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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 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

Flu shots still available at College Health Services

Penn College Health Services is providing flu shots for faculty, staff, students, dependents (age 9 years and older) and spouses in Room 150 of the Bush Campus Center. The cost of the flu vaccine is $20. Payment will be accepted in the form of cash, check (made payable to Penn College), Health Savings Accounts or credit card. The only medical reason why someone should not receive the flu vaccine is an allergy to eggs, neomycin or polymixin, or having had a previous life-threatening reaction to an influenza vaccine.

Two Penn College Students Among SkillsUSA Medalists

Penn College's SkillsUSA national contingent ...

... 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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Sen. Roger Madigan, Longtime Supporter of Penn College, Dies at 88

Roger A. Madigan, in the library that bears his name

Former Sen. Roger A. Madigan, ardent advocate for Pennsylvania College of Technology and a longtime member of the college’s Board of Directors, has died.

Madigan, 88, whose name adorns the Penn College library as a fitting tribute to his passion for education, served on the board from 1991 until his retirement from the state Senate at the end of 2008.

Madigan was elected to the state Senate in 1984 to represent the 23rd District. Previously, he served in the state House of Representatives, representing the 110th District, from 1977-84. Before becoming an elected official, Madigan was a dairy farmer and an insurance underwriter/consultant.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Benefit Golf Tourney Rescheduled to July 17

The 31st annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic, partially washed out by rain earlier this month, has been rescheduled. The tournament – which has helped to fund nearly 600 student scholarships – and dinner will be held July 17 at the Williamsport Country Club.

Student Interview to Be Broadcast on Public Radio

Fiona Powell’s interview with graphic design student Eliza R. Whyman, of Williamsport, whose work is included in the soon-to-open “Design: 2017” exhibit in The Gallery at Penn College, is scheduled to air at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday on WVIA-FM (89.7).

Read the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine

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.

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.

Low-Cost Dental Care Available in Penn College Dental Hygiene Clinic

Kayla M. Brensinger, a dental hygiene student from Altoona, works with a client in Penn College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic. Services available to the community include cleanings, exams, sealants and X-rays.

The dental hygiene clinic at Pennsylvania College of Technology provides preventive dental care at a nominal cost not only to Penn College students and employees, but also to patrons from surrounding communities.

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Penn State President Emeritus Dies

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.

Bryce Jordan, whose seven-year tenure as president of Penn State saw the July 1989 birth of Pennsylvania College of Technology as a special mission affiliate of the university, died Tuesday in Austin, Texas, at the age of 91. Jordan served as president from 1983-90, overseeing a number of milestones – including the creation of Penn College – that are noted in a Penn State News tribute.

College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic Open to Students, Public

The dental hygiene clinic, a learning laboratory for students enrolled in Penn College’s dental hygiene majors, is open to students and the general public. Services include cleanings, examinations, X-rays, fluoride treatments and sealants. Examination results and X-rays can be sent to the patient’s regular dentist. The dental hygiene clinic is in Room W222 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.  Appointments can be made by calling ext. 4500.

Read the 2014-15 Annual Report Edition of One College Avenue

Winter 2015/Annual Report cover

The Winter 2015/Annual Report issue of One College Avenue, Penn College’s official magazine, is on its way to mailboxes. You can also read it online or pick up a copy in building lobbies across campus. In this issue: The president looks forward with confidence to 2020; industrial and human factors design students complete a product redesign for an industry giant; a part-time physician assistant faculty member recalls his volunteer time in an Ebola clinic. Plus many highlights from 2014-15. Visit to share stories and leave your comments.

Summer Hours in Effect Through Aug. 7

An ESC nature walk

Taking advantage of decreased traffic with the onset of summer hours, a family of Canada geese safely strolls across the parking lot near the Schneebeli Earth Science Center entrance on Monday. Through Aug. 7, college offices will be open to the public from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday (with limited staffing from 1-4:30 p.m. Friday for the Admissions, Bursar and Financial Aid offices).
Photo by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies

Penn College is a special mission affiliate of Penn State