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Campus Mosaic Project Enhances Art of Seeing

With a stretch of sidewalk as his studio ...

With a stretch of sidewalk as his studio …

... and scaffolding as his office ...

… and scaffolding as his office …

... David A. Stabley creates a 400-square-foot conversation piece along West Third Street.

… David A. Stabley creates a 400-square-foot conversation piece along West Third Street.

The instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture who shepherded the Centennial mosaic along the campus mall is creating another piece of outdoor art at Penn College: an abstract landscape on the heavily traveled north side of the Hager Lifelong Education Center. At 38 feet long and 11 feet high, and enjoying prime visibility adjacent to Bardo Gym and across from the Klump Academic Center, the piece has attracted much attention from passersby as it takes shape.”It has been interesting working on Third Street,” David A. Stabley said. “Many people walk by each day, commenting on my progression. Mostly great comments and sometimes I get feedback as to what they see within the image. The Susquehanna River, mountains, pyramids … What is it going to be? All good things to hear. It is nice to make a visual image where everyone sees something different. I believe it makes people think more about what is going on and, hopefully, they have a connection with it or at least a comment.” Stabley, who has been helped by summer students and others who stop “for an hour or two,” will offer a mosaic class in the Spring 2016 semester for interested students. The course will count as an art elective and will include smaller studio projects and a larger-scale installation in Dauphin Hall.

Penn College Welcomes New Employees

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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Campers Channel Creativity to Produce Unique Artwork

Campers show off some of the artwork they created for the storybooks they produced in print and digital formats.

Campers show off some of the artwork they created for the storybooks they produced in print and digital formats.

One of the magical fantasy houses created with clay and natural materials, complete with a swing at right! (Photo by Penny Griffin Lutz, manager of The Gallery at Penn College)

One of the magical fantasy houses created with clay and natural materials, complete with a swing at right! (Photo by Penny Griffin Lutz, manager of The Gallery at Penn College)

A happy camper rolls out clay in the college ceramics room.

A happy camper rolls out clay in the college ceramics room.

A campus computer room teems with excitement and ingenuity.

A campus computer room teems with excitement and ingenuity.

Campers pose on their final day and show off the masks they created in Photoshop. One of their mentors, Ainsley R. Bennett, a junior in graphic design, can be seen in the second row. (Photo by Penny Griffin Lutz)

Campers pose on their final day and show off the masks they created in Photoshop. One of their mentors, Ainsley R. Bennett, a junior in graphic design, can be seen in the second row. (Photo by Penny Griffin Lutz)

A four-day Creativity Art Camp, newly added to Penn College’s summer activity schedule, drew 20 participants to main campus this past week. Students entering fourth through sixth grades worked with a variety of artists and media, producing pieces that beautifully blended talent and imagination.

 

ESC Weather Forecast: Shady, With Abundant Natural Warmth

This just in, from the nearby world of wildlife wonder.

This just in, from the nearby world of wildlife wonder.

Even with Father’s Day still fresh in our minds, PCToday couldn’t resist sharing this photo of a doe and her fawn at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. The mother-and-child nuzzle, which took place in the grassy area within the campus’ circular driveway, was beautifully captured Monday afternoon through the library window by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

Board Approves Budget/Tuition, ‘Emeritus’ Status for Faculty Member

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday approved the college’s budget and tuition rates for 2015-16, the Dining Services and Residence Life fees for the next academic year, “professor emeritus” status for a recently retired faculty member, and the Community Arts Center Board of Directors’ roster.

The board also authorized President Davie Jane Gilmour and Vice President for Finance/CFO Suzanne T. Stopper to pursue a sales agreement for the purchase of property on Fifth Avenue in Williamsport.

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Board Approves Lowest Tuition Increase Since PSU Affiliation

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors approved a $109 million operating budget for 2015-16 that features the smallest tuition increase – 2.78 percent – since the institution became a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University in 1989.

The $109,023,100 operating budget reflects an increase of less than 1 percent (0.95 percent) over 2014-15. It includes no increase in the college’s state appropriation of $17,584,000. State appropriations account for 16.1 percent of the college’s 2015-16 operating budget and 11.4 percent of its total budget.

The college’s total budget for 2015-16 will rise by 1.2 percent to $154,055,500. The college’s revenue-generating auxiliary fund budgets will total $29 million. The restricted current fund budget – which includes grants, contracts and restricted donations for which outside entities (such as governmental agencies) direct the use of the money – is $16.1 million.

“As always, our No. 1 priority in budgeting is keeping tuition increases as low as possible for Penn College students and their families,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour. “The team working on this budget was committed to creating a responsible plan that meets that principal goal and ensures that we have the funds required for special initiatives and continued delivery of the highest-quality academic programs.”

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Indoor Fun Saves Day for Camp ESCAPE Youngsters

Sand artists intently layer colors ...

Sand artists intently layer colors …

... en route to the proud reveal of their handiwork.

… en route to the proud reveal of their handiwork.

With Mother Nature delivering a cooler day and the potential for rain, scuttling plans for outdoor kickball and a trip to the East End Pool, the boys and girls in Camp ESCAPE stayed inside the Field House on Thursday for a hastily adjusted schedule of indoor activities. Flexing their creative muscles and honing their problem-solving skills, the campers created sand-art masterpieces in the morning and played “Minute to Win It” in the afternoon.
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation

Blogger’s Campus Visit Produces Two More Glowing Posts

Countdown to College Coach

Countdown to College Coach

A blogger who channels her own experiences as a national resource for parents of rising college students has added two more postings from her trip to Penn College earlier this spring. In “Why Choose Penn College,” Shaffer gives parents five sound reasons why the institution could be a good fit for their daughters and sons; another recent article talks up the variety of scholarship opportunities – and the college’s convenient way in which students can apply for all of them at once.

Presidential Interview Available Through SiriusXM Radio

President Davie Jane Gilmour

President Davie Jane Gilmour

A satellite radio appearance by Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour aired twice Thursday and is available through SiriusXM’s On Demand feature. The president was interviewed for a segment on Wharton Business Radio (Channel 111) while at the Forbes Women’s Summit in New York City on June 9-10. “Technology is in every program we have,” Gilmour told Dan Loney, host of Knowledge@Wharton. “We talk about the fact that our programs and our majors are recession-proof. If you need an HVAC technician, building automation – the building we’re in today is being controlled by computers in a back room (regulating) our comfort, our ability to hear and function. Those programs and majors are in great demand. Young people today want to do something with technology, so, whether it’s computer animation or cybersecurity or any kind of automotive repair or construction management, there’s technology in all of it. Students are coming to us because they see the value of this diverse education. You don’t grow up thinking about being a plastics technologist, you don’t grow up thinking about having a four-year degree in welding and fabrication, taking the metal to places it’s never been. So as we do career awareness, we’re seeing many more first-time college-goers coming to Penn College. College, for us, is no longer, ‘I’m coming to find myself.’ Students who come to us are saying, ‘I know where I want to be. Help me get there.'” The interview also covered the college’s interdisciplinary approach to learning – 3-D printing students helping automotive restoration majors, for instance – as well as transfer opportunities, the exercise science major beginning this fall, programs such as SMART Girls that steer young women toward technological careers, and the president’s rewarding involvement at the helm of Little League Baseball.

Summer Campers Prepare Tasty, Nutritious Fare

Sharon A. Berger works with Camp ESCAPE youngsters in CC Commons.

Sharon A. Berger works with Camp ESCAPE youngsters in CC Commons.

Half the fun of healthy eating ...

Half the fun of healthy eating …

... is the "eating" part!

… is the “eating” part!

Learning about herbs with Andrea N. Breon

Learning about herbs with Andrea N. Breon

Young men and women in Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE got nutritional advice and a literal taste of hands-on food preparation when they met Monday with Sharon A. Berger, Dining Services’ registered dietitian, and Andrea N. Breon, the Keystone Dining Room’s head cook. Traveling from the Field House to CC Commons in the Bush Campus Center, the students were given an opportunity to see, smell and taste fresh herbs (parsley, chives and thyme) and use them to make an Italian dressing for their salads. They also made a creamy mint dip – a mixture of Greek yogurt, cinnamon, honey, vanilla, fresh mint and powdered sugar – that was enjoyed with oranges and bananas. The students also learned a few facts about honeybees and their importance to the ecological system. Camp ESCAPE is in the second of the season’s seven weeks of fun and educational activities.
Photos by Noelle B. Bloom, assistant Dining Services director

Benton Foundry Endows Scholarship at Penn College

From left, Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations at Penn College, and members of the Hall family who have owned Benton Foundry for nearly 60 years: Kimberly Kindler, JoAnn Hall and Jeff Hall, company president.

A family-owned business spanning three generations is making a financial commitment to the next generation of Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

Benton Foundry Inc. recently endowed a scholarship, mainly for students in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies.

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Camp ESCAPE Kids Enjoy Knoebels Kickoff to Summer

A rare standstill moment on a day that included ...

A rare standstill moment on a day that included …

... the Giant Flume ...

… the Giant Flume …

... the Skooter Bumper Cars ...

… the Skooter Bumper Cars …

... and the Roto Jets.

… and the Roto Jets.

The youngsters of Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE started their “school’s out” adventure this past week with a trip to Knoebels.  Boys and girls aged 8-14 will enjoy six more weeks of activities centered around the Field House, with a full slate of field trips to Penn State’s All-Sports Museum and the Berkey Creamery, DelGrosso’s Amusement Park, a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders’ baseball game, the Tipton Waterworks, the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, and a return to Knoebels for a season-ending water day.
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation

National Blogger Touts Penn College in Two More Posts

Countdown to College Coach

Countdown to College Coach

A national higher-education blogger, offering parents of college-bound teens a lifeline in the sea of options, has posted two more articles distilled from her late-April visit to Penn College. In one of those postings, Suzanne Shaffer tells of the distinction between career preparation and merely getting a job after graduation. “That’s the key,” she writes. “Students at Penn College don’t just earn a degree; they discover their true passion and learn the skills to pursue it.” Shaffer’s other recent post, “Penn College Has a Vision for Tomorrow’s Students,” details the on-campus summer camps and the college’s “Degrees That Work” television series.

CAT Dealers, Foundation Add More Than $150,000 in Fiscal Support

Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Inc.'s Randy Fetterolf delivers a Caterpillar contribution to Mary Sullivan, executive director of Penn College's Schneebeli Earth Science Center and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies. Second row (from left): Ronald Barton and Sebastian “Buster” Fiacco, Southworth-Milton Inc.; Griffin Reome, Caterpillar Inc.; Melissa Charest and Carl Bisesi, H.O. Penn Machinery Inc.; and Penn College diesel equipment technology instructors Justin Beishline and David Johnson. Back row (from left): Nick DePermentier, Ransome CAT; Karl Quinn, Alban CAT; Ron Garber, Ransome CAT; diesel equipment technology instructor Chris Weaver; and Brian Clayton, Cleveland Brothers Inc.

A longstanding alliance that prepares Pennsylvania College of Technology students for careers in a variety of fields will continue with the recent donation of $151,076 from the Caterpillar Foundation and a consortium of regional dealerships.

Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Inc., Alban CAT, H.O. Penn Machinery Inc. Ransome CAT and Southworth-Milton Inc. donated a total of $93,706 to help students in the college’s diesel technology, heavy construction equipment technology and on-site power generation majors. Matching funds amounting to $58,000 were provided through the Caterpillar Foundation.

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Overwhelmed by New Technology? Let Penn College Help!

Are you or a loved one overwhelmed with today’s technology? Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers an introductory iPad and iPhone course for adults 55 and older.

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