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Female trio helps lead engineering technologies at Penn College

For two years, Lauryn A. Stauffer has seen only male faces in her electronics classes at Pennsylvania College of Technology. This fall, she’ll at least see multiple women leaders within the School of Engineering Technologies.

The school devoted to careers rooted in science, technology, engineering and math boasts three female assistant deans.

Kathleen D. Chesmel and Ellyn A. Lester were hired in late spring to head the Materials Science and Engineering Technologies Division and the Construction and Architectural Technologies Division, respectively. They join longtime college employee Stacey C. Hampton, who is assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies.

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Company extends coveted IT internship for Penn College student

Anders E. Vloedman’s soft skills helped secure the opportunity to reinforce his hard skills this summer at a Fortune 500 company. Thanks to his performance, the Pennsylvania College of Technology student will continue his coveted internship in the fall.

Vloedman, of Villanova, is a network engineering intern for Universal Health Services Inc. The King of Prussia-based UHS is one of the nation’s largest providers of hospital and health care services.

“If you would have told me in my freshman year that I would be a networking intern at a large health care corporation, I would not have believed it,” Vloedman said.

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‘Tomorrow,’ the world!

Penn College’s “My Tomorrow” program (June 21-24 and June 28-July 1) opened middle-schoolers’ minds to a variety of vocational possibilities through hands-on activities and faculty-led sessions. The initiative, sponsored by the Soars Family, exposed students to a number of prospective careers – such as engineering, business and hospitality, the arts, and health sciences – as well as giving them a jump on charting their paths to success and satisfaction.

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Virtual tour grants lab access to future IT professionals

Considering a career in information technology? Meet Sandra Gorka, associate professor and department head for IT at Penn College, and get a glimpse of everything from gaming and simulation spaces to hands-on labs dedicated to cyber security, networking, database management and Linux systems. “Whether it’s in organizations, industries, the private sector or just for our entertainment, they all need information technology professionals to help them install, configure and maintain their computing systems, as well as create and maintain new systems that help them get their jobs done,” Gorka says. “All organizations need computing.”

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Retired Penn College IT professor authors third book

For some, retirement is a time for rest and relaxation. For Lisa Bock, it’s a time for writing books and giving back to her field.

Bock recently authored her third book and second since retiring in May 2020 from a 17-year teaching career at Pennsylvania College of Technology. “Modern Cryptography for Cybersecurity Professionals” is the latest offering from the former associate professor of computer information technology.

Intended for IT managers, security professionals, teachers and students, the 286-page book focuses on how to implement cryptographic techniques to reduce the risk of altered, disclosed or stolen data.

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A wide-open window on a bright-looking future

Pre-College ProgramsMore than a half-dozen Pre-College Programs attracted a knowledge-hungry host of teenagers to Penn College’s campuses in recent days, the season opener for high schoolers’ exposure to next-level academics. Campers were engaged and enlightened among the week’s bountiful offerings: Architecture Odyssey, Automotive, Aviation, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs, Health Careers and Information Technology. A second week – inviting more students to test the waters of collegiate opportunity through hands-on learning – will begin July 18.

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Scholarship donors get firsthand look at their fruitful philanthropy

A recent Scholarship Celebration, including remarks delivered from the new Center for Career Design, paid tribute to scholarship donors and vividly illustrated the life-changing impact that their support creates for Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

Emceed by Kyle A. Smith, executive director of college relations and the Penn College Foundation, the event featured the perspective of Student Government Association President Ethan M. McKenzie, graduating this spring in software development and information management, and 2018 applied technology studies alumnus Ryan Monteleone, who also holds a degree in information assurance and cyber security.

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Leader in crisis mediation shares valuable expertise with students

An Emergency Management Leadership Series, featuring topic experts recruited by a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member to provide his students with topical and credible perspectives from their chosen career fields, recently kicked off with a presentation by Amazon’s global business continuity and supply chain risk leader.

Andrew Owlett, among the corporate professionals who generously answered a LinkedIn solicitation from David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management/social science, visited with Penn College emergency management and information assurance and cyber security students over Zoom.

While he has only been with Amazon for less than a year, Owlett brings to his position an eye-opening breadth of knowledge accrued since his teenage days – the time he realized that his goal was, quite simply, to help people.

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Retired Penn College professor dedicates IT book to students

A recently retired Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member is sharing her information technology expertise and appreciation for former students through her latest book.

Lisa Bock, who retired in May as an associate professor of computer information technology, has written “Identity Management With Biometrics,” a 368-page book that describes how to select the right biometric system and details the steps for implementing identity management and authentication.

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Penn College IT student earns scholarship

An international honor society dedicated to information technology has recognized the excellence of a Pennsylvania College of Technology student.

Jacob A. Bamonte, of Milton, is one of eight students nationwide to receive a $1,500 Academic Achievement Award from Upsilon Pi Epsilon. With chapters at over 290 colleges and universities worldwide, UPE is the only international honor society for students, faculty and computing professionals who exhibit superior scholastic and professional achievement in computing and information disciplines.

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Penn College grads ‘deliver’ for Amazon

One is a bit shy, grew up 20 minutes from campus and studied information technology. The other is outgoing, was raised in Pennsylvania Dutch Country and chose electronics.

Both used Pennsylvania College of Technology as a springboard for rewarding careers with prominent subsidiaries of one of the world’s most innovative and omnipresent corporations.

Their paths didn’t cross while attending Penn College, but Matthew A. Bamonte and Jiovanni N. Rosario are kindred spirits, thanks to their roles within Amazon Inc. Bamonte is a learning experience designer for Amazon Robotics in North Reading, Massachusetts, and Rosario works as a control projects engineer for Amazon Web Services in northern Virginia.

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Faculty member shares innovation expertise internationally

A Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member recently shared with an international audience her insights on the importance of innovation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In two virtual sessions for a United Arab Emirates entity, Anita R. Wood, associate professor of computer information technology, advocated for organizations to embrace an “innovative mindset.”

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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.

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Newswatch 16 spreads word of web-design class project

Spyke M. KrepshawWNEP’s Chris Keating spoke remotely Tuesday with Spyke M. Krepshaw, assistant professor of web and interactive media, about the faculty member’s recent offer of website assistance to businesses engaged in e-commerce during the coronavirus crisis.

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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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