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Nine Penn College students medal at SkillsUSA nationals

SkillsUSANine students from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SkillsUSA team earned medals in six categories – three silvers and three bronzes – during the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, from June 24-29.

“The students represented themselves and the college well, and it showed with the number of medals we returned home with,” said SkillsUSA adviser James N. Colton II, an assistant professor of welding. “I look forward to next year and the students that we will have competing.”

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‘Stock Market Challenge’ winners honored

Williamsport Sun-Gazette publisher Robert O. Rolley congratulates participants.
Williamsport Sun-Gazette publisher Robert O. Rolley congratulates participants.
Roy A. Fletcher, assistant professor of business administration/banking and finance, talks with the group about both the history and future of artificial intelligence in the financial markets.
Roy A. Fletcher, assistant professor of business administration/banking and finance, talks with the group about both the history and future of artificial intelligence in the financial markets.

The School of Business & Hospitality recently hosted the Stock Market Challenge grand finale for 50 high school and middle school students. The program is run through the Pennsylvania Council of Financial Literacy and was sponsored by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Woodlands Bank and Fairfield Auto Group. The top three high school and middle school teams were honored. High school: First, Montgomery High School, $305,335.04 total equity, taught by Ryan Monoski; second, Muncy High School, $267,453.26 total equity, taught by Beth Baker; third, Hughesville High School, $221,979.39 total equity, taught by Brian Machmer. Middle school: First, McCall Middle School (Montoursville Area), 110,418.31 total equity, taught by Patty Confer; second, Williamsport Area Middle School, $108,195.92, taught by Matthew Palmatier; and third, Loyalsock Township Middle School, $100,494.35, taught by Matthew Reinhart.

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Scholarship luncheon provides firsthand look at donors’ impact

Ferki tells guests, “Scholarships act as a gateway to inspire growth in a student’s academics and passion for his or her industry.” She is the recipient of the SEKISUI SPI Workforce Development Scholarship and the Penn College Foundation Scholarship.

The empowering combination of applied technology education and financial support was celebrated Sunday afternoon, as Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted its second annual Scholarship Luncheon in the campus Field House.

“I am overwhelmed by the collective energies in this room to transform tomorrow,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said, addressing students, families and donors alike. Announcing that the coming academic year will include the largest total amount of scholarships awarded in any one year during the college’s history, she thanked attendees for their significant role in helping students succeed.

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Student selected for Northwestern Mutual development program

Dianna R. Weaver

Pennsylvania College of Technology business administration student Dianna R. Weaver, who is completing an internship with Northwestern Mutual, has been selected for the company’s Next Level Development program.

Interns selected for the program have written 10 or more life insurance policies during their intern year and plan to continue to work for the company.

Weaver, of Morris, has been interning as a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual for nearly a year, completing the same duties as a full-time financial representative. Working under the guidance of an experienced mentor, she develops clients and helps them to devise a financial plan to meet their goals. As part of the requirements to work as a Northwestern Mutual intern, she secured the Pennsylvania Life Accident and Health license.

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Students benefiting from Barron’s in Education program gift

Courtesy of a gift from a locally based financial advisory firm, students enrolled in business majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology have access to Barron’s Digital subscriptions, as well as a variety of resources provided through an experiential learning initiative offered by the Barron’s in Education Program from Dow Jones.

Hudock Capital Group is providing a two-year gift to Penn College to be licensed for the program. Also benefiting from the program are business faculty at the college.

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Papers to be published in Journal of Business Leadership

From left, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Chip Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration: management; Lisa Andrus, dean of business and hospitality; and Steven J. Moff, professor of business administration: management and marketing, presented papers at the annual conference of the Applied Business and Entrepreneurship Association International, earning “Best Paper of Session” honors. Andrus also chaired the conference. Timothy L. Yarrington (not pictured), instructor of brewing and fermentation science, co-wrote one of the papers.

Two papers presented by Pennsylvania College of Technology employees at the annual conference of the Applied Business and Entrepreneurship Association International were selected “Best Session Paper” and will be invited to be published in the Journal of Business Leadership.

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Accounting faculty member receives Young Leader Award

Michael D. Shipman

The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants named Michael D. Shipman, instructor of business administration/accounting at Pennsylvania College of Technology, among its 2018 Young Leader Award recipients.

Through its Young Leader Awards, the PICPA annually recognizes members under the age of 40 who demonstrate a commitment to the accounting profession through their participation in PICPA or community volunteer activities.

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Accounting Students Help Community With Tax Returns

This tax season, 13 Pennsylvania College of Technology accounting students helped clients file close to 150 federal income tax returns.

The free service is part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sponsored by the IRS. It is designed to help taxpayers who have relatively uncomplicated returns to prepare their returns and file electronically.

The returns yielded almost $200,000 in refunds for the taxpayers who participated.

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Accounting Faculty Share Income Tax Expertise at Thrive

Penn College accounting faculty members Michael D. Shipman (left) and Bob Nolan offer guidance on income tax return preparation at a Thrive International Programs event, held at City Alliance Church in Williamsport.

Pennsylvania College of Technology accounting faculty members recently presented a session on income tax returns – and the assistance available to file them – at Thrive International Programs in Williamsport.

Michael D. Shipman, instructor of business administration/accounting, and Bob Nolan, part-time instructor of accounting, provided an overview of the federal income tax system, who should file an income tax return and why. Shipman and Nolan are also the Penn College site administrators for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, a free, IRS-sanctioned service to help the community file personal income tax returns.

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Thirteen Students Selected for Penn College NOW Scholarships

Penn College presented scholarships to 13 first-year students who took Penn College NOW courses. From left are Tavor T. Wadsworth, of Williamsport; Vincent R. Keene, of Downingtown; Kayley E. Johnson, of Bloomsburg; Monica A. McCarty, Penn College’s dual enrollment specialist; Michael L. Gardner, of Williamsport; Warren E. Knipe, of Liberty; and Tanya Berfield, the college’s manager of college transitions. Additional recipients not in the photo are: Cheyenne N. Greene, of Jersey Shore; Deontae Z. Johnson, of Selinsgrove; Kylee E. Kelley, of Lock Haven; Tyler W. Miller, of Montgomery; Luke B. Walter, of Millmont; Brittany M. Weiskopff, of Blossburg; Clayton T. Welch, of Benton; and Jeremy M. Wolfgang, of Allenwood.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently recognized 13 first-year students who received Penn College NOW scholarships.

The recipients completed Penn College courses during high school as part of the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program. The group was honored during an Oct. 27 reception.

To be eligible, students must have successfully completed at least one Penn College NOW course, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Penn College NOW classes, enroll in Penn College as a full-time freshman student for the fall semester after high school graduation, and maintain a 2.5 GPA at Penn College as an enrolled student.

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Students Gain Experience, Help Community Through VITA

Penn College’s Michael D. Shipman, left, instructor of business administration/accounting, reviews tax policy with student Joshua D. Lyman, of Williamsport. Lyman is one of 16 Penn College students certified by the IRS to offer free tax help to the community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students offered free assistance to about 160 taxpayers this spring, helping them to realize close to $170,000 in income-tax refunds.

Sixteen Penn College students took part in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, an initiative of the IRS that offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, or those who may need assistance preparing their own returns because of a disability or language barrier.

All but two of the students are enrolled in the course Income Taxation of Individuals, taught by Michael D. Shipman, instructor of business administration/accounting. They are pursuing degrees in accounting, legal assistant paralegal, and business administration: banking and finance concentration.

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Alumni-Led Industry Tours Reinforce Laboratory Learning

Penn College grad Paul R. South (in red hard hat) leads students on a tour of Danzer Veneers log yard.
Penn College grad Paul R. South (in red hard hat) leads students on a tour of Danzer Veneers log yard.

Students in the Forest Products (FOR 210) class took field trips Tuesday to Wheeland Lumber Co. Inc. in Liberty and to Danzer Veneer Americas in Williamsport. At Wheeland Lumber, the students toured a high-production sawmill, log yard and millwork facility with Penn College alumni Damen R. (’00, forest technology, and ’03, technology management) and Derek E. (’03, business administration: banking and finance concentration) Wheeland. At Danzer Veneer, students visited the log yard and production facility with Paul R. South, a 2016 graduate in forest technology. “Both tours were educational for the students,” said Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology, who accompanied the group and provided the photo. “It allows them to see in person and experience the manufacturing environment that is discussed in class.”

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Accounting Student Selected Ambassador for Professional Group

Kalee A. Holdren

Pennsylvania College of Technology student Kalee A. Holdren was selected from among her peers to serve as the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ student ambassador to the college.

As a student ambassador, Holdren encourages other Penn College students to become members of PICPA, promotes the institute’s programs and scholarships, and works with Penn College Accounting Society President Morgan E. Blackwell, of Beech Creek, to encourage students to attend PICPA events on or near campus and to involve the Accounting Society in the institute.

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Speaker Recommends ‘Cyberhygiene’ to Foil Hackers’ Dirty Work

The crime scene at our fingertips, whether the instrument or the victim of attack
The crime scene at our fingertips, whether the instrument or the victim of attack
A mix of students, community members and past Colloquia speakers are on hand for Ebersole's instructive talk.
A mix of students, community members and past Colloquia speakers are on hand for Ebersole’s instructive talk.
The speaker shows a "ransomware" pop-up, which extorts money from an Internet user facing encryption of computer files. Although the message purports to be from the FBI, Ebersole promised that authorities wouldn't deal so cavalierly with those accessing child pornography. They "won't be emailing you and asking you to pay the paltry sum of $200."
The speaker shows a “ransomware” pop-up, which extorts money from an Internet user facing encryption of computer files. Although the message purports to be from the FBI, Ebersole promised that authorities wouldn’t deal so cavalierly with those accessing child pornography. They “won’t be emailing you and asking you to pay the paltry sum of $200.”

An Internet crimefighter and part-time accounting instructor at Penn College, speaking Tuesday in Klump Academic Center Auditorium, advocated “cyberhygiene” to protect our billions of connected devices – and our personal information – from being compromised. William E. Ebersole delivered the final lecture in the 2016-17 Technology & Society Colloquia Series, “Cyberattacks: The Weapon of Choice of Criminals, Terrorists and Spies.” Recalling the mid-1980s movie, “War Games,” in which a teenager nearly brings about nuclear catastrophe by accidentally accessing a military supercomputer, he said real-life hackers are much more focused, persistent, deliberate and sophisticated. And after several examples of their nefarious handiwork, including a widespread credit-card breach at Target stores and a three-day interruption of electrical and telephone service in Ukraine, Ebersole provided valuable counteractive tips. That advice included using strong passwords and changing them often, limiting what information is posted online, watching for unauthorized devices connected to home networks, being vigilant about children’s web activity, and keeping current on upgrading software and installing security patches. Ebersole had high praise for the college’s information assurance and cyber security curriculum, which he said is helping to feed the growing need for competent technicians. Whatever their major, though, he emphasized that all students can practice safe computing, and he especially urged them to consider the ramifications on viable job-seekers from the Internet’s long-term memory. “Don’t put something crazy on social media to knock you out of the picture,” he said.

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Business Students Make Worldwide Top 100 List 21 Times

Pennsylvania College of Technology students set an impressive record during their fall-semester participation in the Business Strategy Game.

In all, Penn College student teams earned spots on the international game’s weekly Top 100 lists 21 separate times.

“This is quite impressive given that, at some point during the semester, over 5,700 teams competed in the BSG,” said Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration/management.

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