News about President

Gilmour, Watson Among Region’s ‘Top 100 People’

Paul R. Watson IIPresident Davie Jane GilmourDavie Jane Gilmour, in her 20th year as president of Penn College, and Paul R. Watson II, dean of academic services and college transitions, have been named among the “Top 100 People” in Central Pennsylvania business and economic development. The list, published in the latest issue of Pennsylvania Business Central, additionally includes Steven P. Johnson, president of UPMC Susquehanna, who serves on the Penn College Board of Directors.

New Year Begins at ‘College of Tomorrow-Makers’

Taking “a trip down memory lane” through 20 years of change since her first all-college speech as then-interim president, Davie Jane Gilmour officially ushered in the Spring 2018 semester with a Friday all-college message for faculty and staff: “Do not doubt for a moment that we are a force with which to be reckoned.” Detailing two decades’ worth of growth – in such far-reaching areas as enrollment and retention, facilities, credibility for intercollegiate athletics, and workforce development – she reminded faculty and staff of their vital role in shaping the future. “I am confident history will write that we made a difference,” the president told her morning audience. “That our students were innovative, tenacious and hardworking and made their mark in their careers and in life.”

Read more

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.

Fall Commencement to Be Held Dec. 16 at Community Arts Center

Penn College will hold its Fall 2017 commencement ceremony Dec. 16 at the Community Arts Center.

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 16, for the nearly 300 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate following the Fall 2017 semester.

The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. More than 225 students are expected to march in the proceedings.

The student speaker will be Garrett Davis Corneliussen, of Hickory, North Carolina, who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology.

Read more

Campus Events Extend Welcome to Students of All Nations

Penn College students Nader M. Alotaibi, of Saudi Arabia; Yousef I. Asiri, of Saudi Arabia; Laurent P. Maehr, of Austria; and Majid A. Alamri, of Oman, gather in front of flags that are part of a permanent display in the college’s Bush Campus Center. The flag display, the makeup of which will change to reflect the student population, is designed to recognize the international students among the college’s scholars.

In an act of welcoming, Pennsylvania College of Technology recently dedicated a display of international flags that represent the home countries of its students.

Hung in the Bush Campus Center, the flags will change as the student population changes. The initial display includes the flags of 10 nations: Austria, Canada, Germany, Ghana, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Venezuela, Iran and South Korea. A total of 40 students from those nations are enrolled at the college in Fall 2017. International students have received education at the college since at least 1944.

Read more

Welding Lab Horrifyingly Reborn in ‘Arc’ of Triumph

Wail to the chief! A perennial good sport for student-focused activities, college President Davie Jane Gilmour elicits kindly shudders during a midterm "makeup" exam.

Arms linked in solidarity, an entourage recoils at a jump scare.

Benevolent bloodletting is the order of the night, as an all-in-fun trail of terrors snakes through the welding lab.

Brewing up their special brand of sorcery, witches add to the seasonal chill.

Two of the attraction's frightful sights help attendees face their fears.

“Arc Asylum 3.0,” the American Welding Society student chapter’s third annual house of horrors, filled everyday instructional space with extraordinary shrieks and nervous laughter. Amid the dark hideaways and creepy corners of the lab (Room A136 of the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center) – and including some top-tier talent in their gallery of ghouls – the Penn College students again took full advantage of the layout’s macabre potential. “Everyone involved did a fantastic job in pulling the event off without a hitch. Dr. Gilmour volunteered to help work the haunted house, dressed in a great costume including all the touches like fake blood and a face-peeling zipper effect,” welding instructor Jacob B. Holland said. “Our AWS chapter raised a significant amount of money, since we increased our attendance by 50 percent over last year. There were a lot of happy customers that loved the scares we were able to provide them. We look forward to attempting to be even bigger and better next year!” A portion of the proceeds were donated to the Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention, and contributions were accepted for The Cupboard campus food pantry.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

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.

Read more

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!”

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.”

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

Pennsylvania College of Technology is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University