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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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Last updated July 17, 2015 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Students | This gallery contains 5 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

Construction Deans Nurture Big Potential in Little Hands

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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Last updated July 9, 2015 | Posted in Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, General Information | This gallery contains 0 photos. | Tagged as | 4 Comments

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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Last updated June 14, 2015 | Posted in Events | This gallery contains 10 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

‘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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Last updated May 18, 2015 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, K-12 | This gallery contains 18 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

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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Last updated May 16, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, President, Students | This gallery contains 5 photos. | Tagged as , | Leave a comment

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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Last updated May 3, 2015 | Posted in Collision Repair & Restoration, Events, Faculty & Staff, President, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | This gallery contains 40 photos. | Tagged as , | 7 Comments

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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Last updated May 3, 2015 | Posted in Students | This gallery contains 12 photos. | Tagged as | 2 Comments

College’s Plastics Resources to Be Touted at European Conference

Christopher J. Gagliano (left), program and technical service manager for the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center, leads European visitors through Penn College’s Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

European visitors’ recent first impression of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center will lead to a second look when they promote the facility to a continental conference next year.

The four international guests and their American host talked with employees and students in labs featuring each of the college’s five plastics processes (injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, rotational molding and thermoforming) during a March tour of the PIRC and its Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

The group also learned from Director C. Hank White about the PIRC’s role in helping the industry remain competitive.

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Students’ Pursuit of Passion Evident in Sparkling Hospitality Events

President Davie Jane Gilmour introduces student representative Julie H. Carr (right), recipient of the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship.

In a matter of days, students in hospitality majors produced two eye-popping events that showed off their food artistry. On April 24, the Penn College community – along with high school groups – were invited to Penn’s Inn, where seniors in the culinary arts and systems bachelor-degree major cooked live, offering up free samples of an entrée and a dessert while being judged by industry representatives according to American Culinary Federation standard rules. Also on display were the final projects of students in Advanced Patisserie Operations, Cakes and Decorations, Principles of Chocolate Works and Classical and Specialty Dessert Presentation courses, which were also judged. Chef Frank Priore, executive chef of the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre; Chef Drew Kendall, store chef for Wegmans in Williamsport; and Christopher R. Grove, ’08, a dining services manager for Penn College, judged the culinary entries, while Chef Callie L. Proctor, ’04 and ’08, bakery manager for Weis Markets; Chef Michael Davis, executive chef for Susquehanna Health; and Chef Samantha L. Liedtka Gundlach, ’10, owner of Samantha’s Kitchen in Lock Haven, judged pastry entries. On April 26, students in two sections of the Pastry Food Show and Buffet Presentation Concepts presented a “Grand Pastry Buffet” for scholarship donors and their recipients. The “Viva Las Vegas”-themed event represents a comprehensive finale to baking and pastry arts students’ college career, requiring skills gained throughout their coursework. Nursing student Julie H. Carr, a recipient of the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship, offered remarks. “I have received financial aid as well as numerous grants in order to pursue my education; however, there were still out-of-pocket expenses that my parents could not cosign a loan for,” Carr told the gathering. “The Penn College Foundation enabled me to finish school and pursue my dreams while still participating and being an integral part of the Penn College community. I cannot thank you and the entire faculty, staff and students enough for enabling me to finally pursue my passion of becoming a nurse and helping others.”

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Last updated April 27, 2015 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Events, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships, Students | This gallery contains 38 photos. | Tagged as , | Leave a comment

Williamsport Technical Institute Reunion Marks 15th Year

Forty-five graduates of Williamsport Technical Institute, a predecessor of Pennsylvania College of Technology from 1941-65, gather for a group photo on campus.

About 50 graduates of Williamsport Technical Institute, a Pennsylvania College of Technology forerunner, attended a 15th annual reunion on April 17.

The event, held in the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center, provided an opportunity for alumni and their guests to enjoy lunch, reminisce and hear presentations by six students enrolled in aviation maintenance, automotive restoration and construction technology majors.

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Gov. Wolf Visits Energy Technology Education Center

President Davie Jane Gilmour greets Gov. Tom Wolf upon his arrival.

In his first visit since taking office in January, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf toured the Energy Technology Education Center on Wednesday in support of postsecondary education that meets the needs of regional and statewide employers. “Our citizens must have access to the education and training that jobs require, particularly as we continue to grow our energy industry,” he said. “Reinvesting in programs (such as ShaleNET) will help prepare people for jobs that pay.” ETEC, a training site for current and prospective gas-industry employees and emergency response crews, is a collaboration among Penn College, Lycoming County and industry partners.

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Last updated April 15, 2015 | Posted in Events, ShaleNET, Workforce Development & Continuing Education | This gallery contains 24 photos. | Tagged as | 2 Comments

100-Year Memories Safely Cocooned … Until College Sesquicentennial

The General Services crew undertakes a weighty task.

The final activities of Penn College’s illustrious Centennial observance – the filling, sealing and installation of an institutional snapshot from that 2014 celebration – took place this week in a first-floor corner of Madigan Library. Various historical and commemorative items were loaded into the time capsule on Thursday, and the contents were sealed with argon gas the following day. On Wednesday morning, the high-grade, stainless steel container was maneuvered into a glass-block repository built by the School of Construction & Design Technologies. The time capsule and its archival treasure will remain undisturbed until reopened in 50 years. A montage of Centennial activities, colorfully and energetically composed from a year’s worth of photos, has been incorporated into a video on the Penn College YouTube channel.

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‘Ship of the Desert’ Temporarily Docks in ‘Land of the Wildcat’

An exuberant Wyatt E. Fink, a culinary arts and systems student from Cogan Station, takes a spin.

When April Fool’s Day lands on Hump Day, there’s really only one way to mark the occasion: bring a camel to campus! Orchestrated by the Wildcat Events Board and obtained from Animal Rentals Inc., “Eli” the camel was ridden by 250 people (and photographed by many more) during a four-hour caravan stop outside the Hager Lifelong Education Center. WEB incorporated the attraction into its Wildcat Wednesday series, held to inform the college community about its varied sponsored activities. While not a common sight for the area, especially on the day after an early-spring snowstorm, the event brought smiles to students and employees heading toward a long holiday weekend. The novelty was enough to attract WBRE-TV, which aired a brief report Wednesday evening.

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Last updated April 1, 2015 | Posted in General Information | This gallery contains 16 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment