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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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Flurries? That’s Celebration in the Air!

A selfie-made moment

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Fall 2017 graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Community Arts Center, closing out the calendar year with a seasonal observance of academic achievement. The student speaker was Garrett Davis Corneliussen, of Hickory, North Carolina, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology. Also addressing the graduates and their well-wishers was J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology, who was presented with the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award at spring commencement. Ornamental horticulture alumnus Jeremy L. Thorne received the Mentorship Award during the proceedings, in which nearly 300 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the Penn College Board of Directors.

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Penn College to Again Make Impression on Farm Show Attendees

Students in Penn College’s hospitality majors join their instructor, Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, on the Culinary Connection stage at the Pennsylvania Farm Show last January.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors will soon flock to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center to celebrate the commonwealth’s leading industry, and Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees will be on hand for an interactive peek into the real-world applications of “degrees that work.”

“A beloved tradition of Penn College, the Pennsylvania Farm Show continues to be the highlight of the new year. During the weeklong festivities, members of Admissions, Alumni Relations and Academic Affairs bring Penn College to Harrisburg and showcase all of the amazing opportunities that await students on campus,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events and services. “Through our interactive and hands-on activities, we hope that friends of the college will come to learn what makes applied technology education so special.”

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Nursing Students Pass Milestone on Road to Graduation

“Praise God the four years are over,” says student speaker Nicole M. Mestach, of Watsontown.

Maggie K. Calkins, of Bloomsburg, receives her pin.

Haylea D. Estright, of Brisbin, accepts a hug from Samantha M. Weaver, learning laboratory coordinator for nursing.

Francesca B. Monse, of Selinsgrove, looks back toward her family while her husband attaches her pin.

Soon-to-be grads recite the Nightingale Pledge, promising to “devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.”

The 24 December graduates of the nursing, traditional bachelor’s degree were “pinned” during a ceremony on Friday. During an event filled with tradition, the students entered with candles, heard from a faculty member and classmate of their choosing, passed the light to representatives of a future graduating class, and recited the Nightingale Pledge. During her remarks, faculty speaker Terri A. Stone, assistant professor of nursing, told the graduates that, if she had to pinpoint a common quality among those who successfully completed the program, it wouldn’t be that they are the smartest or most able – although many of them are – but that they have developed the quality of perseverance. “This quality … is your crowning achievement today,” she said. The students are set to graduate on Saturday.

Faculty Member Compiles Directory of U.S.-Made Building Products

Robert A. Wozniak Jr.

When Robert A. Wozniak Jr. couldn’t find a suitable book for a sustainable building materials course he was teaching at Pennsylvania College of Technology – “nothing that I saw was quite what I was looking for” – he set out on a two-year mission to fill that vacuum.

The result is Made in America: Sustainable Building Products, Materials & Methods, a convenient and comprehensive listing of building products manufactured in the United States.

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Textbook Chapters Authored by Associate Professor of Aviation

Thomas D. Inman

An associate professor of aviation at Pennsylvania College of Technology has contributed to an avionics textbook.

Thomas D. Inman wrote two of the seven chapters for the Avotek Information Resources-published “Avionics: Instruments and Auxiliary Systems”: Chapter 3, covering Air Traffic Surveillance and Warning, and Chapter 4, focused on Weather and Terrain Awareness Avoidance.

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Grateful Patients, Enduring Patience Top Students’ Guatemala Memories

The Penn College group (from front): Glendalis Guadarrama, nursing instructor Christine B. Kavanagh, Maggie K. Calkins, Sarah J. Schick, Mikaila E. Lugo-Schlegel, and Rene Ramirez

When five Pennsylvania College of Technology nursing students provided a briefing on their study abroad course at a weeklong, volunteer-led medical clinic in rural Guatemala, chief among the lessons they learned were gratitude and patience.

The students joined a group of more than 40 volunteers from the Glens Falls Medical Mission Foundation, a small, New York-based nonprofit that runs a twice-annual medical mission in the small town of Nueva Santa Rosa, Guatemala.

While there, the students saw between 200 and 300 patients each day in the areas of oral health, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and general medicine.

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College Family Lends Hand to Neighbors in Need

Fifteen Penn College employees traveled to the local Central Pennsylvania Food Bank on Wahoo Drive ...

... packing hundreds of boxes for community distribution.

In conjunction with a professional-development session, 15 Penn College faculty/staff members helped pack 250 boxes Thursday for distribution by the Williamsport branch of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. The food bank is the umbrella organization that provides much of the food to The Cupboard, the college’s on-campus food pantry. This was a great way for college employees to help the local community while gaining knowledge surrounding the operation/distribution of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and The Cupboard through information sessions and tours. The event was jointly sponsored by Campus & Community Engagement, Dining Services and Human Resources.

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

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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College Joins Global ‘Hour of Code’ to Inspire Future Programmers

Alicia McNett, instructor of computer information technology at Penn College, guides a high school student in programming an Ozobot. The workshop was part of an “Hour of Code” event hosted by Penn College and attended by several high schools. It is part of an international initiative to encourage interest and confidence in the skills needed to join the computer science workforce.

Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted about 130 high school students on Dec. 4 as part of the international “Hour of Code” initiative.

Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org, reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.

At Penn College, students from Commonwealth Charter Academy, Montgomery Area High School, Muncy Junior/Senior High School, North Penn-Liberty High School, Warren County Career Center and Wyalusing Valley High School attended an event that introduced not only coding, but problem solving, creativity and logic.

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State’s ‘Teacher of the Year’ Has Penn College Connection

Jennifer R. Wahl, a Loyalsock Township High School instructor and part-time faculty member at Penn College, accepts Teacher of the Year honors in Hershey.

Jennifer R. Wahl, a world history and psychology teacher at Loyalsock Township High School, has been named the Pennsylvania 2018 Teacher of the Year. Wahl, who is also an adjunct faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology, teaching psychology and sociology classes, received the honor on Monday during the Department of Education’s annual professional development conference.

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Aviation Instructor Aims High With Hobby

Michael R. Robison, an aviation instructor at Penn College, also happens to be a competitive glider pilot. Robison is a member of the U.S. Soaring Team and will compete for the third time at the World Championships in the Czech Republic this summer. The faculty member’s hobby, which grew from the model airplanes of his youth, mirrors the excitement he feels for his day job at the college’s Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville. “The facilities are fantastic. I’m amazed at the different opportunities and equipment,” he says in a new YouTube post produced by writer/video editor Tom Speicher. “It’s neat to see the students make connections and start to have a passion grow for the thing that I’m pretty passionate about.” Watch for much more about Robison in an upcoming issue of Penn College Magazine.

Fall Commencement to Be Held Dec. 16 at Community Arts Center

Penn College will hold its Fall 2017 commencement ceremony Dec. 16 at the Community Arts Center.

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 16, for the nearly 300 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate following the Fall 2017 semester.

The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. More than 225 students are expected to march in the proceedings.

The student speaker will be Garrett Davis Corneliussen, of Hickory, North Carolina, who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employee

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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Veterans’ Holiday Tribute Written in Stars

Regina M. Peluzzo (left), of Philadelphia, a civil engineering technology major, and Jennifer L. Nicholson, an applied health studies: radiography concentration major from Lock Haven, find just the right spot for a special ornament.

Beaver strung hundreds of stars onto wire for easier decoration this year ...

... and Efrem K. Foster, a nursing student from Williamsport, makes a few adjustments to ensure complete coverage.

Peluzzo, Nicholson and Foster pause ever so briefly during Thursday's assignment.

With Old Glory providing an apt backdrop for his ascent to the treetop, Haefner adeptly places the final strand of stars.

A red, white and blue homage to Penn College’s military family took shape this week outside Madigan Library, where three of the campus’s Veterans Affairs work-study students – along with Chet Beaver, coordinator of veterans/military affairs, and General Services horticulturist Aaron S. Haefner – adorned the Veterans Holiday Tree. This year’s tree is a spruce along the northeast side of the library, a site chosen when a nearby pine that was decorated in each of the past three years was removed due to disease. In addition to colored lights, the tree contains 391 stars (fashioned in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies) representing the institution’s veterans and active-duty servicemen and women. In addition, the tree showcases three glass balls containing commemorative ribbons purchased during an annual Giving Tree fundraiser for the Fisher House Foundation.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University