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12.01.2022

Students continue to unpack benefits from service trip to Alaska

For some travel experiences, the excitement ends when the travelers return home, but for a Pennsylvania College of Technology group, the benefits from a service-learning trip to Alaska are still being unpacked.

The contingent from Penn College’s human services & restorative justice major partnered with YWCA Alaska to host “Through It All: We Rise Together,” a conference on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage that brought together human services professionals from across the state to explore new pathways related to domestic violence. Outcomes from the summer event endure in Alaska and in the skill sets of the young Pennsylvania community leaders.

“The biggest impact (for me) of the trip to Alaska was the exposure to another state and its unique culture,” said Colin G. Browne Jr., of Williamsport, who plans to graduate this month. “One of the biggest experiences I am continuing to use is understanding different people, being nonjudgmental and being empathetic toward others. The academic piece of this class looked at the prevalence of domestic violence, which is a serious problem, one that I was not familiar with. After learning from others’ experiences, I continue to use their stories to be supportive and empathetic to things I don’t understand.”

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11.22.2022

Penn State DuBois guests get impactful glimpse of main campus

A leadership contingent from Penn State DuBois sweepingly explored Penn College’s main campus on Tuesday, stopping by … walking by … and being greatly impressed by the variety of academic areas and services that give students a full collegiate experience and develop their workforce readiness. Making the visit from the commonwealth campus, about 110 miles west of Williamsport, were: Jungwoo Ryoo, chancellor and chief academic officer; Alex Gasbarre, chief executive officer of Gasbarre Products Inc., a DuBois-based supplier to the powder metallurgy, particulate materials and thermal processing industries; John P. Brennan, director of continuing and community education; and Bradley W. Lashinsky, program director, North Central PA LaunchBox at the DuBois campus.

“Anytime we can learn from one another, and find mutually beneficial opportunities for our students and industry, is a good day,” said President Michael J. Reed, who met Ryoo several weeks ago and bolstered that connection during Tuesday’s visit. “There is much to discuss about our common goals – and ways in which to achieve them – and we welcome the ongoing collaboration.”

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11.18.2022

Students face finals through woodworking whimsy

The second floor of the library offers ample wall space for a student exhibit.
The second floor of the library offers ample wall space for a student exhibit.
A stunning display of angled artistry by Ian P. Nevius, of Sunbury, a junior in software development & information management
A stunning display of angled artistry by Ian P. Nevius, of Sunbury, a junior in software development & information management
Let’s invite this happy guy to our next party! (Work by Justin Guthrie, a graphic design junior from Mifflinburg.)
Let’s invite this happy guy to our next party! (Work by Justin Guthrie, a graphic design junior from Mifflinburg.)

Characters are stalking the second floor of The Madigan Library at Pennsylvania College of Technology – and they’re not the book variety!

Wood masks crafted by students in two sections of Wood Sculpture (ART142) are on display through Finals Week in early December (until their creators whisk them away for winter break).

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11.17.2022

A pre-Thanksgiving finale, but the end is not ‘the end!’

Colin G. Browne Jr.In a fitting coda to “Give Thanks, Paw It Forward,” a five-day expression of gratitude, human services & restorative justice student Colin G. Browne Jr. hits all the right notes – from journeys taken, to lessons learned, to friends made, to experiences shared.

“Penn College has afforded me an excellent education through exceptional classroom instruction, an organized curriculum, state-of-the art laboratories, academic tutoring, and the best tools and resources to succeed,” Browne said, as he prepares to stride across the Community Arts Center stage in mid-December and seamlessly begin his tomorrow-making future. “I am incredibly fortunate to have found Penn College, and it will be an honor to graduate from this institution.”

The students’ impressive stories, shared by College Relations this past week, are indicative of the talent on display every single day: noteworthy in themselves, but far from the last word in accomplishment. As these students and alumni voice their appreciation for those who have supported them, a grateful Penn College community reverberates with a “Thank you” of its own.

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11.16.2022

Donors help check ‘Global Experience’ off student’s wish list

Hannah C RegesterNo, it’s not déjà vu!

When someone contributes to another someone’s peerless educational experience abroad, gratitude is a message worth repeating. And Hannah C. Regester, who completed a certificate in professional baking in August – not long after a transformative 16-day exploration of Italy’s culture and cuisine – has no issue with seconding other students’ sincere affection for Penn College’s selfless benefactors.

“This has been a bucket list item of mine for years, but I never thought it would be possible in college,” Regester said. “Not only has it opened my eyes to future traveling adventures in the works, but it has helped me improve flavor exploration and understand the importance of simplicity.”

College Relations’ “Give Thanks, Paw It Forward” movement has brought campus attention to a variety of heartwarming stories this week, while providing students with multiple avenues for expressing their gratefulness: a dedicated hashtag, for instance, along with handwritten “thank you” notes to donors and a collection on behalf of The Cupboard food pantry.

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11.16.2022

PTK members sweetly say ‘Thanks’

Christine A. Limbert, of Curwensville, and Brandon C. Wolfe, of Albion, find joy in the experience. Limbert is majoring in building science & sustainable design (she completed an associate degree in architectural technology in 2021), and Wolfe is a student in landscape/plant production technology.
Christine A. Limbert, of Curwensville, and Brandon C. Wolfe, of Albion, find joy in the experience. Limbert is majoring in building science & sustainable design (she completed an associate degree in architectural technology in 2021), and Wolfe is a student in landscape/plant production technology.
Monique C. Anderson-Parker, a human services & restorative justice student from Williamsport, and Dominic L. Valentine, an aviation maintenance technology student from Brockton, spread a base layer onto their sugar cookies.
Monique C. Anderson-Parker, a human services & restorative justice student from Williamsport, and Dominic L. Valentine, an aviation maintenance technology student from Brockton, spread a base layer onto their sugar cookies.
Radiography and applied health studies student Jessica L. Williams, of Williamsport, pipes in some detail.
Radiography and applied health studies student Jessica L. Williams, of Williamsport, pipes in some detail.
A basketful of flowers is a sweet gesture of gratitude.
A basketful of flowers is a sweet gesture of gratitude.
Student-athlete Cheyenne E. Stein, of Orwigsburg, adds colorful fall leaves. A member of the Wildcat volleyball team, she is studying residential construction technology & management.
Student-athlete Cheyenne E. Stein, of Orwigsburg, adds colorful fall leaves. A member of the Wildcat volleyball team, she is studying residential construction technology & management.

Members of Phi Theta Kappa gathered to de-stress and express their gratitude – a fitting focus for the pre-Thanksgiving (and pre-Finals) season. Led by CC Hawkins, a baking & pastry arts grad (2021), applied management student and PTK member, participants each decorated two cookies – one to eat and one to give to someone at Penn College who quietly makes a difference in their experience. Hawkins, of Williamsport, was assisted by Abby E. George, of Harrisburg, who, like Hawkins, earned an associate degree in baking & pastry arts in 2021 and is pursuing a bachelor’s in applied management, and PTK member Zak Smith, a welding & fabrication engineering technology student from West Chester. Leading the business portion of the gathering was Karen L. Avery, PTK adviser and assistant professor of biology. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for students in associate-degree majors.

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11.15.2022

Students eye function of – and potential futures at – PEMA

Nineteen students enrolled in emergency management & homeland security at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently toured the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg.

“Touring PEMA was a great experience,” said Colten C.B. Hajicek, a freshman from Redmond, Washington. “It was amazing to see all the technology and intricate parts that go into emergency management.”

Students learned about the role PEMA plays in emergencies and regularly planned events throughout the commonwealth, as well as jobs for which students may apply after graduating.

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11.14.2022

Fresh start, new life, boundless future

Ashlee Felix-TaverasThe second day of College Relations’ “Give Thanks, Paw It Forward” campaign shines a deserved light on Ashlee Felix-Taveras, who transferred into the human services & restorative justice major after trying on a few academic hats at two other institutions. Inspired by her program and destined for success upon her graduation next month, she is grateful for a campus community that has embraced her and her young daughter.

“The atmosphere here is very helpful with that. My professors are very flexible, even if I have to bring her in with me or if I need to miss class because she is sick,” said Felix-Taveras, who also assists the Admissions Office on a part-time basis. “I’ve been able to attend classes remotely in some cases. Also, Penn College has a day care and it’s an educational day care. She’s getting all the help that I know she’s going to need. This place is amazing for students like me who are nontraditional and have children of their own. And I very much appreciate that.”

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11.08.2022

Service Friday for ‘Master Teacher’ Patrick D. Murphy

Patrick D. MurphyA memorial service will be Friday for Patrick D. Murphy, the 1989 recipient of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Master Teacher Award, who died Sunday, Nov. 6, at age 76.

Murphy, who retired as an associate professor of graphic design in 2010 after 31 years at Penn College and Williamsport Area Community College, was granted faculty emeritus status by the college’s Board of Directors in June. He earned a bachelor’s degree from King’s College and held a Master of Science in education and visual arts from Parsons School of Design, New York City.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport; friends will be received from 10-11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial contributions to the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation, DIF 65, 1 College Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701.

A full obituary is available in Tuesday’s editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and at the funeral home’s website.

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11.02.2022

Students expand their hospitality horizons in Italy

During a 16-day experience in Italy, 10 Pennsylvania College of Technology students studied the country’s cuisine and hospitality culture through classes with world-class chefs and visits to the farms and factories where well-loved ingredients are produced.

“Some countries, like Italy, are built on traditions and culture rather than the changing trends: If something’s not broken, don’t fix it,” said Hannah C. Regester as she reflected on her learning experience. Regester, of Bedford, completed a certificate in professional baking in August.  “While I am trying to keep up with the constant trends of the culinary and pastry worlds, coming back to the traditions, for a change, can be really eye-opening.”

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11.01.2022

Faculty keynoter to honor ‘Women of Excellence’ at YWCA event

Jennifer R. Wahl, a social sciences instructor at Pennsylvania College of Technology, will be the keynote speaker at Thursday’s 14th annual “Women of Excellence Celebration” sponsored by YWCA Northcentral PA.

In a change of format over previous years, the event – scheduled from 6-9 p.m. at Farrington Place, 416 W. Third St. – will honor women in seven categories: Advocacy, Arts and Culture, Education, Health and Wellness, Rising Star (between 18 and 35), Sports and STEM. The YWCA will also choose a “Wise Woman of the Year” from among all nominees, a slate that includes a number of Penn College employees.

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Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff
10.27.2022

Culinary students add service to lessons in food sustainability

Students at Pennsylvania College of Technology who spent eight weeks learning about sustainable food systems – including visits to area farms that make the most of their resources – wrapped up their learning with another sustainability concept: food security.

The students, all studying culinary arts, learned how they can be a link in the chain that connects food with those who need it. Namely, they spent the afternoon in the kitchen of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Williamsport, using ingredients available there to prepare a nutritious meal for children who attend the after-school program at Firetree Place, one of the Food Bank’s partners.

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10.21.2022

Michael J. Reed inaugurated as Penn College’s eighth president

Evoking the institution’s rich history and committing to serve as an innovative trailblazer for tomorrow, Pennsylvania College of Technology inaugurated Michael J. Reed as its eighth president Friday afternoon at the Community Arts Center.

Reed received Penn College’s presidential medallion from his predecessor, President Emeritus Davie Jane Gilmour, and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the board of directors, in front of about 400 attendees, including faculty and staff, students, alumni, industry partners, and visiting college and university delegates.

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10.21.2022

New president builds on tradition in setting course for tomorrow – ‘Let’s get to work’

Despite being squarely in the theatrical spotlight during his inauguration as the newest leader of Pennsylvania College of Technology, Michael J. Reed was quick to divert that attention and look far beyond his own monumental day.

“The next chapter in our institution’s rich history is not about its president,” he said, “it remains steadfastly focused on students, mission and team. A chapter ignited by our past, inspired by tomorrow and committed to a ‘Future Made by Hand.’ With your invaluable input and support, I look forward to us seizing opportunities and solidifying (our) standing as an innovator, trailblazer and national leader in applied technology education.”

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10.21.2022

Nursing students add ‘spice’ to educational outreach

Bachelor’s degree nursing students are ready to hit the road.

The group, enrolled in the course Global Healthcare Explorations, plans to depart campus late Friday evening for a journey to the village of Nueva Santa Rosa, Guatemala. Once there, they will join the Glen Falls (New York) Medical Mission team to set up and run a weeklong medical clinic in the medically underserved region. Other volunteers represent a host of health care fields.

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