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Administration building named for retiring college president

The Student & Administrative Services Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology will soon bear the name of retiring President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The college’s Board of Directors convened a special meeting to approve the action at a gala event honoring Gilmour’s 24-year presidency. The board also granted emeritus status to Gilmour, who retires June 30.

The Student & Administrative Services Center, known in campus shorthand as “the SASC,” houses offices for student services such as Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar, Veterans & Military, the LEAP Center (first-year student assistance) and more. The upper floors of the three-story facility, which opened in 2003, includes spaces for People & Culture (formerly Human Resources), Financial Operations, Information Technology Services, Public Relations & Marketing and executive offices, including the President’s Office and Academic Affairs.

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Golf Classic raises record $140,000-plus for scholarships

The 36th Annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic, featuring six-time PGA Tour winner Rocco Mediate, recently raised a record-setting $140,360 for student scholarships at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

With this year’s support, the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship Fund now totals nearly $2.1 million. Proceeds from the annual Golf Classic and accumulated investment income created the endowed scholarship fund, one of the foundation’s largest.

Mediate, a Greensburg native who has also won three times on the Champions Tour, including the 2016 Senior PGA Championship, hosted a driving-range exhibition and played three holes with seven foursomes during the event, held at the Williamsport Country Club.

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Visitors set sights on tomorrow during summertime’s first Open House

​More than 400 prospective students and their guests attended Wednesday’s first Open House of the summer season, which featured weather as warm as the welcome they received from accommodating faculty and staff. Attendees got an informative “sneak peek” at what awaits Penn College’s Tomorrow Makers, including tours of instructional space and various aspects of student life. Visit the Admissions Office to register for one of the season’s remaining Open Houses: Sunday, June 26; Saturday, July 23; and Friday, July 29.
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Apprenticeship Summit: the height of collaborative solutions

With Baby Boomer retirements and pandemic-era voluntary departures only adding to the skills gap in industry, Workforce Development’s 2022 Penn College Apprenticeship Summit provided timely food for thought. Tuesday’s daylong event in Penn’s Inn brought together experienced industry representatives and empathetic partners to discuss current trends and the workforce of the future, and brainstormed how apprenticeship programs play a crucial role in recruiting and retaining high-quality employees. Workforce Development serves as a comprehensive clearinghouse for apprenticeships at companies of all sizes, and customizes those offerings to meet industry’s specific needs in fields including mechatronics, robotics, health care, plastics and diesel. In addition to such benefits as career advancement, higher income and a competitive edge, participants in those registered programs now have a pathway to an associate degree in apprenticeship technology.

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President’s commencement finale hits all the right notes

Pennsylvania College of Technology held three ceremonies May 13-14 for the nearly 750 students who petitioned to graduate at the end of the Spring 2022 semester – the last of 135 commencement exercises to be held under President Davie Jane Gilmour. “My life is better for all of the students I’ve dealt with, interacted with, shook hands with for the last 24 years,” said the president, who is retiring June 30. “I am so proud of you and what you’ve done, and I want you to remember one thing: If you make yourself proud every day, then we will be Penn College Proud. And no matter where you go or what you do, you will always have a home at Penn College.” Bittersweet and joyful, nostalgic and raucous (with cowbells, air horns and confetti cannons), it truly offered moments to cherish, and not just for the 20,000th graduate to cross the stage and receive one-on-one congratulations.

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Penn College Army ROTC cadets receive commissions    

In addition to receiving baccalaureate degrees this weekend, seven Army ROTC cadets at Pennsylvania College of Technology were commissioned as second lieutenants and assigned their Army component and branch.

Upon commissioning, the cadets committed to four years of active duty or eight years in the Army Reserve or National Guard.

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CAC’s Educational Series delights young eyes, enriches minds

The Community Arts Center annually hosts an Educational Series for school-aged children from Lycoming and Sullivan counties, four morning performances that give them the opportunity to see a professional stage show at no cost. Performances weren’t offered during 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the 220 W. Fourth St. showpiece – a wholly owned subsidiary of Pennsylvania College of Technology – is again entertaining and illuminating young visitors, some of whom have never experienced live theater.

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Floral design students end semester in burst of creativity

Thirteen students of Karen R. Ruhl, horticulture instructor and last year’s recipient of a Part-Time Teaching Excellence Award, recently completed their final projects at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center – all in one day of real-time accomplishment – and displayed them at The Madigan Library. Helen L. Yoas, librarian for metadata and discovery initiatives (and whose duties as liaison librarian to the School of Engineering Technologies include the Diesel Technology & Natural Resources Division), captured the students’ imaginative spirit and also photographed the completed work once installed and appreciated on the library’s first floor. Ruhl’s The Art of Floral Design (HRT 260), a popular elective, is open to all academic majors.

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Scouts honor promise at Arbor Day tree-planting

On May 1, 80 Girl Scouts and community members helped to plant 400 trees and shrubs of 12 species on the grounds of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood. The event was part of the college’s Arbor Day celebration and the Girl Scouts’ Tree Promise.

For Earth Day 2022, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania is planting 2,022 trees. It is part of Girl Scouts USA’s mission to plant, protect or honor 5 million trees by 2026.

In addition to learning about the importance of the trees they were planting, children visited the Pennsylvania WoodMobile, took part in hands-on education stations staffed by students and faculty, received gardening gloves from Penn College and swag from the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, and earned the GSUSA Tree Promise and Chesapeake Bay Foundation Clean Water Grows on Trees patches.

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Penn College designs capture awards, Best of Show honors

The graphic design talents of four students and seven alumni from Pennsylvania College of Technology have been honored in two prestigious design competitions. In both contests, Penn College designs captured Best of Show awards.

In the 2021-22 American Advertising Federation of Northeast Pennsylvania’s Student American Advertising Awards, John J. Grochowski, of Saylorsburg, won Best of Show for his “Braunbär Trinken Oktoberfest” design.

Also announced recently were winners in the 2021 Flux Student Design Competition where Ashley Tate, of Lewisburg, won Best of Show for “Hello Period” (Social Awareness Campaign).

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‘As meaningful as an experience gets’

Members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s ConCreate Design Club joined municipal Department of Public Works employees Friday for installation of three benches in Williamsport’s Memorial Park, the culmination of a yearlong civic-improvement enterprise.

“The city bench project began as an idea last spring, after our club had already completed several community-based projects,” said Harrison Wohlfarth, of Midlothian, Virginia, who serves as co-president of the student organization. “During that time, the club was finding its identity as not only a concrete science educator, but also a community leader.” He and other club officers decided to continue in that direction, agreeing to provide the city with seven concrete benches for placement in local parks. (One more bench will be delivered to Memorial Park, while three are destined for Shaw Place this fall once a “Splash Pad” there is finished.)

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Cadets, president honored among battalion’s shining stars

Three Penn College cadets and President Davie Jane Gilmour were among those honored at Saturday’s Bald Eagle Battalion Military Ball, held at the Bald Birds Brewing Co. in Jersey Shore. Joseph L. Elinski, of Wilcox, graduating this month in manufacturing engineering technology, was presented with the Gen. George C. Marshall Award “for recognition as the overall outstanding student in military and academic studies, leadership and physical fitness” for 2021-22; “Cadet of the Year” honors were bestowed upon Jared Riley Ward, a manufacturing engineering technology student from Manchester, Maryland; and Kurt M. Maly, a mechatronics student from Effort, was named the Top MS4 (senior) Cadet. Lt. Col. John C. “Chris” Acosta, ROTC instructor, surprised Gilmour with acknowledgement of the college’s historic support of the program.

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Beating the ‘hungries’ while thirsting for knowledge

As students get ready for final exams, Dining Services is reliably alongside them – hosting several events, providing specials and treats, to fuel the body while scholars feed their minds.

The fun kicked off Wednesday evening with a Beach Party at Capitol Eatery. Filled with summery eats, the buffet menu featured roasted pig, crab cakes, saltwater potato medley, Hang Ten Supreme Pizza, Capitol Island foot-long hot dogs, seashore and funnel-cake fries, s’mores pizza, fresh fruit, Hawaiian salad, boba drinks, and pina colada cake. Students also could participate in such fun events as Sandy Candy, mug decorating and “make-your-own leis.”

The 22nd Spring Midnight Breakfast was held Thursday in the Keystone Dining Room, where more than 550 students partook in one of Penn College’s favorite traditions. Members of President’s Council and Student Affairs were on hand to serve up a free meal of breakfast sandwiches, bacon, home fries, a yogurt bar and ice cream. Students also enjoyed stuffing plush animals as part of the event.

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A study in betterment, personal and planetary

On April 23, 16 Pennsylvania College of Technology physical therapist assistant students – joined by Victoria Hurwitz, program director – partnered with Trailing Pines Tree Farm to plant 170 tree seedlings for conservation. The farm is a partner of the Keystone Ten Million Tree Partnership/Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The physical therapist assistant program has helped to plant seedlings for the past three years on the farm, owned by Paul Huffman.

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Poetic art project affirms, ‘Hope is the thing with feathers’

“It was nice to find a tiny gift. It made my day, honestly,” said Natalie K. Lincalis, a graphic design student from Muncy.

“I was so grateful to find one,” shared Sarah R. Yoder, coordinator of admissions operations. “They are beautiful!”

Such were the reactions to discovering “feathered friends” hidden in nooks and crannies, scattered across the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus. Crafted by students in Ceramics I and II classes taught by art faculty David A. and Deborah L. Stabley, 100 ceramic birds were recently “released,” stirring a flurry of excitement. The creations feature glossy, decorated fronts with more plain backsides etched with hopeful messages.

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