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08.24.2021

Seek and ye shall find!

Properly masked and artfully composed, students connect with another new arrival (and unfailingly good sport) Ellyn A. Lester, assistant dean of construction and architectural technologies.
Properly masked and artfully composed, students connect with another new arrival (and unfailingly good sport) Ellyn A. Lester, assistant dean of construction and architectural technologies.
Another stop on the cross-campus itinerary: the entrance sign at Maynard Street and Hagan Way
Another stop on the cross-campus itinerary: the entrance sign at Maynard Street and Hagan Way
Hoping to add some style points to their contest total, the "ties have it" in Career Services' clothes closet.
Hoping to add some style points to their contest total, the “ties have it” in Career Services’ clothes closet.
A stopover in the veritable playground that is The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College checks another box on the students' scorecard.
A stopover in the veritable playground that is The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College checks another box on the students’ scorecard.
A crime-free capture outside Penn College Police headquarters, as a team meets up with Lt. David C. Pletz
A crime-free capture outside Penn College Police headquarters, as a team meets up with Lt. David C. Pletz

In a creative and instructive icebreaker for the fall semester, first-year construction management students participated in a sweeping scavenger hunt intended to boost their familiarity with classmates and Penn College alike. Following guidelines shared by Wayne R. Sheppard, assistant professor and department head, teams were charged with moving around main campus, obtaining selfies and satisfying other criteria at a variety of locations. Groups were instructed not to disrupt classes as they worked through their assignments, designed to let first-year students get to know one another; to introduce them to supportive upperclass colleagues; and to acquaint them with some of the people and resources that can help them along their road to success: administration and faculty, Construction Management Association officers, LEAP advisers, Tutoring Services and the Center for Career Design, among them.
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Construction Management Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
08.24.2021

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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Faculty & Staff
08.19.2021

College author interviewed for public radio broadcast

Tom SpeicherArts SceneAn interview with Penn College writer/video producer Tom Speicher, co-author of “Bucky Deacon’s Dilemma,” debuted Thursday morning on WVIA Radio’s “Arts Scene” with Erika Funke. The youth sports novel, sales of which benefit the college’s Emergency Scholarship Fund, is discussed at length in a broadcast timed to the start of the Little League Baseball World Series. It aired on 89.9 FM and 89.7 FM (and streamed) at 11:07 a.m. – following NPR News – and was posted as a podcast later that evening. Recommended for 10- to 14-year-olds, the book is available from Amazon in paperback ($6.99) and Kindle ($3.99) editions.

College Relations Faculty & Staff Scholarships
08.18.2021

Employee couple establishes graphic design scholarship

A faculty member and an administrator at Pennsylvania College of Technology have created a scholarship for students majoring in graphic design.

Brian A. and Joanna K. Flynn have established the Brian and Joanna Flynn Scholarship, which gives preference to students who are enrolled full time in the graphic design bachelor’s degree major, have successfully completed two semesters of study and have a 3.0 or higher GPA. The scholarship is renewable for the third and fourth academic years if a 3.0 GPA is maintained.

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Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences College Relations Faculty & Staff Scholarships Students
08.18.2021

Challenge Course furthers skills ‘to make the world a better place’

Campuswide ingenuity and the generosity of a longtime supporter have produced the Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course at Penn College. Architecture and concrete science students; General Services personnel; and Rob Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science, played vital roles in developing and building the course. Brent and Daria Fish funded the project in honor of Brent’s father, William H. Fish, a respected businessman, community leader and friend of the college. A wide variety of student and industry groups will use the course to enhance problem-solving, leadership, teamwork and communication skills. “The purpose of a challenge course is to create structured, physical outdoor activities that draw people together,” Cooley explains in a video on the college’s YouTube channel. “It’s not me up at the whiteboard or me at the computer telling them what to do. It’s me presenting a challenge and stepping back. The collective effort is what solves the problem and creates the learning experience.”

Alumni Architecture & Sustainable Design Building Construction Business, Arts & Sciences College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Students
08.18.2021

Penn College collaborators attend Habitat home’s dedication

The Matthews family's new home in the city's Newberry section is dedicated during an Aug. 3 ceremony attended by Penn College co-workers.
The Matthews family’s new home in the city’s Newberry section is dedicated during an Aug. 3 ceremony attended by Penn College co-workers.
A college crew assisted in constructing the staircase, shown here in its finished form.
A college crew assisted in constructing the staircase, shown here in its finished form.
Duane Herberger (in yellow shirt), executive director of the Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity, addresses attendees at the home dedication.
Duane Herberger (in yellow shirt), executive director of the Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity, addresses attendees at the home dedication.

The Student Engagement Office was represented at the recent dedication of a local Habitat for Humanity home that community-minded student and employee volunteers helped build for Stephanie Matthews and her children last spring. As part of a “(community) Service Saturday” program in mid-March, the college contingent contributed to construction of the home at 702 Diamond St. in Williamsport’s West End. “It was wonderful to see the finished home!” said Shannon L. Skaluba, student organization specialist, who provided photos after attending the ceremony with Allison A. Grove, director of student engagement. “The Matthews family is so grateful to all who volunteered and is excited to move into their new house. We look forward to partnering with Habitat for Humanity again in the future.” More from the dedication is available from the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and NorthcentralPA.com.

Faculty & Staff Students
08.17.2021

House GOP panel holds campus hearing on boosting state’s economy

Bradley M. Webb (left), dean of engineering technologies, discusses plastic pellets during a lab tour with Rep. Barbara Gleim (R-199) and Rep. Martin Causer (R-67), committee chair.
Bradley M. Webb (left), dean of engineering technologies, discusses plastic pellets during a lab tour with Rep. Barbara Gleim (R-199) and Rep. Martin Causer (R-67), committee chair.
Causer is framed by the Baja SAE team's vehicle in the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center.
Causer is framed by the Baja SAE team’s vehicle in the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center.
The tour group moves to a welding lab in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center. At left (in red tie) is Rep. Joe Hamm (R-84), whose district includes part of Lycoming County.
The tour group moves to a welding lab in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center. At left (in red tie) is Rep. Joe Hamm (R-84), whose district includes part of Lycoming County.
Webb leads visitors – including Wheeland (front row, center), the county's other representative – to College Avenue Labs.
Webb leads visitors – including Wheeland (front row, center), the county’s other representative – to College Avenue Labs.
Munro testifies and answers questions about the many ways Penn College addresses workforce challenges, from apprenticeship programs to the Clean Energy Center to WEDnetPA training of companies' employees.
Munro testifies and answers questions about the many ways Penn College addresses workforce challenges, from apprenticeship programs to the Clean Energy Center to WEDnetPA training of companies’ employees.

The state House Majority Policy Committee visited Penn College’s main campus on Tuesday, taking a tour before holding a hearing on “Growing Pennsylvania’s Economy.” Twelve members of the committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer, of McKean County – joined remotely by others – heard testimony during the two-hour session in the Thompson Professional Development Center. Among those sharing their expertise were Shannon M. Munro, the college’s vice president for workforce development, characterized by co-host Rep. Jeff Wheeland as “the go-to person” in her field. “Because employers grow the economy, we must respond to their needs,” Munro said. “Penn College does this in two distinct ways: We provide a pipeline of graduates in degrees that align with what employers are looking for, and we also offer lifelong training opportunities for their incumbent workers.”

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08.16.2021

Community survey to aid presidential search committee

Members of the Penn College family are invited to participate in a survey about the ongoing national search for the successor to President Davie Jane Gilmour, who announced her retirement plans in May. The brief survey will solicit confidential input from students, faculty/staff, alumni, parents, administrators, board members and the community to aid the search committee’s mission.

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Alumni Faculty & Staff Students
08.16.2021

Director of College Health Services appointed

Pennsylvania College of Technology has named Wendie L. Snyder, an alumna with 25 years’ experience in a variety of roles in the health care profession, director of College Health Services.

Snyder, who began her duties Aug. 11, comes to Penn College from Geisinger Health System, where she had been an operations manager for outpatient surgery clinics including dental medicine; oral maxillofacial surgery; vascular surgery; and plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. She also has served as clinic nurse supervisor for the plastic surgery outpatient clinic at Geisinger and registered nurse manager for the general surgery outpatient clinic at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.

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Alumni Faculty & Staff Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Students Surgical Technology
08.16.2021

Interaction, involvement emphasized during students’ campus welcome

Another whirlwind Welcome Weekend is history, providing instant memories for first-year and returning students; their families; and the faculty, staff and classmates who will share their Penn College experience. “The degree is why you’re here,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour, speaking at her final fall convocation, ” but I encourage you to connect with one another and the campus as you write this new chapter in your book of life.” PCToday has you covered, from Friday’s steamy move-in to Monday morning’s “don’t hit snooze” start of classes.

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Events Faculty & Staff Students
08.16.2021

Female trio helps lead engineering technologies at Penn College

For two years, Lauryn A. Stauffer has seen only male faces in her electronics classes at Pennsylvania College of Technology. This fall, she’ll at least see multiple women leaders within the School of Engineering Technologies.

The school devoted to careers rooted in science, technology, engineering and math boasts three female assistant deans.

Kathleen D. Chesmel and Ellyn A. Lester were hired in late spring to head the Materials Science and Engineering Technologies Division and the Construction and Architectural Technologies Division, respectively. They join longtime college employee Stacey C. Hampton, who is assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies.

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08.16.2021

Services scheduled for retired faculty member, division director

Donald B. Bergerstock, in a 1977 yearbook photo
Donald B. Bergerstock, in a 1977 yearbook photo

An Aug. 21 funeral service will honor the life of Donald B. Bergerstock, whose 35-year career encompassed Pennsylvania College of Technology and its two predecessor institutions. Bergerstock, who died Friday, Aug. 13, at his Montoursville home, served in a variety of capacities from 1961 until his retirement in 1996. Affiliated with Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College and Penn College, he was a faculty member and later served as director of the division of business and computer science. A full obituary has been posted by Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday (preceded by an hourlong visitation).

Faculty & Staff
08.13.2021

Penn College welcomes new Fall 2021 faculty

Among the latest additions to the Pennsylvania College of Technology community are four full-time faculty members for the Fall 2021 semester, as provided by the Human Resources Office (all effective Aug. 12).

“The new faculty joining us this fall come to us with much enthusiasm and relevant experiences,” said Joanna K. Flynn, dean of curriculum and instruction. “We welcome them to campus and can’t wait to see what they do.”

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Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
08.12.2021

Penn College acknowledges campus’s Indigenous origins

A new institutional Land Acknowledgement Statement recognizes that Indigenous peoples were the original stewards of the land on which Pennsylvania College of Technology sits.

“We acknowledge that the land on which we live, work and learn is the ancestral home of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee, Iroquoian-speaking Susquehannocks and the Lenni Lenape (Delaware). We, too, recognize their Woodland Period ancestors,” the acknowledgement reads. “We are grateful for their stewardship and management of this land over thousands of years and promote this recognition in honor and respect of that caretaking.”

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Alumni Faculty & Staff General Information Students
08.12.2021

College dedicates Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course

The Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course, the creation of which involved the same collaborative spirit that it will nurture in those who use it, was dedicated Aug. 11 on the wooded southcentral side of Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Challenge Course – a remarkable project funded by Brent and Daria Fish in memory of Brent’s father, William H. Fish – “will foster leadership and team-building skills for generations of students, faculty, alumni and industry partners,” said Loni N. Kline, vice president for college relations. Brent is president of Fish Real Estate, and Daria is head of corporate communications for OxiWear.

An interdisciplinary focus was reflected throughout the development and construction process, which involved the college’s General Services Department, architectural technology and concrete science classes, a helping of off-campus inspiration, and a picnic table donated by the Sigma Pi philanthropic fraternity.

The intricate design includes a bridge that honors the Fish family’s appreciation for the outdoors: stainless steel railings resembling fly-fishing rods, with hooks dangling from lines that drop to a dry creek bed below.

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