Weekend Events Definitely ‘Family-Friendly’

Enjoying the carnival atmosphere are Patrick C. Frazier, an automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis student from Nazareth, and his parents.

The three-day potpourri of activities that comprised Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Parent & Family Weekend provided students and their guests with a variety of opportunities to reconnect – whether watching athletics, engaging in some competition of their own, exploring the community just beyond campus or just kicking back.

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‘Pack the Park’ Pregame Honors Championship Wildcats

All hands on deck: The Penn College Wildcats, who knocked off SUNY Poly, Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks en route to the conference title in May, show off their championship rings.

Students, employees and alumni were among the 1,963 fans attending Penn College’s 16th annual “Pack the Park Night” in Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field this week. On the night after the Williamsport Crosscutters clinched their first Pinckney Division title in a decade, the celebratory air continued with the pregame presentation of championship rings to members of the college’s Wildcat baseball team, who topped the North Eastern Athletic Conference this season. General admission tickets and shuttle service to and from campus were provided free of charge, there were games and giveaways throughout the evening, and a handful of students were chosen for the opportunity to win $10,000 toward college expenses. The ‘cutters, who lost 8-4 to the Auburn Doubledays, play their first postseason playoff game Wednesday.

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Last updated September 3, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, Sports, Students | This gallery contains 12 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Opportunities for Student Involvement, Inside and Out

Employing military ingenuity, members of the Veterans Club (including Jacob M. Heuman, a building automation technology student from Boiling Springs) bring their own shade.

A record-breaking number of students – 507, by official count – registered for Tuesday’s conveniently combined Part-Time Job Fair and Fall Fusion. A variety of employers were stationed in the Field House, a busy venue made even more popular by its air conditioning, while outside, where a steamy Sept. 1 followed August’s lead, representatives of campus and community organizations engaged students looking to make a difference beyond the classroom.

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Let the Games Begin! Campus Kickoff Starts LLB Series in Style

The Wildcat waves to the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd on Hepburn Street.

Pennsylvania College of Technology once again helped welcome visitors to Williamsport for the Little League Baseball World Series on Wednesday, hosting a cookout for the 16 Series teams and participating in the 11th annual Grand Slam Parade. The pre-march picnic – attended by more than 350 Little League players, coaches, team “uncles,” umpires and officials – was held on the lawn outside the Bush Campus Center. Students, faculty/staff, alumni and “Future Wildcats” from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center took part in the parade, stepping off from Susquehanna and West Fourth streets and carrying Penn College Pride all the way to Market Street. Series games begin Friday (Thursday’s scheduled start was postponed by heavy rain) and conclude Aug. 30.

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‘Welcome Weekend’ Provides Sunny Start to Students’ Bright Future

Making clear her destination is Olivia J. Hawbecker, a Web and interactive media major from Chambersburg, as she heads into her York Hall apartment.

New and returning students greeted the start of a new semester during Penn College’s traditional Welcome Weekend festivities. After checking in on Saturday – and checking out their accommodations – the fall class processed into the Rose Street Courtyard for an official welcome, fireworks display and a hypnotist. Sunday brought social activities, information sessions and a game show, and Monday included sustenance for that all-important first day of classes.

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Answers Far From Trivial in PFEW Students’ Probing Pursuit

Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, adds to students' understanding of welding careers.

Hundreds of Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week students participated in a campuswide quiz game Wednesday afternoon that took them into several buildings and laboratories in a beat-the-clock activity that fostered friendly competition while giving them a close-up look at Penn College’s “degrees that work.”

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Dental Hygiene Students Offer Care at Nicaraguan School

Penn College dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration student Carrie M. Derk, of Chambersburg, offers a demonstration of proper tooth-brushing technique to children in the Santo Domingo neighborhood of Managua, Nicaragua

Six Pennsylvania College of Technology students and their instructor recently traveled to Nicaragua, where they provided dental care for students at a school for very poor children.

La Escuelita (The Little School) is in the Santo Domingo section of the city of Managua. The community was declared uninhabitable following a 1972 earthquake, but the poorest of the city continued to settle in the area. Still, much of Santo Domingo has not been rebuilt. Many adults hold informal jobs selling food and drinks at the large Oriental Market.

“The most surprising experience in Nicaragua was to see these children and their families who had so little, but were so happy in life,” said student Carrie M. Derk, of Chambersburg.

“Everyone was so warm and friendly,” added Claudia N. Naylor, of Littlestown. “I expected to see despair, but instead I saw people with a zest for life.”

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Construction Deans Nurture Big Potential in Little Hands

Smiles after a constructive morning's work

The “Summer Bunch” from Penn College’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center visited a School of Construction & Design Technologies lab over two days this past week for a hands-on look at the builder’s trade. In separate visits Monday and Wednesday, the boys and girls learned about the proper use of tools; built wooden toolboxes with Marc E. Bridgens, the school dean; and were interviewed and photographed by assistant dean Carol A. Lugg. (When told that their parents could use the souvenir to carry around their tools, one girl responded, “My dad carries them one by one. He doesn’t need a toolbox.”)

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NYC Kids Get ‘Fresh’ Taste of Postsecondary Possibilities

In a lab full of priceless automobiles being restored by Penn College students, the visitors are allowed several supervised violations of the "look, but don't touch" rule. The youngsters take turns cranking a Ford Model T coil tester, generating enough voltage to illuminate a small light bulb.

A group of New York City youngsters, finishing a seven-day visit to Williamsport arranged through the Fresh Air Foundation, this week tasted the uniquely amazing opportunities of a Penn College degree. A rewarding experience for both the youngsters and their local host families, Fresh Air gives urban boys and girls a peek into life outside the city, and enticed Monday’s group with a higher-education option they might have thought was well beyond their reach. In an age-appropriate agenda fashioned by admissions representative Emily A. Weaver, the kids started their day with a brief video showcasing three Penn College students. “They were having fun while working toward their goals,” one boy noted, surprised that college isn’t all studious drudgery. A campus tour followed, then lunch in the Keystone Dining Room. The guests also visited the automotive restoration/collision repair and welding labs before burning off excess steam on the basketball court. The verdict? Unqualified success … and the wide-eyed promise by some to enroll as students within the decade.

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Community Flag March Offers Renewed Tribute to ‘Old Glory’

Among the night's award-winners was Betsy Ross, portrayed by Donna Pepperman, of Loyalsock Township. The float, organized with Galen W. Seaman Sr. and the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County, played patriotic music from loudspeakers as it passed through campus.

Despite an abbreviated program and attendance thinned by rain, Williamsport’s 32nd annual God, Country and Community Flag March was held as planned Sunday night. The parade formed several blocks away at Nichols Place, eventually traveling onto the Penn College campus and ending under the 30-by-60-foot American flag outside the Student & Administrative Services Center. There, a 15-minute ceremony – including the National Anthem; a cross-country recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance; and acknowledgment of Scout troops, veterans organizations and other patriots – celebrated the 238th birthday of America’s high-flying, ever-waving symbol.

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‘Career Day’ Helps Middle-School Students Focus on Future

A student from Milton Area Middle School checks out an astable multivibrator circuit – aka blinking lights.

Faculty and several staff members across campus joined Penn College’s Outreach for K-12 staff in providing a day of career learning for just over 1,000 middle-schoolers from five area school districts. The event is designed to give participants a taste of a variety of career options, which in turn will help them to make informed decisions about their futures.

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More Than 900 Graduate in Spring Commencement Ceremonies

Seeming superheroes keep their date with a diploma.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held three commencement ceremonies May 15-16 for more than 900 students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2015 semester. The Friday afternoon proceedings at the Community Arts Center honored students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Construction & Design Technologies. The School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies were featured Saturday morning, while students from the the School of Health Sciences and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications graduated during the afternoon session. Student speakers were Matthew J. Glodowski, of Hainesport, New Jersey, awarded a bachelor’s degree in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration on Friday; Andrew S. Manley, of Cogan Station, who earned two bachelor’s degrees – information technology sciences: gaming and simulation, and software development and information management on Saturday morning; and Bethany M. Reppert, of Minersville, who received a bachelor’s degree in applied human services Saturday afternoon. The college also bestowed three Excellence in Teaching Awards and three alumni awards.

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Block Party Dons Beachwear to Signal Summer’s Imminent Arrival

Colleen E. Bowes, of Wayne, tames the mechanical shark.

The Wildcat Block Party, a Vine Avenue tradition as spring rounds the corner toward summer, adopted a fitting air of sand and sun on Friday. The festive atmosphere offered boardwalk food, giveaways and music, with such special attractions as a mechanical shark, a tropical obstacle course and a roller rink. Organized by a collaboration that includes the Off-Campus Housing Organization and the Wildcat Events Board, this year’s party even featured a beach between Susquehanna and Park streets!

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CAL Doubles as ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ During Pre-Show Tour

It's the Jay & Jay Show, as Leno dons a Penn College restoration hat presented to him by Jay M. Rhoads, of South Williamsport.

Jay Leno, whose flair for comedy is matched by a passion for collectible automobiles, visited Penn College on Sunday prior to his evening performance at the Community Arts Center. Meeting with students, faculty and administrators in College Avenue Labs, Leno toured the automotive restoration and collision repair facilities, and took a quartet of vintage vehicles for a road test: a 1916 Scripps-Booth Model D, a 1953 Verrill Wolf Wagon, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport and a 1965 Ford Mustang.

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Year-End Tradition Honors Students, Organizations for Exemplary Service

Next year's SGA President Zachary T. Peachey (right) accepts the gavel from predecessor Ryan A. Gibson in an annual tradition.

The annual Student Activities Awards Banquet recently honored student organizations, student leaders and advisers for their contributions to the Penn College campus and the greater Williamsport community during the 2014-15 academic year. The guest speaker was Barbara Hudock, CEO and founding partner of the Hudock Capital Group, LLC, who shared stories and experiences that have helped shape her leadership over the course of an extremely successful career. More than 50 nominations were received for fewer than 20 honors, including two new awards in this year’s ceremony: Student Leader Committed to Social Justice and Diversity, and Penn College Community Betterment Program of the Year. The annual passing-of-the-gavel ceremony closed out the evening as Zachary T. Peachey was sworn in as the Student Government Association president for the 2015-16 academic year.

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