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Gallery artist-in-residence bridges tradition, technology during workshop

Repko interacts with students during a “Bridging the Gaps” workshop, where participants built bridges representing the past, present and future as they relate to the artist’s work.

“Jeff Repko was the ideal choice for our first artist-in-residence in the ‘Material Matters’ series as his work combines traditional materials with digital fabrication methods,” said Penny Griffin Lutz, director of The Gallery at Penn College. In addition to a public reception for his exhibit, “In Proximity,” Repko’s five-day residency (Nov. 5-9) featured workshops in the gallery and The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College. “His artistic vision was a perfect fit for Penn College’s community of makers,” Lutz added. “He took advantage of the equipment in the makerspace to begin a new sculpture, and he enjoyed the one-on-one time he spent with students, educators and the public during hands-on workshops. Jeff felt so welcomed by our campus community!” “In Proximity” is on display through Dec. 11 in The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Madigan Library. Hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed Mondays and Saturdays and will be closed Nov. 27-Dec. 1. The “Material Matters: Past, Present, Future” series will include two additional short-term artist residencies over the next two years and is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Students’ wood sculptures on display in downtown Williamsport

Wooden mask sculptures crafted by Pennsylvania College of Technology students are on display at the new office and gallery space of Lycoming Arts in downtown Williamsport.

The artistry of 12 Pennsylvania College of Technology students and a professor is gracing the new office and gallery space of Lycoming Arts, 46 W. Fourth St.

As part of a Wood Sculpture art elective, the class crafted masks, inspired by a study of African masks. Each mask was hand-carved with chisels, mallets and rasps, and the students were encouraged to experiment with shape, color, texture, mixed media additions and other design elements.

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Annual contest ‘draws’ attention to students’ online modeling skills

David J. Cadden, of West Chester, placed first in Walker's class.

Engineering design technology and engineering CAD technology majors in multiple sections of Technical Drawing I and Detailing I classes (CCD 103-104) recently participated in the sixth annual virtual pumpkin-carving contest. Engineering design technology faculty – Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor, and instructors Craig A. Miller and Shane A. Schreck – provided photos of their students’ work, which filled their corner of College Avenue Labs with a seasonal display of software sorcery.

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If a picture paints a thousand words … start adding ’em up!

The group absorbs the astonishingly beautiful view from Band Rocks.

“I think the natural beauty in our area is distinctive to the college,” said Thomas E. Ask, professor of industrial design. For “at least 12 years,” Ask has taken his Penn College students (and some of their friends) on optional excursions to explore that beauty, namely at Rock Run. Located about 30 miles north of campus in the McIntyre Wild Area of Loyalsock State Forest near Ralston in Lycoming County, Rock Run offers an abundance of crystal clear streams, waterfalls, trails and cliffs to discover. “The students love our adventures,” Ask related. “I usually go once in the fall as a way for new students to get to know one another in the major. It’s a nice team-building exercise. Many students in our major are from the Philly and New Jersey area, so this is all new. I’ve been climbing since I was in college, so I love to share the fun.” The cliff they scaled on a recent expedition was a small one that Ask has used with newcomers for many years. Not from this area, the professor says he learned about Rock Run from a student years ago. The region’s scenic beauty continues to inspire him (and his young charges). “We are within an hour of downhill and cross-country skiing, rock climbing, caving, sailing, kayaking, powerboating, backpacking and hiking,” Ask added, expounding on the options. “Nature provides a refuge from the stress and dynamics of campus life.”

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Teamwork makes the screams work

Friends hold onto each other in the "haunted" welding lab, banking on safety in numbers.

Campus neighborhoods were alive with the shrieking, giggling sounds of Halloween again this season, as a crowded slate of activities helped Penn College students, employees and friends toll the witching hour. Among the boo-tiful bounty were The Village’s annual family night; welding’s “Arc Asylum 5.0,” which has grown more elaborately eerie each year; a “Trunk or Treat” automotive showcase; a “Karaoke Costume Party,” sponsored by the Student Engagement Office; Dining Services’ colorful Halloween Boofet; creative co-workers and students in “Guess who?” garb; and horticulture students’ whimsical scarecrows in nearby Way’s Garden.

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Impressed by campus, speaker empowers energy allies

Edward J. Maginn, Dorini Family professor of energy studies at Notre Dame University, walks his audience through sources, usage and challenges in providing for the world’s energy demands.

While some may view the ever-increasing energy appetite of an ever-growing global population with gloom and alarm, a guest lecturer from the University of Notre Dame shared a more optimistic take Tuesday on meeting that societal demand (and solving such attendant issues of air quality and energy storage). Edward J. Maginn presented “Energy 101” as part of Penn College’s Technology & Society Colloquia Series, appearing through an ongoing partnership between the college and the Notre Dame Club of Greater Williamsport. In a 50-minute presentation that was as informative and accessible as its title implies, Maginn was upbeat in balancing current fuel sources and the magnitude of their consumption with the human and technological wherewithal to ensure sufficient supply for decades to come. Not that the work will be easy. As investment in energy solutions trails other economic sectors – health care and defense, among them – Maginn said, “We need more people and resources to address this.” And while detailing the exciting research being done at his home campus, Maginn enlisted his Penn College audience as colleagues in the challenging fight. “Your generation is going to have to fix this,” he told students, bolstered by what he saw earlier in the day during tours of automotive and HVAC labs. “We’re up to the challenge, but we have to believe that we can fix it. Do we have the will?” A full-length video of the Klump Academic Center Auditorium presentation will be available soon on the college’s YouTube channel.

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Think Penn College is for you? You’re right as rain!

Fashionably protected from the elements

The weather was as mercurial as you’d expect from autumn in Pennsylvania – persistent precipitation giving way to scrumptious sunshine – but Fall Open House at Penn College was much more predictable: a daylong forecast of helpful employees, students and alumni, all eager to guide the stream of visitors that wound its way from building to building, hoping to join an imminent cohort of “tomorrow makers.”

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‘PA Build My Future’ extends its reach in Year Two

About 75 current Penn College students, eager cheerleaders all, sacrificed part of Fall Break to advocate for their chosen career paths.

Penn College’s second annual PA Build My Future event, an interactive academic and industry showcase on Thursday, provided more than 900 high-school students with an opportunity to experience the full range of possibilities in the construction and design field. Scores of current students in the School of Construction & Design Technologies joined faculty and administrators, along with many of the college’s commercial benefactors, in guiding visitors toward their potential careers.

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Penn College Dinner & Auction raises $100K for scholarships

Student development assistants helped with the coordination of a successful 2019 Dinner & Auction recently at Pennsylvania College of Technology. The students greeted and assisted guests with auction bidding and then assisted in the checkout process. From left, are Mary C. Watts, of Quakertown, information assurance and cyber security; Jon R. Hendrickson, of Cowansville, software development and cyber security; Zachary J. Kravitz, of Berwyn, construction management; Rudy C. Shadle, of Mechanicsburg, construction management; and Danielle R. Wesneski, of Williamsport, applied management and baking and pastry arts.

The recent Dinner & Auction hosted by the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation raised $100,354 for student scholarships, the second consecutive time the event has cleared the $100,000 fundraising threshold.

Held every other year, the Dinner & Auction has generated a total of $686,527 spread over a dozen events held since 1994. The 2019 edition of the Dinner & Auction featured 20 silent auction items and 23 live auction items.

“We are so thankful for the dedication of our auction committee and the support from our sponsors and item donors,” said Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. “This event is a demonstration of the commitment of the community toward our students and the applied technology education they are seeking. While there were dozens of great items up for bid, everyone was there because they believe in our students and wanted to make an impact on the next generation of ‘tomorrow makers.’”

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Penn College students in demand at Career Fair

Bryan T. Robinson (center), a 2015 Pennsylvania College of Technology plastics and polymer engineering technology graduate employed by Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, returned to campus with co-worker Ryan A. Flexman to meet with students during the college's Fall Career Fair on Oct. 15-16. Robinson was among the many alumni recruiters at the event, which brought more than 450 employers to the Field House and Bardo Gymnasium.

The “tomorrow makers” of Pennsylvania College of Technology attracted 458 companies and organizations to campus for a recent two-day Fall Career Fair.

The employers – including 27 Fortune 500 companies – offered nearly 4,900 job and internship opportunities to the 1,942 students who attended the event at the college’s Field House and Bardo Gymnasium. Student participation was the highest in the college’s history.

The number of employers and students exceeded national benchmarks for college career fairs. A recent survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that schools averaged 208 employers and 1,441 students at career fairs.

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Students receive Army ROTC scholarships

Five cadets from Pennsylvania College of Technology and one from Lycoming College received Army ROTC scholarships during a contracting ceremony at Penn College. The three-year scholarships (one cadet received a two-year scholarship) include tuition, a monthly stipend and books. From left are Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, Master Sgt. Steven Kowatch, military science instructor; Penn College cadets Trent D. Martin, of Ephrata, Kurt M. Maly, of Effort, Brandon J. Knauff, of Ellicott City, Md., Kyle P. Amon, of Lafayette Hill, and Aleah M. Emlet, of Altoona; Lycoming College cadet Erika C. Boyer, of East Greenville; and Lt. Col. Jonathon Britton, professor of military science. Penn College’s Army ROTC program is part of Bald Eagle Battalion, headquartered at Lock Haven University. Other members are Lycoming College and Mansfield University.

The dedication of six Army ROTC cadets has been recognized with scholarships covering the cost of college tuition.

Five cadets from Pennsylvania College of Technology and one from Lycoming College were bestowed Army ROTC scholarships during a recent contracting ceremony at Penn College. In addition to paying for tuition, the scholarships provide a monthly stipend and book allowance.

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Partnership extends scholarship support to ‘YES’ program grads

A partnership between Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council is creating a scholarship opportunity for YES (Your Employability Skills) Northeast Program graduates who enroll at the college. Administered by the council, YES is a year-round elective course addressing the shortfall of basic skills that employers say are lacking in many job applicants. Celebrating the partnership recently are (from left) Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost at Penn College; Courtney L. Fasnacht, executive director of the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council; NEPA MAEC President Darlene J. Robbins; Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour; Matt Shuey, communications and program director for the council; and Audriana L. Empet, the college’s director of admissions.

The Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council and Pennsylvania College of Technology have announced a partnership and a scholarship opportunity for YES (Your Employability Skills) Northeast Program graduates.

YES, which is administered by the council, is a 120-hour, one-credit, year-round elective course that addresses the shortfall of basic skills that employers say are lacking in many job applicants.  The course covers 38 modules in all, including communication, team building, interview/resume/cover letter writing, completing a job application, personal finance, conflict resolution, and time management.

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Penn College dedicates UPMC Field, honors corporate partners

Penn College soccer players presented the college’s corporate partners with framed collages recognizing their support of UPMC Field and the enhanced athletic complex. Gathered at midfield for dedication ceremonies are (from left) Morgan Brooks, of Bellefonte; Ramel Newerls, key account manager for Pepsi; Amy Brooks, vice president of sales for Susquehanna Trailways; Tiffany Brown, of Mechanicsburg; Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, Chris R. McFarland, of Coatesville; Tayla E. Derr, of Selinsgrove; UPMC President Steven Johnson; and Francesca M. Timpone, of Smithtown, N.Y.

As part of Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend activities, Pennsylvania College of Technology celebrated its new synthetic turf field – “UPMC Field” – and a host of other recent enhancements to its athletic complex, including a new entrance gate, press box and scoreboard.

In ceremonies taking place before Wildcat men’s and women’s soccer matches, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour expressed gratitude for the financial support from M&T Bank (M&T Bank Gate), Pepsi (the Pepsi Press Box), Susquehanna Trailways (the Susquehanna Trailways Scoreboard) and UPMC (the new artificial turf playing surface bearing the hospital system’s name).

“Many of you here today help and empower students through your personal and philanthropic support to earn an applied technology education and develop into successful alumni influencing the communities in which they choose to live and work,” the president said. “Collaborative partnerships transform tomorrow, and it is only fitting that we celebrate and recognize the loyal support of our Wildcat Club members today for the energy they inspire in our coaches and student-athletes.

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