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12.13.2017

Deep-Thinking Delegates Take Law Into Their Own Hands

Tomorrow’s leaders convened at Penn College on Wednesday, acting as delegates from across the country considering amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The 133 high school students from nine districts (Bellefonte Area, Berwick Area, East Lycoming, Hazleton Area, Jersey Shore Area, Loyalsock Township, South Williamsport Area, Susquenita and Williamsport Area) remained in their assigned characters throughout the mock constitutional convention – informally known as “ConCon” – in the Bush Campus Center, representing their respective states in discussing the ever-weighty issues of governing and preserving this American republic. Among those welcoming the group was Ashley R. Murphy, director of admissions, who applauded the young men and women for “thinking about things bigger than yourselves, boldly and bravely effecting positive change” in society.

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Admissions Events
11.22.2017

‘Happy Holidays’ From Penn College’s Diverse Pool of Talent

Holiday cards created by student organizations and campus offices, sharing their seasonal sentiments with the Penn College community in a variety of creative and thematic ways, were installed Tuesday on the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center lawn. The 39 cards will be lighted − and winners announced in both categories − at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29. (The first 30 photos are from student groups, followed by the nine entries from college departments.)

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11.13.2017

‘STEM Day’ Offers Firsthand Look at College’s Stature

More than 60 students and faculty from North Penn High School, Williamsport Area High School and Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School visited Penn College during a recent STEM Day program.  The Nov. 8 “Changing the World With STEM” observance included alumni speaker Derek F. Knipe, a 2005 manufacturing engineering technology graduate employed at PMF Industries on Reach Road.  Organizers had help from faculty and students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Among those sharing their experiences with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) were Rylee A. Butler, an engineering design technology major from Bellefonte; Connor L. Winslow, of Blanchard, enrolled in information technology sciences-gaming and simulation; heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology students Thomas E. “Ted” Daros Jr., of North Salem, New York, and Barry P. “Pat” Watkins, of Blossburg, and Bradley Q. Kishbaugh, instructor of HVAC technology; Jordan M. Scott, of Cogan Station, and Kachine L. Fry, of Butler, both majoring in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; and Jacob Giraffa, a mechatronics engineering technology student. The high school students were able to see firsthand the technology with which Penn College students regularly work in their classes; robotics, mechatronics and 3-D printing demonstrations were provided. Manufacturing engineering technology major Logan B. Goodhart from the Baja SAE Club showed off the Baja car and what the club is working on, while visitors to the Engineering Design Technology Workshop drove robots into mock combat.

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11.03.2017

Carve Out Some Room; Halloween Leftovers Ahead!

As anyone on either side of the Halloween give-and-take knows, the goodies can last for days (if not months!) after the trick-or-treat bags are emptied. So it is with PCToday’s campuswide correspondents, who provided some sweet souvenirs to carry over into November. On Tuesday, two sections of Technical Drawing & Detailing (CCD 103/104) held their fourth annual Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest. The 35 students, most of them enrolled in the engineering design technology major, used SolidWorks Software to create virtual jack-‘o-lanterns using skills and techniques that they have acquired since the start of the semester. In addition, a number of college employees marked the day in costume, and Tuesday evening saw the return of another tradition – the Halloween Boofet in the Capitol Eatery.

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10.29.2017

A Sun-day in Name Only … but, Oh, What a Day!

Umbrellas were the most coveted accessory, but nowhere near as essential as the information that visitors to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Fall Open House carried home. Held across the institution’s awe-inspiring campuses, the autumn tradition delivered tours, priceless exchanges with helpful members of the campus community, valuable exposure to student life with those who live it and close-up views of the newest majors at a 103-year-old institution that never shows its age.

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10.13.2017

‘Career Day’ Opens Doors of Exploration for Curious Teens

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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09.29.2017

Diversity-Related Events Make a World of Difference

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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09.13.2017

NCAA Celebration Heralds New Era for Penn College Athletics

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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09.12.2017

Taking an Outside Chance, in Tents and Purposes

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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09.05.2017

Rules of Engagement

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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08.30.2017

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

“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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08.16.2017

Cookout, Parade Ease Little Leaguers Toward Series Opener

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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General Information
08.05.2017

Sun-Kissed Grads Revel in August Achievement

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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07.24.2017

Brewing Up Some Major Promotion

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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06.06.2017

Faculty Member Named One of Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America

A Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member has received one of the highest honors bestowed on pastry chefs: a spot among Dessert Professional Magazine’s Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America.

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, of State College, an instructor of baking and pastry arts and culinary arts, was named to the 2017 Top Ten list by Dessert Professional publisher Matthew Stevens and editor Tish Boyle, who selected honorees based on their talent, creativity, contributions to the industry and dedication to creating high-quality confections.

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