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09.26.2021

Homecoming/Parent & Family Weekend 2021

Campus friendships again blossomed at the sunbathed scene of their planting, and parents and siblings – some separated from their loved ones since Welcome Weekend (“only” a month ago) – replenished their stockpile of hugs during Penn College’s Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend (Sept. 24-26). Among the many activities intended to rekindle connections among alumni, students, kith and kin were an Athletics Hall of Fame induction, historic tours of campus and Greater Williamsport; a popular Alumni Golf Outing, a bonfire and live music on the Madigan Library lawn, the Alumni & Friends Tent Party, a wrestling retrospective, breakfast with President Davie Jane Gilmour, a craft brewery get-together, open academic labs, a celebration of plastics, family activities, men’s and women’s soccer matches on UPMC Field, food trucks and games. Oh, never mind, come see for yourselves!

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09.20.2021

Watercoloring for Wildcats

Marking the ninth year of a fall tradition, SGA President Robert A. Luna takes his turn adding the blue dye that will circulate through the fountain.
Marking the ninth year of a fall tradition, SGA President Robert A. Luna takes his turn adding the blue dye that will circulate through the fountain.
2021 Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend
2021 Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend
From left, WEB's Lauryn A. Stauffer, of Bath, enrolled in automation engineering technology: robotics and automation; Serena V. Bergeron, of Lansdale, automotive technology management: collision repair concentration; and Caila N. Flanagan, Williamsport, business administration: management concentration; join Luna, a health science major from San Clemente, Calif., taking a seat after a job well-done.
From left, WEB’s Lauryn A. Stauffer, of Bath, enrolled in automation engineering technology: robotics and automation; Serena V. Bergeron, of Lansdale, automotive technology management: collision repair concentration; and Caila N. Flanagan, Williamsport, business administration: management concentration; join Luna, a health science major from San Clemente, Calif., taking a seat after a job well-done.

Representatives of Penn College’s Wildcat Events Board and Student Government Association began the week at the Veteran’s Fountain, furthering the time-tested lead-in to Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend – scheduled this year from Friday through Sunday (Sept. 24-26).
Photos by Allison A. Grove, director of student engagement

Alumni Events Students
09.14.2021

College celebrates another ‘best-ever’ philanthropic year

Despite a year of continuing challenges, donors to Pennsylvania College of Technology were honored Monday evening for unwavering support that ignited a record-setting year for institutional fundraising.

The combined contributions of steadfast alumni, corporate partners, friends, retirees and colleagues – a milestone $8.3 million during fiscal 2021 – were recognized during an annual ceremony alongside the Penn College Donor Wall, which pays permanent tribute to those whose contributions of gifts, pledges, donations and entrustments of equipment and technology, and estate commitments significantly empower students.

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09.08.2021

Penn College plastics students awarded scholarships

SPEThe Society of Plastics Engineers Foundation has honored three Pennsylvania College of Technology students and one recent graduate with scholarships.

Morgan T. Bartholomew, of Etters, and Andrew B. Folk, of Bernville, each received $1,500 general scholarships, and Trent D. Longenberger, of Bloomsburg, was awarded the $3,000 Blow Molding Carrie Fox Solin Scholarship. The three students are seeking bachelor’s degrees in plastics and polymer engineering technology.

Olivia C. Ferki, of Richboro, earned that degree in May and is pursuing a master’s in plastics engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She received $3,000 in scholarships for her graduate studies.

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Alumni Engineering Technologies PIRC Plastics & Polymer Students
09.07.2021

Job-seekers stake out their place in the sun

Returning to his alma mater to recruit for B. Braun Medical is Joshua A. Berger (center), a 2020 plastics and polymer engineering technology graduate.
Returning to his alma mater to recruit for B. Braun Medical is Joshua A. Berger (center), a 2020 plastics and polymer engineering technology graduate.
Blake Kane, a plastics and polymer engineering technology student from Coal Township, converses with David E. Yaeger (left), president of Product Development Factory Inc. and a 2001 alumnus of computer-aided product and systems design.
Blake Kane, a plastics and polymer engineering technology student from Coal Township, converses with David E. Yaeger (left), president of Product Development Factory Inc. and a 2001 alumnus in computer-aided product and systems design.
Blue pop-up tents match the late-summer sky, appealing conditions for the alchemy between employers and tomorrow makers.
Blue pop-up tents match the late-summer sky, appealing conditions for the alchemy between employers and tomorrow makers.
Engaging in information shared by KaBrile Bradley (far right), talent acquisition manager for Graham Packaging, are welding students (from left): Cole L. Wrede, of Glen Rock, N.J.; Robert E. Kisner IV, of Ulster; and Nikolas J. Harnish, of Newmanstown.
Engaging in information shared by KaBrile Bradley (far right), talent acquisition manager for Graham Packaging, are welding students (from left): Cole L. Wrede, of Glen Rock, N.J.; Robert E. Kisner IV, of Ulster; and Nikolas J. Harnish, of Newmanstown.
Eye contact and a confident grip! Getting to know representatives of Kingsbury Inc., are Noah R. Tovar (shaking hands at right), a machine tool technology student from Shenandoah, and Giovanni B. Ferrari, a manufacturing engineering technology student from Harvey’s Lake.
Eye contact and a confident grip! Getting to know representatives of Kingsbury Inc., are Noah R. Tovar (shaking hands at right), a machine tool technology student from Shenandoah, and Giovanni B. Ferrari, a manufacturing engineering technology student from Harvey’s Lake.

The first of September’s 13 Employer Recruitment Days organized by Career Services was held on the campus mall Tuesday, featuring phenomenal weather and 10 businesses drawn by varied majors within the School of Engineering Technologies. A similar event scheduled for Thursday will also focus on automated manufacturing and machining, plastics and polymer engineering technology, and welding and metal fabrication; 11 more will complete the month’s calendar. (Watch PCToday for more dates in the series – some at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and Lumley Aviation Center, and several indoors involving a smaller number of employers.)

Alumni Career Services Students
08.24.2021

Faculty member instructs international candy retailers

Pennsylvania College of Technology baking and pastry arts faculty member Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II recently presented an education session for Retail Confectioners International’s 2021 Annual Convention & Industry Expo.

RCI bills the sessions as “thought-provoking education led by experts in their fields and crafted to meet the unique needs of the retail confectioner.”

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Alumni Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff
08.20.2021

Penn College business grad lands front office post in pro soccer

The final destination was always clear for Christian Peters, but the journey to get there was paved in Williamsport.

Peters is the team administrator for Real Monarchs of the United Soccer League, the minor league for Major League Soccer, and he credits his experience as a student-athlete and the hands-on learning he practiced at Pennsylvania College of Technology as the reasons he was able to secure his dream job of working in professional soccer.

“If I didn’t play college soccer, I wouldn’t have been as prepared to handle the hectic schedule that we have in pro soccer,” said Peters, who graduated from Penn College in December 2020. “And having the hands-on assignments in classes really prepared me for the logistical part of my internship, which led to this job.”

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Alumni Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Sports
08.18.2021

Penn College welding alum designs transducer

Natalie J. Rhoades is thankful that Pennsylvania College of Technology allowed her to branch out and become what she was meant to be. Her employer is also grateful.

The 2020 graduate from Weedville designed the SensorScan DHT-400 ultrasonic transducer, recently brought to market by Sensor Networks Inc. for the oil and gas and power generation industries. Rhoades is an applications engineer for State College-based SNI, which specializes in ultrasonic and remote visual technologies for monitoring and testing of vital components. Ultrasonic transducers are one of its chief products.

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Alumni Engineering Technologies Welding
08.18.2021

Challenge Course furthers skills ‘to make the world a better place’

Campuswide ingenuity and the generosity of a longtime supporter have produced the Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course at Penn College. Architecture and concrete science students; General Services personnel; and Rob Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science, played vital roles in developing and building the course. Brent and Daria Fish funded the project in honor of Brent’s father, William H. Fish, a respected businessman, community leader and friend of the college. A wide variety of student and industry groups will use the course to enhance problem-solving, leadership, teamwork and communication skills. “The purpose of a challenge course is to create structured, physical outdoor activities that draw people together,” Cooley explains in a video on the college’s YouTube channel. “It’s not me up at the whiteboard or me at the computer telling them what to do. It’s me presenting a challenge and stepping back. The collective effort is what solves the problem and creates the learning experience.”

Alumni Architecture & Sustainable Design Building Construction Business, Arts & Sciences College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Students
08.17.2021

Penn College engineering design grad seizes ‘second chance’

When told that he would be moving from Vietnam to the United States, Long H. Nguyen embraced the adventure as a second chance at life. More than 13 years later, it’s obvious the Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate has taken full advantage of that precious opportunity.

Nguyen recently earned his second Penn College degree and received a promotion at his employer of five years – the Andritz Group, an international technology company. The honors graduate is a design engineer at Andritz’s global foundry and manufacturing facility for Durametal refiner plates in Muncy.

“Why try to follow the path that everyone else follows? You’ve got to make your path,” Nguyen said.

His path was 8,700 miles away in the United States.

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Alumni Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies
08.16.2021

Community survey to aid presidential search committee

Members of the Penn College family are invited to participate in a survey about the ongoing national search for the successor to President Davie Jane Gilmour, who announced her retirement plans in May. The brief survey will solicit confidential input from students, faculty/staff, alumni, parents, administrators, board members and the community to aid the search committee’s mission.

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Alumni Faculty & Staff Students
08.16.2021

Director of College Health Services appointed

Pennsylvania College of Technology has named Wendie L. Snyder, an alumna with 25 years’ experience in a variety of roles in the health care profession, director of College Health Services.

Snyder, who began her duties Aug. 11, comes to Penn College from Geisinger Health System, where she had been an operations manager for outpatient surgery clinics including dental medicine; oral maxillofacial surgery; vascular surgery; and plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. She also has served as clinic nurse supervisor for the plastic surgery outpatient clinic at Geisinger and registered nurse manager for the general surgery outpatient clinic at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.

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08.12.2021

Penn College acknowledges campus’s Indigenous origins

A new institutional Land Acknowledgement Statement recognizes that Indigenous peoples were the original stewards of the land on which Pennsylvania College of Technology sits.

“We acknowledge that the land on which we live, work and learn is the ancestral home of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee, Iroquoian-speaking Susquehannocks and the Lenni Lenape (Delaware). We, too, recognize their Woodland Period ancestors,” the acknowledgement reads. “We are grateful for their stewardship and management of this land over thousands of years and promote this recognition in honor and respect of that caretaking.”

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Alumni Faculty & Staff General Information Students
08.12.2021

College dedicates Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course

The Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course, the creation of which involved the same collaborative spirit that it will nurture in those who use it, was dedicated Aug. 11 on the wooded southcentral side of Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Challenge Course – a remarkable project funded by Brent and Daria Fish in memory of Brent’s father, William H. Fish – “will foster leadership and team-building skills for generations of students, faculty, alumni and industry partners,” said Loni N. Kline, vice president for college relations. Brent is president of Fish Real Estate, and Daria is head of corporate communications for OxiWear.

An interdisciplinary focus was reflected throughout the development and construction process, which involved the college’s General Services Department, architectural technology and concrete science classes, a helping of off-campus inspiration, and a picnic table donated by the Sigma Pi philanthropic fraternity.

The intricate design includes a bridge that honors the Fish family’s appreciation for the outdoors: stainless steel railings resembling fly-fishing rods, with hooks dangling from lines that drop to a dry creek bed below.

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08.07.2021

Yesterday’s ‘overcomers’ prepped for tomorrow’s challenges

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport, a ceremony that marked the sacrifices – and ultimate triumph – by classmates whose final year was anything but typical. Larcynina De Guzman Bitner, of Mill Hall, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physician assistant, was the student speaker. President Davie Jane Gilmour conferred degrees and presented an Alumni Mentorship Award to 2016 human services graduate LaQuinn N. Thompson; and a number of award recipients were announced among the newest alumni.

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