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‘Bunnies’ hop over to Bardo Gym for workout

A blur of bunny energy ...
A blur of bunny energy …
... leads to a midcourt breather and a Wildcat photo op.
… leads to a midcourt breather and a Wildcat photo op.

Two-year-olds from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center’s Bunnies class, taught by group leader Stacie L. Smith and assistant group leader Keara M. Hess (who provided the photos), traveled to nearby Bardo Gymnasium on Wednesday. “We ran off all of our energy and got to take a group picture,” center staff reported. “On our way, we talked about the importance of wearing our masks around campus, and how it keeps us and others safe.” A lesson in healthful compliance for all of us, from the mouths of babes!

2 days ago
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Flags lowered in memory of Americans lost to COVID-19

Flag at half-staffAmerican flags are at half-staff through sunset Friday in remembrance of the 500,000 Americans who have succumbed to the coronavirus. “That is more Americans who have died in a single year of this pandemic than in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined,” the White House proclamation reads. “On this solemn occasion, we reflect on their loss and on their loved ones left behind. We, as a nation, must remember them so we can begin to heal, to unite and find purpose as one nation to defeat this pandemic.”

4 days ago
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Master Brewers Association recognizes Penn College certificate

Master Brewers

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science certificate has received notice that it has been recognized by the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. The Penn College certificate is one of only 14 brewing education programs to receive this distinction – and the only program in the Northeast U.S.

A global authority on brewing, the MBAA recognized Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science associate degree in 2018. The program has evolved into a one-year certificate, narrowing the time commitment for students but maintaining the quality of the training. The certificate begins in the Fall 2021 semester.

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February 17, 2021
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A snowy stroll through a Wildcat wonderland

A picturesque campus landmark the whole year 'round, The Victorian House is a snow-capped stunner this winter.

While the groundhog decreed six more weeks of winter earlier this month, the first six weeks of the season weren’t exactly uneventful. From a 2-foot inundation over the semester break to several plowable storms since, the Penn College main campus has been enveloped in enough white to satisfy those wistful for the snows of youth and infuriate those who would rather go swimming than sledding. We’ll straddle the middle ground at PCToday, offering for readers’ pleasure the incomparable beauty of nature; a quiet oasis during the crush of another workweek … at least until the next storm hits!

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Defying gravity?

Seemingly horizontal icicles point the way to a prolonged winter.
Seemingly horizontal icicles point the way to a prolonged winter.

Noelle B. Bloom, assistant Dining Services director, shared this image of icicles hanging horizontally on the mall side of the Hager Lifelong Education Center. While it’s tempting to shrug it all off with, “What do y’all expect after the year we’ve been through?” that’s not the kind of journalism you expect from PCToday. So we picked the brains of campus sources versed in physics and meteorology, who made sense of it all. Their consensus? The icicles formed vertically, but, as the snow and ice melted from the metal roof, they oozed and slid and curved under the eaves to provide passersby with a most curious freeze frame.

February 5, 2021
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Penn College’s largest endowed scholarship fund receives boost

A new $200,000 gift from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg brings the foundation’s total scholarship support to Pennsylvania College of Technology students to more than $3 million.

The scholarship endowment, the largest at Penn College, provides student recipients with $5,000 per year for up to four years.

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January 20, 2021
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College Relations to introduce new Center for Career Design

On Feb. 1, College Relations at Pennsylvania College of Technology will launch its Center for Career Design – a physical space and operation on campus to bring students, alumni and industry partners together for all things career-related.

The launch of the center will take place mere months after the announcement of the newly designated office of College Relations, established July 1, 2020, and comprising the Penn College Foundation, Alumni Relations, Career Services, Corporate Relations and Donor Relations.

The center will bolster collaboration among students, alumni and employers to ensure students’ career readiness, while enhancing alumni connections and fulfilling unmet workforce needs for the college’s corporate partners.

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January 19, 2021
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First National Bank donation supports dual enrollment

First National Bank, the largest subsidiary of F.N.B. Corporation, is donating $8,000 to Pennsylvania College of Technology to assist with Penn College NOW, a dual enrollment program.

The FNB donation is being made through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program administered by the state Department of Community & Economic Development. The Penn College Foundation is approved as an Educational Improvement Organization under EITC.

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January 11, 2021
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Gilmour reelected vice chair of MSCHE, executive committee

President Davie Jane Gilmour

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour has been reelected as vice chair for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education – a nonprofit association performing peer evaluation and accreditation of public and private universities and colleges – and its Executive Committee.

Middle States serves higher education institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other geographic areas in which the Commission conducts accrediting activities.

Seven members (including officers) comprise the Executive Committee, which is elected annually by the Commission. The Executive Committee has authority to act on behalf of the Commission as necessary between meetings to continue operations of the corporation, as well as to take action on accreditation and institutional membership. It includes administrative, faculty and public representatives.

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January 5, 2021
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David M. Heiney, college’s interim president in early ’80s, dies

Heiney (left) reunites with Russell C. Mauch, dean for community and continuing education from 1978-84, and his wife, Beverly, during the college's 2014 centennial celebration.
Heiney (left) reunites with Russell C. Mauch, dean for community and continuing education from 1978-84, and his wife, Beverly, during the college’s 2014 centennial celebration.

David M. Heiney, 80, of Hughesville, interim president of Williamsport Area Community College from 1980-81, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, at UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. A full obituary, detailing his professional accomplishments and community involvement, is available on the website of the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home in Hughesville.

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December 23, 2020
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Capturing the calm before the storm

Happy Holidays from Penn College!

In the days and nights before more than 2 feet of snow prevented many employees (yes, even photographers!) from setting foot on campus, a few signs of the season were captured by Penn College’s talented eyes on the ground. To cap a 2020 full of hindrance and hardship – and, thanks to campuswide cooperation, one of ultimate perseverance – PCToday presents a few reminders that even the worst years end in hopefulness for better times.

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President hosts MSCHE podcast on diversity, equity, inclusion

President Davie Jane Gilmour

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour, who also serves as vice chair of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and its Executive Committee, recently hosted the inaugural episode of MSCHE’s “Pillars of Change” podcast series.

In the podcast, Gilmour interviews Katherine S. Conway-Turner, president of SUNY Buffalo State, who also serves as an MSCHE Executive Committee member.

The 30-minute session, which is accessible to the general public, focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion as they relate to the conversation at individual colleges and universities, the role college presidents play on campus and in their communities, the most significant challenges and opportunities, lessons learned from the events transpiring in 2020, and the overall impact on students.

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December 16, 2020