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‘Bear’-ing witness to art’s allure

Children "ooh" and "aah" upon entry to the gallery, immediately awed by the array of things to see.
Children “ooh” and “aah” upon entry to the gallery, immediately awed by the array of things to see.
Gleefully discovering the book behind it all
Gleefully discovering the book behind it all
An early exposure to art, whether enjoyed in solitude ...
An early exposure to art, whether enjoyed in solitude …
... or shared with friends.
… or shared with friends.
With a crowned "birthday boy" lounging in a place of honor, Simcox reads "The Hundred Dresses."
With a crowned “birthday boy” lounging in a place of honor, Simcox reads “The Hundred Dresses.”

A sleuth of Bears, 3- and 4-year-olds from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center, visited The Gallery at Penn College on Wednesday. Accompanied by Neva E. Simcox, group leader, and Marisa J. Dunn, assistant group leader (and 2017 early childhood education graduate, pursuing an applied management degree), the youngsters excitedly experienced The Hundred Dresses Project. Inspired by the classic children’s book by Eleanor Estes, the exhibit features over 150 dress prints created by professional artists and more than 1,000 prints from classes in a half-dozen Lycoming County school districts. The exhibit can be viewed through July 23 during the gallery’s summer hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

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Susquehanna Trailways boosts support for Wildcat Athletics

Susquehanna Trailways’ support for Wildcat Athletics at Pennsylvania College of Technology will be commemorated on the scoreboard at the athletic field.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s transportation partner for Wildcat Athletics, Susquehanna Trailways, is increasing its support, which will be commemorated on the new scoreboard at the college’s updated athletic complex.

As part of the company’s commitment, two Susquehanna Trailways tour buses will continue to sport Penn College promotional wraps for five years.

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Sports exhibit hits home for athletes, fans alike

An entryway display case amplifies the "hometown" message through memorabilia that honors a sampling of local sports figures: baseball's Mike Mussina and Tom O'Malley, basketball's Alize Johnson and Kelly Mazzante, football's Gary Brown, and Special Olympics athletes.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” – a collaboration among the Smithsonian Institution, the World of Little League Museum and Penn College – kicked off a 10-week local engagement Sunday with a public reception on the first floor of Madigan Library. The engaging showcase is part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program, which enlists rural partners in hosting traveling exhibits. In addition to items reflecting the pervasive influence that athletics has on American society, “Hometown Teams” aptly includes representative pieces from collections within the community, some of which have never been displayed publicity. Members of the Historical Organizations of Lycoming County, schools, individuals and groups are among those lending artifacts for the exhibit, which runs through Sept. 8. Among those attending the official opening was Morgan Parrish, reporter for WBRE/WYOU, whose coverage aired during Sunday evening’s newscasts.

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Appropriations boost recognizes college’s vital workforce role

The approved 2019-20 state budget delivers appropriation funding to Pennsylvania College of Technology reflecting its long history of success in producing skilled workers, while leveling the playing field with other publicly funded institutions in the commonwealth, the college’s board chair said Friday.

“Finally, Penn College is being recognized for the invaluable hands-on education and training it provides to students, who become highly skilled members of the workforce – addressing the skills gap that continues to impact industry and hinder the economy,” said Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the college’s Board of Directors. “All we have ever asked for is to be treated with parity in funding with other state institutions. With this budget, we have made real progress.”

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Entrance at college’s athletics complex named for M&T Bank

A new entrance gate – bearing the name of longtime Penn College supporter M&T Bank – will soon be erected at the college’s athletic complex.

M&T Bank has pledged support for the construction of a new entrance gate – which will bear the name of the financial institution – at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s athletics complex.

Construction for the M&T Bank entrance gate is expected to begin soon and will be completed in time for the Fall 2019 athletic schedule.

Constructed of brick, stone and metal, the gate will be erected at the southwest corner of the complex, which is adjacent to the Penn College Field House.

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Keeping their eyes on the ball

Not far from Penn College's new turf field, youngsters cavort with a larger-than-life accessory.
Not far from Penn College’s new turf field, youngsters cavort with a larger-than-life accessory.
Museum visitors check out the Global Connections "touch table," which offers a compelling visual of Little League's international reach.
Museum visitors check out the Global Connections “touch table,” which offers a compelling visual of Little League’s international reach.
A camper speeds down the basepath at the interactive facility, along Route 15 in South Williamsport.
A camper speeds down the basepath at the interactive facility, along Route 15 in South Williamsport.
Reaching for the sky, a boy goes airborne to loft a ball over the 8-foot "fence."
Reaching for the sky, a boy goes airborne to loft a ball over the 8-foot “fence.”
Youngsters get a hillside peek at the Little League Baseball World Series facilities that, in less than two months, will be abuzz with excitement.
Youngsters get a hillside peek at the Little League Baseball World Series facilities that, in less than two months, will be abuzz with excitement.

As the Women’s World Cup surges into the quarterfinals and Major League Baseball nears its All-Star Break, the youngsters in Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE this week paid homage to both sports. The seven-week camp, headquartered in and around the Field House and running through July 25, offers a variety of opportunities and activities for boys and girls from age 6 to 14. Among Week Four’s diversions were an impromptu go-around with an oversized soccer ball on Monday and a trip to the World of Little League Museum on Tuesday.
Photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer, and Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of athletics for club sports, intramurals

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‘The future belongs to you’

A new branding spot, featured on Penn College’s YouTube channel, puts “tomorrow” within reach of prospective students interested in taking on high-demand careers, mastering practical skills and putting technology to the test. “The time is now,” the 30-second video reminds them. “The future is in your hands!”

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Presidential birthday fashionably fills nonprofit’s closet

President Davie Jane Gilmour sits in The Gallery at Penn College, surrounded by donated dresses bound for Wise Options.

In celebration of President Davie Jane Gilmour’s 65th birthday this month, more than 70 children’s dresses are being donated to Wise Options, an advocacy organization of the YWCA Northcentral PA.

The dresses highlighted a small birthday gathering in The Gallery at Penn College where the “The Hundred Dresses Project” is on exhibit through July 23. Invitations to family and close friends of the Pennsylvania College of Technology president included a copy of Eleanor Estes’ classic children’s book “The Hundred Dresses,” which inspired the current exhibition. In lieu of a gift, guests were invited to donate a child’s dress, with many bringing multiple pieces. The party also featured a dress-shaped cake.

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Penn College, NJIT get nearly $8 million for apprenticeships

Pennsylvania College of Technology and New Jersey Institute of Technology have been awarded a $7,996,530 federal grant to develop industry-driven strategies for apprenticeships in advanced manufacturing fields.

Penn College, a leader in innovative apprenticeship programs and a special mission affiliate of Penn State, and NJIT, New Jersey’s public polytechnic university, received the funding as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s awarding of $183.8 million in grants to 23 academic institutions and consortia nationwide. The goal is to further expand apprenticeships and address the skills gap. The educational institutions are partnering with companies that provide a funding match. The ultimate aim is to satisfy industry’s enormous demand for trained American workers.

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Little League, college hold ‘Send-Off to Cooperstown’ for Mussina

Little League International Board Chair Hugh E. Tanner (right) joins artist Fred Gilmour (left) and Mussina alongside a composite painting.

Little League International and Pennsylvania College of Technology sponsored a lively “Send-Off to Cooperstown” event Tuesday night for Montoursville’s own Mike Mussina, who will take his place among the ranks of baseball immortals next month.

Mussina, who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 21 for a stellar 18-year pitching career with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, was honored in a 90-minute session at the Thompson Professional Development Center on the Penn College campus.

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Former provost, ‘Master Teacher,’ innovator dies

Veronica M. Muzic

Veronica M. Muzic, whose dedicated service as a faculty member and administrator is tightly woven through 50 years of college history, died Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the age of 82.

Muzic joined Williamsport Area Community College as an English instructor in 1968 and was awarded its first “Master Teacher” award in 1982. In recognition of her years of distinguished service to WACC and Pennsylvania College of Technology, the award was renamed in her honor in 2006.

In nearly four decades of teaching and administrative leadership – culminating in her retirement as vice president for academic affairs/provost, part-time service as a special assistant to the president and designation as faculty emerita – she was a tireless and selfless mentor to students, alumni and colleagues.

“Veronica was an essential piece of the fabric of our college, and she will be forever missed,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said.

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Streetside art elevates curb appeal

Stabley and Cillo pose with their midtown masterpiece.
Stabley and Cillo pose with their midtown masterpiece.
Striking a stunning note: the saxophone’s keys add a lovely touch.
Striking a stunning note: the saxophone’s keys add a lovely touch.
An abstract face (a Stabley signature) is hidden within.
An abstract face (a Stabley signature) is hidden within.
A ballet dancer’s toe touches down on a magical mosaic “floor.”
A ballet dancer’s toe touches down on a magical mosaic “floor.”
Keeping an eye on downtown Williamsport's ever-evolving arts scene
Keeping an eye on downtown Williamsport’s ever-evolving arts scene

A mosaic, crafted by a member of Penn College’s art faculty and featured as a work in progress during this month’s First Friday activities in downtown Williamsport, has been completed. The dazzling, 144-square-foot attraction inventively weaves artists’ tools into the word “Arts,” and is the work of David A. Stabley, an instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture at the college, and Carol Cillo, president of the Clinton County Arts Council.

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Crosscutters lead off Week Three of Camp ESCAPE

Youngsters grab a seat for a Q&A with the 'cutters. From left are Maldonado, Bennett, Lancaster, Litton and Gomez.
Youngsters grab a seat for a Q&A with the ‘cutters. From left are Maldonado, Bennett, Lancaster, Litton and Gomez.
The players take sides in a dodgeball matchup ...
The players take sides in a dodgeball matchup …
... and pose for a parting shot with campers.
… and pose for a parting shot with campers.

Five players from the Williamsport Crosscutters’ roster, fresh from the season’s opening weekend, started the week with a visit to Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE. Pitchers Blake Bennett, Michael Gomez and Omar Maldonado, along with shortstop Seth Lancaster (who went 3 for 4 in his 2019 debut) and third baseman Connor Litton joined campers for conversation and dodgeball in the Field House. The ‘cutters are scheduled for five home games this week, including a rain-forced Monday doubleheader against the West Virginia Black Bears.
 Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of athletics for club sports, intramurals and camps

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Renamed in memoriam, Flag March again capped by campus celebration

Scouts lead the procession with a banner reflecting the event's new name.

The 36th annual Anthony DiSalvo Flags Across America March, reborn in tribute to its late founder and christened with a cool breeze and ample sunshine, traveled Friday evening from nearby Nichols Place to the 60-by-30-foot “Old Glory” that adorns Penn College’s main entrance. During a ceremony outside the Student & Administrative Services Center, participants joined in a national recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at 7 p.m., listened to stirring patriotic music, honored the veterans among them, and heard from elected officials and Scouting leaders. Trophies were presented in a number of categories, carrying on a tradition begun by DiSalvo – celebrated as a “veteran, a patriot and a Boy Scout” – and the crowd enjoyed hot dogs and bottled water at the proceedings’ close.

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Board approves 2019-20 budget, appointment of provost

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday voted to approve the college’s 2019-20 budget and the appointment of Michael J. Reed as vice president for academic affairs and provost, which will be effective July 1.

The board also signed off on annual gifts to the City of Williamsport and the Williamsport Area School District and approved the roster for the Community Arts Center Board of Directors.

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