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Industry pros’ informal talk adds to students’ formal education

Advice from industry partners led to the creation of the Human Services & Restorative Justice Coffee & Conversation series this past semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology, and plans are underway to continue the initiative in the fall. Hosting three speakers across three months of Spring 2022, the sessions provided candid conversations on hot topics impacting the HSJ field.

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Visitors set sights on tomorrow during summertime’s first Open House

​More than 400 prospective students and their guests attended Wednesday’s first Open House of the summer season, which featured weather as warm as the welcome they received from accommodating faculty and staff. Attendees got an informative “sneak peek” at what awaits Penn College’s Tomorrow Makers, including tours of instructional space and various aspects of student life. Visit the Admissions Office to register for one of the season’s remaining Open Houses: Sunday, June 26; Saturday, July 23; and Friday, July 29.
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Apprenticeship Summit: the height of collaborative solutions

With Baby Boomer retirements and pandemic-era voluntary departures only adding to the skills gap in industry, Workforce Development’s 2022 Penn College Apprenticeship Summit provided timely food for thought. Tuesday’s daylong event in Penn’s Inn brought together experienced industry representatives and empathetic partners to discuss current trends and the workforce of the future, and brainstormed how apprenticeship programs play a crucial role in recruiting and retaining high-quality employees. Workforce Development serves as a comprehensive clearinghouse for apprenticeships at companies of all sizes, and customizes those offerings to meet industry’s specific needs in fields including mechatronics, robotics, health care, plastics and diesel. In addition to such benefits as career advancement, higher income and a competitive edge, participants in those registered programs now have a pathway to an associate degree in apprenticeship technology.

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President’s commencement finale hits all the right notes

Pennsylvania College of Technology held three ceremonies May 13-14 for the nearly 750 students who petitioned to graduate at the end of the Spring 2022 semester – the last of 135 commencement exercises to be held under President Davie Jane Gilmour. “My life is better for all of the students I’ve dealt with, interacted with, shook hands with for the last 24 years,” said the president, who is retiring June 30. “I am so proud of you and what you’ve done, and I want you to remember one thing: If you make yourself proud every day, then we will be Penn College Proud. And no matter where you go or what you do, you will always have a home at Penn College.” Bittersweet and joyful, nostalgic and raucous (with cowbells, air horns and confetti cannons), it truly offered moments to cherish, and not just for the 20,000th graduate to cross the stage and receive one-on-one congratulations.

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Pomp, circumstance … and a picnic on the side

As part of the spring semester wind-down, Penn College employees gathered near the Field House for catered lunch and camaraderie. Thursday’s picnic – the first since before the pandemic – brought together staff and faculty from across campus to relax in the outdoors before the weekend’s commencement activities.

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President says farewell with authenticity, humility … and accolades

In the final all-college address before her June 30 retirement, Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour found the difficult words to sum up 44 years on campus – the last two-dozen as its leader.

“I have made mistakes, but – together – we have accomplished a great deal through extraordinary times – not just recent months, but in 24 years of change and adaptation, feast and famine,” she said, during an emotional mix of candid self-assessment and genuine gratitude. “We have always worked hard, kept students in sharp focus and moved this venture forward – and in the process, we have transformed lives. If I had but one small piece of that, then my career has been fulfilled.”

She was followed to the lectern by her imminent successor, Michael J. Reed, who put into perspective Gilmour’s “extraordinary” tenure as Penn College president: “If someone had visited this campus in May 1998, when you became president, and did not return until today, they would be utterly astounded by the transformation.”

Their remarks were preceded by recognition of faculty and staff with a series of end-of-semester honors – including the surprise inauguration of an award with a provenance steeped in campus lore.

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‘Dueling’ musical duo fills PDC with two-way energy

"Tony T." belts out a rock standard ...
“Tony T.” belts out a rock standard …
... then asks for another audience add-on to the playlist.
… then asks for another audience add-on to the playlist.
Sing us some songs, they're the Piano Men!
Sing us some songs, they’re the Piano Men!
Fingers fly across the keyboard ...
Fingers fly across the keyboard …
... as "Wildman Joe" performs another number from a seemingly limitless repertoire.
… as “Wildman Joe” performs another number from a seemingly limitless repertoire.

“Dueling Pianos,” comprised of Tony T. (Anthony Decarolis) and Wildman Joe (Joe Marchetti), brought musical interactivity to Penn College’s Thompson Professional Development Center on Friday night. The Philadelphia-based act encouraged people to offer up song recommendations, then invited them to sing along. “They mostly played classic rock songs,” said one attendee at the Student Engagement Office-sponsored event. “It was a great time!”
Photos by Alexis M. Burrell, student photographer

Events Students

Beating the ‘hungries’ while thirsting for knowledge

As students get ready for final exams, Dining Services is reliably alongside them – hosting several events, providing specials and treats, to fuel the body while scholars feed their minds.

The fun kicked off Wednesday evening with a Beach Party at Capitol Eatery. Filled with summery eats, the buffet menu featured roasted pig, crab cakes, saltwater potato medley, Hang Ten Supreme Pizza, Capitol Island foot-long hot dogs, seashore and funnel-cake fries, s’mores pizza, fresh fruit, Hawaiian salad, boba drinks, and pina colada cake. Students also could participate in such fun events as Sandy Candy, mug decorating and “make-your-own leis.”

The 22nd Spring Midnight Breakfast was held Thursday in the Keystone Dining Room, where more than 550 students partook in one of Penn College’s favorite traditions. Members of President’s Council and Student Affairs were on hand to serve up a free meal of breakfast sandwiches, bacon, home fries, a yogurt bar and ice cream. Students also enjoyed stuffing plush animals as part of the event.

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Fruitful day adds ‘satisfied’ to accepted students’ status

Penn College welcomed 59 future Wildcats and their families to Accepted Student Day on Sunday – emphasis on the “sun” – as gorgeous walking-around weather helped guests celebrate “the beginning of something amazing.” The day’s VIPs checked in at the Field House, then explored campus, made new friends and found an ever-helpful assortment of students and employees. “I am so pleased with the outcome of Accepted Student Day and the hard work put in by so many people,” said Melinda D. Heckman, coordinator of admissions events and communications. “The students who visited are on the edge of committing to Penn College, but still had a few questions they needed answered. Judging from the smiles, I think many questions were answered and our Penn College community will grow.” Aside from gaining helpful pointers about financial aid, housing, veterans services and coping with those inevitable first-year challenges, visitors were treated to outdoor games and ice cream. Presidential Student Ambassadors also led tours, explaining such traditions as Midnight Breakfast, the annual decorating and lighting of oversized holiday cards, and the fireworks display that caps every Welcome Weekend. “A parent met me in line and wondered aloud if Dr. (Carolyn R.) Strickland was really Mother Nature in disguise,” Heckman added, referencing the vice president for enrollment management/associate provost, “since she mentioned personally ordering the perfect weather!”

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ESC celebrates a special Earth Day, 50 years in the making

On the 52nd annual Earth Day, Pennsylvania College of Technology hailed a phenomenon only slightly younger: the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, home to memories, marvels and the makers of a million tomorrows. Observing the milestone golden anniversary of the Allenwood area campus on a beautiful spring afternoon, attendees reveled in “this special place” known as the ESC.

“It is more than a place or a building, though,” said alumnus Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of diesel technology and natural resources. “This is a place where you were possibly introduced to your career passion. This is a place where you met mentors who fostered your talent and helped you to become a professional. This is a place where, after you left high school, you met people with similar career aspirations and built lifelong friendships. If you came here right from high school, you left a home of 18 years to forge a new life, and the people at the ESC became your new family for two years.”

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‘War of the Roses’ blends fun, drug-free message

Paul C. Glover, of New Milford, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major, gets "pied" for a good cause.
Paul C. Glover, of New Milford, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major, gets “pied” for a good cause.
Taking aim at the Hatchet House trailer
Taking aim at the Hatchet House trailer
Wildcat cornhole in the courtyard
Wildcat cornhole in the courtyard
Nate J. Krushensky, an architecture and sustainable design student from Danville, attempts to maneuver despite artificially (though effectively) induced impairment.
Nate J. Krushensky, an architecture and sustainable design student from Danville, attempts to maneuver despite artificially (though effectively) induced impairment.
Treats from the Bruster's truck
Treats from the Bruster’s truck

“PCT Drug Free: War of the Roses,” an inter-hall competition between Lancaster and York (and a play on the 15th century battles between those houses for control of the English throne), was held Thursday evening in the Rose Street Commons Courtyard. Students vied for the highest scores in hatchet-throwing and the fastest times while wearing “drunk goggles” on an obstacle course, and to see who could collect the most money in a “pie-your-RA” fundraiser benefiting West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission. There was an educational table of information from West Branch, as well as the Bruster’s ice cream truck to provide Lancaster and York residents their prize for winning a survey contest earlier this semester.
Photos by Frank T. Kocsis, student photographer

Events Students

Rape survivor’s message to heighten awareness during ‘Denim Day’

Brittany PiperPenn College will observe “National Denim Day” on Wednesday, when all members of the campus community are encouraged to wear jeans in solidarity and support of sexual violence survivors and to combat victim-blaming.

To kick off the event, which falls during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Office of Student Engagement is hosting Brittany Piper, who will present “Rape Culture: A Survivor’s Perspective” at 7 p.m. Monday in Penn’s Inn (Bush Campus Center, second floor). Piper, whose appearance is free and open to the public, was 20 when she was brutally raped by a man pretending to be a good Samaritan. Now, years later, she refuses to keep silent as she gently unravels a sensitive topic with audiences – empowering them to not only be part of the conversation, but also part of the solution.

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Graphic Design 2022 spotlights talents of 11 seniors

The talents of 11 graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will be in the spotlight with “Graphic Design 2022,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College, April 26 through May 6.

A reception will be celebrated 4 to 6 p.m. (with remarks at 5 p.m.) on Friday, April 29, in the gallery on the third floor of The Madigan Library. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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Reception celebrates donors’ generosity, president’s legacy

Commenting at Monday evening’s Donor Recognition Reception on the absurdity of receiving a pollen alert and a winter weather advisory on the same April day, President Davie Jane Gilmour moved on to something equally astounding but far less rare: affirmation of the philanthropy that allows Pennsylvania College of Technology students to pursue their passions and hone the skills needed to transform tomorrow.

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More than 120 welcomed into honor societies’ Penn College chapters

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently held induction ceremonies in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium for its four- and two-year honor society chapters, among the institution’s traditional end-of-semester activities in celebration of student accomplishment.

President Davie Jane Gilmour offered remarks during both of the April 9 ceremonies, and was joined at each by Joanna K. Flynn, dean of curriculum and instruction.

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