A four-week summer program for student-athletes, based on National Strength and Conditioning Association guidelines and taught by exercise science faculty from the School of Health Sciences, continues through July 15. The Youth Training for Athletic Development Camp comprises a morning session for 15- to 17-year-olds and a midday one for youngsters 12 to 14. Penn College’s exercise science major, being offered under that new name starting this fall, is the only such associate-degree program in Pennsylvania to be recognized by the NSCA.
David Toms, whose philanthropy runs a close second to his success on the PGA Tour, was the featured pro at Monday’s 29th annual Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Golf Classic at the Williamsport Country Club. Proceeds from the event, which included a morning clinic, are expected to add more than $45,000 to the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship when all told. Prize-winners during the tournament were Ed Alberts, Tom Rudy, Matt Haile and Dan Klingerman, closest to the pin on each of four holes; Young Park, individual low net (62); Frank Covelusky, individual low gross (72, including 24 on the last six holes); Peggy Roskowski, Mike and Connie McNamara, and Park, second place in the team event (55, including 18 on the last six holes); and Phil Johnson, Covelusky, Klingerman and Richard Born (55, including 17 on the last six holes).
Penn College’s annual SMART Girls summer camp attracted 34 high schoolers from across Pennsylvania, some with a strong interest in science, math, engineering or technology, and others just beginning to explore those options. During the four-day camp, the girls used additive manufacturing to solve problems – like creating replacement parts for broken consumer products and designing connectors to build structures out of plastic straws. They also used their newly honed computer-aided design and 3-D printing skills to develop a product line, supported by a business plan, resume and trade-show booth. All were used to pitch “investors,” the camp’s mentors, during the “Wildcat Den Showcase,” a SMART Girls take on television’s “Shark Tank.” SMART Girls – Science and Math Applications in Real-World Technologies for Girls – was implemented by Penn College to reverse the trend of girls to shy away from math and science courses and the rewarding, family-sustaining careers that use those skills. The camp, which also included career interest assessments and company tours, was facilitated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office. Mentors were Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing at Penn College; Tom Gill, a science teacher at Central Columbia High School; Christina L. Herman, director of student services and career development for Loyalsock Township School District; and Alice S. Justice, school counselor at Central Columbia Middle School. Camp director was Tanya Berfield, project and data reporting technician in Outreach for K-12.
A CDL Open House, held Thursday to attract students into Penn College’s Commercial Driver’s License program, was co-hosted at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center by Workforce Development & Continuing Education and the Center for Transportation Safety. CTS brought a simulated rig to the event so that potential students could experience driving a tractor-trailer; a skid steer was also on hand to let participants practice vehicle control. WDCE, which contracts with CTS to provide CDL Class A training at the college’s Energy Technology Education Center site along Route 15 near Allenwood, hopes to add Class B and CDL Refresher Safe Driving courses to its portfolio.
Photos by Pamela Mix and Hadly Ransom
More than 360 new students and their guests are attending Penn College’s first Connections orientation program for the Fall 2015 semester, which began Wednesday morning on main campus. The first of six two-day summer sessions, in which employees and student assistants (called Links) break the ice, shatter misconceptions and bust a few dance moves in apprising first-year enrollees to the full Penn College experience. Two one-day sessions will also be offered for adult learners and transfer students.
A new addition to Penn College’s hands-on summer lineup, this week’s Future Restaurateurs Career Camp gave high school students a two-day taste of the restaurant life. Students entering grades nine to 12 learned such important kitchen basics as knife skills and safety, as well as menu planning and dining room etiquette, as they spent their time planning and preparing a buffet lunch that culminated the camp. Among their finished products were fruit and vegetable carvings, salad and dressing, ice cream, sorbet and a variety of sauces to top them, crème brulee, guacamole, and more.
Penn College’s School of Health Sciences was the destination for 30 high schoolers attending Health Careers Camp, a joint, two-day program of the college and Susquehanna Health. The camp offers students a chance to explore careers in the health care field. Students entering grades nine to 12 attended hands-on workshops Wednesday and Thursday in the college’s exercise science, paramedic technology, occupational therapy assistant, physician assistant, nursing, radiography, dental hygiene and surgical technology majors. To round out their experience, they toured Susquehanna Health’s Williamsport Hospital.
Forty high school students from across Pennsylvania explored potential careers in Penn College’s fourth annual “Designing a Digital Future Camp” on Tuesday and Wednesday. The campers, entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade this fall, embraced the boundless employment possibilities of gaming, Web design, product design, mobile applications and graphic design during hands-on workshops in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and the Bush Campus Center. The popular camp, one of a number offered on campus this summer, is a collaboration of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications.
Despite an abbreviated program and attendance thinned by rain, Williamsport’s 32nd annual God, Country and Community Flag March was held as planned Sunday night. The parade formed several blocks away at Nichols Place, eventually traveling onto the Penn College campus and ending under the 30-by-60-foot American flag outside the Student & Administrative Services Center. There, a 15-minute ceremony – including the National Anthem; a cross-country recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance; and acknowledgment of Scout troops, veterans organizations and other patriots – celebrated the 238th birthday of America’s high-flying, ever-waving symbol.
Fine art by Danny Smith, a 2015 graduate of Williamsport Area High School, is on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College through June 26.
Penn College hosted a roundtable meeting of the state House Appropriations Committee on Thursday, providing a forum for local business leaders to informally talk about Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget proposal, workforce development, Marcellus Shale and other topics of mutual interest. Welcoming the group to campus, Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost, shared the need for more support on the per-student appropriation from Harrisburg. She backed up that request by citing the institution’s positive impact on Pennsylvania’s economy, sending a consistently high rate of broadly skilled graduates into the commonwealth’s employment ranks with “degrees that work” in more than 100 career fields. The legislative contingent, which included the respective chairs from both parties – William F. Adolph Jr., R-Springfield, and Rep. Joseph F. Markosek, D-Monroeville – held its afternoon session on the second floor of Madigan Library after a public hearing at Williamsport Regional Medical Center. The visit was facilitated by Rep. Garth D. Everett, R-Muncy, a member of the college’s board of directors, who was joined by Lycoming County colleague Rep. Jeff C. Wheeland, R-Williamsport. As the group adjourned with gratitude for the college’s hospitality, Markosek said he was pleased to visit a facility that pays tribute to Roger A. Madigan, a former member of both the state House and Senate. Markosek, for whom a library is named in Allegheny County’s Plum Borough, said he and Madigan once joked that such an honor is the true measure of a legislator’s success.
Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour is scheduled to speak at the Williamsport Area Nittany Lion Booster Club’s monthly meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at The Genetti Hotel in Williamsport.
Nearing 10 months directing Penn State’s 31-sport program, Barbour will speak about her first year in Happy Valley, her vision and plans for the future, and answer questions at the meeting, which is free and open to the public.
Plastics employees from five states were schooled by industry experts and campus professionals when the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology held its sixth annual Heavy-Gauge/Cut-Sheet Thermoforming workshop in May.
The three-day course offered enlightening classroom presentations from several industry luminaries, as well as numerous hands-on sessions that covered operation and troubleshooting of thermoforming equipment, materials testing and introduction to new mold-making materials.
“Year after year, it is good to see that many companies across the country continue to invest in their employees and see the value in attending our workshops,” said Christopher J. Gagliano, program manager, Thermoforming Center of Excellence.
“Though much is taken, much abides …,” an exhibit of bronze sculptures and drawings by Ed Smith, a professor of art at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, opened Thursday in The Gallery at Penn College. Drawing on inspiration he uncovered on biennial art adventures in Venice, Italy, Smith devotes his “Beggars of Venice” series to illuminating the lives of the city’s most impoverished residents who he likens to mythic gods. Just as bronze figures have historically acknowledged great men or deeds, his figures strive to offer a glimpse into what is often overlooked, yet still noble. During the opening, Smith, a Guggenheim Fellow in sculpture and drawing and an associate member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, read the renowned poem, “Ulysses,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson – the source of his exhibit’s title. He also mentioned how impressed he was with the college’s embrace of humanism’s concepts, which include a belief in people’s potential and an emphasis on rational problem-solving. Gallery patrons can view Smith’s work through June 26; summer hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays (closed Saturdays and Mondays).
The renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology extended its expertise to plastics professionals throughout the country by hosting the seventh annual Hands-On Rotational Molding & Advanced Materials Workshop earlier this month.
With support from the Association of Rotational Molders and the Society of Plastics Engineers Rotational Molding Division, the PIRC’s workshop brought 31 individuals to campus, representing various sectors of the plastics industry and 11 states.
“It was tremendous to host diverse plastics professionals from throughout the country for this year’s workshop,” said Gary E. McQuay, PIRC engineering manager. “Attracting such talent on an annual basis speaks to the high quality of both the workshop and our plastics facilities at Penn College.”