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Commencement Gallery Mines a Mother Lode of Memories

Never too old for a pick-me-up from Mom, Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera celebrates in front of the Penn College sign.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held three commencement ceremonies at the Community Arts Center on May 12-13 for more than 900 students who fulfilled their degree requirements during the spring semester. The proceedings at 3 p.m. Friday featured students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. Students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences were in the spotlight at 10 a.m. Saturday, while graduates of the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies were featured during the 1:30 p.m. session. Student speakers were Lauren J. Crouse, of Turbotville, who received a Bachelor of Science in applied human services on Friday; Madison L. Carts, of State College, who received an Associate of Applied Science in surveying technology on Saturday morning; and Robert E. Wood, of Williamsport, who earned a Bachelor of Science in culinary arts and systems on Saturday afternoon. The college also presented three Distinguished Teaching Awards and two alumni awards.

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President Embraces ‘Endless’ Opportunities on Other Side of Summer

On the eve of graduation, amid the annual celebration of first-rate faculty and staff, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour brought down the curtain on 2016-17 with a grateful and optimistic look ahead. Following Employee Recognition Week festivities, she briefly catalogued the year’s successes and initiatives – a new athletics logo, innovative marketing and fresh administrative faces, among them – and observed the campus community’s good fortune to educate and encourage tomorrow’s leaders. “Daily, we live in a world with a culture of respect and an eye for the future,” the president said. “Our responsibilities are many, our opportunities are endless and our mission is strong.”

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Penn College Spring Commencement Ceremonies Set for May 12-13

Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold three commencement ceremonies May 12-13 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport for the more than 900 students who have petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2017 semester.

More than 900 students have petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2017 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Three commencement ceremonies will be offered on May 12-13 at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with more than 780 students expected to march.

At 3 p.m. on Friday, May 12, a ceremony will be held for students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications.

On Saturday, May 13, two ceremonies are scheduled. At 10 a.m., students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences will receive their degrees. At 1:30 p.m., a ceremony will be offered for students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

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Penn College Unveils New Wildcat Athletics Logo

Penn College's redesigned wildcat logo heralds a new era in athletics.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s long-standing tradition of bold innovation and institutional pride has a new look reflecting those qualities. The college on Wednesday revealed a new athletic logo depicting a strong, powerful and proud wildcat.

The new mark, created by Skye Dillon, of Skye Design Studios (which has experience branding some of the most recognized organizations and properties in sports nationwide), features a full-body wildcat perched atop Bald Eagle Mountain alongside the West Branch of the Susquehanna River – icons of the scenic landscape surrounding Penn College. The wildcat, shaded in white, metallic grey and royal blue, is oriented with its head panned slightly to the right. The new logo replaces a 25-year-old mark.

“With our move toward full NCAA Division III membership, our athletic teams competing in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, and full-time coaches who recruit student-athletes to the college, it was time for the wildcat to take on a fresh, new look,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “I commend the committee from across campus that guided this process. The striking new logo and related marks reflect a new era in Penn College Athletics.”

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President Gilmour Among Honorees at Chamber Event

President Davie Jane Gilmour accepts the 2017 Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce President’s Award from Vincent J. Matteo (left), Chamber president/CEO, and Roger D. Jarrett, chairman of the Chamber Board.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour was presented with the President’s Award at Wednesday’s 131st Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. Other honors bestowed at the event, held at The Genetti Hotel in downtown Williamsport, were the Phillips/Plankenhorn Small Business Award to Anthony H. Visco Jr., Architects; the Large Business Award to Larson Design Group; and the Emerging Business Award to Farrington Place. (Larson Design employs more than 80 graduates of the college and its predecessors, including Williamsport Area Community College; Visco is a WACC alumnus and member of Penn College’s Architectural Technology Advisory Committee.)

President Welcomes Year of ‘New Ideas, New Approaches, Constant Questioning’

Detailing a variety of initiatives to bolster the college community – including intervention for students in mental-health crisis, emergency funds for employees beset by challenges and a call for civility toward one another – President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Spring 2017 semester with an all-college address to faculty and staff. With vision enhanced by 39 years on campus, she also looked optimistically toward meeting tomorrow’s challenges together. “I have been through more difficult times than we face today. What encourages me is all of you – your commitment, your passion and your support,” the president said. “Let us join energy and work to make 2017 a year for the record books for Penn College. Success is not enough; we need to thrive to attain our vision as a national leader in applied technology education.”

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Penn College Commencement Set for Dec. 17

Caleb E. Cartmell

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport for the nearly 300 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate after the Fall 2016 semester.

The student speaker for the ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m., will be Caleb E. Cartmell, of Honesdale, who will receive an Associate of Applied Science in automotive technology. Cartmell will also be presented with the President’s Award for leadership and service to the college. He returns in Spring 2017 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology management.

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Board Approves Master’s Degree Program in Physician Assistant

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors has approved a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies – the first graduate degree program ever to be offered at the institution, a special mission affiliate of Penn State.

Penn College plans to begin offering courses leading to the master’s degree in the fall of 2017, with conferring of degrees to begin in 2022.

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Homecoming & Family Weekend Showered With Sweet Memories

Anthony J. Pace (right), the college's new director of student activities, with student leaders Alexandra M. Lehman and Nicholas V. Walker, and a phenomenal feline VIP.

Mother Nature was among the parents in town for Penn College’s first Homecoming & Family Weekend, bringing persistent rain but failing to deter attendees from enjoying a full schedule of activities centered around “Our Proud Penn College Days.” The turbulent weather prompted relocation of a number of those events, but the celebration – the first-ever melding of two formerly separate observances – went off with nary a hitch. Among the weekend offerings were a four-day carnival; dessert receptions in each of the college’s six academic schools; soccer matches; the Athletic Hall of Fame induction and banquet; an alumni golf outing; guided tours of campus and historic Williamsport; a tailgating lunch with President Davie Jane Gilmour; and an Oktoberfest that included a reunion of past student ambassadors, Student Government Association members and orientation leaders.

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Little League Begins With Big Burst of ‘Penn College Pride’

A pennant-worthy group of campus volunteers shares a memorable moment with a Hall of Famer.

Pennsylvania College of Technology proudly welcomed some Most Valuable Players to Williamsport on Wednesday, hosting its eighth annual picnic for the 16 teams in the Little League Baseball World Series. In a laid-back atmosphere before tournament play begins Thursday, the athletes, coaches and umpires relaxed under tents outside the Bush Campus Center before taking part in the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street. This year’s Grand Marshal was Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, a 14-time All-Star and two-time National League MVP with the Cincinnati Reds, who mingled on campus for a memorable start to the Series. The day’s festivities caught the attention of media covering the teams, including this report from Time Warner Cable and video from the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin in New York’s Southern Tier (following the Mid-Atlantic representatives from Maine-Endwell Little League in Endwell, New York).

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President Maps Direction for Institutional Success, Cooperative Commitment

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Fall 2016 semester Thursday morning with an all-college message to faculty and staff, enumerating their collaborative progress in attracting the students who are key to the institution’s sustainability. “I know that, together, we will continue to develop a strategic approach to recruitment – an approach that will seek new ways to respond to our challenges, an approach that will highlight the value and distinction of a Penn College degree, and an approach that will be successful because of the contributions of every single one of us.,” she said.

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Nearly 1,000 Earn ‘degrees that work’ in Weekend Ceremonies

Kadeem D. Carter, collision repair technology graduate, and family revel in the joy of the day.

Three commencement ceremonies were held May 13-14 for the nearly 1,000 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2016 semester. Friday afternoon’s exercises at the Community Arts Center featured students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. Students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences received their degrees Saturday morning, while those in the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies crossed the magnificent stage during the afternoon. Student speakers were Anthony D. Gobbi, who received a bachelor’s degree in building automation technology on Friday; Cortney Lyn Weaver, who earned an associate degree in dental hygiene on Saturday morning; and Jessica R. Wiegand, who received a bachelor’s in business administration: marketing concentration Saturday afternoon. The college also bestowed a pair of Excellence in Teaching Awards and four alumni awards.

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Award-Winning Employees Catalyst for ‘Global Responsibility’

Closing out the 2015-16 school year with a Thursday morning message to campus colleagues, President Davie Jane Gilmour honored meritorious employees who “have inspired us all to be more caring … more productive … and more vital members of this priceless Penn College community.” And looking ahead to the challenges of tomorrow, with 10 little words as a road map, she rallied others to follow that example when opening potential students’ eyes to Pennsylvania College of Technology. “It is important that everyone in the room realize that recruiting is a global responsibility. All of us play one of the key roles in the process,” she said. “All of us play a part and, without all of us working together, we cannot achieve our goals.”

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President Mobilizes Auxiliary Ambassadors to ‘Spread Our Name’

President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Spring 2016 semester with a wide-ranging address, effectively deputizing all faculty and staff as Admissions Office representatives and rallying them to publicly share Pennsylvania College of Technology’s unique attributes. While outlining phenomenal growth in outreach to prospects, as well as an enhanced focus on branding – to travelers in “a galaxy far, far away” and in markets closer to home – she said the challenge is clear. “We have over 100 majors that are recession-proof, our graduates get jobs, we have an excellent placement rate of 96 percent, we provide the full collegiate experience to our students – residence life, collegiate athletics, clubs and organizations, and national competitions – and outstanding industry recognition of our programs and graduates,” she told a Klump Academic Center audience Friday morning. “Why is it so hard for us to spread our name and enroll students?”

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Read the 2014-15 Annual Report Edition of One College Avenue

Winter 2015/Annual Report cover

The Winter 2015/Annual Report issue of One College Avenue, Penn College’s official magazine, is on its way to mailboxes. You can also read it online or pick up a copy in building lobbies across campus. In this issue: The president looks forward with confidence to 2020; industrial and human factors design students complete a product redesign for an industry giant; a part-time physician assistant faculty member recalls his volunteer time in an Ebola clinic. Plus many highlights from 2014-15. Visit to share stories and leave your comments.