Penn College to Celebrate New Era for Wildcat Athletics

Wildcat Athletics at Pennsylvania College of Technology enters a bold new era this fall, competing as a full member of NCAA Division III.

To celebrate, the college is holding a free, family-friendly event on Sept. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. on the Field House lawn. Participants can learn more about Wildcat Athletics teams, meet the new Wildcat mascot, celebrate the launch of the Wildcat Club, and enjoy music and refreshments. Registration is appreciated.

Afterward, at 7 p.m., attendees can cheer on the Wildcat women’s soccer team as it faces crosstown rival Lycoming College on the Athletic Field, or the Wildcat women’s volleyball team, as it competes against Penn State Abington in Bardo Gym.

“Our Wildcat athletes are an integral part of student life, contributing on the playing field and off,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour. “With full NCAA Division III membership, our student-athletes now can compete for national championships, further enhancing institutional pride. This event will celebrate the significant role Wildcat Athletics plays in the full college experience offered on campus.”

A new era in athletics“The college’s move toward NCAA membership has already injected a welcome boost to campus spirit among our students, faculty and staff,” said John D. Vandevere, director of athletics. “I am incredibly proud of our past, as it has set our foundation, and I am extremely excited for what our future holds.”

Penn College is a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference, consisting of 14 Division III institutions from New York; Pennsylvania; New Jersey; and Washington, D.C.

Twelve of the college’s 15 intercollegiate athletics teams participate in the NEAC: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s cross-country, women’s volleyball, men’s golf, baseball, and softball. The college’s wrestling team competes at the Division III level as an independent; the men’s and women’s archery team has no affiliation with the NCAA and competes in USA Archery.

“We have many champions of support for Wildcat Athletics, and we look forward to recognizing our loyal donors through the launch of the Wildcat Club during this special event,” said Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement.

Gifts to the Wildcat Club will help Penn College enhance the overall student-athlete experience by attracting competitive student-athletes, providing program support, enhancing facilities and enabling multi-day travel opportunities for our teams.

To donate, visit online or call 570-320-8020.

For information about the college, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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