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Vocal trio cancels September concert at CAC

Gentri, “The Gentlemen Trio” known for its tenor harmonies, has canceled its scheduled Sept. 18 Community Arts Center appearance due to COVID-19 concerns. All ticket purchases for the performance, which had been rescheduled from May 8 for the same reason, will be refunded.

July 6, 2020
Announcements Faculty & Staff Students

Coronavirus: Update and precautions

Recent news accounts have addressed a new strain of coronavirus – first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China – which continues to expand, including a handful of confirmed cases in the United States.

Common coronaviruses typically are mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold, lasting for a short period of time. The new strain, known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), may result in more severe pneumonia-like illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. While the new virus probably emerged from animal sources, it now seems to be spreading person-to-person.

There have been no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in our region or in Pennsylvania, and it does not appear to present any immediate risk to the Pennsylvania College of Technology community. Penn College currently has no international students from China, nor have any students, faculty or staff been known to have traveled recently to Hubei Province or China. Confirmed U.S. cases thus far are limited to Arizona, California, Illinois and Washington, which reported the first confirmed case on Jan. 21.

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January 27, 2020
Announcements Penn College Magazine

Read Penn College Magazine, Fall 2019

Fall 2019 Penn College Magazine cover
Readers of the Fall 2019 Penn College Magazine received one of four alternate covers featuring technical illustrations by former students.
Fall 2019 Penn College Magazine cover
Readers of the Fall 2019 Penn College Magazine received one of four alternate covers featuring technical illustrations by former students.
Fall 2019 Penn College Magazine cover
Readers of the Fall 2019 Penn College Magazine received one of four alternate covers featuring technical illustrations by former students.
Fall 2019 Penn College Magazine cover
Readers of the Fall 2019 Penn College Magazine received one of four alternate covers featuring technical illustrations by former students.

Read the Fall 2019 issue of Penn College Magazine. Hard copies feature one of four alternate covers, all drawings produced by students in the college’s former technical illustration major. The illustrations, and hundreds more, are housed in the Penn College Archives. An exploration of intriguing objects found in the archives are among the features in this issue. Features also highlight a student who studied his roots while studying abroad, a new facility for Penn College at Wellsboro, and the experiences of the second Penn College graduate to win an episode of Food Network’s “Chopped.” Look for the magazine in your mailbox, or read, share and comment online. Plus, visit Class Notes to keep up with graduates.

August 5, 2019
Announcements

Arrangements pending for former college trustee

Gay CampbellServices will be scheduled for Gay Campbell, a former college board member who died Sunday, June 2, in Grovetown, Georgia, at age 86. Formerly of Ralston, she served on the board of trustees for Williamsport Area Community College – Penn College’s immediate predecessor – from 1974-84, including terms as chair and vice chair. Arrangements are being handled by the Starling-Evans Funeral Home in Harlem, Georgia.

June 5, 2019
Announcements

Flag March organizer dies at age 89

Near the conclusion of the 2017 march, DiSalvo was presented with a trophy “in recognition of a lifetime of service to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands.”
Near the conclusion of the 2017 march, DiSalvo was presented with a trophy “in recognition of a lifetime of service to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands.”
Relishing his annual appearance at the podium, the event's founder applauds award-winning entries in 2007.
Relishing his annual appearance at the podium, the event’s founder applauds award-winning entries in 2007.
DiSalvo heads the 2005 march in support of American troops joined (at left) by Pfc. Tyler Sullivan, that year's grand marshal.
DiSalvo heads the 2005 march in support of American troops joined (at left) by Pfc. Tyler Sullivan, that year’s grand marshal.
Accompanying the colors during the 2004 procession
Accompanying the colors during the 2004 procession

Anthony L. DiSalvo, the driving force behind the annual God, Country and Community Flag March – and the high-flying landmark at Penn College’s main entrance – died Monday, Feb. 4, at The Gatehouse. The 89-year-old DiSalvo was the longtime chair of the National Flag Foundation’s local chapter and worked with college administrator William J. Martin in 2000 to have the 60-by-30-foot “Old Glory” installed on campus as part of the Flags Across America initiative. DiSalvo tirelessly organized the red, white and blue procession every Flag Day (June 14) for more than three decades, and relished handing out his eponymous “Tony” awards to deserving participants in ceremonies outside the Student & Administrative Services Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Friday in St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, followed by burial at Wildwood Cemetery. Befitting DiSalvo’s military and community service – he was a Korean War veteran with a near-lifelong connection to the Boy Scouts of America – the funeral procession will pass by the college’s flag. The family will receive friends at Crouse’s, 133 E. Third St., from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday. A full obituary is posted to the funeral home’s website.

February 5, 2019
Announcements Faculty & Staff

United Way campaign extended to Thursday

The Wildcat and members of the Penn College United Way Campaign committee don T-shirts to share their "Live United" message with the campus community. From left are electrical faculty member Art L. Counterman, president of the Penn College Education Association; Heather L. Allison, workforce development consultant; and Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement.
The Wildcat and members of the Penn College United Way Campaign committee don T-shirts to share their “Live United” message with the campus community. From left are electrical faculty member Art L. Counterman, president of the Penn College Education Association; Heather L. Allison, workforce development consultant; and Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement.

The 2019 Penn College United Way Campaign, an opportunity to improve the lives of those who call this community “home,” has been extended to Thursday. Employees wishing to contribute can visit the Diversity & Community Engagement page on the myPCT portal – where pledge paperwork is supplemented by “What a Dollar Buys” and other documented impact – or fill out the form and send to DIF #44 or by email to Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement, and campaign co-chair: Lycoming County United Way 2018-19 Pledge Form

November 26, 2018
Announcements Students

Two Penn College Students Among SkillsUSA Medalists

Penn College's SkillsUSA national contingent ...
Penn College’s SkillsUSA national contingent …
... includes medalists Landon J. Miller (left) and Owen R. Dougherty.
… includes medalists Landon J. Miller (left) and Owen R. Dougherty.

Two Penn College students won medals at the 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Announced as winners Friday evening were Landon J. Miller, an automated manufacturing technology major from Loganton, who captured the gold in CNC Milling Specialist, and Owen R. Dougherty, of Allison Park, enrolled in building automation technology: heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology concentration, who took the silver in HVAC-Refrigeration. “The students did a great job and we lost some close ones,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “Many of the students will be back next year to compete and hopefully we can get more students to national level next year.” A total of 53 Penn College students have won medals at nationals over the years.
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June 29, 2018
Announcements Faculty & Staff Workforce Development

Former Penn College Administrator Named Keystone President

Tracy L. Brundage addresses a Keystone College audience Wednesday after a streaming-video announcement of her selection as that institution's president.Tracy L. Brundage, whose service to higher education includes 10 years at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been named as Keystone College’s 11th president. Wednesday afternoon’s announcement by John F. Pullo Sr., who chairs Keystone’s board of trustees, was the culmination of an extensive national search to fill the position to be vacated by the July departure of David L. Coppola. Brundage, selected from among 167 candidates, has served since August as Keystone’s provost and vice president of academic affairs. “I congratulate Tracy on being named president of Keystone College,” Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour said. “Tracy served with distinction in a variety of leadership roles here at Penn College, including vice president for workforce development and as a member of President’s Council. Her knowledge, skills, experience and commitment make her well-suited for this new role. I, along with the Penn College community, wish her all the best.” Brundage holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gettysburg College; and a master’s in training and development and a doctorate in workforce education and development, both from Penn State University.

May 30, 2018
Announcements Automated Manufacturing & Machining Electrical Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Workforce Development

Apprenticeships Announced During State Officials’ Campus Visit

With the help of Jacob M. Endy, of Pottstown, a sophomore in mechatronics engineering technology, Cipriani measures rotation speed.
With the help of Jacob M. Endy, of Pottstown, a sophomore in mechatronics engineering technology, Cipriani measures rotation speed.
Seth J. Balkey, of State College, a junior in applied technology studies, is among students giving Cipriani and Ramsay a tour of the mechatronics lab.
Seth J. Balkey, of State College, a junior in applied technology studies, is among students giving Cipriani and Ramsay a tour of the mechatronics lab.
The guests share a laugh with David M. Zlotnicki, of Oil City, a Presidential Student Ambassador majoring in electronics and computer engineering technology.
The guests share a laugh with David M. Zlotnicki, of Oil City, a Presidential Student Ambassador majoring in electronics and computer engineering technology.

As Pennsylvania marks National Apprenticeship Week, the commonwealth’s deputy secretary for workforce development announced mechatronics technician and CNC operator apprenticeships during a visit to Penn College on Friday. “The Wolf administration supports the growth and expansion of apprenticeship programs as a viable way to develop a pool of high-skilled, qualified talent for employers,” Eileen Cipriani said at an afternoon gathering in the college’s Center for Business & Workforce Development. “Creating new apprenticeship programs … not only helps meet regional employment needs, but provides job seekers with valuable hands-on training that leads to family-sustaining jobs.” Watch PCToday for more on the new apprenticeships.

November 17, 2017
Alumni Announcements Dining Services Exercise Science Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Penn College Magazine

Read the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine

Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine cover
Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine cover

The Spring 2017 edition of Penn College Magazine features stories of service from Ecuador, where a 2009 grad is helping coastal communities to recover from a massive earthquake; Guatemala, where nursing students learned and worked in a medical clinic; Florida, where an exercise science alumna is helping clients find health; Europe, where a 1941 drafting graduate served his country and his crewmates; and our own campus, where students and employees work to support Dining Services’ free food pantry and a variety of other community needs. Look for the magazine in building lobbies, or read and share these stories now at magazine.pct.edu.

April 5, 2017
Announcements

Tuesday’s Suicide-Prevention Presentation Postponed

Due to a flight cancellation, Kevin Hines’ planned Tuesday night appearance at Penn College was postponed. Organizers are working to reschedule the suicide-prevention speaker’s presentation; watch PCToday and social media for updated information. The disrupted travel plans also affected “The Art of Wellness,” a faculty/staff professional development session that had been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in the Bush Campus Center.

March 28, 2017
Announcements

Funeral Wednesday for Penn College’s Legislative Architect

In this 1989 photo, from left, Penn State President Bryce Jordan, Gov. Robert P. Casey, Penn College President Robert L. Breuder and Penn College Board Chairman Rep. Alvin C. Bush commemorate legislation creating Pennsylvania College of Technology as an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University.
In this 1989 photo, from left, Penn State President Bryce Jordan, Gov. Robert P. Casey, Penn College President Robert L. Breuder and Penn College Board Chairman Rep. Alvin C. Bush commemorate legislation creating Pennsylvania College of Technology as an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University.

Former State Rep. Alvin C. Bush, the indomitable patriarch of Pennsylvania College of Technology and chairman of the institution’s board of directors for its first decade, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the age of 93. The Muncy area Republican served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1961-70 and from 1985-94, sponsoring the groundbreaking (and bipartisan) legislation that gave birth to Penn College as a special mission affiliate of Penn State. “It was the crowning achievement for me,” Bush said, when interviewed as part of the college’s oral-history project. “It was unique – and it still is. At the time Penn College was created, I don’t think there was anything like it in the country. And I’m not sure that isn’t still true.” Accorded “chairman emeritus” status when he left the board, his guiding presence remained: the Bush Campus Center bears his name, and he and his wife, Elizabeth, established the Alvin Bush Family Scholarship to benefit business administration students at the college. An obituary was published in Monday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette, and colleagues reminisced in a weekend PennLive article. The funeral will be at noon Wednesday in Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St., Williamsport, preceded by an hourlong visitation.

February 13, 2017