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SGA announces newly elected senators, officers for 2021-22

New and returning Student Government Association senators and members of the executive board were announced Friday afternoon by outgoing President Ethan M. McKenzie, who optimistically predicted that their performance would continue the momentum of a challenging – yet “transformative” – 2020-21 academic year.

“These student leaders have hitherto served their institution with distinction, and I’m certain they are more than capable of carrying on and augmenting the legacy we’ve built this past year,” said McKenzie, of Muncy, graduating next month in software development and information management. “My sincerest congratulations to each of SGA’s elected leaders.”

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2 days ago
Alumni Building Construction Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

Addition to veterans park reflects college collaboration

The keystone of the Penn College pathway, centered over the honorees' names below

Four members of the ConCreate Design Club joined instructor Harry W. Hintz Jr. at the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park this week, installing paving bricks engraved with the names of Penn College students and faculty who have worked on the project over the past three years. The group rendezvoused at the West Fourth Street/Wahoo Drive site with John O. Markley, of the Veterans Memorial Park Commission, who oversaw the latest enhancement to the ever-expanding memorial. As preparations continue for a Memorial Day dedication at the park, organizers generously wanted to permanently spell out the college’s collaboration. The pavers acknowledge Hintz and three other faculty members – Glenn R. Luse, Richard R. Motter Jr. and Franklin H. Reber Jr. – as well as more than 100 students engaged in the improvements to date, from site preparation to stone-wall construction.

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Alumni Career Services Students

Four employers staffing ‘pop-up’ recruitment tables in week ahead

Students and alumni from a variety of majors in Penn College’s School of Engineering Technologies can talk one-on-one with potential employers during the coming days.

  • Cumberland Truck Equipment – 9 a.m.-noon Monday, April 12; Schneebeli Earth Science Center diesel lab (Room 163)
  • XPO Logistics – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 14; ESC diesel lab
  • Warfel Construction – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, April 15; Hager Lifelong Education Center lobby
  • Aerotek – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 16; LEC lobby

For more, including specific majors sought by each of those companies, consult the Career Services flyer: Employer visits

3 days ago
Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Students

What is human services and restorative justice?

Instructor Sarah S. Moore tackles the most commonly asked questions about a career path that runs the gamut of options, from probation officer to working in foster care, in the latest Penn College Q&A video. “It’s a generalist degree. You’re looking at things from a multi-prong approach. It’s interdisciplinary and students have the ability to tailor that major based on their interest,” Moore explains. “Students often minor in areas of psychology, criminal justice or emergency management. Being able to do that helps the student to earn their degree, but yet be able to focus or specialize in an area that interests them.” In a brisk, informative four minutes, learn how you can inspire change and enrich the lives of others with a career in human services and restorative justice.

3 days ago
General Information Students

ROTC battalion hosting visit by mobile VR simulator

The Army's "Decide to Lead" exhibit ...
The Army’s “Decide to Lead” exhibit …
... lets students take charge of a virtual world, emerging with leadership traits honed in their chosen scenario.
… lets students take charge of a virtual world, emerging with leadership traits honed in their chosen scenario.

The U.S. Army’s “Decide to Lead” trailer, a virtual reality simulator that provides a glimpse into the daily life of a junior officer, will be stationed on Penn College’s main campus on Thursday, April 15. Students interested in Army ROTC can visit the interactive exhibit, which allows them “to exercise critical-thinking skills as a platoon leader navigating a complex mission assignment while demonstrating their own personal strengths,” said Capt. Jeffery A. Hill, a member of the Bald Eagle Battalion faculty. (Penn College is part of the battalion, along with Lock Haven and Mansfield universities and Lycoming College.) The recruitment vehicle will be on the Susquehanna Street mall, just outside the Keystone Dining Room, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.
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4 days ago
Alumni Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences College Relations Faculty & Staff General Information Scholarships Students

Students to benefit from co-author’s tribute to late mentor

Bill Byham (left, in a photo taken by Lycoming College for his 2013 enshrinement in the institution's Athletics Hall of Fame) and Tom Speicher

When local sports legend Bill Byham passed away in late May 2017, his unpublished novel – offering relevant life lessons through the prism of junior-high football – could easily have died with him.

The manuscript of “Bucky Deacon’s Dilemma,” pecked out on a typewriter during summers by the pool, had languished for decades since Byham tried unsuccessfully to get it published through the comparably limited outlets of the 1980s and ’90s. The dream of sharing Bucky’s story with the world would have remained unrealized, but for a friend who fondly remembered his once-upon-a-time reading of it.

“A couple weeks before he died, Bill just wanted to write. He talked about it a lot,” said Tom Speicher, who met Byham as a Lycoming College freshman. “About two years afterward, I got the idea that publishing his book would be a great way to pay tribute to him. We need more stories like this, sharing the virtues of teamwork, conflict resolution and friendship.”

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6 days ago
College Relations Electrical Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students Workforce Development

PPL provides funding for mechatronics trainer components

In a mechatronics lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology, student Andrew C. Caffrey gains industrial electricity skills at a portable, modular trainer featuring components purchased with PPL grant funds. Caffrey, of Denver, Pennsylvania, is enrolled in automation engineering technology: mechatronics.

PPL has provided $13,000 toward the purchase of trainers to enhance the knowledge and skills of mechatronics students, whether they are enrolled in academic majors or are completing apprenticeship programs offered by Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The grant funding enabled the college to purchase mechanical and hydraulic components to increase training-unit capacity, as well as a flammable-liquid cabinet to satisfy safety requirements.

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6 days ago
College Relations Dining Services Faculty & Staff Students

Donations to The Cupboard appreciated

The Cupboard at Penn CollegeDonations are always welcomed at The Cupboard at Penn College, an on-campus food pantry, including items that aren’t food. In March, The Cupboard was grateful to receive a donation by the Student Nurses’ Association of over 75 health and beauty products.

The Cupboard provides aid to Penn College students who may be having a difficult time purchasing enough food to avoid hunger for themselves and their families.

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April 3, 2021
Alumni College Relations Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Information Technology Scholarships Students

Scholarship donors get firsthand look at their fruitful philanthropy

A recent Scholarship Celebration, including remarks delivered from the new Center for Career Design, paid tribute to scholarship donors and vividly illustrated the life-changing impact that their support creates for Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

Emceed by Kyle A. Smith, executive director of college relations and the Penn College Foundation, the event featured the perspective of Student Government Association President Ethan M. McKenzie, graduating this spring in software development and information management, and 2018 applied technology studies alumnus Ryan Monteleone, who also holds a degree in information assurance and cyber security.

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April 2, 2021
Engineering Technologies Landscape/Horticulture Students

Penn College horticulture students awarded $1,000 scholarships

The National Association of Landscape Professionals Foundation has awarded $1,000 scholarships to each of four Pennsylvania College of Technology landscape/horticulture technology students on behalf of industry benefactors.

Honored virtually during NALP’s 45th annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition from March 15-19 were Nick Bianchi, of Archbald, recipient of The Ruppert Landscape Company Scholarship; Erick V. Kennedy, of Williamsport, RM Landscape and Lemcke Family Scholarship; Joanne S. Kim, of Williamsport, Chapel Valley Landscape Co. – The Reeve Family Scholarship; and Cyra E. Sterner, of Williamsport, Jacobsen Landscape Design and Construction Scholarship.

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March 30, 2021
Faculty & Staff General Information Library Students

College library working to maintain historic ‘star’ status

An attractively arrayed table provides food for thought – and snacks, too!
An attractively arrayed table provides food for thought – and snacks, too!
The program's five foundational literacies, and the ways in which Madigan Library incorporates them into its service to the community, are a keystone of the entranceway display.
The program’s five foundational literacies, and the ways in which Madigan Library incorporates them into its service to the community, are a keystone of the entranceway display.

Madigan Library is in the midst of fulfilling the required annual process to retain its PA Forward Gold Star status, the first academic library in the commonwealth to be so designated when it was conferred in 2018. A display near the reference desk explains the Pennsylvania Library Association’s PA Forward initiative and provides information about the importance of being skilled in five knowledge foundations: basic literacy, information literacy, civic and social literacy, health literacy, and financial literacy.

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March 30, 2021
Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies Events Students

Lean, mean fighting machines show mettle in robotic arena

Ralston, with his first-place trophy
Ralston, with his first-place trophy
Two 3D-printed robots battle it out for 2 minutes.
Two 3D-printed robots battle it out for 2 minutes.
McCray gets his robot ready for its next fight.
McCray gets his robot ready for its next fight.

Students in Penn College’s School of Engineering Technologies claimed the top spots in Saturday’s Plastics Ant-Weight Competition, sponsored by the Student Wildcats of Robotic Design.

Placing first was Jack P. Ralston, of Bloomsburg, who said, “I feel that the club gives us a way to apply and expand upon what we learn in class.”

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March 29, 2021
Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Students

Students helping local nonprofit’s gourmet cupcake sale

"Cupcakes for a Cause"Student volunteers from Penn College’s Hospitality Connections Club will assist guest baker Nikki Fiel during a “Cupcakes for a Cause” fundraiser for Dwell Orphan Care. Orders are being accepted through Monday for six flavors of gourmet cupcakes, to be picked up from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 3, at First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center, 601 Market St., Williamsport. The nonprofit agency was formed in 2019 “to support foster and adoptive families in Lycoming County and beyond so that children have a safe, loving, forever home in which to dwell.”

March 26, 2021