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04.28.2022

Gaming student makes vital connections as part of conference ‘family’

Troy E. Records Jr., set to graduate from Pennsylvania College of Technology next month with two information technology degrees, was chosen as a Conference Associate for last month’s Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. The conference is the game industry’s premier professional event, championing game developers and the advancement of their craft, and the compensated corps of CAs helps make everything go smoothly.

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03.28.2022

‘The Future Is Female’

Penn College empowering womenPenn College has partnered with Mediaplanet USA for an “Empowering Women in Gaming” campaign to share the resources, tools and technology that are helping female gamers and game-design professionals succeed in a male-dominated industry. The college – which offers a four-year degree in Game & Simulation Programming through its School of Engineering Technologies – has a back-page advertisement in a supplement running in USAToday and available online. The bachelor’s program is just one of the many areas in which the college is addressing a historic underrepresentation of women in STEM fields and the skilled trades. Ready to make some noise? Visit the “Turn It Up” page featured in the ad.

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01.27.2022

Grad shares real-world perspective with IT students

A Penn College alumnus recently returned to his roots to address current information technology students.

Erik S. Abramczyk, who earned a software development and information management bachelor’s degree in 2019, discussed serverless architecture with 22 students in the Student & Administrative Services Center’s first-floor presentation room.

Masked, mic'd and meaningful ...
Masked, mic’d and meaningful …
... Abramczyk enlightens his SASC audience.
… Abramczyk enlightens his SASC audience.

Abramczyk is director of product development at MXTR Automation, a Williamsport-based marketing technology firm. Abramczyk identified several cloud computing technologies and shared the benefits of using a serverless approach rather than monolithic architectures.

“Erik’s presentation provided students with insight on real-world developments and helped increase their understanding of the value of serverless architecture solutions,” said Alicia L. McNett, assistant professor of computer information technology. “It’s important that students have opportunities such as Erik’s visit to learn why and how companies are leveraging these technologies. Industry connections are important in preparing students for careers in a changing IT landscape.”

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12.17.2021

Lessons for a lifetime

Malcolm K. LampkinIn this season of giving, Malcolm K. Lampkin reminds us that helping others is among the most meaningful presents of all.

Lampkin, of Horsham, a student college relations assistant enrolled in software development and information management, authored 2021’s final blog entry in Penn College’s “Give Thanks” series.

In addition to the career-making skills he’s sharpening in the campus’s information technology labs, Lampkin and his twin brother, Miles K., coordinated the delivery of 4,200 items for The Cupboard, a Bush Campus Center food pantry for students in need.

“Doing projects like these makes me feel good to give back to the community that I’m a part of, and to help my fellow students live more comfortably,” Lampkin said. “Thanks to my experience here, I feel as though I’ve made friends and connections I’m going to keep for the rest of my life. I’m very thankful for everything here at Penn College and I’m excited to see what’s next for me.”

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11.01.2021

Penn College grad ‘launches’ photography career

Christopher J. Herzog doesn’t remember his first photo subjects as a Pennsylvania College of Technology student. But memories of recent shoots promise to be everlasting. Herzog has trained his lens on the most advanced space telescope in history, an observatory that aims to identify the first stars and galaxies of the universe.

The Mechanicsburg native is a photographer for Northrop Grumman, the prominent aerospace and defense technology company. For Herzog, the job represents more than a career snapshot. It embodies his passion, kindled by a Penn College digital photography class.

“I am thankful for that course because without it, I would have never discovered my passion,” said Herzog, who graduated in 2018 with an information technology bachelor’s degree, specializing in networking. “Without that class, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

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10.27.2021

IT expert treats students to tales of foiling hackers’ trickery

Eager to absorb an expert's insight (and get class credit for attending), students check in.
Eager to absorb an expert’s insight (and get class credit for attending), students check in.
Matthews shares decades of experience with his audience ...
Matthews shares decades of experience with his audience …
... in a far-reaching discussion of threats and thwarts.
… in a far-reaching discussion of threats and thwarts.
When the voice is this credible, note-taking is a must.
When the voice is this credible, note-taking is a must.
Faculty retiree Lisa Bock, author of several books, returns to campus for a door-prize giveaway of numerous copies.
Faculty retiree Lisa Bock, author of several books, returns to campus for a Halloween door-prize giveaway of numerous copies.

Appropriately invited by Penn College’s Information Security Association, an authority on network intrusion (and subsequent containment) offered a keynote presentation in the Student & Administrative Services Center on Tuesday afternoon. The campus organization arranged for the appearance by Jon Matthews, vice president of digital forensics and incident response for CyberMaxx, in conjunction with October’s designation as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The speaker provided a 45-minute overview of such relevant issues as ransomware and remediation, drawing on a substantial resume that includes U.S. Army counterintelligence work.
Photos by Alexis M. Burrell, student photographer

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10.11.2021

Cybersecurity expert to speak at Penn College

A learning opportunity for Pennsylvania College of Technology students is being extended to the community when an expert on cybersecurity visits campus.

Jon Matthews, vice president of digital forensics and incident response for CyberMaxx, will address students and the public on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 1056 of the Student & Administrative Services Center.

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08.16.2021

Female trio helps lead engineering technologies at Penn College

For two years, Lauryn A. Stauffer has seen only male faces in her electronics classes at Pennsylvania College of Technology. This fall, she’ll at least see multiple women leaders within the School of Engineering Technologies.

The school devoted to careers rooted in science, technology, engineering and math boasts three female assistant deans.

Kathleen D. Chesmel and Ellyn A. Lester were hired in late spring to head the Materials Science and Engineering Technologies Division and the Construction and Architectural Technologies Division, respectively. They join longtime college employee Stacey C. Hampton, who is assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies.

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08.09.2021

Company extends coveted IT internship for Penn College student

Anders E. Vloedman’s soft skills helped secure the opportunity to reinforce his hard skills this summer at a Fortune 500 company. Thanks to his performance, the Pennsylvania College of Technology student will continue his coveted internship in the fall.

Vloedman, of Villanova, is a network engineering intern for Universal Health Services Inc. The King of Prussia-based UHS is one of the nation’s largest providers of hospital and health care services.

“If you would have told me in my freshman year that I would be a networking intern at a large health care corporation, I would not have believed it,” Vloedman said.

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07.02.2021

‘Tomorrow,’ the world!

Penn College’s “My Tomorrow” program (June 21-24 and June 28-July 1) opened middle-schoolers’ minds to a variety of vocational possibilities through hands-on activities and faculty-led sessions. The initiative, sponsored by the Soars Family, exposed students to a number of prospective careers – such as engineering, business and hospitality, the arts, and health sciences – as well as giving them a jump on charting their paths to success and satisfaction.

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06.30.2021

Virtual tour grants lab access to future IT professionals

Considering a career in information technology? Meet Sandra Gorka, associate professor and department head for IT at Penn College, and get a glimpse of everything from gaming and simulation spaces to hands-on labs dedicated to cyber security, networking, database management and Linux systems. “Whether it’s in organizations, industries, the private sector or just for our entertainment, they all need information technology professionals to help them install, configure and maintain their computing systems, as well as create and maintain new systems that help them get their jobs done,” Gorka says. “All organizations need computing.”

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06.22.2021

Retired Penn College IT professor authors third book

For some, retirement is a time for rest and relaxation. For Lisa Bock, it’s a time for writing books and giving back to her field.

Bock recently authored her third book and second since retiring in May 2020 from a 17-year teaching career at Pennsylvania College of Technology. “Modern Cryptography for Cybersecurity Professionals” is the latest offering from the former associate professor of computer information technology.

Intended for IT managers, security professionals, teachers and students, the 286-page book focuses on how to implement cryptographic techniques to reduce the risk of altered, disclosed or stolen data.

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06.19.2021

A wide-open window on a bright-looking future

Pre-College ProgramsMore than a half-dozen Pre-College Programs attracted a knowledge-hungry host of teenagers to Penn College’s campuses in recent days, the season opener for high schoolers’ exposure to next-level academics. Campers were engaged and enlightened among the week’s bountiful offerings: Architecture Odyssey, Automotive, Aviation, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs, Health Careers and Information Technology. A second week – inviting more students to test the waters of collegiate opportunity through hands-on learning – will begin July 18.

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04.02.2021

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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03.13.2021

Leader in crisis mediation shares valuable expertise with students

An Emergency Management Leadership Series, featuring topic experts recruited by a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member to provide his students with topical and credible perspectives from their chosen career fields, recently kicked off with a presentation by Amazon’s global business continuity and supply chain risk leader.

Andrew Owlett, among the corporate professionals who generously answered a LinkedIn solicitation from David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management/social science, visited with Penn College emergency management and information assurance and cyber security students over Zoom.

While he has only been with Amazon for less than a year, Owlett brings to his position an eye-opening breadth of knowledge accrued since his teenage days – the time he realized that his goal was, quite simply, to help people.

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