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Journey to the Winner’s Circle: Kentucky Derby Is a Culinary Marathon for Students

Culinary arts and systems student Jacob W. Parobek, of Seltzer, joins classmates to watch the storied Kentucky Derby from a rainy rooftop.

On Wednesday, three days before the Derby, students, from left, Bridget M. Callahan, of Pottsville; Bailey L. Frey, of Watsontown; Bethany R. Taylor, of Moosic; and Stephanie C. Myers, of Catawissa, step away from the kitchens to take in the world-famous track.

From the Fall 2018 Penn College Magazine: Penn College writer/video editor Tom Speicher embedded with hospitality students as they traveled to the 2018 Kentucky Derby. For a quarter century, Penn College students have joined the Derby’s culinary team. Read “Journey to the Winners’ Circle.”

Fit for a Ring: Grad Earns Super Bowl Ring With Eagles

Chris Rutledge, a 2016 graduate of the college’s web and interactive media major, will be fitted for a Super Bowl ring as the Philadelphia Eagles’ digital project coordinator. Photo courtesy of Rutledge

From the Fall 2018 Penn College Magazine: A web and interactive media graduate’s career takes him to the sidelines of the Super Bowl as the Philadelphia Eagles’ digital project coordinator. Read “Fit for a Ring.”

Be Smart, Rule the World

A group from New Covenant Academy in Mansfield makes final adjustments to its wearable back massager during a STEM Design Challenge hosted by BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 in the college’s Field House.

From the Fall 2018 Penn College Magazine: To prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future, make them curious about how things work, faculty experts say. Read “Be Smart, Rule the World.”

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Fall 2018 Penn College Magazine cover, illustrated by graphic design student Kennedy L. Englert

Read the Fall 2018 Penn College Magazine. The issue includes an inside look at students’ experiences on the Kentucky Derby hospitality team, faculty experts’ take on preparing the next generation for the jobs of the future, and three graduates’ behind-the-scenes work at Sight & Sound Theatres, plus much more. Look for it in your mailbox, or read, share and comment online.

Expert Tips: Make the Perfect Biscuits

Kimberly Asbury's blueberry biscuits

From the Spring 2018 Penn College Magazine: Kimberly Asbury, a 2005 baking and pastry arts graduate and the 2017 International Grand Champion of Biscuits, shares her secrets. Read “Expert Tips.”

The Wildcat’s Changing Face

The earliest images available in the Penn College archives show an appropriately wild version, modeled after the bobcat common to the woods of northcentral Pennsylvania.

From the Spring 2018 Penn College Magazine: Take a look at the evolution of the Wildcat, a steadfast symbol since intercollegiate sports began at Penn College predecessor Williamsport Area Community College in 1966. Read “The Wildcat’s Changing Face.”

Rebuilding Nepal

A helicopter lands in a Himalayan village to transport Daniel J. LaSota, ’09, to his next assignment. LaSota is a project manager for Steadfast Nepal, helping to replace homes destroyed by 2015 earthquakes.

From the Spring 2018 Penn College Magazine: Residential construction technology and management graduate Daniel J. LaSota, ’09, builds sustainable, earthquake-resistant homes in remote Himalayan villages. Read “Rebuilding Nepal.”

Brewing: Seriously Sciency

Students like Eric Tuller begin their scientific experiments by preparing a hop tea.

From the Spring 2018 Penn College Magazine: Nationally recognized brewing expert Tim Yarrington teaches the modern science of an age-old craft in the college’s brewing and fermentation science major. Read “Brewing: Seriously Sciency.”

The Sky’s No Limit

Faculty member Michael R. Robison soars above the Bald Eagle Ridge in a German-built glider.

From the Spring 2018 Penn College Magazine: Using the power of the atmosphere, glider pilot Michael R. Robison, a Penn College aviation instructor, soars among world-class competitors. Read “The Sky’s No Limit.”

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Penn College Magazine Spring 2018 coverRead the Spring 2018 Penn College Magazine. The issue features an instructor whose passion for soaring has taken him to the World Gliding Championships, the blending of centuries of tradition with science and technology in the college’s new brewing and fermentation science major, a graduate who’s building earthquake-resistant homes in the Himalayas, and a visual history of the Penn College Wildcat. Read, comment and share at www.pct.edu/magazine.

Read the 2016-17 Annual Report

On the cover: Pitcher/outfielder Taylor Brooks takes a swing during a game against Lycoming College. Brooks was named to the 2017 North Eastern Athletic Conference first team, while the Wildcats finished second in the North Division and went 1-2 in the conference playoffs.

Read Penn College’s 2016-17 Annual Report, available online and hitting mailboxes soon. The issue features a message from President Davie Jane Gilmour, and stories about the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program, its foray into NCAA Division III athletics, and the prestigious “Top 10” honor bestowed on a faculty member. Also find reports on the 2016-17 budget, gifts and donations, and college award winners.

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.”

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