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PA Program Again Celebrates Physician Assistant Week

Penn College physician assistant students practice their suturing skills. During National Physician Assistant Week, the Penn College physician assistant program is celebrating the announcement of its continued accreditation through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has much to celebrate during 2017’s National Physician Assistant Week.

An initiative of the American Academy of PAs, National PA Week takes place Oct. 6-12 each year. This week, more than 115,500 physician assistants celebrate the profession’s contributions to the nation’s health and increase public awareness of the important role PAs play in collaboration with physicians in providing patient-centered health care. Commemorating the first PA graduates from Duke University in 1967, this year also marks 50 years of the PA profession.

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County’s School Nurses Hold Development Day on Campus

School nurses visit SimMom, a high-fidelity manikin that has a pulse, breathes, talks and has contractions as she delivers a manikin baby. Several served as delivery nurses in a simulation coordinated by Jessica L. Bower (center), simulation laboratory coordinator.

Penn College’s Nursing Education Center was the site on Monday for Lycoming County School Nurses Professional Development Day. During a morning “skills update,” the school nurses toured the college’s nursing laboratories with Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator. During the remainder of the daylong campus visit, the 40 participants attended meetings and educational sessions by physical therapist Amy Vandermark of UPMC Susquehanna and Tracy Haas-Ungard, programs and services director for North Central Sight Services, and discussed issues in school nursing as submitted by the group.

Financial Aid Information Nights Scheduled

Free financial aid information nights will be available for two local schools in November.

The sessions are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m. in room A124 of Williamsport Area High School and Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at South Williamsport Area Junior/Senior High School. Students and parents from both schools may attend either event.

The primary goal of the sessions is to assist individuals and families in understanding the financial aid process so that funds can be made available to students pursuing higher education at any college or university.

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Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend – 2017

Sharing a rock-solid sentiment

Penn College’s second annual Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend had a little something for everyone – and a whole lotta something for those getting reacquainted with their favorite students and/or former classmates! A packed weekend schedule of celebratory activities included a bonfire and paint party, the Athletics Hall of Fame banquet, outlets for artistic expression, informative visits from graduates, guided tours, soccer matches, an alumni golf tournament, a picnic brunch with President Davie Jane Gilmour, musical entertainment, and an Oktoberfest that included a reunion of past Resident Assistants.

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Enlightening Alumni Among Homecoming VIPs

Alumni often attend Homecoming to reunite with classmates, revisit faculty who steered them toward vocational success and unwind among friends before the alarm clock resounds. Graduates of Penn College and its predecessors frequently return for another reason, as was seen this past week: to share life lessons from the working world.

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Fall Seasons End for Penn College Tennis Teams

The fall seasons came to an end for Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s tennis teams last week while the college’s soccer teams continued to make strides in North Eastern Athletic Conference play.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Penn College Inducts 2017 Hall of Fame Class

2017 Hall of Fame class announced

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Athletics Department has inducted its 2017 Hall of Fame class: Zachary M. Plannick, Steven D. Bull, William J. DeAngelo and LeRoy Joiner.

The inductees entered the Hall of Fame at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Thompson Professional Development Center, as part of the college’s Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend.

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Drone (Quadcopter) Technology Courses Scheduled at Penn College

As the number of drones in the United States continues to skyrocket, the Federal Aviation Administration has made the aircraft’s registration mandatory. Whether you are a hobbyist or a commercial flyer, Pennsylvania College of Technology can help you stay informed of current FAA regulations.

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New Metal Fabrication Degree Doubles Down on Student Skills

Penn College is promoting versatile manufacturing skills with a new associate degree in metal fabrication technology. The unique, two-year program provides students with foundational skills in machining and welding, which prepares them for a variety of rewarding manufacturing careers. “One reoccuring theme that I heard from students when I was in welding was they wanted to learn how to machine. And then when I taught classes in machining, I heard them saying they wanted to learn how to weld,” says Howard W. Troup, maintenance mechanic/millwright specialist in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. “I would ask employers that were looking for either a welder or a machining person, ‘What if you had a person that had both those skill sets?’ And their eyes would just light up and they would say, ‘That would be fantastic!'”

Board Re-Elects Officers, Views Design for Welding Expansion

In the lone action item on Thursday’s agenda, the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors retained its slate of officers for 2017-18. The board also was presented with design plans for the grant-funded expansion of the college’s popular welding program.

Sen. Gene Yaw was re-elected chair of the board. Robert N. Pangborn, vice chair, and Joseph J. Doncsecz, treasurer, retain their roles, as well. Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour will continue to function as secretary to the board. Suzanne T. Stopper remains assistant treasurer, and Valerie A. Baier continues as assistant secretary.

The board heard a presentation from Dave Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, and Benedict H. Dubbs, owner of Murray Associates Architects, Harrisburg, on the design for the expansion of the college’s welding facility, made possible in part by a $2 million grant provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The expansion increases the size of welding-related instructional space in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center to approximately 40,000 square feet.

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Enjoying the Harvest

A bountiful – and body-building – yield

Raised-bed garden is just the right height for youthful cultivation.

The calendar may say October, but the girls and boys at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center are still enjoying vegetables from their garden. The raised bed was built by General Services horticulturists Andrea L. Mull and Chad L. Karstetter in the spring; the children planted the garden later that season and faithfully cared for it during the summer. Cucumbers, green peppers, green beans and tomatoes taste delicious when the children pick them, wash them and savor a snack!
Photos by Linda S. Dellaquila, CLC group leader, and Barbara J. Albert, director

Feeling Lucky? Try Out New Field House Horseshoe Pits!

Horseshoe pits installed near Field House

Horseshoe pits have been built outside the Field House, between the basketball and tennis courts. Students, staff and faculty with a valid Penn College ID can sign out horseshoes in the Field House from 1:30 p.m.-11 p.m. weekdays and 2-10 p.m. on weekends. While you’re there, register your team for an intramural league or tournament: Dodgeball, Three-on-Three Basketball and Four-on-Four Volleyball league signups are taking place now!
Photo by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation

New Majors Add to Campus Energy for Penn College Open House

Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer an Open House on Sunday, Oct. 29, providing participants the opportunity to explore the college’s hands-on bachelor’s, associate and certificate majors.

Fall Open House at Pennsylvania College of Technology returns Sunday, Oct. 29, with a public invitation to experience a fascinating array of opportunities.

“We are all really excited about our upcoming fall Open House,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events/services. “This is such a great day on campus for our prospective students and their families to get a true taste of what Penn College has to offer.”

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., attendees can learn more about 100-plus bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs when they visit the college’s main campus and the nearby Lumley Aviation and Schneebeli Earth Science centers. Free shuttles will traverse main campus, and buses will transport visitors to and from the other locations throughout the day.

“Open House is one of those days where the entire campus community – faculty, staff and students – come together to show our pride for Penn College,” Biggs added. “We can’t wait to share our excitement with all of our guests this October!”

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Jaguar Enthusiasts Start Restoration Scholarship at Penn College

Gary Kincel (left), Coventry Foundation president, and Gary Hagopian, a member of the foundation’s board of directors, join Penn College student Luke C. Miller, of Grasonville, Md., the first recipient of the organization’s automotive restoration technology scholarship.

The Coventry Foundation, an organization of passionate Jaguar collectors, has established a scholarship fund for students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s internationally recognized automotive restoration technology major.

Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, the Coventry Foundation aims to perpetuate the heritage of Jaguar automobiles in North America through an archive of printed material, tools and vintage automobiles; annual scholarships to students; and recognition of accredited restoration programs. Its hope is to assure that a pool of qualified technicians is available to properly service and restore vintage Jaguars far into the future.

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