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Penn College students dominate manufacturing scholarship list

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A foundation promoting manufacturing careers awarded one-third of its recent scholarships to Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

A dozen Penn College students were among 36 nationwide who received manufacturing scholarships from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs. The scholarships, valued between $1,500 and $2,500, are for Fall 2019.

“I couldn’t be prouder,” said David R. Cotner, dean of Penn College’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, which is home to the recipients’ majors. “To have the college dominate a national scholarship list speaks volumes about the quality of our students and our various academic programs.”

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Nine Penn College students medal at SkillsUSA nationals

SkillsUSANine students from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SkillsUSA team earned medals in six categories – three silvers and three bronzes – during the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, from June 24-29.

“The students represented themselves and the college well, and it showed with the number of medals we returned home with,” said SkillsUSA adviser James N. Colton II, an assistant professor of welding. “I look forward to next year and the students that we will have competing.”

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Dining Services Faculty & Staff

Employees’ pierogi recipes nationally recognized

Cuban Pulled Pork Nachos
Cuban Pulled Pork Nachos

General Tso 'rogiesPenn College Dining Services recently took home two prizes in the Mrs. T’s Pierogi Contest, open to all college and universities who participated in National Pierogi Day events on Oct. 4. The college’s original recipes, featured on campus as part of the 10th annual observance last fall, were awarded third place and honorable mention. Third prize went to the Keystone Dining Room’s Cuban Pulled Pork Nachos (left). Created by head cook Andrea N. Breon, the recipe included slow-roasted pork shoulder, pulled and tossed in BBQ sauce, topped with thinly sliced deli ham and diced dill pickles, then drizzled with a creamy house-made horseradish Dijon sauce on top of a bed of lightly browned and crisply seared Mrs. T’s Mini Cheese Pierogies. Taking an honorable mention was CC Commons’ General Tso ‘rogies (pictured at right). That recipe, developed by Mike S. Dinan, head cook for CC Commons, called for sautéed mini-pierogies tossed in a sweet and spicy teriyaki-style sauce with julienned carrots, broccoli, roasted peppers, and finished with scallions and toasted sesame seeds. The dishes may be featured from time to time in college dining units; in the meantime, why not try them at home? Recipes
Photos by Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services’ marketing assistant

 

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College offers injection molding processing workshops

Plastics professionals from seven states and Puerto Rico participated in a recent Injection Molding Processing Workshop offered by the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Two weeks of the Injection Molding Processing Workshop offered by Pennsylvania College of Technology and its acclaimed Plastics Innovation & Resource Center attracted a variety of industry professionals to campus.

Twenty-eight individuals representing seven states and Puerto Rico attended the workshops that were delivered in separate five-day sessions. The sessions consisted of two sections: Decoupled Molding Setup and Operation and the Science of Injection Molding With Troubleshooting.

Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics and polymer technology, taught the sessions with assistance from Spencer L. Cotner, of Muncy, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major and a PIRC research assistant.

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Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications named

Sue A. Kelley

Pennsylvania College of Technology has appointed Sue A. Kelley dean of the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications.

Kelley, who has more than 20 years’ experience in higher education, comes to Penn College from Lycoming College, where she has been employed since 1999, serving most recently as an associate professor of psychology and department chair.

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Sports exhibit hits home for athletes, fans alike

An entryway display case amplifies the "hometown" message through memorabilia that honors a sampling of local sports figures: baseball's Mike Mussina and Tom O'Malley, basketball's Alize Johnson and Kelly Mazzante, football's Gary Brown, and Special Olympics athletes.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” – a collaboration among the Smithsonian Institution, the World of Little League Museum and Penn College – kicked off a 10-week local engagement Sunday with a public reception on the first floor of Madigan Library. The engaging showcase is part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program, which enlists rural partners in hosting traveling exhibits. In addition to items reflecting the pervasive influence that athletics has on American society, “Hometown Teams” aptly includes representative pieces from collections within the community, some of which have never been displayed publicity. Members of the Historical Organizations of Lycoming County, schools, individuals and groups are among those lending artifacts for the exhibit, which runs through Sept. 8. Among those attending the official opening was Morgan Parrish, reporter for WBRE/WYOU, whose coverage aired during Sunday evening’s newscasts.

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Appropriations boost recognizes college’s vital workforce role

The approved 2019-20 state budget delivers appropriation funding to Pennsylvania College of Technology reflecting its long history of success in producing skilled workers, while leveling the playing field with other publicly funded institutions in the commonwealth, the college’s board chair said Friday.

“Finally, Penn College is being recognized for the invaluable hands-on education and training it provides to students, who become highly skilled members of the workforce – addressing the skills gap that continues to impact industry and hinder the economy,” said Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the college’s Board of Directors. “All we have ever asked for is to be treated with parity in funding with other state institutions. With this budget, we have made real progress.”

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Entrance at college’s athletics complex named for M&T Bank

A new entrance gate – bearing the name of longtime Penn College supporter M&T Bank – will soon be erected at the college’s athletic complex.

M&T Bank has pledged support for the construction of a new entrance gate – which will bear the name of the financial institution – at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s athletics complex.

Construction for the M&T Bank entrance gate is expected to begin soon and will be completed in time for the Fall 2019 athletic schedule.

Constructed of brick, stone and metal, the gate will be erected at the southwest corner of the complex, which is adjacent to the Penn College Field House.

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Collaborative ‘Soccer Ball Experiment’ adds to students’ skill sets

About to blast an instrumented ball is Kayla M. Spotts, of Shamokin, among the Wildcat soccer players cooperating in an exercise with civil engineering and surveying students at Penn College.

A uniquely collaborative learning experience at Pennsylvania College of Technology, dubbed the “Soccer Ball Experiment,” helped civil engineering technology and surveying technology students and members of the Wildcat women’s soccer team acquire useful professional tools during the spring semester.

When weather finally allowed, the civil engineering technology and surveying technology students used a variety of instruments – including small unmanned aerial systems (drones), the Global Positioning System, total stations, a tape measure, an accelerometer and smartphones – to collect data while the student-athletes and their coach took turns striking a soccer ball on Penn College’s Madigan Library lawn.

The data was used to measure the accuracy of ball placement with respect to targets on the grass and to describe the dynamic properties (such as position, velocity and acceleration) of the launched ball. In addition to using technical skills to acquire that information, the students completed a reflection assignment that required them to assess how they employed their own collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills.

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Alumni Students

‘Connections’ girds new students for imminent challenges

Shoulder-to-shoulder and ready to serve, Links congregate on the porch of The Victorian House. From left are Ferguson, Conklin, Santaella, Mills, Wiest, Highland, Murren, Eaton, Becker, Harriman, Decker and Morrin.
Shoulder-to-shoulder and ready to serve, Links congregate on the porch of The Victorian House. From left are Ferguson, Conklin, Santaella, Mills, Wiest, Highland, Murren, Eaton, Becker, Harriman, Decker and Morrin.
Anthony J. Pace, director of student engagement, delivers a Health and Safety primer in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.
Anthony J. Pace, director of student engagement, delivers a Health and Safety primer in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.
Families enjoy a Keystone Dining Room brunch.
Families enjoy a Keystone Dining Room brunch.
Hey! Let’s take a photo with Herbie! The Links are literally "bug"-eyed with enthusiasm in Madigan Library.
Hey! Let’s take a photo with Herbie! The Links are literally “bug”-eyed with enthusiasm in Madigan Library.
Joining the Links as their orientation intern is a familiar face – David A. Gadalla (front center), who earned his bachelor's in aviation maintenance technology last month. Gadalla is serving as an orientation intern, the first alumnus to do so, before he heads to graduate school in Pittsburgh this fall.
Joining the Links as their orientation intern is a familiar face – David A. Gadalla (front center), who earned his bachelor’s in aviation maintenance technology last month. Gadalla is serving as an orientation intern, the first alumnus to do so, before he heads to graduate school in Pittsburgh this fall.

Incoming Fall 2019 students and their families attended the first of the season’s Connections sessions this week, getting their lay of the Penn College landscape before the glorious swirl of Welcome Weekend. Following an itinerary that will echo throughout the summer, college employees and student assistants – called “Links” in recognition of the relationships they forge – provided invaluable information on college life, in and out of class. This summer’s Connections Links are: Janelle R. Becker, of Fort Loudon, culinary arts and systems; Emily K. Conklin, Port Allegany, dental hygiene: health and policy administration concentration; Lacey A. Decker, Emporium, pre-dental hygiene; David Eaton, Harrisburg, web and interactive media; Patrick C. Ferguson, Williamsport, business administration: marketing concentration; Hallie S. Harriman, Mifflinburg, information technology sciences: gaming and simulation; Michael E. Highland II, Slatington, electronics and computer engineering technology; Shawnee M. Mills, Waldorf, Maryland, plastics and polymer engineering technology; Joey M. Morrin, Morrisville, graphic design; Alaina M. Murren, Aspers, dental hygiene; Natascha G. Santaella, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, applied management; and Sophia G. Wiest, Butler, entrepreneurial innovation. Ferguson and Conklin are serving as “Lead Links.” The campus will greet another five orientation groups next month, including one session (July 8-9) that is already full and a one-day program solely for adult learners (July 22).
Second and third photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer

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Keeping their eyes on the ball

Not far from Penn College's new turf field, youngsters cavort with a larger-than-life accessory.
Not far from Penn College’s new turf field, youngsters cavort with a larger-than-life accessory.
Museum visitors check out the Global Connections "touch table," which offers a compelling visual of Little League's international reach.
Museum visitors check out the Global Connections “touch table,” which offers a compelling visual of Little League’s international reach.
A camper speeds down the basepath at the interactive facility, along Route 15 in South Williamsport.
A camper speeds down the basepath at the interactive facility, along Route 15 in South Williamsport.
Reaching for the sky, a boy goes airborne to loft a ball over the 8-foot "fence."
Reaching for the sky, a boy goes airborne to loft a ball over the 8-foot “fence.”
Youngsters get a hillside peek at the Little League Baseball World Series facilities that, in less than two months, will be abuzz with excitement.
Youngsters get a hillside peek at the Little League Baseball World Series facilities that, in less than two months, will be abuzz with excitement.

As the Women’s World Cup surges into the quarterfinals and Major League Baseball nears its All-Star Break, the youngsters in Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE this week paid homage to both sports. The seven-week camp, headquartered in and around the Field House and running through July 25, offers a variety of opportunities and activities for boys and girls from age 6 to 14. Among Week Four’s diversions were an impromptu go-around with an oversized soccer ball on Monday and a trip to the World of Little League Museum on Tuesday.
Photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer, and Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of athletics for club sports, intramurals

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Penn College transfer student stays the course

With determination, and some help from campus resources such as the Academic Success Center and Disability Services at Penn College, Jacqueline M. Westervelt, of Rutherford, New Jersey, earned an associate degree in information technology: technical support emphasis in May and expects to graduate in August with a bachelor’s degree in applied management.

The email contained a stark message for the transfer student. After a year of subpar grades, Pennsylvania College of Technology had to place her on academic probation.

Jacqueline M. Westervelt repeatedly scanned the message, hoping that the words would change. They didn’t.

Her dream of earning an information technology degree – already delayed for two years – was in jeopardy. Self-doubt, fueled by past struggles in school, flooded her mind. Tears flowed as she thought that the people who told her she wasn’t college material were right.

Turns out, they were wrong.

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