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Penn College Fall Sports Teams Prep for Openers

Practice continues and season openers loom for Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports athletes as the Wildcats will compete as full-fledged members of NCAA Division III for the first time.

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Wildcats’ MLB Field Assignment Makes News

The Penn College Wildcat baseball team’s handling of the field tarp for Sunday’s nationally televised MLB Little League Classic is featured in a report on Philadelphia’s WHYY-FM public radio station. Coach Chris Howard and his team were recruited for field duty for the major league game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals, played in BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field. The Wildcats and the college’s 2017 Little League pin also got a mention during the live broadcast on ESPN.

Wildcat Baseball Team on Field Crew for Major League Game

When the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates square off Aug. 20 in the MLB Little League Classic, there will be a few familiar faces at the nationally televised event. Approximately 20 Penn College baseball players and head coach Chris Howard will be responsible for the field tarp in case of inclement weather at the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game.

“I’ve never had a quicker reply to a group text from any team as I did when I asked the guys who wanted to volunteer for this,” Howard recalled. “I had all 20 volunteers well within an hour.”

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Bardo Gym Gets a New Cat

To commemorate Penn College’s move to NCAA Division III membership, the historic floor of Bardo Gymnasium received a facelift this summer. The college’s sleek, new Wildcat logo is now on the prowl at center court. A short time-lapse video provided by the Athletics Department shows the transformation. Go, Wildcats!

Penn College Degree Leads to Philadelphia Eagles Front Office

Penn College web and interactive media alumnus Christopher C. Rutledge is employed by the Philadelphia Eagles as digital project coordinator.

Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate Christopher C. Rutledge, a collegiate soccer player and all-around sports enthusiast, chose his degree without imagining that it would lead to work that so closely relates to his lifelong pastime, let alone that his first full-time job would be with his favorite NFL team.

“Ever since I was 6 years of age, I have been in love with sports, and to this day, I still get myself involved with many activities, whether it is football, soccer, softball, etc.,” the 2016 graduate said.

Rutledge, a four-year member of the Penn College men’s soccer team, received a bachelor’s degree in web and interactive media. Last summer, he joined the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office as digital project coordinator.

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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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Wildcats Win Bowhunter Championship, Compete at Nationals

Andrew Rupp

In its 15th season under coach Chad Karstetter, the Wildcats competed last weekend at the season-ending outdoor national championships in Chula Vista, California, where the men’s bowhunter team placed first, one archer earned All-American honors and the team ended eighth in the country for the second year in a row.

Competing on the national-championship bowhunter team were Andrew Rupp, of Dayton; John Kleinfelter, of Lebanon; and Adam Thomas, of Shade Gap. Rupp earned All-American status, as a result of his indoor and outdoor national scores, and Kleinfelter placed eighth individually in the men’s bowhunter event.

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Penn College Athletes Honor Past, Look to Future

A new day looms on the horizon for Pennsylvania College of Technology and it comes as a result of decades of persistence, patience and effort by those who have participated in and supported Wildcat athletics.

This season, Penn College teams completed their final year as a provisional member of NCAA Division III in fine fashion with several reaching and finishing high in North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs; also, numerous student-athletes garnered all-conference honors. Beginning this fall, the Wildcats will have full NCAA membership, and, with it, the possibility of playing for national championships.

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Presidential Road Trip Ensures Wildcats’ Spot in Grad Lineup

Evan M. Woods (left) and Kyle H. Fox receive their diplomas Sunday from President Davie Jane Gilmour.

Two Penn College baseball players, unable to attend commencement due to North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs in Lewisburg, were awarded their diplomas prior to Sunday’s championship game. President Davie Jane Gilmour traveled to Bucknell University’s Depew Field, where the Wildcats –  including catcher Evan M. Woods, of Clymer, New York, and pitcher/infielder Kyle H. Fox, of Fleetwood – were set to take on Penn State Berks in the tournament finale. Woods graduated with high honors and an associate degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; Fox graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology.
Photo by Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer 

Baseball Team Ends Second in NEAC; Archers Headed to Nationals

The Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball team is packing its uniforms away after a second-place finish Sunday in the North Eastern Athletic Conference championships while the college’s archery team is heading to the outdoor national championships.

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Softball Season Ends for Penn College; Baseball Season Extended

Over the past weekend, the season ended for the Pennsylvania College of Technology softball team while it was extended for the baseball squad.

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‘Coaches Caravan’ Plans May 11 Stop in Downtown Williamsport

Penn State Coaches Caravan coming to downtown WilliamsportDowntown Williamsport is one of seven stops during the fifth annual Penn State Coaches Caravan, which begins May 8 with a sold-out event in York and includes a May 11 evening reception at The Genetti Hotel and a program at the adjacent Community Arts Center. The local visit will feature Nittany Lion head football coach James Franklin, women’s soccer coach Erica Dambach, and men’s and women’s swimming coach Tim Murphy. At each event, alumni, friends and fans will hear updates on the Nittany Lions’ nationally recognized athletic program, learn about the 2017 football season (and recap Penn State’s 2016 Big Ten Championship run and Rose Bowl berth), and get to know more about the academic and athletic achievements of 800 student-athletes – all while connecting with fellow Penn Staters. Advance registration is required for the Penn State Coaches Caravan, which is jointly sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association and the Nittany Lion Club.

Penn College Softball Team Headed for NEAC Playoffs

Despite a 4-4 week, the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s softball team is headed to this weekend’s North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs while the college’s tennis teams wrapped up their seasons this past weekend.

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Penn College Unveils New Wildcat Athletics Logo

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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