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In Homecoming tradition, fountain follows course of a different color

General Services' Gary T. Pandolfi, refrigeration, heating and plumbing mechanic, helps Katherine A. Downes, a graphic design major from Hamburg, as students took turns pouring Wildcat Blue dye into the water outside the ATHS.
General Services’ Gary T. Pandolfi, refrigeration, heating and plumbing mechanic, helps Katherine A. Downes, a graphic design major from Hamburg, as students took turns pouring Wildcat Blue dye into the water outside the ATHS.
The deep-blue hue works its way through the fountain's pool, a change that will remain until after the college's Oct. 27 Open House.
The deep-blue hue works its way through the fountain’s pool, a change that will remain until after the college’s Oct. 27 Open House.
Celebrating their tag-team tinting of the Veterans' Fountain are (from left) SGA's Downes, Michael E. Highland II, Patrick C. Ferguson and Ryan P. Farabaugh; and WEB's  Jerry J. Hudak, McKenna N. Myers, Shaqira S. Drummond, Serena V. Bergeron and Chad M. Karper.
Celebrating their tag-team tinting of the Veterans’ Fountain are (from left) SGA’s Downes, Michael E. Highland II, Patrick C. Ferguson and Ryan P. Farabaugh; and WEB’s Jerry J. Hudak, McKenna N. Myers, Shaqira S. Drummond, Serena V. Bergeron and Chad M. Karper.

Nine members of Penn College’s Student Government Association and Wildcat Events Board introduced dye into The Veterans’ Fountain at first light Monday morning, encouraged by the Office of Student Engagement and General Services in the traditional prelude to Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend. The annual observance is a time to connect alumni, students, families and friends through many great events across a beautiful college campus. Among the activities showcasing Wildcat Pride are the ninth annual Alumni Golf Outing, the Alumni & Friends Tent Party, a bonfire outside Madigan Library, breakfast with President Davie Jane Gilmour, and open academic labs. Men’s and women’s soccer games on the new UPMC Field, featuring a number of local food trucks, and an Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner will also take place. (Watch PCToday next Monday morning for a photo gallery from the weekend’s festivities.)

Faculty & Staff Individualized Programs of Study Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Day’s headlines readily – and relevantly – fuel classroom discussion

Learning politics in real timeTo assess Penn College students’ perspective on the day’s news – developments as fresh as the Washington, D.C., impeachment drama unfolding concurrently with their Thursday afternoon lecture – WNEP’s Chris Keating visited Craig A. Miller’s American Government-National course. Miller, an associate professor of history/political science whose Klump Academic Center classroom gives students a nonjudgmental space in which to formulate their opinions, began with a discussion of current events (including the congressional hearing on recess when the session convened, as well as its back story involving both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden). In addition to interviewing Miller, Keating talked on camera with Allen J. Hafner, an individual studies student from Jersey Shore, and Dominic W. Howard, an undeclared major from Williamsport. The piece was broadcast on evening newscasts, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Automotive Collision Repair & Restoration Faculty & Staff Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Penn College among automotive exhibitors at UPMC’s ‘Autumn Fest’

Autumn Fest & Car ShowIn search of a traditional fall event to usher in the season? Join Penn College automotive restoration technology students for the Autumn Fest & Car Show at UPMC Susquehanna’s Divine Providence Campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Students are displaying a Ford Mustang body befitting this year’s celebration of the Mustang Club of North Central Pennsylvania’s 30th anniversary. Admission is $10, with proceeds benefiting UPMC’s Addiction Medicine Services. Among activities at the 1100 Grampian Boulevard event are food, raffles, craft vendors and a kids’ pumpkin patch.

Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Visit Penn College at the Bloomsburg Fair!

Complete with social media tags, the Baja SAE vehicle invites spectators.
Complete with social media tags, the Baja SAE vehicle invites spectators.
Penn College's "green" majors are well-represented by the horticulture department and examples of its hydroponic bounty.
Penn College’s “green” majors are well-represented by the horticulture department and examples of its hydroponic bounty.
Collision repair instructor Shaun D. Hack helps a young fair attendee test his painting skills with the college's virtual reality spray simulator.
Collision repair instructor Shaun D. Hack helps a young fair attendee test his painting skills with the college’s virtual reality spray simulator.
Timothy L. Yarrington (on video), instructor of brewing fermentation and science, and the long-term "diesel drag truck" help draw interest to the college's distinctive offerings.
Timothy L. Yarrington (on video), instructor of brewing fermentation and science, and the long-term “diesel drag truck” help draw interest to the college’s distinctive offerings.

Visitors to the 164th Bloomsburg Fair, the largest fair in The Keystone State, can learn about many of Penn College’s exciting programs on display in the Antique Farm Museum through Saturday.
Photos by Sue A. Kelley, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications, and Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies

Faculty & Staff

Penn College names assistant dean of academic operations

Anthony J. Pace

Anthony J. Pace has been appointed assistant dean of academic operations at Pennsylvania College of Technology, effective Sept. 23.

Pace has served as director of student engagement/student activities at Penn College since August 2016. He began his employment with the college in June 2014 as assistant director of student activities for student organizations and orientation. Before joining Penn College, he served as student life coordinator/FYRST (First Year Residents Succeeding Together) Program coordinator at Lycoming College.

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Alumni Faculty & Staff Makerspace Students

Makerspace: Dream, create and innovate!

Makerspaces are collaborative learning centers with equipment and tools to dream, create and innovate in a community environment. The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College (Room 104 of the Carl Building Technologies Center) represents one such “hotbed for learning” – a combination of design, engineering, fabrication and education, where students can produce multidisciplinary projects in a dynamic learning setting. Three of those students sing the facility’s praises in a video added to the college’s YouTube channel: Nathaniel H. Lyon, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Fredericksburg; Anthony F. O’Koren, an applied technology student from Williamsport; and Ryan C. Kuntz, of Slatington, enrolled in manufacturing engineering technology. “Makerspace to me is kinda like when you were in kindergarten and everything was new and exciting, and you were always learning and getting to learn how to share and play with others and make things and practice your skills,” O’Koren says. “I didn’t know I was a maker until I found a whole community. Once you’ve made a friendship with someone, they’ll come and ask for your advice on what you think the best idea with this would be. You get to articulate or work with others to create an idea.”

Events Faculty & Staff Students

Memorial blood drive nets 168 lifesaving pints

American Red CrossThe Penn College commitment to host a memorial blood drive earlier this month with the American Red Cross truly made a difference. At the Sept. 4-5 tribute to Patrick M. Breen – a longtime General Services employee who died in June 2018 – faculty, staff and students registered 184 total donors, collected 168 pints of blood and recruited 65 first-time donors. “Our efforts have helped boost the community blood supply and ensure hospital patients have the lifesaving blood they need,” said Carl L. Shaner, director of college health services. “With our donation, over 500 patients in need of blood and blood products will benefit from our gift. Thank you, Penn College community, for your gift of time and support. The patients who have benefited from the blood drive are beyond grateful.” Shaner also thanked Joe’s Pizza for its generous donation of pizzas to the donors. The next Bloodmobile will be from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 13-14 in Penn’s Inn (CC, second floor).

Faculty & Staff Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Information Technology

Penn College faculty present cybersecurity paper

Jacob Miller and Sandra Gorka

Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty detailed for nationwide peers an ongoing initiative to address the critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals.

Jacob R. Miller and Sandra Gorka, associate professors of computer science, presented “Improving the Pipeline” at the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education in Las Vegas. Their talk summarized a paper they wrote with Alicia McNett, instructor of computer information technology, and Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.

The annual colloquium brings together educators, business and industry leaders, and practitioners to share ideas, research and needs related to cybersecurity.

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Art and Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

‘Arts’ mosaic set for official dedication Wednesday

Stabley and Cillo showcase their work upon its completion in late spring.
Stabley and Cillo showcase their work upon its completion in late spring.

The “Avenue of the Arts” mosaic in downtown Williamsport will be celebrated at a dedication and reception scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Firestone Building, 400 Market St. Commissioned by PublicArtWorks and intended as a gateway to Williamsport’s cultural community, the piece was created and installed by David A. Stabley, an instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture at Penn College, and Carol Cillo, president of the Clinton County Arts Council.

Construction & Design Technologies Faculty & Staff Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Students

Two HVAC students awarded national industry scholarships

OESP awards scholarships

Two of five $5,000 scholarships recently awarded by the Oil and Energy Service Professionals and its co-sponsors have gone to Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

The scholarships were presented to Peter W. Bennett, of Sea Cliff, New York, and Ian H. West, of Hummelstown. Bennett is enrolled in the two-year heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology major; West is working toward a bachelor’s degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology.

The financial assistance comes from the organization’s Dave Nelsen Scholarship Program, established in 1999 to memorialize an OESP member’s commitment to education.

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Faculty & Staff General Information Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Information Technology STEM

USA Today STEM insert features faculty perspective

Alicia McNettThe insights of a Penn College faculty member are included in a 16-page “Women in STEM” supplement inserted in 250,000 copies of Friday’s USA Today being distributed in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, northcentral Florida and Houston. Alicia McNett, assistant professor of computer information technology, is one of four industry success stories recruited for a panel Q&A (on Page 12) titled “We Ask the Experts How Women Can Break Into STEM.” The publication also includes a front-page ad (topped by a cover photo of Melinda Gates, who is profiled inside) directing readers to a webpage focused on the college’s passionate pioneers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Women in STEM supplement

Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Radiography

Penn College names director of radiography

Christine L. Eckenrod

Christine L. Eckenrod has been appointed to lead the radiography program at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Eckenrod began her work as director of radiography at Penn College on Sept. 3.

She brings to the position more than 30 years of experience in the medical imaging field. Before joining Penn College, she was the radiography program director at JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Radiography in New Jersey, where she also served as a radiography instructor.

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