Penn College students seeking paying jobs and personal enrichment found a varied menu at the ninth annual Fall FIESTA (Friends, Involvement, Employment and Socializing on a Tuesday Afternoon) and the corresponding Part-Time Job Fair, at which employers and nonprofits alike served up a smorgasbord of spare-time opportunities. The events, co-sponsored by Student Activities and Career Services, were held from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday on the mall outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and the nearby Thompson Professional Development Center.
The Tinkerbells, representing Lancaster and York halls, topped two of the day’s four events (kickball and dodgeball) to amass 40 points and win Penn College’s inaugural “Wildcat Wars” competition Saturday. The team managed to hold off the “V Squad Mafia,” from The Village at Penn College, which placed second in three events to finish close behind with 37 points. Rounding out the field in hard-fighting fashion were the four remaining teams: “CDJ” (Clinton, Delaware and Juniata halls), winner of the foul-shot contest, finishing with 36 points; “Dauphin Kills” (Dauphin Hall), winner of the afternoon’s final Capture the Flag event, 27 points; the “Party Animals” (Off-Campus), 21 points; and “CVA All the Way” (Campus View Apartments), 20 points. “The event saw more than 200 students cram the Field House and Intramural Field in hopes that their team would dominate the Wildcat Wars,” said Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation. “At the end of the day, everyone enjoyed a picnic dinner to replenish all of the energy that was lost during the rough-and-tough competition.”
As chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour helped make the 68th annual Little League Baseball World Series one to remember. While tending to Welcome Weekend and other fall startup activities back on campus, the president navigated a cyclonic Little League schedule that began with a campus picnic for the 16 participating teams and ended with Sunday’s championship between Seoul, South Korea, and Chicago. Among her official duties during this 75th-anniversary year for LLB were the enshrinement of retired major leaguer (and Lycoming County favorite son) Mike Mussina and the annual Challenger Division exhibition game. Adding to the college’s visibility were students from the School of Health Sciences, who provided medical care for players and coaches as well as outreach to the thousands of fans on hand for the Series.
A “meet the artist” reception was held Monday for a colorful campus exhibit that celebrates popular culture and this year’s 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball. “Collective Pop,” featuring the work of Charles Fazzino and Lycoming County school students, continues in The Gallery at Penn College through Sunday. Hours for the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library, are 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays (closed Saturdays and Mondays).
Buoyant Reception Greets Students, Start of New Semester
Penn College’s “Welcome Weekend,” held Saturday and Sunday on main campus, gently and helpfully guided new and returning students toward the start of classes. Student leaders, faculty/staff and alumni – all wearing T-shirts identifying them as the go-to gang to satisfy any last-minute questions – offered a collectively friendly face to the Fall 2014 members of the college community. New enrollees and transfers moved into on- and off-campus apartments, academic and social activities filled the schedule, and crucial offices offered convenient extended hours in advance of Monday’s official opening of the 2014-15 academic year. Among the high notes of this overture to fall were a convocation parade of first-year students, reunions enjoyed and new friendships begun, “Wildcat Welcome” refreshments, and a chilling and charitable surprise from college President Davie Jane Gilmour.
Soggy turned to sunny just in time Wednesday for Pennsylvania College of Technology to once again welcome visitors to Williamsport for the Little League Baseball World Series. On the evening before play begins in South Williamsport, the college hosted its traditional cookout for the Series teams on the lawn outside the Bush Campus Center. Little League players, coaches, team “uncles,” umpires and baseball legend Dave Winfield enjoyed picnic fare and the company of one another before they (and their college hosts) participated in the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street. Accompanied by the college’s ever-popular Wildcat mascot, Penn College volunteers handed out giveaways – including balsa airplanes and commemorative pins – on their well-received journey downtown. Rounding out the teams’ campus visit was a brief stop in The Gallery at Penn College for a Little League-related art exhibit. The college was featured in at least two live newscasts from campus: on WPVI in Philadelphia and on CBS Chicago (go to “Sports Videos” at lower right). And Patriot News coverage, which was also picked up in Alabama, included a roundup of photos at the PennLive website.
Penn College Holds Summer Commencement
Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement ceremony Saturday morning at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Kaitlin M. Savidge, of Northumberland, who received an Associate of Applied Science degree in emergency medical services, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. event. 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 a Distinguished Alumni Award to James E Cunningham for four decades of service to college and community.
A Centennial Gala, bringing together an invited assortment of pivotal players in the institution’s growth from homegrown phenomenon to national pacesetter, was held Friday at Penn College. The day featured lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and campus tours, as well as a reception, remarks and dinner buffet in Madigan Library.
Before a “Pack the Park” audience of 1,914 – appropriate attendance for a Penn College Centennial event – the Williamsport Crosscutters delivered a walk-off 6-5 win over the Batavia Muckdogs on Tuesday night. Fans arriving at Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field were greeted by college employees at several display tables, and those wearing Penn College, Williamsport Area Community College or Williamsport Technical Institute clothing were eligible to win a variety of raffle prizes. Alumnus Nicholas D. Biddle (’07, graphic design) sang the National Anthem and Allen “Sonny” Yearick (’46, machining), the first Little League alumnus to play professional baseball, threw out the first pitch.
Now Showing: ‘SMART Girls in 3-D’
The “mock” trade show that ended this week’s four-and-a-half-day SMART Girls session proved to be the real deal, indeed, offering display after display by young women who showed as much heart as they did skill. The rising ninth- to 11th-graders from across Pennsylvania used three-dimensional technology to create projects on behalf of causes near and dear to them, then presented their finished work to the Penn College community Thursday morning. Chosen by attendees as the top presenters were First Place: Monarch Butterfly (Tori May, McCartney Register and Rebecca Piergallini, Keystone Central School District); Second Place: BeeKeeper (Hanna Yu, State College Area School District, and Carlisle’s Anna Lippert and Grace Echevarria); Third Place: Polar Bears (Lauren Clay and Violet Burbank, Carlisle Area School District, and Mikhayla Browne, Midd-West Area School District).
Piecing together approximately 14,000 fragments of ceramic tile, marble, mirror and stones, eight students and an instructor took one month to create a beautiful legacy in the center of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus.
The Centennial Mosaic, designed by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, is now complete on a wall of the Physician Assistant Center in the middle of campus. Measuring approximately 17 by 25 feet, the mosaic’s design relates to “social connectedness, paths travelled, dreams and the pleasure of learning through hands-on work,” according to Stabley.
For the installation of the artwork, Stabley led a team of students enrolled in a three-credit course titled, “The Art of the Mosaic.” The class met four days a week from May 19 through June 19.
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“Before and After,” demarcating an artistic vision altered by the prism of despair, officially opened Thursday in The Gallery at Penn College. The free exhibit features the work of Ned Martin − work that is physically and figuratively separated by the stark stylistic shift that followed the death of Martin’s wife, Renee. Hours for the exhibit, which continues through June 29, are 1-4 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The gallery, on the third floor of the college’s Madigan Library, is closed Saturdays and Mondays.
‘Coaches Caravan’ Includes Penn College on 17-Stop Tour
The third week of the Penn State Coaches Caravan began Tuesday with a sold-out visit to Penn College, where head football coach James Franklin and colleagues met with the media, alumni and fans in the Thompson Professional Development Center and the Field House. Coaches Guy Gadowsky (men’s hockey) and Mark Pavlik (men’s volleyball) joined Franklin on main campus, as did a recent addition to the week’s program: new baseball coach Rob Cooper. Franklin, who is headlining the bus tour for each of its 17 stops across the mid-Atlantic, met with more than 5,000 of the Nittany Nation faithful during the first two weeks of the caravan.
Pennsylvania College of Technology held three commencement exercises May 16-17 for more than 900 students who petitioned to graduate after Spring 2014 classes. The Friday afternoon ceremony honored students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Construction & Design Technologies. The School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies were showcased at Saturday morning’s ceremony; students from the School of Health Sciences and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications graduated in the afternoon. The student speakers were Lewis Damase Robinson, of Bellefonte, who was awarded a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and systems and an associate degree in baking and pastry arts Friday; Benjamin Michael Schappell, of Mohrsville, who received a bachelor’s degree in computer aided product design Saturday morning; and Ashley Grace Maietta, of Hughesville, who received an associate degree in nursing Saturday afternoon. The college also bestowed Distinguished Teaching Awards, two alumni awards and three posthumous degrees.
Pennsylvania College of Technology held a ceremony Friday at its Energy Technology Education Center to dedicate a drilling rig simulator that supports hands-on learning for the college’s natural gas training offerings.
The simulator was purchased with U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training funds. In addition, New Pig, of Tipton, donated a protective geosynthetic membrane that was installed beneath the rig simulator.