Penn College Students in Demand at Career Fair

Plastics and polymer engineering technology student Olivia C. Ferki (second from left), of Richboro, Bucks County, discusses her potential future during a visit to the Lane Enterprises Inc. booth at Penn College’s Spring 2018 Career Fair, which attracted nearly 240 employers offering more than 2,700 jobs and internships.

According to a National Association of Colleges and Employers survey, employers anticipate hiring 4 percent more graduates from the Class of 2018 than last year. If the recent Career Fair at Pennsylvania College of Technology is an accurate gauge, that estimate is conservative.

Nearly 240 employers – including 15 Fortune 500 companies – filled two campus locations to capacity, offering more than 2,730 jobs and internships. Booth space sold out in two weeks, leaving 70-plus employers on a wait list.

“In my 18 years at Penn College, there has always been tremendous demand for our technically skilled students. Our 96 percent graduate placement rate clearly indicates that Penn College students possess the skills that employers want,” said Erin S. Shultz, coordinator of career development. “But that demand has never been higher. We don’t have enough students to meet the growing needs of employers.”

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Inaugural Scholarship Luncheon Celebrates Generosity

Cameron T. Powers, recipient of the Robert and Patricia Shoff Rambo Scholarship, enjoys a moment with her donor, Patricia Rambo, a retired professor and 1994 Master Teacher honoree.

A celebration of generosity unfolded Sunday afternoon at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s inaugural Scholarship Luncheon. Held in the Field House, the event hosted scholarship donors, student recipients and their families.

Offering a welcome to the guests, Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, thanked donors for their belief and commitment to Penn College’s mission of serving students. In her opening remarks, President Davie Jane Gilmour said, “Your philanthropic commitment provides motivation needed for students to remain focused on their coursework, complete their educational journey and begin a new journey as tomorrow makers in their communities and chosen fields.”

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Students ‘Spring’ Into Action to Aid Local Nonprofits

Jonathan P. Bailey, an exercise science student from Philadelphia, helps clean up the children's vegetable garden at James V Brown Library.

More than a dozen students and staff devoted a portion of their weeklong hiatus from classes to take part in an organized Alternative Spring Break at five local agencies. “The focus was on giving back to the Williamsport community,” said Sammie L. Davis, coordinator of diversity and cultural life. “It’s important to let our students see that they’re part of that community, and that they don’t have to travel more than a few blocks to make a real difference.” The Penn College group, which represented a cross-section of academic areas and organizational interests, volunteered at the American Rescue Workers, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, James V. Brown Library, the Leighton Place senior living community and the Salvation Army. Among the much-appreciated outreach on behalf of the nonprofits, volunteers provided basic maintenance, cleaned out a freezer, prepared lunch, played board games and socialized with residents, put away canned goods, contributed to a “thank a donor” display, made holiday wreaths out of discarded Christmas trees … and generally learned the easy-to-attain benefit of helping someone in need.

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Off the Field, but Not Off-Key: Student-Athlete Shows ‘Star’ Quality

The winner is surrounded by friends and fans, including some of her teammates on the Wildcat softball team.

Singer Alyssa G. Gentile, of Fairport, New York, a pre-applied health studies: radiography concentration and member of the Wildcat softball team, was chosen as 2018’s “Penn College Star” in Friday’s fifth annual talent competition. Among the other eight musical performers, general studies student Heaven A. Stansbury, of South Williamsport, was runner-up – a notch above her third-place finish last year – and Hannah D. Dawson, of Williamsport, a legal assistant/paralegal major, was third. The event, sponsored by the Wildcat Events Board, was held in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

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Scientific Success STEMs From Childhood

"SolarQuest" brings our favorite life-sustaining fireball down to Earth.

The pre-spring thaw – 50-plus degrees in the middle of February – sent a veritable Fountain of Youth flowing through campus, as a series of events introduced area girls and boys to a variety of exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities. On Feb. 15, a Science Festival was held in Bardo Gym and the Field House; two days later, Girl Scouts gathered for a STEM event that included video-game design, and Boy Scouts attended a third annual Merit Badge College across campus.

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Near and Dear

And who wouldn't want a valentine from this hirsute suitor?

Cupid’s arrow whizzed through the heart of campus during Valentine’s Day week, bringing a warm supply of affection and attention to a variety of activities: a girls’ night out in the Thompson Professional Development Center, a holiday-themed buffet in Capitol Eatery and a women’s basketball game in Bardo Gym that spotlighted the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. The “Galentine’s Day” slumber party on Tuesday included delicious snacks from Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, crafts, games, prizes and priceless camaraderie. “It seemed like everyone had a lot of fun and enjoyed having a space just for women to hang out,” said Community Peer Educator Nina L. Walk, who co-organized the PDC event with Resident Assistant Bryonna A. Aldubayan. “It was so great seeing these two students work so hard to create a really fun event that focused on positive female friendship,” added Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist. From 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dining Services presented a Valentine’s Buffet that featured such mouth-watering treats as grilled steak, pasta with vodka sauce and salted caramel mousse. Valentine’s Day wrapped up with a “Pink Out” game for breast cancer awareness, with colorfully clad hoops fans sharing their admiration and advocacy.

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Reunion Celebrates Five Decades of Wildcat Hoops

Traveling is NOT a violation when it comes to former Wildcat basketball players returning for a campus reunion.

Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted its second annual Alumni Basketball Reunion Weekend on Friday and Saturday, greeting members of past Wildcat teams – including William S. Collins, who played in the sport’s very earliest days on campus. Among activities organized by Alumni Relations and Athletics, alumni met this season’s basketball squads, attended an evening reception, heard an update on the college’s full NCAA Division III membership, took part in a coed matchup in Bardo Gymnasium and were given VIP treatment at a doubleheader against Bryn Athyn College.

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New Event Evokes Nostalgia Through Child’s Play

A tent village takes shape on the CC's second floor.

A wonderfully well-received addition to the Wildcat Events Board’s lineup of campus happenings – a Blanket Fort Competition that transported students back to their childhood comfort zones – was held Friday evening in the Bush Campus Center. Proposed by student Cassandra D. Henderson and brainstormed by WEB’s Special Events Team, which was searching for easy-to-deliver activities that wouldn’t break the bank, the contest challenged student participants to construct cozy hideaways in Penn’s Inn. And, once participants were hunkered down for a few hours, they were treated to free food and a showing of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (featuring filmdom’s utmost proponent of leisurely living). “The 13 students that participated brought arms full of blankets and were able to create very unique forts,” WEB’s Patrick C. Ferguson said. “When students weren’t working on their forts, they were conversing and laughing with one another with mouths full of ‘walking tacos.'”

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Penn College Students Assist Food Network Star at PA Farm Show

Penn College students (from left) Amaris T. Smith, of Williamsport, Bridget M. Callahan, of Pottsville, Jacob W. Parobek, of Seltzer, Brittany L. Mink, of Allentown; and Paul J. Herceg, of Chalfont, are among 11 Penn College student volunteers who helped to showcase recipes made from quality Pennsylvania ingredients at the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

An “Iron Chef” was among the culinarians who joined Pennsylvania College of Technology students to showcase the quality ingredients produced by Pennsylvania farms at the state Farm Show.

The students volunteered the final days of their winter break at the event, where they worked with some of Pennsylvania’s best chefs – and Food Network star Chef Alex Guarnaschelli – to prepare ingredients for the chefs’ demonstrations on the PA Preferred Culinary Connection stage and to cook samples of the recipes for Farm Show visitors.

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‘Yell(ow) It Out’ Turns Hoops Doubleheader Into Life-Affirming Event

A midcourt gathering honors lost lives while espousing hope and well-being.

The past week’s “Yell(ow) It Out” basketball games against Wells College gave the Penn College community an opportunity to watch its NCAA Division III Wildcats in action while engaging in discussion of suicide prevention. Faculty/staff and students at Wednesday’s doubleheader sported yellow ribbons purchased in observance of hope and awareness, with proceeds benefiting the Lycoming County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call Counseling Services at 570-327-4765 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Making Friends on a (More Than) Three-Dog Night

Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director of Dining Services, brought along Lily, her daughter's Yorkshire terrier.

​Employees’ canine buddies joined Student Affairs on Monday evening in welcoming students back to campus during a “Hot Dog, You’re Back!” event in the Field House. A fall tradition for nearly a decade, which was added to the spring calendar for the first time this year, the gathering provides homesick students the opportunity to connect with friendly faculty/staff, helpful campus support services … and, of course, dogs! Held indoors for the comfort and well-being of humans and pooches alike, the evening included hot dog-shaped sugar cookies prepared by Dining Services.

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Gallery’s First National Juried Exhibition Offers Plenty to Ponder

“Books Undone” opens eyes to the artistry of altered books.

An atmosphere of awe, delight and curiosity filled The Gallery at Penn College on Thursday evening for the opening reception of “Books Undone: The Art of Altered Books,” the gallery’s first-ever national juried exhibition. A large crowd enjoyed perusing the imaginative creations, listening to an artist’s talk, and celebrating the pieces honored with prizes.

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Living MLK’s Dream, Partners Find ‘Unity’ in ‘Community’

While the weather prompted a last-minute change in the route, marchers' enthusiasm was warmer than ever.

Dream Week, in which Penn College and its community collaborators practice the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr., featured a number of events designed to effect positive change on campus and beyond. In a week that included some winter curveballs, the community spirit shone through in such activities as a Peace Walk, rally and service projects at local nonprofits; and an appearance by Herman Boone, the former Virginia football coach portrayed by Denzel Washington in “Remember the Titans.”

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Campus Kids Take to the Hills

Friends whiz through winter.

A big, blustery “Thank you” to the youngsters at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center for reminding us that there’s more to the season than sliding, shoveling, heating bills, scraping, slipping, plowing and white-knuckled driving. The Bear Bunch enjoyed sledding and playing in the snow Tuesday on the slopes behind the Bush Campus Center, readily displaying the fun to be had during a Pennsylvania winter.

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‘Old Books/New Lives’ Treats Discards With Distinction

Reborn into "The Butterfly Book," this work by Yousef I. Asiri provides an apt example of metamorphosis. Asiri, of Saudi Arabia, is a plastics and polymer engineering technology student.

The first floor of Madigan Library is overflowing with imaginative creations by Pennsylvania College of Technology students: “Old Books/New Lives: The Art of Upcycling,” an exhibit of “novel” artwork, is on display through Feb. 28.

The library and The Gallery at Penn College invited students, faculty and staff to upcycle a selection of old books into creative art objects. The result is a presentation of more than 50 inventive pieces.

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