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Board Approves PCEA Contract, Ratifies VP Appointments

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday approved a five-year contract with the Penn College Education Association, ratified electronic votes for the appointment of three vice presidents and authorized the college to continue operations at current budget levels if there is no 2017-18 state budget passed by June 30.

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Penn College Unveils New Wildcat Athletics Logo

Penn College's redesigned wildcat logo heralds a new era in athletics.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s long-standing tradition of bold innovation and institutional pride has a new look reflecting those qualities. The college on Wednesday revealed a new athletic logo depicting a strong, powerful and proud wildcat.

The new mark, created by Skye Dillon, of Skye Design Studios (which has experience branding some of the most recognized organizations and properties in sports nationwide), features a full-body wildcat perched atop Bald Eagle Mountain alongside the West Branch of the Susquehanna River – icons of the scenic landscape surrounding Penn College. The wildcat, shaded in white, metallic grey and royal blue, is oriented with its head panned slightly to the right. The new logo replaces a 25-year-old mark.

“With our move toward full NCAA Division III membership, our athletic teams competing in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, and full-time coaches who recruit student-athletes to the college, it was time for the wildcat to take on a fresh, new look,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “I commend the committee from across campus that guided this process. The striking new logo and related marks reflect a new era in Penn College Athletics.”

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Penn College Alums Help Longwood Gardens Bloom

Known as one of the premier public horticultural displays in the world, Longwood Gardens features nearly 1,100 acres of natural beauty. Two 2005 Penn College graduates help shape that magnificent scenery by serving as senior gardeners. April J. Bevans, landscape/nursery technology, and Lauren S. Hoderny-Hill, floral design/interior plantscape, use art and science – “tools” gained at Penn College – to craft fulfilling careers at the renowned Chester County attraction. The alumnae are featured in a new YouTube video, distilled from “Working Class: Build & Grow Green,” the second episode of the Telly Award-winning series produced by the college and WVIA:

The Cupboard at Penn College Helps to Feed Students in Need

A Penn College Dining Services employee pulls food from The Cupboard's shelves for a student-client to pick up.

While many joke about the poor eating habits of college students, Dining Services staff at Pennsylvania College of Technology has taken measures to combat a heartbreakingly unfunny reality.

A survey by Dining Services found that 58.9 percent of respondents have skipped a meal at least once because they did not have the money or resources to eat.

“It’s hard to get healthy, cheap food,” one student said, “so, usually, I just end up eating the pizza crust no one wants … or some white bread and tuna.”

Added another, “I have gone without food multiple times this semester because the money I make as a part-time worker only covers my rent.”

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Senator From York County Tours Penn College Campus

President Davie Jane Gilmour escorts Sen. Wagner through the welding labs with the assistance of welding students Thomas (“TJ”) J. Sneeringer (in red) and Joseph (“Joey”) M. Taylor, both of Hanover.

Wagner discusses his waste-management and trucking businesses with diesel technology students alongside a diesel truck outside College Avenue Labs.

In the automotive restoration lab, the senators listen to insights shared by Vanessa Mathurin, of Philadelphia, and Sean M. Hunter, of Livingston, N.J. The students are automotive restoration technology graduates enrolled in applied management.

Touring the extrusion lab, Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations, discusses the specialties of the plastics and polymer engineering technology major and the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

Sen. Scott Wagner, who represents the 28th District, comprising most of York County, toured the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus on Thursday as the guest of Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the college’s Board of Directors. Wagner, who is president and owner of York-based Penn Waste Inc. and KBS Trucking, Thomasville, is a declared candidate for governor. While on campus, he toured the labs for welding, automotive restoration/collision repair and plastics. Wagner once studied at Penn College’s immediate predecessor institution, Williamsport Area Community College, in the diesel program. In the Senate, Wagner chairs the Local Government Committee and is vice chairman of the Labor & Industry Committee. He also sits on the Appropriations, Transportation and Intergovernmental Operations committees.

Noncredit 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 several stress-free computer courses this summer.

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Four Camps Added to College’s Exciting Summer Opportunities

A camper pores through images for a make-believe coffee shop during last summer’s Graphic Design Summer Studio at Penn College.

A record number of Pennsylvania College of Technology summer camps, including four new offerings, will allow adventurous young women and men to explore the hands-on careers represented by the institution’s eclectic “degrees that work.”

Students entering grades nine to 12 at the time of participation are eligible for an annual Summer Camp Scholarship to attend Penn College. The registration deadline for all of the camps, whether day camps or residential, is Friday, June 2.

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Faculty Member Turns Hotelier in CTL’s ‘Funny Business’

Brian M. McKeonFaculty member/alumnus Brian M. McKeon Sr. is among the six-member cast of “Funny Business,” a frenetic farce by Derek Benfield opening this week at the Community Theatre League, 100 W. Third St. An assistant professor in Penn College’s physician assistant major (and a 2016 graduate in legal assistant/paralegal), McKeon portrays Ferris, who has agreed to look after his sister’s seedy hotel … but hasn’t anticipated the arrival of a notorious critic/journalist or the coincidental assortment of guests who have secrets they don’t wish to divulge. The deputy manager is caught up in a dizzying round of lies and subterfuge as he tries to protect the hotel’s reputation in the eyes of the journalist, a task made more difficult by the fact he doesn’t know which of his guests it is! McKeon, who has enlivened nearly a dozen CTL productions over the years, will be aided backstage by PCToday writer/editor Tom Wilson, a CTL board member and co-stage manager for the play. “Funny Business” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 21-22 and 27-29, and at 2 p.m. April 30.

Penn College Adding Metal Fabrication Degree

Welding is one of the components of the new metal fabrication technology major set to launch this fall at Penn College.

A manufacturing-related major promoting versatile, recession-proof skills is being added to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s academic portfolio this fall.

The new metal fabrication technology associate degree will furnish students with well-rounded skills in welding, machining and sheet metal fabrication. The result will be graduates possessing a unique technical skill set attractive to industry.

“There is a huge deficit of young people working in welding and machining,” said David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “In the past couple months alone, I’ve had at least a half dozen companies contact me looking for students who have such a skill set. There are going to be great employment opportunities for graduates.”

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Online Learning Options at Penn College Offer Enhanced Flexibility

Penn College offers a beautiful, modern campus in Williamsport, but for students who need the flexibility of online programs, the college provides a variety of options.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is renowned for its “degrees that work,” and for those needing additional flexibility to attain a degree from the college, online options abound.

Online learning at Penn College offers more choices to students who are balancing work and family responsibilities. The offerings feature the same academic rigor and accreditation as on-campus programs, but there is no requirement to ever attend class on the campus in Williamsport. Online students may choose to enroll full time or part time.

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Wildcats Walk the Walk When It Comes to Healthy Relationships

Students walk the campus mall in support of healthy relationships, racking up steps alongside the welded "Student Bodies" sculptures.

"How do you define love?" is answered in a variety of ways via Post-it Notes.

A formidable show of support is provided by Wildcat athletes ...

... including softball players (from left) Taylor A. Krew, Danielle R. Bonis and Taylor D. Brooks.

Not a bad day's work is the 1,019,553-yard total walked by participants during the six-hour event.

Members of the Penn College community rallied earlier this month to walk and/or run 1 million “Yards for Yeardley,” a national effort to raise awareness about relationship violence. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 4, faculty/staff and students – bolstered by a phenomenal turnout from Athletics as part of their NCAA Division III celebration – paid tribute to Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia lacrosse player beaten to death in 2010 by her ex-boyfriend. The group traveled 1,019,553 yards, nearly 580 miles.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer, and Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness/suicide prevention specialist

State Legislators Tour Campus Labs

Jacob T. Motley (far right), an automotive restoration technology student from West Chester, offers an overview of the work being performed on a 1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.

Faculty member Roy H. Klinger talks with (from left) college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Sens. Yaw, Eichelberger and Aument.

Automotive restoration technology major John A. Cheung (right), of Englishtown, N.J., greets the group alongside a 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 in the paint bay.

Brett D. Krum (in gray shirt), a restoration student from Bloomsburg, offers details about a 1909 Chalmers.

The senators enjoy checking out a replica of a 1902 Rambler.

Two state senators came to Penn College on Monday, visiting several curricular areas as a guest of Sen. Gene Yaw, their colleague and chairman of the college’s board of directors. Sens. John Eichelberger, R-Blair Township, and Ryan Aument, R-Landisville, enjoyed lunch in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and toured Madigan Library and instructional space dedicated to 3-D printing, automotive restoration and aviation. Eichelberger and Aument are chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Senate Education Committee (among other legislative assignments).

Twice as Nice

Double rainbow spotted over campus

The transition from winter to spring has been a wet one – playing havoc with outdoor activities, raising creeks throughout the area, and making for muddy backyards and soggy feet – but it’s hard to have a rainbow without rain. A sharp-eyed Jeremy R. Bottorf, Penn College’s coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation, snapped a double rainbow near the Field House on Tuesday afternoon.

Drone (Quadcopter) Technology Courses Scheduled at Penn College

As the number of drones in the U.S. continues to skyrocket, the Federal Aviation Administration has made their registration mandatory. Whether you are a hobbyist or a commercial flyer, Pennsylvania College of Technology can help you stay informed of FAA regulations.

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Acclaimed Brewmaster Joins Penn College Faculty

Acclaimed brewmaster Timothy L. Yarrington, of Elk Creek Café + Ale Works in Millheim, will serve as an instructor for the new brewing and fermentation science major launching this fall at Penn College.

In launching its new brewing and fermentation science degree, Pennsylvania College of Technology has enlisted the expertise of acclaimed brewmaster Timothy L. Yarrington.

The Spring Mills resident will serve as an instructor for the new major, which begins in Fall 2017. Yarrington, along with other faculty and administrators in the college’s School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, is working to establish the industry-standard instructional space, located in the Hager Lifelong Education Center.

Yarrington is recognized in brewing circles as a national award-winning brewer, as well as an expert on brewery construction and operations.

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