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Penn College earns ‘Guard Friendly’ designation

Guard Friendly School

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to its students in the National Guard has been saluted by a statewide organization dedicated to those who serve.

The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations has named Penn College a PNGAS Guard Friendly School. The college is among only 30 schools to receive the designation out of 488 institutions eligible for Pennsylvania Educational Assistance Program funds.

“This is a great honor. We take considerable pride in the proactive way we assist students currently serving our nation and those who have served,” said Chester M. Beaver, Penn College’s coordinator of veteran and military services. “It’s rewarding to have our efforts recognized by this designation.”

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Community Challenge breaks records

Reed (at left in white sweatshirt) shouts final instructions at the start of the trail run, including the invite to the Habalars’ home for post-race nourishment.
Reed (at left in white sweatshirt) shouts final instructions at the start of the trail run, including the invite to the Habalars’ home for post-race nourishment.

Saturday’s Community Challenge attracted over 400 participants from seven states and raised close to $20,000 – breaking both participant and financial records for the annual event supporting the Salvation Army of Williamsport.

“The Community Challenge attracts so many good-hearted people, from running champions to first-time hikers who are looking for a supported challenge through beautiful and rugged terrain,” said Michael J. Reed, an event organizer and Pennsylvania College of Technology’s vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Over 17 miles of trails are used for the event, and we change the courses every year so participants experience a new challenge and get exposed to more of the beautiful landscape. Our volunteers put in so much time and effort to ensure everything goes as planned. This year was a lot of fun with many smiles, strong feelings of accomplishment, and only a few bumps and bruises. The cause, coupled with the unique race experience, truly made Saturday a special event.”

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College gallery shines as one of Penn State’s ‘Hidden Gems’

This 2015 exhibit blending medical technology and fiber art, titled “A View Within,” is just one example of the gallery’s displays correlating to Penn College’s array of majors from radiography to automotive technology.
This 2015 exhibit blending medical technology and fiber art, titled “A View Within,” is just one example of the gallery’s displays correlating to Penn College’s array of majors from radiography to automotive technology.

The Gallery at Penn College, a resource for students and a cultural asset to the college and surrounding communities, is spotlighted in Penn State’s “Hidden Gems” series. The online feature focuses on noteworthy aspects of the university’s Commonwealth and affiliated campuses – including notable or unique landmarks, academic programs, research facilities, student organizations and more. Nine photos, judiciously selected from the sweep of presentations since the gallery moved to Madigan Library in Fall 2006, illustrate the newly posted piece.

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If a picture paints a thousand words … start adding ’em up!

The group absorbs the astonishingly beautiful view from Band Rocks.

“I think the natural beauty in our area is distinctive to the college,” said Thomas E. Ask, professor of industrial design. For “at least 12 years,” Ask has taken his Penn College students (and some of their friends) on optional excursions to explore that beauty, namely at Rock Run. Located about 30 miles north of campus in the McIntyre Wild Area of Loyalsock State Forest near Ralston in Lycoming County, Rock Run offers an abundance of crystal clear streams, waterfalls, trails and cliffs to discover. “The students love our adventures,” Ask related. “I usually go once in the fall as a way for new students to get to know one another in the major. It’s a nice team-building exercise. Many students in our major are from the Philly and New Jersey area, so this is all new. I’ve been climbing since I was in college, so I love to share the fun.” The cliff they scaled on a recent expedition was a small one that Ask has used with newcomers for many years. Not from this area, the professor says he learned about Rock Run from a student years ago. The region’s scenic beauty continues to inspire him (and his young charges). “We are within an hour of downhill and cross-country skiing, rock climbing, caving, sailing, kayaking, powerboating, backpacking and hiking,” Ask added, expounding on the options. “Nature provides a refuge from the stress and dynamics of campus life.”

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Incentive program freezes tuition for baccalaureate students

Baccalaureate students who commit to completing their degrees in four years can freeze their tuition rates as part of a new initiative launching at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Momentum Incentive Program enables students to opt in for a Fall 2020 start. The program is open to first-time, full-time bachelor-degree students who enroll by May 1, 2020.

To keep their incoming-year tuition rate the same for the remaining three years, students must complete at least 30 credits each academic year and maintain a GPA of at least a 3.0.

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Seasonal variety: the (pumpkin) spice of life

Fall, under the spell of a wicked smile! (Photo by Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director, Dining Services)
Fall, under the spell of a wicked smile! (Photo by Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director, Dining Services)
With a hint of chill in the autumn air, the fire pit on the Campus Center patio offers enticing warmth ...
With a hint of chill in the autumn air, the fire pit on the Campus Center patio offers enticing warmth …
... as enjoyed by Dessa D. Valisno (left), of Williamsport, enrolled in business administration: marketing concentration, and Lacey A. Decker, a pre-dental hygiene student from Emporium. Valisno is a Community Peer Educator and Decker is a Connections Program Student Assistant.
… as enjoyed by Dessa D. Valisno (left), of Williamsport, enrolled in business administration: marketing concentration, and Lacey A. Decker, a pre-dental hygiene student from Emporium. Valisno is a Community Peer Educator and Decker is a Connections Program Student Assistant.
In midsemester fashion, a tree outside the CC dons a vibrant yellow jacket.
In midsemester fashion, a tree outside the CC dons a vibrant yellow jacket.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers,” says literature’s Anne Shirley of the Green Gables farm, reveling in the sunny colors on Prince Edward Island. “It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it?” As the calendar crisply turns toward sweater weather, hayrides and the cascade of leaves, no one seems happier than “The Rock,” painted for Halloween and nestled amid a campus canopy of foliage. (Unless you count students cozying up to the Bush Campus Center fire pit, of course.)

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SGA Town Hall to focus on Dining Services

DIning ServicesMark J. LeoThe next in a series of monthly Town Hall meetings organized and moderated by Penn College’s Student Government Association – this one centered around Dining Services – is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Penn’s Inn. Mark J. Leo, Dining Services director, will be on hand to answer students’ questions about the various dining units and options on campus.

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Penn College to offer EMT course at four regional locations

An Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Jan. 13, will be offered at four area locations by Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The course meets National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards and Instructional Guidelines and is intended to prepare students for National Registry cognitive and psychomotor examinations at the EMT level.

The course comprises 50 hours of lecture and 100 hours of practical learning. Students will select one of four sites: Penn College’s main campus, Bloomsburg Volunteer Ambulance Association’s training and administration center, Penn College at Wellsboro or Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg.

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‘Bicycle Friendly’ award puts college on path to better access

Part of the successful community effort to have Pennsylvania College of Technology categorized as “Bicycle Friendly,” three college employees gather at the bike storage room and repair station outside Dauphin Hall. From left are D. Robert Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science; Anthony J. Pace, assistant dean of academic operations; and Chris E. Miller, Penn College Police chief and director of campus safety.

The League of American Bicyclists, the only grassroots advocacy organization for people who bike, has honored Pennsylvania College of Technology with a bronze-level award for promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus.

The college, which submitted a 40-page application in support of “Bicycle Friendly University” consideration, joins an elite group of 208 institutions – 11 of them in Pennsylvania – that are taking action to address the nation’s health and environmental challenges by making their campuses more welcoming to cyclists.

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College part of Chamber’s industry tour for educators

Melissa Turlip, program manager with Commonwealth Charitable Management, invites attendees to explore the six Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit stations (at right), offering 24 hands-on activities on energy and the technologies and sciences involved with the oil and gas industry. The traveling exhibit, from the Oilfield Energy Center, is available for secondary school visits.
Melissa Turlip, program manager with Commonwealth Charitable Management, invites attendees to explore the six Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit stations (at right), offering 24 hands-on activities on energy and the technologies and sciences involved with the oil and gas industry. The traveling exhibit, from the Oilfield Energy Center, is available for secondary school visits.
Visitors move from their luncheon site into other areas of the welding addition, as well as to the current instructional space.
Visitors move from their luncheon site into other areas of the welding addition, as well as to the current instructional space.
A long line of secondary educators and counselors make their way down the campus mall on a beautiful autumn day, led by Bradley M. Webb (far left), assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.
A long line of secondary educators and counselors make their way down the campus mall on a beautiful autumn day, led by Bradley M. Webb (far left), assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.
The college’s modern nursing labs, complete with high-tech “patients” of varying ages, are shown off by Valerie A. Myers, assistant dean of nursing.
The college’s modern nursing labs, complete with high-tech “patients” of varying ages, are shown off by Valerie A. Myers, assistant dean of nursing.
Webb shares the industry-sized equipment and processes housed in the plastics and polymer engineering technology labs.
Webb shares the industry-sized equipment and processes housed in the plastics and polymer engineering technology labs.

School counselors, along with career and technical educators, included Penn College on a Monday tour of the area’s industrial assets. The guests began their afternoon with lunch in the new welding addition before exploring new and existing welding labs in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, then moved to the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center for stopovers in nursing and plastics. The groups visited several businesses in the region prior to arriving on main campus, including Lycoming Engines, Halliburton and Savoy Contract Furniture. Eyewitness News’ Morgan Parrish was along for the tours, which were facilitated by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

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Expert Tips: Preserve family photos

A photo from Scott's personal collection
A photo from Scott’s personal collection
A photo from Scott's personal collection
A photo from Scott’s personal collection
A photo from Scott's personal collection
A photo from Scott’s personal collection

From the Fall 2019 Penn College Magazine: Is Great Aunt Harriet looking a little pale these days? Former Penn College archivist and librarian Patricia A. Scott, ’71, shares expert advice to help you keep your family’s treasured memories looking their best. Read “Expert Tips.”

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AED Foundation reaccredits two heavy equipment majors

Two associate-degree majors within the heavy construction equipment technology program at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been reaccredited by The AED Foundation.

Accredited for five more years are heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis and heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis, two-year majors offered at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center south of main campus.

“We are pleased that you have chosen to demonstrate your commitment to academic excellence and continuous improvement through the process of accreditation,” AED Foundation Chairman Whit Perryman said.

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