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Students to benefit from co-author’s tribute to late mentor

Bill Byham (left, in a photo taken by Lycoming College for his 2013 enshrinement in the institution's Athletics Hall of Fame) and Tom Speicher

When local sports legend Bill Byham passed away in late May 2017, his unpublished novel – offering relevant life lessons through the prism of junior-high football – could easily have died with him.

The manuscript of “Bucky Deacon’s Dilemma,” pecked out on a typewriter during summers by the pool, had languished for decades since Byham tried unsuccessfully to get it published through the comparably limited outlets of the 1980s and ’90s. The dream of sharing Bucky’s story with the world would have remained unrealized, but for a friend who fondly remembered his once-upon-a-time reading of it.

“A couple weeks before he died, Bill just wanted to write. He talked about it a lot,” said Tom Speicher, who met Byham as a Lycoming College freshman. “About two years afterward, I got the idea that publishing his book would be a great way to pay tribute to him. We need more stories like this, sharing the virtues of teamwork, conflict resolution and friendship.”

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5 days ago
College Relations Electrical Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students Workforce Development

PPL provides funding for mechatronics trainer components

In a mechatronics lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology, student Andrew C. Caffrey gains industrial electricity skills at a portable, modular trainer featuring components purchased with PPL grant funds. Caffrey, of Denver, Pennsylvania, is enrolled in automation engineering technology: mechatronics.

PPL has provided $13,000 toward the purchase of trainers to enhance the knowledge and skills of mechatronics students, whether they are enrolled in academic majors or are completing apprenticeship programs offered by Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The grant funding enabled the college to purchase mechanical and hydraulic components to increase training-unit capacity, as well as a flammable-liquid cabinet to satisfy safety requirements.

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6 days ago
College Relations Dining Services Faculty & Staff Students

Donations to The Cupboard appreciated

The Cupboard at Penn CollegeDonations are always welcomed at The Cupboard at Penn College, an on-campus food pantry, including items that aren’t food. In March, The Cupboard was grateful to receive a donation by the Student Nurses’ Association of over 75 health and beauty products.

The Cupboard provides aid to Penn College students who may be having a difficult time purchasing enough food to avoid hunger for themselves and their families.

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April 3, 2021
Alumni College Relations Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Information Technology Scholarships Students

Scholarship donors get firsthand look at their fruitful philanthropy

A recent Scholarship Celebration, including remarks delivered from the new Center for Career Design, paid tribute to scholarship donors and vividly illustrated the life-changing impact that their support creates for Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

Emceed by Kyle A. Smith, executive director of college relations and the Penn College Foundation, the event featured the perspective of Student Government Association President Ethan M. McKenzie, graduating this spring in software development and information management, and 2018 applied technology studies alumnus Ryan Monteleone, who also holds a degree in information assurance and cyber security.

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April 2, 2021
Automated Manufacturing & Machining College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

All-in-one game changer added to CAL’s machining lineup

Allison Crane & Rigging brought a fleet of heavy-duty equipment to facilitate offloading of the equipment ...
Allison Crane & Rigging brought a fleet of heavy-duty equipment to facilitate offloading of the equipment …
... and its forklift delivery to the laboratory floor.
… and its forklift delivery to the laboratory floor.
Students inspect the newly arrived Haas equipment in the automated manufacturing lab.
Students inspect the newly arrived Haas equipment in the automated manufacturing lab.
The center features a side-mounted tool changer.
The center features a side-mounted tool changer.
The equipment awaits final hookup, faculty training – and students in the CIM228 course starting this fall.
The equipment awaits final hookup, faculty training – and students in the CIM228 course starting this fall.

A Haas 5-axis Universal Machining Center (Model 500), poised to take Penn College’s machining curriculum to a new level, was delivered to College Avenue Labs on Tuesday morning. Purchased at an educational discount through a partnership with Phillips Corp. in Bensalem, the equipment adds the versatility of a rotational axis that allows for easier shaping of harder-to-machine parts – picture a jet engine turbine blade, for instance. The equipment will be the focus of the new course, Advanced CNC Multi-Axis Programming and Machining, in which students will be able to insert a piece of metal and produce a finished product with specialized and complicated machining details. Such equipment in industry reduces setup time and increases accuracy for multisided and complex parts, said Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, and greatly boosts students’ marketability. “For students to learn on this technology, it will further enhance their ability to be productive and effective employees the moment they enter the manufacturing floor for their internship or full-time career,” he said. “We can’t thank Phillips Corp. enough for their partnership to help make this possible.”

March 23, 2021
College Relations General Information

C&N donation supports Penn College dual enrollment program

C&N has contributed $6,000 through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program to Pennsylvania College of Technology in support of the college’s dual enrollment program.

The bank’s EITC donation will benefit Penn College NOW, a program that enables academically qualified high school and career technology center students to take tuition-free courses for college credit. Last year, 1,700 students earned nearly 6,900 credits valued at more than $3.8 million through Penn College NOW.

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March 17, 2021
Alumni Career Services College Relations Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant Students

New Penn College center helps transform tomorrow

Physician assistant students at Pennsylvania College of Technology were among the first to visit the school’s new Center for Career Design. The facility is home to College Relations and features numerous free services to assist students with all things career-related. The center also offers ample networking and conference space to facilitate interaction among students, alumni and industry partners.

A new Pennsylvania College of Technology facility dedicated to helping students, alumni and industry partners transform tomorrow is earning high marks today from its first group of visitors.

The Center for Career Design introduced its variety of free resources and offered one-on-one assistance to students majoring in physician assistant studies. The recent experience complemented classroom workshops presented by Career Services staff for the students’ Professionalism and Ethics course.

An “accommodating environment” is how Bryan M. Bilbao, of Old Forge, described the center. “One day we will be in the real world having to do interviews, having to make final edits to our resumes, talking to people in a professional manner in a professional setting. It was very cool to come over here and try to encompass those things into one,” he said.

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Alumni Career Services College Relations Events Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant Students

Center for Career Design helps transform tomorrow … today

The Center for Career Design at Pennsylvania College of Technology is earning high marks from visitors. Physician assistant students were among the first to use the center’s free resources for all things career-related. Located as part of College Relations on the third floor of the Madigan Library, the facility brings together students, alumni and industry partners to benefit tomorrow’s workforce. The center’s offerings include resume/cover letter development, free business cards and professional clothing options, as well as space for interviews and networking. “One day, we will be in the real world, having to do interviews, having to make final edits to our resumes, as well as talking to people in a professional manner, as well as in a professional setting,” Bryan M. Bilbao, a physician assistant studies major from Old Forge, says in a video about the center. “So it was very cool to come over here and try to encompass all of those things into one.”

February 11, 2021
Alumni Architecture & Sustainable Design Civil Engineering & Surveying College Relations Engineering Technologies Scholarships

Scholarship honors former LDG leader, promotes diversity

Inspired by the mission of the 50K Coalition, a new scholarship established at Pennsylvania College of Technology by Larson Design Group (LDG) supports diversity and honors the longtime service of the firm’s former president and CEO.

The 50K Coalition focuses on a bold national goal of producing 50,000 diverse engineering graduates annually by 2025. The Keith S. Kuzio Larson Design Group Scholarship at Penn College will be awarded to a full-time, diverse candidate studying in the architecture and engineering fields at the college. The yearly scholarship includes a summer internship.

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February 10, 2021
Alumni Career Services College Relations Events Faculty & Staff Students

321 … countdown to a career!

Staff help physician assistant students with resume writing in the spacious office layout, which accommodates individual attention in a socially distanced environment.
Staff help physician assistant students with resume writing in the spacious office layout, which accommodates individual attention in a socially distanced environment.
Visiting the station for ordering business cards is Olalekan L. “Larry” Showunmi, a senior in physician assistant studies from Dover.
Visiting the station for ordering business cards is Olalekan L. “Larry” Showunmi, a senior in physician assistant studies from Dover.
Constance J. “Connie” Plankenhorn (left), of Williamsport, and Chaela Swink, of Hughesville – seniors in physician assistant studies – enjoy the view of the library lawn from a high-top table in the inviting entryway.
Constance J. “Connie” Plankenhorn (left), of Williamsport, and Chaela Swink, of Hughesville – seniors in physician assistant studies – enjoy the view of the library lawn from a high-top table in the inviting entryway.
Olivia A. Forney, of Williamsport (foreground), another physician assistant studies major, refines her resume.
Olivia A. Forney, of Williamsport (foreground), another physician assistant studies major, refines her resume.
PA majors explore the options in the Career Gear clothes closet, which helps students make impactful impressions at job interviews and networking opportunities.
PA majors explore the options in the Career Gear clothes closet, which helps students make impactful impressions at job interviews and networking opportunities.

Students got acquainted with the many services available at Penn College’s new Center for Career Design – the consolidated home of College Relations in Room 321 of Madigan Library – during a Wednesday morning event. The center will foster collaboration among students, graduates and employers to ensure students’ career readiness, while enhancing alumni connections and fulfilling unmet workforce needs for the college’s business/industry partners.

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February 4, 2021
College Relations Faculty & Staff

VP for College Relations earns ‘CAP’ designation

Loni N. Kline

Loni N. Kline, vice president for college relations at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been awarded the CAP (Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy) designation from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of The American College of Financial Services.

According to the college, the CAP program “provides the knowledge and tools needed by professionals in the nonprofit and financial services fields in order to help clients reach their charitable giving objectives and also meet their estate planning and wealth management goals.”

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February 2, 2021
College Relations College Transitions General Information Scholarships Students

Penn College’s largest endowed scholarship fund receives boost

A new $200,000 gift from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg brings the foundation’s total scholarship support to Pennsylvania College of Technology students to more than $3 million.

The scholarship endowment, the largest at Penn College, provides student recipients with $5,000 per year for up to four years.

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January 20, 2021
College Relations Faculty & Staff General Information Students

College Relations to introduce new Center for Career Design

On Feb. 1, College Relations at Pennsylvania College of Technology will launch its Center for Career Design – a physical space and operation on campus to bring students, alumni and industry partners together for all things career-related.

The launch of the center will take place mere months after the announcement of the newly designated office of College Relations, established July 1, 2020, and comprising the Penn College Foundation, Alumni Relations, Career Services, Corporate Relations and Donor Relations.

The center will bolster collaboration among students, alumni and employers to ensure students’ career readiness, while enhancing alumni connections and fulfilling unmet workforce needs for the college’s corporate partners.

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January 19, 2021
College Relations College Transitions General Information

First National Bank donation supports dual enrollment

First National Bank, the largest subsidiary of F.N.B. Corporation, is donating $8,000 to Pennsylvania College of Technology to assist with Penn College NOW, a dual enrollment program.

The FNB donation is being made through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program administered by the state Department of Community & Economic Development. The Penn College Foundation is approved as an Educational Improvement Organization under EITC.

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January 11, 2021
College Relations Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course creates educational, recreational opportunities

Concept drawings tentatively demonstrate what portions of the Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course at Penn College may look like upon completion.

The Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course, currently under development at Pennsylvania College of Technology, will provide the campus community and beyond with stimulating outdoor activities to foster leadership and team-building skills.

Funded by a generous gift from Brent and Daria Fish – longtime supporters of the Penn College Foundation and its annual fundraising activities like the Golf Classic and Dinner and Auction – the challenge course will eventually connect the college campus to the Greater Williamsport area via the Susquehanna Greenway extension project.

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December 15, 2020