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Community Challenge raises $17,000-plus for Salvation Army

Some of the 45 Penn College participants (whether running, walking or volunteering) gather for a pre-event photo.

And … they’re off!

Penn College-crafted ceramic trophies and ornaments await the winners.

On what Reed described as a "cool, muddy, beautiful November day," participants traverse the scenic locale.

Penn College Police Officer Justin M. Hakes takes on the 10K.

For the second year in a row, Penn College won the Community Cup at Saturday’s Community Challenge. Better news: the event raised over $17,000 to benefit the Salvation Army of Williamsport. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Community Challenge goes directly to the local Salvation Army’s efforts to aid approximately 400 families a month in Lycoming County. Held on the Williamsport Water Authority’s watershed outside DuBoistown, the Community Challenge featured 5K, 10K and half-marathon trail races, with 265 competitors finishing. Penn College’s 45-member team of runners, walkers and volunteers – including students, employees and family members – was enough people power to secure the Community Cup, a traveling trophy presented to the organization with the greatest participation. “It was an exhausting and wonderful weekend,” said Michael J. Reed, an active event organizer who also serves as dean of the college’s School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications and vice chairman and chair of PR/special events for the Salvation Army of Williamsport’s Board of Directors. Also at the Community Challenge, a Salvation Army truck was on site to collect gently used winter coats, hats and gloves. For the second year, Penn College ceramics instructors David A. and Deborah L. Stabley crafted Community Challenge race awards in the form of ceramic trophies and holiday ornaments.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Penn College women begin hoops play Saturday

Despite fielding a team that is relatively young – nine of 13 players are new to the program – Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s basketball coach Lauren Healy believes that player depth and athleticism will result in good things this season.

The Wildcats open at 8 p.m. Saturday against Susquehanna University at the Susquehanna Trailways Tipoff Tournament. Also competing are Nazareth College and Westminster College. Penn College’s 16-game North Eastern Athletic Conference schedule begins Nov. 28.

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State Senate Appropriations Committee chair tours campus

Always engaged and advocating for the college, Yaw (right) converses with Browne in the atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

State Sen. Patrick M. Browne, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, visited Pennsylvania College of Technology on Thursday.

Browne, who represents the 16th District – which includes Allentown and other municipalities within Lehigh County – came to campus after presenting an election and legislative update at a breakfast sponsored by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

He was invited by fellow Appropriations Committee member Sen. Gene Yaw, who also serves as chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors. Yaw also hosted the Chamber legislative update event, held at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport.

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Penn College hosting FAFSA completion sessions

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology is aiding college students, prospective students and families in completing the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The college is hosting free FAFSA completion sessions on its main campus for staff to assist with the online application. The FAFSA is required by colleges and universities to determine student eligibility for federal and state grants, loans and some scholarships.

The sessions are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 24, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Both will be in Room 1049 of the college’s Student & Administrative Services Center. Students currently enrolled or planning to attend any college or university are invited. Students who are 23 or younger should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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The height of humanitarianism

The president gamely prepares to step off the rooftop.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and Steven P. Johnson, president of UPMC Susquehanna and member of the college’s board of directors, were among more than 60 community-minded daredevils who rappelled from the nine-story William Hepburn Apartments on Saturday. Battling the elements (and obviously overcoming any descent-related anxiety), they joined their charitable colleagues in an Over the Edge fundraiser for the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation, River Valley Regional YMCA and YWCA Northcentral PA.

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Campus lawn turns landing zone for massive military transport

Against a fall-colored backdrop, the Chinook lands outside the library.

A CH-47F Chinook helicopter made two landings on the Madigan Library lawn Friday, picking up Penn College’s Army ROTC cadets – and other members of the Lock Haven University-based Bald Eagle Battalion – for a field training exercise in Tioga County. The twin-engine, tandem-rotor ‘copter attracted a curious multigenerational crowd, which was afforded the rare opportunity to talk with cadets and peek inside the cavernous transport craft. WNEP’s Kristina Papa prepared a segment that aired that evening, and the college’s Public Relations & Marketing office produced a video from the visit.

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Practical nursing information session to be held in Northern Tier

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, based in the Wellsboro Area School District, will host an information session for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the former music room of the district’s administration building.

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Army ROTC training to feature Chinook landings on campus 

Penn College ROTC cadets rose before the sun for physical training on a foggy October morning.

As part of a field training exercise for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Army ROTC cadets, a CH-47F Chinook twin-engine, tandem-rotor cargo helicopter will land on the Madigan Library lawn on Friday, Oct. 26.

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Penn College welding expansion project underway

Ground was broken recently for a welding expansion project at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Made possible in part by a $2 million grant provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, the project will increase the size of welding-related instructional space in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center by approximately 35,000 square feet.

Construction has commenced on a project that will expand and enhance the space available for welding instruction at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The expansion, made possible in part by a $2 million grant provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, will increase the size of welding-related instructional space in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center by approximately 35,000 square feet.

Expanding will allow the welding program to grow the curriculum and enroll up to 60 more students annually. Traditionally, the program has a waiting list for enrollees.

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Board re-elects officers, approves parameters for state budget request 

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday re-elected its slate of officers and approved parameters for the college’s state budget request for 2019-20. 

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Lycoming Engines’ instructional support lauded at sign dedication

From left, Michael Kraft, senior vice president and general manager for Lycoming Engines; Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour; and aviation technology student Warren K. Bitterman, of Zieglerville, Montgomery County, all spoke at a dedication ceremony honoring Lycoming Engines’ ongoing support for the college.

Lycoming Engines’ longtime support of Pennsylvania College of Technology and its academic programs was celebrated on campus recently with the unveiling of new signage at the college’s Metal Trades Center.

Members of the Penn College community and representatives of Lycoming Engines – including alumni of the college employed by the company – gathered on Oct. 2 to dedicate the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center sign on the front lawn of the facility.

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EMT course scheduled for three sites in area

An Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Jan. 14, will be offered at three locations by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Look what the ‘cat drove in!

A Penn College-branded Susquehanna Trailways bus drops its passengers at 50th Street and Eighth Avenue in New York City on Saturday.

A Susquehanna Trailways motor coach, wrapped in Penn College Pride, made an appearance on the streets of Midtown Manhattan on Saturday, called into service for one of the carrier’s “do as you please” excursions to New York City. The bus is one of two that were unveiled last fall in conjunction with the college’s full membership in NCAA Division III.

Taking our show on the road

Rhonda S. Walker, alumni relations specialist, prepares to engage Thursday's visitors to the horticulture booth ...

... while Michael Damiani, instructor of aviation maintenance, does likewise as a knowledgeable ambassador for his academic school.

Representatives of Penn College’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies are welcoming guests to the 163rd annual Bloomsburg Fair, talking with alumni and prospective students at the ever-popular annual event. Carl J. Bower, associate professor of horticulture, and his classes showed off their major in an attractive booth that featured a student-designed fire pit and patio, along with a water feature on loan from Natural Waterscapes in South Williamsport. Other majors – including collision repair, aviation, Honda PACT and automotive restoration – were featured elsewhere in the sprawling venue, with a display that includes vehicles and a paint simulator.

Penn College Supports Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA STEM Mobile

Representing Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania are, from left, Valerie Whyman, fund development, and Casey Miller, Lewisburg-based program coordinator, who will use the STEM Mobile to deliver activities directly to girls. At right is Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations for Penn College, sponsor of the STEM Mobile.

Supporting efforts to give thousands of girls the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math, Pennsylvania College of Technology has partnered with Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania and its Girls Go STEM initiative by sponsoring the organization’s new Lewisburg-based STEM Mobile.

The STEM Mobile, adorned with Penn College’s logo, will be utilized by GSHPA staff traveling to community events throughout central Pennsylvania to promote STEM education for girls and young women through hands-on and collaborative activities.

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