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09.30.2021

Aspen Dental establishes scholarship for dental hygiene students

Aspen Dental Management Inc. is partnering with Pennsylvania College of Technology to establish a new scholarship that provides two $1,000 awards annually to students in the dental hygiene associate degree major.

The Aspen Dental Scholarship will provide one award each to a student in the first and second years of the program.

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09.29.2021

Making way while the sun shines

Reber (standing, in blue shirt) works with his Concrete Construction class on Wednesday, restoring sidewalks near the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center and the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center.
Reber (standing, in blue shirt) works with his Concrete Construction class on Wednesday, restoring sidewalks near the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center and the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center.

As they have done so often over the years, Penn College construction students applied their lab instruction to a real-world campus project on Wednesday. Building construction technology instructor Franklin H. Reber Jr. and students in his Concrete Construction class repaired walkways on the west side of the mall, undoing damage done when underground utilities were accessed. Reber was the driving force behind the college’s two-year degree in concrete science technology, initiated in Fall 2018 as the only such program on the East Coast.

Building Construction Engineering Technologies Students
09.28.2021

Students fill patrons’ waking hours with truly sweet dreams

From left, Jordyn T. Mitchell, of Lititz, with Art of Food fine-dining restaurant; Josephina R. Hanzel, of Wellsville, with The Sweet Side; and Laney E. Heller, of Cogan Station, with Sweet Laney Lou’s Cupcakery & Café.
From left, Jordyn T. Mitchell, of Lititz, with Art of Food fine-dining restaurant; Josephina R. Hanzel, of Wellsville, with The Sweet Side; and Laney E. Heller, of Cogan Station, with Sweet Laney Lou’s Cupcakery & Café.
The featured dessert from Mitchell’s Art of Food: a trio of lemon Bavarian with mirror glaze on a black pepper cookie; coconut key lime French macaron; and chocolate chiffon cake with pistachio buttercream.
The featured dessert from Mitchell’s Art of Food: a trio of lemon Bavarian with mirror glaze on a black pepper cookie; coconut key lime French macaron; and chocolate chiffon cake with pistachio buttercream.
Mercedes M. LeBlanc, with La Decorant Sweets & More, serves samples of her gluten-free white cake with raspberry filling, cake balls and wedding cookies, while Mitchell explains her Art of Food concept.
Mercedes M. LeBlanc, with La Decorant Sweets & More, serves samples of her gluten-free white cake with raspberry filling, cake balls and wedding cookies, while Mitchell explains her Art of Food concept.
Students engage with patrons in the Keystone Dining Room lobby. From left are Emily G. Arbogast, of Montoursville (who offered Sugar Dream Macarons: Macarons that are so sweet, they’ll be in your dreams!); Larissa J. Ealy, of Johnstown (with Lala’s Cakes & Co: Making sweet moments sweeter, one cake at a time); and Darrien L. Kerr, of Altoona (with DK Café).
Students engage with patrons in the Keystone Dining Room lobby. From left are Emily G. Arbogast, of Montoursville (who offered Sugar Dream Macarons: Macarons that are so sweet, they’ll be in your dreams!); Larissa J. Ealy, of Johnstown (with Lala’s Cakes & Co: Making sweet moments sweeter, one cake at a time); and Darrien L. Kerr, of Altoona (with DK Café).

The Penn College community passing through the Keystone Dining Room lobby on Monday had the delicious opportunity to sample the innovations of students in the Bakery Operations and Product Development course. In the class, students develop a new product, market-ready for sale. That includes product testing, plus determining marketing and sales requirements.

Inside the dining hall, from right, are CC N. Hawkins, of Williamsport, with Vanille Specialty Desserts (featuring lemon raspberry cupcakes, white chocolate cranberry macarons and pistachio frangipane tartlets); Zachery A. Deibler, of Annville, with Zack’s Brownies; and Sarah Wolf, of White Haven, with Wolf de Patisserie (pastry wolf).
Inside the dining hall, from right, are CC N. Hawkins, of Williamsport, with Vanille Specialty Desserts (featuring lemon raspberry cupcakes, white chocolate cranberry macarons and pistachio frangipane tartlets); Zachery A. Deibler, of Annville, with Zack’s Brownies; and Sarah Wolf, of White Haven, with Wolf de Patisserie (pastry wolf).
Offerings from Kerr’s “DK Café”: lemon vanilla, blueberry keto and almond Gouda cheesecakes.
Offerings from Kerr’s “DK Café”: lemon vanilla, blueberry keto and almond Gouda cheesecakes.

The culminating project was Monday’s Trade Show, during which students provided inviting displays, product samples, menus, business cards and product pitches for such tasty concepts as: a traditional French macaron shop with less traditional flavors (like cinnamon toast crunch and raspberry pop rock); s’mores, sea salt caramel and gluten-free red velvet brownies; products with plant-based food colorings; gluten-free cakes and cookies; cheesecake in a jar; an Art of Food fine-dining restaurant; blueberry keto cheesecake bites; and many other equally tempting offerings.

Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Students
09.28.2021

‘Wood is good’ message shared with sustainability classes

Students were challenged to identify the two items in a tabletop display that don't contain wood or a wood byproduct. The impostors? Bamboo flooring, which – while renewable – is a grass, and the dollar bill. (Despite being called "paper money," U.S. currency is made entirely of cotton and linen.)
Students were challenged to identify the two items in a tabletop display that don’t contain wood or a wood byproduct. The impostors? Bamboo flooring, which – while renewable – is a grass, and the dollar bill. (Despite being called “paper money,” U.S. currency is made entirely of cotton and linen.)
Phillips-Taggart outlines the association's outreach priorities (education, promotion and workforce development), and informs students about their eligibility for a $1,500 Richard P. Lauchle Scholarship. Lauchle, who graduated at the top of Williamsport Area Community College’s first forest technology class, owned and operated Lauchle Lumber in Montoursville from 1974 until his death in 2008.
Phillips-Taggart outlines the association’s outreach priorities (education, promotion and workforce development), and informs students about their eligibility for a $1,500 Richard P. Lauchle Scholarship. Lauchle, who graduated at the top of Williamsport Area Community College’s first forest technology class, owned and operated Lauchle Lumber in Montoursville from 1974 until his death in 2008.
Wozniak, an associate professor of architectural technology, brought along a homegrown example of wood's renewability: sandy remnants of a residential refinishing project. Sawdust can be repurposed as animal bedding or pelletized as a heat source, among alternative uses.
Wozniak, an associate professor of architectural technology, brought along a homegrown example of wood’s renewability: sandy remnants of a residential refinishing project. Sawdust can be repurposed as animal bedding or pelletized as a heat source, among alternative uses.
Penn College forest technology students are included in a stewardship video produced by KWPA and shared with classes this week.
Penn College forest technology students are included in a stewardship video produced by KWPA and shared with classes this week.

Students in two sections of Rob A. Wozniak’s “Sustainability: Building and Living Green” course were visited this week by Keystone Wood Products Association representatives, who talked about the benefits of wood as a renewable construction material.

The classes – comprising students in architecture and sustainable design, architectural technology and other construction-related majors – heard Monday afternoon from Ken Nuttle, KWPA education specialist; and the following morning from Stephanie Phillips-Taggart, marketing coordinator for the association’s 11-county membership area.

“Wood plays an incredible role in our lives on a regular basis,” Tuesday’s guest said, reinforcing her message with videos profiling regional hardwood businesses and the importance of healthy forest management.

Architecture & Sustainable Design Building Construction Construction Management Engineering Technologies Students
09.27.2021

Diesel labs, equipment donors prepare students for industry

With a customary Penn College mix of theory and hands-on experience, aided by machinery donations from such industry leaders as Caterpillar and Allison, tomorrow makers in diesel technology, electric power generation: diesel emphasis, and heavy construction equipment technology (with its technician and Caterpillar emphases) are moving confidently toward career satisfaction. “We have it really good,” says Chris S. Weaver, assistant professor and department head for diesel equipment technology. “We have a lot of new equipment and a lot of backing to teach these students what they need to know before they leave here.” Join Weaver for a virtual tour of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, about 10 miles south of main campus, home to fully loaded labs for diesel truck, heavy equipment and power generation majors.

Diesel & Power Generation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Heavy Equipment Students
09.26.2021

Homecoming/Parent & Family Weekend 2021

Campus friendships again blossomed at the sunbathed scene of their planting, and parents and siblings – some separated from their loved ones since Welcome Weekend (“only” a month ago) – replenished their stockpile of hugs during Penn College’s Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend (Sept. 24-26). Among the many activities intended to rekindle connections among alumni, students, kith and kin were an Athletics Hall of Fame induction, historic tours of campus and Greater Williamsport; a popular Alumni Golf Outing, a bonfire and live music on the Madigan Library lawn, the Alumni & Friends Tent Party, a wrestling retrospective, breakfast with President Davie Jane Gilmour, a craft brewery get-together, open academic labs, a celebration of plastics, family activities, men’s and women’s soccer matches on UPMC Field, food trucks and games. Oh, never mind, come see for yourselves!

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09.24.2021

Opening doors, out of doors

With autumn's arrival, it's time to "fall" under employers' spell!
With autumn’s arrival, it’s time to “fall” under employers’ spell!

September’s final On-Campus Recruitment Days, continuing an extravaganza of opportunity conveniently organized throughout the month by Career Services, will give students several more chances to network with business and industry contacts: 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Monday (Sept. 27) on the Schneebeli Earth Science Center front lawn, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday (Sept. 27) on the Bush Campus Center patio, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 28) on the main campus mall. For each session’s lineup of companies, consult the flyer: Employer Recruitment Days (11-13)

Career Services Students
09.23.2021

Ciocca Dealerships Scholarship to benefit automotive students

Ciocca Dealerships has established a scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology for students in two- and four-year automotive programs.

The Ciocca Dealerships Scholarship will provide two $1,000 awards to students in the automotive technology associate degree programs and two $1,000 awards to students in the automotive technology management baccalaureate degree program.

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09.22.2021

Penn College hosts PPL Electric Utilities Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit

PPL Electric Utilities recently offered a Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit and demonstration for students and first responders at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

PPL, a Corporate Tomorrow Maker partner of the college, takes its mobile electrical safety exhibit across its service territory to teach first responders, contractors, businesses, school students and the public about the dangers of live wires and how to stay safe around them.

The exhibit is a scaled-down 7,200-volt electrical distribution system that features live electrical wires, utility poles and transformers. It was designed in 2016 by representatives from across PPL Electric Utilities’ operations who met in PPL’s Innovation Lab to brainstorm ways to present the information. PPL provides 100 such demonstrations to more than 10,000 people annually.

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09.22.2021

Truffles and technology: A/V link allows virtual visit by acclaimed chef

How better for students studying global cuisines to learn about cooking with truffles, the “black pearl” of the food world, than from an Italian chef who serves as an ambassador for the product?

Italy is one of the world’s top exporters of truffles. It is also the destination for a new global experience course at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

On Sept. 16, with the help of Audio/Visual Services, students in the Global Cuisine and Connections course connected with Chef Fabrizio Facchini, a brand ambassador for Urbani Truffles. Facchini, executive chef of several properties in New York City, has earned acclaim in both the U.S. and Italy, where his Antico Borgo was recognized in the Michelin Italy Guide.

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Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Students
09.22.2021

Museum patrons enjoy timeless treat

Back in display in the Hershey museum, the vehicle has been shown at a number of venues since its restoration.
Back in display in the Hershey museum, the vehicle has been shown at a number of venues since its restoration.
Visitors to the AACA Museum can learn about the students' painstaking work on the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport.
Visitors to the AACA Museum can learn about the students’ painstaking work on the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport.
Still winsome after all these years, a time-honored "muscle car" flexes its attributes.
Still winsome after all these years, a time-honored “muscle car” flexes its attributes.
Information about Penn College's related curricular offerings accompanies the display.
Information about Penn College’s related curricular offerings accompanies the display.

A vintage vehicle, winningly refurbished for the Antique Automobile Club of America by three years’ worth of Penn College students a while back, caught the eye of a college employee and her husband as they visited the AACA Museum in Hershey last weekend. “While checking out the exhibitions, we came across a beautiful 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle that was restored by our Penn College students,” said Barbara Adzema after touring the automotive showplace with car buff/spouse Robert (who commented that the work “was meticulously done to perfection,” she reported).
Photos by Barbara A. Adzema, residence life assistant

Collision Repair & Restoration Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
09.21.2021

Considering a career in accounting?

Whether you’re interested in an associate or bachelor’s degree, or planning to study on main campus or online, a new video provides an overview of the popular programs and options that will prepare you for a rewarding future in accounting. You can even pursue a dual degree, adding a business and finance concentration for even more opportunities. “At Penn College, you’ll hone the communication, teamwork and critical-thinking skills that employers want most,” says lead faculty member Roy A. Fletcher, assistant professor of business administration/banking and finance, your guide through the three-minute rundown. Virtually tour the labs, meet lead faculty, and explore the pathways and possibilities at Penn College – which include assisting taxpayers in preparing and filing their returns, as well as helping to manage an actual investment fund!

Accounting & Finance Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Students
09.20.2021

Watercoloring for Wildcats

Marking the ninth year of a fall tradition, SGA President Robert A. Luna takes his turn adding the blue dye that will circulate through the fountain.
Marking the ninth year of a fall tradition, SGA President Robert A. Luna takes his turn adding the blue dye that will circulate through the fountain.
2021 Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend
2021 Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend
From left, WEB's Lauryn A. Stauffer, of Bath, enrolled in automation engineering technology: robotics and automation; Serena V. Bergeron, of Lansdale, automotive technology management: collision repair concentration; and Caila N. Flanagan, Williamsport, business administration: management concentration; join Luna, a health science major from San Clemente, Calif., taking a seat after a job well-done.
From left, WEB’s Lauryn A. Stauffer, of Bath, enrolled in automation engineering technology: robotics and automation; Serena V. Bergeron, of Lansdale, automotive technology management: collision repair concentration; and Caila N. Flanagan, Williamsport, business administration: management concentration; join Luna, a health science major from San Clemente, Calif., taking a seat after a job well-done.

Representatives of Penn College’s Wildcat Events Board and Student Government Association began the week at the Veteran’s Fountain, furthering the time-tested lead-in to Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend – scheduled this year from Friday through Sunday (Sept. 24-26).
Photos by Allison A. Grove, director of student engagement

Alumni Events Students
09.20.2021

Students organize college’s inaugural Juneteenth festivities

A weekend Juneteenth celebration, moved to September to allow participation by more students, provided the campus community with a mix of educational and entertaining activities arranged by Penn College’s Black Student Union. The first-year observance, held amid gorgeous late-summer conditions, kicked off Friday morning with a flag-raising ceremony and ended the following evening with a themed outdoor dance.  Other events included informative presentations and discussions, a movie, and a showcase of products and services.

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09.17.2021

Corporate partner donates industrial robot to Penn College

About 50 Pennsylvania College of Technology engineering and electronics students per year will benefit from a recent addition to their state-of-the-art facilities, courtesy of Elsner Engineering Works Inc.

The third-generation family owned and operated company donated a decommissioned Fanuc M-10iA/12 6-axis robot with an R-30iB PLUS controller for the college’s process control training lab.

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