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With flying colors: Student takes lead in repainting aircraft

As if the industrious fulfillment of her proud Pennsylvania College of Technology days isn’t a sufficient bequest, Kate M. Ruggiero punctuated her academic performance with a larger-than-life mic drop: impressively taking the lead in repainting a single-engine Cessna 175C airplane donated to the Lumley Aviation Center eight years ago.

Ruggiero earned an associate degree in aviation technology from Penn College in December, crossing the stage in a COVID-delayed ceremony on May 15, and will move from Easton to Michigan in early July to start a job as an aircraft paint specialist – working on corporate and private jets for Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek.

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Construction Specialties partners with welding program

Construction Specialties, a New Jersey-based building products manufacturer with local operations in Muncy, has entered into a material-exchange agreement with Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program.

Construction Specialties has been a valued corporate partner of the college for many years. Recently, through the assistance of alumnus Anthony J. Peachey, senior marketing manager, the company agreed to provide scrap material, aluminum and stainless steel to the welding program for Penn College students and faculty to use in hands-on coursework. The college then returns the welded materials to Construction Specialties for scrap recycling purposes. The welding program saves on materials purchased for training, and the materials are recognized as a charitable donation from Construction Specialties.

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ABB provides software for offline robotic programming

A partnership with ABB, a leading global technology company, is bringing an industrial robot and software licenses to Pennsylvania College of Technology for instructional use in manufacturing engineering programs.

ABB, based in Zurich, Switzerland, with U.S. operations headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, is providing i$150,000 worth of software licenses for offline programming of its YuMi robot, which the college has purchased. This eliminates the need for programming at the robot itself using the teach pendant. The software can communicate with all ABB robots to download and upload files. Software benefits include freeing the robot for production or maintenance and allowing multiple programmers simultaneously to create and edit programs.  In manufacturing, today, most robot programs are created offline and “touched up” at production lines.

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College earns four ‘CUPPIES’ in peer-judged PR competition

Public Relations & Marketing at Pennsylvania College of Technology took home gold, bronze and honorable mention recognition in the 2021 CUPPIE Awards sponsored by CUPRAP, College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals.

The 14th annual CUPPIE Awards featured 357 entries from colleges, universities, agencies and providers of private, specialized and secondary education and accreditation. Penn College was honored for writing, video and magazine production efforts completed between Dec. 1, 2019, and Dec. 31, 2020.

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First Quality provides support for Penn College student-parents

The First Quality Group of companies, a leader in personal health care products and a longtime corporate partner of Pennsylvania College of Technology, has donated a number of sought-after items to the campus food pantry.

In coordination with the college’s Inclusion Task Force, First Quality contributed feminine hygiene products, diapers and wipes to The Cupboard’s inventory. Operated by Dining Services in the Bush Campus Center and supported solely by community donations, the pantry assists students who are struggling with food insecurities and hygiene needs.

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Penn College video wins Telly Award

A Pennsylvania College of Technology online video devised to inspire and give thanks during the COVID-19 pandemic has earned a 2021 Telly Award, the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens.

The 42nd annual awards recognized the video “Penn College Wildcats give thanks for UPMC Field” with a Bronze Telly in the Non-Broadcast Motivational category. Other Telly recipients in the grouping included The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and The Humane Society of the United States.

The two-minute Penn College video features student-athletes Sloane A. Tressler, of Mill Hall (women’s soccer), and Colton N. Wartman, of Ellicott City, Maryland (men’s soccer); as well as head coaches Tyler S. Mensch (men’s soccer), Christa Matlack (women’s soccer) and Jordan G. Williams (men’s lacrosse).

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Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation support benefits Penn College NOW

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation has made an Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program contribution that will cover fees for 15 high schools and career and technology centers that are participating in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s dual enrollment program, Penn College NOW.

The Penn College Foundation is approved as an Educational Improvement Organization under EITC, which is administered by the state Department of Community & Economic Development.

Penn College NOW enables academically qualified high school and career and technology center students to take tuition-free courses for college credit. Last year, 1,701 students earned 6,893 credits valued at more than $3.8 million through Penn College NOW.

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ESAB donation benefits Penn College welding program

ESAB, a leading manufacturer of welding and cutting equipment and consumables, has donated equipment to benefit instruction in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program.

ESAB Welding and Cutting Products has been a partner of Penn College for nearly three decades. It recently donated a submerged arc welding system that includes an Aristo 1000 AC/DC welding power source and an A6S heavy duty wire feed system mounted on an A6B side beam carriage. The system also includes a flux recovery system. ESAB provided the technical support to get the system installed and running. The total value of the donation is nearly $64,000.

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College, Alexander Family Dealerships collaborate on digital sign

The new digital billboard is installed last month along Interstate 180 near Penn College.
The new digital billboard is installed last month along Interstate 180 near Penn College.

In partnership with Pennsylvania College of Technology, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships has made a significant donation to erect color digital signage along Interstate 180 near the college.

The double-sided, 14-by-48-foot sign – which stands 70 feet high – replaces an existing college-owned sign that is no longer in operation.

Penn College will use the sign to promote academic programs, as well as a range of activities and events, Wildcat Athletics and college-related initiatives.

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College’s ‘defining moment’ launches grads into waiting workforce

Punctuating the ultimate celebration of student achievement, Pennsylvania College of Technology held a dizzying dozen commencement exercises from May 14-16 to provide a memorable occasion for students and their families while adhering to federal and state guidelines. The proceedings – four on Friday, five on Saturday and three on Sunday – simultaneously honored Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates and featured speeches by a rotating trio of class representatives: Joseph M. Morrin, of Morrisville, graphic design; Ethan M. McKenzie, of Muncy, software development and information management; and Olivia C. Ferki, Richboro, plastics and polymer engineering technology. (Each of the three spoke at his or her major’s assigned ceremony; recorded versions of their remarks were rotated among the other nine.)

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President announces retirement, launches Legacy Campaign

After nearly a quarter century leading Pennsylvania College of Technology, President Davie Jane Gilmour informed the college community Thursday of her intention to retire next year.

Gilmour, who has spent her entire career in higher education at Penn College – 44 years, the last 23 as president – told faculty, staff and stakeholders that she plans to retire in June 2022, to be succeeded by a new leader who will be selected after a nationwide search.

Fittingly, Gilmour also announced plans for a legacy fundraising campaign that will invest in students as they continue to transform tomorrow throughout the workforce, in hopes that her legacy will reflect the boundless opportunity a Penn College education represents for students.

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Philly Shipyard donates consumables to welding program

Philly Shipyard Inc. recently donated welding consumables to Pennsylvania College of Technology for instructional use in the college’s welding program.

The donation includes nine pallets of Lincoln Electric brand welding consumables; Lincoln Electric paid for the freight costs associated with the donation.

Philly Shipyard, a leading U.S. shipbuilder presently pursuing a mix of commercial and government work, expects to hire nearly 200 welders in 2021 to accommodate work on a new project involving four government training vessels for use at the state maritime academies. The donated material had to be replaced with material specific to the company’s new contracts.

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What’s going on ‘over there?’

A sneak peek at the site … with Cooley standing at the base of Draus’ ladder.
A sneak peek at the site … with Cooley standing at the base of Draus’ ladder.
A wide shot of the course’s space, south of the ATHS
A wide shot of the course’s space, south of the ATHS
Working on weatherproofing, Draus installs caps on the poles to prevent bees from nesting in them.
Working on weatherproofing, Draus installs caps on the poles to prevent bees from nesting in them.

Curious campus queries are answered here! The Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course is beginning to take shape on a lawn south of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. The resource will feature various physical components – from a tire traverse to walking platforms – that will be used for student orientation, Residence Life activities, Penn College summer camps, Workforce Development and corporate training events, and classes, including Outdoor Recreation as a Therapeutic Tool (HSJ330). Conceived by Rob Cooley, associate professor of anthropology and environmental science, the course is being built by Tony Draus, of EdVenture Builders, of Bloomsburg, a full-service adventure education company dedicated to enhancing life skills. Activities are designed to help students develop leadership and interpersonal communication skills, and enhance appreciation of their open-air surroundings. With the challenge course, donors Brent and Daria Fish are aligning their passions for business, education, marketing and the great outdoors, converting a collaborative concept into a campus experience. The gift has additional meaning to the Fish and Penn College families, as it is made in memory of Brent’s father, William H. “Bill” Fish, honoring the legacy of a man whose leadership and philanthropic spirit endures in the lives of those he served. A dedication is planned for this summer.

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Inspiring nursing grad generously lifts others

Nursing alumna Stephanie Suzadail, whose airborne delivery of emergency care is featured in the spring issue of Penn College Magazine, recently established two aptly named funds in support of Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

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‘Bucky’ goes off the gridiron, into the studio

Speicher (center), with "PA live!" co-hosts Bohinski and Bianco
Speicher (center), with “PA live!” co-hosts Bohinski and Bianco

Penn College writer/video producer Tom Speicher, whose literary labor of love and friendship finessed a mentor’s manuscript into print, was featured in a four-minute segment of WBRE’s “PA live!” on Thursday afternoon. Co-hosts Haley Bianco and Christopher Bohinski discussed “Bucky Deacon’s Dilemma,” a youth football novel written by local sports legend Bill Byham in the 1980s, and revised and recently published by Speicher. The interview touched on the book’s winding road to publication, its universal themes (leadership and conflict resolution, among them) and the philanthropic fact that sales benefit the institution’s Emergency Scholarship Fund. “I’m very excited about that,” Speicher said. “I’ve worked at Penn College for over 30 years now in various capacities, so it was very important for me that I was able to give back.” Recommended for 10- to 14-year-olds, the book is available from Amazon in paperback ($6.99) and Kindle ($3.99) editions.

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