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Addition to veterans park reflects college collaboration

The keystone of the Penn College pathway, centered over the honorees' names below

Four members of the ConCreate Design Club joined instructor Harry W. Hintz Jr. at the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park this week, installing paving bricks engraved with the names of Penn College students and faculty who have worked on the project over the past three years. The group rendezvoused at the West Fourth Street/Wahoo Drive site with John O. Markley, of the Veterans Memorial Park Commission, who oversaw the latest enhancement to the ever-expanding memorial. As preparations continue for a Memorial Day dedication at the park, organizers generously wanted to permanently spell out the college’s collaboration. The pavers acknowledge Hintz and three other faculty members – Glenn R. Luse, Richard R. Motter Jr. and Franklin H. Reber Jr. – as well as more than 100 students engaged in the improvements to date, from site preparation to stone-wall construction.

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Events Faculty & Staff Students

T-shirts, teamwork spread uplifting message

Student-athletes Alexander S. Cassada (soccer) and Hannah Burnett (volleyball) were on hand outside the Keystone Dining Room on Wednesday, collecting messages of hope at a "Crafternoon" table. Burnett, of Middlebury Center, is a physician assistant studies major; Cassada, of Chambersburg, is enrolled in network administration and engineering technology.

Organized by Student Affairs and championed through social media, the Penn College community raised its collective voice this week in the annual “Yellow It Out” observance. Students, faculty and staff were asked to wear yellow and share their photos using the #pcthope hashtag. Events throughout the week reinforced the message, and resource tables provided worthwhile information on suicide prevention and awareness.

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Faculty & Staff Sports Students

Residents’ lives warmed by students’ personal touch

Aubrey E. Stetts, of Jersey Shore, a nursing student and member of the Wildcat women's basketball team, completed 70 cards!

Eighteen students, including members of the Wildcat men’s soccer team, women’s basketball team and Theta Phi Alpha sorority, volunteered their time and wrote heartfelt and cheerful messages on Valentine’s Day cards for residents of the nearby Manor Care nursing facility, totaling more than 750 cards. After Saturday’s event, Shannon L. Skaluba, student organization and information center specialist, delivered the cards to Manor Care to be distributed on Valentine’s Day. (community) Service Saturday events provide opportunities for Penn College students to volunteer within the Greater Williamsport area. Held the second Saturday of the month, each event is a different volunteer opportunity. Contact the Office of Student Engagement to be added to the (community) Service Saturday interest list!

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Alumni Career Services College Relations Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant Students

New Penn College center helps transform tomorrow

Physician assistant students at Pennsylvania College of Technology were among the first to visit the school’s new Center for Career Design. The facility is home to College Relations and features numerous free services to assist students with all things career-related. The center also offers ample networking and conference space to facilitate interaction among students, alumni and industry partners.

A new Pennsylvania College of Technology facility dedicated to helping students, alumni and industry partners transform tomorrow is earning high marks today from its first group of visitors.

The Center for Career Design introduced its variety of free resources and offered one-on-one assistance to students majoring in physician assistant studies. The recent experience complemented classroom workshops presented by Career Services staff for the students’ Professionalism and Ethics course.

An “accommodating environment” is how Bryan M. Bilbao, of Old Forge, described the center. “One day we will be in the real world having to do interviews, having to make final edits to our resumes, talking to people in a professional manner in a professional setting. It was very cool to come over here and try to encompass those things into one,” he said.

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General Information

A snowy stroll through a Wildcat wonderland

A picturesque campus landmark the whole year 'round, The Victorian House is a snow-capped stunner this winter.

While the groundhog decreed six more weeks of winter earlier this month, the first six weeks of the season weren’t exactly uneventful. From a 2-foot inundation over the semester break to several plowable storms since, the Penn College main campus has been enveloped in enough white to satisfy those wistful for the snows of youth and infuriate those who would rather go swimming than sledding. We’ll straddle the middle ground at PCToday, offering for readers’ pleasure the incomparable beauty of nature; a quiet oasis during the crush of another workweek … at least until the next storm hits!

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Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Capturing the calm before the storm

Happy Holidays from Penn College!

In the days and nights before more than 2 feet of snow prevented many employees (yes, even photographers!) from setting foot on campus, a few signs of the season were captured by Penn College’s talented eyes on the ground. To cap a 2020 full of hindrance and hardship – and, thanks to campuswide cooperation, one of ultimate perseverance – PCToday presents a few reminders that even the worst years end in hopefulness for better times.

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Alumni Automotive Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Students

Graduating automotive major commissioned as Army officer

Ana Coste pins gold bars onto the uniform of her son, Andrew Placencia, of Reading, during his commissioning as an Army second lieutenant in a Dec. 12 ceremony at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology senior was commissioned as an Army second lieutenant in an outdoor ceremony held Saturday morning at the college.

Joined in person on the Bush Campus Center patio by family members and online by livestreaming well-wishers, Andrew Placencia, of Reading – a Bald Eagle Battalion ROTC cadet earning a degree in automotive technology management – will be branched into the Army Ordnance Corps.

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Faculty & Staff Students

An open-and-shut case of holiday cheer

Occupational Therapy Assistant Club (First prize, student organizations)

Penn College put a new spin on its year-end celebration for 2020, offering a door-decorating competition in lieu of the large-scale wooden greetings that have annually graced the campus mall for decades. A total of 29 entrants – 14 student organizations and 15 offices/departments – vied for the top three honors in each category, acknowledging a variety of holiday and faith traditions. Student winners were awarded $200, $150 and $100 for their club accounts, respectively; winning employee groups will be treated to a Le Jeune Chef Restaurant-catered lunch (first place) or breakfast (second and third places). Entries were judged by third-shift General Services employees, who made the rounds after Wednesday’s 9 p.m. completion deadline.

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Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Landscape/Horticulture Students

‘Thank you, health care heroes’

... where students gathered Thursday afternoon to prepare them for delivery. From left are Quinn R. Loudy, Williamsport; Marilyn T. Hiller, South Williamsport; Abby J. Ritchey, Roaring Spring; Cyra E. Sterner, South Williamsport; Steven K. Zuziak, Ephrata; and Angel Vicente-Rosario, Berwick. Loudy, Hiller and Sterner are enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; Ritchey in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; and Zuziak (a Spring 2020 landscape/horticulture grad) and Vicente-Rosario are applied management majors.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s horticulture department delivered 450 poinsettia plants to UPMC Susquehanna on Thursday for distribution to health care workers.

The plants are annually grown in the Schneebeli Earth Science Center greenhouse for a holiday sale, but ongoing COVID-19 concerns prompted the traditional event’s cancellation. Instead, senior administration agreed that the poinsettias should be donated to front-line workers in hopes of bringing some seasonal cheer in the midst of their selfless service.

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Building Construction Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

Students’ service project brings ‘bit of joy’ to isolated residents

Landes saws wood pieces for one of four bases.

Carhartts and coffee were among the blustery-day necessities as a group of Pennsylvania College of Technology construction students, accompanied by faculty and cheered by representatives of a Williamsport nonprofit, erected a pavilion for grateful residents of a personal care home.

Taking part in the off-campus outreach at West House Inc., 616 W. Edwin St., were students Jake B. Campbell, of Scranton; Dane T. Landes, of Ottsville; Stephen K. Lee, of Bethlehem; Will E. Marconi, of Chadds Ford; and Zach Spearly, of Bellefonte. Marconi is a building construction technology major; Lee is enrolled in residential construction technology and management; and Campbell, Landes and Spearly are in the residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration.

They were joined in the project by Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology, and D. Robert Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science – the initial liaison between West House and the college.

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Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies Students

Career tools employed in high-spirited Halloween fun

First place in the morning session went to Austin M. DeLong, of Pittsburgh.

In what has become a fall tradition over the past seven years, students in multiple sections of Technical Drawing I and Detailing I – most of them enrolled in Penn College’s engineering design technology major – displayed their software skills in a Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Craig A. Miller and Katherine A. Walker, assistant professors, shared photos of the winners … along with a few of Thursday’s many other inspired entries.

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Alumni Aviation Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Students

College provides invaluable assist during airport ’emergency’

Jets of water shoot from airport-owned apparatus.

Penn College students, faculty and equipment were integral to Saturday’s simulated emergency at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville. A triennial requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration, this year’s drill featured a smoky runway collision that allowed crews the opportunity to test the strengths and weaknesses of their response systems. Matthew D. Krepps, an instructor of aviation maintenance technology, coordinated the college’s involvement in the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority exercise, which included student “victims” and two planes from the Lumley Aviation Center’s instructional fleet: a recently donated CL-600 Challenger corporate jet and an older Sabreliner aircraft. A fog machine was used in the latter plane to obscure the vision of rescue workers without using actual smoke that would choke the student volunteers acting as injured passengers.

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Events Students

Coming ‘home’ to hands-on happiness

Serena V. Bergeron, an automotive technology management: collision repair concentration student from Lansdale, stuffs a plush leopard takeaway near a canopy of fall foliage.

The Homecoming and Parent & Family Celebration, while not unaffected by lingering COVID-19 accommodations, still managed to further the unique sense of belonging among Penn College students and graduates. Alumni could connect virtually to their alma mater through several events, and a variety of on-campus activities for current enrollees – both over the weekend and during the days immediately before – brought a pervasive collegiality to the autumn air.

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Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Students

Ceramic masks reveal students’ pandemic emotions

Drawing inspiration from Scandinavian folk art, graphic design student Kaylee N. Masullo, of Bellefonte, says, “I wanted to convey a sense of comfort in home … there is much to appreciate about our homes.”

On a campus known for hands-on education, a unique hands-on art project has given students an outlet for creatively expressing their feelings about the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 80 students enrolled in Ceramics 1 classes at Pennsylvania College of Technology crafted clay masks for “Regarding the Mask …,” an exhibit of nearly 170 art pieces being displayed on a fence surrounding The Victorian House in the center of campus. The location of the artwork  – wrapping around a home to evoke 2020’s housebound focus – is as symbolic as the pieces themselves.

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