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Student Affairs honored again for positive work environment

Elliott Strickland

For the third consecutive year – and the fourth time overall – Student Affairs at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored as one of “The Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Penn College is one of 27 colleges or universities to receive the 2020 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs honor, with the honorees to be published in the March 5 edition of the magazine.

Representatives of the schools will be recognized during the American College Personnel Association’s annual meeting, to be held March 2-5 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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January 10, 2020
General Information

New video showcases Penn College’s career-ready curriculum

A new Penn College video showcases some of the creative, hands-on learning activities taking place daily in the college’s classrooms and laboratories.

A new semester brings a new video: a breathless 60 seconds that highlight the electric, eclectic opportunities inherent in a Pennsylvania College of Technology education.

Produced by 160/90, a Philadelphia-based branding agency, the “Looking Good” video attests to the real-world instruction that occurs daily in Penn College classrooms and laboratories.

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January 10, 2020
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President nurtures seeds of success during all-college message

Midway through the academic year and at the on-ramp to a metamorphic new decade, transformation – the college’s internal modifications to enhance students’ life-altering opportunities – was very much on the mind of President Davie Jane Gilmour during Friday’s Spring 2020 kickoff. “Like any other organization or institution, we need to assess, adjust, change and adapt. This assessment is an ongoing process and will continue as we move through this spring semester,” she told faculty and staff assembled in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. “I believe in our future, in the power of a Penn College education and in our ability to change lives.”

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January 10, 2020
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Frailey receives award for contributions to EMS

Dr. Gregory R. Frailey

Dr. Gregory R. Frailey, the medical director for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic and physician assistant programs, recently received the Robert D. Aranosian, DO, FACOEP Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Services.

The award is presented each year by the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians to a member of the organization or of the emergency medicine community who has made contributions to the field of EMS that furthered the operation, teaching or development of the specialty through actions, dedication and deeds. It is one of the organization’s highest honors.

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January 9, 2020
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Penn College announces winners of annual Food Show

Winners of the Chef Eugene Mattucci Best of Show award at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual Food Show are, from left, Victoria J. McLamb, of Williamsport; Keowa A. Clemens, of York; and Sherly F. Mendez, of Tobyhanna. The students teamed up to create a “Fiesta!”-themed cold platter and charcuterie board display.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently named the winners in its annual Food Show, during which students showcased final projects for the fall semester for judges and visitors from seven secondary schools.

Taking home the Chef Eugene Mattucci Best of Show Award was a three-student team that produced a “Fiesta!” cold platter and charcuterie board display. The piece was their final project for the Advanced Garde Manger course and included a chopped fiesta quinoa salad; haymarket pate en croute with ground pork, pork belly, veal shoulder, and Mexican herbs and spices; apricot and green chile chutney; Monterey Jack cheese; and smoked duck ham.

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Academic schools transform to ensure long-term sustainability

Pennsylvania College of Technology

A transformation of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s academic-school structure will streamline operations and support the long-term strength and stability of the institution.

The cornerstone of the changes, which will be implemented July 1, is a reconfiguration of the academic schools from six to three. The college will realize multiple benefits from this restructuring.

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January 9, 2020
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All ‘signs’ point to Penn College grad’s success

Cory D. Karges

Walking amid the collage of colors highlighting attractions and the buzz of anticipation emanating from thousands of patrons, Cory D. Karges resembles a typical tourist. In his untucked brown polo shirt, jeans and white sneakers, he purposely blends into the sun-soaked crowd at the Universal Orlando Resort.

But his connection to the famous destination and other world-renowned parks stands out.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate is the design manager for the company responsible for much of the creative signage – from bold marquees to tiny arrow markers – that complement and enhance the inviting themes of Universal’s various thrill rides, restaurants and hotels.

“When you go into the park and you’re standing next to something that you’ve made, and a family comes up and takes a picture of it, you’re like, ‘Oh that’s cool!’ The thing that I made that nobody thinks about is probably in hundreds, thousands of pictures on Facebook and Instagram,” Karges said. “It’s way better for me than making widgets, that’s for sure.”

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January 8, 2020
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Veteran cultural arts, fundraising executive to head CAC

The Community Arts Center has selected Chuck Still as its executive director. Still has extensive leadership experience with cultural arts venues nationwide.

An accomplished theater professional hired to pilot the Community Arts Center into a new decade of popular cultural performances has 35 years of leadership experience with an eclectic collection of venues nationwide.

Following an extensive search, the Community Arts Center Board of Directors has selected Chuck Still to become executive director of the Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pennsylvania College of Technology that has served 1.5 million guests for more than 1,000 productions since opening in 1993.

Still comes to the Community Arts Center from the Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH) in Texas, where, from 2015-19, he oversaw the start-up of the facility and helped complete a $25 million capital campaign as MATCH’s founding executive director.

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January 8, 2020
Faculty & Staff Students

’tis the season

Winter is here!With winter weather possible at any moment, the time is ripe for faculty/staff and students to get (re)acquainted with the college’s guidelines for emergency closings, delays and early dismissals. Keep your cellphone charged, your gloves and boots handy, and your subscription to the PCT Alerts messaging system up-to-date. And, above all, make safe and sound decisions about traveling in poor conditions.

January 7, 2020
Events Faculty & Staff Students

Maintain gift-giving spirit for January blood drive

American Red CrossPenn College Health Services and the American Red Cross will hold a two-day blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 21-22, in Penn’s Inn (Bush Campus Center, second floor). Besides helping to keep blood supplies ample during winter weather, when donations can be impacted by inhospitable conditions, the January visit will benefit pediatric cancer patients.

THONFor each unit of blood collected, $4 will be donated to the Four Diamonds Fund on behalf of Penn College Benefiting THON. There will also be free T-shirts and Papa John’s pizza for donors. Schedule a visit online and use the convenient RapidPass to complete the pre-donation readings and health history questions on appointment day.

January 7, 2020
Events Faculty & Staff

Penn College hosting free FAFSA completion session

Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering assistance for current and future college students and their families to complete the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The college’s Financial Aid Office is hosting a FAFSA completion session to assist with the online application process. The FAFSA is required by colleges and universities to determine student eligibility for federal and state grants, loans and some scholarships.

The free session is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 1049 of the Student & Administrative Services Center on the main campus in Williamsport.

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January 6, 2020
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Wrestling, women’s basketball teams set for returns

After the holiday break, the Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling and women’s basketball teams are scheduled to return to action this week while the men’s basketball team lost its lone game this past week. For the hoop teams, North Eastern Athletic Conference play begins in earnest Saturday.

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January 5, 2020