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Children Enjoy Foam-Field Advantage

Delighting in full frothy coverage

A wide shot of the courtyard shows the breadth of the soapy fun.

Rinsing off under an inventively constructed shower

Sitting in the grass, rub-a-dub-dubbing

Smiling beneath his impromptu disguise, an adorable "bubble creature" greets group leader Linda S. Dellaquila.

The outdoor courtyard of the Dunham Children’s Learning Center was filled with lather and laughter on Thursday, when the children were treated to a General Services-crafted “bubble machine.” Thanks to the ingenuity (and kindness) of horticulturists Chad L. Karstetter and Michael L. Bremigen, the kids had a ball in the summer suds. Utilizing objects already on hand – PVC pipe, a plastic tub, Shop-Vac, blanket and ratchet tie-down – the resourceful duo fashioned a conduit for fun. Just add water and dish detergent and … voila! The only thing that lured the kids away was another treat: ice cream. Perfectly summing up the children’s joyful display, CLC director Barbara J. Albert shared a poem by Cherissa Buehler:

Bubbles on my shoulders,
Bubbles on my knee,
Bubbles on the top of my head,
For all the world to see.

Penn College Gallery Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

A National Endowment for the Arts grant of $10,000 will support public programming offered by The Gallery at Penn College as part of its upcoming exhibition, “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art.”

The Challenge America grant is awarded by the NEA to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations – those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.

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Rep. Masser Tours Penn College Campus

State Rep. Kurt Masser (in purple shirt) and Harold Hurst (left) his chief of staff, visit the Thermoforming Center of Excellence with Christopher J. Gagliano (second from right), PIRC program manager, and Christopher P. Ray, executive director of business development at Penn College.

The tour leaves the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center with Patrick Marty (second from right), chief of staff/assistant to the president for college relations.

Bradley M. Webb (in hat), assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, takes the legislative guests through the college's welding lab.

State Rep. Kurt Masser, who represents the 107th legislative district, spanning portions of Columbia, Montour and Northumberland counties, visited the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus on Wednesday to find out more about the college’s unique educational model and to explore possible linkages to secondary education in his district.

Accompanied by his chief of staff, Harold Hurst, Masser, who has served in the Legislature since 2011, toured labs and classrooms in the schools of Construction & Design Technologies; Health Sciences (nursing and dental hygiene); and Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Also included was a stop at the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

Masser and his family own and operate several restaurants, catering operations and a farmer’s market in the Paxinos-Ralpho Township areas. He managed to include an impromptu tour of culinary areas during a stop for lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

During the 2017-18 legislative session, Masser was elected to serve as a member of the House Republican leadership team as majority caucus administrator. He is also a former Northumberland County commissioner, having served in that role from 2004 to 2010.

Master Brewers Association Recognizes Penn College Brewing Major

A brewing and fermentation science student works with the stainless steel brewing tanks in the industry-standard instructional space at Penn College.

The Master Brewers Association of the Americas has recognized Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science degree as one of only 12 approved programs – and the only approved program in the U.S. Northeast.

Established in 1887, MBAA is a nonprofit, professional, scientific organization dedicated to advancing brewing, fermentation and related industries. A globally recognized authority on brewing, the international association has more than 4,000 members in over 50 countries.

“The Master Brewers Association of the Americas is the standard bearer for the ‘success through knowledge’ foundation on which we have built Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science program,” said Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing and fermentation science. “It is extremely gratifying to have our efforts validated by such a venerable and esteemed association of professional brewers and brewing scientists. As we continue to grow and develop this program, I look forward to helping ensure that our work aligns with the MBAA’s high standards.”

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Penn College Students Earn Scholarships From National Foundation

Five students from Pennsylvania College of Technology are among 28 nationwide to receive scholarships from a foundation dedicated to manufacturing careers.

The $1,500 to $2,500 scholarships from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the foundation of Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, are for full-time students enrolled in an engineering or manufacturing-related course of study.

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‘Why Science Matters’ Documentary Premieres July 12 on WVIA-TV

David S. Richards, professor of physics, is one of the faculty members featured in “Working Class: Competition Drives Innovation! Why Science Matters,” a documentary produced by Penn College and WVIA Public Media that premieres on WVIA-TV on July 12.

Nerds rule! Science, experimentation and competition come together to help students develop the problem-solving skills needed for high-demand, high-tech careers in “Working Class: Competition Drives Innovation! Why Science Matters.”

Produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, the documentary, which premieres on WVIA-TV Thursday, July 12, at 8 p.m., highlights hands-on activities that connect students with science and other academic subjects that can prepare them for success in modern manufacturing careers.

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Students’ Original Gaming Art Earns Recognition

Recognized recently for their participation in the Game On! Art Challenge sponsored by Penn College and WVIA Public Media, producers of the “Working Class” documentary TV series are (from left) DeMario Baer; George Ness, special education teacher; Dale Hoyles; and Zack Erdway.

Producers of the “Working Class” public television documentary series recently recognized three students who attend the BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 Alternative Education Program for participating in the series’ Game On! Art Challenge.

Earning top honors as an excellent example of teamwork was “The Quest of the Four,” a game board created by students Zack Enway and Dale Hoyles. The board game was designed to increase the players’ strategic abilities in battles and test their decision-making by requiring that they weigh the value of items they collect throughout the game. The two students drew the entire board, including character cards and game pieces, by hand.

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Producers Recognize Elementary Art Program

Students at Canton Elementary School and their art teacher, Courtney Grieve, received recognition recently for their participation in the Recycled Art Challenge conducted for the “Working Class: Build and Grow Green” episode of the documentary TV series produced by Penn College and WVIA Public Media.

Producers of the “Working Class” public television documentary series recently recognized Canton Elementary School’s art department for participating in the series’ Recycled Art Challenge.

Executive producer Elaine Lambert visited the elementary school and presented papermaking and felting supplies to art teacher Courtney Grieve. Grieve submitted 15 entries of recycled art projects created by students in Grades K-three for the art challenge.

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PPL Gift Supports SMART Girls, Penn College NOW Programs

PPL Electric Utilities representatives Mary Baker (left), a forester for the company, and Tracie Witter, regional affairs director, gather with a team of campers who show off the robot they built during Penn College’s annual SMART Girls summer camp. PPL supported SMART Girls and the college’s dual-enrollment program through a $4,000 donation. Joining the group is Elizabeth A. Biddle (back row), director of corporate relations for the college.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SMART Girls summer camp, which encourages high school-aged girls to continue challenging themselves in math and science at an age when many lose interest or confidence, convened last week.

Among supporters of the weeklong program was PPL Electric Utilities. PPL donated $4,000 to the college through the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. The funds are used to support both SMART Girls and the Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program.

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Variety of Computer Courses Scheduled at Penn College

For those looking to sharpen their computer skills while learning something new, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a number of easy-to-learn computer courses this fall.

The courses are taught by qualified instructors in a relaxed computer-classroom environment, allowing participants to learn, experiment and ask questions. Courses are hands-on, with each participant working at a computer station.

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Milton Hershey School, Penn College Formalize Partnership

Representatives from Pennsylvania College of Technology and Milton Hershey School gather for the signing of an agreement formalizing a partnership supporting MHS graduates’ success at the college. Seated (from left) are Tanya Baynham, vice president of graduate programs for success at Milton Hershey School; and Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost at Penn College. Standing (from left) are Dave Curry, director, career and technical education, Sheila Ciotti, manager, college and career preparation, and Keri Ambrocik higher education support specialist, all from MHS; and Melissa M. Stocum, academic skills specialist academic mentoring program, Tanya Berfield, manager of college transitions, and Kathleen V. McNaul, manager of academic services and international programs, all from Penn College.

Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Milton Hershey School are partnering to provide support to help students from MHS succeed at Penn College.

On June 14, representatives from both institutions signed a memorandum of understanding that formalizes and expands the collaboration, specifying steps to be taken to attract more MHS students to Penn College while improving their retention and graduation rates.

This is the 11th such agreement that Milton Hershey School has established with postsecondary institutions across Pennsylvania to offer its graduates individualized support for furthering their education.

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Board OKs Penn College Budget, Tuition/Fees for 2018-19

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors has approved a $161.8 million total budget calling for a 2.81-percent increase in tuition in 2018-19, marking four consecutive years of increases below 3 percent.

When tuition and fees are combined, the increase for 2018-19 is 2.39 percent. Tuition increases have been 4 percent or less for the past six years.

The total budget represents a 4.07-percent increase over 2017-18, driven mostly by building and renovation projects, including expansion of facilities for welding instruction on the main campus and renovations to a facility (gifted by UPMC Susquehanna) to house Penn College at Wellsboro, where a Practical Nursing Program is being expanded.

The college’s state appropriation is budgeted to remain at the current level of $22.1 million, representing 13.6 percent of the total budget and 18.3 percent of the Operating Budget for 2018-19, which is $120.9 million.

“As always, our budgeting process aims to keep tuition and fee increases as low as possible for students and their families,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour. “With prudent planning, we have again held our increase below 3 percent. In addition, the budget accommodates a welding expansion that allows for 60 more students to enroll in a popular program in a high-demand career field. Similarly, it enables us to offer nursing instruction to a third more students at Wellsboro, while leaving room for additional programming options there. Providing technology-based education is not inexpensive, but the investment pays lifelong dividends for our in-demand graduates, who are able to find family-sustaining jobs in stable career fields.”

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Board Approves 2018-19 Budget/Tuition; Contracts Authorized for Welding Expansion

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors on Thursday approved the 2018-19 college budget, tuition and fees; authorized bids for welding expansion; granted emeritus status to a retired school dean; authorized appointment of an auditing services firm; and approved a revision to a campus security policy.

The board also approved position/title changes for three members of senior administration and authorized appointment of members to serve on the Community Arts Center Board of Directors.

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Sen. Roger Madigan, Longtime Supporter of Penn College, Dies at 88

Roger A. Madigan, in the library that bears his name

Former Sen. Roger A. Madigan, ardent advocate for Pennsylvania College of Technology and a longtime member of the college’s Board of Directors, has died.

Madigan, 88, whose name adorns the Penn College library as a fitting tribute to his passion for education, served on the board from 1991 until his retirement from the state Senate at the end of 2008.

Madigan was elected to the state Senate in 1984 to represent the 23rd District. Previously, he served in the state House of Representatives, representing the 110th District, from 1977-84. Before becoming an elected official, Madigan was a dairy farmer and an insurance underwriter/consultant.

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CAC ‘Sneak Peek’ Reveals Start to Silver-Anniversary Season

Season openers announcedThe Community Arts Center kicked off its 25th anniversary with a “sneak peek” at the season’s first four performances, promising an outstanding lineup that is as interesting and diverse as its audience members: “Tony Danza: Standards & Stories” (7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27),”Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox” (7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25), “Artrageous!” (7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1), and Peter Cincotti (7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10). Members’ pre-sale will begin June 5; sale to the public starts June 12. Tickets may be purchased at the CAC website, by phone at 570-326-2424 or at the Arts Center box office.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University