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‘Energy 101’ offers engaging insights, awareness in public talk

“Energy 101,” the next talk in the Technology & Society Colloquia Series at Pennsylvania College of Technology, will be presented Tuesday, Oct. 29, by Edward J. Maginn, a guest lecturer with the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Lecture Series. The program is being offered in partnership with the Notre Dame Club of Greater Williamsport.

Energy fuels our everyday lives and flows into our conversations, yet many of us struggle with this complex subject. Topics such as peak oil, carbon dioxide emissions, fracking, renewables, batteries, pipelines and nuclear power are much talked about and debated. “Energy 101,” the next talk in the Technology & Society Colloquia Series at Pennsylvania College of Technology, will provide a gentle introduction to the basics of energy.

What do we mean by energy? How much energy do we use and why? Where does our energy come from? What might it take to change our energy portfolio? What are the challenges of changing our energy-use patterns? These questions are among those that will be answered in the colloquium scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.

In partnership with the Notre Dame Club of Greater Williamsport, Edward J. Maginn, a guest lecturer with the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Lecture Series, will deliver “Energy 101,” which will also highlight some of the energy-related research going on at Notre Dame.

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Brewing & Fermentation Science Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Brewing major profiled in Mountain Home magazine

Yarrington talks with students during a brewery visit.
Yarrington talks with students during a brewery visit.

Penn College’s 2-year-old brewing and fermentation major is featured in the October issue of Mountain Home, an award-winning monthly publication focused on Pennsylvania and New York’s Finger Lakes. “One thing about Penn College, among others, is that they’re really focused on industry trends,” instructor Timothy L. Yarrington says in the article by Melissa Farenish. “Consumers are starting to expect and demand consistent quality. So, brewers need education and the understanding of the science of brewing to maintain this quality. The curriculum is designed so that students not only get hands-on experience, but also the science education background that goes into understanding how to maintain quality in the brews.”

Faculty & Staff Library Students

Database provider spotlights Penn College in online Q&A

Jessica U. OberlinPenn College is spotlighted in a fresh post to Infobase’s website, which features an interview with Madigan Library’s Jessica U. Oberlin. The library subscribes to the company’s Films on Demand database, offering instructional access to streaming videos from such acclaimed networks as PBS, National Geographic and the BBC. Oberlin, Madigan’s information technology initiatives librarian, obliged the request for answers in an enlightening give-and-take. How do campus librarians enhance learning every day? Visit Infobase and learn!

Dining Services Faculty & Staff Sports Students

Wearing Wildcat Pride on their sleeves

The CC Commons crew displays school spirit.
The CC Commons crew displays school spirit.
The Capitol Eatery kitchen squad, ready for action
The Capitol Eatery kitchen squad, ready for action

Dining Services staff is wishing “Good luck” to all Penn College sports teams this year by donning Game Day T-shirts whenever the Wildcats play at home. The employees pictured at left, for instance, suited up in honor of the women’s “Battle for the Lumber” soccer match against Lycoming College on Wednesday night.
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Faculty & Staff General Information Students

November blood drive aims to further Penn College supremacy

A certificate and pin affirm Penn College's credentials as a Red Cross Premier Blood Partner.
A certificate and pin affirm Penn College’s credentials as a Red Cross Premier Blood Partner.

Penn College, which holds the title as the top collection site within its American Red Cross Blood Services region, hopes to continue those award-winning ways during a mid-November drive in Penn’s Inn. Bloodmobiles hosted by College Health Services garnered 504 pints last year, an impressive total even though bad weather forced costly collection cancellations. Marge Smith, an account manager for Blood Services’ Northeastern Pennsylvania Region, said Penn College has averaged 660 units over the past four years in spite of losing multiple days to snowstorms. As each pint potentially saves three lives, the public impact of college blood donors speaks for itself. “The Red Cross knows we can count on you,” she said. “Thank you for helping us make a difference.” The college’s success also resulted in a Certificate of Recognition from Red Cross’ Premier Blood Partners Program. “Your support is critical to our lifesaving mission,” the document states. “Each year we deliver nearly 7 million blood products to hospital patients – and we could not do it without you.” Next month’s drive, scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 13-14, will add to the 377 units collected during the year to date. Schedule a visit online and use the convenient RapidPass to complete the pre-donation readings and health history questions on appointment day.

Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Nursing honor society chapter receives regional recognition

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s newly chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing was recently recognized as part of the organization’s Showcase of Regional Excellence.

The chapter was recognized for responding to Sigma Theta Tau International President Beth Baldwin Tigges’ call to all chapters and members to “connect, collaborate and catalyze to advance world health.”

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Collision Repair & Restoration Corporate Relations Scholarships Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Coventry ups scholarship fund, supplies Jaguar for student work

Gathered on campus to mark the Coventry Foundation’s ongoing contributions to Pennsylvania College of Technology are (from left) Gary Kincel, foundation president; Penn College student Logan K. VanBlargan, of Bloomsburg, the latest recipient of the organization’s automotive restoration technology scholarship; Gary Hagopian, a member of the foundation’s board of directors; and Roy H. Klinger, collision repair instructor. Overhead is a 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series 3, donated to the foundation by the estate of its late owner, which students will preserve.

The Coventry Foundation, an organization of passionate Jaguar collectors, has added to its scholarship fund for students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s internationally recognized automotive restoration technology major.

Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, the Coventry Foundation aims to perpetuate the heritage of Jaguar automobiles in North America through an archive of printed material, tools and vintage automobiles; annual scholarships to students; and recognition of accredited restoration programs. Its hope is to assure that a pool of qualified technicians is available to properly service and restore vintage Jaguars far into the future.

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Automotive Collision Repair & Restoration Faculty & Staff Ford Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Mustang speaker looks to past to inspire tomorrow makers

Brett A. Reasner (left), dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, accepts a Ford Performance banner for campus display after introducing Clor.
Brett A. Reasner (left), dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, accepts a Ford Performance banner for campus display after introducing Clor.
"Everyone has a Mustang story," the speaker said, sharing a number of tales from the car's illustrious lineage.
“Everyone has a Mustang story,” the speaker said, sharing a number of tales from the car’s illustrious lineage.
In one of many cultural touchpoints featuring the Mustang, Farrah Fawcett sits atop a 1976 Cobra II during her "Charlie's Angels" years. (Others cited in the presentation include Steve McQueen's famed San Francisco car chase in 1968's "Bullitt.")
In one of many cultural touchpoints featuring the Mustang, Farrah Fawcett sits atop a 1976 Cobra II during her “Charlie’s Angels” years. (Others cited in the presentation include Steve McQueen’s famed San Francisco car chase in 1968’s “Bullitt.”)
 Clor enthusiastically recounts the automobile's life-altering place in American society, enabling the "free and unencumbered mobility to go where you want to go."
Clor enthusiastically recounts the automobile’s life-altering place in American society, enabling the “free and unencumbered mobility to go where you want to go.”
Students and faculty alike supplement the day's curriculum with an expert's perspective.
Students and faculty alike supplement the day’s curriculum with an expert’s perspective.

Students in Penn College’s automotive, collision repair and restoration majors were treated to a colorful recap of recent automotive history – and their role in the industry’s next chapter – during a Monday campus visit by an award-winning journalist and lifelong car enthusiast. John M. Clor, who manages a club outreach program for Ford Performance, recounted “55 Years of the Ford Mustang” during a presentation in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Clor’s lively lecture took the audience through decades of “the most recognized car in the world,” contrasting its iconic beauty with that of less-popular competitors. “Anyone can build something for a minute,” he said, before sharing a slideshow of ill-advised vehicle designs that failed to similarly grab the public’s extended attention. “When you don’t have a heritage, you need a gimmick.” In addition to celebrating the enduring coolness of the Mustang, as distinguishable in its outline as a Coke bottle, Clor applauded the students for choosing their career paths. “Learning to do something with your hands makes all the difference in the world,” he said. “You’re the key to the future. Dream big and heritage is yours.”

Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Plastics & Polymer Students

Penn College plastics student awarded scholarship

Lucas S. Poche

A Pennsylvania College of Technology plastics student is one of just six individuals nationwide to receive a $5,000 PACK EXPO scholarship.

Lucas S. Poche, of Lewistown, a senior majoring in plastics and polymer engineering technology, earned the scholarship from The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. PMMI is a trade association consisting of companies involved in various aspects of packaging throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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General Information Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Students Welding

Students to perform during Williamsport’s ‘First Friday’

Three students who have performed together as a CRU worship team will provide musical entertainment during this week’s First Friday in downtown Williamsport. The trio – Graham E. Burnett (percussion), industrial design, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey; Nathaniel H. Lyon (saxophone/percussion), welding and fabrication engineering technology, Fredericksburg; and Elias D. Ritter (keyboard), graphic design, Willow Grove – will play on the BB&T stage (between the Community Arts Center and Williamsport Sun-Gazette building) from 5-7 p.m.

Alumni Events Faculty & Staff Students

In Homecoming tradition, fountain follows course of a different color

General Services' Gary T. Pandolfi, refrigeration, heating and plumbing mechanic, helps Katherine A. Downes, a graphic design major from Hamburg, as students took turns pouring Wildcat Blue dye into the water outside the ATHS.
General Services’ Gary T. Pandolfi, refrigeration, heating and plumbing mechanic, helps Katherine A. Downes, a graphic design major from Hamburg, as students took turns pouring Wildcat Blue dye into the water outside the ATHS.
The deep-blue hue works its way through the fountain's pool, a change that will remain until after the college's Oct. 27 Open House.
The deep-blue hue works its way through the fountain’s pool, a change that will remain until after the college’s Oct. 27 Open House.
Celebrating their tag-team tinting of the Veterans' Fountain are (from left) SGA's Downes, Michael E. Highland II, Patrick C. Ferguson and Ryan P. Farabaugh; and WEB's  Jerry J. Hudak, McKenna N. Myers, Shaqira S. Drummond, Serena V. Bergeron and Chad M. Karper.
Celebrating their tag-team tinting of the Veterans’ Fountain are (from left) SGA’s Downes, Michael E. Highland II, Patrick C. Ferguson and Ryan P. Farabaugh; and WEB’s Jerry J. Hudak, McKenna N. Myers, Shaqira S. Drummond, Serena V. Bergeron and Chad M. Karper.

Nine members of Penn College’s Student Government Association and Wildcat Events Board introduced dye into The Veterans’ Fountain at first light Monday morning, encouraged by the Office of Student Engagement and General Services in the traditional prelude to Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend. The annual observance is a time to connect alumni, students, families and friends through many great events across a beautiful college campus. Among the activities showcasing Wildcat Pride are the ninth annual Alumni Golf Outing, the Alumni & Friends Tent Party, a bonfire outside Madigan Library, breakfast with President Davie Jane Gilmour, and open academic labs. Men’s and women’s soccer games on the new UPMC Field, featuring a number of local food trucks, and an Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner will also take place. (Watch PCToday next Monday morning for a photo gallery from the weekend’s festivities.)

Construction & Design Technologies Electrical Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Students

Six Penn College students awarded national HVAC scholarships

Rees Scholarship FoundationA half-dozen students in two of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s academic schools are among 36 recipients of financial assistance from the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute’s Rees Scholarship Foundation.

Sharing a total of $8,000 are Peter W. Bennett, of Sea Cliff, New York, and Christopher J. Milliken, of Bellefonte, majoring in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; Luke Samuel Mika Brambley, of Breezewood, and Aiden Chestnut, of Aston, enrolled in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology; and building automation technology students Austin R. Reynolds, of Enola, and Adam J. Tarnowski, of Shickshinny.

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Faculty & Staff Individualized Programs of Study Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Day’s headlines readily – and relevantly – fuel classroom discussion

Learning politics in real timeTo assess Penn College students’ perspective on the day’s news – developments as fresh as the Washington, D.C., impeachment drama unfolding concurrently with their Thursday afternoon lecture – WNEP’s Chris Keating visited Craig A. Miller’s American Government-National course. Miller, an associate professor of history/political science whose Klump Academic Center classroom gives students a nonjudgmental space in which to formulate their opinions, began with a discussion of current events (including the congressional hearing on recess when the session convened, as well as its back story involving both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden). In addition to interviewing Miller, Keating talked on camera with Allen J. Hafner, an individual studies student from Jersey Shore, and Dominic W. Howard, an undeclared major from Williamsport. The piece was broadcast on evening newscasts, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Automotive Collision Repair & Restoration Faculty & Staff Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Penn College among automotive exhibitors at UPMC’s ‘Autumn Fest’

Autumn Fest & Car ShowIn search of a traditional fall event to usher in the season? Join Penn College automotive restoration technology students for the Autumn Fest & Car Show at UPMC Susquehanna’s Divine Providence Campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Students are displaying a Ford Mustang body befitting this year’s celebration of the Mustang Club of North Central Pennsylvania’s 30th anniversary. Admission is $10, with proceeds benefiting UPMC’s Addiction Medicine Services. Among activities at the 1100 Grampian Boulevard event are food, raffles, craft vendors and a kids’ pumpkin patch.

Dental Hygiene Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Dental hygiene students boost cancer awareness

Dental hygiene student Tyler J. Wetzel-Haynes, of Ono, performs a head and neck screening during the Kiwanis Club of Bald Eagle and Nittany Valleys’ “Go Gold” childhood cancer event.
Dental hygiene student Tyler J. Wetzel-Haynes, of Ono, performs a head and neck screening during the Kiwanis Club of Bald Eagle and Nittany Valleys’ “Go Gold” childhood cancer event.

On Sept. 21, dental hygiene students participated in a “Go Gold” event hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Bald Eagle and Nittany Valleys to raise awareness of childhood cancer. During the event, which was held in the Mill Hall Volunteer Fire Co., students performed free oral abnormality and head and neck screenings, which can help to detect oral cancer. They collaborated with health sciences students from Lock Haven University and networked with other community partners. The Penn College students were supervised by Bridget E. Motel, instructor of dental hygiene. This was the local Kiwanis club’s fourth “Go Gold” event.
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