Time-Honored Greetings Return to Campus Mall

Madigan Library

In what has become a heartwarming and eagerly awaited tradition at Penn College, 29 student organizations and seven campus offices say “Happy Holidays” through large wooden cards installed on the mall outside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. The cards will be lighted at 5 p.m. Dec. 2, when President Davie Jane Gilmour announces which were the most popular in online voting. (There will be free cocoa and cookies, too!)

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Last updated November 23, 2015 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Students | This gallery contains 36 photos. | Tagged as | 3 Comments

Eerie Entrees, Clever Costumes Blend for ‘Spooktacular Week’

Far more friendly than frightening are scarecrows Allison D. Bailey (left), pre-dental hygiene, and Shelley A. Brosious, pre-practical nursing.

The Halloween spirit was clearly willing at Penn College this past week, as a variety of activities – including “Nightmare on Rose Street” (a combination of Dining Services’ Halloween Boofet and a masquerade party at Rose Street Commons) and the “Arc Asylum” haunted welding lab – added chills and chuckles.

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Fall Open House: Something Special in the Air

In colors coordinated with nature, a family tours campus with Ambassador Bryan M. Behm.

The rain ceased and the smiles poured forth Sunday as the campus community flung wide its doors to potential students, their families and friends at Fall Open House. A pleasant autumn day on a beautiful campus provided the backdrop for an in-depth look at academic programs, student life and facilities. Helpful employees, students and alumni were on hand throughout the day, as hundreds upon hundreds of visitors crisscrossed Penn College to discover the nationally recognized home of “degrees that work.”

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Last updated October 25, 2015 | Posted in Admissions, Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, President, Students | This gallery contains 53 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

‘Alcohol Awareness Week’ Aims for Safety, Sobriety

PennDOT's simulator offers immediate feedback on driver performance ... but without the crash risk.

“Stay safe, drive smart!” were among the bywords for Penn College’s observance of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (Oct. 19-25). Held by College Health Services in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and members of the Driver Safety Task Force, the program highlighted the dangers posed by compromised motorists. Students drove PennDOT’s distracted- and impaired-driving simulator, turned their artificially blurred vision toward the Golf Cart Beer Run, and attended presentations intended to keep them and their fellow Wildcats in the classroom – and out of the emergency room or courtroom.

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College Observes Career Day – Wanna Make Something of It?

Students watch closely as Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, removes a magnetic 3-D creation from its “scaffold.”

Penn College was host Thursday to two events that brought hundreds of high school students to its campus. The college’s twice-annual Career Day, facilitated by the College Transitions Office, offered opportunities to learn more about potential careers and Penn College facilities while the visitors interacted with faculty and students. A joint “Innovation and Creativity at Work” event, sponsored in partnership with the Innovative Manufacturers’ Center,  helped to celebrate Manufacturing Month, providing high schoolers with local industry tours, Career Day activities in manufacturing-related labs, and a luncheon in the Thompson Professional Development Center that allowed them to devise, in 10 minutes, potential solutions to three local manufacturers’ real-world challenges. Leaders from each of the three companies – Ralph S. Alberts Co., Gilson Boards and Qortek – were on hand to present their problems and talk with the students as they worked in groups formulate ideas. The goal was to help high schoolers see that today’s manufacturing environment requires thinking, innovation and adaptation, as opposed to the outdated image of repetitive, assembly-line work.

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Penn College Pride as Abundant as Sunshine for Homecoming ’15

A temporary ('though no-less-eye-catching) enhancement to the Penn College skyline

A gorgeous autumn weekend set the stage for a variety of Homecoming events – a year after the institution’s Centennial, but no less celebratory of “Our Proud Penn College Days.”

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Last updated October 11, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, Sports, Students | This gallery contains 14 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

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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