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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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Campus Food Pantry Begins Second Year of Operation

An array of tabletop nonperishables represents what a student can receive weekly from the campus pantry.

Cheryl Y. Hammond, Dining Services' special events manager, serves Community Peer Educator Tasia A. Werkmeister ...

... as students gain food for thought about The Cupboard.

An anniversary dinner in a pleasant locale

A pair of Dining Services events this week marked the first anniversary of The Cupboard, which assists Penn College students and their families who are struggling with food insecurities. The food pantry – on the first floor of the Bush Campus Center – supported about 380 people last year, and opened its doors to visitors Tuesday in observance of Hunger Action Month.  A spaghetti dinner that evening, held on the CC patio, also raised awareness and attracted donations. There are a number of ways to help The Cupboard: Fresh produce from backyard gardens is welcome, as are contributions of nonperishable food; students can donate through their meal plans at any Dining Services unit, and employees can make monetary gifts through the Annual Giving Office. For more about The Cupboard, call 570-327-4764.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

WDCE Names Executive Director for Business Development

Christopher P. Ray

Christopher P. Ray has been appointed executive director, business development for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Ray served for the past three years as client development director for WDCE and succeeds Shannon Munro, who recently was named vice president for the department. He will oversee business development, strategic initiatives, new programming, sales and marketing for workforce development at the college.

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Penn College Launches Skills-Assessment Program

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is concluding a six-month pilot program for an innovative skills-assessment program.

Development Needs Assessment (DNA) for Business is a competency-based platform that identifies areas of strength and opportunity related to job skills, and provides targeted recommendations for training to maximize return on investment.

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Lecture, Reception Mark Continuation of Gallery Exhibit

Steven Brower

Projected images enhance an informative lecture by Brower, held in the SASC conference room ...

... just across Hagan Way from a companion exhibit on the third floor of Madigan Library.

His interest raised, a patron lowers his cellphone to get a photo in the college gallery.

The Penn College community attended a graphic design lecture and reception for a poster exhibit on Wednesday. The lecture, delivered by Steven Brower – an award-winning graphic designer, author and educator – was in the Student & Administrative Services Center’s first-floor presentation room. Among Brower’s works are books on legendary musicians Louis Armstrong and Woody Guthrie. The reception for the National Poster Retrospecticus followed in The Gallery at Penn College. The display of 100 posters, which runs through Oct. 11, includes pieces by nationally recognized artists as well as a collection of posters created by Penn College graphic design alumni (when they were students).
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

NCAA Celebration Heralds New Era for Penn College Athletics

A fan-tastic night to catch Wildcat fever!

The campus community officially entered an exciting new age Wednesday night: celebrating Pennsylvania College of Technology’s full membership in Division III of the NCAA – not to mention the attendant boost to school pride from a dynamic new logo, an exciting mascot makeover and a literal driving force for institutional marketing. A short program outside the Field House marked the occasion, recognizing the members and sponsors of Athletics and the Wildcat Club booster society, followed by a women’s soccer game at the Athletic Field and a women’s volleyball match in Bardo Gymnasium.

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Eight Students Named Community Peer Educators

Penn College's Community Peer Educators (from left) are Maepearl E. St. George, Keenan A. Bayus, Tasia A. Werkmeister, Samuel J. Pham, Nina L. Walk, Timothy J. Schafer Jr., Tia G. La and Paul M. Lasell.

A new student leadership position, Community Peer Educators, has been added at Pennsylvania College of Technology, and eight students are serving in this engaging role for the 2017-18 academic year.

The CPEs are focused on developing passive and active programming for the Penn College community, specifically in the areas of health and wellness; suicide prevention and interpersonal violence; diversity and inclusiveness; and community engagement. In addition to their role as programmers, the CPEs will serve as liaisons to help identify the ongoing needs, resources and areas of interest for the college’s constantly evolving student population.

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Service Scheduled for College’s First Co-Op Director

William C. Bradshaw

A memorial service will be Oct. 1 for William C. Bradshaw, a retired faculty member and administrator at Williamsport Area Community College and Penn College, who died Wednesday, Sept. 6, in Wellsboro. Bradshaw, who began his WACC career in the late 1960s as an assistant professor of building construction, launched the institution’s entry into “cooperative education” in the Fall 1976 semester – giving a student the opportunity to earn a paycheck while working at an approved job site – as director of experiential learning and career services. “We had definite objectives,” Bradshaw said in the “Working Class” book published as part of the college’s 2014 Centennial. “The employer was not going to let them be there and just hang around and watch. They had to work.” The service will be at 1 p.m. in St. James Episcopal Church, 30 E. Wellsboro St., Mansfield. A full obituary appears in Wednesday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

Taking an Outside Chance, in Tents and Purposes

Flames vanquish the fallish chill, warmly encouraging fireside chats.

About 30 students took part in the inaugural Penn College Outdoor Weekend on Friday and Saturday, enjoying a camping trip amid the Schneebeli Earth Science Center’s 400-plus acres of scenic surroundings. Organized by the Student Activities Office – and enhanced by hospitable weather and the playground that IS the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies’ living laboratory – the overnight experience allowed students to learn Survival 101 tips; practice their open-fire cooking skills with “mountain pies” and s’mores; prepare their own campsites; and much more.

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Penn College Moves Up in ‘Best Colleges’ Rankings

Pennsylvania College of Technology continues its regional prominence in the 2018 edition of the “U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges” guidebook.

Penn College is ranked fifth among public colleges – up from seventh a year ago – and 13th overall (when private institutions are included) in the Regional Colleges North category.

The publication compared a total of 324 regional colleges on such statistical criteria as student retention, graduate rates and student-faculty ratio.

Penn College’s support of military veterans and active-duty personnel – including an in-state tuition rate to all servicemen and women, regardless of their residence – is reflected in its No. 2 ranking among public institutions (and No. 7 overall) in the Best Colleges for Veterans category for Regional Colleges North.

For comparative purposes, regional colleges are defined as schools that “focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts (which account for fewer than half of bachelor’s degrees granted) and in fields such as business, nursing and education.”

The annual rankings, which were announced Tuesday, will be published in the “Best Colleges 2018” guidebook available for purchase this fall.

Balloon Festival’s Website Highlights Student’s Work

Before completing her bachelor’s degree in web and interactive media from Pennsylvania College of Technology in May, Rebecca M. Gardner had already added a successful website rebuild to resume, and happy clients to boot.

In the months since, her work has been put to good use in promoting the annual hot air balloon festival organized by the Rotary Clubs of Lycoming County.

BalloonFest, Air Show & So Much More is scheduled for Sept. 16 at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville.

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Electrical Students Display Skills in Industry-Sponsored Contest

From left: Nick Smith, of Schaedler Yesco Distribution; electrical technology majors Tyler W. Lauver and Theodore C. Reynolds III; and James Knight, of IDEAL.

About a dozen Penn College students in electrical-related majors tested their skills during a recent IDEAL National Championship qualifying event on campus. Created to promote electrical careers, the competition required students to cut, strip, terminate and test using professional tools from IDEAL Industries Inc. Students were timed on how quickly they completed various tasks. Electrical technology majors Theodore C. Reynolds III, of Muncy, and Tyler W. Lauver, of Mifflinburg, recorded the fastest times at the event. Reynolds clocked in at 83 seconds and Lauver finished in 93 seconds. While the impressive times didn’t qualify the students for the next stage of the national competition, Reynolds received an electrical fish tape for his first-place showing.
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Professor’s Physics Manual Brings Real-World Understanding to Subject

During a 2004 study abroad trip, LeBlanc (in white shirt) joins students at a cultural site in Japan. LeBlanc led six Penn College study abroad courses in Japan, where students visited Tsuyama National College of Technology. Photo courtesy of LeBlanc

From the Fall 2017 Penn College Magazine: Physics faculty member Joseph E. LeBlanc lived in three other nations before making his home at Penn College, where he finds creative ways to make physics meaningful to students. Read “Life’s Work.”

Golf Coach Excited About Team’s Possibilities

Although the North Eastern Athletic Conference golf championship is months away in April, Pennsylvania College of Technology golf coach Matt Haile already is looking forward to it as the start of his team’s fall season looms.

“I’m really excited to see how we do. We have some freshmen who really have been playing some spectacular golf,” said the coach, beginning his ninth season, as the Wildcats prepare for their Wednesday opener at the Keuka College Invitational.

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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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