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Penn College Career Fair attracts record number of employers

Penn College student John J. Gisonna (right), a heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology major from Monroe, N.Y., talks with recruiters from SmartEdge. Representing the Tonawanda, N.Y.-based building controls company at the college’s Career Fair are Garret Smith (left), mechanical specialist, and Michael J. Burns, service sales engineer.

Thanks to a new two-day format, a record number of employers recruited Pennsylvania College of Technology students during the school’s Fall Career Fair.

More than 300 employers – representing all economic sectors and 16 Fortune 500 companies – visited campus, offering more than 3,000 job and internship opportunities.

“We needed to expand the Career Fair because of the tremendous demand for our technically skilled students,” said Erin S. Shultz, coordinator of career development. “Despite stretching the event over two days, we still had a waiting list of nearly 90 employers. Clearly, our students and their ‘degrees that work’ are very attractive to employers.”

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Weeklong celebration puts focus on CLC’s daily importance

Everyone's favorite mascot pays a visit to the Children's Learning Center.

Through a variety of activities this past week, Penn College’s nationally accredited Dunham Children’s Learning Center celebrated the services and support it offers to youngsters, families and the campus community. The center, which also serves as a learning laboratory for early childhood education students, joined its counterparts across the country in observing National Campus Children’s Centers Week (Oct. 8-12).

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Foul play’s the thing at Madigan mystery dinner

Cookbook author Marjorie Richmond (portrayed by Elaine Pfeil) – whose eventual murder would continue the audience participation – shows off her book, "A Party to Die For."

Penn College’s Madigan Library hosted its first-ever Murder Mystery Dinner on Friday, serving a delightful meal prepared by the School of Business & Hospitality and spiced with a tongue-in-cheek performance by actors from Williamsport’s Community Theatre League. Through interactive improvisation, the cast presented “Murder, Medium Rare,” spilling secrets and dropping hints to aid the guests’ determination of whodunit.

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The third time’s a charmer!

Enjoying the autumnal alumni evening (from left): Timothy D. Haldeman, ’11, manufacturing engineering technology; Michael D. Ferraiolo, ’10, aviation technology, and ‘11, aviation maintenance technology, and guest, Melyssa McHale; and Whitnie-rae (Mays) Haldeman, ’12, advertising art, and ’14, applied technology studies.

The disparate threads of Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend were woven together again this fall, producing another seamless tapestry of fun and reconnection for graduates, current students and families. The third annual combined celebration kicked off with a Friday bonfire, tent party and Hall of Fame Banquet; continued Saturday with a presidential breakfast, Williamsport bus and trolley excursions, lab tours, a golf outing and on-campus sporting events, arts and crafts, and an alumni reunion at downtown nightspots; and concluded Sunday with more athletics and a fond farewell (until next year)!

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Horticulture students ‘scare up’ clever projects for civic display

'SpongeBob Strawpants," spatula at the ready to flip a Krabby Patty, draws immediate attention from neighborhood children.

More than a dozen scarecrows created by Penn College horticulture/landscape technology students were installed Thursday in Way’s Garden, a well-tended oasis of greenery at West Fourth and Maynard streets, where they will remain from First Friday through Halloween. The Way’s Garden Commission worked with Carl J. Bower Jr., an assistant professor in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, who has been developing the idea in his mind since seeing a similar project at Hershey Gardens in 2011. Bower’s students eagerly accepted the challenge, working for the past few weeks to prepare their seasonal creations for what is planned as an annual attraction. An additional scarecrow was prepared for the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce headquarters in downtown Williamsport.

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School of Nursing & Health Sciences hosts celebration

Pennsylvania College of Technology welcomed several School of Nursing & Health Sciences alumni back to campus to speak at an event celebrating the school’s name change, its academic majors, and milestone anniversaries for two programs: occupational therapy assistant (30 years) and physician assistant (20 years). From left are Megan Wright, ’12, a physician assistant practicing physical medicine and rehabilitation; Brian Webster, ’06, a nurse practitioner specializing in emergency and family nursing; President Davie Jane Gilmour; Sandra L. Richmond, dean of nursing and health sciences; and Michele “Mindy” Tedesco, ’88, a registered occupational therapist specializing in home health care.

The School of Nursing & Health Sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology held a multifaceted celebration on Oct. 4 by hosting an open house of its facilities and welcoming accomplished alumni, who reflected on how their education has shaped their careers.

“We come together … to celebrate the positive impact all 10 of our nursing and health sciences programs have on our students’ lives, the professions in which they work, and the communities they serve,” said Sandra L. Richmond, dean of nursing and health sciences.

Of particular significance during the celebration was a change to the school’s name: from the School of Health Sciences to the School of Nursing & Health Sciences, and the anniversaries of the occupational therapy assistant program, whose first students graduated 30 years ago, and the physician assistant program, which graduated its first students 20 years ago.

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Lycoming Engines’ instructional support lauded at sign dedication

From left, Michael Kraft, senior vice president and general manager for Lycoming Engines; Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour; and aviation technology student Warren K. Bitterman, of Zieglerville, Montgomery County, all spoke at a dedication ceremony honoring Lycoming Engines’ ongoing support for the college.

Lycoming Engines’ longtime support of Pennsylvania College of Technology and its academic programs was celebrated on campus recently with the unveiling of new signage at the college’s Metal Trades Center.

Members of the Penn College community and representatives of Lycoming Engines – including alumni of the college employed by the company – gathered on Oct. 2 to dedicate the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center sign on the front lawn of the facility.

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Community Service That Speaks Volumes

Supplementing their exercise regimen with a different kind of weight training are (from back to front) Lauren S. Herr, from the Wildcat soccer team, and Cameron J. Dickey and Daniel J. Bergeron, members of the wrestling squad.

Furthering an impressive track record of civic involvement on Wednesday, Penn College student-athletes assisted with moving books from James V. Brown Library to Pine Street United Methodist Church for this weekend’s Friends of the Library book sale. The fall tradition is scheduled from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the 444 Pine St. church. Wildcats finished second last season in the Senior Woman Administrator’s Cup, which recognizes community service hours completed by institutions in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Penn College topped the NEAC in 2017-18 with 2,502 total hours, placed second in the number of participants and votes, and was fourth in total funds raised.

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Cultivating a Community of Respect

He’s got the whole world in his … paw!

Penn College is participating in Welcoming Week (Sept. 14-23), a national appreciation of international students and their collective contributions to campus culture. “Students from all over the world are a vital part of our campus, bringing fresh perspectives and new ideas, which contribute to the vibrant diversity that we all value,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said in a commemorative proclamation. “This week, we honor the spirit of unity that is bringing people together across the nation and the world. Regardless of where we are born or what we look like, we are Penn College, united in our efforts to build a stronger campus and greater future.” As part of the celebration – which featured an appropriately hashtagged cake and selfies with the Wildcat – friends and colleagues were invited to show their support of global education during an informal get-together in the Bush Campus Center lobby Wednesday afternoon. Penn College has 24 students from nine countries: France, Ghana, India, Iran, Oman, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

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‘Out of the Darkness’ Walk Brings Hope to Heartbroken

Friends and family gather in memory of a loved one lost to suicide.

The 10th annual Greater Lycoming Out of the Darkness Community Walk, hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Central Pennsylvania chapter and Penn College, attracted 330 participants for a fundraising stroll across main campus. The Sept. 15 event collected more than $15,000 for suicide prevention efforts.

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From Workout to ‘Light’s Out’

Worthing (left), of New Brighton, and Josh E. Rosenberger, of Chambersburg, show off their Outdoor Weekend accommodations.

The first full week of September – and the final days of “PC3,” which annually welcomes fall with a stream of activity – invited students to commune with nature, explore their surroundings, share their heritage and make some noise! Among the events on the busy, busy calendar were the Glow Pound Party and Multicultural Lawn Party in the Field House, First Friday in downtown Williamsport, and the second annual Outdoor Weekend at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

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‘Mindful’ Crowd Gathers in Gallery

Words on the wall silently speak to visitors: “This quiet space is here for you … take time to Be Mindful.”

A large and attentive crowd turned out Thursday evening for a special lecture and reception held in conjunction with “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art,” the first exhibition of The Gallery at Penn College’s 2018-19 season. Guests gathered in the Madigan Library’s second-floor reading loft to listen to a deeply personal 45-minute talk and visual presentation by “Mindful” artist Meredith Grimsley, a professor of fabric design at Bloomsburg University. The gallery, on the third floor of the library, was active from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with conversation and art exploration. Organized by the Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, “Mindful” will run through Oct. 11. The exhibition also features educational outreach efforts, including workshops as well as daylong events for veterans and high school students. Special exhibit hours are: 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays. The gallery is closed Mondays and on Sept. 1-2.

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Opportunity Knocks, Indoors and Out

Part-time jobs, internships and co-ops are on the table

Penn College’s Part-Time Job Fair and Fall Fusion returned this week in and around the Field House, giving students a chance to interact with more than 100 potential employers and campus/community organizations. A near-record number of students registered for Tuesday’s conveniently combined events – 527, according to the official count provided by Dana R. Suter, Career Services’ assistant director.

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There’s Plenty to See During ‘PC3’

A picture paints a thousand words ... and a couple of campus friends.

“PC3,” an event-studded kickoff to a new school year, has again provided students with a full schedule of activities by which to make friends and break from the rigor of academic assignments. Among the entertainment of recent days: a Paint Party on the PDC lawn, an outdoor movie on a cozy quad, an evening with the Williamsport Crosscutters in a historic off-campus venue, and a Field House dodgeball tournament among teams from Penn College’s First Year Experience classes.

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Finding – and Beautifying – Common Ground

Among the Wildcat student-athletes aiding the cause are (from left) Kaylee N. Burk, of Hermitage, an engineering design technology major and member of the archery team; and, from the women's cross-country squad, Rosey Yanira Pichiya Thomas, Port Allegany, pre-nursing, and Kathryn A. Plankenhorn, Montoursville, physician assistant studies.

A cross-section of the Penn College community – including student-athletes, Circle K members, alumni and neighbors – collected 28 bags of recylables and 20 bags of trash during a cleanup on Saturday. In alliance with the Heart of Williamsport, the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, and the college’s Diversity & Community Engagement office, 120 participants fanned out to residential areas and to Elm and Memorial parks for a hands-on display of civic pride.  Fittingly, as the volunteers walked a total of 438,082 steps, the event committee shared with them a list of outdoor recreational sites within reasonable access from campus.

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