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Penn College Basketball Teams Opening

By week’s end, the winter sports season will be in full swing at Pennsylvania College of Technology as the basketball teams begin play on Wednesday when the women host Thiel College at 5:30 p.m. and the men entertain Alvernia University at 7:30 p.m., both at Bardo Gymnasium. North Eastern Athletic Conference play begins for both Wildcat teams Nov. 29.

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A Healthy, Hoop-y Kind of ‘Madness’

The men's team gathers at midcourt for introductions.

The new mascot joins fans in the stands.

High-flying artistry in the dunk competition, won by Wildcat shooting guard James Bullock, of Philadelphia

Guard Maddie Wenk, of Biglerville, aims for a crowd-pleaser.

The Wildcat Dance Team adds energy and enthusiasm.

Penn College hosted its annual Wildcat Madness on Thursday night, a tip-off to the first basketball season as a full member of NCAA Division III.  Highlighting the Bardo Gym event were free food, fan-friendly entertainment, souvenirs, skills challenges (including a shootout, 3-point contest and dunk competition), and the opportunity to meet the men’s and women’s squads before their Wednesday openers.
Photos by James “J.J.” Boettcher, student photographer

Flag Football Team Freezes Lyco on Bitterly Cold Night

Under the lights ... but not under the weather!

Penn College renewed its extramural flag football rivalry Wednesday night at Lycoming College, a game that started off quickly as both teams scored on their first possessions.  Lycoming took a 12-6 lead midway through the first half.  Penn College soon tied the game, then struck again to take an 18-12 lead at halftime.  Unfortunately for Lycoming, the air wasn’t the coldest thing on the field.  The home team’s offense was shut out the entire second half, and Penn College piled on the points to come away with a 44-12 victory over its crosstown opponent. The Penn College team comprised Bill Marzeski, Cody Snyder, Kyle Mostik, Dalton Millo, Brando Ciocco, Hesse White, Joey Kleman, Matt Klock, Cole Weachock and Cam Newman.
Photo and game summary by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation

Penn College Soccer Teams Make Mark

The Pennsylvania College of Technology soccer program made great strides this season as the women’s team advanced to Sunday’s North Eastern Athletic Conference Championship for the first time and the men’s squad made it to the semifinals, also for the first time.

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Human Services Class Assists Community Challenge

Community Challenge trophies and ornaments, crafted by Penn College ceramics instructors David A. and Deborah L. Stabley stand ready for the Nov. 11 trail races.

Racing to the finish, students in a human services class at Pennsylvania College of Technology are focused on completing an important assignment – helping to coordinate the third annual Community Challenge, benefiting the Salvation Army of Williamsport, which assists about 400 area families each month.

Set for Saturday, Nov. 11, the year’s Community Challenge features 5K, 10K and half-marathon trail races at the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority’s watershed property, 1600 Mosquito Valley Road, DuBoistown. Nearly 225 runners, ages 4 through 74, have already signed up to participate, with registration open until midday Wednesday, Nov. 8.

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A Sun-day in Name Only … but, Oh, What a Day!

Pottstown residents Tom, Kim and Jason Francis pause during their soggy stroll for a portrait in campus exploration.

Umbrellas were the most coveted accessory, but nowhere near as essential as the information that visitors to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Fall Open House carried home. Held across the institution’s awe-inspiring campuses, the autumn tradition delivered tours; priceless exchanges with helpful members of the campus community; valuable exposure to student life with those who live it; and close-up views of the newest majors at a 103-year-old institution that never shows its age.

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Soccer Teams Headed to Playoffs; Wrestling Season Beginning

Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s cross-country teams reached new heights over the weekend, the college’s men’s and women’s soccer teams both are North Eastern Athletic Conference playoff bound on Tuesday and the wrestling team opens on Wednesday. The Wildcats are on the move.

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‘Out of the Darkness’ Walk Draws Hundreds, Raises Thousands

A river of Wildcat blue, fueled by goodwill, flows along the campus mall.

Saturday evening’s Greater Lycoming Walk, bringing hope to those affected by suicide’s nondiscriminating touch and wresting public attention “Out of the Darkness,” attracted 396 participants and raised more than $14,500 to fund prevention and awareness activities. Aligned with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, walkers – some comprising teams to honor absent friends and family members; others banded together from college offices, fraternities and athletics – traveled a 5K campus course that started and finished at the Field House. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 31.

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Wildcats Set for Cross-Country Championships

After their best regular seasons in recent years, Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s cross-country runners are looking for more when they compete Saturday in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championships at Morrisville, New York.

Assessing the season thus far, third-year Wildcats coach Nick Patton said, “Both teams competed very well throughout the entire regular season, from beginning to end. Obviously, we made some pretty big improvements both on the men’s and women’s side and I’ve been happy with the progress we’ve made.”

Each team has had a strong leader in sophomore Josh Velez, of Lewistown, for the men and freshman Sidney Trunzo, of Williamsport, for the women, who earlier this season finished first in their respective races at the Morrisville State College Invitational, site of this week’s 8K and 6K races. The last time Penn College had individual men’s and women’s conference champions was 2007, and Patton thinks it could happen again.

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Penn College Launches Redesigned Athletics Website

Roar, Wildcats, roar!

Fans of Pennsylvania College of Technology Athletics now have a new and improved source for information as the department revealed its redesigned website, which features the same content that fans have enjoyed in past – with several enhancements – and a sleek, modern look.

With the creation of a new Wildcats logo in May and the department extending its contract with SIDEARM Sports, Penn College Athletics’ website provider since 2014, it was the perfect time for a new look.

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Resilient Student Achieves Goal With John Deere Position

“I just knew this was where I was supposed to be,” Hanna J. Williams says of Penn College, which attracted her through small class sizes and personal interaction with faculty and fellow students. (Photo by Tia G. La, student photographer)

Approximately 200 employers greeted the sophomore at her first Pennsylvania College of Technology career fair. As an industrial design major, the student could approach numerous companies representing all economic sectors. But her focus was the booth decked out in yellow and green, the iconic colors of John Deere.

Hanna J. Williams fell in love with John Deere tractors while growing up on her family’s 800-acre produce farm in Marion, New York. She dreamed of working at the company responsible for the equipment that made her father’s hard farm work a bit easier.

At the career fair, she planned to take the first step to making that dream a reality. She clutched her impressive resume and confidently approached the John Deere booth. Anticipation quickly turned to dejection when company representatives informed her they were recruiting only welding majors.

“They didn’t want anything to do with me,” she recalled.

Crushed, Williams walked away from the booth … but not her dream. “I had to go back,” she said. “This is what I really wanted.”

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Penn College Golfers Finish in Fine Form

Pennsylvania College of Technology golfers closed out their fall season in fine fashion last week while Wildcat men’s and women’s cross-country runners each won their respective races and the men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams all chalked up victories.

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WNEP Broadcasts Student Reaction to U.S. Team’s Soccer Loss

WNEP on campusNewswatch 16’s Kristina Papa visited Penn College’s Athletic Field for student-athletes’ perspective on the U.S. Men’s National Team’s loss to Trinidad and Tobago and attendant failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 31 years. Papa spoke with Randy S. Vance, of Greenwood Lake, New York, and Taylor C. Gonzales, of Lititz – both of whom play soccer for their respective Wildcat teams – and Carly E. Engel, a student who played while in high school at South Williamsport. The segment, which aired during Wednesday evening’s newscasts, also featured footage of Brandon O. Wolff, of Effort, also on the men’s roster.

Volleyball Teams Pay Tribute to Cancer Fighters, Survivors

Wildcat women and their Elmira College counterparts form a pink ribbon in the stands Tuesday evening.

The Penn College women’s volleyball team, as well as its Elmira College opponents in Tuesday’s match, joined in a Bardo Gymnasium observance of the annual “Pink Out” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Each of our ladies played in honor of someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer at some point – several are still fighting the fight, some have overcome,” said coach Bambi A. Hawkins, learning laboratory coordinator for the college’s paramedic program (who also provided the photo). “It was fabulous to have the Elmira team join right in and coordinate with our ladies to create the largest ribbon they could.”

Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend – 2017

Sharing a rock-solid sentiment

Penn College’s second annual Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend had a little something for everyone – and a whole lotta something for those getting reacquainted with their favorite students and/or former classmates! A packed weekend schedule of celebratory activities included a bonfire and paint party, the Athletics Hall of Fame banquet, outlets for artistic expression, informative visits from graduates, guided tours, soccer matches, an alumni golf tournament, a picnic brunch with President Davie Jane Gilmour, musical entertainment, and an Oktoberfest that included a reunion of past Resident Assistants.

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