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Penn College Retains National ‘Tree Campus’ Designation

Holding a banner proclaiming Penn College's ongoing “Tree Campus USA” designation are (from left) Don J. Luke, director of facilities operations; Andrea L. Mull, horticulturist/grounds and motorpool supervisor; and Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture. Not pictured is Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forestry, another collaborator in the college's stewardship success.

For the second straight year, Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with Tree Campus USA recognition for its commitment to urban forest management and environmental stewardship.

A national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, Tree Campus USA honors colleges and universities for effective forest management and for engaging employees and students in conservation goals.

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Penn College to Offer Computer Courses for Beginners

Adults who want to learn more about using today’s technology may enroll in introductory courses to be taught in July at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus.

The classes, offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College, require little or no previous computer knowledge.

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Practical Nursing Information Sessions to Be Held

Excellent career opportunities for licensed practical nurses exist in area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, personal-care facilities and human-service organizations.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Outreach Practical Nursing Program, located in the Wellsboro Area School District, will host an information session for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, in the former music room of the school district’s administration building.

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Volkswagen Owners Club Funds New Penn College Scholarship

James Yemzow, of the Harrisburg Area Volkswagen Owners Club, accompanied by another HAVOC member, Patricia Shaffer (left) presents a check for the club’s scholarship to Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The Harrisburg Area Volkswagen Owners Club has established a scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology for students enrolled in a unique major that features the restoration of classic and antique automobiles.

The new scholarship will benefit students enrolled in the automotive restoration technology Associate of Applied Science major offered by the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies at Penn College.

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Students’ Civic Projects Funded at Youth Leadership Graduation

Some members of this year's Penn College Youth Leadership Program class gather at the close of their on-campus graduation ceremony.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently hosted a ceremony for graduates of its annual Youth Leadership Program, announcing winners of the initiative’s Social Change Competition.

Thirty 11th-graders from 10 secondary schools participated throughout the year in the program, designed to educate and motivate them to understand community needs and take an active leadership role in addressing them. This is the seventh year that Penn College has operated the program, which was facilitated by Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities; Sal Vitko, assistant director of student activities for student organizations/orientation; and Shelley L. Moore, director of career services.

As part of the Youth Leadership experience, each school team is challenged to identify a need in its community, develop a plan to address it, propose that plan to judges and, if funded as one of the top proposals, implement it.

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On Deck for Cuban Delivery, Baseball Gear Bound to Be a Hit

Preparing the donations for delivery takes a team effort. From left are Nicholas D. Reitz, Semeon R. DeBarros, Robert L. Sloss, Thomas M. Malason Jr, Andrew A. Smith, Vander Vere, Brendon J. Dibble, Andrew J. Brady, Colin D. McOdrum and Austen J. Caron.

Cuba-bound donations, including Penn College memorabilia

McOdrum cleans donated sneakers.

Service with Greek smiles from DeBarros, Reitz and Smith.

Donations of used baseball equipment gathered this spring as part of an effort to help young baseball players in Cuba are almost “home.” The donations are in Austin, Texas – at Maya Exploration Center – awaiting the nonprofit travel organization’s next trip to Cuba, according to Curt Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics at Penn College. Vander Vere spearheaded the collection and was assisted by members of Greek Life. In addition to a number of students, employees and community members contributing, the donation drive received three used bats and two boxes of used baseballs from the Wildcat baseball team as well as Penn College shirts, caps and backpacks donated by the college administration. Vander Vere had traveled to Cuba in July with the Maya Exploration Center’s “Ancient Explorations” branch and saw the need for youth baseball equipment at a makeshift game on the grounds of Ernest Hemingway’s former home in a suburb of Havana. The math professor says he’s eager to see and share images of young Cubans playing with the Penn College-collected equipment in the future.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

President Embraces ‘Endless’ Opportunities on Other Side of Summer

On the eve of graduation, amid the annual celebration of first-rate faculty and staff, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour brought down the curtain on 2016-17 with a grateful and optimistic look ahead. Following Employee Recognition Week festivities, she briefly catalogued the year’s successes and initiatives – a new athletics logo, innovative marketing and fresh administrative faces, among them – and observed the campus community’s good fortune to educate and encourage tomorrow’s leaders. “Daily, we live in a world with a culture of respect and an eye for the future,” the president said. “Our responsibilities are many, our opportunities are endless and our mission is strong.”

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Penn College’s ‘Working Class’ TV Series Earns Second Telly Award

"Working Class" earns second Telly Award“Working Class: Build & Grow Green,” produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, has earned a 2017 Bronze Telly Award.

It is the second episode produced for the “Working Class” public television series and the second to win a Bronze Telly. “Working Class: Dream & Do” earned the award in 2016.

Acknowledged as a premier award for film and video productions, the Telly Award honors outstanding local, regional and cable programming. The 37th annual competition in 2017 considered more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents.

“As a national leader in applied technology education, Penn College has earned a reputation for combining academics with practical, hands-on education that prepares students to enter and advance in the world of work,” said Davie Jane Gilmour, president of the college. “The award-winning ‘Working Class’ series allows us to share our mission and passion for inspired learning with a public television audience.”

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Six-Hour Noncredit Course Aims to Enhance Sales Skills

Businesspeople who desire to build their client relationship competence could benefit from a two-day noncredit course scheduled on successive Wednesdays in June by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Courses to Enhance Supervisory Skills of Front-Line Leaders

A pair of multi-session programs, to be offered by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology, are designed to develop supervisory skills.

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Brewing/Fermentation Major Spotlighted in Media Reports

Eyewitness News Cody Butler interviews brewmaster Timothy A. Yarrington ...

... and Michael J. Reed during his campus assignment.

Penn College’s new brewing and fermentation science degree has attracted the interest of a number of media outlets. WBRE’s Cody Butler visited the lab in the Hager Lifelong Education Center on Monday, interviewing brewmaster Timothy L. Yarrington – instructor for the two-year major that begins this fall – and Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications. Butler’s report, pre-empted by storm coverage earlier this week, aired Thursday night. Another story, joining several that have cropped up recently in regional newspapers, was published this week by WITF, which provides public television and radio programming for 17 counties in central Pennsylvania.

Alumni Insight Affirms Career Satisfaction in Health Information

Health information is the backbone of the nation’s health care system, and Penn College’s related portfolio – an associate degree in health information technology and an online bachelor’s degree in health information management – offer diverse and rewarding career opportunities. Those possibilities are represented in a new YouTube video by Joseph P. Travagline (’15) and Lyndsey A. Diehl (’13). Travagline is director of operations for the Centralized Credentialing Office at Johns Hopkins Health System and Diehl is a trauma data quality specialist for the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation.

Campus Trees Bear Brunt of Nature’s Fury

The sun rose Tuesday morning on this uprooted tree, lying atop the playground at the Dunham Children's Learning Center.

General Services was kept busy assessing the extent of damage and mobilizing cleanup efforts.

The whirr of chain saws was a familiar sound due to scenes like this outside The Victorian House ...

... and alongside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.

Metal fencing was no match for Mother Nature, who sent this tree limb onto the tennis courts.

A powerful storm that brought 65-mph winds and a tornado threat to Lycoming County on Monday toppled trees and caused service outages at Penn College – but, thankfully, there were no reports of injuries. General Services crews were dispatched even as the rain persisted, continuing with storm cleanup well past daybreak. College Police, too, tended to the aftermath on multiple fronts, and Information Technology Services burned the midnight oil to restore Internet and email access.

Board Approves PCEA Contract, Ratifies VP Appointments

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday approved a five-year contract with the Penn College Education Association, ratified electronic votes for the appointment of three vice presidents and authorized the college to continue operations at current budget levels if there is no 2017-18 state budget passed by June 30.

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Penn College Unveils New Wildcat Athletics Logo

Penn College's redesigned wildcat logo heralds a new era in athletics.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s long-standing tradition of bold innovation and institutional pride has a new look reflecting those qualities. The college on Wednesday revealed a new athletic logo depicting a strong, powerful and proud wildcat.

The new mark, created by Skye Dillon, of Skye Design Studios (which has experience branding some of the most recognized organizations and properties in sports nationwide), features a full-body wildcat perched atop Bald Eagle Mountain alongside the West Branch of the Susquehanna River – icons of the scenic landscape surrounding Penn College. The wildcat, shaded in white, metallic grey and royal blue, is oriented with its head panned slightly to the right. The new logo replaces a 25-year-old mark.

“With our move toward full NCAA Division III membership, our athletic teams competing in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, and full-time coaches who recruit student-athletes to the college, it was time for the wildcat to take on a fresh, new look,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “I commend the committee from across campus that guided this process. The striking new logo and related marks reflect a new era in Penn College Athletics.”

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