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Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend – 2017

Sharing a rock-solid sentiment

Penn College’s second annual Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend had a little something for everyone – and a whole lotta something for those getting reacquainted with their favorite students and/or former classmates! A packed weekend schedule of celebratory activities included a bonfire and paint party, the Athletics Hall of Fame banquet, outlets for artistic expression, informative visits from graduates, guided tours, soccer matches, an alumni golf tournament, a picnic brunch with President Davie Jane Gilmour, musical entertainment, and an Oktoberfest that included a reunion of past Resident Assistants.

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New Majors Add to Campus Energy for Penn College Open House

Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer an Open House on Sunday, Oct. 29, providing participants the opportunity to explore the college’s hands-on bachelor’s, associate and certificate majors.

Fall Open House at Pennsylvania College of Technology returns Sunday, Oct. 29, with a public invitation to experience a fascinating array of opportunities.

“We are all really excited about our upcoming fall Open House,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events/services. “This is such a great day on campus for our prospective students and their families to get a true taste of what Penn College has to offer.”

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., attendees can learn more about 100-plus bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs when they visit the college’s main campus and the nearby Lumley Aviation and Schneebeli Earth Science centers. Free shuttles will traverse main campus, and buses will transport visitors to and from the other locations throughout the day.

“Open House is one of those days where the entire campus community – faculty, staff and students – come together to show our pride for Penn College,” Biggs added. “We can’t wait to share our excitement with all of our guests this October!”

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Penn College President Proclaims Week of Welcoming

From left, students Jan J. Bruegmann, of Germany; Laurent P. Mahr, of Austria; Yousef I. Asiri, Abdullah A. Albish and Mohammed A. Alhussain, all of Saudi Arabia; Rene Ramirez, of Venezuela; and Po-Ju Sung, of Taiwan, gather to celebrate the kickoff of Welcoming Week at Penn College, sharing what they love about the campus and the community.

Pennsylvania College of Technology kicked off its celebration of Welcoming Week (Sept. 15-24) with an official proclamation from President Davie Jane Gilmour.

“Penn College’s success depends on ensuring that all students feel welcome,” the proclamation reads.

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Penn College Athletics Is On the Move

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently marked the beginning of its full membership status with the NCAA by unveiling a Wildcat-inspired bus – Susquehanna Trailways-owned and Penn College-branded – and a new way to support athletics: the Wildcat Club. “The bus is to continue to spread the word about Penn College, so everywhere this bus goes, whether it has our athletes in it or somebody else, they have the opportunity to know about (the college) and the new Wildcat in town,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said. The college is grateful to alumnus Cam Kephart, ’97, vice president for Susquehanna Trailways, for his assistance in coordinating this mutually beneficial agreement. “It’s going to be a huge recruiting advantage for us,” added John D. Vandevere, director of athletics. “Because everybody that we’re driving past – high schools, small towns, other colleges and universities that we play – are going to see that, “Wow, they really upped their game!” (Photo gallery)

NCAA Celebration Heralds New Era for Penn College Athletics

A fan-tastic night to catch Wildcat fever!

The campus community officially entered an exciting new age Wednesday night: celebrating Pennsylvania College of Technology’s full membership in Division III of the NCAA – not to mention the attendant boost to school pride from a dynamic new logo, an exciting mascot makeover and a literal driving force for institutional marketing. A short program outside the Field House marked the occasion, recognizing the members and sponsors of Athletics and the Wildcat Club booster society, followed by a women’s soccer game at the Athletic Field and a women’s volleyball match in Bardo Gymnasium.

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Last updated September 13, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, President, Sports, Students | This gallery contains 43 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Penn College to Celebrate New Era for Wildcat Athletics

A new era in athletics

Wildcat Athletics at Pennsylvania College of Technology enters a bold new era this fall, competing as a full member of NCAA Division III.

To celebrate, the college is holding a free, family-friendly event on Sept. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. on the Field House lawn. Participants can learn more about Wildcat Athletics teams, meet the new Wildcat mascot, celebrate the launch of the Wildcat Club, and enjoy music and refreshments. Registration is appreciated.

Afterward, at 7 p.m., attendees can cheer on the Wildcat women’s soccer team as it faces crosstown rival Lycoming College on the Athletic Field, or the Wildcat women’s volleyball team, as it competes against Penn State Abington in Bardo Gym.

“Our Wildcat athletes are an integral part of student life, contributing on the playing field and off,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour. “With full NCAA Division III membership, our student-athletes now can compete for national championships, further enhancing institutional pride. This event will celebrate the significant role Wildcat Athletics plays in the full college experience offered on campus.”

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Valedictory Q&A Touches Base With Outgoing LL Chairman

"6 Innings With Davie Jane Gilmour"6 Innings With Davie Jane Gilmour,” marking the Penn College president’s final year as chairman of the Little League International Board of Directors, shares myth-busting insight and eye-opening introspection – including her favorite experience and funniest moment – from a five-year term that ends in November. Among her observations is that participation in sports takes scholar-athletes well beyond the playing fields to boundless success in their chosen fields. “Why? Because they learn how to manage their time, they learn how to communicate and function as a team,” Gilmour says. “When they leave Penn College or any other educational institution, they’re going to be the people employers are looking for because they can do more than a task. They can be a bigger contributor to the whole.”

A Helpful, Cordial ‘Hello’ to Fall 2017

Campus View RAs can’t contain their excitement!

With their loved ones providing an emotional, 11th-hour nudge toward an exciting and imminent tomorrow – and their new Penn College family sharing the reassuring voice of experience – Fall 2017 students greeted the academic year during traditional Welcome Weekend activities. After checking into their apartments on Saturday (and hitting area stores for those “must-have” items that weren’t on the list), the newest members of the campus community processed into the Rose Street Courtyard to celebrate their official arrival. More activities and acclimation followed, culminating in the start of classes Monday morning.

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Innovative Thinking, Inclusive Action Vital to Institutional Success

On the cusp of Welcome Weekend and the start of Fall 2017 classes, Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour kicked off the fledgling semester Thursday with an all-college message to faculty and staff. While recapping a busy summer of change and challenge, outreach and optimism, she also championed new and renewed opportunities to transform students’ lives. Alluding to the college’s pledge of a welcoming educational environment, she reminded her audience that those opportunities apply to every student. “We should ensure that all members of our community, no matter their skin color, sexual orientation, gender or disability, can say they are Penn College Proud,” the president said.

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Sun-Kissed Grads Revel in August Achievement

Stunningly framed on campus following the ceremony is Cynthia M. Wilt, of Hughesville, a surgical technology graduate.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement on Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Michael R. Harer, of Williamsport, who received an Associate of Applied Science degree in surgical technology, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. ceremony. Nearly 250 degrees were conferred by President Davie Jane Gilmour and state Rep. Garth Everett, a member of the college board of directors. During the ceremony, the college also presented an Alumni Achievement Award to Kevin A. Hickman, a 2008 graduate of the physician assistant program.

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Last updated August 5, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, President, Students | This gallery contains 59 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

Gilmour Named Vice Chair of NEAC’s President’s Council

President Davie Jane Gilmour

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour has been appointed vice chair of President’s Council for the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

A dozen of Penn College’s athletic teams compete in the NEAC, and Gilmour’s work with the council has included service on its committees for strategic planning and sportsmanship. She will serve for two years as vice chair before assuming the role of council chair in July 2019.

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Penn College Becomes Full Member of NCAA Division III

A new era in athletics

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wildcat Athletics teams will compete as full members of NCAA Division III when students return this fall.

The NCAA Division III Management Council notified Penn College on Thursday that it has successfully completed the provisional membership process. As a full NCAA Division III member, the college will be eligible to compete for national championships and will have voting rights on NCAA legislation.

“This is wonderful news for Wildcat Athletics and for Penn College,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said. “Full Division III membership will help us attract more student-athletes. These students enter our gates with a heightened sense of grit and drive, and we know that Penn College student-athletes find the competition, discipline and teamwork required of a collegiate athlete integral to their record of success as leaders in their chosen professions.

“The college’s work toward full NCAA membership has already injected a welcome boost to campus spirit, which was on full display when we recently introduced our new Wildcat Athletic logo to a capacity crowd of students, faculty and staff. I want to commend everyone at the institution who played a role in moving this process forward.”

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Record-Low Tuition Increase Approved at Penn College

The 2017-18 budget for Pennsylvania College of Technology includes the lowest percentage increase for tuition in the college’s history.

For the third consecutive year, tuition will rise by the smallest percentage since the institution became an affiliate of Penn State in 1989. When fees are combined with tuition, the total increase is 1.68 percent – another record low for the college.

Approved Thursday by the Penn College Board of Directors, the budget calls for a 1.99-percent increase in tuition for Pennsylvania residents, who constitute 89 percent of the student body. Starting this fall, students enrolled in online degree programs, regardless of their residence, will also pay the in-state tuition rate. Out-of-state residents not enrolled in online degree programs will see a 1.70-percent increase in tuition and fees.

Additionally, there will be no increase in the rates charged for on-campus student housing in 2017-18. Rates for Dining Services’ board plans will rise by 2 percent ($40 per semester for a typical student’s 14-meal plan).

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Six Selected for President’s Scholarships at Penn College

Six students will begin their education at Pennsylvania College of Technology this fall as recipients of President’s Scholarships.

High school seniors are invited to apply for the $3,000 annual scholarship if they are enrolling full time at Penn College and have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Candidates for the President’s Scholarship must submit documentation including high school activities, community service, verification of their GPA and a 350-word essay explaining why they chose to attend Penn College, as well as how they plan to use their education to become leaders in their future careers.

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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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Last updated May 13, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, President | This gallery contains 83 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

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