From Workout to ‘Light’s Out’

Worthing (left), of New Brighton, and Josh E. Rosenberger, of Chambersburg, show off their Outdoor Weekend accommodations.

The first full week of September – and the final days of “PC3,” which annually welcomes fall with a stream of activity – invited students to commune with nature, explore their surroundings, share their heritage and make some noise! Among the events on the busy, busy calendar were the Glow Pound Party and Multicultural Lawn Party in the Field House, First Friday in downtown Williamsport, and the second annual Outdoor Weekend at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

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‘Mindful’ Crowd Gathers in Gallery

Words on the wall silently speak to visitors: “This quiet space is here for you … take time to Be Mindful.”

A large and attentive crowd turned out Thursday evening for a special lecture and reception held in conjunction with “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art,” the first exhibition of The Gallery at Penn College’s 2018-19 season. Guests gathered in the Madigan Library’s second-floor reading loft to listen to a deeply personal 45-minute talk and visual presentation by “Mindful” artist Meredith Grimsley, a professor of fabric design at Bloomsburg University. The gallery, on the third floor of the library, was active from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with conversation and art exploration. Organized by the Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, “Mindful” will run through Oct. 11. The exhibition also features educational outreach efforts, including workshops as well as daylong events for veterans and high school students. Special exhibit hours are: 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays. The gallery is closed Mondays and on Sept. 1-2.

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Opportunity Knocks, Indoors and Out

Part-time jobs, internships and co-ops are on the table

Penn College’s Part-Time Job Fair and Fall Fusion returned this week in and around the Field House, giving students a chance to interact with more than 100 potential employers and campus/community organizations. A near-record number of students registered for Tuesday’s conveniently combined events – 527, according to the official count provided by Dana R. Suter, Career Services’ assistant director.

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There’s Plenty to See During ‘PC3’

A picture paints a thousand words ... and a couple of campus friends.

“PC3,” an event-studded kickoff to a new school year, has again provided students with a full schedule of activities by which to make friends and break from the rigor of academic assignments. Among the entertainment of recent days: a Paint Party on the PDC lawn, an outdoor movie on a cozy quad, an evening with the Williamsport Crosscutters in a historic off-campus venue, and a Field House dodgeball tournament among teams from Penn College’s First Year Experience classes.

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Finding – and Beautifying – Common Ground

Among the Wildcat student-athletes aiding the cause are (from left) Kaylee N. Burk, of Hermitage, an engineering design technology major and member of the archery team; and, from the women's cross-country squad, Rosey Yanira Pichiya Thomas, Port Allegany, pre-nursing, and Kathryn A. Plankenhorn, Montoursville, physician assistant studies.

A cross-section of the Penn College community – including student-athletes, Circle K members, alumni and neighbors – collected 28 bags of recylables and 20 bags of trash during a cleanup on Saturday. In alliance with the Heart of Williamsport, the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, and the college’s Diversity & Community Engagement office, 120 participants fanned out to residential areas and to Elm and Memorial parks for a hands-on display of civic pride.  Fittingly, as the volunteers walked a total of 438,082 steps, the event committee shared with them a list of outdoor recreational sites within reasonable access from campus.

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Enthusiastic Campus Opens Arms for Student ‘Welcome’

Gorgeous skies greeted families for most of the day (except for a short downpour in the afternoon). Here, movers get busy outside Dauphin Hall.

Where were you on 8/18/18? If you are a newcomer to Penn College, you memorably marked that numerologically intriguing date by starting student life on a most hospitable campus! With the exception of an afternoon cloudburst, first-year arrivals breezed through check-in and move-in … before hoofing it to Rose Street Commons for an employee-led ovation, introductory remarks, fireworks and a hypnotist. Sunday rounded out Welcome Weekend with more orientation, information and last-minute answers in advance of Monday’s start of Fall 2018 classes.

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Wildcats Get (Less Than) Dry Run for MLB Tarp Detail

With the practiced hands of veteran tarp-pullers, the Wildcat baseball team goes into action.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Wildcat baseball team will serve a second stint on the tarpaulin crew for Sunday’s 7 p.m. MLB Little League Classic between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets, to be televised nationally on ESPN.

About 20 players and head coach Chris Howard will staff the infield tarp before and during the game, seated along the right-field line, at the ready for inclement weather. More than a dozen are returning from last year’s inaugural game, in which the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-3.

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Restoration Students Skillfully Leave Mark on Automotive History

Looking much as it did for its 1947 debut, the "Tin Goose" precursor to the Tucker production model awaits its anniversary ride.

Faculty and students from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s automotive restoration major are traveling with one of America’s most historically significant vehicles on a “dream come true” journey to the Super Bowl of car shows: the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

The team preserved the 1947 Tucker prototype, nicknamed the “Tin Goose,” which is on loan from the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon and archived at the Library of Congress for its importance in automotive lore.

Five automotive restoration technology students who worked on the car are making the trip for the Aug. 26 event: Adam J. Davis, of Doylestown; Conner W. Desforge, of Martinsburg, West Virginia; Joshua E. Marr, of Shickshinny; Tucker C. Watson, of Skowhegan, Maine; and Erik W. Weigle, of Linden. They will be accompanied by Roy H. Klinger, instructor of collision repair, and Robert K. Vlacich, assistant professor of automotive service.

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Picnic/Parade Doubleheader Opens LLB World Series

Teams may be opponents within days, but abundant smiles are on the menu at the campus cookout.

Pennsylvania College of Technology once again helped to welcome visitors to Williamsport for the Little League Baseball World Series, which begins Thursday and concludes Aug. 26. Prior to formation of the Grand Slam Parade near the northwest corner of campus, the college hosted its traditional picnic for players, coaches, team uncles, umpires and other LLBWS notables. Among the highlights of the march down West Fourth Street was a 1939 Buick Roadmaster from the college’s automotive restoration technology major, commemorating the year that Little League was born. The car is featured on this year’s Penn College trading pin, which was attached to a cleverly designed baseball card and distributed along the parade route.

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Last updated August 15, 2018 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, President, Students | This gallery contains 42 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Make Way for Tomorrow

Commemorating a man whose home workshop – "a place where wisdom and camaraderie were dispensed in equal measure" – was decades ahead of the "makerspace" concept

A makerspace, providing a fertile environment for innovation and imagination – and the tools with which students can turn visions into reality – was dedicated in Penn College’s Carl Building Technologies Center on Tuesday. The student-designed Dr. Welch Workshop memorializes Dr. Marshall Welch Jr., a local orthodontist and longtime philanthropist, who died in 2012. The Welch family, including son Marshall III, is the principal donor for the facility; George E. “Herman” Logue Jr. supported the so-called “dirty space” (the Logue Fabritorium) and Frederick T. Gilmour, faculty emeritus, made a commitment for the “clean space” (the Gilmour Tinkertorium). The ceremony spotlighted the students and faculty members who brainstormed the idea into existence, and included representative comments from Rob A. Wozniak, associate professor of architectural technology: “With the many students from various majors that will use this makerspace, it is hoped that they take the opportunity to collaborate with others. To create. To explore. To learn about the tools that they may otherwise never have been able to have access to. To try another way of doing something. To invent (and maybe even patent) something new! And, as a result, Penn College, the community and the world will all benefit … from this amazing collaborative effort.”

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Last updated August 15, 2018 | Posted in Alumni, Architectural Technology, Construction & Design Technologies, Faculty & Staff, Industrial Design, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement, President, Students | This gallery contains 22 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

Walking on Sunshine

A triumphant moment for the day's graduates, including surgical technology major Torri M. Johnson, of Smethport

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement on Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Lara K. Duke, of Swengel, who received an Associate of Applied Science degree in physical therapist assistant, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. ceremony. Nearly 250 degrees were conferred by President Davie Jane Gilmour and John M. Young, a member of the college board of directors. During the ceremony, an Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Mark A. Atwater, who earned multiple degrees in 2007 – including a bachelor’s in automated manufacturing technology.

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Where It Reigns, They Pour

Uniformly expressing an oft-heard Saturday sentiment is an entourage that includes Ashley R. Hilfiger (second from right), a 2010 technology management alum.

Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science major was again featured at Saturday’s Billtown Brewfest in Pine Square, organized by the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau and the Brickyard Restaurant & Ale House in celebration of craft beers. The second annual event offered two three-hour tastings from among an impressive range of regional brewers, and included musical entertainment on the stage outside Trade & Transit Centre II.

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Automotive Instructors Return to Campus for Conference

A veteran of many NACAT conferences, Dale E. Jaenke (left) – soon to retire after 22 years on the college's automotive faculty – talks with council President Patrick Brown-Harrison.

For the third time in its history, Penn College hosted the annual conference of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers. Returning to the 1998 and 2008 site of their organization’s official get-together, more than 200 NACAT members from across the United States and Canada convened for the July 16-19 event. During their stay, participants had their pick among more than 110 informative and topical sessions; a variety of family activities and evening diversions – including a barbecue, Valve Cover Races and a closing banquet – supplemented each day’s instruction.

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Penn College’s 32nd Golf Classic Boosts Scholarship Assistance

Dan Boever leaves ‘em laughing during an exhibition at the Penn College Foundation’s recent 32nd Annual Golf Classic, which benefits student scholarships.

A return appearance by one of the most popular performers on the exhibition circuit helped propel the Penn College Foundation’s 32nd Annual Golf Classic into the record books.

The recent event, headlined for the second consecutive time by golf entertainer Dan Boever, was the most successful in its history – topping $100,000 in scholarship support. Compass Group North America was the title sponsor for the tournament, the net proceeds of which benefit the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship.

Boever’s talents are contagiously crowd-pleasing, drawing respectful laughter for the proficiency required to make difficult trick shots look so easy.

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Campers Enjoy the Not-So-Lazy Days of Summer

A summer of refreshing, enlightening exploration

The hunger for knowledge continued for hundreds of young women and men who explored the hands-on world of Penn College’s summer camps mere weeks after their school year ended.

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