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Flags Lowered in Tribute to Victims of School Shooting

Flags at half-staff

President Trump has ordered that U.S. flags fly at half-staff until sunset Tuesday to honor victims of Friday’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

Marking Decades of Making a Difference

In one of her first remarks as president of Pennsylvania College of Technology, Davie Jane Gilmour revealed her leadership philosophy by stressing that “people make the difference.” In 20 years at the helm, Gilmour has truly made a difference to the college and surrounding community. A video slideshow of images, which premiered at Thursday’s all-college meeting and has been added to the institution’s YouTube channel, helps commemorate her 20 years as president and 40th anniversary of being a proud Penn College employee.

Penn College NOW Dual-Enrollment Program Reaccredited

Plastics and polymer engineering technology student Sapphire E. Naugle, who earned 18 Penn College credits while a student at Jersey Shore Area High School, leads a group of Central Mountain High School Penn College NOW students and others through the college’s rotational molding lab.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Penn College NOW dual enrollment program – which provided $2.7 million of college credits free to Pennsylvania high school students in 2016-17 – received reaccreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, the organization announced on May 2.

Penn College NOW was established by the college in 2005 to provide Penn College courses to high school students at their schools or career and technology centers. In 2011, it became the first dual-enrollment program in the state to receive accreditation from NACEP, the sole national accrediting body for concurrent-enrollment partnerships. Today only two Pennsylvania dual-enrollment programs are nationally accredited.

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Book Bingo Offers ‘Free Space’ for Year-End Celebration

Families enjoy Book Bingo at the Children's Learning Center ...

... caught up by the excitement ...

... and enthralled by the prizes!

Assistant group leader Valerie L. Vonada (left) and group leader Linda S. Dellaquila (right) bookend the fashionable children "flying on" to kindergarten in August.

Dunham Children’s Learning Center families recently welcomed spring’s arrival with Book Bingo and ice cream sundaes, a free event in which each child won two books. Smiles were the prevalent accessory for the day, and youngsters bound for kindergarten sported colorful T-shirts they recently tie-dyed as a class activity.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

 

Recycled Art Challenge Inspires Students to ‘Go Green’

"Working Class"Student artists in kindergarten through 12th grade celebrated the “go green” effort by participating in a recycled art challenge organized by producers of the “Working Class” public television documentary series.

Based on themes explored in the Telly Award-winning documentary “Working Class: Build & Grow Green,” the recycled art challenge sought to inspire innovation while reducing waste. Elementary and secondary students turned trash into treasure by using ordinary art materials to transform discarded items into works of art.

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The Wildcat’s Changing Face

The earliest images available in the Penn College archives show an appropriately wild version, modeled after the bobcat common to the woods of northcentral Pennsylvania.

From the Spring 2018 Penn College Magazine: Take a look at the evolution of the Wildcat, a steadfast symbol since intercollegiate sports began at Penn College predecessor Williamsport Area Community College in 1966. Read “The Wildcat’s Changing Face.”

In Scoring Position

Doing the heavy lifting, a crane helps adorn the Athletic Field scoreboard.

A scoreboard truss, complete with the Penn College name and new Wildcat logo, was set Friday morning at the Athletic Field. A crew from Allison Crane & Rigging lofted and lowered the piece into place; Joseph H. Reynolds, of Transport Custom Designs in Montoursville – a 1976 graduate and a Penn College Foundation board member – assisted with the steel structure.

NCAA Highlights College President’s LLB Leadership Role

President Gilmour addresses the crowd at the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series, her first as board chair.

An article in NCAA Champion magazine marks the recent conclusion of Davie Jane Gilmour’s tenure as chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, sharing memories and milestones from the Penn College president’s five-year term at the organization’s helm. Included in the piece, headlined “College president fulfills big leadership role in Little League Baseball,” are tidbits both humorous (self-deprecation about her throwing arm) and insightful (cherished moments handing out medals to the young athletes). “Those are the days that go down as some of my most favorite,” says Gilmour, who will continue as a board member. “Being around the players has always been the most moving thing for me.” In addition to her ongoing LLB role, she is vice chair of President’s Council for the North Eastern Athletic Conference and will assume the council chair in July 2019.

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

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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Culinary Entrepreneur to Speak at CAC

Jay DucoteThe campus community is invited to hear Jay Ducote, runner-up on the 11th season of “Food Network Star” and inaugural speaker of Lycoming College’s entrepreneurship lecture series, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Arts Center.  In addition to his stint on “Food Network Star,” Ducote has hosted the “Bite and Booze Radio Show” since 2011, and made appearances on a number of TV shows, including “Masterchef,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Chopped” and “Ginormous Food.” He established the Jay D’s line of sauces and single origin coffee, which he sources from Lycoming College, and will soon launch his first restaurant – Gov’t Taco – inside White Star Market in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For more, visit the Lycoming College website or check out the event poster: Jay Ducote

K-12 Challenge: Make a Game, Gain New Skills

Seeking a spring challenge for budding student gamers, artists and engineers? Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media – producers of the “Working Class” documentary series – invite K-12 students, teachers and parents to create their own original board games or video games in the Game On! Art Challenge.

The challenge is inspired by “Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters,” which can be viewed on WVIA On Demand, YouTube and the series website.

A member of the Penn College faculty who appeared in “Game On! Why Math Matters” encourages teachers and parents to view students’ interest in games as a way to connect them with academics and future careers. Making those connections is a theme of the “Working Class” documentaries.

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Penn College Home to State’s First ‘Gold Star’ Academic Library

Madigan Library: a golden campus asset

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library has reached the Gold Star plateau in the PA Forward Star Library program, the first academic library in the commonwealth to be so recognized.

The initiative was launched in January 2017 to showcase Pennsylvania’s libraries and the myriad ways they serve their constituents, and Penn College quickly moved through the bronze and silver benchmarks in the intervening 15 months.

At each level, specific objectives were seamlessly reflected in displays, events and activities – ranging from Open House and Hispanic Heritage Month to suicide prevention and (in a nod to the college’s automotive restoration major) attention-grabbing displays of vintage vehicles.

“We’re proud of being a participant in the PA Forward Stars program, which has helped us spotlight the important role libraries play in the lives of our community members,” said Tracey Amey, Madigan Library director. “As part of the program, we’ve provided not just books and information, but promoted therapy dogs, art exhibits and stay-healthy giveaways.”

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Required Testing Underway for Admission to Area Nursing Program

Is a rewarding career in nursing in your future? The Penn College at Wellsboro Practical Nursing Program is scheduling pre-admission testing for the January session.

All applications are due by Oct. 1 for that next class, and pre-admission testing must be completed before the application process begins.

The yearlong, full-time program – offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology – prepares graduates for career opportunities in area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, personal-care facilities and human-service organizations.

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PPL Provides Support for Penn College’s Makerspace

Gathered at the The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College (under construction in the Carl Building Technologies Center at the college) are, from left, alumnus James Ryan, distribution technician for PPL; alumna Michelle Bennett-Knouse, journeyman electrician for PPL; Tracie Witter, PPL regional affairs director; Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation; and Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations for Penn College.

An $8,000 grant from PPL Electric Utilities will help Pennsylvania College of Technology in its effort to open a makerspace on campus.

PPL is offering unrestricted funding in support of The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College. The facility, under construction in the Carl Building Technologies Center at Penn College, will open this fall.

“PPL has been a longtime friend and supporter of Penn College,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations. “This recent gift is no exception. The company demonstrates an ongoing commitment to students, innovation and the community through this grant to the Penn College makerspace. We are appreciative of the support, which takes hands-on technology education to a deeper level.”

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Penn College Announces Cake Competition Winners

First place in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual wedding cake competition is awarded to Jacqueline R. Dull, a baking and pastry arts student from Milton.

With a pink cake that was adorned with roses and pearls, student Jacqueline R. Dull, of Mohnton, received first place in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual wedding cake competition.

Dull is a sophomore in the college’s baking and pastry arts major. She and the other competitors are enrolled in the Cake Decorating II course, taught by Chef Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts. As a final project for the class, each student submitted a three-tiered, fondant-covered wedding cake with handmade embellishments.

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