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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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April 2, 2021
Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies Events Students

Lean, mean fighting machines show mettle in robotic arena

Ralston, with his first-place trophy
Ralston, with his first-place trophy
Two 3D-printed robots battle it out for 2 minutes.
Two 3D-printed robots battle it out for 2 minutes.
McCray gets his robot ready for its next fight.
McCray gets his robot ready for its next fight.

Students in Penn College’s School of Engineering Technologies claimed the top spots in Saturday’s Plastics Ant-Weight Competition, sponsored by the Student Wildcats of Robotic Design.

Placing first was Jack P. Ralston, of Bloomsburg, who said, “I feel that the club gives us a way to apply and expand upon what we learn in class.”

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March 29, 2021
Events Faculty & Staff Students

Online tributes recognize 2021 class of ‘Awesome Women’

Wednesday’s “Awesome Woman Exemplar” ceremony, the 16th annual tribute (and the second to be held virtually due to COVID safety protocols), honored 23 Penn College students for notable service to their campus, classmates and community.

The 2021 inductees were applauded by a college administrator and celebrated in slideshow comments from their nominators in a video. Sammie L. Davis, coordinator of diversity and student engagement, welcomed online viewers and introduced the event’s keynoter: Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost.

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March 24, 2021
Events Students

Outdoor painting party immortalizes ‘iconic women’

Depictions of Chinese-American movie star Anna May Wong and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo are held by Theta Phi Alpha sister Juliana N. Lucero (left), an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from Upper Darby, and WIC member Christine A. Limbert, a building science and sustainable design student from Curwensville.
Depictions of Chinese-American movie star Anna May Wong and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo are held by Theta Phi Alpha sister Juliana N. Lucero (left), an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from Upper Darby, and WIC member Christine A. Limbert, a building science and sustainable design student from Curwensville.
Kits were provided for painting on the patio or as to-go projects for those unable to attend in person.
Kits were provided for painting on the patio or as to-go projects for those unable to attend in person.
Bria O. Schneider, an occupational therapy assistant student from York, also chose Kahlo as her subject.
Bria O. Schneider, an occupational therapy assistant student from York, also chose Kahlo as her subject.
This finished portrait of civil rights trailblazer Rosa Parks was created by Amber Way, of Port Matilda, enrolled in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration.
This finished portrait of civil rights trailblazer Rosa Parks was created by Amber Way, of Port Matilda, enrolled in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration.
On hand for the commemorative celebration are Kaylee A. Smith, of East Stroudsburg, enrolled in graphic design, and friend Devin Macalalad.
On hand for the commemorative celebration are Kaylee A. Smith, of East Stroudsburg, enrolled in graphic design, and friend Devin Macalalad.

As part of Penn College’s observance of Women’s History Month, a pair of student organizations sponsored a themed paint-by-number event on the Bush Campus Center Patio on Monday afternoon. Participants could choose among the likenesses of a number of female icons, including late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former first lady Michelle Obama. Partnering to offer the event were the Theta Phi Alpha sorority and Penn College Women in Construction.
Photos by Juvy A. Orillaza, student photographer

March 23, 2021
Events

Pre-College Programs return to enhance students’ summertime

Two weeks of Pre-College Programs are scheduled this year at Pennsylvania College of Technology – June 13-18 and July 18-23 – with an inviting menu of options for summer learners, including several being offered for the first time.

In addition to a variety of overnight programs, which will help participants narrow their focus on the future, the college will offer two weeks of “My Tomorrow,” a new career-exploration day camp for middle schoolers sponsored by the Soars family. There is a $50 fee for those programs, set for June 21-24 and June 28-July 1, and open to students entering grades six to eight. Lunch, snacks and beverages are included.

Signup for all of the college’s summer programs opens April 1; fees for the overnight camps include on-campus housing and meals.

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March 23, 2021
Events Gallery

Kinetic exhibit offered online as gallery expands viewing options

“Locus,” a kinetic sculpture by John Douglas Powers, is among the featured works in “Not a Breath of Wind,” an online exhibit offered by The Gallery at Penn College. Made of oak, poplar, steel, brass, plastic and electric motor, “Locus” measures 4 feet by 22 feet by 22 feet.

“Not a Breath of Wind” is the latest online exhibit being offered by The Gallery at Penn College. The virtual display of kinetic sculptures and carved objects runs March 16 through April 26 on the gallery’s website.

Featuring images and videos, “Not a Breath of Wind” showcases works by John Douglas Powers, an associate professor of sculpture and time-based art at the University of Tennessee. Powers, a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, finds influences in classical myth, Buddhist philosophy, landscape and visions of the afterlife intersecting freely with interests in technology, music, history, language and geometry.

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March 17, 2021
Events

Transition Conference spotlights ‘place for everyone after high school’

On the one-year anniversary of Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide school shutdown, BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 and Pennsylvania College of Technology partnered to host their annual Transition Conference.

The virtual event welcomed approximately 150 participants and provided breakout sessions in the areas of postsecondary transition: education and training, employment, and independent living.  Postsecondary transition vendors were available to answer questions about the services they offer, and the event concluded with a student and parent panel.

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March 12, 2021
Events Faculty & Staff Students

T-shirts, teamwork spread uplifting message

Student-athletes Alexander S. Cassada (soccer) and Hannah Burnett (volleyball) were on hand outside the Keystone Dining Room on Wednesday, collecting messages of hope at a "Crafternoon" table. Burnett, of Middlebury Center, is a physician assistant studies major; Cassada, of Chambersburg, is enrolled in network administration and engineering technology.

Organized by Student Affairs and championed through social media, the Penn College community raised its collective voice this week in the annual “Yellow It Out” observance. Students, faculty and staff were asked to wear yellow and share their photos using the #pcthope hashtag. Events throughout the week reinforced the message, and resource tables provided worthwhile information on suicide prevention and awareness.

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Events Students

Forging a gender-equal world through challenge, change

Giveaways and takeaways amplify the call to action.
Giveaways and takeaways amplify the call to action.
Sammie L. Davis (left), coordinator of diversity and student engagement, joins intern Cameron K. Ramsey, an applied human services student from Emporium, in the fight for parity.
Sammie L. Davis (left), coordinator of diversity and student engagement, joins intern Cameron K. Ramsey, an applied human services student from Emporium, in the fight for parity.
Cheesecake is often a helpful incentive for student participation!
Cheesecake is often a helpful incentive for student participation!

Penn College celebrated International Women’s Day on Tuesday, joining the global recognition of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Members of the campus community were invited to stop by the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center patio to take selfies, enjoy sweet treats and express how they #ChooseToChallenge for equality. The event was sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement as part of the observance of Women’s History Month, which will include an Iconic Women’s Painting Party from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 22, on the Bush Campus Center patio; and a virtual Awesome Women Exemplars induction ceremony, set for Wednesday, March 24, on the Student Life Facebook page.
Photos by Juvy A. Orillaza, student photographer

March 9, 2021
Events

‘Bridges of Madison County’ to be staged by CTL at CAC

"The Bridges of Madison County"

The Community Theatre League, in conjunction with the Community Arts Center, will present “The Bridges of Madison County” this weekend at the CAC.

Based on the popular 1992 novel by Robert James Waller (which was adapted into a film co-starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep three years later), the locally cast musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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March 2, 2021
Alumni Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Events Faculty & Staff Students

Graphic designer offers ‘how-to’ on finding one’s own voice

Journals, prompts, motivations, exercises and zines await visitors to the gallery …
Journals, prompts, motivations, exercises and zines await visitors to the gallery …
… where they can have a seat in the inspiring space …
… where they can have a seat in the inspiring space …
… or browse the array of artistic expression.
… or browse the array of artistic expression.

A space for inspiration and contemplation awaits students and employees at The Gallery at Penn College, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library.

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February 23, 2021
Alumni Career Services College Relations Events Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant Students

Center for Career Design helps transform tomorrow … today

The Center for Career Design at Pennsylvania College of Technology is earning high marks from visitors. Physician assistant students were among the first to use the center’s free resources for all things career-related. Located as part of College Relations on the third floor of the Madigan Library, the facility brings together students, alumni and industry partners to benefit tomorrow’s workforce. The center’s offerings include resume/cover letter development, free business cards and professional clothing options, as well as space for interviews and networking. “One day, we will be in the real world, having to do interviews, having to make final edits to our resumes, as well as talking to people in a professional manner, as well as in a professional setting,” Bryan M. Bilbao, a physician assistant studies major from Old Forge, says in a video about the center. “So it was very cool to come over here and try to encompass all of those things into one.”

February 11, 2021