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Fall 2011, Issue 1

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Scheduling Time for Spring 2012 is Just Around the Corner

Student-Adviser meeting

It is now time for students to start planning their Spring 2012 schedules. While scheduling begins on October 31, the planning process must begin earlier.

Choices made now can affect all future semesters, not to mention the student’s ability to graduate on time. For this reason, students are directed to meet with their adviser from October 17-28 for advice and direction on the selection of classes for the Spring 2012 semester.

While it is the student’s responsibility to schedule classes that are appropriate to educational goals, student-adviser meetings prior to scheduling are vital. The adviser is an important resource in helping to identify courses to stay on track with the demands of the major. 

In addition to guidance, the adviser provides the student's scheduling profile, which contains the student’s personalized Scheduling Access Number (SAN) and the day and time initial access to web scheduling is available through the Student Information System (SIS).

Please encourage your student to meet with his or her adviser to ensure the best possible course selection. Taking the wrong course or taking a course out of sequence can lead to an extra semester and extra costs. 

Students can visit the Registrar’s portal site at for additional scheduling information.

Important Dates

October 7 Fall 2011 mid-term grades due
October 17-28 Student-adviser pre-scheduling meetings   
October 18 Career Fair
October 23 Open House
October 31-November 4 Scheduling week
November 15 Grad Finale
November 23-28 Thanksgiving break
December 1 Scholarship application for 2012-13 opens
December 5-9 Finals week
December 12 Spring 2012 tuition due
December 17 Commencement

Parent Survey

Family on campus

We need your help!

Pennsylvania College of Technology is committed to working with “parents as partners,” but to do so, we need information on a number of topics, including what services would help you as a parent. Please take a few moments to complete the following survey (which will be active until November 17, 2011) to let us know how we can better work together to support your student.



Parent & Family Weekend Recap

Tethered hot-air balloon ride

Parent & Family Weekend 2011 offered a variety of activities for Penn College students and their families, including social events, educational workshops, brunch with the president, performances by the Wildcat Dance Team and other entertainment, tethered balloon rides, and trolley tours of Williamsport. More than 260 families preregistered for the fall tradition, which combines hands-on interaction in instructional areas with plenty of opportunities for families to relax and get reacquainted with their students after the first six weeks of classes.

Thank you to those who joined us, and we hope those who couldn’t will be able to attend next year (September 14-16, 2012)! More information from the weekend can be found at


Wildcat Wishes Gift Packages

Cookie Collection package
Cookie Collection - $30
3 dozen freshly baked, mouth-watering, irresistible gourmet cookies and a coupon for a half gallon of milk

Being away from home is never easy. Send something special to your Penn College student to let them know how much he or she is missed.

The Wildcat Wishes gift package program offers an assortment of gift packages that include a variety of items. Packages are available throughout the school year and each package includes a gift card so you can send a personalized message.

For more information or to place an order, visit


Student Information System Login Changes


On Monday, October 3, 2011, the process to log in to the Student Information System (SIS) was changed. Instead of using a PCT ID number and PIN, student login now requires the same username and password that your son or daughter uses to log in to campus computers and Penn College e-mail. This change is being made to minimize the number of usernames and passwords students are required to remember. To ease the transition, SIS will still accept PCT ID and PIN through the Alternate Login link at the bottom of the SIS login page; however, this will only be available until February 2012.

If your son or daughter has already setup your own access for SIS, that access will continue to work. However, if you are using your son or daughter’s PCT ID and PIN, you no longer will be able to use that as a way to access SIS. You should ask your student to set up your own login credentials using the parent/guest access option in SIS. Students are not to share their network usernames and passwords; doing so is a violation of the College’s Acceptable Use Policy.

Letting Go... by Michael DiPalma

A view through the trees

I often joke with colleagues and students alike about having been in college since 1989 – as a son, student, and higher education professional. While that doesn't necessarily make me an expert, it has allowed me to develop a rather unique perspective regarding college life – for both students and parents alike. Below is the link to an open letter to mothers and fathers, and sons and daughters, regarding what has often been called "The Empty Nest Syndrome."

Letting Go letter:


Homecoming 2011

Homecoming logo

A special "Where You There?" Countdown to the Centennial homecoming was held October 6-9. Aided by impeccable weather, Homecoming 2011 offered four days (and three nights) of something for everyone: a car show, athletic events, an alumni art exhibit, concerts, alumni reunions – including the 20th anniversary of the college's Construction Management program – a bake sale, and much more.

Were you or your student there? Check out the PCToday photo gallery at


December Graduate?

Dad celebrating with graduate

Encourage your student to attend Grad Finale, November 15, in Penn's Inn to check off his/her commencement “to-do” list in one day! Pick up commencement tickets, purchase a cap and gown, order commencement announcements, and learn more about alumni benefits. We’ll have giveaways throughout the day, including caps and gowns, food, and drinks. Questions? Contact Alumni Relations at


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