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Foley Inc. expands partnership with Penn College

Foley Inc., a Cat® equipment dealer serving New Jersey; southeast Pennsylvania; Staten Island, New York; and northern Delaware, has enhanced and expanded its partnership with Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Foley, a Corporate Tomorrow Maker, has partnered with Penn College for 20 years in association with the heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis and heavy equipment technology programs. The company is recognized as a Visionary Society member ($100,000-$499,999) on the college’s Donor Wall.

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Administration building named for retiring college president

The Student & Administrative Services Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology will soon bear the name of retiring President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The college’s Board of Directors convened a special meeting to approve the action at a gala event honoring Gilmour’s 24-year presidency. The board also granted emeritus status to Gilmour, who retires June 30.

The Student & Administrative Services Center, known in campus shorthand as “the SASC,” houses offices for student services such as Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar, Veterans & Military, the LEAP Center (first-year student assistance) and more. The upper floors of the three-story facility, which opened in 2003, includes spaces for People & Culture (formerly Human Resources), Financial Operations, Information Technology Services, Public Relations & Marketing and executive offices, including the President’s Office and Academic Affairs.

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Golf Classic raises record $140,000-plus for scholarships

The 36th Annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic, featuring six-time PGA Tour winner Rocco Mediate, recently raised a record-setting $140,360 for student scholarships at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

With this year’s support, the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship Fund now totals nearly $2.1 million. Proceeds from the annual Golf Classic and accumulated investment income created the endowed scholarship fund, one of the foundation’s largest.

Mediate, a Greensburg native who has also won three times on the Champions Tour, including the 2016 Senior PGA Championship, hosted a driving-range exhibition and played three holes with seven foursomes during the event, held at the Williamsport Country Club.

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Penn College Baja SAE team reigns supreme … again

During the past decade, Pennsylvania College of Technology emerged as a top contender in the prestigious Baja SAE endurance race with several top-10 finishes. During the past month, the Penn College team established itself as the best in the world with two victories.

Penn College topped a 77-car field in Palmyra, New York, on Sunday, June 5, to win the four-hour endurance race at Baja SAE Rochester. Three weeks earlier, the team captured the endurance competition at Baja SAE Tennessee Tech. At both events, Penn College bested the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Cornell, Rochester Institute of Technology and Virginia Tech.

“I’m overwhelmed by the team’s performance,” said John G. Upcraft, instructor of manufacturing and machining and adviser to Penn College’s Baja SAE club since its inception 17 years ago. “Winning the race once was amazing, but winning twice in three weeks over such outstanding schools is unbelievable. I couldn’t be prouder!”

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Couple establishes endowed scholarship at Penn College

Boalsburg residents Thomas C. and Rhonda R. Miller have created an endowed scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology to benefit students in the college’s automated manufacturing & machining and welding & metal fabrication programs.

Preference for the Thomas C. and Rhonda R. Miller Scholarship will be given to Penn College students who are enrolled full time; are Pennsylvania residents, with first preference to northcentral Pennsylvania; are enrolled in automated manufacturing & machining or welding & metal fabrication majors; and have successfully completed two semesters.

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Students given generous head start on Alaskan adventure

A local custom furniture business is supporting Pennsylvania College of Technology students in their upcoming global experience in Alaska.

Zach Wahl, founder of Brick Mill Craft Furniture Co., based in Williamsport, donated $300 for 12 human services & restorative justice students to purchase travel-size toiletries and other necessities for their June service-learning trip.

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Penn College Baja SAE team captures coveted race victory

For a decade, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Baja SAE team has placed among the nation’s elite in grueling endurance races. After Baja SAE Tennessee Tech, the team reigns supreme.

Penn College topped a 72-car field in Cookeville, Tennessee, on Sunday to win the endurance race for the first time, besting the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Cornell, Rochester Institute of Technology, Case Western Reserve, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Auburn and Texas A&M. The four-hour race, consisting of rugged terrain and tight turns, is Baja SAE’s marquee event.

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Penn College bestows Distinguished Alumni Award

Pennsylvania College of Technology has presented a Distinguished Alumni Award to Larry A. Ward, a retired business owner whose philanthropic efforts helped the college undertake a complete renovation of its expansive machining lab.

The alumni honor was presented to Ward at a Spring 2022 Commencement ceremony at the Community Arts Center.

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Faculty, staff honored during spring tradition at Penn College

With the end of another academic year at hand, Pennsylvania College of Technology renewed a spring custom: presenting awards to noteworthy faculty and staff, and acknowledging retirements and other employee milestones.

President Davie Jane Gilmour acknowledged the honorees during an expansive all-college meeting, held May 12 in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium and livestreamed.

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‘Waffles’ book-signing set for Saturday at downtown bookstore

A muse for all seasons, in true creature comfort
A muse for all seasons, in true creature comfort

Author Tom Speicher will sign copies of “A Week with Waffles” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Otto Bookstore, 107 W. Fourth St., in downtown Williamsport. That coincides with the real Waffles’ naptime, unfortunately, so she will be unable to attend. However, PCToday has been assured, several copies of the book she inspired will be available. And as with “Bucky Deacon’s Dilemma” – the earlier book by Speicher, a writer/video producer at Penn College – a portion of sales will go toward the institution’s Emergency Scholarship Fund.

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ESC celebrates a special Earth Day, 50 years in the making

On the 52nd annual Earth Day, Pennsylvania College of Technology hailed a phenomenon only slightly younger: the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, home to memories, marvels and the makers of a million tomorrows. Observing the milestone golden anniversary of the Allenwood area campus on a beautiful spring afternoon, attendees reveled in “this special place” known as the ESC.

“It is more than a place or a building, though,” said alumnus Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of diesel technology and natural resources. “This is a place where you were possibly introduced to your career passion. This is a place where you met mentors who fostered your talent and helped you to become a professional. This is a place where, after you left high school, you met people with similar career aspirations and built lifelong friendships. If you came here right from high school, you left a home of 18 years to forge a new life, and the people at the ESC became your new family for two years.”

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Reception celebrates donors’ generosity, president’s legacy

Commenting at Monday evening’s Donor Recognition Reception on the absurdity of receiving a pollen alert and a winter weather advisory on the same April day, President Davie Jane Gilmour moved on to something equally astounding but far less rare: affirmation of the philanthropy that allows Pennsylvania College of Technology students to pursue their passions and hone the skills needed to transform tomorrow.

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Penn College hosts ‘Career Pathways’ roundtable

Students eyeing careers in applied technology – particularly the manufacturing, health care and energy components of the American workforce – got authoritative guidance during a Pennsylvania College of Technology-hosted roundtable on April 7.

The event was sponsored by Energy Transfer, which owns and operates one of the largest and most diversified portfolios of energy assets in North America, and drew on the expertise and the experience of six panelists.

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Outgoing president spurs outpouring of ‘Legacy’ support

Pennsylvania College of Technology on Thursday kicked off Legacy Day, a 24-hour celebration to unite alumni, faculty, staff, students and the campus community in honoring President Davie Jane Gilmour’s transformational leadership.

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Allan Myers expands, enhances its Penn College partnership

Allan Myers, the Mid-Atlantic’s largest heavy civil contractor and a valued Pennsylvania College of Technology Corporate Tomorrow Maker, has pledged $250,000 to expand its support of students and programs at the college.

The funds will be used for branding at the college’s heavy equipment operations site in Brady Township, to help support equipment needs and to expand the company’s scholarship through the Allan Myers Corporate Scholar Program at Penn College.

“This support from Allan Myers will significantly impact not only the experience and instruction for the heavy equipment operations program, but will also help Allan Myers Corporate Scholars with much-needed financial support,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations. “We sincerely thank Allan Myers for its longtime partnership and the generous support it provides to our programs and students. We look forward to seeing more great things happen.”

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