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Dining Services Faculty & Staff Students

A timely reminder of a vital campus service

The Cupboard at Penn CollegeFriday’s designation as “National Food Bank Day” serves to remind the Penn College community that The Cupboard – a food pantry on the first floor of the Bush Campus Center (Room 105H, at the rear of CC Commons) – is in operation this fall. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Cupboard is closed Saturdays and open from 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays (patrons must report to the CC Information Desk for assistance during those hours). Students struggling with food insecurity will need to complete a brief intake form; no financial information is requested or required. Among the items available for pickup are cereal, soup, pasta mixes, peanut butter, jelly, and canned fruits and vegetables. More information is available by email or by visiting the Dining Services portal page, where students and employees can also find information on donating to The Cupboard.

September 3, 2020
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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Events Faculty & Staff Gallery Students

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
Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students Welding

Video conveys Living Chapel’s spectacular nature

Stunning imagery and stirring music combine in a two-minute video posted to the Facebook page for the Living Chapel, an ode to sustainability and spirituality that gleams with the artistry of Penn College welding faculty and students. Soar via drone amid the beauty of the ages, then glide into the Botanical Garden of Rome for a closer look at this monumental achievement.

Living Chapel

September 2, 2020
Dental Hygiene Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Low-cost dental care available in college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dental Hygiene Clinic provides low-cost dental services to the community and is scheduling appointments for the Fall 2020 semester.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s state-of-the-art Dental Hygiene Clinic is scheduling appointments for the fall semester.

The clinic provides low-cost preventive dental hygiene services to the community, including cleanings, exams, X-rays and sealants. The clinic collaborates with area dental offices and can share records to prevent duplication of services.

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September 1, 2020
Faculty & Staff Students

Committed students sought for eight-week leadership program

LEAD-PCTApplications will be accepted through Sept. 10 for Lead-PCT, an eight-week student leadership experience that provides participants the opportunity to learn different leadership skills and apply them by developing a social change project proposal that directly benefits the Penn College community. The program is based on a curriculum of seven C’s, one of which is addressed each week: Consciousness of Self, Congruence, Commitment, Collaboration, Common Purpose, Controversy (With Civility) and Citizenship. This year’s Lead-PCT program will begin the week of Sept. 14 with two sessions during the Fall 2020 semester: 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 164 of the Bush Campus Center and 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays via Microsoft Teams. Any student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 who can demonstrate sincere commitment and interest in the program is eligible to apply through the Office of Student Engagement portal page. (Faculty and staff are encouraged to direct interested students there, or to email Student Engagement with any questions.)

August 31, 2020
Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant

Stiner earns stroke rehabilitation certification

Jodi F. Stiner

Jodi F. Stiner, a part-time faculty member for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant program, recently received the Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist credential.

Stiner completed a 32-hour course conducted by Neurorecovery Unlimited, in collaboration with the American Stroke Association, followed by an online competency examination. The course, taught by physical therapy educators and researchers, was designed to equip treating clinicians with current, evidence-based instruction and hands-on training in the treatment of strokes.

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August 27, 2020
Faculty & Staff Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Penn College adds master’s degree in nursing education

To meet the high demand for qualified nurse educators, Pennsylvania College of Technology is launching a Master of Science in Nursing, nursing education, in Fall 2021. (EDITOR'S NOTE: This file photo was taken in 2018, predating COVID-19 protocols for masking and social distancing.)

Pennsylvania College of Technology is set to begin accepting students into its newest master’s degree offering – a Master of Science in Nursing, nursing education. The application for admission will open in January, with classes set to begin in Fall 2021.

Created for the working nurse, the curriculum for the MSN in nursing education is designed to be completed on a part-time basis within two years. All classes are conducted in an asynchronous, online environment.

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August 27, 2020
Alumni Faculty & Staff

Penn College celebrates exemplary employees

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently honored noteworthy staff, a part-time instructor, outstanding faculty in advisement and assessment of students, longtime employees, and those who retired during the 2019-20 academic year.

Historically included in an all-college ceremony to end the spring semester, the honors were delayed this year and announced virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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August 24, 2020
Faculty & Staff Students

Enrollment Management extends office hours

In an effort to provide additional opportunities to serve students, Enrollment Management is extending office hours and opening on one Saturday per month during the Fall 2020 semester. The offices offering extended hours – until 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays (Aug. 29, Sept. 26, Oct. 31, Nov. 21 and Dec. 12) – are Admissions, College Transitions and First Year Initiatives, Financial Aid, and the SASC Information Desk (Saturdays only).

August 24, 2020
Alumni Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Landscape/Horticulture Mathematics Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant

Three faculty members honored for ‘Excellence in Teaching’

Three faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology were presented with Excellence in Teaching Awards at the start of the 2020-21 academic year.

As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program at Penn College, President Davie Jane Gilmour presented Excellence in Teaching Awards to Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture; Barbara F. Di Marco, assistant professor of mathematics; and Heather S. Dorman, instructor of physician assistant.

Distinguished Teaching Awards are presented to full-time faculty at Penn College who have been nominated by their students and colleagues for excellence in instructional performance. There have been 115 recipients since the program began in 1982: 33 Master Teacher Awards and 82 Excellence in Teaching Awards.

“From day one, teaching has been at the core of who we are,” Gilmour said. “As is obvious through comments from their students and colleagues alike, Carl, Barb and Heather are among the very best at putting that mission into practice.”

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August 17, 2020
Faculty & Staff President Students

Sincere accolades, tough talk punctuate president’s kickoff message

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour recognized exemplary faculty and staff during an all-college address Thursday morning, then used “some very plain language” to emphasize for all of her co-workers the inherent personal accountability of starting the 2020-21 academic year amid a global health crisis. “It is critical that we all follow the expectations and model the behaviors we want our students to follow. If we do not, one careless act by a group of students or employees could shut us down,” she said in her remarks, traditionally held in the Klump Academic Center but moved online to avoid a crowded gathering. “If you are not feeling well, please stay home. Wear your mask and enforce mask wearing in your labs and classes. Your personal health and the health and welfare of your fellow employees and students depend upon your vigilance. Our lives in 2020 are forever changed. Let’s be certain we manage that change to the best of our ability.”

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August 13, 2020