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Dog Day (Late) Afternoon

Curiosity isn't just for cats, ya know!

Faculty and staff dog owners helped welcome first-year students during this past week’s “RUFF: Are You Feeling Friendly?” event in Rose Street Commons, an annual event organized by Counseling Services.

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A Midtown Monument to College’s Community Involvement

A grand opening ... and a grand celebration!

The Penn College family’s contributions to the new Trade & Transit Centre II (and its artistic sense of place) were unveiled at the facility’s ribbon-cutting in downtown Williamsport on Friday morning. Brett T. Mulroy, of Kresgeville, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: architectural technology concentration, was recognized for design elements that served as a template for the entry portal at the site. Among other honorees were Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design, and David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics/wood sculpture, who restored the statue of Chief Woapalane that once stood at the entrance to Brandon Park. And a certificate of appreciation was presented to Christopher E. Keiser, a 1995 landscape/nursery technology alumnus and member of the Penn College Foundation Board of Directors, employed by Larson Design Group.

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Last updated August 26, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Architectural Technology, Art, Web Design & Interactive Media, Construction & Design Technologies, Faculty & Staff, Institutional Advancement, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students | This gallery contains 14 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

One Week Down: Let the Games Begin!

Will the right answer come out of this intense collaboration?

Students weathering the first week of fall classes got back-to-back reminders to infuse their studies with occasional playtime, courtesy of the Student Activities Office. A Wildcat House Party was held Friday night on the lawn of the Thompson Professional Development Center, while Saturday brought a spirited “Campus Feud” game show to the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Both events are part of the jam-packed “PC3” schedule of activities that balances the academic side of the semester startup.

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Last updated August 23, 2016 | Posted in Students | This gallery contains 1 photo. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Little League Begins With Big Burst of ‘Penn College Pride’

A pennant-worthy group of campus volunteers shares a memorable moment with a Hall of Famer.

Pennsylvania College of Technology proudly welcomed some Most Valuable Players to Williamsport on Wednesday, hosting its eighth annual picnic for the 16 teams in the Little League Baseball World Series. In a laid-back atmosphere before tournament play begins Thursday, the athletes, coaches and umpires relaxed under tents outside the Bush Campus Center before taking part in the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street. This year’s Grand Marshal was Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, a 14-time All-Star and two-time National League MVP with the Cincinnati Reds, who mingled on campus for a memorable start to the Series. The day’s festivities caught the attention of media covering the teams, including this report from Time Warner Cable and video from the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin in New York’s Southern Tier (following the Mid-Atlantic representatives from Maine-Endwell Little League in Endwell, New York).

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‘Welcome Weekend’ Conditions: Hot, Humid and Altogether Helpful

Admissions representative Salvatore Vitko (in yellow shirt) and Resident Assistant Mary K. Slipe (far right) help the family of James F. Bowman IV. Bowman, of Fleetwood, is enrolled in automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis.

New and not-so-new Penn College students ushered in the 2016-17 academic year during Welcome Weekend, the traditional lead-in to the start of the semester. In the midst of getting acquainted with living arrangements and co-habitants alike, the Fall 2016 class of first-year students processed into the Rose Street Courtyard on Saturday evening for an official welcome to campus, an awesome fireworks display and an amusingly unpredictable performance by a hypnotist. Additional activities were held Sunday, wrapping up with time to spare so no one would snooze through that 8 a.m. class!

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Last updated August 15, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Students | This gallery contains 76 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

Summer ’16 Grads Relish Their Day in the Sun

Pearls of wisdom and a wide smile are worn by surgical technology grad Kelly L. Jones.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement on Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Hashim Abbas Alfulful, of Saudi Arabia, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. ceremony. More than 200 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Steven P. Johnson, a member of the Penn College Board of Directors. During the ceremony, Penn College also presented an Alumni Achievement Award to Megan E. Wright, a 2012 graduate of the college’s physician assistant program.

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Last updated August 6, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Students | This gallery contains 37 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

Campers Get Their Bearings in Campuswide Hunt for Answers

Faces of the future gather for a week's adventure.

On Wednesday morning, Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week students participated in a quiz that took them into several buildings and labs on a circuitous path across main campus. The activity allowed campers to explore various locations, as well as interact with admissions representatives and academic school representatives, to learn more about the opportunities available at Penn College. About 400 young entrepreneurs are staying on campus through Saturday, eating meals in the Keystone Dining Room and attending sessions in the Klump Academic Center. This is the ninth year that the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education has held PFEW at Penn College.

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Last updated August 4, 2016 | Posted in Admissions, Events | This gallery contains 7 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

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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In Sunlight and Shade, Campus Buzzes With Progress

The Witmer Group, which recently established a scholarship fund for Penn College masonry students, is structurally rehabbing the college’s Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

If summer is a time of respite from work demands, a slower pace than usual or a heightened focus on leisure, someone on campus didn’t get the memo. Here, then, are a select few of recently completed projects or works in progress in preparation for the rapidly approaching Fall 2016 semester.

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Diligently Restored, Dazzlingly Arrayed

Automobiles fill the Penn College landscape in this view to the northeast from atop the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

Pennsylvania College of Technology provided a stunning backdrop for the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Grand National Meet from Thursday through Saturday, an exciting and extraordinary event that was the largest ever held by the organization. A joint project of the AACA Susquehannock Region and the Penn College Classic Cruisers student group, the gathering attracted more than 600 cars, trucks and motorcycles and thousands of participants and spectators. Activities for registrants and their families included tours of campus and local attractions, informative sessions in instructional labs, and social get-togethers … and two free events were open to the community: Friday’s keynote address by Lyn St. James in the Field House and Saturday’s car show – breathtakingly featuring 40 to 50 million dollars’ worth of automobiles – along the campus mall. A motivational speaker, St. James is a seven-time Indianapolis 500 competitor, the Indy’s first female Rookie of the Year and one of the “Top 100 Female Athletes of the Century” as chosen by Sports Illustrated. In addition to the photo gallery that follows, the memorable event is captured in a video on the college’s YouTube channel:

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Hands-On Visit Lets Middle-Schoolers Jump-Start Career Aspirations

Under the supervision of Scott A. Geist (background), director of surgical technology, students explore the hands-on world of the operating room.

More than 1,040 students and chaperones from seven area middle schools visited Tuesday, exploring a wide variety of technical careers through hands-on activities, tours of facilities, and discussions with Penn College students and faculty. Career Day, organized by the College Transitions Office is held each spring and fall; the next program, for students in ninth through 12th grade, will be held Oct. 13.

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Grand Pastry Buffet Unites Scholarship Recipients With Donors

A chocolate sculpture by Dylan H. Therrien, of Reading, helps to dress a table.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Keystone Dining Room hosted a grand celebration of scholarship, skill and generosity during the April 30 Grand Pastry Buffet and Scholarship Reception.

While baking and pastry arts students displayed some of their final works before graduation, students who have received scholarships met those who established the funds from which they benefited. The Penn College Foundation provides more than 200 scholarships.

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Nearly 1,000 Earn ‘degrees that work’ in Weekend Ceremonies

Kadeem D. Carter, collision repair technology graduate, and family revel in the joy of the day.

Three commencement ceremonies were held May 13-14 for the nearly 1,000 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2016 semester. Friday afternoon’s exercises at the Community Arts Center featured students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. Students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences received their degrees Saturday morning, while those in the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies crossed the magnificent stage during the afternoon. Student speakers were Anthony D. Gobbi, who received a bachelor’s degree in building automation technology on Friday; Cortney Lyn Weaver, who earned an associate degree in dental hygiene on Saturday morning; and Jessica R. Wiegand, who received a bachelor’s in business administration: marketing concentration Saturday afternoon. The college also bestowed a pair of Excellence in Teaching Awards and four alumni awards.

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Penn College Dedicates Nursing Education Center

Cutting the “ribbon” to dedicate the Penn College Nursing Education Center are, from left, Dottie M. Mathers, associate professor of medical-surgical nursing; Sandra L. Richmond, director of nursing; Edward A. Henninger, dean of health sciences; President Davie Jane Gilmour; and student Monica A. Flexer, president of the Penn College Student Nurses Association.

On May 10, during National Nurses Week, Pennsylvania College of Technology dedicated its Nursing Education Center.

The Nursing Education Center occupies the first floor of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Science Center’s west wing. The facility contains 10 dedicated classrooms and seven learning labs serving more than 350 students enrolled in nursing majors at the college.

“The Penn College nursing program began in 1963 with a certificate in practical nursing; today, we offer associate and bachelor’s degrees in support of an increasing demand for highly qualified nursing professionals,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour. “Our nursing degrees incorporate Penn College core values, typified by hands-on instruction and a student-centered learning environment. These expanded and consolidated facilities enable us to produce more graduates for this rewarding career field.”

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Culinary Creations Make for Appetizing Array

Top-score recipient Scott L. Neff and Jaclyn C. Gregg’s “Floribbean”-themed display

Penn College’s hospitality department hosted its annual Culinary and Pastry Experience on April 29, showing off the work of students in five classes: Advanced Baking Applications for Culinary Arts, Cakes and Decorations, Classical and Specialty Dessert Presentation, Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment, and Principles of Chocolate Works.

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Last updated May 5, 2016 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Events, Faculty & Staff, Students | This gallery contains 40 photos. | Tagged as | 2 Comments