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05.15.2022

President’s commencement finale hits all the right notes

05.12.2022

President says farewell with authenticity, humility … and accolades

05.10.2022

CAC’s Educational Series delights young eyes, enriches minds

05.05.2022

Scouts honor promise at Arbor Day tree-planting

05.01.2022

Cadets, president honored among battalion’s shining stars

05.08.2022

Penn College softball, lacrosse seasons end; baseball playoffs starting

A record-setting campaign for the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s softball team that saw a program-high 28 wins and included a 15-game winning streak came to an abrupt end Sunday in the United East Conference Championship game.

Meanwhile, for the college’s baseball team, UE playoffs are scheduled to get underway Monday at Penn State Harrisburg after rain washed out weekend action.

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Sports Wildcat Weekly
05.08.2022

Floral design students end semester in burst of creativity

Thirteen students of Karen R. Ruhl, horticulture instructor and last year’s recipient of a Part-Time Teaching Excellence Award, recently completed their final projects at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center – all in one day of real-time accomplishment – and displayed them at The Madigan Library. Helen L. Yoas, librarian for metadata and discovery initiatives (and whose duties as liaison librarian to the School of Engineering Technologies include the Diesel Technology & Natural Resources Division), captured the students’ imaginative spirit and also photographed the completed work once installed and appreciated on the library’s first floor. Ruhl’s The Art of Floral Design (HRT 260), a popular elective, is open to all academic majors.

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Alumni Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Landscape/Horticulture Library Students
05.05.2022

Penn College baseball, softball playoff schedules altered

Among the elite. That’s where Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball and softball teams find themselves going into this weekend’s United East Conference playoffs.

Coach Angela Stackhouse’s top-seeded and defending conference-champion softball team (25-3 in the UE and 27-8 overall) is making its sixth consecutive postseason appearance, while coach Chris Howard’s fourth-seeded baseball team (13-8, 20-16) is in its fifth straight postseason trip after falling in the semifinals a year ago. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were no playoffs in 2020.

Because of rain in the weather forecast, the schedules for both tournaments have been changed. The double-elimination tournament for baseball that was scheduled for Friday through Sunday has been rescheduled for Monday through Wednesday, while softball play that had been scheduled for Friday and Saturday with a double-elimination format now has been changed to a single-elimination event with all games on Sunday.

Live video and stats will be available at the Wildcat Athletics webpage.

Winners from each of the tournaments will advance to the NCAA Division III playoffs.

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Sports Wildcat Weekly
05.05.2022

Scouts honor promise at Arbor Day tree-planting

On May 1, 80 Girl Scouts and community members helped to plant 400 trees and shrubs of 12 species on the grounds of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood. The event was part of the college’s Arbor Day celebration and the Girl Scouts’ Tree Promise.

For Earth Day 2022, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania is planting 2,022 trees. It is part of Girl Scouts USA’s mission to plant, protect or honor 5 million trees by 2026.

In addition to learning about the importance of the trees they were planting, children visited the Pennsylvania WoodMobile, took part in hands-on education stations staffed by students and faculty, received gardening gloves from Penn College and swag from the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, and earned the GSUSA Tree Promise and Chesapeake Bay Foundation Clean Water Grows on Trees patches.

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Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Forestry General Information Landscape/Horticulture
05.05.2022

Practical nursing information sessions set for Northern Tier

WELLSBORO, Pa. – Excellent career opportunities for licensed practical nurses exist in area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, personal care facilities and human service organizations.

Penn College at Wellsboro’s Practical Nursing Program will host four information sessions for those interested in nursing as a career: May 18, June 9, June 23 and July 6, all at 6:30 p.m.  The sessions will be held at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wellsboro campus, 22 Walnut St., and will be connected to the Potter County Education Center via Zoom.

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General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Students Workforce Development
05.05.2022

CAP conference-goers get hands-on peek at Penn College

Inman engages a visitor through immersive interaction. (Photo by Alicia Martinez, a CAP member and aviation maintenance technology student)
Inman engages a visitor through immersive interaction. (Photo by Alicia Martinez, a CAP member and aviation maintenance technology student)
Schlosser meets with a CAP member interested in the college's dual paramedic science and emergency management & homeland security degree. (Photo provided)
Schlosser meets with a CAP member interested in the college’s dual paramedic science and emergency management & homeland security degree. (Photo provided)

Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of aviation, and William A. Schlosser, an incoming instructor of emergency management & homeland security, traveled to the Harrisburg area last weekend for the Civil Air Patrol’s Pennsylvania Wing Conference. Inman (assisted by his spouse, Valerie) helped CAP members build Piper Cub models using aircraft aluminum and fasteners. Those visiting the table enjoyed a hands-on experience while learning about the Penn College aviation program. Schlosser, who will join the full-time faculty in the fall semester, provided conference attendees with a valuable look at his program, among the college’s wide-open pathways to career success and satisfaction.

Aviation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
05.04.2022

Design portfolios get rousing ‘reception’ at college gallery

Family, friends and faculty poured into The Gallery at Penn College late Friday afternoon to view the design work of 11 graphic design seniors. Graphic Design 2022 shines a spotlight on the near-graduates’ four years of dedicated work and serves up a celebratory reception, complete with sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design and department head of art and design, welcomed the crowd and offered congratulatory remarks, then turned the microphone over to the students, encouraging each to share a highlight of their learning. The graphic design student portfolio exhibition is marking its 15th year, having been hosted by the gallery since May 2008. The exhibit can be viewed on the third floor of The Madigan Library through Friday, May 6, and also online. In the gallery lobby, “Journey and Transformation: The Careers of David Stabley & Keith Vanderlin” can also be viewed through Friday. Hours and additional information are available on the gallery website.

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Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Gallery Library Students
05.04.2022

PA student joins national diversity and inclusion group’s board

Bryan Marcel Bilbao, a graduate student in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physician assistant studies major, was recently selected as a director for Physician Assistant Students for Leadership, Equity, Anti-Racism and Diversity.

The national organization, known by its initials, PA-S LEAD, began as a group of PA students of color and their allies. Its goal is to forge connections among underrepresented minority PA students and other diversity-minded PA student leaders to share resources, experience and support.

“I joined PA-S Lead in honor of my late grandmother Italia Cusati, grandfather Guiseppe Cusati and mother, Silvia Cusati,” Bilbao, of Old Forge, said. “Seeing how certain health care services were radically different for those who were non-English speaking and of different backgrounds was astonishing to me. I always vowed that, when I was able to have my voice heard with my passion in medicine, I would publicly address these issues and do what I can so minorities and many other groups will never feel that way in a setting where they should be comfortable, since they are coming in for a problem that is distressing them.”

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Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant Students
05.04.2022

Revisiting an award-winning outreach program

The five Cadettes pose in lab, amid robots and the IEEE chapter's banner.
The five Cadettes pose in lab, amid robots and the IEEE chapter’s banner.
The team that delivered a "outstanding" program (from left): Chesebrough, Ocampo, Daily, Knepp, Heberlig, Jones, Nimoy, Watson, Highland and Long.
The team that delivered a “outstanding” program (from left): Chesebrough, Ocampo, Daily, Knepp, Heberlig, Jones, Nimoy, Watson, Highland and Long.
Ocampo works with the visiting Girl Scouts.
Ocampo works with the visiting Girl Scouts.
Penn College students and Cadettes assemble for an all-inclusive group photo.
Dailey and Ocampo enlighten the Scouts in one of the day's three badge sessions.
Dailey and Ocampo enlighten the Scouts in one of the day’s three badge sessions.

Recognition as Penn College’s “Outstanding Program of the Year” among student organizations begs a deeper dive into the resourcefulness that brought the campus IEEE chapter such acclaim.

Advised by Scott D. Neuhard, assistant professor of electronics, the club last month developed and executed a community service initiative that involved teaching a troop of Girl Scouts about robotics and allowed them to earn one badge each in programming, designing and showcasing a robot.

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Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students Women in STEM
05.03.2022

Presidential windup delivers payoff pitch

Bookended by Mohney and Blymier, President Gilmour watches a tribute video on the scoreboard at Historic Bowman Field ...
Bookended by Mohney and Blymier, President Gilmour watches a tribute video on the scoreboard at Historic Bowman Field …
... and joyfully relives the moment she walked through a 'tunnel" of student-athletes before a lacrosse game at UPMC Field.
… and joyfully relives the moment she walked through a ‘tunnel” of student-athletes before a lacrosse game at UPMC Field.
A legacy looms large over the Wildcats' home baseball field west of campus.
A legacy looms large over the Wildcats’ home baseball field west of campus.
The president erupts in gleeful appreciation, as others' gratitude is reflected in a one-of-a kind keepsake.
The president erupts in gleeful appreciation, as others’ gratitude is reflected in a one-of-a kind keepsake.
Gilmour shares a special afternoon with (from left) grandson Beckett, husband Fred and daughter-in-law Betty.
Gilmour shares a special afternoon with (from left) grandson Beckett, husband Fred and daughter-in-law Betty.

Saturday’s baseball doubleheader produced more than a Wildcat sweep of Penn State Berks; it also brought retirement gifts that surprised and delighted President Davie Jane Gilmour.

A “thank you” video featuring wishes from college athletics teams – along with appreciative messages from interim athletic directors Matt J. Blymier and Britni I. Mohney – was shown on the Muncy Bank Ballpark scoreboard.

“We are incredibly grateful for your leadership, guidance and unwavering support of our student-athletes,” Blymier said. “We can’t possibly thank you enough for everything that you have done, and we wish you a very happy retirement.” “Thank you for providing our student-athletes a wonderful experience, our staff a great place to work, and for being a role model and trailblazer for women everywhere,” added Mohney, head women’s basketball coach.

The big-screen tribute was followed by presentation of a numbered and framed jersey in honor of Gilmour’s 24 years as president, during which the college grew into full membership with NCAA Division III.
Photos by Mark Nance

 

 

Faculty & Staff President Sports Students
05.03.2022

‘Dueling’ musical duo fills PDC with two-way energy

"Tony T." belts out a rock standard ...
“Tony T.” belts out a rock standard …
... then asks for another audience add-on to the playlist.
… then asks for another audience add-on to the playlist.
Sing us some songs, they're the Piano Men!
Sing us some songs, they’re the Piano Men!
Fingers fly across the keyboard ...
Fingers fly across the keyboard …
... as "Wildman Joe" performs another number from a seemingly limitless repertoire.
… as “Wildman Joe” performs another number from a seemingly limitless repertoire.

“Dueling Pianos,” comprised of Tony T. (Anthony Decarolis) and Wildman Joe (Joe Marchetti), brought musical interactivity to Penn College’s Thompson Professional Development Center on Friday night. The Philadelphia-based act encouraged people to offer up song recommendations, then invited them to sing along. “They mostly played classic rock songs,” said one attendee at the Student Engagement Office-sponsored event. “It was a great time!”
Photos by Alexis M. Burrell, student photographer

Events Students
05.03.2022

Penn College electrical students serve area nonprofits

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to hands-on education aided area nonprofit organizations throughout the spring semester.

Two sections of electrical construction students contributed nearly 400 hours of work, saving the YWCA, Sojourner Truth Ministries and the Avis Area Recreation Association labor expenses in completing a variety of projects.

“The quality of the students’ work was excellent. They did a great job,” said Joseph R. Raup, instructor of the course, Construction Lab IV: Practical Experience. “They had good attitudes throughout the semester and worked very hard.”

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Electrical Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
05.02.2022

Penn College designs capture awards, Best of Show honors

The graphic design talents of four students and seven alumni from Pennsylvania College of Technology have been honored in two prestigious design competitions. In both contests, Penn College designs captured Best of Show awards.

In the 2021-22 American Advertising Federation of Northeast Pennsylvania’s Student American Advertising Awards, John J. Grochowski, of Saylorsburg, won Best of Show for his “Braunbär Trinken Oktoberfest” design.

Also announced recently were winners in the 2021 Flux Student Design Competition where Ashley Tate, of Lewisburg, won Best of Show for “Hello Period” (Social Awareness Campaign).

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Alumni Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Students
05.02.2022

‘As meaningful as an experience gets’

Members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s ConCreate Design Club joined municipal Department of Public Works employees Friday for installation of three benches in Williamsport’s Memorial Park, the culmination of a yearlong civic-improvement enterprise.

“The city bench project began as an idea last spring, after our club had already completed several community-based projects,” said Harrison Wohlfarth, of Midlothian, Virginia, who serves as co-president of the student organization. “During that time, the club was finding its identity as not only a concrete science educator, but also a community leader.” He and other club officers decided to continue in that direction, agreeing to provide the city with seven concrete benches for placement in local parks. (One more bench will be delivered to Memorial Park, while three are destined for Shaw Place this fall once a “Splash Pad” there is finished.)

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Alumni Building Construction Engineering Technologies Students
05.02.2022

Exemplary engagement recognized at annual awards banquet

More than a dozen Student Leadership & Involvement Awards – informally referred to as “The Engagies” – were presented Thursday evening in the Keystone Dining Room, honoring a committed group of Penn College student leaders, their faculty/staff mentors and the organizations they embrace in the service of campus and community alike.

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Faculty & Staff Students