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Memorial Blood Drive Among Donor-Recruitment Successes

Mindy J. Colony, first-shift custodian, and Charles J. Stopper, carpenter/maintenance worker, pay valuable tribute to their late friend and GS co-worker during a blood drive in his honor. (Photo by Carl L. Shaner)

Donors were in the spotlight at two recent Bush Campus Center events: a Sept. 5-6 blood drive in memory of Patrick M. Breen, a longtime General Services employee who died June 25 at the age of 58, and a Sept. 5 “Be the Match” effort to find compatible volunteers for bone-marrow donations or cord-blood transfusions.

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Royal Visitors Share Children’s Day

Youngsters assess a portable butterfly garden, complete with the monarch's habitat of choice: milkweed.

A child's-eye view of the circle of life

Fall colors distinguish this migratory miracle.

Taking flight on the CLC patio

Toddlers at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center got an up-close look at nature’s breathtaking beauty Tuesday, as assistant group leader Michelle M. Cowher brought in monarch butterflies.
Photos by Joyce B. Shrimp, group leader

… and Here’s a Wildcat With Today’s Weather

Hunter B. Budman makes his pointA Montgomery Area High School senior, a dual-enrollment student in the Penn College NOW program, was featured in Joe Snedeker’s morning forecast on Channel 16. Hunter B. Budman, son of Institutional Advancement’s Denise R. Miller, found his way into Wednesday’s on-air outlook. The weather personality, who balances a trademark quirkiness with a serious philanthropic streak, peoples his maps with daily photos of viewers pointing – and Budman (wearing a college T-shirt) was among those to submit an obliging image.

Beach Boys to Celebrate Holidays With CAC Performance

Beach Boys 'Reason for the Season'Tickets go on sale soon for The Beach Boys’ “Reason for the Season Christmas Tour,” coming to the Community Arts Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. Celebrate the holidays with one of America’s most iconic bands, synonymous with the California sound and lifestyle, with songs from their 1964 album that include “Little Saint Nick” and “Merry Christmas Baby,” along with such memorable hits as “Fun Fun Fun,” “Surfin’ USA” and “Good Vibrations.” After more than a half-century of making music, performing more concerts than any major artists in history, the group continues to ride the crest of an unequaled wave. Tickets (starting at $52, plus applicable fees) will be available after 10 a.m. Monday at the Arts Center box office, online or by calling 570-326-2424.

Forestry Students Tour Pallet Company

Don Remmey provides an overview of his pallet-making operation for Penn College forestry students ...

... and takes them on a tour of the manufacturing floor.

Instructor Erich R. Doebler’s Forest Products class visited Remmey, The Pallet Company, in Beaver Springs on Monday, gaining firsthand insight into secondary manufacturing and use of low-grade product. Owner Don Remmey provided a tour of the facility, explained the process, and discussed with the class the tribulations of manufacturing products for domestic and international transport. “It was a great opportunity to see potential employment for the students,” said Doebler (who also provided the photos), “and also a way for students to see where the low-grade lumber is utilized here in Pennsylvania.” Remmey manufactures and produces about 2.2 million pallets each year out of its Beaver Springs and Lehighton plants.

From Workout to ‘Light’s Out’

Worthing (left), of New Brighton, and Josh E. Rosenberger, of Chambersburg, show off their Outdoor Weekend accommodations.

The first full week of September – and the final days of “PC3,” which annually welcomes fall with a stream of activity – invited students to commune with nature, explore their surroundings, share their heritage and make some noise! Among the events on the busy, busy calendar were the Glow Pound Party and Multicultural Lawn Party in the Field House, First Friday in downtown Williamsport, and the second annual Outdoor Weekend at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

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Surgical Technology Board Exam Pass Rate Beats National Average

Penn College student Anna G. Thompson, of Mount Carmel, practices assisting with a laparoscopic surgery in the college’s mock operating room. Over 91 percent of the college’s August surgical technology graduates passed the national certification exam for surgical technologists on their first attempt.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s 2018 surgical technology graduates passed the national Certified Surgical Technologist Examination on their first attempt with a 91.67 percent pass rate, which far exceeds the national average. The group of 12 graduated in August and took the exam the same month.

The Certified Surgical Technologist exam is conducted by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

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Penn College Recognized for Innovation in ‘Best Colleges’ Rankings

Best Colleges - Regional Colleges - North

Pennsylvania College of Technology, nationally renowned for its hands-on approach to learning and responsiveness to workforce needs, has received validation for its unique educational model in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of “Most Innovative Schools.”

As part of the 2019 U.S. News “Best Colleges” rankings issued today, Penn College is listed as the No. 1 Most Innovative School (among public institutions) in the Regional Colleges North category. When private colleges are included, Penn College is tied for third in the Most Innovative rankings with Unity College, Maine – behind only Cooper Union and Paul Smith’s College.

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Penn College Golfers Seek Continued Success

Coming off its best season ever in North Eastern Athletic Conference play with a third-place finish in the spring – and with three returning all-conference players and another who ended in the top 20 – Pennsylvania College of Technology golf coach Matt Haile has plenty to be optimistic about as he enters his 10th season. The Wildcats open their fall season Wednesday at the Keuka College Invitational.

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‘Mindful’ Crowd Gathers in Gallery

Words on the wall silently speak to visitors: “This quiet space is here for you … take time to Be Mindful.”

A large and attentive crowd turned out Thursday evening for a special lecture and reception held in conjunction with “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art,” the first exhibition of The Gallery at Penn College’s 2018-19 season. Guests gathered in the Madigan Library’s second-floor reading loft to listen to a deeply personal 45-minute talk and visual presentation by “Mindful” artist Meredith Grimsley, a professor of fabric design at Bloomsburg University. The gallery, on the third floor of the library, was active from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with conversation and art exploration. Organized by the Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, “Mindful” will run through Oct. 11. The exhibition also features educational outreach efforts, including workshops as well as daylong events for veterans and high school students. Special exhibit hours are: 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays. The gallery is closed Mondays and on Sept. 1-2.

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Local Walkers Part of National Movement to Fight Suicide

Walkers, many of them clad in Wildcat blue, fill the Penn College mall during 2017’s Ouf of the Darkness event. (Photo by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer)

Hundreds of people from throughout Williamsport are anticipated to take part in the 10th annual Greater Lycoming Out of the Darkness Community Walk hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Central Pennsylvania chapter and Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The event will be at Penn College on Saturday, Sept. 15, with registration starting at 4 p.m. and the 90-minute walk at 5.

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Newscast Features Students’ Work on Veterans Memorial

Papa tells the story in front of a group of Penn College students who just completed their work for the morning.

Luse displays plans for the project for WNEP photographer Tom Durant.

WNEP-TV reporter Kristina Papa spent Friday morning with a group of Penn College students whose class project honors the ultimate sacrifice. Approximately 25 masonry, site preparation and concrete students are working three days a week in helping to construct a wall of monuments at Veterans Memorial Park in Williamsport. The memorial will honor those who served in wars prior to World War I. Papa’s story includes interviews with building construction technology students Ian R. Myers, of Morrisdale, and Kurtis J. Klodnicki, of Danville, as well as instructors Harry W. Hintz and Glenn R. Luse.
Photos by Tom Speicher, writer/video editor

Opportunity Knocks, Indoors and Out

Part-time jobs, internships and co-ops are on the table

Penn College’s Part-Time Job Fair and Fall Fusion returned this week in and around the Field House, giving students a chance to interact with more than 100 potential employers and campus/community organizations. A near-record number of students registered for Tuesday’s conveniently combined events – 527, according to the official count provided by Dana R. Suter, Career Services’ assistant director.

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‘When a Friend Asks for Help …’

In photos posted to social media by an Antioch Baptist Church parishioner, Penn College Police Officer Jeffrey E. Kriner assists in maneuvering a larger-than-thought refrigerator through a doorway and into the kitchen.

Penn College Police Officer Jeffrey E. Kriner was a neighborhood hero to a local church on Wednesday, answering an online call for help with goodwill and no shortage of muscle. “A buddy of mine posted that his church got a new refrigerator and needed a hand,” said Kriner, who obtained his lieutenant’s go-ahead to assist while on break. “So I went there, told the pastor, ‘I’m here to help,’ and proceeded to push it into the church.” It was just another day for the officer, who praised the college for allowing him to “help there while working here,” but his service to the community was quickly met with gratitude. “Big props to Penn College policeman,” read one post from a member of the High Street congregation. “We need more cops like this. Thank you so much!” Nice words, certainly, but Kriner’s heart is far larger than his ego. “When a friend asks for help,” he quite simply said, “that’s what you do.”

Service Pending for Former Member of Construction Faculty

Robert J. HutchinsonA memorial service is planned for Robert J. Hutchinson, a former instructor in Williamsport Area Community College’s building construction department, who died Saturday, Sept. 1, at the age of 80. The Williamsport Technical Institute alumnus, shown in a photo from the 1975 Montage yearbook, taught carpentry and masonry at Penn College’s immediate predecessor institution. The service will be announced by the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., which has posted a full obituary to its website.

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