NCAA Celebration Heralds New Era for Penn College Athletics

The campus community officially entered an exciting new age Wednesday night: celebrating Pennsylvania College of Technology’s full membership in Division III of the NCAA – not to mention the attendant boost to school pride from a dynamic new logo, an exciting mascot makeover and a literal driving force for institutional marketing. A short program outside the Field House marked the occasion, recognizing the members and sponsors of Athletics and the Wildcat Club booster society, followed by a women’s soccer game at the Athletic Field and a women’s volleyball match in Bardo Gymnasium.

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor;
Tia G. La, student photographer;
Larry D. Kauffman, digital publishing specialist/photographer;
and Becky J. Shaner, manager of student/alumni engagement and special events

The latest in "mass(cot) transit" sits outside the Student & Administrative Services Center, the debut for one of two Wildcat-wrapped Susquehanna Trailways motor coaches that will carry the Penn College name across the miles.

The latest in “mass(cot) transit” sits outside the Student & Administrative Services Center, the debut for one of two Wildcat-wrapped Susquehanna Trailways motor coaches that will carry the Penn College name across the miles.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presents the official commemoration of the college's NCAA membership to John D. Vandevere, director of athletics ...

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presents the official commemoration of the college’s NCAA membership to John D. Vandevere, director of athletics …

... who holds it aloft, likening its prestige to a Super Bowl championship trophy.

… who holds it aloft, likening its prestige to a Super Bowl championship trophy.

A painterly pawprint adorns Drake R. Lenker.

A painterly pawprint adorns Drake R. Lenker.

Soccer fans make a joyful noise with their vuvuzelas, the horns made (in)famous during the 2010 World Cup.

Soccer fans make a joyful noise with their vuvuzelas, the horns made (in)famous during the 2010 World Cup.

Even the littlest fans deserve a big cat hug!

Even the littlest fans deserve a big cat hug!

Hailee Hartman, who assisted one of Dominque Brown's three goals in the shutout Battle for the Lumber victory against Lycoming College

Hailee Hartman, who assisted one of Dominque Brown’s three goals in the shutout Battle for the Lumber victory against Lycoming College

A new logo and a new way to support Penn College Athletics

A new logo and a new way to support Penn College Athletics

Susquehanna Trailways' Cam Kephart, a top-level member of the Wildcat Club and a 1997 graduate in business management, is recognized for phenomenal corporate support ...

Susquehanna Trailways’ Cam Kephart, a top-level member of the Wildcat Club and a 1997 graduate in business management, is recognized for phenomenal corporate support …

... along with John Opachinski, of PepsiCo.

… along with John Opachinski, of PepsiCo.

Joining the family-friendly fun

Joining the family-friendly fun

Guests enjoy food in the full tent ...

Guests enjoy food in the full tent …

... while other attendees overflow onto the lawn.

… while other attendees overflow onto the lawn.

Inaugural members of the Wildcat Club, on hand for the celebration

Inaugural members of the Wildcat Club, on hand for the celebration

Tom Speicher, writer/video editor, interviews Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement, against a visually vibrant backdrop.

Tom Speicher, writer/video editor, interviews Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement, against a visually vibrant backdrop.

Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; Elliott Strickland, vice president for student affairs; and daughter Emma join the mascot during a halftime of the soccer game. The Stricklands provided the money to purchase two Wildcat outfits based on the new logo design.

Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; Elliott Strickland, vice president for student affairs; and daughter Emma join the mascot during a halftime of the soccer game. The Stricklands provided the money to purchase two Wildcat outfits based on the new logo design.

Volleyball coaches and players huddle before the start of play.

Volleyball coaches and players huddle before the start of play.

Malachi J. Atkinson gamely makes a fashion statement, confident that his Wildcat Blue ensemble may well be the hottest look of the season.

Malachi J. Atkinson gamely makes a fashion statement, confident that his Wildcat Blue ensemble may well be the hottest look of the season.

Fans of Abby Williams lavish support on their favorite midfielder.

Fans of Abby Williams lavish support on their favorite midfielder.

Alum John R. Yogodzinski III, CEO of The Graphic Hive, is among those honored at the Coach’s Level of the newly formed Wildcat Club.

Alum John R. Yogodzinski III, CEO of The Graphic Hive, is among those honored at the Coach’s Level of the newly formed Wildcat Club.

Beads and tattoos are among the Wildcat bling.

Beads and tattoos are among the Wildcat bling.

Jordan D. Suter (left) and Paul M. Lasell are Penn College Proud, sporting appropriate accessories from a photo-ready prop table.

Jordan D. Suter (left) and Paul M. Lasell are Penn College Proud, sporting appropriate accessories from a photo-ready prop table.

A pair of MVPs – the director of athletics and his closest co-worker – preserve a milestone moment.

A pair of MVPs – the director of athletics and his closest co-worker – preserve a milestone moment.

Genevieve M. Kelly was honored to place a Wildcat tattoo on the hand of the college president.

Genevieve M. Kelly was honored to place a Wildcat tattoo on the hand of the college president.

The Wildcat Club affords a variety of options for the championing of student-athletes.

The Wildcat Club affords a variety of options for the championing of student-athletes.

Alyssa E. Sickler (left) and Lindsey A. King show off their handmade pom-poms. Pride tables allowed students to make pennants and headbands and other team-spirit items, as well as face-painting and temporary tattoos.

Alyssa E. Sickler (left) and Lindsey A. King show off their handmade pom-poms. Pride tables allowed students to make pennants and headbands and other team-spirit items, as well as face-painting and temporary tattoos.

Wildcat fans celebrate a volleyball point by waving blue towels, among the celebratory night's giveaways.

Wildcat fans celebrate a volleyball point by waving blue towels, among the celebratory night’s giveaways.

A fan-tastic night to catch Wildcat fever!

A fan-tastic night to catch Wildcat fever!

Mary K. Slipe and the Wildcat frame up some fun.

Mary K. Slipe and the Wildcat frame up some fun.

John P. Goetze (left) and Matthew R. Hamilton, with homemade pennants to cheer on women’s volleyball team member Corianne Wilson

John P. Goetze (left) and Matthew R. Hamilton, with homemade pennants to cheer on women’s volleyball team member Corianne Wilson

Savannah Slough (6) contributes some formidable net play.

Savannah Slough (6) contributes some formidable net play.

Pretzel sticks and candles add sparkle and glow to the evening's festivities.

Pretzel sticks and candles add sparkle and glow to the evening’s festivities.

Spectators' smiles easily erase any attempt at game-face seriousness.

Spectators’ smiles easily erase any attempt at game-face seriousness.

Linda and Ed Alberts, scholarship donors and longtime friends of the college, cozy up to the 'cat. Linda, a member of the Penn College Foundation Board of Directors, joined the Wildcat Club at the Varsity Level.

Linda and Ed Alberts, scholarship donors and longtime friends of the college, cozy up to the ‘cat. Linda, a member of the Penn College Foundation Board of Directors, joined the Wildcat Club at the Varsity Level.

Wildcat archer Kaylee N. Burk takes in the action at the Athletic Field.

Wildcat archer Kaylee N. Burk takes in the action at the Athletic Field.

A spinning header by Christina Webber (12), who also assisted a goal

A spinning header by Christina Webber (12), who also assisted a goal

The Wildcat high-fives the Stricklands for their support.

The Wildcat high-fives the Stricklands for their support.

Everett B. Appleby and Erin N. Shaffer share the limelight with the college's new traveling spokesmodel.

Everett B. Appleby and Erin N. Shaffer share the limelight with the college’s new traveling spokesmodel.

The college mascot enjoys refreshments with members of the men's soccer team.

The college mascot enjoys refreshments with members of the men’s soccer team.

Efrem K. Foster pulls Dining Services worker Sara B. Bernier into his photo.

Efrem K. Foster pulls Dining Services worker Sara B. Bernier into his photo.

Though ultimately on the downside of a 3-1 loss to Penn State Abington, the Wildcat women provided no shortage of high points.

Though ultimately on the downside of a 3-1 loss to Penn State Abington, the Wildcat women provided no shortage of high points.

Ever in search of student interaction, the president engages Resident Assistants Lloyd A. Shope and Emily K. Conklin in a photo finish.

Ever in search of student interaction, the president engages Resident Assistants Lloyd A. Shope and Emily K. Conklin in a photo finish.

Matt Blymier, assistant director of athletics /sports information director, traverses the bleachers amidst the Wildcat Faithful.

Matt Blymier, assistant director of athletics /sports information director, traverses the bleachers amidst the Wildcat Faithful.

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