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West Chester Company Donates Gas Chromatograph to Penn College

Michael J. Reed, dean of the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications at Penn College, accepts a donated PeakSimple 2000 gas chromatograph from Kate Bowes Harris, of Hilltop Enterprises, based in West Chester.

Students enrolled in natural sciences courses at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from a recent donation of a PeakSimple 2000 gas chromatograph by Al Silkroski, president and chief executive officer of Hilltop Enterprises, based in West Chester.

“The gas chromatograph is an essential piece of equipment that separates, identifies and quantifies a wide variety of organic chemicals in a mixture,” said Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology. “This GC gives our organic chemistry students hands-on experience with a sophisticated instrument found in many different types of industries, and allows students to monitor their chemical reactions and check the purity of their products.”

The equipment will also be used in science courses required for the college’s new associate degree in brewing and fermentation science, which officially launches in Fall 2017.

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Manipulating Time Topic of Penn College Colloquium

David S. Richards

Scientific aspects of time and humanity’s desire to control it will be addressed at the next presentation of the Technology & Society Colloquia Series at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“Manipulating Time Using Science, Technology and Literature” will be presented by David S. Richards, professor of physics, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The gathering is free and open to the public.

“It has been scientifically proven that time is not absolute; it is a quantity that depends upon relative speeds, gravity and even space itself,” Richards writes in his presentation abstract. “How can this fact allow a person to travel into the future? Can science and technology manipulate time so that you can live a longer life? Why is relative time so important in modern technological devices? How can literature be used to manipulate time? How do memories and experiences alter our perception of time?”

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Who Designs the Future?

Graphic design student Ainsley R. Bennett adds shadow to a still-life sketch. Hand-drawing skills remain important in the college’s graphic design and advertising art majors.
Graphic design student Ainsley R. Bennett adds shadow to a still-life sketch. Hand-drawing skills remain important in the college’s graphic design and advertising art majors.
In a Penn College lab, a student polishes graphics for a class project.
In a Penn College lab, a student polishes graphics for a class project.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: As detailed in the first episode of the “Working Class” television series, a knack for design and creativity is essential to other fields, including science, math, engineering and technology. Read “Who Designs the Future?

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Culinary Students Add Flavor to National Science Festival

Students and faculty from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Business & Hospitality served a “Taste of Technology” at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., from April 15-17. From frozen Teddy Grahams to instant ice cream, the students fed guests’ curiosity and appetite. With other exhibitors and science celebrities, the Penn College culinary contingent promoted careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). A video has been added to the college’s YouTube channel, and a photo gallery compiled from the contributions of faculty and staff.

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Chemistry Professor Published in Research Journal

Kelly B. Butzler

Kelly B. Butzler, associate professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania College of Technology, had a paper published in an international journal’s special issue focused on “Flipping the Classroom.”

The current issue of Computers in the Schools: Interdisciplinary Journal of Practice, Theory, and Applied Research features Butzler’s article, “The Synergistic Effects of Self-Regulation Tools and the Flipped Classroom.”

Butzler is an educational advocate for “flipped classrooms” – a blended learning approach to standard classrooms. Flipped classrooms move lectures online, outside of class, and move assignments into the classroom where teachers can provide guidance and answer questions.

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Penn College to Exhibit at Nation’s Largest Science Festival

Chef Frank M. Suchwala, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, and baking and pastry arts majors Jeffrey L. Bretz, of Williamsport, and Keegan D. Sonney, of Erie, practice one of the demonstrations for “A Taste of Technology” that they will present for Penn College at the USA Science and Engineering Festival.

Pennsylvania College of Technology representatives will present “A Taste of Technology” for thousands of people hungry to experience STEM fields at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., April 15-17.

Led by faculty and students from the School of Business & Hospitality, Penn College representatives will offer hands-on activities for participants to discover the science, technology, engineering and math involved in food preparation.

“We want people to experience aspects of STEM beyond the classroom and in all areas of life,” said Chef Frank M. Suchwala, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts and creator of A Taste of Technology. “Specifically, we can show how food can be created and presented in innovative ways using STEM to our advantage.”

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Biology Professor Helps Shape Students’ Futures

Justin M. Ingram

A biology professor at Pennsylvania College of Technology who specializes in brain research was an appropriate participant for the topic “Shaping Your Brain for the Future” – the theme of the second annual STEM Awareness Career Day held recently at Wellsboro Area High School’s administration building.

Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology (anatomy and physiology), spoke with approximately 500 eighth-graders from all three Tioga County school districts – Northern Tioga, Southern Tioga and Wellsboro – and showed the students objects including human brains.

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Chemistry Professor Published in International Journal

Kelly B. Butzler

The Journal of Chemical Education has published a paper written by Kelly B. Butzler, associate professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The paper, “Flipping at an Open-Enrollment College,” was featured in a special 2015 edition of the journal focused on “flipped classrooms.”

Butzler is an avid educational advocate for flipped classrooms – a blended learning approach to standard classrooms. Flipped classrooms move lectures online, outside of class, and move assignments into the classroom, where teachers can provide guidance and answer questions.

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Chemistry Professor Presents at Teaching Conference

Kelly B. Butzler

Kelly B. Butzler, associate professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania College of Technology, presented at the 12th annual Teaching Professor Conference, held recently in Atlanta.

Her presentation topic was “Take Note! The Synergistic Effects of Metacognition and the Flipped Classroom.” Butzler is an avid educational advocate for “flipped classrooms” – a blended learning approach to standard classrooms.

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Biology Professor Publishes International Resources

David L. Evans

David L. Evans, recently retired professor of biology (anatomy and physiology) at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has added publications to his long list of educational resources used by professors around the world.

Evans coauthored an instructors’ resource contained in “Biology of Humans: Concepts, Applications and Issues” (Fifth Edition), a test bank for human biology published by Goodenough/McGuire. His coauthor for the resource was Mark A. Sarvary, director of Investigative Biology Laboratories at Cornell University.

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Services Tuesday for Retired ‘Master Teacher’

Dr. Urosevich receives the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award from President Davie Jane Gilmour during May 2008 commencement exercises.
Dr. Urosevich receives the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award from President Davie Jane Gilmour during May 2008 commencement exercises.

Services will be Tuesday for Dr. William B. Urosevich, retired professor of biology (anatomy and physiology) and a 2008 Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award recipient, who died Wednesday, May 6, in Lewisburg. Dr. Urosevich, who began his full-time teaching career at Penn College in 1993, was also a recipient of the college’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997. He was an adjunct instructor before joining the faculty full-time, and he also served as adviser to the Wildcat Power Team. He retired in August 2010. He received a doctor of optometry degree with clinical honors from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia, and a Master of Science in system management from the University of Southern California. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wilkes University, and was a graduate of the U.S. Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. A visitation/viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 12, at Rooke Chapel, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, followed by services and burial from noon to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be directed to the Dr. William B. Urosevich Memorial Scholarship Fund, Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation, One College Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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Geology, Environmental Science Faculty Member Earns Doctorate

Veronica C. Ciavarella

Veronica C. Ciavarella, instructor of geology and environmental science at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently received her doctorate of education in adult education from Penn State.

Focused on distance education and, specifically, the use of labs in online geology courses, Ciavarella defended her dissertation, “Exploratory Qualitative Case Study of Lab-Type Activity Interactions in an Online Geoscience Course.”

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Faculty Member to Review Book by Next Presenter in Colloquia Series

David S. Richards
David S. Richards

David S. Richards, a professor of physics at Penn College, will discuss Alan Lightman’s “Einstein’s Dreams” during an on-campus reprise of his recent James V. Brown Book Review Luncheon at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Mountain Laurel Room of the Thompson Professional Development Center. The international best-seller is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a Swiss patent office. The author explores how the lives of ordinary people in Switzerland would be changed in the various realities of time imagined by Einstein as he develops his theory of relativity. Richards’ review offers a timely introduction to Lightman – a theoretical physicist, educator, novelist and essayist – the next speaker in the college’s Centennial Colloquia Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

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Chemistry Faculty Member Earns Doctorate in E-Learning

Kelly B. Butzler

Kelly Bieda Butzler, associate professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently received her doctorate of education, specializing in e-learning, from Northcentral University, an accredited online university based in Arizona.

Butzler defended her dissertation, “The Effects of Motivation on Achievement and Satisfaction in a Flipped Classroom Learning Environment.”

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