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Surgical Technology Grads Achieve 100 Percent Board Pass Rate

Members of the Penn College Surgical Technology Class of 2017 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on their first attempt on the national Certified Surgical Technologist Examination. Standing (from left) are Travis J. Honicker, of Coal Township; Katelyn M. Bittner, of Williamsport; Melina S. Digruttola, of Spring Grove; Kelob J. Herman, of Jersey Shore; Sydney N. Caurvina, of Portage; Cynthia M. Wilt, of Perry, Fla.; Sarah J. Palm, of Peabody, Mass.; Janell M. Remensnyder, of Alexandria; and Michael R. Harer of Williamsport. Seated front (from left) are Megan L. Hawk, of Lancaster; Daniele A. Hebert, of Mechanicsburg; Cindy M. Ruiz, of Easton; and Rebecca L. Knee, of Williamsport. Missing from the photo are Nicole R. Case, of Beach Lake, and Derrike B. Kulp, of Ephrata.

One hundred percent of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s 2017 surgical technology graduates passed the national Certified Surgical Technologist Examination on their first attempt. The group graduated in August and took the exam the same month.

“Such incredible pass rates by this cohort, referring to themselves as the ‘100 percent club’ early on in the program, is a testament to our accredited program’s rigorous, evidence-based approach to classroom, lab and clinical learning expectations and assessments,” said Edward A. Henninger, dean of health sciences.

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State’s ‘Teacher of the Year’ Has Penn College Connection

Jennifer R. Wahl, a Loyalsock Township High School instructor and part-time faculty member at Penn College, accepts Teacher of the Year honors in Hershey.

Jennifer R. Wahl, a world history and psychology teacher at Loyalsock Township High School, has been named the Pennsylvania 2018 Teacher of the Year. Wahl, who is also an adjunct faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology, teaching psychology and sociology classes, received the honor on Monday during the Department of Education’s annual professional development conference.

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Working Their Way Through College

Students band in Bookmarks Café to finalize projects and cram for finals.

Crosby presents in Penn's Inn.

With holiday lights twinkling in the background, students settle in at Madigan Library – fortified with snacks and other long-haul survival provisions.

The end-of-semester crush is here, and campus is bustling with activities from presentations and projects to finals. Among the many senior capstones presented in recent days was one by Gaven D. Crosby, of Benton. Crosby and seven other seniors in Penn College’s emergency management technology major were charged with applying classroom concepts and best practices to develop a program or research paper that solves an issue or problem in the field. Crosby interned with the Army National Guard Homeland Response Force and collected data to determine the adaptability of the Department of Defense’s chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response to non-CBRN disasters. Of course, the grand finale of the semester will be Fall Commencement, set for Saturday, Dec. 16.

Nursing Grads Exceed State, National Board Exam Pass Rates

Penn College nursing students attend to SimMan, a patient simulator that can be programmed with a variety of symptoms to help the students practice a variety of health scenarios. In 2016-17, graduates of the nursing program passed national board exams at a rate that exceeded state and national pass rates.

Graduates of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s nursing majors exceeded state and national performances in passing the national board examinations required for licensure.

Penn College offers degrees for those preparing to enter the field as a registered nurse and for those pursuing a practical nursing license.

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Thirteen Students Selected for Penn College NOW Scholarships

Penn College presented scholarships to 13 first-year students who took Penn College NOW courses. From left are Tavor T. Wadsworth, of Williamsport; Vincent R. Keene, of Downingtown; Kayley E. Johnson, of Bloomsburg; Monica A. McCarty, Penn College’s dual enrollment specialist; Michael L. Gardner, of Williamsport; Warren E. Knipe, of Liberty; and Tanya Berfield, the college’s manager of college transitions. Additional recipients not in the photo are: Cheyenne N. Greene, of Jersey Shore; Deontae Z. Johnson, of Selinsgrove; Kylee E. Kelley, of Lock Haven; Tyler W. Miller, of Montgomery; Luke B. Walter, of Millmont; Brittany M. Weiskopff, of Blossburg; Clayton T. Welch, of Benton; and Jeremy M. Wolfgang, of Allenwood.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently recognized 13 first-year students who received Penn College NOW scholarships.

The recipients completed Penn College courses during high school as part of the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program. The group was honored during an Oct. 27 reception.

To be eligible, students must have successfully completed at least one Penn College NOW course, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Penn College NOW classes, enroll in Penn College as a full-time freshman student for the fall semester after high school graduation, and maintain a 2.5 GPA at Penn College as an enrolled student.

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Students ‘Snowed In’ for WEB’s Yearly Semi-Formal

Color-coordinated in holiday red, Everett B. Appleby and Erin N. Shaffer prepare to paint the town.

Tables allow comfortable dining and conversation in view of the dance floor ...

... where nonstop fun (temporarily) takes the heat off studying.

All dressed up with no place to go? Not this stylish entourage, taking "class" out of the classroom for an off-campus respite.

Trolley service safely transported students from the Bush Campus Center and back.

Students kicked off the holiday season at the Wildcat Events Board’s annual Snow Ball, held Friday night in the Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge. The semi-formal dance, which this year followed a Vintage Hollywood theme, was catered by Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Want to get involved in planning campus activities? Email WEB and join the fun!
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Aviation Instructor Aims High With Hobby

Michael R. Robison, an aviation instructor at Penn College, also happens to be a competitive glider pilot. Robison is a member of the U.S. Soaring Team and will compete for the third time at the World Championships in the Czech Republic this summer. The faculty member’s hobby, which grew from the model airplanes of his youth, mirrors the excitement he feels for his day job at the college’s Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville. “The facilities are fantastic. I’m amazed at the different opportunities and equipment,” he says in a new YouTube post produced by writer/video editor Tom Speicher. “It’s neat to see the students make connections and start to have a passion grow for the thing that I’m pretty passionate about.” Watch for much more about Robison in an upcoming issue of Penn College Magazine.

Fall Commencement to Be Held Dec. 16 at Community Arts Center

Penn College will hold its Fall 2017 commencement ceremony Dec. 16 at the Community Arts Center.

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 16, for the nearly 300 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate following the Fall 2017 semester.

The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. More than 225 students are expected to march in the proceedings.

The student speaker will be Garrett Davis Corneliussen, of Hickory, North Carolina, who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology.

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Wildcat Basketball Teams Have Tough Week

Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams were winless as they started North Eastern Athletic Conference play last week, while the wrestling team had a fourth-place finisher during an invitational at Messiah College.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employee

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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Gearing Up to Hunker Down

Dining Services feeds pancakes, eggs, home fries, bacon and other satisfying fare to a seemingly endless line of hungry patrons.

As students look ahead to the semester break and holiday reunions with family and friends, there is but one immovable consideration in their path: that formidable force that is Finals Week. Fear not, O stressed-out and weary. Penn College offers a range of accommodations designed to keep anxiety and pressure at bay. In addition to extended Madigan Library hours for hitting the books, as well as such helpful diversions as Quizzo and yoga, a pair of traditional events continues to put a great, big smile on the collective face of the student body. More than 750 people were served at Dining Services’ best-attended Midnight Breakfast in years, and some very friendly library visitors huggably worked their magic.

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Veterans’ Holiday Tribute Written in Stars

Regina M. Peluzzo (left), of Philadelphia, a civil engineering technology major, and Jennifer L. Nicholson, an applied health studies: radiography concentration major from Lock Haven, find just the right spot for a special ornament.

Beaver strung hundreds of stars onto wire for easier decoration this year ...

... and Efrem K. Foster, a nursing student from Williamsport, makes a few adjustments to ensure complete coverage.

Peluzzo, Nicholson and Foster pause ever so briefly during Thursday's assignment.

With Old Glory providing an apt backdrop for his ascent to the treetop, Haefner adeptly places the final strand of stars.

A red, white and blue homage to Penn College’s military family took shape this week outside Madigan Library, where three of the campus’s Veterans Affairs work-study students – along with Chet Beaver, coordinator of veterans/military affairs, and General Services horticulturist Aaron S. Haefner – adorned the Veterans Holiday Tree. This year’s tree is a spruce along the northeast side of the library, a site chosen when a nearby pine that was decorated in each of the past three years was removed due to disease. In addition to colored lights, the tree contains 391 stars (fashioned in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies) representing the institution’s veterans and active-duty servicemen and women. In addition, the tree showcases three glass balls containing commemorative ribbons purchased during an annual Giving Tree fundraiser for the Fisher House Foundation.

Creativity Reigns in Scholars-and-Scents Display

'Tis the season for yuletide greenery, beautifully incorporated by Rachel L. Hill, of Centre Hall, enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis.

Applied management student Brittany L. Mink, of Allentown, who earned a baking and pastry arts degree in 2016, designed this delicate entry in the Wedding Composite category.

Andrea L. Solenberger, of Harrisburg, pursuing a degree in applied management, honored her baking and pastry arts degree with delicious detail.

The black, gold and green of Jamaica's flag is recreated by Jessica T. Haynes, a culinary arts and systems student.

Another baking and pastry arts alum enrolled in applied management – Alexis L. Kepley, of Reading –  stacked "cupcakes" that are too pretty to eat!

End-of-year projects in The Art of Floral Design, an elective taught by alumna/business owner Karen R. Ruhl, form a striking array just inside the Madigan Library entrance. The class (HRT 260) is open to all students, regardless of academic major or experience level, and each final piece is chosen in conjunction with the instructor to ensure that it is “neither too simple nor too complicated to complete in the given time period.” The designs are created using the accumulated fundamental skills learned during the semester, and students choose the container, flowers and foliage required to implement them, as well as meet all the requisite elements and principles. The projects will be on display through Tuesday.

Popular Poinsettia Sale Underway at ESC

Limited assortment of poinsettias available at ESC

Greenhouse filled with seasonal color

The annual poinsettia sale continues at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, where the opening week’s brisk sales haven’t depleted the inventory (although some colors are limited). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, and purchases are on a first-come, first-served basis. All transactions are “cash and carry,” and there will be no early sales or holds. (The greenhouse is closed Saturday and Sunday.)
Photos by Jeanie L. Krape, secretary, School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

At the Flick of a Switch, All Is Bright

President Davie Jane Gilmour and Caleb E. Cartmell (background), of Honesdale, president of the Student Government Association and an automotive technology management major, deliver holiday goodwill.

Williamsport cousins Rebecca L. Helminiak (left), an occupational therapy assistant student, and Jane C. Mertes, an applied management major, pose inside an oversized, inflatable snow globe ...

... and take a stroll among the cards on an unseasonably warm evening.

Retiring as the college's vice president for information technology after nearly 40 years at the college, alumnus Mike Cunningham (in tie at center) talks with Anthony J. Pace, student activities director.

Illuminated cards festively shatter the near-December darkness.

A lighting ceremony for the holiday decorations at Penn College, including the large-scale cards that form a literal center of attention on main campus, was held Wednesday evening. Season’s greetings and refreshments were shared as the glow spread inside and out at the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center, and online voting results were announced. The Veterans Club and Penn College Motorsports Association tied for first among student organizations and will each receive $200 for their respective accounts. Cru placed second ($150) and the Penn College Construction Association was third ($100). Among college offices and departments, first place went to Mail & Document Services, participants of which will be served lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Employees who helped create the cards for Dining Services (second) and Madigan Library (third) will be treated to breakfast there for their runner-up efforts.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

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