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Seniors build up hopes of ‘sustainable’ custom

Everett B. Appleby, the student who spearheaded the inaugural exhibition, stands ready with a virtual reality headset so guests can step inside his design environment. Appleby hails from Wilkes-Barre, but is headed to Seattle to work for the Hyatt hotel chain.
Everett B. Appleby, the student who spearheaded the inaugural exhibition, stands ready with a virtual reality headset so guests can step inside his design environment. Appleby hails from Wilkes-Barre, but is headed to Seattle to work for the Hyatt hotel chain.
Elliot R. Brau, of Coatesville, stands with his impressive project model and its surrounding accessories in the base model near the title wall.
Elliot R. Brau, of Coatesville, stands with his impressive project model and its surrounding accessories in the base model near the title wall.
Naim N. Jabbour, assistant dean of construction and design technologies, delivers a short gallery talk that’s long on praise for his students.
Naim N. Jabbour, assistant dean of construction and design technologies, delivers a short gallery talk that’s long on praise for his students.
Students’ portfolios are offered for exploration on two curved tables along a gallery wall.
Students’ portfolios are offered for exploration on two curved tables along a gallery wall.
Jabbour takes a photo for Cayla L. Erisman (center), of Johnstown, and friends. Erisman earned her associate degree in architectural technology in 2018, is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration, and is headed to Penn State to pursue a master’s of architecture.
Jabbour takes a photo for Cayla L. Erisman (center), of Johnstown, and friends. Erisman earned her associate degree in architectural technology in 2018, is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration, and is headed to Penn State to pursue a master’s of architecture.

An institutional emphasis on green building was channeled by architectural majors into Penn College’s first gallery exhibit of students’ sustainable designs, which officially opened with a reception Thursday afternoon. “Sustainable Design 2019,” showcased on the third floor of Madigan Library, challenged students to design and develop a substantial project in an urban setting. Eighteen seniors in the college’s building science and sustainable design programs rose to the task, drawing upon four years of immersive education to present capstones that skillfully encompass their processes, renderings and 3D models. The show, which runs through May 23, follows summer hours in The Gallery at Penn College: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. (The gallery is closed Saturdays and Mondays.)

Corporate Relations Faculty & Staff General Information Students

On-campus bicycle repair station funded in record speed

Devon DeVito (left), owner of The Bicycle Center, and Everett B. Appleby, 2018-19 Student Government Association president at Pennsylvania College of Technology, partnered to bring a freestanding bike repair station to campus.

Spurred by a local merchant and setting a blistering pace for fundraising, the Student Government Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology met its 2018-19 goal of purchasing a bicycle repair station for the Rose Street Apartments housing complex.

SGA’s Executive Board contacted the proprietors of The Bicycle Center – a 90-year-old, fourth-generation shop in South Williamsport – explaining its objective and seeking expert advice.

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Aviation Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Your class in 60 seconds: Aviation Basic Electricity II

Take a minute to dive into what it takes to be an aviation technician with this snapshot of the Aviation Basic Electricity II course, a requirement for Penn College’s bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance technology. Hour by hour, through hands-on activities and engaging classroom discussions, complex theories and ideas solidify into reality. In state-of-the-art labs, students in AVI 135 train with equipment used by the pros. They even build their own pocket-sized oscilloscopes to visualize electrical signals. With all that training – summarized in a video narrated by student Kate M. Ruggiero, of Easton – it’s easy to see why Penn College’s aviation graduates are real-world ready and sought after to fill high-demand positions as skilled aircraft mechanics.

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

Inaugural graduating class of brewers ready to use skills

The first graduating class from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science major all have jobs lined up in the industry. lab. From left are: William B. Ernst-Wingfield, of Picture Rocks; Mark R. Kitchen, of Danville; Christopher P. Good, of State College; Luke H. Brown, of Beaver; Sean J. Hamilton, of Buffalo, N.Y.; and Ryan J. Hampton, of Williamsport.

The first graduating class of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science major is fully employed and ready to share its talents with employers and beer lovers.

The six graduates are among more than 800 students participating in Penn College’s commencement exercises May 17-18 at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport.

“I am very proud of the hard work this group has put in over the past two years of rigorous study,” said Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing fermentation and science. “I am also happy to have them joining the community of educated professional brewers. I look forward to following their successes as their careers take shape.”

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Automated Manufacturing & Machining Faculty & Staff Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Students

Penn College student manufactures bass guitar

Finding harmony between music and manufacturing

A manufacturing engineering technology student at Pennsylvania College of Technology hit the right note with his senior project – literally.

Jaron A. Williams, of Lopez, spent countless hours during the academic year combining his twin passions of manufacturing and music to create a functional bass guitar.

“When he submitted this as a proposal, I said ‘yes,’ but I told him he would have to play it during his presentation,” noted John M. Good, instructor of automated manufacturing and machining. “He did. It sounded great! As he played, he demonstrated various technical aspects and sound-quality controls of his guitar. The audience was amazed.”

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Brewing & Fermentation Science Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Soon-to-be grads present capstone brews to discerning judges

An amber glow awaits assessment.
An amber glow awaits assessment.
An attentive audience fills the brewing lab in the Hager Lifelong Education Center. Brewing instructor Yarrington (at right) listens to Ryan J. Hampton offer enlightenment on the history of pale ales. Hampton, of Williamsport, also holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
An attentive audience fills the brewing lab in the Hager Lifelong Education Center. Brewing instructor Yarrington (at right) listens to Ryan J. Hampton offer enlightenment on the history of pale ales. Hampton, of Williamsport, also holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
Examining the aroma and color of samples are (from left): John Callahan, brewing manager at D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc.; Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology; and David S. Richards, professor of physics.
Examining the aroma and color of samples are (from left): John Callahan, brewing manager at D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc.; Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology; and David S. Richards, professor of physics.
Discussing the style standards of American amber ales and his own “take” on the style is Mark R. Kitchen, of Danville.
Discussing the style standards of American amber ales and his own “take” on the style is Mark R. Kitchen, of Danville.
Sean J. Hamilton, of Buffalo, N.Y., schools guests on the topic of “AMG” (amyloglucosidase enzymes).
Sean J. Hamilton, of Buffalo, N.Y., schools guests on the topic of “AMG” (amyloglucosidase enzymes).

Among the recent capstone presentations held across campus, graduating students in Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science degree presented their culminating brews to an audience that included natural sciences and hospitality faculty. Two presentations were conducted, with the soon-to-be-professional brewers offering small assessment samples of their two final brews. “The primary goals of these events were twofold: one benefit to the students was to add feedback and commentary on their capstone beers from a random group of consumers to the feedback they received from the professional panels I assembled earlier in the semester,” said Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing and fermentation science. “Another was to expose the students to the challenge of engaging consumers about their beers and explaining the history, processes and rationale that inform their characteristic color, flavor and aroma. Brewers rely on professional and consumer feedback to inform their choices. We are also continually in a position to increase the beer IQ of the consumer through educational dialogue.” Six students will graduate May 17 with Associate of Applied Science degrees in brewing and fermentation science.

Architectural Technology Construction & Design Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Gallery Students

Inaugural exhibit showcases students’ sustainable design work

"Sustainable Design 2019"

An inaugural exhibition displaying the architectural design work of 18 seniors in the building science and sustainable design majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will open soon in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for “Sustainable Design 2019” will be held Thursday, May 16, from 3:30 to 6 p.m., with a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. The design work will be on display May 16-23 in the gallery on the third floor of the Madigan Library.

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Automated Manufacturing & Machining Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Students

Penn College receives NSF grant to combat skills gap

Pennsylvania College of Technology is addressing the manufacturing skills gap with the help of a $591,924 grant awarded through the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program. The grant will fund several initiatives over the next three years aimed at students, teachers and school counselors.

Unfilled manufacturing jobs through 2028 may total 2.4 million, threatening the health of the industry and the U.S. economy. With help from the National Science Foundation, Pennsylvania College of Technology is addressing that dire skills gap estimated by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute.

The NSF recently awarded the college a $591,924 grant through its Advanced Technological Education program to increase the number of qualified workers in advanced manufacturing. The money will fund several initiatives during the next three years aimed at students, teachers and school counselors.

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Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Penn College at Wellsboro President Students Workforce Development

Penn College dedicates Wellsboro instructional facility

Gathered during dedication ceremonies for the new Penn College at Wellsboro facility are (from left) Steven P. Johnson, president of UPMC Susquehanna; Davie Jane Gilmour, president of Pennsylvania College of Technology; state Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors; and Janie Hilfiger, president, UPMC Susquehanna Soldiers + Sailors and UPMC Cole.

WELLSBORO – A facility gifted to Pennsylvania College of Technology by UPMC Susquehanna is serving a new purpose as a site for instruction in practical nursing, medical assistant and other health care careers, as well as customized training for business and industry.

The 8,400-square-foot Penn College at Wellsboro facility, located at 22 Walnut St., was formally dedicated today in ceremonies that included members of the Penn College community, representatives of UPMC, elected officials and stakeholders, and others.

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Alumni Corporate Relations Faculty & Staff Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Students Welding

Miller partners with Penn College for welding expansion project

Commemorating the Miller-Pennsylvania College of Technology partnership are (from left) Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement, Penn College; Jim Wynegar, corporate account manager, ITW Welding North America; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations, Penn College; Michael R. Allen, instructor and department head, welding, Penn College; Justin Heistand, district manager, ITW Welding North America; and Rick Conrad, field application engineer, ITW Welding North America, and a 2002 Penn College alumnus.

This fall, when Pennsylvania College of Technology opens its expanded welding lab facility – one that will enable enrollment of up to 60 more future welders annually – students in the popular program will hone their skills on industry-standard equipment they are sure to encounter on the job.

A partnership between Penn College and Miller, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of original equipment used in the welding industry, will ensure that students in the college’s welding majors gain familiarity with equipment that is used throughout the welding industry.

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Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Students Welding

Penn College welding student ‘sparks’ inspiration

Destiny R. Barto, of Liberty, who calls Wyalusing her hometown, overcame multiple obstacles to pursue her bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology at Penn College. She is set to graduate May 17.

A cacophony of sounds reverberates throughout the expansive lab. Sparks emanating from rows of booths color the facility. Motion is constant as students and teachers navigate to the next project while a parade of visitors watches the action unfold.

Bustling activity, bright lights and loud noises usually are disconcerting for Destiny R. Barto. But on this morning, like many of her days at Pennsylvania College of Technology, she has shelter from all distractions. The pink hood enveloping her head provides a sanctuary, as she grasps a welding rod and strikes an arc on a long piece of metal.

The resulting path of weld beads is much smoother than the one she followed to arrive at this moment. Obstacles littered that path from the day she was born in Elmira, New York.

“I really have to stop and think about what I have done in order to feel accomplished,” she said. “Most of the time, I’m focused on the things I have to do. There’s a lot to do.”

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Alumni Dental Hygiene Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Student, grad promote dental hygiene program

Gearhart (left) and Harkins team up for dental hygiene.
Gearhart (left) and Harkins team up for dental hygiene.

Second-year student Hailey A. Gearhart joined forces with 1992 alumna Michele D. (Heitsenrether) Harkins on Friday to represent the Penn College dental hygiene program at a Philipsburg-Osceola High School career fair. During the event, the duo interacted with approximately 100 prospective students from grades 9-12.
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Collision Repair & Restoration Events Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Classic Cruisers club hosts show of vintage autos

Nick W. Soracco (right), an automotive restoration technology major from Oakwood, Ga., talks with an attendee about the student-restored 1947 Tucker prototype – back on campus after travels that have included a trip to Pebble Beach, Calif.
Nick W. Soracco (right), an automotive restoration technology major from Oakwood, Ga., talks with an attendee about the student-restored 1947 Tucker prototype – back on campus after travels that have included a trip to Pebble Beach, Calif.
The 1953 Verrill Wolf Wagon, restored to award-winning status by Penn College students, makes an appearance.
The 1953 Verrill Wolf Wagon, restored to award-winning status by Penn College students, makes an appearance.
The show makes room for vehicles that, while equally impressive, don't fit into a conventional parking space.
The show makes room for vehicles that, while equally impressive, don’t fit into a conventional parking space.
A 55-year-old beauty, open for inspection
A 55-year-old beauty, open for inspection
A true classic ... and in Wildcat Blue!
A true classic … and in Wildcat Blue!

Penn College Classic Cruisers, a student organization whose mission includes promoting interest in and preservation of vintage automobiles, did just that through a Saturday car show on the Carl Building Technologies Center parking lot. “We appreciated the support from everyone who showed up that day,” said club President Riley E. Mahl, of Easton, an automotive restoration technology student. About 50 people were on hand to appreciate the 25 vehicles displayed on the grounds; the gorgeous day included food, awards and giveaways, and optional tours of instructional labs.
Photos by J.J. Boettcher, student photographer

Art and Graphic Design Gallery Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Public reception broadens audience for students’ design work

The 11 soon-to-graduate graphic design majors share the spotlight with their exemplary artwork.
The 11 soon-to-graduate graphic design majors share the spotlight with their exemplary artwork.
Each of Erin N. Shaffer's chocolate-bar labels evokes the skyline of its respective U.S. city.
Each of Erin N. Shaffer’s chocolate-bar labels evokes the skyline of its respective U.S. city.
Luke A. Bierly talks about his work with a gallery patron.
Luke A. Bierly talks about his work with a gallery patron.
One wall of the exhibit features design work (from left) by Nina L. Walk, Jared D. Kosko, Daniel Mendoza, Sydney O. Powell and Emily R. Kahler.
One wall of the exhibit features design work (from left) by Nina L. Walk, Jared D. Kosko, Daniel Mendoza, Sydney O. Powell and Emily R. Kahler.
Gallery attendees mingle amid the student projects ... near a wall design adapted from Kahler's event poster.
Gallery attendees mingle amid the student projects … near a wall design adapted from Kahler’s event poster.

The Gallery at Penn College recently hosted an opening reception for graphic design seniors involved in a parting exhibit of their outstanding work. The annual exhibition showcases the best examples of design and illustration by students in their final semester, providing them an opportunity to present their marketing, branding, advertising and design artwork to industry professionals and the public. Only a few more days to catch “Graphic Design: 2019!”
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Alumni Early Childhood Education Faculty & Staff President Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Hearts and crafts

Lending a helping hand to little fingers
Lending a helping hand to little fingers
The Bears pose with their creations and their “assistants” (from left): Neva E. Simcox, group leader; Gilmour; and Marisa J. Dunn, assistant group leader. Dunn, a 2017 early childhood education graduate, is an applied management student.
The Bears pose with their creations and their “assistants” (from left): Neva E. Simcox, group leader; Gilmour; and Marisa J. Dunn, assistant group leader. Dunn, a 2017 early childhood education graduate, is an applied management student.
Delighting in a daffodil
Delighting in a daffodil
Hands-on education, in miniature
Hands-on education, in miniature
The Birds soar with excitement, posing with the president. (Photo provided)
The Birds soar with excitement, posing with the president. (Photo provided)

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour visited the Dunham Children’s Learning Center on Tuesday, bringing the requisite supplies for an art project with the facility’s Birds (ages 4 and 5) and Bears (ages 3 and 4). The president helped the youngsters make cute daffodils – fitting, given the ample sunshine of the past two days – and told each child “to give it to someone in your family who you love.”