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Penn College plastics students earn thermoforming scholarships

Nathan A. Rader-Edkin, of Williamsport (left), and Haven K. Bontz, of Cooperstown, Venango County, both majoring in plastics and polymer engineering technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, were among five students nationwide to receive scholarships from the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division.

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology plastics students were among five nationwide to receive scholarships from the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division.

Haven K. Bontz, of Cooperstown, and Nathan A. Rader-Edkin, of Williamsport, both majoring in plastics and polymer engineering technology, earned the scholarships from the professional society dedicated to advancing thermoforming technologies. Bontz’s scholarship was for $2,000, and Rader-Edkin received $2,500.

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Nursing & Health Sciences Students Surgical Technology

Students celebrate National Surgical Technologists Week

Pennsylvania College of Technology surgical technology students embrace their inner superheroes in celebration of National Surgical Technologists Week (Sept. 15-21).

Celebrating their inner superheroes, students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s surgical technology major are joining hospitals and colleges throughout the country in observing National Surgical Technologists Week, Sept. 15-21.

National Surgical Technologists Week is a promotional event of the Association of Surgical Technologists to celebrate those who work in the field.

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Alumni Students

Three employers campus-bound in search of applicants

Employers in a variety of fields relevant to three of Penn College’s academic schools are eager to meet with students and alumni this week.

Scheduled for visits and/or interviews are:

  • Geisinger (information table) – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, ATHS atrium
  • Construction Specialties – 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17; LEC, Room B2052 (Interviews Friday in CC, Room 202)
  • Schindler Elevator – 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19; CAL, Room 107

For more, including available positions and sought-after majors, check out the Career Services flyer: Visiting Employers

Construction & Design Technologies Faculty & Staff Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Students

Two HVAC students awarded national industry scholarships

OESP awards scholarships

Two of five $5,000 scholarships recently awarded by the Oil and Energy Service Professionals and its co-sponsors have gone to Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

The scholarships were presented to Peter W. Bennett, of Sea Cliff, New York, and Ian H. West, of Hummelstown. Bennett is enrolled in the two-year heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology major; West is working toward a bachelor’s degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology.

The financial assistance comes from the organization’s Dave Nelsen Scholarship Program, established in 1999 to memorialize an OESP member’s commitment to education.

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Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Plastics & Polymer Students

Penn College plastics students receive SPE scholarships

Lucas S. Poche, of Lewistown, and Shawnee M. Mills, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, both majoring in plastics and polymer engineering technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, earned scholarships from the Society of Plastics Engineers. Poche was awarded the $3,000 SPE Foundation Ted Neward Scholarship; Mills received the $2,500 Extrusion Division Russell Gould Scholarship.

The Society of Plastics Engineers Foundation recognized the excellence of two Pennsylvania College of Technology students by awarding them scholarships.

Shawnee M. Mills, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, and Lucas S. Poche, of Lewistown, both majoring in plastics and polymer engineering technology, earned the scholarships from the society dedicated to advancing the plastics profession worldwide.

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Events Students

More ‘PC3’ … or ‘Pics and it DID happen!’

When "How is everything?" needn't be asked!

As the opening weeks of the semester settle into a collegiate pattern, there’s at least one thing that won’t ever become routine: the variety of activities and opportunities for Penn College students. Among recent events – immortalized, yet again, by student photographers – were a Multicultural Lawn Party, a Student Engagement Meet-and-Greet, a CC Commons Karaoke Party, a Hiawatha wing cruise, and “Wildcat Wars” among on- and off-campus residents (and won overall by Lancaster/York halls).

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Architectural Technology Building Construction Construction & Design Technologies Students

Students bolster classroom lessons through industrial site visit

ACH119 students visit Centre Concrete on Fairfield Road, Montoursville, for a much-appreciated tour.
ACH119 students visit Centre Concrete on Fairfield Road, Montoursville, for a much-appreciated tour.

Students in Rob A. Wozniak’s Building Materials I class recently visited Centre Concrete in Montoursville, valuably leaving the classroom to reinforce topics learned on campus. “Discussions and demonstrations around the plant included aggregate types, moisture content, tests for concrete slump, temperature, and air and compression, along with applicable discussion on admixtures, batching, travel distance and related costs,” said Wozniak,  an associate professor of architectural technology. “On site, retaining wall block and pervious concrete was also observed and spoken about.” Building Materials I is a required first-semester course in the two-year architectural technology major, as well as in the four-year building science and sustainable design and residential construction technology and management majors. Its focus is on residential building materials and how they are integrated into students’ drawings and designs.
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Student interaction among highlights of legislative visit

Stopping for a photo op at the Gold Rush Excavator are (from left) Everett, Gilmour, Cutler, Smeltz and Yaw.
Stopping for a photo op at the Gold Rush Excavator are (from left) Everett, Gilmour, Cutler, Smeltz and Yaw.
During his travels, Cutler enjoyed interactions with students who reside in or near his legislative district, including baking and pastry arts students Rebecca High (left), of Willow Street, and Alana L. LaPenta, of Lemoyne.
During his travels, Cutler enjoyed interactions with students who reside in or near his legislative district, including baking and pastry arts students Rebecca High (left), of Willow Street, and Alana L. LaPenta, of Lemoyne.
In the manufacturing lab, Cutler learns about the mechanics of BAJA team racing from students including John D. Kleinfelter (center in red shirt), a manufacturing engineering student from Lebanon.
In the manufacturing lab, Cutler learns about the mechanics of BAJA team racing from students including John D. Kleinfelter (center in red shirt), a manufacturing engineering student from Lebanon.
The tour winds its way through the new welding expansion. Cutler’s late father was a welder, so he held a keen interest in the facility and the skill.
The tour winds its way through the new welding expansion. Cutler’s late father was a welder, so he held a keen interest in the facility and the skill.
Back to his roots, Cutler visits the radiography lab to hear about advances in technologies from Christine L. Eckenrod, the college’s new director of radiography.
Back to his roots, Cutler visits the radiography lab to hear about advances in technologies from Christine L. Eckenrod, the college’s new director of radiography.

State Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), the second-highest ranking member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, visited Penn College on Thursday. Cutler, serving his first term as majority leader, was accompanied on the tour – which took in a number of instructional areas of main campus – by Jacob G. Smeltz, his chief of staff, as well as two members of the college’s board of directors: Sen. Gene Yaw, chair, and Rep. Garth Everett. President Davie Jane Gilmour and other members of the college administration (including Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Patrick Marty, chief of staff) welcomed the guests, and various deans and faculty members led Cutler through The Victorian House, welding and metal fabrication, advanced manufacturing, automotive restoration, culinary arts and hospitality, plastics and polymer engineering, and several majors in the School of Nursing & Health Sciences. Cutler started his career in radiography, earning a certificate from Lancaster General School of Radiology. He worked as an X-ray technologist before earning a health care management degree from Lebanon Valley College and working as an administrator in his local hospital’s radiology department. He later earned a law degree, focused on health care law, from Widener Law School and has served in the Legislature since 2007. The day’s itinerary also included lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and a chance to see the Gold Rush Excavator on a nearby parking lot.

Corporate Relations Diesel & Power Generation Faculty & Staff Heavy Equipment Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Highway Equipment, Volvo continue student-centered aid

Gathered around a Volvo EC220 excavator on loan for Pennsylvania College of Technology students’ use are (from left) Ryan W. Peck, diesel equipment technology instructor; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations at the college; Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; Tyler Wright, remarketing sales manager for Volvo Construction Equipment; Ryan Flood, vice president, Highway Equipment & Supply Co.; and Jonathan G. Vasconcelos, of Windham, N.H., enrolled in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis. (Photo by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor)

The corporate generosity that provides Pennsylvania College of Technology students with up-to-date tools befitting a campuswide pool of “tomorrow makers” lives on in an equipment loan from Volvo Construction Equipment, facilitated by Highway Equipment & Supply Co.

A Volvo EC220 excavator has been made available through the end of the Fall 2019 semester, and already has seen considerable use by students in the summer operations classes.

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Events Faculty & Staff Makerspace Students

Makerspace marks anniversary with forward-looking event

Roberta Schwenk, makerspace assistant, shows first-year students the versatile capabilities of a 3D printer.
Roberta Schwenk, makerspace assistant, shows first-year students the versatile capabilities of a 3D printer.
On hand to assist guests are (from left) welding instructor Timothy S. Turnbach; Thomas E. Ask, professor of industrial design; and Jeremiah C. Johnson, makerspace attendant.
On hand to assist guests are (from left) welding instructor Timothy S. Turnbach; Thomas E. Ask, professor of industrial design; and Jeremiah C. Johnson, makerspace attendant.
The face of ingenuity
The face of ingenuity
Students work on personal projects in the collaborative space.
Students work on personal projects in the collaborative space.
Schwenk and Barbara J. Albert, director of the Children's Learning Center – whose husband, Eric K., is an associate professor of machine tool technology – talk with a student among the evening's attendees.
Schwenk and Barbara J. Albert, director of the Children’s Learning Center – whose husband, Eric K., is an associate professor of machine tool technology – talk with a student among the evening’s attendees.

Students, faculty and staff attended a Tuesday open house at The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College (Room 104 of the Carl Building Technologies Center), enjoying free food and refreshments and learning about all of the great things they can accomplish there. In addition to kicking off the facility’s second year, the event ushers in a full slate of weekly training sessions on a variety of interesting topics. Watch PCToday for weekly announcements of the Fall 2019 training sessions, to be held from 6-7 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 21.
Photos by Juvy A. Orillaza, student photographer

Events Faculty & Staff Students

SGA sponsoring Sept. 17 mayoral debate

Mayoral debate A debate between the two candidates in Williamsport’s mayoral race, sponsored by Penn College’s Student Government Association, is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.  Republican Eric Beiter, store manager for Beiter’s Home Center, and Democrat Derek Slaughter, a mathematics teacher at Williamsport Area High School and member of Williamsport City Council, will discuss issues and answer audience questions. The debate will be moderated by Craig A. Miller, associate professor of history/political science at the college.

Diesel & Power Generation Faculty & Staff General Information Heavy Equipment Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

‘Gold Rush Excavator Tour’ to visit Penn College on Thursday

God Rush Excavator

Hosted by Highway Equipment & Supply Co., the Volvo Construction Equipment/Discovery Gold Rush Excavator tour will stop at Pennsylvania College of Technology from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.

The Gold Rush Excavator celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Discovery show, “Gold Rush,” and is on tour in the United States and Canada, featuring the new Volvo CE EC200E 20-ton model with an Akzo Nobel paint job valued at $5,000 to $7,000; one-of-a-kind, custom premium leather KAB seating with the embroidered signatures of co-stars Tony Beets, Parker Schnabel and Rick Ness; and gold custom track pads.

The Gold Rush Excavator will be stationed on the parking lot between UPMC Field and the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. The college community is invited to attend this unique “selfie opportunity,” then post photos with #GoldRushExcavator and #HwyEquip.

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Alumni Events Faculty & Staff Students

A boring week at Penn College? There’s no such animal!

As if yoga isn't already challenging enough!

The semester-opening “PC3” continued its fall bounty of events in Week Two, tempting students with a cornucopia of options. In this pictorial roundup, PCToday invites you to experience Tuesday’s Fall Fusion/Part-Time Job Fair, the following evening’s Penn College Night at BB&T Ballpark with the Williamsport Crosscutters, and – a heartbleat away from the Labor Day Weekend – a Thursday mashup that speaks for itself: Goat Yoga.

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Admissions Faculty & Staff Students

Speaker takes ‘diversity’ from buzzword to reality

Glass shares his powerful voice with an engaged audience.
Glass shares his powerful voice with an engaged audience.
Men's basketball coach Geoff B. Hensley shares diversity initiatives undertaken in Wildcat athletics.
Men’s basketball coach Geoff B. Hensley shares diversity initiatives undertaken in Wildcat athletics.
Bywords for change
Bywords for change
Jeanne M. Kerschner, director of the college's occupational therapy assistant program, relates how knowledge and sensitivity are key to providing health care to a widely varied client population.
Jeanne M. Kerschner, director of the college’s occupational therapy assistant program, relates how knowledge and sensitivity are key to providing health care to a widely varied client population.
Beerman, who introduced Glass to those assembled in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, closes with sincere gratitude for his eye-opening dialogue.
Beerman, who introduced Glass to those assembled in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, closes with sincere gratitude for his eye-opening dialogue.

Mobilized by a guest speaker’s incisive perspective and moved by his inspiring experience, a cross-section of faculty, staff and students engaged in an essential conversation about furthering academic achievement for all. In a Thursday presentation titled, “Action and Accountability,” Quadrese’ M. Glass – a recent Dickinson College alumnus about to assume a graduate program coordinator position in South Africa on behalf of an educational nonprofit – discussed how “inclusivity” can be more than a concept; how the Penn College family can provide a welcoming home to students who don’t feel as though they belong here. Facilitated by the Admissions Office (particularly Nicole G. Beerman, admissions counselor for diversity initiatives, and counselors Lorenzo A. Marefka and Lee A. Dawson), the talk addressed how the campus community can fold diversity into its daily interactions and classroom curricula. Glass is a graduate of Philadelphia Futures, which provides low-income, first-generation students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for college success. Penn College has a relationship with that program, funded by the Brook J. Lenfest Foundation, which provides financial and academic support for students enrolled in associate degree majors.