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Penn College hosts PPL Electric Utilities Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit

PPL Electric Utilities recently offered a Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit and demonstration for students and first responders at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

PPL, a Corporate Tomorrow Maker partner of the college, takes its mobile electrical safety exhibit across its service territory to teach first responders, contractors, businesses, school students and the public about the dangers of live wires and how to stay safe around them.

The exhibit is a scaled-down 7,200-volt electrical distribution system that features live electrical wires, utility poles and transformers. It was designed in 2016 by representatives from across PPL Electric Utilities’ operations who met in PPL’s Innovation Lab to brainstorm ways to present the information. PPL provides 100 such demonstrations to more than 10,000 people annually.

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Corporate partner donates industrial robot to Penn College

About 50 Pennsylvania College of Technology engineering and electronics students per year will benefit from a recent addition to their state-of-the-art facilities, courtesy of Elsner Engineering Works Inc.

The third-generation family owned and operated company donated a decommissioned Fanuc M-10iA/12 6-axis robot with an R-30iB PLUS controller for the college’s process control training lab.

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College celebrates another ‘best-ever’ philanthropic year

Despite a year of continuing challenges, donors to Pennsylvania College of Technology were honored Monday evening for unwavering support that ignited a record-setting year for institutional fundraising.

The combined contributions of steadfast alumni, corporate partners, friends, retirees and colleagues – a milestone $8.3 million during fiscal 2021 – were recognized during an annual ceremony alongside the Penn College Donor Wall, which pays permanent tribute to those whose contributions of gifts, pledges, donations and entrustments of equipment and technology, and estate commitments significantly empower students.

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Entranceway repairs open door to honoring a community pillar

The Witmer Group, a masonry contractor based in Mount Joy, is continuing remediation of the 22-year-old entrance fountains and repairs to the brick pillars surrounding Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus entrance – presenting an opportunity for well-wishers to honor the legacy of retiring President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The entrance and the capstoned pillars, linked by black fencing along Maynard Street and beyond, were dedicated in September 1999. That ceremony – a little more than a year after Gilmour assumed the college presidency – was the culmination of Penn College’s Diamond 10 anniversary, marking 85 years of education and a decade as a Penn State affiliate.

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Worth & Company Excellence Scholarship supports students

Worth & Company Inc. has established a scholarship to assist Pennsylvania College of Technology students pursuing careers in the building equipment contractors industry.

First preference for the Worth & Company Excellence Scholarship will be given to a student who is an intern, employee or dependent of an employee of Worth & Company Inc.

Second preference will be given to a student who is enrolled full time in one of the following majors: heating, ventilation & air conditioning design technology; heating, ventilation & air conditioning technology; welding & fabrication engineering technology; welding technology; or construction management; has been a recipient of a scholarship from the fund in prior years; and has a residence in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton or Philadelphia counties.

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Loan of excavator to benefit heavy-equipment instruction

Komatsu is once again providing Pennsylvania College of Technology with an excavator for instructional use at the college’s 125-acre heavy equipment operations site in Brady Township.

The like-new unit – a Komatsu PC210LCi intelligent machine control excavator, featuring onboard GPS guidance – is being provided as part of an entrustment agreement with Komatsu. The company has entrusted similar equipment to Penn College since 2019.

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Le Jeune Chef to provide 12,000 meals to teams during series

When Pennsylvania College of Technology students began classes Aug. 16, those in baking, pastry and culinary arts majors already had their hands full as they work to fill the stomachs of the teams participating in the Little League Baseball ® World Series, held just a few miles from the Penn College campus.

The college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant is the new provider of dining services inside the secure team housing area at the Little League® International complex, known as the Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove. Because the casual fine-dining restaurant is a live-learning lab for the college’s baking, pastry and culinary arts majors, students are heavily involved in the experience.

From Aug. 13-30, the college expects to prepare more than 12,000 meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – for players and coaches each day during their stay in Williamsport.

Both Little League® and Penn College are following all appropriate COVID-19 safety recommendations to support the dining accommodations of the Little League World Series participants.

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College author interviewed for public radio broadcast

Tom SpeicherArts SceneAn interview with Penn College writer/video producer Tom Speicher, co-author of “Bucky Deacon’s Dilemma,” debuted Thursday morning on WVIA Radio’s “Arts Scene” with Erika Funke. The youth sports novel, sales of which benefit the college’s Emergency Scholarship Fund, is discussed at length in a broadcast timed to the start of the Little League Baseball World Series. It aired on 89.9 FM and 89.7 FM (and streamed) at 11:07 a.m. – following NPR News – and was posted as a podcast later that evening. 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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Employee couple establishes graphic design scholarship

A faculty member and an administrator at Pennsylvania College of Technology have created a scholarship for students majoring in graphic design.

Brian A. and Joanna K. Flynn have established the Brian and Joanna Flynn Scholarship, which gives preference to students who are enrolled full time in the graphic design bachelor’s degree major, have successfully completed two semesters of study and have a 3.0 or higher GPA. The scholarship is renewable for the third and fourth academic years if a 3.0 GPA is maintained.

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Challenge Course furthers skills ‘to make the world a better place’

Campuswide ingenuity and the generosity of a longtime supporter have produced the Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course at Penn College. Architecture and concrete science students; General Services personnel; and Rob Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science, played vital roles in developing and building the course. Brent and Daria Fish funded the project in honor of Brent’s father, William H. Fish, a respected businessman, community leader and friend of the college. A wide variety of student and industry groups will use the course to enhance problem-solving, leadership, teamwork and communication skills. “The purpose of a challenge course is to create structured, physical outdoor activities that draw people together,” Cooley explains in a video on the college’s YouTube channel. “It’s not me up at the whiteboard or me at the computer telling them what to do. It’s me presenting a challenge and stepping back. The collective effort is what solves the problem and creates the learning experience.”

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College dedicates Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course

The Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course, the creation of which involved the same collaborative spirit that it will nurture in those who use it, was dedicated Aug. 11 on the wooded southcentral side of Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Challenge Course – a remarkable project funded by Brent and Daria Fish in memory of Brent’s father, William H. Fish – “will foster leadership and team-building skills for generations of students, faculty, alumni and industry partners,” said Loni N. Kline, vice president for college relations. Brent is president of Fish Real Estate, and Daria is head of corporate communications for OxiWear.

An interdisciplinary focus was reflected throughout the development and construction process, which involved the college’s General Services Department, architectural technology and concrete science classes, a helping of off-campus inspiration, and a picnic table donated by the Sigma Pi philanthropic fraternity.

The intricate design includes a bridge that honors the Fish family’s appreciation for the outdoors: stainless steel railings resembling fly-fishing rods, with hooks dangling from lines that drop to a dry creek bed below.

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Yesterday’s ‘overcomers’ prepped for tomorrow’s challenges

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport, a ceremony that marked the sacrifices – and ultimate triumph – by classmates whose final year was anything but typical. Larcynina De Guzman Bitner, of Mill Hall, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physician assistant, was the student speaker. President Davie Jane Gilmour conferred degrees and presented an Alumni Mentorship Award to 2016 human services graduate LaQuinn N. Thompson; and a number of award recipients were announced among the newest alumni.

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Scholarship established for first-generation college students

Retired faculty member Darla B. Logue has established a scholarship for first-generation college students at Pennsylvania College of Technology in honor of retiring President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The James E. and Darla B. Logue Scholarship also honors Darla Logue’s late husband, who taught for 49 years – 39 of them at Penn College – and was the recipient of the institution’s highest teaching honor: the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award.

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Warfel Construction establishes endowed scholarship

A full-service commercial construction company, founded in 1911 and based in Lancaster County, has endowed a scholarship to assist Pennsylvania College of Technology students in a variety of related majors.

The Warfel Construction Endowed Scholarship is focused on students pursuing degrees in building construction technology, concrete science technology, construction management and heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis.

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Penn College Golf Classic raises $134,000 for scholarships

The 35th Annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic, featuring inspiring blind golfer Jeremy Poincenot, winner of three World Blind Golf Championships and eight National Blind Golf Championships, recently raised $134,000 for student scholarships.

With this year’s total, the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship Fund now exceeds $1.8 million. Proceeds from the annual Golf Classic and accumulated investment income created the endowed scholarship fund, one of the foundation’s largest.

“Golf Classic participants are part of the legacy that has built this important source of scholarship aid,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said. “Participation directly impacts the lives of Penn College students as they pursue an applied technology education and prepare to become leaders in their chosen professions – meeting the challenges of their industries with unrivaled skill and confidence.”

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