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Coed Youth Basketball Camp Runs Aug. 6-9

Girls and boys in grades three to eight are welcome to register for Penn College’s Boys and Girls Youth Basketball Camp, running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 6-9 on the college’s main campus in Williamsport. The objective of the camp, under the direction of Wildcat head women’s basketball coach Lauren Healy (and rescheduled from mid-July), is to teach and develop basketball skills, sportsmanship and knowledge in all phases of the game. Each camper will enjoy four days of instruction and competition; youngsters will be grouped according to age and skill level for team play. The cost is $135 per camper, lunch included.

Crosscutters Make Pre-Game Stop at Camp ESCAPE

The 'cutters added their signatures to caps and other campers' keepsakes.

Camp ESCAPE kids meet the players (from left): Mayer, O'Brien, Melendez and Lindow.

Beating the heat with some indoor fun

Ballplayers face a formidable lineup!

Four members of the Williamsport Crosscutters, back at BBT Park after a trio of early-season games in State College, visited Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE on Monday morning. Pitchers Orestes Melendez and Ethan Lindow, infielder Stoney O’Brien and right fielder Danny Mayer joined the youngsters for dodgeball in the Field House, signed a number of items brought in for autographing and met with some very inquisitive campers. (In case anyone is wondering, hockey is the second-favorite sport for many of the teammates.) The ‘cutters face three home games against the Auburn Doubledays this week.
 Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of athletics for club sports, intramurals and camps

Wildcats’ Williams Honored for Service to Conference Advisory Committee

Hanna Williams

The North Eastern Athletic Conference has selected Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Hanna Williams as its 2017-18 Female Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Member of the Year. She joins Keuka College’s Dakota Skinner, who was recognized as the NEAC Male SAAC Member of the Year earlier this week.

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Penn College Athletics Has Plenty to Celebrate

In its fourth season as a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference, and first as a full-fledged member of NCAA Division III, the Pennsylvania College of Technology Athletics Department has plenty to celebrate this year, including:

Three second-place NEAC finishers (baseball, men’s cross-country and women’s soccer); one third-place NEAC finisher (men’s golf); two other top-four finishers (men’s soccer and women’s softball); 11 all-NEAC First Team honorees; 12 all-NEAC Second Team honorees; 12 all-NEAC Third Team honorees; a NCAA Division III Regional Wrestling fourth-place finisher; and, in archery, an individual national champion, a team third-place finish and four All-Americans.

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Archer Haefka Claims Gold at National Outdoor Championships

Nathaniel Haefka

Pennsylvania College of Technology freshman Nathaniel Haefka won the 2018 USA Archery National Outdoor Collegiate Championship in Men’s Bowhunter this past weekend in Newberry, Florida. Haefka highlighted a Penn College team that had four All-Americans and four more top-eight finishes.

“Nate has been strong all year and we thought he’d shoot well down here,” coach Chad Karstetter said. “We weren’t sure how he would handle the rough weather (wind and rain) we had to deal with since he’s a freshman, but he stepped up and performed great.”

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Penn College Baseball Coach Looks Ahead

Less than 24 hours after his team’s season ended May 13, Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball coach Chris Howard was washing uniforms, reflecting on this year and planning for next.

Seeded second in the conference tournament, the Wildcats went 2-2, and for the second year in a row finished second to Penn State Berks in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, completing a 20-15 overall season, 11-5 in conference games.

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Penn College Second in Baseball; Archery Team Seeks Titles

And then there was one.

After the Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball team completed its season Sunday with a second-place finish in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, the archery squad will put a wrap on the college’s 2017-18 athletic season this coming weekend when it competes in the Collegiate Outdoor Nationals at Easton Newberry Archery Center, Newberry, Florida.

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Penn College Baseball Team Seeks Championship

While the season ended for the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s softball team last week, it continues with a North Eastern Athletic Conference championship on the line for the baseball squad starting Friday.

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College Observes Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Unshaken from its convictions by a wintry start to spring, a supportive crowd mills about the ATHS.

It's a team effort ...

... as Wildcat student-athletes band together.

Event's reprise shares messages worth repeating.

A curious four-legged friend aids the cause.

Collaborative activities helped Penn College mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, training the campus community’s collective eye on such topics as healthy relationships and bystander intervention. The year’s second annual Yards for Yeardley event was held on the campus mall, where, despite cold temperatures, more than 100 Penn College athletes and community members walked or ran nearly 700,000 yards (397 miles) to focus attention on sexual violence and related issues. “As part of Athletics’ DIII Week celebrations and April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Student Affairs worked together to host this event that educates about healthy relationships, what to do if you or someone you know is in an unhealthy relationship, and where the resources are here on and off campus,” said Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist. “It’s really inspiring to see the level of commitment our athletes and Penn College teams have toward this cause.” The event pays tribute to Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia lacrosse player beaten to death in 2010 by her ex-boyfriend, and was supported this year by an “It’s On Us” grant from Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Madigan Library assisted with Sexual Assault Awareness Month by installing a consent-themed display of jeans in the building’s atrium. Why jeans? In 1992, an 18-year-old student was raped in Italy by her driving instructor, but an Italian Supreme Court judge ruled there was no way the accused could have removed the woman’s jeans without consent. The case became synonymous with cavalier attitudes about sexual assault, igniting global protests and expressions of disgust and solidarity.
Photos by James J. “J.J.” Boettcher, student photographer

Penn College Athletes Have Huge Week

In one of the most action-packed weeks in recent memory, the spotlight is shining on Pennsylvania College of Technology athletes in multiple sports.

Over the past week:

And this week:

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In Scoring Position

Doing the heavy lifting, a crane helps adorn the Athletic Field scoreboard.

A scoreboard truss, complete with the Penn College name and new Wildcat logo, was set Friday morning at the Athletic Field. A crew from Allison Crane & Rigging lofted and lowered the piece into place; Joseph H. Reynolds, of Transport Custom Designs in Montoursville – a 1976 graduate and a Penn College Foundation board member – assisted with the steel structure.

Inaugural Military Games Successful, Right Off the Bat

First baseman Colton Riley, an automotive technology student from Danville, sports the uniform worn for Tuesday's commemoration. Riley was 2-for-6 on the day, with two runs batted in.

Teams and umpires honor America – and its servicemen and women – during "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Bats were hot, with 19 Wildcat hits in the back-to-back wins.

The ritual tossing of the first pitch in the nightcap signals time to "Play ball!"

Second baseman Deric S. Ellerman, a residential construction technology and management major from Landisville, turns the double play.

Tuesday’s Military Appreciation Night, organized by the Wildcat baseball team and Penn College’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, movingly paid tribute … and delivered a doubleheader sweep of Mansfield University for the first time in program history. “When we organized the event, we wanted it to be about the veterans and active military members within our community. We just wanted a chance to give back, and I’m proud of the way that the players and fans represented the college in supporting our military members,” said pitcher Maxwell G. Bair, an applied management major from Centre Hall. “The Penn College community is one of the many reasons I love this school, and I’m very proud of the showing of support we had for the event. It is our goal to make the event an annual occurrence for many years to come.” The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Joseph M. Dreese – an Army veteran and member of the soccer team, graduating next month with a bachelor’s degree in information assurance and cyber security – and the national anthem was sung by softball player Alyssa G. Gentile, of Fairport, New York, a pre-applied health studies: radiography concentration, who was chosen as 2018’s “Penn College Star.” Penn College bested Mansfield in the nonconference matchup at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, 5-2 and 11-6.

Men’s Golf, Tennis Teams Seek Championships

End-of-the-season North Eastern Athletic Conference championships are on the line later this week for Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s golf and men’s tennis teams.

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Lycoming Wins Seesaw Squeaker in Bardo Gym

Challengers mingle for group photo

Vigorous competition on the hardwood

The tale of the time clock

An extramural basketball game against Lycoming College, held Monday in Penn College’s Bardo Gymnasium, was an exciting back-and-forth contest with neither team leading by more than eight. “The game was really competitive and, between the two teams, 20 3-pointers were made,” said Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of athletics for club sports, intramurals and camps (who also provided photos). “Unfortunately, in the end, Lycoming pulled out a 72-70 win.” The Penn College team members were Jesse L. White, James I. Bullock, Allan J. Escoto, Messiah I. Ajahi Clark and Andrew S. Pick.

Record-Setting Crowd Celebrates Commitment to Students

Guests gather in the SASC lobby prior to the start of the ceremony.

Attendees view a video showcasing the success resulting from student scholarships.

With the donor wall as a visually stunning accent, the president welcomes the crowd as Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement, stands ready to hand out gifts of appreciation.

Representing Novatec Inc., Timothy Noggle accepts his company’s Ambassador's Society recognition.

Unique floral arrangements, using sheet metal and rebar from the welding and aviation labs, were crafted by alumna Karen R. Ruhl.

The largest crowd in the event’s 14-year history shared in Monday night’s recognition of the alumni, corporate partners, friends and colleagues whose cumulative giving – reflected on a Donor Wall in the Student & Administrative Services Center – leaves a lasting impression on the college’s campuses and students.

“This year, we are honored to recognize the individuals and corporate partners whose donations and entrustments place them on the wall for the first time, or in a new membership society,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said. “Together, their collective commitments total nearly $6.5 million. To everyone in the room, your contributions to Penn College are at work ensuring that our students benefit from a vibrant, challenging and supportive learning environment while they pursue their ‘degrees that work.'”

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