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Electrical Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

Penn College transforms electrical labs

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently redesigned this electrical construction lab for students to have individual work stations. The college revamped seven labs in the Electrical Technologies Center to feature the latest industry-standard equipment. About 100 students enrolled in various electrical majors use the labs each semester.

About 100 electrical students per semester are benefiting from seven revamped labs at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Housed in the Electrical Technologies Center, one of the oldest buildings on campus, the labs feature the latest industry-standard equipment and provide individual instructional stations for students enrolled in one of several electrical programs.

“We’re really excited because we’re taking a deeper dive into some of the lab work we can do because of the space that we have,” said Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies. “I think somebody coming in this year and moving through is going to see and do more than we were able to offer before.”

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December 4, 2020
Faculty & Staff Students

An open-and-shut case of holiday cheer

Occupational Therapy Assistant Club (First prize, student organizations)

Penn College put a new spin on its year-end celebration for 2020, offering a door-decorating competition in lieu of the large-scale wooden greetings that have annually graced the campus mall for decades. A total of 29 entrants – 14 student organizations and 15 offices/departments – vied for the top three honors in each category, acknowledging a variety of holiday and faith traditions. Student winners were awarded $200, $150 and $100 for their club accounts, respectively; winning employee groups will be treated to a Le Jeune Chef Restaurant-catered lunch (first place) or breakfast (second and third places). Entries were judged by third-shift General Services employees, who made the rounds after Wednesday’s 9 p.m. completion deadline.

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Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Landscape/Horticulture Students

‘Thank you, health care heroes’

... where students gathered Thursday afternoon to prepare them for delivery. From left are Quinn R. Loudy, Williamsport; Marilyn T. Hiller, South Williamsport; Abby J. Ritchey, Roaring Spring; Cyra E. Sterner, South Williamsport; Steven K. Zuziak, Ephrata; and Angel Vicente-Rosario, Berwick. Loudy, Hiller and Sterner are enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; Ritchey in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; and Zuziak (a Spring 2020 landscape/horticulture grad) and Vicente-Rosario are applied management majors.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s horticulture department delivered 450 poinsettia plants to UPMC Susquehanna on Thursday for distribution to health care workers.

The plants are annually grown in the Schneebeli Earth Science Center greenhouse for a holiday sale, but ongoing COVID-19 concerns prompted the traditional event’s cancellation. Instead, senior administration agreed that the poinsettias should be donated to front-line workers in hopes of bringing some seasonal cheer in the midst of their selfless service.

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Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic General Information Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Penn College paramedic program to offer hybrid learning option

Beginning in January, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic education program will offer a hybrid instruction option that combines in-person and online learning. The well-appointed labs used for hands-on learning include a crash car that can rotate to simulate accident scenes.

In January, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic program will launch a hybrid instruction option that combines in-person and online learning.

Designed to provide flexibility for EMTs who want to complete a paramedic education program while continuing to work, the lecture portion of the paramedic coursework will be both livestreamed and recorded for later viewing by those who use the hybrid instruction model. For students who prefer the traditional experience, lectures will continue to be held in-person.

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December 3, 2020
Faculty & Staff Students

And what to our wondering eyes should appear!

Hammer, Caputo, Placencia, Beaver and Jones (from left) collaboratively conquer the towering task before them.
Hammer, Caputo, Placencia, Beaver and Jones (from left) collaboratively conquer the towering task before them.
Placencia, an Army ROTC cadet who will be commissioned as a second lieutenant later this month, affixes a ball filled with ribbons from a prior year's fundraiser.
Placencia, an Army ROTC cadet who will be commissioned as a second lieutenant later this month, affixes a ball filled with ribbons from a prior year’s fundraiser.
Nearing the end of the line, Beaver (left), Jones and Caputo fill in the gaps with one final strand.
Nearing the end of the line, Beaver (left), Jones and Caputo fill in the gaps with one final strand.
No longer a work in progress, the tree awaits nightfall ...
No longer a work in progress, the tree awaits nightfall …
... when the landscape becomes magically and magnificently complete! (Photo by Tim Wegman, student photographer)
… when the landscape becomes magically and magnificently complete! (Photo by Tim Wegman, student photographer)

Five members of Penn College’s active military community made quick work of their year-end assignment on Thursday afternoon, hanging stars and other ornaments on the Veterans Holiday Tree outside Madigan Library. General Services employees strung colored lights before Thanksgiving, and this week’s crew capitalizing on the time-saving use of wire, rather than individually placing each star closed out its mission in less than a half-hour. The tree is across Hagan Way from The Major General Fred F. Marty, USA Retired, Veterans & Military Resource Center, whence the decorating team mobilized: Chet Beaver, coordinator of veteran and military services; and students Nathan L. Caputo, of South Williamsport, building construction technology; Nick J. Hammer, of Lock Haven, information technology: network specialist concentration; Emily J. Jones, of Avis, accounting; and Andrew Placencia, of Reading, automotive technology management. There are 339 stars on the tree this year, honoring members of the Penn College family who self-identify as veterans or active-duty servicemen and women.

December 3, 2020
Engineering Technologies Information Technology Students

Penn College IT student earns scholarship

Jacob A. Bamonte

An international honor society dedicated to information technology has recognized the excellence of a Pennsylvania College of Technology student.

Jacob A. Bamonte, of Milton, is one of eight students nationwide to receive a $1,500 Academic Achievement Award from Upsilon Pi Epsilon. With chapters at over 290 colleges and universities worldwide, UPE is the only international honor society for students, faculty and computing professionals who exhibit superior scholastic and professional achievement in computing and information disciplines.

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December 3, 2020
Electrical Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

Penn College transforms electrical labs

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently revamped more than a half-dozen labs in its Electrical Technologies Center. The labs, which serve four electrical degree programs, consist of new equipment and scores of individual work stations for students. About 100 students per semester receive vital hands-on experience in the industry-standard labs – including Tyler J. Snook, a mechatronics major from Williamsport. “In this field where everything is hands-on, if you don’t get any of that experience, you’ll get out there and someone will be like, ‘Hey, work on this,” and you’ll have no idea where to begin,” he says in a video about the labs’ comprehensive upgrade.

 

December 3, 2020
College Relations Diesel & Power Generation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Heavy Equipment Students

Terex donates engine, axles for heavy equipment, diesel majors

Michael J. Sormilic, an online power generation student from Southbury, Conn., who has spent much of the Fall 2020 semester learning the ins and outs of the equipment, stands alongside a Cummins crane engine donated to Penn College by Terex Corp. Behind him, in the control room of the dyno lab, are John D. Motto (left), diesel equipment technology instructor, and Chris Macdonald, assistant director of corporate relations.

Through a newly formed partnership, Terex Corp. is providing the latest technology to Pennsylvania College of Technology with the donation of a new crane engine and four drive axles.

The equipment, valued at nearly $70,000, will be used to enhance instruction in the college’s heavy construction equipment technology and diesel technology programs.

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December 2, 2020
Dining Services Faculty & Staff Students

Students in COVID seclusion give positive feedback to Dining Services

Capitol Eatery employees decorated the tops of the to-go boxes as they prepared to deliver Thanksgiving meals.
Capitol Eatery employees decorated the tops of the to-go boxes as they prepared to deliver Thanksgiving meals.
KDR staff puts smiley-face stickers on meal orders to brighten students' day!
KDR staff puts smiley-face stickers on meal orders to brighten students’ day!

Penn College’s Dining Services staff has been collectively called an “essential hero” for preparing and providing nourishment to students cloistered by the coronavirus.

“We have delivered just over 2,500 meals since Aug. 5 – continuously – to 380 affected students in isolation and quarantine on campus,” director Mark J. Leo said Monday.

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December 1, 2020
Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students Workforce Development

New majors ‘power’ electronics lab at Penn College

Electronics students at Pennsylvania College of Technology finish installing a conveyer unit in a new lab at the college’s Center for Business & Workforce Development. The addition of two automation engineering technology baccalaureate degrees prompted the creation of the electronics lab. Besides the conveyer system, the space features 16 programmable logic controller stations and four Kuka industrial robots. About 60 students per semester are using the lab.

The addition of two automation degrees is powering a new electronics lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Located in the Center for Business & Workforce Development, the 906-square-foot space is accommodating about 60 students per semester who are seeking an automation engineering technology baccalaureate degree in either mechatronics or robotics.

“Industry was telling us that they liked what our students were doing, but they were looking for more because of the growth of automation in industry,” said Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies. “We looked at what we already had and how we could expand on that. When we expanded the program, we needed to expand the space. Now that we put stuff in there, I don’t know if it’s big enough!”

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November 30, 2020
Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Business, Arts & Sciences Students

LJC preps homemade feast for those away from home

Madison Y. Cooper, a culinary arts technology and applied management student and part-time Le Jeune Chef cook, wraps a pan of stuffing, ready to be baked on Friday. She is from Harrisburg.
Madison Y. Cooper, a culinary arts technology and applied management student and part-time Le Jeune Chef cook, wraps a pan of stuffing, ready to be baked on Friday. She is from Harrisburg.
Patrick E. Hufnagle, of Antes Fort, places the dough for a batch of pumpkin cranberry rolls in a dough divider/rounder.
Patrick E. Hufnagle, of Antes Fort, places the dough for a batch of pumpkin cranberry rolls in a dough divider/rounder.
After its turn in the divider/rounder, the dough is portioned, shaped and ready to bake.
After its turn in the divider/rounder, the dough is portioned, shaped and ready to bake.
Hufnagle is a baking and pastry arts and applied management student, plus a part-time baker for Le Jeune Chef.
Hufnagle is a baking and pastry arts and applied management student, plus a part-time baker for Le Jeune Chef.

In an effort to preserve at least one tradition in a year that has been anything but normal, Le Jeune Chef staff and students are preparing a free Thanksgiving feast for the dozens of students who have opted to stay on campus during the holiday break or are isolating.

While some of the prep work was completed Wednesday, the small crew will return to campus from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday to complete and individually package the traditional, handmade Thanksgiving dinners.

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November 25, 2020
Faculty & Staff Students

In high esteem

General Services' Mary Jo DeVinney and Chad L. Karstetter rise to the occasion in side-by-side buckets.
General Services’ Mary Jo DeVinney and Chad L. Karstetter rise to the occasion in side-by-side buckets.
Perspective affirms the scope of the undertaking, aided on the ground by Michael L. Bremigen (at the tree's base) and Barbie A. Myers (behind the truck).
Perspective affirms the scope of the undertaking, aided on the ground by Michael L. Bremigen (at the tree’s base) and Barbie A. Myers (behind the truck).
Festively festooned, the spruce offers its silent salute.
Festively festooned, the spruce offers its silent salute.
From top to bottom, a cascade of color
From top to bottom, a cascade of color
Acknowledging the street-level audience
Acknowledging the street-level audience

First-shift horticulturists from General Services laid the far-above-groundwork for decorating the Veterans Holiday Tree outside Madigan Library, stringing the underlying red, white and blue lights that honor the Penn College family’s servicewomen and men. The tribute will resume on the afternoon of Dec. 3, when a crew led by Chet Beaver, coordinator of veteran and military services, will add stars and other ornaments denoting the nearly 300 campus community members who have self-identified as active-duty or veteran military personnel. The tree on the northeast side of the library has been decorated annually since 2017; its successor on the other side of Hagan Way was felled due to disease.

November 25, 2020
Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies General Information STEM Students Workforce Development

Automation degrees power new Penn College electronics lab

The addition of two automation engineering technology baccalaureate degrees is powering a new electronics laboratory at Penn College. The lab is equipped with 16 student-installed Programmable Logic Controller stations (featuring both Allen-Bradley and Siemens PLCs), four Kuka industrial robots and a conveyer system. “We recruited the whole class that came in now, these freshmen, without having that lab,” said Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies. “So having that lab now is just going to add another layer of excitement. They can see all the learning stations. They can see the robots. They can see the conveyer system.” The lab is for the “tomorrow makers” seeking an automation degree in either mechatronics or robotics.

November 24, 2020