News about Institutional Advancement

Assistant director of corporate relations named

Jamie R. Miller

Jamie R. Miller has been appointed assistant director of corporate relations at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Miller, of Wellsboro, has been a coordinator of residence life at Penn College since September 2017 and head wrestling coach since May 2017. He begins his new duties on Jan. 7 and will remain as head wrestling coach.

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Dent Fix donates aluminum repair station to Penn College

Penn College students and collision repair instructor Shaun D. Hack (in black shirt) listen as Daniel L. Maloney Jr., national sales director for Dent Fix Equipment and a member of the college’s Collision Repair Advisory Committee, demonstrates a donated aluminum dent-repair station.

Reflecting the increasing use of aluminum by automakers and affirming the value of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s industry partners, Dent Fix Equipment has donated a self-contained aluminum dent-repair station for use by the institution’s collision repair and automotive restoration students.

“This equipment package provides all the necessary tools to complete aluminum repairs to an industry standard,” said Shaun D. Hack, instructor of collision repair. “This adds value to the collision repair technology, collision repair technician and automotive restoration technology majors by adding skill sets that will be desired by potential employers.”

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Penn College plans athletic field improvements

Pennsylvania College of Technology will soon have a synthetic turf field at the home of Wildcat Athletics.

The new turf field system will be installed to NCAA standards to facilitate use by various athletic teams at the college. On Thursday, the Penn College Board of Directors authorized the college administration to borrow funds from reserves to move forward with the project.

Installation of a 123-by-85-yard synthetic turf field, base, drainage and associated improvements will begin soon after the Spring 2019 Wildcat Athletic sports schedule is completed. Construction is expected to take three months, with completion due in time to accommodate the Fall 2019 Penn College sports schedule.

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Wildcat Club recognized for crucial assist to student-athletes

The nook on the east side of Bardo Gym serves as an ideal locale for the pregame “tailgate.”

A Wednesday night reception in Bardo Gymnasium recognized the Wildcat Club for its commitment to Penn College Athletics and the vital role it plays in keeping students in the game − athletically AND academically. At a men’s/women’s basketball doubleheader against Penn State Berks, honored guests met and mingled with student-athletes, were greeted by the college mascot and President Davie Jane Gilmour, networked with other club members, enjoyed tailgate-style appetizers, and cheered during the hardwood action.

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Read the college’s 2017-18 Impact Report: ‘Guarantee Momentum’

Pennsylvania College of Technology Impact Report 2017-18“Guarantee Momentum,” the Pennsylvania College of Technology 2017-18 Impact Report, is available online and is set to arrive in mailboxes in the coming days. Read the President’s Message and review the college’s efforts to empower industry, inspire innovation, prepare tomorrow makers and more.

Student Development Assistants engage peers in week of thanksgiving

Students join the Penn College Wildcat in the “One Tray at a Time” benefit, during which the campus community loaded vintage cafeteria trays with nonperishables for The Cupboard. From left are Perry R. Leslie Wheat, a graphic design major from Millheim; Jordan M. Scott, of Cogan Station, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; and Kory J. Zielinski, a manufacturing engineering technology student from Honesdale.

Using an oversized Post-it note as a visual and conversation starter, Student Development Assistants recently shared the impact donors have on their Penn College experience. They referenced the importance of financial support from donors to help students earn “degrees that work,” then asked their peers to put their gratitude in writing.

“We really want to engage our classmates in what philanthropy looks like on campus,” said Erin N. Shaffer, a graphic design major from Williamsport. “The oversized Post-it notes were a creative way to engage and share our thanks with donors.”

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Ford Thunderbird donated to college’s restoration major

Students and instructor Roy H. Klinger (second from left at rear) surround the Thunderbird in Penn College’s automotive restoration lab.

A 1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible has been given to Pennsylvania College of Technology by a Monroe County man who owned it for nearly 50 years.

Paul Hoffman, of Saylorsburg, donated the vintage vehicle – in its original Peacock Blue – for use by automotive restoration technology students.

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Chevron Phillips employees share life lessons, SPE’s value

A keenly attentive plastics audience absorbs an industry perspective.

Two Oklahoma-based employees of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP – Jon D. Ratzlaff, technical services manager, and Tom Giovannetti, technical service engineer – recently visited main campus, sharing on-the-job pointers with Penn College plastics students.

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Morgan Foundation grant pushes scholarship fund past $1 million

A second gift of $500,000 from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation has boosted an endowed scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology to more than $1 million.

The John E. Morgan Scholarship gives first preference to graduates of Tamaqua Area High School who are pursuing “a degree that is not readily available from other institutions, at a comparable price, within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Examples of such programs offered at Penn College include, but are not limited to, culinary arts and systems, web and interactive media, building science and sustainable design, health information management, industrial design, plastics and polymer engineering technology, emergency management technology, and aviation maintenance technology.

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Minority student scholarship gets boost toward full endowment

Two senior administrators at Pennsylvania College of Technology have made a commitment to a scholarship that benefits minority students enrolled at the college and supports diversity initiatives within the institution’s strategic plan.

Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost, and Elliott Strickland Jr., vice president for student affairs, will match up to $5,000 in new contributions made to The Start to Finish Minority Student Scholarship at Penn College.

“We are proud to support the Start to Finish Scholarship because it represents the best of Penn College – a scholarship developed for students, by students,” the Stricklands said. “This scholarship will help students, many from marginalized backgrounds, by providing needed funding so they can complete their ‘degrees that work’ at Penn College. We would encourage all members of Penn College’s extended family to consider giving to this new scholarship. Your generosity can make a true impact on our future.”

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The third time’s a charmer!

Enjoying the autumnal alumni evening (from left): Timothy D. Haldeman, ’11, manufacturing engineering technology; Michael D. Ferraiolo, ’10, aviation technology, and ‘11, aviation maintenance technology, and guest, Melyssa McHale; and Whitnie-rae (Mays) Haldeman, ’12, advertising art, and ’14, applied technology studies.

The disparate threads of Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend were woven together again this fall, producing another seamless tapestry of fun and reconnection for graduates, current students and families. The third annual combined celebration kicked off with a Friday bonfire, tent party and Hall of Fame Banquet; continued Saturday with a presidential breakfast, Williamsport bus and trolley excursions, lab tours, a golf outing and on-campus sporting events, arts and crafts, and an alumni reunion at downtown nightspots; and concluded Sunday with more athletics and a fond farewell (until next year)!

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Lycoming Engines’ instructional support lauded at sign dedication

From left, Michael Kraft, senior vice president and general manager for Lycoming Engines; Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour; and aviation technology student Warren K. Bitterman, of Zieglerville, Montgomery County, all spoke at a dedication ceremony honoring Lycoming Engines’ ongoing support for the college.

Lycoming Engines’ longtime support of Pennsylvania College of Technology and its academic programs was celebrated on campus recently with the unveiling of new signage at the college’s Metal Trades Center.

Members of the Penn College community and representatives of Lycoming Engines – including alumni of the college employed by the company – gathered on Oct. 2 to dedicate the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center sign on the front lawn of the facility.

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Penn College Supports Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA STEM Mobile

Representing Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania are, from left, Valerie Whyman, fund development, and Casey Miller, Lewisburg-based program coordinator, who will use the STEM Mobile to deliver activities directly to girls. At right is Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations for Penn College, sponsor of the STEM Mobile.

Supporting efforts to give thousands of girls the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math, Pennsylvania College of Technology has partnered with Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania and its Girls Go STEM initiative by sponsoring the organization’s new Lewisburg-based STEM Mobile.

The STEM Mobile, adorned with Penn College’s logo, will be utilized by GSHPA staff traveling to community events throughout central Pennsylvania to promote STEM education for girls and young women through hands-on and collaborative activities.

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TRAK Machine Tools Augments Equipment Donations

TRAK Machine Tools Inc. recently donated two more computer-numerical-control milling machines for the college’s automated manufacturing lab. With the machines are, from left, Richard K. Hendricks Jr., automated manufacturing and machining faculty member and department head at Penn College; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations for the college; and Rudy Gebhard, senior sales representative, Southwestern Industries Inc.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students in automated manufacturing and machining majors will benefit from two more pieces of equipment donated by TRAK Machine Tools Inc.

Richard and Marion Leonhard, part owners of the company, have donated two more computer-numerical-control milling machines for the college’s automated manufacturing lab. This latest gift brings to six the number of machines in the lab donated by TRAK Machine Tools.

The equipment is used in courses such as Basic Machine Tool Programming, Programming and Machining, Machine Tool Applications, and Fixture Design and Fabrication. Hundreds of students in the college’s four manufacturing majors will gain experience on the equipment each academic year.

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Alexanders Donate Model T to Automotive Restoration Program

Aubrey Alexander (front row, left) and brother Adam (front row, right) deliver a 1926 Ford Model T to students and faculty outside College Avenue Labs, home to Penn College’s automotive restoration and collision repair majors.

A 1926 Ford Model T, traded to Alexander Nissan in 2013 by its Picture Rocks owner, has been passed on to Pennsylvania College of Technology students for use in a variety of automotive labs.

Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships donated the historic vehicle that was recently offloaded onto main campus, accompanied by brothers Adam and Aubrey Alexander.

“We appreciate this gift to our automotive restoration program from the Alexanders. In addition to value for our students in their curricular work, it serves as a way to engage prospective students in the restoration major,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations. “Our goal is to foster the interest in antique cars and the restoration industry among young people.”

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