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Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Students

Students display product prowess at PDC ‘trade show’

Danielle M. Johnson, of Garnet Valley
Danielle M. Johnson, of Garnet Valley
Rebecca E. High, of Willow Street
Rebecca E. High, of Willow Street
Grace A. Reese, of Port Matilda
Grace A. Reese, of Port Matilda
Alaina L. Lapenta, of Lemoyne
Alaina L. Lapenta, of Lemoyne

As a final project for the eight-week Bakery Operations and Product Development course, students set up a trade show in the Thompson Professional Development Center on Oct. 5. As part of the course, baking and pastry arts students develop a product line or business concept and put their marketing lessons to work by developing and staffing a display that includes product packaging, menus or price lists, business cards and other marketing materials.
Photos by Sue A. Kelley, dean of business, arts and sciences 

October 9, 2020
Engineering Technologies Forestry Students

Winged victory

Preparing for liftoff
Preparing for liftoff
Burke's kite hitches a ride on the fall breeze.
Burke’s kite hitches a ride on the fall breeze.
Rising against the wind
Rising against the wind
A blue sky beckons.
A blue sky beckons.

Forest technology student Lyssa C. Burke took advantage of Wednesday afternoon’s wild winds to fly a stunt kite on the Madigan Library front lawn. A native of Montana, Burke grew up in Idaho and moved to Williamsport a few years ago with her mother; together, they enjoy the great outdoors. Burke’s hobbies also include photography, fishing, skiing, writing and drawing her many characters. (“I never leave home without a sketchbook,” she said.) Burke enrolled at Penn College after enjoying its Autism Spectrum Post-Secondary Interest Experience in the summer of 2018. Through ASPIE, she says she found a supportive environment with the help of the college’s Connections Links (student orientation leaders) and Dawn M. Dickey, director of disability services, who continues to assist Burke in her college experience. Also in high school, Burke engaged in the Wildlife Leadership Academy as a student and a team leader. Based in Lock Haven, the academy aims to empower high school youth to become conservation ambassadors. With the goal of becoming a game warden or conservation officer, Burke says enrolling in Penn College’s forest technology major (and a criminology course) offers an ideal path to her dream occupation.

October 8, 2020
Alumni Students

Intern-seeking businesses set online sessions for Tuesday

Internship opportunities are the focus of two employers’ virtual information sessions for Penn College students and alumni during the coming week.

  • Multi-Generational Integration – 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13
  • New Jersey Transit – 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13

For more, including the majors of interest and the Microsoft Teams links for each of the hourlong presentations, consult the Career Services flyer: Virtual sessions

October 8, 2020
Alumni College Relations Sports Students

Idled Wildcats grateful for UPMC Field

On the one-year anniversary of UPMC Field, Penn College student-athletes and coaches give thanks to corporate sponsors and Wildcat Club members. The COVID-19 pandemic canceled all intercollegiate athletic events this fall, but student-athletes remain optimistic about the future, thanks to generous donors’ past support.

(While game footage predates COVID-19 precautions, video interviews were conducted in compliance with the college’s health and safety guidelines.)

October 7, 2020
Alumni Events Students

In-house artist designs Homecoming T-shirt

Ebersole models one of her commemorative creations, with a little help from some appropriately attired 'Student Bodies."
Ebersole models one of her commemorative creations, with a little help from some appropriately attired ‘Student Bodies.”

Homecoming and Parent & Family Celebration logoWhen Office of Student Engagement staff talked about having a student work on a giveaway for this year’s Homecoming and Parent & Family Celebration, they soon realized that help was but a few feet away: Morgan K. Ebersole, a graphic design major who has worked as a Bush Campus Center Information Desk assistant since Fall 2016.

T-shirts bearing Ebersole’s design will be distributed free to students throughout this week – pop-up locations will be listed on Student Life social media and the Stall Wall Weekly – and available for sale ($10.95) at The College Store for alumni, families and employees.

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October 5, 2020
Alumni Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies

Electronics alum among presenters at online summit

Eli M. HughesAn award-winning graduate and member of Penn College’s Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology Advisory Committee is headlining a session at a free online conference for electronics hardware engineers this week. Eli M. Hughes is co-founder and chief technology officer for TZero Research and Development, which produces ultrasonic acoustic sensors and software for a variety of industries. Hughes earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology in May 2001 and was presented with an Alumni Achievement Award nine years later. He will present “Crossing the Chasm: The Road to Becoming a Full-Stack Hardware Engineer” at 2:15 p.m. Thursday (EDT), the third and final day of the AltiumLive Virtual Summit (Oct. 6-8). Hughes said the session will retrace the path to a career in hardware engineering, including his Penn College education.

October 5, 2020
Alumni Engineering Technologies Industrial Design Penn College Magazine Penn College Magazine Feature

Designer of signs

Signage for Bigfire restaurant at Universal CityWalk Orlando is among Karges' design work. (Photo courtesy of Universal Studios)
Signage for Bigfire restaurant at Universal CityWalk Orlando is among Karges’ design work. (Photo courtesy of Universal Studios)
Cory D. Karges, '14
Cory D. Karges, ’14
Karges' work greets visitors to Universal Resort's Aventura Hotel. (Photo courtesy of Universal Studios)
Karges’ work greets visitors to Universal Resort’s Aventura Hotel. (Photo courtesy of Universal Studios)

From the Fall 2020 Penn College Magazine: Work is a thrill ride for industrial designer Cory D. Karges, ’14, whose designs for Sign Producers Inc. are seen by millions at theme parks Universal, Disney and others. Read “Designer of Signs.”

October 5, 2020
Students

Rewards reinforce compliance with COVID requirements

In a selfie, grand-prize winner (and student photographer) Juvy A. Orillaza shows off her "Thank you" gift for properly wearing her mask on campus.
In a selfie, grand-prize winner (and student photographer) Juvy A. Orillaza shows off her “Thank you” gift for properly wearing her mask on campus.
Lacey Decker, a dental hygiene student from Emporium, displays one of the cards distributed to students "caught" doing their part to keep Penn College hands-on. (Photo by Trisha M. Temple, coordinator of student engagement)
Lacey Decker, a dental hygiene student from Emporium, displays one of the cards distributed to students “caught” doing their part to keep Penn College hands-on. (Photo by Trisha M. Temple, coordinator of student engagement)

Adherence to Penn College’s COVID-19 guidelines, particularly the donning of face coverings, is paying off for several students.

Under an incentive program overseen by the Office of Student Engagement, students may be handed a card for properly wearing their masks while walking across campus. Each of those students is asked to fill out the back of the card and return it to the Bush Campus Center Information Desk to be entered into monthly prize drawings.

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October 5, 2020
Alumni Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies

Penn College grad enjoys ‘smooth sailing’ with career

Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate Richard M. Wood, of Millville, enjoys a rare view underneath the USS George H.W. Bush nuclear-powered aircraft carrier while the ship is in dry dock at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va. Wood, who earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering design technology, is a structural designer for Newport News Shipbuilding, the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. (Photo courtesy of Richard Wood)

As a kid, Richard M. Wood spent countless hours constructing with Legos and playing with remote-controlled boats powered by electric motors. As a Pennsylvania College of Technology alumnus, his days are devoted to creating with computer-aided design programs and working on the largest “boats” in the world powered by nuclear energy.

Wood, of Millville, is a structural designer for Newport News Shipbuilding, the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. The 2017 graduate works for the Shielding & Ship Fabrication section of the company’s Reactor Plant Planning Yard Department.

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October 2, 2020
Students

Women’s fraternity in midst of membership drive

Showing off the results of her tie-dye talents, Deanna M. Helverson, software development and information management, stays cool under a Wildcat blue canopy.
Showing off the results of her tie-dye talents, Deanna M. Helverson, software development and information management, stays cool under a Wildcat blue canopy.
Rocking The Rock are Theta Phi Alpha members Shaqira A. Drummond (left), business administration: marketing concentration, and Kaylee A. Smith, graphic design.
Rocking The Rock are Theta Phi Alpha members Shaqira A. Drummond (left), business administration: marketing concentration, and Kaylee A. Smith, graphic design.
With a tie-dye-looking mask and purple-tinted hair, Abby E. Sneeringer, human services and restorative justice, blends in beautifully with the organization’s outdoor activity.
With a tie-dye-looking mask and purple-tinted hair, Abby E. Sneeringer, human services and restorative justice, blends in beautifully with the organization’s outdoor activity.
Roses outside the Campus Center complement this Theta Phi Alpha shirt worn by Caila N. Flanagan, business administration: management concentration.
Roses outside the Campus Center complement this Theta Phi Alpha shirt worn by Caila N. Flanagan, business administration: management concentration.

A campus recruitment effort is underway by Theta Phi Alpha, a national women’s social fraternity and member of the National Panhellenic Conference. The mission of Theta Phi Alpha encompasses far more than providing a social network for college women. For more than 100 years, Theta Phi Alpha has maintained a history rich in educational excellence, professional achievement and a deep commitment to social service. It is the sisterhood’s goal to create close comradeship; to advance educational, social, and philanthropic interests; to encourage spiritual development and adherence to the highest moral standards; and to promote the lifelong bonds of friendship. Interested students are asked to contact the emerging Penn College chapter, which recently kicked off the drive by painting The Rock and tie-dying T-shirts outside the Bush Campus Center.

October 2, 2020
Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Plastics & Polymer

Penn College grants emeritus status to trio of retired faculty

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday authorized emeritus status for three retired faculty members.

Approved for faculty emeritus designation are Richard J. Calvert Jr., assistant professor and co-department head, electronics; Jeffrey B. Weaver, associate professor, electronics; and Timothy Weston, associate professor, plastics technology.

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October 1, 2020
General Information

Board authorizes Penn College/Community Arts Center merger

The Community Arts Center hosts a Penn College commencement ceremony.

Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Community Arts Center, its wholly owned subsidiary, can proceed with plans to merge their corporations, which will effectively transfer administrative oversight of the CAC to the college.

The Penn College Board of Directors on Thursday approved the consolidation proposal. Before being finalized, the merger must also be approved by the Charitable Trusts and Organization Section of the state Attorney General’s Office and the Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas.

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October 1, 2020
General Information

Board OKs CAC merger, emeritus actions, property sale

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday authorized a merger with the Community Arts Center, approved emeritus status for three retired faculty members and gave the green light for the sale of a 425-acre property in Nippenose Township.

Thursday's Board of Directors meeting encapsulated for college communityThe board also approved parameters for its 2021-22 state budget request and reelected its slate of officers for 2020-21.

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October 1, 2020