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Campus’s THON chapter seeks ‘100 donors in 100 days’

THON dancers Shadle and Schneider represented Penn College on the Bryce Jordan Center floor last winter. (Photo provided)
THON dancers Shadle and Schneider represented Penn College on the Bryce Jordan Center floor last winter. (Photo provided)

THONPenn College Benefiting THON has kicked off its first fundraiser of the season, enlisting “100 donors in 100 days” for the Four Diamonds fight against childhood cancer. The student organization, led by construction management major Rudy C. Shadle, of Mechanicsburg, is soliciting contributions to send dancers to Penn State THON 2021 (Feb. 19-21), a 46-hour “no sleeping, no sitting” marathon that annually raises money and awareness. “The experience overall was truly amazing and something I am very thankful I had the opportunity to partake in,” said Shadle, who represented Penn College along with Bria O. Schneider, an occupational therapy assistant student from York. “Even when you feel like you’re in so much pain, you remember why you are there; that’s for the kids and families that all have had a much harder battle to face.” An eventwide total of $11,696,942.38 was raised this past year, about $1 million more than in THON 2019.

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Penn College students receive Mike Rowe scholarships

Nine Pennsylvania College of Technology students were selected to receive scholarship assistance for 2020-21 from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, established by skilled-labor advocate Mike Rowe.

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation recognized the potential of nine Pennsylvania College of Technology students to shrink the skills gap by awarding them Work Ethic Scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year.

The foundation, created by skilled-labor advocate Mike Rowe, distributes the scholarships annually to students who “embrace personal responsibility, delayed gratification, a positive attitude and a strong work ethic” in preparing for a career in the skilled trades. Over $1 million was distributed to 223 recipients nationwide. Nearly 1,000 students applied for the scholarships.

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Alumni Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant Students

Students help meet Pennsylvania’s 10 million trees goal

Some of the Pennsylvania College of Technology physical therapist assistant students and employees who helped to plant trees at Trailing Pines Tree Farm in Muncy as part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership. Front row (from left): Sierra K. Page, of Morrisdale; Daniella M. Pace, of Harding; Erica L. Gallagher, of Wyoming; and Matt Echevarria, of Carlisle. Back row (from left): Justin J. Forbes, of Coal Township; James A. Hardman, of Trout Run; Corbyn R. Schrader, of Canton; Emily E. Longenecker, of Hummelstown; Keyona Shoff, of Shamokin; Kiara M. Carr, of Middleburg; and Christine A. Tilburg, clinical director of the physical therapist assistant program.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant Class of 2021 recently helped to plant 140 trees as part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership.

Twenty-one students gathered at Trailing Pines Tree Farm in Muncy to plant trees in late June.

The certified tree farm is owned by Paul Huffman, a 1987 graduate of Williamsport Area Community College, a forerunner of Penn College, and is dedicated to wildlife management and conservation.

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July 30, 2020
Dental Hygiene Nursing & Health Sciences Penn College Magazine Penn College Magazine Feature Students

Restoring smiles and lives for those in recovery

At the college's May 2019 commencement ceremony, Lisa M. Zimmer celebrates the culmination of her 12-year journey to a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene.
At the college’s May 2019 commencement ceremony, Lisa M. Zimmer celebrates the culmination of her 12-year journey to a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.
smiles4recovery is a burgeoning nonprofit that was born of Zimmer's senior project.
smiles4recovery is a burgeoning nonprofit that was born of Zimmer’s senior project.

From the Spring 2020 Penn College Magazine: Lisa M. Zimmer’s resolute spirit has borne her through a 12-year journey to a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene that included overcoming opioid addiction and developing a senior project, now a nonprofit organization, to provide oral health care to those in recovery. Read “Restoring smiles and lives.”

July 27, 2020
Faculty & Staff Sports Students

College coach takes part in national esports convention

The Wildcat Den provides a fitting studio for Young's participation in a national esports convention.
The Wildcat Den provides a fitting studio for Young’s participation in a national esports convention.

Joshua D. Young, founding coach of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s esports program and a member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports Board of Directors, remotely participated in the third annual NACE National Convention (July 22-24).

Young – employed as a learning systems administrator in the college’s Office of Instructional Technology – participated in several sessions from the Wildcat Den, dedicated esports space on the second floor of Madigan Library. (While necessitated by COVID-19 precautions for the event, casting from campus also allowed Young to show off the facility to his online colleagues.)

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July 24, 2020
Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Thorough safety measures inform college’s fall reopening plan

With a focused eye toward honoring its reputation for hands-on instruction, all the while abiding by up-to-the-minute advice from government and health experts, Pennsylvania College of Technology will fully reopen for the fall semester on Aug. 17 with in-person instruction.

“We stand ready to recommit to the pivotal role our institution plays in delivering STEM education, partnering with business and industry, and producing the highly skilled ‘tomorrow makers’ needed for essential occupations in Pennsylvania and beyond,” college President Davie Jane Gilmour said.

The president and other college administrators held a series of virtual “town hall” meetings on July 20-21 for students and their families, faculty, and staff, answering questions about the comprehensive and collaborative procedures in place to balance the institution’s moral, ethical and professional obligations in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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July 23, 2020
Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Students

Summer restaurant internship develops skills, flexibility

Resourcefulness and flexibility became the theme of a summer culinary internship for Penn College student Janelle R. Becker, of Fort Loudon, due to changes in the restaurant industry associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

When Pennsylvania College of Technology culinary arts student Janelle R. Becker arranged for a summer internship with a Pittsburgh restaurant, she had hoped to enhance her kitchen skills. As a result of the coronavirus, she’s also practiced resourcefulness and flexibility.

Becker, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and systems, completed most of her internship at Alta Via Ristorante, a modern Italian restaurant in O’Hara Township, just outside the Pittsburgh city line. The restaurant, part of the big Burrito Restaurant Group, gathers its influences from the fresh cuisine of the California wine country and the mountain towns of the Italian Alps.

Becker interviewed with Alta Via early in the spring semester, making arrangements for a summer internship well before cases of the coronavirus emerged in Pennsylvania.

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July 23, 2020
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Executive trio donates corporate aircraft to Penn College

A CL-600 Challenger business jet donated to Penn College by a trio of corporate executives will be used for instructional purposes at the college’s Lumley Aviation Center, next to the Williamsport Regional Airport.

Three partners in a corporate aircraft have donated it to Pennsylvania College of Technology for instructional use in the college’s aviation maintenance program.

The Bombardier (formerly Canadair) CL-600 Challenger jet, valued at nearly $825,000, is being donated by Ira M. Lubert, Anthony F. Misitano and Judith M. von Seldeneck.

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Penn College, NEAC cancel fall sports schedule

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Pennsylvania College of Technology’s fall athletics season was canceled Friday following a unanimous decision by the North Eastern Athletic Conference Presidents’ Council and Board of Athletic Directors.

“Given the current state of the pandemic and the most recent NCAA recommendations, the NEAC Presidents’ Council has unanimously determined that our eight member institutions will not participate in intercollegiate athletic competition during the Fall 2020 season,” the council announced. “NEAC institutions will work together in collaboration with the conference office and the NCAA to seek alternate opportunities to provide a meaningful student-athlete experience throughout the fall season.”

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July 17, 2020
Faculty & Staff Scholarships Students

Administrators boost support for diversity, student leadership

At a Pennsylvania College of Technology commencement ceremony, Elliot Strickland (left) and Carolyn R. Strickland, flank student speaker Hashim Abbas Alfulful. The Stricklands are boosting support for their efforts to enhance diversity and further develop student leadership opportunities at the institution.

Two senior-level administrators at Pennsylvania College of Technology are amplifying their financial support for efforts to enhance diversity and to further develop student leadership opportunities at the institution.

Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost, and Elliott Strickland, vice president for student affairs, have a two-decade history of philanthropy that has empowered student success at Penn College. As advocates for student development through leadership, service, scholarship and global experiences, they appreciate the precise balance of learning opportunities that Penn College provides inside and outside its renowned classrooms and labs.

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July 17, 2020
Faculty & Staff President Students

College shares strategy for resumption of in-person instruction

Pennsylvania College of Technology remains committed to reopening for hands-on, face-to-face instruction in Fall 2020, rolling out a map for safely and responsibly – and collaboratively – navigating the road ahead. “We continue to be guided by a moral obligation to reduce the spread of COVID-19, an ethical obligation to provide the best possible educational outcomes for our students and their families, and a professional obligation to provide future workforce leaders,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said Thursday afternoon. “To deliver on our mission-driven promise, we will be unfailingly diligent in our efforts to safely educate, house and feed students during these extraordinary times.”

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July 16, 2020
Dining Services General Information Students

Penn College part of food allergy college database

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently became part of the FARE Food Allergy College Search database, which allows students to view the food allergy-friendly accommodations made by colleges and universities as part of their college search. Penn College’s accommodations include posting ingredient information, developing cross-contact procedures, offering roommate accommodations and more.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently became one of 94 colleges and universities across the nation to become part of the FARE Food Allergy College Search database.

The database is operated by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education). FARE is dedicated to improving life and health for 32 million Americans with potentially life-threatening food allergies, advocating for research and providing resources, support and hope for the food allergy community.

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July 15, 2020
Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Students

Penn College civil engineering student ‘adapts’

Brandon J. Sensenich, of Lancaster, has overcome a horrific car accident to advance to his junior year in the civil engineering technology program at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

From buildings to bridges, civil engineers conceive, develop and maintain infrastructure essential to daily life. David J. Fedor tells his Pennsylvania College of Technology students they must be adaptable to meet that grand responsibility. Every project has unanticipated difficulties to address and overcome.

Brandon J. Sensenich, of Lancaster, doesn’t flinch when absorbing Fedor’s message. The civil engineering technology student proved his adaptability with a challenge more significant than any structure.

Sensenich had to relearn how to walk, talk and eat before returning for his second semester at Penn College.

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July 8, 2020
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Penn College students awarded manufacturing scholarships

Eight students from Pennsylvania College of Technology are among 37 nationwide honored with scholarships from a foundation that promotes skilled manufacturing careers.

The $1,500 scholarships from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs – the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International – are for the Fall 2020 semester. Full-time students enrolled in an engineering or manufacturing-related course of study were eligible.

The eight Penn College recipients represent majors within the School of Engineering Technologies.

“We are very proud to see so many of our students honored with the scholarships,” said Bradley M. Webb, dean of engineering technologies. “Penn College had more students receive the scholarships than any other school. That fact reflects the high quality of not only our students but also our academic programs and dedicated faculty.”

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July 7, 2020

Links ready for impactful interaction with campus newcomers

Caila N. FlanaganHallie S. HarrimanMichael E. Highland IISophia G. WiestConnections Links are ready to greet Penn College’s Fall 2020 class! Although orientation may look very different this summer, four campus leaders are prepared to give incoming students and their families a virtual Penn College welcome. Offering their friendly faces via social media and through online chats, these knowledgeable Links are ready to facilitate networking and answer a wide range of questions. Registrants will receive an email invitation before the Connections experience begins in mid-July. This year’s Links are (above, from left) Caila N. Flanagan, Williamsport, business administration: management concentration; Hallie S. Harriman, Mifflinburg, information technology sciences-gaming and simulation; Michael E. Highland II, Slatington, electronics and computer engineering technology; and Sophia G. Wiest, Butler, entrepreneurial innovation.
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July 5, 2020