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Rep. Wheeland appointed to Penn College Board of Directors

Rep. Jeff Wheeland

Rep. Jeff Wheeland, who represents the 83rd District in the state House of Representatives, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors by House Speaker Bryan Cutler.

Wheeland succeeds Rep. Garth Everett, who is retiring from his seat representing the 84th District in the state House. Everett served on the Penn College Board since 2011. Wheeland’s appointment is effective immediately and runs through the 2021-22 legislative session.

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6 days ago
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Essential Investments – Impact Report 2019-20

Read the 2019-20 Impact Report www.pct.edu/impactreport
Read the 2019-20 Impact Report www.pct.edu/impactreport

“As the 2019-20 academic year wound to a close – about the same time that the COVID-19 pandemic began to spiral all around us – the term ‘essential’ took on new meaning for many,” writes President Davie Jane Gilmour in the college’s 2019-20 Impact Report. Still, she notes, the original meaning on the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus was not lost: Penn College continues to provide job-ready tomorrow makers in essential professions. Read more of Gilmour’s message and about some of the many ways Penn College, its employees, students, alumni and other supporters are providing the best possible education and delivering future leaders in the 2019-20 Impact Report.

7 days ago
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Automation degrees power new Penn College electronics lab

The addition of two automation engineering technology baccalaureate degrees is powering a new electronics laboratory at Penn College. The lab is equipped with 16 student-installed Programmable Logic Controller stations (featuring both Allen-Bradley and Siemens PLCs), four Kuka industrial robots and a conveyer system. “We recruited the whole class that came in now, these freshmen, without having that lab,” said Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies. “So having that lab now is just going to add another layer of excitement. They can see all the learning stations. They can see the robots. They can see the conveyer system.” The lab is for the “tomorrow makers” seeking an automation degree in either mechatronics or robotics.

November 24, 2020
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Setting tone of Thanksgiving, center’s children show gratitude

CLC staff members Smith (left) and Cowher join the Bunnies in saying a star-spangled "thank you" to servicemen and women.
CLC staff members Smith (left) and Cowher join the Bunnies in saying a star-spangled “thank you” to servicemen and women.
General Services' Thomas R. McFadden (left) and Joseph P. Helminiak meet with a most appreciative flock of Birds.
General Services’ Thomas R. McFadden (left) and Joseph P. Helminiak meet with a most appreciative flock of Birds.

To continue to spread kindness and teach appreciation, the girls and boys at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center took time to make a mural and a poster of thanks this November. The Bunnies’ classroom of 2-year-olds (left), accompanied by group leader Stacie L. Smith and assistant group leader Michelle M. Cowher, thanked all veterans for their service. And the 4-year-olds in the Birds’ class, led by group leader Tiffany L. Tyhanic and assistant group leader Valerie L. Vonada, artistically recognized General Services team members for repairing the deck around their beautiful tree on the preschool playground.
Photos by Linda A. Reichert, CLC director

November 23, 2020
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Drive-through alternative allows show to go on

14th Skip Hunsinger Christmas SpectacularThe Community Arts Center is keeping alive a yearend custom – the Skip Hunsinger Christmas Spectacular – while exercising COVID-era caution. Inspired by an event held at the former Capitol Theater, which included a free movie and gifts for children, the Christmas Spectacular has become a holiday tradition. This year, however, pandemic protocols have prompted a novel approach. In an attempt to keep the event safe for the community, the 14th annual spectacular has become strictly a drive-through experience. From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 5, cars can line up in front of the CAC (220 W. Fourth St.) to get a goodie bag for their kid(s) and enjoy a few socially distanced Christmas festivities, including a visit from Santa Claus! The volunteer corps will be joined by musical guests Repasz Brass, Repasz Winds and the Autumn Breeze Sax Quartet, which will play seasonal favorites.

November 11, 2020
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Donation supports body cameras for Penn College Police

A donation from the Newberry Independent Club is supporting Penn College Police officers.

The organization, also known as the Polish Club for the ethnic group that founded it in 1933, has a long and rich history of community empowerment, assisting local families and organizations.

Past support includes the donation of K-9 units to the City of Williamsport and South Williamsport police departments. This year, the club is supporting the Penn College, Old Lycoming and South Williamsport police departments with $3,500 donations each.

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November 9, 2020
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To make a ‘lawn’ story short

Traditionally involved in smaller projects closer to their Schneebeli Earth Science Center home base, horticulture students unroll sod on a sizeable (and well-prepped) tract near the PDC.
Traditionally involved in smaller projects closer to their Schneebeli Earth Science Center home base, horticulture students unroll sod on a sizeable (and well-prepped) tract near the PDC.
Pallets of sod line the work site, as students diligently show what they've learned.
Pallets of sod line the work site, as students diligently show what they’ve learned.
A fresh blanket of green dazzles under twilight's illumination.
A fresh blanket of green dazzles under twilight’s illumination.

The Penn College grounds department worked with horticulture students to install sod alongside the Thompson Professional Development Center earlier this week. General Services readied the area and delivered 2,500 square feet of sod in time for Monday’s 2 p.m. Turf Management class with horticulture instructor Justin Shelinski and Wyatt C. Forest, laboratory assistant for horticulture. Grounds personnel recently completed a new landscape design and adjusted the bed edges, creating a larger section of turf … but, due to the lack of rain, crews couldn’t get the grass to grow. So, when Shelinski asked if any campus spaces were in need of sod, General Services readily offered the PDC area for students’ hands-on involvement.
Photos provided by Andrea L. Dildine, General Services horticulturist/grounds and motor pool manager

November 3, 2020
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Student photographer’s eye records fall’s magnificence

Leaves make their way groundward, honoring the calendar's cyclical inevitability.
Leaves make their way groundward, honoring the calendar’s cyclical inevitability.
Seasonal color overtakes the College Avenue Labs water feature.
Seasonal color overtakes the College Avenue Labs water feature.
The southern hills are splattered by nature's paint job, as is the foliage that lines the campus mall.
The southern hills are splattered by nature’s paint job, as is the foliage that lines the campus mall.
The fire pit on the Bush Campus Center patio comfortably combats the chill.
The fire pit on the Bush Campus Center patio comfortably combats the chill.
Fall near the Field House: When even the Wildcat can't resist leaf-peeping!
Fall near the Field House: When even the Wildcat can’t resist leaf-peeping!

No less a weather authority than Winnie-the-Pooh greeted autumn’s arrival with a glee that resounded through the Hundred Acre Wood, and his message is one that “bears” repeating. Travel Penn College’s main campus with Public Relations & Marketing’s Tim Wegman and celebrate “a time of hot chocolatety mornings and toasty marshmallow evenings, and best of all, leaping into leaves!”

October 27, 2020
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Service to be scheduled for former foundation member

Philip R. Boob Sr.A celebration-of-life ceremony will be held in the spring for Philip R. Boob Sr., a former member of the Penn College Foundation Board of Directors, who died Monday, Oct. 19, at age 80. The Montoursville resident enjoyed a full career in aviation, with employment at Airmotive Corp. in Lock Haven; at Piper Aircraft there and in Vero Beach, Florida; and as president of Textron’s Lycoming Division from 1984-97. He served on the foundation board from 1993 to 2005, and on its executive committee from 1995 to 2003. A full obituary, including details on making contributions to a memorial scholarship to benefit aviation students, was published in Wednesday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

October 22, 2020
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Penn College offering free FAFSA assistance

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology is providing assistance for current and future college students and their families to complete the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The FAFSA is required by colleges and universities to determine student eligibility for federal and state grants, federal loans and some scholarships. The college is hosting a free FAFSA completion group session on its main campus and offering one-on-one help in the Financial Aid Office.

Registration is required for both options.

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October 20, 2020
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Guest readers celebrate child care center’s vital mission

The president visits with "Birds" at the CLC. (Photo by Tiffany L. Tyhanic, Children's Learning Center group leader)
The president visits with “Birds” at the CLC. (Photo by Tiffany L. Tyhanic, Children’s Learning Center group leader)

In honor of “Celebrating Campus Children’s Centers Week” (Oct. 5-9), Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour visited the Dunham Children’s Learning Center to read the story “Fall Leaves Fall!” to children.

In return, children from the Birds Nest presented Gilmour with a thank-you card that looked just like the owls they had made in class.

The Bears Bunch also had a guest reader as part of the celebration. Hillary E. Hofstrom, the college’s vice president for human resources, and a past parent of the center, read the book “Duncan and Delores.”

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October 15, 2020
Dining Services Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Dining Services’ COVID response noted in national trade publication

Campus Dining Today

Penn College Dining Services’ efforts to maintain continuity during the coronavirus pandemic, both during a spring shutdown and after in-person instruction resumed with the fall semester, are featured in the Summer 2020 cover story of Campus Dining Today, published by The National Association of College & University Food Services: Campus Dining Today

October 14, 2020
General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development

EMT course scheduled at four area sites for spring semester

An Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Jan. 19 and running through early May, will be offered at four locations by Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The course meets the 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.

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October 13, 2020