Centennial Events

January 2014

Eric D. Ranck, manager of bursar and payroll services (left), joins Carl J. Bower Jr., horticulture instructor, in the buffet line.
Employee Kick-off Reception

Thursday, January 9, 2014
A serve-yourself nacho bar brought some south-of-the-border spice to a still-frosty Penn College on Thursday, a piquant prelude to a yearlong observance of the institution’s centennial.
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The multimedia exhibition also offers an opportunity for visitors to watch videos about Frank Lloyd Wright.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream House

January 14 - March 29, 2014
A creative collaboration between an Indiana family and a world-renowned architect, perhaps as unprecedented as it was unlikely, is beautifully reflected in the latest exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.
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Positive vibes from stands as a fellow student aims to score big-time from midcourt.
Double-header basketball game

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
During Tuesday’s basketball doubleheader against Penn State DuBois, Penn College officially began its Centennial Celebration for students. Free hot dogs and other awesome refreshments from Dining Services, as well as a great crowd – including more than 120 student-athletes from a number of Wildcat sports teams – were part of the celebration that honors 100 years of tradition and excellence.
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 President Davie Jane and Fred Gilmour enjoy a light moment with the speaker in the Capitol Lounge …
Centennial Kick-off Event featuring John Ratzenberger

Thursday, January 23, 2014
“What’s your favorite David Niven movie?” John Ratzenberger asked an audience of Penn College students Thursday, quickly proving that celebrity – even for an Oscar-winning box-office king of the 1940 and ’50s – lasts about a generation at best.
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February 2014

Greeting the crowd, Dorothy J. Gerring mentions the college and its Williamsport Symphony Orchestra affiliation, its 2014 centennial and the Frank Lloyd Wright
Williamsport Symphony Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Penn College sponsored Tuesday’s Williamsport Symphony Orchestra concert, “Fantastic Tales,” the latest event in the college’s yearlong Centennial celebration.
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The crew makes sure all is in order.
Centennial Concert featuring Switchfoot

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Switchfoot, a 2011 Grammy Award winner for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album, continued its month-old winter tour with a Thursday gig at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
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Shanna & Brian O'Hea, Innkeepers/Chefs at Kennebunk Inn & Academe Brasserie, Maine
Visiting Chef Dinner featuring Shanna & Brian O'Hea

Friday, February 21, 2014
The next installment of the Visiting Chef Series at Pennsylvania College of Technology will bring a taste of Maine, as chefs Brian O’Hea and Shanna Katherine Horner O’Hea mentor students to prepare an elegant benefit dinner.
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As nose-numbing, furnace-fanning winds rustled the trees around Klump Academic Center Auditorium on Thursday night, those gathered inside warmed to the notion of a toasty home that balances energy usage with money-saving efficiency.
Sustainable and Affordable Home Building (Technology & Society: The Centennial Colloquia Series)

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Presented by Dorothy J. Gerring and Rob A. Wozniak, associate professors of architectural technology, joined by students participating in the first U.S. Department of Energy Challenge Home Student Design Competition.
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March 2014

Bill Astore, professor of history, introduces Lanier to the Klump Academic Center Auditorium crowd.
People and Computers: Who's on Top? (Technology & Society: The Centennial Colloquia Series)

Monday, March 17, 2014
Virtual reality pioneer and best-selling author Jaron Lanier offered a lecture Monday as part of Penn College’s Centennial Colloquia Series.
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April 2014

Leopold meets
Google Meets Aldo Leopold: Information, Technology and 21st Century Environmental Ethics (Technology & Society: The Centennial Colloquia Series)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Building on the common ground between distinct specialties, two faculty members challenged audience members Tuesday to discard the exclusionary nature of either/or thinking and find balance between their lives and the world around them.
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A 1914 Model T arrives on campus for joint 100th-anniversary observance.
Automotive Centennial Celebration

Friday, April 25, 2014
A 1914 Ford Model T, which rolled off the assembly line the same year adult education began at what would become Williamsport Technical Institute, has arrived in Madigan Library for display throughout Penn College’s yearlong centennial celebration.
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Arthur Mann (’65, mechanical drafting) reaches across the years (and around a welcome sign) in a not-quite-possible attempt to put “bunny ears” behind the head of his former instructor Chalmer Van Horn, an emeritus professor of drafting.
WTI Centennial Reunion

Friday, April 25, 2014
About 50 graduates of Williamsport Technical Institute, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s earliest forerunner, were among the distinguished visitors Friday for a 14th annual reunion.
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May 2014

President Davie Jane Gilmour (right) and colleagues put their best feet (and hands) forward in a lively game of 3-D Twister. Clockwise from left are Carolyn R. Strickland, assistant vice president for academic services; Sue A. Mahaffey, coordinator of academic services; and Kendel F. Baier, stock clerk/cashier in The College Store.
Employee Picnic

Friday, May 9, 2014
Penn College threw open the brief window between finals and commencement and welcomed its employees to a semester-ending Centennial Picnic on the Athletic Field on Friday.
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 Loved ones share the excitement in photos.

Friday & Saturday, May 16 & 17, 2014
Pennsylvania College of Technology held three commencement exercises May 16-17 for more than 900 students who petitioned to graduate after Spring 2014 classes.
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June 2014

Among those gathered around the visiting pro as he scopes out the landscape are Marc E. Bridgens, the college's dean of construction and design technologies (left); Wildcat golf coach Matt Haile (in blue shirt and sunglasses, behind Bohn); and Barry R. Stiger, vice president for institutional advancement (in yellow hat, at right).
Foundation Golf Classic

Monday, June 23
Under gorgeous conditions befitting the first Monday of summer, touring PGA pro Jason Bohn was the featured attraction at the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic.
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July 2014

 A proud alumnus shares his vocal talent with appreciative spectators.
Pack the Park

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Before a “Pack the Park” audience of 1,914 – appropriate attendance for a Penn College Centennial event – the Williamsport Crosscutters delivered a walk-off 6-5 win over the Batavia Muckdogs on Tuesday night.
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Three of the college’s presidents, whose administrations span nearly four decades of the institution’s 100-year history, gather at Friday’s Centennial Gala. Joining Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour are Robert L. Breuder (left), who served from 1981-97, and William H. Feddersen, who led Williamsport Area Community College from 1974-80.
Centennial Gala

Friday, July 25, 2014
A Centennial Gala, bringing together an invited assortment of pivotal players in the institution’s growth from homegrown phenomenon to national pacesetter, was held Friday at Penn College.
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August 2014

 Kay E. Dunkleberger, coordinator of disability services, celebrates with Sarah L. Bensinger, of Shamokin, recipient of the Board of Directors’ Award and a graduate in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement ceremony Saturday morning at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport.
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September 2014

Kyani L. Lawrence (center), a first-year pre-nursing major from New Rochelle, New York, who also served as a Connections Link this summer, poses with her family in Wrapture.
Parent/Family Weekend Centennial Celebration

Friday - Sunday, September 12 - 14, 2014
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s three-day Parent & Family Weekend, in which hundreds of participants joined with their favorite students to help celebrate the institution’s Centennial, offered a packed calendar of activities that included informal access to the president and senior administration, entertainment, food, games, tours and a popular “mocktail” competition.
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Lisa R. Bock addresses her audience, before the eerie specter of online treachery.
Who am I; Who do I claim to be?: Protecting Identity in the 21st Century (Technology & Society: The Centennial Colloquia Series)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The latest in Penn College’s Centennial Colloquia Series tackled issues near and dear to virtually everyone in the audience: employing the newest technological tools available to ensure identity protection – and balancing such factors as privacy and cost-effectiveness in the process.
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October 2014

 The college’s Blue Crew painted “The Rock” for Homecoming, making sure to include the Centennial hashtag for weekend tweeting.
Centennial Homecoming

Friday - Saturday, October 10 - 12, 2014
Homecoming 2013, a celebration that carried the pre-centennial theme of “Operation HC2013: The Mission Continues.” brought a memory-making assortment of alumni, activity and all-around fun to Penn College.
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Penn College Dedicates ‘Student Bodies’ Centennial Sculpture
Centennial Sculpture Dedication
with Resident Artist Mike Patterson

Friday, October 10, 2014
As part of its Centennial anniversary, Pennsylvania College of Technology welcomed 78 new “students” this fall, many of which just might be around for the institution’s bicentennial.
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"Infinite Spin III: Past, Present, Future," an acrylic on canvas work by Watsontown resident Brandon L. Snyder, a 2012 graphic design graduate of Penn College, captured "Best of Show" honors in "100 Works! - The Centennial Exhibit," on display through Nov. 9 at The Gallery at Penn College.
"100 Works!" Centennial Juried Art Exhibit

Friday, October 10 - Sunday, November 9, 2014
The Gallery at Penn College announced the winners of “100 Works! – The Centennial Exhibit” at the show’s opening reception on Oct. 10, during Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Homecoming festivities.
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 Under-the-tent preparations are finalized for Thursday’s event, just beyond the heavy-construction blade that marks the former site of Lycoming Construction Co. Larry Allison Jr., of Allison Crane & Rigging (the company’s successor), donated the equipment in memory of his father, Larry Sr.; his grandfather, Herbert L.; and his great-grandfather, Herbert F., founder of the business.
PM Exchange

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Members and guests of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce visited main campus in the midst of Penn College’s yearlong 100th-birthday celebration, encouraged to take a leisurely autumn stroll among the institution’s three new outdoor art installations: the Centennial Mosaic, “These Trees” and “Student Bodies.”
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 The oldest building on campus teems with youthful energy – 100 years young, in fact – as a standing-room-only crowd files out of a Klump Academic Center information session.
Centennial Open House

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Penn College welcomed prospective students, their families and friends, and its community neighbors to Fall Open House on Sunday. Helpful employees, students and alumni were on hand throughout the day to enable exploration of academic programs, student life, and the college’s campuses and facilities.
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A Centennial throng of students, employees and the public extends to the ACC Auditorium balcony.
OUR HOME IN THE MATERIAL UNIVERSE (Technology & Society: The Centennial Colloquia Series)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Affirming that the speed of communication governs the pace of life, a visiting physicist, author and educator made a regretful confession to his Penn College audience Tuesday: “I rarely goof off.”
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November 2014

A full house in the Field House! The Centennial event invited all campaign donors to an autumn buffet. Attendees including alumni, current and retired employees and other friends and supporters, enjoyed such treats as mashed sweet potatoes, a selection of
Scholarship Campaign Donor Recognition Event

Saturday, November 15, 2014
In appreciation of their contributions to the Penn College Scholarship Campaign, donors were treated to a casual Saturday evening of tasty and tuneful entertainment.
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Under the lights of the ACC Auditorium dome (and the glow from the projection screen and students' electronic devices), a sizable crowd gathers for the final Centennial Colloquium.
Technology, Power, and Responsibility (Technology & Society: The Centennial Colloquia Series)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Defining history as a “conversation between the past and the present … and almost always about the future,” faculty member Craig A. Miller delivered the concluding lecture in Penn College’s Centennial Colloquia Series on Tuesday night.
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 A spectacular cake, literally “geared” toward the Centennial celebration, is just one of the eye-catching treats.
Centennial Legacy Celebration

Saturday, December 6, 2014
The Centennial Legacy Celebration, recognizing the donors who help further Penn College’s mission – and showcasing the talented students in the School of Business & Hospitality – was held Saturday evening in the Hager Lifelong Education Center
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Faculty onlookers share in the joy of the class speaker’s splendid day, captured with the help of chief student affairs officer Elliott Strickland.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Winter Commencement on Saturday at Williamsport’s Community Arts Center, honoring Fall 2014 graduates and ringing down the curtain on a yearlong 100th-anniversary celebration.
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January 2015

President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes employees, retirees, students and community members to the grand finale of the college's Centennial celebration. Afterward, admittedly near-speechless in admiration, she said the documentary reflects a passion for the institution and a responsibility to build upon its legacy.
Documentary Premiere

Thursday, January 8, 2015
A one-hour documentary that recaps a century of institutional history (and caps Penn College’s yearlong Centennial celebration) met with an enthusiastic and appreciative audience on its initial showing Thursday afternoon.
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April 2015

The General Services crew undertakes a weighty task.
Time Capsule placed

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Various historical and commemorative items were loaded and sealed into a time capsule located on the first floor of Madigan Library, where it will remain undisturbed until reopened in 50 years.
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