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Addition to veterans park reflects college collaboration

The keystone of the Penn College pathway, centered over the honorees' names below

Four members of the ConCreate Design Club joined instructor Harry W. Hintz Jr. at the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park this week, installing paving bricks engraved with the names of Penn College students and faculty who have worked on the project over the past three years. The group rendezvoused at the West Fourth Street/Wahoo Drive site with John O. Markley, of the Veterans Memorial Park Commission, who oversaw the latest enhancement to the ever-expanding memorial. As preparations continue for a Memorial Day dedication at the park, organizers generously wanted to permanently spell out the college’s collaboration. The pavers acknowledge Hintz and three other faculty members – Glenn R. Luse, Richard R. Motter Jr. and Franklin H. Reber Jr. – as well as more than 100 students engaged in the improvements to date, from site preparation to stone-wall construction.

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Alumni Career Services Students

Four employers staffing ‘pop-up’ recruitment tables in week ahead

Students and alumni from a variety of majors in Penn College’s School of Engineering Technologies can talk one-on-one with potential employers during the coming days.

  • Cumberland Truck Equipment – 9 a.m.-noon Monday, April 12; Schneebeli Earth Science Center diesel lab (Room 163)
  • XPO Logistics – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 14; ESC diesel lab
  • Warfel Construction – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, April 15; Hager Lifelong Education Center lobby
  • Aerotek – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 16; LEC lobby

For more, including specific majors sought by each of those companies, consult the Career Services flyer: Employer visits

3 days ago
Alumni Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences College Relations Faculty & Staff General Information Scholarships Students

Students to benefit from co-author’s tribute to late mentor

Bill Byham (left, in a photo taken by Lycoming College for his 2013 enshrinement in the institution's Athletics Hall of Fame) and Tom Speicher

When local sports legend Bill Byham passed away in late May 2017, his unpublished novel – offering relevant life lessons through the prism of junior-high football – could easily have died with him.

The manuscript of “Bucky Deacon’s Dilemma,” pecked out on a typewriter during summers by the pool, had languished for decades since Byham tried unsuccessfully to get it published through the comparably limited outlets of the 1980s and ’90s. The dream of sharing Bucky’s story with the world would have remained unrealized, but for a friend who fondly remembered his once-upon-a-time reading of it.

“A couple weeks before he died, Bill just wanted to write. He talked about it a lot,” said Tom Speicher, who met Byham as a Lycoming College freshman. “About two years afterward, I got the idea that publishing his book would be a great way to pay tribute to him. We need more stories like this, sharing the virtues of teamwork, conflict resolution and friendship.”

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6 days ago
Alumni College Relations Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Information Technology Scholarships Students

Scholarship donors get firsthand look at their fruitful philanthropy

A recent Scholarship Celebration, including remarks delivered from the new Center for Career Design, paid tribute to scholarship donors and vividly illustrated the life-changing impact that their support creates for Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

Emceed by Kyle A. Smith, executive director of college relations and the Penn College Foundation, the event featured the perspective of Student Government Association President Ethan M. McKenzie, graduating this spring in software development and information management, and 2018 applied technology studies alumnus Ryan Monteleone, who also holds a degree in information assurance and cyber security.

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April 2, 2021
Alumni Automated Manufacturing & Machining Engineering Technologies

Manufacturing alumnus among honorees at Chamber education event

Kenneth F. Healy

Kenneth F. Healy, executive vice president and director of engineering at PMF Industries Inc., received an Alumni of the Year Award during the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce’s 20th annual Education Celebration on Thursday evening.

The event, held this year at the Bald Birds Brewing Co. in Jersey Shore, honors students and educators from across Lycoming County, as well as alumni from Pennsylvania College of Technology and Lycoming College who have made a positive impact on the local community.

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March 26, 2021
Alumni Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Communication & Literature Faculty & Staff Gallery Human Services & Restorative Justice Individualized Programs of Study Students

Gallery exhibit invites students’ personal reflection

Free journaling resources attract the attention of Cydney L. Ginter, an applied human services student from Tyrone.

“Second Nature,” the current exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College, is attracting educational interest from students and faculty, including psychology, sociology, English composition and art classes.

The most recent class to visit was Research Methods (SOC313), taught by Rob Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science, and Elizabeth E. Winder, assistant professor of human services.

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March 25, 2021
Alumni Aviation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant

Award-winning aviation graduate, faculty member dies at age 90

Robert L. Norton

Robert L. Norton – an alumnus, retired faculty member and father of a program director in the School of Nursing & Health Sciences – died Friday, March 19, 2021, at the age of 90. He received a certificate from the former Williamsport Technical Institute and an associate degree from Williamsport Area Community College, and was an aviation instructor at WACC and Penn College for 24 years.

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March 21, 2021
Alumni Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

Take a virtual tour of civil engineering/surveying

Drew R. Potts, assistant professor and head of Penn College’s civil engineering/surveying technology department, headlines a virtual tour of a dynamic career field. Alongside a handful of impressive alumni and students about to graduate from the program, Potts opens viewers’ eyes to the expansive opportunities available to graduates, making their mark – and making a difference – in the places where we work and play. “I recommend this major solely because of the professors. They’re amazing!” says Sarah E. Booher, of Orangeville, one of two current civil engineering technology students helping to guide the video tour. “They have real-world experience within the field before they become a professor, and they’re great at answering any questions that you have – from material questions to internships to postcollege life. Anything that you really have, they’re really good at answering and being honest with you.” Interested in designing bridges, routing highways or otherwise shaping the world in which we live? Take the tour and weigh your options!

March 18, 2021
Alumni Faculty & Staff Students

Campus family urged to be the ‘I’ in ‘kind’

Keara M. Hess, assistant group leader at the CLC (and a 2020 alumna of the college's early childhood education major) espouses civility and consideration.
Keara M. Hess, assistant group leader at the CLC (and a 2020 alumna of the college’s early childhood education major) espouses civility and consideration.
Also getting into the act are this member of the Birds' class, literally stepping up for the cause ...
Also getting into the act are this member of the Birds’ class, literally stepping up for the cause …
... and Alex J. Lockcuff, of Williamsport, a Penn College NOW student who was in the building to have his ID photo taken before starting classes as an accounting major this fall.
… and Alex J. Lockcuff, of Williamsport, a Penn College NOW student who was in the building to have his ID photo taken before starting classes as an accounting major this fall.

As part of its support for positive behavior, as well as teaching children to be kind, safe and respectful, the Dunham Children’s Learning Center has launched a mini-trend well worth promoting. “We have placed the word ‘kind’ – minus the ‘I’ in ‘kind’ – in the hallway outside our center, encouraging our kiddos and students, faculty, etc., to join in the fun,” noted Linda A. Reichert, the center’s director, who said students have paused to snap photos to share on their social media accounts with the hashtag #PCTBEKIND. Optimistic for a groundswell, we offer this inspiring representation from across the Penn College community. After all, it’s our “kind” of story!
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March 12, 2021
Alumni Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences

Nursing grads exceed national licensing exam pass rates

Consistent with previous years, Pennsylvania College of Technology nursing graduates exceeded state and national pass rates on national board examinations – including a 100% pass rate on the exam for registered nurses by associate degree graduates.

Penn College offers degrees for those pursuing registered nurse and practical nurse licensure eligibility.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing recently released the pass rates for the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses) and the NCLEX-PN, for practical nurses. Results are for those who took the exams between Oct. 1, 2019, and Sept. 30, 2020.

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March 11, 2021
Alumni Nursing & Health Sciences Radiography Students

Radiography grads achieve 100% registry exam pass rate

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Class of 2020 radiography graduates have achieved a 100% pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography Examination.

The pass rate is calculated as the number of students who pass the exam on the first attempt within six months of graduation. All 26 of the Penn College students who took the exam passed. Nationally, the pass rate is 88% for 2020.

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March 9, 2021
Alumni Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Students

Design students capture record awards in national competition

Pennsylvania College of Technology students captured 18 awards in the Flux Student Design Competition, including three top honors: “Vote, Because She Couldn't” (left), by Ashley Tate of Lewisburg; “Daytime Elixir Coffee" (upper right), by Katherine A. Downes, of Fleetwood; and “Noted,” by Ali D. Petrizzi, of Fort Wayne, Ind.

Capturing 18 honors in the Flux Student Design Competition, graphic design students from Pennsylvania College of Technology surpassed their previous record in the national event.

“I am blown away by the extraordinary work that our graphic design students produce every day in this program,” said Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design. “This competition is acknowledgement of our students’ success, problem-solving skills and career readiness.”

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March 9, 2021
Alumni Dental Hygiene Nursing & Health Sciences

Student’s capstone project accepted for publication

Breanna J. Connell

The capstone project of a Fall 2020 Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate – on COVID-19 and dental care – has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Dental Hygiene and is being offered as a continuing education opportunity by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Breanna J. Connell, of Easton, received her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene in December. Her paper – and the related continuing education offering – is titled “COVID-19 and Oral Maintenance.”

“My motivation for this research was to create a one-of-a-kind literature review that discussed a topic that was fresh and new. At the beginning of the pandemic, I found that my coworkers and I did not know proper COVID-19 related protocols,” said Connell, who has been a registered dental hygienist since 2015. “As the protocols were constantly changing, I found the topic to be extremely interesting and knew that researching this topic could improve my career as a dental hygienist.”

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March 8, 2021
Alumni Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant

95% of 2020 Penn College PA grads pass board exams on first try

The 2020 graduating class of physician assistant students from Pennsylvania College of Technology achieved a 95% first-attempt pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam, matching the 2020 national average.

The exam is conducted by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and assesses medical and surgical knowledge required to become a certified physician assistant. Twenty-one of Penn College’s 22 Class of 2020 physician assistant graduates passed the exam on their first attempt; all 22 ultimately passed.

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March 5, 2021
Alumni Engineering Technologies Forestry

Forestry alumna pictured in national trade publication

ArborMetrics Solutions provided the photo of employee Abigail L. Hufnagle, a utility forester/work planner in Lewisburg.
ArborMetrics Solutions provided the photo of employee Abigail L. Hufnagle, a utility forester/work planner in Lewisburg.

A photograph of Abigail L. Hufnagle, a May 2018 forest technology graduate employed by ArborMetrics Solutions in Lewisburg, accompanies an article in Tree Care Industry Magazine. An official publication of the Tree Care Industry Association, the magazine devotes its March issue to “Women in Tree Care” and features the photo of Hufnagle on its opening page. The piece, “Women in Vegetations Management: Commitment, Leadership and Passion,” profiles several employees of ArborMetrics and was written by Robert Richens, the company’s vice president.

March 5, 2021