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Helping Hands (and Feet) Add Meaning to King Tribute

Phi Mu Delta President Paul M. Lasell, of Williamsport, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major

Unselfish in their community commitment and undeterred by winter’s chill, about 225 people participated in Monday’s 10th annual Peace Walk to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King. Members of the Penn College community (with notable contributions from fraternity members and Wildcat student-athletes) were among those gathering at Lycoming College’s Lamade Gymnasium for the kickoff event, and more than 150 walkers – honoring the theme of a day ON rather than a holiday off – stuck around to perform service projects on behalf of 15 local nonprofits (West End Christian Community Center, Saving Grace Shelter, American Rescue Workers, Sojourner Truth Ministries, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Footprints of Montgomery, New Love Center Food Pantry, Family Promise of Lycoming County, West House, Center City Food Bank, Firetree Place, Transitional Living Center and the Salvation Army in Williamsport, Muncy and Lock Haven). The two colleges were co-organizers, along with STEP Inc. AmeriCorps and the Beloved Community Council.

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Extended Forecast: Snowy Morning, Followed by Brand-New Day

Warm smiles fend off the morning shivers.

As snowflakes kissed the cheeks of the freshly capped and gowned, adding a seasonal touch to the affectionate encouragement from students’ family and friends, Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Fall 2016 Commencement on Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Caleb E. Cartmell, of Honesdale, who received an Associate of Applied Science degree in automotive technology, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. ceremony. Nearly 300 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the Penn College Board of Directors. (For nursing graduates, commencement was preceded by a Friday pinning ceremony, photos from which are included here.)

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Last updated December 17, 2016 | Posted in General Information | This gallery contains 82 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

Child’s Play Takes ‘Center’ Stage

Children are entranced by Kamin's talent.

Two end-of-semester events capped another fun-filled and instructive year at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center: The Penn College facility’s annual Family Appreciation get-together – in which children made turkey headbands and prepared snacks that were appropriately “gobbled” up – and a visit from mime Dan Kamin, who was in town for a holiday appearance with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

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Penn College Announces Food Show Winners

A plated dessert – “Flan in the Forest” made by baking and pastry arts student Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie – was named Best of Show winner at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual Food Show.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has announced the winners of its annual Food Show, held Dec. 2 to display the artful work of students in hospitality-related majors.

The Chef Eugene Mattucci Best of Show Award was granted to Keegan D. Sonney, a baking and pastry arts student from Erie, for a festive “Flan in the Forest” plated dessert. The eye-catching plate comprised RumChata flan topped with cranberry gelee and served with a chocolate stick, shortbread cookie crumbles, cranberry-mint sauce, mushrooms and edible flowers.

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Last updated December 9, 2016 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Events, Students | This gallery contains 34 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

Year-End Traditions Make It Clear: Finals Week Will Soon Be Here!

Ty J. Hewett, an automotive technology student from York, shows off his pancakes at Midnight Breakfast.

Thursday’s “Up All Night” events across campus marked the imminent end of another semester at Penn College. A total of 658 hungry scholars were served at the popular Midnight Breakfast in the Keystone Dining Room; and Madigan Library tempered the butterflies with extended hours and a visit between 70-some students and eight very affectionate instructional aides.

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Last updated December 2, 2016 | Posted in Events, Students | This gallery contains 11 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Organizations, Offices Say ‘Season’s Greetings’ in Larger-Than-Life Style

With festivity and flair, the Student Activities Office shares in the season.

A General Services crew braved a blustery morning to install 38 holiday cards designed by student groups and campus departments, sharing a “Happy Holidays” message with classmates and co-workers alike. The cards were lighted and winners announced Nov. 30 on the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center patio.

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Last updated November 21, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Students | This gallery contains 40 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

High School Students Celebrate STEM Day at Penn College

Penn College student Shawn L. Sheeley Jr., of Kersey, shows a high school student how to use surveying equipment. The hands-on workshop was part of a National STEM Day celebration at the college that brought homeschoolers and students from four area high schools to campus.

A group of 90 high-schoolers spent Nov. 8 at Pennsylvania College of Technology, where they explored a variety of careers as part of National STEM Day.

“STEM” is short for science, technology, engineering and math. According to the Population Reference Bureau, U.S. policymakers watch trends in the science and engineering labor force because high-tech workers increase our capacity for innovation and ability to compete in the global economy.

Penn College’s STEM Day activities were designed to give high school students a hands-on glimpse of some in-demand STEM-related careers.

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Saudi Students Hold Informative Expo for Campus Community

Omar A. Aljallal, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major, takes visitors on a journey to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

Saudi Arabian students at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently organized a crosscultural presentation to familiarize the campus community with their homeland.

One year after their initial program – which won two honors at the 2015 Student Activities Awards banquet – the Saudi Student Organization returned to the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center for a follow-up event.

“Being at Penn College, where students get the most support, gave us a chance to share and discuss our pride freely,” said Abdulaziz S. Alomani, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major, who was among those involved in planning the Oct. 24 Saudi Expo. “The event came about to serve as a cultural bridge between the United States and Saudi Arabia and to allow us to share with our American friends what the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is all about.”

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Open House Crowds Explore Their Penn College Potential

A day for families to discover Penn College

Fall Open House, held Sunday at Pennsylvania College of Technology, provided an eye-opening experience for those considering enrollment with a national leader in applied technology education. Held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the day included tours; rewarding interaction with employees, students and inspiring alumni; and unique insight into campus life.

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Last updated October 30, 2016 | Posted in Admissions, Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, Students | This gallery contains 1 photo. | Tagged as | One Comment

Students Use Products From Local Farms in Cooking Contest

A dish made by Penn College students Cy C. Heller, of Milton, and R. Colby Janowitz, of Westminster, Md., took first place in a cooking competition for the college’s culinary arts students at the Williamsport Growers Market. Made on-site using ingredients purchased from local growers, the dish includes ginger-marinated Delmonico steak, potato hash and spaghetti squash.

Five student teams from Pennsylvania College of Technology battled it out Oct. 8 at the Williamsport Growers Market, using the best ingredients – fresh and locally produced – to determine the best student chefs of the morning.

The two-man team of Cy C. Heller and R. Colby Janowitz were the top finishers in a tough competition. It was not the students’ first exposure to culinary competition. All are juniors and seniors in the culinary arts and systems bachelor-degree major, and several completed a capstone course, Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment, in the spring semester. All were out to produce a tasty, creative and visually appealing dish.

As teams set up in the morning, they received a bag with three required ingredients: Delmonico steak, shoulder bacon (also called cottage bacon) and ginger. In addition, they were required to use at least one of the following: honey, hemp seed oil, maple syrup or cheese. All of the ingredients were purchased from growers at the market.

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Alumni Augment Time-Tested Credibility of College’s Career Fair

Construction management student Tamara D. Altom, of Williamsport, visits the Gilbane Building Co. table. Representing the Baltimore-based company are Ryan P. Becker (left) and Kyle J. Williams, both alumni of the college's School of Construction & Design Technologies.

More than 235 employers, whose representatives included hundreds of Penn College graduates, attended Tuesday’s Career Fair in Bardo Gym and the Field House.

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High School Students Get Glimpse of Imminent Tomorrow

Physician assistant major Curtis R. Gehman, of Mill Hall, shares a heartfelt "Day in the Life of a PA" with Elijah Sweeney, from Lehigh Valley Academy.

Thursday’s Career Day, meticulously arranged by the College Transitions Office, provided a premier opportunity for school districts to visit Penn College and explore a wide variety of careers through hands-on activities, demonstrations, facility tours, and discussions with students and faculty.

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Last updated October 16, 2016 | Posted in College Transitions, Events, Faculty & Staff, Students | This gallery contains 4 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Homecoming & Family Weekend Showered With Sweet Memories

Anthony J. Pace (right), the college's new director of student activities, with student leaders Alexandra M. Lehman and Nicholas V. Walker, and a phenomenal feline VIP.

Mother Nature was among the parents in town for Penn College’s first Homecoming & Family Weekend, bringing persistent rain but failing to deter attendees from enjoying a full schedule of activities centered around “Our Proud Penn College Days.” The turbulent weather prompted relocation of a number of those events, but the celebration – the first-ever melding of two formerly separate observances – went off with nary a hitch. Among the weekend offerings were a four-day carnival; dessert receptions in each of the college’s six academic schools; soccer matches; the Athletic Hall of Fame induction and banquet; an alumni golf outing; guided tours of campus and historic Williamsport; a tailgating lunch with President Davie Jane Gilmour; and an Oktoberfest that included a reunion of past student ambassadors, Student Government Association members and orientation leaders.

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A Three-Event Sampling of ‘PC3’

Fun amid the foam

The first three weeks of the fall semester – replete with activities under the umbrella of “PC3” – provide students with a balanced menu of making friends, having fun, involving themselves in campus life and relieving the stress of late-summer studying. Come along as the college’s student photographers train their talented eye on just a few of the offerings: the Wildcat Paint Party, Wildcat Wars and Sex Ed Boot Camp.

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‘Pack the Park’ Crowd Enjoys National Pastime in Local Landmark

Smiles and Wildcat blue fill the stands of BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

For the 17th year Wednesday, Penn College students and employees enjoyed “Pack the Park Night” with the Williamsport Crosscutters. Free tickets were available across campus and complimentary bus service transported students safely to and from BB&T Ballpark. Fans saw a 4-2 win by the hometown favorites, who posted a winning season in their division but fell just short of a playoff berth. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable outing – with fun, friends and food!

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