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06.25.2022

Administration building named for retiring college president

The Student & Administrative Services Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology will soon bear the name of retiring President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The college’s Board of Directors convened a special meeting to approve the action at a gala event honoring Gilmour’s 24-year presidency. The board also granted emeritus status to Gilmour, who retires June 30.

The Student & Administrative Services Center, known in campus shorthand as “the SASC,” houses offices for student services such as Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar, Veterans & Military, the LEAP Center (first-year student assistance) and more. The upper floors of the three-story facility, which opened in 2003, includes spaces for People & Culture (formerly Human Resources), Financial Operations, Information Technology Services, Public Relations & Marketing and executive offices, including the President’s Office and Academic Affairs.

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06.21.2022

‘There’s so much to love here!’

Ready to see what hands-on learning is all about? Here’s a teasing glimpse of the action that’s set to unfold in the Pennsylvania College of Technology episode of The College Tour, produced nationally and streaming on Amazon Prime when Season Five drops on Aug. 31:

 

Now that your interest is piqued, watch the full episode at Penn College’s College Tour website. Filmed over five days during the spring semester and edited into 27 brisk minutes, the video features 10 standout students in dedicated segments: Ashlee Felix, human services & restorative justice (Business, Arts & Sciences); Caila N. Flanagan, who earned two business degrees (Wildcat Life); Alejandro F. Huaman, a building science & sustainable design: architectural technology concentration alumnus (Engineering Technologies); Dacia J. James, dental hygiene (Nursing & Health Sciences); Jesse D. Laird V, a nursing student and ROTC cadet (Commitment to Service); Danielle E. Malesky, construction management (Momentum Guaranteed); Maggie J. Mangene, a softball player and heating, ventilation & air conditioning design technology student (Stay Wild); Wesley S. McCray, an engineering design technology grad (Future Made by Hand); Kathryn A. Plankenhorn, physician assistant studies (Explore Campus & Beyond); and automotive technology management alumnus Dhruv Singh (Come Ready, Leave Prepared). After hearing their stories and getting the inside track on campus life, we’re sure you’ll agree with host Alex Boylan that “There’s so much to love here!”

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05.26.2022

Visitors set sights on tomorrow during summertime’s first Open House

​More than 400 prospective students and their guests attended Wednesday’s first Open House of the summer season, which featured weather as warm as the welcome they received from accommodating faculty and staff. Attendees got an informative “sneak peek” at what awaits Penn College’s Tomorrow Makers, including tours of instructional space and various aspects of student life. Visit the Admissions Office to register for one of the season’s remaining Open Houses: Sunday, June 26; Saturday, July 23; and Friday, July 29.
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05.14.2022

Penn College’s partnership with Lenfest Foundation yields first graduate

A building construction technology student is Pennsylvania College of Technology’s first graduate in its alliance with The Brook J. Lenfest Foundation Inc., which funded a $1.8 million scholarship program for underserved populations from the commonwealth’s southeastern neighborhoods. The distinction belongs to Isaiah S. Robinson, of Philadelphia, who received his associate degree during commencement exercises on May 14 and will begin working in the field the following week.

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04.25.2022

Fruitful day adds ‘satisfied’ to accepted students’ status

Penn College welcomed 59 future Wildcats and their families to Accepted Student Day on Sunday – emphasis on the “sun” – as gorgeous walking-around weather helped guests celebrate “the beginning of something amazing.” The day’s VIPs checked in at the Field House, then explored campus, made new friends and found an ever-helpful assortment of students and employees. “I am so pleased with the outcome of Accepted Student Day and the hard work put in by so many people,” said Melinda D. Heckman, coordinator of admissions events and communications. “The students who visited are on the edge of committing to Penn College, but still had a few questions they needed answered. Judging from the smiles, I think many questions were answered and our Penn College community will grow.” Aside from gaining helpful pointers about financial aid, housing, veterans services and coping with those inevitable first-year challenges, visitors were treated to outdoor games and ice cream. Presidential Student Ambassadors also led tours, explaining such traditions as Midnight Breakfast, the annual decorating and lighting of oversized holiday cards, and the fireworks display that caps every Welcome Weekend. “A parent met me in line and wondered aloud if Dr. (Carolyn R.) Strickland was really Mother Nature in disguise,” Heckman added, referencing the vice president for enrollment management/associate provost, “since she mentioned personally ordering the perfect weather!”

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02.22.2022

Experience Penn College

A new 30-second spot, an open invitation to see Penn College in person, is making the rounds on broadcast and social media. It’s one thing for prospective students to imagine their futures, but quite another when they turn that visualization into a visit. Wildcats-in-waiting should check out the video … then book an impressive, immersive campus tour through the Admissions Office!

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02.01.2022

Penn College providing free FAFSA assistance

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering its resources to help current and future college students and their families complete the 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Colleges and universities require the FAFSA to determine student eligibility for federal and state grants, federal loans, and some scholarships. Penn College is hosting a free FAFSA completion workshop to facilitate the online application process.

The session is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 4:30-7 p.m. in Room 202 of the college’s Madigan Library. One-on-one assistance in the Financial Aid Office is also available via appointment. Registration is required for both options.

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01.28.2022

Hundreds flock to college’s first Open House of ’22

Admissions director Audriana L. Empet, whose informative presentation covered everything from student organizations to alumni success stories, enthusiastically tells the crowd about opportunities in the expanded welding and manufacturing labs.
Admissions director Audriana L. Empet, whose informative presentation covered everything from student organizations to alumni success stories, enthusiastically tells the crowd about opportunities in the expanded welding and manufacturing labs.
As the crowd broke into major-specific areas of interest, representatives of the college's three academic schools – including Brian D. Walton (right), assistant dean of business and hospitality – were on hand to get attendees to their next stop.
As the crowd broke into major-specific areas of interest, representatives of the college’s three academic schools – including Brian D. Walton (right), assistant dean of business and hospitality – were on hand to get attendees to their next stop.
Marc E. Bridgens, associate professor of HVAC technology, leads a lab tour in the Carl Building Technologies Center. (A second group was assigned to Kenneth E. Welker, instructor of plumbing and heating.)
Marc E. Bridgens, associate professor of HVAC technology, leads a lab tour in the Carl Building Technologies Center. (A second group was assigned to Kenneth E. Welker, instructor of plumbing and heating.)
A veteran of the Penn College NOW dual enrollment program as a South Williamsport Area Jr.-Sr. High School student, Logan R. Ogden attended Open House to learn more about building construction technology and construction management. With him are his father, Robert C. (center), facilities assistant lead person for General Services; and Clifford J. Jones, instructor of building construction technology, concrete and masonry.
A veteran of the Penn College NOW dual enrollment program as a South Williamsport Area Jr.-Sr. High School student, Logan R. Ogden attended Open House to learn more about building construction technology and construction management. With him are his father, Robert C. (center), facilities assistant lead person for General Services; and Clifford J. Jones, instructor of building construction technology, concrete and masonry.
Chef Todd M. Keeley, assistant professor of baking and pastry/culinary arts, provides an oven demo in the baking and pastry lab. He was joined for a portion of the tour by Rebecca E. High, laboratory assistant for food and hospitality/culinary and a Senior Resident Assistant, who supplied a valuable student perspective for potential enrollees. (High, of Willow Street, is working toward a bachelor's in applied management to add to her 2021 associate degree in baking and pastry arts.)
Chef Todd M. Keeley, assistant professor of baking and pastry/culinary arts, provides an oven demo in the baking and pastry lab. He was joined for a portion of the tour by Rebecca E. High, laboratory assistant for food and hospitality/culinary and a Senior Resident Assistant, who supplied a valuable student perspective for potential enrollees. (High, of Willow Street, is working toward a bachelor’s in applied management to add to her 2021 associate degree in baking and pastry arts.)

Excitement was in the air (along with a few snow showers) as Penn College welcomed more than 175 prospective students and their guests for the first Open House of the Spring 2022 semester on Friday. Visitors were given ample opportunity for campuswide exploration – starting with an Admissions presentation and tours of up to two academic areas, with optional room to check out other points of interest (including residence halls, dining units and The College Store). Online registration is open for the season’s remaining Open House dates: Saturday, Feb. 5; Friday, Feb. 25; Saturday, March 19; Sunday, April 3; and Friday, April 22.

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10.14.2021

Penn College names associate director of admissions

Jen M. Cullin-Hetrick has been appointed associate director of admissions at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Previously, Cullin-Hetrick had been coordinator of admissions events and communications and an admissions counselor at Penn College. Prior to that, she served as a membership recruiter for the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.

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09.10.2021

College holds first in series of ‘reimagined’ Open Houses

It's nothing but blue skies as automotive instructor Mike M. Faryniak Jr. (far left), leads a group of visitors on a stroll past the welded "Student Bodies," en route to the nearby Parkes Automotive Technology Center.
It’s nothing but blue skies as automotive instructor Mike M. Faryniak Jr. (far left), leads a group of visitors on a stroll past the welded “Student Bodies,” en route to the nearby Parkes Automotive Technology Center.
Fresh from a tour of the nursing labs, Ethan Kelly and his mother, Jennifer, from Selinsgrove, bask in the overall warmth of campus outside the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. Kelly is also interested in exploring heavy equipment, electrical and welding – a wide range of possibilities with one definite goal: becoming a Penn College student.
Fresh from a tour of the nursing labs, Ethan Kelly and his mother, Jennifer, from Selinsgrove, bask in the overall warmth of campus outside the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. Kelly is also interested in exploring heavy equipment, electrical and welding – a wide range of possibilities with one definite goal: becoming a Penn College student.
A young visitor (at left) from Cornwall, N.Y., enjoys hearing a student perspective from Trent E. Donley (motioning at computer), a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration major from State College. Leading the tour of the architecture labs is Rob A. Wozniak (standing), associate professor of architectural technology.
A young visitor (at left) from Cornwall, N.Y., enjoys hearing a student perspective from Trent E. Donley (motioning at computer), a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration major from State College. Leading the tour of the architecture labs is Rob A. Wozniak (standing), associate professor of architectural technology.
Christa Matlack (on right), head coach of women's soccer, takes a prospect and her mother through Madigan Library – just one of the visually appealing, awe-inspiring places on campus.
Christa Matlack (on right), head coach of women’s soccer, takes a prospect and her mother through Madigan Library – just one of the visually appealing, awe-inspiring places on campus.
Admissions' Jen M. Cullin-Hetrick (center) assists a family from New Jersey.
Admissions’ Jen M. Cullin-Hetrick (center) assists a family from New Jersey.

Penn College unveiled its “reimagined” Open House format on Friday, kicking off a series of fall visitation opportunities designed to guide potential enrollees as they explore their college options. The day featured an introductory admissions presentation, followed by academic tours and a wide-ranging menu of elective activities. “Our new Open Houses are the perfect way to visit campus year-round,” said Jen M. Cullin-Hetrick, coordinator of admissions events and communications. “Prospective students can tour up to two academic areas before exploring the rest of what we have to offer. Whether they are just starting the college search process or they’re enrolling this spring, they can truly make the day theirs.” Additional Fall Open Houses – following a model built on feedback from campus partners and prospective students – will be hosted Sunday, Sept. 26; Friday, Oct. 8; Saturday, Oct. 23; Saturday, Nov. 6; and Friday, Nov. 19.

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08.09.2021

New name, new location … same student-centered service

Disability & Access Resources (formerly Disability Services) has relocated to the Bush Campus Center, Suite 202.

Students with documented disabilities can rely on the office to explore and facilitate reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services. Those anticipating the need for accommodations, both before and after enrollment, are encouraged to email or call 570-320-5225.

The office relocation also includes a testing center, in which eligible students can request to take exams with accommodations.

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07.30.2021

Take a student-led tour of Penn College!

Presidential Student Ambassador Lauryn A. Stauffer is your effusive and illuminating guide to Pennsylvania College of Technology in a newly launched video produced by Public Relations & Marketing. Loaded with fresh footage of renovated labs and popular campus hang spots, the comprehensive tour takes you through main campus, down the road to the Lumley Aviation Center and over the mountain to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

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04.21.2021

Online beer-tasting to close out ’20-21 community events

"Beer Tasting With Purpose"The last in a semester-long series of virtual events,  sponsored by Penn College’s Admissions Office and open to the community, will guide registrants through a handpicked selection of craft-beer styles. “Beer Tasting With Purpose,” featuring Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing and fermentation science, will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, May 6. Registrants will be sent a shopping list (the same varieties that Penn College seniors are brewing for their capstone projects) in advance of the online session, which will include a Q&A with one of the region’s most respected and accomplished brewmasters. For more information, contact Maddie L. Metzger, admissions counselor, events and communications support.

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04.17.2021

College rolls out green carpet for Spring Visit Day

Presidential Student Ambassador Rudy C. Shadle, a construction management student from Mechanicsburg, stands ready to answer questions on the campus mall.
Presidential Student Ambassador Rudy C. Shadle, a construction management student from Mechanicsburg, stands ready to answer questions on the campus mall.
Robert K. Vlacich (in khaki pants), assistant professor of automotive service, offers insights inside the Parkes Automotive Technology Center.
Robert K. Vlacich (in khaki pants), assistant professor of automotive service, offers insights inside the Parkes Automotive Technology Center.
Outside the entrance to Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, Todd M. Keeley, assistant professor of baking and pastry arts/culinary, presents a “picture” of what visitors will see inside the labs.
Outside the entrance to Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, Todd M. Keeley, assistant professor of baking and pastry arts/culinary, presents a “picture” of what visitors will see inside the labs.
Stopping to smell the tulips in between her busy day of welcoming guests is Presidential Student Ambassador Danielle R. Wesneski, a 2019 baking and pastry arts graduate who will earn her bachelor’s degree in applied management next month.
Stopping to smell the tulips in between her busy day of welcoming guests is Presidential Student Ambassador Danielle R. Wesneski, a 2019 baking and pastry arts graduate who will earn her bachelor’s degree in applied management next month.
Although students couldn’t be on hand due to attendance limitations, video interviews with radiography alumni gave voice to their campus experience.
Although students couldn’t be on hand due to attendance limitations, video interviews with radiography alumni gave voice to their campus experience.

The first of this month’s three Spring Visit Days was held Saturday, giving prospective students a comprehensive peek at Penn College while adhering to pandemic-imposed limitations on attendance. (The Admissions Office will host additional visitation events on Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25.) Attendees began their day with check-in and a presentation in the Klump Academic Center, followed by lab tours in selected academic areas. Optional activities added to participants’ feel for the breadth of life on the vibrant and verdant campus: housing, financial aid, tutoring and other academic support, athletics, placement testing, advisement and scheduling, student organizations, disability services, veterans benefits and dining options. More information about visiting campus is available by contacting Admissions.

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03.05.2021

Virtual presentations on timely topics open to community

Whether prepping the best possible garden at home or hearing how employers solve the skills gap at work, March brings two more virtual events in Penn College’s series of topical presentations for the community.

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