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Concrete Science Technology Major to Debut in Fall 2018

The specialized properties of one of the world's most popular construction materials will be conveyed in a new two-year major – concrete science technology – to begin in Fall 2018 at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

A two-year major in the opportunity-rich field of concrete science technology will be offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology – the only program of its kind on the East Coast – beginning in the Fall 2018 semester.

The new associate degree, to be available through the college’s School of Construction & Design Technologies, will prepare students to succeed in the production and analytical evaluation of concrete, as well as the applications, aggregate selection, and admixture techniques and products specific to the concrete industry.

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Paramedic Director Receives DeWire Lifetime Achievement Award

Mark A. Trueman

The Lycoming Tioga Sullivan Emergency Medical Services Council recently presented its 2017 Kline A. DeWire Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s director of paramedic technology programs.

The award is the most prestigious honor that the council presents, said Wendy S. Hastings, director of the LTS EMS Council, as she introduced its recipient, Mark A. Trueman, at a recent awards ceremony. It was established to recognize an EMS provider who has exhibited an ongoing and extraordinary dedication to the community and whose significant contributions to emergency medical services and the community personify the selfless giving, compassion and commitment that are DeWire’s legacy.

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Baseball Fans Score a Double at Camp ESCAPE

Campers cross the river for some interactive (and educational) Little League fun.

Crosscutters pitcher Kyle Young (left) and catcher James Lovett (since traded to the Arizona League's Seattle Mariners club) talk with campers in the college Field House ...

... and get in on the action at the makeshift ballpark.

Week Four of Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE carried a definite baseball theme,  featuring a trip to the World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum in South Williamsport and a visit from two Williamsport Crosscutters. There are three more weeks of the camp, which includes a variety of field trips, cooking projects, games, and activities for youngsters aged 6-14.
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation

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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New Penn College Bachelor’s Degrees to Prepare Innovation Leaders

Innovation, identified as vital to the nation’s economic growth, is the focus of two new bachelor’s degrees at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The new degrees are part of the college’s quest to prepare graduates for success and to provide the community with a highly qualified workforce.

Innovation – developing new products, services or processes or improving existing ones – is a skill that is in demand in all occupations. It is recognized by the U.S. Economic Development Administration as essential not only to the nation’s economy, but to improving quality of life.

Students may begin coursework toward a degree in applied innovation in Fall 2017, and applications are being accepted for the college’s entrepreneurial innovation major, which will start in Fall 2018.

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STEM Careers Take Flight With SMART Girls

With the help of the Carnegie Science Center’s Mobile Fab Lab, Penn College’s SMART Girls program recently introduced 40 high schoolers to enriching careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The girls met the Quadcopter Challenge as they designed and built their own quadcopters to navigate an obstacle course. That process and related activities opened their eyes to vocational possibilities, flouting the “ridiculous” convention that young women lack the interest or ability to succeed in STEM fields. “If they just ignore those cultural norms of whatever they should be doing or anything like that, they are going to be doing what they are supposed to be doing, which is designing machinery, doing biomechanical engineering, doing mechanical engineering,” said Jon Doctorick, the mobile laboratory’s education coordinator.

Voices of Experience Guide Incoming Students, Families

Excitement, engagement register on the faces of incoming first-year students.

President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes new students and their families to Penn College.

Alexis J. Medero, a civil engineering technology major from Levittown, shares some peer-to-peer insight during a get-acquainted session in Klump Academic Center.

Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities, introduces the student Links to the audience.

Putting incoming students at ease with a soothing smile and a now-traditional activity, Alexandra D. Petrizzi prepares to circulate a beach ball covered with conversational prompts. A graphic design major from Langhorne, the Connections Link facilitated the sharing of students' passions and pop-culture preferences.

Penn College’s summer orientation program – fittingly named Connections – will resume Monday with four more two-day sessions to introduce newcomers to  campus and help them prepare for next month’s start of classes. “The Student Activities Office, with the help of our Links, has welcomed a fantastic group of new students and their guests to campus for the Connections program,” said Anthony J. Pace, director, “and we look forward to continuing to do so throughout the remainder of the summer.” The coming weeks’ schedule also includes a pair of one-day gatherings for adult learners and transfer students, respectively.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

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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An Object Lesson in Loss and Rediscovery

A triptych of figures: one with a saltshaker, one with knife and fork, and another with dinner napkin, recall the memories of a person interviewed by the artist in a composition titled “Regina Had Big Dinners.”

“Roger’s Grandmothers Were Cheaters” uses scratchy fabric to reflect Roger’s impression of his pinochle-playing grandmas.

Healy discusses the stories behind her work.

The “Lost and Found” series, which displays more than 75 objects based on stories solicited and submitted about objects people wished they still had. It’s notable, Healy told the audience, that most were not of great monetary value.

A set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures, given away by a mother, are still missed.

Philadelphia-based artist Kay Healy shared the stories behind her work during a Meet the Artist reception in The Gallery at Penn College on Thursday. Many of the works centered on stories she gathered from others: a series of lost objects, gleaned from interviews with and written submissions from more than 40 people, and the Walton Arts Center Series, created in response to interviews with eight volunteers and donors of the Fayetteville, Arkansas, center. Others represented her own memories. For depictions of lost objects, Healy drew a life-size picture of the object, transferred it to a screen and screen-printed it on fabric, which she then stuffed and quilted. Healy’s exhibition, titled “Vestiges,” remains on display through July 23 and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Sunday: 1-4 p.m.

Penn College Hires Director of Annual Giving

Angela E. Myers

Angela E. Myers has been named director of annual giving at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Myers, who began her duties June 26, comes to Penn College after working most recently for Ruffalo Noel Levitz, serving as director of client services – fundraising management.

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Executive Director Named for Penn College Foundation

Kyle A. Smith

Kyle A. Smith has been appointed executive director of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation.

Established in 1981, the Penn College Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to secure financial and other support for the college. Its activities include providing student scholarships and other financial assistance, fundraising, and general promotion of the college.

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Eight Penn College Students Medal in National Competition


Eight students from the widest variety of academic majors ever to represent Pennsylvania College of Technology at the National Leadership and Skills Conference returned home with medals – including first-time successes in three competitive areas.

The contingent took one of three top places in five categories, and this year marked the first time that Penn College entrants medaled in Computer Programming, TeamWorks and Welding Sculpture.

“This really goes to show how well-prepared the students are from their respective fields and how great our instructors are here at the college. This is, by far, the most diverse group of students I’ve had go to the national competition,” said SkillsUSA adviser James N. Colton II, an assistant professor of welding. “The national skills competition gives us a chance to showcase our technical skills and show everyone why we’re a leader in applied technology.”

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Penn College Degree Leads to Philadelphia Eagles Front Office

Penn College web and interactive media alumnus Christopher C. Rutledge is employed by the Philadelphia Eagles as digital project coordinator.

Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate Christopher C. Rutledge, a collegiate soccer player and all-around sports enthusiast, chose his degree without imagining that it would lead to work that so closely relates to his lifelong pastime, let alone that his first full-time job would be with his favorite NFL team.

“Ever since I was 6 years of age, I have been in love with sports, and to this day, I still get myself involved with many activities, whether it is football, soccer, softball, etc.,” the 2016 graduate said.

Rutledge, a four-year member of the Penn College men’s soccer team, received a bachelor’s degree in web and interactive media. Last summer, he joined the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office as digital project coordinator.

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Gilmour Named Vice Chair of NEAC’s President’s Council

President Davie Jane Gilmour

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour has been appointed vice chair of President’s Council for the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

A dozen of Penn College’s athletic teams compete in the NEAC, and Gilmour’s work with the council has included service on its committees for strategic planning and sportsmanship. She will serve for two years as vice chair before assuming the role of council chair in July 2019.

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Benefit Golf Tourney Rescheduled to July 17

The 31st annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic, partially washed out by rain earlier this month, has been rescheduled. The tournament – which has helped to fund nearly 600 student scholarships – and dinner will be held July 17 at the Williamsport Country Club.

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