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China’s Aviation Industry Has WWII-Era Williamsport Roots

Chinese army engineers take a cylinder apart as they learn to manufacture a training plane in Williamsport in 1945. They would use the skills to establish an aviation industry in their homeland. Photo courtesy of GRIT Magazine.

From the Fall 2017 Penn College Magazine: A group of 25 engineers from China, all military officers, became part of the city’s fabric when they studied aviation at Williamsport Technical Institute and Aviation Corp. in 1945. Read “Culture Exchange.”

Healthy Dose of Data

Lyndsey Diehl, who received a bachelor’s degree in health information management online in 2013, secured the position of trauma data quality specialist with the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation.

Joseph Travagline had a healthy career in IT before seeking work in health care. With a degree in health information management – earned via distance learning in 2015 – he leads a team that supports 7,500 Johns Hopkins medical staff members.

From the Fall 2017 Penn College Magazine: Health information management alumni help patients without ever gowning up or touching a drop of blood. Read “Healthy Dose of Data.”

Visiting Chef Series Celebrates 25th Anniversary

During preparation for the college’s first Visiting Chef dinner in 1992, students Ric Newton and Vanessa Buck study the technique of Visiting Chef Richard L. Kimble Jr.

From the Fall 2017 Penn College Magazine: The Visiting Chef Series was established to inspire students by working alongside the nation’s best chefs. A quarter-century and more than 50 chefs later, renowned culinarians continue to bring the vision to life. Read student memories and view a visual history of the series.

Professor’s Physics Manual Brings Real-World Understanding to Subject

During a 2004 study abroad trip, LeBlanc (in white shirt) joins students at a cultural site in Japan. LeBlanc led six Penn College study abroad courses in Japan, where students visited Tsuyama National College of Technology. Photo courtesy of LeBlanc

From the Fall 2017 Penn College Magazine: Physics faculty member Joseph E. LeBlanc lived in three other nations before making his home at Penn College, where he finds creative ways to make physics meaningful to students. Read “Life’s Work.”

Well-Rounded: Campus Involvement Reflects Appreciation for Life

Hanna Williams. Photo by Tia G. La

From the Fall 2017 Penn College Magazine: Student-athlete Hanna Williams’ farming childhood established her work ethic; tragedy inspired her to make the most of her student experience. Read “Well-Rounded.”

Math Matters: Atari Founder, Faculty Contend There’s a Better Way

At a Penn College Career Day, a middle-schooler learns the color-coded programming language that will make an Ozobot dance. (Photo by Tia G. La, student photographer)

From the Fall 2017 Penn College Magazine: If students don’t like math or aren’t grasping the concept, it’s the responsibility of educators to help them understand before they move on, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell contends. Penn College faculty in mathematics, electronics, and information technology provide insight on why math matters.

‘Biggest Loser’ Nutritionist Shares Healthy Recipe

Juliette Yeager, '10

From the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine: Juliette Yeager, ’10, is the nutritionist at a Biggest Loser Resort. There, she provides knowledge, encouragement and a healthy menu while she coaches clients to steady health gains. Get her recipe for grilled chicken with quinoa tabouli and beet turnip slaw. Read “Feeding Healthy Lifestyles.”

Nursing in a New Culture: College’s First Study-Abroad Experience for Nursing Students

Nursing student Kelsey L. Maneval interacts with a child in the clinic's dental area.

From the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine: The college’s first short-term study-abroad program for nursing students takes them to a clinic in a small Guatemalan town. Read “Nursing in a New Culture.”

2016’s Deadliest Quake

A building's upper level lies on the sidewalk in a coastal Ecuador city.

From the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine: Ecuador resident Patrick Watts, ’09, helps those affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled the nation’s coast. Read “2016’s Deadliest Quake.”

Moral Code: Give Back to What You Love

Author and Penn College colloquium speaker Rick Bass. Photo courtesy of Lowry Bass

From the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine: Author Rick Bass, an activist who spoke during the college’s Technology & Society Colloquia Series, encourages young people to stand up for the environment and communities they cherish. Read “Moral Code.”

A Job to Do: WWII Vet’s Bond Remains Strong With Fellow Airmen

Raymond Eck, '41, lays a wreath at Madingley American Cemetery in England.

From the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine: Being in a war is like hell on earth, says World War II airman Raymond Eck, ’41, but he had a job to do and crewmates who depended on him. At 93, his bond with fellow airmen remains strong. Read “A Job to Do.”

Comfort Food: The Cupboard Helps Feed Students in Need

A Dining Services employee pulls food from The Cupboard's shelves for a client to pick up.

From the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine: Anecdotal evidence, referrals from vigilant faculty and results of a student questionnaire prompt Dining Services to establish a free-food pantry for students who might otherwise go hungry. Read “Comfort Food.”

Read the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine

Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine cover

The Spring 2017 edition of Penn College Magazine features stories of service from Ecuador, where a 2009 grad is helping coastal communities to recover from a massive earthquake; Guatemala, where nursing students learned and worked in a medical clinic; Florida, where an exercise science alumna is helping clients find health; Europe, where a 1941 drafting graduate served his country and his crewmates; and our own campus, where students and employees work to support Dining Services’ free food pantry and a variety of other community needs. Look for the magazine in building lobbies, or read and share these stories now at magazine.pct.edu.

Read the Annual Report Edition of Penn College Magazine

Penn College Magazine, 2015-16 Annual Report edition

The Winter 2016/Annual Report issue of Penn College Magazine is available. You can read it online or pick up a copy in building lobbies across campus. In this issue: A message from President Davie Jane Gilmour, student Anthony DiBucci sees art in hands-on work, plus many other highlights from 2015-16. Visit to share articles and leave your comments.

Design Code

 Tom Giannattasio, ’06, translates ideas to pixels in a WeWork space in Washington, D.C. He is product manager for InVision, working with the likes of Adobe, Twitter, LinkedIn and Uber.

Giannattasio's Macaw app bridges the designer-developer gap.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: Graphic design grad Tom Giannattasio’s innovative design/development tool catches the attention of Google, Adobe and InVision, which bought the software. Read “Design Code.”

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