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Engineering Technologies Landscape/Horticulture Students

Penn College horticulture students awarded $1,000 scholarships

The National Association of Landscape Professionals Foundation has awarded $1,000 scholarships to each of four Pennsylvania College of Technology landscape/horticulture technology students on behalf of industry benefactors.

Honored virtually during NALP’s 45th annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition from March 15-19 were Nick Bianchi, of Archbald, recipient of The Ruppert Landscape Company Scholarship; Erick V. Kennedy, of Williamsport, RM Landscape and Lemcke Family Scholarship; Joanne S. Kim, of Williamsport, Chapel Valley Landscape Co. – The Reeve Family Scholarship; and Cyra E. Sterner, of Williamsport, Jacobsen Landscape Design and Construction Scholarship.

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March 30, 2021
Faculty & Staff General Information Library Students

College library working to maintain historic ‘star’ status

An attractively arrayed table provides food for thought – and snacks, too!
An attractively arrayed table provides food for thought – and snacks, too!
The program's five foundational literacies, and the ways in which Madigan Library incorporates them into its service to the community, are a keystone of the entranceway display.
The program’s five foundational literacies, and the ways in which Madigan Library incorporates them into its service to the community, are a keystone of the entranceway display.

Madigan Library is in the midst of fulfilling the required annual process to retain its PA Forward Gold Star status, the first academic library in the commonwealth to be so designated when it was conferred in 2018. A display near the reference desk explains the Pennsylvania Library Association’s PA Forward initiative and provides information about the importance of being skilled in five knowledge foundations: basic literacy, information literacy, civic and social literacy, health literacy, and financial literacy.

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March 30, 2021
Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies Events Students

Lean, mean fighting machines show mettle in robotic arena

Ralston, with his first-place trophy
Ralston, with his first-place trophy
Two 3D-printed robots battle it out for 2 minutes.
Two 3D-printed robots battle it out for 2 minutes.
McCray gets his robot ready for its next fight.
McCray gets his robot ready for its next fight.

Students in Penn College’s School of Engineering Technologies claimed the top spots in Saturday’s Plastics Ant-Weight Competition, sponsored by the Student Wildcats of Robotic Design.

Placing first was Jack P. Ralston, of Bloomsburg, who said, “I feel that the club gives us a way to apply and expand upon what we learn in class.”

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March 29, 2021
General Information

First Penn College men’s lacrosse team set for action

New sport. New coach. New players. Without question, it is a season of new beginnings for the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s lacrosse team.

Since his hiring in July, coach Jordan Williams has been building the foundation of the college’s newest NCAA Division III sport, taking what had been former high school and/or college club team players and molding them into Penn College Wildcats.

And on their home turf at UPMC Field at 1 p.m. Saturday, they will get a good test of how much progress has been made when they host five-time defending North Eastern Athletic Conference champion Morrisville State College in the first of a five-game, conference-only schedule.

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March 28, 2021
Penn College Magazine

Read the Spring 2021 Penn College Magazine

Penn College Magazine cover Spring 2021
Penn College Magazine cover Spring 2021

The latest edition of Penn College Magazine – on its way to mailboxes and available at magazine.pct.edu – highlights Penn College’s prowess in STEM education. Features include a piece by President Davie Jane Gilmour encouraging a wider view of STEM careers and their benefits; stories celebrating the success of a lecture-plus-lab math course and the opening of the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center; and a look at alumni making the most of their Penn College educations in the fields of robotics (with X, The Moonshot Factory) and nursing (with Geisinger Life Flight). Pick up a copy in lobbies across campus or read and comment online.

March 26, 2021
Alumni Automated Manufacturing & Machining Engineering Technologies

Manufacturing alumnus among honorees at Chamber education event

Kenneth F. Healy

Kenneth F. Healy, executive vice president and director of engineering at PMF Industries Inc., received an Alumni of the Year Award during the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce’s 20th annual Education Celebration on Thursday evening.

The event, held this year at the Bald Birds Brewing Co. in Jersey Shore, honors students and educators from across Lycoming County, as well as alumni from Pennsylvania College of Technology and Lycoming College who have made a positive impact on the local community.

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March 26, 2021
Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Students

Students helping local nonprofit’s gourmet cupcake sale

"Cupcakes for a Cause"Student volunteers from Penn College’s Hospitality Connections Club will assist guest baker Nikki Fiel during a “Cupcakes for a Cause” fundraiser for Dwell Orphan Care. Orders are being accepted through Monday for six flavors of gourmet cupcakes, to be picked up from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 3, at First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center, 601 Market St., Williamsport. The nonprofit agency was formed in 2019 “to support foster and adoptive families in Lycoming County and beyond so that children have a safe, loving, forever home in which to dwell.”

March 26, 2021
Faculty & Staff

A letter-perfect passerby

We're all ears when kindness is in the air!
We’re all ears when kindness is in the air!

Who is that (doubly) masked man, hopping down the bunny trail, embracing a sentiment that transcends holidays? It’s Tom Zimmerman, associate professor of psychology – typically friendly and pandemically conscientious – stopping by the Dunham Children’s Learning Center hallway to punctuate a timeless message.
Photo by Darlene A. Warner, CLC secretary

March 26, 2021
Alumni Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Communication & Literature Faculty & Staff Gallery Human Services & Restorative Justice Individualized Programs of Study Students

Gallery exhibit invites students’ personal reflection

Free journaling resources attract the attention of Cydney L. Ginter, an applied human services student from Tyrone.

“Second Nature,” the current exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College, is attracting educational interest from students and faculty, including psychology, sociology, English composition and art classes.

The most recent class to visit was Research Methods (SOC313), taught by Rob Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science, and Elizabeth E. Winder, assistant professor of human services.

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March 25, 2021
Events Faculty & Staff Students

Online tributes recognize 2021 class of ‘Awesome Women’

Wednesday’s “Awesome Woman Exemplar” ceremony, the 16th annual tribute (and the second to be held virtually due to COVID safety protocols), honored 23 Penn College students for notable service to their campus, classmates and community.

The 2021 inductees were applauded by a college administrator and celebrated in slideshow comments from their nominators in a video. Sammie L. Davis, coordinator of diversity and student engagement, welcomed online viewers and introduced the event’s keynoter: Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost.

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March 24, 2021
Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Individualized Programs of Study

Faculty alum tapped for captivating PSU podcast

Jennifer R. WahlLion Legacy PodcastA podcast sharing the compelling professional and personal journeys of Penn State alumni has engaged Jennifer R. Wahl, a Pennsylvania College of Technology social sciences instructor, in a wide-ranging conversation highlighting her teaching experiences and philosophies.

Wahl, who earned her Master of Education in educational leadership from Penn State in 2012, is featured on a recent 40-minute episode of the Lion Legacy Podcast. Found on all major platforms and at LionLegacyPodcast.com, the series is hosted by 2004 Penn State graduates Jared Melzer and Ross Weisbrot.

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March 24, 2021
Automated Manufacturing & Machining College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

All-in-one game changer added to CAL’s machining lineup

Allison Crane & Rigging brought a fleet of heavy-duty equipment to facilitate offloading of the equipment ...
Allison Crane & Rigging brought a fleet of heavy-duty equipment to facilitate offloading of the equipment …
... and its forklift delivery to the laboratory floor.
… and its forklift delivery to the laboratory floor.
Students inspect the newly arrived Haas equipment in the automated manufacturing lab.
Students inspect the newly arrived Haas equipment in the automated manufacturing lab.
The center features a side-mounted tool changer.
The center features a side-mounted tool changer.
The equipment awaits final hookup, faculty training – and students in the CIM228 course starting this fall.
The equipment awaits final hookup, faculty training – and students in the CIM228 course starting this fall.

A Haas 5-axis Universal Machining Center (Model 500), poised to take Penn College’s machining curriculum to a new level, was delivered to College Avenue Labs on Tuesday morning. Purchased at an educational discount through a partnership with Phillips Corp. in Bensalem, the equipment adds the versatility of a rotational axis that allows for easier shaping of harder-to-machine parts – picture a jet engine turbine blade, for instance. The equipment will be the focus of the new course, Advanced CNC Multi-Axis Programming and Machining, in which students will be able to insert a piece of metal and produce a finished product with specialized and complicated machining details. Such equipment in industry reduces setup time and increases accuracy for multisided and complex parts, said Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, and greatly boosts students’ marketability. “For students to learn on this technology, it will further enhance their ability to be productive and effective employees the moment they enter the manufacturing floor for their internship or full-time career,” he said. “We can’t thank Phillips Corp. enough for their partnership to help make this possible.”

March 23, 2021