News about Institutional Advancement

Morgan Foundation grant pushes scholarship fund past $1 million

A second gift of $500,000 from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation has boosted an endowed scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology to more than $1 million.

The John E. Morgan Scholarship gives first preference to graduates of Tamaqua Area High School who are pursuing “a degree that is not readily available from other institutions, at a comparable price, within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Examples of such programs offered at Penn College include, but are not limited to, culinary arts and systems, web and interactive media, building science and sustainable design, health information management, industrial design, plastics and polymer engineering technology, emergency management technology, and aviation maintenance technology.

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Minority student scholarship gets boost toward full endowment

Two senior administrators at Pennsylvania College of Technology have made a commitment to a scholarship that benefits minority students enrolled at the college and supports diversity initiatives within the institution’s strategic plan.

Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost, and Elliott Strickland Jr., vice president for student affairs, will match up to $5,000 in new contributions made to The Start to Finish Minority Student Scholarship at Penn College.

“We are proud to support the Start to Finish Scholarship because it represents the best of Penn College – a scholarship developed for students, by students,” the Stricklands said. “This scholarship will help students, many from marginalized backgrounds, by providing needed funding so they can complete their ‘degrees that work’ at Penn College. We would encourage all members of Penn College’s extended family to consider giving to this new scholarship. Your generosity can make a true impact on our future.”

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The third time’s a charmer!

Enjoying the autumnal alumni evening (from left): Timothy D. Haldeman, ’11, manufacturing engineering technology; Michael D. Ferraiolo, ’10, aviation technology, and ‘11, aviation maintenance technology, and guest, Melyssa McHale; and Whitnie-rae (Mays) Haldeman, ’12, advertising art, and ’14, applied technology studies.

The disparate threads of Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend were woven together again this fall, producing another seamless tapestry of fun and reconnection for graduates, current students and families. The third annual combined celebration kicked off with a Friday bonfire, tent party and Hall of Fame Banquet; continued Saturday with a presidential breakfast, Williamsport bus and trolley excursions, lab tours, a golf outing and on-campus sporting events, arts and crafts, and an alumni reunion at downtown nightspots; and concluded Sunday with more athletics and a fond farewell (until next year)!

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Lycoming Engines’ instructional support lauded at sign dedication

From left, Michael Kraft, senior vice president and general manager for Lycoming Engines; Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour; and aviation technology student Warren K. Bitterman, of Zieglerville, Montgomery County, all spoke at a dedication ceremony honoring Lycoming Engines’ ongoing support for the college.

Lycoming Engines’ longtime support of Pennsylvania College of Technology and its academic programs was celebrated on campus recently with the unveiling of new signage at the college’s Metal Trades Center.

Members of the Penn College community and representatives of Lycoming Engines – including alumni of the college employed by the company – gathered on Oct. 2 to dedicate the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center sign on the front lawn of the facility.

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Penn College Supports Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA STEM Mobile

Representing Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania are, from left, Valerie Whyman, fund development, and Casey Miller, Lewisburg-based program coordinator, who will use the STEM Mobile to deliver activities directly to girls. At right is Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations for Penn College, sponsor of the STEM Mobile.

Supporting efforts to give thousands of girls the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math, Pennsylvania College of Technology has partnered with Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania and its Girls Go STEM initiative by sponsoring the organization’s new Lewisburg-based STEM Mobile.

The STEM Mobile, adorned with Penn College’s logo, will be utilized by GSHPA staff traveling to community events throughout central Pennsylvania to promote STEM education for girls and young women through hands-on and collaborative activities.

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TRAK Machine Tools Augments Equipment Donations

TRAK Machine Tools Inc. recently donated two more computer-numerical-control milling machines for the college’s automated manufacturing lab. With the machines are, from left, Richard K. Hendricks Jr., automated manufacturing and machining faculty member and department head at Penn College; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations for the college; and Rudy Gebhard, senior sales representative, Southwestern Industries Inc.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students in automated manufacturing and machining majors will benefit from two more pieces of equipment donated by TRAK Machine Tools Inc.

Richard and Marion Leonhard, part owners of the company, have donated two more computer-numerical-control milling machines for the college’s automated manufacturing lab. This latest gift brings to six the number of machines in the lab donated by TRAK Machine Tools.

The equipment is used in courses such as Basic Machine Tool Programming, Programming and Machining, Machine Tool Applications, and Fixture Design and Fabrication. Hundreds of students in the college’s four manufacturing majors will gain experience on the equipment each academic year.

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Alexanders Donate Model T to Automotive Restoration Program

Aubrey Alexander (front row, left) and brother Adam (front row, right) deliver a 1926 Ford Model T to students and faculty outside College Avenue Labs, home to Penn College’s automotive restoration and collision repair majors.

A 1926 Ford Model T, traded to Alexander Nissan in 2013 by its Picture Rocks owner, has been passed on to Pennsylvania College of Technology students for use in a variety of automotive labs.

Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships donated the historic vehicle that was recently offloaded onto main campus, accompanied by brothers Adam and Aubrey Alexander.

“We appreciate this gift to our automotive restoration program from the Alexanders. In addition to value for our students in their curricular work, it serves as a way to engage prospective students in the restoration major,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations. “Our goal is to foster the interest in antique cars and the restoration industry among young people.”

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Corvette Club Initiates Another Scholarship Fund at Penn College

Members of the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club deliver a scholarship check and join the four latest Penn College students to receive awards from the fund. From left are Ray Harmon; students Jordan W. Boop, of Williamsport, and Logan K. VanBlargan, of Bloomsburg; Kim Walker; students Alex H. Romas, of Collegeville, and Brady K. Collins, of Catawissa; Al Clapps, chair of the club’s car show committee; Bill Alsted; Paul Butters; Jim Campbell; Dave Cappa; Ed Moore and Jack McDermott.

Students in a variety of automotive and collision repair majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will be eligible for financial assistance from a second scholarship fund established by the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club.

Annual awards from the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund will be made to first-year students enrolled full time in the college’s automotive technology, automotive service sales and marketing, collision repair technology, or automotive restoration technology major.

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‘Makerspace’ Formally Dedicated at Penn College

Marshall D. Welch III, his mother Mary and other family members enjoy the evening honoring the Welch patriarch.

Designed by students and funded by a forward-thinking group of individual and industry benefactors, a space designed to inspire interdisciplinary innovation and collaboration has opened its doors at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Dedication ceremonies were held Aug. 14 for The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College, a facility constructed in the Carl Building Technologies Center on the main campus.

Donors – as well as members of the college’s Board of Directors, Corporate Advisory Board, the Penn College Foundation Board and the campus community – gathered in the makerspace to hear about its genesis and to view, in makerspace parlance, its spaces for “clean” (computers, 3D printers, sewing machines and vinyl cutters, etc.) and “dirty” (saws, drill presses, routers, lathes and CNC mills) activities to take place within.

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Make Way for Tomorrow

Commemorating a man whose home workshop – "a place where wisdom and camaraderie were dispensed in equal measure" – was decades ahead of the "makerspace" concept

A makerspace, providing a fertile environment for innovation and imagination – and the tools with which students can turn visions into reality – was dedicated in Penn College’s Carl Building Technologies Center on Tuesday. The student-designed Dr. Welch Workshop memorializes Dr. Marshall Welch Jr., a local orthodontist and longtime philanthropist, who died in 2012. The Welch family, including son Marshall III, is the principal donor for the facility; George E. “Herman” Logue Jr. supported the so-called “dirty space” (the Logue Fabritorium) and Frederick T. Gilmour, faculty emeritus, made a commitment for the “clean space” (the Gilmour Tinkertorium). The ceremony spotlighted the students and faculty members who brainstormed the idea into existence, and included representative comments from Rob A. Wozniak, associate professor of architectural technology: “With the many students from various majors that will use this makerspace, it is hoped that they take the opportunity to collaborate with others. To create. To explore. To learn about the tools that they may otherwise never have been able to have access to. To try another way of doing something. To invent (and maybe even patent) something new! And, as a result, Penn College, the community and the world will all benefit … from this amazing collaborative effort.”

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Compass Group Establishes Scholarship at Penn College

A leading food service and support services company has created an endowed scholarship for students in the School of Business & Hospitality at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Compass Group North America, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has established the scholarship fund, from which $5,000 awards will be made annually.

To be eligible for the Compass Group North America Scholarship, a student must be enrolled full time in Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality; have successfully completed two semesters with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; have a home residency in Lycoming, Clinton, Union, Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland or Potter counties; have demonstrated financial need; or have been a recipient of a scholarship from the fund in prior years.

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Penn College’s 32nd Golf Classic Boosts Scholarship Assistance

Dan Boever leaves ‘em laughing during an exhibition at the Penn College Foundation’s recent 32nd Annual Golf Classic, which benefits student scholarships.

A return appearance by one of the most popular performers on the exhibition circuit helped propel the Penn College Foundation’s 32nd Annual Golf Classic into the record books.

The recent event, headlined for the second consecutive time by golf entertainer Dan Boever, was the most successful in its history – topping $100,000 in scholarship support. Compass Group North America was the title sponsor for the tournament, the net proceeds of which benefit the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship.

Boever’s talents are contagiously crowd-pleasing, drawing respectful laughter for the proficiency required to make difficult trick shots look so easy.

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PPL Gift Supports SMART Girls, Penn College NOW Programs

PPL Electric Utilities representatives Mary Baker (left), a forester for the company, and Tracie Witter, regional affairs director, gather with a team of campers who show off the robot they built during Penn College’s annual SMART Girls summer camp. PPL supported SMART Girls and the college’s dual-enrollment program through a $4,000 donation. Joining the group is Elizabeth A. Biddle (back row), director of corporate relations for the college.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SMART Girls summer camp, which encourages high school-aged girls to continue challenging themselves in math and science at an age when many lose interest or confidence, convened last week.

Among supporters of the weeklong program was PPL Electric Utilities. PPL donated $4,000 to the college through the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. The funds are used to support both SMART Girls and the Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program.

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Ball Corp. Creates Pair of Scholarships at Penn College

Ball Corp., a leading supplier of metal packaging and aerospace technologies, has established two scholarship funds at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Diversity in Manufacturing and the Manufacturing Tomorrow’s Leaders scholarship funds each will provide annual $1,500 scholarship awards to students at Penn College.

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Lycoming Engines’ Donation Spotlighted in WNEP Broadcast

WNEP visits AVCNewswatch 16’s Nikki Krize visited the Lumley Aviation Center on Tuesday afternoon for a story about Lycoming Engines’ recent donation of 15 aircraft engines to benefit Penn College aviation students. Krize interviewed Walter V. Gower, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Christopher M. Gayman, Lycoming’s supervisor of product support (who holds two degrees from the college). The segment, filmed in the Montoursville campus’s hangar, premiered during Tuesday’s 5 p.m. newscast.

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