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Penn College Makes Friends, Memories at State Farm Show
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Culinary arts and systems majors Brianna E. Bucklin (left), of Whitehall, and Victoria L. Zablocky, of Jersey Shore, serve vegetable-filled hush puppies and slaw to audience members.

Penn College’s exciting two- and four-year majors were on display throughout the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg (Jan. 10-17), where representatives of the Admissions Office and the college’s six academic schools entertained, educated – and even fed – the throng attending the traditional agricultural expo.

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Free, Discounted Tickets Available for ‘Sing-Off Live! Tour’

"The Sing-Off Live! Tour"

“The Sing-Off Live! Tour”

NBC’s No. 1-rated a cappella music competition returns to the road for its second national “The Sing-Off Live! Tour” with a stop at the Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. The Student Activities Office has a limited number of free tickets available for Penn College students. In addition, reduced-price seats in the loge are available to students and employees at just $20. Tickets can be purchased at the Bush Campus Center’s Information Desk through Friday, Feb. 13, with cash, check or credit card. After Feb. 13, tickets can be purchased directly at the Arts Center at the full $42.50 price. No refunds or exchanges on tickets. “The Sing-Off Live! Tour” features fan favorite groups VoicePlay and Street Corner Symphony, plus the The Exchange and the Melodores from Vanderbilt University. The groups will perform their a cappella versions of this year’s chart-topping hits, as well as favorite arrangements from the TV show. The Community Arts Center, a wholly owned Penn College subsidiary is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport, just a few blocks from campus.

Penn College Teams Taste Victory

Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling and women’s basketball teams each scored victories over the past week.

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Visiting Chef Dinner Features Luxury Resort’s Beverage Director

Brian McClure

The Spring 2015 edition of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Visiting Chef Series will feature Brian McClure, beverage director for The Greenbrier, widely regarded as one of the world’s finest luxury resorts.

Penn College’s Visiting Chef Series provides students pursuing associate and bachelor’s degrees in baking and pastry arts, culinary arts and hospitality management with an opportunity to work alongside renowned hospitality-industry professionals. As a culmination to the visit, the students produce a grand meal that raises money for scholarship funds. The Spring 2015 Visiting Chef Dinner will be held Feb. 27.

During the event, McClure will share his knowledge of wine with diners as they experience the elegant five-course meal prepared by students and faculty. While on campus, he will also speak to students in the Hospitality and Beverage Management Service and Controls course.

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Penn College ‘Soul Food Dinner’ Adds Storytelling to Menu

Astronaut Mae Jemison, as portrayed by Joanna Maddox

The public is invited to attend a night of food, fellowship and storytelling as Pennsylvania College of Technology kicks off Black History Month in February.

The college’s annual Soul Food Dinner – scheduled this year for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in Penn’s Inn on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center – will feature a performance by Joanna Maddox as Mae C. Jemison. Jemison, whose historic voyage on the Space Shuttle Endeavor in September 1992 is the inspiration for Maddox’s storytelling, was the first African-American female astronaut to ever travel into space.

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‘Working Class’ Documentary Added to College YouTube Channel

“Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education,” which chronicles the rich and challenging history of Penn College and its predecessors, can be viewed on the college’s YouTube Channel. The one-hour documentary – which premiered Jan. 8 on campus and continues to be shown on public television – was co-produced by the college and WVIA Public Media in conjunction with the institution’s 2014 Centennial. The film will be rebroadcast on WVIA at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15; 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27; 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29; and 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1.

Baier Latest ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Kendel F. Baier

Kendel F. Baier, of Jersey Shore, a senior in the building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration, has been chosen as the December/January Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Exemplifying both academics and athletics, Baier maintains a full course load and is a national bowhunter champion on the Penn College archery team.

Among her accomplishments, she was selected as the college’s 2014 Female Athlete of the Year.

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Walton Appointed Assistant Dean at Penn College

Brian D. Walton

Brian D. Walton has been named assistant dean of business and hospitality at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Walton had served as coordinator of academic operations for the School of Business & Hospitality since June 2013.

“Brian Walton is an excellent addition to the leadership team in the School of Business & Hospitality,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Brian brings great creativity and energy to the role of assistant dean. He has produced excellent results in working with the faculty to assure our students of the best educational experience possible.”

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Penn College Names Director of Corporate Relations

Elizabeth A. Biddle

Elizabeth A. Biddle has been appointed director of corporate relations at Pennsylvania College of Technology, effective Jan. 19.

Biddle has been project manager for the Outreach for K-12 Office at Penn College since 2009. In her new role, she will develop and sustain mutually beneficial relationships with business and industry to benefit students at Penn College.

“We are excited to have Liz join our team in Institutional Advancement,” said Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement at the college. “Liz brings an excellent technical background and considerable experience working with a variety of constituencies. Her professional demeanor and enthusiasm for Penn College and our mission will continue to be an asset to Penn College and prove valuable in her new role as director of corporate relations.”

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President Clarifies Intent of Event Honoring John J. Messer

As Penn College mourns the loss of faculty member John J. Messer, who died Jan. 5 after a courageous battle with cancer, the President’s Office would like to clarify the intent of this weekend’s event. On Saturday, Jan. 17, a celebration of life fundraiser to benefit brain tumor research at Geisinger Health will be held by John’s family at 3 p.m. in the Mountain Laurel Room of the Thompson Professional Development Center. The event will include a basket raffle and a variety of other activities intended to boost donations to brain-cancer research. Contributions to the Geisinger Foundation can be made online or at the PDC; checks should note “Brain Tumor Research in Honor of John Messer” on the memo line. Friends and family of John have established a Penn College scholarship in his memory. Annual awards will be made from the fund, preferably to students enrolled in Web and interactive media or in any major within the college’s School of Health Sciences. Eligible candidates should also demonstrate financial need, be in their sophomore year or greater and carry a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Anyone interested in contributing to the John J. Messer Memorial Scholarship can send a donation to the Penn College Foundation, One College Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701; give online; or call the Institutional Advancement Office toll-free at 866-GIVE-2-PC (866-448-3272).

Basic Welding Skills to Be Taught in 40-Hour Course at Penn College

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a basic welding course for Spring 2015.

The 40-hour program consists of eight five-hour training sessions that will help participants begin to develop highly marketable career-path skills.

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Dean of Business & Hospitality Appointed at Penn College

Gerri F. Luke

Gerri F. Luke has been named dean of business and hospitality at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Luke had served as interim dean since July. Previously, she was a professor of business administration/management and marketing and received the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award, the highest level of recognition for a Penn College faculty member, in 2013. She joined the faculty in 2004.

“In Gerri’s brief tenure as interim dean, she immersed herself in gaining a comprehensive understanding of all facets of the School of Business & Hospitality,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “She brings great experience and a passion for student success to this leadership role. She has been an outstanding educator and will now be an outstanding leader.”

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Penn College Wrestlers Ready for Stretch Run

Following a 40-day layoff for the semester break, the Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling team resumes its season Saturday. The college’s basketball teams, meanwhile, stepped back into action last week after nearly three weeks off.

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College Appoints Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Debra M. Miller

Pennsylvania College of Technology has named Debra M. Miller as vice president for institutional advancement.

Miller, who had served as director of corporate relations at Penn College since 2004, succeeds Barry R. Stiger, who retired in December. She has 40 years’ experience working with senior administration and governing boards, including 28 years in higher education.

In her new role, Miller is responsible for advancing the mission of Penn College by overseeing alumni relations, annual giving, corporate relations and the Penn College Foundation. She also serves as a member of President’s Council.

“Debbie has served the college with distinction as director of corporate relations for the past decade,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “With her wealth of professional experience and wonderful interpersonal style, I look forward to the contributions she will make in leading the college’s advancement team.”

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Alumnus, Employee Establish Scholarship at Penn College

Lenore Penfield, a longtime Penn College employee, and her husband, John, an alumnus of the college, have established a scholarship benefiting students enrolled in the dental hygiene and landscape/horticulture majors.

John and Lenore Penfield have established a scholarship that will benefit Pennsylvania College of Technology students enrolled in dental hygiene and landscape/horticulture majors.

John Penfield is a 1975 graduate of Penn College predecessor Williamsport Area Community College, having earned a degree in nursery management.

Lenore Penfield is a longtime employee of the college, serving as a faculty member in dental hygiene, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, director of special events and The Gallery at Penn College, and director of facilities utilization/college events (her current position).

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