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Magazine chronicles kayak outing’s ‘transformational impact’

Pennsylvania Angler & Boater magazineAn article in the July/August issue of Pennsylvania Angler & Boater features a field trip taken by Rob Cooley’s Outdoor Recreation as a Therapeutic Tool course during the spring semester. The class traveled to nearby Rose Valley Lake, accompanied by Lycoming College’s director of outdoor learning and education, for an enjoyable and insightful day of kayaking. Students making the trip were Colin G. Browne Jr., Cody R. Englehart, Brad S. Grenoble, Payge C. Hess, Kai K. Marshall, Krystle J. Richardson, Nicole M. Smulligan and Devon M. Wasson. Grenoble is an emergency management technology major; the others are enrolled in human services and restorative justice. The magazine piece was facilitated by Douglas M. Hess, manager of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s Benner Spring State Fish Hatchery in Centre County (and Payge Hess’ father). Included are a number of quotes about the day’s positive effects on members of the group, from enjoyment of local wildlife to the accent on their chosen field – such as this from Wasson: “There is something about just being on the water that is so calming to me and brings me that instant stress relief that everyone needs.”

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‘Tomorrow,’ the world!

Penn College’s “My Tomorrow” program (June 21-24 and June 28-July 1) opened middle-schoolers’ minds to a variety of vocational possibilities through hands-on activities and faculty-led sessions. The initiative, sponsored by the Soars Family, exposed students to a number of prospective careers – such as engineering, business and hospitality, the arts, and health sciences – as well as giving them a jump on charting their paths to success and satisfaction.

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Penn College Golf Classic raises $134,000 for scholarships

The 35th Annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic, featuring inspiring blind golfer Jeremy Poincenot, winner of three World Blind Golf Championships and eight National Blind Golf Championships, recently raised $134,000 for student scholarships.

With this year’s total, the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship Fund now exceeds $1.8 million. Proceeds from the annual Golf Classic and accumulated investment income created the endowed scholarship fund, one of the foundation’s largest.

“Golf Classic participants are part of the legacy that has built this important source of scholarship aid,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said. “Participation directly impacts the lives of Penn College students as they pursue an applied technology education and prepare to become leaders in their chosen professions – meeting the challenges of their industries with unrivaled skill and confidence.”

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With flying colors: Student takes lead in repainting aircraft

As if the industrious fulfillment of her proud Pennsylvania College of Technology days isn’t a sufficient bequest, Kate M. Ruggiero punctuated her academic performance with a larger-than-life mic drop: impressively taking the lead in repainting a single-engine Cessna 175C airplane donated to the Lumley Aviation Center eight years ago.

Ruggiero earned an associate degree in aviation technology from Penn College in December, crossing the stage in a COVID-delayed ceremony on May 15, and will move from Easton to Michigan in early July to start a job as an aircraft paint specialist – working on corporate and private jets for Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek.

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First day of summer, last word in elegance

Arrival of the solstice shortly after 11:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday may have some folks singing, “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,” but it hasn’t remotely been an inactive time for General Services employees (or for anyone else working toward the start of the Fall 2021 semester)! Campuses are humming with busyness, inside and out, proving there’s no offseason at the eternally beautiful home of Penn College’s Tomorrow Makers.

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A wide-open window on a bright-looking future

Pre-College ProgramsMore than a half-dozen Pre-College Programs attracted a knowledge-hungry host of teenagers to Penn College’s campuses in recent days, the season opener for high schoolers’ exposure to next-level academics. Campers were engaged and enlightened among the week’s bountiful offerings: Architecture Odyssey, Automotive, Aviation, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs, Health Careers and Information Technology. A second week – inviting more students to test the waters of collegiate opportunity through hands-on learning – will begin July 18.

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College’s ‘defining moment’ launches grads into waiting workforce

Punctuating the ultimate celebration of student achievement, Pennsylvania College of Technology held a dizzying dozen commencement exercises from May 14-16 to provide a memorable occasion for students and their families while adhering to federal and state guidelines. The proceedings – four on Friday, five on Saturday and three on Sunday – simultaneously honored Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates and featured speeches by a rotating trio of class representatives: Joseph M. Morrin, of Morrisville, graphic design; Ethan M. McKenzie, of Muncy, software development and information management; and Olivia C. Ferki, Richboro, plastics and polymer engineering technology. (Each of the three spoke at his or her major’s assigned ceremony; recorded versions of their remarks were rotated among the other nine.)

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Distinguished Teaching Awards presented to faculty

Pennsylvania College of Technology bestowed two Distinguished Teaching Awards on faculty during an event held on main campus.

Mark E. Sones, instructor of diesel equipment technology, was presented with the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award, the highest honor accorded to a faculty member at the college.

Bridget E. Motel, instructor of dental hygiene, received an Excellence in Teaching Award.

Both presentations were made during an Employee Recognition Week event held in Bardo Gymnasium and livestreamed across campus.

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Thank you, General Services!

In conjunction with World Facilities Management Day, the Pennsylvania College of Technology community celebrates the General Services employees who work so tirelessly (often while others sleep) to make the campus environment – instructional areas, offices and public spaces – safe and comfortable.

PCToday invited comment from appreciative co-workers, some of whom are represented below, and writer/photo editor Cindy Davis Meixel embraced her mission to spotlight some of the 24/7 work done on behalf of students, employees and visitors to the college’s scattered campuses.

Theirs is just a sampling of the gratitude felt for the entire department: carpenters, custodians, electricians, horticulturists, HVAC technicians, managers, motorpool maintenance staff, painters, plumbers, sign engravers and other specialists, and administrators.

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Ceremony celebrates historic gift from alumni businessman

An alumnus’s investment in the next generation of innovators, the literal future of American manufacturing, was spotlighted during the April 27 dedication of the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Last year’s $1 million-plus donation from Ward, a 1966 graduate in engineering drafting technology, monumentally reshaped the expansive laboratory – one of the oldest on campus, dating to the benefactor’s days as a student at Williamsport Technical Institute and Williamsport Area Community College, the institution’s predecessors.

“A strong advocate for the future of manufacturing in America, Larry is committed to enhancing our automated manufacturing and machining curriculum, lab space and opportunities to prepare students for successful and sustaining careers,” college President Davie Jane Gilmour said. “It is this commitment that has transformed our machining lab, but Larry’s generosity does not stop there. He has donated materials and equipment, sponsored a commencement award for mechatronics students, and hired Penn College graduates and interns as his business grew.”

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A rainbowed burst of ‘pride’

A number of events, free and open to the entire campus, marked Penn College’s annual observance of Pride Week (April 19-23). Activities celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and its allies featured a flag-raising in the Hager Lifelong Education Center Loop on Monday and a silent auction of handmade items in the Bush Campus Center on Thursday. Also included were Safe Zone training for employees, takeaway crafts and a screening of “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” – a documentary chronicling a prominent gay-rights advocate – in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

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Where campus beauty is a natural fact

An oft-recorded standard from America’s songbook romanticizes “April in Paris,” and poet Robert Browning waxed poetically, “O, to be in England now that April’s there.” At PCToday, we see no need to travel to Europe – or anywhere else, pandemic or no – during this merry month of reawakening, as the sights of the season are plenty gorgeous in our Penn College backyard. Amble across main campus (without even leaving your desktop or device!) and enjoy Earth’s idyllic partnership with General Services.

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Students, employees inoculated at collaborative on-campus clinic

Penn College and UPMC Susquehanna partnered to offer a by-appointment COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the Field House on Friday, administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to hundreds of students, faculty and staff. (Recipients were automatically registered to receive the other half of the two-dose regimen on May 7.)

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A green, pristine calling card: ‘Penn College was here’

Those who assume responsibility for cleaning up the commonwealth’s roads under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Adopt-a-Highway program – and more than 3,500 volunteers have signed on for stewardship of nearly 8,000 miles to date – generally have their commendable hands full tending to litter pickup alone. Penn College General Services, which keeps the entire institution humming and beautiful year-round, obviously didn’t stop there in its first official roadside foray. (The college contracted last year to adopt the Interstate 180 on/off ramps south of campus, but the state suspended the program in Spring 2020 when many counties were under stay-at-home orders.) The “all hands on deck” work detail was initiated by Timothy M. Weigle, associate director of maintenance, and a large group of tool-wielding co-workers, equipped by PennDOT with safety vests and trash bags, made quick work of enhancing the neighborhood.

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Addition to veterans park reflects college collaboration

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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