News about Institutional Advancement

Equipment Donation Benefits Penn College Manufacturing Students

Rudy Gebhard (right), senior sales representative for Southwestern Industries Inc., and Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor and department head of automated manufacturing and machining at Penn College, with a TRAK KMX milling machine donated by Southwestern Industries

Manufacturing students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are the beneficiaries of a recent equipment donation from the owners of a company with strong ties to the institution.

Richard and Marion Leonhard, part owners of Southwestern Industries, donated two computer-numerical-control milling machines for the college’s automated manufacturing lab. Hundreds of students in the college’s four manufacturing majors will gain experience on the equipment each academic year.

“Our students will learn to set up, program and operate these machines that are very popular in the low-volume CNC production environment,” said Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor and department head of automated manufacturing and machining. “The machines provide another valuable tool for us to enhance students’ hands-on education.”

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Challenge Accepted! College Wins Community Cup, Helps Raise $17,000 for Salvation Army

An aerial view shows runners bundled up and starting out.

The Salvation Army of Williamsport will receive about $17,000 to be used for essential services to local families, thanks to Saturday’s Community Challenge.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to the event resulted in the college winning the Community Cup, a traveling trophy presented to the organization with the greatest participation. Penn College logged 30 registered guests and 22 volunteers, including students enrolled in the Community and Organizational Change course and a number of student-athletes. The Penn College cross-country team served as an event sponsor.

“The volunteers from the human services program and athletics were incredible and helped to make a very special event,” said Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications, who serves as vice chairman of the local Salvation Army Board of Directors.

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Area Real Estate Firm Donates Vehicle to Penn College

Brent M. Fish (center), president of Fish Real Estate, delivers a box truck to Don J. Luke, director of facilities operations at Penn College, and Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement.

Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from the gift of a Ford box truck from Fish Real Estate and its president, Brent M. Fish.

The Ford E-350 Super Duty box truck will be used by the college’s General Services department primarily, but will also be available to other offices and academic schools, including the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. The gift also includes funds for a variety of parts associated with the vehicle.

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Campuswide Collaboration Fights Hunger, ‘One Tray at a Time’

Cafeteria trays are piled with donated non-perishables in a Penn College office, an effort duplicated across campus in support of The Cupboard.

A recent weeklong initiative by Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees turned retired cafeteria trays into platforms for the most successful campaign yet to benefit the on-campus food pantry.

The Cupboard, opened in September 2016 adjacent to the CC Commons dining unit, has seen a 30-percent increase in usage by students this fall. To help meet that demand, Dining Services and Institutional Advancement innovatively teamed to battle hunger across campus.

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Corvette Club Adds $10,000 to Its Scholarship Fund at Penn College

A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport, an award-winning restoration project completed by Penn College students, is showcased at the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club’s "Corvettes on Main Street" event in Muncy in 2016.

Financial aid opportunities for students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s automotive restoration technology and related majors got a substantial boost through a recent scholarship donation from the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club.

Club members delivered a $10,000 check to the college, representing proceeds from its popular “Corvettes on Main Street” car show held each fall in Muncy.

Awards from the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club Scholarship Fund are made each fall to a first-year student from the organization’s 10-county membership area who is enrolled full time in automotive technology, automotive service sales and marketing, collision repair technology or automotive restoration technology.

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Foundation Establishes Endowed Scholarship at Penn College

Debra M. Miller, college relations advisor at Penn College, accepts a Herman O. West Foundation grant from Dave Lanzer, director of operations at West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. The grant will be used to establish an endowed scholarship at the college.

The foundation for a global manufacturer is recognizing Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to the skilled workforce with an endowed scholarship at the school.

The Herman O. West Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to Penn College to establish the scholarship. Named in honor of the founder of West Pharmaceuticals Services Inc., the foundation has supported employees through scholarships and matching gift programs since 1972.

West Pharmaceutical Services is a leading manufacturer of packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and health care products. The company has manufacturing plants throughout the world, including Williamsport and Jersey Shore.

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Silver Anniversary, Golden Opportunity

Culinary giants joined forces to mark the 25th anniversary of the Visiting Chef Series at Penn College, an event celebrated in a new video on the college’s YouTube channel. “Louisiana’s culinary ambassador to the world” Chef John Folse, along with his renowned restaurant partner Chef Rick Tramonto, internationally heralded Pastry Chef Donald Wressell and Penn College alum Chef Elaine Gardner worked side-by-side in April with School of Business & Hospitality students to prepare an elegant, five-course fundraising dinner at the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. “Nothing speaks success more than growth,” Folse says. “So when you see the growth at a facility – the growth of the kitchens; the growth of the student body; the quality of the instructors; the support of the community; tonight, we have another sell-out crowd – what does that say? That says that there’s real wonderful happenings here. … There’s just no doubt about it: There’s something great happening in culinary here at Penn College. I want to be here just to continue to see what’s gonna happen next!”

Automotive Restoration Students Assisted by RPM Foundation

Two rounds of funding from the RPM Foundation, magnanimously dedicated to cultivating the next generation of automotive restoration and preservation professionals, will assist a number of Pennsylvania College of Technology students with educational and living expenses.

“We are very grateful to the RPM Foundation for their support of our students,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, Penn College’s director of corporate relations. “These gifts recognize that the future of automotive restoration lies in the hands of capable women and men who have a reverence for historic vehicles and a passion that will sustain their craft for years to come.”

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Volvo Video Celebrates Corporate Support of Education

Grouped near a Volvo excavator at the training site, alongside the West Branch of the Susquehanna River south of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, are (from left): Flood, Breon, Peck, Hoffman, Witmer and Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

Peck (center) and Hoffman talk with Amy Crouse, Volvo Construction Equipment's product marketing and communication specialist.

Getting it on record, the crew talks with Flood ...

... and captures Witmer's hands-on perspective from behind the controls.

A long-standing partnership between Penn College and Volvo, emblematic of the corporate support that helps provide all six of the institution’s academic schools with relevant technology and laboratory tools, is extolled in a newly posted YouTube video filmed in May at the college’s heavy equipment training site in Brady Township. The visit by a crew from Volvo Construction Equipment in Shippensburg was arranged by Brian Hoffman, regional manager of Highway Equipment & Supply Co., itself a longtime supporter of students and faculty in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. Interviewed on camera at the work site were Makenzie E. Witmer, of Bellefonte, and Tyler M. Breon, of Millheim, both majoring in heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis; Ryan W. Peck, instructor of diesel equipment technology; and Highway Equipment’s Ryan Flood, a member of the college’s Heavy Construction Equipment Technician Emphasis Advisory Committee.

Penn College Hires Director of Annual Giving

Angela E. Myers

Angela E. Myers has been named director of annual giving at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Myers, who began her duties June 26, comes to Penn College after working most recently for Ruffalo Noel Levitz, serving as director of client services – fundraising management.

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Executive Director Named for Penn College Foundation

Kyle A. Smith

Kyle A. Smith has been appointed executive director of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation.

Established in 1981, the Penn College Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to secure financial and other support for the college. Its activities include providing student scholarships and other financial assistance, fundraising, and general promotion of the college.

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Benefit Golf Tourney Rescheduled to July 17

The 31st annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic, partially washed out by rain earlier this month, has been rescheduled. The tournament – which has helped to fund nearly 600 student scholarships – and dinner will be held July 17 at the Williamsport Country Club.

Hotshot Hooks Audience by Playing Through Water Hazard

Boever is introduced by Penn College's Debra M. Miller.

Making it look easy, even when hitting off increasingly higher tees using a club with an overly flexible shaft

Boever gives a fellow golfer some pointers on his "short game" ...

... and proves that you don't have to stand to have a winning stance.

The visiting VIP gets together with Fisher Mining Co.'s John A Blaschak, a member of the college's Corporate Advisory Board and the event's generous title sponsor.

Rain scuttled play in Monday’s scheduled 31st annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic, but not before entertainer Dan Boever dazzled the crowd with trick shots and interactive amusement. Boever, a popular attraction on the golf circuit, headlined the scholarship benefit at the Williamsport Country Club. The tournament and dinner have been rescheduled for July 17.

 

Volkswagen Owners Club Funds New Penn College Scholarship

James Yemzow, of the Harrisburg Area Volkswagen Owners Club, accompanied by another HAVOC member, Patricia Shaffer (left) presents a check for the club’s scholarship to Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The Harrisburg Area Volkswagen Owners Club has established a scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology for students enrolled in a unique major that features the restoration of classic and antique automobiles.

The new scholarship will benefit students enrolled in the automotive restoration technology Associate of Applied Science major offered by the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies at Penn College.

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Penn College Foundation Golf Classic to Feature Golf Entertainer

Dan Boever

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Boever’s exhibition went on as scheduled, but inclement weather forced postponement of the golf tournament to July 17.)

Renowned golf entertainer, trick-shot artist and World Long Drive champion Dan Boever will headline the Penn College Foundation’s 31st Annual Golf Classic on June 19 at the Williamsport Country Club.

Boever, among the most popular performers on the golf exhibition circuit, will perform for guests at the fundraiser event, proceeds from which, combined with accumulated investment income, have created an endowed scholarship fund exceeding $1.1 million.

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