News about Institutional Advancement

Penn College Baja Team Receives Significant Tool Donation

Members of Penn College’s Baja SAE team celebrate a recent donation of tools, valued at approximately $33,000, from Monster Tool Co. The 2,000-plus cutting tools will expand the students’ capability in building and modifying an off-road vehicle to compete against colleges from throughout the world in Society of Automotive Engineers competitions.

The success of Pennsylvania College of Technology students on the international stage has been rewarded with a significant donation of tools, designed to manufacture new achievements.

Monster Tool Co. recently donated more than 2,000 cutting tools – worth approximately $33,000 – to the college’s Baja SAE team. The students will employ the solid carbide tools for years to come in building and modifying a single-engine, off-road vehicle to compete against 100-plus other colleges from throughout the world in Society of Automotive Engineers competitions.

“This is a very significant moment in the evolution of our team,” said John G. Upcraft, instructor of manufacturing and machining and adviser for Penn College’s Baja SAE Club. “In recent years, we have really made a name for ourselves with strong showings against top-notch universities. This generous gift will help us reach the next level.”

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Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise Project Supports Makerspace

Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise Project is providing a $10,000 grant to help Pennsylvania College of Technology launch a makerspace on its main campus.

The company’s Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant Program is offering the unrestricted funding support for The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College, which is expected to be completed for Fall 2018 in the Carl Building Technologies Center.

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CAC Reception Honors Key Donors’ Pledge to Student Success

Under a Wildcat Blue glow in the Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge, donors gather prior to the Hollywood special effects show, Hollywood SFX.

Ryan Monteleone, an information assurance and cyber security student who thanked the crowd for their support of students, receives congratulations from William G. Knecht for a job well done – and a new job awaiting him at Pfizer Inc., near King of Prussia. Knecht backs the William G. and Marie E. Knecht Scholarship.

Two luminaries in the college’s graphic arts curricula reunite at the gathering: Dale A. Metzker (left), retired graphic communications faculty and 2002 Master Teacher, and Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design.

Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement, chats with Walter and Brenda Klocko, members of The Pillar Society. Walter is a 1957 graduate of Williamsport Technical Institute.

Donald J. Luke (left), director of facilities operations and a loyal supporter of the Penn College Fund, enjoys conversation with Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

The financial commitment to Pensylvania College of Technology students by two donor groups – The 1914 Society and The Pillar Society – was recognized at a preshow reception in the Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge on Thursday evening.

The 1914 Society recognizes individuals and families who annually make gifts of $1,000 or more to the college; The Pillar Society comprises individuals who have named the college or the Penn College Foundation as a beneficiary of a planned gift.

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Donor Support Launches ‘Makerspace’ Construction at Penn College

A makerspace under development at Pennsylvania College of Technology will provide the environment – and essential tools – for students, faculty and staff to collaborate on innovative projects in a dynamic learning setting.

The college expects to open its makerspace in the Carl Building Technologies Center on the main campus in Fall 2018.

“Makerspaces are an innovative means of supplying students with the resources, training and facilities to invent, experiment and produce unique products for either practical or aesthetic value,” said Tom F. Gregory, associate vice president for instruction. “The space provides the means of implementing creative processes for both academic projects and personal inspiration.”

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Penn College’s Electrical Students Benefit From Equipment Donation

Phoenix Contact, with U.S. headquarters in Middletown, delivered approximately $35,500 worth of programmable logic controller components to Penn College recently to benefit students in four majors. From left are Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation; Jon W. Hart, instructor of electrical technologies and co-department head of Electrical Technologies and Occupations; David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies; Eric Johnson, industrial sales engineer for Phoenix Contact; and Patrick Marty, vice president for college relations.

Students in four majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from a recent donation by a prominent electrical engineering and automation company.

Phoenix Contact delivered approximately $35,500 worth of programmable logic controller components to be integrated into the college’s soon-to-be renovated PLC labs. Beginning in the fall semester, more than 60 students per academic year will use the components in the hands-on portion of several classes.

Those students will be seeking associate degrees in electrical technology, electromechanical maintenance technology, mechatronics engineering technology and on-site power generation.

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First National Bank Gift Supports SMART Girls, Penn College NOW

First National Bank recently provided a gift supporting two Penn College educational programs that serve high school students. From left are Don Breon, assistant vice president/treasury management; Daniel Hooper, vice president/ market manager; and Craig Muthler, senior vice president/commercial banking. From the college are Kyle Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, and Tanya Berfield, manager of college transitions.

Two educational programs that serve high school students will benefit from a recent gift from First National Bank to Pennsylvania College of Technology.

First National Bank representatives recently delivered a $10,000 gift that will help support the college’s SMART Girls and Penn College NOW programs. The contribution was made through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

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Stabler Foundation Boosts Scholarship Funding for Penn College

Additional funding from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg will help qualified transfer students enrolling at Pennsylvania College of Technology achieve their educational objectives.

The $460,000 in scholarship funding – allocated by Penn College for the unique needs of transfer students – brings to $1.53 million the total scholarship support the college has received from the philanthropic organization over the past three years.

Transfer students are strongly represented within Penn College’s high-demand, 100-plus academic majors, accounting for nearly 25 percent of those enrolling at the institution, a special mission affiliate of Penn State.

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Read the 2016-17 Annual Report

On the cover: Pitcher/outfielder Taylor Brooks takes a swing during a game against Lycoming College. Brooks was named to the 2017 North Eastern Athletic Conference first team, while the Wildcats finished second in the North Division and went 1-2 in the conference playoffs.

Read Penn College’s 2016-17 Annual Report, available online and hitting mailboxes soon. The issue features a message from President Davie Jane Gilmour, and stories about the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program, its foray into NCAA Division III athletics, and the prestigious “Top 10” honor bestowed on a faculty member. Also find reports on the 2016-17 budget, gifts and donations, and college award winners.

Fall Commencement to Be Held Dec. 16 at Community Arts Center

Penn College will hold its Fall 2017 commencement ceremony Dec. 16 at the Community Arts Center.

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 16, for the nearly 300 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate following the Fall 2017 semester.

The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. More than 225 students are expected to march in the proceedings.

The student speaker will be Garrett Davis Corneliussen, of Hickory, North Carolina, who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology.

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Penn College Students Say ‘Thank You’ to Donors

Student development assistant Kacey J. Shatzer (left) hand-delivers birthday wishes to donor Linda M. McFadden, assistant bursar.

November starts the season of thanksgiving, and Pennsylvania College of Technology students across campus recently shared their appreciation for those who make it possible for them to earn “degrees that work.”

Student development assistants delivered greetings to employee donors who celebrated birthdays during the month.

“Surprising the staff with a card and a balloon on their birthday was a great experience,” pre-nursing major Kacey J. Shatzer said. “I loved to see the look on their faces because it was just that: a surprise! They had no idea and were genuinely grateful for the gesture. It’s the little things we do to show how much we care.”

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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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Pennsylvania College of Technology is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University