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10.16.2014

Chamber Holds Timely ‘PM Exchange’ Amid Centennial Excitement

Members and guests of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce visited main campus in the midst of Penn College’s yearlong 100th-birthday celebration, encouraged to take a leisurely autumn stroll among the institution’s three new outdoor art installations: the Centennial Mosaic, “These Trees” and “Student Bodies.” The Chamber’s latest PM Exchange, providing the area business community with an informal opportunity to network and socialize, was held under a tent outside the Thompson Professional Development Center.

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10.10.2014

Penn College Dedicates ‘Student Bodies’ Centennial Sculpture

As part of its Centennial anniversary, Pennsylvania College of Technology welcomed 78 new “students” this fall, many of which just might be around for the institution’s bicentennial.

Some of these “freshmen” could sustain a broken body part, and others might corrode. But if welding majors, faculty and staff did their job correctly, the “Student Bodies” Centennial Sculpture will be still standing in 2114.

Augmenting the campus mall, the large-scale project features 78 abstract human forms made of scrap-metal pieces welded together. The college formally dedicated “Student Bodies” today during homecoming festivities. It’s the third recent art installation meant to enrich the college’s outdoor environment.

“This work of art is a testament to the creative abilities and technical skills of our college community,” said Davie Jane Gilmour, president. “It’s very rewarding to know that students, faculty, staff and visitors will be able to marvel at these creations for generations to come.”

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09.26.2014

‘These Trees’ Art Installation Weaves Cross-Campus Connections

The third large-scale art installation created to celebrate Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial has woven together not only text and trees, but students from across campus.

Over two weeks, more than 160 students from various majors participated in the creation of “These Trees,” an art piece utilizing a variety of tree species harvested from Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center and installed on the west lawn of the Bush Campus Center at the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

Working alongside internationally known environmental artists Kathy Bruce and Alastair R. Noble, the students assisted in creating Bruce and Noble’s vision of a spiraling text quoting William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”

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09.17.2014

Colloquium Presenter Goes Beyond Passwords to Future of ID Security

Lisa R. Bock addresses her audience, before the eerie specter of online treachery.
Lisa R. Bock addresses her audience, before the eerie specter of online treachery.
With eyes wide open, the speaker assesses the benefits and risks of iris-recognition technology ...
With eyes wide open, the speaker assesses the benefits and risks of iris-recognition technology …
... and gazes toward tomorrow's biometric solutions.
… and gazes toward tomorrow’s biometric solutions.
Students in the ACC balcony take heed and jot notes during the night's informative presentation.
Students in the ACC balcony take heed and jot notes during the night’s informative presentation.
A Centennial banner is a timely backdrop for the colloquium.
A Centennial banner is a timely backdrop for the colloquium.

The latest in Penn College’s Centennial Colloquia Series tackled issues near and dear to virtually everyone in the audience: employing the newest technological tools available to ensure identity protection – and balancing such factors as privacy and cost-effectiveness in the process. Lisa R. Bock, an assistant professor of computer information technology, presented “Who Am I; Who Do I Claim to Be? Protecting Identity in the 21st Century” on Tuesday night in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Adding to the series’ engaging focus on the historic upshot of gizmos and gadgets, Bock weighed the promise (and pitfalls) of biometrics: identifying individuals through a variety of unique personal traits. The presentation has been the college’s YouTube Channel.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

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09.15.2014

Hundreds Enjoy ‘Parent & Family Weekend’ Festivities

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s three-day Parent & Family Weekend, in which hundreds of participants joined with their favorite students to help celebrate the institution’s Centennial, offered a packed calendar of activities that included informal access to the president and senior administration, entertainment, food, games, tours and a popular “mocktail” competition.

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08.14.2014

Penn College, Little League Celebrate Anniversaries in ‘Grand Slam’ Fashion

Soggy turned to sunny just in time Wednesday for Pennsylvania College of Technology to once again welcome visitors to Williamsport for the Little League Baseball World Series. On the evening before play begins in South Williamsport, the college hosted its traditional cookout for the Series teams on the lawn outside the Bush Campus Center. Little League players, coaches, team “uncles,” umpires and baseball legend Dave Winfield enjoyed picnic fare and the company of one another before they (and their college hosts) participated in the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street. Accompanied by the college’s ever-popular Wildcat mascot, Penn College volunteers handed out giveaways – including balsa airplanes and commemorative pins – on their well-received journey downtown. Rounding out the teams’ campus visit was a brief stop in The Gallery at Penn College for a Little League-related art exhibit. The college was featured in at least two live newscasts from campus: on WPVI in Philadelphia and on CBS Chicago. And Patriot News coverage, which was also picked up in Alabama, included a roundup of photos at the PennLive website.

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08.09.2014

Penn College Holds Summer Commencement

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement ceremony Saturday morning at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Kaitlin M. Savidge, of Northumberland, who received an Associate of Applied Science degree in emergency medical services, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. event. More than 200 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Steven P. Johnson, a member of the Penn College Board of Directors. During the ceremony, Penn College also presented a Distinguished Alumni Award to James E Cunningham for four decades of service to college and community.

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07.25.2014

Contributors to College Legacy Gather for Centennial Celebration

A Centennial Gala, bringing together an invited assortment of pivotal players in the institution’s growth from homegrown phenomenon to national pacesetter, was held Friday at Penn College. The day featured lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and campus tours, as well as a reception, remarks and dinner buffet in Madigan Library.

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07.22.2014

‘Pack the Park’ Fans Celebrate College Centennial With Ninth-Inning Heroics

Before a “Pack the Park” audience of 1,914 – appropriate attendance for a Penn College Centennial event – the Williamsport Crosscutters delivered a walk-off 6-5 win over the Batavia Muckdogs on Tuesday night. Fans arriving at Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field were greeted by college employees at several display tables, and those wearing Penn College, Williamsport Area Community College or Williamsport Technical Institute clothing were eligible to win a variety of raffle prizes. Alumnus Nicholas D. Biddle (’07, graphic design) sang the national anthem and Allen “Sonny” Yearick (’46, machining), the first Little League alumnus to play professional baseball, threw out the first pitch.

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06.24.2014

Class Completes Centennial Mosaic Artwork at Penn College

Piecing together approximately 14,000 fragments of ceramic tile, marble, mirror and stones, eight students and an instructor took one month to create a beautiful legacy in the center of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus.

The Centennial Mosaic, designed by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, is now complete on a wall of the Physician Assistant Center in the middle of campus. Measuring approximately 17 by 25 feet, the mosaic’s design relates to “social connectedness, paths travelled, dreams and the pleasure of learning through hands-on work,” according to Stabley.

For the installation of the artwork, Stabley led a team of students enrolled in a three-credit course titled, “The Art of the Mosaic.” The class met four days a week from May 19 through June 19.

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05.12.2014

College Co-Workers Take Respite for Centennial Fun

Retirees and employees pass through the Field House, hoping to hit paydirt in the "Ticket to Win It" raffle.
Retirees and employees pass through the Field House, hoping to hit paydirt in the “Ticket to Win It” raffle.
President Davie Jane Gilmour (right) and colleagues put their best feet (and hands) forward in a lively game of 3-D Twister. Clockwise from left are Carolyn R. Strickland, assistant vice president for academic services; Sue A. Mahaffey, coordinator of academic services; and Kendel F. Baier, stock clerk/cashier in The College Store.
President Davie Jane Gilmour (right) and colleagues put their best feet (and hands) forward in a lively game of 3-D Twister. Clockwise from left are Carolyn R. Strickland, assistant vice president for academic services; Sue A. Mahaffey, coordinator of academic services; and Kendel F. Baier, stock clerk/cashier in The College Store.
The Student Affairs teams of "Staff Infection" and "Staff Infection B" combined for four game-day wins:  kickball, tug-of-war, volleyball and Wiffle ball.
The Student Affairs teams of “Staff Infection” and “Staff Infection B” combined for four game-day wins: kickball, tug-of-war, volleyball and Wiffle ball.
Matt R. Haile, a network specialist in Information Technology Services – and the Wildcats' golf coach – tries his hand in a Ladder Golf match.
Matt R. Haile, a network specialist in Information Technology Services – and the Wildcats’ golf coach – tries his hand in a Ladder Golf match.
Employees enjoy picnic fare such as pulled pork, chicken, cole slaw and cupcakes.
Employees enjoy picnic fare such as pulled pork, chicken, cole slaw and cupcakes.

Penn College threw open the brief window between finals and commencement and welcomed its employees to a semester-ending Centennial Picnic on the Athletic Field on Friday. Surrounded by goodwill and sunshine, co-workers and retirees enjoyed food from Acme Barbecue (prepared by owner/culinary alumnus George E. Logue III) and a healthy spirit of cooperation in games that tested skill, coordination, stamina and brain power.

Alumni Centennial Events Faculty & Staff
04.26.2014

From Horseless Carriage to Boundless Future

One of the longest-running instructional programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology – and one of the oldest continuous automotive programs in the nation – celebrated its 100th anniversary Friday in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. “The story of American automobiling and the history of this college have been entwined throughout an eventful century,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour, as the college simultaneously marks its own Centennial, “and I have no doubt that the years ahead will be every bit as exciting.” A pair of speakers from the Ford Motor Co. put the milestone into perspective with engaging presentations on past and future: Robert C. Kreipke, corporate historian, and K. Venkatesh Prasad, group and senior technical leader for vehicle design and infotronics. The day also included an outdoor lunch for students, an antique-car show and an afternoon reception.

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04.26.2014

Fourteenth Annual WTI Reunion Coincides With College’s ’14 Centennial

About 50 graduates of Williamsport Technical Institute, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s earliest forerunner, were among the distinguished visitors Friday for a 14th annual reunion. Held during the college’s ongoing Centennial celebration, the alumni and their guests enjoyed lunch and reminiscence in the Thompson Professional Development Center, as well as other campus activities.

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Alumni Centennial Events
04.23.2014

Technological Tool Spotlights Interconnected, Fragile World

Mark D. Noe discusses the varied experiences that inform Aldo Leopold's work.
Mark D. Noe discusses the varied experiences that inform Aldo Leopold’s work.
Using index cards and pencils distributed in the lobby, attendees are asked to define "environment," "perspective" and "ethics," and to explore the connections among the ideas behind those words.
Using index cards and pencils distributed in the lobby, attendees are asked to define “environment,” “perspective” and “ethics,” and to explore the connections among the ideas behind those words.
Leopold meets "The Lorax" among D. Robert Cooley's career catalysts.
Leopold meets “The Lorax” among D. Robert Cooley’s career catalysts.
The presenters lead a "virtual field trip" thousands of miles aloft, thanks to Google Earth.
The presenters lead a “virtual field trip” thousands of miles aloft, thanks to Google Earth.
Pat Murphy, 1989's Master Teacher and a member of the Centennial Colloquia Committee, buys a copy of Leopold's "Sand County Almanac" from Matt P. Branca, director of The College Store.
Pat Murphy, 1989’s Master Teacher and a member of the Centennial Colloquia Committee, buys a copy of Leopold’s “Sand County Almanac” from Matt P. Branca, director of The College Store.

Building on the common ground between distinct specialties, two faculty members challenged audience members Tuesday to discard the exclusionary nature of either/or thinking and find balance between their lives and the world around them. And in so doing, D. Robert Cooley, an assistant professor of anthropology and environmental science, and Mark D. Noe, a professor of English, personified Penn College’s cross-disciplinary approach to student learning – where “true education” connects disparate individuals to their shared space. Noe and Cooley presented “Google Meets Aldo Leopold: Information, Technology, and 21st-Century Environmental Ethics,” the latest offering in the college’s Centennial Colloquia Series. The pair combined resonant readings from Leopold’s timeless prose, vocabulary homework and images from Google Earth to lead a “virtual field trip” from the stage of the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Punctuating Leopold’s recognition of the tenuous balance between humans and their environment, the tour presented stark confirmation of man’s imprint: residual logging cribs in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River (and remnants of acid mine drainage where it meets the North Branch), air pollution over China, loss of waterfowl habitat in Maryland, and contraction of the Arctic ice cap, among them. The program, introduced by Deb A. Buckman, assistant professor of chemistry/environmental science, was followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception in Wrapture.

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03.29.2014

Campus Family Meets, Greets – and Tweets – at Open House

Penn College welcomed Open House guests for a Saturday full of activities and information about the diverse “degrees that work” offered on its campuses. In the first of two such events during the institution’s Centennial year, visitors toured  the college with Presidential Student Ambassadors, visited instructional labs, got answers to all manner of questions – from financial aid to housing to meal plans – and talked with ever-helpful faculty/staff, students and alumni about academic and campus life.

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