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Electrical Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

Penn College transforms electrical labs

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently redesigned this electrical construction lab for students to have individual work stations. The college revamped seven labs in the Electrical Technologies Center to feature the latest industry-standard equipment. About 100 students enrolled in various electrical majors use the labs each semester.

About 100 electrical students per semester are benefiting from seven revamped labs at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Housed in the Electrical Technologies Center, one of the oldest buildings on campus, the labs feature the latest industry-standard equipment and provide individual instructional stations for students enrolled in one of several electrical programs.

“We’re really excited because we’re taking a deeper dive into some of the lab work we can do because of the space that we have,” said Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies. “I think somebody coming in this year and moving through is going to see and do more than we were able to offer before.”

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December 4, 2020
Faculty & Staff Students

An open-and-shut case of holiday cheer

Occupational Therapy Assistant Club (First prize, student organizations)

Penn College put a new spin on its year-end celebration for 2020, offering a door-decorating competition in lieu of the large-scale wooden greetings that have annually graced the campus mall for decades. A total of 29 entrants – 14 student organizations and 15 offices/departments – vied for the top three honors in each category, acknowledging a variety of holiday and faith traditions. Student winners were awarded $200, $150 and $100 for their club accounts, respectively; winning employee groups will be treated to a Le Jeune Chef Restaurant-catered lunch (first place) or breakfast (second and third places). Entries were judged by third-shift General Services employees, who made the rounds after Wednesday’s 9 p.m. completion deadline.

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Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Landscape/Horticulture Students

‘Thank you, health care heroes’

... where students gathered Thursday afternoon to prepare them for delivery. From left are Quinn R. Loudy, Williamsport; Marilyn T. Hiller, South Williamsport; Abby J. Ritchey, Roaring Spring; Cyra E. Sterner, South Williamsport; Steven K. Zuziak, Ephrata; and Angel Vicente-Rosario, Berwick. Loudy, Hiller and Sterner are enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; Ritchey in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; and Zuziak (a Spring 2020 landscape/horticulture grad) and Vicente-Rosario are applied management majors.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s horticulture department delivered 450 poinsettia plants to UPMC Susquehanna on Thursday for distribution to health care workers.

The plants are annually grown in the Schneebeli Earth Science Center greenhouse for a holiday sale, but ongoing COVID-19 concerns prompted the traditional event’s cancellation. Instead, senior administration agreed that the poinsettias should be donated to front-line workers in hopes of bringing some seasonal cheer in the midst of their selfless service.

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Faculty & Staff Students

And what to our wondering eyes should appear!

Hammer, Caputo, Placencia, Beaver and Jones (from left) collaboratively conquer the towering task before them.
Hammer, Caputo, Placencia, Beaver and Jones (from left) collaboratively conquer the towering task before them.
Placencia, an Army ROTC cadet who will be commissioned as a second lieutenant later this month, affixes a ball filled with ribbons from a prior year's fundraiser.
Placencia, an Army ROTC cadet who will be commissioned as a second lieutenant later this month, affixes a ball filled with ribbons from a prior year’s fundraiser.
Nearing the end of the line, Beaver (left), Jones and Caputo fill in the gaps with one final strand.
Nearing the end of the line, Beaver (left), Jones and Caputo fill in the gaps with one final strand.
No longer a work in progress, the tree awaits nightfall ...
No longer a work in progress, the tree awaits nightfall …
... when the landscape becomes magically and magnificently complete! (Photo by Tim Wegman, student photographer)
… when the landscape becomes magically and magnificently complete! (Photo by Tim Wegman, student photographer)

Five members of Penn College’s active military community made quick work of their year-end assignment on Thursday afternoon, hanging stars and other ornaments on the Veterans Holiday Tree outside Madigan Library. General Services employees strung colored lights before Thanksgiving, and this week’s crew capitalizing on the time-saving use of wire, rather than individually placing each star closed out its mission in less than a half-hour. The tree is across Hagan Way from The Major General Fred F. Marty, USA Retired, Veterans & Military Resource Center, whence the decorating team mobilized: Chet Beaver, coordinator of veteran and military services; and students Nathan L. Caputo, of South Williamsport, building construction technology; Nick J. Hammer, of Lock Haven, information technology: network specialist concentration; Emily J. Jones, of Avis, accounting; and Andrew Placencia, of Reading, automotive technology management. There are 339 stars on the tree this year, honoring members of the Penn College family who self-identify as veterans or active-duty servicemen and women.

December 3, 2020
Electrical Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

Penn College transforms electrical labs

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently revamped more than a half-dozen labs in its Electrical Technologies Center. The labs, which serve four electrical degree programs, consist of new equipment and scores of individual work stations for students. About 100 students per semester receive vital hands-on experience in the industry-standard labs – including Tyler J. Snook, a mechatronics major from Williamsport. “In this field where everything is hands-on, if you don’t get any of that experience, you’ll get out there and someone will be like, ‘Hey, work on this,” and you’ll have no idea where to begin,” he says in a video about the labs’ comprehensive upgrade.

 

December 3, 2020
College Relations Diesel & Power Generation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Heavy Equipment Students

Terex donates engine, axles for heavy equipment, diesel majors

Michael J. Sormilic, an online power generation student from Southbury, Conn., who has spent much of the Fall 2020 semester learning the ins and outs of the equipment, stands alongside a Cummins crane engine donated to Penn College by Terex Corp. Behind him, in the control room of the dyno lab, are John D. Motto (left), diesel equipment technology instructor, and Chris Macdonald, assistant director of corporate relations.

Through a newly formed partnership, Terex Corp. is providing the latest technology to Pennsylvania College of Technology with the donation of a new crane engine and four drive axles.

The equipment, valued at nearly $70,000, will be used to enhance instruction in the college’s heavy construction equipment technology and diesel technology programs.

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December 2, 2020
Alumni Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff

Faculty member authors instructional article for confectioners

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, was recently published in Kettle Talk, the quarterly publication of Retail Confectioners International.

Niedermyer authored “Perfecting Artisan Ganache” for the magazine’s October/November/December issue. Ganache is traditionally made from chocolate and cream. In the article, Niedermyer shares technical guidance for substituting and adding ingredients, controlling water activity and extending shelf life, as well as his formula for ganache-centered molasses spice bonbons.

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December 1, 2020
Dining Services Faculty & Staff Students

Students in COVID seclusion give positive feedback to Dining Services

Capitol Eatery employees decorated the tops of the to-go boxes as they prepared to deliver Thanksgiving meals.
Capitol Eatery employees decorated the tops of the to-go boxes as they prepared to deliver Thanksgiving meals.
KDR staff puts smiley-face stickers on meal orders to brighten students' day!
KDR staff puts smiley-face stickers on meal orders to brighten students’ day!

Penn College’s Dining Services staff has been collectively called an “essential hero” for preparing and providing nourishment to students cloistered by the coronavirus.

“We have delivered just over 2,500 meals since Aug. 5 – continuously – to 380 affected students in isolation and quarantine on campus,” director Mark J. Leo said Monday.

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December 1, 2020
Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students Workforce Development

New majors ‘power’ electronics lab at Penn College

Electronics students at Pennsylvania College of Technology finish installing a conveyer unit in a new lab at the college’s Center for Business & Workforce Development. The addition of two automation engineering technology baccalaureate degrees prompted the creation of the electronics lab. Besides the conveyer system, the space features 16 programmable logic controller stations and four Kuka industrial robots. About 60 students per semester are using the lab.

The addition of two automation degrees is powering a new electronics lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Located in the Center for Business & Workforce Development, the 906-square-foot space is accommodating about 60 students per semester who are seeking an automation engineering technology baccalaureate degree in either mechatronics or robotics.

“Industry was telling us that they liked what our students were doing, but they were looking for more because of the growth of automation in industry,” said Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies. “We looked at what we already had and how we could expand on that. When we expanded the program, we needed to expand the space. Now that we put stuff in there, I don’t know if it’s big enough!”

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November 30, 2020
Faculty & Staff Students

In high esteem

General Services' Mary Jo DeVinney and Chad L. Karstetter rise to the occasion in side-by-side buckets.
General Services’ Mary Jo DeVinney and Chad L. Karstetter rise to the occasion in side-by-side buckets.
Perspective affirms the scope of the undertaking, aided on the ground by Michael L. Bremigen (at the tree's base) and Barbie A. Myers (behind the truck).
Perspective affirms the scope of the undertaking, aided on the ground by Michael L. Bremigen (at the tree’s base) and Barbie A. Myers (behind the truck).
Festively festooned, the spruce offers its silent salute.
Festively festooned, the spruce offers its silent salute.
From top to bottom, a cascade of color
From top to bottom, a cascade of color
Acknowledging the street-level audience
Acknowledging the street-level audience

First-shift horticulturists from General Services laid the far-above-groundwork for decorating the Veterans Holiday Tree outside Madigan Library, stringing the underlying red, white and blue lights that honor the Penn College family’s servicewomen and men. The tribute will resume on the afternoon of Dec. 3, when a crew led by Chet Beaver, coordinator of veteran and military services, will add stars and other ornaments denoting the nearly 300 campus community members who have self-identified as active-duty or veteran military personnel. The tree on the northeast side of the library has been decorated annually since 2017; its successor on the other side of Hagan Way was felled due to disease.

November 25, 2020
Building Construction Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

Students’ service project brings ‘bit of joy’ to isolated residents

Landes saws wood pieces for one of four bases.

Carhartts and coffee were among the blustery-day necessities as a group of Pennsylvania College of Technology construction students, accompanied by faculty and cheered by representatives of a Williamsport nonprofit, erected a pavilion for grateful residents of a personal care home.

Taking part in the off-campus outreach at West House Inc., 616 W. Edwin St., were students Jake B. Campbell, of Scranton; Dane T. Landes, of Ottsville; Stephen K. Lee, of Bethlehem; Will E. Marconi, of Chadds Ford; and Zach Spearly, of Bellefonte. Marconi is a building construction technology major; Lee is enrolled in residential construction technology and management; and Campbell, Landes and Spearly are in the residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration.

They were joined in the project by Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology, and D. Robert Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science – the initial liaison between West House and the college.

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Events Faculty & Staff Students

Campus volunteers blanket community with hope, heart

Sisters of Theta Phi Alpha sorority with signed cards
Sisters of Theta Phi Alpha sorority with signed cards
Handwritten holiday cards await delivery to servicemen and women.
Handwritten holiday cards await delivery to servicemen and women.
Bernice C. Weaver (left), of Newville, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, and Skylar J. Merrick, a pre-radiography major from Mansfield, sort donated clothing for Dwell Orphan Care.
Bernice C. Weaver (left), of Newville, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, and Skylar J. Merrick, a pre-radiography major from Mansfield, sort donated clothing for Dwell Orphan Care.
Dwell's Hope Chest, "a closet for children who need things of their own"
Dwell’s Hope Chest, “a closet for children who need things of their own”
Jordan C. Palmer (left), a pre-radiography major from Honesdale, and Daija S. Mehaffie, of York, in pre-dental hygiene, work on the agency's year-end mailing.
Jordan C. Palmer (left), a pre-radiography major from Honesdale, and Daija S. Mehaffie, of York, in pre-dental hygiene, work on the agency’s year-end mailing.

Students who enjoy giving back to their community participated in two (community) Service Saturday opportunities on Nov. 14. The first was a holiday card-signing for military personnel, held in the CC Commons dining unit in the Bush Campus Center. Fifteen students and Allison Bressler Grove, director of the Office of Student Engagement, volunteered their time to write approximately 350 heartfelt holiday messages to those in the armed services. The signed cards then went to Sarah R. Yoder, coordinator of admissions operations, who sees that they are distributed every year (her brother is on active duty). The second volunteer opportunity was held at Dwell Orphan Care in Williamsport. Five students and Shannon L. Skaluba, student organization and information center specialist, assisted with sorting clothing and other items for The Hope Chest, which provides new and gently used clothing, shoes and necessities for foster and adoptive children of all ages. In addition, prep work was done for Dwell’s year-end (community) Service Saturdayappeal mailing. Interested in volunteering? Email the Office of Student Engagement to be added to the (community) Service Saturday interest list.
Photos provided by Shannon L. Skaluba

November 17, 2020
Events Faculty & Staff Scholarships Students

SGA fall fundraiser to benefit Student Leader Legacy Scholarship

Items include gift baskets assembled and donated by the Wildcat Events Board ...
Items include gift baskets assembled and donated by the Wildcat Events Board …
... Dining Services ...
… Dining Services …
... The College Store ...
… The College Store …
... and esports.
… and esports.

Join the Student Government Association from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday (Nov. 17-19) for its fall fundraiser in the Bush Campus Center lobby. All proceeds from the event benefit the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship, which is awarded annually to students that display exemplary leadership in the Penn College community. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Student Government Association was not able to host its annual silent auction fundraiser in Spring 2020. After various discussions, SGA decided that hosting this fall fundraiser would be a great additional way to raise funds for the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship,” said David Eaton, SGA’s vice president of finance and a web and interactive media student from Harrisburg. “I would like to thank the SGA finance committee in advance for helping with the creation, execution and turnout of the event.” Bidders on the various items, donated by the Penn College and Williamsport communities, can register on-site with an SGA representative and need not be present when the winners are announced.
Photos provided

November 17, 2020