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From ‘cat to ‘cutter: Kittle back in Bowman Field action

Brittan KittleCatcher Brittan C. Kittle, recently added to the Williamsport Crosscutters roster after a standout performance as a Penn College Wildcat, is already a fan favorite among the Bowman Field faithful after only three games behind the plate. The most decorated baseball player in the institution’s history, Kittle – a Millville resident who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology – left the college as its all-time leader in hits (169), home runs (22), runs scored (113) and doubles (43). Kittle is profiled in Thursday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette, the morning after he went 2 for 2 against the Frederick Keys. The Crosscutters play in the MLB Draft League in its inaugural season at the historic local ballpark, where Kittle played home games with his Chris Howard-coached college squad.


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College earns four ‘CUPPIES’ in peer-judged PR competition

Public Relations & Marketing at Pennsylvania College of Technology took home gold, bronze and honorable mention recognition in the 2021 CUPPIE Awards sponsored by CUPRAP, College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals.

The 14th annual CUPPIE Awards featured 357 entries from colleges, universities, agencies and providers of private, specialized and secondary education and accreditation. Penn College was honored for writing, video and magazine production efforts completed between Dec. 1, 2019, and Dec. 31, 2020.

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Penn College video wins Telly Award

A Pennsylvania College of Technology online video devised to inspire and give thanks during the COVID-19 pandemic has earned a 2021 Telly Award, the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens.

The 42nd annual awards recognized the video “Penn College Wildcats give thanks for UPMC Field” with a Bronze Telly in the Non-Broadcast Motivational category. Other Telly recipients in the grouping included The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and The Humane Society of the United States.

The two-minute Penn College video features student-athletes Sloane A. Tressler, of Mill Hall (women’s soccer), and Colton N. Wartman, of Ellicott City, Maryland (men’s soccer); as well as head coaches Tyler S. Mensch (men’s soccer), Christa Matlack (women’s soccer) and Jordan G. Williams (men’s lacrosse).

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NCAA regional starts Friday for Wildcat softball team

Wildcat softball players and coaches, joined in the front rows of the ACC Auditorium by their beloved mascot, await the announcement by sportcaster Will Haskett ...
Wildcat softball players and coaches, joined in the front rows of the ACC Auditorium by their beloved mascot, await the announcement by sportcaster Will Haskett …
... and react excitedly when Penn College is added to the regional bracket and game footage is shown.
… and react excitedly when Penn College is added to the regional bracket and game footage is shown.

After winning the North East Athletic Conference title on Saturday and improving to 19-3, the Pennsylvania College of Technology softball team moves on to regional action against top-ranked host Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, at 10 a.m. Friday when, as the No. 6 seed, they will face Virginia Wesleyan (37-5-1).

“We are beyond excited and very grateful for this experience!” coach Angie Hunley said after Monday afternoon’s selection show. “This team is making history and blazing a trail!”

She joined her squad and well-wishers in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium to watch the announcement live. This is Penn College’s first trip to the NCAA tournament.

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College, Alexander Family Dealerships collaborate on digital sign

The new digital billboard is installed last month along Interstate 180 near Penn College.
The new digital billboard is installed last month along Interstate 180 near Penn College.

In partnership with Pennsylvania College of Technology, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships has made a significant donation to erect color digital signage along Interstate 180 near the college.

The double-sided, 14-by-48-foot sign – which stands 70 feet high – replaces an existing college-owned sign that is no longer in operation.

Penn College will use the sign to promote academic programs, as well as a range of activities and events, Wildcat Athletics and college-related initiatives.

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NCAA regionals next for Penn College softball team

Roar, Wildcats, roar!Preparation and composure.

Those two things are the keys in a season that – for the first time – propelled the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s softball team to the North Eastern Athletic Conference championship and into the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional tournament.

After winning the conference title on Saturday and improving to 19-3, the Wildcats will learn who their next opponent will be during the NCAA selection show at at 1 p.m. Monday.

And while softball players kept their season alive and await word on their next challenge, seasons came to a close this past week for the college’s golfers, who competed for the first time in the NCAA Division III championships, and baseball squad, which reached the NEAC semifinals.

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Penn College golfers set for nationals, men’s lacrosse second in NEAC

Unchartered territory. That, in a sense, is what the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s golf team will be stepping onto Tuesday when it becomes the college’s first to compete in the NCAA Division III Championships.

A second practice round is scheduled Monday with competition over the following four days on Speidel Golf Club’s Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones Sr. courses at the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia.

According to coach Matt Haile, Sunday’s rain “hasn’t altered the schedule but certainly has altered the ability to get a good feel for the course. Everyone is in the same boat, though.”

While the Wildcat golfers await their official start, the men’s lacrosse team closed out its first season Saturday with a second-place finish in the North Eastern Athletic Conference while NEAC semifinal games in baseball and softball scheduled for Sunday were postponed until Tuesday because of rain.

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23 Wildcat student-athletes inducted to Chi Alpha Sigma

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Athletics Department recently inducted its third Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society class: 23 student-athletes, representing 12 teams, with an average 3.75 GPA.

“I’m incredibly proud of our student-athletes as they continue to raise the bar and succeed in and out of competition,” said John D. Vandevere, director of athletics. “This has been a challenging year in many ways and our student-athletes met that challenge head-on, and we’re very grateful for their hard work.”

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Super spring sports season continues for Penn College

On the heels of North Eastern Athletic Conference playoff runs by the men’s golf team and men’s and women’s tennis teams, Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball, softball and men’s lacrosse squads all punched their postseason tickets over the past week.

Although playing a conference-only schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, action will continue on Wednesday for the men’s lacrosse team, which is competing in its first season ever, and on Sunday for baseball and softball.

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Penn College claims first NEAC golf crown, NCAA tourney bid

Conference team champion. Individual co-champion and Golfer of the Year. Coach of the Year. It can’t get much better for the Pennsylvania College of Technology golf team.

Yet maybe it can, as it also became the college’s first team to earn a spot in the NCAA Division III National Championships.

In other Penn College sports action last week, the men’s tennis season ended while the women’s tennis season was extended and playoff hopes remain on the horizon for athletes in baseball, softball and men’s lacrosse.

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Sports Wildcat Weekly

Two Wildcat spring sports teams look to playoffs

Regular-season play for Pennsylvania College of Technology golf and tennis teams began just two weeks ago and – because of pared-down schedules due to the coronavirus pandemic – by this week’s end, their seasons will be over.

Golfers are scheduled to compete Saturday and Sunday in North Eastern Athletic Conference Championship play at Harrisburg’s Dauphin Highlands Golf Course while the men’s and women’s tennis teams are hopeful of a weekend NEAC tournament bid once they wrap up their regular seasons Tuesday.

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Four Penn College teams earn wins

During a week in which the weather was most cooperative, all six Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports teams saw action and four posted wins, including a program-first in men’s lacrosse.

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Penn College golf, tennis teams look to openers

After being idled by the pandemic last spring and fall, Pennsylvania College of Technology golf and men’s and women’s tennis teams are more than ready to get going again.

The golf season is scheduled to start Wednesday when Lycoming College and Susquehanna University square off with the Wildcats at Williamsport Country Club while the tennis season begins Saturday at Lancaster Bible College. And one thing athletes in both sports face is getting back into a competitive-play mode after their long layoffs in a very short time as North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs will be held in just three weeks.

Over this past weekend, the college’s men’s lacrosse and women’s softball teams both saw action while the scheduled baseball games were postponed.

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April showers bring revealing hours – register today!

Four virtual workshops in April, continuing Penn College’s series of free community presentations, will provide expert advice on topics as richly varied as the institution’s curriculum portfolio.

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Penn College baseball, softball teams ready

More than a year after their last competitive NCAA Division III games, it would be an understatement to say that the Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball and softball teams are eager to get back into action.

Both squads are scheduled to open at home Saturday – baseball hosting Penn State Harrisburg in a 1 p.m. twin bill at Bowman Field and softball entertaining Morrisville State College at 1 p.m. in a doubleheader at Elm Park. For the baseball team, it will have been 379 days since it last played while the softball team has been idled for 378 days – both due to the COVID-19 pandemic that prematurely ended all spring sports a year ago.

And playing an all-North Eastern Athletic Conference schedule that includes 10 doubleheaders, the importance of every game can’t be overlooked.

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