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05.19.2022

‘Employers seek it; how do we teach it?’

Kat A. Valentine, coordinator of makerspace operations, engages faculty in discussion, including encouraging them to reach out to her to develop ideas for using maker activities in their classrooms and labs.
Kat A. Valentine, coordinator of makerspace operations, engages faculty in discussion, including encouraging them to reach out to her to develop ideas for using maker activities in their classrooms and labs.
An introductory DIY – electronic greeting cards with LED lights – gets faculty thinking about using “maker” activities to engage students in the topics they teach.
An introductory DIY – electronic greeting cards with LED lights – gets faculty thinking about using “maker” activities to engage students in the topics they teach.
Qiang Cao, assistant professor of radiography, adds copper tape to create a circuit connecting his card’s LEDs to a battery.
Qiang Cao, assistant professor of radiography, adds copper tape to create a circuit connecting his card’s LEDs to a battery.
Laying the groundwork to incorporate creativity and innovation, at work and at home
Laying the groundwork to incorporate creativity and innovation, at work and at home
Smaller breakout sessions give participants space and opportunity for fruitful spontaneity.
Smaller breakout sessions give participants space and opportunity for fruitful spontaneity.

Penn College faculty and staff this week attended the 2022 Summer Teaching Institute, one and a half days of professional development that focused on “Creative Thinking Strategies.” Delivering the keynote address – “Why Teach Creativity and Innovation: Why Is It Important and Where Do I Start?” – on Tuesday’s opening day was Larry Keiser, assistant clinical professor and program director for the graduate and undergraduate creativity & innovation degree and certificate programs in Drexel University’s School of Education. That afternoon brought additional sessions on the topic, presented by campus specialists, as well a hands-on activity in the Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College. Wednesday’s half-day brought more interaction, including “Where Do Good Ideas Come From?” led by Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost. That conversation about innovation encouraged attendees to brainstorm how to best fulfill the college’s Mission, Vision and Values. Held shortly after the end of each academic year, the Summer Teaching Institute helps lay a productive foundation for an engaging return to instruction in the fall semester.

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05.19.2022

Plastics professionals converge at Penn College

Plastics professionals from throughout North America enhanced their skills at a recent workshop hosted by Pennsylvania College of Technology and its renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

The two-day Rotational Molding & Advanced Materials Workshop offered a mix of lecture and hands-on instruction at the college’s Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence. Twenty-six individuals, representing 13 companies from seven states and Canada, learned the connection between material preparation, molding and final part quality.

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05.17.2022

Video explores proven apprenticeship pathways for women

With more than 2 million manufacturing jobs projected to go unfilled by 2030 and women making up just 29% of the field’s workforce, it’s undeniable: There’s untapped potential in the world of manufacturing – especially for women. A new YouTube video lets employers and job-seekers alike discover the advantages of these game-changing apprenticeship programs and gives women a huge step toward higher-level positions in the nation’s fast-paced, technologically advanced manufacturing sector. “I don’t think a lot of women understand what manufacturing is,” says Shannon Bower, quality manager at First Quality Products. “I think they see it as that stereotypical laborer getting dirty working with their hands. But new manufacturing is definitely not that.” The 5½-minute video – produced, photographed and edited by Penn College’s Tom Speicher – premiered at Tuesday’s 2022 Penn College Apprenticeship Summit.

 

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05.10.2022

CAC’s Educational Series delights young eyes, enriches minds

The Community Arts Center annually hosts an Educational Series for school-aged children from Lycoming and Sullivan counties, four morning performances that give them the opportunity to see a professional stage show at no cost. Performances weren’t offered during 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the 220 W. Fourth St. showpiece – a wholly owned subsidiary of Pennsylvania College of Technology – is again entertaining and illuminating young visitors, some of whom have never experienced live theater.

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05.09.2022

Nursing students’ research earns recognition

A group of Pennsylvania College of Technology students took second-place honors for their research poster during the first Geisinger Nursing Student Scholarship Conference. The conference was initiated by faculty to help nursing students share their research.

Students Jenay Brown, of Williamsport; Connor J. Burke, of St. Clair; Emily L. Durbin, of Danville; Sydney E. Heiser, of Shamokin Dam; and Callie A. Sobolewski, of Budd Lake, N.J., were honored for their “Become a Master of Central Line Care” poster.

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05.09.2022

Penn College Spring Commencement set for May 13-14

Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold three commencement ceremonies May 13-14 for the nearly 750 students who have petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2022 semester.

On Friday, May 13, at 3 p.m., a ceremony will be held for students from the School of Business, Arts & Sciences and the School of Nursing & Health Sciences.

On Saturday May 14, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., ceremonies will be held for students from the School of Engineering Technologies, the college’s largest academic school.

A total of nearly 640 students will march at the three ceremonies, all of which are ticketed events that will be held at the Community Arts Center.

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05.05.2022

Scouts honor promise at Arbor Day tree-planting

On May 1, 80 Girl Scouts and community members helped to plant 400 trees and shrubs of 12 species on the grounds of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood. The event was part of the college’s Arbor Day celebration and the Girl Scouts’ Tree Promise.

For Earth Day 2022, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania is planting 2,022 trees. It is part of Girl Scouts USA’s mission to plant, protect or honor 5 million trees by 2026.

In addition to learning about the importance of the trees they were planting, children visited the Pennsylvania WoodMobile, took part in hands-on education stations staffed by students and faculty, received gardening gloves from Penn College and swag from the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, and earned the GSUSA Tree Promise and Chesapeake Bay Foundation Clean Water Grows on Trees patches.

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05.05.2022

Practical nursing information sessions set for Northern Tier

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

Penn College at Wellsboro’s Practical Nursing Program will host four information sessions for those interested in nursing as a career: May 18, June 9, June 23 and July 6, all at 6:30 p.m.  The sessions will be held at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wellsboro campus, 22 Walnut St., and will be connected to the Potter County Education Center via Zoom.

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04.28.2022

No end of activity on end-of-semester calendar

Penn College’s student photographers are, as it should be, students first and foremost. But even in the midst of a crowded “to-do list” as summer beckons, they take lenses in hand to help PCToday showcase the events that help make this former community college a true college community. Among the assignments tackled by two of those photographers in recent days were the Wildcat Events Board’s Block Party near Vine Avenue and the Klump Academic Center on April 22, and, on the following day, the Penn College Motorsports Association’s Spring Car Show and SWORD Spring Robot Fights. The block party featured the return of two campus favorites – goats and The Hatchet House trailer – as well as food, crafts and games. The car show attracted a crowd-pleasing 122 registrants, with trophies awarded in six categories: Modern Car (1997 and newer), Classic Car (1996 and earlier), Modern Truck, Classic Truck, Specialized (motorcycles, off-road vehicles, etc.) and Best in Show. Battling into the winner’s circle at the Field House robot arena were Antweight: Floor Fan, first; Slim Pickens, second; and Red Eye, third. Beetleweight: Thunder Child, first; Disappointment, second; and Jetlag, third.

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04.28.2022

‘Waffles’ book-signing set for Saturday at downtown bookstore

A muse for all seasons, in true creature comfort
A muse for all seasons, in true creature comfort

Author Tom Speicher will sign copies of “A Week with Waffles” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Otto Bookstore, 107 W. Fourth St., in downtown Williamsport. That coincides with the real Waffles’ naptime, unfortunately, so she will be unable to attend. However, PCToday has been assured, several copies of the book she inspired will be available. And as with “Bucky Deacon’s Dilemma” – the earlier book by Speicher, a writer/video producer at Penn College – a portion of sales will go toward the institution’s Emergency Scholarship Fund.

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04.27.2022

Poetic art project affirms, ‘Hope is the thing with feathers’

“It was nice to find a tiny gift. It made my day, honestly,” said Natalie K. Lincalis, a graphic design student from Muncy.

“I was so grateful to find one,” shared Sarah R. Yoder, coordinator of admissions operations. “They are beautiful!”

Such were the reactions to discovering “feathered friends” hidden in nooks and crannies, scattered across the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus. Crafted by students in Ceramics I and II classes taught by art faculty David A. and Deborah L. Stabley, 100 ceramic birds were recently “released,” stirring a flurry of excitement. The creations feature glossy, decorated fronts with more plain backsides etched with hopeful messages.

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04.25.2022

President, board member named to Pennsylvania ‘Power 100’

Gilmour, Moore named to Higher Education Power 100
Gilmour, Moore named to Higher Education Power 100

President Davie Jane Gilmour and Zack Moore, a Penn State administrator and member of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors, are among the leaders named to The 2022 Higher Education Power 100, released Monday in acknowledgement of the most powerful educators in The Keystone State.

“The commonwealth’s higher education institutions have been changing the world for years as they’ve shaped the minds of the next generation,” the article states, before profiling each honoree. “City & State PA’s 2022 Higher Education Power 100 … recognizes the individuals who are redefining what it means to be a leader in this field.”

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04.21.2022

Board OKs faculty emeritus status, updates to bylaws

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday approved faculty emeritus status for a longtime nursing faculty member and signed off on minor updates to the college’s bylaws.

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04.20.2022

Springing back to life

Slightly chilly, yet still a beautiful day!
Slightly chilly, yet still a beautiful day!
National symbol meets natural splendor
National symbol meets natural splendor

While the foothills surrounding campus carry snow-white remnants of the storm that started the workweek, these blue-sky views outside the Student & Administrative Services Center – captured by the Financial Aid Office’s Kimberly A. Venti over her Wednesday lunch hour – offer a scenic reminder of the “budding” change of seasons. Like April’s supposed to look, you know?

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04.18.2022

Cautionary demo makes well-timed visit to Penn College

Students brave an unseasonably chilly morning for an enlightening lesson.
Students brave an unseasonably chilly morning for an enlightening lesson.
Haupt and his colleagues walk their audience through the instructive network of utility poles and transformers ...
Haupt and his colleagues walk their audience through the instructive network of utility poles and transformers …
... designed to dramatically show what happens when ladders, gloves, shovels and such come into contact with live electrical lines.
… designed to dramatically show what happens when ladders, gloves, shovels and such come into contact with live electrical lines.
Youngsters from the Dunham Children Learning Center prove that it's never too early for risk assessment.
Youngsters from the Dunham Children Learning Center prove that it’s never too early for risk assessment.

What better way to observe National Lineworker Appreciation Day, designated every April 18 since 2013 (in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy), than to share the “Safety First” mantra of those who maintain the flow of electrical current to homes and businesses? Three employees of PPL Electric Utilities (Doug Haupt, Steve Krause and Chad Waltman) traveled to Penn College on Monday with its popular Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit. The demonstration – a hit when it visited last fall – returned to campus on a wet and wildly unpredictable day, an all-too-familiar environment for the linemen and women who routinely battle the elements to keep the power grid humming.

 

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