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Veteran cultural arts, fundraising executive to head CAC

The Community Arts Center has selected Chuck Still as its executive director. Still has extensive leadership experience with cultural arts venues nationwide.

An accomplished theater professional hired to pilot the Community Arts Center into a new decade of popular cultural performances has 35 years of leadership experience with an eclectic collection of venues nationwide.

Following an extensive search, the Community Arts Center Board of Directors has selected Chuck Still to become executive director of the Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pennsylvania College of Technology that has served 1.5 million guests for more than 1,000 productions since opening in 1993.

Still comes to the Community Arts Center from the Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH) in Texas, where, from 2015-19, he oversaw the start-up of the facility and helped complete a $25 million capital campaign as MATCH’s founding executive director.

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January 8, 2020
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Wrestling, women’s basketball teams set for returns

After the holiday break, the Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling and women’s basketball teams are scheduled to return to action this week while the men’s basketball team lost its lone game this past week. For the hoop teams, North Eastern Athletic Conference play begins in earnest Saturday.

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January 5, 2020
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What a bright time!

A beckoning glow at the main campus entrance provides a truly warm welcome during a chilly season.
A beckoning glow at the main campus entrance provides a truly warm welcome during a chilly season.
Stars and stripes shine from the Veterans Tree outside Madigan Library.
Stars and stripes shine from the Veterans Tree outside Madigan Library.
A pre-winter snowfall enhances the decorated Dodge truck outside College Avenue Labs.
A pre-winter snowfall enhances the decorated Dodge truck outside College Avenue Labs.
Trees along Hagan Way are swathed in Wildcat blue.
Trees along Hagan Way are swathed in Wildcat blue.
Penn College Pride infuses the photographer's evergreen back home.
Penn College Pride infuses the photographer’s evergreen back home.

Week after week, semester after semester, student photographers resourcefully and reliably train their collective eye on all manner of Penn College activities and atmosphere. So why should the end of the year be any different? Tim Wegman (who shares photo duties with Juvy A. Orillaza) recently hoofed across campus to bring the season’s best to light – literal parting shots to 2019.

December 18, 2019
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Charter member of Penn College board laid to rest

The Cormans, at a Capitol swearing-in ceremony to officially open the 2019-20 legislative session
The Cormans, at a Capitol swearing-in ceremony to officially open the 2019-20 legislative session

Services were this week for former state Sen. J. Doyle Corman Jr., an original member of the Penn College Board of Directors, who died Sunday, Dec. 8, at his Bellefonte home. Corman was a Centre County commissioner from 1968 to 1977, when he was elected to the state Senate – where he represented the 34th District until retiring in 1998. He was succeeded in office by his son, Jacob D. “Jake” Corman, a 1990 mass communication alumnus of the college. The elder Corman was among the 11 initial directors appointed as Williamsport Area Community College was legislatively transformed into Penn College in July 1989. That board was chaired by then state Rep. Alvin C. Bush, for whom the Campus Center is named; and included Kathryn W. Lumley, honored through the Aviation Center in Montoursville.

December 13, 2019
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Faculty member affiliated with museum profiled in article

D. Michael DamianiAviation maintenance instructor D. Michael Damiani, a full-time member of the Penn College faculty since 2014, is mentioned in “Field of Dreams,” an online feature about the Golden Age Air Museum in Berks County. Damiani serves part time as the Bethel museum’s volunteer director of maintenance and as a staff pilot, maintaining and operating an impressive fleet of vintage aircraft. The facility’s past and current corps of volunteers includes a number of Penn College students, as well.

December 12, 2019
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Penn College welcomes new softball coach

When it named a new softball coach last week, Pennsylvania College of Technology stayed close to home with a hire who grew up a 20-minute drive from the campus. Meanwhile, the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the wrestling squad all saw post-Thanksgiving break action.

Former Hughesville High School and Bucknell University softball standout Angie (Stackhouse) Hunley was named the college’s head coach, it was announced Thursday. Hunley succeeds Jackie Klahold, who resigned in the fall to take the top spot at Wilkes University.

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December 8, 2019
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Friends, feathered and faithful, deliver picturesque storytime

Warner shares the sandhill cranes' story with CLC youngsters in Madigan Library.
Warner shares the sandhill cranes’ story with CLC youngsters in Madigan Library.
The book's cover colorfully hints at the treasures within ...
The book’s cover colorfully hints at the treasures within …
... vibrant photos, courtesy of a campus benefactor.
… vibrant photos, courtesy of a campus benefactor.
Young bookworms, caught in the cranes' narrative spell
Young bookworms, caught in the cranes’ narrative spell
A man of his word(s)
A man of his word(s)

An extra-special children’s book has “flown in” from Florida and landed in the laps of youngsters at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center.

“Waiting For Charlie: A Sandhill Crane Story,” featuring photography by the center’s eponym, Robert E. “Bob” Dunham, was introduced to children in a reading at the Madigan Library on Monday.

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November 26, 2019
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Who will lead the workforce of tomorrow? 2018-19 Impact Report

Read the 2018-19 Impact Report www.pct.edu/impactreport
Read the 2018-19 Impact Report www.pct.edu/impactreport

In 2018, a record number of employers indicated that finding qualified employees is the single most important issue affecting their companies. Addressing skills gaps is in Penn College’s DNA. “The workforce needs Penn College,” says President Davie Jane Gilmour. “And we deliver.” Learn how Penn College and its partners are preparing tomorrow’s workforce leaders – and fostering economic growth and innovation – in the 2018-19 Impact Report.

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SGA Town Hall to focus on General Services

The next in a series of monthly Town Hall meetings organized and moderated by Penn College’s Student Government Association – this one centered around General Services – is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Penn’s Inn. On hand to answer students’ questions will be Timothy O. Rissel, executive director of General Services; Jason K. Bogle, director of construction and planning; and Don J. Luke, director of facilities operations.

November 18, 2019
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IT faculty member consulted for online article

Lisa BockAn associate professor of computer information technology at Penn College is extensively quoted in “Steganography makes a comeback,” an article published over the summer and only recently brought to PCToday’s attention. Lisa Bock, associate professor of computer information technology, is identified as “one of the world’s top steganography experts as it relates to cybersecurity.” In the article, written by Ohio-based journalist Kevin Williams for SmarterMSP.com, Bock explains the sudden increase in hackers’ affinity for steganography − concealing secret data within a nondescript file or message in order to avoid detection by unintended recipients − and suggests how Managed Service Providers can be more vigilant in protecting their clients.

November 18, 2019
Automated Manufacturing & Machining Faculty & Staff General Information Plastics & Polymer Welding Workforce Development

State House speaker, colleagues tour campus labs

The group intently listens to President Gilmour in the college's welding addition. From left are Reed; Turzai; Borowicz; Owlett's wife, Lauren; and Owlett.
The group intently listens to President Gilmour in the college’s welding addition. From left are Reed; Turzai; Borowicz; Owlett’s wife, Lauren; and Owlett.
David R. Cotner (second from right), dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, takes the group by the expanded facility's impressive new plasma equipment.
David R. Cotner (second from right), dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, takes the group by the expanded facility’s impressive new plasma equipment.
John M. Good III, instructor of automation and computer integrated manufacturing, leads a tour in College Avenue Labs.
John M. Good III, instructor of automation and computer integrated manufacturing, leads a tour in College Avenue Labs.
The group pauses in front of a ProtoTrak lathe, among equipment purchased with a National Science Foundation grant to combat the skills gap in advanced manufacturing. From left are Owlett, Wheeland, Turzai, Yaw and Borowicz.
The group pauses in front of a ProtoTrak lathe, among equipment purchased with a National Science Foundation grant to combat the skills gap in advanced manufacturing. From left are Owlett, Wheeland, Turzai, Yaw and Borowicz.
Shannon M. Munro (in light blue), vice president for workforce development, discusses production activities in the Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence.
Shannon M. Munro (in light blue), vice president for workforce development, discusses production activities in the Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence.

The speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was among state legislators who visited Penn College on Thursday afternoon, touring several academic laboratories in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Comprising the group were Speaker Michael C. Turzai (R-McCandless), Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Lock Haven), Rep. Clinton D. Owlett (R-Wellsboro), Rep. Jeff C. Wheeland (R-Williamsport) and Neil R. Lesher, Rep. Turzai’s chief of staff. During the lawmakers’ 90-minute stay, school administration and faculty – along with Workforce Development personnel – introduced them to welding and metal fabrication technologies, advanced manufacturing, and plastics and polymer engineering technologies. Facilitating the visit were President Davie Jane Gilmour; Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost; Patrick Marty, chief of staff and assistant to the president for college relations; and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the college’s board of directors. Others on the tour included Lycoming County Commissioner-elect Scott L. Metzger and Fisher Mining Co.’s John A. Blaschak, one of the college’s corporate partners and a member of its Visionary Society.

November 14, 2019
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Input sought on WATS public participation document

A revised participation plan for the Williamsport Area Transportation Study, defining the procedures for public involvement in the transportation decision-making process, is subject to review through Dec. 30. A draft of the plan, prepared by the WATS Metropolitan Planning Organization, is available online or at the Lycoming County Department of Planning & Community Development on the third floor of Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St. Members of the public, including the Penn College community, are invited to submit comments to Sal Vitko, transportation planner, or by phone at 570-320-2140.

November 13, 2019
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Penn College earns ‘Guard Friendly’ designation

Guard Friendly School

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to its students in the National Guard has been saluted by a statewide organization dedicated to those who serve.

The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations has named Penn College a PNGAS Guard Friendly School. The college is among only 30 schools to receive the designation out of 488 institutions eligible for Pennsylvania Educational Assistance Program funds.

“This is a great honor. We take considerable pride in the proactive way we assist students currently serving our nation and those who have served,” said Chester M. Beaver, Penn College’s coordinator of veteran and military services. “It’s rewarding to have our efforts recognized by this designation.”

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November 11, 2019
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Community Challenge breaks records

Reed (at left in white sweatshirt) shouts final instructions at the start of the trail run, including the invite to the Habalars’ home for post-race nourishment.
Reed (at left in white sweatshirt) shouts final instructions at the start of the trail run, including the invite to the Habalars’ home for post-race nourishment.

Saturday’s Community Challenge attracted over 400 participants from seven states and raised close to $20,000 – breaking both participant and financial records for the annual event supporting the Salvation Army of Williamsport.

“The Community Challenge attracts so many good-hearted people, from running champions to first-time hikers who are looking for a supported challenge through beautiful and rugged terrain,” said Michael J. Reed, an event organizer and Pennsylvania College of Technology’s vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Over 17 miles of trails are used for the event, and we change the courses every year so participants experience a new challenge and get exposed to more of the beautiful landscape. Our volunteers put in so much time and effort to ensure everything goes as planned. This year was a lot of fun with many smiles, strong feelings of accomplishment, and only a few bumps and bruises. The cause, coupled with the unique race experience, truly made Saturday a special event.”

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November 11, 2019