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09.02.2019

A student studies his roots while studying abroad

Food is among the adventure in Guatemala. Photo courtesy of Joey Morrin.
Food is among the adventure in Guatemala. Photo courtesy of Joey Morrin.
Graphic design student Joey Morrin joins Curt E. Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics, left, and D. Robert Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science, in front of a Maya temple in Guatemala’s Tikal National Park. Known as the Temple of the Great Jaguar, it was constructed around A.D. 732.
Graphic design student Joey Morrin joins Curt E. Vander Vere, assistant professor of mathematics, left, and D. Robert Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science, in front of a Maya temple in Guatemala’s Tikal National Park. Known as the Temple of the Great Jaguar, it was constructed around A.D. 732.
The Penn College group visits ancient sites.
The Penn College group visits ancient sites.

From the Fall 2019 Penn College Magazine: Joey Morrin knew he’d someday find his way to his homeland. He was surprised that it found him through a study abroad opportunity at Penn College. Read “Self-Study.”

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08.29.2019

Surgical technology graduates achieve 100% board pass rate

Every August 2019 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s surgical technology major has conquered yet another educational milestone: passing the Certified Surgical Technologist examination on the first attempt.

Surgical technologists are an integral part of the operating room team. They prepare operating rooms and equipment, ensure a sterile environment and patient safety, and assist doctors during surgeries. The work demands attention to detail and knowledge of surgical procedures.

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06.13.2019

Extrusion workshop attracts plastics pros

The expertise offered by Pennsylvania College of Technology and its acclaimed Plastics Innovation & Resource Center attracted an array of plastics professionals to campus for the recent Extrusion Seminar and Hands-On Workshop.

Individuals representing 22 companies from 10 states, Canada and Italy attended the 21st annual event that featured extrusion experts Chris Rauwendaal, president of Rauwendaal Extrusion Engineering Inc., and Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics and polymer technology.

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06.11.2019

Student-restored vehicle revered at high-profile venue

Pat Swigart rides in a 1947 Tucker prototype restored at Penn College ...
Pat Swigart rides in a 1947 Tucker prototype restored at Penn College …
... and joins her cherished campus partners after accepting an award in Hershey. With Swigart (from left) are automotive restoration students Adam J. Davis, of Doylestown, and Joshua E. Marr, of Shickshinny; and Robert K. Vlacich, assistant professor of automotive service.
… and joins her cherished campus partners after accepting an award in Hershey. With Swigart (from left) are automotive restoration students Adam J. Davis, of Doylestown, and Joshua E. Marr, of Shickshinny; and Robert K. Vlacich, assistant professor of automotive service.

Penn College students lent a practiced hand to the preservation of the “Tin Goose,” a 1947 precursor to the historically significant Tucker automobile, which was named “Best Post-War Vehicle” at this past weekend’s Concours d’Elegance in Hershey. The car is owned by the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon and was entrusted to automotive restoration technology students by Pat Swigart – a gracious and grateful supporter of their work since soon after the major debuted in 2012. “Penn College is so happy to be able to work with her collection and thank her for her dedication to us,” the Classic Cruisers club said in a social media post. “The students who restored her car worked very hard … with this amazing historical vehicle. Thank you again to Ms. Swigart for her dedication and support of us.” Joined by faculty members Roy H. Klinger and Robert K. Vlacich, the group also assisted in vehicle repairs for several drivers in the Grand Ascent hill climb for vintage automobiles.
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06.07.2019

Season of well-regarded plastics workshops continues

Nearly two dozen registrants from eight companies in Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania attended the recent Plastics Materials, Processing and Testing workshop hosted by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s world-renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

The May 20-22 workshop, one of many that attract industry professionals to campus each summer, provided participants with a fundamental knowledge of polymers and how they are processed, tested and characterized.

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05.31.2019

Mechatronics grad sets his sights on prevention

... and interviews Troup during her May visit.
… and interviews Troup during her May visit.
Reiner talks with Witmer ...
Reiner talks with Witmer …

Anne Reiner of the On the Pulse local news site visited campus recently to interview Ryan M. Witmer, a mechatronics technology student from Lancaster County. Reiner watched Witmer employ various diagnostic tools to monitor the performance of Penn College’s roll-fed thermoformer and discussed with him the unique major, which combines electrical, mechanical and computer engineering into one field. Reiner also explored mechatronics with one of Witmer’s teachers: Howard W. Troup, instructor of automated manufacturing and machining. “Everything that I learned in high school was, ‘I needed to fix it,'” says Witmer, who graduated with high honors on May 17. “Here, I can build it … I can fix it … I can, you know, prevent it from being broken in the first place.” The new alumnus is employed as an assembly technician for Astro Machine Works in Ephrata.

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05.30.2019

Women in Energy Mentorship Awards presented to two students

Pennsylvania College of Technology students received two of the three Women in Energy Mentorship Awards presented this month at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

Celeste G. Moquin, of Port Matilda, enrolled in on-site power generation, and Autumn N. Schreiber, of St. Marys, majoring in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology, were honored at a May 19 dinner.

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05.28.2019

Penn College alum’s perseverance pays off

The student’s future revealed a stark reality: life without a college degree. His aborted attempts at college would close the door to a fulfilling information technology career. Potential wouldn’t be realized. Dreams wouldn’t be lived.

But Steven P. Fantaske flipped the reality he seemed destined to experience. Ten years after being placed on academic probation, he earned his second degree at Pennsylvania College of Technology. The result? Fantaske has a rewarding job that tasks him with altering reality. Only this time, the reality is virtual, and the beneficiaries are public safety personnel.

The former State College resident is an Unreal Engine 4 virtual reality developer for the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado. The NIST is a nonregulatory agency of the Department of Commerce that promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness.

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05.09.2019

Penn College welding student ‘sparks’ inspiration

A cacophony of sounds reverberates throughout the expansive lab. Sparks emanating from rows of booths color the facility. Motion is constant as students and teachers navigate to the next project while a parade of visitors watches the action unfold.

Bustling activity, bright lights and loud noises usually are disconcerting for Destiny R. Barto. But on this morning, like many of her days at Pennsylvania College of Technology, she has shelter from all distractions. The pink hood enveloping her head provides a sanctuary, as she grasps a welding rod and strikes an arc on a long piece of metal.

The resulting path of weld beads is much smoother than the one she followed to arrive at this moment. Obstacles littered that path from the day she was born in Elmira, New York.

“I really have to stop and think about what I have done in order to feel accomplished,” she said. “Most of the time, I’m focused on the things I have to do. There’s a lot to do.”

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05.03.2019

Students’ industrial design projects exude creativity

The industrial design major at Pennsylvania College of Technology is intended to elicit students’ creative potential. For three students on the cusp of graduation, that goal has been met, as evidenced by their senior projects.

Nicole Bamonte, of Williamsport; Nina M. Hadden, of Murrysville; and Abigail M. Meredick, of Danville, have spent countless hours during the past several months drawing on their education and practical experiences to develop prototypes of marketable products. The results are three inspired creations: a collapsible dresser, dog training system and surgical instrument.

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05.03.2019

Role-playing students get perspective on patients’ real-life struggles

Nursing students participated in a simulation in April that made them think about the choices they would make – and that many of their future patients will face – given the constraints of poverty.

During a “poverty simulation,” created by Missouri Community Action Network, students in a Community Health Nursing course were assigned to families with specified incomes and adhered to several rules: spending seven minutes of each 15-minute week at work (if they were employed); making sure children were cared for; paying for transportation to get to any destination; keeping their home secure and their utilities on; making loan payments; and providing adequate food, clothing and health care for their dependents.

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04.25.2019

Mock crisis authentically adds to interdisciplinary preparedness

Students from Penn College’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences and School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications joined area law enforcement, emergency management and health care professionals in a recent simulation at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center and a variety of other locations.

The college’s paramedic program has participated in the drill since its inception, and this year, the School of Nursing & Health Sciences decided to participate schoolwide to provide an interdisciplinary learning opportunity. The school had conducted its own Interdisciplinary Professional Experience on campus for several years.

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04.22.2019

Side by side, visiting chefs lead students

Chef Manuel Uribe, sous chef of Chicago’s Terzo Piano and a faculty member in the Jerome J. Drosos School of Culinary Arts at Triton College, headlined Penn College’s 2019 Visiting Chef Series, lending his knowledge and skill as he guided students in preparing a Mediterranean-themed dinner. He was joined by Rachel Erceg, lead pastry chef for Terzo Piano. In addition to providing valuable hands-on experience for students, the dinner that culminated the chefs’ multiday stay on campus provides scholarship funds for hospitality students.

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04.22.2019

Supplier sponsors students’ attendance at training

The students tear down a semi-hermetic compressor during the hands-on portion of the class.
The students tear down a semi-hermetic compressor during the hands-on portion of the class.
Bernard Servello, technical training specialist for Emerson, explains compressor cooling.
Bernard Servello, technical training specialist for Emerson, explains compressor cooling.
Ostrowski (left) and Woelfel (right), join Manbeck at the COSS training. Both students are actively involved in the Penn College student chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America : Ostrowski as president and Woelfel as vice president.
Ostrowski (left) and Woelfel (right), join Manbeck at the COSS training. Both students are actively involved in the Penn College student chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America : Ostrowski as president and Woelfel as vice president.
Dave Dunn, technical training specialist for Emerson, explains compressor applications for R290 propane refrigerant.
Dave Dunn, technical training specialist for Emerson, explains compressor applications for R290 propane refrigerant.
Makdad (center), with Hassinger (left) and Manbeck
Makdad (center), with Hassinger (left) and Manbeck

Through support from Makdad Supply Co. Inc., two Penn College students and an instructor recently attended an Emerson Compressor Operation and Service Seminar at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology. While heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration contractors from across the region attended the event – an in-depth, three-day program packed with everything an HVACR service technician needs to know to install, service and maintain Copeland compressors – Makdad sponsored seats for HVACR majors from CPI and the two students from Penn College. Among attendees were Ronald J. Ostrowski III, of Shavertown, and Zeph L. Woelfel, of Kersey, graduating next month with associate degrees in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology, and Stephen D. Manbeck, an assistant professor of HVAC technology. Company owner Jack Makdad met with Manbeck and CPI’s Ken Hassinger to discuss how to provide similar training, as well as access to a variety of vendors and industry resources. The institutions already share a strong connection through the Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program. That initiative allows high school seniors to earn up to five college credits while enrolled at CPI, credits that help them get a head start on an associate degree at Penn College.
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04.19.2019

Penn College IT students present findings at conference

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology information technology students detailed at a recent conference their efforts as part of a National Science Foundation grant to address the critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals.

Allison F. Chapman, of Montoursville, and Margot S. Rinehart, of Downingtown, presented “Capture the Flag as a Testing Platform” at the recent Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeast Region Conference at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut.

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