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‘Career Day’ Opens Doors of Exploration for Curious Teens

Automated manufacturing technology student Aren T. Way (right) of Jersey Shore, demonstrates an industrial-scale robot during a session on “Industrial Robotics, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, and CNC Machine Tools.”

More than 900 high schoolers, hailing from 28 school districts, spent Thursday on campus for the College Transitions Office’s Career Day. Faculty and students from all six of the college’s academic schools and all three campuses spent their Fall Break day off providing close to 50 career-exploration sessions for the visitors, exposing them to dozens of the college’s “degrees that work” offerings. A few of the districts traveled as much as two hours to attend. Among the highlights was a half-day session by the Penn College accounting, finance and business administration departments and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants that featured not only information about Penn College’s technology-laden degrees, but talks by guest speakers Michael Colgan, CEO of PICPA, and Joseph Siebert, president of PICPA, about future work in these fields as firms must protect clients’ financial information, and accountants can aid investigations via “forensic accounting.” Following the presentations and a Q&A with a panel of Penn College accounting and finance students, the 200 high school participants attended an etiquette lunch in the Field House.

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Last updated October 13, 2017 | Posted in Business & Hospitality, College Transitions, Construction & Design Technologies, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | This gallery contains 19 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Students Ably Document Days (and Nights) of Our Lives

A driver, donning "drunk goggles," safely replicates impairment of judgment and faculties while motoring near the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Famed ’80s philosopher Ferris Bueller once cautioned, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Luckily for the Penn College community, student photographers are on hand to attend many of the events that fill the campus calendar throughout the academic year. Here, then, while the students take a much-deserved Fall Break (and PCToday’s editor clears away some desktop backlog), a look back at three recent happenings: the annual Golf Cart Beer Run to call attention to the perils of impaired driving, “Lanterns on the Lawn,” a cancer-fighting fundraiser for Penn College Benefiting THON, and Dining Services’ Oktoberfest in the Bush Campus Center.

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Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend – 2017

Sharing a rock-solid sentiment

Penn College’s second annual Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend had a little something for everyone – and a whole lotta something for those getting reacquainted with their favorite students and/or former classmates! A packed weekend schedule of celebratory activities included a bonfire and paint party, the Athletics Hall of Fame banquet, outlets for artistic expression, informative visits from graduates, guided tours, soccer matches, an alumni golf tournament, a picnic brunch with President Davie Jane Gilmour, musical entertainment, and an Oktoberfest that included a reunion of past Resident Assistants.

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Diversity-Related Events Make a World of Difference

From under the sombreros, tempting cuisine is served.

Penn College’s commitment to inclusiveness was reflected in a pair of events this past week: the first in a planned monthly series of “Diversi-tea” dialogues and a themed dinner to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The former kicked off with a student-led discussion of relevant cultural issues, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy, and the latter – among commemorative activities that included a concert, movie and campus displays – featured a Dining Services-prepared meal in Dauphin Hall.

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Last updated September 29, 2017 | Posted in Dining Services, Events, Students | This gallery contains 7 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

‘Faire,’ Fowl Intersect at Renaissance-Themed Fete

Be that a dragon on ye shoulder? Kiana C. Lougie brought along a yet-to-be-named friend she found at the popular Sterling Renaissance Festival in upstate New York. Lougie is a building construction technology student from Pittsford, N.Y.

“Come sit you down and have a good laugh!” proved to be an invitation too good to decline, as the campus community enjoyed Dining Services’ sumptuous Renaissance Feast this week in and around “The Grand Hall” that is the Capitol Eatery. From 4-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, the crowd partook of the costumed spectacle – jugglers and jousting, displays and demonstrations – and savored a menu that included carved turkey, beer-braised short ribs, roasted root vegetables, corn on the cob, mashed or roasted potatoes, and desserts.

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NCAA Celebration Heralds New Era for Penn College Athletics

A fan-tastic night to catch Wildcat fever!

The campus community officially entered an exciting new age Wednesday night: celebrating Pennsylvania College of Technology’s full membership in Division III of the NCAA – not to mention the attendant boost to school pride from a dynamic new logo, an exciting mascot makeover and a literal driving force for institutional marketing. A short program outside the Field House marked the occasion, recognizing the members and sponsors of Athletics and the Wildcat Club booster society, followed by a women’s soccer game at the Athletic Field and a women’s volleyball match in Bardo Gymnasium.

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Last updated September 13, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, President, Sports, Students | This gallery contains 43 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Taking an Outside Chance, in Tents and Purposes

Flames vanquish the fallish chill, warmly encouraging fireside chats.

About 30 students took part in the inaugural Penn College Outdoor Weekend on Friday and Saturday, enjoying a camping trip amid the Schneebeli Earth Science Center’s 400-plus acres of scenic surroundings. Organized by the Student Activities Office – and enhanced by hospitable weather and the playground that IS the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies’ living laboratory – the overnight experience allowed students to learn Survival 101 tips; practice their open-fire cooking skills with “mountain pies” and s’mores; prepare their own campsites; and much more.

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Last updated September 12, 2017 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | This gallery contains 11 photos. | Tagged as | 3 Comments

Rules of Engagement

The Wildcat Events Board makes it clear how much fun involvement can be.

The Field House was at the center of several recent events that featured the very heart of Penn College: its students. This past week’s Fall Fusion and Part-Time Job Fair catered to those looking for occasional employment and/or ways to get involved with campus and community organizations, and a dodgeball tournament among First Year Experience classes provided stress relief after the opening weeks of the fall semester. (Finishing in first- to fifth-place, respectively, were I Love Kitties, Paul’s Disciples, The Winning Team, Lightning McLean and Team HA.)

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Last updated September 5, 2017 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Students | This gallery contains 28 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Three Weeks Down? Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

Students delight in creating personal fabric pieces – patches that reflect a campus organization, department, culture, etc. – for a representative quilt that will be sewn and displayed at the college.

“PC3,” a three-week opportunity for student fun and games (while making friends AND adhering to the class schedule), draws to a close … but not before PCToday photographers document another round of campus activities to kick off a new academic year. Recent days have offered a full slate of events, including the pet-friendly Hot Dog, You’re Here! meet-and-greet, a Multicultural Lawn Party, a Second Saturday Jamboree and Sex Ed Boot Camp.

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Last updated August 30, 2017 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Students | This gallery contains 1 photo. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Thousands Answer the ‘Play Ball’ Call on College Night at BB&T

Reserved seats burst with Wildcat pride.

Three nights after hosting Major League Baseball’s Little League Classic between the Pirates and Cardinals, BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field welcomed another crop of VIPs: the students, employees and alumni who attended Wednesday’s “Penn College Night.” An enthusiastic crowd of 2,178 watched a doubleheader between the Williamsport Crosscutters and the Auburn (New York) Doubledays, with the hometown favorites holding their opponent scoreless in both seven-inning games (2-0 and 3-0). Fans enjoyed giveaways, between-inning entertainment, $1 hot dogs, the company of classmates and co-workers, and ideal temperatures in the mid-70s.

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Off to a Good (and Good-Natured) Start

Hiking and helping

Penn College’s fourth annual “Wildcat Wars” tournament was but one of the activities on tap during “PC3,” a cornucopia of fun for students seeking a bit of friendship, civic service and flat-out distraction to help them navigate the first three weeks of the semester. In addition to the amiable contests among on- and off-campus students, initial offerings included a Riverwalk Cleanup along the West Branch, Campus Quizzo, Prize Palooza and Late Night in the Field House.

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Cookout, Parade Ease Little Leaguers Toward Series Opener

The Asia-Pacific and Japan teams gather around the Wildcat.

Pennsylvania College of Technology once again helped embrace visitors to the Little League Baseball World Series, which begins Thursday and culminates in the title game on Sunday, Aug. 27. On the eve of play, the college hosted its ninth annual cookout for more than 350 Little League players, coaches, team “uncles,” umpires and officials on the lawn outside the Bush Campus Center. Penn College also participated in Wednesday evening’s Grand Slam Parade, which started near the Center for Business & Workforce Development and traveled down West Fourth Street to Market.

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Last updated August 16, 2017 | Posted in General Information | This gallery contains 52 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

A Helpful, Cordial ‘Hello’ to Fall 2017

Campus View RAs can’t contain their excitement!

With their loved ones providing an emotional, 11th-hour nudge toward an exciting and imminent tomorrow – and their new Penn College family sharing the reassuring voice of experience – Fall 2017 students greeted the academic year during traditional Welcome Weekend activities. After checking into their apartments on Saturday (and hitting area stores for those “must-have” items that weren’t on the list), the newest members of the campus community processed into the Rose Street Courtyard to celebrate their official arrival. More activities and acclimation followed, culminating in the start of classes Monday morning.

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Sun-Kissed Grads Revel in August Achievement

Stunningly framed on campus following the ceremony is Cynthia M. Wilt, of Hughesville, a surgical technology graduate.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement on Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Michael R. Harer, of Williamsport, who received an Associate of Applied Science degree in surgical technology, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. ceremony. Nearly 250 degrees were conferred by President Davie Jane Gilmour and state Rep. Garth Everett, a member of the college board of directors. During the ceremony, the college also presented an Alumni Achievement Award to Kevin A. Hickman, a 2008 graduate of the physician assistant program.

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Last updated August 5, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, President, Students | This gallery contains 59 photos. | Tagged as | One Comment

Brewing Up Some Major Promotion

Major swag: Glasses, openers and coasters promote the new brewing and fermentation science degree.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s new brewing and fermentation science degree was highlighted at the Billtown Brewfest on Saturday. Held in downtown Williamsport at Midtown Landing, an area behind Trade and Transit Centre II, the festival featured 30 craft breweries offering tastings. Representatives from the college’s Admissions, Alumni Relations and Corporate Relations offices were on hand for the event, answering questions about the new major and greeting alumni in attendance. Also participating was Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing and fermentation science and an award-winning brewmaster, who visited with fellow brewers and promoted Penn College’s academic entry into the industry. “I thought it was a great event in a great location,” Yarrington said. “It was good to see so many of my brewing peers here in Williamsport and be able to taste so many great products. I enjoyed catching up with some old friends and also making some new ones. I look forward to this becoming an annual Williamsport tradition.” Organized by the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau and Brickyard Restaurant & Ale House, the celebration of craft beers offered two three-hour tastings and featured entertainment by two local bands – The No Maddz and The Family Ties. Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science degree begins this fall.

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Last updated July 24, 2017 | Posted in Admissions, Alumni, Brewing & Fermentation Science, Faculty & Staff, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications | This gallery contains 8 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment