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Penn College Women Set to Step Into NEAC Volleyball Action

After 10 nonconference matches, the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s volleyball team steps into North Eastern Athletic Conference competition later this week.

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College Health Services to Administer Flu Vaccine

Penn College Health Services will provide flu shots for faculty, staff, students, dependents (age 9 years and older) and spouses in Room 150 of the Bush Campus Center during the coming week. Vaccinations will be available from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday. The cost of the flu vaccine is $15.  Payment will be accepted in the form of cash, check (made payable to Penn College), Health Savings Accounts or credit card. The only medical reason why someone should not receive the flu vaccine is an allergy to eggs, neomycin or polymixin, or if that person has had a life-threatening reaction to an influenza vaccine.

Faculty Member Attains Psychologist Licensure, Logs Clinical Service

Susan Slamka

Susan Slamka, assistant professor of human services/psychology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has attained licensure as a psychologist in Pennsylvania and recently completed one year of full-time clinical service at the Children’s Development Center, a division of Hope Enterprises Inc., in Williamsport. The accomplishments were achieved during Slamka’s 2015-16 sabbatical.

Slamka completed the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology and the Pennsylvania Psychology Law Exam, both required for licensure as a psychologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Students Get Their ‘Faire’ Share at Elizabethan Event

Renaissance re-enactors displayed authentic costumes and customs.

A fencer's friendly face betrays the seriousness at swords' point.

Banished to the stocks is Jake C. Forelli, an engineering design technology major from Damascus.

A latter-day take on a centuries-old pursuit

Signage makes sure patrons aren't at a loss for words.

A Renaissance Feast & Faire, an evening of jousting, feasting and considerable carousing, was held Wednesday in and around Dauphin Hall. Students enjoyed a meal of roasted turkey, ribs, vegetables, roasted potatoes, fritters and savory desserts in the “Great Hall” of Dining Services’ Capitol Eatery, while the Society for Creative Anachronism provided period entertainment in the adjoining courtyard.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Center Hosts ‘Maker Week’ for Early Elementary Students

Children smile at a freshly printed toy.

Before they headed back to elementary school, a group of children at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center got a hands-on taste of the technical world, exploring how things are made.

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Thriving Software Designer Found Life’s Purpose at Penn College

Tom Giannattasio has been fascinated with design since childhood, an interest led him to a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Penn College. After graduating in 2006, he worked as a software designer for the likes of Apple and Twitter before creating his own web-design tool, Macaw. Today, Giannattasio is director of product, design tools at InVision App in Washington, D.C. As his career continues to flourish, he remains “extremely thankful” for his education. As he says in a video posted to the college’s YouTube channel, “It filled a piece of my life that I needed before I could go out and actually succeed in the real world.” (Giannattasio’s story is also featured in the Fall 2016 issue of Penn College Magazine.)

Concrete Pour Brings ‘Garden’ Project Closer to Completion

As concrete flows down the chute into reinforced forms constructed last week, students scramble into action in this view from the Campus Center roof.

Franklin H. Reber adds to his Concrete Construction students' hands-on instruction through a keen eye sharpened by years of field experience.

The School of Construction & Design Technologies vehicle provides an apt backdrop for the bustling jobsite, where students polish their skills today while leaving a landmark for years to come.

Students and mentor use a variety of tools to spread and smooth the concrete during Wednesday's pour.

The project will eventually tie all three pads into a singular commemorative space.

Students poured the first of three concrete pads Wednesday for Penn College’s Recognition Garden, under construction on the Bush Campus Center lawn. The project – a collaboration of faculty, students and General Services staff – is a successor to the honorary and memorial bricks that border the main entrance to campus. The second pad will be poured Friday and the third on Monday; students will then start constructing forms for the 6-foot vertical concrete wedges that will hold the commemorative plaques.

Physics Faculty Present Talks at Conference

Physics faculty present talks

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology physics faculty members presented talks at the American Association of Physics Teachers – Central Pennsylvania Section conference, held recently at Moravian College, Bethlehem.

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Penn College Sweetens Show’s Anniversary Telecast

Celebrating the fifth anniversary of "PA Live!" are (from left) co-host Dave Kuharchik; Penn College's Shope, Santaella and Trometter; and co-host Valerie Tysanner.

An assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts joined two baking and pastry arts students on a special fifth-anniversary episode of WBRE’s “PA Live!” program on Tuesday. Chef Mary G. Trometter and students Natascha G. Santaella, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and Lloyd A. Shope, of Blanchard, presented a cake made by students in the college’s baking and pastry arts major to help celebrate the show’s anniversary. Faculty and students from the college’s School of Business & Hospitality have provided demonstrations in the “PA Live!” kitchen several times, with another appearance set for October.

Educators Invited to Connect with Award-Winning Television Series

Teachers, school counselors, education administrators and homeschooling parents interested in incorporating practical experiences and career exploration into lesson planning are invited to take part in a free workshop – “Working Class: Connecting Classrooms & Careers” – on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 9-11 a.m. at WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston.

Developers of the workshop say giving students the opportunity to connect their academic studies with real-world activities in a variety of career fields can encourage curiosity and increase the desire to learn more about the subject matter.

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Penn College Ranked Seventh Among Public Regional Colleges North

Penn College very favorably ranked in latest survey.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has earned its best-ever ranking in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges compilation.

Penn College is ranked seventh among public colleges (and tied for 13th overall, when private institutions are included) in the Regional Colleges North category.

According to the Best Colleges rankings materials, regional colleges “focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts (which account for fewer than half of bachelor’s degrees granted) and in fields such as business, nursing and education.”

The information for the 2017 Best Colleges rankings was collected during Spring and Summer 2016 through U.S. News’ annual statistical survey of colleges.

The annual rankings were announced Tuesday by the publication. Most of the rankings will be included in a “Best Colleges 2017” guidebook, which can be purchased online and in retail outlets on Oct. 4.

Sibling Rivalry

Sharp-shooting sisters Kierstin, left, and Jamie Steer.

Jamie and Kierstin Steer show off record-setting game balls.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: Sisters Kierstin Steer, ’13, and Jamie Steer grew up playing basketball with other kids in their neighborhood before setting back-to-back scoring records for the Wildcats. Read “Sibling Rivalry.”

Short-Term Roustabout Training Scheduled at College

Openings remain for a 15-day Ready-to-Work Field Service Worker and Roustabout Training program offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The short-term, full-time training – which runs from Oct. 3-21 – prepares participants to work in the following industry sectors: energy, construction, warehousing/logistics and manufacturing. Students experience classroom and hands-on learning by instructors with real-world work experience.

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Madigan Library Observes 10th Birthday

A cake in honor of Madigan Library's 10th birthday, complete with the building's distinctive clock-tower motif, awaits the celebration.

Tables adorned in signature red and white, with giveaways and other goodies, greet the college community Monday morning.

Kicking off the festivities are (from left) Diana L. Worth, library operations/public services assistant; Blair E. Mattocks, library support services assistant; Patty L. Bilbay, library access service manager; Tracey Amey, library director; Jean M. Bremigen, library operations/public services manager; and Judy J. Zebrowski, librarian and assistant professor.

Amey cuts the cake – vanilla and chocolate, divided by a layer of ganache – to share with library users.

Bruce A. Wehler, assistant professor of English-composition, joins the birthday bash with students from his First Year Experience class: Jared C. Keim (left), and engineering CAD technology major from Newburg, and Jose L. Jacobo, of Middletown, enrolled in culinary arts and systems.

Hard to believe, given its lingering “new-car feel” and still-stunning appearance a decade after opening, but Penn College’s Madigan Library celebrated its 10th birthday on Monday. Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II and students in his Advanced Baking and Pastry Operations class prepared a special cake, distributed free to patrons, to help mark the diamond anniversary of the library’s addition to the campus landscape.

Thousands of Motorcycles Pass Campus in 9/11 Tribute

The "rolling memorial" to victims and heroes, 15 years after Sept. 11, 2001, roars past the college.

Stars, stripes and supporters line the street for the passing parade.

Two women display their patriotism in front of Bardo Gym.

A somber day, punctuated by the exhilarating freedom of the open road

The Penn College community turned out in support of the 15th annual 911 Memorial Coalition motorcycle ride as it traveled past campus along West Third Street on Sunday. Thousands of motorcyclists took part in the nearly 40-mile ride, which honors those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks, and pays tribute to veterans and first responders. After a memorial service and other activities, the ride will begin at 3 p.m. at the Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Hall near Montgomery. The group rode north on Route 15; through South Williamsport, DuBoistown and the Newberry section of Williamsport; and on through downtown, Loyalsock Township and Montoursville before returning to eastern Lycoming County and its starting point.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

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