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College’s Sigma Pi Chapter Hosts Meeting of Regional Counterparts

Event participants gather Nov. 4 outside Klump Academic Center.

The event provided an opportunity to hear from inspiring presenters ...

... and talk with Sigma Pi officials, including Brent I. Smith (left), a Penn State instructor of kinesiology and Keystone Province Archon, and Scott Andrews, Region III director for Sigma Pi International.

Penn College’s Sigma Pi fraternity recently held a workshop for fellow chapters within the Keystone Province, welcoming brothers from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, East Stroudsburg University, and Penn State’s main and Altoona campuses. The day was full of fun and education as brothers came together and shared in their experiences, learning about leadership and teamwork within different facets of the fraternity. Among presenters were Danelle Del Corso, assistant director of fraternity and sorority life at Penn State, and representatives from Sigma Pi International. Special thanks were accorded chapter President Andrew A. Smith, an aviation maintenance technology major from Philadelphia, and Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities, for organizing and facilitating the event.
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Fraternity’s Cardboard Campout Focuses Attention on Homelessness

Sigma Pi brothers hoist their fraternity's flag while raising visibility of the homeless.

Among the participants in Box City, a local event to raise awareness of the homeless population in Williamsport, was the Sigma Pi fraternity chapter at Penn College. During the Nov. 3 gathering on Lycoming College’s intramural field, participants built their own cardboard structures in which to stay for the night, learning firsthand about hunger and homelessness. The fundraiser benefits Saving Grace Shelter and Family Promise of Lycoming County.
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Don’t Brush It Aside, Students: SGA Speaks for You!

Donning winter gear and lending another layer to "The Rock" are (from left) Jordan M. Scott, Cogan Station; Joshua J. Cover, Selinsgrove; Patrick C. Ferguson, Williamsport; Ethan M. McKenzie, Muncy; Alexandra D. "Ali" Petrizzi, Langhorne; Natascha G. Santaella, Puerto Rico; and Lindsay A. Stottlemyer, Dauphin.

Petrizzi puts her advocacy in writing ...

... and gets a hand from Stottlemyer.

Barehanded, with nary a shiver, Cover holds steady.

The finished product invites students, one and all. (Photo by Petrizzi, SGA’s vice president of public relations)

In its fourth year as an immovably immense (but far from immutable) campus landmark, “The Rock” was refreshed on a frosty Sunday with a recruitment message that never gets old. Representatives of the Student Government Association grabbed gloves and paintbrushes to remind their peers that the organization is the voice of Penn College students. ALL Penn College students – whether in a two- or four-year major, regardless of on- or off-campus residence. SGA is a conduit for conversation among students and for communication with administration and faculty, aiming for a productive and positive college experience. Want to get involved? Attend an SGA meeting, held at 7 p.m. most Wednesdays in Penn’s Inn.
– Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer (unless otherwise noted)

A ‘Touch’ of Class

A variety of materials await exploration by Head Start children.

Students in the plant production and landscape emphases of the college's horticulture major collaborate on a project tailored for younger hands.

Kahn (left), who envisioned the mosaic, works with Goldsmith to breathe life into the design ...

... which has beautifully taken shape in the final array.

Penn College’s Horticulture Club has created a sensory path for STEP Inc.’s Early Head Start program on Four Mile Drive in Williamsport. The path comprises several squares with materials to engage the senses of those who touch them. The path features nine distinct textures: a stone mosaic, composite decking, bricks, flagstone, logs, artificial turf, smooth granite, mountain stone with sedums, and ajuga. Club members used PVC pipe to separate the sections so that the children can add paint to it. From left in the group photo are landscape/horticulture technology majors Katherine L. Kahn, Williamsport; Breann R. Goldsmith and daughter, Liberty; Michael D. Ludwig, Glenside; Benjamin A. Mowrer, Manheim; Quinn R. Loudy, Middleburg; Laura J. La Grave, Lewisburg; Griffin T. Fulton, Mertztown; Bryce P. Thompson, Enola; Mark C. Ludwig, Glenside; and Kyle J. Schatz, St. Marys. (Also helping, but not pictured, were Adriana S. Lee, Williamsport; Kendall A. Wanner, Denver; Jacob R. Courtley, Ardara; and Janelle G. Kramer, Minersville.)
Photos by Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture

Horticulture Students Network at Green Industry Showcase

Attending GIE+EXPO in Louisville are (from left) Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture; Joseph A. Kern, Mechanicsburg; Kyle J. Schatz, St. Marys; Kendall A. Wanner, Denver; Benjamin A. Mowrer, Manheim; Jacob R. Courtley, Ardara; William X. DeMarco, Glen Mills; 2013 alumnus Jeremy L. Thorne; Trevor C. Gagliano, Hughesville; Bryce P. Thompson, Enola; and Griffin T. Fulton, Mertztown, an NALP student ambassador.

It's batter up – 120 feet up, in fact – at the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum, fronted by a scale replica of Babe Ruth's 34-inch power-hitter.

A contingent of Penn College landscape/horticulture technology students and a faculty member recently joined hundreds of industry leaders and up-and-comers for The Green Industry & Equipment Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. A premier networking and educational conference for entrepreneurs and professionals in the landscaping and green industry, GIE+EXPO featured a trade show and 20-acre outdoor demonstration area, along with educational opportunities through Hardscape North America and the National Association of Landscape Professionals. In addition to the eight students accompanying Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture, Griffin T. Fulton, of Mertztown, attended as one of 10 NALP student ambassadors. Chosen from across the country, the ambassadors help run the event, work the registration table, introduce speakers and are heavily involved with the many networking opportunities at the show. “My time at the Green Industry Expo as a student ambassador exceeded my expectations farther that I would have ever imagined. Being able to work through (NALP) was key for networking and being able to establish relationships with big names within the industry that will last a lifetime,” Fulton said. “Throughout my three days at the trade show, I also was able to connect with students in the industry, as well as throughout the country. The education and friendships I established at GIE+EXPO will last a lifetime, and I look forward to going back next year!” The group also visited the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum while there.
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Student Makes National Connections at Four-Day Conference

Katherine L. "Katie" Kahn, shown during a community-service project in Williamsport ...

... got backstage tours of large-scale nursery operations ...

... with attending an eye-opening October conference in Michigan.

Katherine L. “Katie” Kahn, a landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis major from Williamsport, received a scholarship through the International Plant Propagators Society to attend its 2017 Eastern Regional Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, last month. The four-day conference consisted of behind-the-scenes tours of some of the biggest nurseries and botanical gardens in the region – including Rosebay Nursery, Midwest Groundcovers, Blue Horizon Nursery, Frederik Mijers Gardens, Spring Meadows Nursery, Hortech and Walters Gardens – as well as informational/educational sessions and a live auction of unique plants. “Going to the IPPS conference was an incredible experience. I can’t even begin to explain how much I learned while attending these sessions,” she said. “Most were taught by college professors or professionals in the field doing research. We also were introduced to new varieties of plants hardy in our zone. I met a ton of amazing people who opened my mind to the world of production. Going to an IPPS conference as a student means getting job offers. I made an abundance of new connections from all over the country.”
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Challenge Accepted! College Wins Community Cup, Helps Raise $17,000 for Salvation Army

An aerial view shows runners bundled up and starting out.

The Salvation Army of Williamsport will receive about $17,000 to be used for essential services to local families, thanks to Saturday’s Community Challenge.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to the event resulted in the college winning the Community Cup, a traveling trophy presented to the organization with the greatest participation. Penn College logged 30 registered guests and 22 volunteers, including students enrolled in the Community and Organizational Change course and a number of student-athletes. The Penn College cross-country team served as an event sponsor.

“The volunteers from the human services program and athletics were incredible and helped to make a very special event,” said Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications, who serves as vice chairman of the local Salvation Army Board of Directors.

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College Dedicates Comprehensive Resource for Student Veterans

Placing the colors in the lobby of Penn College’s Student & Administrative Services Center – home to the Major General Fred F. Marty, USA Retired, Veterans and Military Resource Center – are (from left) President Davie Jane Gilmour; Teagan Marty, wearing her grandfather’s dog tags; ROTC Cadet Austin S. Weinrich, a residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration student from Jenkintown; state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the college’s board of directors; and Maj. Gen. Marty’s son, Patrick, vice president for college relations.

Pennsylvania College of Technology dedicated its Veterans & Military Resource Center on Nov. 10, choosing a solemn weekend of remembrance to invoke the memory of an impressive “fellow soldier.”

Named the Major General Fred F. Marty, USA Retired, Veterans and Military Resource Center – and made possible through the generosity of Marty’s son, Patrick, and family – the facility will provide a site for veteran and active-duty students to gather, collaborate, study and discuss their military benefits with campus mentors.

“For over 100 years, this institution’s focus on applied technology education has been synonymous with a commitment to veterans,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said. “A commitment to providing access to educational opportunities for veterans is woven into the very fabric of Penn College and its predecessors.”

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‘STEM Day’ Offers Firsthand Look at College’s Stature

Alumnus Derek F. Knipe, a manufacturing engineer at PMF Industries in Williamsport, gets a Wildcat welcome back to campus.

More than 60 students and faculty from North Penn High School, Williamsport Area High School and Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School visited Penn College during a recent STEM Day program.  The Nov. 8 “Changing the World With STEM” observance included alumni speaker Derek F. Knipe, a 2005 manufacturing engineering technology graduate employed at PMF Industries on Reach Road.  Organizers had help from faculty and students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Among those sharing their experiences with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) were Rylee A. Butler, an engineering design technology major from Bellefonte; Connor L. Winslow, of Blanchard, enrolled in information technology sciences-gaming and simulation; heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology students Thomas E. “Ted” Daros Jr., of North Salem, New York, and Barry P. “Pat” Watkins, of Blossburg, and Bradley Q. Kishbaugh, instructor of HVAC technology; Jordan M. Scott, of Cogan Station, and Kachine L. Fry, of Butler, both majoring in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; and Jacob Giraffa, a mechantronics engineering technology student. The high school students were able to see firsthand the technology with which Penn College students regularly work in their classes; robotics, mechatronics and 3-D printing demonstrations were provided. Manufacturing engineering technology major Logan B. Goodhart from the Baja SAE Club showed off the Baja car and what the club is working on, while visitors to the Engineering Design Technology Workshop drove robots into mock combat.

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Dining Services Honors Veterans’ Commitment to Freedom

A "thank you" wall provides a forum for gratitude, and a staff-knitted blanket is among the door prizes on display.

Chet Beaver (left), an Army veteran and financial aid specialist, shares his experiences with Brandon R. Belack (center), a civil engineering technology major from Halifax, and others during dinner.

Patriotic bunting adorns the serving line.

As in other dining units across campus, an “empty table” symbolizes those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

A Veterans Day Celebration Dinner, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in CC Commons, allowed the campus community to recognize servicemen and women in the Penn College family. The evening’s “all-American menu” featured chicken wings and crab legs, attendees were afforded the opportunity to show their appreciation, and those with military ID were eligible for giveaways.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

A Healthy, Hoop-y Kind of ‘Madness’

The men's team gathers at midcourt for introductions.

The new mascot joins fans in the stands.

High-flying artistry in the dunk competition, won by Wildcat shooting guard James Bullock, of Philadelphia

Guard Maddie Wenk, of Biglerville, aims for a crowd-pleaser.

The Wildcat Dance Team adds energy and enthusiasm.

Penn College hosted its annual Wildcat Madness on Thursday night, a tip-off to the first basketball season as a full member of NCAA Division III.  Highlighting the Bardo Gym event were free food, fan-friendly entertainment, souvenirs, skills challenges (including a shootout, 3-point contest and dunk competition), and the opportunity to meet the men’s and women’s squads before their Wednesday openers.
Photos by James “J.J.” Boettcher, student photographer

A Veterans Day Salute

Penn College's military family honored for Veterans Day

On the eve of Veterans Day, PCToday honors the Penn College students, faculty and staff who have served (or continue to serve) the United States.

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Mobile Attention-Getter Pays Tribute to Law Enforcement’s Past

Officer Charles E. O'Brien Jr. sits in his restored 1929 Ford Model A coupe outside Penn College Police headquarters.

Ever on the lookout to boost the rapport between police and the public, a Pennsylvania College of Technology patrolman has found the perfect vehicle for community outreach.

In a project that combined hobby and history, restoration and research, Penn College Police Officer Charles E. O’Brien Jr. recently turned a 1929 Ford Model A coupe into a traffic-stopping icebreaker.

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Nathaniel J. Correll Named ‘Student of the Month’

Nathaniel J. Correll

Nathaniel J. Correll, a building automation technology major from Nazareth, has been chosen as the October “Student of the Month” at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

A member of the student chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America and part of the men’s volleyball club team, Correll was described by his nominator as having “learned to time-manage remarkably well” in juggling daily responsibilities and late-night practices – all while remaining “an overall well-rounded individual.”

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‘Augmented Reality Sandbox’ Serves as Multidisciplinary Tool

A sandbox recently installed at Pennsylvania College of Technology is for anything but play. Thanks to the ingenuity of faculty and staff from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, the 250 pounds of sand will serve as an educational tool for hundreds of students in several majors.

The unit incorporates a 3-D camera, sensor, projector and computer to reveal virtual topographical contour lines, an elevation color map and simulated water on sand. When the sand is molded by hand, the virtual features change accordingly. The project is modeled after the AR Sandbox, developed by National Science Foundation-funded research at the University of California, Davis.

“It’s an application of augmented reality,” said Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “It lays computer-generated images over a real-world environment. In this case, the environment is sand. The concept is similar to the Pokémon Go game that was popular a few years ago.”

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