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Penn College’s Spring 2018 Graduates Honored

Pennsylvania College of Technology has presented student achievement awards to its Spring 2018 graduates.

More than 900 students petitioned to graduate at the conclusion of the spring semester, and three commencement ceremonies were held May 11-12 at the Community Arts Center. Penn College is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University.

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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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Students’ Winning Proposal Calls Attention to Human Trafficking

Hughesville High School students (from left) Lauren Hall, Valerie Ammar-Khodja and Logan Woolcock were awarded $1,791 to realize a planned Race to Freedom in late August.

Acting locally to spotlight a worldwide concern, three Hughesville High School juniors are planning a 5K Race for Freedom this summer to make the community more aware of human trafficking.

The students – Valerie Ammar-Khodja, Lauren Hall and Logan Woolcock – were presented with a $1,791 check during a Penn College Youth Leadership graduation ceremony on May 3. The judges were so impressed by the initiative that it was fully funded as the sole winner of the program’s Social Change Competition.

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Penn College Baja Team Pumped for Kansas Competition

Members of the Penn College Baja SAE team take a well-earned break during their April competition in Maryland. Standing from left are: Myron D. Milliken, Lewistown; Matthew J. Nyman, Lock Haven; Todd R. Mercer, Williamsport; Dylan A. Bianco, State College; Christopher M. Schweikert, Jamison; Mathias Decker, Farmington; Shujaa AlQahtani, Saudi Arabia; Trevor M. Clouser, Millmont; Daniel M. Gerard, Doylestown; Joshua J. Cover, Selinsgrove; adviser John G. Upcraft; and Jonathan R. Sutcliffe, Orangeville. Sitting on the car from left are: Logan B. Goodhart, Chambersburg; Johnathan T. Capps, North Wales; and Mark A. Turek, Red Lion. Sitting on the ground is alumnus Zach Mazur, who started the college’s Baja SAE team in 2005.

During the past few years, the Pennsylvania College of Technology Baja SAE team has been among the world’s best. Now, the dedicated students want to be the best.

Penn College can obtain that lofty ranking when it competes against 99 other schools in the next Society of Automotive Engineers event, scheduled for May 17-20 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

“Our goal is to win the endurance race,” said Logan B. Goodhart, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Chambersburg, who serves as team captain. “Our car has a lot of potential. We just have to play things smart and have a little luck.”

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Penn College Names Web Competition Winners

Lehigh Career & Technical Institute students Alexander Cevicelow (left) and Nicholas Gerancher (right) won the Penn College Web Competition, held recently at Penn College. Watching them complete their website is LCTI graduate and current Penn College web and interactive media student, Malachi J. Atkinson.

A team from Lehigh Career & Technical Institute was recently named the winner in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s first Penn College Web Competition.

High schools were invited to bring teams of two to four students to Penn College’s campus on April 20, where they were provided text and images and tasked with developing a small website, with all code created by the competitors.

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Penn College NOW Dual-Enrollment Program Reaccredited

Plastics and polymer engineering technology student Sapphire E. Naugle, who earned 18 Penn College credits while a student at Jersey Shore Area High School, leads a group of Central Mountain High School Penn College NOW students and others through the college’s rotational molding lab.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Penn College NOW dual enrollment program – which provided $2.7 million of college credits free to Pennsylvania high school students in 2016-17 – received reaccreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, the organization announced on May 2.

Penn College NOW was established by the college in 2005 to provide Penn College courses to high school students at their schools or career and technology centers. In 2011, it became the first dual-enrollment program in the state to receive accreditation from NACEP, the sole national accrediting body for concurrent-enrollment partnerships. Today only two Pennsylvania dual-enrollment programs are nationally accredited.

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Accounting Students Help Community With Tax Returns

This tax season, 13 Pennsylvania College of Technology accounting students helped clients file close to 150 federal income tax returns.

The free service is part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sponsored by the IRS. It is designed to help taxpayers who have relatively uncomplicated returns to prepare their returns and file electronically.

The returns yielded almost $200,000 in refunds for the taxpayers who participated.

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Nursing Students Share Research With Engaged UPMC Professionals

Students in the traditional bachelor’s degree nursing major presented their capstone research at the UPMC Susquehanna research symposium, receiving praise from health system staff and administrators.

The students are enrolled in the course Research and Theory in Clinical Practice, taught by Joni J. Pyle, assistant professor of nursing at Penn College. The students work in clinical groups to formulate a research proposal.

“The proposal is based upon something they see in their clinical experience that they think needs to be studied in greater depth to possibly be ‘changed,’” Pyle said.

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President Honors Exemplary Employees, Recaps ‘Incredible Year’

Before closing out the Spring 2018 semester at Penn College with a summary of year-to-date accomplishments, encouraging her audience to take “time to recharge, explore new ideas and new perspectives” over the summer, President Davie Jane Gilmour presided over the morning’s Employee Recognition ceremonies. “We have had an incredible year. Our students have made us proud through their work in the classroom and laboratories; in their cocurricular activities and on the athletic field. Some have distinguished themselves by volunteering in the community and across campus,” she said. “The same applies to faculty and staff. You should feel pride, amazement and excitement to see what our colleagues have accomplished.”

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Employee Recognition Ceremony Honors College Faculty/Staff

The 2018 Distinguished Staff Award recipients at Penn College are (from left) Mary D. Gregory, access services assistant at the Madigan Library (Classified); Robert C. Karschner Jr., master mechanic for the college’s motorpool (Service); and Kay E. Dunkleberger, director of disability services (Administrative, Professional and Technical).

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its annual Employee Recognition ceremony on May 10, honoring staff, a part-time instructor, two faculty advisers, longtime employees – including the latest inductees to its Quarter Century Club – and those who retired during the current academic year.

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Anniversary Surprise Celebrates President’s ’20/40′ Landmark

Students' appreciation is embodied in a gift presented by the SGA president.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour avows an aversion to surprises, but she received a noteworthy one Thursday while conducting the all-college meeting to end the 2017-18 academic year. As the transition was taking place between the awards presented for Employee Recognition Week and the president’s customary year-ending address, Elliott Strickland, vice president for student affairs, interrupted the proceedings to introduce a special ceremony commemorating Gilmour’s 20th year as president and 40th year as an employee of the college.

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Visitors Feast on Data, Delectables During Hospitality Capstones

Students in the Pastry Food Show and Buffet Presentation Concepts course, which presents the Grand Pastry Buffet, take a pre-event photo with two of their faculty members: Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, (left) and Chef Todd M. Keeley, instructors of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts.

Students in hospitality majors presented a variety of eye-catching senior projects across campus on the final day of the Spring 2018 semester. The annual Grand Pastry Buffet, a capstone project that requires baking and pastry arts students to combine the skills they’ve learned throughout their associate-degree careers, was held in the Thompson Professional Development Center for high school students who are interested in hospitality careers. The high schoolers’ day started with a visit to the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, where they received an overview of the program and listened to research presentations by senior students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in culinary arts and systems. They also toured campus and hospitality labs and ate lunch in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Also culminating the semester was a display of final projects by students in the Cakes and Decorations course in the Madigan Library.

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College’s Restoration Camp Featured in National Classic-Car Blog

Penn College’s second annual Automotive Restoration Camp, to be offered June 17-20, is featured in a recent edition of Hemmings Daily. As instructor Roy H. Klinger points out in the article, “auto restoration spans a range of disciplines,” and the camp is the best way to give those considering a future in the trade a sampling of each. The overnight camp – among the array of engaging opportunities to be held on campus – will include introductions to upholstery, metalforming and sheet-metal working; hands-on instruction in pinstriping and use of the paint simulator; and a spin in the college-owned Ford Model T. Attendees will also enjoy a field trip to the Eagles Mere Auto Museum in nearby Sullivan County, which houses roughly 75 cars from the 1950s and ’60s, and, in addition to knowledge gained, can take home their upholstery and metal-shaping projects.
Automotive Restoration Camp is filled, but a waiting list is being compiled should vacancies arise.

Penn College Baseball Team Seeks Championship

While the season ended for the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s softball team last week, it continues with a North Eastern Athletic Conference championship on the line for the baseball squad starting Friday.

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Penn College’s SPE Student Chapter Wins Global Acclaim

Penn College plastics and polymer engineering technology students gather in Orlando, Fla., where their campus chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers received worldwide recognition. Front row (from left): Lucas S. Poche, Lewistown; Nathan A. Rader-Edkin, Williamsport; Ryan M. Huling, Jersey Shore; Danial J. Kilinski, Montague, Mich.; David A. Pfahler, Telford; and Harold C. Lampe IV, Phoenixville. Back row (from left): Logan A. Tate, Williamsport, chapter president; Dante C. Fiamingo, Montoursville; Anthony P. Wagner, Williamsport; Andrew W. Woods, York; and Spencer L. Cotner, Muncy.

Members of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ student chapter at Pennsylvania College of Technology received an international award May 6 for their top-notch involvement in industry-related outreach.

Presented at ANTEC 2018 in Orlando. Florida – an annual technical conference for plastics engineers – the Outstanding Student Chapter Award recognizes groups whose programs, activities and participation are especially noteworthy. The college’s chapter was designated as No. 1 in the world for 2017-18, the first year that SPE has ranked its student affiliates.

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