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Student Leader Legacy Scholarship awardees announced

Two active Penn College students have each been selected to receive a $1,350 award from the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship, established by the Student Government Association in 2007 to encourage and reward student leaders by easing their tuition costs. The 2019-20 recipients, revealed in a YouTube video by outgoing SGA President Patrick C. Ferguson, are Sophia G. Wiest, an entrepreneurial innovation major from Butler, and Ethan M. McKenzie, of Muncy, enrolled in software development and information management. “The Student Government Association is very thankful that two Student Leader Legacy Scholarships were able to be awarded,” said Allison A. Grove, director of student engagement. “Looking to the future, SGA has plans to host an event in Fall 2020, in addition to the Silent Auction that will be held in Spring 2021.” The fund – from which a total of $21,950 has been distributed since its inception – is fully endowed; the silent auction and other dedicated fundraisers, however, have increased both the amount and the frequency of awards.

June 29, 2020
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College offers free development of ordering sites for businesses

Pennsylvania College of Technology students, guided by a quick-thinking faculty mentor in partnership with the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, are providing a true community service: facilitating online ordering pages for businesses still permitted to operate during the coronavirus pandemic.

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March 21, 2020
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Penn College alumna uses gaming for goodwill

Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate Anna-Maree Manciet, a tireless fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is joined by friends Miguel Betances (left) and Zachary Whitten. Betances is a former St. Jude patient, who served as Manciet’s co-host for a recent livestreaming fundraising event; Whitten created St. Jude PLAY LIVE.

Whether accessed on a smartphone, a personal computer or an elaborate home system, video games are the nation’s leading source of entertainment. According to the Entertainment Software Association, about 65% of American adults play video games.

Anna-Maree Manciet is one of the estimated 164 million adult gamers. But for the Pennsylvania College of Technology alum, gaming is much more than entertainment. It’s a source of goodwill, both for herself and countless others.

Since graduating from Penn College in 2013, Manciet’s video game prowess has led to personal healing, a thriving career and nearly $88,000 raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

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February 25, 2020
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Penn College IT student presents at conference

Pennsylvania College of Technology student Carson D. Seese, of Shippensburg, co-presented “Hands-On Writing Malware in Go” at BSidesDC, an annual open security conference in Washington, D.C. Seese is seeking a bachelor’s degree in information assurance and cyber security.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student offered his expertise at a recent conference for information security practitioners in Washington, D.C.

Carson D. Seese, of Shippensburg, co-presented “Hands-On Writing Malware in Go” at BSidesDC, an annual regional open security conference that facilitates interaction and collaboration among IT professionals.

Seese, a sophomore Dean’s List student, is seeking a bachelor’s degree in information assurance and cyber security. He co-presented with Stuart McMurray of IronNet Cybersecurity, a worldwide leader in network traffic analysis. Seese worked with McMurray during his summer internship.

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November 7, 2019
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Globe-trotting grad returns as IBM advocate, alumni ambassador

The 2015 grad urges students to consider participation in "Call for Code," which carries a lucrative prize purse (and the invaluable satisfaction of making the planet a better place).
The 2015 grad urges students to consider participation in “Call for Code,” which carries a lucrative prize purse (and the invaluable satisfaction of making the planet a better place).
The 2015 grad urges students to consider participation in "Call for Code," which carries a lucrative prize purse (and the invaluable satisfaction of making the planet a better place).
The 2015 grad urges students to consider participation in “Call for Code,” which carries a lucrative prize purse (and the invaluable satisfaction of making the planet a better place).

On the eve of Career Fair, as futures weigh heavily on the minds of imminent graduates, a 2015 alumnus returned to show students just how far a Penn College degree can take them. Information technology majors heard Monday afternoon from Derek E. Teay, who earned a bachelor’s degree in software development and information management and is traveling the world as a developer advocate for IBM. Teay – whose campus resume included Resident Assistant for the IT Living-Learning Community, Connections Link, Student Activities Event Assistant and graduate of Leadership Boot Camp – has continued that high-intensity involvement with IBM’s “Call for Code” initiative. The project challenges developers to create solutions (using such tools as cloud, data and artificial intelligence) to significantly improve preparedness for natural disasters and accelerate relief when they hit. This year’s grand prize winner from among 5,000 applicants, employs multiple sensors to gather data on temperature, humidity and smoke concentration in order to protect firefighters from the cumulative effect of toxic inhalation while battling blazes in the wild. Teay has traveled extensively in his work at IBM, and soon will go to Barcelona to help developers implement their solution and field-test it under real-life conditions. In addition to encouraging students to participate in future “Call for Code” competitions, Teay sprinkled some “cool techy stuff” into his talk such as hooking up his Tesla to IBM Cloud through the Node-RED programming tool … all within hours of buying the car. Joining students in listening to Teay’s presentation were two faculty members from his alma mater: Jacob R. Miller and Sandra Gorka, associate professors of computer science.

October 15, 2019
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Penn College faculty present cybersecurity paper

Jacob Miller and Sandra Gorka

Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty detailed for nationwide peers an ongoing initiative to address the critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals.

Jacob R. Miller and Sandra Gorka, associate professors of computer science, presented “Improving the Pipeline” at the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education in Las Vegas. Their talk summarized a paper they wrote with Alicia McNett, instructor of computer information technology, and Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.

The annual colloquium brings together educators, business and industry leaders, and practitioners to share ideas, research and needs related to cybersecurity.

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September 18, 2019
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USA Today STEM insert features faculty perspective

Alicia McNettThe insights of a Penn College faculty member are included in a 16-page “Women in STEM” supplement inserted in 250,000 copies of Friday’s USA Today being distributed in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, northcentral Florida and Houston. Alicia McNett, assistant professor of computer information technology, is one of four industry success stories recruited for a panel Q&A (on Page 12) titled “We Ask the Experts How Women Can Break Into STEM.” The publication also includes a front-page ad (topped by a cover photo of Melinda Gates, who is profiled inside) directing readers to a webpage focused on the college’s passionate pioneers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Women in STEM supplement

September 13, 2019
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Penn College professor authors book for IT professionals

Lisa Bock

The expertise of a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member will help information technology professionals worldwide incorporate a vital networking tool.

Lisa Bock, associate professor of computer information technology, has written “Learn Wireshark,” a 432-page book devoted to the software that aids network administrators in troubleshooting their networks and identifying potential attacks.

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August 28, 2019
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NSF cybersecurity grant extended for Penn College

The National Science Foundation recently rewarded Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to tomorrow’s cybersecurity workforce by extending a grant for an additional year.

The grant – “Improving the Pipeline: After-School Model for Preparing Cyber Defense and Information Assurance Professionals” – facilitates interaction between information technology faculty and high school students to introduce rewarding career possibilities in cybersecurity.

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August 1, 2019
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Penn College transfer student stays the course

With determination, and some help from campus resources such as the Academic Success Center and Disability Services at Penn College, Jacqueline M. Westervelt, of Rutherford, New Jersey, earned an associate degree in information technology: technical support emphasis in May and expects to graduate in August with a bachelor’s degree in applied management.

The email contained a stark message for the transfer student. After a year of subpar grades, Pennsylvania College of Technology had to place her on academic probation.

Jacqueline M. Westervelt repeatedly scanned the message, hoping that the words would change. They didn’t.

Her dream of earning an information technology degree – already delayed for two years – was in jeopardy. Self-doubt, fueled by past struggles in school, flooded her mind. Tears flowed as she thought that the people who told her she wasn’t college material were right.

Turns out, they were wrong.

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June 26, 2019
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From living space to makerspace, summer visitors have their hands full

Learning the skills and craftsmanship required of a builder in the newest pre-college offering: Building Construction.

A dozen residential Pre-College Programs and a daytime Creative Art Camp brought hundreds of young women and men to Penn College’s campuses in mid-June, providing hands-on entry to the myriad career opportunities reflected in the institution’s postsecondary curriculum. Keeping campers (and PCToday photographers) busy in recent days were these fun learning opportunities, some of which involved culminating projects: Architecture Odyssey, Autism Spectrum Post-Secondary Interest Experience (ASPIE), Automotive Restoration, Aviation, Building Construction (new this year), Creative Art Camp, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs, Graphic Design Summer Studio, Grow & Design Horticulture, Health Careers, Information Technology and SMART (Science and Math in Real-world Technologies) Girls.

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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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Penn College IT students present findings at conference

Pennsylvania College of Technology students Allison F. Chapman (left), of Montoursville, and Margot S. Rinehart, of Downingtown, recently discussed their efforts to address the shortage of cybersecurity professionals at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeast Region Conference in Connecticut. Both students are seeking bachelor’s degrees in information assurance and cybersecurity.

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology information technology students detailed at a recent conference their efforts as part of a National Science Foundation grant to address the critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals.

Allison F. Chapman, of Montoursville, and Margot S. Rinehart, of Downingtown, presented “Capture the Flag as a Testing Platform” at the recent Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeast Region Conference at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut.

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