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

Faculty member authors instructional article for confectioners

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, was recently published in Kettle Talk, the quarterly publication of Retail Confectioners International.

Niedermyer authored “Perfecting Artisan Ganache” for the magazine’s October/November/December issue. Ganache is traditionally made from chocolate and cream. In the article, Niedermyer shares technical guidance for substituting and adding ingredients, controlling water activity and extending shelf life, as well as his formula for ganache-centered molasses spice bonbons.

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2 hours ago
Alumni General Information

Rep. Wheeland appointed to Penn College Board of Directors

Rep. Jeff Wheeland

Rep. Jeff Wheeland, who represents the 83rd District in the state House of Representatives, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors by House Speaker Bryan Cutler.

Wheeland succeeds Rep. Garth Everett, who is retiring from his seat representing the 84th District in the state House. Everett served on the Penn College Board since 2011. Wheeland’s appointment is effective immediately and runs through the 2021-22 legislative session.

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6 days ago
Alumni Students

Ford Motor Co. to hold online information session Dec. 1

Ford Motor Co.Ford Motor Co., recruiting technical support analysts for full-time employment and internships, will hold a virtual information session from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. For more on the meeting for automotive students and alumni, offered through WebEx videoconferencing, consult the Career Services flyer: Ford

November 24, 2020
Alumni Building Construction Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies

Grad’s ‘wild journey’ takes award-winning turn

Way holds an Excellence in Construction Award presented by last month by ABC's Metro Washington and Virginia chapters.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate helped to lead a high-profile metro Washington construction project that recently received honors from Associated Builders and Contractors.

Jordan Way, ‘16, was the assistant project manager for Belfast Valley Contractors Inc. as the company completed concrete work on the seven-story Hyatt Place luxury hotel on the waterfront in National Harbor, Maryland. Way holds an associate degree in building construction technology: masonry emphasis, and a bachelor’s degree in applied management.

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November 23, 2020
Admissions Alumni Students

Student Ambassadors continue outreach in new ways

Pennsylvania College of Technology's Presidential Student Ambassadors for 2020-21 are: Top row, from left: Graham E. Burnett, Pompton Lakes, N.J.; Ashlee Felix, Williamsport; Gabrielle R. Fries, Williamsport; Kyle T. Hansen, Waldwick, N.J.; and Rebecca E. High, Willow Street. Middle row, from left: Danielle E. Malesky, Biglerville; Wesley S. McCray, Corry; Autumn G. McCrum, Kennesaw, Ga.; Joey M. Morrin, Morrisville; and McKenna N. Myers, Northumberland. Bottom row, from left: Kate M. Ruggiero, Easton; Rudy C. Shadle, Mechanicsburg; Lauryn A. Stauffer, Bath; Danielle R. Wesneski, Williamsport; and Sophia G. Wiest, Butler.

Fifteen Pennsylvania College of Technology students are serving as Presidential Student Ambassadors for the 2020-21 academic year.

Selected for their demonstration of leadership, campus involvement, academic achievement and college pride, the student ambassadors act as liaisons between Penn College and prospective and current students and their families, guests, alumni, industry partners, and friends of the college.

Despite the challenges and changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ambassador team continues to perform its duties and outreach.

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November 12, 2020
Alumni Diesel & Power Generation Engineering Technologies Heavy Equipment Students

Multistate dealership recruiting from ESC majors

A truck dealer with locations in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia will staff an information table at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center on Thursday, Nov. 19. Representatives from Transteck Inc. will be in the diesel lab from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to talk with students and alumni in diesel, heavy equipment and power generation. For more, consult the Career Services flyer: Transteck

November 11, 2020
Alumni Faculty & Staff Students

A heartfelt ‘Thank you’ for selfless service, sacrifice

A community landmark, raised as part of the Flags Across America program, flies outside the Student & Administrative Services Center.

On this Veterans Day, PCToday pays tribute to the alumni, students, faculty and staff who have served (or continue to serve) their grateful nation.

Members of the Pennsylvania College of Technology community are encouraged to show their appreciation for the military commitment of their colleagues, whom we recognize through this voluntary (but by no means thorough) honor roll.

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November 10, 2020
Alumni Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences

Active-duty grad awarded funds toward master’s completion

Chief  Warrant Officer 3 Mark J. Bowling

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark J. Bowling, a 2015 Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate, was recently awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Association of the Army for use toward completing a master’s degree in engineering management.

Bowling, who earned a bachelor’s degree in technology management from Penn College, is on active duty supporting the Army Reserves (known as Active/Guard Reserve). He is assigned to the Department of Public Works of the 99th Readiness Division. The 99th DPW, located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, is responsible for all Army Reserve facilities in the 13-state region from Virginia to Maine. For his first three years with the 99th DPW, he served as the deputy chief of operations, helping to manage and maintain 600 facilities spread across 300 sites and to execute a $40 million annual maintenance and repair budget.

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November 10, 2020
Alumni Automated Manufacturing & Machining College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students

Alumni gift ‘manufactures’ updated machining lab

A $1 million-plus donation from alumnus Larry A. Ward financed the recent renovation of the machining lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Ward studied engineering drafting technology at a Penn College predecessor, Williamsport Technical Institute, in the mid-1960s before embarking on a successful career in industry. Ward is the founder of Packaging Progressions Inc., which today is the world’s leader in high-speed interleaving and stacking machinery for the food packaging industry.

The largest alumni gift in the history of Pennsylvania College of Technology has manufactured a new machining lab that will benefit students for generations.

A $1 million-plus donation from alumnus Larry Ward financed the revamping of the 14,299-square-foot facility, one of the oldest instructional spaces on campus. The lab features fresh lighting, flooring, fixtures and, most importantly, new equipment in the recently christened Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center.

“I have done very well, so I want to give it back for the next generation,” said Ward, a 1966 graduate. “A lot of people helped me over the years, and I just feel I’m paying it forward.”

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November 9, 2020
Alumni Career Services College Relations Events Students

Career Fair’s virtual transition no hindrance to student-employer connection

Pennsylvania College of Technology students embarked on a new approach to career exploration through the first-ever Virtual Career Fair. This Career Services-hosted event was held Oct. 20-21.

“Over the two days (for a period of 12 hours), 154 companies and 468 students connected through nearly 1,000 video chats – an impressive number of professional conversations in the pursuit of internship and career placement,” said Shelley Moore, director of career services.

Penn College’s career fairs have shown continued growth since 2009. The Spring 2020 Career Fair – slated to have more than 450 employers in attendance – had to be canceled due to the complexities of the coronavirus pandemic. Such complexities remained an obstacle as the plans commenced for Fall 2020.

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November 3, 2020
Alumni Engineering Technologies Students

Employer offers students, grads multiple opportunities to connect

PMG, recruiting students and alumni for a variety of technician positions, will hold a series of virtual information sessions during the closing days of November. The Zoom meetings, set from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on each of the three days, will also cover resume and interview tips for anyone planning a career in manufacturing. For more about the sessions – scheduled for Nov. 3, 5 and 12 – can be found in the Career Services flyer: PMG

October 29, 2020
Alumni Aviation Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Students

College provides invaluable assist during airport ’emergency’

Jets of water shoot from airport-owned apparatus.

Penn College students, faculty and equipment were integral to Saturday’s simulated emergency at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville. A triennial requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration, this year’s drill featured a smoky runway collision that allowed crews the opportunity to test the strengths and weaknesses of their response systems. Matthew D. Krepps, an instructor of aviation maintenance technology, coordinated the college’s involvement in the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority exercise, which included student “victims” and two planes from the Lumley Aviation Center’s instructional fleet: a recently donated CL-600 Challenger corporate jet and an older Sabreliner aircraft. A fog machine was used in the latter plane to obscure the vision of rescue workers without using actual smoke that would choke the student volunteers acting as injured passengers.

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Alumni Automated Manufacturing & Machining College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students

Alum’s gift transforms Penn College’s machining lab

Students majoring in one of five manufacturing-related degrees are benefiting from a gift to Pennsylvania College of Technology, featured in a YouTube video. Larry A. Ward, founder of Packaging Progressions Inc., made a donation exceeding $1 million to revamp the college’s machining lab – the largest alumni gift in the college’s history. Ward’s generosity has resulted in fresh paint, lighting, fixtures and 50 new machines for the 14,299-square-foot instructional space. “It’s just completely transformed the entire lab,” says Dakota C. Harrison, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Lewisberry. “And we really couldn’t have done it without Mr. Ward.”


October 13, 2020
Alumni Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Penn College Magazine Penn College Magazine Feature

Penn College Family: Playful diversion

Can you find the dog in this video call? Images courtesy of Eliza Whyman
Can you find the dog in this video call? Images courtesy of Eliza Whyman
Eliza R. Whyman
Eliza R. Whyman, ’17
Find the chopsticks
Find the chopsticks in this image, one of six “spot it” brain teasers by graphic design alumna Eliza Whyman.

From the Fall 2020 Penn College Magazine: Members of the Penn College Family across the globe used their skills in a variety of ways to help others during the pandemic’s shelter-in-place orders, including graphic design alumna Eliza R. Whyman, ’17, who resides and works in England. See more about her timely brain teasers.

October 12, 2020