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Zimmerman Scholarship Established at Penn College

June and Thomas Zimmerman have established a scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Two faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology who are also alumni of the institution ­­have established a building-to-endowed scholarship at the college.

The scholarship was created by Thomas A. Zimmerman, an associate professor of psychology who has worked at Penn College since 1984, and June Kilgus Zimmerman, a part-time sociology faculty member who is also employed as an oncology social worker by the Susquehanna Health Cancer Center.

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Consider Penn College in Your Year-End Giving Plans

If you are considering making a charitable donation as the 2014 tax year comes to a close, please remember the Penn College employee campaign. Gifts of all sizes help students succeed and will be put to use immediately.

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Welding Student Takes Scrap Metal From Dumpster to Dazzling

Michael A. Cramer proudly displays his artistry in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.

Michael A. Cramer proudly displays his artistry in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.

The headdress took about a month to complete ...

The headdress took about a month to complete …

... with painstaking detail that confirms the work involved.

… with painstaking detail that confirms the work involved.

Inspired by a picture and encouraged by a faculty mentor, a first-year welding and fabrication engineering technology major has replicated a Native American headdress with impressive intricacy and realism. Michael A. Cramer, of Mahaffey, a student in Michael K. Patterson’s Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting course this past semester, fashioned his creation entirely from scrap steel. “I always wanted to make one out of metal, but never thought I could … until I got the chance to do any project I wanted,” he said. “I told Mike about it and he immediately gave me the OK and seemed excited about it.” Cramer said it took more than two weeks to form, hammer out and color all of the feathers, then another week and a half to make the headband and put it all together. “I really think that the details, such as the small engraving and the color, bring it to life,” said the student, who added that Patterson was never far away with ready answers to any questions. “I loved a quote that Mike wrote on a white board: ‘Take the metal to places it has never been,'” Cramer said. “I think I will use that for the rest of my life working with metal. I think that welding is seen by a lot of people as ‘just a dirty job that can pay well – ‘Why would anyone want to do this?’ – but I want to show people that working with metal is more than that. You can make such beautiful things out of scrap metal in a Dumpster. I want my work to be inspirational to others and maybe get them to try welding and working with metal.”
Photos by Matthew W. Nolan, welding lecturer

Four Penn College Wrestlers Get Wins at Nittany Lion Open

Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestlers gained some valuable experience while competing in the Penn State Nittany Lion Open and its men’s and women’s basketball teams split in action through Saturday.

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Students From Austria Study Semester of Business at Penn College

S. Jordan Stammer, center, a student in Penn College’s culinary arts technology major, takes the dinner order of Anita K. Fink, left, and Katharina M. Sutter, both exchange students from Fachhochschule Vorarlberg in Dornbirn, Austria, during a Classical Cuisines of the World dinner in the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. The meal featured foods from the Alsace region of France, just a few hours from the students’ home university.

Two Austrian students spending a semester exchange at Pennsylvania College of Technology will return with valuable perspectives from their months in the Keystone State.

“Our experience here showed us that it is important to be open to other cultures, other points of view and other opinions,” said Katharina M. Sutter. “Furthermore, it is important – especially in a new country – to be open to your classmates, neighbors and people you meet. An open attitude helps to come into contact with these people.”

The students recently talked about their experience over a student-prepared classic European dinner in the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

Sutter and travel mate, Anita K. Fink, are participants in a semester exchange program between Penn College and Fachhochschule Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn, Austria. Students in their fifth semester of international business majors at FH Vorarlberg are encouraged to study abroad. During that semester, students from around the world study at Vorarlberg.

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‘Giving Tree’ Donors Brighten Holidays for Dozens

A colorful collection of holiday gifts awaits pickup in the Student Activities Office.

A colorful collection of holiday gifts awaits pickup in the Student Activities Office.

Steve Wenzel, from the Salvation Army in Williamsport, wheels a binload of donations through the Bush Campus Center.

Steve Wenzel, from the Salvation Army in Williamsport, wheels a binload of donations through the Bush Campus Center.

Co-workers in the Student Activities Office help shuttle gift bags to the Salvation Army van ...

Co-workers in the Student Activities Office help shuttle gift bags to the Salvation Army van …

... and accept the agency's appreciation for helping make the holidays happier for needy local residents.

… and accept the agency’s appreciation for helping make the holidays happier for needy local residents.

Forty less-fortunate members of the Williamsport community – infants, children and senior citizens – will benefit from the generous donations to the Student Activities Office’s “Giving Tree.” It didn’t take long for the tree to be stripped of its gift tags after it was installed in mid-November, as Penn College students and employees visited the Bush Campus Center to spread the holiday spirit. On Thursday afternoon, The Salvation Army’s Steve Wenzel collected the donations, helped during the load-in by Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life; Anthony J. Pace, assistant director of student activities for student organizations/orientation; Shannon L. Skaluba, information center assistant; and Jessica R. Wiegand, student activities assistant.

A Frosty Farewell to Fall
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The Victorian House, dressed for the season

Penn College offers something to enjoy in all seasons, but takes on a particularly pleasant air as winter approaches. Several inches of snow fell across the area overnight, prompting a two-hour delay Thursday morning and offering a glacial glimpse at what’s ahead.

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Relive ‘100 Moments’ in Magazine’s Latest Issue

One College Avenue Winter 2014 cover

One College Avenue Winter 2014 cover

Trolleys of the Williamsport Railway Co. outside the car barn that would later become an administrative and classroom building for Williamsport Technical Institute and Williamsport Area Community College.

Trolleys of the Williamsport Railway Co. outside the car barn that would later become an administrative and classroom building for Williamsport Technical Institute and Williamsport Area Community College.

Neil Diamond and the New York Subway perform for the college’s Fall Weekend in 1967.

Neil Diamond and the New York Subway perform for the college’s Fall Weekend in 1967.

Encompassing national firsts and fond personal memories, “100 Moments in College History” takes a look at the college’s first 100 years. Read it in the latest edition of One College Avenue, the Penn College magazine, along with the President’s Message and more.

Band of Ukuleles to Light Up CAC Stage

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

The Penn College family is included in a holiday sale for next month’s Community Arts Center appearance by the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra. Get half off adult tickets in the orchestra section (starting at $12.50) through Wednesday, Dec. 31. In addition, all student tickets are just $5 throughout the theater! Go online and enter promotional code XMASTREAT, then proceed to “Buy.” The discount price will appear once you click on a seat. This offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets. Full-price adult tickets are $35, $30 and $25. The loge and balcony are closed for this event. If you call or stop by the box office, please be sure to give the promotional code before purchasing tickets. Discounted student ticket prices are available for pre-school through college. College students must present valid student ID on the night of the show. Renowned for its winning combination of charming humor, its disarmingly small instruments and its sublime musicality, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is one of the world’s great modern ukulele acts. Hailing from the home of “The Hobbit” movies, the orchestra will bring an irresistible New Zealand heartland feel to the Arts Center’s stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8. The orchestra presents the ukulele as it’s never been played before, featuring songs made famous by such artists as Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Hall and Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Kenny Rogers, and Kings of Leon – alongside tunes from the South Pacific – packaged into a spectacular, unmissable funfest. The wildly popular ensemble creates instant joy and lasting magic wherever it goes, armed with high-octane ukulele solos, heavenly harmonies and outrageous costumes. Its members’ comedic banter is spontaneous, and, when the group bursts into song, the sweet sounds can silence a room in a nanosecond or bring a crowd of thousands to its feet. For more information on the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra and to hear its music, please visit the Arts Center’s website, click on “shows” in the header and choose “Music” from the dropdown menu. The Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College, is located just a few blocks from campus at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport.

Tree Decorations Honor Penn College’s Military Family

Student veterans – along with supportive friends from the Financial Aid, Admissions and Registrar’s offices at Penn College – pause for a photo during the tree’s decoration.

A seasonal accent to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main entrance has gift-wrapped an opportunity for the institution to recognize its military family. A 25-foot-tall tree pays tribute to the students and employees who are veterans.

The Vanderwolf blue limber pine is adorned with 408 stars, fashioned by servicemen enrolled in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. The stars honor the 373 students and 35 employees who have identified themselves as veterans.

“We want to show all the veterans in the Penn College family that we are thinking about them,” said Chester M. Beaver, the college’s veterans affairs coordinator. “We also want the community to know how many veterans are on campus. By seeing the large number of stars on the tree, we hope people understand that veterans are an important part of the college community.”

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Faculty Member to Compete for Spot on Team USA of Baking

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts at Pennsylvania College of Technology, confers with students as they prepare desserts for a special event. Niedermyer is a candidate to join Team USA at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie – the World Cup of Baking – in 2016.

A member of the baking and pastry arts faculty at Pennsylvania College of Technology will compete this month to become a member of the team that will represent the United States at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie – sometimes called the World Cup of Baking – in France in 2016.

“Everybody tells me it’s an enormous amount of work and energy,” said Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, of State College, an instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts. “But on the other side, you become so much better at your craft.”

Team USA is sponsored by the Bread Bakers Guild of America, for which Niedermyer has served as a volunteer for several years. Nine countries will be accepted to compete at the Coupe du Monde, held every four years. Team USA has an automatic bid to the competition based on its silver medal at the 2012 event.

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Noncredit EMT Course to Be Offered at Choice of Locations

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer a new 150-hour, noncredit Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning with the Spring 2015 semester.

The course, comprising 50 hours of streaming online lectures and 100 hours of face-to-face learning, will meet National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards and Instructional Guidelines and prepare students for National Registry cognitive and psychomotor examinations at the EMT level.

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Centennial Recedes Into History, but Philanthropy Shines On
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A spectacular cake, literally "geared" toward the Centennial celebration, is just one of the eye-catching treats.

The Centennial Legacy Celebration, recognizing the donors who help further Penn College’s mission – and showcasing the talented students in the School of Business & Hospitality – was held Saturday evening in the Hager Lifelong Education Center. Invited guests enjoyed dinner in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, bookended by appetizers and a Grand Pastry Buffet in the Keystone Dining Room. The phenomenal success of the Centennial-related Penn College Scholarship Campaign was noted by President Davie Jane Gilmour, who said more than $6.1 million has already been pledged … and more gifts are expected before a final total is announced in mid-January. “This additional scholarship support will help the college pursue its vision of being a national leader in applied technology education,” she told donors, “and it was only made possible thanks to your generous support and commitment to Penn College. The impact of your generosity is already being felt by students, as the (Penn College) Foundation has awarded  more than $600,000 in scholarships this academic year – a 150-percent increase from the start of the campaign!” Support came from many members of the college community, who donated to an existing scholarship or established one of the 71 new funds added over the past three and a half years. The broad-based demonstration of support involved 653 alumni, 439 employees and retirees, 598 friends of the college and 197 industry partners.

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WEB Makes Merry in Yearend Tradition

Youthful energy helps burn off the pre-finals stress during an end-of-semester tradition.

Youthful energy helps burn off the pre-finals stress during an end-of-semester tradition.

Among those enjoying their evening are student leaders Morgan N. Keyser, a graphic design major from Cogan Station, and Ryan A. Gibson, of Lansdale, enrolled in aviation maintenance technology.

Among those enjoying their evening are student leaders Morgan N. Keyser, a graphic design major from Cogan Station, and Ryan A. Gibson, of Lansdale, enrolled in aviation maintenance technology.

With a tree and a nutcracker providing the backdrop, organizers of the popular WEB event gather in celebration of their success.

With a tree and a nutcracker providing the backdrop, organizers of the popular WEB event gather in celebration of their success.

The dance floor is bathed in seasonally appropriate red and green.

The dance floor is bathed in seasonally appropriate red and green.

“Winter in New York” was the theme for Snow Ball, the Wildcat Events Board’s annual semiformal dance. Held Friday night in the Capitol Lounge of the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport, the event featured a DJ and a menu catered by Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.
Photos by George S. Phillips Jr., an advertising art major from Williamsport

Senior Wrestler Honored During Season’s Final Home Match

Kyle A. Suneri is joined (from left) by parents Donna and Mike Shaffer; college President Davie Jane Gilmour; and Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics.

Kyle A. Suneri is joined (from left) by parents Donna and Mike Shaffer; college President Davie Jane Gilmour; and Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics.

The Wildcat wrestling squad recently honored Kyle A. Sunseri, of Athens, its team captain and lone senior, during the season’s last match in Bardo Gym. With respectful humor, coach Schuyler Frey explained the origin of Sunseri’s several monikers, from “Ribeye” to “Flyboy” to “Seriously,” but said – whatever his name – it will be forever in the college’s record books. “Four years ago, in one sweeping move, Kyle recorded the first home win and pin in Penn College history,” Frey said at Thursday’s home match against Kings College. “He was part of our (Penn State University Athletic Conference) championship team. He was also a (National Collegiate Wrestling Association) national qualifier and the first four-year wrestler in our short wrestling history.” Frey also noted Sunseri’s love of the sport, which comes through even in injury. “Most recently, he had one of his famous bloody noses that would not quit,” the coach said. “The referee was wanting to call the match, and, as I asked Kyle if he wanted to keep wrestling, his immediate response was ‘I’ll wrestle all day.'” Sunseri will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in engineering design technology.

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