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Students From Across Region, Range of Health Disciplines Collaborate at Summit

Groups – including the one in foreground, facilitated by Judy Quinti, assistant professor of exercise science – discuss a case in several rooms of the Bush Campus Center.

As part of an event that spanned 11 participating colleges – and the Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center – and involved 868 health and allied health students and nearly 150 health care professionals as facilitators, the eighth annual Collaborative Care Summit convened at Pennsylvania College of Technology on April 5.

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Wildcat Dance Team Unveils Spring Production

The Wildcat Dance Team dazzles beneath the Penn College seal in a Broadway jazz number set to "Express."

Swirling and whirling through a solo turn to Andra Day's "Rise Up" is Amber R. Fleming, a legal assistant/paralegal studies major from Williamsport.

Kaitlyn E. Miller (foreground), of Montgomery, an applied health studies: radiography concentration student, shimmers with her teammates under the lights.

Rachel E. Winand, Zoey J. Graybill, Katelyn N. Neece and Amy L. Lautsbaugh take the stage for an ensemble piece accompanied by Christina Aguilera's "I Am a Good Girl."

Leaping and bounding, the dance team entertains the ACC audience.

Penn College’s Wildcat Dance Team held its spring “Take the Stage” fundraiser Saturday afternoon in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, the first of two performances within the week. Team members showcased numerous styles of dance throughout the production, including jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, street funk, modern, Broadway jazz, character, cheer, commercial jazz, baton and contemporary. The musical selections that accompanied the choreography represented a variety of  traditional, urban, and contemporary. All proceeds from the show will support the Wildcat Dance Team in achieving its fundraising goals. The production, “certain to bring joy to dance enthusiasts of all ages,” will be reprised for students, staff and faculty only in a free performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Doors to the auditorium will open at 7:30 that evening.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Student Among Helicopter Association’s Scholarship Recipients

Zachary D. Reese, an aviation maintenance technology major from Littlestown, will attend a factory training school with his Helicopter Association International scholarship.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student was among only eight in the world to receive a Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technology Scholarship from Helicopter Association International’s Technical Committee.

Zachary D. Reese, of Littlestown, a junior in the college’s four-year aviation maintenance technology major, was recently awarded a scholarship that provides a tuition waiver for a helicopter manufacturer training school and a stipend to offset expenses. Reese will attend the Airbus EC-145 helicopter factory school.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Kindle Giveaway Adds to Prospective Blood Donors’ Incentive

Blood donors in demand April 12-13

College Health Services and the American Red Cross have a message for prospective blood donors: “Hope begins with you!” Members of the Penn College community are encouraged to give much-needed blood during the next drive, scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. April 12-13 in the Field House.  Online appointments to contribute to this lifesaving mission are available, and each donor will have the chance to win a Kindle Fire HD7. All donors will receive Pizza Hut pizza and a beverage after their contribution.

$20 Tickets Available for ‘SNL’ Comedian-in-Training

James Judd

Comedian James Judd, a critically acclaimed storyteller and frequent contributor to NPR’s high-rated “Snap Judgment” show, will give you something to laugh about – himself – at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Community Arts Center. In his “‘Now I Know’ Show,” the former member of The Groundlings in Los Angeles (a “Saturday Night Live” training ground) will share stories classified as “spectacular public embarrassments and utter failures”  in his own loud, lightning-fast, nonstop style, resulting in a constantly engaging pileup of quips. The Bush Campus Center has a limited number of tickets available for $20 for Penn College students, staff and faculty in the orchestra section. Orders must be paid with cash, check or credit card; there are no refunds or exchanges. By purchasing at the Campus Center, the 4-percent service fee that the Arts Center box office charges will be waived. Be prepared for an evening of hilarious, dramatic and true stories accompanied by live music. For complete details and a video clip, visit the Arts Center website. A wholly owned subsidiary of the college, the CAC is located at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport (just a few blocks from campus).

Speaker Recommends ‘Cyberhygiene’ to Foil Hackers’ Dirty Work

The crime scene at our fingertips, whether the instrument or the victim of attack

A mix of students, community members and past Colloquia speakers are on hand for Ebersole's instructive talk.

The speaker shows a "ransomware" pop-up, which extorts money from an Internet user facing encryption of computer files. Although the message purports to be from the FBI, Ebersole promised that authorities wouldn't deal so cavalierly with those accessing child pornography. They "won't be emailing you and asking you to pay the paltry sum of $200."

An Internet crimefighter and part-time accounting instructor at Penn College, speaking Tuesday in Klump Academic Center Auditorium, advocated “cyberhygiene” to protect our billions of connected devices – and our personal information – from being compromised. William E. Ebersole delivered the final lecture in the 2016-17 Technology & Society Colloquia Series, “Cyberattacks: The Weapon of Choice of Criminals, Terrorists and Spies.” Recalling the mid-1980s movie, “War Games,” in which a teenager nearly brings about nuclear catastrophe by accidentally accessing a military supercomputer, he said real-life hackers are much more focused, persistent, deliberate and sophisticated. And after several examples of their nefarious handiwork, including a widespread credit-card breach at Target stores and a three-day interruption of electrical and telephone service in Ukraine, Ebersole provided valuable counteractive tips. That advice included using strong passwords and changing them often, limiting what information is posted online, watching for unauthorized devices connected to home networks, being vigilant about children’s web activity, and keeping current on upgrading software and installing security patches. Ebersole had high praise for the college’s information assurance and cyber security curriculum, which he said is helping to feed the growing need for competent technicians. Whatever their major, though, he emphasized that all students can practice safe computing, and he especially urged them to consider the ramifications on viable job-seekers from the Internet’s long-term memory. “Don’t put something crazy on social media to knock you out of the picture,” he said.

Coaches’ Collective ‘Game Face’ Catches Charitable Contributions

Courageously stepping up (and sitting down), the Penn College Athletics staff elects to receive. Front row (from left): Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation; Tyler S. Mensch; men's soccer coach/game day manager; Matt J. Blymier, assistant director of athletics/sports information director; Chris H. Howard, baseball coach/game day manager; John F. McNichol Jr., women's soccer coach/game day manager; and Ryan S. Callahan, men's basketball coach/sports information assistant. Back row (from left): Lauren Healy, women's basketball coach/student-athlete development assistant; Derrick Winters and Joanna Entz, athletic trainers; John D. Vandevere, director of athletics; and Jackie Klahold, softball coach/senior women's administrator.

Howard (left) and McNichol, in post-pie mode

Blymier takes his turn on the other side of the fun.

Taking (more than) one for the team, to the altruistic tune of nearly $300

The Penn College Athletics Department held a “Pie the Coaches” fundraiser to kick off NCAA Division III Week on Monday, collecting $285 toward Autism Speaks’ awareness efforts. For a buck or two, donors could toss pies at their chosen Wildcat personality in the Keystone Dining Room.
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Architectural Alums Show Students the World That Awaits

Penn College prepared Balzer for a wide range of opportunities, including design of Tech-Zone's flagship store in Charlotte, N.C.

A morning panel offers pointers on such student issues as gaining trust from a first employer and architects' "pet peeves" about working with general contractors. From left are Shimmel, Visco (who was succeeded by Bird for the afternoon session), Mowrey, Engel, Balzer, Lutz, Murr and Tabolinsky.

Nine graduates of architectural technology and/or building science and sustainable design returned to campus Monday to inspire students by sharing their respective pathways from college to career. The full-day program in Penn’s Inn, arranged by the academic department and the Alumni Relations Office as the first in a hoped-for series of such events, provided students in the School of Construction & Design Technologies with an inspiring glimpse at the successful projects and practices of those who once wore their shoes. On the agenda were individual presentations, panel discussions and a networking lunch. Sharing their expertise and experiences were David I. Balzer, ’01, a project manager and recently licensed architect with the Williamsport-based Larson Design Group; Richard W. Bird II, ’90, corporate director of engineering, Muncy Homes, Muncy; Zachary K. Engle, ’11 project designer/Building Information Modeling manager, CORE Design Group, Hanover and York; Peter J. Lutz, ’75, architect/president/founder, CORE Design Group; Earl L. Mowrey, ’73, owner/designer/builder, Mowrey Contractor, Montoursville; Andrei K. Murr, ’14, LEED Green Associate/estimator, Construction Specialties Inc., Muncy; Allan R. Shimmel, ’12, LEED GA/senior computer-aided design technician/project manager, Fernsler Hutchinson Architecture, State College; Danielle F. Tabolinsky, ’14 LEED GA/project estimator, Koroseal Interior Products, Montoursville; and Anthony H. Visco Jr., ’67 architect, Anthony H. Visco Jr. Architects, Williamsport. “This school gave me the head start, the ability to do anything,” Balzer said, name-checking the former and current faculty who exposed him to CAD, construction knowledge, ethics and model-building, among other skills. “I hire mostly Penn College graduates,” he added. “I prefer them because I know what they can do.”

No Foolin’: Open House Showcases Rewarding Careers-in-the-Making

With a warm smile, colorful T-shirt and blooms on hand, Aaron A. Sledge Jr., a freshman in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis from Pittsburgh, is ready to share his love of plants with visitors.

Friday’s near-April showers caused Saturday’s Open House crowds to bloom, bringing hundreds upon hundreds of prospective students and their families to Penn College for an inside look at a national leader in applied technology education. On a day generally associated with pranks and practical jokes, visitors were instead treated by a knowledgeable and helpful campus community to the seriously life-altering potential of “degrees that work.”

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Students Helping Students Through Annual Silent Auction

SGA The Student Government Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host its annual Silent Auction on Friday, April 28, to benefit the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship Fund.

The auction will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the first floor of Madigan Library. All proceeds from the event – which is open to the public – will go directly toward increasing the endowment of the fund, which currently awards two $1,000 scholarships annually to students who play leadership roles at the college.

“The Student Government Association’s annual Silent Auction is just one of many great examples of Penn College students supporting one another,” said Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities. “The auction is a big undertaking, but SGA members know the impact scholarships like the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship can have on their fellow students.”

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Cyberattacks, ‘Internet of Things’ Topics of Next Colloquium

As part of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Technology & Society Colloquia Series, faculty member and forensic accounting expert William E. Ebersole will discuss how the burgeoning “internet of things” exposes us to digital intrusions that may seek more than personally identifiable information.

Ebersole’s talk, titled “Cyberattacks: The Weapon of Choice of Criminals, Terrorists and Spies,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 4 in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

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Couple Establishes Scholarship for Veterans’ Benefit

Joann and R. David Kay have established a scholarship fund at Penn College to assist students serving in the reserves.

Two retirees’ advocacy for Pennsylvania College of Technology and the military is reflected in their establishment of a scholarship fund to assist veterans enrolled at the institution.

The R. David and Joann Kay Veterans Scholarship will give preference to full-time students serving in the reserves of any branch of the armed forces who have completed at least two semesters at Penn College with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

“As longtime supporters of the college, David and Joann have witnessed firsthand how scholarship support positively impacts the lives of our students,” said Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement. “We are most grateful for their continued support of Penn College through this scholarship to benefit our veteran students.”

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Acclaimed Brewmaster Joins Penn College Faculty

Acclaimed brewmaster Timothy L. Yarrington, of Elk Creek Café + Ale Works in Millheim, will serve as an instructor for the new brewing and fermentation science major launching this fall at Penn College.

In launching its new brewing and fermentation science degree, Pennsylvania College of Technology has enlisted the expertise of acclaimed brewmaster Timothy L. Yarrington.

The Spring Mills resident will serve as an instructor for the new major, which begins in Fall 2017. Yarrington, along with other faculty and administrators in the college’s School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, is working to establish the industry-standard instructional space, located in the Hager Lifelong Education Center.

Yarrington is recognized in brewing circles as a national award-winning brewer, as well as an expert on brewery construction and operations.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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