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Innovation Lab named for corporate partner, alumna

A collaborative learning lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology bears the name of Woodlands Bank, a financial institution that partners with the college in support of students and academic programs, and honors the memory of alumna and Woodlands Bank employee Nicole Guthrie-Jones. Taking part in the lab’s dedication are Woodlands Bank President and CEO Jon P. Conklin and Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

A collaborative learning lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology will bear the name of a financial institution that partners with the college in support of students and academic programs.

The Woodlands Bank Innovation Lab in Memory of Nicole Guthrie-Jones was dedicated May 29 as a unique space on campus for cooperative teaching and learning.

Its name also honors a 2001 office technology: executive emphasis alumna of the college who was employed at Woodlands Bank when she passed away in August 2017.

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Penn College alum’s perseverance pays off

Penn College alumnus Steven P. Fantaske, formerly of State College, works as an Unreal Engine 4 virtual reality developer for the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado. The NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness.

The student’s future revealed a stark reality: life without a college degree. His aborted attempts at college would close the door to a fulfilling information technology career. Potential wouldn’t be realized. Dreams wouldn’t be lived.

But Steven P. Fantaske flipped the reality he seemed destined to experience. Ten years after being placed on academic probation, he earned his second degree at Pennsylvania College of Technology. The result? Fantaske has a rewarding job that tasks him with altering reality. Only this time, the reality is virtual, and the beneficiaries are public safety personnel.

The former State College resident is an Unreal Engine 4 virtual reality developer for the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado. The NIST is a nonregulatory agency of the Department of Commerce that promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness.

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And they’re off: 900+ job-ready examples of Penn College Pride!

Abigail S. Way, graduating with a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, has a smile as bright as her future.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held the Triple Crown of commencement ceremonies May 17-18 for more than 900 students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2019 semester. The Friday afternoon proceedings at the Community Arts Center honored students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. Saturday morning featured The School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences, while students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies graduated during the afternoon session. Student speakers were Hannah G. Maize, of Riverside, who received a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology (summa cum laude) on Friday; Lauren S. Herr, of Lititz, awarded a bachelor’s in construction management (summa cum laude) at Saturday morning’s session; and David A. Gadalla, of Mechanicsburg, who received a bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance technology in the weekend’s final ceremony. The college also bestowed three teaching honors – the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award and two Excellence in Teaching Awards – as well as three alumni awards.

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Three alumni honored at Penn College commencements

Pennsylvania College of Technology presented honors to three alumni during Spring 2019 commencement ceremonies, held May 17-18 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

John Estep, of Troy; Darryl Kehrer, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and Kristina Wisneski, of Ardmore, were recognized for their exemplary achievements.

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Penn College bestows Distinguished Teaching Awards

Ryan P. Good, assistant professor of welding, was presented with the highest honor accorded to Penn College faculty – the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award. He is shown here with Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

Three Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members were honored at Spring 2019 Commencement ceremonies for their prowess as teachers.

Ryan P. Good, assistant professor of welding, was presented with the highest honor accorded to Penn College faculty: the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award.

Two faculty members received recognition for their outstanding teaching skills by earning Excellence in Teaching Awards: Drew R. Potts, assistant professor and department head of civil engineering technology, and David S. Richards, professor of physics.

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College employees recognized in end-of-semester tradition

Award recipients at a Penn College Employee Recognition event are (from left) Brenda M. Kline, Distinguished Staff (Classified); Janet L. McDermott, Distinguished Staff (Regular Part-Time); Becky J. Shaner, Distinguished Staff (Administrative, Professional and Technical); Elizabeth S. Gizenski, Excellence in Academic Advising; and Mary Jo DeVinney, Distinguished Staff (Service).

Pennsylvania College of Technology celebrated the contributions and commitment of its staff and faculty during an Employee Recognition Week gathering on May 16.

As part of an all-college meeting to end the spring semester, President Davie Jane Gilmour presented Distinguished Staff, Excellence in Academic Advising and Outstanding Assessment awards, as well as recognizing retirees, members of the Quarter Century Club, and employees hitting the 30- and 35-year plateaus during the 2018-19 academic year.

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Alumni Brewing & Fermentation Science Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Inaugural graduating class of brewers ready to use skills

The first graduating class from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science major all have jobs lined up in the industry. lab. From left are: William B. Ernst-Wingfield, of Picture Rocks; Mark R. Kitchen, of Danville; Christopher P. Good, of State College; Luke H. Brown, of Beaver; Sean J. Hamilton, of Buffalo, N.Y.; and Ryan J. Hampton, of Williamsport.

The first graduating class of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science major is fully employed and ready to share its talents with employers and beer lovers.

The six graduates are among more than 800 students participating in Penn College’s commencement exercises May 17-18 at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport.

“I am very proud of the hard work this group has put in over the past two years of rigorous study,” said Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing fermentation and science. “I am also happy to have them joining the community of educated professional brewers. I look forward to following their successes as their careers take shape.”

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Graphic design alum finishes first ‘season’ with NHL team

Austin L. Fulton, a 2018 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology, is putting his creative talents to work as a graphic designer for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. (Photo provided)

A 2018 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s graphic design major is putting his creative talents to work in the National Hockey League. Austin L. Fulton, originally from Montoursville, is a graphic designer for the Florida Panthers.

Fulton earned his Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design from Penn College in August 2018 and began his job with the hockey team one month later. With the NHL season running October through April, he recently completed his first full season on the Panthers’ marketing team.

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Miller partners with Penn College for welding expansion project

Commemorating the Miller-Pennsylvania College of Technology partnership are (from left) Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement, Penn College; Jim Wynegar, corporate account manager, ITW Welding North America; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations, Penn College; Michael R. Allen, instructor and department head, welding, Penn College; Justin Heistand, district manager, ITW Welding North America; and Rick Conrad, field application engineer, ITW Welding North America, and a 2002 Penn College alumnus.

This fall, when Pennsylvania College of Technology opens its expanded welding lab facility – one that will enable enrollment of up to 60 more future welders annually – students in the popular program will hone their skills on industry-standard equipment they are sure to encounter on the job.

A partnership between Penn College and Miller, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of original equipment used in the welding industry, will ensure that students in the college’s welding majors gain familiarity with equipment that is used throughout the welding industry.

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Student, grad promote dental hygiene program

Gearhart (left) and Harkins team up for dental hygiene.
Gearhart (left) and Harkins team up for dental hygiene.

Second-year student Hailey A. Gearhart joined forces with 1992 alumna Michele D. (Heitsenrether) Harkins on Friday to represent the Penn College dental hygiene program at a Philipsburg-Osceola High School career fair. During the event, the duo interacted with approximately 100 prospective students from grades 9-12.
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Alumni Early Childhood Education Faculty & Staff President Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Hearts and crafts

Lending a helping hand to little fingers
Lending a helping hand to little fingers
The Bears pose with their creations and their “assistants” (from left): Neva E. Simcox, group leader; Gilmour; and Marisa J. Dunn, assistant group leader. Dunn, a 2017 early childhood education graduate, is an applied management student.
The Bears pose with their creations and their “assistants” (from left): Neva E. Simcox, group leader; Gilmour; and Marisa J. Dunn, assistant group leader. Dunn, a 2017 early childhood education graduate, is an applied management student.
Delighting in a daffodil
Delighting in a daffodil
Hands-on education, in miniature
Hands-on education, in miniature
The Birds soar with excitement, posing with the president. (Photo provided)
The Birds soar with excitement, posing with the president. (Photo provided)

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour visited the Dunham Children’s Learning Center on Tuesday, bringing the requisite supplies for an art project with the facility’s Birds (ages 4 and 5) and Bears (ages 3 and 4). The president helped the youngsters make cute daffodils – fitting, given the ample sunshine of the past two days – and told each child “to give it to someone in your family who you love.”

 

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Alumnus preps students for postgraduate employment

McCaffery interviews Stephen E. Larcombe, an automotive service technician student from Mainesburg ...
McCaffery interviews Stephen E. Larcombe, an automotive service technician student from Mainesburg …
... and Alexander H. Granlund, of Warriors Mark, an aviation maintenance technician student.
… and Alexander H. Granlund, of Warriors Mark, an aviation maintenance technician student.

Bryan E. McCaffery, HVAC department supervisor at Bucknell University, recently returned to his alma mater to conduct mock interviews to prepare the students in Kathy M. Richards’ Communications class (ENL010) for job placement upon graduation. A 1981 graduate of Williamsport Area Community College’s diesel mechanic major, McCaffery also earned a Penn College degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology in 1998.  He is a former director of maintenance and facility operations for the Williamsport Area School District and, Richards said, “was happy to give back to the college that has equipped him to be successful in life!”
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Weis Markets service team hosts HVAC students

Hostler explains the controls on a low-temperature parallel rack system.
Hostler explains the controls on a low-temperature parallel rack system.
The students get an overview from Frisenda about the benefits of using adiabatic condensers in supermarket refrigeration.
The students get an overview from Frisenda about the benefits of using adiabatic condensers in supermarket refrigeration.
Reilly describes the store's multizone leak detector and its importance to grocery operations.
Reilly describes the store’s multizone leak detector and its importance to grocery operations.
Laylon illustrates how a glycol loop works on the medium-temperature rack.
Laylon illustrates how a glycol loop works on the medium-temperature rack.

The Penn College HVAC technology program’s historically strong partnership with Weis Markets continued last month, as students in the commercial refrigeration classes toured a Weis store with members of the chain’s service team – including a number of graduates. The experience gave the students an opportunity to see operation of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment they covered over the semester. Welcoming the students were Louis J. Frisenda and HVAC alumni Taylor P. Hostler (2010), Nicholas R. Laylon (2008), and John H. Lowe and Stephen J. Reilly (both 1989).
Photos by Stephen D. Manbeck, assistant professor of HVAC technology