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SGA Auction Adds Thousands to Scholarship Coffers

The sky's the limit for prospective bidders.

No "pig in a poke" is this piece of winged whimsy created by Dennis R. Dorward, associate professor of construction management/building construction.

Down on the auction floor, a spacious chair is just one of the items tempting buyers.

The Horticulture Club donated this handcrafted piece of leaf art ...

... while Financial Operations contributed a coffee-themed gift basket.

The Student Government Association’s recent Silent Auction generated $3,098 in scholarship donations at Penn College, according to final figures from the Student Activities Office. The auction, held at Madigan Library and open to the public, raised $178 in contributions to the new Start to Finish Minority Student Scholarship and the balance toward the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship, which makes annual awards to students who play leadership roles at the college.

Students’ Civic Projects Funded at Youth Leadership Graduation

Some members of this year's Penn College Youth Leadership Program class gather at the close of their on-campus graduation ceremony.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently hosted a ceremony for graduates of its annual Youth Leadership Program, announcing winners of the initiative’s Social Change Competition.

Thirty 11th-graders from 10 secondary schools participated throughout the year in the program, designed to educate and motivate them to understand community needs and take an active leadership role in addressing them. This is the seventh year that Penn College has operated the program, which was facilitated by Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities; Sal Vitko, assistant director of student activities for student organizations/orientation; and Shelley L. Moore, director of career services.

As part of the Youth Leadership experience, each school team is challenged to identify a need in its community, develop a plan to address it, propose that plan to judges and, if funded as one of the top proposals, implement it.

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Students Gain Experience, Help Community Through VITA

Penn College’s Michael D. Shipman, left, instructor of business administration/accounting, reviews tax policy with student Joshua D. Lyman, of Williamsport. Lyman is one of 16 Penn College students certified by the IRS to offer free tax help to the community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students offered free assistance to about 160 taxpayers this spring, helping them to realize close to $170,000 in income-tax refunds.

Sixteen Penn College students took part in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, an initiative of the IRS that offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, or those who may need assistance preparing their own returns because of a disability or language barrier.

All but two of the students are enrolled in the course Income Taxation of Individuals, taught by Michael D. Shipman, instructor of business administration/accounting. They are pursuing degrees in accounting, legal assistant paralegal, and business administration: banking and finance concentration.

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Presidential Road Trip Ensures Wildcats’ Spot in Grad Lineup

Evan M. Woods (left) and Kyle H. Fox receive their diplomas Sunday from President Davie Jane Gilmour.

Two Penn College baseball players, unable to attend commencement due to North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs in Lewisburg, were awarded their diplomas prior to Sunday’s championship game. President Davie Jane Gilmour traveled to Bucknell University’s Depew Field, where the Wildcats –  including catcher Evan M. Woods, of Clymer, New York, and pitcher/infielder Kyle H. Fox, of Fleetwood – were set to take on Penn State Berks in the tournament finale. Woods graduated with high honors and an associate degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; Fox graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology.
Photo by Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer 

Baseball Team Ends Second in NEAC; Archers Headed to Nationals

The Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball team is packing its uniforms away after a second-place finish Sunday in the North Eastern Athletic Conference championships while the college’s archery team is heading to the outdoor national championships.

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Commencement Gallery Mines a Mother Lode of Memories

Never too old for a pick-me-up from Mom, Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera celebrates in front of the Penn College sign.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held three commencement ceremonies at the Community Arts Center on May 12-13 for more than 900 students who fulfilled their degree requirements during the spring semester. The proceedings at 3 p.m. Friday featured students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. Students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences were in the spotlight at 10 a.m. Saturday, while graduates of the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies were featured during the 1:30 p.m. session. Student speakers were Lauren J. Crouse, of Turbotville, who received a Bachelor of Science in applied human services on Friday; Madison L. Carts, of State College, who received an Associate of Applied Science in surveying technology on Saturday morning; and Robert E. Wood, of Williamsport, who earned a Bachelor of Science in culinary arts and systems on Saturday afternoon. The college also presented three Distinguished Teaching Awards and two alumni awards.

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Teaching Awards Presented to Trio of Penn College Faculty

Three Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members were honored at Spring 2017 Commencement ceremonies for their teaching prowess. Their awards were presented May 12-13 at the Community Arts Center.

As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program at Penn College, President Davie Jane Gilmour presented a Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award to J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology.

Two faculty members received Excellence in Teaching Awards: Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design, and Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts.

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Two Alumni Honored at Penn College Spring Commencement

Pennsylvania College of Technology presented honors to two alumni during Spring 2017 commencement ceremonies, held May 12-13 at the Community Arts Center.

Thomas J. Giannattasio, of Bethesda, Maryland, received the Alumni Achievement Award on May 12, and June Kilgus Zimmerman, of Williamsport, was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award on May 13.

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Penn College’s Spring 2017 Graduates Honored

Pennsylvania College of Technology has presented student achievement awards to its Spring 2017 graduates.

More than 900 students petitioned to graduate at the conclusion of the spring semester, and three commencement ceremonies were held May 12-13 at the Community Arts Center. Penn College is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University.

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‘Biggest Loser’ Nutritionist Shares Healthy Recipe

Juliette Yeager, '10

From the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine: Juliette Yeager, ’10, is the nutritionist at a Biggest Loser Resort. There, she provides knowledge, encouragement and a healthy menu while she coaches clients to steady health gains. Get her recipe for grilled chicken with quinoa tabouli and beet turnip slaw. Read “Feeding Healthy Lifestyles.”

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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On Deck for Cuban Delivery, Baseball Gear Bound to Be a Hit

Preparing the donations for delivery takes a team effort. From left are Nicholas D. Reitz, Semeon R. DeBarros, Robert L. Sloss, Thomas M. Malason Jr, Andrew A. Smith, Vander Vere, Brendon J. Dibble, Andrew J. Brady, Colin D. McOdrum and Austen J. Caron.

Cuba-bound donations, including Penn College memorabilia

McOdrum cleans donated sneakers.

Service with Greek smiles from DeBarros, Reitz and Smith.

Donations of used baseball equipment gathered this spring as part of an effort to help young baseball players in Cuba are almost “home.” The donations are in Austin, Texas – at Maya Exploration Center – awaiting the nonprofit travel organization’s next trip to Cuba, according to Curt Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics at Penn College. Vander Vere spearheaded the collection and was assisted by members of Greek Life. In addition to a number of students, employees and community members contributing, the donation drive received three used bats and two boxes of used baseballs from the Wildcat baseball team as well as Penn College shirts, caps and backpacks donated by the college administration. Vander Vere had traveled to Cuba in July with the Maya Exploration Center’s “Ancient Explorations” branch and saw the need for youth baseball equipment at a makeshift game on the grounds of Ernest Hemingway’s former home in a suburb of Havana. The math professor says he’s eager to see and share images of young Cubans playing with the Penn College-collected equipment in the future.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Five Students Receive Scholarships Through Gene Haas Foundation

A grant from the Gene Haas Foundation allowed Penn College to provide scholarships to five students in manufacturing-related majors. From left are recipients Trevor M. Clouser, a manufacturing engineering technology student from Millmont; Cole R. Yost, a manufacturing engineering technology student from Sugarloaf; Matthew R. Swartz, a manufacturing engineering technology student from West Hartford, Connecticut; Joseph A. Eirmann, a machine tool technology student from Bellefonte; and Hunter M. Zill, an automated manufacturing technology student from Hanover, with Richard K. Hendricks, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing.

Five students in manufacturing-related majors are the beneficiaries of a $20,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation to Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The foundation, established in 1999 by the owner of Haas Automation Inc., furnishes scholarship grants to institutions that provide education and training in CNC (computer-numeric controlled) machining.

Penn College selected five students to receive scholarships of $4,000 for the 2016-17 academic year. Requirements were full-time enrollment in one of the college’s four automated manufacturing and machining majors, and demonstrated financial need.

The recipients are Trevor M. Clouser, a manufacturing engineering technology student from Millmont; Joseph A. Eirmann, a machine tool technology student from Bellefonte; Matthew R. Swartz, a manufacturing engineering technology student from West Hartford, Connecticut; Cole R. Yost, a manufacturing engineering technology student from Sugarloaf; and Hunter M. Zill, an automated manufacturing technology student from Hanover.

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College’s Annual ‘Employee Recognition Week’ Honors Faculty/Staff

Penn College’s 2017 Distinguished Staff Awards were presented to Thomas J. Matus, toolroom attendant for heavy construction and diesel; Carrie A. Mayer, secretary to the dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications; Dawn M. Dickey, assistant director of disability services; and Thomas R. McFadden, carpenter.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its yearly Employee Recognition ceremony on May 11, presenting awards to Distinguished Staff, a part-time instructor, a faculty adviser, the latest inductees to its Quarter Century Club and employees who retired during 2016-17.

Distinguished Staff Awards are presented each spring on the basis of co-workers’ nominations in three personnel classifications (administrative, professional and technical; classified; and service). This year, as occasionally occurs, the ceremony honored a member of the college’s part-time staff.

Awards were presented by college President Davie Jane Gilmour to Dawn M. Dickey, assistant director of disability services (APT); Carrie A. Mayer, secretary to the dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications (classified); Thomas R. McFadden, carpenter (service); and Thomas J. Matus, toolroom attendant for heavy construction and diesel (part time).

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President Embraces ‘Endless’ Opportunities on Other Side of Summer

On the eve of graduation, amid the annual celebration of first-rate faculty and staff, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour brought down the curtain on 2016-17 with a grateful and optimistic look ahead. Following Employee Recognition Week festivities, she briefly catalogued the year’s successes and initiatives – a new athletics logo, innovative marketing and fresh administrative faces, among them – and observed the campus community’s good fortune to educate and encourage tomorrow’s leaders. “Daily, we live in a world with a culture of respect and an eye for the future,” the president said. “Our responsibilities are many, our opportunities are endless and our mission is strong.”

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