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College included on marijuana ‘listening tour’

President Davie Jane Gilmour introduces the lieutenant governor, a graduate of Albright College and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
President Davie Jane Gilmour introduces the lieutenant governor, a graduate of Albright College and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Fetterman welcomes the ACC crowd and sets ground rules for respectful dialogue.
Fetterman welcomes the ACC crowd and sets ground rules for respectful dialogue.
Lines for public comment form in each of the aisles ...
Lines for public comment form in each of the aisles …
... providing Fetterman with the local feedback he seeks throughout his statewide outreach.
… providing Fetterman with the local feedback he seeks throughout his statewide outreach.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman brought his statewide “listening tour” to Penn College on Wednesday, the 53rd stop in his 67-county campaign to gauge residents’ views on the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana in the commonwealth. Fetterman addressed a crowded Klump Academic Center Auditorium audience, gathering public opinion on both sides of the complex and controversial issue. The lieutenant governor’s tour includes stops this week in Bradford and Sullivan counties; comments are also being solicited via an online submission form.

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Board approves Fiscal 2019 auditor, hears senior capstone presentations

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors on Thursday authorized the appointment of the college’s auditing firm, viewed senior capstone presentations by two students, and heard updates on new majors and faculty promotions and sabbaticals.

The meeting was held at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, allowing board members to tour that campus, which hosts programs in forestry, landscape/horticulture technology, diesel technology, on-site power generation and heavy construction equipment.

In the only action item on the agenda, the board authorized the appointment of Baker Tilly to perform audit services for the fiscal year ending June 30.

Hannah G. Maize, of Riverside, who will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology next month, and Brandon M. Wolff, of Effort, who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design, presented their senior capstones to the board.

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Arts grant supports educational outreach through college gallery

Among the more than 1,300 student artworks that will be displayed in The Gallery at Penn College as part of “The Hundred Dresses Project” are these examples from students in Jersey Shore Area School District elementary schools.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has received a $1,587 grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The funds are supporting programming and educational outreach efforts in conjunction with the exhibit “The Hundred Dresses Project: We Are All in This Together,” slated for this summer at The Gallery at Penn College.

The gallery invited third, fourth and fifth grade students from Lycoming County’s eight school districts to create works of art to add to the exhibit, scheduled for June 4 through July 23. Art educators from six of the school districts accepted the invitation to participate and received a copy of the book, markers and dress prints for each participating student.

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New members join CAC board of directors

CAC anniversary logoTwo new members have been appointed to the Community Arts Center Board of Directors during the downtown facility’s 25th anniversary celebration.

Robert P. Walker and Nicole Nardi, both of Williamsport, were recently added to the 12-member governing board, which will oversee implementation of a new Strategic Plan that will take the organization through 2019-22.

“The function of the board is to ensure that programming and operations at the Community Arts Center maintain the highest standards that have marked the CAC for the past quarter-century,” board chairman William J. Martin said. “Mr. Walker and Ms. Nardi are splendid additions to the board.”

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Green getaway provides breath of fresh air

“Veronica’s Garden,” in all of its green glory

“Veronica’s Garden,” a new indoor terrarium, is breathing beauty and oxygen into the Student & Administrative Services Center.

Named in honor of Veronica M. Muzic, the first recipient of Penn College’s Master Teacher Award, the terrarium has been installed in the former “Core” on the second floor of the building and is visible from all three floors. Visitors are also welcome to enter the terrarium and meander along a small curved walkway to take in the greenery or sit awhile on one of two benches.

The “Core” featured seating and a portable whiteboard, but the small meeting space was rarely used. President Davie Jane Gilmour suggested the re-envisioning of the space as a terrarium – a feature she has noticed in various venues during her travels. The college’s grounds crew, known for its creative additions to the campus scene, took on the project from design to construction and planting.

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‘Helping Hands/Healing Hands Art Challenge’ seeks K-12 entries

The Helping Hands/Healing Hands Art Challenge invites K-12 students to create artwork using the theme of hands. Embroidery artist Amanda McCavour’s “Hands” has previously been displayed in The Gallery at Penn College.

Does art have the power to relate a positive message to someone in need? How can you use your hands to help others? A new art challenge invites K-12 students to create a work of art using the theme of hands, and is open to artwork in any medium.

Pennsylvania College of Technology invites Pennsylvania elementary, middle and high school students to enter the Helping Hands/Healing Hands Art Challenge inspired by the new public television documentary film, “Working Class: Helping & Healing.”

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Chemical dependency credential to empower professionals

Responding to the chemical dependency crisis, Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering an online credential that will educate and empower professionals to make transformative change in their workplaces and communities.

The chemical dependency credential will enhance the skills of professionals working in fields such as health care, human services, law enforcement and education, and will also support the private sector, where employers are finding an increasing need to identify workers who might be struggling with chemical dependency.

Providing a comprehensive understanding of the scientific causes of addiction, prevention strategies, intervention opportunities and treatment options, the 12-credit credential is accepting students for the Fall 2019 semester. Consisting of four eight-week classes, the coursework can be completed in two semesters.

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Penn College dental hygiene degrees receive reaccreditation

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s dental hygiene degrees were recently reaccredited by the Commission Dental Accreditation. Students are educated in classrooms and the technology-driven Dental Hygiene Clinic, which offers low-cost services to the public.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation recently approved continued accreditation for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s dental hygiene program through 2025.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. It serves the public and the profession by developing and implementing accreditation standards that promote and monitor the continuous quality and improvement of dental education programs.

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Public input sought during local meeting on state redistricting

The new Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission has invited the Penn College community to a public meeting – set for Thursday, April 4, in downtown Williamsport – to talk about making the commonwealth’s redistricting process fairer and nonpartisan. The session will be from 4-7 p.m. at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, 201 W. Fourth St. Gov. Tom Wolf created the 15-member bipartisan commission by executive order in November and appointed David Thornburgh, president and CEO of the nonprofit Committee of Seventy, as its chairman. The commission will study best practices in other states and submit a report to the governor and state Legislature later this year with recommendations for a nonpartisan redistricting process that safeguards election integrity and fairness. The Williamsport session is one of nine to be held over the coming months; the commission also encourages Pennsylvanians to submit their comments online.

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Penn College profiled on ‘PMA Perspective’ on PCN

Penn College students featured on "PMA Perspective" are Alexa M. Korinchak, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Hellertown, working on the heavy-gauge thermoformer ...
Penn College students featured on “PMA Perspective” are Alexa M. Korinchak, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Hellertown, working on the heavy-gauge thermoformer …
... and Shujaa AlQahtani, of Saudi Arabia, a manufacturing engineering technology demonstrating the Genos M560 vertical machining center.
… and Shujaa AlQahtani, of Saudi Arabia, a manufacturing engineering technology demonstrating the Genos M560 vertical machining center.

The second of two episodes of “PMA Perspective” featuring Penn College aired Sunday morning on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

David N. Taylor, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, and the “PMA Perspective” crew toured and filmed in the plastics and polymer engineering technology labs, led by Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology; in automated manufacturing/machining, guided by Richard K. Hendricks, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing; and in rapid prototyping (3D printing), led by Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing.

Last week’s first episode featured an interview with Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and a tour of the mechatronics lab. For that segment, Taylor interviewed Howard W. Troup, instructor of automated manufacturing/machine tool technology, and Christopher P. Ray, executive director, business development.

Both installments can be viewed on the “PMA Perspective” website.

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Welcome, spring!

Often heard before they are seen, a blue jay makes its presence known on campus.
Often heard before they are seen, a blue jay makes its presence known on campus.
Buds bursting with promise
Buds bursting with promise
Bob-bob-bobbin' along
Bob-bob-bobbin’ along
A welcome flash of green
A welcome flash of green
Redbird + blue sky = a cardinal combination
Redbird + blue sky = a cardinal combination

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
Charles Dickens,
“Great Expectations”

No one quite knows what to expect during March in Pennsylvania, but Wednesday’s vernal equinox brought optimistic signs that the season between that fictional “winter” and “summer” has, in fact, arrived.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

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Match your interests to your future at Spring Open House

The Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center will be hubs of activity during Penn College’s Spring 2019 Open House, an April 6 event highlighting the college’s unique educational mission and hands-on approach to learning.

College-minded students, overwhelmed by piles of possibilities as they consider which career path to follow, can sort through the clutter of options during a revealing visit to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Spring Open House.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, members of the Penn College community will welcome potential students and their families, sharing their unique experiences from an institution that has helped tomorrow makers find their niche for more than a century.

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College’s PR, marketing efforts capture Gold, Bronze ‘CUPPIEs’

An institutional viewbook, produced in collaboration with branding firm 160 over 90, earned Pennsylvania College of Technology a Gold CUPPIE in the 2019 CUPPIE Awards for Creative Excellence in Marketing and Communications in Education. The college captured three Gold CUPPIES and one Bronze CUPPIE in the annual competition sponsored by CUPRAP (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals).

Public Relations & Marketing at Pennsylvania College of Technology earned four honors in the 2019 CUPPIE Awards for Creative Excellence in Marketing and Communications in Education.

Penn College captured three Gold CUPPIE Awards and a single Bronze CUPPIE in the annual competition sponsored by CUPRAP (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals). A total of 34 schools and/or organizations received awards this year from more than 400 entries submitted. The awards were presented March 14 in Lancaster.

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Pre-College Programs to enrich participants’ summer experience

Young women enrolled in SMART Girls, among the wide-ranging roster of pre-college programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology, assemble a robot during last summer’s camp.

Building construction has been added to the abounding schedule of pre-college initiatives offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, hands-on summer activities that mirror the nationally renowned opportunities afforded postsecondary students.

“Our Pre-College Programs offer living and learning experiences in which students have opportunities to explore unique academic interests in a state-of-the-art environment,” said Deborah B. Wescott, manager of conference and guest relations. “It’s a chance to work and make connections with industry leaders, meet and mingle with your peers, and establish a path that could lead to all sorts of future possibilities.”

The signup deadline is May 31 for the institution’s 12 residential programs and its one day camp.

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