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Emergency Management Interns Help Communities

Penn College emergency management technology students, including Emily V. Lenhart (right), of New Tripoli, participate in a tornado disaster exercise at the Emergency Operations Center in Williamsport.

Six students enrolled in emergency management technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology are honing their skills and helping their communities while serving in internships this summer.

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Landscape Alumnus Gives Back for Those Who Gave All

Jeremy L. Thorne at Arlington National Cemetery

An honors graduate of Penn College’s two-year landscape/horticulture technology major was among more than 400 volunteer landscape professionals taking part in Monday’s 20th anniversary Renewal & Remembrance day of service arranged by the National Association of Landscape Professionals at Arlington National Cemetery. It was the third straight year of participation for Jeremy L. Thorne, who graduated in May 2013 with degrees in the landscape technology and plant production emphases of what was then called “ornamental horticulture.” “This was my third year in a row going and I plan to go every year. It’s a great experience and a great opportunity to serve those who have served our country so that the families may find comfort when visiting their loved ones,” said Thorne, owner/president of ThorneCare Landscape Services, LLC, in Lewisburg and Sugarloaf. “The (NALP) is a special group of people who give of their time in peak season to give back. It’s an honor to work at Arlington National Cemetery each year to help beautify the sacred grounds.”
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Service Set for Former Member of College’s Corporate Advisory Board

A memorial service will be this weekend for Ned David McClintock, a former member of Penn College’s Corporate Advisory Board, who died Sunday, July 10. A former teacher and principal in the East Lycoming School District, who later worked for PP&L, McClintock served on the board in 1993-94. The service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church, 148 S. Main St., Hughesville. A full obituary is available through the McCarty-Thomas funeral home.

College Included in National Story About Natural Gas Industry

Contributor Joseph Hammond talks with ShaleNET trainee Susan Foster, of Tioga, during his February visit to ETEC.

Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development, provides the reporter with an overview of natural gas training initiatives.

A tour of the ESC with Justin W. Beishline (left), assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

A contributor to The Daily Caller has filed his story and supporting video, “After the Boom: How the Marcellus Shale Changed Life in Pennsylvania,” from reportage that included a winter visit to Penn College. Joseph Hammond spent a complete late-February day at the college, where he got a look at Workforce Development & Continuing Education natural gas training efforts; and toured the mechatronics laboratory, wellsite trainer lab, welding and machining lab, the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and the Energy Technology Education Center.

‘cutters Pay Game-Day Visit to College’s Camp ESCAPE

Crosscutters Lucas Williams (left) and Henri Lartigue visit Camp ESCAPE ...

... to sign autographs ...

... play dodgeball ...

... and pose for a commemorative photo.

In what has become a Camp ESCAPE tradition, two members of the Williamsport Crosscutters visited Penn College on Monday morning. Catcher Henri Lartigue (40) and shortstop Lucas Williams (12) talked with campers, autographed a variety of objects and served as team captains for dodgeball in the Field House. The ‘cutters went on to defeat the Batavia Muckdogs, 10-6, that evening.
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation

Noncredit EMT Course Scheduled for Four Sites in Area

A noncredit Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Aug. 15, will be offered at four locations by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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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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The ‘Secret’ is Out on Community-Minded Co-Workers

Entering the bonsai area of Carl and Jessica Bower's garden

All aboard the garden train!

An espalier cherry dogwood, among the eye-catching features in the Bowers' garden

Grapes wind their way along a pergola.

A vegetable garden, rain barrel and pizza oven add to backyard haven.

Several Penn College employees recently helped Williamsport celebrate its sesquicentennial, opening their backyard for a benefit tour or otherwise lending their professional perspective. The home of horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. and Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator for nursing education, was among a series of nine “Secret Gardens” on display all across town. About 85 tickets were sold for the tour, which raised money for restoration of Way’s Garden, at Maynard and West Fourth streets. The community centerpiece, also among the attractions, offered a number of speakers and activities for children – including “A Bug’s Life,” a presentation by Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology. Bower frequently takes horticulture students to Way’s Garden for planting, raking, weeding and other maintenance in conjunction with Bob Esposito, president of the Way’s Garden Commission.
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Admissions Director Appointed at Penn College

Ashley R. Murphy

Ashley R. Murphy has been named director of admissions at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Murphy comes to Penn College from Oregon State University, where she served as head advisor/director of operations for graduate business programs in the College of Business.

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Air-Transport Crew Briefs EMS Students From Ground Up

A Life Flight crew – always made up of a pilot, flight registered nurse and paramedic, introduce students to Life Flight operations.

Paramedic Gregg Martuccio straps a student volunteer in for transport.

A crew from Geisinger Medical Center’s Life Flight medical transport fleet made its annual landing on the Madigan Library lawn on Thursday. The crew walked students in the Operations and Rescue Practices for the Paramedic course through safety procedures around the helicopter – one of seven in the Life Flight fleet. Students learned how to prepare for a Life Flight landing at an emergency scene and protocol for transferring a patient from on-ground care to the flight crew. Several Penn College graduates have become Life Flight medics.

Arts Center Working With Consultant to Consider Future Path

Dave Whitnack

The Community Arts Center in Williamsport has engaged a consulting firm to help it assess its organizational structure and business processes moving forward.

Executive decisions at the Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pennsylvania College of Technology, are currently the responsibility of longtime employee Dave Whitnack, who has been technical director at the facility since 2006 and was tour manager for Grammy Award-winning solo pianist George Winston for the decade prior to that. He also served as stage crew lead at the Arts Center from 1993-96.

“Dave’s wealth of experience in the industry and his familiarity with all processes at the Community Arts Center will serve him well in his appointment as operations director,” said William J. Martin, chairman of the Community Arts Center Board of Directors.

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Summer Camps Provide Practical Mix of Education, Enjoyment

Invoking the hands-on hallmark of a Penn College education

A series of academic-based camps at Pennsylvania College of Technology included enough information to satisfy minds hungry for challenge, while not forgetting that it IS summer. A wrap-up photo gallery reflects the unique career opportunities represented at Architecture Odyssey Camp, Designing a Digital Future Camp, Future Restaurateurs Career Camp, Advanced Restaurateurs Career Camp, Graphic Design Summer Studio, Health Careers Camp, SMART Girls Summer Camp, Creative Art Camp and Youth Training for Athletic Development Camp.

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Rotomolding Workshop Unites Industry Professionals, Experts

Gary E. McQuay, PIRC engineering manager, demonstrates a materials grinder in Penn College’s Rotational Molding Center of Excellence.

More than two dozen professionals recently gathered at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center to learn about rotational molding from some of the most knowledgeable practitioners in the business.

A total of 28 employees from 17 companies and nine states (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee) were represented at the eighth annual Hands-On Rotational Molding and Advanced Materials Workshop, joined by participants from Canada and India.

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City Native Travels From San Francisco to Exhibit at Penn College

“Learning about Rousseau,” oil on canvas, 18 inches by 28 inches

A woman who grew up in Williamsport and credits early mentors with stirring her creativity and curiosity, is returning “home” to exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College.

Michelle Ramin, an artist who lives and teaches in San Francisco, will begin the gallery’s 2016-17 exhibit season with her show, “The Sky’s (Not) The Limit,” a collection of oil paintings, watercolors and colored-pencil pieces.

Ramin’s exhibit opens on Thursday, July 14, with a Meet the Artist Reception set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., featuring an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. The show runs through Aug. 14. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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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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