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Celebrating ‘We the People’

Constitution Week, National Voter Registration Day observedThe observance of Constitution Week (Sept. 17-23), as well as Tuesday’s National Voter Registration Day, offers the Penn College community a reminder of an informed citizenry’s role in protecting and defending America’s foundational framework. An information table has been set up through Wednesday evening in the Bush Campus Center lobby, stocked with pocket editions of the U.S. Constitution, voter swag and registration applications. Similar tables have been provided throughout the past week in various campus locations, with the cooperation of the League of Women Voters, to mark the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of America’s fundamental document. Watch PCToday for photos from Tuesday’s related activity: “Hot Dog, You’re Voting!” held from 5 to 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Thompson Professional Development Center. The event provided students the opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, campus support services and, of course, dogs! There was information about voting, friendly (masked) faces and treats for all.

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Events General Information Students

Thinking about community service? Here’s something to chew on!

Student Engagement provided all the materials with which to make a dog's day.
Student Engagement provided all the materials with which to make a dog’s day.
The second floor of the Bush Campus Center, equipped with the necessary technology for group instruction, also provides ample room to responsibly spread out.
The second floor of the Bush Campus Center, equipped with the necessary technology for group instruction, also provides ample room to responsibly spread out.
Handcrafted with love, and destined for a doggie donation
Handcrafted with love, and destined for a doggie donation

Seventeen service-driven Penn College students, many of them representing campus organizations, took part in the Office of Student Engagement’s recent “(community) Service Saturday” in Penn’s Inn. “We made dog toys from T-shirts and dog-friendly tennis balls using a ‘recipe’ packet I compiled and watching YouTube video tutorials,” said Shannon L. Skaluba, student organization and information center specialist, who facilitated the Sept. 12 activity (and provided the photos above). “Many learned how to tie square knots during the event, an essential skill in making homemade dog toys. We had a great time!” The box of toys fashioned by the properly masked and socially distanced group will be donated to the Lycoming County SPCA. “(community) Service Saturday” events, held the second Saturday of the month, provide Penn College students with opportunities to volunteer within the Greater Williamsport area. The next will be held from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 10, when participants will clean up off-campus neighborhoods and Ways Garden. All (community) Service Saturdayappropriate supplies will be provided; the group will meet in front of the ACC for 9 a.m. Those interested should sign up in advance by submitting the “(community) Service Saturday” registration form on the Student Engagement portal page. Questions? Email the office for answers!

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Events Students

Community-building event lets students know #YouAreWelcomeHere

Welcoming Week 2020

Penn College is participating in Welcoming Week (Sept. 12-20), a nationally recognized movement that promotes environments that are inclusive and welcoming to all – no matter where they’re from. This year’s theme is “Creating Home Together,” embodied in a Wednesday afternoon cupcake-decorating event on the Bush Campus Center patio. Students also had the opportunity to post their responses to the question, “What makes Penn College home?” While the pandemic prevented some from joining the celebration of their campus home, the college is proud to have 11 students from six countries (Grenada, India, Jamaica, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Vietnam).

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EDA recognized for $2 million role in welding expansion

Economic Development AdministratonA special virtual event Thursday afternoon honored the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s support of expanded welding facilities at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

A $2 million public works grant from the EDA was the acknowledged catalyst for the additional instructional space in the Lycoming Metal Trades Center – “an incredible facility that will truly transform tomorrow,” as characterized by Bradley M. Webb, dean of engineering technologies – that was dedicated in February.

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September 10, 2020
Events Faculty & Staff Students

Events bring students together, even when apart

Matheu A. Davenport, an engineering design technology student from Lewisburg, chose cherry blossoms for his fan’s décor, a nod to celebrating Asian culture, he said.

An inspirational duo of outdoor Student Engagement events this week reinforced a message to even the most pandemic-weary Wildcats: “Explore your campus, interact with your community and embrace one another.” Tuesday afternoon’s annual Fall Fusion, held near the Field House, provided a one-stop introduction to manifold involvement opportunities, while Wednesday’s Multicultural Lawn Party (rescheduled from Sept. 3 due to weather) celebrated Penn College’s diversity.

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Events Faculty & Staff Students

‘Puppy Love’ and other songs of summer

Walter, a soft-coated wheaten terrier (and acknowledged bundle of hugs) greets guests with owner Katie L. Mackey, assistant director of disability services.

As the season slowly turns to autumn (with only occasional showers to alter the schedule), largely pleasant weather has allowed a variety of outdoor activities on Penn College’s main campus. Among recent happenings were the Office of Student Engagement’s “Peace, Love and Wildcats” music festival (Sunday in the Rose Street Commons Courtyard) and Counseling Services’ annual “Hot Dog, You’re Here!” ice-breaker on the PDC lawn on Monday.

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Students, employees invited to view WWII comics in college gallery

Among the artwork on display through Oct. 2 at The Gallery at Penn College is this Captain Marvel Adventures comic book cover from 1942.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees are invited to The Gallery at Penn College to view “Victory for a Dime: The Fighting Comic Books of the Second World War.”

The free exhibit can be viewed through Oct. 2 on Mondays 2 to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 to 7 p.m.; Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Fridays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gallery, located on the third floor of Madigan Library.

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September 2, 2020
Events Students

Beasts of unburdening

The expansive lawn allows for therapeutic sprawl.
The expansive lawn allows for therapeutic sprawl.
Keeping their focus through food, goats pile on at snack time.
Keeping their focus through food, goats pile on at snack time.
Sporting a stylish bandanna, a guest works the room.
Sporting a stylish bandanna, a guest works the room.
Making the leap ...
Making the leap …
... and sticking the landing!
… and sticking the landing!

Take a form of exercise known for offering relief from stress, add animals who love to interact with humans, and top it all off with the sighs and smiles that flow when tiny hooves maintain their balance through inadvertent massage. Yup, it’s the campus return of Goat Yoga! Participants in Wednesday’s three sessions kept their distance from one another, but still managed some close encounters of the “herd” kind in the Student Engagement-sponsored activity. For the second year, Buttinhead Farms brought its four-legged funfest from Hunlock Creek to the PDC lawn as part of Penn College’s traditional “PC3” start to the semester.
Photos by Juvy A. Orillaza, student photographer

August 27, 2020
Alumni Events Faculty & Staff Students

Milestone memories on the mall

Class representative Alexandra “Ali” D. Petrizzi, who recently landed a “dream job” with Vera Bradley, addresses her fellow 2020 graduates. In her remarks, a prerecorded version of which was broadcast at subsequent ceremonies, Petrizzi thanked family, friends, her network of college mentors – and Starbucks – for helping her along her road to success.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held 15 in-person commencement ceremonies on Aug. 7-9 – two in the morning and three each afternoon – celebrating Spring and Summer 2020 graduates while adhering to state and federal health guidelines. In light of restrictions on gathering indoors, ceremonies were held outside; festivities were simultaneously streamed for the safety and convenience of those at a distance. The address by student speaker Alexandra D. Petrizzi, of Langhorne, who graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, was delivered live during Friday’s 5 p.m. ceremony and broadcast to classmates in many of the other exercises. Additional precautions, fine-tuned through months of judicious planning, included mandatory masks (except when graduates crossed the stage), temperature checks for students upon arrival and socially spacious seating. “When I saw the set-up for today’s ceremony, I literally had tears in my eyes for one fundamental reason: It took an incredible amount of work to put this together today,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said. “And then I fact-checked myself and said, for all of you, it took an incredible amount of work to sit here today. In many ways, that’s a lesson that you can’t unlearn and perhaps a lesson that you might not have learned otherwise. Nothing rewarding is ever easy. You’re leaving here today with degrees that, all throughout this crazy pandemic, this real life-threatening deal we’re dealing with, is you’re essential workers. You’re in an essential career that will make a difference in people’s lives, both in 2020 and the years to come. That’s what Penn College does: We make you ready, and help you be prepared, for the careers of today and tomorrow. I have no doubt you’ll go out and make us Penn College Proud.”

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Penn College ‘manufactures’ educational experience for teachers

Emily Wagner, a counselor at South Williamsport Area Junior/Senior High School, works on building a robotic arm during the recent Manufacturing Externship Camp at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the camp exposed high school educators to various aspects of manufacturing, so they can communicate the promising career possibilities in that sector to their students.

With support from the National Science Foundation, Pennsylvania College of Technology recently “manufactured” a weeklong educational experience for 13 high school teachers and school counselors from throughout the state.

The Manufacturing Externship Camp revealed to educators the promising realities of manufacturing careers through several activities, including a robot-building exercise that they can replicate at their home schools. The camp is one of several Penn College initiatives – funded by a grant from the NSF’s Advanced Technological Education program – dedicated to growing the manufacturing workforce.

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Events Scholarships

Foundation’s Golf Classic adopts innovative format for 2020

A new format is in place for the 34th Annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic – sponsored by Compass Group North America – a fundraising event that has generated more than 700 scholarship awards totaling nearly $900,000 in student support since its inception.

Adapting to ongoing pandemic restrictions, this year’s event enables foursomes to register and complete their rounds during the month of September at the Williamsport Country Club while enjoying a complimentary lunch on the course. Additionally, all teams will receive gift certificates for a “Let Le Jeune Chef Cater Your Friday Night” five-course, take-home dinner, along with a choice of individual player gifts. At the end of the tournament, there will be awards for the low individual and team scores on both a net and gross basis.

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July 14, 2020
Events Sports

Virtual ‘Wildcat Dash’ set for Aug. 5

Wildcat Dash

The Penn College women’s basketball and soccer teams will host the Wildcat Dash, a virtual 5K run/walk on Wednesday, Aug. 5, as a fundraising initiative for student-athletes. Participants will receive a printable race bib and a T-shirt, and competitive racers can submit their results for a chance at medals and other prizes. The cost is $15 for Penn College students or anyone 18 years old or younger, $25 for non-students older than 18. Register, lace up those running shoes, and get ready to dash with the Wildcats anytime and anywhere on Aug. 5!

July 7, 2020

Bloodmobile nets more than 40 pints

American Red CrossForty-three pints of blood – 13 from first-time donors – were collected by the American Red Cross during a June 24 visit to Penn’s Inn. “The American Red Cross and College Health Services are so grateful to all our partners that continue to stand with us through the evolution of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” health services director Carl L. Shaner said in an email to donors. “Your efforts have helped boost the community blood supply and ensure hospital patients have the lifesaving blood they need.” The next campus Bloodmobile, the first of the fall semester and a return to the two-day format, will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 2-3. Make an appointment today!

June 30, 2020

Walking the walk

The procession (estimated to be at least a mile long) winds its way along Maynard Street, passing the college entrance.

Hundreds of local residents collectively and peacefully added to the national conversation about injustice, race and hateful speech on Friday morning, taking part in a “Walk About It, Be About It” event. The 7.42-mile march traveled from Memorial Park in Williamsport’s West End to Montoursville, passing by Penn College to connect with the Susquehanna Riverwalk. Chanting and carrying signs – and drawing supportive honks from motorists – participants set aside politics to focus on the “unity” within “community.”

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