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College audience invited to Wildcat Dance Team show

Teamwork in action
Teamwork in action
Shimmering with athleticism and energy ...
Shimmering with athleticism and energy …
... and earning the spotlight ...
… and earning the spotlight …
... the Wildcat Dance Team delivers a winning performance.
… the Wildcat Dance Team delivers a winning performance.

Penn College’s Wildcat Dance Team held a spring “Take the Stage” benefit Saturday afternoon in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, the first of two performances within the week. Team members showcased numerous genres of dance throughout the production, accompanied by choreography of equally diverse style. The production will be reprised for students, staff and faculty only in a free performance at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

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Athletes’ sweet revenge benefits autism awareness

Wildcat softball player Morgan B. Heritage, of New Castle, Del., delivers to John D. Vandevere, director of athletics.
Wildcat softball player Morgan B. Heritage, of New Castle, Del., delivers to John D. Vandevere, director of athletics.
Outfielder Shayla M. Bickel, of Shinglehouse, a Student Athlete Advisory Council representative, was a favorite target ...
Outfielder Shayla M. Bickel, of Shinglehouse, a Student Athlete Advisory Council representative, was a favorite target …
... although her colleagues – Matt Blymier, the college’s assistant director of athletics/sports information director, and Jackie Klahold, women’s head softball coach/senior woman administrator – didn't escape unscathed.
… although her colleagues – Matt Blymier, the college’s assistant director of athletics/sports information director, and Jackie Klahold, women’s head softball coach/senior woman administrator – didn’t escape unscathed.
Madeline P. "Maddie" Wenk, also on coach Klahold's roster, aids the cause.
Madeline P. “Maddie” Wenk, also on coach Klahold’s roster, aids the cause.

The Penn College Athletics Department held its fourth annual pie-in-the-face fundraiser Wednesday to mark NCAA Division III Week, which highlights and celebrates the accomplishments of student-athletes on and off the field. Participants paid for the right to lob a plate of foamy fun at their favorite Wildcats, lined up in the Keystone Dining Room, resulting in the collection of $200 to benefit Autism Speaks.
Photos by J.J. Boettcher, student photographer

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Campus takes steps against relationship violence

Christopher D. Hogan, of Halifax, a member of the Wildcat cross-country team, sets the pace.

Members of the Penn College community – 124 strong, featuring a heavy turnout by Wildcat student-athletes – combined for 609,700 “Yards for Yeardley” in a national effort to spotlight healthy relationships. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, the college family walked, jogged, sprinted, rollerbladed and skateboarded the campus mall in memory of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia lacrosse player beaten to death in 2010 by her ex-boyfriend. Student Affairs and Wildcat Athletics organized the event, which included wristbands, T-shirts and a successful “Stick It to Love” note-posting campaign. The group’s total yardage, accrued through laps that began and ended at the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center fountain, translates to nearly 350 miles.

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Penn College golfers look to spring season

Golf, anyone?

Ask Pennsylvania College of Technology golf coach Matt Haile about that and you will get a resounding “yes.”

The Wildcats, who are coming off a fall season during which they won two multiteam invitational tournaments, begin spring play Monday, April 1, at the Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen Spring Invitational at Lebanon Country Club and the coach, in his 10th season, said his players are eager to get outdoors and back on the links.

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Penn College ‘fielding’ esports team

esports

Pennsylvania College of Technology students have a new avenue to flex their competitive muscles in support of their school. The college has formed an esports team that will challenge other colleges and universities for video game supremacy beginning later this month.

“A large portion of our student body consists of active gamers. Establishing a team allows us to formalize that interest in the name of Penn College and facilitate participation for the students in recognized competitions against other schools,” said John D. Vandevere, director of athletics. “The team will be a tremendous outlet for the students, and will serve as a campus life enhancement.”

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Penn College tennis teams set to open

Even though she only has been with her teams just a few weeks after being named the interim coach, Jessica Bower is pleased with what she has seen as the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s tennis teams prepare for their spring openers.

The season begins for the men’s team with a nonconference match at Elmira College at 1 p.m. Saturday and it starts for the women’s team with a North Eastern Athletic Conference match at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29.

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Match your interests to your future at Spring Open House

The Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center will be hubs of activity during Penn College’s Spring 2019 Open House, an April 6 event highlighting the college’s unique educational mission and hands-on approach to learning.

College-minded students, overwhelmed by piles of possibilities as they consider which career path to follow, can sort through the clutter of options during a revealing visit to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Spring Open House.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, members of the Penn College community will welcome potential students and their families, sharing their unique experiences from an institution that has helped tomorrow makers find their niche for more than a century.

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Softball team looks to take next step

With seven returning starters and 12 players from last year’s team that reached the North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs for the third straight season under coach Jackie Klahold, the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s softball team is scheduled to open its season Saturday in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The Wildcats, 14-21 overall and 8-9 in all NEAC games a year ago, will face Notre Dame of Maryland University at 10 a.m. and Wilkes University at 2 p.m. After that, they head further south to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where they will compete in the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic, playing eight games. Their home opener is slated for March 22 with conference play beginning on March 30.

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President Gilmour appointed to NCAA DIII Advisory Group

President Davie Jane Gilmour

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour has been appointed to the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group.

Gilmour will serve alongside other presidents and chancellors from Division III conferences across the U.S. who advise the Division III Presidents Council, the highest governing body in the division.

According to the NCAA website, “The (Presidents) Council establishes and directs the general policy of the Division, while also establishing Division III’s strategic plan. It can make recommendations to the Board of Governors on matters related to Division III, such as championships, and may approve how the Division spends its money.”

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Penn College wrestling program reaches new heights

In just two seasons, coach Jamie Miller has taken the Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling program to new heights.

A year ago, one Penn College wrestler became the first in school history to place in a NCAA Division III regional tournament. On Saturday, four joined the ranks and the Wildcats finished 11th in a 20-team field.

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