Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Wellsboro Area School District Administration Building, followed by a reception for family and friends.

The students selected Natalie O. DeLeonardis, former coordinator of the North Campus Outreach Practical Nursing Program, as speaker for the ceremony.

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Free Financial Aid Information Night Scheduled

A free Financial Aid Information Night opportunity will be available for two local schools in January.

College-bound students of all ages and their parents from South Williamsport Junior/Senior High School and Williamsport Area High School are invited to the combined event at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the South Williamsport Junior/Senior High School cafeteria.

The primary goal of the session is to assist individuals and families in understanding the financial aid process so that funds can be made available to students pursuing higher education at any college or university.

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