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Hall of Fame to induct three during Wildcat Weekend

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Athletics Department has announced its 2022 Hall of Fame Class: Jordan A. Courter-Rutledge (soccer), Alicia N. Ross (basketball) and Mark C. Shaffer (baseball).

The three inductees will be enshrined at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, during the college’s Wildcat Weekend.

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Hands-on clinic + lifelong friends = out-of-the-park success

“I played a few different sports, but this is the only one that I’ve actually stuck with,” says Olivia Hemstock, a since-graduated member of the Penn College softball team, in a newly posted Wildcat Spotlight video. Hemstock crossed the Community Arts Center stage in mid-May to claim her associate degree in dental hygiene, the culmination of a college experience that included a first-ever North Eastern Athletic Conference championship in 2021. “Sticking with it” could well be her motto, as persistence and friendship turned self-doubt into self-confidence. “Before I got here, I was like, ‘I don’t think I can do this. I don’t know how to balance both sports and dental hygiene,'” she says. “Once I met amazing people on the team – and really enjoyed my major, as tough as it was – you figure it out.” Hemstock has passed all of her board exams and is job-shadowing co-workers at the North Branford Dental Group in her Connecticut hometown; she will begin work as a full-time hygienist there once her license is received.

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Scott E. Kennell appointed as director of athletics

Following a national search, Scott E. Kennell is returning to Pennsylvania College of Technology as its director of athletics, it was announced Monday.

Kennell will be responsible for the management and development of Penn College’s 16 intercollegiate programs effective July 18.

“We are excited to welcome Scott back to Penn College and to Williamsport. He quickly rose to the top of a very strong nationwide candidate pool,” said Elliott Strickland, vice president for student affairs. “Scott brings years of experience as a successful student-athlete, coach and administrator within the NCAA.

“We are excited that Scott will lead Wildcat Athletics into a new era.”

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Administration building named for retiring college president

The Student & Administrative Services Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology will soon bear the name of retiring President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The college’s Board of Directors convened a special meeting to approve the action at a gala event honoring Gilmour’s 24-year presidency. The board also granted emeritus status to Gilmour, who retires June 30.

The Student & Administrative Services Center, known in campus shorthand as “the SASC,” houses offices for student services such as Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar, Veterans & Military, the LEAP Center (first-year student assistance) and more. The upper floors of the three-story facility, which opened in 2003, includes spaces for People & Culture (formerly Human Resources), Financial Operations, Information Technology Services, Public Relations & Marketing and executive offices, including the President’s Office and Academic Affairs.

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‘There’s so much to love here!’

Ready to see what hands-on learning is all about? Here’s a teasing glimpse of the action that’s set to unfold in the Pennsylvania College of Technology episode of The College Tour, produced nationally and streaming on Amazon Prime when Season Five drops on Aug. 31:


Now that your interest is piqued, watch the full episode at Penn College’s College Tour website. Filmed over five days during the spring semester and edited into 27 brisk minutes, the video features 10 standout students in dedicated segments: Ashlee Felix, human services & restorative justice (Business, Arts & Sciences); Caila N. Flanagan, who earned two business degrees (Wildcat Life); Alejandro F. Huaman, a building science & sustainable design: architectural technology concentration alumnus (Engineering Technologies); Dacia J. James, dental hygiene (Nursing & Health Sciences); Jesse D. Laird V, a nursing student and ROTC cadet (Commitment to Service); Danielle E. Malesky, construction management (Momentum Guaranteed); Maggie J. Mangene, a softball player and heating, ventilation & air conditioning design technology student (Stay Wild); Wesley S. McCray, an engineering design technology grad (Future Made by Hand); Kathryn A. Plankenhorn, physician assistant studies (Explore Campus & Beyond); and automotive technology management alumnus Dhruv Singh (Come Ready, Leave Prepared). After hearing their stories and getting the inside track on campus life, we’re sure you’ll agree with host Alex Boylan that “There’s so much to love here!”

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Former Wildcat makes transition from midfielder to job site

Dylan S. Klemas, a May civil engineering technology graduate and face-off midfielder while a member of the Wildcat men’s lacrosse team, proudly wore number 9 to honor an uncle who played for the Welsh national team. A new video gives viewers the opportunity to hear his story and learn what he loves about the tight-knit community he found at Penn College. “It’s put me in a great position. I have a job already lined up when I graduate (he has since assumed responsibilities as an assistant project manager at Berg Construction in Morgantown) and I haven’t looked back,” says Klemas, who did the hard work necessary to balance academics and athletics – and thrive at both. “It’s busy, it’s very doable. It’s actually made it a lot better because it’s taught me a lot more time management. The school puts a lot of resources out there to help us, whether it’s the Tutoring Center (or) a lot of late-night study hours with the team. It’s easy when you have a team of 43 guys that are all your good friends!”

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Racket or hammer, student-athlete takes a hands-on grip

Meet Tucker D. Phillippe-Johansson, a member of the men’s tennis team who recently graduated with a bachelor’s in residential construction technology & management and an associate degree in building construction technology. “When I’m serving, usually I think about where I want to hit the ball before I do it,” the Mattituck, New York, resident says in a new Wildcat Spotlight video. “I kind of clear my mind so I don’t really think about anything else but the shot that I’m hitting.” It’s that singular focus that brought him success on and off the court, allowing him to compete collegiately and guaranteeing an immersive learning experience.

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2021-22: Penn College athletes keep making strides

During a year in which athletics programs across the nation saw a return to near normalcy for the first time since 2018-19, Pennsylvania College of Technology teams had plenty to celebrate during their eighth season as a member of the United East Conference and fifth season as a full-fledged member of the NCAA.

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College inducts 23 student-athletes into Chi Alpha Sigma

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently welcomed its fourth annual class of student-athletes into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society: 23 inductees representing nine teams, 14 distinct majors and an average GPA of 3.64.

“Induction into Chi Alpha Sigma is a distinctive recognition of the exceptional gifts, talents, skills and positive energy our student-athletes bring to our campus, classrooms and contests,” said Tom Zimmerman, chapter adviser and faculty athletic representative. “We are honored and proud to recognize them and their achievements.”

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Penn College archers set for nationals

As baseball equipment is being put away after a season that included a third-place finish in the United East Conference last week, Pennsylvania College of Technology archers are set to step into action later this week at the USA Archery Collegiate Target Nationals at the Easton Archery Center of Excellence in Chula Vista, California.

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Penn College softball, lacrosse seasons end; baseball playoffs starting

A record-setting campaign for the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s softball team that saw a program-high 28 wins and included a 15-game winning streak came to an abrupt end Sunday in the United East Conference Championship game.

Meanwhile, for the college’s baseball team, UE playoffs are scheduled to get underway Monday at Penn State Harrisburg after rain washed out weekend action.

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Penn College baseball, softball playoff schedules altered

Among the elite. That’s where Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball and softball teams find themselves going into this weekend’s United East Conference playoffs.

Coach Angela Stackhouse’s top-seeded and defending conference-champion softball team (25-3 in the UE and 27-8 overall) is making its sixth consecutive postseason appearance, while coach Chris Howard’s fourth-seeded baseball team (13-8, 20-16) is in its fifth straight postseason trip after falling in the semifinals a year ago. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were no playoffs in 2020.

Because of rain in the weather forecast, the schedules for both tournaments have been changed. The double-elimination tournament for baseball that was scheduled for Friday through Sunday has been rescheduled for Monday through Wednesday, while softball play that had been scheduled for Friday and Saturday with a double-elimination format now has been changed to a single-elimination event with all games on Sunday.

Live video and stats will be available at the Wildcat Athletics webpage.

Winners from each of the tournaments will advance to the NCAA Division III playoffs.

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Presidential windup delivers payoff pitch

Bookended by Mohney and Blymier, President Gilmour watches a tribute video on the scoreboard at Historic Bowman Field ...
Bookended by Mohney and Blymier, President Gilmour watches a tribute video on the scoreboard at Historic Bowman Field …
... and joyfully relives the moment she walked through a 'tunnel" of student-athletes before a lacrosse game at UPMC Field.
… and joyfully relives the moment she walked through a ‘tunnel” of student-athletes before a lacrosse game at UPMC Field.
A legacy looms large over the Wildcats' home baseball field west of campus.
A legacy looms large over the Wildcats’ home baseball field west of campus.
The president erupts in gleeful appreciation, as others' gratitude is reflected in a one-of-a kind keepsake.
The president erupts in gleeful appreciation, as others’ gratitude is reflected in a one-of-a kind keepsake.
Gilmour shares a special afternoon with (from left) grandson Beckett, husband Fred and daughter-in-law Betty.
Gilmour shares a special afternoon with (from left) grandson Beckett, husband Fred and daughter-in-law Betty.

Saturday’s baseball doubleheader produced more than a Wildcat sweep of Penn State Berks; it also brought retirement gifts that surprised and delighted President Davie Jane Gilmour.

A “thank you” video featuring wishes from college athletics teams – along with appreciative messages from interim athletic directors Matt J. Blymier and Britni I. Mohney – was shown on the Muncy Bank Ballpark scoreboard.

“We are incredibly grateful for your leadership, guidance and unwavering support of our student-athletes,” Blymier said. “We can’t possibly thank you enough for everything that you have done, and we wish you a very happy retirement.” “Thank you for providing our student-athletes a wonderful experience, our staff a great place to work, and for being a role model and trailblazer for women everywhere,” added Mohney, head women’s basketball coach.

The big-screen tribute was followed by presentation of a numbered and framed jersey in honor of Gilmour’s 24 years as president, during which the college grew into full membership with NCAA Division III.
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Three Penn College teams headed to playoffs

With the regular season behind them, United East Conference playoffs loom for Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports teams in men’s lacrosse, baseball and women’s softball.

Postseason action gets underway on Wednesday in men’s lacrosse when the third-seeded Wildcats travel to second-seeded St. Mary’s (Md.) College for a 5 p.m. match.

Softball and baseball double-elimination playoffs begin on Friday with the regular-season conference and defending conference champion softball team hosting the tournament at Elm Park and opening against fourth-seed Penn State Abington at 10 a.m. while Penn College’s third-seeded baseball team squares off Friday at a time to be decided against second-seed Penn State Abington. The baseball tournament is being hosted by conference champ Penn State Harrisburg.

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Penn College softball mark smashed; golfers third in UE

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s women’s softball team shattered the program’s consecutive win streak record last week, while a consistent second-day effort on Sunday lifted the men’s golf team to a third-place finish at the United East Conference Championships.

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