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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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Wildcat Archers Set to Hold Big Event

While Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball, softball, men’s golf and men’s tennis teams posted victories last week, the college’s archers are getting set to host their only home event of the year — the East Region Outdoor Collegiate Championships this Saturday and Sunday — and coach Chad Karstetter has high hopes for his team.

“We have been working very hard outside, even though the weather has not cooperated and spring does not seem to be here yet,” he said early last week.

“Overall, the team looks very strong and I believe it will show at our event,” Karstetter said. “We are looking forward to having a home event this year. It’s nice to have the home-field advantage.”

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Dance Team Performs Free for Students, Employees

Whether delivering Broadway dazzle ...

... or campus pride ...

... the Wildcat Dance Team fervently moves through a display of musical styles and costume changes.

Penn College’s Wildcat Dance Team held its spring “Take the Stage” fundraiser Thursday evening in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, the second of two performances within the week. Team members showcased numerous styles of dance throughout the production, including jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, street funk, Broadway jazz, Irish, character, tap, commercial jazz, country line and contemporary. Musical selections accompanying the choreography represented a variety of traditional, urban and contemporary. All proceeds from the production support the Wildcat Dance Team in achieving its fundraising goals.
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of athletics for club sports, intramurals and camps 

Penn College Baseball, Men’s Tennis Teams Have Perfect Week

Over the past week, the Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball team and men’s tennis teams were unbeaten.

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Penn College Golfers Have High Hopes

After a great fall season, the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s golf team was scheduled to resume play at noon Monday at the Dutchmen Spring Invitational at Lebanon Valley College. Last week, the baseball, softball and men’s tennis teams all tasted victory.

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Area Auto Dealer’s Generous Donation Boosts Wildcat Athletics

A $100,000 donation from the Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships will enhance Wildcat Athletics at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The donation will support athletic facilities, beginning with the purchase of two new scoreboards for use in Bardo Gymnasium. Built in 1939, Bardo Gym has a seating capacity of 1,500 and serves as the home of Wildcat basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams, as well as intramural and club sports at Penn College.

The Muncy-based Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships operates 18 automobile dealerships in central and northcentral Pennsylvania, employing numerous alumni of Penn College.

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Penn College Tennis Teams to Open

The start of the tennis season looms for the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s teams while the college’s baseball and softball squads have resumed their seasons.

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