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Club’s Initiative Connects Students to Game Developers

Fittingly clad in Sherwood Forest green, developer Andrew Schneider pays a virtual visit this month to a gaming lab in the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Game Development Club recently hosted a virtual visit from Andrew Schneider, creator of “Nocked! True Tales of Robin Hood,” who was among the game designers that members met while attending last month’s Music and Gaming Festival in National Harbor, Maryland.

The award-winning guest speaker was the first of many, with one planned every other Friday as part of the club’s industry-connections initiative.

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CAC Reception Honors Key Donors’ Pledge to Student Success

Under a Wildcat Blue glow in the Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge, donors gather prior to the Hollywood special effects show, Hollywood SFX.

Ryan Monteleone, an information assurance and cyber security student who thanked the crowd for their support of students, receives congratulations from William G. Knecht for a job well done – and a new job awaiting him at Pfizer Inc., near King of Prussia. Knecht backs the William G. and Marie E. Knecht Scholarship.

Two luminaries in the college’s graphic arts curricula reunite at the gathering: Dale A. Metzker (left), retired graphic communications faculty and 2002 Master Teacher, and Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design.

Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement, chats with Walter and Brenda Klocko, members of The Pillar Society. Walter is a 1957 graduate of Williamsport Technical Institute.

Donald J. Luke (left), director of facilities operations and a loyal supporter of the Penn College Fund, enjoys conversation with Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

The financial commitment to Pensylvania College of Technology students by two donor groups – The 1914 Society and The Pillar Society – was recognized at a preshow reception in the Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge on Thursday evening.

The 1914 Society recognizes individuals and families who annually make gifts of $1,000 or more to the college; The Pillar Society comprises individuals who have named the college or the Penn College Foundation as a beneficiary of a planned gift.

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New Event Evokes Nostalgia Through Child’s Play

A tent village takes shape on the CC's second floor.

A wonderfully well-received addition to the Wildcat Events Board’s lineup of campus happenings – a Blanket Fort Competition that transported students back to their childhood comfort zones – was held Friday evening in the Bush Campus Center. Proposed by student Cassandra D. Henderson and brainstormed by WEB’s Special Events Team, which was searching for easy-to-deliver activities that wouldn’t break the bank, the contest challenged student participants to construct cozy hideaways in Penn’s Inn. And, once participants were hunkered down for a few hours, they were treated to free food and a showing of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (featuring filmdom’s utmost proponent of leisurely living). “The 13 students that participated brought arms full of blankets and were able to create very unique forts,” WEB’s Patrick C. Ferguson said. “When students weren’t working on their forts, they were conversing and laughing with one another with mouths full of ‘walking tacos.'”

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Penn College Students Assist Food Network Star at PA Farm Show

Penn College students (from left) Amaris T. Smith, of Williamsport, Bridget M. Callahan, of Pottsville, Jacob W. Parobek, of Seltzer, Brittany L. Mink, of Allentown; and Paul J. Herceg, of Chalfont, are among 11 Penn College student volunteers who helped to showcase recipes made from quality Pennsylvania ingredients at the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

An “Iron Chef” was among the culinarians who joined Pennsylvania College of Technology students to showcase the quality ingredients produced by Pennsylvania farms at the state Farm Show.

The students volunteered the final days of their winter break at the event, where they worked with some of Pennsylvania’s best chefs – and Food Network star Chef Alex Guarnaschelli – to prepare ingredients for the chefs’ demonstrations on the PA Preferred Culinary Connection stage and to cook samples of the recipes for Farm Show visitors.

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Penn College Racks Up Successes at Home Builders’ Show

Penn College was one of five recipients of a National Housing Endowment grant, which was formally awarded during the 2018 National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. Accepting the check are (from left) instructor Levon A. Whitmyer; students Hayden N. Beiter, of Williamsport; Michael J. Deragon, of Fort Washington; Caleb M. Burk, of Sunbury; Nathaniel M. Barbolish, of Nicholson; Aaron F. White, of Westover; Ryan Z. Zwickle, of Slatington; Justin W. Bates, of Hawley; Casey L. Grim, of Red Lion; Henry A. Rainey, of Jersey Shore; Katherine L. Mertes, of Williamsport; and Hanna J. Williams, of Marion, N.Y.; and instructor Barney A. Kahn IV.

Orlando, Florida, was fertile ground for Pennsylvania College of Technology this season: Students, alumni and faculty all returned in triumph from an international builders’ show held at the Orange County Convention Center.

For starters, the college was presented with a $73,838 Homebuilding Education Leadership Program grant – the culmination of a yearlong effort led by building construction technology instructor Levon A. Whitmyer, with support from instructor Barney A. Kahn IV and Carol A. Lugg, now dean of construction and design technologies.

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PCCA Mentors Cub Scouts in Constructive Outreach

Jersey Shore Cub Scouts join their student/faculty hosts in displaying their woodworking success.

Cub Scout Pack 116 from Jersey Shore visited Penn College’s Carl Building Technologies Center on Wednesday evening, building birdhouses with the help of the Penn College Construction Association. The association’s student members overwhelmingly responded to the community-service opportunity, and the Scouts will earn badges after they apply a finish to their handiwork. The pack leader said the birdhouses will be donated to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
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Tia G. La Named ‘Student of the Month’

Tia G. La

Tia G. La, a pre-physician assistant major from Guam, has been chosen as the December/January “Student of the Month” at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

A former student photographer for Public Relations & Marketing and a Community Peer Educator with Student Affairs, she also volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and has given of her time at Susquehanna Health (now UPMC Susquehanna).

“Her images are fantastic! Her incredible photographic talent has graced our college magazine, marketing publications, social media, PCToday and other media/marketing outlets,” a staff nominator wrote. “For two full years (summers included), she represented PRM at countless campus and off-campus events, positively interacting with the college family and the community.”

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Donor Support Launches ‘Makerspace’ Construction at Penn College

A makerspace under development at Pennsylvania College of Technology will provide the environment – and essential tools – for students, faculty and staff to collaborate on innovative projects in a dynamic learning setting.

The college expects to open its makerspace in the Carl Building Technologies Center on the main campus in Fall 2018.

“Makerspaces are an innovative means of supplying students with the resources, training and facilities to invent, experiment and produce unique products for either practical or aesthetic value,” said Tom F. Gregory, associate vice president for instruction. “The space provides the means of implementing creative processes for both academic projects and personal inspiration.”

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National HVAC Scholarship Awarded to Penn College Student

Nathan J. Lavallee

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from a coalition of longtime industry benefactors.

Nathan J. Lavallee, of Loganton, enrolled in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology (and continuing toward a bachelor’s degree in building automation technology: heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology concentration) is among 40 recipients of the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship from the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute’s Rees Scholarship Foundation.

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‘Yell(ow) It Out’ Turns Hoops Doubleheader Into Life-Affirming Event

A midcourt gathering honors lost lives while espousing hope and well-being.

The past week’s “Yell(ow) It Out” basketball games against Wells College gave the Penn College community an opportunity to watch its NCAA Division III Wildcats in action while engaging in discussion of suicide prevention. Faculty/staff and students at Wednesday’s doubleheader sported yellow ribbons purchased in observance of hope and awareness, with proceeds benefiting the Lycoming County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call Counseling Services at 570-327-4765 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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D.C.-Based Restaurant Group to Visit in February

Star Restaurant GroupFour representatives of a leading restaurant development, management and ownership company based in Washington, D.C., will be on campus Feb. 7-8 to talk with students in Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality. The Star Restaurant Group will conduct seminars in several classes and interview for positions within The Walrus Oyster & Ale House, its casual fine-dining restaurant inspired by the surrounding Chesapeake Bay area, and Chicken + Whiskey, a “neighborhood comfort bar” developed in response to the South American rotisserie chicken craze. Scheduled to visit are Stuart R. Damon, managing principal of SRG; Benjamin Nichols, the group’s culinary director; Chef Enrique Limardo, culinary director/partner of Chicken + Whiskey; and Carla Sevilla, restaurant manager at Walrus Oyster & Ale House.

Students Form ‘Circle’ of Service in Newest Campus Organization

Club President Danielle R. Wesneski, a baking and pastry arts major from Williamsport, delivers opening remarks.

Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs and provost, welcomes the new organization and reinforces for students the importance of community service.

Induction of officers – including (at right) Kelly N. Ulrich, secretary, and Jacob K. Zimmerman, treasurer – is handled by Devyn King, Circle K. district governor, and Megan McKenna, Keystone Division lieutenant governor. Ulrich, of Lebanon, is a pre-dental hygiene student; Zimmerman, of Muncy, majors in accounting.

Jason M. Hurwitz, president-elect of the local Kiwanis Club and a member of its interclub relations committee, was among the sponsor representatives in attendance.

Penn College Circle K students are joined by supportive members of the Kiwanis Club of Williamsport and faculty adviser Michael D. Shipman (right), instructor of business administration/accounting.

Circle K, an outreach affiliate of Kiwanis International, was welcomed this week as the newest Penn College student organization and the latest Service Leadership Program to be sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Williamsport. Established with a goal of making “the world better, one project at a time,” Circle K’s charter members hosted a reception Tuesday in the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer and Circle K member

Making Friends on a (More Than) Three-Dog Night

Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director of Dining Services, brought along Lily, her daughter's Yorkshire terrier.

​Employees’ canine buddies joined Student Affairs on Monday evening in welcoming students back to campus during a “Hot Dog, You’re Back!” event in the Field House. A fall tradition for nearly a decade, which was added to the spring calendar for the first time this year, the gathering provides homesick students the opportunity to connect with friendly faculty/staff, helpful campus support services … and, of course, dogs! Held indoors for the comfort and well-being of humans and pooches alike, the evening included hot dog-shaped sugar cookies prepared by Dining Services.

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Penn College’s Electrical Students Benefit From Equipment Donation

Phoenix Contact, with U.S. headquarters in Middletown, delivered approximately $35,500 worth of programmable logic controller components to Penn College recently to benefit students in four majors. From left are Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation; Jon W. Hart, instructor of electrical technologies and co-department head of Electrical Technologies and Occupations; David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies; Eric Johnson, industrial sales engineer for Phoenix Contact; and Patrick Marty, vice president for college relations.

Students in four majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from a recent donation by a prominent electrical engineering and automation company.

Phoenix Contact delivered approximately $35,500 worth of programmable logic controller components to be integrated into the college’s soon-to-be renovated PLC labs. Beginning in the fall semester, more than 60 students per academic year will use the components in the hands-on portion of several classes.

Those students will be seeking associate degrees in electrical technology, electromechanical maintenance technology, mechatronics engineering technology and on-site power generation.

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Living MLK’s Dream, Partners Find ‘Unity’ in ‘Community’

While the weather prompted a last-minute change in the route, marchers' enthusiasm was warmer than ever.

Dream Week, in which Penn College and its community collaborators practice the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr., featured a number of events designed to effect positive change on campus and beyond. In a week that included some winter curveballs, the community spirit shone through in such activities as a Peace Walk, rally and service projects at local nonprofits; and an appearance by Herman Boone, the former Virginia football coach portrayed by Denzel Washington in “Remember the Titans.”

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